On the last day of 2008 I went for a drive with my sister and my father. She had a camera, I had a pen, and he had the wheel of the car.
It was a snowy day. We slipped when we walked.
There's a place called Cape Spear
where you can stand on the rocks and look out across the ocean and see England if you squint. There was a high wind and spiders sleeping under the lighthouse, dreaming of summer. The fog was too thick to see the gulls, but we could hear a helicopter miles out to sea. It was a lonely happy sort of place, the kind of place that makes you want to jump off the rocks and turn into a bird.
When we got back into the car we smelt like salt and pollen and lights at night.
I tried to capture the feel of it when I was choosing songs to drive to. I don't know how well I did, though.U2- Running To Stand StillJoel Plaskett- Love This TownThe Arcade Fire- Keep The Car RunningBasia Bulat- I Was A DaughterDe Capulet- The ParadigmThe Decemberists- Engine DriverWintersleep- Jaws Of LifeStars- Your Ex-Lover Is DeadThe Killers- Read My MindYeah Yeah Yeahs- Cheated HeartsDeath Cab For Cutie- The Sound Of SettlingTracy Chapman- Fast CarsThe Used- On My OwnLeonard Cohen- SuzanneThe Sundays- Wild HorsesWolf Parade- Shine A Light
Later that night Older Sister and I wandered into a sketchy bar with a man playing folk songs and "Drunk Girl" on the jukebox, where they gave us free champagne as the year changed.
Goodbye, 2008. I'm not gonna fucking miss you.
Some things that make me happy right now:This brilliant insight in John Mayer's songwriting process
. I've kind of hated John Mayer ever since that fucking "Daughters" song, but it turns out he's kind of funny! And self-deprecating! "If I can't get the girl why don't I just tell her I'm John Mayer?"This All-American Rejects sea shanty cover of "Womanizer."Sir Terrence of Pratchett
. :}The Making Of "America's Suitehearts."
Cassadee continues to charm the bejeesus out of me.iamsupernova
's Suicide Girls picspam
. (Not safe for work for reasons of boobies.)
The fact that baby platypi are called "puggles."
Also, I'm about forty pages into House of Leaves
and I already want to write something just like it.
(Random question: Does anyone have any pictures of crows, especially sketches/cartoons/paintings/etc? My Google-fu is sadly lacking tonight.)