Ceremonials.

I don’t really remember how I started listening to Florence and the Machine, but I can remember what it felt like when I listened through Lungs for the first time. It was like something inside of me started stirring. She has a way of awakening things that I didn’t know existed.

Ceremonials was meant to be an early birthday present from my mother, but I decided that it would mean more if I payed for it myself. I listened to it for the first time yesterday, and my God was it powerful. I spent an hour listening to this music that just brought out these things in me. It was like an exorcism. This album is so huge. So, so, so huge. I love it so much, and I’m so happy that Florence has manage to grow as an everything exponentially, because I thought that Lungs was major – that was nothing compared to Ceremonials. It feels very spiritual, I don’t know if it’s the actual album or just the experience, to a point where it’s almost religious (not in the typical sense). I was laughing, crying, jumping, laying, rocking back and forth and just doing irrational things – all because of this album. It’s so good. Beautiful.

My favorite has to be Shake It Out I think, even though it had been released as a single before the album came out, it still touches me to the core. It’s such a celebratory song, telling me to get rid of all negativity and just rejoice.

So, I guess that it’ll work as Tune of the Day CXLVII.

(I’m sorry I just can’t choose any favorite line so I have to post every word)

Regrets collect like old friends
Here to relive your darkest moments
I can see no way, I can see no way
And all of the ghouls come out to play

And every demon wants his pound of flesh
But I like to keep some things to myself
I like to keep my issues strong
It’s always darkest before the dawn

And I’ve been a fool and I’ve been blind
I can never leave the past behind
I can see no way, I can see no way
I’m always dragging that horse around

All of these questions, such a mournful sound
Tonight I’m gonna bury that horse in the ground
So I like to keep my issues strong
But it’s always darkest before the dawn

Shake it up, shake it out, shake it up, shake it out, oh woah
Shake it up, shake it out, shake it up, shake it out, oh woah

And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh woah

I am done with my graceless heart
So tonight I’m gonna cut it out and then restart
Cause I like to keep my issues strong
It’s always darkest before the dawn

Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, oh woah
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, oh woah

And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh woah

And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back
And given half the chance would I take any of it back
It’s a fine romance but it’s left me so undone
It’s always darkest before the dawn

Oh woah, oh woah…

And I’m damned if I do and I’m damned if I don’t
So here’s to drinks in the dark at the end of my road
And I’m ready to suffer and I’m ready to hope
It’s a shot in the dark and right at my throat
Cause looking for heaven, for the devil in me
Looking for heaven, for the devil in me
Well what the hell I’m gonna let it happen to me

Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, oh woah
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, oh woah

And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh woah

Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, oh woah
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, oh woah

And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh woah

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Lips, red as blood. Hair, dark as night. Bring me your heart, my dear dear Snow White.

This looks amazing, I can’t wait for it to come out. I love fairy tales, and I love modern takes on old stories. And it’s a huge bonus that Kristen Stewart has the lead role. Oh, and that it’s the same producer that did Alice in Wonderland. It’s safe to say that my expectations are pretty high.

Lord Byron.

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies,
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meets in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellow’d to that tender light          
Which Heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impair’d the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress
Or softly lightens o’er her face,
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.
And on that cheek and o’er that brow
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,  
But tell of days in goodness spent,—
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent.

She Walks In Beauty

I can’t for the life of me remember where I heard it first, but somehow it stuck, and when I stumbled upon it a second time – déjà vu.

Adele.

I heard that you’re settled down. That you found a girl and you’re married now. I heard that your dreams came true. Guess she gave you things I didn’t give to you. Old friend, why are you so shy? Ain’t like you to hold back, or hide from the light. I hate to turn up out of the blue, uninvited, but I couldn’t stay away. I couldn’t fight it. I had hoped you’d see my face and that you’d be reminded that for me it isn’t over. You know how the time flies. Only yesterday, it was the time of our lives. We were born and raised in a summer haze. Bound by the surprise of our glory days. Nothing compares, no worries or cares. Regrets and mistakes, they are memories made. Who would have known how bittersweet this would taste? Nevermind, I’ll find someone like you. I wish nothing but the best for you too. “Don’t forget me.” I begged. I remember, you said:

“Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead.”