Playlist For Going Places

Here are some songs for those of you that may be going somewhere else over spring break. Even if you aren’t going anywhere, here are some songs about places you might rather be. These are locations all over the world that left a mark on these artists that felt inspired to sing about these various locations. They may or may not call these places home but you can still see the visuals described as you listen to these songs today.

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Best Love Quotes

What can be better than love quotes? Not all that many things. These are my favorite quotes about the messiness and madness that comes with being in love.

1. “You don’t love somebody because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.” – Jodi Picoult

2. “We accept the love we think we deserve.” – Stephen Chbosky

3. “As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” – John Green

4.  “I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.” – Pablo Neruda

5. “Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.” – Neil Gaiman

6. “I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough” – Nicholas Sparks

7. “We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.” – Robert Fulghum

8. “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.” – C.S. Lewis

9. “Love is needing someone. Love is putting up with someone’s bad qualities because they somehow complete you.” – Sarah Dessen

10. “I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it’s these things I’d believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all she should be. I love her and it is the beginning of everything.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Songs For Falling In Love

Some of the sweetest and most romantic songs that talk about when you first fall in love with another person. That time is such a magical one and I feel like these songs show that in a beautiful way. Some of the artists included are: Ed Sheeran, Beyonce, and some others as well! I love all of these songs no matter if I’m falling in love or just want to listen to some good music. Regardless of which of these categories you fall into, I hope you enjoy these songs!
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Book of the Month: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time


A book that most represents my theme of change for this month happens to be this 2003 release from British writer Mark Haddon. The book is narrated by a 15-year-old boy with Autism who is fascinated with Sherlock Holmes. He becomes fixated on the fictional detective to the point where he makes everything a mystery he has to solve. The main character Christopher, is used to his routine and he becomes anxious when anything doesn’t go according to plan. What I love about this novel is how honest it is. You get to see life through the eyes of someone who’s struggling with something he doesn’t fully understand. He’s not content with who he is but he can’t change it either.

This novel says a lot about change and really puts things into perspective. Autism is something that no one has the ability to control, it’s just something that happens. Since we only see it through his eyes, we don’t get to see firsthand what the other characters in the book think about him and the problems that happen due to his actions. Christopher obviously has to deal with change in his life since we all do. His is just extremely difficult for him to deal with considering his condition.

Beyond the basic concepts of the novel, it also looks at how a change of pace can be really difficult to deal with. We have to cope with things and learn how to accept them as much as we can. Christopher has to deal with the change happening in his life and he has his fair share of encounters with things he doesn’t understand. Such as, him getting blamed for murdering his neighbor’s dog and having an altercation with an officer after due to him reacting since he was afraid. The interesting thing about this particular character is his approach to resorting to Sherlock Holmes mode and playing real life detective. He’s a seriously smart character that we can all take a lesson or two from.

Spotlight On: Lindsay Weir

Spotlight On is a monthly featureish thing that I’m starting this month where I take a look at one particular character and explore how they go with the theme. This character is always going to be fictional and from books, movies, or TV shows. This month focuses on Lindsay Weir from the cult classic 90’s teen drama Freaks and Geeks.


Although the series didn’t air until the ’90’s, it takes place in the 1980’s. The main character Lindsay starts out the series as a smart good girl who’s a member of the mathletes. After the death of her grandma, she begins to question everything. She begins to drift away from her childhood best friend Millie. She begins hanging out with the freaks at her high school after being invited by bad boy Daniel Desario. Throughout the series, Lindsay frequently struggles with becoming a freak and doing things that aren’t typical of her.

Lindsay is a classic example of what happens to high schoolers. Everyone in high school is trying to discover who they are. Teens are evolving and experimenting, some of which are more dramatic than others. Lindsay happens to be one that goes through dramatic changes as she gets closer to the likes of Daniel, Kim Kelly, Nick, and the other members of the gang. Throwing parties, vandalism, marijuana, bars, detention, and many other adventures that Lindsay takes part in. She begins a relationship with Nick, a guy who desperately wants to become a drummer but knows in his heart that he’s not good enough to be a serious professional.

Despite all of her change, Lindsay is still the same deep down. Sure, she’s changed what’s important to her but she still knows who she is, that’s one thing that never changes. She grows more confident and sure of herself during the season. Her change may not be permanent, but it’s one that she is content with. She enters a rebellion period but her fashion definitely evolves for the better. The army jacket she stole from her dads closet becomes her trademark that she wears all the time. Lindsay Weir is a character that most represents change which is fitting for my monthly theme.

