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Monday, February 27, 2012

Angry Girl Music! (And the letter H)

Tonight's post is brought to you by the letter H. H begins all kinds of important words! Like
"Hayley!" And "horticulture!" And "
hemorrhage!" And "holy shit I need to take a break from working right now or I'm going to pass out with my face down on the keyboard and the landlord won't find my maggot-gnawed body until July." I'm chin-deep into the work that remains in this phase of production on the book, which means I'm forgetting meals, I'm making nasty crackling joint noises whenever I move my wrists, and I'm seeing black Times New Roman inside my eyelids when I try to sleep. But I'm not complaining! God, not in the slightest. This stress and frustration is exactly what I need in my life right now. I feel like I'm doing what I was meant to do. Harmony. Happiness. Other H-words. Hurrah!

I was really pleased by the response to my last post. It looks most of us are on the same page regarding my goal to find more balance in my everyday life-- a lot of you were already working towards that, and some of you renewed your vows, which rocks. In the immortal words of Troy Bolton and the East High Wildcats, we're all in this together. That's inspirational. It's high-fivable. It's choreographed-dance-able.

Speaking of dancing and dorkiness, I'm at that point in my college career where I've given up hope on ever looking like a normal human being, and I've embraced the power in my eccentricity and taken it one step further. My workout schedule was getting kind of stale since the weather's forcing me to kick it treadmill style, so I've created a playlist of ANGRY EMPOWERING BREAKUP SONGS that I unabashedly lipsync to while running and/or ponytail-bouncing. And who would I be to deny you the same fun? If you're a runner or a walker or a rower or a what-have-you, I highly recommend downloading these puppies and giving mental hell to whatever douchebag last did you wrong. 68% satisfaction guaranteed (that nearly doubles if sing along; screw the people next to you).

  1. "You Oughta Know" - Alanis Morissette
  2. "Survivor" - Destiny's Child
  3. "Fighter" - Christina Aguilera
  4. "Piece of My Heart" - Janis Joplin
  5. "So What" - Pink
  6. "I Will Survive" - Gloria Gaynor
  7. "Stronger" - Britney Spears
  8. "Since U Been Gone" - Kelly Clarkson
  9. "What Doesn't Kill You" - Kelly Clarkson
  10. "Walk Away" - Kelly Clarkson
  11. "Picture to Burn" - Taylor Swift
  12. "Before He Cheats" - Carrie Underwood
When combined with rage and determination, this collection of blonde lady pop songs (and a few angry brunettes) is part of a healthy weight loss plan!*

On that high-pitched note, I'm gonna go practice what I preach and get in a quick run before I have to dive back into accomplishing shit. I'm continuing to work on my goal of better balance, and I hope you guys all find yourselves healthy and happy enough to do the same. Have a lovely evening! <3


P.S. I have a cheesy-yet-sincere new video from Thursday, as well as today's new Answerly video featuring brief partial nudity. Enjoy!

*And it's not just for straight girls! Change the pronouns and/or add in some NSYNC and you're good to go, dudes and et cetera-s.

38 comments:

Emma Chupein said...

You blow my mind, Zelda- you're a powerhouse.

RacheyB said...

I'm both impressed and intrigued about some of your song choices lol glad to hear you're accomplishing shit :)

Marlena said...

I approve of the amount of Kelly Clarkson on that list.

jessica sandoval said...

^ Agree with Marlena, this playlist would not be complete without Kelly Clarkson. Would it be too cliche to add "Just A Girl" by No Doubt?

EJ said...

Thanks for the note at the end for us et cetera-s! ; )

Excellent playlist. In case you need a pick-me-up this week during your end of quarter stress, I'd like to offer for your listening pleasure a playlist my friend and I have spent years perfecting.

EJ and Steph's Feel Good Tunes:

1. "September" - Earth Wind and Fire
2. "Space Jam" - Quad City DJ's
3. "Celebration" - Kool and the Gang
4. "Conga" - Gloria Estefan
5. "Thinkin' Bout Somethin'" - Hanson
6. "Mambo #5" - Lou Bega
7. "Life is a Highway" - Rascal Flatts
8. "ABC" - Jackson 5
9. "Mr. Jones" - Mike Jones
10. "Party in the USA" - Miley Cyrus
11. "YMCA" - The Village People

Stefan said...

being a mild music snob I'm happy to see Kelly Clarkson twice and no Adele. Also it's nice to see Marlena and Jessica agree :)

I'm trying to think of some songs to add to the list. I can't think of anything to angry. But Jill Sobule has some awesome stuff:

http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/Good+Person+Inside/3UZ7n9?src=5

Katie said...

Yo girl, I'm a fan of your playlist but you gotta add sum Sara B to that shiz.

Specifically "Fairytale" from Little Voice and "King of Anything" from Kaleidoscope Heart. Go go go now!

<3

Kate said...

Just downloaded every song and made a playlist called HGH Workout Tunes... :D Cheers Hayley!

<3

Unknown said...

I asked you on tumblr for some songs and am really happy that you ended up posting this list! I'll definitely be adding some of these into my playlists, thank you!

Stacie said...

That playlist is wonderful, and the fact that Kelly Clarkson is on there twice is amazing.
Also, this post has inspired me to join you in creating a nice balance.
I've decided to join all the old people in my neighborhood in walking around the block over and over. :D

Audrey said...

