Inspire Me! Twisted Mix Tape Tuesday #46


I’ve been feeling slightly frustrated lately. As a result I’ve been doing what I often do when I’m challenged by this type of mood — withdrawing and eating entirely too much comfort food. Not, in other words, concentrating on the things that give me purpose. Almost worse is that I feel like I’m sleepwalking through the few things that I am managing to accomplish.

I’ve not been doing much writing. Actually, that’s not entirely true. There has been a great deal of writing done, but nothing much I’ve deemed worthy of sharing. For this I’ll blame the meatloaf, the mashed potatoes, and, of course, the ice cream. While I’m casting about for something to blame, I’ll throw in the general sense of ennui with which I’ve been greeting my days to the mix. Why not?

I have managed to read a few disappointing books. Whether their failure to revive my sagging spirits was the fault of the books themselves — talented writers and interesting subject matters aside, I wasn’t entirely captivated by them. They were, to a one, critically acclaimed and well-reviewed. I’m willing to bet that my lukewarm response was nobody’s fault but my own. Although, I could blame The Olympics. They’re a distraction.

Music, which is often the “magic pill”, the thing that can be relied upon to lift me out of the doldrums, has also been conspicuously absent from my daily life. For this, I blame the weather.

We have, alternately, been buried under snow and ice or holed up in the house to avoid the frigid temperatures. If I had access to a witch’s tit, you can bet I’d have acquired such — for warmth.

The weather has forced school closings and office closings, which has foisted upon us a great deal of togetherness. Initially it was nice, cozy, and kind of fun. We watched lots of movies, caught up on some episodic television, and ate entirely too much junk food. After almost six weeks, though, the bloom is beginning to come off this rose. I’ve grown a little sick of my family. I’m sure the feeling is mutual.

I want my days off back — the pure, unadulterated solitude of them. I long to return to my routine, such that it is. I want to listen to my music — not my husband’s, not my daughter’s, mine — while I write or cook or clean or, most importantly, think.

Tomorrow, if there is a higher power and if she listens, as I hope she does, things should return to the familiar abnormal around here. The first thing I’m going to do, after I throw in some laundry and pop that cake in the oven, that is, will be to shut down the pity party and listen to the following five songs — loudly. They all demand and deserve it. Usually they inspire me. We shall see.

BRAVE (Sara Bareilles) From the album The Blessed Unrest, 2013. Words and music by Sara Bareilles and Jack Antonoff.

Empowering. Period.

HUMAN (The Killers) From the album Day & Age, 2008. Words and music by The Killers.

Dance music from The Killers? You betcha!

AND I’M TELLING YOU I’M NOT GOING (Jennifer Holliday) From the Original Broadway cast recording of the musical Dreamgirls, 1982. Words and music by Tom Eyen and Henry Krieger.

Yes, there is another version. From the movie. By Jennifer Hudson. It’s great. This is phenomenal.

TIMES LIKE THESE (Foo Fighters) From the album, One By One, 2003 Words and music by Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, and Chris Shiflett

There is really no more enthusiastic musican than Dave Grohl — even here in a quiet, acoustic moment that enthusiasm shines through. This is song about turning points. I can relate.

SHE WILL BE LOVED (Maroon 5) From the album Songs About Jane, 2002. Words and music by Adam Levine and James Valentine.

A younger, less tattooed Adam Levine. This is where the world first met him. I, for one, am grateful that we did.

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30 thoughts on “Inspire Me! Twisted Mix Tape Tuesday #46

  1. i loved this mix, especially Billie Holliday.


  2. Ad-libbed says:

    Six weeks is a long time. Ouch. Good job finding ways of hanging in there.


    • javaj240 says:

      Thanks! I think we’re all at the end if our ropes! It’s supposed to be in the 50s on Friday! Happy dances will be in order!

      Hopefully I will remain clothed while dancing!


  3. I’d blame the weather. Between the cold and the snow, it is a battle to get to and fro. It sucks the life out of you.


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  5. Jen says:

    Oh my gosh your life is my life. Now imagine all of that when you homeschool. Getting out was part of what kept me sane. But 48″ of snow, -20 wind chills. I’ve been baking cookies almost every day and when I get to the grocery store, when we have eaten every morsel in the house, I buy 3 containers of ice cream.
    So that being said, I really love this mix and am adding some of the songs to my “new to me” playlist on YouTube!


  6. diannegray says:

    I love that Sara Bareilles film clip and song (I haven’t heard it before). It completely lifted my day! πŸ˜€


  7. Dream says:

    I’m right there with you on wanting my kid back in school and my days free again. Every one of these songs is amaze-balls and I remember playing that Maroon 5 CD on repeat for weeks…yes, week(S).


    • javaj240 says:

      Well, I’ve been playing it for years, yes, years, LOL!

      And, OMG, my kid and husband were finally out of the house today AND I had a day off… so, it was heavenly. I love them, but, really enough is enough!


  8. I don’t think you can include mashed potato in the same category as ice cream. Mash is food of the gods. Ice cream? Meh? Who cares?


  9. CaptCruncher says:

    Oh I just love Jennifer Holliday’s version of that song best of all. Nothing like it to stir the stagnant soul :)! Awesome selections and I hope the light is getting brighter for you this morning!


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