Wednesday, June 27, 2007

"It’s a nice day for a white wedding..."

So as I mentioned in my previous entry I am going to a wedding in DC this weekend. It is in fact, my lovelies, that time of year again: Wedding Season. Today I received an invitation to a friend’s wedding, and in July and September I have more friends tying the knot. A gal in my office got married this weekend as well. Maybe it’s due to the fact that I am getting older and more and more of my friends are pairing off, but it seems like more people I know are getting hitched.

And then a few days ago I got my newsletter/update from the NPR show I adore, All Songs Considered, and in the side bar was a story by NPR music producer Stephen Thompson about how he put together a wedding mix for his niece to use during dinner:

I love his mix of songs and think any of them would be beautiful for wedding day use, especially “Passenger Seat” by Death Cab For Cutie and “Question” by the Old 97’s. I always thought Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” was a bit on the sad side, but I guess it’s all in the way you interpret it. In any case it’s a great list.

Whenever I attend a wedding or talk to someone who went to one, I am always curious on what song was played when the couple had their first dance. I always like to know if the couple was creative enough to dance to something else beside “At Last” by Etta James. Don’t get me wrong, I love that song, but really it can’t be everyone’s song.

I’ll be honest with you I am really not at a point in my life yet where I am seriously thinking about marriage. Maybe it is due to the fact that I am single, or maybe because I’m in no rush. In any case I am not wedding focused. However, with all this wedding talk going on around me, I start to think about me and what I would want to do. And I have gotten as far as I don’t want to get married in my hometown.

But since I am a music junkie, it is clear that I must have great music. So since Stephen Thompson has provided such a great list of songs, I feel that I now must also give my two cents. Fell free to use these for your own wedding or maybe you can make a mixed CD for a bride and/or groom you know. Sorry they are so hipster heavy…

“First Day of My Life”—Bright Eyes

“Yours is the first face that I saw

I think I was blind before I met you
Now I don’t know where I am I don’t know where I’ve been
But I know where I want to go…”

“I Will Follow You Into the Dark”—Death Cab for Cutie

“If there's no one beside you

When your soul embarks
Then I'll follow you into the dark…”

“Grow Old With Me”—Postal Service or the original by John Lennon

“Grow old along with me,
The best is yet to be…”

“Such Great Heights”—The Postal Service (Iron & Wine and Ben Folds also cover this song)

“I am thinking it's a sign that the freckles
In our eyes are mirror images and when
We kiss they're perfectly aligned
And I have to speculate that God himself
Did make us into corresponding shapes like
Puzzle pieces from the clay…”

“Be Here Now”—Mason Jennings
“You are the love of my life
You are the love of my life
Yeah you know you are...”

“Galaxies”—Laura Veirs

“When we kiss, when we kiss
Bears and boulders vibrate through the air…”

“Beautiful”—Smashing Pumpkins

“Beautiful, you're beautiful, as beautiful as the sun
Wonderful, you're wonderful, as wonderful as they come...”

“The Book of Love”—The Magnetic Fields or original by Peter Gabriel
“I love it when you sing to me and you
You can sing me anything…”

“Playground Love”—Air

“I'm a high school lover, and you're my favorite flavor

Love is all, all my soul
You're my Playground Love…”

“Somersault”—Zero 7

“You put my feet back on the ground

Did you know you brought me around
You were sweet and you were sound
You saved me…”

“I Go To The Barn Because I Like The”—Band of Horses
“I'll wait for you to come down

Where you'll find me
Where we'll shine…”

“Fool Says”—M. Ward

“Hey, you ain't never met a fool like me before

You ain't never met a fool like me before
They told you all romantic fools had died
I'm here to tell you that they lied…”

“Luckiest”—Ben Folds

“And where was I before the day

That I first saw your lovely face?
Now I see it everyday, and I know...”

“Wild Horses”—The Sundays or the original by The Rolling Stones

“Wild horses couldn't drag me away

Wild, wild horses, couldn't drag me away…”

“About You”—Jesus and Mary Chain
“I can seeThat you and me

Live our lives in the pouring rain
And the raindrops beat out of time to our refrain…”

“Love Song”—The Cure

“Whenever I'm alone with you

You make me feel like I am home again…”

“Maps”—Yeah Yeah Yeahs

“They don't love you like I love you…”

“Great Expectations”—Elbow

“We exchanged a vow

I love you I always will…”

“The Everthere”—Elbow

“If I loose a sequin here and there

More salt than pepper in my hair
Can I rely on youWhen all the songs are through
To be for me the everthere, everthere…”

“Number 1”—Goldfrapp

“You're my favourite moment

You're my Saturday…”

“Come Close”—Common
“Come close to me baby
Let your love hold you
I know this world is crazy
What's it without you…”

“This Will Be Our Year”—Pablo or the original by The Zombies

“Now we're there
And we've only just begun
This will be our year
Took a long time to come...”

“Love You More”—Alexi Murdoch

“Love you more than anyone

Love you more in time to come
Love you more…”

Well at this point my brain is a bit fried. I know there are songs I am leaving out, and I know this list could go on for days! But I will stop here. Happy Wedding Season!


Tuesday, June 26, 2007

"Chicago, in fashion..."

So I have been in Chicago for almost a month now, trying to settle in as best as I can. I miss NYC a lot more than I thought I would. I move into my new place next week so that should help me feel more at home. Once again I will be living with two people I don’t know, but they seem like cool guys and I’ve had luck living with strangers in the past. I hope it works out again.

I am sort of in a funk right now, but it hopefully it won’t last long. I tend to follow a pattern when I move to a new city: talk about the last city I lived in, the people I hung out with and what we did, and calling the public transportation the wrong thing (It the "El” Stefania, not the subway!”), and generally missing that city and romanticizing it. How could I have grown so fond of NYC when for the first 6 months I was pining away for DC? In time I will fall back in love with Chicago. I have always loved this city and was very fond of it when I went to DC (“It the Metro Stefania, not the “El!”). I just need to find Stefania’s Chicago, just like I found Stefania’s DC and Stefania’s NYC. Because Stefania’s Chicago at 22 just isn’t cutting it for me now.

The first thing I do when I move to a new city is find out what bands/artist are coming to town. It’s like a security blanket. Unfortunately like last summer when I arrived in NYC, most of the shows I wanted to see were sold out due to ticket sales that happened before I had any intention of moving.

There are some good acts that are going to come late summer/fall, and so I’m planning those shows now. I unfortunately missed the start of The White Stripes ticket sale. Sad face. But I am going to be on top of things from here on out.

Also a ton of acts aren’t coming to Chicago for a summer show. Well they are, but instead they are a part of the 3 day music festival that is Lollapalooza. Bands such as Pearl Jam, Interpol, Modest Mouse, TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and many others will be gracing the stage:

Now after my Vegoose experience I have come to the conclusion that I’m probably not a good festival concert goer. So when I arrived in Chicago people started asking, “Are you going to go to Lolla?” As much as I would love to see some of the acts, I really have no interest in going. One main reason is that the 3 day pass is $195, and a single day pass is $80. It’s not that bad of a price for all the acts you are getting, but then I go back to my complaints about festivals.

Maybe next summer I’ll go since I feel like I should experience it at least once. And who knows? I may end up loving it and it will have converted me festival going. However, I think that may be a job for Austin City Limits…


P.S. One band that will be here in September is Denton, Texas’ own, Midlake. I will definitely have to get tickets once they go on sale. Since I am going to a wedding this weekend in DC I find their song “Young Bride” to be fitting.

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