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Surreal: having the disorienting, hallucinatory quality of a dream; unreal; fantastic.

Cosmopolitan Hotel, Las Vegas – 2/19/2011

The Black Keys music that I own:
6 studio albums
Dan’s solo: Keep It Hid
3 soundtrack releases
1 cover song from a various artist CD
1 EP: Chulahoma

 Black Keys music that I’m Missing:
1 split artist EP
Pat Carney’s indie band album “Feel Good Together” by Drummer
The collaborative BlakRoc album
2 live albums 

The Black Keys, an American “garage/blues-rock” band from Akron Ohio, are on the verge of greatness… again.  With three 2011 Grammy’s under their belt, an album on the top of many ‘Best of the Year’ lists, and over a million records sold… it seems to be that THIS TIME it’s really going to happen for them. 

 That being said, it’s still surprising that people give me a blank stare when I start geeking out over whatever piece of Black Keys music is turning me on at the moment.  Are there really still people out there NOT jumping on the Black Keys bandwagon?  I guess I’m really just waiting for the band to get so big as to have my Katy Perry-loving girlfriends, who shall remain nameless, start spazzing over some album I’ve had for almost a decade… or when EVERYONE starts calling them sellouts for FINALLY being recognized for their talent. Which I might add, is well deserved!  Yes, the Zale’s and car commercials are killing me, but it’s not going to make me stop loving them.

 It pains me that I didn’t see them at the Granada or Ridglea way back when I was still in ‘breeder’ mode.  Unfortunately, that was before I had my third-of-life crisis and decided I was still young enough to go to a million concerts a year, EVEN ON WEEKDAYS! GASP!  Sadly, I felt like with each new Black Keys album I was losing my chance to see them before they got ‘stadium big’.  And wouldn’t you know, the only time they came to Dallas (post third-life-crisis)… it was at the freakin’ Starplex stadium… opening for Kings of Leon.  Basically that means Sara and Peter paid over $120 to see the Black Keys play without their own stage and light set up… for just an hour.  I felt ripped off.  But I was also happy with whatever I could get.

 Flash forward to Peter’s third-of-life crisis which involves bizarre lovey-dovey behavior towards his wife, a need to polish his ‘rough looking’ boots, and a Strange Desire to travel without the kids and spend money recklessly… that’s just weird for Peter!  REALLY weird.  My concern quickly changed to fanatic elation when he surprised me with birthday plane tickets to Las Vegas and SOLD OUT tickets to the Black Keys concert at the Chelsea Ballroom in the Cosmopolitan Hotel!  Yes, I cried.  Yes, it was solely the outcome of such a special gift to see the Black Keys, once again on the verge of greatness, headlining a smaller venue… IN LAS VEGAS!!!  I mean, that’s like mission impossible caliber!

In a whirlwind weekend, we flew into Vegas… stayed up all night eating, drinking, gambling, watching the Beatles LOVE Cirque show… slept a wink, then geeked out over music memorabilia at the Hard Rock Hotel, walked through the Cosmopolitan in stunned awe of the classic yet modern beauty of the magnificent hotel and the artwork throughout… ate gourmet tapas at the hotel buffet… and the icing on the cake: we saw Cage the Elephant and MY Black Keys in a beautiful art deco type ballroom… with a noir feel to the whole night! 

 Cage the Elephant started the concert off to a frenzied start with the band spewing out electric energy at a frenetic pace and Matthew Shultz wailing punk rock greatness into his microphone, talk-singing in an almost Black Francis-type manner.  Their shining moment came when the singer wrapped his hand all the way around the mic, clutched it tight as he leaned towards the crowd… and through the split in his mop of Kurt Cobain hair… he says, “Do you guys like crowd surfing?  I really like crowd surfing.”  And then he commenced hurling himself into the audience during lyric breaks… the band holding time for him to get back on stage again and again.  And in final grandeur, he walks out ON TOP of the audience holding the mic while a stage hand holds the wire up above the crowd.  I’ve never seen anything like that.  Period.

 After waiting 4 hours for my band, they FINALLY took the stage.  And it was All I Ever Wanted.  Two individuals with the same soul for music, no theatrics… just music.  The blues just seem to emanate out of Dan, as if the gravity of the music might break his soul in half.  Eyes closed the majority of the time, instinctively swaying,  and music, that has been the landscape of my life for a decade, radiating out of him in sonic boom manner… forcing me to geek out, on a daily basis… about a band that I love as much as Pink Floyd, or the Talking Heads, or Jimi Hendrix, or U2. 

