Wednesday, November 5, 2014

wonderstruck, blushing all the way home

Take pictures in your mind of your childhood room 
Memorize what it sounded like when your dad gets home 
Remember the footsteps, remember the words said 
And all your little brother's favorite songs 
I just realized everything I have is someday gonna be gone
--Taylor Swift, Never Grow Up

 Watch out, East River, Here Come the Irish
God gave us November to dedicate a month to mourning the passing of October, and preparing for the arrival of Advent. Thus, I have grown more and more fond of November over the years, as I spend the month doing basically those two things.
November is the perfect time to make a list of "Favorite Things About October":
Item A) Fall Leaves.
Item B) Autumn Colors.
Item C) The First Week of October that is Jam-Packed with Saints' Feast Days
Item D) Birthdays. Birthdays on Birthdays on Birthdays.

23: grateful. scared. excited. in the best way
Item E) Every other year or so, a new Taylor Swift album.
And, of course, the new Taylor Swift's album has dropped, causing joy among twenty-something girls everywhere, and incurring the wrath of New Yorkers. So obviously I've been listening to tons of Taylor.
Not the new album, though. While wallowing for the past week in all things Taylor, I discovered that, in the midst of the rush of freshman year, I had neglected to listen to 65% of the songs on her album Speak Now. So, I remedied that, and was rewarded with a treasure trove of beautiful lyrics, that, along with Sara Bareilles' Blessed Unrest, has become the soundtrack to a new city.

You can have Manhattan, babe,
'cause I can't have you.
--Sara Bareilles, Manhattan

 It's a really old city 
Stuck between the dead and the living 
--Sara Bareilles, Chasing the Sun

Here in these city lights
Girl could get lost tonight
--Sara Bareilles, City

So fill up your lungs and just run 
But always be chasing the sun.
--Sara Bareilles, Chasing the Sun

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