Music Monday – Sept 22, 2014

simon sez2I’m starting a trend…or maybe there already is one and I’m just late to the party.  Either way, I’m starting a #MusicMonday trend to reminisce about the musical interludes of my life.  Those of you who know me already know what an important element music has been to my background.  But for anyone who is new to me, I’ve been musical ever since I started playing piano in elementary school (does that mean I can still sit down and play a tune – big fat NO).

I do think that those of us who grew up around music tend to attach more memories with certain songs.  I’m not sure how the same person can love the Tchaikovsky, The Little River Band, Nirvana, U2, and Maroon 5 – but I sure do!

So to kick off the #MusicMonday series, here are 3 tunes that I’m digging right about now:

Mustang Sally: Of course, there is a story here.  My friends and I used to go see a band all the time and the bass player sang this song.  Pussycat Robbins, I called him.  And yes, there is a reason.

Add It Up – Violent Femmes:  Memories of going to see one certain band that played the perfect combination of songs – including this one.  That was back when I realized being female had some power attached to it – and I learned how to use it.

Rape Me – Nirvana: My friend and I used to go see another band (are you noticing a pattern here?!?) who sang this song.  I had never heard it before they sang it, but found the singer so incredibly sexy, that this is the song that always reminds me of him and that little tiny muscle in his wrist/forearm.
If it makes anyone feel better about this song being on my list, it is supposedly about the media raping Kurt Cobain…soooo….

What do these all have in common?  They bring back great memories of times when I was younger and figuring out life.  I definitely would not be the person I am today with having some of the experiences surrounding these songs!  And that, my friends, is the power of music!


Top 5 Football Stadiums to Experience a Game

imageIf you could choose the top 5 stadiums (college or pro) where you would like to experience a football game, which ones would they be?  Note, they hould not be ones you have already visited.

Here’s my dream list:

  1. Autzen Stadium – Eugene, Oregon – GO DUCKS!  Is this stadium really the loudest and most intimidating place to play?  Even though I’m a Clemson Tiger at heart, this open- minded liberal girl aligns with the values of Oregon much more closely. Plus, what’s not to love about Puddles, the adorable mascot and the ever-changing combinations of uniforms?!?  I choose this stadium based more on my love for the school and community than the actual venue.
  2. Rose Bowl  Stadium – Pasadena, California  – A) it’s the Rose Bowl, B) it’s in Pasadena, C)  huge games have been played here, D) did I mention that it’s THE ROSE BOWL?!?
  3. LSU’s Tiger Stadium – Baton Rouge, Louisiana  – The other Death Valley. I’ve experienced LSU fans at bowl games before and they are f:$&ing insane. What must a game and tailgating be like on their home turf!?!
  4. Lambeau Field – Green Bay, Wisconsin – Surprise addition to the list for a Southern girl who likes her warm weather. But I want to see just HOW COLD it actually feels at the “frozen tundra.”
  5. Ohio State University Stadium – Columbus, OH – I have actually been in this stadium, but not for a game.  It did not feel much larger than Clemson’s stadium, but I would like to experience all of the traditions that surround a game there.

Venues where I have seen game (in case that explains why they are not on my list):

Clemson University, University of South Carolina, University of Georgia, the Orange Bowl, the Citrus Bowl, the Gator Bowl/Jaguars Stadium, Tampa Bay Stadium, the Georgia Dome (way too many times), Panthers Stadium, UNC, NC State, Wake Forest, Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee, Auburn, Georgia Tech

Concerts I’ve Attended (in no particular order whatsoever)



Music has always been an important part of my life.  I used to go to concerts all the time – now that I’m older, not so much.  It’s fun to try to recall all of the musical groups you’ve seen live.  Think of all the memories you can bring back to your mind!  I had forgotten about seeing a group (Brooks & Dunn) at a local hot-air balloon festival until I started making my list.  Which led to me remembering the reason WHY I was attending that show – geez, we did some crazy-stupid things when we were young, didn’t we?!?  (Like drive to Fripp Island for 4th of July weekend with 2 sleeping guys in the car to stay with complete strangers because their car broke down on the way to previously-mentioned balloon-festival.)

Here’s my concert list – at least the ones I can remember!

  • John Mayer
  • Kenny Rogers (twice)
  • Darryl Hall & John Oates (twice – once
  • Pearl Jam (despite the “medicinal” haze, I can still remember this one)
  • The Eagles (at Clemson’s football stadium)
  • The Rolling Stones (also at Clemson’s football stadium)
  • U2 (Clemson’s football stadium – why don’t they have concerts there any more?!?)
  • Pink Floyd (again at Clemson’s football stadium – complete with “cosmic haze over the town”
  • New Edition (when I was in about 7th or 8th grade)
  • Milli Vanilli (does it count that they were lip-synching?)
  • Little River Band (once at Characters Club in G’ville; more recently at SenecaFest)
  • Flock of Seagulls (at the infamous Gargoyle Club in d’town G’ville – where I got to meet and hang out with the band prior to their performance)
  • Jackyl- surprise post-concert at that little bar next to what-used-to-be Cowboys in G’ville
  • Jimmy Buffett (Charlotte twice – Atlanta once)
  • Zac Brown Band – at CU
  • Brooks & Dunn – hot air balloon festival in G’ville
  • Hootie & The Blowfish (at local bars before they made it big)
  • Dave Matthews Band (at local bars before they made it big)
  • Cravin’ Melon (you may not know this band unless you’re from the Southeast)
  • Duran Duran


minor obsessions w/…”The Happiness Project”

Got a new book called The Happiness Project: or why i spent a year trying to sing in the morning, clean my closets, fight right, read Aristotle, and generally have more fun  by Gretchen Rubin.  The author decides to take on a year-long “project” of improving her happiness quotient.  It’s not that she isn’t happy already – but that she knows she could be happier…if only….

So far I’m only about a third of the way through the book, but I already feel like it’s a “how to choose and stick to your New Year’s resolutions” guide more so that any sort of motivational or compelling read.  It’s touted as a #1 New York Times Bestseller, so I’m going to trudge on through it – but it needs to take a turn towards an epiphany soon!