End of the Month Wrap Up: July 2014


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This was a busy month and I’m going to stray from the music news a little bit in this post (and even insert a selfie! Oh my, what is this blog coming to?!?!).

First things first: I JUMPED OFF A BUILDING! Okay, rappelled. Let’s not get technical though.

Dressed in full cat lady gear as seen above. It was amazing, breathtaking, stunning, f@$#ing awesome, I don’t even have words to continue on about what an experience it was. I got in the harness (may not be able to have babies, damn it was tight!) and headed up to the roof to prepare. After a safety explanation and practice rappel off a five foot ledge, it was on to 22 stories of the Hyatt.

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Clipped in, I slowly glanced down the side and for a split second, I asked myself what the heck I was doing up there but it was time. I scooted up onto the ledge, grabbed the bar and slowly leaned into the harness. Five minutes later, I was midway down, waving to my mom, aunt and roommate as they cheered. Yes, I could hear them all at the top! When I hit the bottom, my legs were a bit weak, like sea legs after a day of boating but it was so worth it! I ended up raising just under $1200.00 but my fundraising page is still open!

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Every $500.00 I earn, covers an athlete for the year. We’re talking transportation, training and equipment. I was able to meet a few athletes and they’re truly inspiring. Not only do they train hard every day, they worked hard at the rappel and made sure we were all set on the way up to the roof and cheered for us at the bottom. Still, why would I just go out and do something so extreme? I think it’s just another piece of my dad in my heart. He raised a weirdo obsessive collector, with an adventurous soul that wants to help people, just like him (don’t forget the fart jokes!).

Aside from the biggest fundraiser I’ve taken part of to date, July was also a month of music for me. I blogged a whole bunch, saw some local performers and there were some great links out there so I felt immersed this month.

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The Lowell Folk Fest was the 25th – 27th so I headed down Saturday and Sunday with friends and family. It was so much fun and I think I managed to walk off all the fried dough I ate. Ya know, Lowell sometimes gets crapped on but I love it here. It’s certainly not crack town USA anymore and the diversity is amazing. Honestly, I think there might be more ethnicities in Lowell than all of Massachusetts because of our mill history. Do you know how much yummy food and great folk music performances that makes for!?!

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By far, the most popular line was for the Polish tent. These ladies are NOTORIOUS. My family is partly Polish so I’ve known of these magical bites of heaven for ever. Above is one of the ladies actually demonstrating how to make pierogis.

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There was a LOT of great music, but I only managed to grab one picture to share with you. Above is the bluegrass group that played, but there were street performers, steel drum groups, a Japanese drumming group (they were SO COOL!) and a traditional Greek folk group that all played ass well.

Like I mentioned, there were a lot of great lists out there this month. Ladies, if you’re sick of “bro country”, head over to THIS Buzzfeed post so listen to some bad ass ladies. I’ll admit, I’m not a big country fan, but it’s not fair to exclude the genre, especially on this blog! Also, on the new music side of things, there is a group of hard rocking 8th graders out there kicking some major metal butt. Learn more about the group from another Buzzfeed article HERE.

Do you have Spotify? Hit up THIS Billboard article for an awesome summer playlist. Thirty songs should give you a great start to that cook out, picnic, party, rafting down the river trip or whatever your adventure is! Summer’s also the time for lo-oO-OoO-v-eeee so if you’re feeling a little romantic, I have a Buzzfeed link for ya! Head over to it HERE. Speaking of Summer, Billboard had a great list of songs from the 1970s for the summer. Check it out!

Well, that’s about all for July! It felt very busy, hopefully August will just be relaxing beach days, blogging and a baby watch for two amazing ladies (not me!)!

Happy Fourth!!


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The weather has New England feeling a little wet this Fourth but when have we ever let the weather stop us?!? The Pops and Beach Boys performed last night in Boston. I didn’t make it back into the city, but I did catch a clip on the news this morning and it looked like a great time. My half-sister said the fireworks were fantastic too!

Since it is the Fourth and there are hundreds of songs that are about this fine country of ours, I wanted to put together a little post with some of the most popular songs. I took some polls, got some results and then hit up the ol’ Googles and complied some lists. The winners were on the most Google lists and voted for the most by you! Check out the results!

TOP TEN MOST PATRIOTIC SONGS

10. Whitney Houston – National Anthem

9. Ray Charles – America the Beautiful

8. Neil Young – Rockin’ in the Free World

7. Sammy Hagar – Remember the Heroes

6. Johnny Cash – Ragged Old Flag

5. Lynyrd Skynard – Red, White & Blue

4. Tim McGraw – If You’re Reading This

3. Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA

2. Jimi Hendrix – Star Spangled Banner

1. Lee Greenwood – God Bless the USA

Of course, some of these songs have deeper or dark meanings than just being patriotic. check out this Buzzfeed List of some of the stories behind the music!

Patriotic Poll Time!


I’m trying to find the most patriotic songs for a special post on the 4th but I need your help! Can you help? Will you fill out the poll below?

Thanks!

 

I Need YOUR Help! Poll Time People!


The Fourth is right around the corner! I can’t wait to relax, soak in some vitamin D and sip on an adult beverage. I am working on a special post for the holiday though so please help!

Take the poll below and let me know what you think is the MOST patriotic song. I have a great deal of Google results but want, nah, I need your input!

I’ll be posting more over the next few days so please be on the look out!

 

While you’re helping out, if you’re feeling extra charitable, hop on over to my Over the Edge fundraising page! I’m 18 days away from my big rappel down the Hyatt in Boston!

