Monday Music Bliss

Last week was a frustrating week from technology issues in the classroom to student drafts; it was one of those weeks I feel like I've stepped into quicksand. I've been a bit anxious lately; it's the point in the semester where a lot is going on and I am concerned that I've taken on too much with students. I'm working to scale things back a bit and slow down the pace in some of the classes where it seems like we're just constantly cranking out work for me to grade. So, at least a plan is in place, which is a good place to start.

I saw Julia posted a "bliss list" about the things that have made her happy lately and I'm following suit but my list consists solely of music.

The past few months I have been in a kind of overly emotional state, not like hysterically emotional or anything like that. It's been more like an introspective awakening, during which I have been listening to a lot of music. I have said more than once that music has saved my life and it's really not an exaggeration. There's something about great music that just instantly makes me feel and some of my worst moments are when I've spent too much time in my head and not enough tending to my emotional self. Music is the way I center and survive the chaos that is me. Recently, I've been listening to the latest Iron and Wine album, which is a) an album of rarities and b) so freaking good it's ridiculous. I've also been listening to a lot of Band of Horses, who I discovered from a commercial advertising the now canceled TV show The O.C. The band was more recently featured in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist and the latest Guitar Hero. But my most recent musical affair is with a band called The Frames, and how I have not heard of them before, I am really not sure because they've toured with my other Irish faves: Bell XI and Damien Rice. You must, absolutely must get some of their songs, if not their some of their albums. My favorite song is "Falling Slowly." I love the lines:

Take this sinking boat and point it home
We've still got time, raise your hopeful voice
You had the choice, you've made it now

What's making you happy today?