Similar Songs Across Time: Elf and Boy Bands

Whether it’s heartbreak or true love or “girl power,” we tend to say the same types of things over and over again through music.  But have you ever heard two songs that really struck you as fundamentally similar? Ones that seemed to have the same message, even if communicated slightly differently? Sometimes music is similar in both meaning AND mode, yet that doesn’t make one or the other superfluous, at least in my experience.

I was thinking about this idea recently after watching the Christmas movie, “Elf.”  I noticed that Frank Sinatra’s “You Make Me Feel So Young” (as heard in the movie) has a similar message to…well…One Direction’s “Act My Age.”  While Sinatra’s song talks about feeling younger than normal because of a girl, the modern boy band’s song states that in the future they will feel as young as they do now.

But this one line in Sinatra’s song particularly Continue reading

Songs For Every Book: Ophelia From Hamlet


 
HAMLET: I did love you once.
OPHELIA: Indeed, my lord, you made me believe so.
HAMLET: You should not have believed me; for virtue cannot
so inoculate our old stock but we shall relish of
it: I loved you not.
OPHELIA: I was the more deceived.

O, help him, you sweet heavens!
–Act III, scene i

 

1965 by Zella Day

“Can we go back to the world we had?
With a love so sweet it makes me sad
Can we go back to the world we had?
It’s the world we’ve been dreaming of.”

Songs for Every Book: Romeo and Juliet


JULIET: “Shall I speak ill of             him that is my husband?
Ah, poor my lord, what tongue         shall smooth thy name,
When I, thy three-hours wife,           have mangled it?
But, wherefore, villain, didst             thou kill my cousin? …             Wash they his wounds with            tears: mine shall be spent,
When theirs are dry, for                     Romeo’s banishment.”                                  –Act III, scene ii
Devil’s Backbone
“Oh Lord, Oh Lord, what have I        done?
I’ve fallen in love with a man             on the run
Oh Lord, Oh Lord, I’m begging         you please
Don’t take that sinner from me
Oh, don’t take that sinner from          me…”

7 Quirky Things About Me + 11 Questions Answered

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I have recently been nominated for two blogger awards: the Liebster (I love how that just autocorrected to Lobster) and the One Lovely Blog award, so I’m just going to tackle them both in one post!

But first of all, thanks so much to Erika Kind (Liebster) and Susanne Valenti (One Lovely Blog) for the nominations!

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So here are 7 (quirky) facts about myself:

1) At my 16th birthday party, I accidentally set my hair on fire.  My mother and friends had just finished singing Happy Birthday to me when it fell into the candle flames on my birthday cake.  I was concentrating so hard on blowing out all 16 candles in one breath that I didn’t even notice…I just saw my friends staring at me with wide eyes and heard my mom shouting my name and clapping her hands against my hair. Oops.

2) Freshman year of my undergraduate experience my roommate and I teamed up to kidnap our friend’s mannequin.  Where we left ransom notes, he responded with Pulp Fiction quotes thrust under our door.  But hey, he started it by scaring me half to death with that mannequin just chilling in our shower.  So I have no regrets.  (P.S. for those of you who may be wondering, we did–of course–eventually give it back.)

3) A tree frog jumped on my face once in elementary school.  We were Continue reading