Hiya Hart Beat! If you follow along on Instagram then you might have noticed I was in Austin, Texas last weekend. It was the last of a very long period of travel (more on that soon, I’m sure) and even though I was so tired of travel, I loved it.
This winter Jenny Lewis announced that she was going on tour this Spring for her new album, On The Line. Some college friends and I decided to meet in Austin for her concert. I had never been to Texas (or the south really) before and jumped at the chance.
Do you know I had to tell three separate people I had to pee in order to get out of random conversations while there? Are people honestly that friendly in the south? Are we really that cold in the northeast? I’m working on an essay about it so enough of that and let’s get down to the good and dirty stuff.
How good was Jenny?
SO GOOD SHE WAS AMAZING AND I LOVE HER. Jesus almighty was she good. That woman knows how to perform and loves it. I went expecting the best and was blown away. If you haven’t listened to On The Line then I’d say get right to it. It’s more Stevie Knicks than The Voyager and less folksy woman than Rabbit Fur Coat, two things I appreciated.
It’s hard to pick a favorite from the album. The one here “Heads Gonna Roll” is the first in the album and the first you should listen to if it’s all new. Personally? I love “Hollywood Lawn” and “On The Line” (BOBBY 4EVER WE WERE TOGETHER) but I don’t want to overwhelm you here, Hart Beat.
Hope you’re having a relaxing weekend. Put some time aside tomorrow or this week to listen to Jenny. And as always (EVEN THOUGH IT’S OUTDATED I’M SORRY) there’s a #famous Hart Beat Playlist you can follow along to on Spotify. Goes waaaaaaaaay back to 2011. Fun times. Hasta mañana!
Hi. Hello. Hola. Hey. How are you, Hart Beat? Long time no talk. I hope you’ve been well, I promise I haven’t forgotten about you all here on the blog. The G.D. book is coming along. Drafts one and two are officially finished and the third should be done by the end of July. Whew.
Yesterday a friend of mine came up from the city to visit the Berkshires and see Live From Here recorded at Tanglewood in right here in the Berkshires. It wasn’t until we walked on the grounds for the concert that the production is the new iteration of Prarie Home Companion formally with Garrison Keilor. Long story short (sup Instagram stories) the concert was amazing and introduced me to an entirely new group of musicians. Chris Thile, Lake Street Dive, I’m With Her, Punch Brothers were all there and played in various combinations. I loved every minute.
If you want to hear the recording you can download it or stream it here. I highly recommend it and then looking up the musicians that performed. And if you want something quicker here’s my favorite song performed at another live event. Thought you might like it, Hart Beat. Talk soon, I promise.
Hello. Hi. Hola. It’s me! I’m not gone forever, Hart Beat! It’s been a while since I’ve seen you here on this here ye old blog but now that the G.D. book is kind of out of my hands for a month I felt like I needed to give you all a little love, my o.g. readers.
So to catch up a little bit here are five songs that I’ve been listening to lately. Four good summer-is-almost-here-ra-ta-ta-ta songs at least in my world. They’ve all been added to the official Hart Beat playlist on Spotify so if you want them and the six-year backlog I’ve collected there click this here link. I think out of all of them the middle two are my faves. What about you, Hart Beat? Send me anything new you’re loving and we can get the great music exchange back up and running.
1. “Woo” by Beach House from their new album 7.
2. “Every Time I Hear That Song” by Brandi Carlile from her new album By The Way, I Forgive You. P.S. Shout out to Gail for sharing this on her Spotify friend activity—you always share the best music. <3
3. “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” by Mel Carter
4. “Such A Simple Thing” by Ray LaMontagne. It’s his first new single since 2016, v. exciting day and he’s playing up here at Mass Moca this summer if you’re in the area, Hart Beat.
Evening Hart Beat, how are you? I can’t believe that it’s already the end of October. The weather has been so bizarrely warm that I keep having to remind myself that next month is November. December is only one month away! One of the great things for me this year is that I’m actually able to enjoy the fall and holiday season. For the past five years, I’ve worked in e-commerce and this quarter is always the craziest. I remember this time last year I was working non-stop to get Food52’s holiday work done. This year, I get to enjoy the weather and look forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas like a normal human being.
I thought tonight I would share with you dear readers six songs that I’ve been listening to pretty much exclusively for the last few weeks. I’ve added them all as well to the official Hannah Hart Beat playlist on Spotify if you also want to hear the songs previously on the site here.
To date, there are 269 songs on that playlist totaling seventeen hours and forty minutes of listening time. I know this blog has been chugging along for five years but that still seems like a banana amount of music. Lately, I’ve been putting the playlist on shuffle in my car while I drive around. It’s crazy how many memories I’ve tucked away in each song. Each time a song comes on I can pinpoint exactly where I was and what I was feeling when I added the song to the playlist. Some memories are sad, others funny, others reek with nostalgia, others (still) make me want to dance, and others are heartbreaking. Every single song I still can sing along to every word and each one puts me back to such a specific time and feeling that I was there was a word to describe the sensation. It makes me wonder what, a year from now, how I will feel when I listen back to these songs posted here.
Happy listening, Hart Beat.
The Walker Brothers, I Can’t Let it Happen To You
Broken Social Scene, Sweetest Kill
Lada Gaga, Million Reasons
Miley Cyrus, I Would Die For You
Lord Huron, The Night We Met
Jim Croce, Operator [That’s Not The Way It Feels]
P.S. The photo up top is from one of my all-time favorite movies High Fidelity which is all about making the perfect mix. You should watch it if you haven’t seen it, Hart Beat. I may or may not be watching it right now.
