Category Archives: Songs I Love

You Don’t Have to Try

This Music Video Monday is a little shout-out to Colbie Caillat (I tried three time to spell her last name before I just looked it up).

A lot of great people have been trying to get this image across and are bringing attention to the fact that a lot of women hate their bodies. I like this particular video because it’s from her personal experience and she chose to just sing about it.

That’s what music is for, expressing who we are.

I recently wrote a musical focusing on the idea that who you are and what you do has an affect on the world and the people around you. So don’t try and be someone else when the world needs you. Colbie could’ve fallen into the stereotype of every other pop star or she could sing about how she really felt and after some support from a friend she chose to do the later.

It makes me think of one of my favorite quotes from Silver Linings Playbook. 

“There will always be a part of me that is dirty and sloppy, but I like that, just like all the other parts of myself.”

It also makes me think of a quote from Aladdin, “Beeeeeee yourself.”

Man-Crush-Music-Video Monday

This video combines some of my favorite things: good puns, Sesame Street, and Zachary Levi.

Ironically, when this video about moderation in social media came out I got a text, a tweet, and a Facebook post from separate people with the link to the video.

I like Zachary Levi. It’s no secret. Especially to my Twitter followers. I tweet at him regularly that we should go bowling but haven’t gotten an answer out of him. Which is kind of rude. I guess he has a billion people tweet at him every day but what we (could) have is different.

I want to write musicals for him. He was recently on Broadway in a show that ran a few months and had rather uninteresting songs. I think John (my composer) and I could write something better for him.

Additionally, he’s a good, Christian boy and I try and be a good, Christian writer so I think we could do some good collaborating.

And, no, it doesn’t hurt that he’s sort of a heartthrob.

So, @ZacharyLevi, if you’re reading this (which you’re not) let’s go bowling. We can talk about our next project.

TM&TF: Sorry

Your Music Video Monday for today is a song from a band that started in Provo and still remains much beloved around here. Lots of cool people worked on this video.

This song has been stuck in my head off and on since I heard it for the first time months ago. It’s catchy, his voice is alluring, and there’s something about listening to someone  sincerely asking for forgiveness that is so relatable.

I’ve been watching a lot of Friday Night Lights lately and if there’s one thing that show has, besides beautiful Kyle Chandler, it’s a lot of apologies.

Apologies are abundant in that show because people make a lot of mistakes. Every character, at some point, “messes up real bad.” No matter what their mistake is, it always involves someone else. Very rarely do we make a mistake without dragging someone else into it. If we’re screwing up our own lives it’ll affect our family or other people who love us. People will get hurt by our actions.

We make mistakes

and it’s okay.

Mistakes are good because they give us an opportunity to change. Some of the most empowering moments in my life have been when I’ve had to apologize to someone. It’s in these moments of humility that I knew I was doing the right thing. You can’t go wrong with apologizing. You have to acknowledge that mistakes were made but that they do not define you and they don’t have to define your relationship with someone else. Sometimes people aren’t going to forgive you but you can apologize and forgive yourself.

Life is for making mistakes. If you think you’re perfect, or that you have to be perfect, you’re doing it wrong.

Song: Burning Gold

I’ve had enough

I’m standing up
I need, I need a change
I’ve had enough of chasing luck
I need, I need a change

I’m setting fire to the life that I know
Let’s start a fire everywhere that we go
We starting fires, we starting fires
‘Til our lives are burning gold
‘Til our lives are burning gold