Archive for ‘Earworm’

Turn Off the News

I attended a fantastic concert at the Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels on Friday night. The Avett Brothers headlined but the main draw for me was the opening act, Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real. I was mesmerized by the set they played at the Luck Festival back in March and eager to see them again. Lukas not only looks and sounds a lot like his father in his younger days but his songwriting skills are impressive. Lukas and POTR have a new album coming out next month, Turn Off the News (Build a Garden), and I love, love, love the title song.

“Turn off the news and build a garden,

Just my neighborhood and me,

We might feel a bit less hardened,

We might feel a bit more free”

Note: There is one F bomb near the beginning but please don’t let that deter you.

 

 

Rollin’ with the Flow

“Once was thought inside my head,

‘fore I reached thirty I’d be dead,

somehow on and on I go,

I keep on rollin’ with the flow”

This is one of the songs that I can’t listen to just once, I have to hear it at least three times before I can allow iTunes to shuffle on. I prefer Mark Chestnutt’s version as it reminds me of his concert at Gruene Hall a dozen years ago. It was a fun and intimate show in a historic venue. Mark was laid back, sharing stories and jokes in between songs. These lyrics resonated with me then and they still do, 428855432_1ba390728c_o

Mark Chestnutt, Gruene Hall, Gruene, Texas February 2007

The Long Way Around

“Well, I never seem to do it like anybody else,

Maybe someday, someday I’m gonna settle down,

If you ever want to find me I can still be found,

Taking the long way,

Taking the long way around.”

This should be my theme song! While living a more traditional, stationary life certainly would’ve been easier, I wouldn’t have been happy. My life has been unusual but it certainly has not been boring!

Give it a listen – I think you’ll enjoy it. It even mentions traveling the country by RV with stars on the ceiling (and yes, I did put glow-in-the-dark stars above the bed in my first RV).

 

Enjoy Yourself

“Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think,

Enjoy yourself, while you’re still in the pink,

The years go by as quickly as a wink,

Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think.”

Some concepts have staying power and the message behind the song “Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later Than You Think)” is a perfect example. Written in 1949, the song was first popularized by Guy Lombardo. Over the past seven decades, musical giants such as Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Louis Prima, and even The Supremes recorded the simple tune.

I love the song for the way it uses humor to remind us to live in the present moment. Or in the parlance of the day, YOLO (text-speak for “You only live once”). My favorite version is this stripped down one, performed by Todd Snider.

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Evening at the Beach, Lincoln City, Oregon 2018