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Happiness Is…Date Night, Friday Night Lights and Good Music

Right now happiness is…

Friday Night Lights: BEST. SHOW. EVER. I am kind of in love with so many of the characters. Tim Riggins for being my equivalent to Sawyer from Lost. Matt Saracen for singing Mr. Sandman to his grandma. Tami Taylor for her hair…her glorious hair. Lyla Garrity for just being so darn pretty. Coach Taylor for his…everything. And the MUSIC, don’t even get me started on the MUSIC!

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Date Nights: I mentioned our date night in this post, but I can’t reiterate enough how much getting out for dinner and a movie every once in a while is a necessity when you have two small children. As we walked into the movie theater I said, “I feel like we’re in college again!” Geez, it’s been a while!

“Girl from the North Country,” Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash: I mentioned that we loved Silver Linings Playbook in my last post, and this is one of the best songs from the sountrack. I have the original Bob Dylan record with “Girl from North Country” so hearing this brought me back to my 9th grade bedroom, listening to that scratchy voice on my Fisher-Price record player for the very first time. You just can’t recreate that feeling, and hearing it in the movie came pretty close. This version with Johnny Cash is legendary. I found another version with Joe Cocker on Spotify and loved it, too.

“I’ll Tumble 4 Ya:” My sis sent this song to me through Facebook today and, I mean…I just can’t get enough. How can you not love some good Boy George? And that title? What does it mean to “tumble” for one? I’m guessing it’s quite the term of endearment. I’m wondering why Tumblr hasn’t stolen it for their official motto?! This video is just pure amazing-ness. I dare you to watch it without smiling.

Feeling Good! It feels good to be back into blogging. It feels good to be eating better and working toward feeling better physically and mentally. Hail to Operation Feel Good 2013!

Alabama Shakes

If you’re in the mood to have your world rocked…

…check out the Alabama Shakes.

This girl is so.good.

Her voice completes, like, every musical dream I’ve ever had.

As my sister posted earlier this week, this is us after hearing their music:

My sister and I have also come up with a pretty perfect description of the sound…(which is one of our favorite things to do):

Tina Turner (circa Ikettes/Gong-Gong Song) meets Rolling Stones (circa Exile on St.) meets Joe Cocker (circa Feelin’ Alright and Help from My Friends) meets Janis Joplin (circa Get it While You Can), Velvet Underground (circa Oh! Sweet Nuthin’), with a little bit of Amy Winehouse, too (circa her ripping off the Shirelles fantastically, God bless her), along with some Robert Bradley, and  Smokey Robinson (Tracks of my Tears)!

I am lucky enough to have a super-music savvy  friend from high school who has introduced me to so many great musicians and bands (Robert Bradley and Dr. Dog to name a few) over the years. He also loves the Avett Brothers, which is always an A+ in my book.

Let me know what you think!

Music Monday #1 1

I’ve been toying with the idea of a “Music Monday” post and possible link-up for a few months now. I have had a hard time coming up with the “perfect” graphic which has put things on hold, but because I am SUPER obsessed with a certain song recently sung by The Avett Brothers, I think it’s time to JUST DO IT…what a way to start the New Year!

If you want to play along, you can do your own “Music Monday” post, and add my “Music Monday” button to the bottom and and link up with us!

Here are some songs I was really loving this summer (when I first thought of doing a “Music Monday” post):

1. Timshel, Mumford and Sons
I love these lines:
“But you are not alone in this
And you are not alone in this
As brothers we will stand and we’ll hold your hand
Hold your hand…”

2. Midnight Rider, The Allman Brothers
Maybe it’s because I grew up on this band, and it’s super-nostalgic for me, but there is just something about singing this song at the top of my lungs in my car with the windows rolled down that makes me feel FREE….especially this line, “I don’t own the clothes I’m wearing, and the road goes on forever…”
 While we’re at it, can we talk about the amazing-ness of Gregg Allman’s hair? 
3. Ride, Robert Earl Keen
Speaking of feeling free….this song does the same thing for me, and is perfect for summer-time…
“Gonna buy me a ticket to the end of the line
Wanna feel the air, breathe the countryside
As long as those wheels keep rollin’, I’ll be satisfied
Gonna ride, ride, ride…”
4. Knee Deep, Zac Brown Band (featuring Jimmy Buffett) mmer-
And speaking of summer-time songs, this one just puts me at ease…
“Mind on a permanent vacation
The ocean is my only medication
Wishing my condition ain’t ever gonna go away…”

5. Take Me Back Sweet Anna Lee, Spirit Family Reunion
How could I not love a song with the name Annalee? Of course, I am a little partial, but this song is AMAZING. It’s exactly “my kind of music,” whatever that means. We’ve been having a good time jamming out to this one with our own little Annalee and she loves to stomp and clap along.

And here is what I’m currently loving…

6. Closer Walk with Thee, The Avett Brothers
A gospel song that has been done by everyone from Willie Nelson to Patsy Cline, I am currently OBSESSED with this version of “Closer Walk with Thee” from my boys. I am SO happy I got to see them perform this song live in Blacksburg this fall. I listen to it on repeat and I can’t stop coming back to these lines:

“Through this world of toil and snares,
If I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares?
None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee.”

Something about those words just takes the weight of the world off my shoulders. It’s okay to falter, it’s okay to fail, it’s okay to fall down. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

What songs are getting you through this Monday? Play along and link up!

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