nerd crush: Danny L Harle

If a tall, pale, bespectacled Englishman wasn’t already nerd girl catnip, give him a winning personality and musical superpowers and he’s utterly irresistible. I’m talking, URBVIOUSLY, about Danny L Harle (catchphrase: HUGE DANNY).

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This gent from London started out as a cello player, studying classical music, composing soundtracks, and playing jazz on dinner cruises, according to the UK Standard. Then he got into synths in a big way. He recently blew up after releasing hella catchy electro-pop gems like “Broken Flowers” and the fantastic “Super Natural” with Carly Rae Jepsen (although my fave might still be In My Dreams):

There’s something pure about his music…unabashedly upbeat, head-bobbing, body-moving pop. Bubblegum lightning! As much as you can tell about a stranger from their YouTube videos and internet presence, he seems endearingly sincere, taking an infectious joy in his work. From a Clash Music interview:

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a Mother’s Day mix

My mom, Dr. Colleen Richmond, was pretty effin’ cool.

Among other things (teaching, reading, social justice, lilacs, travel, Shakespeare…), she loved music and singing along in the car.

Some of the music I grew up with: Mary Chapin Carpenter; classic ’80s (and early ’90s) soundtracks like Pretty Woman, The Bodyguard, and Top Gun; Fleetwood Mac. Later came Natalie Merchant, the theme song to Gilmore Girls (my mom, my sister, and I watched it together on DVD), and Tracy Chapman. I remember riding in the passenger seat of my mom’s shiny green Buick Regal as we both sang along to Elton John’s “My Father’s Gun” (I think because it was on the Elizabethtown soundtrack, embarrassingly enough) as we drove beneath the trees on 99, heading north toward Portland.

Music is one of the ways I feel closest to her. I never really know what to do on Mother’s Day, other than hide in a hole, so I made a playlist of some songs that remind me of her.

Love and miss you, Mom!

Songs I wrote in 2002

Songs I wrote in 2002

christmas cheese whizOne of the awesome things about going home for Christmas is that your dad digs up things buried in old books that have been hidden for a decade. Like the lyrics to two of my original compositions, “Adelmice” and “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Cheese Whiz?” Both are to be sung to tunes from an obscure, long-lost musical titled “The Sound of Music.” Sing them. LOVE THEM.

Adelmice

Adelmice, adelmice, crawling over my slipper
Adelmice, small and white, together we watch the Big Dipper
Cheese and toothpaste we love to munch
munch, munch, munch, till morning
Adelmice, adelmice; tails so smooth and so slender

(Beautiful, right?)

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Cheese Whiz?

How do you solve a problem like Cheese Whiz?
How do you get a clump and spread it out?
How do you solve a problem like Cheese Whiz?
It globs and it gloops; it blobs and it bloops; a mess!
Oh… many a thing I often try to tell it (“Stupid Cheese Whiz!”)
Many a thing it cannot understand (“Don’t hurt meeeee!”)
Oh… how do you make it spray?
And stay on your cracker all day?
Oh, how do you hold a glob right in your hand?
Oh, how do you solve a problem like Cheese Whiz?!
How do you spray it out of that metal can?

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