Musical Interlude

I’m afraid that today has been “one of those days”. My darling children have tested my patience to the limit, and my husband is working late…or maybe he’s just hiding out at the office because he knows better than to return to the war zone while tempers are still high. So, I am recovering relaxing in front of Greys Anatomy with a glass of Merlot, and reminding myself that tomorrow is another day. And maybe tonight will be the night that Henry decides to sleep for more than 2 hours at a time. A girl can dream…

In lieu of a “proper” post, given that my brain is pretty much fried from the high-pitched audio attack it has endured today, I thought I would instead have a quick chat about the two highlights in an otherwise troublesome day (there is only so much of being screamed at you can take, before you really want to just scream right back!).

So, those lovely people at UPS visited The Dream House twice today – both with very exciting deliveries.

The first…my beautiful, amazing, sexy new Baby Jogger Fit. Yes, I just called a stroller “sexy”. But…oh, it’s a thing of beauty, this three-wheeled baby wagon:

I’m going to save the details on this wee pressie to myself for after I’ve had a chance to run with it, but for the half hour it took me to unpack it and put it together, it felt like Christmas! Friday morning is pre-school time for Evie, so Henry and I will be hitting the trails of Lake Sammamish to give the BJ a proper test run (oi, stop sniggering at the back!). Let Mission Fabulous re-commence – Momma’s getting her groove back!!!

The second delivery was a small, but very exciting envelope, containing this:

Ben Folds Five’s first album in 13 years. I’ve been following Ben Folds’ Tweets and Facebook updates on this project for months, and was starting to think they’d never actually finish it, but here it is. And it’s beautiful! Sorry, Evie, Baby Einstein’s Nursery Rhymes are going to have to wait, we’re listening to this in the car this month!

I’ve been a fan of BFF and Ben Folds as a solo artist since my brother introduced me to them one Christmas – he is keen on the “Let’s introduce l’il sis to some new music” surprise Christmas gift, and it usually works out pretty well. My big bruv has kindly shared the musical talents of Ben Folds, Kings of Leon and José González with me. In return, I’ve enriched his life with Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Steel Panther and the Cat Empire. A fair exchange, I think you’ll agree.

Anyway, in lieu of a layman’s review of the album, which I could barely hear over the endless yelling and whining that was the soundtrack of my day today, I thought I would share some beautiful lyrics with you instead. Ben Folds will always hold a special place in my heart, because this song (admittedly Ben Folds solo work, rather than Ben Folds Five) was the First Dance at our wedding – “The Luckiest“. I can’t think of a better song to celebrate the fact that fate brought together two such kindred souls (even if that union did produce the two devil children that tore apart my house and my mind today!).

It’s an absolute bastard to dance to though – should’ve gone with ABBA!!

I don’t get many things right the first time
In fact, I am told that a lot
Now I know all the wrong turns, the stumbles and falls
Brought me here

And where was I before the day
That I first saw your lovely face?
Now I see it everyday
And I know

That I am
I am
I am
The luckiest

What if I’d been born fifty years before you
In a house on a street where you lived?
Maybe I’d be outside as you passed on your bike
Would I know?

And in a white sea of eyes
I see one pair that I recognize
And I know

That I am
I am
I am
The luckiest

I love you more than I have ever found a way to say to you

Next door there’s an old man who lived to his nineties
And one day passed away in his sleep
And his wife; she stayed for a couple of days
And passed away

I’m sorry, I know that’s a strange way to tell you that I know we belong
That I know

That I am
I am
I am
The luckiest

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3 Responses to Musical Interlude

  1. Roisin says:

    I’m really disappointed!!…when I read ‘cat empire’ and just as I pressed play I really thought (hoped!!) that cat empire was going to be something like cats playing piano!!! Was so excited!! Haha. Never heard of Ben folds (apart from your Facebook status’s so shall Investigate. X

    PS ”to give the BJ a proper test run!” Hahahahaha


  2. lucie wight says:

    I second Sheeny’s “give the BJ a proper test run” massive lol-ing!!

    Love the First Dance lyrics…we had a reading done by my actress bridesmaid at our wedding that was actually the lyrics to The Proclaimers ‘Lets Get Married’, goes a little something like this:

    We’ve been, going together
    Too long to be vague
    When there’s something to say
    If it’s not now, then it’s never
    So I’ll say it straight out
    ‘Cos I have no doubt, no doubt

    Let’s get married
    I love you and I want to stay with you
    Let’s get married
    Have kids and grow old and grey with you
    Let’s get married
    Hold hands, walk in the park
    You can get a cat as long as it barks

    We know, other people
    Who drifted apart
    Who broke each others hearts
    But we ain’t other people
    So we’ll do things our way
    We’re gonna be O.K.
    We’re gonna be more than O.K.

    Let’s get married
    We’re ready for tying the knot
    Let’s get married
    Set the seal on the feelings we’ve got
    Let’s get married
    We can make each other happy or we can make each other blue
    Yeah, it’s just a piece of paper but it says “I Love You”
    For the good times
    For the days when we can do no wrong
    For the moments when we think we can’t go on
    For the family
    For the lives of the children that we’ve planned
    Let’s get married
    C’mon darlin’, please take my hand

    And I’ll be the one
    Who’s by your side
    I’ll be the one
    Still taking pride
    When we’re old if they ask me
    “How do you define succes?”
    I’ll say,
    You meet a woman
    You fall in love
    You ask her and
    She says “Yes”

    It made lots of people cry…of which I’m very proud! 😀 x


    • Kerstin Pepper says:

      That’s fab Lulee – can’t go wrong with a bit of Proclaimers! It was a reading of “The Promise” that sent everyone over the edge on our big day! 🙂


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