Soundtrack of My Life: Top Ten Songs from the Monkees


Where would I be without the Monkees? Quite possibly dead. Throughout my life, the Monkees have been a source of comfort and laughter even in the darkest of moments. I cringe at the racist and sexist plot points, but there is an anarchy in the humour I appreciate, and the music remains absolutely perfect fifty … More Soundtrack of My Life: Top Ten Songs from the Monkees

Soundtrack of My Life: “Full of Grace” by Sarah McLachlan


Twenty years ago was the beginning of a love affair I had with a girl. It’s not like that. It actually had its genesis twenty-five years ago, when the terrible film version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer was released. Overall it’s an uneven experience. While Paul Reubens and Donald Sutherland give great performances with middling material, … More Soundtrack of My Life: “Full of Grace” by Sarah McLachlan

Soundtrack of my Life: Ten Best Elvis Costello Songs


If I want some snark, some verbosity, some damn fine songwriting, I turn to Elvis Costello. There is something about how his songs play out. He’s fearless about genre (and occasionally language itself). And sometimes he shows up in the most random of places. Austin Powers cameo? Sure, why not! Host my own talk show* … More Soundtrack of my Life: Ten Best Elvis Costello Songs

Soundtrack of my Life: “The Unicorn” by the Irish Rovers


My Irish side is hidden by my very Danish name. It’s the side of melancholy, lamb stew, and whisky. It’s also the side of black humour, sarcasm, and avoidance. But the Irish side of me is what probably fuels my love of music, as the very first music I remember, aside form what I heard … More Soundtrack of my Life: “The Unicorn” by the Irish Rovers

Soundtrack of my Life: “Go Do” by Jonsi


Sigur Rós is my meditation music. So I’m well aware of Jónsi’s penchant for falsetto and ethereal prettiness.  But the reason that “Go Do” is my favourite Jónsi song is because it is so damn euphoric. Over a dominant percussive line, he tosses out line after line of optimism and support. “We should always know … More Soundtrack of my Life: “Go Do” by Jonsi

Soundtrack of My Life: “A Different Corner” by George Michael/ “Freedom ’90” by George Michael


I’ve spent the last several weeks knowing I had to end my “Friendship” with the man I have been deeply and most emphatically in love with for the past two years. So of course, I’m not in the best head space (to put it mildly). We were never actually friends. I not sure what we … More Soundtrack of My Life: “A Different Corner” by George Michael/ “Freedom ’90” by George Michael

Yeah. I Know.


I know I said no posting for a while. But… I am a simple girl with simple pleasures. Skippy on vinyl. One more must have record down. I wish it was the original Columbia recording instead of the Sundaze re-release, but I like my kidneys. In one way that 2017 is already better than 2016: … More Yeah. I Know.

Soundtrack of my Life: “5 Days in May” by Blue Rodeo


I have an unabashed love for Blue Rodeo. They are one of the quintessential Canadian bands, part of my life as much as the Smiths and the Clash are. They write perfect little roots-influenced, country-twinged songs. Their best album, Five Days in July, can stand with any other Alt country album an American can produce. And … More Soundtrack of my Life: “5 Days in May” by Blue Rodeo

“I do twenty minutes every time the refrigerator door opens and the light comes on.”


This one really hurts. I can remember the first time I saw Debbie Reynolds. I was five. I was supposed to be in bed, but I had sneaked into my parents bedroom to watch TV while they were in the basement watching their own show. I didn’t know what was on, I didn’t care. I … More “I do twenty minutes every time the refrigerator door opens and the light comes on.”

“There’s no comfort in the truth, pain is all you’ll find.”


Wham! is one of my first music memories. “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” is such an iconic song, not just in my life, but in the world in general. A fluffy little dance pop number,but so catchy and ridiculously memorable. I was seven when it was a huge hit. And then Faith. People forget how … More “There’s no comfort in the truth, pain is all you’ll find.”

Soundtrack of my Life: “Goodbye To You” by Michelle Branch


When you love someone set them free. Over two years ago I met the most amazing person. I rarely meet people I can tolerate for longer than thirty seconds, so the fact I liked this person was a miracle unto itself. Yeah. I fell in love with him, breaking every single rule I set up … More Soundtrack of my Life: “Goodbye To You” by Michelle Branch

The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame + Museum 2017- Journey?


It’s time for my annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum WTF? omissions list: The Zombies (I cannot even); War; Megadeath; X; Warren Zevon; XTC; Dead Kennedys; My Bloody Valentine; Dire Straits; Nick Drake; Motorhead; Black Flag; Prefab Sprout; The Doobie Brothers(!); New York Dolls; Nine Inch Nails; Duran Duran; Slayer; Television; The … More The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame + Museum 2017- Journey?

Soundtrack of my Life: “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” by Bob Dylan


As we are all very aware now, I love Dylan. So very much. But this song choice is basically coming down to this: It’s fine. It’s cool. I get it. Really I do. You win. I give up. And that is that.   It’s pointless to fight for something when it only seems to really … More Soundtrack of my Life: “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” by Bob Dylan

Soundtrack of my Life: “Hope There’s Someone” by Antony and the Johnsons


I had also started this piece in the last couple of months, but I’ve had a hard time writing it. But I’ve started again, and will complete it so I don’t think about it anymore. All I’ve ever wanted in life was to matter to someone. To be considered worthy of someone’s love and attention. … More Soundtrack of my Life: “Hope There’s Someone” by Antony and the Johnsons

Soundtrack of my Life: “War In Peace” by Skip Spence


I started writing this before all the hell of November began, so I decided to finish it. I’ll write the 2016 year-end stuff next month and then that’s it until I find some sort of joy or purpose. When I discussed Skip Spence’s exquisite and underappreciated OAR, I mentioned a fondness for the broken and lost geniuses … More Soundtrack of my Life: “War In Peace” by Skip Spence

Soundtrack of my Life: “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen… and John Cale… and Jeff Buckley… And Rufus Wainwright… and k.d. lang…


The world is bleak. There has been little of the past few years of my life that has lent itself to hope and optimism, and the one thing I had hope and optimism about backfired spectacularly. This reinforced what I had always been told about myself, both by actual people and what my unending internal … More Soundtrack of my Life: “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen… and John Cale… and Jeff Buckley… And Rufus Wainwright… and k.d. lang…

“I’m telling the story, and if I can’t tell the story, I’m not going to sing it.”


  I’m getting to the point where I’m running out of synonyms for sadness and loss. Just listen to this voice, the voice of the incomparable Sharon Jones, with her devoted Dap Kings. She made it big late in life. But she always had that voice. Godspeed, Sharon. And thank you for sharing everything. Go … More “I’m telling the story, and if I can’t tell the story, I’m not going to sing it.”

“I love you in a place where there’s no space and time.”


Give me a man with a piano, and I will show you devotion. Leon Russell. He wrote some beautiful songs. He mentored Elton John. He tagged along with Joe Cocker, played with Delaney and Bonnie. He was a studio musician throughout the sixties, as part of the legendary Wrecking Crew. He played on Pet Sounds. … More “I love you in a place where there’s no space and time.”

“There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”


I can’t find the words. I cried. God, how I cried. I curled up on my bed and cried until my eyes could no longer produce tears. But my body still rocked from sobs even then. I couldn’t stop. Maybe my already fractured state I couldn’t take one more loss, one more piece of sadness. … More “There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”

Soundtrack of my Life: “God Give Me Strength” by Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach


There is a delightful and underlooked gem of a film called Grace of My Heart, directed by Allison Anders and starring the incomparable Illeana Douglas. Anders is a highly acclaimed independent film maker responsible for the amazing Gas Food Lodging and Mi Vida Loca, but my favourite is the still Grace, a film of warmth and tenderness filled with incredible … More Soundtrack of my Life: “God Give Me Strength” by Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach

