all about that bass

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From about the year 2000 until 2006, I was obsessed with watching Jimmy Fallon on SNL, and SNL re-runs. I will be the first to admit that I had the biggest crush on him. After all, I was only fifteen years old. Well fifteen to twenty-one. Hey, I like dark-haired, pale, nerdy guys, ok? I thought that he and Tina Fey were brilliant news anchors. I also loved the way that he could almost never successfully get through a skit. His stifled giggles made my young heart go pitter-patter. Sometimes I would even pretend that I knew Jimmy personally, and for a few years my phone contacts would hear him instead of me when they got my voicemail. Some were confused, some got annoyed, and some just knew that was me in all my weird glory. 

You may be wondering where I am going with this post? Ok, I’ll tell you. Every morning I log on to the ole inter-web and check out the highlights from The Tonight Show from the night before. They’re usually only a couple of minutes long, and always help me begin my day laughing at senseless skits. Once in awhile, they will actually be pretty amazing. I’m referring to his music, and his own talents as a musician.

I never gave much thought to the song “All About That Bass.” It plays every time that I am at the gym, so I had always regarded it as popular music and thus wrote it off before I even knew anything about the singer herself. While I still don’t know much about her, I am totally loving her ability to actually sing live. The fact that she did it with my main man, Fallon, gives her an instant awesome status in my books. I even think that their version is better than her video (although it is pretty damn cute, too). 

Check out both vids, and let me know what you think!

<3

Emory

all these things that i’ve done.

while this blog is such a fantastic way to reach out to my followers, discover new friends and faces, be inspired by other wonderful bloggers and their own creations, i would like to dedicate more time towards the hello scarlett store so that i can make it as successful as possible. beginning in september, i will only be posting three days a week rather than five. however, this change will only be a temporary one. i will be back to blogging more regularly when i feel as if the store is well on its merry little way. :-)

because this will be the last music post for awhile, i am choosing a song by a band that has literally altered my life. in 2008 i graduated from university with a three year bachelour of arts honours degree. with no career in mind but with a longing for some change and some traveling, i moved to switzerland to become a nanny for four small children. while i was there, i discovered the killers. now they were already quite popular, but because i try to avoid popular music, i had not heard any of their songs up until that point. i was hooked. i would have their music playing on my ipod as i rode my bike among the alps, walked to and from work, took the rail around the country, and, as it went nearly every night, laying in bed while trying not to feel homesick. in the end, my homesickness won and i went home a short time later.

i returned to university for one more year in order to complete a four year degree. on the first day of my last semester, in walked *g*. being a cold january morning in canada, he, of course, was wearing a big winter coat. his face was the first thing that i focused on. i swore that he was the twin brother of the frontman for the killers, brandon flowers. *g* also noticed me that day, and for both of us, it was love at first sight. we became friends that month, and shortly after were married.

now obviously it was his personality that won me over in the end, but if it were not for me moving overseas, stumbling upon this band, feeling perpetually homesick, and returning home and to university, my life would have turned out to be completely different. maybe that wouldn’t have been so bad, but for where i am now, i feel so blessed and so lucky to be where i am in this very moment. 

every decision a person makes effects their future in one way or another. so while brandon flowers climbs and sings on top of the piano, while the audience roars, and while sparks fly about the stage, i hope that you also can reflect on your life choices and feel fulfilled. i certainly know that i feel that way about “all the things that i’ve done.”

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i took these photos in february 2009 at the o2 center in london, england one month after i met *g*.

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hair.

if you have been following hello scarlett, you might have noticed that my hair is very short and very blonde. i have had short hair for most of my life! i find it easier to manage, more fun to style, and most of all, i feel like myself when it is cut short. however, it has never been so short as it has been over the past 2 years.

so, dear readers, i feel as if it is time for a change. a few weeks ago i had my hair colored dark and started parting it more in the middle. (this latter part is a big deal since my signature look has always been side-swept bangs.) the goal? “gimme a head with hair, long beautiful hair.” 

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would you like to come along this journey with me?

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ramble tamble.

i know that on hello scarlett, we keep stating that ‘this is my favorite band’ or ‘this is my favorite book’ or ‘this is my favorite such and such’. i hope that instead of being tiring for you readers, it just goes to show that *g* and i have lots of favorites. i look at it as being a good thing, and that we are two people who are easy to please. ;-)

credence clearwater revival is one of my favorite bands. when i was a girl, my mum would always have the golden oldies playing on the radio. thus my current preference for classic hits was highly unavoidable. moreover, for as long as i can remember i have always had an appreciation for ccr. it wasn’t until *g* and i were dating, though, that i bought my first record by them.

“ramble tamble” is the song that i most associate our dating days. i will never forget the first time that my crosley record player played through this song. *g* and i literally stopped in our tracks to listen to the music. after it finished, we played it again and again that night, and almost every night afterwards.

i chose this song specifically today because it is the first day of our week-long camping trip. i hope that if you listen to “ramble tamble” it instills the same feelings of love, contentment, and nostalgia that it brings to me. meanwhile, we and i will be driving up north with our belongings, dogs, and music in tow. :-))))

like john fogerty sings, “down the road i go.”

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big yellow taxi.

joni mitchell is literally from my neck of the woods. the city i am living in now is the city that she grew up in. how cool is that?

“big yellow taxi” is my favorite song by mitchell. while it is a song that is based more on environmentalism than the environment that mitchell was raised in, i can’t help but envision summer fields, parking lots, screen doors, and wide, dusty porches each time i hear it. to me, that description wholly encompasses a typical summer here on the warm and sprawling land that is the canadian prairies.

hope you can listen to this and get a sense of where i come from. happy monday. :-)

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