A little bit of country and a little bit of ...

Monday, February 27, 2012

I've been very happy lately, much, much happier than I was in New York City, and I know I've probably been taking this for granted. Life has been very good to me here in Taipei and it's only a matter of time until I have to leave and face reality, whatever my reality may be at the end of my time here. I'm still pretty undecided as to where I'm going to be at the end of my time here, and whether I'll be going to graduate school or looking for a job (and if so, where? Here? Australia? New York? California?).

I think I'm in love!
source: CMT.com
But in the meantime, as I said yesterday, I'm just trying to grasp every happy moment as it comes to me, and these are some songs that have not only been stuck in my head over the past week, but probably represent my state of mind right now:

I really don't even know how I stumbled across this Keith Urban song, since it wasn't released as a single (as far as I know) and I'm not exactly a country music aficionado. I know I became familiar with some of Keith's songs around the time I went to Nashville in 2009, and afterwards I had "Sweet Thing" on my playlist ... well, in any case, I came to know this song somehow, and it's such a happy-sounding song with less happy (though still pretty happy) lyrics. I don't know how this song was plucked from "obscurity" and placed into my head this past week, though. (Although I have to say, country music is not unpopular here ... there is plenty of Lady Antebellum and Taylor Swift and occasionally Keith Urban played in stores here, which I find odd. I've heard more Lady Antebellum songs played here than in the U.S.) Maybe it's just one of those little unexplained mysteries of life!

This song ... well, I don't have much to say about it. It was on Jessica Simpson's first album (meaning: when I still really liked her) and though it wasn't my favorite song back then, I really appreciate it now. Not only does it put me in a good mood, but it brings me right back to ninth grade. If I remember correctly, I think the single version was a remix of the album version (I own the album but haven't listened to it in years), and it's much fresher than the original.

I think these songs are trying to tell me something ... maybe I'm in love! Or maybe it's the spring-like weather.

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