Soundtrack of my Life: “Holocene” by Bon Iver


There is something sublime about Justin Vernon’s music. It’s the delicacy, I believe. And I need delicate right now. Vernon’s wistful falsetto, the gentleness of the brushed drums, the quietness of the guitar arpeggios. “Holocene” is a bar in Portland, Oregon where Vernon stated he had ” a dark night of the soul”, and as … More Soundtrack of my Life: “Holocene” by Bon Iver

Bob Dylan wins the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature


Last night, during a bout of insomnia, I began writing a piece for Noise That Thinks about Arcade Fire’s first album. It was a tentative, disorganized beginning- 750 words and I’m still not sure if it makes any sense, linear or otherwise. Writing at Noise comes with the knowledge that I am currently suffering not only from … More Bob Dylan wins the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature

“No Dress Rehearsal. This Is Our Life.”


It’s odd being a Canadian who writes about music. The narrative is completely different from what it would be if I had grown up in the American midwest or in East Anglia. Australians might understand it. Another English-speaking land with its own cultural touchstones, musically. I once heard someone try to explain Powderfinger to an … More “No Dress Rehearsal. This Is Our Life.”

Soundtrack of my Life: “One For My Baby (And One For the Road)” by Frank Sinatra


  Frank is the guy I go to when my heart has been ripped out of my chest and mocked mercilessly by men, God, and just about anything and anyone else you can think of. While the go to album is In The Wee Small Hours, Frank’s ode to his crumbling relationship with Ava Gardiner, for … More Soundtrack of my Life: “One For My Baby (And One For the Road)” by Frank Sinatra

David Bowie -“I’m always amazed that people take what I say seriously. I don’t even take what I am seriously.”


I’m still walking around stunned by the news of David Bowie’s death. I haven’t been able to fully process it.  I’ve tried to write something for days, as shock and sadness propelled me into a bout of insomnia. Words left me. I couldn’t even attempt to put a sentence together. Denial is beginning to turn … More David Bowie -“I’m always amazed that people take what I say seriously. I don’t even take what I am seriously.”

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum 2016- or… Meh.


It’s time for my annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum​ WTF? omissions list: Yes; The Zombies (I cannot even); War; Megadeath; X; Journey; Warren Zevon; XTC; Dead Kennedys; My Bloody Valentine; Dire Straits; Nick Drake; Motorhead; Black Flag; Prefab Sprout; The Doobie Brothers(!); New York Dolls; Nine Inch Nails; Duran Duran; Slayer; … More The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum 2016- or… Meh.

Soundtrack of my Life: “Light & Day/ Reach for the Sun” by the Polyphonic Spree


In the wake of tragedy, in trauma, in revisiting trauma, it is easy to succumb to paranoia and fear and not see the bigger picture. I wrote a poem of sorts in the aftermath of Paris about not being afraid. And then I put on Billy Bragg and other protest singers and listened to anti-war … More Soundtrack of my Life: “Light & Day/ Reach for the Sun” by the Polyphonic Spree

Soundtrack of my Life: “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” by the Smiths


I hate love songs. I generally hate love, mostly because I’m a bitter old hag who hasn’t dated in thirteen years. I’m damaged beyond words and to say I have trust issues might be a drastic understatement. I know this song list is overflowing with love songs. So, the first thing you need to know … More Soundtrack of my Life: “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” by the Smiths

Soundtrack of my Life: “The Crying Game” by Boy George


Boy George never gets enough credit as a singer. He nails songs that cry- “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?” is a classic for a reason and it has nothing to do with the cheesy 80s production surrounding George’s tearful voice. That vocal style is amplified in his biggest solo hit, a cover of … More Soundtrack of my Life: “The Crying Game” by Boy George

Soundtrack of my Life: “The Ballad of El Goodo” by Big Star/ “Mona With the Children” by Doug Cameron; or The Search for the Absolute Favourite


I get asked time and time again about what my actual all-time favourite song is. This is an impossible question- the answer changes every hour, depending on mood, what I’m listening to, what I’m tired of, what I can remember from day-to-day, who I’m talking to. “In The Midnight Hour”. “Find The River”. “Dancing Queen”. … More Soundtrack of my Life: “The Ballad of El Goodo” by Big Star/ “Mona With the Children” by Doug Cameron; or The Search for the Absolute Favourite

Soundtrack of my Life: “Where Have All The Rude Boys Gone” by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists


I love love songs about music. Whether it’s John Miles singing about how music was his first love to Stevie singing about Duke, musicians have written about the music that inspires and delights them as long as music has existed. I can list a dozen songs about loving genres, instruments, music in general. But a … More Soundtrack of my Life: “Where Have All The Rude Boys Gone” by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Soundtrack of my Life: “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears for Fears


Some songs are just your favourite. They come to you while you’re young, and they never leave you. These are the songs that you love, without irony or cynicism. “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” is one of those songs for me. It’s the type of love that makes you chase down an original Swiss … More Soundtrack of my Life: “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears for Fears

Soundtrack of my Life: “Mandinka” by Sinead O’Connor


The power of imagery, coupled with a powerful voice, on top of a ferocious song. That is how I became a Sinead O’Connor fan. I remember her on the Grammys. I was eleven. She was very young, her head shaved, looking unlike anyone I had ever seen before. There was a comment in the room … More Soundtrack of my Life: “Mandinka” by Sinead O’Connor

The Album List: # 191 Sly and the Family Stone “Stand!”


Sly Stone was a genius. Is a genius. A one time drug addled platinum mohawked genius. But a genius none the less. A funkified, soulful genius with the ability to make me dance in a spontaneous way. I wanna take you higher, and all that jazz. Sly came to me late in life after Arrested Development … More The Album List: # 191 Sly and the Family Stone “Stand!”

Soundtrack of my Life: “Reward” by Teardrop Explodes


I have talked before about the joy a great brass section can bring to a dreary existence. It works time and time again- hence the popularity of songs like “Crazy in Love”, “Move On Up”, and the entire career of Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass (never underestimate or write off Herb Alpert). But among … More Soundtrack of my Life: “Reward” by Teardrop Explodes

Soundtrack of my Life: “Lloyd, I’m Ready to be Heartbroken” by Camera Obscura/ “Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken?” by Lloyd Cole and the Commotions


Scottish twee. Yes, it is. Pure pop, with Tracyanne Campbell’s thin, girlish voice and the band’s chipper tempo hiding the darker, almost scornful lyrics that touch on myopic love and loss of identity.  Can you stay a girl while holding a boy’s hand? Do girls want to be protected like the Crown Jewels? Are you … More Soundtrack of my Life: “Lloyd, I’m Ready to be Heartbroken” by Camera Obscura/ “Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken?” by Lloyd Cole and the Commotions

The Album List: # 190 Jimi Hendrix Experience “Axis: Bold As Love”


Ah, Saint Jimi. The master of the guitar, the king of the riff, hero to many. He is much beloved by the masses, and the art of the rock and roll guitar was propelled forward by him into an unknown stratosphere. As previously stated in my other Hendrix album recap, God is taken on blind … More The Album List: # 190 Jimi Hendrix Experience “Axis: Bold As Love”

Soundtrack of my Life: “The Village Green Preservation Society” by the Kinks


There are things that those who love me know about me: 1. The Kinks are my favourite band. 2. This is my favourite album of all time, and I often proclaim it the greatest album ever created. 3. My kids prefer Katy Perry to Ray Davies and I feel like a failure as a parent because … More Soundtrack of my Life: “The Village Green Preservation Society” by the Kinks

Soundtrack of my Life: “Weightless Again” by the Handsome Family


I have tried to write about this song for a while now. I absolutely love it, but it spring from a darkness and it feeds my brain in its more painful and damaging days. The problem I have is that when my depression amps up, I favour songs that may make people question where I … More Soundtrack of my Life: “Weightless Again” by the Handsome Family