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Holy Billboard Hits and Huge Waves of Nostalgia

Remember my musical rants in which I complained that music didn’t mean anything to me anymore?

Well, this means something to me.  At least the first 20 minutes do.  (Yes, it’s a 30 minute music clip).

It’s 5-10 seconds of every Billboard hit from 1993-2011.  Listen to it and tell me it doesn’t make you feel all nostalgic for the 1990’s.

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2012 in Daily Happenings

 

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Valentine’s Day Round-Up

Okay, so it turns out I didn’t take as many pictures as I thought I did over Valentine’s Day, but I did have great hair…

Valentine’s Day started amazingly (slight sarcasm).  On the Turnpike, my car began alerting me that there was not enough air in my tire.  Turns out it was the same one that kept losing air earlier in the winter.  A very slow leak.  I aired it up and then continued to Mike, who had tuna steaks, shrimp, veggies, and WINE waiting for me–all by candlelight!  Helluva guy, right?

We spent all night listening to music and talking to each other.  The next morning, we took my car to Sears so they could look at the tire.  They proceeded to tell me that there was a nail in it at an odd angle and that it couldn’t be plugged.  And because Delilah is an all-wheel-drive vehicle, I would have to buy four brand new tires…totally $817.00.  WHA?!

I called my daddy and whined and he told me to find a tire place that could do a vulcanized patch.  So being that we were in Franklin, PA on a weekend, there were hardly ANY tire places open.  But we found one!  They agreed to do it (although it might take a little while to squeeze me in).  I told the greasy guy behind the counter that he was my hero, and he laughed.

So Mike and I went to Franklin On Ice and saw all the ice sculptures.  Cute right?

Reminded me of Arctic Blast at Ashland University.

It was frigidly cold so we hurried back, and they called for me to come pick up my car.  Know how much they charged me?  $18.00.  AND THOSE DAMN PEOPLE AT SEARS WANTED ME TO PAY $817.00!!!!!!!

Such bull.

After that we went bowling:

I look angry and disheveled but it’s okay.

Then we got dinner at Foxtales and watched a movie.  It was such a good night.  🙂

So there you have it!  My Valentine’s Day weekend!

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2012 in Daily Happenings, The Book of Love

 

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Punch Brothers – Finding My Love for Music Again

I know I told you that I would show you pictures of my Valentine’s Day today (HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY, by the way), but the truth is that I have been sick and sounding like a man, and last night, all I did was clear out my Hulu queue from the quiet solitude underneath my blankets.  Oh, and I ate four cups of green beans because hell, I couldn’t taste anything anyway (read: I LOVE GREEN BEANS).

Whoa.  Ramble.

That said.  I did not upload my pictures yet.  But you all responded awesomely to my post yesterday about Mike Blair and the Stonewalls, and I hope that some of you bought the album.  It’s so worth it.  And I’ll make Mike Blair handwrite you a thank you.  😉

Let me tell you a little about my Valentine’s Day weekend.  When I got to Mike’s on Friday, he had dinner ready and waiting…by candlelight.  🙂  What a man, right?  Tuna steaks, shrimp, and vegetables, I was in heaven.  So I drank wine and he drank some sort of man concoction.  After that, we were playing on his computer and talking about music.  After looking at some shows in Cleveland and showing each other what we had been listening to of late, we talked about “Melissa” by the Allman Brothers.

We love it LIVE.

When we were downtown in Wilmington back when we were dating, we stood outside of the Reel Cafe against the brick fence.  The canvas tent was covering the patio area and we were wrapped up in each other’s arms.  The band inside was playing “Melissa” and we were a hot mess.  Every time I hear Melissa, I think about how exciting it felt to feel his arm hair brushing up against mine for the first time and the way his red t-shirt looked in the yellow lights.  The humidity couldn’t even hang between us that night.

So on Friday when we started listening to that together, my whole music conundrum disappeared.  I felt music again.

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Fast forward to today.  The new Punch Brothers was released today–Who’s Feeling Young Now–and my friend Tom who gave me the amazing vintage ad collection was kind enough to send it my way.

Ho. Lee. Seamonkeys!  It is INCREDIBLE!

I am so thankful that I have a boyfriend and friends who can cure music illness.  Please ya’ll, listen to the new Punch Brothers.  And then come to Appy Up with me in June to see them.  😉

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2012 in Daily Happenings

 

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Mike Blair & the Stonewalls

I know you’re dying to hear about my Valentine’s Day weekend (har har har), but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow. I haven’t had a chance to upload the pictures.  But it’ll be quite a saga, don’t you worry.

However, today, I want to introduce to you (maybe reintroduce for some of you?) my friends and a really great band called Mike Blair & the Stonewalls.

