This Old Routine

This song is beautiful in its way, and it makes me think of a marriage that lasts and sees it through despite the tough times.

This old routine will drive you mad
It’s just a mumble never spoken out loud
And sometimes you don’t even know why you loved her.
Well you look at her now, and you see why.

I used this part for a prompt not long ago. It inspired a ficlet for a pairing I didn’t read, but it did inspire, so that’s something. I also chose to use it myself for my own fic.

This old routine will drive you mad
It’s just a mumble never spoken out loud
Sometimes you don’t even know how you’re still standing.
Well she looks at you now, and you see how.
Well you look at her now, and you know how.


Kabobbles Sing Along is just what I think when I hear songs. I sometimes see images when I hear lyrics, pictures or movies in my head. Sometimes I relate it to stories. My interpretation of the songs and lyrics are probably nothing like their original intent.

Blue

I had a hard time writing anything for this song. I love it, but it hits too close to home.

You sit and stare out at the rain
Or bury yourself in your books
Don’t look at no strangers
No, don’t give them any looks

I’ve always had a problem with eye contact and dealing with other people. So I wouldn’t want to look at strangers and used to hide in books all the time.

Why you ask yourself, why you’re so afraid
Why you hesitate when someone asks your name
They’ll come too close if you tell them the truth

I have had and shed many pen names over the years and I have also found myself thinking that my name didn’t fit me. I never liked my middle name, but more recently I was signing things at work and found myself tripping over the name I was using because it wasn’t me. I didn’t know how to explain that to anyone, though. I tried, I considered renaming myself, but I didn’t find anything I liked or that felt like it fit (well, I did get a new pen name, but that I will discuss later.)

And the only man you ever loved
You thought was gonna marry you
Died in a car accident when he was only 22
Then you just decided, love wasn’t for you
And every year since then
Has proved it to be true

No, there was no car accident and no man I loved that died, but I have mostly come to accept that I will be single for the rest of my life. I don’t enjoy doing the things it takes to meet people (not even sure I like people when I’m honest about it) and I don’t consider myself a good prospect. Plus, my idea of an ideal marriage mate seems impossible when I think about it.

Now you’re just a shell of
Your former you
That stranger in the mirror
Oh, that’s you
Why’d you look so blue?

I can answer the last one easily enough: I have depression. I know this. And a lot of times, especially around a certain arbitrary date each year, I look back at my life and feel like I’ve accomplished nothing and all the things I thought I’d have and where I’d be by now never happened and seem impossible.


Kabobbles Sing Along is just what I think when I hear songs. I sometimes see images when I hear lyrics, pictures or movies in my head. Sometimes I relate it to stories. My interpretation of the songs and lyrics are probably nothing like their original intent.

In the Hearts of Men

I admit that I’m not as familiar with this song as I am many others on the album. I wasn’t sure at first that I’d know what to pair up with it.

This part, though, is all I really needed:

In the hearts of men
In the arms of mothers
In the parts we play to convince others
We know what we’re doing
We’re doing it right

I did also like this:


But when there is no use
And the lights are all out
I just give it up and I walk home

and this:

I still try to speak up but my voice won’t make a sound
And I thought it all over too many times


Kabobbles Sing Along is just what I think when I hear songs. I sometimes see images when I hear lyrics, pictures or movies in my head. Sometimes I relate it to stories. My interpretation of the songs and lyrics are probably nothing like their original intent.

Emmylou

This song has such nice lyrics, so many ficcable pieces.

I wanted to use this part of the song at first, but I couldn’t make it work:

Oh, the bitter winds are coming in
And I’m already missing the summer
Stockholm’s cold, but I’ve been told
I was born to endure this kind of weather

And then I wanted to do this part and came closer to it:

When it’s you I find like a ghost in my mind,
I am defeated, and I gladly wear the crown

This suggested yet another story to me, though it didn’t make it down on paper:

But I’m holding back, that’s the strength that I lack
Every morning keeps returning at my window
And it brings me to you and I won’t just pass through
But I’m not asking for a storm

I thought it would be simple to use these lyrics:

No, I’m not asking much of you
Just sing little darling, sing with me

Strangely, it wasn’t. I ended up using none of the above.

I may have to come back and do this part, too:

And yes I might have lied to you
You wouldn’t benefit from knowing of the truth
I was frightened but I held fast
I need you now at long last


Kabobbles Sing Along is just what I think when I hear songs. I sometimes see images when I hear lyrics, pictures or movies in my head. Sometimes I relate it to stories. My interpretation of the songs and lyrics are probably nothing like their original intent.

The Lion’s Roar

I love this song.

I think it could turn into dozens if not hundreds of fics. I’m pretty sure I used it to prompt others, though that was a long time ago. I’d even quote the lyrics for the whole song because I love almost all of them.

Now the pale morning sings of forgotten things
She plays a tune for those who wish to overlook
The fact that they’ve been blindly deceived
By those who preach and pray and teach
But she falls short and the night explodes in laughter

This is the part I believe I prompted others with, though I could apply it to many of my own characters:

Well I guess sometimes I wish you were a little more predictable
That I could read you just like a book
For now I can only guess what’s coming next
By examining your timid smile
And the ways of the old, old winds blowing you back ’round

I chose this part to do the first part of my album challenge:

Sometimes I wish I could find my Rosemary Hill
I’d sit there and look at the deserted lakes and I’d sing
And every once in a while I’d sing a song for you
That would rise above the mountains and the stars and the sea
And if I wanted it to it would lead you back to me

And the lion’s roar, the lion’s roar
Is something that I have heard before
A children’s tale, the lonesome wail of a lion’s roar

That does remind me of my own childhood and a certain set of books in particular.


Kabobbles Sing Along is just what I think when I hear songs. I sometimes see images when I hear lyrics, pictures or movies in my head. Sometimes I relate it to stories. My interpretation of the songs and lyrics are probably nothing like their original intent.

Kabobbles Sing Along Album Challenge

I have found much inspiration in music and lyrics over the years, and that got me thinking that, with some artists having more than one song that helped spawn writing or that I thought should spawn some sort of fiction, that doing a whole album’s worth of songs would be fun and interesting.

Ideally, I suppose, they would all feature on the same story line or characters, but I am not going to limit it that way since that may not be feasible.

So the idea is, take some part of the song, the whole thing, a snippet of the lyrics, or the title, and use it to create a piece of fiction. If someone else saw this and wanted to do non-fiction, they should. I happen to hate non-fiction except for a few subjects, so that won’t be me.

I’d suggest a 100 word minimum, and knowing me, sprawling things are likely, but that seems a good starting point.

Steps to Complete an Album Challenge:

1. Select an album
2. Write a piece related to each of the songs in some way
3. Share online


For the first challenge, I chose First Aid Kit’s “The Lion’s Roar”

1. The Lion’s RoarSeeking out and Searching for You
2. EmmylouThe Complications of Language and Breakfast
3. In the Hearts of MenChosen Roles
4. BlueCan’t Keep Reaching for What You Don’t Have to Give
5. This Old Routine –
6. To a Poet –
7. I Found a Way –
8. Dance to Another Tune –
9. New Year’s Eve –
10. King of the World

I am currently debating whether or not to do the bonus tracks from iTunes.

Big Girls Cry

I figure this song fits my week.

A lot.

If only because I think there wasn’t a day this week that I didn’t cry.

I may cry ruining my make up
Wash away all things you’ve taken
I don’t care if I don’t look pretty
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking

~Sia, “Big Girls Cry”


Kabobbles Sing Along is just what I think when I hear songs. I sometimes see images when I hear lyrics, pictures or movies in my head. Sometimes I relate it to stories. My interpretation of the songs and lyrics are probably nothing like their original intent.

Life’s a Dance

So… I’m not a big fan of country music. I’ve even said I hate it in the past.

I have a few exceptions, though, and this song is one of them. When I was a kid, my older sister and I really liked it, and so did Mom, and we had the tape and listened to this song and one other on it. It was kind of funny.

When I had the idea of Dillon and Larina dancing in the barn that I wanted to do for today, I thought of this song again (I thought of a couple others but circled back to this one.)

The video had horses and barns and things that Dillon and Larina would be up to, and I think the chorus kind of fits with the overall story, so I went with it.

Life’s a dance, you learn as you go.
Sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow.
Don’t worry ’bout what you don’t know,
life’s a dance, you learn as you go.


Kabobbles Sing Along is just what I think when I hear songs. I sometimes see images when I hear lyrics, pictures or movies in my head. Sometimes I relate it to stories. My interpretation of the songs and lyrics are probably nothing like their original intent.

Feels Like Home

So I’m going with a song I’ve known for a while, one that could go for any number of things, but when I contemplated what I was doing with the scene I started for today’s piece of the digital care package, I was a bit stymied. The whole “chicken soup” idea was only bringing up silly old songs like “Mrs. Murphy’s Chowder.” (Don’t ask.)

Then I remembered this song, and it helped me find an end to the scene.

It’s very true for Larina, because this is all about her finding her way back home, belonging to the place she grew up in, having a spot in her home and her family, and that’s the story, so yes… this:

It feels like home to me, it feels like home to me
It feels like I’m all the way back where I come from
It feels like home to me, it feels like home to me
It feels like I’m all the way back where I belong

Not happy with the video I found for this (I hate lyric videos, I’m weird that way,) but I don’t feel like uploading my own, so… here, with lyrics on screen, much to my annoyance.


Kabobbles Sing Along is just what I think when I hear songs. I sometimes see images when I hear lyrics, pictures or movies in my head. Sometimes I relate it to stories. My interpretation of the songs and lyrics are probably nothing like their original intent.

Falling in Love in a Coffee Shop

I kind of figure sometimes, with as much as I love and live on coffee, that I’d fall in love in a coffee shop.

Then I remember that I’m very likely to remain single, and I try to be at peace with that instead.

Still, it’s a pretty song, and I like the sentiments in it all the same.

I think that possibly, maybe I’m falling for you
Yes, there’s a chance that I’ve fallen quite hard over you.

Just a sweet thought there.

This is the part that is Dillon and Larina and made it okay to use it with the fic today.

No one understands me quite like you do
Through all of the shadowy corners of me


Kabobbles Sing Along is just what I think when I hear songs. I sometimes see images when I hear lyrics, pictures or movies in my head. Sometimes I relate it to stories. My interpretation of the songs and lyrics are probably nothing like their original intent.