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Posted on Feb 10, 2012 in Dear Diary, Vlog | 38 comments

Friday Randomness

Oh hai. Remember like, um, 5 months ago when I said I was obsessed with the song “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry? Well, not a whole lot has changed on that front. I still squeal in delight whenever I hear it on the radio. It’s been my ringtone since October. The gloriously melancholy lyrics are stuck in my head most mornings. So last night I finally decided that if I’m singing it all the time anyway, I might as well make a fool of myself and record it for you all.

Be merciful, please. But do enjoy the hilarious freeze-frame that Youtube chose for the video, hahaha.

(Click through to view the video if you’re reading this via email subscription.)

And for those of you who blessedly aren’t able to watch the video because you’re at work, here’s a picture of a kitten hugging a stuffed sheep:


You’re welcome.

Happy Friday!

PS: I forgot to announce it in a timely manner, but the second issue of my Falls Church News-Press column was published last week. Check it out!


  1. your voice is amazing…seriously.

  2. So brave! My voice would be cracking all over the place. Very nice!

  3. Thank you for getting my Friday started off right πŸ™‚ Great performance!

  4. Great job! πŸ™‚ I love random posts like this. That freeze-frame made me lol!

    Have a great weekend.

  5. “Would you walk to the edge of the ocean, just to fill my jar with sand?”

    I love The Band Perry. The lead singer has an amazing voice! As do you! Man, I wish I could sing! =]

    Happy Friday!

  6. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! KEEP ON GIRL!!!!

  7. OMG Gretchen- I had no idea that you sand and played guitar!! Now I like you even more! That was so beautiful- you are are wicked talented!! πŸ™‚ xoxo

  8. You have a lovely voice! I hope you do more singing videos! πŸ™‚

  9. That was awesome Gretchen. I sound like a dying cat if I try to sing and I definitely can’t play any instrument so I appreciate the talents of others. Have a great weekend!

  10. that was so beautiful, Gretchen!

  11. You’re awesome!! So brave!! And who doesn’t love that song?

  12. Lovely! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Wow. That was seriously awesome! It’s a great song and you did it so well! You have a great voice!

  14. Just wanted to say that you’ve got a great voice!

  15. This is awesome πŸ™‚
    Plus, I viewed it from work even though I’m probably not allowed.
    Great job!

  16. Gretchen!! Way to rock it. Thank you for sharing this with us!!

  17. You were awesome! I love that song too!

  18. How long have you known how to play guitar? I’m thinking of taking up the guitar. How’d you learn?

    • I taught myself how to play when I was in high school. I just looked up how to play some chords online and learned to develop some rather painful calluses while poorly hobbling out Jimmy Buffet’s “Margaritaville” — the first song I ever learned! You can totally do it. You can probably get a really reasonably priced guitar too!

      • So I totally bought a guitar this weekend! I bought it online so I’ll get it sometime this week. I’m pretty stoked.

  19. Great job! You have such a pretty voice, and it suits the song so beautifully!

  20. Loved the performance! I just got new strings for my guitar and think it is about time I restring it.

  21. Gretchen, the tone of your voice is just gorgeous; so rich. Also, great control in your belt range; your vocal quality didn’t change, as it sometimes can when we sing in that area. Nice! πŸ™‚

    • Oh gosh, Ellen. Thank you so much, I am so flattered!

  22. Wow! You have a lovely voice. Great job!

  23. So impressed! I can haz moar, plz?

  24. OMG – you are sooo talented! Let’s make the video go VIRAL πŸ™‚

  25. Ohhhmygosh …. you are a fantastic singer AND musician Gretchen! Wow. Make a cd …. I will buy it pronto! A new career awaits!

    You know what? Taylor Swift + YOU would make great music together. Both voices = wonderful!

    Lucky gift girl!

  26. This is so awesome! You rock!

  27. I had no idea you could sing!!!!!! I LOVED it! Seriously – we need to hear more of that!

  28. That was awesome! You should share more of your singing!

  29. Love.

  30. Love the song!!! You did such a fantastic job!!

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