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100 Songs: 011

Tear in Your Hand by Tori Amos

Tori Amos is my favourite musician of all time. I mentioned this to a friend the other week, and my friend had never heard of her! I responded with, 'she was very big in the '90s', and thought how funny it is that I never got over her. If you asked me what my favourite genre of music was when I was younger, I'd automatically say, 'angry girl singer-songwriters', and it hasn't really changed that much. Sure, my taste has matured and I can appreciate different things now, but give me a beautiful angry woman with a piano and a story to tell, and I'll gladly listen for hours. I guess Tori is one of those seminal artists for me. Listening to her music in my teens and early twenties helped me to figure out what kind of music I liked, and she absolutely influenced everything I listened to from then on.

I've seen Tori live almost every time she's played Glasgow since around 06 or so. Hilariously, I saw Tori with my first serious boyfriend, and my deep deep love of her music has lasted way longer than that relationship did. I used to play Silent All These Years on repeat in his car, and he didn't understand what it was about (he thought it was about divorce - it's actually much darker than that), and he got pissed off at me for playing it all the time, but it just spoke to me. I still love that one, but I've definitely learned to appreciate her whole back catalogue. There are so many songs I love.

Bob and I both love Tori. I introduced him to her music and he loves her almost as much as I do now. He always wants to come see her when she plays. I feel like I could make a list of just Tori songs I love, but I had to pick one, and this is one often overlooked in favour of the bigger hits. My favourite little moment in this song is when she references her friend Neil Gaiman, one of my favourite writers -

If you need me,
Me and Neil'll be hangin' out with the Dream King
Neil says hi...

I adore their friendship and I adore Tori and Neil individually (Tori a little more than Neil because oh god, she got me through the abusive relationships of my early twenties and some seriously terrifying mental health scares, and for that, I will be forever thankful to her and her beautiful music.) I'm a much happier human now, so I don't need to get all self-indulgent with her music anymore, and I can appreciate a wider variety of songs and albums now, but this song will always feel important to me in some way.

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Jane Porter


Pinched from a couple of people.

The problem with LJ: we all think we are so close, but really, we know nothing about each other. So I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Ask away.Then post this in your LJ and find out what people don't know about you.
Stay home club

100 Songs: 005

Wrapped Up In Books by Belle and Sebastian

My bleeding Scottish leftie hippy dippy artsy heart will love Belle and Sebastian forever. This song is everything. It is the past, the present, the future. It's growing up in Glasgow as a slightly pretentious and eccentric young woman, who reads too many books and has big dreams. It's being painted as the manic pixie dream girl, and kind of liking it, because it gives you an identity, and you like feeling like you belong somewhere. I definitely over-identify with Belle and Sebastian! Another really lovely thing about Belle and Sebastian is that their music is really helping my friend who is very ill with a serious brain tumour. They are her favourite band and she has been blogging about her illness, using their song titles as titles for her entry. Stuart Murdoch also tweeted about her blog, which made me happy. I will always love Belle and Sebastian.

Our aspirations are wrapped up in books
Our inclinations are hidden in looks
Cat me

Friends Cut

I've done a small friends cut of inactive journals and people I don't connect with often. Please do let me know if you think you were removed in error, or would like to stay. I promise it's not personal - I just don't have the time to keep up with a big friends list these days. If you'd like to remove me at this time, I won't take it personally.
Cat me

Prompt table

My prompt table for rarepair_shorts

rarepair_shorts HP Rare-Pair Challenge
Author: queenofpeace
Pairing: Parvati/Hermione
Progress: 0/13
1. the residue of Monday
2. the porch swing at dawn
3. fleeting
4. say no more
5. by the book
6. stillness is a lie
7. paint the sky with stars
8. facing tomorrow alone
9. masquerade
10. far too early
11. I'll be your... something-or-other
12. just like everyone else
13. perhaps
Blair Waldorf

What do you look like?

I've pinched this from fearless because I'm curious. Obviously you don't need to participate if you don't want to.

I still have a few friends on here I have no idea what you look like, so I would love if everyone could post a recent picture of yourself. even if already know what you look like, I still wanna see your face.

Everyone's seen my face a million times but here it is anyhow.

Also, look at this crazy app I found today that makes you all manga-like.