howard songs*

lovely ; songs i listen to when i’m so full of love that i feel like i could burst.

1. cherry wine - hozier // 2. nothing - lewis watson // 3. you - keaton henson // 4. only love - ben howard // 5. holocene- bon iver // 6. slow dancing in a burning room - john mayer // 7. bones - ben howard // 8. work song - hozier // 9. sweetheart, what have you done to us? - keaton henson // 10. stay - lewis watson // 11. from afar - vance joy // 12. first day of my life - bright eyes // 13. we all die trying to get it right - vance joy // 14. latch (acoustic) - sam smith // 15. cough syrup - young the giant // 16. for emma - bon iver // 17. we found each other in the dark - city and colour // 18.  make it to me (stripped) - sam smith // 19. skinny love (cover) - ed sheeran // 20. let it go - james bay // 21. tenerife sea - ed sheeran // 22. your body is a wonderland - john mayer // 23. hold back the river - james bay

love songs for the signs + lyrics

aries: hourglass // catfish and the bottlemen “and i’m so impatient when you’re not mine / i just wanna catch up on all the lost times / and i’ll say i’m sorry if i sound sordid / ‘cause all i really ever want is you”

taurus: video games // lana del rey “they say that the world was built for two / only worth living if somebody is loving you / baby, now you do”

gemini: toothpaste kisses // the maccabees “lay with me, i’ll lay with you / we’ll do the things that lovers do / put the stars in our eyes / and with heart shaped bruises / and late night kisses divine”

cancer: can’t help falling in love // elvis presley “take my hand / take my whole life too / for i can’t help falling in love with you”

leo: if // red hot chilli peppers “and if i saw the sun fall down / i’d pick it up and make a crown / one that was a perfect fit for you”

virgo: better together // jack johnson “but there is not enough time / and there is no song i could sing / and there is no combination of words i could say / but i will still tell you one thing / we’re better together”

libra: thinking out loud // ed sheeran “so baby now / take me into your loving arms / kiss me under the light of a thousand stars / place your head on my beating heart”

scorpio: only love // ben howard “darling, i feel you under my body / darling, you’re with me forever and always / give me shelter or show me heart / and watch me fall apart” 

sagittarius: first day of my life // bright eyes “yours is the first face that i saw / i think i was blind before i met you / now i don’t know where i am / i don’t know where i’ve been / but i know where i want to go”

capricorn: re:stacks // bon iver “this is not the sound of a new man or crispy realisation / it’s the sound of the unlocking and lift away / your love will be / safe with me”

aquarius: could it be another change // the samples “the only time i feel good sinking / is when i’m sinking fast and deep for you”

pisces: your song // elton john “i hope you don’t mind / i hope you don’t mind that i put down in words / how wonderful life is while you’re in the world”

Beauty and the Beasts’ Gay Moment: AKA The Whole Movie

Much ado has arisen regarding Beauty and the Beasts’ “exclusively gay moment,” regarding the film’s character LeFou – who is regarded as the first openly gay character in a live action Disney film.

However, the film in its totality is heavily tethered to the gay experience.

As he wrote the lyrics for the film’s numerous iconic songs, Howard Ashman was secretly living with AIDS, a diagnosis he received just after receiving a Best Song Oscar for “Under the Sea.” 

Disney sought out Ashman to return to work on Beauty and the Beast, understandably eager for the award-winning lyricist’s participation. Ashman sympathized with the Beast, drawing parallels to his own experiences, and requested that they make the character into a more humanized role upon agreeing.

Together with his writing partner Alan Menken, Ashman crafted songs that would be cherished for generations – but he did so from home, growing more and more ill.

Throughout the process, the Beast’s character came to be regarded as a metaphor for living with AIDS.

Bill Condon, the director of the new film, said, “He was cursed, and this curse had brought sorrow on all those people who loved him, and maybe there was a chance for a miracle—and a way for the curse to be lifted. It was a very concrete thing that he was doing.”

Producer Don Hahn tied the “Kill the Beast” song to the feeling of societal ostracizing against those struggling with AIDS, stating, “He was really dealing with a debilitating disease, in an era when it was stigmatized. And so, there were so many of those underpinnings to the movie that people may not have seen.

Tragically, Ashman passed away before the film was released. In tribute, the filmmakers included the dedication: “To our friend, Howard, who gave a mermaid her voice and a beast his soul, we will be forever grateful.”

Beauty and the Beast was the first animated film to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar.