Hi Hart Beat! Hello! Hola! Bonjour! It is me! You’re favorite lifestyle blogger turned writer who then disappeared for a year in the Berkshires and you never heard from again!
Not to fear though Hart Beat because this fall marks a re-entry to the blogosphere and this here site. The book is chugging along (#thirddraftissues) but I miss you here so I’m wanting to stop in a bit more.
For today, here are a few things that I’ve been thinking about, wanting, listening to, and just generally jonesing about lately.
New Fall Jumpsuits.
My two best friends here in the Berkshires, Kasha and Rachel, have both recently bought jumpsuits from the great L.A. company Big Bud. Kash, in the video below, got the Mustard Yellow and Rach has it in Dusty Rose. I’m thinking either plane jane black or Forest Green. I love the idea of having a legit uniform for the Fall and Winter months.
This Tweet from Paula Froelich. I’m finding fire, inspiration, regret, and fierce fight after seeing this tweet about Frida Kahlo.
This song from Lorde’s album Melodrama from last summer. It feels so much like what this summer has been and I listen to it over and over in the car while I’m driving around my hometown. Do you know it, Hart Beat?
And that’s it for now, Hart Beat. See you soon. xo
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.
Hiya Hart Beat. How are you? Not much new here, just twiddling my thumbs in the studio instead of editing the pages I need to get done today to hit by my next deadline. IN OTHER NEWS here are a few things I’ve been loving aka have been distracting me from the editing I need to be doing. I would type to you more but my coffee is getting cold and I need to grab another cup from the house. Talk soon, Hart Beat. I do miss you.
The new Goop podcast. Yes, it’s typical Goop, yes, Gwyneth is Gwyneth and you can feel however you feel about her still, yes, I realize that I may have only listened to the first episode because Oprah was the guest BUT it’s really good! I’ve loved BOTH episodes and genuinely can’t wait for the third episode next week.
The new album, I’ll Be Your Girl, from The Decemberists. Especially the first song, “Once in My Life.” The entire album has me going back and listening to their older albums too.
#cloglife. Not sure how I found this Instagram feed but I have spent way too long scrolling through the clog inspired lifestyle pics. Saw one was geotagged at Bates College library. Person running the account, do you go to Bates? Are you me six years ago? Is this a glitch in the matrix?
Trying to make my way through this year’s Austin 100. Stephen Thompson, you impress me every year, this year is now different. I can’t even list all the artists that this yearly mix has introduced me to; hello Heartless Bastards, Laura Gibson, HAIM, Alabama Shakes, Daughter, Big Deal, to name a few. If you have the time and inclination I highly recommend listening to the playlist on Spotify, even if you weren’t lucky enough to go to SXSW.
The portfolio of artist Etel Adnan in this seasons Paris Review “The Shape of the Mountain”. I wasn’t familiar with Etel’s work before the collection and now I’ve been trying to find out everything I can about her.
Etel Adnan, Pink Whale, 2017, Colored Print on Paper, 19″ X 15 2/5 “.
It’s too snowy to drive to any coffee shop to work today (snow storm # one million) so I’m bundled up in my down jacket while the fire in my studio breaks the temperature from freezing to something bearable. Once it’s warm I’m back to the G.D. book but for now let’s distract ourselves with a few things that I’ve been on my mind. Thank Sweet Baby Yeezus in two weeks from today I’ll be surfing and sunning in Costa Rica for a week officially taking a break from the winter and writing. What’s keeping you going in the cold this week, Hart Beat?
You yearn so much
you could be a yacht.
Your mind has already
set sail. It takes a few days
at island pace,
but soon you are barefoot
on the sand,
the slim waves testing
like health professionals.
You toe shells, sea glass, and odd things
that have drifted for years
washed up here.
You drop your towel
and step out of
your togs, ungainly,
your right foot, then
in the water.
There is no discernible
You breaststroke in
the lazy blue.
A guy passing in a rowboat
says, “Beautiful, isn’t it?”
And it is. Your body
afloat in salt
as if cured.
This song by Drake that I keep playing while driving around the county, imagining myself instead, running on a beach into salty, warm ocean water.
Drinking as much Six Depot Costa Rica coffee that I can get my hands on. It’s the best coffee in The Berkshires (IMO) and I can’t get enough of it this week. It is currently defrosting my fingers as we speak.
The top photo was taken by me three years ago in Costa Rica.
Hi Hart Beat. How are you? How was your Thanksgiving? Did you do anything fun? Is anyone reading this? Hello? Are you there? Jkjk, I know there are a few of you out there and you have no idea how much I appreciate you. My book is coming along and I’m so used to writing to a readerless void right now that it’s hard to imagine you, a physical, thinking being, sitting there on the subway, or drinking your coffee, or sneaking a break at work, or lying in bed with your phone hovered over your squinting eyes, reading these words that I’m typing right now. Hi.
What’s new enough with me to warrant a post instead of another thousand words to my manuscript? Other than the fact that I miss writing to you, it’s also because I’ve been thinking of things that I thought maybe others in the internet world could relate to. That sticky wicket that I know you can relate to is love. Dating, relationships, and love. As I write this now I’ve been single for over six months. Back in May, I decided that I would intentionally not date until Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. On Thanksgiving day last week, I oscillated back and forth between which date I had actually said and about if I am ready or even want to date now. I mean, I like dating. I like going out for dinner and flirting. Actually, I love flirting. Which begs the question, why not date?