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The memories we’ve buried
Have just taken seed
When springtime comes
They’ll turn into weeds
And they’ll creep through your window
to smother your dreams

I love Elton John.  A LOT.  And I’m sort of mad that I’m actually in love with someone named Bernie Taupin who wrote ALL of my favorite Elton John songs.  I knew Elton John didn’t write his songs, that’s not the point.  The point is, TODAY, in reality, I hear what a stretch it is to believe Elton John singing in his magical voice about leaving society hounds to go back to the plough… or pirate smiled blue jeaned babies.

I’ll be optimistic here, and say that I do still believe in the cheesy 80’s movie endings… OMD playing If You Leave on a 7 minute loop until the Duck tells the girl of his dreams (you know, the one he has subsequently been stalking up to that point) that she should GO!! GO to the man of her dreams and not ruin the moment… with an omniscient view of how everything will turn out as the stars intended.  Yes, maybe Kristy Swanson making bedroom faces at him helped a little.  But we don’t get to see sweet nerdy Duckman’s happy ending, do we?!  You should have picked him John Hughes!!! ….er um, Molly Ringwald… er um, whatever your name was in that movie.  God, I’m such a sucker for movies with a record store… ANY movie with a record store.

I think most of my ‘after 30’ blog posts have, in large part, been about feeling old.  Coming to terms with not being a child, but still feeling like a child.  Growing up and realizing that I still want to believe all the bullshit I believed when I was that naive, under 30, dreamer.  I still live with my head in the clouds… my scatter-brained idiosyncrasies spilling out all over the floor when I trip over the responsibilities of being a functioning member of society. 

I don’t want to feel like the dream is dying.  I want to keep living in a childs eye of things.

When I was putting my boys to sleep last night, as we were listening to a Paul Simon song, they asked me what Hearts and Bones really meant.  I smiled with the pride of a mother who has two little boys that are actually interested in 1: Paul Simon and 2: Lyrics.  It’s amazing that I have more stimulating conversations about music with my babies than most other people. 

I thought about how to answer and I said, “Well… people say the heart is where all your emotions come from, and your bones hold up your body and help you to move along.  Without heart you wouldn’t be a whole person… no love, hope, or bravery.  You wouldn’t have much to move for, would you?” 

Lathan’s reply?

“And without heart you would die… because your body would have no blood.”

And that, my friends, is perspective. 🙂

It wouldn’t be Christmas if I didn’t tell you a gift early… cause, let’s face it, surprises are overrated… and I have no self-control! Merry Christmas y’all!!! I deviated from the normal ‘new music only’ format… bonus points if you can guess the theme! 🙂

Disc One
1. Howlin’ for You 3:12 The Black Keys Brothers (Deluxe) Alternative  2
2. Roll Away Your Stone 4:21 Mumford & Sons Sigh No More Alternative  2
3. The Breeze 3:59 Dr. Dog Fate (Bonus Track Version) Alternative  2
4. Oh Well (Live) 2:45 Fleetwood Mac Men of the World: Fleetwood Mac – The Early Years Rock  2
5. How You Like Me Now (Single Edit) 3:37 The Heavy The House That Dirt Built Rock  2
6. Young Folks 4:39 Peter Bjorn and John Writer’s Block Alternative  1
7. That’s the Way 5:37 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin III (Remastered) Rock  1
8. Everlasting Light 3:24 The Black Keys Brothers (Deluxe) Alternative  1
9. Home 5:06 Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros Up from Below (Bonus Track Version) Alternative  1
10. Baby It’s You 3:22 Smith Grindhouse: Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
11. Can’t You See 6:01 The Marshall Tucker Band The Marshall Tucker Band Rock  1
12. Your Song 4:04 Elton John Elton John Rock  1
13. Love to Hate You 3:57 Erasure Erasure: Pop Deluxe Box (Audio Version) Pop  1
14. Sea of Love 2:19 Cat Power The Covers Record Rock  1
15. When the Night Comes 3:56 Dan Auerbach Keep It Hid Rock  2
16. Do You Realize 3:33 The Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Rock/Pop  1
17. Eclipse 2:04 Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon Rock  1

