There’s no real reason I’m sharing this song with you all today, other than the fact that sometimes you just need to listen to music that makes you feel good. Etta James does that for me every time. Her voice is a beautiful combination of somehow feeling the warmth of a hug, but also the distance created by being in awe of someone you admire. Her voice, the lyrics, the power – she’s the total package. If I ever get married, (and have a wedding) – believe me, “At Last” will get played at some point because it’s one of my favorite songs of all time. But “Sunday Kind of Love” needs the spotlight sometimes, too. Even though it’s Friday, here you go:
If you’re a TODAY show fan than you might’ve noticed yesterday when Natalie Morales (DREAM JOB, Hmmm?!) did the feature on the new ABBA Museum that opened in Sweden. I for one am a huge ABBA fan. Love. Them. I’ll even let you in on a secret that should make me embarrassed, but I’m kind of over it now. When I was in elementary school I called them “A-B-B-A” out loud. No lie. (I of course being born in 1987 had the lovely experience of also falling for the “new ABBA generation” pop band A*Teens, as well.) They’re connected to plenty of fabulous memories. The summer my mom had a class reunion and we stayed in a beach house and her best friend babysat. She let me blast ABBA in the living room and we danced around and then went out on the beach twirling and star gazing. Or the number of times me and my silly girlfriends belted out “Dancing Queen” over the summers, or the nights they were our soundtrack to hottub soaking and whispering secrets. Yeah, we were strange birds. (Why did I use past tense there? Nothing has changed.) Then when I was in college and Lizzi and I roomed together in London, ABBA’s greatest hits album became the soundtrack to our mornings. (Occasionally rotated with the Across the Universe soundtrack.) Then…we had the divine experience of attending MAMA MIA! I was on…well, I’d say cloud nine but it was more like cloud 9,000. Most of the summer we spent our nights gallivanting on escalators singing along to all the ABBA songs stuck in our head. (Especially at the Waterloo station.) Then I came back to Florida just in time for my mom and I to go see Mama Mia in theatres. There was this scene from that great show on The WB called Young Americans and they used “Fernando” and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. Anyway. I am a big fan. I love all of their songs. Every time I try to narrow it down, I start off with like three and then the list just gets out of control.
I mean, talk about throwback! This video is from 1977. Seriously. Let’s not mention how I decided what song to share with you today, but you really can’t go wrong with any choice so I’ll give you “Take a Chance On Me.”
“If you change your mind, I’m the first in line…”
Hi everybody! Ok, ok I know I’ve been a little absent once again but today it’s Throwback Thursday and I’ve got a treat for you – a double dose of listen and watch this! As you know, I’ve been on a massive Dawson’s Creek marathon kick lately. It makes me laugh and cry in just the right moments. (Hey! it’s good to be in touch with your emotions, ok?) Plus, it keeps me company when the house is quiet and I’m baking up a storm in the kitchen. Anyway, today I was thinking of what song I wanted to share with you and this is what popped into my head. My roommate Mandy of sophomore and junior of college can attest to you that I played this song an unreasonable amount of times. It’s one of my go-to perk up tunes ok?! I mention DC because there’s are some scenes in an episode from season three where this song (and an awesome film!) Are in the background. Joey (Katie Holmes) is poking fun and asking Dawson (James Van Der Beek) and Pacey (Joshua Jackson) whether anyone really actually dances in their kitchen. Of course, lo and behold because Kevin Williamson and Paul Stupin are awesome – by the end of the episode there’s a dance party and breakfast cooking session happening in the Potter B&B.
Have you guessed what I’m referring to yet? (Or did you sneak a peak further into the entry?) Ta-da! The Temptations “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” and The Big Chill!
Pure movie magic if you ask me. The whole soundtrack is amazing (and the deluxe version is even better!) The movie is a staple classic. It’s like thirty-something. (Yeah, ok I identify with that person in the YouTube comments who watched this at a young age.) My parents have awesome taste, and I was a weird kid alright? I own this on DVD because my mom knew I needed it in my collection, and we watch it together once in a while. If you’ve never seen the movie, it’s about a group of old college friends who have reunited at the funeral of Alex who was in the tight-knit crew. It’s very dialogue driven, as they reminisce over the way things once were, who they thought they’d become, how they got to where they are now.
Here’s a clip from the awesome scene I mentioned earlier:
If you’ve never seen this movie, or you’re not familiar with this song – go check them out now! And if you are, happy Throwback Thursday – enjoy some of the best!