Another BlackByrd

WordPress allows its bloggers to view their sites’ statistics. I sit back and watch, fascinated as my view count climbs higher and higher. I can see what Google searches yield clicks to my blog and I can see how many times a post has been viewed.

Many viewers find my blog after searching “Blackbyrd ‘I Feel Good Today’ lyrics.” They end up finding a post I wrote four years ago, featuring Asher Roth’s song “I Love College.” But after these constant views from that one search, I knew I needed to investigate. Consider my curiosity piqued.

It turns out that BlackByrd is a band comprised of three women from Cape Town, South Africa. And they’re brilliant. (They also, incidentally, named their band after “Blackbird” by The Beatles –– where do you think my name came from?!?)

All three of them play guitar; all three of them sing. Their lyrics are full of strong ideas and messages to empower women.

I’m hooked.

Especially when I listened to their song “All For Me.”

I feel like I could have written the song myself.

You every morning, you every night
You’re in my soul, in my heart, my life
I was a dreamer, you had the plan
Now you walking away and I don’t understand

But how come it feels ok to know I’ll never see you again
How come you never ever tried

I’m doing it all for me
Taking the chance to find the real me
I’m letting you go 1 4 3
I gotta do this alone though I’m scared to the bone
I’m not running away I’m facing my fears
This time I gotta learn to dry my own tears
Doing it all for me, without you baby
All for me

I’m hoping that I find the strength to move on
When right by your side I thought I would belong
I guess I’m not perfect but I’ma be strong
Cos this is the moment and I want it all so….

How come it feels ok to know il never see you again
How come you never ever cried

I’m doing it all for me
Taking the chance to find the real me
I’m letting you go 1 4 3
I gotta do this alone though I’m scared to the bone
I’m not running away I’m facing my fears
This time I’m gonna learn to dry my own tears
Doing it all for me, without you baby
All for me

Without you I’m learning that I’m incomplete
Without you there’s so much more I want to be
Without you there’s no us, without you it’s just me
Without you it’s all up to me
yeah….

I’m doing it all for me
Taking the chance to find the real me
I’m letting you go 1 4 3
I gotta do this alone and I’m scared to the bone
I’m not running away I’m facing my fears
This time I’m gonna learn to dry my own tears
Doing it all for me, without you baby
All for me.

A new tradition

Bottles of Mike’s Hard Lemonade were $8.50 each. We settled on cotton mouth and almost-front-row “seats” to see Foreigner up-close and personal.

After their first song I turned around to see Dad’s reaction.

“Woooooow,” he said, incredulously. “How do they sound the same?!?!?” He had seen them in concert around 30 years ago.

They were in-cred-uh-bull. The air was rich with cigarette smoke, beer breath and pot. I nearly fainted from thirst and the intoxicating smells. When Foreigner finally took the stage, I snapped right back to life. It was all worth it to do something special with my daddy.

I closed my eyes and pretended we were in my bedroom, watching a Foreigner record spin on my record player. Everyone sang along, even Daddy. Especially Daddy.

Ten dollars bought us two concert tickets for a night I’ll never forget.

Now Dad wants to go back to Artpark in two weeks to see Yes.

I smell a new tradition.

Last few days (very late, I might add)

30.) Your favorite song at this time last year.

“I Am Not A Robot” by Marina & The Diamonds. (I still love it!)

 

29.) A song from your childhood.

It’s “Bananas in Pyjamas” by Big Blue Dog Players.  I can’t find a good one online.

 

28.) A song that makes you feel guilty…

Ah! Here’s why I didn’t continue the countdown! What song would possibly make me feel guilty?

 

27.) A song that you wish you could play.

“Banana Pancakes” by Jack Johnson. Guitar would have been a great thing to learn.

 

26.) A song you can play on an instrument.

The “Pirates” theme. On flute/piccolo. Gimme music and let me play.

Day 21

21.) A song you listen to when you’re happy.

“You Make My Dreams” by Hall & Oates. Don’t think I’m alone in the world with this one.

(This isn’t the whole song, but this clip from (500) Days of Summer always makes me happy.)

15, 16, 17, 18, 19 (Playing catch up)

19.) A song from your favorite album.

“Treasure” from Flyleaf’s Memento Mori 

18.) A song you wish you heard on the radio.

“Pot Kettle Black” by Tilly and the Wall. I love Tilly and this song kicks ass.

17.) A song that you hear often on the radio.

I don’t listen to the radio very often, but I’d imagine this one is probably being overplayed right now (and I love this song). “We Are Young” by Fun. feat. Janelle Monáe

16.) A song you used to love but now hate.

“Decode” by Paramore. Not their best work (its association with Twilight could be to blame, just sayin’).

15.) A song that describes you.

“One Day I Slowly Floated Away” by Eisley.

(The background is weird, I know.)

Day 13

13.) A song that is a guilty pleasure.

I listen to just about everything, but I especially like music that is catchy. Guilty pleasures include work from Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber and Jesse McCartney. The most recent one, however, is “You Da One” by Rihanna. It’s so catchy and I can’t stop listening to it. (Her entire Talk That Talk album is catchy.)

And, for the record, this is my first time watching the music video (I’m not a big fan of music videos).