Top Ten Tuesday (#47)


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DESCRIPTION:  Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

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BLAHBLAHBLAH here’s all the same words you’ve been seeing from me for FOREVER why don’t I just tell you what the theme is this week?!?!?!?!

Because I missed out on this post when it was ACTUALLY the week for it, I decided to go back and do a theme from the past!  Except of course I’m going to put my own twist on it, BECAUSE I WANNA THAT’S WHY!  Also because I know at least two of you who will appreciate the twist better.

(and now I’m singing Journey to the Past from Anastasia… DARN YOU, BRAIN!)

I present to you…

My Top Seven Favorite Music Videos (as of this second right now because my favorites are CONSTANTLY changing)


Not going to lie, mouthful title is a MOUTHFUL! Whew!

There’s just something I LOOOOOVE about this video?  I don’t even know if I can explain it.  Those scenes with the black costumes and the gold skin jewels, though?!  Those are BOMB.  I mean, I’m not gonna lie–Hilary Duff is also bae.  My love for her is nevereeeeeeending.

I don’t think this song would be NEARLY the same had I not listened to it the first time while watching this music video.  I just… SO MUCH of this story is told through the video?  I wouldn’t have gotten the same story just listening to the lyrics.

I LOOOOOVELOVELOVE all the colors–it’s such a stunningly beautiful visual.  The water scenes are also gorgeous, and… Okay, this whole video is gorgeous?! SO MANY KUDOS to the director, seriously.

This is a difficult watch, penguins–but so gorgeously done?  I mean, there’s not much else I can say but that.

I just adoooooooooooore how this song was put together.  Seriously, everything about this video screams gorgeous to me.  I love it so hard.

Again, this song wouldn’t have QUITE the same impact on me if I hadn’t watched the music video to begin with.  The story being told here…it’s so disturbing, and terrifying, and…Gaaaaaah.  If you watch just ONE of these videos, make it this one, okay?

I KNOW, I KNOW, this song and video are SO super dirty, but I LOOOOOOVE them so much?  I don’t even know…I can’t even explain… I HAVE A PROBLEM, okay?!


What are some of YOUR favorite music videos, and why do you love them so much?  What did you think of my selection?

Feel free to share your thoughts with me in the comments, or link me to your own Top Ten Tuesday!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Dear How-To Penguin… (#3)


Dear Princess Penguin–

I have been feeling so bored with my usual playlist!  Don’t get me wrong–I love the songs on my iPod, but I’m thinking it’s time to change things up.  Find a new siren to be serenaded by, if you will.

So let me ask you:  how do you discover new tunes to jam to?  Do you keep your own personal scale-tailed friend in your closet?!  Are there tiny angels hiding in your cupboards?

Tell me your secrets, or feel the wrath of my disco-studded glare!


I’m Falling Out of Love with Fall Out Boy

Dear Despairing Disco–

How did you ever figure out my secret?!  Yes, I’ll be honest–this last January I went seeking out new songs.  I traveled far and wide in search of unusual beats, unique artists, emotive and evocative notes.  I returned to my home town world-weary and downtrodden, having only stumbled upon more of the same old, same old.

In my darkest moment, I settled atop a nearby canal.  I meant to organize my thoughts and calm my hurting heart, but minutes after sitting, the silence of the night was broken!  Nearby, someone was singing–a haunting melody the likes of which I’d never heard!

Of course, I had to bring her home with me.  Her name is Treble, and you’re right–she lives in my closet.  It’s just too bright out in the world for her.  She’s not as big as you’d expect, though–and her tail doesn’t have scales.  I’d tell you more about what she looks like, but she could kill me with a single note–I think it’s best I don’t risk it.

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Okay, all right, I jest.  Mostly.

Here are the ACTUAL ways I discover new music–hopefully they help you, too!

Find a Friend to Share Music With

Facebook messenger makes this super easy if you’re sending youtube linkies–just copy/paste the URL and it’ll instantly become a video for your buddy to watch ASAP!

Of course, this is only recommended if you know your friend shares similar tastes as you.  It would be rather silly to send country songs to someone who ONLY listens to hiphop; sure, they might appreciate the song, but it’s likely they won’t listen to it at all because DON’T WANNA!

Pay Attention to Youtube Recommendations!

What I mean is… if you visit youtube regularly and have an account there (I have one through my gmail account, and it’s awesome sauce) scroll down and check out the vids youtube thinks you ought to check out next!

I usually find AT LEAST one music video waiting for me to click on.  Therefore, I always make sure to check the list out when I visit youtube–and this leads to at least an hour of binge-listening each day!

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Put Spotify to the Test!

And by this, I mean USE those playlists!  There are SO MANY options for you on Spotify, I don’t know why you wouldn’t already be using these to your advantage.

There’s one that I, personally, ADORE and use consistently.  It’s called Discover Weekly.  Basically, the Spotify Sirens keep track of any new artists or songs that I “love” throughout the week…and then compile a playlist of similar music/artists for me!

