Yes I gotta have faith, faith, faith

Yes, George Michael’s greatest eighties hit– Faith. I am guilty. I love this song. I even love this video.

Everything from the pan up to the butt of his jeans to the hip-shaking dance moves and oddly reflective sunglasses makes me want to laugh. Say hello to one of my feel good songs. It makes me dance around my room and forget about bad days. I’ve been trying lately to zero in on the good moments in this strange post-grad season and this is one of those ways. Not only does Faith have George Michael and a catchy beat, but there’s a lot to it beyond the tight jeans and odd color-filtered video.

This song holds a lot of good memories for me. I can’t help but love it.

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Norwegian Wood

I once had a girl or should I say she once had me.

 

I have been throwing around the idea of reading Haruki Murakami for a while now. I don’t know what held me back. Maybe it was because I didn’t want to be disappointed. I’ve heard a lot of talk about him and most of the books I’ve read based purely on anonymous forum chatter have never lived up to expectation.

But as the story goes, my internship boss gave me a gift card to an independent bookstore next door. I saw Norwegian Wood and decided to give it a chance.

The book was not at all what I thought it would be, but I think I mean that in a good way. The writing style was completely unexpected, simple and charmingly modern. This is how it’s described:

Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable. As she retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman.

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Peace of Mind

Flight of the Conchords.

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Nothing’s gonna touch you in these golden years

Life is GoodWalking around campus and listening to Bowie’s Golden Years can do wonders for clarity. And even if it isn’t clarity and even if it’s just the sunshine, it’s good to get some perspective.