Oh, Hart Beat. How’s your day going? I woke up to rain pouring down on the skylight in the room I’m staying in. It woke me from such a dream that it took me so long to realize where I was. Thankfully, it wasn’t in a discombobulated way but rather, in a dreamlike haze that I think only summer rain can bring.
Today I’ve been, as our Cheryl Strayed would say, “writing like a motherfucker.” In fact, that’s the post-it that I’ve now taped onto my computer. Usually, I listen to the same nonlyrical music when I write but today I’ve had this song on repeat, and so, it feels right to share it with you. This version of the song posted here is pulled directly from the visual album Lemonade by Beyoncé. The first bit is poetry and the second is the song. If you just want the music pull to 3:00—although you will miss my favorite part.
My grandma said ‘Nothing real can be threatened. True love brought salvation back into me. With every tear came redemption and my torturer became my remedy.’
So we’re gonna heal. We’re gonna start again. You’ve brought the orchestra; synchronized swimmers. You’re the magician. Pull me back together again the way you cut me in half. Make the woman in doubt disappear. Pull the sorrow from between my legs like silk—knot after knot after knot. The audience applauds but we can’t hear them.
P.S. Congratulations to Beyonce for the birth of her miraculous twins. Mama, you make us all proud.
Hi, Hart Beat. How are you today? I’ve been sitting here writing all morning. I can’t wait to (eventually) share with you the other project I’m working on. This morning I listened to the new album from the xx and there was one song that I loved particularly. I thought maybe you might like it too, Hart Beat.
The song, “I Dare You” is off the new album “I See You” and the video, according to a statement by the band, is “[A] love letter to Los Angeles, a city close to our hearts, where we wrote and recorded parts of our album ‘I See You’.” As L.A. is on my hot list for the fall I loved watching the scenery. I know it’s a sprawl of city but the skyline shot and the overhead highway shot at the end make my heart skip a beat.
The video is a little weird but it does star Millie Bobby Brown who played Eleven in Netflix’s Stranger Things. What do you think, Hart Beat? It’s good writing music, no?
Hi my Hart Beat. One of the things I love about this time of year is all the new music that is released. This week we were hit by the new Lorde album and today I spent some time with it seeing how our girl has been doing. It was a melancholy day here on the island. I did lots of writing but, the sun has nowhere to be seen these past two days and that’s probably why the song that I loved the most off of Melodrama was the sad “Liability.” Have you heard it yet, Hart Beat? It’s what I’m listening to tonight while I write to you. I hope you like it. And, if it’s too sad you can always go back to our favorite Miley after.
Oh Hart Beat, have I found a song for us to obsess over. I’m a little behind the times as this song came out over a month ago but I hope you can forgive me as I was, well you know, walking across a country. Remember crazy Miley Cyrus? Remember the girl who twerked and swung naked on a literal wrecking ball? I think we all do. What has surprised me, and really shouldn’t have, is that our Miley is now out with a new single in which she has completely transformed her image from wild child to country tease. I love it. I mean, don’t get me wrong I loved Miley before but, this new song is pulling at my heartstrings.
“Malibu” came out mid-May and, as Miley has said in interviews, is about her relationship with Liam Hemsworth and their current home in Malibu. I’m going to be 100% honest with you, Hart Beat. I drove to and from Boothbay to Portland Maine and back yesterday and for the two-hour drive, I listened to this song on repeat. I am not exaggerating. That is how much I am loving this song. Let me know what you think, okay?
P.S. THIS VIDEO. I hate her hair and I love it at the same time. Miley, you bring out so many complicated emotions.
P.P.S. If you don’t subscribe to the Hart Beat playlist you should. Miley makes a few appearances.
Hi my beloved Hart Beat. How are you? It’s been a slow and relaxing week here in Brooklyn for me. I’ve been able to get my ducks in a row right in time before Spring. And that means more music for you since Spotify has been on blast while I organize my apartment. I’m sure my neighbors are LOVING my belting out loud singing voice.
Speaking of singing voices. Dios mio, Hart Beat. Say what you will about Lana Del Rey but she has some serious pipes. I recently found her new(ish) song and video for “Love” and I’m (can you guess it?) obsessed. The song is beautiful but the art direction in the music video is really what has my heart. You can’t deny that she’s got both the a) vintage style down pat and b) is executing the eye liner wing tip that a girl like me can only dream about. Perhaps there’s hope for me yet with an eyeliner stamp like this one from Lovoir here.
“Love” by Lana Del Rey
It’s a beautiful video, right Hart Beat? Those daisies in her hair! That shoulder shuffle around mark 2:58. It really is all enough to make me go crazy.
Afternoon, Hart Beat. How’s your Friday going? I’m home today resting and it’s been the nicest day to stay in Brooklyn. I’ve been catching up on a few things and thought I’d share a song with you that I’ve been listening to a lot this week.
I’ve posted about Leon Bridges here on Hart Beat before, but today I want to share a new (to me) song of his. The song is amazing but the video is something even more incredible.
The video, according to Bridge himself is intended to “incorporate the struggles of the black community within Baltimore with song about a hope that’s not if this world.” The short film was written and directed by Miles Jay. What do you think, Hart Beat? Do you love Leon Bridges as much as I do?