Category Archives: Music

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan 0

I read (but did not really care for) Rachel Cohn and David Levithan’s newer book, Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List. I read Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan, and I thought it was cute, though not necessarily my thing. But, for some reason, I keep thinking that maybe I am going to like David […]

Music that gets you moving. 6

I am running a 5K here in Greensboro in early May, and I have been trying to get in shape for it. Since changing jobs, my exercise schedule has been a little bit off. It’s crazy how much easier it is for me to exercise, though, now that it feels like spring (and now that […]

Disjointed thoughts. 0

I didn’t say very much about it at the time, but Once was my favorite movie of last year, hands down. We went and saw it one Saturday in August, and Mike went and saw it again the next day. And we spent the rest of the fall and winter listening to the soundtrack (actually, […]

A message I can feel. 2

I don’t know anything about Tullycraft, but one evening I was listening to the radio station that Mike DJed for over the summer, and I heard this beautiful haunting song. I made Mike call the station and find out what the song had been, and it turns out that it was “The Lonely Life of […]

And he carries the reminders. 0

Then I’m laying out my winter clothes And wishing I was gone Going home Where the New York City winters aren’t bleeding me, Leading me, going home. In the clearing stands a boxer And a fighter by his trade And he carries the reminders Of every glove that laid him down Or cut him till […]

“You left your sorrow dangling.” 4

This is the track list for a mix CD I made. It is a melancholy autumn CD. You have been warned. “What Light” by Wilco – I would not consider myself a Wilco fan, but I do like this song. “Moon River” by The Innocence Mission – I didn’t like this song until I saw […]

Maybe every way I’d learned / To deal with the tragedy / Was another junkyard find / Rust-eaten and raggedy 1

This time of year, I find the seduction of cool nights (finally, cool nights) impossible to resist, and you are likely to find me and my iPod outside. I love running on nights like that, though my soundtrack tends to be a little too melancholy to inspire running at a very admirable pace. Mike listens […]

New music Monday. 7

Hello Internet People. I can’t think of anything interesting to say. But I have been working on my iPod a lot lately, finally making a playlist that I think is awesome. Here is what I am listening to lately, with, of course, the reasons why I am certainly loving each song. “Heavenly Day” by Patty […]

The revolution was not only televised, it was featured on Oprah. 10

Would you rather hear about the M. Ward concert I went to last night, or the awkwardness I had at the grocery store this morning? Both? Really? Okay. I’ll start with the awkwardness. I am well-known for awkwardness at the grocery store, what with the apple-lanches and the having to ask tall people to get […]

You shouldn’t let other people get your KICKS FOR YOU. 2

Note: To really get a feel for what this conversation sounded like, you have to imagine us yelling more than singing this song at the top of our lungs. KARI: What do you want to listen to? MIKE: You can choose. KARI: *grabs iPod* You know what I’m going to choose! MIKE: Yes. KARI: ONCE […]

Life and loss, one song at a time. 3

I like the idea of being able to chronicle your life through mix tapes. I remember the mix tape of They Might Be Giants and R.E.M. that my cousin made for me, the CDs that Sarah and I were given when we drove to Memphis in 2003, the countless playlists that Mike has devised for […]

Rock the library! 7

Once upon a time, Harry and the Potters played at the Greensboro Public Library on a Saturday afternoon. I had to work that day. I did not get to go. But then! Then Harry and the Potters came back! And I got to be there! While they rocked the library! It was a good time […]

Christmas at our house. 7

I was brave and did the Christmas CD Circle this year (has it been done before? I usually avoid CD circles because I don’t really think of myself as a music person). Since I wrote out all the reasons why I picked the songs, I thought I’d post it here instead of it being lost […]

I don’t mind if I am getting nowhere. 1

I do very much mind if I am getting nowhere, actually. It weighs on my mind and makes me even more tired than a plate full of tryptophans. But, slowly, slowly, I’ve been learning that heading in a straight line to what I perceive to be the answer may not be an answer at all. […]

I’m not feeling creative enough to come up with a clever title. 6

Good. Lately I’ve been drinking more decaf tea in the evenings. After many years of rejecting fruit tea, I have decided I like it after all. I especially like Black Cherry Berry Herb Tea by Celestial Seasonings. I don’t even normally like cherries. Sadly, I realized last night that one of the reasons I might […]

My wild and crazy life. 14

Every time Mike goes out of town, I feel the urge to act like a teenager and throw wild keg parties. Which is ridiculous . . . why do I act as if he’s the adult in our house? He might care if I was throwing wild keg parties, it’s true, but he doesn’t care […]

It comes around, it comes around. 6

The reason I don’t really listen to the radio is that they play songs over and over. For me, the stage between, “I hate this,” and, “I’m singing along to every word,” is bridged by repetition. In many cases, all you have to do to get me to like a song is . . . […]

Birthday Weekend 2006 11

On the 4th of July, I found myself standing by the side of the road (under an umbrella) watching two sets of fireworks go off, one to my right and one to my left. The car stereo was cranked up, patriotic music was playing, and, oh yeah, the two guys I was standing with had […]

Rambling thoughts. 5

Alisa and Carla have reported that they like the songs on the CD I made, except for one: The Dandy Warhols singing “We Used to Be Friends,” AKA the Veronica Mars theme song. I’ve started running again, and I’ve been using that playlist. I have to say that “We Used to Be Friends is a […]

Send someone to fetch us, we’re in Saskatchewan. 14

Alisa is leaving on Monday to drive to North Carolina, and she requested mix CDs. Mike and I made a set of three to send her, with him contributing two and me contributing one. I was pretty pleased with mine, so I’m posting it here, with my notes for Alisa on each song. The title […]