Wednesday, April 29, 2009

"I feel summer creepin' in and I'm tired of this town again..."

Well, I couldn't agree more with the title of my post (taken from "Mary Jane's Last Dance" by Tom Petty).
I love it here, but I'm ready to go home for a few months. Then I'll be refreshed and ready to come back and tackle another semester! Yay for fall weather and football :)

First of all, I want to thank you all for the nice comments! The general consensus is that I have an old soul, which sounds about right.

Onto today's topic... I saw this article from last week, regarding ten "endless songs" -- do you agree/disagree with the picks? What songs would you add?

I agree with putting "Shine On" up there, but I guess the writer has never heard "Echoes" ... as awesome as the latter is, it seems to go on (It did take up the whole second side of Meddle after all!)

I know a lot of people like radio-friendly, three and a half minute songs and that's it. Most people can't or don't want to just sit there and listen. They have to constantly hear that catchy beat or those catchy lyrics, and won't take the time to actually just listen to the music/words. I, however, can totally just veg out when hearing a song that's 7, 14, or 22 minutes long. Can you?

Back to stu(dying)... have a good night!
P.S. I'm changing around my layout and stuff so don't freak out if stuff looks new to you -- hopefully at the beginning of this summer, I'll make a really cool template and create a new header and all that jazz. But until then...

Sunday, April 26, 2009

25 Random

I got roped into doing one of these 25-random-things-about-myself things.
I figured now's as good a time as any and I need a study break anyways.

We'll return to usual programming (aka the MUSIC!) tomorrow or Tuesday.
I appreciate you hanging in with me here for the next couple of weeks!

1. I'm a business major. I don't know yet what I want to do exactly (I've still got time though to decide).
2. I love dogs. Golden retrievers and labs especially.
3. I've been to the majority of the states. Still to go: Alaska, Maine, Vermont... that might be all.
4. That said, I've been to a ton of national parks/monuments/etc etc.
5. I love driving. Even (read: especially) by myself. I love to crank up the volume, sing obnoxiously loud, and just jam out. Doing all that at night is like a bonus!
6. I'm probably more obsessed with '70s music than I should be. I wish I could've been the age I am now in 1973, minus all the high hippies. I love love love the Eagles (as yall know). I also love: Fleetwood Mac, Journey, Pink Floyd, the Stones, etc etc etc. I could go on and on. But I won't.
7. Case in point: Fleetwood Mac is currently on tour right now. (Have been since March.) I have SEVEN recordings so far of their show. Yes, it's the same exact set list every night. But I like to listen to them all and find the differences. Crazy, right?! But there's actually about 13 shows out there, I just haven't gotten my hands on them all yet.
8. I have the greatest friends ever.
9. I don't like Obama. At all. (Please don't shun me!)
10. I have a strong work ethic. I enjoy to work.
11. I hate when people ride their bikes in the middle of the road. Sorry but you are not Lance Armstrong and you never will be. So get the heck out of my way.
12. I watched the Olympics pretty intently this past August. Maybe it was because of Michael Phelps (pre-pot picture, of course)? Who knows.
13. Some of my favorite foods: cereal of almost any kind, pretzels, Keva! (Google it), steak, mashed potatoes, chicken, Chex mix, Mexican food in general, Italian food in general. Just no Asian/Chinese/Thai and I'm good to go. :)
14. I wear contacts. I can't even see the big "E" on the eye chart (it's blurry) but obviously it's always going to be there.
15. I hate being angry with people.
16. And I hate it when people say they're "disappointed" in me. I hate that word.
17. I have a blue car and his name is Sulley (from Monster's Inc!). He's pretty cool.
18. I try to take things one day at a time, but it's hard most of the time.
19. I worry a lot. I shouldn't, but I do.
20. I'm going to study abroad in the summer of 2010. Either England or Australia. Not sure yet.
21. I love reading. Anything from somewhat-cheesy romance novels (Nicholas Sparks) to musician biographies.
22. I LOVE song lyrics. Most of my Facebook statuses are lines from songs.
23. I've been blessed with a great, close-knit family.
24. I think waaaay too much at night when I'm lying in bed trying to fall asleep. I just get to thinking about lots of different things and then have trouble sleeping.
25. I had over 1,000 kids in my high school class. Yes, the graduation ceremony was neverending.

