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August 05, 2005

Mindy Smith snapshots

Here are some more pictures I found of Mindy Smith. I know she has toured the west coast and wondered whether she would ever visit Florida. My brother claims he saw her when she opened for Nickel Creek some time back.



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Mindy Smith Interview
More Interviews
Fall 2005 Tour dates and venues

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August 03, 2005

"Down In Flames"

My brother first got me into listening to Mindy Smith and so far I am hooked. At first I thought it was country.... then it sounded very religious. It doesn't matter, good music is good music. I am also glad to find out that she is not another teeny-bopper singing about being lovesick. Her lyrics show it too.



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   I don't usually take chances
    Most would easily agree
    Something in your eyes
    Is saying you can ease my heartache
    I have a burden in sight
    And I know you're just a stranger
    If you cannot understand
    There's too many times 
    I've lost my chance to talk with an angel
    Too many to count
    
    And life's so hard
    It's the little things that seem to be getting me today, yeah
    Life's so hard 
    But I'm doing what I can to not to be getting down
    I'm going down in flames
    Going down in flames
    
    I would tell you I am happy
    If I wasn't so damn sad
    And the loneliness both overwhelms and keeps me empty
    That's how it's been for a while
    
    And life's so hard
    It's the little things that seem to be getting me today, yeah
    Life's so hard 
    But I'm doing what I can to not to be getting down
    I'm going down in flames
    Going down in flames
    
    I need some direction
    I need someone to listen
    Someone to tell me that they know
    
    That life's so hard
    It's the little things that seem to be saving me today, yeah
    Life's so hard 
    And I'm doing what I can
    Oh, yeah, I'm doing what I can
    Hey, I'm doing what I can
    I'm puttin' out.... yeah,
    Puttin' out the flames

by Mindy Smith



I love the last part: Life is so hard but I'm doing what I can to put out the flames.

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July 12, 2005

What If

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    What if there was no lie
    Nothing wrong, nothing right
    What if there was no time
    And no reason, or rhyme
    What if you should decide
    That you don't want me there by your side
    That you don't want me there in your life
    What if I got it wrong
    And no poem or song
    Could put right what I got wrong
    Or make you feel I belong
    
    What if you should decide
    That you don't want me there by your side
    That you don't want me there in your life
    
            Ooh ooh-ooh, that's right
            Let's take a breath and jump over the side
            Ooh ooh-ooh, that's right
            How can you know it, if you don't even try
            Ooh ooh-ooh, that's right
    
    Every step that you take
    Could be your biggest mistake
    It could bend or it could break
    That's the risk that you take
    
    What if you should decide
    That you don't want me there in your life
    That you don't want me there by your side
    
            Ooh ooh-ooh, that's right
            Let's take a breath and jump over the side
            Ooh ooh-ooh, that's right
            How can you know when you don't even try
            Ooh ooh-ooh, that's right
    

by ColdPlay

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfOqZCZ8OXc"Coldplay - WHat If (2011) on YouTube

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May 25, 2005

Better Things

I haven't much time to write lately. Here is my way of being lazy. There has been a lot of pain and loss in my life. You, the reader, may have many of your own too. I am there with you. There is a tendency for me to relate to music and lyrics that expresses the same. They keep resonating in my heart.

You happy people? Go visit Disney or something.

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Don't drag me down
Just because you're down
Just cuz you're blue
Don't make me too
And though you've found you need more than me
Don't talk to me about being free
  
That's freedom without love
Magic without love
   
Hear me say, better things will surely come my way
  
You say the magic's gone
Well i'm not a magician
You say the spark is gone
Well get an electrician
And save your lying about needing to be free
Oh that's bullshit baby just want to rid of me
  
Freedom without love
Magic without love
  
Hear me say, better things will surely come my way

by Tracy Thorne, "Everything but the Girl"

Massive Attack & Tracey Thorn - Better Things on YouTube

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May 08, 2005

Everybody is Free

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    Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth, oh nevermind, 
    you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. 
    But trust me, in 20 years youíll look back at photos of yourself 
    and recall in a way you canít grasp now, how much possibility lay before you 
    and how fabulous you really looked, 
    you are not as fat as you imagine. 
    
    Donít worry about the future, or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum. 
    The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday. 
    
    Do one thing everyday that scares you,   ... Sing!!!
    
    Donít be reckless with other peopleís hearts,
    donít put up with people who are reckless with yours.  .... Floss!!
    
    Donít waste your time on jealousy, sometimes youíre ahead, sometimes youíre behind, 
    the race is long, and in the end, itís only with yourself. 
    
    Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults, 
    if you succeed in doing this, tell me how. 
    
    Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.  ... Stretch!!
    
    Donít feel guilty if you donít know what you want to do with your life, 
    the most interesting people I know didnít know at 22 
    what they wanted to do with their lives, 
    some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still donít.   Get plenty of calcium
    
    Be kind to your knees, youíll miss them when theyíre gone. 
    
    Maybe youíll marry, maybe you wonít, maybe youíll have children, maybe you wonít, 
    Maybe youíll divorce at 40, 
    Maybe youíll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary 
    What ever you do, donít congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either 
    Your choices are half chance, so are everybody elseís. 
    Enjoy your body, use it every way you can, donít be afraid of it, 
    or what other people think of it, itís the greatest instrument youíll ever own 
    
    Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room. 
    
    Read the directions, even if you donít follow them. 
    Do not read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly. 
    
    Get to know your parents, you never know when theyíll be gone for good. 
    
    Be nice to your siblings, they are the best link to your past 
    and the people most likely to stick with you in the future. 
    
    Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on . 
    Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle because the older you get, 
    the more you need the people you knew when you were young. 
    
    Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard, 
    Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.   ... Travel
    
    Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will philander, 
    you too will get old, and when you do youíll fantasize that when you were young 
    prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders. 
    
    Respect your elders. 
    
    Donít expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund, 
    Maybe you have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one might run out. 
    
    Donít mess too much with your hair, or by the time you're 40, it will look 85. 
    
    Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who supply it. 
    Advice is a form of nostalgia, 
    dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, 
    painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than itís worth. 

from BAZ LUHRMANN

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