It’s been a while. Hmm.

Years ago, when I first heard Christina Perri’s “Jar of Hearts,” I misheard the lyric “runnin’ round leaving scars” as “runnin’ round chasing stars.”

How? I have no idea, since those things really have nothing to do with each other. I realized almost immediately that I’d misheard the song, but sometimes I found myself singing that lyric anyway, because conceptually, I liked it better.

A couple of months ago, I posted this on Facebook one day when I overheard the song in a store.

I was talking to Aleph about it for a while after and he encouraged me to actually write the rest of the lyrics. I started that day. I’ve been working on it on and off for months and I intended to have it done for his birthday, but…that didn’t quite happen. A bunch of you have heard me mention time spent singing into my computer lately, and…this is what I was talking about. I have probably spent a lot of time doing this when I should have been sleeping. Writing new lyrics to a song that already exists is hard. Writing them when they are not a parody is even harder.

It’s apropos because Aleph is one of the most persistently positive and imaginative and unconditionally loving people I know. He is the sort of person who really makes you believe magic things can happen. And on top of that, alternate universes. They’re kind of a thing for us. <3 <3 <3


So here you go. Happy belated birthday, and happy New Year, and all kinds of things.

The song in question is exactly in the weakest part of my range, so I fiddled with it a lot and angsted over getting the vocals perfect and then finally accepted that if I kept trying, they wouldn’t ever get there and this would never leave my computer. Fortunately there are a lot of karaoke tracks on Spotify. I suppose this isn’t technically a legal use of them, but I don’t intend to make any money off it and it’s a gift for a friend.

And it’s a good way to end the year. On a high note. That might be a little too high for me to sing. But it was fun to do and made me wonder about that other world.

Love you all!