Silver Linings Playlist (April Playlist)

I love Silver Linings Playbook.  I love the movie.  I love the book.  I love the idea of silver linings – and we all need them from time to time.  After the day at work I had yesterday, I need silver linings.  Job postings that I am not qualified for….students who seem to insist on arguing/fighting/pushing…….I need a silver lining or two, and, thankfully, I have them.  Family, friends, moments, these are all my silver linings.  So, instead of the very straight forward title of April Playlist, I decided to dedicate this list to the songs that either show me, or remind me, of the silver linings in life.  I hope you enjoy! More

January 2013 Playlist

Now, on to the music!

As stated several posts ago, I have plans of making a playlist for each month of the year.  These playlists will reflect a variety of things, like a good playlist/mix tape  should.  At the height of my mix tape making years, with good old analog technology, I was able to fit 15-20 songs per side of the tape.  Yes, let that soak in all of you who also made mix tapes and know how crazy that number is.  I was a mix tape making goddess!!!!  Well, let’s just say I was pretty good at it.  Moving on.  I freely admit that my playlist making in this digital age gets a little long (for a Pool Mix I had over 30 songs and that was after I edited down…my school list has 106 songs….you get the idea I’m sure). So, for the sake of expedience, I will limit my lists to 10 songs.

There is just something so great about taking songs that mean something to you and sharing it with someone else – especially when your words fail.  A good mix tape can make someone laugh, let them know you care, and express feelings you might otherwise be afraid to put out there.  Isn’t it amazing that something so simple as a 3min song can say so much about our lives, our personal moments in a world so vast?  They remind us that we aren’t the only one in the world that feels the way we do and that’s fantastic.

So anyways, here it is, Playlist #1 for 2013: “New Beginnings From Some Other Beginnings End”

1. Nrrrd Grrrl – MC Chris  In many ways, this is my theme song.

2. Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars  While I may be different, I think I’m pretty okay the way I am.  Plus, I love dancing to this song!

3. This Too Shall Pass – OK Go This song is great to get you through a rough day.  (Also, it makes me think of the Vernon family which is always great and welcome!)

4. Cut My Hair – the Who  From Quadrophenia, this song is one of my favorites of all time.  I love the lyrics,  particularly “Why do I have to move with the crowd/of kids who hardly notice I’m around/I work myself to death, just to fit in.”

5. Ho Hey – the Lumineers This song is just great – I’ve noticed a theme here in my music this month….hmmm….

6. Why Am I So Dizzy? – featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt  Move on the Sun has been a happy discovery for me and this is a song I can relate to at least figuratively.

7. The Weight – the Band  If you can listen to this song and not tap your feet, sing along, I don’t know what to do for you.

8. These Are the Fables – The New Pornographers have been a happy find for me.  While all the lyrics aren’t always the clearest, I love that the tunes are always interesting and thoughtful.

9. Doctor Who – Parry Gripp  I have recently become fascinated (some say obsessed) with Doctor Who and this song makes my day when it comes on my iPod.

10. Stoop Sale – MC Frontalot This is just a fun song – smart and funny like I how I imagine MC Frontalot to be in “real life.”

I hope you’ve enjoyed the variety of music listed here.  I have purchased some new tunes recently and look forward to broadening my music horizons.  Suggestions are welcome!

hitRECord Collaborations

Summer is near an end and I find myself (again!) scrambling for some type of stable footing.  Last year at this time, it was lack of a  job and my relationship that was sending me into fits.  This year, it’s finding a home and starting up some type of stable business/creative outlet for myself.  Along with Errant Easel, I plan on showcasing my work on my own website AND branch out to HitRecord. is a collaborative website where artist of various interests share their work and, yes, collaborate to create a variety of products.  You are able to propose collaborations or participate in them.  You can even just put some work up to share – which is what I did this evening.  I hope to one day participate in a collaboration, but small steps.  Please check out my records under the name staciagain.  Anyhoo…..

Here is my submission for



The above figure was drawn using Sketchbook Pro.  While I’m not yet proficient with the program, I feel pretty comfortable with the tools and like the finish product.  I hope to eventually use this program to create other such works and have them printed at a local print shop to sell.  Look out Pike County Artisans – I’m coming!

PS: Thanks to Joseph Gordon-Levitt for his investment in and his support, along with his team, of artists everywhere.  You rock!