Monthly Archives: June 2012

Countdown to New Shoes Album Day 13 Track 3

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(Post edited – each day, a new song was previewed. The preview link was the same every day. I have removed those links as they are now dead. As the band releases videos, I’ll adjust links for specific songs. Your best bet right now is to head on over to ShoesWire.com and buy Ignition. You won’t be disappointed. The guys put a great deal of time and thought into this album and the songs are stellar.)

Shoes, that amazing Power Pop band from Zion, Illinois, has been working on a new album for over a year. It’s titled Ignition and will have an “Extreme Fan” release on July 3rd. Every day, starting on June 18, they are revealing a new song, counting down from Track 15.

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Track 3 is Dimishing Returns by John Murphy.

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DIMINISHING RETURNS
(John Murphy)

Given her the kinds of things
Just to get her through
Bet you don’t remember when
You knew what to do

It’s been on your mind but you’re afraid
Of what you might find behind
Diminishing returns (you might find somethin’)
Diminishing returns (you might find behind)
Diminishing returns (you might find somethin’)
Diminishing returns (you might find behind)

Broken and alone again
Tired of her lies
Forgotten how it should’ve been
And so you agonize

You’ve been in the way but you’re afraid
Of what you might find behind
Diminishing returns (you might find somethin’)
Diminishing returns (you might find behind)
Diminishing returns (you might find somethin’)
Behind diminishing returns

You don’t know how it feels to get more than you give
Conceals the parts that aren’t as strong
You’ll never know the moment when love starts to fade
It’s been unequal far too long

You’ve been in the way but you’re afraid
Of what you might find behind

CHORUS

Made it known that she might leave
This you understood
Never in your wildest dreams
Did you think she would

There’s gonna come a day when you’re afraid
Of what you might find behind

DOUBLE CHORUS

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John: lead/backing vocals, bass, baritone guitar, keyboard
Gary: backing vocals, electric guitars
Jeff: backing vocals, acoustic guitar, lead guitar, piano

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Countdown to New Shoes Album Day 12, Track 4

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(Post edited – each day, a new song was previewed. The preview link was the same every day. I have removed those links as they are now dead. As the band releases videos, I’ll adjust links for specific songs. Your best bet right now is to head on over to ShoesWire.com and buy Ignition. You won’t be disappointed. The guys put a great deal of time and thought into this album and the songs are stellar.)

Shoes, that amazing Power Pop band from Zion, Illinois, has been working on a new album for over a year. It’s titled Ignition and will have an “Extreme Fan” release on July 3rd. Every day, starting on June 18, they are revealing a new song, counting down from Track 15.

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Track 4 is Heaven Help Me by Gary Klebe.

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HEAVEN HELP ME
(Gary Klebe)

It came to me one day
And then I knew right away
That nothin’s the same, everything changed
It’s all rearranged

Heaven help me
Do I belong where I wanna be
Heaven help me
From the get go I could hardly breathe

It’s you I’m thinkin’ of
What’s not to hate about love
The moment has come
It’s over and done
The fun isn’t fun

Came not a moment too soon
Changin’ my tune
We had a wide open sky
Don’t close your eyes

Heaven help me
Do I belong where I wanna be
Heaven help me
From the get go I could hardly breathe

Woke up and then I knew
From nowhere out of the blue
Nothin’s the same, everything changed
It’s all rearranged

Came not a moment too soon
Changin’ my tune
We had a wide open sky
Don’t close your eyes

Heaven help me
Do I belong where I wanna be
Heaven help me
From the get go I could hardly breathe

Don’t close your eyes
Don’t close your eyes
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Gary: lead/backing vocals, electric and acoustic guitars
Jeff: backing vocals, electric guitars (includes lead)
John: backing vocals, bass

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Countdown to New Shoes Album Day 11, Track 5

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(Post edited – each day, a new song was previewed. The preview link was the same every day. I have removed those links as they are now dead. As the band releases videos, I’ll adjust links for specific songs. Your best bet right now is to head on over to ShoesWire.com and buy Ignition. You won’t be disappointed. The guys put a great deal of time and thought into this album and the songs are stellar.)

Shoes, that amazing Power Pop band from Zion, Illinois, has been working on a new album for over a year. It’s titled Ignition and will have an “Extreme Fan” release on July 3rd. Every day, starting on June 18, they are revealing a new song, counting down from Track 15.

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Track 5 is Maybe Now by Jeff Murphy.

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MAYBE NOW
(Jeff Murphy)

Play by the rules
And life can be so cruel
Holdin’ on to what has never been again
Some feelings fade
As time slips away
Haunted by the ghost of yesterday today

Hidden hopes you can’t get over
Feeling them again

Maybe now you’ll come around
You’ll let your defenses down
If fates allow
I’ll wait somehow
So maybe now

How long will you wait
It’s bound to come too late
Once it’s gone it won’t be back again ‘til then
Now it’s up to you
It’s time to make a move
Wishful thinking doesn’t make it true for you

Take a chance and see what happens
There’s nothing left to lose

Maybe now you’ll come around
You’ll let your defenses down
If fates allow
I’ll wait somehow
So maybe now

Maybe now you’ll come around
You’ll let your defenses down
If fates allow
I’ll wait somehow
So maybe now

I’ll wait somehow
So maybe now

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Jeff: lead/backing vocals, electric guitars, piano
Gary: backing vocals, acoustic guitars
John: backing vocals, bass

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Jenny Lawson / The Bloggess in Gaithersburg

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So, as previous posts have made quite clear, I’m a bit of a fan of Jenny Lawson / The Bloggess.  A teeny, tiny fan. Yeah, that’s it. (Would you like to see my Lawsbian Pride t-shirt? It’s in my closet…)

When she was on her book tour for Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, I was initially disappointed that her only east coast date was in NYC. Knowing Jenny suffers from anxiety, I wasn’t going to beg and plead for a local appearance. If something came close, so be it.

Then the second leg of the tour was announced. Was there a date locally? No, there wasn’t one date – there were TWO!!! She was going to appear in Gaithersburg, Maryland on Saturday, May 19, and in Annapolis, Maryland, on Sunday, May 20. Woohoo, look at me and my Bloggess filled weekend.

The Saturday appearance was at The Gaithersburg Book Festival. All the various authors were appearing in different tents with 20-30 minute time slots. Not doubting the power of the Bloggess, I arrived two and a half hours early. The first thing I noticed was the large police presence. It struck me as odd until I remembered Jenny’s tweets about how freaked out the manager of the Buckhead, GA Barnes & Noble was about the number of peeps who’d appeared for her signing.

I went right to the tent she would be appearing in and sat through a couple of other authors, moving closer and closer to the podium as the audience came and went. I ended up sitting in the first row to the right side of the podium. (Well, right side as you looked out from the stage, left side as you looked at the podium.) I was just sitting there and knitting when a man sat next to me. Oh, “Hi there Baratunde Thurston, author of How To Be Black.” He was there for the 5 or so minutes while waiting for his turn to speak. He asked what I was making but before I could answer, a volunteer from the festival interrupted. I tweeted to him the next day – @baratunde Hi. Sat next to you before your presentation. You asked what I was making. It’s a scarf, for a weasel who belongs to @TheBloggess.

Yes, I was knitting Ron Weasel-y’s scarf. (I gave it to her in Annapolis though as I had to leave right after the festival to go to a birthday party.) You may have heard my squeal of delight when she posted this pic on her blog –

Tell me this picture doesn’t get you singing the Chaka Khan song….

So, Baratunde spoke and I kept on knitting. He was actually really engaging – if you get a chance to hear him speak, please do so. You won’t be disappointed. There were two more authors before Jenny was scheduled to appear. Steve Coll of Washington Post fame was the speaker before Jenny. His discussion was all about the Exxon Valdez oil spill. As he spoke I watched as the sparse audience filled up. Soon all the seats were taken and then the crowd started to line up on the outer perimeter. Completely standing room only. I wish I’d thought to video the crowd. It was ginormous. Once he left, there was a scramble to get the few seats that were given up. Then it was time for The Bloggess.

Every other author who’d come in had a volunteer with them as well as a spokesperson from the Book Store that was sponsoring the Festival. What did Jenny have? She had a police escort. Literally, two officers in front, two in back, plus others thrown in in case they weren’t enough. It was Amazeballs!  The book store peep introduced her and then she came on stage. It was a great presentation and I videoed all of it. (Is videoed a word? If not, it should be.)  She read “The Psychopath on the Other Side of the Bathroom Door” from LPTNH and did a Q&A. I was hoping to film the police escort out of the tent but she had a lot of people come up to her at the end, which is why the video ends sort of weirdly. Grab a Diet Coke or a Wine Slushie, get some popcorn and prepare to be amused.

Countdown to New Shoes Album Day 10, Track 6

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(Post edited – each day, a new song was previewed. The preview link was the same every day. I have removed those links as they are now dead. As the band releases videos, I’ll adjust links for specific songs. Your best bet right now is to head on over to ShoesWire.com and buy Ignition. You won’t be disappointed. The guys put a great deal of time and thought into this album and the songs are stellar.)

Shoes, that amazing Power Pop band from Zion, Illinois, has been working on a new album for over a year. It’s titled Ignition and will have an “Extreme Fan” release on July 3rd. Every day, starting on June 18, they are revealing a new song, counting down from Track 15.

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Track 6 is Wrong Idea by John Murphy.

Buy Ignition from ShoesWire.com.

