Breathe and have peace.

Since re-centering on my devotions and focusing on making my faith the backbone of my day (again); I have felt so much less anxious the past week. I still have stress and worries; but I’ve rediscovered my trust that everything is going to work out. I’m back : ).

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I have no idea the lyrics. But I cannot turn this off. Repeat. And again.

I raved about The Genuine, a local band in Winston-Salem, a few weeks ago in a Turn It Up post. And tonight I’ve aimlessly landed on some more of their songs. I recognize the one above, “The Light of Love,” from when I saw them perform. I have no clue most of what he’s singing but:

1) I love it.

2) This is filmed in Black Cat. Only the BEST restaurant in Boone.

3) This makes me double-happy.

Listen. And enjoy as much as I am.

25 by 25: Learning the Guitar

This has been both an easy and challenging task.

Easy? I took piano for roughly five years and it came pretty naturally. So, I already understand chord structure and it’s not been an overwhelming thing to memorize finger patterns.

Challenging? Ow. Strings are different on the hands than ivory. Not to mention, I am one slow transitioner. All my songs kind of stutter right now. But I promise once I master one, I’ll post a video.

Regardless of the days or nights that I’ve spent blindly teaching myself and probably annoyed family members and neighbors–it is still so very relaxing. It’s completely been a solace for me while I’ve been sidelined from running. (Still, my leg. What the heck. I’ll save that continuing rant and torture for another day.) Luckily, because of all of the time strumming, I am getting an inkling better.

Something that I’m going to be near expert at soon? Stringing.

Oh, I’m apparently adept at having strings break. So now, after six months, I have strung my guitar no less than 3 times. Hopefully that decreases in the future too.

This is what peace looked like last night:

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Right now (don’t laugh) I was working on an easy song (hello repetitive chord structure) in “Highway Don’t Care.” Oh, yes. Tim McGraw’s new gem. I alternate in between some hymns and personal favorites, Christina Perri (however, her songs are a little more complex than I’ve graduated to yet).

My next one to tackle? I love this Mumford & Sons rendition of one of my favorite songs to sing at church. I haven’t posted many Sunday devotions lately. So, give this a listen. Even if you prefer more mainstream music perhaps you can appreciate Mumford & Sons take on a popular song. Love. I don’t think I’ll be taking on their guitar match any time soon, but perhaps in the spirit of learning I can find an easier tab to play.

Turn it up, Monday morning: Steve Martin & Edie Brickrell

Week 29: Steve Martin & Edie Brickrell

Somehow I only recently heard about Steve Martin and Edie Brickrell’s new musical “Bright Star” that will be premiering. Not only is the play by Steve Martin (who is amazing); but it includes bluegrass (also amazing) and a story line set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina (the most amazing). This song is just one of the many thought to be included. Honestly, I’m on the fence about my love for Edie’s vocals, but I love the instrumental. And maybe her voice is an acquired taste. Regardless, I’m enough a fan of the music overall to continue giving it a try.

“Dream gig” is also how Brickell describes phase two of her collaboration with Martin: writing a musical. The pair has written a dozen songs for Bright Star, a theatrical piece set in North Carolina in 1945, which they hope to get workshopped this summer. Brickell believes she and Martin have the rarest thing in show business: chemistry.

“One time, we were listening to a playback of a song, toward the end of the week of recording,” Brickell says. “We were sitting behind the board and the banjo solo came on, and he started dancing in his chair, fingers pointing, eyes squinted, arms flailing, giant smile on his face—it was the ‘wild and crazy guy’ dance. When the banjo stopped and I started singing again, he slumped down in his chair and gazed up at the ceiling like he was bored. We all just fell out, cracking up laughing. It was a great moment. Steve Martin can act like he’s bored by your singing and make you feel special at the same time. Who else does that?” — Brickrell in a great feature on the two in Texas Monthly

“The best part of any relationship is the beginning. No problems, no fights, just white wine, cuddling, and crazy amounts of History Channel documentaries”

Forget Carrie and Big, Ross and Rachel, DJ and Steve, Eric and Donna, Marshall and Lily, Cory and Topanga, hell–even forget Seth and Summer (haha)–I want a Ben and Leslie kind of relationship.

Season 3. So, so hooked on “Parks and Rec.”

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I tend to hyper-focus.

Especially on things that I’m excited about, or really into. Right now there are a number of things on my mind:

– First and foremost; dag I’m back on the Jesus train. I’ve been SO stressed out lately; and it’s been amped up by the fact that I can’t run. So instead I’ve been back on my taking deep breaths and remembering that “there’s a plan….” So Joel Osteen has been helping again. There’s another ingredient coming, don’t get discouraged.

– I’ve seen a lot of movies lately, and I can’t wait to see “Despicable Me 2” next. Don’t judge. Too sassy to care.

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– I am FINALLY in the midst of “Parks & Rec” season 3. And oh my, so wild about Adam Scott. Always loved him. Always loved “Parks & Rec.” But the two together have raised my obsession with powering through the show even greater. Love.

     

          
 
 
– Does someone want to make me a beautiful cake? I’ve been wanting cake. all. week. long. Another bad side effect of not running. (Who am I kidding? I always want cake.)
 
 
– Lastly, I’m sick of my summer wardrobe already. Not a good place to be. GAP Outlet is beckoning me. Need to resist…need to resist…

“Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith . . . and the trust comes after.”

Someone saw “Man of Steel” tonight. Totally gets an A-. Loved the cinematography. Got a little weary of some action scenes. Overall, thought it was more than the justice the story deserved. If only someone else had been Lois Lane. I thought she needed some more spunk. All in all, a good night. And a relevant quote.

A crazy, must-watch.

As a pianist; it’s insane to me to think about keeping a separate rhythm with the other hand. I can’t imagine juggling a piano and a drum! So much respect. These are some talented guys.

And, I mean. . . I love JT. But their more acoustic cover of “Mirrors” is pretty great too. (I finally figured out some lyrics, ha.)