Saturday, May 19, 2007

Did I mention I'm single?

If you are an avid reader of this blog, which I suspect you are (not), then you know that I am totally sweet and awesome. Every now and then, or maybe just once a year. In the meantime, it can be tough going. As I've stated before, I am happy to be single, most of the time, and truly, this is best for everyone. However, every few weeks I just get this intense pang of relationship jealousy. I scowl at happy couples blithely shopping at Super Target. I hope they are there to ashamedly purchase pregnancy tests or anal itch cream. I hope that some lady's GIANT engagement ring is cubic zirconia or fake gold and turns her finger green, then she breaks up with the douche because he's cheap, then she and I become BFF's in our shared misery. I start to identify with characters in Sex and the City reruns. Disastrous. I am in one of those unfortunate moods. I have to remind myself, that while being part of a couple has, um, a lot of benefits (namely boo-tay), being single is the shit!

  1. I can sleep diagonally!
  2. I actually do my laundry instead of just buying new clothes!
  3. I don't have to sit through shitty action movies!
  4. I only have to deal with one set of insane parents!
  5. I read books! (sort of)
  6. I can listen to my music at ungodly volumes without shame!
  7. I can eat like a maniac!
But, of course, there are drawbacks. I think, lately, I've been especially missing the element of having a co-conspirator. It's hard to make, then carryout often terrible, impulsive decisions alone. I like to do things like drive through the country going from one yard sale to the next till I'm in another state with a trunk full of absolutely worthless crap that I will come to love. I like to drive two states away for dinner, get too tired to drive back, check into a hotel at 4.30am, then try to make it back in time for work. I like to try recipes that are far too difficult for the home chef that require (frequently multiple) trips to specialty stores and sometimes live deliveries via the internet. Good times.

The other day, because I am currently musically obsessed with Brendan Benson, I found this spectacular song. Somehow, Brendan knew, back in 2003, what I would be feeling in Spring 2007 and wrote this song from the current contents of my head. The man is a genius. Take a listen.

In honor of my shitty mood, I present you with the following playlist in case you're getting some.

Let's Make Out, Indie Style:

Helpless - Needle
Game for Fools - Jamie Lidell
Hold You In My Arms - Ray Lamontagne
Together - Raconteurs
Tulips - Fancy Trash
Intuition - Feist
Post War - M. Ward
To Be Alone With You - Sufjan Stevens
Make a Plan To Love Me - Bright Eyes
I Will Follow You Into The Dark - Death Cab For Cutie
Volcano - Damien Rice
She's a Jar - Wilco
By Your Side - Cocorosie
Samson - Regina Spektor
Inaudible Melodies - Jack Johnson
Glory Box - Portishead
Road - Nick Drake
Sundress - Ben Kweller
Love, Love, Love (love love) - As Tall As Lions
Butterfly Nets - Bishop Allen
On Your Porch - The Format
Let My Love Open The Door - M. Ward
Dream - Alice Smith
You Can Bring Me Flowers - Ray Lamontagne
Citrus - The Hold Steady
Pregnant - Cold War Kids
Star Witness - Neko Case
Gamble Everything For Love - Ben Lee
Why - Andrew Bird
Your Place - Zero 7
Words You Used To Say - Dean and Britta
All The Night Without Love - Elvis Perkins
The Greatest - Cat Power
Let it Die - Feist
Pin a Rose on Me - Chuck Prophet
Put a Spell On You - Aqualung
Waiting Line - Zero 7
Janine - Soul Coughing
Sovay - Andrew Bird
I'm a Broken Heart - The Bird and the Bee
Something About You Girl - Tahiti 80
Lay and Love - Bonnie Prince Billy
Lucky Dime - Calexico
Can You Come for Me - The Poems
Last Request - Paolo Nutini
Moving Pictures Silent Film - Great Lake Swimmers
I'll Be Your Mirror - Clem Snide
Everybody Daylight - Brightback Morning Light
What Light - Wildo
Shelter - Ray Lamontagne


Julie_Gong said...

A playlist that long would prob get me preg-o. Just saying...

Dan said...

Wildo's awesome.

blythe said...

ha! i can't spell. we all know that.

Dan said...

Yeah, but you have good taste, so that cancels the spelling out.

Mr. Shain said...


blythe said...

yes, really, mr. shain.

and thanks for the vote of musical confidence, vtk. you should make t-shirts that say "i'm a vtk kid" if you haven't already. i want one.

Dan said...

I like the "I'm a VTKid" shirt idea. In the interim, please check the womens' T and baby doll sections of this link: