So, as most of you are probably aware, [ profile] apple_pathways and I have an ongoing musical battle going on, in which we challenge each other to come up with playlists for random things. She tripped me up pretty badly by asking for my favorite holiday songs, and I (apparently) caused just as much trouble with the current challenge: New Year's resolutions, the musical! At least three songs you yourself would be willing to sing in response to "What is your resolution this year?

Ready to Start - The Arcade Fire
Businessmen drink my blood
Like the kids in art school said they would
And I guess I'll just begin again
You say can we still be friends

It's always good to know where you stand before you start making resolutions. As overplayed comparatively lackluster popular as this song is, it pretty much describes my stance coming in to this year: At the mercy of corporate America and looking for a new beginning. I hope I can shrug it off as easily as this song suggests.

Three Resolutions, in order of amount of ambition required:

1) Cross-Country Atom and His Package Tour Via Bicycle - Atom and His Package
I want to ride my bike with Mike across the country
I'll record the package's music, yeah, I'll burn a set on CD
Some will complain, though duh, it's the same thing
I'll build a weird looking hollow box with lots of lights on it flashing

Actually, I just like the idea of singing this in response to the question because all I have to do is shout "I WANT TO RIDE MY BIKE WITH MIKE ACROSS THE COUNTRY" and people will probably stop asking me questions immediately. The main issue here is that I'd have to find someone named Mike that'd want to ride his bike cross-country as well, and I'd also need to build a box of flashing lights (but maybe that's something I want to do anyway).

2) Paperback Writer - The Beatles
Dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book?
It took me years to write, will you take a look?
It's based on a novel by a man named Lear
And I need a job, so I want to be a paperback writer,
Paperback writer.

Okay, so this is closer to my actual resolution. I don't know about paperbacks, but I do aim to write more this year. I don't know if I'm up for something novel-length again quite yet, but I'll get there. I'm also going to be trying to get some kind of job in writing, but who knows how that'll work out, and it's probably still a long way off.

3) Trip Out West - Bombadil
Gonna take a trip out west
see the Mississippi
go down to Tennessee or
the Big Easy

The one I know I can do. I've never been west of the Mississippi. I aim to fix that this year. (Either that or I'll hit this one on a major technicality by going so far east it'll count as west, but I don't think my pocketbook is quite set up for that, without a major change in situation.)

This Year - The Mountain Goats
i am going to make it through this year
if it kills me
i am going to make it though this year
if it kills me
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