Thursday, October 9, 2014

Casual Thursday

Last Thursday, standing in the back office about an hour into my early morning shift at work, I received a life-changing text from my uncle: Forgot that I have ONE ticket to Paul McCartney tonight at 8. If you or you know anyone in our family who wants to go they can have the ticket.

No big deal. Just an extra ticket to see Paul McCartney for the first time in Lubbock, Texas, a.k.a the birthplace of Buddy Holly and the Crickets, a.k.a. the whole reason The Beatles were even called The Beatles in the first place. But, I mean, it's casual.

I had toyed with the idea of buying a ticket when they originally went on sale, but couldn't justify spending the money when I was supposed to be saving for Austin. Now it was the day of the concert and he was offering to just give me a ticket? Uh, hell yeah, I'll go!

The whole experience was very surreal. There was Beatle, in the flesh, right in front of me. (I mean, all I had to do was jump from the balcony, hurdle some barricades, fight off a couple of security guards, scale the side of the stage, and I could have touched him. Sir Paul!) The man is seventy-two years old, and he sang for nearly three hours without a break. I didn't even see him take a sip of water. He is a machine.

It was really, truly amazing. Let me tell you, hearing "Hey Jude" live with an arena full of people singing along is not something I'll soon forget.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

An Apology

Well, it's October. You know what that means. My last day at United is eighteen days away, and I leave for Austin five days after that. Only twenty-three days left in Lubbock.

This is all very surreal. I've been dreaming and talking about moving to Austin for so long, but it somehow still managed to sneak up on me. As excited as I am, there is a part of me that is sad to leave Lubbock. I don't think anyone believes me when I say that, but I really am sad. I don't blame them though because, as you may remember, I complained about living here. A lot.

My first semester at Tech was good as far as school goes, but the three after that were very difficult for me. For some reason, in my head, everything that went wrong during that time was because of Lubbock. I thought, If I wasn't stuck in Lubbock, things would be better. This, of course, was not the case. It had nothing to do with the place, I was just struggling with school. College overall was hard for me as we've discussed, and during that time I didn't make it any easier on myself.

There were a lot of ways that I made myself unhappy. I let myself become a very bitter and cynical person, and that was a person not very many people liked. I isolated myself. It took awhile for me to realize what an idiot I was being, how rude and selfish I'd become. Once I'd come around, I felt properly terrible about my behavior. There are thousands of people that love this little city, that grew up here, and I had spent a lot of energy belittling and mocking their home. What a jerk, right?

I had been disregarding all the good, and there has been a lot of good that has come out of my stay in Lubbock. I lived with my wonderful grandparents. I had all my aunts, uncles, and cousins nearby. I earned a degree in something I love. I had a good job that I enjoyed. I shared a house with my dear cousin–something we never thought we'd actually get to do. I made new friends, great friends. I regret that three semester period that I took all this for granted. I am going to miss all of these things, and am really, truly sad to leave it.

Please consider this my formal apology to the city of Lubbock. You're not so bad, LBK. Also, to anyone who ever had to read or listen to my incessant complaints–thanks for sticking around and loving me through it.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Monthly Mix: Fall 2011

  1. Everything Louder Than Everything Else – Quiet Company
  2. All At Once [Live] – Jack Johnson
  3. Under Mountain, Under Ground – The Lighthouse and the Whaler
  4. Moth's Wings – Passion Pit
  5. Fighters – Lupe Fiasco feat. Matthew Santos
  6. Don't I Hold You? – Wheat
  7. Lost Myself In Search of You [Live] – Matt Nathanson
  8. Try a Little Tenderness – Michael BublĂ©
  9. Jezebel Or a Song About My Friend and That Whore He Dated – Quiet Company
  10. Still Ain't Over You – Augustana
  11. Re: Stacks – Bon Iver
  12. Sleeping Sickness – City and Colour
  13. Comes and Goes (In Waves) – Greg Laswell
  14. In Your Atmosphere [Live] – John Mayer
  15. Lights – Journey
  16. Fader – The Temper Trap
  17. Suspended [Live] – Matt Nathanson
In honor of it now being Officially Fall, I decided to share one of my favorite mixes I have ever made, circa Fall 2011. I still listen to this mix all the time (it's actually in my car stereo right now), and I've sent it to at least ten bloggers. I hope you enjoy it too, and that your first day of autumn is filled with falling leaves, hot coffee, and gray sweaters.


Monday, September 15, 2014

To be fair

After finishing work up in New Mexico, I drove back to Lubbock, repacked, and immediately got back in the car to drive home to Albany. On Saturday, my mom, siblings, Keren, and I took a trip to the fair.

The fair is always fun, especially if you like spending an inordinate amount of money and don't mind feeling nauseated. It sounds like I'm complaining, but I promise I'm not. I had a great time riding rides and running through fun houses with my siblings, and gladly spent fifty dollars on giant turkey legs, fancy sodas, bags of cotton candy, and the best damn funnel cakes I've ever had. Seriously, I'd go back every night just for some more funnel cake.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Dream Your Life Away

I heard Vance Joy's most popular song "Riptide" (video above) over a year ago and though I did not love it quite as much as my friends did (Melany listened to the song for four straight hours while writing a paper), I still liked it and really enjoyed his voice. I downloaded a few more songs from his EP God Loves You When You're Dancing, but had no idea an album was in the works. What a nice surprise.

His debut album Dream Your Life Away released two days ago. I found out about it an hour ago and bought it forty-seven minutes ago. Now I'm blogging about it so everyone else can experience the joy I'm feeling right now.

Upon first listen, "Georgia" is definitely a favorite, if not the favorite. I could literally feel my insides melting (okay, not literally). Other great tracks include "Best That I Can" and "Who Am I" and also every other song on the album. Treat yourself.

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