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Posted on Feb 22, 2013 in Dear Diary | 19 comments

Friday Fun: Songtime

Happy Friday, friends! We made it through another week. Granted, this was technically a short week for me, but I maintain that “short” weeks often feel much longer than a regular week (because life just likes to me a dbag like that, haha) so it’s still a victory to make it to the end. I don’t really have a whole lot for you today, so I thought I’d just have fun with today. Longtime followers of this blog may know that I occasionally like to make a fool of myself on the interwebs by putting my very poor guitar skills to use and singing covers of songs.

You might also know that last week I impulse purchased a ukulele, which was pretty much the best decision I’ve made in a long time. It’s super fun, and has me wanting to continue with the aforementioned self-foolery. So, I recorded another song, and for those of you who are truly bored and/or have headphones at work, feel free to take a listen! I’ve still only actually owned this uke for a week, so don’t judge my skillz (or lack thereof) too harshly.

I’ve also re-posted the other songs I’ve recorded so you can see how far I’ve come in both quality of songstressing and hair length, hahahaha. They’re posted in reverse chronological order… with a special bonus at the end from my senior year of high school, when I sang at my graduation with the a cappella trio I was in. And yes, I attended a private school in Canada for my senior year of high school. Matthew Perry went there too. Not at the same time. OKAY!

Stay, Stay, Stay by Taylor Swift

The Happy Song by Kate Micucci

The A Team by Ed Sheeran

If I Die Young by The Band Perry

Say Goodbye by Ben Powell (Yep, THAT Ben Powell. My brother wrote the song for his own high school graduation in 2001, and then we repurposed it a cappella style in 2005. :))

I’m kind of thinking that I want to make this a semi-regular thing, assuming that I continue to get better/less lazy at it. If you guys aren’t interested in me continuing to post this sort of sillyness here on the blog, just let me know, but I’ll probably do it for myself anyway. So, that being said, if you have any specific song requests or recommendations, I’m going to start keeping a list! 🙂

Again, happy friday all! And don’t forget that there’s still time to enter the Pure Protein giveaway — the winner will be drawn on Monday!


  1. Yes! Continue! Love it!! You are amazingly talented! 😀

  2. You are SO talented!!!! Gorgeous voice and great playing!!! xoxo

  3. You are SO talented. Love these, definitely keep doing them!! 🙂

  4. Ohhh now I’m afraid to hear the actual Taylor Swift version of that Taylor Swift song, because I don’t think I’ll like it as much as your version with your ukelele and your hair like that.

    Hey actually can I get you to cover some more Taylor Swift songs? You could put out a CD: “Gretchen does Taylor, but not in a sexual way.” I’d buy at least two.

    • Ha! Funny you say that, since I had a super hard time deciding WHICH Taylor Swift song to cover. So I actually learned three of them. Soooo, you might get your wish, just because I’ll probably not be motivated to learn as many songs as I’m saying I want to learn right now. Hahahaha. <3

    • Oh gawrsh. 🙂

  5. I found your blog from Julie and just wanted to comment and say I loved this! I’m quite possibly Taylor Swift’s biggest fan so it always makes me smile when people cover her songs 🙂 Awesome singing voice!

    • Thanks Molly!!

  6. Wow, I am still amazed at your voice. The song that your brother wrote was so lilting. I liked it quite a bit.

    These posts are fun 🙂 I like a blog with variety.

  7. I loved your version of The A Team. That song always makes me tear up. Very moving. You have an excellent voice.

    • Ugh, I know, such a gorgeous song, but sooo sad. Thank you so much Katie!

  8. Hi! I’m not sure how I’ve lived in the DC area for two years and never stumbled onto your blog. Nuts. Anyway, I clicked over here from PB Fingers to see your musical stylings and I’m super impressed. I’m also a blogger-musician (though I’m finding less and less time for the music part lately, sigh!) and we just moved to Falls Church! You can bet I’ll be around these internet-parts more often 🙂

    • Nina! Yay, I’m so glad that you found me — welcome to the neighborhood! I live in FC too and I loooove it, so I hope you do too! I just went through your blog a bit, and found your Moaning Myrtles Facebook page. OH. EM. GEE. I think I love you. I’m pathetically obsessed with Harry Potter (there are photos of my Potter-themed birthday party on this blog if you need proof, hahahaha) so this is just amazing. 😀

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  10. Wow… I’m loving the videos of you playing the new Ukelele! I hope you don’t tire of it quickly, as all your voice and expressions are the are so cute! Definitely a highlight of my blogroll lately! 🙂 What did you do with all the avocados?

  11. Gretchen! I didn’t know you sang. I really like your voice, it has a really unique twang to it that I think is awesome! Feel free to make me a playlist and I’ll take it on my next long run : )

  12. wow, you are sooo talented! please do more of this.


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