I would do hard drugs, but music is so much better.

I am high. OK, not really. Hi, mom! But if it were possible to get bombed solely through the act of getting my grubby, little hands on new music, then by God, I'd be wasted.

Today was a fruitful musical day, both on the iTunes Music Store and in Best Buy, where new CDs literally drip from the ceiling and onto my face, and I promptly lick it off and scavenge for a cup to fill.

It is that good.

Both Panic At The Disco (please note they dropped the '!' from their name) and Counting Crows released albums today. Hello, I own them - Pretty. Odd. and Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings, respectively.

And neither CD sucks. At all. In fact, I love them. If you think I'm lying, go listen to "Folkin' Around" on Pretty. Odd. or "On A Tuesday In Amsterdam Long Ago" on Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings.

I'm not kidding when I say new music can be the highlight of my entire week. I'm not sure what that says about my social life, or my life, in general, but it means everything to me. Because I'd rather lay on the floor and absorb new lyrics any day over anything else I might be required to do.

Like work. Or clean. Or talk to you on the phone.

Most exciting today was the purchase of the new EP by Jason Mraz, who, if you remember, is in love with me. It's unfortunate, really, because he will not stop calling me. God.

However, We Sing is the first of three EPs he'll be releasing between now and the release date of his new album on May 20 (OMG) (!!!). And for $4, the EP is mine. And I am in love. It's been three years since he's released a new album. It's time.

And so far "If It Kills Me" is my favorite of the EP. And "A Beautiful Mess."

Say what you will about Jason Mraz, but he can write damn good songs.

Although you were biased, I love your advice / Your comebacks, they're quick and probably have to do with your insecurities / There's no shame in being crazy, depending on how you take these words / I'm paraphrasing this relationship we're staging.

It also helps that he's good-looking.

Speaking of new releases, Gavin DeGraw is FINALLY (!) releasing his second studio album in May, too. ABOUT TIME. I highly anticipate that. Because one time I hugged him and he signed my poster.


I was also able to snag Recover, Automatic Loveletter's EP on iTunes, and man, that makes me happy. I'll be listening to "Make Up Smeared Eyes" and weeping into my pillow for the next 48 or 56 minutes.

Also on my list of recent musical acquisitions:

Who We Are by Lifehouse (hello, Jason Wade, I missed you). Favorite song from the album this far: "Storm." Listen to it now, please. I'm not kidding. It might be the new "Everything." You will fall in love with someone, guaranteed.

Girls and Boys by Ingrid Michaelson. You probably know her music if you watch Grey's Anatomy. Not that I do. Cough. Favorite song from the album this far: "Corner of Your Heart." Of course "Die Alone" and "The Way I Am" are excellent, too. But obvious.

Direction by The Starting Line. Any band who can include the lyrics "I'm going to tear your ass up like we just got married, and you're all mine now" in any song is high quality. Of course, that song is not on this particular CD, but "Something Left To Give" is, and that's my favorite to date.

Chase This Light by Jimmy Eat World. I've already included a few of the songs in the Boombox (see above), but a favorite for sure is "Here It Goes."

I also purchased a couple singles on iTunes, "In Love With A Girl" by Gavin DeGraw and "Madly" by Tristan Prettyman (formerly of Jason Mraz Girlfriend Status).

Man, music does not suck. I'm so happy right now I actually ache. Real, live aching in my bones. Or maybe that's from the push-ups. Who knows.

But I'll be busy glued to my iPod for the next three or eleven days. Please do not interrupt.

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