And the Mountains Echoed

I picked up a copy of Khaled Hosseini’s latest book, And the Mountains Echoed yesterday on a spontaneous jaunt through Chapters. Not aware that he had published another book, I was thrilled. I rifled through his first two novels in record time and was amazed by how vivid he crafts his words to paint such a clear portrait of worlds so many of us have little to no familiarity with. The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns are both stories that explore friendships, relationships, family, hardships, struggle, all pitted against a backdrop of war torn times and animosity. I was very impressed specifically with his writing from A Thousand Splendid Suns as he captured the feminine perspective with an incredible vulnerability that had me in tears (like ugly crying tears) by the last few pages of the book. Writing with family as a reoccurring theme has given Hosseini an ability to connect with many, and probably explains his success as a writer and why his books have sold over 38 millions worldwide. I’m excited to start this book, like NOW!

Have a great weekend, everyone! What do you all have planned? Whatever you do have planned, listen to this latest track by Capitol Cities. So let the dance parties begin!

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Modern Vampires of the City

I am pleasantly surprised with Vampire Weekend‘s latest album, Modern Vampires of the City. Like, very happily can’t stop playing the album on repeat and I’ve never heard of this band before type of surprised. I wasn’t expecting anything that would stray too far from the signature VW sounding Cape Cod lounging beats, but I’m surprised by how much growth there is in this album. Musically, I feel like the band has inspired a new sound, that demonstrates maturity and something new and refreshing. I can’t explain it, but I like it. Favourite song off the album is Everlasting Arms. I’m trying to decipher the lyrics but am weary of the religious undertones so will leave that and just enjoy the song as something that is ignites something emotional inside of me, whatever that is. Hope you enjoy the album, friends!

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Back from Squatchin’

I’m back from the wild aka Sasquatch. It was an amazing 4 days against a wonderful backdrop that for those of us who live in the Pacific Northwest are so lucky to call our backyard. The Gorge really really is breathtaking. I’ve posted a few photos, but for the most part this time around, I decided to take less photos and absorb more of the scenery.

Musical Highlights from the weekend includes:
The Postal Service, The xx, Vampire Weekend, Mumford and Sons, Telekinesis, Dropkick Murphys, Imagine Dragons, Danny Brown, Bloc Party, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

My questions from the weekend: Why the heck did Azaelia Banks cancel, why do people love to wear animal suits, and how did I manage to get my knees/thighs sunbunt when I wore jeans on the sunniest days as a preventative measure?

See you next year maybe, Sasquatch. Thank you for a wonderful weekend.
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Sasquatch!

It’s almost time. It’s almost time for head down to the Gorge in Washington for 4 days of musical happiness for this year’s Sasquatch Festival. Now, I’m a bit nervous about this. Being a Coachella girl at heart, at this ripe old age of “over 30″, I am heading to Sasquatch for the first time ever. Camping with strangers, portable toilets, unpredictable weather, and no internet has the city girl in me sweating just a bit. In no particular order here is my Sasquatch band list:

The Postal Service, The XX, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, alt-j, Empire of the Sun, Youth Lagoon, Porcelain Raft, Azealia Banks, Grimes, Imagine Dragons, Mumford & Sons, Twin Shadow, Tallest Man on Earth, Telekinesis, Earl Sweatshirt, POS, Shout Out Louds, ZZ Ward, Sigur Ros, Baauer, the Lumineers… and so many more.

I promise to come back with many photos to share, and any entertaining stories of a city girl in the wild. Well, it’s not the “wild” but ya just never know…. Have a great almost weekend everyone!

 

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“Texas Forever”

I’ve been highly obsessed over my recent albeit delayed discovery of NBC’s television drama, Friday Night Lights. The series began in 2006 and ended in 2011, and it wasn’t until a recent date with my Netflix that lead me to enter the town of Dillon, Texas. Growing up, I watched really corny and cheesy TV shows. I was that girl. I watched The Wonder Years (who doesn’t love Kevin and Winnie?) Beverly Hills 90210 (the original, you know, with Dylan McKay?), Dawson’s Creek (team Pacey forever), Party of Five (I couldn’t resist Scott Baio’s dimples), The OC (Seth, oh Seth), and Grey’s Anatomy (sheer heartbreak all the time). So as shown by my track record, I love shows where growing up is not optional, friends are forever, love is anything but easy, and life’s rather unexpected. These are the themes that have shaped my life along with the people who are valuable entities within it. It’s no surprise that upon the opening scene of the pilot episode, I knew I was done for. I completed all 5 seasons in a short 3 weeks and still think I’m in Texas, for now and likely for always.

Friday Night Lights is about football, but really it is about family ties, first loves, crushed dreams, growing up, moving on, and the people along the way who help shape you to be the person you are. What really impressed me was the writing and the development of each character. Everyone gets a unique story, subplot, conflict, and at the end, sound resolution. In Texas or not, these conflicts are real and undeniably believable. I can write an entire book about everything I love about the show, but for now, I’ll leave with just one.

Lesson #1 I learned from FNL: You will fall, and everyone else around you will fall.
I’m going to take the original starting quarterback Jason Street as an example of this. “QB1″ they called him, equipped with a hot cheerleader girlfriend, ready for his chance to play pro ball and going to one of the best colleges in the country. Then in a dark instance, he gets hit on the field and is paralyzed from waist down. He won’t walk again let alone play football. All his dreams are shattered in an instant and not just his dreams, but his parents and his girlfriend’s dreams, all gone. His character grew on me, not only because of his determination but his unwillingness to back down. Though at times a stretch and unrealistic that he would end up with his dream job in a big city like New York, his depth, spirit, and strength to keep fighting is admirable. Jason Street did not take anything for face value. He dealt with his new life, had new struggles, and remained the good natured and well mannered QB we met during Season 1. He fell, but his journey getting back up is unshakenly something to believe in.

Now if you don’t watch or have never watched the show none of this will mean anything to you. But I urge you to try it.

“Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose” I’ll be back next week with Lesson #2…

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New Music Tuesdays

Tuesdays have come to be one of my favourite days of the week. Why? Because it’s new album release Tuesdays and thanks to my trusty subscription with Rdio I get to experience new albums the moment I wake up on otherwise regular Tuesdays.

The National released their 6th album today titled “Trouble Will Find Me” and upon first listen, I could only describe it in this matter: “listening to The National’s album is like being in the arms of a stranger you’re quickly falling in love with.” I’ve been waiting and waiting for another album like this to come along since the release of The Boxer in 2007 which still stands as one of my favourite albums of all time. Today’s music pick is perfect in accordance to this overcast day in May. Daft Punk also released their new album, but I think I’m going to save that one for a sunny day.

What have you been listening to lately and if you haven’t already done so, join Rdio. Really, you’ll love it!

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The Beginning

Hello friends and welcome to my new online home.

Feel free to take a look around and hopefully you’ll like what you see. I’ll try and write daily with random musings, and keep you all up to speed on what I’ve been busy working on both personally and professionally. Let me know what you think, and drop me a note once in awhile. I love little notes and letters…

Thanks for being apart of this new adventure, I know it’s going to be a good one.

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