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.
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.
Hart Beat! Hi! Long time no see. As my loyal readers (or new ones hi how are you) may know, I’ve been doing some traveling the last two months. (See the two posts below this one for more deets.) What I didn’t write about, and what may be the most important thing I did this year, was walk the Camino de Santiago through France and Spain. There’s so much about the Camino that I want to write about but, tbh Hart Beat, I’m not sure that this here website is the place for it to live.
Why Hannah?!? You may be asking yourself. It looked so cool on your Instagram! I saw the movie The Way and am obsessed! I read The Alchemist and need to hear more! Well, what I can say to that is one, I’m sorry and two, please stay tuned. I am writing about the Camino right now but I’m not sure where the writing will live and Hart Beat, it may not live here. I promise to keep you updated AND BETTER THAN THAT, I promise that I’m going to start writing here again. I miss you, Hart Beat. There are so many cool things that I’ve found and heard about these last two weeks to tell you about and I’m finally excited to share them with you in a way that I haven’t felt in years.
I know what you’re thinking to yourself right now. I just read this rambling post and there’s nothing for me to take home. Wrong, dear reader. In lieu of a trendy post here are three things that I’ve been loving lately. Hopefully, they will suffice until tomorrow when I come at ya with a very traditional Hart Beat post. Always, Hannah
1. (Late to the game) song by Rihanna from her (new) album Anti. This song has been on repeat while I wrote today.
2. This quote that I screen grabbed from Instagram at the end of last month. Praise be to The Paris Review for adding some intellect to my usual puppy and nail-art creeping Instagram habits.
3. All of the mysteries by Tana French that I’ve been beach reading for the last week (on my Kindle). The first one In the Woods and the second The Likeness are particularly good.
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.
Hi Hart Beat. How’s your Monday night going? It’s a rough week in the world so I think we all might need a little music to help us through the week. Lucky for me (and you!) the weekly Spotify Discover playlist came out today. If you haven’t taken advantage of this playlist on Spotify then stop right here and go find it! Every week the app will pull together a playlist of recommended songs based off of what you listened to the week before. This week a song that I wish I had known about years ago was on it. Do you know “Look at Miss Ohio” by Gillian Welch? If you don’t listen here,
Happy Friday Hart Beat! You have any plans for the weekend? I can’t believe it’s the end of August right now. It feels like it happened all of a sudden and I’m so sorry to see summer go. Here’s a little summer song for you sung by the multi-talented Carla Bruni.
Hi. I have another indie love song for you! What a surprise! This one actually was a surprise because when it came on the other day I had that weird feeling of knowing the song like it has played in my head for years and not knowing it at all at the same time. I think it’s because the voices of Neutral Milk Hotel sound so familiar now. Have you heard this one of theirs? I guess the guy from the band wrote it for his girlfriend, Naomi, sweet sweethearts right there.
Hey Hart Beat. Happy Friday! I’m so happy it’s the weekend. Unfortunately, I’ll be working the next few days but, AMAZINGLY, will be rewarded by the new Arrested Development season on Monday morning. Good times, Hart Beat.
Anyway, I was up on and off last night with really intense but good dreams. While I was up I rediscovered this song from last summer. How did I not know it was about New York City? Why am I not surprised?
Think of what it might have been
Took a bus to China Town
I’d be standing on Canal
And she’d be standing next to me
I belong with you, you belong with me,
you’re my sweetheart
“Ho Hey” by The Lumineers
P.S. Another incredibly Hart Beat appropriate Lumineers song for you. Also, I like how very Leo in Titanic-esque this video is. Nice job youtube.