My word, I am sucker for a sweet song and especially one that mentions sunshine. Maybe it’s one of those things that’s always carried on with me from the love of “You Are My Sunshine” song as a child? Who knows, but you play me a sweet song and I’m hooked. I heard Nikki Lane’s “Send the Sun” recently, and I thought to myself what is this beautiful piece of art? It speaks to distance and to darkness, but also to turning towards the light. Someone trying to assure someone of their love from miles away, and make them feel their love and warmth. Lane’s voice is smooth and steady and really seems to convey that heartfelt wish to a person out of reach at the time. One of those where you hear it, and you feel it. And I swear I’ve had the line “Darlin’ we’re starin’ at the same moon” in my head for a week, especially with the full moon hanging in the sky recently. Simple and sweet, but so memorable all at once. Let me tell you, if you listen to this one in the morning, it’s a pretty great way to start your day. If you haven’t heard this one, check it out.
I know, it sounds like I’m always making excuses but I didn’t realize it would be this long of a time period between posts here, or else I’d have qued up some entries. Of course there were the days I was out of town traveling, and then getting back to Florida proved to be this crazy trek. And somewhere in between all that I developed like a sinus infection, or something. So excuses, excuses blahblahblah: hiatus over. Meg Says, Watch This entry is here!
The weekend before I went to NYC, I was staying at my parents at the beach again. It was my brother’s birthday weekend. For like the fourth beach visit in a row it just rained and rained, (which really isn’t a surprise because I physically can’t remember the last day it didn’t rain here in Tallahassee.) Anyway, I was browsing Netflix and I came across this lovely little film called Tonight You’re Mine (or alternately titled, You Instead.)
As readers are already aware, I’m still kind of on the whole music festival bandwagon. I found this movie about a month after Bonnaroo. I don’t think I’ve adjusted back to reality yet, and if you gave me the option to go back on any given day (even as sick as I am right now,) I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t blink before jumping in the car.
Anyway, the really cool thing about this movie is that it was actually shot during the T in the Park Festival in Scotland. That means the crew had to edit footage at the end of each day because hello! You don’t get re-dos on festival days. It just makes for a really genuine festival scene feel – (because it’s real.) You get the random people running around, dancing, playing in the rain, having jam sessions in their tents, drinking, smoking, laughing, just living it up. This isn’t a work of art that would get Oscar buzz, (it’s different than that,) but I think it deserves credit on its own accord.
I would recommend you watch this movie IF:
A) you have festival withdrawal as well.
B) you wanna see the festival scene.
C) you’re a sucker for romance.
D) you like good music.
Okay, so I’ve rambled this much and you still don’t know what the heck the film is about! Adam is part of a rock duo, and Morello is in a punk girl band. As the film opens they get in a silly, unnecessary altercation. A well-meaning security guard is disappointed in their lack of love, so he handcuffs them together in order for them to “work it out,” and runs away with the key. Adam and Morello both have significant others who are there at the festival, and they both have respective shows to preform. You don’t have to tell me that the film is cheesy or predictable, I’m aware of both and yet still I could feel my heart melting as I watched it. You know that Brand New lyric, “and I know that you’re a sucker for anything acoustic…” Well, I know it makes me horribly typical and cliche, but I am. I have always been some weird hybrid version of a romantic and a realistic, sunshine personified with a splash of cynicism. I don’t know how you can be both, but I am. And still…this. Because I am all about staying up all night, hand holding, and instantaneous connections. I thrive off those moments that feel like they are so ultimately cinematic. This film seemed to accurately capture the kind of connections that occur when random people are brought together by the thread of a common bond. As unrealistic as you might think some of this might be, I think there’s a realistic touch. Music as the driving connection can really bring two people together, and a music festival is like the breeding ground of magic. You’re removed from outside influences that would get in the way in some other sort of social setting, and people are free to completely be themselves, and what’s more attractive than that? I think this film found a way to encapsulate all of that in an hour and twenty minute screening. That feat in itself is fascinating to me.
Instead of giving you guys the trailer that would basically spoil the whole movie, here is a little video for the acoustic of “You Instead” :
Since I probably won’t be posting over the weekend, and it is almost St. Patrick’s Day (two days, guys!) I figured you should listen to this song at least once over the weekend. This is one of my favorite parts of this time of year because you know wherever you go, a bar, in the car on the radio, karaoke at a restaurant, a downtown festival it’s almost inevitable you will hear this song. Last year I was supposed to go to Savannah for St.Pat’s, but that didn’t work out. I can’t really remember the holiday last year but I do remember starting off my day on the treadmill at the gym listening to the Flogging Molly station on Pandora. (The year before that wasn’t very eventful, it was a work day, but I do remember getting a Guinness cupcake from Lucy and Leo’s.) The college St.Patrick’s Days were always fun. They usually involved some sort of nonsense on Tennessee St. and green beer. One year, the power went out at my house so it made perfect sense to stay at Bull’s longer and sing along with the band. This weekend I’ll be in Jacksonville (tonight is the Lisa Loeb concert!) Sunday, Beth and I are running in a St.Patrick’s 5k, and then just hanging out downtown etc. for the day. Hopefully there is plenty of good music 😉 I’m ready to get decked out in green. (I’ve always liked this holiday, and always wanted to avoid getting pinched. I don’t know where I’ve put them but somewhere I’ve got shamrock earrings and sunglasses!) Have fun, be safe, and enjoy the song!
Here you have it: 500 Miles by The Proclaimers!
First of all, I’ll preface this entry by letting you all know that I take full responsibility for being an idiot and not going to see Blind Pilot when they played locally a long time ago at Club Downunder. No excuses, I should have been there. With that being said, this weekend I took out that birthday mix for a little bit, and really listened to some sweet jams v89 (“The Voice of Florida State”) was spinning. “New York” by Blind Pilot (from their sophomore album We Are the Tide) happened to come on, and I thought to myself “hello! Why don’t I listen to them more often?” I couldn’t really tell you, poor judgement on my part. They’re a great band. When I realized that I wanted to share this song with you guys today, (it’s Music Monday!) I came across this pretty awesome “unofficial” music video, directed by Freddie Paul. I recommend you check it out. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
So, I can’t remember exactly where I first heard about First Aid Kit – it was kind of a simultaneous combination of Naomi mentioning on The Rockstar Diaries, Shazaaming them on v89, and them popping up on Pandora. Silly me, I could have discovered their awesomeness sooner had I gone to see them open for Bright Eyes about a year ago at The Moon, (unfortunately I didn’t do that.) This is one of those bands, I’d say better late than never. Two sisters, (Johanna & Klara Söderberg) from Stockholm Sweden have this great folky acoustic sound that I fell in love with immediately. They’re About section on Facebook says: It’s one life and it’s this life and it’s beautiful. How can you not love that?! One of my favorite songs of theirs is Emmylou, from the album The Lion’s Roar which was just released this past January.
Check out their YouTube video of Emmylou:
“I’ll be your Emmylou and I’ll be your June
If you’ll be my Gram and my Johnny too
No, I’m not asking much of you
Just sing little darling, sing with me”
Like what you’re hearing? If you’re interested NPR featured them on one of their Tiny Desk Concerts!