Category Archives: Music

GPS: We are Young

I first heard this GPS (guilty pleasure song) on Glee and, while I liked it, I didn’t think much of it.  It wasn’t until I heard it again on my way down to Columbus last week that it caught my attention.  When the DJ announced that a song called “We are Young” by Fun was up next, for some reason I immediately thought of the lyrics from “Love is a Battlefield” by Pat Benatar (“We are young, heartache to heartache we stand”) and thought it was some rewrite of that song.  Though skeptical, I listened… and by the end, I was singing along.  This is the type of song that can become an anthem for a generation, and for a girl feeling like she is reaching the end her time as a “young person,” it hit home.  Every time I hear it, I sing along and rock out like a crazy person in my car (or my living room or with a hairbrush in the bathroom…). I think you will too.


GPS: Immigrant Song

Ugh.  Another full week without a post.  February has been SO busy!  We just got back from Syracuse, NY and I’m heading to Columbus for a veterinary conference tomorrow. Then back here for Jump Back Ball (which I just finally got a dress for YESTERDAY!) on Saturday night.  AH!  Maybe I’ll have a little time to blog in the evening from Columbus.

But on the the GPS…  I got The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for Christmas. I’m one of those people who prefers to read the book before she sees the movie.  Chris read it while he was on winter break and then I took it over.  The day after I finished it (thanks to a 6 hour reading binge), we were in the movie theater.  I liked the movie and was excited to see it even if I wasn’t pleased with the change to the ending and the mention of themes from the second book (which I haven’t read yet).

As soon as the lights went down and the previews were over, the opening sequence pulled me in.  Trent Reznor, of Nine Inch Nails, did the music for the movie and he did an amazing job.  My absolute favorite was his opening sequence featuring “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin.  I had heard it before but never really noticed it- now I can’t get it out of my head.  This version is amazing and the intro video sequence is the perfect start to the movie.  Check it out:

So have you read Girl With the Dragon Tattoo?  Seen the movie?  What did you think? Love it? Hate it?  Tell me all about it!

Back in Action

Sorry for disappearing on you there, reader. After a busy weekend, I finally couldn’t hold back the cold anymore, the shifting weather patterns brought on sinus problems and then I just started feeling bad for myself.  Honestly, I thought about blogging when I was feeling down but I don’t want this blog to be about me feeling sorry for myself.  This is a fun place!  So let’s do a quick recap of what you missed this weekend…

When I left off, I was popping Wal-born (Airborne’s cheaper 1/2 cousin) like it was going out of style in hopes of getting rid of the looming cold so I could enjoy my busy weekend.  Amazingly, I spent 5 days with a sore throat that never progressed into a full on cold.  So, Saturday morning in a snow storm, I headed to Tremont for the Secondhand Mutts barkfeast.  The event was a success and it was great seeing people come in out of the cold to support such a wonderful cause.  The heartworm positive dogs that the event benefits stopped by and I got this picture of Blueberry, the sweetest little Doberman you ever did see…

After that I went directly to Trinity Cathedral to help set up for the Near West Theatre benefit.  It was a very strange feeling being there but not as a member of the staff.  I put coat check tags on hangers, a job I would normally pass off to a volunteer, because, well, I was the volunteer!  Soon I found my groove and was happy to help wherever I was needed.  By 3:30, I was in need of a shower and a rush job getting ready for the event.  When I got home I spent every spare moment prepping and primping and then Chris and I headed to the newly opened Spice Kitchen + Bar (the location of the benefit after-party) to catch the limo bus back toTrinity.  The event was a blast and I was in the perfect position to help when they needed me and relax with a glass of wine when they didn’t.  Lots of my favorite people were there- my parents, NWT friends, blog friends (including my giveaway winner, Jen from WhyCLE?), even old friends like Cool Cleveland reporter & former coworker, Julie Cajigas.  I stole a couple of Julie’s pictures and grabbed some of my own for this little collage of the night…

  Clockwise from top right:w/Jen from WhyCLE? and her fiance Matthew, Amanda from Clue into Cleveland and her husband Scott, & Chris;  w/my parents; w/NWT friend Joe Kenderes; w/Christine Neidhardt and NWT Exec Director Stephanie Morrison-Hrbek, w/Chris, NWT performer Theresa Pedone & her dog, Dexter; with my old staff – Carole, Sue & Lindsay

I had WAY too much fun at this event.  No, really, I had too much fun.  The kinda fun that keeps you in bed until 5pm on Sunday and almost makes you miss your concert.  But fear not, I made it out of bed in just enough time to shower, eat and get dressed to head down to the House of Blues.

I’m one of those people who really needs to love a band to see them in concert.  For that reason, I often avoid showing up for the opening acts.  Sunday it was a combination of that and feeling like there was no way I would be able to stand through 2 opening acts and Jack’s Mannequin after the day I had.  It was a good choice and we had perfect timing- arriving as the crew was setting up for the main event.  The concert was awesome and I can’t thank Chris enough for the tickets!  I only took one picture and it’s not very good, but here it is:

After Sunday, things went downhill.  All the fun gave the cold germs the perfect opportunity to take over and I have spent the week using up our supply of tissues and trying to figure out where the symptoms of my cold end and my allergies begin.  Yesterday, in a moment of weakness, I felt really miserable for myself.  I let all those little problems overwhelm me and I almost wrote a big long post about it.  Looking back, I’m glad I didn’t, because those little doubts and fears aren’t who I am.  So, that was my week away.  I promise I’m back to my regularly scheduling blogging  (whether you like it or not!).

