New Music Fantasticness

December 10, 2008 at 9:59 am | Posted in Music | 6 Comments
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Well, I survived another windy Whole Foods adventure last night with no huge incidents. Well, except the fact that it has been raining cats and dogs here in Nashville and we spent the evening dodging wind and rain. Even the birds were crazy yesterday. I felt like I was in an Alfred Hitchcock episode with all the crazy starling birds flying around the neighborhood like a hurricane was coming. It was unsettling to say the least. Sidenote: those birds will always creep me out and remind of me of Silence of the Lambs. What? Just me? Ok, moving on then.

I want to let you all know that my dear friend Kate of Jill and Kate has a new EP coming out today! I know many of you ask me what is new on the Ipod or for music suggestions so go get it!!!

Now! Today!

You can gift it, you can enjoy it yourself, you can fall in love with their music too. Besides being ridicuously talented musicians and songwriters (just LISTEN to the harmonies) they are beautiful women on the inside too. I could go on and on about what a great person Kate is. I have been privileged to know her for the past few months. You would not even believe all the wonderful things I would tell you. She comes from an aweseome family who gives of themselves everyday to change the world for the better. She is such a giving and genuine person and I for one love to support people like her in the entertainment industry! 

These girls are the real deal! (Hello, they sing back-up for Kelly Clarkson-talented much?!) Be a dear and go download their CD from itunes (just click on the banner). And for you international readers, you can find it on CD BABY as well! It’s just 5.94!

Seriously guys, put down your Grande Mocha Frappaccino with three shots of whatever and get this-pronto!  It is like the price of a decent Starbucks except, let’s be real, it will stay with your forever! If you don’t purchase and hear the whole song, Finding My Own Way, I feel very sorry for you. So, head over to their blog and say HELLO and they will send you a Christmas card as well! No, really, they would love to hear from you! Tell them I sent ya! 

Go! Buy! Gift!

Support the good in the world.

Love.

Country Comes To Town

June 25, 2008 at 8:05 pm | Posted in Music | 23 Comments
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. . . and don’t mess with it.

As if we needed another reason to think that Tim McGraw is the absolute man, he is now in the bouncer business. 

Not only is Tim a huge Country music star, married to a huge Country star, and a model father and businessman, we can now add bouncer, protector of women, and all around peace-keeper to his resume. 

According to People.com, Tim kept a very drunk and out of control fan from hurting other people during his concert when he saw a man rush the stage and get into a physical altercation with a woman. When security couldn’t respond fast enough he pulled the guy onstage and proceeded to eject him from his show. At one point it looked like it was really going to get physical between the two when Tim cocked his fist. 

And the best part is, there is a video.

 

And the moral of the story is we, down here in the South, have real men.

That, my friends, is a Nashville man.

 

An Angry Open Letter to CBS

June 15, 2008 at 10:23 pm | Posted in Life, Music, Thoughts | 24 Comments
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Dear CBS, Tony Directors/Producers, and the original and current cast of RENT,

I have a major grievance to air. For about a month now, you CBS, have been teasing me with reports of an original cast reunion of RENT on this year’s Tony Awards. Mae and Rosy and I jumped for joy. We vowed not to miss it. We knew this was a fabulous ploy to get all Rentheads to tune into this year’s edition, that alone should have boosted your ratings. We toyed with the idea of having a Tony’s party, but dismissed the idea on the grounds of it being Father’s Day. So, at home, I sat for hours in great anticipation of seeing and hearing the cast perform.

Insert Exhibit A: My Twitter panel from 7:00-9:35 CST 6/15/08.

  • Anthony Rapp is beautiful.

  • Might wrestle the remote from Hubby’s hands if he flips to the NBA finals ONE MORE TIME!

  • Thoroughly confused by the whole concept of Xanadu. Will not be wanting to see that anytime soon.

  • I don’t give a flip about Xanadu. I want RENT! C’mon Tonys!

  • If the cast of RENT doesn’t come on soon, I may die.