WRONG IDEA
(John Murphy)

What’s gotten into you lately
It’s hard to know where I stand
‘Cause nothin’ good has ever come out of
Disassembling what we’ve learned about love

Tried to explain the situation
It’s gotten way out of hand
Things get blown out of proportion
And caused a problem where there never was one

Just let it lay where it may land

Don’t get the wrong idea, baby
Don’t let ‘em box you in
You’re not prepared to handle love again
There’s no tellin’ how it shoulda been
So the wrong ideas don’t do you in

It’s no use to figure every angle
If you know what’s good for you
It’s a thankless job–at least that’s what I’ve heard
I feel that I’ve bent over backwards

How could you not see what it’s grown into

CHORUS

The thoughts I keep inside all still apply
I’ve been hopin’ you’d help me to understand
Can’t ya tell that I’d never wanna jeopardize
What we have so that’s why I’ll try the best that I can

CHORUS

Can’t we try to come to some agreement
Don’t be so sure that we can
We hit a snag–that’s all there is to it
It’ll take a little push to get through it

You leave me no choice than to play my hand

Don’t get the wrong idea, baby
Don’t let ‘em box you in

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John: lead/backing vocals, Papoose guitars, bass
Gary: backing vocals, electric guitars
Jeff: backing vocals, electric and acoustic guitars

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Countdown to New Shoes Album Day 9, Track 7

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(Post edited – each day, a new song was previewed. The preview link was the same every day. I have removed those links as they are now dead. As the band releases videos, I’ll adjust links for specific songs. Your best bet right now is to head on over to ShoesWire.com and buy Ignition. You won’t be disappointed. The guys put a great deal of time and thought into this album and the songs are stellar.)

Shoes, that amazing Power Pop band from Zion, Illinois, has been working on a new album for over a year. It’s titled Ignition and will have an “Extreme Fan” release on July 3rd. Every day, starting on June 18, they are revealing a new song, counting down from Track 15.

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Track 7 is Sign of Life by  Gary Klebe.

Buy Ignition from ShoesWire.com.

SIGN OF LIFE
(Gary Klebe)

Have no clue what to do
I was down and nearly underground

You found, found a sign of life
Deep down, you found a sign of life

What I’d resist would just persist
I lived and never learned a thing

You found, found a sign of life
Deep down, you found a sign of life

It’s my nature, my behavior
Just take the wrong and make it right

A faint heartbeat was all you found
You rescued me from my meltdown

You found, found a sign of life
Deep down, you found a sign of life

You found, found a sign of life
Deep down, you found a sign of life

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Gary: lead/backing vocals, acoustic and baritone guitars
Jeff: backing vocals, acoustic and baritone guitars
John: backing vocals, bass

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Countdown to New Shoes Album Day 8, Track 8

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(Post edited – each day, a new song was previewed. The preview link was the same every day. I have removed those links as they are now dead. As the band releases videos, I’ll adjust links for specific songs. Your best bet right now is to head on over to ShoesWire.com and buy Ignition. You won’t be disappointed. The guys put a great deal of time and thought into this album and the songs are stellar.)

Shoes, that amazing Power Pop band from Zion, Illinois, has been working on a new album for over a year. It’s titled Ignition and will have an “Extreme Fan” release on July 3rd. Every day, starting on June 18, they are revealing a new song, counting down from Track 15.

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Track 8 is Hot Mess by Murphy/Klebe/Murphy.

HOT MESS
(Murphy/Klebe/Murphy)

She’s got good motor skills
When she’s stuffed to the gills
So honey say what you will

She’s no stranger to pain
She sleeps in the rain
‘Cause she’s got nothin’ to gain

Ooh she’s a hot mess
Been tryin’ to pin her down
Such a hot mess
She’s bound to be makin’ rounds

She’s a hot mess

She does her personal best
With stains on her dress
She’s a reliable wreck

She’s been payin’ her dues
With her skanky tattoos
And her sensible shoes

CHORUS

She lets her juices flow
When she’s layin’ low
Cuz that’s how she rolls

She’s got a lopsided grin
When she don’t know where she’s been
She’s my possible kin

CHORUS

She comes across as a man
With her spray-on tan
But she don’t give a damn

She wears her hair in a bun
When she gets the job done
She takes no shit from no one

CHORUS

She’s a hot mess
Couldn’t care less
Makes a hot mess

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John: lead vocal, bass, handclaps
Gary: electric guitars
Jeff: vocals, electric and acoustic guitars (includes lead), handclaps

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Countdown to New Shoes Album Day 7, Track 9

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(Post edited – each day, a new song was previewed. The preview link was the same every day. I have removed those links as they are now dead. As the band releases videos, I’ll adjust links for specific songs. Your best bet right now is to head on over to ShoesWire.com and buy Ignition. You won’t be disappointed. The guys put a great deal of time and thought into this album and the songs are stellar.)

