Sunday, December 14, 2014

Hello, I'm in Ohio

Hey guys!

Another week, another round of interviews- this time my travels are taking me to the Midwest. This round of interviews is slightly less intense, and I'll actually get to see some of Chicago, which is pretty exciting. Even more great is that I get to see C, an old friend from high school (in fact, the one who pointed me in the direction of the Record Rack! Yea, she's cool.)

One of the coolest things about blogging, I think, is finding new music, inspiration and ideas from people you'd never have had the chance to talk to otherwise. Thanks to Sincerely Kinsey, for example, I am a newly converted Typhoon fan.

Any other Typhoon fans out there? Which album should I start with?


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Cover Story

Since I'm technically on Christmas break and technically have a little bit more free time, I thought it was time to bring back TBT. I feel like I've been listening to a lot of junk food-type music lately {read: Taylor Swift's new album on repeat.}and it's time to get back to that soul food stuff that hits you right in the gut. So here's the story behind All Along the Watchtower:

I've always loved this song. It's kind of got this foreboding feeling you can't quite shake after it's over. Written the year after Dylan was in a motorcycle wreck, it was recorded in the same studio where he created Blonde on Blonde and features on the album John Wesley Harding. In a biblical twist, the lyrics have been linked to Isaiah chapter 21:

Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise ye princes and prepare in the shield. / For the Lord hath said unto me: Go set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth. /And he saw a chariot with a couple of horses, a chariot of asses, and a chariot of camels, and he harkened diligently with much heed/... and behold, here cometh a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, 'Babylon is fallen, is fallen, and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground. 

 Now, as all good Rock n' Roll nerds know, Jimi Hendrix has covered 3 of Dylan's hits {and possibly a fourth? and a fifth!}. This is my personal favorite. Recorded in London and finished up in NYC, Dave Mason actually ended up playing bass on it. {cool, huh?} It was actually Hendrix's only Billboard top 20 hit, solidifying my belief that Billboard rankings amount to squat.

Dylan's take on the cover:

It overwhelmed me, really. He had such talent, he could find things inside a song and vigorously develop them. He found things that other people wouldn't think of finding in there. He probably improved upon it by the spaces he was using. I took license with the song from his version, actually, and continue to do it to this day.

and from a separate interview:

I like Jimi Hendrix's record of this and ever since he died I've been doing it that way...Strange how when I sing it, it's a tribute to him in some kind of way.
Pretty moving, when you think about it. I love how covers can evolve beyond the original creator in that way.

And since we've got a new {and probably the only} reader with us,  I'd like to take a minute to introduce my Dad to Meraki and Agape:

Monday, December 8, 2014

Hello, I'm in Burlington

Hey guys! I'm currently sitting at the airport in Vermont, drinking cider and trying to decide if I sleep through my 7 hour layover starting at midnight or just go nuts and do something crazy! It was a fun trip and clearly an awesome program. I stayed at an Airbnb which was wonderful and half the price of the Hilton. Only problem was when the pipe burst and all the water and heat got shut off...that's how I ended up at the hospital bathrooms at 7 in the morning washing my face and brushing my teeth...awkward...

Anyways, found this song on Cider (I like cider, haha) with Rosie and it's great but I can't post it properly from my iPhone so here's a link- check it out!

Anybody do anything cool this weekend? See any good bands play? Discover some new music or a new really cool place right next door that you didn't know about? Please share!

All the best, 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Music Monday (from Virginia!)

Hey all!

I am currently in Virginia! yea! This is a program I'm particularly excited about, AND Peter and I are going to visit my Aunt (also named Georgia) on our way back to Delaware tomorrow.

I know this is a replay, but it was on in the car. I've been on a CSN&Y kick for a while now. 

Hope everyone has a great week!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

And a little music to listen to while cooking, doing dishes, or sipping hot cocoa at the end of the night.

Wishing you the very best! 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Small Business Saturdays: Supporting the Maker

photo of Peter and I shopping on Small Business Saturday from this news article

I was really struck by this story posted on a friend's status a year ago. I decided not to post it then, as it was her story to tell and not mine. But supporting small businesses is important to me, so I thought I'd share it here- or at least a more anonymous version. Big business is not necessarily a bad thing- look at Nordstrom, a huge brand that is allowing its employees to enjoy Thanksgiving, for once. And did you know that Small Business Saturday was the product of an American Express Campaign? I didn't!

This involved another big business that clearly does not treat people so well.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Music Monday (early)

...Because I'm seeing him tonight in Manhattan with Onalee (thanks, girl!) 

Hell I still love New York, New York!!