I get a new song list from them every Monday, and the Spotify Serenaders go another week with their job.  Win-win!  Plus, it’s one of the highlights of my week–I always look forward to seeing what new things my Music Santa has gifted me!

Pay Attention to your Facebook Feed

Because I don’t know about YOUR friends, but there’s always at least one person sharing music on my feed.  Sometimes, it’s music I already knew about.  Sometimes, it’s music I don’t really care TO know about.  And sometimes, it’s the quickest, easiest way to discover new tunes EVAR.

Of course, there ARE other ways out there–I mean, you could go to twitter and ask for recommendations.  You could set up your goodreads friends’ request and ask those applying to share their favorite song with you.  You could….put an antenna on your head and call yourself Mister JimSlam.  THESE ways, listed here?  are just the ones that I seem to use the most–because routines, man!  I just can’t break out of them when they’re working for me!

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Here’s hoping these tips lead you to your own song siren–or at least help in your search for the new and spunky uptown funk!

Happy listening!



Top Ten Tuesday (#36)


HOSTED BY: The Broke and The Bookish
DESCRIPTION:  Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Last week’s theme:In honor of Fall Tv, do a tv-themed topic!

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But no.  Nope.  I’m scheduling this post ahead of time and I just don’t WANNA with TV right now, soooo, have this instead:

Top 5 Songs I’m Totally OBSESSED with Right Now

I don’t even know how to explain this one, but this song.  THIS SONG.  I belong to this song.  It’s just so… so… I don’t even know!  But it’s something.  And that something?  is pretty freaking epic, I think.

This is just so poetic and gorgeous and…gaaaaah.  Yes.  Love.  So much love.

There’s something so so pretty about this duet–and the yearning in the lyrics.  It speaks to me.  It speaks to me SO.  DEEPLY.  Of course, Halestorm usually does.

If you take time to listen to/watch any of these songs, PLEASE make it this one.  It’s gorgeous, and insightful, and speaks so deeply to the core of all of us, and… I cannot recommend it enough.

Again… I picked this one for the lyrics.  Listen to it.  Understand it.  THINK about it.  I promise, it’ll change you if you let it.

What are some of YOUR current musical obsessions?!  Please share them with me below–I LOVE getting music recommendations!  Also, what did you think of my choices?   Feel free to share your thoughts with me in the comments, or link me to your own Top Ten Tuesday!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Villainous Love Songs (#3)


Because c’mon–you think those characters with the hearts of ice, the unbreakable wills, the huge tendency to bully DON’T jam out to the mushy-gushy on their iPods sometimes?

I am of the firm opinion that villains, just like everybody else, have a love song they just can’t help but…well…LOVE!

This will be a consistent new feature on my blog–probably posted every Monday.  Because there are a LOT of villains, and a LOT of love songs, out there to match… and I’m bound and determined to do it!

If you like this meme, feel free to post up your own–just be sure to link back to mine!


I think I might have to make it a weekly thing, to include at least one movie (particularly Disney!) villain in each post.  Because…I mean… Duh!?

(The Emperor’s New Groove)

“Drink the wine, my darling, you said.
Take your time and consume all of it.”

I mean…I just… SO FITTING!  Except Yzma would not be the victim.

The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings

I’m not even going to TRY to explain this one.  I think it’s preeeeetty obvious.

Extra Parts, by Emma Winters

Again…I… I don’t think this really needs an explanation, but uhm.  He hurts her, he makes her leave…and then he regrets it!  TADA, perfect song choice!  I win!


Villains…and the love songs they don’t want anyone to know they rock out to.

If villains in your world had a favorite love song, which would it be?  Let me know what you think of this post below–or feel free to jump in and post your own pairs!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Bookmark Monday (#12)



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My theme this week:  Music

Treble Clef, by FinePenArt
I just love everything about this bookmark.  It’s so simple, but SO gorgeous at the same time!

Close Your Eyes bookmark
Close your Eyes, by Scribbelicious
A Phantom of the Opera bookmark?!  Heck to the yes!

Lace Saxophone, by jadewink
I just lovelovelove the way this one was crafted!  It’s so quirky and fun to look at!

Rock a Book, by winslowrye
There’s something about this one that caught my attention immediately.  Maybe it’s the snappy phrase.  Maybe it’s the gold.  Regardless, it’s pretty.

Guitar Bookmark from Repurposed Denim - Unique Gift for Man or Woman

Guitar, by UpCycledChicByBecca
Recycled denim and a gorgeous hand-painted motif?  Definitely need!  Also, the texture is lovely.

And there you have it!  Five musical bookmarks for your page-saving needs!  Which are your favorites from this batch?  Have any bookmarks you’ve discovered recently you’d like to share with me?  Let me know below!

Until next time, happy book-ing!