  • Love Kristin Chenoweth. “POP-u-Lar. I know about Pop-u-LAR!”

  • So freakin’ excited about seeing the original cast of RENT. Bring out my man Anthony Rapp!

  • Watching the Tony Awards!

 

Obviously, I was with you. Obviously, I was a faithful viewer the entire night (except for a few moments of flipping to the NBA Finals when Hubby commandeered the remote control against my will.)

First of all, you had us wait until the very last moments of the show until we were rewarded for our impatience  eager anticipation. I literally squealed with delight after each commercial in hopes that this was, in fact, the moment when it would all come together. But no, we were continually dragged down every single performance of the current and past shows of Broadway. You showed all the old highlights, heck, you even found the footage of Madonna thoroughly embarrassing herself years ago. If only I had known you were wasting such precious time.

Sidenote: Whoopi was very funny in all the montages. She was the only thing that didn’t make me want to hunt each of you down and shake you for making me wait so long.

Secondly, you gave an entire EIGHT minute spot to the cast of Xanadu.

What were you thinking?! Aside from the fact that this is the most bizarre show ever created I can appreciate a little lesson in diversity, but EIGHT whole minutes? Lily Tomlin took up five minutes just trying to introduce the stupid segment. I reluctantly muddled through. Obviously, I didn’t want to miss the performance I rushed home from my Dad’s Father’s Day dinner to see. (Yes, I did. Now you see why I am so irritated.)

Finally, the moment had arrived. I sat in front of my TV eagerly anticipating the moment of greatness. I could have cried. I almost did. Anthony Rapp is awesome (see above Tweet). Though he stumbled a little, I get it – nerves take over. After all, it is The Tonys and you had been advertising this montage as the biggest part of the show for weeks. He felt the pressure. He is still great. What I did not expect was the current cast of RENT on stage singing La Vie Boheme. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love them and appreciate the entire cast. I stood for over two hours in Times Square on Christmas Eve in 20-something degree weather on the slight chance of scoring RENT tickets. (The fact that I got third row seats is not important at this time, the point is I did it without any guarantees) I saw them, they were fabulous. Some of them even spit on me. Yeah. Good times.

Exhibit B: Picture of me being a crazy Renthead.

 

But I digress. The fact that the current cast seemed to get more time and coverage when the big shebang was to be for the original cast is inexcusable. I mostly wanted to see the originals. You had, I repeat, been harping on them for oh, about a month now, right?! They got a few lines each and one verse of Seasons of Love which they shared with the original cast?!

HELLO?! Am I the only one feeling jilted here? There was NOT enough of RENT, original or current!

Now, original cast members, I realize you are all busy leading fabulous lives and are crazy over-committed but I need some answers. Idina, between a new singing career and Taye you are more than busy, I get it. But, I wanted to see you as Maureen. Daphane, I realize that since your new-found fame a la your speaking part in the Sex and the City movie you are big stuff and all, but I wanted a little Out Tonight and some blue pants, even if it was just a chorus or two. Adam, you look just like you did ten years ago, I will let you slide. Anthony, you are my favorite. Freddie, your hitting the high note was the highlight for me. You go. And Jesse L. Martin, where were you? I was majorly disappointed you weren’t there. I need a good excuse. There’d better be a good excuse! Obviously, Law & Order wasn’t holding you hostage and the network wasn’t giving you grief, so what gives? And Wilson J. Heredia I am little worried about you. You need to eat something.

Sigh.

I am still in huge infatuation with RENT and Anthony Rapp. In another life where he is straight and I am single we will tango away together. (Just kidding, Hubby-not really!) I am still a Renthead. I am thankful to have gotten the little taste of excellence that I did. But, next time CBS, if your meager attempt at boosting your ratings ever causes me such heartbreak again I may have to take drastic action and forever boycott your programing (though let’s be real giving up Survivor, Big Brother, and Ghost Whisperer has not yet proved to have been that difficult). Take it to heart CBS, you have been warned.

