Ding Dong Merrily

January 6th, 2017

On this, the last day of Christmastide, a quick note on my 2016 Christmas music standouts. 1. I gained appreciation this year for The Huron Carol, also called Gabriel’s Message or In the Moon of Wintertime. I’ve had many versions in the mix(es) for years, but its brooding character really charmed me this winter. Here’s […]

Because Redesigning Album Art Is About More Than Procrastination

February 6th, 2016

It’s about productivity. I have a strange relationship with the music I play and store in iTunes. Working on a PhD has only increased this. What I haven’t mentioned yet, though, is the important role album art plays in my computer deskscape. Yes ‘deskscape’ because I spend more time in this screen environment than anywhere […]

Christmas Playlist Gifting #2

December 21st, 2014

Because Christmas Music is my favorite aspect of the Christmas season and because I am not gifted with the gift of loving gift giving (my love languages tend more towards time and words), I’ve enjoyed making this (and this) free downloadable Christmas playlist. I’ll make some more next year, as curating Christmas playlists is my […]

Ding Dong Merrily! Music Gifting

December 12th, 2014

Yeah- I know. Where’s my blog? In my brain. Not on my bulletin board. To everything a season. And though the past two years haven’t quite been a consistent blogging season, it is right now the season of CHRISSSSSSSSSTMAAAAAAAAAAAAS! I’ve got a few thematic playlists I would like to gift, but I’ll start with just […]

What Happens When Doing A PhD Dramatically Shrinks Your Social And Work Spheres…

May 19th, 2014

On May 7, something I have been looking forward to for over a year finally happened. The exciting moment came quietly, sneakily, while I was working at my desk, but the months and months of anticipation beforehand included careful monitoring, betting, wishing, and waiting. So now I celebrate: The Day That A Song Finally Surpassed […]

Pop Culture & The Kingdom of God

July 22nd, 2012

I never dreamed I would end my two years as an Assistant Instructor at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, and my four preceding years as a student, by co-teaching a new course I co-created on a topic I love, with twenty-plus amazing graduate students. But I did. A few weeks ago we celebrated […]

‘Run to the Woods’: Songs for an Appalachian Dystopian Narrative

April 23rd, 2012

I tend to only use Pandora in situations where I can’t use iTunes, which then means I just try to recreate my finely honed playlists designed mostly for reading. So of course for re-reading The Hunger Games, I needed to create a portable station with which to read along. When I started plugging tracks from […]

“What Yankee Candle Means to Me” Episode 13- The Musical

November 13th, 2011

More! More! More! This episode features gift giving, dogs, jewels, guessing games and singing! Why? Because of candles, people. Candles.

Sounds of Synethesia: The Nostalgic Season

October 17th, 2011

The start of Fall marks a full year of chronicling my ever-intensifying method of seasonalizing my music by color and feel [Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer]. The only season missing is Christmas (coming in December) which won’t be quite so synesthetic, as most Christmas music sounds red, green and white to everyone, but I’ll post it […]

Sounds of Synesthesia: The Outloud Season

May 31st, 2011

It’s June (in a few hours), my spring Yankee Candle flickered its last yesterday, and every time an introspective song comes up on my playlist, I press Skip. What does this mean? IT”S SUMMER. I’m no summer super-fan, and still prefer sweaters to T-shirts (would always rather stick my Ipod in a coat pocket than […]