Friday, August 7, 2009

Fittin to Git Outta Dodge

I'm taking a moment from packing for my trip to Tennessee/Mississippi, listening to my iTunes, and also feeling pretty lucid and carefree. It's nice to be in a light-hearted state-of-mind again!

I checked out the website for the hotel/casino where I'm staying, and wouldn't you know it, the Counting Crows are playing there the exact same day I'll be there.

I've been wanting to see them in concert lately, and it's crazy that they so happened to be playing in some small town I've never heard of, and on the one and only day I'll probably ever be there.

Strange how things like that happen.

I doubt I'll be able to see the show, due to my cousin's wedding reception, but if I can somehow manage to get to there, I'll be loving that.

As I'm typing this, Beethoven's 'Moonlight Sonata' has started playing. I am in love with Beethoven's music, for those of you who do not know.

The 'Moonlight Sonata' is my all-time favorite of his compositions. I don't think any other piece of classical music has ever captivated me quite like that one. It perfectly captures a feeling inside that is truly difficult to put into words.

Everytime I hear it, I experience a stimulating bevy of feelings, all at once. It's as if the music somehow understands something intrinsic within the soul without even trying. Without saying even one word, the notes in the music inherently speaks a language that cannot be spoken.

It stirs up feelings of familiarity, validation, and comfort to name only a few; it also stirs up a kind of feeling that's not unlike what it might be like to have an old flame of love rekindled once again. Almost instantly, it pierces the veil of the person you're trying to be, and reminds you of who you really are.

In case you can't tell, I kind of like it!

Since this post turned out to be a music-themed one, I suppose I'll mention that iTunes is now playing another artist you don't hear people mention very much: Nick Drake.

I only recently discovered Nick Drake, sometime around 2007. I don't even remember how I came across his music, but it was momentarily and in passing.

Yet, it was enough for my ears to perk up and listen. I remember the song being one of the ones on his Pink Moon album, and it was the reason I went out and bought the CD.

His music is moslty mellow and folksy, if you will, but it's very good in my opinion. His story is a sad one, having died of an overdose of anti-depressant medication at young age.

But his music is immortal, and enjoyable at that.


  1. You really need to go see the Counting Crows, even if you do the whole "Bart got a room" where they boy went to the prom and a bar mitzvah in one night ;)

  2. Have a great time at the wedding! I'm nearly positive I told you about Nick Drake but perhaps someone else got to you first, hard to say. Im a big fan as well :) You hear the new Dave/Kenny Chesney song? I dig it.

  3. I first heard Nick Drake on the Garden State soundtrack. One of my friends is a huge fan of his--his music is great. Glad to hear you like Beethoven :-) Perhaps classical music is not totally dead in America after all?!

  4. @ladytruth: I last saw them about a year ago (maybe two) at the West Palm Beach Ampitheatre in Florida. They were touring with GooGoo Dolls as the time. This was when they were first starting to tour again after a long hiatus, and AD was really overweight at the time. He's looking much better these days though, which I was glad to see

  5. @Kelly: you may be right, but for the life of me I can't remember! Aside from a mention you may have made, I remember seeing him mentioned in two place. On some journal entry from Adam Duritz and in the Garden State movie. In any case, what I do remember was immediately liking it and somehow knowing I'd like all his music. As for the new song, I think I have heard it but now I'm gonna hafta find it on iTunes! So glad to have you as a musical muse dear! Email me sometime with some of your contact info...would love to shoot the shit and/or touch base sometime!

  6. @NYCelloGirl: Garden State is a great movie IMO, love it. It just may have been the first place I heard ND too. As for classical music, yes I actually love it a great deal. I love so many composers Chopin, Wagner, Vivaldi, Schubert, Strauss, Dvorak, and on and on! I just had an idea--if you're playing anywhere in NYC from Sept 10-13, let me know. It would be cool to take in a show that you're playing in. ;o)

  7. I love Moonlight Sonata too. Thanks for your comment on my "manifesto". From one "walking contradiction" to another...~Be well & inspired~