Germs, Germs Go Away

Do you think you can ration with germs?  Probably not, but I’m gonna try.

Dear Germs-

I can feel you invading my body.  This sore throat sure is hanging on and I blame my sister.  She was sick this weekend and I am sure that you jumped from her to me.  This is a really bad time, germs.  You see, I have a very busy weekend.  One I have been looking forward to for quite a while now.

First there is Scramble’s 3rd Annual Memorial Pancake Barkfeast to benefit Secondhand Mutts on Saturday.  I’m working the event and I really don’t think that people want germs in their pancakes (personally, I prefer chocolate chips in mine!).  The event benefits the dogs in the Secondhand Mutts program that are heartworm positive.  They are expecting over 400 people this year and I just gotta be there.  Do you really want to stop me from helping the poor heartworm positive puppies?  I think not.

After that I’ve gotta jump right over to help with set-up for Near West Theatre’s Benefit but then I ACTUALLY GET TO ATTEND THIS YEAR (instead of working the event).  I’ve been waiting 5 years to enjoy this event as a guest. Don’t take this away from me, germs!  I even got to giveaway tickets and I’d really like to hang out with Jen from Why Cle? and make sure she has an amazing time!

Finally, on Sunday, I get to cash in on my Christmas present.  I had to wait a whole month but the day is almost here- Jack’s Mannequin at House of Blues!!!  Don’t ruin Christmas for me, germs.  I would hate to miss this concert and Chris would hate to see his present go to waste.  You know Jacks’ Mannequin is my favorite and I haven’t seen them live in A LONG TIME.  The new album is really growing on me!


So, as you can see, germs- this is just not the best time.  If you don’t mind, I’ll keep taking the Wal-born ($2 cheaper than Airborne and the wild berry flavor is actually quite tasty) and we’ll part ways as friends.  I’m sure you can understand, right?  It’s not you, it’s my weekend.

All the best,


GPS: Ceremonials

The term GPS started out simply meaning those Guilty Pleasure Songs that I was embarrassed to admit I couldn’t get enough of.  Well GPS has already transitioned to encompass all songs I can’t get enough of and now its changed again.  I couldn’t pick a single GPS on the new album from Florence and the Machine, which I’ve been listening to non-stop since I got it from my brother-in-law for Christmas, so the whole “Ceremonials” album is today’s GPS. YAY! 🙂

This album is truly genius.  I can’t get enough and I can’t pick a favorite song!  The movie soundtrack sound of the backup track for “Seven Devils,” the chorus of “Shake It Out” (which I can’t help but sing along to) and the old-fashioned sound of “Lover to Lover”- this album is perfection.

Florence Welch has a voice that I envy to my very core.  I would love to see her live andwould probably pay obsene amounts of money but sadly Florence and the Machine has no scheduled U.S. concert dates right now. Boo.

Did you know she writes the songs? Of course, she does.  She’s just that awesome. Vintage glamor with a little bit of modern hipster crazy thrown in. She’s also younger than me (stupid b*tch).

Much like my other musical lady love, Gaga, I have no clue what’s going on in Florence’s head.  I like that.

So, do you have the album? If so, what’s your favorite song? If you haven’t heard the album or are a baby of the music video generation like myself, check out the videos for “Shake it Out” and “No Light, No Light,” the first 2 singles from “Ceremonials.”  Enjoy!



Hometown Love

I don’t think there could be a more perfect fall day than this one.  68 degrees and sunny IN NOVEMBER?  Um, yes please!  Check out the gorgeous tree changing in my neighbor’s yard…

Very soon that tree will be bare and all those beautiful leaves will be in my yard just begging me to rake them up, but for now it is pure perfection.

This afternoon I went to get my oil changed.  Windows down, radio up, beagle in the back- just how I like it! 🙂 As I was enjoying the warm breeze and the gorgeous fall colors, the song “This City (Cleveland Remix)” came on the radio and I couldn’t help but smile.  In that moment, everything seemed right with the world.

I am in no way well traveled, but I have lived a few different places (Columbus, NYC & Philly to be specific). I wouldn’t trade my life in Cleveland for any of it.  This is my hometown and I love every bit of it.  Cleveland may have its struggles but this is a great city to live in.  Don’t believe me? Try a locally owned restaurant? (Don’t know where to go? Reference my Scene Challenge list!) Go to a show! (Don’t know what to see?  May I suggest Oliver! at Near West Theatre.) Find a passion!  (Mine is Secondhand Mutts!).  What do you love about Cleveland- or wherever you live?

Want to keep up on what’s going on in Believeland? Here’s a few Cleveland blogs to check out.  They’ve always got a finger on the pulse of CLE!