Disc Two
1. These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ 2:46 Nancy Sinatra Boots Pop  
2. A ll You Ever Wanted 2:56 The Black Keys Attack & Release Alternative  1
3. First Day Of My Life 3:09 Bright Eyes I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning Emo  1
4. The Cave 3:36 Mumford & Sons Sigh No More Alternative  1
5. Hang On 4:01 Dr. Dog Fate (Bonus Track Version) Alternative  1
6. Go Your Own Way 3:38 Fleetwood Mac Greatest Hits Rock  
7. I Put a Spell On You 2:26 Screamin’ Jay Hawkins Cow Fingers and Mosquito Pie R&B/Soul  
8. Miss You 4:49 The Rolling Stones Some Girls Rock  
9. The Love You Save (May Be Your Own) 2:56 Joe Tex Grindhouse: Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)  
10. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out 3:49 Eric Clapton Unplugged (CD Version) Pop  
11. Could You Be Loved 3:58 Bob Marley & the Wailers Legend [Bonus Tracks] Reggae  
12. Need You Tonight 3:01 INXS Greatest Hits Rock  
13. Smile Like You Mean It 3:55 The Killers Hot Fuss Rock  1
14. Cut Here 4:13 The Cure Greatest Hits [Bonus CD] Disc 1 Rock  
15. I Summon You 3:56 Spoon Gimme Fiction Alternative  
16. All I Want Is You 6:30 U2 The Best of 1980-1990 Rock  
17. Fade Into You 4:56 Mazzy Star So Tonight That I Might See Rock  
18. Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Pts. 1-5 13:31 Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here Rock

The Shinning

Posted: October 26, 2010 in halloween, nostalgia, random
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Don’t you mean the S-H-I-N-I-N-G?
SHHH! Do you want to get us sued?!


In the beginning Lathan had bare tan walls and Lightning McQueen sheets… no comforter… and one poster.  He needed an upgrade and so we asked him what he would like in his room.  First response: Batman.  I said no.  Second response: Guitar Hero.  Now we’re talkin!  Does that make me a bad mom?
Yoga painting move.  I didn’t have a ladder at this point so I had to be creative when applying the ‘lightning.’  At first I tried applying a cool pattern with white paint and crumpled up paper…. which I DO NOT recommend to anyone.
Than I started the grid pattern over the lightning with the plastic grid from an old baby gate Amanda gave me.  I had to nail it to the wall in about 8 places each time I moved to a new section and then I stippled in the darker grey paint.
The grid took most of the time.  Probably a little over 2 weeks.  Towards the end I was whining WAY too much on Facebook with posts like: [This wall is starting to suck the life blood out of me, better put on my Gooines Never Say Die shirt.] and [I have a paint chip lodged in my eye, possibly lead poisoning, tetnis and lung damage from paint fumes…]
“I get by with a little help from my friends”
Finally done with the grid!
The first backwards guitar!
My signature… yes I signed my mural two weeks before it was done.
Mark Knopfler Strat
Got a ladder upgrade from Joshua
Bruce keeping mommy company.  Isn’t he hansome?!  I love the matching guitars on the paper in the background.
I’m surprised Peter did not short circuit looking at this filthy mess… that seemed to grow larger everyday!
I will never again post a picture of myself wearing NO make-up AND making a heinous face.  So soak it up ladys and gentlemen.  Check out my awesome cheer up or die shirt.
Too many pictures of my butt… please forgive me.
Check out my awesome hairdo.
All the records my dad gave me… I still need to get Darkside of the Moon.
My Aunt Pam gave us vintage concert tickets from some legends!  Thank you!!!
He’s so excited.  I wanted to cry just watching him last night.  And this morning when I went upstairs to make his bed he had already tried to do it just like we had.  Love you, my baby Lathan!!!

Ode to the Yes Guy

Posted: September 30, 2009 in nostalgia, random

I am a huge I Love Lucy fan… Ever notice how half the stuff I write starts with “I’m a huge ______ fan”?  Would that make me fanatical? Definition: possessed with or motivated by excessive, irrational zeal. 

I think yes.

So I wake up late this morning, and I’m trying to be mad about having to work on one of my normal days off… But somehow, I just can’t muster the bad attitude I longed for.  I caught every green/yellow light, I coasted to work on a mysteriously trafficless highway, and I had a great song stuck in my head (‘Cupid’ – Sam Cooke.)  By the time I got to work I was feeling absolutely jovial.

