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note to self: i’ll be there for you, always

written june 6, 2021. Photo by Kristine Cinate on Unsplash I have always looked for myself in other people. I think the idea was that they would somehow hold the pieces of me that I felt were missing. That maybe, if I wrapped my identity up in theirs enough, we would somehow make a whole person. It's not healthy to live like this, but I did it anyway — burning through relationships and searching for something I couldn't quite name. It was never enough, not to be myself, but it was never enough to latch my identity to other people, either. I got close, several times — I thought I had reached the pinnacle of self discovery. I thought I had completed myself. But in the end, relying on other people to help build yourself is never a viable way to do things. It's only recently that I've started to become comfortable with the idea of being enough, as I am, on my own. Several years ago, in this same position, I would have searched for another person to attach my identity onto,

All Things Bright And Beautiful

First off, I have to say, it wasn't my birthday recently. That was back in April. :P The post about my frying pan was just a belated post about the experience I had upon turning another year older. A very belated post. :P

Secondly, this is another post about Owl City. Be forewarned.

Thirdly, Georgie Penn pre-ordered me Owl City's new album, All Things Bright and Beautiful.

It is... brilliant.
I saw the autumn leaves peel up off the street,
take wing on the balmy breeze and sweep you off your feet.

You blushed as they scooped you up on sugar maple wings,
to gaze down on the city below, ablaze with wondrous things.

Downy feathers kiss your face and flutter everywhere.
Reality is a lovely place but I wouldn’t want to live there.
My initial thoughts... well, when The Real World, the first track, started playing, I fell in love instantly. The piano chords and melodic feel made me endeared to the album, even if the rest of the songs stank.

They didn't.

Angels has a beautiful melody line. Deer in the Headlights made me laugh out loud the first time I heard it. Hospital Flowers is weird on first listen, and gorgeous on the second. And when January 28, 1986 played and then gave way to Galaxies, I had chills running up and down my spine.

There are a few songs I don't like as much as the others, Kamikaze being one of them. It's kind of strange, though I appreciate Adam Young's willingness to try new things. And I haven't listened to The Yacht Club or Plant Life a second time, mostly because when I get new music, I listen to a bunch of the songs more than the others. But I plan to give those two a second go later tonight.

Ocean Eyes, Owl City's first album, had more of an ocean-y feel - or at least that's how I interpreted. This album is very reminiscent of galaxies and the stars and space and astronauts and, well... all things bright and beautiful. :P It's inspiring me for Avary's story.

There's actually one more funny story I neglected to mention. On June 14th, I was excited because the CD came out. And because of the implication of "pre-ordered", I thought it would come immediately. (Good things usually never do.) So when I went to the mailbox, I was disappointed to find no package.

Yesterday, I ran to the mailbox, thinking that maybe, just maybe, today would be the day. I was sorely disappointed. But not for long. It turns out that our mail truck returned, bringing my package with it. :D

And yes, my earbuds have been in my ears ever since.

In addition to that, I realized today how many of my Polyvore sets are inspired by Owl City. So, I decided to showcase them all for you, oldest to most recent. Welcome... to Owl City.


  1. I LOVE THIS CD! I pre-ordered it on iTunes when it was first available and downloaded it first thing on June 14th! :)

    I agree with you--Kamikaze is not my favorite Owl City song. It's okay, but not my favorite. Dreams Don't Turn to Dust, Angels, Galaxies, Hospital Flowers, Deer in the Headlights, and the non-rap Alligator Sky are the best in my opinion. :D

    A great album! Next thing to wait for--his next batch of Port Blue music!

  2. I AODRE this CD! It's my favorite one so far! Honey and the Bee, Dreams Don't Turn to Dust, Alligator Sky (rap AND non-rap), and Deer in the Headlights currently top the list. <3

  3. COOL! I'm the only one of the people who've commented so far who hasn't hear the CD, but I bet it's awesome.

    Also, this is going to look really weird if someone comments above me saying that they haven't her the CD either. Just a random thought :D

  4. Keaghan - That's great! It's so beautiful. :) And actually, the Alligator Sky version with rap is growing on me, though I like the non-rap version tons better. ;)

    Rachel - It's my favorite one so far, too, I think, though Ocean Eyes is really great. :)

    iGirl - Let me know when you hear it! It's simply awesome. :P And lol! No one commented above you, so I think you're safe. ;)

  5. OOOH!!!!!! I cannot WAIT to get this CD!!!!!!! My bestest friend pre-ordered it on iTunes, and I can't wait until we can listen to it together!!!!! :D Awesome post, and I can't wait for this! LOL! I already love Ocean Eyes like crazy. And Maybe I'm Dreaming, and Of June. So, All Things Bright and Beautiful ALREADY has a special place in my heart, and I haven't even heard it yet. XD

  6. Uhhh, I need to hear that album! All my friends are bragging on it and I haven't even heard it! I feel like a slacker... XD I'm following your blog!



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