No matter where you live- life is what you make of it.  So get off your butt and do something!  Not a Clevelander? You can still rock out your own hometown pride with the origional version of “This City.”

Sax on the Beach

What comes to mind when I say— saxophone?  Maybe jazz music?  The 90’s Cleveland ska band, Sax-o-tromba?  Well, that one is probably just me…  You probably think of the saxophone solos in rockin’ 80’s music.  It seems like it might be accurate to say that the saxophone was the 80’s solo instrument of choice.  Want an awesome riff during the bridge of your song? SAXOPHONE! Need that little something extra to ensure a hit- SAXOPHONE.  It would seem that in the 80’s, the saxophone was to popular music what leg warmers and HUGE bangs were to your popularity in school.  I even found an excellent medley of 80’s sax solos…

Was that not awesome???!!!  I particularly enjoy the sax solo in “It’s still rock n’ roll to me.”  That is a rockin’ 80’s tune!

Well it would seem that after 20 years of being in the background and ska music- the sax is back! It would seem that the female babies of the 80’s are going back to their sax loving childhoods (that sounds kinda bad doesn’t it?). I noticed it first in Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory.”  (warning-I have no idea what’s up with the Justin Beiber and Johnny Depp photos in this video but it’s just the musical clip I was looking for…)

It sounded so 80’s I couldn’t even stand it.  I thought it was just a fluke.  Gaga’s often evoking the feeling of other artists (Madonna and Ace of Base come to mind immediately…).  Then I heard it again in “Friday Night” by Katie Perry.

Katie must have understod the insane level of 80’s throwback-ness because she set the video at an 80’s houseparty with KENNY G playing the solo!  How ridiculous is that?!  Last, but not least, I noticed the major role that the saxophone plays in Dev’s “In the Dark.”  (BTW- this is totally my new GPS.)

So, now that you’ve seen the evidence of the resurgance of the sax, what do you think?  Are you a fan?  Do you think this will inspire a new generation of Kenny Gs?  Will it be the new instrument that guys learn to play to get girls?  Or is the sax solo another passing fad?

GPS: Heavy In Your Arms

We’ve got another non-GPS GPS! Yup, another great song by an amazing artist that I have no need to be even remotely embarrassed to love.  The more I think about it, the more I feel that a GPS is not just a song I feel a little embarrassed to love.  It’s a song that I just can’t get enough of- no matter what the artist or type of music.

I am totally obsessed with Florence and the Machine right now.  Major thanks go out to my sister who got me the DELUXE EDITION of Lungs.  That’s right, I said the deluxe edition.  The super fancy double disc set.  I haven’t actually bought a physical album in a while and I rarely buy deluxe editions but I am so glad Tracy did because this fabulous little nugget of musical goodness was hidden on disc 2.  “Heavy In Your Arms” is genius.  It gives me chills.  It is that song you want to listen to again and again.

Today, I discovered that this song was actually part of the soundtrack for Eclipse from the Twilight series.  Oh, Stephenie Meyer, it just gets better and better with you- doesn’t it???

The video is a little crazy.  Enjoy!


I got the music in me

Music has always been an incredibly important part of my life.  I can chart all the major events in favorite songs, artists and concerts.  And it always seem to mean just a little more in the hard times.   A song that you’ve loved and listened to time after time can suddenly take on a new and more powerful meaning when the lyrics start to mean something to you.

Examples?  Here’s to the Night by Eve 6 was my prom theme- I suggested it.  Holy Water by Big & Rich got me through my first major college break-up (i feel the need to put a disclaimer that I didn’t realize what the song was actually about at the time…).   On the day of my college graduation, I cried as I listened to Still Fighting It by Ben Folds. When Chris and I almost called it quits after 6 months I listened to What Hurts the Most  by Rascal Flatts and on our wedding day I walked down the aisle to Stolen by Dashboard Confessional.

So when one of the most important people in my life was struggling with the emotions brought up by a chance encounter with an ex, I turned to music- not for myself, but for her.  As always, the perfect song was there.  A song that summed up all the mixed emotions, the confusion, the pain, and the power to move past it.   She had heard it a million times before but as she listened to it that day, the song took on a new meaning.  I could see her take the power back and regain her sense of composure and self confidence. 

The song?  One of my current favorites.  Rolling in the Deep by Adele.

So, what songs got you through the hard times, the good times or are so engrained that they have become a part of you?


After my little Gaga rant yesterday, I thought I should keep it light today with a little GPS.  It’s been almost a month since I’ve featured a guilty pleasure song and, even then, my last pick, “Jar of Hearts” by Christina Perri, was just more of an awesome song I couldn’t stop listening to than a GPS.

This entry is a true GPS! I’m not a big fan of Katy Perry’s music (though it is annoyingly catchy…) or Kanye West as a person but I LOVE “E.T.”  The beat just hits me every time.  This song is constantly stuck in my head lately.  It is the perfect Spring song that makes you want to turn up the radio and drive with your windows down. 

Looking it up on YouTube for this post was the first time I’ve seen the video. It’s a little crazy.  Enjoy!