she likes hair bands / butch walker music monday

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Last night I got to continue my tour de rock gods with Butch Walker at War Memorial Auditorium here in Nashville. I’ve been a huge fan of Butch since college, but I’ve never gotten to see him live before. If you don’t think you’ve heard Butch’s work, you probably have – he’s produced some of the biggest pop & top 40 songs and albums in the past few years, including Taylor Swift’s Red, Pink’s The Truth About Love, Fun House, and I’m Not Dead, plus Fall Out Boy’s Save Rock and Roll). When he announced his tour in February and I saw that he was playing at my favorite venue here, my girlfriend and I almost fell over ourselves scrambling to buy tickets. We got there and met up with another of my friends who was right by the stage, and I could not have asked for a better first time to see him. It was a really special evening – Butch has dedicated this tour to his father who passed a few years ago, so it was an emotional and cathartic evening for me.

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Sober sooner or later, we gotta stop this elevator. you go your way and I’ll go mine, I’m sure that I’ll be fine now is it me, or is this over? as I got sober, I watched you fade away. is it me, or is this ending? as I was pretending, I watched you fade away.

Here Comes The… (with Pink) here comes the heartache, the move out day, excuses for my friends. here comes the reasons I have to justify it was better in the end. here come the last time I’m gonna kiss you and the first night eating alone, here comes the hardest thing we’ve ever known.

She Likes Hair Bands throw away your phone and your inhibitions too, there’s a hundred dirty things that I want to say to you. never let me come and never let me go, I’ve got you where I want you

Afraid of Ghosts I try to go to the hospice every Friday, sit in traffic thicker than my blood, try to know a man that I never really knew and swim away from a forty year flood

Going Back/Going Home cut to a life being born in ’69, low class suburb, everything’s fine. fondue parties, my mom and my dad’s drinks being drunk and fights being had. I lost my virginity to a girl in my band, she was four years older, she made me a man. so addicted to sex every chance that I got with whoever I wanted until I got caught so I took my penicillin and I took my band to a town made of glitter girls and cocaine friends. got handed the dream by the age of eighteen saw more than most people than I know had ever seen. played every bar, drank ’til black and blue, did the morning show bullshit and went to China too where they left us to die, without a ticket to flee. inciting a riot, we were only 23. packed it up, started over just as fast as we can, selling tapes, making merch in the back of a van living hand-to-mouth for the next five years. took up drinking wine, gave up drinking beer. signed another big deal with a devil in a dress, a ‘one hit wonder’ I think, describes it best. decided to burn out, then to fade away, went back to the van the very next day. picked it up, made a living without any help. made amazing friends, if I saw so myself. if living like this at thirty-eight is a bore, then c’mon God, please give me thirty-eight more.

What’s the best show you’ve seen lately?

on top of old smoky / travel tuesday

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While mom was here, we took a girl’s getaway over to the Smoky Mountains. My family has made that our kind of annual family vacation, and we really enjoy spending time exploring all together. This time it was just the two of us, and we stayed closer to the touristy spots (and moonshine distilleries :)) than we typically do.

It should come as little surprise that I love wine, so one of the first things we do as soon as we get off the exit, we make a stop at the first winery, Eagle Springs. This is my favorite winery in the smokies (and also the sweetest, if you’re into sweet wines) and they’re known for their honey and fruit wines.

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We continued along the wine trail hitting Hillside Winery (another favorite – I’ve raved about their Cantina Bianca before), Apple Barn Winery (if you go, you have to try the apple fritters!), then finishing the first night at Mountain Valley where we picked up some cheese and crackers to nibble on in the hotel room.

The next morning we woke up to load up on Starbucks since the hotel coffee left MUCH to be desired, and did a little shopping at the Sevierville outlet malls before heading into Gatlinburg to finish the wine trail at Sugarland Cellars and get started on the distilleries.

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There were three new distilleries from the last time I was in town, and the first new one we went to was Doc Collier. I really enjoyed this one, and our pourer was great. We didn’t make it back here, but I wish I would have grabbed a bottle of their watermelon moonshine. After Doc Collier’s, we also hit Ole Smoky Distillery, Davy Crockett’s (another new-to-me place) and Sugarland Shine.

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East Tennessee is such a beautiful and relaxing place and if you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend checking it out for a night or two. There’s a lot to do (beyond just sampling the local flavors) and it’s a great place to unwind!

Have you ever gone on a wine trail or moonshine tour? What’s your favorite flavor?

april recap / may goals

April was filled with lots of work and travel again, just the way I like it! I should really start tracking (you know I love data and lists and tracking) all the shows I work in a month. Because it’s now not uncommon for me to see 5-6 shows per week at work, I take it for granted since I’m not always attending them as a fan, but I still get to see nearly every show that comes through. (#humblebrag? I don’t mean it to be!) Things are moving so quickly lately that I can hardly believe that it’s already May! But first, a look at last month:

One of the first shows this month was by an 80’s hair metal idol, so I did my best to put on a “goth” face and try to fit in with the crowd. I wore more leather on this day than I have throughout the entirety of the rest of my life.

On Record Store Day, I was able to nab one of the limited copies of my favorite records!

Toward the end of the month, I got a hair cut and went to see Ryan Adams at the Ryman. He is one of the greats.

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Then, I ended the month with my family back home in Michigan with my parents, cousins, grandparents, nieces and nephews, and aunt and uncle. I love getting to jump in the car and visit and get to see them as much as possible (even when that car ride is two hours longer than it should be!) I also got to celebrate a friend’s birthday and eat all the foods (and drink all the drinks) from my college days.

MAY GOALS

  • Work out 4x/week
  • Track all meals and eat at home 80% of the time
  • Pay off $1000 to debt
  • Find somewhere new to live
  • Track and analyze spending
  • Eat at home 80% of the time

May is another busy month – my mom is coming back to Nashville with me and staying for a couple of days (okay really over a week.) While I don’t have any other explicit travel plans this month, I’ll probably go away for memorial day, and I’m starting to really purge out things I don’t need or use before I think about the trauma of moving again this summer.

What are you looking forward to in May?

ready for the sun: a quick and easy diy scrub to get ready for summer!


SUMMER IS COMING! I just want to shout it from the mountaintops to make it come just that more quickly. In the hopes of making the heat stick sooner rather than later, I recently partook in every girl’s least favorite summer tradition: the annual shearing. All winter, most of us (especially us singles) can get away without shaving our legs. This is of course all subjective – some people love to have fresh legs all winter, and some people go au natural year round. To each his or her own.

There are two scrubs that I absolutely love to use on my legs to get them super soft and smooth. The exfoliation they provide make me feel like a new person, too. Pop the top of your favorite seasonal beer and head to your kitchen – you probably already have all these ingredients in your pantry!

I like to make mine in small batches for one or two uses at a time. For the coffee scrub, I just used my morning coffee grounds. Repurposing! I dumped them into a mason jar with an equal amount of coconut oil. Mix in about half as much white sugar (the exfoliant,) and post up in your tub for relaxation. The caffeine in the coffee grounds is supposed to be good for tightening up cellulite – definitely a bonus! (Word of caution, though – you’ll have to do some heavy cleanup here after the bath drains because the grounds float to the top.

If you don’t like coffee (who even are you, is my first question), try making up just the sugar and coconut oil scrub. Really massage it into your calves to get them awake and wash away the dead skin, and for a super close shave, substitute this in for your shaving cream.

What’s your favorite way to relax and get ready for the summer sun?