Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Summer Cold

What a miserable feeling; a head full of phlegm and razor blades in your throat, all while having to deal with sweltering heat which causes sweat to just pour from your pores.

The summer cold is just a nasty thing, isn't it?! Really, colds should be limited to the cold months...October to April. That still gives 6 months to attack and multiply and to cause general grief among co-workers, friends and family. Everyone wants you to feel better but at a good distance. "Get better soon," they say, when what they really mean is "stay away until you're no longer diseased!"

I get it though, I don't want to catch a cold, even in the winter, but still...I'm also not going to shun anyone who has one like they have leprosy or SARS (you all do remember SARS, right?).

Oh well, I'll just drink my honey-lemon tea and try to relax and kick this cold.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Sir Elton!

I am so excited! I get to stroke something off my bucket list: seeing Elton John in concert!

That's right, Sir Elton is coming to Oshawa (which is about 4 hours from here) and I managed to get tickets! Though I just heard about the concert this morning I was thrilled to see that the tickets didn't go on sale until this morning at 10:00. I sat on the website watching the clock in the bottom right corner of my monitor and as soon as it struck 10:00 I had submitted my request for tickets!

The last time Elton John was in Ottawa he was joined by Billy Joel. I begged my dad to give me his ticket (it sold out before I got the chance to buy tickets) but to no avail. I can't say I blame him, what an amazing show it would have been! The Oshawa show is Elton John on his own, I don't think he's even going to have a band with him. Despite the fact that the concert is in a big arena setting, I think that the fact that it will just be Elton and his piano is going to make it very intimate.

Alright, enough about the concert...what are some of my favorite Elton John songs?

Top of the list is probably Levon followed closely by Tiny Dancer. Then there is, of course, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Rocket Man/I Think It's Going to be a Long Long Time, and (my personal guilty pleasure) Bennie and the Jets! Now of course those aren't the only Elton John songs I like...the man has been making music for over 40 years!

I leave you with some lyrics to Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting, have a great weekend!

It's getting late, have you seen my mates
Ma tell me when the boys get here
It's seven o'clock, and I want to rock
Want to get a belly full of beer

My old man's drunker than a barrel full of monkeys
And my old lady, she don't care
My sister looks cute in her braces and boots
A handful of grease in her hair

Oh, don't give us none of your aggravation
We had it with your discipline
Saturday night's alright for fighting, get a little action in
Get about as oiled as a diesel train
Gonna set this dance alight
Cause Saturday night's the night I like
Saturday night's alright, alright, alright

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Hello, Goodbye

You say yes, I say no / You say stop and I say go, go, go / Oh, no

You say goodbye and I say hello / Hello, hello

I don't know why you say goodbye I say hello / Hello, hello

I don't know why you say goodbye I say hello

Ever since I was a little girl I have been listening to The Beatles. From Penny Lane down The Long and Winding Road, The Beatles have been there. As a hardcore fan, my dad used to play them all the time; in the car, in the house, everywhere. We watched the movies (Help! being my personal favorite), we did singalongs. One particular childhood memory comes to mind; we were driving somewhere, listening to The Beatles Anthology and Strawberry Fields Forever came on. Later we drove past a field with big hay bales wrapped in white plastic. My brother and I looked over at the field and together started to belt out "marshmallow fields forever!" in perfect harmony. To this day I still think of those bales as huge marshmallows and I often find myself humming the tune to the infamous Beatles song.

I thought I would start up this blog with one of my favorite bands. They have influenced me, comforted me, been there when I just needed to sing and dance (nobody can resist Twist and Shout, not even Ferris Bueller). I even named my son after an iconic Beatles song; Hey Jude.

While some bands come and go, The Beatles will never leave, will never become irrelevant. They are a part of music history and will forever be cited as inspirations and shapers of today's music (yes, even the bad stuff).