That's all, folks!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Try, try, try to understand

Wow... I just noticed that I haven't posted since Monday. Yikes! Sorry guys. Things have been busy around here. This week was the last full week of classes. I've got class Monday and Tuesday, then finals start on Friday (a week from today). I've got finals Friday, Monday & Tuesday. I'll be spending most of Tuesday packing up my room... then early Wednesday morning I'll be hitting the road to make the 9 hour trek back home!
So my guess is that I won't be posting too much these next couple of weeks as I'll be busy studying and moving out! Wish me luck on everything :)

On to the music...

Saw this article about new material from Heart next year, with more lead vocals from Nancy. Interesting. Not sure how I feel about it. I guess we'll all have to wait and see.
Ann's got such a powerful voice! Check out this video from 1976, when they were weren't "big" yet (as you can tell from Ann's intro):

Argg it's not letting me embed, so just click the link - it's worth it:

I distinctly remember jamming out to this song with my mom and brother when we would make the 4 hour road trip to visit my grandparents. Timeless!

Have a great weekend!


Okay, so I got tagged with this "8 Things" thing... here goes:

8 Things I’m Looking Forward To:
-Finish a successful first year of college!
-James Taylor concert in a few weeks :)
-.38 Special, REO Speedwagon & Styx concert!
-Going to the U.K. with my family in June!
-Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood concert!
-Getting my last English class and my last History class out of the way.
-Seeing the new dog that joined our family last week!
-Hmm... basically I'm just excited for an awesome summer!

8 Things I Did Yesterday:
-Woke up far too early (7:15am).
-Went to class.
-Ate some yummy black bean tacos at lunch.
-Met with my Intro to Business group to go over our presentation. I had to present this morning in front of about 300 kids, but it went well and was no big deal!
-Ate yummy pizza for dinner! The guy that owns the little restaurant knows our order and gives us a nice discount/deal since we're there every Thursday at 7:30pm like clockwork.
-Went to the last Paradigm (worship service) of the year.
-Had some mixed feelings...
-Fell asleep to the Food Network. (It's either that or HGTV!)

8 Things I Wish I Could Do:
-Carry a note... I try ;)
-Gymnastics like in the Olympics. Always fascinates me.
-Win the lottery!
-Have my own room to myself. (Only 12 more days! Woo hoo!)
-Drive somewhere far away just out of the blue.
-Buy all the coolest bootlegs that I can get my hands on.
-Go back in time and be a teenager in the '70s. (But only for a few important days because I can guarantee you that I'd be creeped out being around a bunch of high hippies...)
-Sleep with lights/noise.

8 Shows I Watch:
-Life on Mars (U.S. version - I know it's over now, but in my opinion it was sooo good!)
-The Office (c'mon... that show is hilarious!)
-Desperate Housewives
-One Tree Hill
-Anything on HGTV
-Anything on Food Network
-Late Night with Conan O'Brien (he just cracks me up!)
-Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - I bawl like a baby every time.

Monday, April 20, 2009

RS: Lunch with Stevie Nicks

Rolling Stone recently sat down for lunch with Stevie Nicks. And all they can give us is this lame two paragraph write-up:

(Read the whole, whopping three paragraph, article here.)
But it was truly awesome to rap about "Silver Springs," an amazing track that was left off Rumours. The song is about her breakup with Buckingham -- "I'll follow you down till the sound of my voice will haunt you," she sings. "It was me realizing that Lindsey was going to haunt me for the rest of my life," she says. "And he has."

When she performs "Silver Springs" these days -- it's the final number on Fleetwood Mac's current tour -- Nicks resists the opportunity to get up in Lindsey's face: "I don't want fans to walk away in the middle of our argument."

If you check out the comments on the article, someone actually asked whether or not they were playing "Dreams" on this tour... are you kiddin' me?! When have they NOT played "Dreams"? That's a better question to ask.

And since when is that line from SS about Lindsey haunting her? I thought it was the other way around... I think Mama is getting all mixed up in her head. But it doesn't really matter - she's almost 61 and still belting 'em out.
Oh, and P.S., I think fans are still intrigued in their behavior (a la "The Dance" tour) and would thoroughly enjoy S&L's "argument" at the end of the night.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Friday Flick Clip

To start off your weekend, here's a hilarious clip from This is Spinal Tap.
Probably my favorite part of the whole movie.

Also, for those interested, Spinal Tap is coming to Blu-ray this summer. Check it here.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Top 5 Live Albums

Here's a top 5 list for ya... what's your favorite live album?

