Sunday, February 27, 2011

What To Do When You Have No Patience and Hate to Study...

I saw this on are supposed to list thirty songs attached to certain topics, one a day. That requires me to remember to do something for 30 days...probably not going to happen. So, I'm going to post them all at once. HA! (My weak attempt at being any type of rebellious). (Also, this is an attempt at me doing anything but studying for a midterm tomorrow)

1 - your favorite song- Right now? "Highway 20 Ride"- Zac Brown Band

2 - your least favorite song- "Can't Be Tamed"-Miley Cyrus

3 - a song that makes you happy- "Marry Me"-Train

4 - a song that makes you sad- "When the Sun Goes Down in Georgia"- Corey Smith

5 - a song that reminds you of someone- "Slide"-Goo Goo Dolls

6 - a song that reminds you of somewhere- "Best Not to Think About It"- Athlete

7 - a song that reminds you of a certain event- "Enchanted"- Taylor Swift.

8 - a song that you know all the words to- Haha, too many. But, "Ice, Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice comes to mind :)

9 - a song that you can dance to-Pretty much anything..but I love dancing around to "Every Thing She Does is Magic" by Sting and the Police

10- a song that makes you fall asleep - "A Falling Through"- Ray LaMontagne

11 - a song from your favorite band- "Hotel California"- The Eagles

12 - a song from a band you hate- That "Blue" song by the blue people. Ughhhh.

13 - a song that is a guilty pleasure- "Never Say Never"- Justin Bieber feat. Jayden Smith

14- a song that no one would expect you to love- "Burnin' Up" -Jonas Brothers

15 - a song that describes you - "Uncharted"-Sara Bareilles. Definitely.

16 - a song that you used to love but now hate- "Mmmbop"-Hanson. This song makes absolutely no sense. Why did we all love it??

17 - a song that you hear often on the radio- "Just a Dream"-Nelly

18 - a song that you wish you heard on the radio- "Closer to Love"- Mat Kearney

19 - a song from your favorite album- "Jackson"- Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash

20 - a song that you listen to when you’re angry- "Makedamnsure"- Taking Back Sunday

21 - a song that you listen to when you’re happy- "Gypsy Girl"- Ryan Horne

22 - a song that you listen to when you’re sad- "I Shall Believe"- Sheryl Crow

23 - a song that you want to play at your wedding- "Lost in This Moment"-Big and Rich. Maybe not AT my wedding, but maybe when I'm getting ready? It might be too cheesy for me, but I secretly (not so secretly now...) love it. Side note, this song is on an album that has one of my favorite album names: "Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace".

24 - a song that you want to play at your funeral- "I Hope You Dance"-LeeAnn Womack

25 - a song that makes you laugh- "Bust a Move"- MC Hammer

26 - a song that you can play on an instrument- "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room"-John Mayer

27 - a song that you wish you could play- "Comfortable"- John Mayer

28 - a song that makes you feel guilty- "Boys with Girlfriends" Meiko

29 - a song from your childhood- "Free Fallin'"- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

30 - your favorite song at this time last year- "Need You Now"- Lady Antebellum

This was a long post..took up some time. Now, back to Experimental Research Methods.

Love, love, love.

Monday, February 14, 2011


It's Valentine's Day. Not my favorite holiday (Christmas), but not my least favorite (International Clown exists and I am terrified by it). Yes, it does have the potential to be obnoxious and showy, but this year it was pretty good. I'm a believer that it is the simple things that make love great, not life-sized bears that you have to carry around school all day. Or those wonderful conversation hearts. Or Disney-themed cards..elementary school was so great.

All joking aside, despite my love of angry music and the color black, I definitely try to see love in everything. I'm lucky enough to have parents that have been together since they were 16 years old as the perfect role models of what love should be. It's friendship in its most beautiful form. It's being able to laugh through the bad times and be thankful for the good ones. I also have a best friend and lovely sister who has found her other half in one of the greatest people I have ever known (he chose to be a part of my crazy family, so you know he is pretty brave :)). They give me faith that, despite all the craziness in the world today, we will find the one person who makes everything make sense. So, obviously, I have pretty big shoes to fill with my family when it comes to love.

Over winter break, my sweet Daddy came home from work and was talking to me as I put away dishes. The convo went as follows.

Mike "Your mother tells me you think you are going to be a cat lady"
Mike "Don't worry. You are beautiful. You are going to find the right person. It doesn't always happen when you're in high school, like it did with me and your mom, but it will happen."

He is so precious.

Sooooo. In honor of this day, here are some of my favorite love songs. Songs that I like to put on when I'm feeling all optimistic or when I need to be. Songs that I put on as I'm getting ready when I think I might get to see someone really special. Songs that I drive down the road to, blaring them because I believe that love can be louder than just about anything else in your head.

WHOA. Sorry for the rant. I'm writing all this sappy mess because I want people to know that if you are feeling lonely or whatever today, don't. You are beautiful in every way and someday, someone will come along and change everything. I believe that. And if you are enjoying today with someone, that's awesome. Hold on to them. And if you are enjoying this day without someone and doing just fine, you are a badass and I salute you.

Love, love, love. Me.

1. Something to Lose-Corey Smith. This song is so innocent and and true. I love it.
2. Princess-Matt Nathanson. This is fun to dance around to.
3. Better Together-Jack Johnson. I think I use this song a lot. But it is effortless and honest, two things love should always be.
4. Sweet and Low-Augustana. "No one's giving up quite yet, we've got too much to lose"
5. She (For Liz)-Parachute. "How can the only thing that's killing me make me feel so alive?"
6. I Believe in You-Tyler Hilton. "That's all I need, someone like you burning through me" Tyler is so wonderful.
7. I Just Realized-Matt Wertz. The acoustic guitar and the simplicity of the words are perfect. This song makes me want to lay in a grassy field in the summer.
8. You and Me-Lifehouse. I still get chills when I hear this.
9. To Be With You-Mr. Big. Old school 90's. Probably my favorite love song of all time. I play it on guitar and it instantly puts me in a good mood.
10. Let Love In- The Goo Goo Dolls. "You're the only one I've ever believed in, the answer that could never be found the moment you decided to let love it".

Friday, February 4, 2011


I love concerts. Like really, really, really love them. There is something about the way a place feels when people are crammed in and anxiously awaiting the artist to appear. It's so full of energy and excitement and it is one of my favorite places to be. I have been very fortunate to be able to go to a lot of concerts. Atlanta gets the majority of tours and, of course, everyone wants to play in Music City.

My inspiration for this post comes from my most recent concert ticket purchase. On September 17, I will be watching Taylor Swift from floor seats in Nashville. FLOOR SEATS. TAYLOR SWIFT. OH MY GOSHHHHHHH. For those of you who know me, you know my love of T.Swift goes back to the summer before junior year of high school. I can tell you exactly where I was the first time I heard "Picture to Burn" (my friend Kristin's room during her 17th birthday party). She is, in my opinion, the most relatable artist out there and one of my favorite things to do is drive with my windows down blaring "You Belong with Me" or "White Horse". This show will be the 5th time I've seen her live. Judge me, whatever.

Anyways, great concerts always equate to great memories. Here are some of my favorites:

1. The Fray. June, 2009. Atlanta, GA. Chastain Amphitheater. I LOVE The Fray. They are so, so talented and put on an amazing live show. And it started pouring down it was one of those huge Southern summer storms. They still played. Acoustically. After hearing "Never Say Never" like this, I totally understand why some people explain music as a religious experience.

2. John Mayer. February, 2010. Nashville, TN. Sommet Center. John Mayer is my guitar hero. He makes me want to buy a Stratocaster and play all day. His lyrics are clever. Plus, he cried on stage. It got real deep up in Sommet Center.

3. NSYNC-2001. Atlanta, GA. Philips Arena. No Strings Attached tour. I loved (still love) Justin Timberlake and they were just such wonderful performers. I miss boy bands.

