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High Five! from kayln rock

kayln rock hails from Hudson, New York, a small town just north of New York City. She grew up in the house her grandfather was raised in, recalling, “When I was young, my Dad would play Buddy Holly songs for me on his guitar. I’d dance on top of his feet as he held my hands listening to The Police.” kayln rock went to SUNY Purchase, planning to write for the screen and stage. It was while attending a filmmaking course in Maine during the summer of 2008 that she picked up a friend’s guitar. “I think it was a creative domino effect of sorts,” rock explains, “If I hadn’t decided to branch out and study film that summer, I don’t think I would have found the confidence to express myself through songwriting.”

kayln rock’s songs come straight from her soul. Although she’s been writing and performing for less than five years, the songs she sings have the depth and polish of a life-long performer. On her debut album, Passenger, kayln rock charms her listeners with the whimsical ode “Peanut Butter Jam,” a tune that hides its vulnerability behind a façade of ironic humor, before breaking a few hearts with the painful honesty of “Valentine,” a song so full of longing that it’s almost difficult to listen to. rock notes, “Relationships are my biggest inspiration, because when you’re in love, there’s always that balance between romance and realism. When you’re in a relationship, you feel differently about yourself. Then there’s the relationship you have with loneliness itself.”


Admitting that relationships inspire many of her songs, kayln rock shares a few of her favorite films that highlight the tumultuous relationships of her celebrity crush (John Cusack) in this week's High Five!:


1. Better Off Dead

Some people my age blame Disney movies for their unrealistic expectations of love.  I blame director, Savage Steve Holland’s depiction of John Cusack’s character Lane Meyer for making my romantic paradigms the way they are (and for sparking my irrational fear of paperboys). If you didn’t get that last reference, you really need to see this movie.


2. Say Anything

Yes, I picked that movie - the one where the guy holds a boom box over his head. However, to just stop there would be completely selling this film short.  This is one movie I could watch hundreds of times (the current count being too embarrassing to share) and I still get butterflies in my tummy during the scenes where Lloyd Dobler teaches Diane Court how to drive.


3. High Fidelity

Unlike the rest of the films on this list, Cusack comes to us in the beginning of this movie salted with pessimism. His opening monologue to the camera has more quotable lines than any Facebook ‘About Me’ section could ever handle and the soundtrack hits the sonic nail on the head.  If only I could have been one of your top five, Rob. 


4. Serendipity

If I were a doctor, I would prescribe a copy of Serendipity to all of my patients that  might have to spend a day in bed with a case of the sniffles. With all the guilty pleasure splendor of love at first sight and romantic destiny this film has to offer, it’s nearly impossible for the ending credits to roll without the viewer feeling more hopeful.  By the end of the movie, you may still have a stuffy nose, but hey, your belief in true love has been restored!


5. Hot Tub Time Machine

There is no explanation for enjoying this film as much as I do, other than that I was possibly a teenage boy in my most recent past life.  The idea that Cusack’s character (Adam) is transported back to the 1980s with his friends opens a Pandora’s box of sorts for Cusack to parody the characters that made him the man we know and secretly swoon over today.


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This week’s High Five! is brought to you by: kayln rock with Lauren Mercury Roberts


To celebrate the end of the nine to five, a Green Light Go staff member or artist will leave you with their short list of favorite things, better known as the High Five!

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