One Good Thing

one good song: ‘Riptide’ by Vance Roy


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I’m sorry that I haven’t been especially present here this week.

I did a whirlwind five-day tour of Brisbane, and while I’ve been writing a few bits and pieces (and always have a blogging calendar), I’ve found it suddenly terribly difficult to apply myself to this space. I open my WordPress account and simply stare at the text window and wonder, ‘Why do I do this..?’

I’ve never been particularly preoccupied with my ‘success’ as a blogger, but there’s still something a little disheartening about watching your stats fall, sweating and fretting over a layout that doesn’t seem quite right, posting day after day without comment.

Then I think of all the blogs that I read every day and enjoy and never comment on. And I realise that lots of people use RSS apps, read on the fly, don’t like to engage — whatever. And they probably aren’t judging me because I’m not a boutique typographer. (Or are you?)

I don’t even know why I started talking about this right now, except that I didn’t merely want to slap a song on the screen without saying ‘hi’ first.

One good song. Yes. Right.

I love love love this tune by Vance Joy (from the album God loves you when you’re dancing — it’s true; He does). It reminds me somewhat of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros’ ‘Home is wherever I’m with you’. No?

I don’t know about you, but I can’t love a song properly without also falling for its lyrics. This one starts: ‘I was scared of dentists and the dark / I was scared of pretty girls and starting conversations’.

I like that.

Then the chorus: ‘I love you when you’re singing that song and / I got a lump in my throat ’cause / you’re gonna sing the words wrong.’ Who knows what it’s all about. I like it anyway.

Now I really have to go because I have mascara in my eye.

Categorised as: music+tv+film


  1. Lee says:

    I read all posts and check out many of your links but generally I’m a “on the fly” follower. I’m hers but mostly quiet! Stats don’t always indicate the real deal.

  2. Sarah Mogg says:

    I love love love this song too!

  3. Mary says:

    I second Lee! I always enjoy your blog Amber :)

  4. Amber says:

    I knooooooooooowww. You guys are the best. I have no cause for complaint whatsoever.

  5. Dirk says:

    Hi there. Thanks for the posts. It sucks having something you can’t tangibly measure, but you are doing something that’s making others happy – that in itself is awesome.

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