Well hello, all you lovers. Happy February 14th! I’ve maybe mentioned it once or twice, but I’m not a holiday person. I make enemies almost every time I say that. I get the incredulous stares, the hesitant is-she-for-real glances, and then the judgement sets in: what kind of person doesn’t like HOLIDAYS?! (This kind — pleased to make your acquaintance.)
Life is full of whimsy, charm, excitement, romance, and over-the-top beauty. I think every day should be celebrated. I prefer spontaneity to planned events, and don’t even get me started on “expectation”. But above all, I loathe obligation and I NEED sincerity. So there it is, I am not a holiday person. And as someone who doesn’t even like Christmas, the holy grail of holidays, you can bet I have no use for a pink-heart-chocolate-infested-teddy-bear extravaganza. However, I love LOVE. To be fair, I’m not wild about the kissing-in-a-tree-be-mine version of love. I’m just not good at it. All those out of control emotions give me anxiety. But that’s just me, and it’s beside the point; I do love L–O–V–E.
Love, for me, comes in the form of a late night chat, a random card or gift in the mail, laughter with friends (or strangers), a ‘thinking of you’ text, or a simple song — always a song. Love is any expression of rejoicing: a soft smile, an eye twinkle, a held hand, a tight hug, a whistle, a hum, a finger snap, a hip sway, a guitar strum [etc]… as you might guess, there is no shortage of love in my life.
Love should be celebrated and shared — even by those who, like me, are often labeled “Scrooge”. And for those of you who are passionately excited by this holiday, I am thankful for you. I genuinely am. I’m quite fond of diversity, and I can use the occasional reminder not to become entirely apathetic about holidays.
Shall we get on with it already? 😉
Cover songs are often a controversial topic among music lovers. I see both sides of the topic, but I myself am very PRO-cover. Inspiration is found in nature, in a kind word, in a thoughtfully penned poem, in the laughter of children. Different things inspire different people at different times, but I think music is universally the most inspirational medium. Musicians who are just starting out hone their craft by learning covers that inspire them, songs originally played by people they admire. I love that! I love the respect and reverence you can hear in a thoughtfully done cover. I especially adore it when a song is reworked and has new life breathed into it. [original source]
I’m crazy smitten with The Ultimate Bearhug. True story. I featured them in my Favorite Finds of 2011, and I had the pleasure of doing my first band interview with them this past summer. Their cover of Stand By Me gives me head-to-toe pleasure tingles. I couldn’t think of a more perfect tune for this week’s cover series song choice. I hope you love it as much as I do.
♥ and the original ♥
check out the previous songs in this series