When I was living in North Carolina, one of my favorite escapes was to go downtown to 16 Taps and listen to these guys on open mic night.  I don’t know all the new members of the band, but I do know Mike Blair, his sister Sarah Blair, and resident hardass David Graham (yeah, he’s the one in the sunglasses who isn’t smiling).

Sarah Blair, David Graham, Mike Blair, and the ones I don't necessarily know...

I smoked many ‘a cigarettes and drank many ‘a beer listening to them play.  In fact, I’m in a bootleg recording yelling, “God I need that song!”  No, I will not share it with you.  But I can say this about the three members of the band that I do know:  Mike, Sarah, and David were there for me a lot.

For my birthday, they got me coffee and peanut butter cookies because I came to their show.  Mike offered to come over to my creepy house in the hood multiple times when I heard scary stuff going on and the helicopter was looking with a spotlight through my neighborhood.  Sarah was always there for giggling and talking.  And David gave me Slippery When Wet on vinyl before I left.

Not only that, but the band learned to play Mike’s and my song, and they did it for a lot of Mondays in a row when I was missing Mike.  They’re great people, and great musicians.

The point is this:  They.  Are.  Awesome.  They just released an album and you can buy it on iTunes or on Amazon.  It’s WELL worth the $5.  I promise.

And you can always preview the music…but beware, you’ll want it after that.

See the band’s profile at reverbnation and at bandcamp, and like their Facebook page.

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2012 in Daily Happenings

 

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My Music Conundrum

I watch sitcoms and see people dancing around the kitchen to music while they cook.  I had a roommate that used to listen to music while she cleaned.  My boyfriend listens to music when he washes his/my car.  I have friends who are obsessed with music.

But me?  Music does not move me.  And that scares the crap out of me.

It used to.  It really did.  I’m not saying I had the best taste in music, but there was a time that I could throw in my Hanson CDs and be happy listening for hours.  The same goes for the Backstreet Boys, and even N’Sync, but I have to blame this on being a teeny bopper.  It wasn’t the music I loved…but rather the boys who sang it.

Throughout high school and early into college, I blared Bon Jovi wherever I went.  I still like the music, and I still like the band, but when I get in the car to drive those long two hours to Mike, I never want to listen to Bon Jovi.

Between college and now, it’s just been country music that I listen to casually.  There have only been a few songs that make me think back to certain times or situations.

Maybe that’s my problem?  I no longer link music to moments…

I remember listening to “I’m Like a Bird” by Nelly Furtado every day on my way to tan before senior prom.  Because of that, it is forever sunny when that song plays.

And when I hear “Wanted Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi, I think of driving over the bridge in Fremont with my car packed with my guy friends all singing at the top of their lungs with me.

If Garth Brooks starts singing “Shameless” or Reba McIntyre comes on with “Fancy”, I think of my Jenny…and that fleet of firefighters we seduced with flasks at the Goat and Compass.

But there is not an album or a genre that I can put on, sit back, and enjoy.  I wish it weren’t so.  Lately I’ve been listening to folk, and really enjoying the folk from overseas…but I do not long for it in the car.

I want music that hits home with me and I can’t find it.  If you can help me out of my musical conundrum (Fowler, Harden, the Blairs, etc.), please do.  I am stuck, and a world without music truly sucks.

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2012 in Daily Happenings

 

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The Appalachian Uprising: Who’s Going With Me?!

Okay, so I don’t normally plan this far ahead…but I’m super excited about this.  May 31st-June1nd is the 2012 Appalachian Uprising.  And I.  Want.  To.  Go.  NOW.

Appalachian Uprising 2012

It’s in Scottown, Ohio (near where Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky meet) and the line-up sounds awesome:

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder
Punch Brothers
The Infamous Stringdusters
Mountain Heart
Don Rigsby and Midnight Call
The Dave Mayfield Parade
Jessica Lea Mayfield
Melvin Goins and Windy Mountain
Johnny Staats and The Delivery Boys
Chris Jones and The Nightdrivers
The Vespers
Cumberland River Band
Sasha Colette and The Magnolias
Rumpke Mountain Boys
Atomic Duo
Billy Two Shoes
Tyler Childers

Three days of bluegrass music and dancing and whiskey!  It downright makes me miss Jenny, Lacey, and Sam.  And the Punch Brothers!  I’m so excited to see them again.  My favorite part may be, though, this:  3-Day pass AU 2012. Ticket price includes free camping, showerhouse, and parking. Kids under 12 admitted FREE with paid adult.

Free camping, free showerhouse, and free parking.  I’m sorry, but anything that offers all of that for free this day in age, I wanna go.

