A Tree Grows in Blogland

I know some of you went hella smella hard off of Saturday’s post. Wow, talk about a party blow out – epic work, Schluet.  But now it’s the Lord’s Day, meaning it’s time to rest. And I’m here to provide some soothing sounds for a day that’s hopefully full of relaxation and contemplation.  So welcome to my first blog post ever! This is really going to be a summer of exploration, risk-taking, and maturation, musically and otherwise, and I’m excited to be taking this journey with you.

Ha, so Lexi suggested that I inaugurate my delicious debut with Colbie Caillat’s new cotton ad…I’m not sure if she was kidding. Instead, I decided I’d share with you an artist I stumbled upon a few days ago, while laying in my house for hours perusing through music on the internet when I was supposed to be applying for jobs. Her name is Priscilla Ahn, and she’s a singer songwriter from L.A. Not only is her voice light and pure, but shawty also plays a slew of instruments – guitar, ukelele, bass, harmonica, and kazoo.  Though her first (and so far, only) full-length studio album A Good Day was released in 2008, Ahn’s sound is very much still current. In fact, what first attracted me to her was her minimalism. Her music emphasizes the singing; the instrumentation, mainly acoustic sounds, supports her lyricism, not vice versa. With Ahn, less truly is more.

Ok, so let’s get into it. The first song I found was “In a Tree” (from which the title of her blog was inspired). These are the opening lyrics:

living in a tree

yeah that’s where I’d like to be

when the world falls down

no one can say nothing

which I guess means they’ll say something

but I won’t be around

I’ll be in my tree

living free

as any child would wanna be

On Friday part of my world fell down. Literally. I was upstairs unpacking from school (yes I’ve been home for two weeks) and my brother was downstairs playing piano. As soon as he struck the last chord, there was a big *crash.* It was our bathroom ceiling. Dirt, dust, and soggy drywall everywhere. Ugh, at that moment I would’ve liked to be in a tree – or anywhere else for that matter – just so I wouldn’t have to clean it up. But good thing no one was using the john when it happened, things could’ve gotten messy. Point is, we all know what it feels like to want to escape from the chaos and confusion in our lives and be free to be and be with ourselves, even if it’s just for a little while. This is Ahn’s simple song with a simple solution. Find a tree, climb up, and get away. Perhaps even build a life up there.

Next, is “Dream.” This song got a lot of play on the small and big screen. It’s been featured on TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Ghost Whisperer, Brothers and Sisters, and also in the films and soundtracks of the movies Love Happens, Disturbia, and My Sister’s Keeper. It’s funny to think that I heard the song before I knew about it. Like I knew it before I knew it. But it’s obvious why it was used so much – such a beautiful song. It’s about growing up, the evolution of self and of beliefs. The protagonist starts off as a carefree little girl, playing with nature, and her main dream is to fly from the highest swing. In the second stage of her life, she finds herself in young adulthood and at a crossroads. She asks God who she is “supposed to be,” all the while still dreaming, only this time a little higher  – to fly from the highest tree. The third stage of her life is summed up in the final verse:

now I’m old and feeling grey

I don’t know what’s left to say

about this life I’m willing to leave

I lived it full and lived it well

there’s many tales I’ve lived to tell

I’m ready now, I’m ready now, I’m ready now

to fly from the highest wing.

I had a dream.

She’s ready to die, or in other words, to live out her dream in the sky. Sometimes I think I’m running out of time. I look at myself and see a 20-year-old who hasn’t really accomplished much. But who am I kidding – there’s so much time left, so much more living to do. “Dream” plants in me seeds of patience and optimism. One day, it will all get figured out.

I’ll wrap up my post with a video of Ahn singing, just so you can get a taste of how awesome she sounds live. This song is called “Wallflower” (and is a perfect description of my middle school life):

That’s it for now. Be sure to check out Priscilla Ahn’s website and myspace for more of her music and what she’s doing now. Happy Sunday everybody. -Cara

2 Responses to “A Tree Grows in Blogland”
  1. Johnny says:

    Love the stories, so unique, and what a great idea to set up a relaxing Sunday, props Cara

  2. Triple Word Score says:

    You’re weird. I like these songs.

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