Three Songs

Today’s writing challenge is to write freely about the three most important songs in my life.  I am a music person so that’s impossible for me to pick my three favorite songs.  So, I am going to just write about three that resonate with me now.  Here goes…

Sunday Morning, Acoustic Live – Maroon 5

So, this may actually be one really important song in my life because it was our first dance at our wedding.  As I sit, listening, I am transported to that beautiful, magical night surrounded by our best friends and family.  We had a hard time picking our first dance song because, despite being together for almost 7 years, we don’t actually have a song.  But this song reminds me of the beginning of our relationship, when we would spend entire weekends together driving around Miami.  Sundays were always such amazing days because we would lounge around and things were so happy and peaceful.  Our Sundays are still like that.  I also used to listen to this song when we first got together.  When we were scrolling through songs, this one came on and I knew it was it. Not because it reminded me of the beginning of our relationship, but because we still have that same sense of love and peace in our relationship.  And as this song winds around, I can’t believe the wedding was only 4 months ago. It seems like so much longer. I am blessed to have such a great love in my life.

Best Imitation of Myself – Ben Folds Five

“I feel like a quote out of context, withholding the rest so I can be for you what you wanna see.”  If there was any opening to a song that describes how I have been feeling for a long time.  I am a weird personality in that I am extremely type-A. But sometimes I have extreme introvert modes.  I am in one of those phases right now, and I notice this happens when I have too much going on in my head.  I also find this song on repeat when it happens.  Plus, I am a huge BF5 fan and have been since I was 16 (God, that was half my life ago!) I’ve seen this band more times than is probably cool to admit, and I will go see him whenever he comes near me.  Also, full disclosure, I love “sad bastard” music.

Stop This Train – John Mayer

Every time I listen to this song I get chills, especially when he talks about not wanting to lose his parents. I will never be able to listen to this song and not think incessantly about how life is flying by too fast and how I will be a wreck when my family members die. I am also in a mode where sometimes I just want to freeze this time and let me go home again.  Well, maybe not “home” but return for a moment, an instance, to times where I was so content and happy that I thought my heart would explode with joy.  But this world is so beautiful and full of so much adventure that how can I not keep moving forward, even with the knowledge that there will always be pain and suffering to temper.  Plus, who isn’t terrified of losing family, friends or getting older at one point in life?

 

Tuesday Tunes

This past weekend El Hombre and I decided to have an impromptu date at this little wine bar in Wynwood.  We rarely go out to bars anymore – it’s not really our scene.  But every so often it’s fun to get dressed up and go out for a glass of wine and people watch.

So we found this funky little place where you can pick a bottle or get a few glasses of wine, pull up a chair and hang with your friends.  And as we got there, a two-person band set up and started jamming out on a banjo, drums and box guitar and they were awesome.  As we were chilling out and talking, a familiar start to a song came up.  I asked El Hombre if he recognized it because it sounded like the 90s band Morphine.  Soon enough I discovered it was and proceeded to sing every word of the songs.  And then I came to a realization.  This is a year that I want to see as much live music as possible.  And good music with bands that play real instruments.

There’s nothing like the excitement of seeing a really great live band.  I mean, it’s impossible to not have fun.  So now I am on a mission to convince El Hombre that we need to go to Jazzfest.

The end of a year

This is not a post on what I accomplished this year, or what I would like to accomplish next year. That’ll come later.  Frankly I’m feeling more introspective and would rather spend the time pondering other things.

I’ve been reading a lot this year. Reading has always been an escape for me, and as I get older I find that I appreciate the stories I’ve always loved for different reasons.  I’ve just finished re-reading War & Peace.  The first time I read it, it became one of my favorite books.  In re-reading it, I came to love it even more because I was able to focus on the philosophy that Tolstoy expounded on.

I won’t go in to the whole allegory of being at war with yourself, or the struggles that go along with that – I think that philosophy is pretty obvious.  What struck me this time was the continued conversation Tolstoy has about judging situations.  Essentially he says that it’s impossible for one person to understand a situation entirely because of personal bias.  You may see some elements, but it’s impossible for one person to understand the entire scope of any situation.  In order to get that broader understanding, many people must converge and converse with open minds.  Obviously there is a lot more to this, and Tolstoy’s view was decidedly focused on the recanting of military history and the judgements that were passed on Napoleon and the war of 1812.  But it got me thinking about how easy it is to fall in to a linear path of thinking, and how that is counterproductive to gaining a true understanding of anything – whether it’s something as concrete as solving a problem to something as etherial as understanding why you may be generally not happy.  It’s made me slow down to think about things differently.

As I have been thinking about a variety of things lately, I think this song sums up how I feel lately:

 

Monday Music – New Hires

So back when I was blogging more frequently, I liked to post random videos of songs I connected with after the day.  After all, who doesn’t want to sit back and listen to your favorite songs after a Monday?  We were raised with a strong love for music, and that tricked down in excess to my brother, who has been in bands for more than ten years now.  He took a few years hiatus from music, but now he’s back.  He and another local musician have started a band called The New Hires, and if you are in the Charlotte, NC area you should check out one of their shows.

They’ve got a bit of an alt-country side to them — total North Carolina style:

Musicality

Lately I’ve been finding myself listening to the Squirrel Nut Zippers pretty heavily.  They’re a blast from the past, playing a mixture of jazz and blues.  They are from North Carolina and all over the place with a dark sense of humor.  My musical match? Sounds like it.

 

Oh to have musical talent

So my brother is starting to fire up his music again.  He’s not trying to go pro, but I’m happy that he’s getting back in to the scene because he loves it and he’s good at it.  I always wanted to be more serious about music, but I am not the person to put my feelings on display like that.

Here’s a song that he’s written and recorded with another local artist.  If you guys are out in the Charlotte area, you should try to check them out once they get going again: