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My new favorite cover

23 Mar

Most of you have probably already seen this, but it’s worth multiple viewings:

Walk Off the Earth, Somebody That I Used to Know

 

The dude in the middle and the bearded guy are my favorites.

I like the original of the song as well, but the video kind of frightens me.

 

One of those lightning rod moments

13 Jan

On a scale of 1 to hellfire and brimstone, how bad is it that I laugh every time I see this picture?

by DynaGirl

 (The picture quality of this scan really doesn’t do it justice.)
 
It’s Mr. T’s fault, really.  Several months ago he introduced our family to this, and our lives have never been the same since.
 

I think I’ll make a snappy new day

14 Oct

I’ve spent the morning talking like a cross between Baljeet from Phineas and Ferb and Gloria from Modern Family.  It is great fun.  You should try it.

I just dropped off my youngest girls at school, and now I have 20 minutes until it’s time to get Mr. T.  It’s a furlough Friday, some crazy new addition to this year’s school calendar to help compensate for the paycut they gave to teachers.  The kids are in school about two hours, but with the way the start and stop times are staggered at the three schools, I’m basically getting kids up and ready for school and picking them up for like 5 hours. Can I hear a good frick?

Another crazy new addition to this year’s school calendar is “Professional Growth Wednesday” where the kids all get out of school 1 1/2 hours early.  Three out of four Wednesdays are “Professional Growth Wednesday”.  For some reason this name really ooks me out.  I’m thinking it’s the word “growth”.  Growth.  Growth.  Growth.  Eech!

You would think with as much time as I’ve spent away from the blog, I would have all kinds of glorious accomplishments to report, but we’re talking about me here.  I have been in full avoidance mode, still trying waiting to recover from operation make my house less crappy with the new paint and carpet, which thus far has not been the resounding success I was led by myself to believe.  It’s pretty much gone from Bythelbs’s House of Crap to Bythelbs’s House of Crap, now with new carpet and paint!  Perhaps we’ll talk more about this next week.

Well, hopefully I’ll be back when the week is new and I’ll have more ideas for you.  And you’ll have things you’ll want to talk about.  I will too.

Remember, people can like you exactly as you are.

A momentary diversion for your Wednesday afternoon

28 Sep

Anyone familiar with Julian Smith?

Goose and DynaGirl shared this with me last night.

It done been blessed!

 

This is one of Mr. T’s favorites:

Sorry, Dad … my white friends.

I kind of have a little thing for Mr. Grohl

26 Sep

On my way back from dropping the girls off at school this morning, I thought, “I should, like, blog today or something.”  I’ve been doing a lot of somethings lately–somethings being mostly nothings, which is still something in a sense–so I guess I’ll blog instead.  But what to blog, what to blog?  This morning I was also rocking out to my go-to “mom’s private chauffeur business” (which makes sucky tips, by the way) soundtrack, which has inspired me to introduce you to the Foo Fighters latest album, Wasting Light.

Wasting Light was actually released last April, but it is still in constant rotation in my car.  It’s got a whole different vibe from their last album, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace—a little more raw, a little less polished, a little more rocker, I guess.  (Apparently, they recorded it in Dave’s garage, so it would almost have to be, right?)  But you still get the best of both Dave Grohl worlds–the gentler, more melodic Dave and the wild yet artful screamer Dave.

From the intro of the very first track, Bridge Burning, I was hooked.

 

My favorite track is I Should Have Known.  It starts a little slow and somber with some beautiful instrumentation even, but it slowly builds to a satisfyingly rocked-out end.  This is Dave Grohl doing what he does best.

 

You’ve probably heard Rope and Walk on the radio–both great songs.  (The Walk link is classic Foo Fighters music video production.)  Really, from beginning to end, there’s not a song I don’t enjoy.  Occasionally I have to skip White Limo when the kids are in the car because they don’t have the same appreciation for Mr. Grohl’s more intense persona, but it sometimes fits my mood perfectly and it’s Chuck’s favorite workout song from the album.

All in all, if you’re any kind of Foo Fighters fan, this album should do it for you.  If not, well, I don’t know what to tell you.

~

Foo Fighters, Wasting Light

1. Bridge Burning
2. Rope
3. Dear Rosemary
4. White Limo
5. Arlandria
6. These Days
7. Back & Forth
8. A Matter of Time
9. Miss the Misery
10. I Should Have Known
11. Walk

Weekend update: special U2 edition

6 Jun

First, let me just say Bono did not let me down.  Good frick, what a show!

With the outdoor venue, I had been watching the weather forecast for days, and at times it looked iffy, but the U2 gods smiled down on us and it ended up being the most gorgeous day we’ve had all year.

We arrived a few hours early to get parking and find something to eat. Pulling into the parking lot at Qwest Field we saw this:

Part of U2’s traveling set caravan.

and caught a glimpse of this:

The mother ship has landed.

and knew we were in for something pretty spectacular.

Lenny Kravitz was scheduled for the opening act, and I was pleased with the idea–I like Lenny.  But he turned out to be something to really get excited about.  He came on about 7:40 pm, opening with Come On Get It, a single from his new album Black and White America scheduled to be released later this summer.  It was a fantastic opener, really getting the crowd going.  He really knows how to work the stage and the audience, and when he pulled out that cowbell, my Lenny love was sealed. (I leaned over to Chuck, “Lenny’s on the cowbell!”)

He was a gracious host, thanking the crowd for the warm reception in that smooth voice, “We’re so happy to be here.  It’s beautiful.  Thank you for being so kind to us.” 

The rest of the seven song set list was composed of tried and true greatest hits, making Lenny a genuine crowd pleaser and a perfect appetizer to U2’s main course.

I’ve got two words for Lenny: Sek. Say.

Lenny’s Seattle set list:

1. Come On Get It (from Black and White America to be released later this summer)
2. Always on the Run 
3. It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over
4. Let Love Rule 
5. American Woman 
6. Fly Away
7. Are You Gonna Go My Way

Lenny played for about 40 minutes, and then we waited for another 45, while U2’s crew set up for their show.  While we waited they had some interesting world facts and trivia scrolling across their “mother ship” screens along with times around the world.  (A few of the times were a half hour off from all the others.  Anyone know what time zone that would be?)

Some of the facts were quite eye-opening, which isn’t at all surprising coming from U2, a band whose name has almost become synonymous with political activism and social awareness.

At 9:05 pm, the opening strains to Space Oddity started, and we knew we were just moments away.  The anticipation in the audience of 66,000+ fans was palpable, and when they walked out the ground seemed to shake with the thunder of applause and screams. They opened with Even Better Than the Real Thing, I Will Follow and Get on Your Boots, and right from the start I was completely satisfied that my $95 ticket was worth every penny.  The staging was really just amazing, the digital screens fully enhancing the experience, and Bono was in perfect form.  It was hard to believe that anyone could sound that good live. 

Bono is magic.

The 24-song set list was an interesting and satisfying mix of old and new, and what I would have thought before to be perhaps less than favorites were just as enjoyable to me as their standards that everyone loves. After the seventh song, Until the End of the World, Bono paused to thank the crowd: “Thank you most of all for your patience.  Some of you were 2 years younger when you first decided to do this.”  And this is what really impressed me most about the entire experience—that U2 is a band that truly loves what they do, are passionate about their work and their fans, and that joy fully translates to their performance.

The Edge = Cool.

A neighbor of mine caught their Vertigo Tour a few years back, and had mixed feelings about it, saying they were good, but she thought Bono was “too political”.  I had to laugh at the idea that anyone who claimed to be a fan of U2 wouldn’t automatically assume that some degree of political/social activism would be infused in their show. I personally appreciate that Bono and U2 have chosen to use their fame, power and influence to give a voice and platform to these kinds of issues.  I think they accomplished that in this show without being too preachy.  They gave us an opportunity to stop and think about something important beyond our little bubble in Seattle, while still making it about the music and showing us the time of our lives.  And the theater of it all never made you doubt the sincerity.