My 5... in no particular order:

The Allman Brothers - At Fillmore East (1971)
~~Stand out track: "Whipping Post" It's almost 23 minutes long! Pure awesomeness.

Eagles - Eagles Live (1980)
~~It's debatable as to how "live" this album actually is. It's not one of my favorites, but the stand out track for me is "Seven Bridges Road" Harmony at its best.

Peter Frampton - Frampton Comes Alive! (1976)
~~Stand out track: "Lines on My Face" Great song.

Eric Clapton - Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert (1973)
~~Just recently came across this album. What's not to love? This was Clapton's "comeback" concert after he had been encouraged by Pete Townshend to get out of his drug stooper. With Pete, Ronnie Wood, Ric Grech, & Steve Winwood altogether. Very sentimental version of "Presence of the Lord".

Fleetwood Mac - The Dance (1997)
~~Stand out track: "Silver Springs" Check it out on DVD... it's even better when you can see the Stevie/Lindsey interaction on stage. Wowzers.

Rock on!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I'm baaaaack!

Did you miss me? Didn't think so! ;)

So I saw today that Aerosmith and ZZ Top announced their tour dates.
Anyone plan on catching them this summer?

I'm not a HUGE fan of either band (don't get me wrong, I like some of their stuff), but I bet it's going to be a great show for their hardcore fans.

If you're interested in this act, click here for the list of cities!

What do yall think of the guilty verdict for Phil Spector? He had it coming. Plus, he is CREEPY! This is the guy who created the "Wall of Sound" and produced for so many awesome people way back when?! Scary how some people turn out.

That's all for today, folks! Hope everyone had a fabulous Easter weekend with their loved ones. :)

Thursday, April 9, 2009

I'm out!

Well, later this afternoon I am going into the wild.
Not really... but for the weekend (through Monday) I am going somewhere where there will be no internet, no cell phone signal, and no human contact (besides my family of course).
It's going to be fun/interesting!!
Just wanted to fill you all in since I won't be blogging for a few days.

Also, my birthday is tomorrow! I'm pretty sure I don't share a birthday with anyone cool though.

Everybody have a great Easter weekend and I'll be back in full force on Tuesday :)

P.S. If you're bored, see my post below this one and knock yourself out!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Question time!

Found this online and thought it'd be fun to mix it up a little--

Using only song names from one artist, cleverly answer these questions. Try not to repeat a song title. It's harder than you think...
Okay, pick your artist - Fleetwood Mac (I've been listening to them quite a bit lately)

Are you male or female - Gold Dust Woman
Describe yourself - Gypsy
How do you feel about yourself - Landslide
Your best friend is - Sara
Your favorite color is - Silver Springs
What's the weather like - Storms
If your life was a TV show, what would it be called - Second Hand News
What is life to you - Dreams
What is the best advice you have to give - Never Going Back Again
If you could change your name, what would it be - Rhiannon
Your favorite food - ...I've got nothing...

Minus that last one, they all turned out pretty nicely!

What would YOUR answers be?

Monday, April 6, 2009

California Jam

April 6, 1974. Ontario Motor Speedway in California. 200,000 people. Earth, Wind & Fire. The Eagles. Black Oak Arkansas. Black Sabbath. Deep Purple. And the top of the bill, ELP.

Kind of like Woodstock (except this festival was never intended to be released on film). Or Altamont (minus all the brutality stuff).

Anyways, there's quite a bit of footage on Youtube of this festival, but I've got to share with you this video by my favorite:

Friday, April 3, 2009

Weather Songs

Well I've been thinking about the weather a lot lately, and how I am absolutely sick and tired of all of this WIND.
The wind here is ridiculous. It blows 25-35 mph and it knocks you down from every direction. Every. single. day. No matter what time of day. Even at 7:45am making my trek across campus for classes.
So speaking of meteorology, here are some songs with titles relating to the weather (in no specific order):

1. "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" - Creedence Clearwater Revival
2. "Blue Sky" - Allman Brothers
3. "Storms" - Fleetwood Mac
4. "Sunshine of Your Love" - Cream
5. "Candle in the Wind" - Elton John
6. "Let it Rain" - Eric Clapton
7. "Fire and Rain" - James Taylor
8. "Winds of March" - Journey
9. "Dust in the Wind" - Kansas
10. "Call Me the Breeze" - Lynyrd Skynyrd
11. "Goodbye Blue Sky" - Pink Floyd
12. "Get Off Of My Cloud" - Rolling Stones

What song title relates to the kind of weather you're having right now?