End of the Month Wrap Up – June 2014


As much as I’ve tried to keep this blog about the albums, there’s been a lot going on so I figure a monthly wrap up would be helpful, if not for you, for me!

June was hectic. I don’t usually feel too busy, but I feel like something was planned every weekend. I didn’t get to Garnick’s or any record store for that matter. I felt like I organized, was fundraising or just helping with the roomie all month instead of actually working on this blog and new entries. Call it guilt after the year off I suppose!

As hectic as the month was, I did put every single album away though! You can hop over to the Facebook page or Instagram to check out all of the pictures of the progress like the one below. I still need another shelving unit to finish putting everything away but it’s ordered!

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The roomie has made vast improvements in his treatments but we had a cancer scare, a kidney scare and don’t forget the diabetes scares. Oh, and he fell on the stairs but just got a bump on the leg. He’s been helping with the collection a lot more though and has a playlist of singles stashed away in a specific order.

I’ve mentioned it once or twice before but next month I’m jumping off a building! Seriously! This is going to be me soon!!

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I’m one of 100 or so people, 25 from my work that signed up to go Over The Edge to raise awareness for Special Olympics. Every $500 earned covers one athlete for a year and I’m close to earning my $1000 goal! It’s been a journey and I’m so excited for the day to finally come. You can learn more or even donate $10 if you’re so inclined HERE!

Lastly, one of the main reasons I wanted to do a monthly wrap up is because I wanted to share some of the cool links I stumble upon and give a shout out to those who have given me one! I must have been busy because I only stumbled upon two nifty links. The first about Tupac on Buzzfeed and the second, a silly little list about collecting vinyl on Buzzfeed as well.

It was a pretty cool month still though as some of the albums were shared on other sites, the first being Toemail. You can check out the specific post HERE if it intrigues you! (As a sidenote, you might be like oh, a foot fetish site? Really? No, it’s not like that at all! Check it out!).

The second site, I Write the Music, is pretty awesome as well! You can check the post out HERE as well. I haven’t gotten to completely exploring since they just reblogged, but I plan on it. There’s a lot I don’t know about music theory or heck, even music in general! I think this blog is definitely going to help me out!

I hope you have a fantastic Fourth! Check out the fireworks, hit up a beach and fire up those grills! I don’t really have any plans, but do have a bunch of posts ready to go so that I can soak in some rays.

Over the Edge! Please Help!


This is not a music related post, but I need some help and figured I could count on some of my followers for support while I try to raise money for an amazing foundation. When my dad got sick, he still made it about others and donated to Dana Farber, Boston Children’s Hospital and the Lakes Region Hospital. Aside from the album collection, I want to keep his giving spirit alive.

As a kid, I climbed everything, flipped off roofs into snow, and gone over my handlebars more times than I can count. I’m finally taking my crazy risk taking personality and putting it to good use. Yep, I am only 1 of 100 people going “Over the Edge” for Special Olympics and rappelling from the rooftop of the Hyatt Regency, Boston!!!

Please join me in helping Special Olympics Massachusetts provide this wonderful program.  CLICK HERE and you will be taken to my personal donation page where you can make a secure, tax-deductible online credit card donation. I know that times are tough for everyone, but even a few dollars will bring me that much closer to my $1000.00 donation.

Why would I do something so crazy?  Because individuals with intellectual disabilities face their fears every day and Special Olympics has been there helping them do that for over 40 years.  Special Olympics Massachusetts provides year round sports training and competition programs for over 11,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities for free.  Sports is the platform from which athletes gain self esteem and confidence to achieve their everyday objectives.  Sports is the catalyst for acceptance, inclusion, community engagement and so much more.

For more on the Athletes of Special Olympics Massachusetts and how you can get involved visit http://www.specialolympicsma.org.

Thank you so much for your support!

A Trip To the Record Store – Garnick’s


This last weekend, I packed my bags and headed to Vermont with the roommate. After a night in Weston without cell service, we proceeded to Burlington. My intention was to head to a couple of record stores there, but alas, I drank while they were open on Saturday and they opened pretty late on Sunday. It was rainy and bleeehhh outside so we called it a day. I did hit up the Bern Gallery where I saw some pretty nifty painted album covers. I had posted this earlier on Instagram (have you checked it out yet, you should, you should!) but in case you haven’t seen it, these are two of those covers.

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To make up for my timing on the Vermont trip, the roomie and I headed to Garnick’s today on Middlesex in Lowell. It. Was. Amazing. The guy, Bob, knew my dad, his music AND had some funny stories about my dad. I definitely loaded up while in there too. He’s holding a Nina Simone album for me too, which I’m so freakin’ pumped for. The store was pretty crowded, but they’re absolutely fantastic in there. There are some more pictures on Facebook too, get your buns over there and check it out!

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Like I said, I loaded up. The roomie opted for more classic, collectables and I went straight up piggy style and got all the guilty pleasures I wanted. I’m working on some other posts right now but be on the look out for:

Eddie Murphy

Bethlehem’s Finest – a various artists album with artists like Julie London, Betty Roche, Mel Torme, etc

Nancy Wilson

Billie Holiday

Together – an album with Diana Ross, The Supremes and The Temptations

Another Diana Ross album

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And… Miss Jackson if you’re nasty! Janet Jackson

I’m so excited to get these entered and listen to them. I’m headed back to Garnick’s Saturday to pick up my Nina and they’re also checking for some reggae for me. More updates to come!