All-in-all, I am a thoroughly discontented Broadway lover tonight. Seriously, get your act together!

Renheads everywhere thank you.

Sincerely,

Tipp Rapp

Need New Music?

June 13, 2008 at 8:51 pm | Posted in Music | 4 Comments
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So about the show that I originally forgot about. Well, I didn’t forget about it, but I did get the days mixed up! On Wednesday, the girls and I plus B-man, Rosy’s superhero boyfriend, went to the Nashville music showcase. Have you noticed that this is one of our favorite things to do in this town? Local music here rarely disappoints. It is a way of life.

This show was put on for the music peeps from New York and LA who had not heard of the fantastic talents that we harbor in this town. 

We were surrounded by jaded “music biz peeps” who could not turn off their Blackberrys and Iphones long enough to just sit back and enjoy the show. We find these people truly annoying. Why? Because Katie Herzig was playing and we wanted no distractions.

Because. We. Love. Her.

We go to see her all the time. We kinda stalk her. But in a good way. Her latest album, Apple Tree, is AH-Mazing! In a room full of loud and pompous people who thought they had heard it all and who are most of the time very hard to impress, they all were hushed into silence very quickly.

Most people came just to see her, and left following her set, because no one can live up to her. She is a mix of Folk, Indie, and Soul. She is a songwriter, musician, and awesome performer. She is the triple threat.

I am telling you people. Get her while she is new. Go see her while you can afford it!

She is a part of a tour called Ten Out of Tennessee and many of our best are coming to a town near you! Boston, Cleavland, Chicago, Baltimore, Arlington, New York. Go my friends, get your tickets. You will not be disappointed!

If you don’t want to buy the whole album, which at $10 is a steal, start with:

  • Hologram
  • Fool’s Gold
  • Wish You Well
  • Sweeter Than This
  • Forevermore
  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Songbird

Convinced yet? Oh, yeah, she’s had a song on Grey’s Anatomy. Does that get ya?

 

Music!

June 10, 2008 at 11:25 am | Posted in Music | 13 Comments
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Here are  few insights as to what is on my Itouch!

I was given this by Jess at Everyday Adventures in the City. Go check her out, especially if you need Apple advice!! She is the best!

MEME Rules:

1. Put your iTunes/ music player on shuffle

2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer

3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER WHAT

After you’ve answered all of the questions, tag 5 other people and then let them know they’ve been tagged to do the meme themselves!

IF SOMEONE SAYS “IS THIS OKAY” YOU SAY?

Alejate by Josh Groban

WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?

All at Once by The Fray

WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?

All I Need by Matt Kearney

HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?

All I Need to Know by Kenny Chesney

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE?

Learning To Breathe Switchfoot

WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?

Seasons of Love Rent LOVE this one!

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?

Voicemail #5 Rent This is so appropriate. My friends are always hating to leave me voicemail! I am not the best at keeping up with my phone, then my mailbox gets full, I leave it in my car. I could go on!

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR PARENTS?

La Vie Boheme Rent Wow! This is hysterical, could not be more off! Obviously stuck on a Rent track.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?

Morningside by Sara Barellis. Yes, Love this song!

WHAT IS 2+2?

Mexico by James Taylor

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?

1 2 3 4 Fiest

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?

Some Lessons by Melody Gardot

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?

Broken Steven Curtis Chapman. Wow. No comment.

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?

Famous One by Chris Tomlin 

WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?

You Just Forgot Mindy Smith

WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?

As Long As Your Mine. Wicked Soundtrack. 

WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?

The House I Live In Frank Sinatra

WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?

Your Grace Is Enough Chris Tomlin Love this too!

WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?

Come to Jesus Mindy Smith

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?

Only Hope Mandy Moore from the Walk to Remember Soundtrack

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?

She by The Fray. Yes, “she is everything I want, and everything I needed.” So good.

WHAT SHOULD YOU POST THIS AS?

Huddle Formation The Go! Team

 

Kind of strange in some places, but still good!

Happy Memorial Day

May 26, 2008 at 9:28 am | Posted in Family, In the News, Life, Music | 7 Comments
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For all the servicemen and women and their families. Thank You.

Gabe + OTH = Love

May 18, 2008 at 6:39 pm | Posted in Music | 13 Comments
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Good Music Alert.

I have it on the best authority that my favorite local act has scored the season finale song on one of my favorite shows.

Tomorrow night The Gabe Dixon Band song Disappear will be featured on One Tree Hill.

Amazing song. It will be available for download tomorrow on itunes. Do it. It will be the best .99 cents you will ever spend. Wanna spend just a little more? I highly recommend the Live at the World Cafe album.

Here is a taste of the song featured tomorrow.

Disappear

There’s no time for a warning
We’ve got to make our move
We can’t wait until morning
We’ll use the light of the moon

We’ve got love on our side
We’re one step ahead
There’s no time for lies
There’s no time for regret

Holding on to love,
we can’t give in ’cause
Right or wrong,
We’ll hear the angels’ song and lose our fear
And we’ll disappear
Yeah we’ll disappear

I’ll kiss your lips when you’re dreaming
I’ll keep watch when you sleep
And I won’t stop believing
When time makes me weak

Two of my favorite things, in one? Fantastic. If you have not heard Gabe’s music do yourself a favor and watch him! He is an amazing singer, songwriter, and composer. He will be famous. It is just a matter of time.

This is Gabe performing Five More Hours  at a show in Nashville last year. This the top played song on my ipod, that is how much I love him. I call it “Gabe-therapy.” For those of you who watch this and think, “Wow, I wish those people would shut up screaming so I can hear him,” all I can say is I am sorry. It is hard to compose yourself during a Gabe Show. This was also the night that I had to practically lay myself across a table for fifteen people for almost two hours to save my crew their seats. All turned out well though and we kept our stage-side table!

 

 

Lessons Learned

March 30, 2008 at 8:03 pm | Posted in Church, Family, Friends, Fun Times, Music | 21 Comments
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Last night me and two girlfriends went to go see one of our favorite shows, RENT. I was lucky enough to see it on Broadway during our Christmas vacation, so seeing it done by the National Tour was a must as well. With that show it does not matter if you sit in the 3rd row or the 103rd row, it is so touching and meaningful every time. There is something so amazing about seeing it in real life that keeps Rentheads all over returning again and again

Anwar Robinson of American Idol fame is currently playing Tom Collins, and he was amazing. It is so great to see different interpretations of the script as well. They actually added some descriptive dialogue. I wondered why they did that. I would imagine it would be helpful for people who just happen upon the show without any prior knowledge of the plot. But for those of us who know the entire show pretty much word for word, it caught us off guard.

The Rentheads obviously held down a ton of seats. There was a lot of mooing in the house. And it does not matter where you see this show, when Angel makes his performance for Today 4 You, it is always a huge crowd favorite. Kristin Alexander Griffith portrayed Angel and he did it very well. Props to a guy who can jump five feet down a ladder in six inch heels.

Of course it was as emotionally stirring and heartwarming as it always is. Anwar’s rendition of I’ll Cover You began my sniffles and it continued all the way through the finale. I tried to hold back because I can’t really see well when I cry, and I didn’t want to miss a second of the show, but there was no going back. Amz had to leave and get us some tissue and I am indebted to her for keeping me from leaving the performance hall without a streaked face.

For me, no one will ever compare to Anthony Rapp or Idina Menzel playing Mark and Maureen, but this cast did well. Of course the whole of the show reigned true to Jonathon Larson’s vision. It never ceases to amaze me how we all relate to such different characters, even when we see them portrayed by such different people.

