Style Crush: Florence in My Dreams

Today I’m dreaming of being Florence from Florence and the Machine, after finding myself mesmerized by “What the Water Gave Me,” the new single (and video; stills from it above). It begins with wanting to rock like she does. Then I would also like to get lost in her closet and her jewelry boxes full of fabulous trinkets….

Nod to Dylan

Suddenly I turned around and she was standin’ there/With silver bracelets on her wrists and flowers in her hair/She walked up to me so gracefully and took my crown of thorns/‘Come in,’ she said, ‘I’ll give you shelter from the storm.’

Bob Dylan, “Shelter From the Storm”

Rapture Mixed Tape

I like to think every occasion deserves a mixed tape (and I prefer “mixed tape” to “playlist,” even if it shows my age.) With Blondie’s “Rapture” stuck in my head all day–I started singing it when I read something this morning about the proposed end of days on May 21–I decided to get it out of my head by listening to other songs appropriate for the occasion. Radiohead’s “Reckoner” popped in my head, then Prince’s “1999” and, well, a lot of my favorite artists have something that seems just right for judgment day. More to be added to this, I’m sure…. Songs on Grooveshark are here.

“Reckoner,” Radiohead
“Today is the Day,” Yo La Tengo
“Rapture,” Blondie
“1999,” Prince
“It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine),” R.E.M.
“The Night’s Too Long,” Lucinda Williams
“The World’s A Mess; It’s In My Kiss,” X
“What Difference Does It Make?,” The Smiths
“Road to Nowhere,” Talking Heads
“Road to Joy,” Bright Eyes
“Paint it Black,” Rolling Stones
“The Promised Land,” Bruce Springsteen
“Save Me,” Aimee Mann
“We Shall Overcome,” Pete Seeger
“We’ll Meet Again,” Johnny Cash
“When the Ship Comes In,” Bob Dylan
“Blue Thunder,” Glaxie 500
“After the Gold Rush,” Neil Young
“Redemption Song,” Bob Marley
“Highway to Hell,” AC/DC
“Hell Yes,” Beck
“Raising Hell,” RUN DMC
“Jesus, Etc.,” Wilco
“Stairway to Heaven,” Led Zeppelin
“Just Like Heaven,” The Cure
“When the Stars Go Blue,” Ryan Adams
“What a Wonderful World,” The Ramones
“Gimme Gimme Gimme,” Black Flag
“Hallelujah,” Leonard Cohen
“Good Morning Heartache,” Billie Holiday
“Here Comes the Sun Again,” M. Ward

“Here Comes the Sun,” The Beatles