It's official. You're Bridget Jones.

Laure said...

You should add Whyyouwannabringmedown !

Roshni said...

Weird question, but would you ever let a blog reader of yours read your hemmingway paper? I'm in high school and I'd love to read that paper!

Courtney said...

Picture to Burn was one of my favorite angry girl songs. ;D As well as the Kelly Clarkson ones.

CeliaAnn said...

Yup. Most of these are already on my playlist. Also more Taylor...And a little bit of Aly and AJ. Kelly Clarkson's a total badass lioness, too.

kira902k said...

:) you're great.
i will definitely look into creating a similar playlist.

Torrey said...

You Oughtta Know is my go-to karaoke song, and this one time, a drunk man yelled toward me in the middle of the song during a break and said "YOU GET IT PISSED OF CHICK". It was awesome.

Sara said...

Ooooh, angry girl music is my absolute favorite! I wholeheartedly agree with your entire list (especially FIGHTER!) but if you need more, some of my favorites include:

1. Get Over It - Avril Lavigne
2. Gone - Kelly Clarkson
3. Smile - Lily Allen
4. You're Not Sorry - Taylor Swift
5. Leave (Get Out) - JoJo
6. Foundations - Kate Nash
7. Should've Said No - Taylor Swift
8. Are You Happy Now - Michelle Branch

Also, I just wanted to thank you for these last couple of posts and your latest video. For the past couple of months it's been hard for me to get through even a single day. I would usually just curl up into the fetal position and lock myself away from the world. But your book contest got me to finally finish writing something and then all your talk about balance and productivity inspired me to wake up, go outside, exercise, and do...stuff. I'm still not 100% but you've gotten me to live activity to activity instead of just bad mood to worse mood. I know you're dealing with a lot right now as well so I just wanted to send all sorts of good vibes and a million thanks your way. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.

Bridget said...

Hahhaa! That's hilarious - I'll have to add those to my playlist! Lately I've been working out by learning dances to Korean pop songs... it's been working pretty well and it seriously wears me out trying to figure out just 30 seconds of the dance (maneuvering my limbs in the correct position is just difficult!)

Anonymous said...

You read my mind Hayley, how did you do it?
I was just thinking of starting up my exercise routine again and I needed new songs to dance-while-on-the-treadmill to.
You're awesome.
-Chloe

Anonymous said...

Dancing like a manic dork in my bedroom is the only physical excercise I actually do.
Angry girl music? My favourite is definitely Girl Anachronism by Amanda Palmer/The Dresden Dolls. Angriest I get...

Nicci Weasley said...

I cannot stress this enough, Hayley:
Thank you for being so awesome and inspirational. (I think I write that in every comment on your blog and on youtube, but whatever. You can't stop me. Well, maybe you could... But that's not the point.)
Like that friend you talked about in your last post... That's how I see you. Pure goodness, and I hope that doesn't feel like pressure on you and your awesonme shoulders. (And the fact that you have SO many eyes watching you, and you still manage to be you. Seriously girl. If I was homosexual I would ask you to marry me. Some place where that is legal and stuff.)
And thank you for letting us in your head sometimes. You have good things to say. Things that are good to hear/read.
And yeah, I will take your playlist and listen to it tomorrow morning while running.
Virtual non-choreographed-dance-able hug!

Kat said...

Wow, I was expecting way more T-Swift on that list. If I ever went to the gym I'm pretty sure it would be all angry Taylor Swift all the time.

Jess the Nerdfighting Band Geek said...

Of course I find your post on exercise right as I am considering picking up the habit in a proper fashion (proper fashion meaning "not just PE class where you play shuffleboard", which is not a joke).

I shall definitely be using this in the future =)

I'm curious as to if you have any other playlists that are perhaps less angsty? I keep a playlist of peppy fast tempo-ed songs on my ipod.

Rosianna said...

I listen to Kelly Clarkson's Stronger song at least twenty times a day. It's my current kick ass song. It makes me want to take up boxing. YEAH.

Rhiannon said...

After reading that, my first thought was "fuck I need to accomplish some shit!"

Sidsel said...

Perspective: I don't have to run to angry girl music, because there is no boy to be angry about. I'm not sure that's better.

Ps. You make me smile.

Krazy_4_Kelly said...

I love the playlist, I recommend also adding You Love Me by Kelly and Cowboy Casanova by Carrie.

Kathy Schneider said...

Skyscraper is another good empowering break-up song.

Izzy Hilliard said...

What doesn't kill you makes you strongggggeeeeeer

Anonymous said...

I just want to let you know how meaningful your posts have been to me, especially in the period of my life I am in right now. I really admire that you are taking a rough situation in your life and using it to inspire others. I have been in a funk lately with a lot of crazy things happening in my life but it is extremely reassuring to know that I am able to make something good out of it and am not alone in the process. There are a lot of different parts of life and I am only in one stage. Thank you for using your situation to inspire other, because you really are.

Molly said...

"Horcrux" also starts with H. FYI.

sterff1face said...

Hahaha, I like that most of the songs on that list are ones that I took really seriously in middle school. :D Even though I find them slightly less deep and meaningful now, it's always fun to rock out (or work out) to angry girl music. :P

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