For me, I will always relate to Mimi and Mark the most. Mark is the epitome of a person who longs for his own community. I have always shared his sentiment because like him, when I was away from my extended family all of my life, I chose to cling to those who I made into my adopted family. My parents were the only children who chose to leave the town in which they grew up. My cousins all grew up literally in my grandparents’ back yard. We were the grandkids who were only seen on Christmases and an occasional summer. We were never able to be there all the time and experience full time grandparents. So, like Mark, the people who I chose to be friends with became my family. The same thing happened for me when I left for college. Hundreds of miles away from family I clung to people who became important to me. Even today I am closer to my selected friends than I am to most family members. It is not just a matter of geographic location, but of allied and non-allied thought, of shared ambition, and of mutual respect. My ultimate fear is to be alone without my “family.” Like Mark, I am afraid that at the end I may be standing alone with only my digital pictures of good times past. This keeps me motivated to remain highly in touch with those I love. Any time I am in the car I call someone significant to me who is far away. I must remain connected to those I love, no matter the miles.

Mimi’s story is also something I can strangely relate to. No, I have never been (or plan to be) a junkie stripper, but her story reminds me of what I could be without a God and family and friends who have loved me and supported me throughout my life. I am so thankful to so many people who chose to teach me right from wrong, instruct me in self-respect, and at the same time allow me to choose my own path and trust me to make the right decisions. Without those things I would have most likely been just like Mimi. Alone, addicted, dying from my past and searching for someone, anyone who could love me.

The whole story reminds me that I am a very blessed person. I have never had to struggle to eat, to live, to remain healthy. I have never had to feel ostracized, hated, or ignored. I have never felt the abandonment or the fear of sickness or homelessness. I have never had to watch those I love die in a way in which I could bring them no comfort.

It also serves as a reminder to those of us of faith. One of the most gut-wrenching moments in the entire show is when the priest throws Collins out of the church and calls him an awful name because he cannot pay for Angel’s funeral. Unfortunately, this is the way the church is portrayed, though it is not inaccurate. Our churches have become a place of judgement, of standard. We choose who we let in and who we accept without looking at what service and hope we can offer those who come to us in their time of need. I think the church as a whole is so caught up in taking a stance on what they are against that they forget that they are the ones who are supposed to be there for everyone who is hurting, who is lost, who is searching. It is a reminder to those of us who want to show a God of love that we have a lot of ground to make up to a lot of people. We have so many wounds to heal, so many people still to accept and to love. If you feel ostracized by the church or by Christians in general, I implore you to find a church who will love you, lift you up, show you hope, and love you for who you are and not how you can suit up and show up on Sunday morning. The things that matter are that God is a God of love and we are all his children and He wants us all. I am sad that it took a musical to remind me of that, but it did.

RENT should open up your eyes to a whole new world of people. People who may be different from you,  believe different things, live different lives. People who all happen to be sharing this earth that God gave us. It is a reminder to love everyone, even those you may not feel you can relate to or understand them. I think it is surprising where we can find love and someone we can relate to.

“To being an us for once, instead of a them.”

That is one of my favorite lines in the whole show. We all just want to feel love, accepted, and respected. So many problems and conflicts of this world could be resolved if we could just stop seeing people as a “them” and allow them into our lives and become an “us.”

525, 600 minutes.

I only hope I am doing the best with mine.

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Just For Fun Friday

March 28, 2008 at 10:40 am | Posted in Fun Times, Just for fun, Movies, Music | 19 Comments
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It’s FRIDAY! In preparation of a fabulous weekend I wanted to give you a few things to smile about before we all head off to get on with our lives.

This weekend the countdown is officially over, what countdown you say?

RENT!

In T-minus 36 hours me and a few of my best lovlies will be enjoying a great show!

I have been singing along to my Ipod in preparation in for it all week. Isn’t it amazing how you sound so incredible with the music turned up so loud?

In honor of a great show and Just For Fun Friday, here is one of my favorite songs from RENT. Actually it is probably my 3rd or 4th favorite, but I would like to keep it PG!

If you do not feel something when you watch this you need to check your pulse.

Apparently there are a ton of other Rentheads out there.

Also, a little fun movie fact for you: The guy with the dark curly hair sitting by Joanne is an original Newsie!