Now here is the dilemma:  I want to go with Mike.  I want to camp with Mike under the stars and listen to music and drink whiskey and cuddle to keep warm.  It sounds glorious.  But as Mike continues to try to get to Ohio so that we can be together, we’ve realized this:  If we purchase the tickets and he gets a new job and is unable to take time off, I’m pretty much flying solo from Thursday morning to Friday night.  😦

So I have a proposition for you.  Do not feel like you are #2 to me (you kind of are compared to Mike), but if we buy these tickets and Mike can’t go, who can buy the ticket and go with me?  Anyone?  Anyone?

Harden, Lacey, want to come up from NC?  Jenny, come from CO!  COME ON FRIENDS!

On another note, you’re all more than welcome to join us (me?) one way or another.  It’d be an honor to bluegrass with all of you.

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2012 in Daily Happenings

 

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Today’s Playlist

Today we’re doing favorites, as I am deviating away from the serious questions, to be revisited at a later time.

Today we will address my favorite song.

Favorite Song: How can you ask someone to pick one favorite song?  Of course it changes as new songs come out, as old ones are overplayed, and as you listen to something so many times you can’t remember why you liked it to begin with.  It’s kind of like say any one word over and over again.  It begins to lose its meaning.  So contrary to popular belief, I think a favorite song should be one that you don’t get to hear very often.  And because this day in age, it is ridiculous to ask someone to pick one favorite song, I am going to do an assignment that I made my creative writing classes do when I was teaching at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  Define criteria for favorite songs, and list 5-10 of them, explaining why each is important and fits into the list.

Criteria: A song that makes me feel something today.  That is all.  In no specific order:

1)  “Walking in Memphis” by Marc Cohn:  I can’t help it.  Goosebumps every time.  And I don’t even care about Elvis.

They’ve got catfish on the table
They’ve got gospel in the air
And Reverend Green be glad to see you
When you haven’t got a prayer
But boy you’ve got a prayer in Memphis

Now Muriel plays piano
Every Friday at the Hollywood
And they brought me down to see her
And they asked me if I would —
Do a little number
And I sang with all my might
And she said —
“Tell me are you a Christian child?”
And I said “Ma’am I am tonight”

I don’t know if it’s how Cohn sings it, or if it’s the idea that you’ve got a prayer at this very second, or that a place can make you feel like a Christian even if you aren’t.  It’s such an incredible sensation when I hear it…like I can’t be bothered to understand anything else but what it is to feel.  It’s primal and sophisticated all at the same time.

2)  “All Right Now” by Free:  Put it on in the car and drive.  And then I dare you not to smile.  Sometimes you just need carefree music, and this is that song.

I said, “A-hey, what’s your name, baby?
Maybe we can see things the same
Now don’t you wait or hesitate
Let’s move before they raise the parking rate.”

People will flirt forever.  And prices will always go up.  And who doesn’t love the word “A-hey”?

3)  “Never Say Goodbye” by Bon Jovi:  If you know anything about me, you knew that Bon Jovi would have a song on this list.  I tried to stay away from the super popular songs (I could have easily listed “Living on a Prayer” or “Wanted Dead or Alive”), but there’s something so reminiscent about “Never Say Goodbye”.  It’s cheesy in the best of ways.

Remember days of skipping school
Racing cars and being cool
With a six pack and the radio
We didn’t need no place to go

Remember at the prom that night
You and me we had a fight
But the band they played our favorite song
And I held you in my arms so strong

We danced so close
We danced so slow
And I swore I’d never let you go
Together – forever.

Growing up is for the birds.

4)  “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley:  It’s almost too good to not list every lyric.  It’s haunting.  And it’s lovely and wonderful and scary.  It’s faith, sex, love, history, everything.

hallelujah…

baby i’ve been here before
i’ve seen this room and i’ve walked this floor
i used to live alone before i knew you
i’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
but love is not a victory march
it’s a cold and it’s a broken hallelujah

hallelujah…

5)  “Alabama” by Cross Canadian Ragweed:  It’s all about longing and loving.  And knowing.  It’s crazy how you feel as a kid…and how you can still remember it as an adult.  Plus, as much as we try as human beings, we never tie up all those loose ends.  And we always end up somewhere we’ve been before in some way or another.

She said maybe I miss your lovin’
Maybe I miss your kiss just a little bit
Maybe I miss your body lyin’ right next to mine
Maybe I miss your touch a little too much

Tossing and turning her skins still burning
From the fire in his hands
Runnin’ on empty she needs somebody

They talked about Savannah
Sweet home Alabama
And how he missed the way she always smiled
Are you coming back soon
By the Harvest moon
If I have to walk every mile on my knees

Hope you enjoyed.  I’d love to hear your feedback.  What songs do you listen to over and over again?  Which are novelties?  What are your top 5 today?

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2010 in Daily Happenings

 

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