Christmas Movie Characters

One of the best things about Christmas movies to keep in mind as you watch some holiday favorites with your family is the charming characters. From the smart to the silly, these characters are all different types of heroes in their own personal ways. Charming and endearing, these are some characters that have stuck with me as I’ve watched these Christmas movies growing up. Hopefully you’ll have the same reaction as mine.

Buddy The Elf from Elf


He’s extremely lovable and always happy. He’s love and adoration for Christmas is altogether contagious to say the least. The joy and belief that he has in the holiday is precious and charming. It’s pretty much impossible not to love this character and his spirit.

Clark Griswold from Christmas Vacation


He always looks on the bright side, maybe to a fault at times. He does what he can for his family. His antics that he finds himself in are entertaining and never get old no matter how many times you’ve seen this movie. He’s a hilarious dad that would definitely be fun to be around.

Ralphie from A Christmas Story


Let’s be real, Ralphie is a major dork. But he’s a dreamer who knows what he wants, even if what he wants isn’t always the smartest thing for him. He’s just a kid finding his way and it’s endearing to be able to watch him grow up within this movie as he navigates through his life.

The Grinch from How the Grinch Stole Christmas


He’s obviously not meant to be a sweet and lovely character. But after seeing everything that the Grinch had to endure as a young boy, you get an idea of why he acts the way he does. He’s been bullied and knocked down many times in life. But the cool thing about this movie is watching him and his heart grow bigger and bigger. He tries to be a mean evil guy, but at the end of the day he’s just a caring and loving guy that you can’t help but love.

Kevin from Home Alone


Kevin is a little brat at the beginning of this movie. But once he wakes up and his family is gone, he thinks they left him on purpose. This made him appreciate his family more, especially considering the things he had to deal with when home alone. He was brave and faced the robbers head on which is a lot more than I would’ve done if it was me in his shoes. He’s a clever kid who knows that he must protect his house and think on his feet even if he’s scared.

George Bailey from It’s A Wonderful Life


I’ve already dedicated an entire post to this movie here recently. But any Christmas character list would be incomplete with him missing from it. So basically, George Bailey is the perfect fictional character because he always puts other people before himself. He gave up his chance to see the world in order to remain in his boring little town to run his fathers business. He’s a caring guy who loses some faith in the movie but he always always finds his way in the end.

Music themed books, TV shows, & movies

Music is the one thing that connects us all. No matter how different one may seem from you on the surface, the likeliness of them enjoying the same music as you is extremely likely. In these books, movies, and TV shows, music connects the characters in ways significant to the plot and character growth. Side note: I spent awhile trying to find pictures to go with each of these but each time I previewed the post, the images wouldn’t load. So please bear with me or even help if you have any idea how! Thank you!

Eleanor And Park by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor is a new girl with fiery red hair, clothes that make her stand out, and is a little on the chubby side. She sits next to Park on the bus who feels like an outcast being the only Asian kid but is really on the popular side. The innocence of this book is endearing and realistic. Park shares his comics and mixed tapes with Eleanor. The music is an important aspect of this book-it takes place in the 80’s so there’s The Beatles, Joy Division, and The Smiths. That alone is a good enough reason to read the book, it’ll take you on a trip down memory lane.

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
After an event that happened over the summer, senior Annabel suddenly finds herself without a friend in the world. She comes across Owen, a boy she doesn’t know personally but she’s heard of serious fights he’s been in. Owen constantly has a pair of headphones in. One day, Annabel catches a ride home with him and sees stacks and stacks of CD’s in his car. Owen plays Annabel music and she automatically judges it and Owen tells her, “Don’t think or judge, just listen.” Through her friendship with Owen, Annabel gains a vast knowledge of different genres of music.

Audrey, Wait!
After Audrey dumped her boyfriend, he turned around and wrote a song for her. All of a sudden, the song is everywhere and once everyone finds out Audrey was the inspiration, her life changes forever.

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
Remy’s dad left her family when she was just a baby. He ended up in a motel and wrote a song about his young daughter. All of a sudden, the song is everywhere and becomes a classic one hit wonder even after her dad’s death. Remy hates the song and she also hates musicians. Dexter who is a lanky klutz runs into her and he’s exactly the opposite of her. He also is the lead singer of a band that’s known for it’s series of songs based off of the theme “The Potato Opus” This book is so classic because it takes music and weaves it together in such a way that it becomes a major reason for Remy changing who she is and what she believes.

Perks Of Being A Wallflower
In this popular coming of age novel, Charlie winds up with a mixtape his older sister’s boyfriend made her that she gave to Charlie. Charlie is then introduced to songs that gives him a new perspective to how he sees the world. He then shares this mixtape with his new friend Patrick during Secret Santa. Sharing music is something that exhilarates Charlie. He wants his friends to get the same indescribable feeling he gets when he listens to the tape. Music is used here as a key to Charlie figuring out his place in the world.

TV Shows
My Mad Fat Diary
This British Teen Drama focuses on Rae Earl, a teenager growing up in the middle to late 90’s. The show starts with Rae navigating her life months after her failed suicide attempt. She reconnects with an old friend who introduces her to a new group of friends, including Finn a guy who she bonds over music with. Finn and Rae’s connection with music is the number one reason why I am drawn to this show. They hangout and listen to The Smiths and Beastie Boys record. It’s hilarious to see Rae listen to Radiohead, Oasis, and Weezer considering I’m still listening to them 15 plus years later.

One Tree Hill
This show is FILLED with music themes. Two of the main characters wind up involved in the music business but I only want to focus on one of these characters. Peyton Sawyer is a popular cheerleader who desperately desires to be an angsty outcasts. Peyton and Lucas don’t entirely connect due to music. Lucas totally disses Peyton’s favorite band The Cure. The main connection here isn’t a romantic one, it’s Peyton and her mom’s. Ellie is Peyton’s birth mother who put her up for adoption. Years later, Ellie who is a music journalist, interviews Peyton and bonds over music with her before she reveals the truth. The shared connection here is so memorable because it brought two people who had been apart, reunited once more.

Friday Night Lights
I know that this is a show about High School Football team. However, it’s also about relationships and the mutual interests that bring everyone together. Julie Taylor might be the coach’s daughter but she’s not popular or a cheerleader, she’s a loner the first season. Matt Saracen starts out as a shy back-up quarterback who lives with his forgetful Grandma. Eventually, the relationship develops into more and part of this is due to both loving weird music. The pair goes to concerts together for bands that no one knows about around Texas.

The OC
This is another landmark teen drama that incorporated music into the plot in a fitting way. The nerdy Seth Cohen has a vast knowledge for whiny music especially Death Cab For Cutie. The banter that Seth has with Summer is hilarious and also relatable. Not all teens are going to have the same musical taste and the show presents this accurately. Plus the music used during certain scenes never disappointed especially “Hide And Seek” By Imogen Heap.

This is a TV show that’s very similar to the movie Country Strong. Except the main difference is although Rayna is getting older, she’s far from washed out. The music is also written by upcoming Country artists such as Kacey Musgraves, The Civil Wars, and other musicians that are bound to make a name for themselves. Each of the actors and actresses on the show have beautiful voices and the songs selected are always a perfect fit.

I know it’s difficult but just try to picture what type of movie Juno would be without this soundtrack. The quirky sounds of Kimya Dawson, The Moldy Peaches, & Belle & Sebastian sets the mood of the film. Juno herself worships Patti Smith and loves to play the guitar. She bonds with the middle aged cool guy who is adopting her baby. Mark introduces her to Sonic Youth which is one of the highlights of the movie. The film ends with Juno and her boyfriend Paulie playing the guitar and singing The Moldy Peaches. The ending is a light and sensible one for this unique movie.

Garden State
This film sets the standard for indie movie soundtracks. The best part of it is that writer and leading man Zach Braff included in the script each song he wanted in the film and wrote all the artists stressing how important the song was for the movie. Natalie Portman’s character Sam meets Braff at the doctors office where she sits in the waiting room listening to The Shins. She tells him, “You’ve gotta listen to this one song, it’ll change your life.” Sam’s passion for music is a strong point of the movie.

Almost Famous
A beautiful coming of age film that follows a high schooler who is an aspiring rock journalist. William consults cynical Rolling Stone writer Lester Bangs about what it takes to make it. Ignoring Bangs’s comments on rock and roll being dead, William joins band Saltwater on tour to write a Rolling Stone cover story on the upcoming group. William gets to see the gritty realities of touring and learns that groupies aren’t bad people, they are genuine fans of music. Music is what connects these characters in an intriguing way.

Country Strong
This movie follows an aging country singer who just got out of rehab and is trying to avoid turning into a washed up artist. Her husband is her manager and he discovers upcoming artist Chiles Stanton. The subplot involves her being the prissy pop country one while Beau is the classic country artist. The best thing about it all is the music, all the songs were originally sang by famous country singers.

Do The Right Thing
Spike Lee’s classic film centers around a Brooklyn neighborhood and Sal’s pizzeria. Radio Raheem is one of the main characters (Mookie) friend and is generally well known in the neighborhood. He is always carrying around a boom box that ALWAYS plays Fight The Power by Public Enemy. This song may not seem like a good enough reason for music to be considered as a central theme. But on the other hand, it does set the entire movie up and sums up racism and police brutality perfectly. There honestly couldn’t be a more fitting and catchy song for this movie.