It’s funny how confused my co-workers get when Mary and I switch a day.  We never get to see that our schedule affects how other people look at their work week.  IE: I work Monday and Tuesday and Mary works Wed, Thur, Fri, which means: I’m the “it’s the beginning of the week, we’re not even close to the weekend” girl… and Mary is the “yay it’s the end of the week and we’re happy” girl!  So you can only imagine how many times today I’ve heard, “It’s Wednesday right?” 

I love freaking people out.  It’s why I like to cut my hair off 6 inches at a time.  The shock factor.  Maybe that’s another reason why I’m in a great mood today.  I get to be the “Yay!” girl.

Only after I replied “Y-E-E-S-S-S.” to a friend… did I realize that I may need to tone it down a wee bit.

So let me start this blog again, I am a huge fan of ‘The Yes Guy’.  You know…. the guy that no one really knows.  The guy that has the pencil thin mustache and replies, “Y-E-E-S-S-S.”  He’s famous I tell you, but does anyone know why???

If you know me, you know I’m a huge fan of Wikipedia too… so this morning I set off to find my answer to the question: Who is The Yes Guy?  And the answer?  I probably fell in love with the Yes Guy from an I Love Lucy episode, that or the Simpsons (<-BIG fan).  Isn’t it funny how pop culture references end up connected in the strangest ways?

So here’s to you Yes Guy!  Now that I know who you are… I’m gonna spread the word!

From the Simpsons:
Name: Frank Nelson Type aka ‘The Yes Guy’
Gender: Male
Hair: Black Widow’s peak
Age: 48
Job: Various
Relatives: Unknown
First Appearance: Mayored to the Mob
Voiced by Dan Castellaneta
Biography from Wikipedia: Frank Nelson (actor)
Nelson first found fame as the put-upon foil to Jack Benny on Benny’s radio show during the 1940s and 1950s. Nelson’s typically portrayed a sales clerk or customer service worker. For example, needing airline tickets, Benny would call the ticket agent, “Oh Mister? Mister?” Nelson’s appearance began with his catchphrase, a bellowed “Yeeeesssss?”. The two men would banter, with Nelson gleefully delivering one-liners such as “Is that a hairpiece or did someone plant moss on your head?” and sarcastic responses like “Do I work at this airport? No, I’m a DC-4 with a mustache.”

Nelson continued to appear on Benny’s television show in 1950, doing the same “rude clerk” shtick. His other catchphrase, that would be worked into every routine, would have Benny asking something mundane, such as, “Do these shirts come in a medium?” and Frank would bellow, “Oo-oo-oo-ooh, DO they!” He also appeared on several other radio programs. Nelson’s sudden appearances usually led to spontaneous laughter or applause on the part of the audience.

After Jack Benny, Nelson continued to work in sitcoms in similar roles, most notably in The Hank McCune Show and I Love Lucy during the 1950s and Sanford and Son during the 1970s. In 1981, Nelson did a string of commercials for McDonalds doing his trademark “Y-e-e-e-s?” catchphrase. Garfield in Paradise in 1986 was the last recorded time he used his signature phrase.

Frank Nelson: (May 6, 1911 – September 12, 1986)

When I was younger than I am today, with less responsibilities… I would often find myself in the precarious situation of insanity from boredom. And what is one to do when they are insanely bored? Reading, music, or video games were usually my first picks… But my dad, my sister, and I also created a fun sort of game… and it was called “The Big Book of Useless Information.” This might not sound like a game to you, but to us it was a challenge to come up with some tidbit of knowledge, some artifact of thought that was bigger, better, and MORE useless than the previous. We didn’t ever write any of them down, we would just be bored and start off with, “And another item for the Big Book of Useless Information: Did you know that…”

Reminds me of the little boy ‘Ray’ and Jerry Maguire:
Ray: D’you know that the human head weighs 8 pounds?
Jerry Maguire: Did you know that Troy Aikman, in only six years, has passed for 16,303 yards?
Ray: D’you know that bees and dogs can smell fear?
Jerry Maguire: Did you know that the career record for hits is 4,256 by Pete Rose who is NOT in the Hall of Fame?
Ray: D’you know that my next door neighbor has three rabbits?
Jerry Maguire: I… I can’t compete with that!