 
And speaking of power and influence, the Seattle audience got a special introduction to Beautiful Day that I’m not sure was common to all of the other audiences on the tour.  NASA commander Mark Kelly made a special appearance, saying “Hello Seattle from the International Space Station”.  He then held up a series of words that each floated away as he put up the next:
 
7 BILLION, ONE NATION, IMAGINATION, IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY
 
Then quoting Major Tom, “Tell my wife I love her very much.  She knows.”
 
 
U2’s Seattle set list (these links are all clips from the Seattle concert):

1. Even Better Than the Real Thing
2. I Will Follow
3. Get On Your Boots
4. Magnificent
5. Mysterious Ways/Norwegian Wood (snippet)
6. Elevation
7. Until the End of the World/It’s the End of the World As We Know It (snippet)/Where Have All the Flowers Gone (snippet)
8. All I Want Is You
9. Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
10. Beautiful Day/Space Oddity (snippet)
11. Pride (In the Name of Love)

Magnificent.

12. Miss Sarajevo
13. Zooropa
14. City of Blinding Lights
15. Vertigo
16. I’ll Go Crazy if I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight/Discotheque (snippet)/Life During Wartime (snippet)/Psycho Killer (snippet)
17. Sunday Bloody Sunday
18. Scarlet
19. Walk On/You’ll Never Walk Alone (snippet)

Encore
20. One
21. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (snippet)/Where the Streets Have No Name/All You Need Is Love (snippet)
22. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
23. With or Without You
24. Moment of Surrender

At one point Bono said, “June 4 is a day you’re going to remember.  A beautiful day.”  And he was right. 
 
As Chuck and I started to make our way out of the stadium after the 2 hour 20 min set, he said, “Well, I think I can say that is easily the best show I’ve ever seen.”   He was right, too.

We so excited

6 May

Because, you know, it’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday.  Everybody’s looking forward to the weekend.

TGIF.  I had such high hopes for this week, but then Monday was a disaster, so I just gave up.

On Monday I had an accident, and unfortunately not the kind that has the school secretary calling your mom to have her bring you a change of clothes.  Now before you get too concerned, no one was injured, except for my pride and some random lady’s fender and quite possibly my bank account.  I hit a parked car, people.  A parked car.  It happened in the parking lot of BigHugs’s dance class, not that you can really call it a parking lot.  There’s really just an alley with a few narrow parking spots up against the building, and then everyone else parks along the fence directly behind the regular parking spots.  My minivan was in a regular parking spot parked next to a large SUV.  As I was backing out, keeping my eyes on  another large SUV and another minivan parked along the fence, I suddenly struck something.  I was confused at first, wondering how my bumper could possibly be stretching all the way to that other minivan when I realized there was a third car sitting inbetween the minivan and SUV like Wonder Woman’s invisible jet.  Luckily there was no one in it, though I suppose had there been someone inside, I might have noticed it was there, like Wonder Woman’s invisible jet.

I got out of my car hoping that by some miracle the cars had magically bounced off each other damage-free, but it was not to be.  There was a noticeable dent on the front fender near the driver’s side door.  Of course my car only had a scratch on the bumper.  Sigh.  This had never happened to me before.  It was really quite distressing.

I went back inside and asked at the front desk if they knew who owned the car.  At first they just suggested I leave my information with them, but I didn’t feel good about doing that when I could talk to the owner right then.  She was very nice about it, at first telling me not to worry about it, she had done the same thing twice before in her church parking lot.  Well, that was reassuring.  But I told her the damage was noticeable and she should take a look.  She was still very nice about it, but took my information and said she’d get back to me after she had it looked at. 

I was so flustered I forgot to get her  name or any of her information, so I’m still waiting to hear back from her.  Of course, I’ll be running into her again next Monday anyway since her daughter takes dance from the same studio as BigHugs.  I mean, seeing her.  I’ll be seeing her again next Monday.

When I told Chuck, who is still in Italy, he said not to worry about it, that it was no big deal and that in 20+ years of driving I was entitled to one minor accident (aside from that whole freezer business in my parents’ garage).  Still.  Sigh.  Darn those moving vehicles.  And, uh, non-moving vehicles.  Darn them to heck.

P.S.  Remember, tomorrow is Saturday.  And Sunday comes after…wards.

Sometimes you have to things like this in the world, so that you can have this or this.