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Weekend review: Sweetlife festival

This past weekend I crossed another goal off the old 2014 list and went to the Sweetlife festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion. It wasn’t the usual 3-day festival, but it met necessary criteria by having a lot of great bands there, so I jumped on board. I went with a friend and we kept the day fairly casual, showing up well after doors had opened and sitting back on the lawn people watching in between bands. See, here’s me being casual…

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There were a few rain drops during the day, but ain’t no thang…

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As the day went on, we managed to make quite a few friends that were seated near us. As it turns out, Sweetlife was riddled with 15 year olds getting high before their parents came to pick them up, so all the “oldies” decided to band together. Ahhh, to not be a teen ever again.

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And of course as the day went on, there was plenty of dancing…

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All in all, a really fun day that was drama-free and quite memorable! Goal accomplished.

Weekend review: Flashback to the 80’s

I had a full social calendar this past weekend – sangria with the girls, Super Bowl festivities, and dancing to some sweet 80’s music. That’s right, I went to my first Legwarmers concert on Saturday night. All I can say is the shoulder pads were out of control!

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As you might have guessed, Legwarmers concerts aren’t just about enjoying the music, it’s about appreciation for some fine fashion. I tried to use what I had and Jenna borrowed her threads from a friend, but I think next time I’ll have to go all out. There were shiny leggings, troll earrings, and even an orange jumpsuit. It was so amazing, but let’s not forget the band!

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Who knew I actually had so many favorite 80’s songs?! So if you like jamming with other crazies and raiding your closet and/or Good Will for the best the 80’s had to offer, then I can not recommend these guys enough!

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To the best of my knowledge, The Legwarmers travel up and down the east coast and tickets always sell out. So get in while you can. Let’s just say, I wasn’t aware that I found meggings and cut-off tees so attractive.

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80’s party for the win! Now, I gotta find a 90’s cover band to get my fill. I mean, I already have the combat boots. I’m more than ready to get my grunge on.

Throwback Thursday: Say what?

I’m in a restless mood today. In fact, I’ve been restless for nearly a week now so I can’t commit to just one song today. I started with the Cranberries, then went to Eiffel 65, and somehow circled back to Aqua – but none were speaking to me. So here’s a little compilation of misheard lyrics from some great 90’s songs.

Roll on the weekend!

 

 

Tunes: Pompeii

I first stumbled across Bastille a few months back and while I’ve been hearing their music, I haven’t really listened to it…until today.

Yesterday, I felt lost and like I was in a constant state of disbelief. I was having a hard time explaining that feeling, so when I listened to Pompeii today, it clicked for me.

Particularly this bit:

But if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
Nothing changed at all?

I always like to see what other people think songs mean and see if my feeling is mutual or rather just something that made sense in my head. While my interpretation of the song is fairly simplified, I did find an entry that kind of summed up what it meant to me and in better words that I would have chosen:

It’s about that singular moment between something terrible happening and having to face the consequences. We close our eyes just for a moment, delaying the inevitable acceptance. We know we will have to ask ourselves ‘How am I going to deal with this?’ But if I close my eyes, I can pretend it didn’t happen, just for a second. It’s the moment at the top of a very unpleasant roller coaster.

I guess I’m still teetering at the top, trying to find a way to accept reality.

Watch: Real Beauty

I should be more grateful of my natural beauty. It impacts the choices in the friends we make, the jobs we apply for, how we treat our children. It impacts everything. It couldn’t be more critical to our happiness.

I don’t know if Dove was a strong advocate of real beauty back in the 90’s, but I know I certainly would have appreciated someone taking the time to tell me to appreciate all the good.

Sometimes feeling beautiful is an everyday struggle and sometimes I remember the lessons I’ve learned on my own that I am beautiful. I hope every insecure teen out there or anyone who doubts their own beauty, gets a quick glimpse at what it means to love yourself.

Life: The View

In 2008, I went to T in the Park. I was nearly crushed in the crowd trying to see The View. I never actually saw their set and since then, I’ve been patiently waiting for 5 years. Last night, I got my chance in a tiny venue here in DC called DC9. The View haven’t made it big just yet in the US, but more than deserve the spoils of fame as they are brilliant performers.

I was jittery going in to the club since the tour bus door opened right as I got to the entrance of DC9. Looking back to see the band, I only saw a random guy with a vacuum. So you can imagine my complete and utter surprise to find The View sitting at the bar having a few pre-show drinks. I was gobsmacked. Star-struck. Giddy with excitement. I smiled at Kyle, the front-man, and I’m telling myself he smiled back. I turned to BF and mouthed, ‘THAT’S THEM!’ in what I imagine to be a very overt manner.

I wanted to go up to them and say that I was a fan. To say I’d been itching to see them perform since 2008. To offer to buy them a drink, but instead I sat there on a bar stool with a stupid grin on my face and never said anything. I racked my brain for something clever, for something Scottish. I had nothing and completely missed my chance. I’ve been kicking myself all morning and I was actually mad at myself last night. I think BF thought I was nuts as I went on and on about it.

I didn’t get my chance to hobnob with the soon-to-be rich & famous, but I did see them perform a stellar set with about 40 other people. Talk about a drastic change from the last time I tried to see them, but I loved it. Getting up close or snagging floor tix in a large venue is brilliant, but standing 5 feet away from a great band is memorable. And now, a few photos.

The set list – literally so close. Kyle actually handed it to the guy standing in front of me after the show. I was a little jealous.

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3 of 4 performing at DC9:

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And here’s one of Kyle. I pinched the guitar pick left on the mic stand after the show. What? 🙂

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So needless to say, if you see The View coming to your area definitely take the time to check them out. Here’s a tune to end the post, because it’s how they ended the gig:

Life: Mumford & Sons

Last night, BF and I went to see Mumford & Sons at the Patriot Center. It was a bit of a trek with traffic and chunky snowfall, but as always, it was worth the effort. This was our second time seeing them together (my 3rd overall) and it seems that Mumford always brings the weather as last time it poured down at an outdoor pavilion. Luckily, that just turned into a big dance party in the rain.

I was extra excited for this gig as I snagged floor tickets from a pre-pre-sale. I don’t know how I stumbled on to it, but I was glad I did as we were up close and personal – much like the 1st time I saw them play at 9:30 club nearly 4 years ago. They are without a doubt serious performers and definitely put on a good show.

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Of course, they didn’t play my fave ‘Awake my soul’. I suppose I can forgive them since they did play ‘Lover of the light’ where front-man Marcus Mumford went nuts on the drum kit. If you haven’t heard this one yet, it’s off their not-so-new-anymore album. Sit back and have a listen. You’re welcome. Happy Thursday!

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