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Tuesday Tunes: Happy 80th Willie!

Tuesday Tunes

Willie Nelson. He is as synonymous with Texas as bluebonnets and The Alamo. And today, he turns 80 years old (which, really, is pretty incredible considering the life he has lived!). So really there is nobody else I could possibly feature than the man himself!


I have had the privilege of seeing Willie play on quite a few occasions and there’s just nobody quite like him…he’s still Willie, and that voice is still just as leathery and poetic as ever…and you never know quite what you’re going to get, but it’s sure to be a great show no matter which route, or detour, it takes. In fact, on one occasion I heard Willie sing Whiskey River no less that four times…in one set. I think the Whiskey River has been flowing pre-show and, indeed, taken his mind!

If you haven’t seen him perform, you should definitely make plans to asap. Put on your boots and get ready for a good time. Without further ado, I give you the birthday boy himself, Willie Nelson…

One For My Baby and One For The Road


Heartbreak Hotel

Pancho and Lefty with Emmylou Harris

Whiskey River


Tuesday Tunes: Feeling French

One of my favorite parts of the story of how Bear and I came to be came to pass very early on when we had first met, before we were dating. At the time it was definitely not my favorite but now it makes us laugh every time. I won’t go into all of it now, but let’s just say he tried to woo me by “speaking French” although he doesn’t speak French at all! As we start planning our wedding, a number of French songs have come to mind and I just love how they bring back memories of that first incident. So today, let’s let that beautiful language dance in our ears as we set out to make it a great day.

Le Temps De L’amour – Francoise Hardy

Quelqu’un m’a dit – Carla Bruni

La Vie en Rose – Edith Piaf

La Mer – Charles Trenet



Tuesday Tunes: The Big Easy

New Orleans

There’s just something about New Orleans, isn’t there? Truth be told, I’ve only been once as a college Junior, not quite 21 (but does that really matter in New Orleans?) with a group of friends for the Sugar Bowl. We had the best time and I’d love to get back there sometime soon. There’s just something about the Big Easy that elicits an emotional response. The food, the music, the sights and sounds…it’s like a whole different country with a different culture and a unique, infectious spirit.

With today being Mardi Gras, and a rainy dreary one at that here in Dallas, I figure what better time than now to let the sounds of New Orleans transport us to a sunny, festive, celebrating state of mind. You’ll be dancing in your office in no time. …you might even want to pick up a King Cake while you’re out at lunch!

Tailgate Ramble – The Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Big Chief – Rebirth Brass Band

Dirty Old Man – The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Percolatin’ Blues – Smoking Time Jazz Club

…and we can’t leave this one out…

When The Saints Go Marching In – Louis Armstrong




photo by Jorge de la Torriente

Tuesday Tunes: Girls Soundtrack

Tuesday Tunes

Since the soundtrack for the HBO show Girls came out a couple of weeks ago it has become my work day go-to music. It’s such a good mix of pulsating and more mellow music and it keeps me energized and focused all at the same time. And believe me, I need all the focusing help I can get! I have to say, trying to plan a wedding while working full-time is hard! Not because it is so incredibly time-consuming (at least not yet) but because I just want to be working on it all the time! There are so many details and projects I’d love to work on all day long…I know, I know…feel sorry for me (as if!). So, like I said, clearly I need help focusing! That’s why I thought I’d share a few of my favorite tunes from the soundtrack today! Do you have any good focus music? I need all the help I can get!

Dancing on my Own – Robyn

Infinity Guitars – Sleigh Bells

White Nights – Oh Land

…and of course, Girls – Santigold…I love this video!

Now go get after it!



Tuesday Tunes 01.22.13

Do you ever go back through your Shazam tags to see what caught your attention recently? I don’t do it all that often (which, seems to kind of defeat the purpose of tagging a song, oh well…) but I always get some nice surprises, and inevitably some “What did I like about that enough to stick my arm up in the air and Shazam that crap?” moments. So today’s Tuesday Tunes comes directly from a few of my tags in Shazam. Judge me if you must.

Wagon Wheel, Old Crow Medicine Show

Default, Django Django

Doom and Gloom, The Rolling Stones


So what are you listening to these days? I need some new tunes on my rotation!

Tuesday Tunes: Ben Howard

Ben Howard

I know a lot of people have switched from Pandora over to Spotify these days, but I continue to discover great new (to me) music on Pandora and love the ease of turning it on during the work day and seeing what comes next. Pandora is exactly where I first heard Ben Howard, and I acknowledge I am probably way late on knowing about him, but I’m so glad I found him, or, rather, Pandora found him for me. He has a bit of a David Gray quality to his voice I think. And the feel of his songs is cozy and fits well with the turn of the season. I am so in love with his song Only Love and am enjoying getting to know more of his music.  Isn’t finding, and falling in love with, a new artist’s work just one of the best things ever? It makes me happy.

Only Love

The Fear

His album will be on repeat in my office today….