Your favorite RENT song? Do it!

Have a great weekend everyone!

My Own Version

March 27, 2008 at 2:41 pm | Posted in Blogosphere, Just for fun, Music | 20 Comments
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UPDATE: You guys rock! I am so glad you all share in my music mania. Thanks everybody for playing! I will do another installment very soon since it was so much fun! 

~Picture me dancing to my bonus song~

Going on the brilliance of Michelle  and in anticipation of a great weekend, I wanted to have my own version of “Don’t forget the lyrics” with some of my favorite songs.

So, have a go at it! No cheating ( i.e. Google, lyric searches) and give me the missing lyrics, the artist, and the title of the song in the comment section.

Play, it will be fun! For all of you lurking just reading this is your time to jump in and let me know who you are!

For now, just answer one song and then if we get stuck we will open them back up tomorrow!

Good luck!

1.  You can draw the Queen of Diamonds boy, she’ll beat you if she’s able. You know the Queen of Hearts is always your best bet.   The Eagles. Desparado. Guess by Underpaid Princess

2.  Don’t wish, don’t start. Wishing only wounds the heart. I wasn’t born for the rose and the pearls. He could be that boy, but I’m not that girl. I’m Not That Girl from the Broadway Musical Wicked. Guessed by Jenamie.

3.  I need to go shopping, these shoes are all wrong. Just look in my closet not a thing to put on. I wonder how these jeans make me look from behind? Things That Never Cross a Man’s Mind by Kellie Pickler. Guessed by Tara.

4.  Then the fire fades away, but most of everday is full of tired excuses, but its too hard to say. I wish it was simple, but we give up easily, your close enough to see. Other Side of the World by KT Tunstall. Guessed by Krisitn.

5.  I was so lost back then, but with a little help from my friends, I found a light in a tunnel at the end. Now your calling me up on the phone so you can have a little whine and a moan. And it’s only because your feeling alone. Smile by Lily Allen. Guessed by Sandy Mc.

6.  Remember when we were such fools and so convinced and just too cool. I wish I could touch you again. I wish I could still call you a friend. Who Knew? by Pink. Guessed by Jess.

7.  Gonna quit my job and move to New York. Somebody told me that’s where dreamers should go. Gonna quit my job and move to New York, tattoo my body with every Broadway show. Vegas by Sara Bareilles. Guessed by Meg.

8.  Some girls are all about it. Some girls they love to let it fly. Some girls can’t live without it. Some girls are born to make you cry. Girls of Summer by Aerosmith. Guessed by Sandy Mc.

* Hint – It is by Aerosmith*

9.  What ya got if you ain’t got love? The kind that you just want to give away, its OK if you open up go ahead and let the light shine thru. I know its hard on a rainy day, you wanna shut the world out and just be left alone. So Small by Carrie Underwood. Guessed by Dana of Just Talk.

10.  I could write my name by the age of three, and I don’t need anyone to cut my meat for me. I’m a big girl now, see my big girl shoes. It will take more than just a breeze to make me fall over. Overboard by Ingrid Michaelson. Guessed by Bri.

11.  How can you connect in an age where strangers, landlords, lovers, your own blood cells betray? What binds the fabric together when raging, shifting, winds of change keep ripping away! Rent from the Broadway Musical RENT. Guessed by Megan.

12.  I believe in fairy tales and dreamer’s dreams like bed sheet sails and I believe in Peter Pan and miracles and anything I can to get by. Fireflies by Faith Hill. Guessed by Chickbug.

And the bonus question:

**** You know me, or you think you do, you just don’t seem to see. I’ve been waiting all this time to be something be something I can’t define.

So let’s cause a scene, clap our  hands and stomp our feet or something. Yeah something. I just gotta get myself over me. You know me or you think you do, you just don’t seem to see. I’ve been waiting all this time to be something be something I can’t define. The First Single by The Format. Guessed by E.P. of Stylish Handwriting.

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