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Meg Says Listen to This: Dashboard Confessional throwbacks

A few weeks ago I went to see the Taste of Chaos tour with some friends. That night brought on an onslaught of memories to my days and nights of teenage angst. Dashboard Confessional headlined. It’s not the first time I’d seen Chris Carabba preform, but I have to say he is really on his game these days. He transitioned from one song to the next and fit so many in, I was shocked. I loved that he went back to his first albums, and really got into the old stuff. The little emo kid inside of me was having a time warp party.
The lawn was closed, so we were all upgraded to seats. Our gang took over a center row, and while we waited for the show to start we reminisced about our younger years listening to these bands. I don’t think I quite realized, up until that moment, how utterly connected everyone sitting in that amphitheater was – in an invisible way. As we shared stories I found so many of us were those emotionally sensitive kids, going through a really hard time in our teenage years. These songs were the soundtracks to each of us holed up in our rooms, or awake in the middle of the night thinking about someone across town. I remember how desperately sad I was at some of my lowest points – the kind that’s hard to see around, the kind that makes you doubt there’s a time ahead of you where you won’t feel like that. As I looked around me at all the people singing their hearts out along to these songs. Lyrics we hadn’t sang in years, readily available in our minds- I realized something that gave me a shiver. All of us who’d hit those low points, who knows what happened over the last 15 years but we’d made it. Here we were, in a different spiral of days. And I smiled because I should always remember the present moment isn’t all we have left. Emotions are ephemeral (an old favorite vocab word), life keeps evolving and changing. Even with all that nostalgia swirling around, it was impossible not to love every minute. I’ll admit though, there were a few moments where I could feel myself slipping into the feelings associated when I hear these songs. “Ender Will Save Us” and “Best Deceptions” were two of those songs for me. They  just hit just the right spot in my tender heart, and I had to laugh before I cried. If your teenage days lacked the joy of DC as a soundtrack, here’s a listen now:

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Throwback Thursday, Listen to This: “Night Moves”

I went back through my archives, and it seems somehow I have neglected to share with you all one of my absolute most favorite songs OF ALL TIME. Bob Segar’s “Night Moves” holds a very special place in my heart. I don’t even know if I could really explain my obsession with this one, but it’s ever present, never fading, and if you’re in a room/car/bar with me when it comes on you better believe we’re going to turn it up and sing along. So, it might be a little bit provocative but who cares? That didn’t stop Julie Cooper from a little calm down sing-a-long post earthquake on The O.C. This song just never gets old to me. It calls out to that reckless youthful side, and it reminds me of the hazy dreamy summer gallivanting and rendezvous we can all get wrapped up in. Or it can make a slow, cold, January winter day feel like the rush of summer. I might just…okay fine, I most definitely own this on vinyl so I can jam out on my record player. It’s Thursday, make it a happy one, and give yourself a little pick-me-up by tuning into this fantastic classic throwback.

Right around 3:08…oh, man.

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Throwback Thursday, Watch This: Adventureland

I’ll say, though the trailer enticed me when it was first released I think I originally had an aversion to watching Adventureland because of Kristen Stewart. I know, I should apologize because that’s kind of unfair, but it’s the truth. Anyway, I was looking for something to watch after I flew through Orange is The New Black and someone suggested Adventureland, and it was on Netflix so I figured why not? And I was glad I watched it. The music is good, it made me laugh, the cast is great and it’s pretty well written. It’s kind of what I thought Skateland was going to be like, actually.

Jesse Eisenberg plays James, a recent college grad who’s back at his parents house for the summer. Or so he thinks. The plan was to move to New York with his college roommate, and attend journalism school at Columbia. That was until his parents aren’t able to hold up their end of the deal, anymore. So, James gets his first job at the local amusement park, Adventureland. He spends his days running the games booths. He makes some new friends, goes to some parties, and saves some cash. All in all, though – this is a coming of age story. And one done right, at that. (Not to mention the 80’s music soundtrack is so fitting.) James is awkward, but endearing and this cast will have you laughing. If you haven’t watched Adventureland yet, check it out. It was a good light hearted alternative to some of the intense films I’ve seen recently.

Check out the “Official Trailer”:

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Throwback Thursday, Listen to This: “With Arms Outstretched”

My schedule has changed lately, so like I said I’ve had some time to delve back into my musical interest again. Settling into listening to Rilo Kiley again lately, is like coming home after being gone for a little while. I’ve always admired Jenny Lewis’s vocal talent, and the whole band – they just make beautiful music. (OK, I’ll admit, I’m purely fascinated by that woman in general – I mean she performed at The Postal Service concert, and I was just blown away. But that’s to be expected.) Anyway, the other night when I was on that Weeds binge, there’s a pivotal scene where they use “With Arms Outstretched.” I won’t get into specifics because like I said you need to watch for yourself, but it’s one of those scenes where the musical accompaniament leaves an impact on the viewer. At least it should. (That always happens to me anyways, I was Shazaaming songs in the closing credits of The Spectacular Now the other day.)

This song was released on The Execution of All Things back in 2002 from Saddle Creek Records, so it can definitely be considered a throwback.

I’m not always one for posting live videos, but this performance from Bonnaroo in 2008 looks incredible.



“Now some days they last longer than others
But this day by the lake went too fast
And if you want me
You better speak up, I won’t wait
So you better move fast”
I mean seriously? How does that not move you? Go give this song a listen. Or ten.
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Throwback Thursday, Listen to This: “You Gotta Be”

Now, this is a real throwback. Right before I got out of my car this morning Des’ree “You Gotta Be” came on the radio. I was seven when this song came out in 1994. This is one of those – you hear it at school dances, you hear it on the radio, they play it during birthday parties at the roller rink, you make up dances to it with your girlfriends at sleepovers. But even with all of those younger year associations, it’s basically impossible not to sing-a-long when it comes on the radio. It’s just one of those jams! I was like hey, combine this with my oddly cool, “July feels like fall morning in Florida” run under cotton candy skies, and today is definitely going to be a good day. Then I knew I had to send the positive vibes your way as well, by sharing it this morning. Some Google searching brought up some controversy over the artist (just YouTube people arguing,) but seriously I don’t even feel like going there today – let’s just be happy with the tune and move on with our days, am I right? This might be one of my cheesiest posts yet, but c’mon there’s something kind of awesome about this one isn’t there?

You gotta be
You gotta be bad, you gotta be bold, you gotta be wiser
You gotta be hard, you gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger
You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm, you gotta stay together
All I know, all I know, love will save the day