ACL: A Recap

Austin City Limits 2012

Clearly it has taken me several days to fully recover from the three jam-packed days we spent in Austin this past weekend for the 2012 Austin City Limits festival. I guess the older you get the longer it takes to bounce back! And just like I think we said last year, this might be our last full three days of ACL for the foreseeable future (you can hold me to that right up until the 2013 lineup is released–then all bets are off!) It wears you out, but what you get while you’re there is really something amazing.  There are so many things I could say here to recap. I could run through every band we saw and every slightly painful moment, but instead I thought I’d just pull out some of the highlights of the weekend for me personally.

  • Running Late, As Usual: Even after getting out of town earlier than planned, somehow we were still running late for the First Aid Kit set at 1:15 on Friday…and I was NOT going to miss them! Even if that meant ditching poor Bear at the entrance gate when his wristband malfunctioned and he was rerouted back through the ticket line.  I should’ve been a good girlfriend and waited to make sure he got in okay, but instead I sort of gave him a nod and said, “let me know when you get in!” and took off across the field to catch what was left of their set. Don’t worry, he made it in the second time around!
  • Florence and the Machine: I was already looking forward to seeing this set, but I don’t think I could’ve anticipated just how good Florence Welch would be. Dressed in a long-sleeve gown (in the sweltering heat) she ran and jumped and skipped across the stage, and through the audience, all while wailing on those notes. She gave me chills. Her energy and dedication to the show were unreal. You could feel that she was giving every last ounce of everything she had to that audience. The crowd went nuts when she sang “Shake It Off” and I loved hearing “Cosmic Love”.

Remember, heat and sun safety kids! Ha. Ridiculous, right?


  • The Eye of the Tiger: Let me be the first to admit I was a total hater when Bear walked out of the bathroom in his, how would you say, um, unique, shirt for Day Two. I couldn’t believe he was actually going to wear it in public to be honest. But I’ll be darned if he wasn’t the hit of ACL that day.  I can’t even tell you how many people stopped him to take pictures with him, or to tell him how awesome his shirt was…one kid even walked by and “knighted” him for having the best shirt out there. So kudos to Bear for out hipstering the hipsters.

Bear in his tiger shirt

  • Rufus Wainwright singing Judy Garland: Judy Garland is one of my all-time favorites. I can’t even tell you how much I love her. When I was younger I was on a mission to watch all of her movies, even the hard to find ones. And Saturday I saw a man sing the most beautiful rendition of her version of “The Man that Got Away”. My hats off to Wainwright as this could’ve been a mess in anyone else’s hands, but for the second time at ACL this year, I had goosebumps. (see him sing it here)
  • The Whistling: I have an album or two of Andrew Bird’s and it’s great background music, but I didn’t really know what to expect from his live show.  Well, apparently he likes to whistle–A LOT. I seriously think he whistled in every song. And that’s all I have to say about that.
  • Galway Girl, Mixed with Dubstep: One of the more unfortunate things of the weekend was that everyone who played at the Austin Ventures Stage seemed to be pitted up against some major dubstep or hip hop on the Honda Stage, and the Ventures Stage nearly always lost out. I thought we were going to miss out on Steve Earle all together as he was clearly unhappy with the sound bleed from BASSNECTAR’s set (it was serious y’all), and the rain. But my night was made when he came out and gave me what I’d been hoping for: Galway Girl. I was in heaven.  And then a little added bonus of Copperhead Road to round out the set. Love!
  • 18 Minute Rock Songs:Neil Young and Crazy Horse were in classic rocker form Saturday night, bringing the rock, and those really long “interludes” every chance they got. It was awesome. And it was more awesome seeing how much fun my dad was having finally getting to see one of his favorite artists after all of these years. Have I mentioned how cool my parents are?

    They look like they’ve had a good day to me!

  •  Gary Clark Jr.: I don’t know what else to say other than the man can rock. HE is SO. GOOD. His set was early on Sunday but there was a massive crowd at the AMD Stage…with the warm muggy air, and everyone looking a little ragged trying to rally for day three, but still clearly enjoying the show he was putting on, I couldn’t help but imagine for a brief moment that this was one of those “Woodstock Moments” that will just stick with you. If he is every in your area, do not miss him. Seriously.
  • All Together Now: I’ve never been the biggest Red Hot Chili Peppers fan. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy some of their stuff, but they have some die-hard fans out there…and I can see why now. They put on one heck of a show to close out the weekend. It was shocking how many of their songs I knew all the words to, and it was just so much fun singing and dancing with everyone around you. Those are the moments that make the music festivals what they are. We are all in it together. And we’re all going to enjoy it. I sure did.
  • The Great Flood: No, I’m not talking about the substantial rain that came down Saturday and left Zilker Park a muddy, smelly mess. I’m talking about the sea of humanity flowing into the street as the festival dimmed its lights on 2012.  It really was incredible to see that many people wading out, all together, heading home. I was happy to be one of them.

The Remains of a Successful Weekend

And there you have it…those were some of my favorite moments from the weekend. The ones that are harder to describe are the ones that maybe I treasure most, like sitting on the hill and just watching everyone go by, or walking back downtown hand in hand with Bear, feeling the relief that we actually survived, crowding under umbrellas as the deluge came on (and some random girl ducking in with my dad, to his surprise), laughing at how ridiculous boys can be, hanging out with my sister…I could go on and on. But I’ll stop there and just say, it was a great weekend. Another one well done, Austin City Limits. Well done.


Tuesday Tunes: Erykah Badu

…I’m in an Erykah Badu kinda mood today. It’s good groovin’, gettin’ through the day kinda music. Don’t you think?

Didn’t Cha Know

On & On

What kind of a mood are you in today?


Tuesday Tunes: Gary Clark Jr.

Gary Clark Jr.

My awareness of Gary Clark Jr. is yet another example of how much more in tune with music my dad is than I am.  He filled me in on Clark’s greatness last year around this time, as we were getting ready for Austin City Limits. Dad and Mom definitely picked the better of the shows that Saturday afternoon, I was left wanting more after the few sets I checked out, but on their check list was Gary Clark Jr. And from the sound of things, he did not disappoint.  So I was thrilled when I saw that Clark made the ACL lineup again this year. Most bands don’t get two years in a row at the festival. He is officially on my must see list for Sunday.


Bright Lights

When My Train Pulls In

Tuesday Tunes: Steve and Emmylou

Steve Earle and Emmylou Harris

So I started working on this post knowing I wanted to feature Steve Earle’s Galway Girl. We had an epic night of playing DJ and drinking wine with my parents a few weeks back and my dad threw this gem on the iPod somewhere along the way and it has just stuck with me since then. I can’t get enough! I completely forgot that this song was a part of the movie P.S. I Love You as well, sung by the easy-on-the-eyes Gerard Butler (link to that version here!) which makes me love it even more.

But then as I was perusing music videos, I got lost, for at least an hour, probably more, in anything and everything Emmylou Harris. Her voice is so unique, and beautiful, and haunting and melancholy. I couldn’t stop listening. Any new video that popped up I had to watch. And I just couldn’t let the week go without including one of her songs as well. It really is nearly impossible to choose just one…so I gave myself a bonus song sung by Steve and Emmylou together. Because that seems like the right way to wrap this up.

Neither of these songs is new, by any stretch of the imagination, but hopefully I’m at least bringing you some things you wouldn’t normally hear. That, my friends, is my goal here in Tuesday Tunes. Because I just can’t keep up with all the latest and greatest all the time, and there is so much goodness waiting to be rediscovered. Enjoy!


P.S. Emmylou Harris makes me want to name my future (distant future!) daughter Emmylou. No?

P.S.S. Any requests for future Tuesday Tunes? This will be back as a regular weekly column, thanks to your friendly demands. :) xoxo.

I’m Obsessed

Mumford and Sons

I know some people have made the claim that perhaps much of their music sounds the same, but I have to tell you, I am obsessed with the latest song from Mumford & Sons, I Will Wait, from their upcoming album Babel. And then this morning, on Rolling Stone‘s website I spotted the new video for this song, against the backdrop of the stunning Red Rocks Amphitheater, and I couldn’t help but share it. So maybe, hopefully, you’ll love it too. It just makes my soul happy. And that’s good enough for me.

Best Party Ever

The stage was set and ready

Now, I’m not one to toot my own horn (very often) but we threw one hell of a party this weekend. And we have some of the most badass friends and family in the whole world.

With my 29th birthday on the horizon, I’d started thinking about all the stupid, silly little things I wanted to get done before I turn 30 and one of those things was to sing karaoke. Lame? Maybe. Perfect excuse to throw a party? Most definitely. And with Bear’s birthday being the Friday before the party, there was no reason NOT to have a party. I went back and forth as to where and how to throw this karaoke party and settled on the fact that for this to really be a great party, we should just do it at Bear’s house.

Adrian & Arica rockin’ the mic.

We sang a duet.

Even my dad sang! You can’t go wrong with some Bob Dylan.

I couldn’t have been any happier with the way the party turned out! And it really was all because we had an amazing group of people come out. We had family and friends come in from San Antonio, Austin and Longview. We had work friends, who are now good friends, and new friends who we hope to see more of. I was worried people wouldn’t sing and it would end up being kind of a dud of a night, but after Bear bit the bullet and sang the first song, I don’t think the songs ever stopped. In fact, after three hours of non-stop karaoke, we scrounged up more money to keep the party, and songs, going. There were solos and duets, show tunes and hip hop, group songs and Disney songs. It couldn’t have been better.

All the boys

We are family! (even if those are the only words of the song we know)

It’s an Adrian Sing-off

A little sister Sade singin’

The ACS girls…er, Spice Girls!

Thank you to everyone who came out and graced us with your lovely voices.The Lord said make a joyful noise–he never said it had to sound good! I was definitely filled with joy Saturday and will carry that with me anytime I think of that party. The best party ever.

…and thanks, also to Adrian & Arica Espinoza, and Abby Richards, for letting me use some of their pictures here! I clearly was not on top of my photo-taking game Saturday.

…AND if you ever need a DJ, karaoke or just general, I’d definitely recommend Sick Spins in DFW. They were so nice and accommodating. We loved having them out!

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