Shoes, that amazing Power Pop band from Zion, Illinois, has been working on a new album for over a year. It’s titled Ignition and will have an “Extreme Fan” release on July 3rd. Every day, starting on June 18, they are revealing a new song, counting down from Track 15.

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Track 9 is Where Will It End by Jeff Murphy.

Buy Ignition from ShoesWire.com.

WHERE WILL IT END
(Jeff Murphy)

I’ve had my share, I’ve seen enough
Fought long and hard, the road’s been rough
How long will it last
This too has to pass

It goes against the odds to never win
I’ve loved and lost and loved again
I build a bridge, you build a wall
A simple lie destroys it all

What’s the purpose of scratching the surface
It always ends up the same
I try to be honest and look what that got us
You seem content to pretend
But tell me where will it end
Where will it end

I still believe in hope and change
But simple minds get in the way
I can’t be sure of how to begin
Show me I’m wrong and I’ll give in

I know what’s right, I know what’s fair
I speak my mind but you don’t care
You’ve been exposed for who you are
It should’ve never gone this far

I’m getting bored with the same old story
Now something has to change
Yesterday’s gone, now it’s time to move on
It’s pointless to live it again
So tell me where will it end
Where will it end

Seems like whenever I put in the effort
You throw it back in my face
I’ve gotta push back if I feel attacked
But there’s little left to defend

Now tell me where will it end
Where will it end
Where will it end
Where will it end

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Jeff: lead/backing vocals, electric and acoustic guitars
Gary: backing vocals, electric guitars (includes lead)
John: backing vocals, bass

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How to turn off Predictive Text on an HTC One X

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I received the HTC One X through a promotion on Twitter. Never one to turn down a legit offer for something groovy and free, I didn’t mention to the giveaway peeps that I’m a T-Mobile girl. Got the unlock code for the phone and I’ve been using it happily for a couple of weeks now.

Love the phone, love the size but HATE the predictive text. I didn’t have that with the My Touch Slide that I’ve been using for 2 years. I feel it’s like Google Instant – and I HATE Google Instant. I know what I want to type, please do not try and second guess me. The phone nearly had me send a tweet out today that said bestial instead of be still and that was it – I’d had it.

The problem is, when you go to Settings – Language & Keyboard – HTC Sense Input – Advanced Settings, the Prediction Preference is checked on but greyed out so that you can’t change them.

Searched and searched online for the way to turn off the predictive text but most of the sites had me looking at the manual, which does not tell you how to do this. Some of the sites were European and they have different controls. Finally found one with the answer.

The trick is to go back to the Settings – Language & Keyboard – HTC Sense Input screen and toggle off Trace. Then move to Advanced Settings and click off Spell Correction and then Word Prediction.* Voila, no more auto correct mishaps.

*If you turn off Word Prediction first, it greys out Spell Correction which is then still on.

Countdown to New Shoes Album Day 6, Track 10

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(Post edited – each day, a new song was previewed. The preview link was the same every day. I have removed those links as they are now dead. As the band releases videos, I’ll adjust links for specific songs. Your best bet right now is to head on over to ShoesWire.com and buy Ignition. You won’t be disappointed. The guys put a great deal of time and thought into this album and the songs are stellar.)

Shoes, that amazing Power Pop band from Zion, Illinois, has been working on a new album for over a year. It’s titled Ignition and will have an “Extreme Fan” release on July 3rd. Every day, starting on June 18, they are revealing a new song, counting down from Track 15.

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Track 10 is Say it Like You Mean It by Murphy/Klebe/Murphy

SAY IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT
(Murphy/Klebe/Murphy)

Rollin’ off your tongue
Passin’ through your lips
Words are only words
Without some feeling they can’t be heard

You gotta say it like you mean it
‘Cause I can tell by the tone in your voice
If you want me to believe it
You gotta say it like you mean it

Racin’ through your head
Carefully you choose
The words sent to my ears
They’re so empty and insincere

Wanna hear, loud and clear
Wanna hear, loud and clear

You gotta say it like you mean it
‘Cause I can tell by the tone in your voice
If you want me to believe it
You gotta say it like you mean it

Say it like you mean it
In a way you have before
A lot has come between us
Speak up to save us or the rest’ll take us down

Rollin’ off your tongue
Passin’ through your lips
Words are only words
Without some feeling they can’t be heard

Wanna hear, loud and clear

You gotta say it like you mean it
‘Cause I can tell by the tone in your voice
If you want me to believe it
You gotta say it like you mean it

You gotta say it like you mean it
Words are only words

You gotta say it like you mean it
Words are only words

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Gary: lead/backing vocals, electric guitars, handclaps
Jeff: lead/backing vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, piano, handclaps
John: lead/backing vocals, bass, piano, handclaps

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