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

Starchaser

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!