4. Backstreet Boys-2001. Charlotte, NC. I liked BSB (not more than NSYNC) and they put on a good show, but for me, my favorite part is that my mom drove me all the way to Charlotte to take me to this concert with my cousins. I still remember laughing in the front seat and singing along the whole way up there. I hope I get do this with my daughter someday.

5. Taylor Swift, September 2009. Nashville, TN. Sommet Center. I sat next to the funniest 9 year old girl who was an oversharer to the extreme. And the "Fearless" tour was amazing. Faith Hill came out and sang with Taylor and the whole show was just a really awesome production.

6. Toby Keith, 2008. Atlanta, GA. Lakewood Amphitheater. There were a lot of rednecks at this show. But, the best part was when my best friends all put their arms around each other during "You Shouldn't Kiss Me Like This"...we are so lame. Plus, Miranda Lambert opened for him and she is so cool.

7. Sara Barielles. October, 2010. Nashville, TN. Ryman Auditorium. Sara is one of the best artists I have ever seen live. She is funny and talented and puts on an incredible show. She is proof that you don't need fireworks, backup dancers, and a flying stage to be an amazing performer.

8. All for the Hall, October 2009 and October 2010. Nashville, TN. Sommet/Bridgestone. This concert is a benefit for the Country Music Hall of Fame (which I highly suggest you check out if you are ever in the Nashville area) and it has the best lineup of artists. Keith Urban and Vince Gill host it and Keith plays a long set (which always includes "Stupid Boy") and the rest of the artists play two songs. Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Dolly Parton, John Mayer, Miranda Lambert, Faith Hill, Taylor Swift, and more have played this benefit. I can't wait for next year's show.

Okay. There are some of my faves. Yay for live music :)

Love, love, love.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

High School

I don't know if you've noticed, but I've got a lot of free time this semester. I've blogged more in the first month of 2011 than I did in 6 months of 2010. Whatever, I'm enjoying it.

So, I've been going through a sort of nostalgia lately. I was looking through old pictures from homecoming one year and remembering a lot of silly and wonderful things. I was really lucky in high school. I had (and still have) a group of best friends that were there for everything. And while most of us went different directions after graduation, when you get us together, nothing has changed. I can still tell them everything and they just get it. I love that the same people who saw you through your first heartbreak at 15 can still be there for the ones at 18 or 21. We've been through a lot and not a day goes by where I don't think of them or thank God for putting them in my life. And while this little ramble might be deep, the selection of our favorite songs are not. Haha, enjoy.

1. Pour Some Sugar on Me-Def Leppard. If songs could tell stories about the people who listen to them...this song could write a book. I will never forget the nights this got played on repeat.
2. My Humps- Black Eyed Peas. There is a dance to this. A dance that I'm pretty sure we all could still do on demand.
3. Cherry Pie-Warrant. Why did we have such an obsession with trashy 80's rock???
4. All for You-Sister Hazel. Lots of sing alongs to this one. :)
5. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend-Miranda Lambert. " 'Cause baby, to a hammer everything looks like a nail"
6. If I Could Do it Again- Corey Smith. Really any Corey song, but this is just classic. Reminds me of summer.
7. Halo-Bethany Joy Lenz. Spring Break '06. (SB '06 also gets a certain, umm inappropriate song by Ludacris)
8. Jump On It- Sir Mix a Lot. High school football games.Oh boy.
9. Why Don't You Love Me- Amanda Marshall. This might just be me and Anna..but man, did we listen to this over and over and over :)
10. The entire "Blues for Lovers" album. We found this in a rented van on a student gov trip before junior year. It is so magical and was legitamatley titled "Blues for Lovers". 'Bootleg Baby' was a group favorite.
11. Best Days-Graham Colton. Our Graduation song. I still tear up when I hear it :) "Let's make the best of tonight, here comes the rest of our lives"

Okay. There are some of the best. One of my favorite things about music are the memories that come back when you hear a song. There are so many memories attached to each of these, and I wouldn't trade them for anything.

Love, love, love.