Project 366: Day 62, 03-02 Jenny Dragon Groupies

Out at the Jenny Dragon with the crew.

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Project 366: Day 49, 02-18 Garth!

Garth at the Wynn was more amazing than expected. We were in the very last row of the balcony, but the theater was small and it didn’t even feel like we were any more than 100 feet from the stage.

Garth played an acoustic show, with a mix of story-telling, comedy, acapella and a special appearance from his wife, Trisha Yearwood.

Sadly, there was a strict no camera policy, so this will have to do…

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Project 366: Day 37, 02-06 The Voice

Tuning into the second night of blind auditions on “The Voice” and still can’t believe I get to cheer on this face this season! So, so, so proud!

All the luck, cheers and votes to my bud Chris Mann this season. If my Music Monday: Songs of the Season post from last year doesn’t give enough street cred to his talent, check out his audition from last night and hear for yourself.

Chris Mann’s “Because We Believe”

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Thankful Thursday: “Something More”

So, I was cruising along on the highway yesterday afternoon. Sun was shining. Windows were cracked. No traffic. And I was listening to some good ol’ country music…

Sugarland’s “Something More” came on, and as I was singing along, I was easily relating with so much of the song, whether in my past, present or possible future. I began to realize how lucky I am for the choices I have and the decisions I’ve made that make it easier to find “something more” — not sure what that something more is, but I think I’m on a better track today than I was yesterday.

How about you? Are you looking for something more? Have you ever found yourself stuck in a rut and felt the urge to make a change? Did you? I’d love to hear about it.

“Something More” by Sugarland
Monday, hard to wake up
Fill my coffee cup, I’m out the door
Yeah, the freeway’s standing still today
It’s gonna make me late, and that’s for sure I’m running out of gas and out of time
Never gonna make it there by nine

Chorus:
There’s gotta be something more
Gotta be more than this
I need a little less hard time
I need a little more bliss
I’m gonna take my chances
Taking any chance I might
Find what I’m looking for
There’s gotta be something more

Five years and there’s no doubt
That I’m burnt out, I’ve had enough
So now boss man, here’s my two weeks
I’ll make it short and sweet, so listen up
I could work my life away, but why?
I got things to do before die

Repeat Chorus

Some believe in destiny, and some believe in fate
I believe that happiness is something we create
You best believe that I’m not gonna wait
‘Cause there’s gotta be something more

I get home 7:30 the house is dirty, but it can wait
Yeah, ’cause right now I need some downtime
To drink some red wine and celebrate
Hey, Armageddon could be knocking at my door
But I ain’t gonna answer that’s for sure.
There’s gotta be something more!

There’s gotta be something!

Repeat chorus

Got to be,
Got to be,
Got to be something more!

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Thankful Thursday: Chicago Summers!

It may not look like it today, but summer in Chicago is here! (Finally!)

It’s been a week of record-breaking heat and I say, bring it. After the winter we had and Snowmaggedon 2011, I am ready to take full advantage of what this city has to offer June-September.

Of course, that includes…

STREET FESTS!
Do Division, June 4

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DINING AL FRESCO!
Strawberry-basil mojitos at Moonshine and dinner at Via Carducci

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CONCERTS!
Dispatch at Millennium Park, June 8

FIREWORKS!
The Navy Pier fireworks are back! The city canceled them last year, but the fireworks were one of my favorite things about summers in Chicago. Here’s a pic from 2009.

I’m already counting down the minutes to this weekend! Old Town Art Fair is this weekend, and I’m hoping to check another off my 30-B4-30 list. Hopefully the rain doesn’t dampen my plans.

What’s your favorite thing about your city in the summer?

Music & Movie Monday: Sappy Soundtrack Songs

While I have my favorite songs and artists, I don’t necessary love it enough to dedicate a weekly blog series out of it. So, I’m going to give Monday’s the flexibility of any “M” theme. This week happens to combo Music and Movie Mondays. I figured it would be a smooth transition (which is so important, right? JK).

Nicholas Sparks sure does know how to write a tear-jerker, doesn’t he? Since my young, impressionable pre-teenage years, I’ve read his hopelessly romantic novels and have cried during each of them. There’s a reason many of his books end up on the best-sellers lists – and it’s his beautiful storytelling, that allows readers to quickly escape into his small-town characters who each experience the love of a lifetime.

Of the six Sparks movies, none will ever beat the Notebook, but Dear John does the trick when you’re looking for an extreme chick flick. Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried’s chemistry also doesn’t compare to the epic love of Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams (who, I REALLY wish were still together); but, it’s enough to make me swoon.

  
  
Anyway…on to the point of this post. I’m a sucker for sappy love songs, and there is an amazing duet with Joshua Radin and Schuyler Fisk that makes me gush. “Paperweight” is soft, sweet, soulful and sentimental, which to much of Cory’s dismay, makes me want to play it on repeat for at least a day.

It’s been since the famous “ask me to stay” scene with Pacey and Joey in Dawson’s Creek (you know which one I’m talking about) since I’ve been as into such a sappy song. “Promise Me This” by Pancho’s Lament has the same tone, so it’s not surprising that I have had this on my sappy love mix since high school.

“Promise Me This” was also in the Jack & Jill soundtrack.

So, now that you know my weakness with sappy love songs…what are some of your favorites? I’m always looking for new ones to add to my playlist.

Project 365: Day 28 – 01.28

As you may have read, Ingrid had her “Shed” CD release party tonight and while I couldn’t attend, Kate Black did! This is her picture, but it sure did bring a smile.

Friday Fave: Team Ingrid

Today’s Ingrid’s big CD release party for her new album Shed and I am SOOOOOO sad to miss it! So, in honor of her big night, I have a few song requests (she’ll obviously read this before hitting the stage):

  • “At Last ” – We used to make Ingrid sing this all the time at KU.
  • “You Are” – My favorite song from Ingrid’s Eclectic Collection.
  • “Proud Mary” – Our new wedding tradition.
  • “Your Presence” – So I can channel my inner Mariah.
  • “Better Off” – How are boys are dumb sometimes?
  • “Move” – Party trolley!

Love you, Ingie Bunny!

Music Monday: GIVEAWAY – Shed by Ingrid Gerdes

I am SO excited about my very first giveaway on Thi2’s Takes!

In honor of her CD release party on Friday, I’ve teamed up with the fabulous Boston-based singer-songwriter and friend extraordinaire Ingrid Gerdes to give away a signed copy of her new album, Shed. You recently read about her on my very first Music Monday post.

You’re gonna want this one, folks. Hear more from Ingrid about Shed on her recent TV interviews in Springfield. Shed offers “southern soul and effortless approachability,” with a “strong female perspective and a powerful, sassy delivery.” It’s a mix that makes you want to dance, sing and just be Ingrid!

Here’s what you gotta do for a chance to win*:

  1. Become a fan of Thi2’s Takes and Ingrid Gerdes Music on Facebook.
  2. Take a listen to Shed on one of the following sites:
    CD Baby
    iTunes
    Amazon
  3. Retweet @thi2’s giveaway announcement and include your favorite song off the new Shed album.
    OR
    Leave a comment on this blog post with your favorite song.

*Only U.S. fans eligible to win; tweets and comments must be submitted by 12 p.m. CST on Friday, January 28.

Can’t wait to hear your favorites!