Why not. If you were sitting here with me you would have just heard an earth-shatteringly deep sigh. The truth Hart Beat? I’m happy single. I like that I don’t have to have an excuse to be selfish. I like that I don’t have to text anyone goodnight. I like that I can wear whatever I want and watch whatever I want on Netflix. I like that when I got a dog I could name him whatever I wanted, even if it was a rediculous name like Mateo. I like not compromising. How long do I want to be single? I guess it depends. It depends on life and the universe and fate and reality. What I do know is that the most important thing to me in the entire universe right now is the G.D. book that begs to be poured out of me every day. That has priority. That’s the thing that keeps me up at night. Not some guy.
Is this all TMI? IDK. Probs. (My bff Jill?) If it’s too much just file it under “this is a blog I’ll never read again” and I’ll see you some other place Hart Beat. If not, see you back here in a couple of weeks.
And p.s., because I like you and I do want you to come back, here are a few other things on my mind lately:
This cover of Capital Cities song Safe and Sound in an acoustic version that makes my heart swell. I know a few of you out there in the internet world get a little aroused when listening to these kinds of covers. You’re welcome.
This 2007 essay by Zadie Smith about writing.Fail Better is just the kind of thing that I’ve needed to read this week.
This post from NYMag. I love that it’s not photoshopped, click the little arrow on the right to see how it was made.
The movie Lady Bird. Which I LOVED SO MUCH. I’m also excited to see a few other movies in the next few weeks (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Shape of Water, Call Me By Your Name, The Post). It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.
The Scandinavian Spa in Montreal that my mom and I went to on Thanksgiving day. It’s silent and has three hot and cold areas. The idea is to go from one to the other. Hands down one of the best things I’ve done in a while.
Hi friends! Long time no talk. How are you? How’s your November going? Thoughts on daylight savings? Three weeks till Thanksgiving? I’ve been keeping a list of things I want to write to you about in my journal and the list has finally hit more than a dozen so I figured it was time to break down and say hi here. Hi.
In ye old Stockbridge not much new is happening. I’m still working on my book (!!), still working part-time at the café, and still trying to teach Tato how to play dead. Other than that, going to the movies every week, and walking around town, not much new to report. But here are a handful of things I’ve been thinking about that I thought you might like too. Per usual, each of these things could have its own post but because I’m #writingamotherfuckingbook a short shout-out, for now, will have to do.
P.S. As per photo above I did end up getting bangs. I love them and feel v. French.
I finally broke down and watched the second season of Master of None on Netflix. Three important things about it 1) I’m in love with Aziz Ansari (Aziz, if you’re reading this, give me a call). 2) I want to be/own everything that the female lead Alessandra Mastronardi is/has on the show. Viva Italia. 3) I’m shocked how much the second season parallels my romantic life as much as the first one did at the time I saw it. Attempt numero-two for Aziz to call me. Let’s make a third season together. #seewhatididthere
Listen to this song by Post Animal. I’m going to see the band this week with two of my sisters and I can’t wait to hear them play “When I Get Home” live. P.S. Steve from Stranger Things is in the band and I can’t get over him since seeing S2 of the show and reading this GQ article. #ivebeensingletoolong #mrharringtongivemeacallalsoplease
I’m learning to tolerate black coffee.You read that right, Hart Beat. This month, for reasons, unbeknownst to me, I started the Whole30 diet. What it is is pretty much cutting out anything delicious in your life. I can’t have sugar, dairy. grains, or legumes of any sort. I’m currently on day fourteen and it’s going pretty well. I don’t hate it but the one thing that I’m surprised to now like is black coffee. Who am I?
Deciding whether or not I want to order my favorite holiday candle even though it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. The Wassail Candle from Farmhouse Pottery in Vermont is one of my favorite things. Last year I had it in my apartment and savored every moment of the 40 hour burn time. It’s not a cheap candle but, I promise if you like the smell of pine and evergreen trees you’ll love this. An added bonus is the adorable design of the box.
Listening to a podcast about my favorite album of all time. Thanks to a recommendation from a friend I found the second season of the podcast Dissect: A Serialized Music Podcast. The entire twelve episode series is a song by song analysis of Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The 2010 album is one of my favorite of all time and I love hearing each song broken down and talked about. If you like (or hate) Kanya I highly recommend.
Send me your Montreal recommendations! I’m going to the Canadian city for a quick vacation later this month and I want your suggestions! I’m so excited since the last time I went to the city was when I was ten. It’s been on my list for years and I can’t wait to explore the city. Any coffee shop, bookstores, boutiques, restaurants, bars, live music that you love would be amazing. I can’t wait to pretend I’m in Europe for a few days. (Photo via To Europe Beyond.)
A New Richard Linklater movie is coming! I heard this great interview with the director on NPR the other morning and, even though I wasn’t crazy about Boyhood, I want to see his newest. Last Flag Flying, sadly, isn’t another installment of my favorite series but it does star Brian Cranston (swoon) so at least there’s that.
I’m almost done with my sweater! I started the knitting project a year ago and I can’t believe it’s almost done. I’m thinking of holding a Drake “Hotline Bling” inspired photo shoot when I’m done. Keep an eye on Instagram later this month.
This poster from Rise + Fall. Not much more to say about it other than it’s hanging in my writing studio now and is giving me all the encouragement I need when I sit down and try to write every day.
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.
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?
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.