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Listen to This: “Silver Springs” by Fleetwood Mac

Is there anything more healing than driving on a rainy day with the stereo turned way up, singing along to Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours album? Okay, maybe…dancing around your room, sipping on wine, as the vinyl spins. But really, there’s a reason this album never gets old, why it has such staying power. Because it’s timeless, because it’s soulful, and because those jams…who can skip a Fleetwood Mac song, let alone resist singing along to it? So, for a Friday flashback I’ve got “Silver Springs” for you. This was actually a B-Side to “Go Your Own Way,” so it’s more of a hidden gem. Don’t ask me my favorite Fleetwood song because that’s next to impossible; they’re all so good! I just read a tweet the other day, someone somehow made it through almost 30 years of life without familiarizing themselves with this lovely album – if that’s you: get on it! You won’t be disappointed.

 

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Turn the Page Tuesday, Read This: “Where’d You Go Bernadette”

I know I’m behind the times on this one, but oh my goodness! When I saw that Where’d You Go Bernadette was finally available at my local library I had to check it out, and bring it with me to my parents for some time off at the beach over the 4th of July weekend. What a perfect beach read, but also what a perfect ANYWHERE read! I laughed, I teared up, I throughly enjoyed the witty, dry humor of Maria Semple. The writing style reminded me of a Wes Anderson film, and I was in love with the alternating perspectives revealed in e-mails, memos, and various other forms of correspondence.

I’m awful at describing something I love without getting carried away, and trying to hide the surprises, but essentially the story involves teenage Bee, her architect mom, her dad who works for Microsoft, a slew of crazy private school mothers and an extremely entertaining collection of other characters living in Seattle. Instead of giving away exciting plot points, I’d rather just convey my affection for this book by explaining that I wasn’t even halfway through when I declared it must be added to my favorites list. It’s that good. I hadn’t felt like I’d stumbled upon a creative piece of work so refreshing in quite some time. Some authors have a strange condescending sort of air to their writing, while Semple never seemed to discredit her audience.

If you’ve noticed this book on display in a variety of places, or heard the buzz, or your friends have recommended it – there’s a reason for it. It’s one of the best titles I’ve read this year. If you haven’t read it yet, do yourself a favor and get on that as soon as possible!

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Listen to This: “Cecilia and the Satellite”

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, then you’ve probably noticed that one of my favorite artists is Andrew McMahon. I’ve been a fan since I was about thirteen, so at this point it feels like I’ve grown up with him (which I guess I did.)  Now that he’s decided to tour as Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, there are new songs popping up on YouTube and such, but this week he himself released a new song “Cecilia and the Satellite.” Cecilia of course, being the name of his baby girl. (AHH. So sweet, it makes me melt.) I didn’t hear this song for the first time until Tuesday, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to it since. It’s just so beautiful and sincere, and sweet. Also, he said to keep an eye out for new tour dates announced…I’m excited! Hopefully that means he’ll have some headlining shows coming up. Right now, he’s touring with Matt Nathanson and Gavin DeGraw. If you’ve never seen him, and you’re even slightly considering it – GO! You won’t regret it. Andrew McMahon is one of the most incredible performers I’ve ever watched, he just lays it all out there on the stage and it’s an experience for sure.

I know, it’s been awhile since I’ve made an appearance on this blog but this one is beyond worth sharing. If you haven’t heard it yet, check it out now!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Listen to This: “500 Miles”

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!

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Listen to This: “Keep the Car Running”

Living in North Florida with this whole climate change, it’s been a long time since I’ve woken up to ice covering my car. I forgot what a chore it is to get out the scraper, and leave the car running to defrost. Every time I stand in the driveway with my hands shaking in the cold air, I think of high school and how every time it got cold enough my dad fixed up my car before it was time for me to go to school. Needless to say I was supremely late to work this morning, but hey it’s Friday! As I sat at the kitchen counter, eating some cereal (Cheerio’s Honey Nut Medley – not as good as I thought it’d be) I realized I was singing “Keep the Car Running” by Arcade Fire in my head. How fitting. Anyway, this is a throwback to my teenage years. I remember it being wedged between some of my “pop-punk” favorites on some mixed CDs. If you’re not familiar with it, check it out. Neon Bible is a pretty great album! This video is pretty awesome, but I have a hard time listening to this song in a desk chair. It makes me wanna blast it when I’m driving down the highway, or you know just twirling around my room working on a project. Basically it’s impossible for me to sit still while listening to this song.

“There’s a weight that’s pressing down
Late at night you can hear the sound”