Last night, I enjoyed a most adorable advent play performance in which our friends’ daughter, Averie, played a lamb. The kids were so cute playing the part of angels, lambs, shepherds, Joseph and Mary, etc. I can remember doing the same, when I was a little girl; I even got the lead role of Mary one year, which was a really big deal for me and included a solo performance. Not only was it fun to watch the kids sing and act out the story, but it was also so much fun for me to sing along to such familiar Christmas carols – what a nice way to add some Christmas cheer to my holiday season!
It’s Friday…finally…& I just had to share this ridiculously awesome video! How can this not make you smile, laugh, &, of course, dance?
We had an amazing time putting together & holding The VW Photo Show & Cabin Fever Dreaming CD release party at Pot & Box last night with friends! It was so rewarding to see my own photos printed, framed, & hung together on the wall & both Walter’s & Mark’s work was fantastic. I am so thankful for such supportive friends & the opportunity to have this amazing experience – thanks to all who came out to see our work last night!
I had the following photos in the show last night:
As I’ve mentioned before, I love Christmas – in fact, it’s my favorite holiday! And I love Christmas songs, so here’s a list of some of my own, personal holiday playlist favorites, in no particular order, for your listening enjoyment:
- The Christmas Song by The Raveonettes
- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Judy Garland
- God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by Charlotte Church
- Cool Yule by Louis Armstrong
- Baby It’s Cold Outside by Zooey Deschanel & Leon Redbone
- Song for a Winter’s Night by Sarah McLachlan
- I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus by The Ronettes
- You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch by Thurl Ravenscroft
- Christmas Time is Here by Vince Guaraldi
- It Must’ve Been Ol’ Santa Claus by Harry Connick, Jr.
- Run Rudolph Run by the Brian Setzer Orchestra
- We Three Kings – althought I don’t have a favorite version, it’s one of my favorite holiday tunes
There are lots of free sites you can go to & create your own playlists – such as Grooveshark, Last.fm, Pandora, etc. – & I’ve done just that to create my own holiday playlist which will keep me fa la la la la-ing all the way through Christmas! Also, there was a recent Apartment Therapy blog post on A Click-and-Play Holiday Playlist which you can reference for holiday music inspiration &/or you can listen to my own Grooveshark Holiday Playlist 2010.
It’s Friday & I thought I’d share these fun little comparisons… As we all know, many songs are often made & then remade or sampled into something very different than their original forms, even when they have the same words & the same melody, & I’ve found that this can be both enjoyable & sometimes very amusing (as is the case with the first comparison I’ve listed here) to compare the two. Here are some that I find particularly delightful, for your enjoyment!
Compare Nelly’s “Hot in Herre”
to Jenny Owen Youngs’ “Hot in Herre”
Compare Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt”
to Johnny Cash’s “Hurt”
Ryan & I had a great weekend filled with live music, friends, & fun!
We started our weekend off on Friday evening by attending the Ann Arbor Folk Festival at Hill Auditorium & we saw some really amazing acts. Iron & Wine was magical; give that man a mic & a guitar & prepare to be blown away – seriously, it’s the kind of music that’s so beautiful & performed with such passion that it kind of makes you want to cry! And I discovered some new bands that I wasn’t aware of before the concert, but that I went home after the concert & immediately purchased their albums on iTunes – such as Hoots & Hellmouth & also Nervous But Excited. These people are immensely talented & I was mesmerized through the whole show; I couldn’t help but wish I could somehow be a part of it all & I was completely caught up in it.
During the concert Ryan made a comment about wanting to be a musician, which would be just as hard if not harder than making it as an artist & which we decided he should really put on a t-shirt. “I’d rather be a musician” – I’d wear that shirt!
Saturday started off with a delicious brunch at Beezy’s Cafe; the photo here is of her homemade pb&j french toast (the jelly was homemade, blueberry jelly too) – if you haven’t been to Beezy’s, you should really do yourself a favor & check it out. Then we installed Ryan’s work at the 2010 EMU Art Faculty Show, enjoyed more fun art viewing & socializing with friends at Osman’s place (photo below), & then had a Scrabble tournament at Mark & Amy’s to end the night.
I’ll end this post by saying that I have the utmost respect for artists & musicians & I am constantly amazed with what they create & that they have the confidence & skill to put it out there in the world; thanks for doing what you do & for doing it so well!
We just purchased tickets for the Ann Arbor Folk Festival at Hill Auditorium (pictured above) this Friday, January 29th & I’m really looking forward to seeing all this great live music; it looks like there’ll be some great performers there, including Iron & Wine!