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L is for Lyrics

My favorite kind of music is the heartfelt, well-written kind. You already know I love words, so it's only natural for me to love words in music as well. I have mentioned how I used to want to be a songwriter. Today, I figured I'd share a few of the people that inspired that dream.

Kristyn Osborn
is the songwriting member of the country-pop trio, SHeDAISY. Her lyrics are gorgeous, clever and mesmerizing. I've learned many new words just by listening to her songs. In fact, lead singer Kassidy said that their album Knock on the Sky should have come with a dictionary. A few favorite lines:
Keep Me: The travesty's the irony and the irony is you. I've traded in my sanctity for a cheaper shade of blue
I Wish I Were the Rain: Love's a series of broken sentences
Miscalculations, reconciliations
Seductive highs, destructive lows
Words that fly too fast
Feet that move too slow
Wish I could dance outside this windowpane
Oh, I wish I were the rain
In Terms of Love:
I don't think about black in terms of gray
Or revelations in the light of day
I don't think about cold in terms of ice
Or second chances happenin' twice

I could go on and on with her lyrics but I'll stop there and move on. How gorgeous are they, though?

Next up is Diane Warren. You may have heard tons of her songs and not even realize it. She's written from everyone from Aerosmith (I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing) to LeAnn Rimes (How Do I Live, Can't Fight the Moonlight) to Christina Aguilera (I Turn to You). She's just incredible.

Jewel is a unique writer. The way she words things never ceases to impress me. A few favorites:
Break Me: I will let you undress me, but I warn you, I have thorns like any rose.
Love Me, Just Leave Me Alone: I tried to forget you
but you tied bells to your name
They jingled every time i thought of you
without shame
I tried to be unlovable
Why couldn't you do the same?

Jason Mraz...ahh, I love Mr. A-Z. He's so darn clever and amusing yet raw and real and beautiful. Sometimes I just close my eyes and savor his lyrics:
Beautiful Mess: Well it kind of hurts when the kind of words you write
Kind of turn themselves into knives
And don't mind my nerve you could call it fiction
But I like being submerged in your contradictions, dear
Life Is Wonderful: And it takes no time to fall in love
But it takes you years to know what love is
1000 Things: Well I've seen a thousand things in one place
But I stopped my counting when I saw your face
That'll Do (Caution, there's swearing in this one): In the arms of a city that holds no trace for,
the face or,space for you and me.
So go make your life,not a living
And: We should all keep pretending, that our dreams are patent-pending

So there you have it. Just a few of my favorites. So, how about you? Do you have a favorite songwriter? How about a favorite song? What did you think of my favorites?

Happiness is...

I woke up in a pretty good mood this morning. I'm not sure why. Yesterday wasn't the greatest of days. Maybe it was the wedding I went to on Sunday. My cousin got married in her backyard, and the moment she started down the "aisle" it started to rain. Regardless, she and the groom were so happy to be getting married they had smiles on their faces. They rushed the ceremony because they were the only ones under a tarp and the rest of us were getting soaked, but they were in such good spirits that my heart filled with happiness. I'm really happy for her. And it did my heart good to see that love like that can exist in this world and not just in books.

Anyway, I don't have much time -- or much patience, for that matter. I've got a cat attacking my fingers and chewing on my ring as I type. So this post is going to be quick. I just wanted to capture my good mood by listing a few things that make me happy.

1. A real, live copy of MY book!

2. Jewel (particularly at the moment, Ten by Jewel)

3. Friends reruns

4. Driving (turns out I really like to drive -- who would've guessed it?)
5. The feeling of a nice pen across a sheet of paper.
6. My dog

7. My cat

8. Audrey Hepburn movies

9. The beach. Or any body of water in general.

10. Flowers from Dana for finishing yet another draft of my book