I wish I could remember some of the things we used to rattle off. My dad has a whole brain full of these little quips… not to say that your brain is chock-full of useless information Dad! 🙂 But it was SO long ago, and I have been out of the house now for over 10 years, and suddenly today I miss it. About two or three years ago I actually found a book with our exact premise that I bought my dad for Christmas titled, “The Book of Useless Information” ~ by Nathan Bonham.

Anyhow, I know I’m a bit rusty but I’ll try my best to be informative and/or entertaining!

*Did you know that a Useless Information Society was actually founded in 1995? They have regular meetings to swap nuggets of trivia and useless information.

*Did you know that right now there is something called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch floating in the Pacific Ocean that is roughly twice as big as Texas?

*Did you know that most people don’t know the difference between a Cicada and a Locust? The difference? Cicadas have an annual variety that hatch and mature every year on their host trees (and can be heard ‘singing,’ ie: screeching, on hot summer days), and a periodical variety that spend anywhere from a few to 17 years as nymphs feeding on tree roots before maturing into adults. “Locust” on the other hand, is a general term for the swarming phase of the horned grasshopper.

*Do you know where the name iPod came from? It was proposed by Vinnie Chieco, a freelance copywriter, who (with others) was called by Apple to figure out how to introduce the new player to the public. After Chieco saw a prototype, he thought of the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey and the phrase “Open the pod bay door, Hal!”, which refers to the white EVA Pods of the Discovery One spaceship.

*FYI: Be aware that the term “non-toxic” is for advertising purposes only. It has no regulatory definition by the federal government.

*Did you know that the anthrax attacks of 2001 were more than likely carried out by a pro Israel, religious, republican, military US citizen? That’s right, someone working for the FBI… someone who sent letters to two Democrats on the US Senate, and also to the head offices of five, so called, “liberal media outlets.”
BTW: People who define themselves by hatred and judgement really piss me off.

*Did you know that I have not one, not two, not three… but FOUR nicknames at work?
Listed in the order they were given: LuLu, Lu Beaty, Sara Bell, Cyber Sara

*International Laws: Did you know that; in France it is against the law to name a pig Napoleon. In Alabama, it is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while driving a vehicle. In Ohio, it is against state law to get a fish drunk. In London, it is illegal to flag down a taxi if you have the plague. In Japan it’s illegal to talk on your cell phone while riding a bike. AND DID YOU KNOW IT’S POSSIBLE THAT DUMB LAWS ARE NOT DUMB… BUT ACTUALLY OUT OF CONTEXT OR COMPLETELY MADE UP??? (I can’t believe there’s a wiki entry for “DUMB LAWS”)

*Did you know that despite rumors that the lovable character Cookie Monster from the PBS series ‘Sesame Street’ had changed his name to Veggie Monster… he [Cookie Monster] appeared on the Colbert Report to clear things up:

On a side note: A co-worker and I are planning to start an Internet rumor that Oscar the Grouch will now be moving into a recycling bin.

*Did you know that Jack White of ‘The White Stripes’ married model Karen Elsen on the confluence of three rivers — the Rio Negro, the Solimones and the Amazon… by a traditional shaman priest on a canoe at the exact point where the three rivers met?

*Did you know that the Talking Heads named a double live album “The Name of This Band Is TALKING HEADS” in response to general opinion that their name was THE Talking Heads.

*Do you know what Christopher Columbus named his ships for? His own flagship, the Santa Maria was fitted out in a place called El Puerto de Santa Maria, and it was the winter headquarters and base for the Royal Galleys of Spain. The Pinta means the “Painted One” or “Spotted” and was the fastest in the fleet. The nickname was given to the ship for reasons unclear…and the Pinta’s real name is not known. Nina means “Little Girl” but was originally named the Santa Clara… the nickname was probably derived from a pun on the ships owner, Juan Niño.

*Did you know that one of my friends owns a bee hive? And it yeilds around 2 gallons of honey a year… and sometimes he feeds his bees. They ‘eat’ sugar water.

*Did you know that 80% of the time, on the Saturdays I work, I don’t wear make-up? The other 19% I don’t wear mascara or lipstick… and 1% of the time I actually look decent?

*Did you know that you shouldn’t kill Dirt Daubers!?! They mainly eat Black Widow Spiders.

And did you know that BY ALL MEANS you should keep this nonsensical blog going with your own additions to the Big Blog of Useless Information? 🙂