09 april 2015

How to turn sewing into a louder hobby and not die in the process

When I was a kid my father told me horror stories about pins and needles. He said that if I swallowed one my ears would start bleeding and I'd be in pain for the rest of my life (any medical professionals who can verify this?). His words did make a lasting impression, and I still think about them whenever I mindlessly keep pins in my mouth! It's a pretty unsafe thing to do, and some time ago Hanne and I found out that we have the same strategy to keep us from dying doing something that could potentially be dangerous. We sing! Hanne made a post with her favourite sewing tunes, and I asked her if she minded me sharing some of mine as well.

I'll mention a few songs here, but I actually made a youtube playlist with tons more, if you're interested!

David Bowie - Life on Mars

Here's the thing: I'm not an exceptional singer or anything. There is some footage of me doing a Britney impersonation in a karaoke bar in Reykjavik and I hope for all of you it never finds its way online. I just like to belt out tunes that I love. Life on Mars is definitely among them (I could have included basically everything by Bowie but that could become a bit overwhelming). Nothing beats setting in sleeves at two in the morning whilst going 'is there life on MAAAAAAAARS!'. My neighbours love me.

Andrew Bird - Pulaski at Night

 Again, with Andrew Bird, it's really hard for me to pick one song. This guy goes from swing jazz to old timey simple songs to something really unique. Both me and my boyfriend have been fans for ages, and I strongly urge anyone to go see him do his thing if you get the chance. There's lots of wordplay in the lyrics and whistling in the songs, so it's really fun to sing along!

St. Vincent - Cheerleader

St. Vincent is another one of my favourite artists. I've been lucky enough to see her play twice and meet her once and she is really awesome. Most of her songs are way out of my league to sing well, but it's just too much fun not to. Cheerleader is in that Life on Mars-category of songs, and it just makes you go 'I I I I IIIIII don't want to be a cheeeerleader no moooooooore!' I swear my neighbours don't hate me.

Flight of the Conchords - Rambling through the avenues of Time

If you have been paying attention to the titles I've given some of my previous posts, you'd know that I love Flight of the Conchords. It's not just that their songs are super funny (I discover new lines every time) but they are actually good as well! 'Hurt Feelings' has become a classic in my house, and this one would make the top five just for Jemaine's commentary. I sadly couldn't find a version of this song that would let me embed the video but you can listen to it here!

Sigur Rós - Inní mér syngur vitleysingur

Ok, I'll admit I don't exactly sing along to the words when it comes to Sigur Rós. It's mostly some kind of mumbling that vaguely sounds nothing like Icelandic. But I love their music like crazy, and different albums seem to suit different sewing moods. Sometimes I need something relaxing for accurate and focused work, or something uplifting to keep me going, and they always deliver. Even if I have no idea what they're talking about. Apparently this song title means 'Inside me a lunatic sings'. Couldn't be more right.

I hope you enjoyed this insight in my music collection! And maybe this little tip will save a life (or destroy someone else's ears) someday. Do feel free to share your own sewing jams!

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