Now Playing: Esmé Patterson – “Never Chase a Man”

There’s a delicate sweetness to Esmé Patterson’s gritty vocals, a fusion of undisguised emotion and lively inflections. She’s one of those artists who’s ingenuity goes largely unnoticed, but steadily accumulates a well-deserved cult following. Patterson’s 2014 record, Woman to Woman, is a unique triumph. Highlighting hymns told from the perspective of some of the most…

Ties

My graceful ghost dressed in lace, glitter on your face You have tied a ribbon around my soul You have conquered my heart You have made it your home That original lifeline An unbreakable bond made of melody and rhyme When my tank is empty and I have nothing left to give, I listen to…

Help!

Help! by The Beatles Help! I need somebody. Help! Not just anybody. Help! You know I need someone. Help! When I was younger, so much younger than today, I never needed anybody’s help in any way. But now these days are gone, I’m not so self-assured. Now I find I’ve changed my mind and opened…

Florence + The Machine “Light of Love”

“I want to close my eyes, because I fear my heart will break” I’m so glad I’ve stopped curbing my overwhelming desire to write about Florence + The Machine every other day. It really has made me so much happier. Not only has it reaffirmed my undying devotion to my delicate songbird, but it has…

Depressive Pacman

I have so many plans, so many unfinished drafts, but the mischievous monster in my mind says, “Stop! Watch TV or go to sleep. We can do it later.” Because of this unrelenting encouragement, I have started to believe his lies. He has made me the master of procrastination. Unable to obtain any motivation, I…

Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)

Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) by Florence + The Machine The looking glass, so shiny and new, how quickly the glamour fades. I start spinning, slipping out of time, was that the wrong pill to take? You made a deal, and now it seems you have to offer up, but will it ever be enough?…

Now Playing: Linda Ronstadt – “You’re No Good”

I haven’t been able to get this song off my mind since I watched The Sound of My Voice, the Linda Ronstadt documentary. I’ve been acquainted with her music since I was a young child, but I never really knew how much of a pioneer she was for women in rock and roll. She played…

Album Review: Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia

“You got me in love again” I’m not a dancer. I don’t like to dance, ever. I have no rhythm and I’m incredibly awkward. It’s not a nice sight to see. I may shake it out in the privacy of my own home, but those moments are few and far between. My spins and shakes…

God Is Not In Your Phone

Procrastination is one of my specialties. I am very good at it. It is something I do often. Day after day, I try to fight it, but it always comes back to me. Plans and lists fall by the wayside. I lose days and hours, every intention falls leisurely from my mind. My eyes are…

As Far As I Could Get

As Far As I Could Get by Florence + The Machine In the celestial vaults, I drew a bedraggled breath. Because I am unloved, I went as far as I could get. In the cedars like sparks, wasting my goddamn time. Past the museum of death and the madman yelling answers. I sail on new…

No Strings Attached

One of my most intense fangirl relationships throughout my teenage years had been with the band *NSYNC. During our courtship I had wallpapered my bedroom from floor to ceiling with posters and pictures, my shelves overflowed with assorted merchandise and paraphernalia. I had stuffed animals, buttons, books, dolls, magnets, t-shirts, Christmas ornaments, pillows, and blankets….

I Wish I Was the Moon

“I Wish I Was the Moon” by Neko Case “Chimney falls and lovers blaze. I thought that I was young. Now I’ve freezing hands and bloodless veins as numb as I’ve become. I’m so tired. I wish I was the moon tonight. Last night I dreamt I’d forgotten my name, ’cause I sold my soul,…