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Today is the 35th anniversary of Elvis’ death.  When I first realized it was 35 years, I said to myself, “gee that seems like such a long time” and then it dawned on me that I am 30, so the math makes sense.  And then I felt old.

Enough about me though, today’s post is about Elvis.  Priscilla and Lisa Marie were interviewed on the Today Show this morning and I will be honest… I got a little choked up over my toast while they were talking about the day he died. Lisa Marie always declines to talk about that day in interviews, so this was pretty rare.  They were both attending the candlelight vigil at Graceland and I swear, one of these days I’m going to make that pilgrimage.  I’m not sure I’m emotionally ready for that though.

Returning to my tradition of Top 10 Things Elvis (only on January 8th and August 16th), today I’m going my top 10 favorite early Elvis songs.  In January, I’ll do my top 10 late Elvis songs.  The dividing point between early and old is the ’68 Comeback Special.  Obviously.  In no particular order, here we go…

1. Don’t Be Cruel
2. Follow That Dream
3. Love Me
4. Pocketful of Rainbows
5. One Night
6. Don’t Leave Me Now
7. Baby, Let’s Play House
8. (Marie’s The Name Of) His Latest Flame
9. Now and Then (There’s A Fool Such As I)
10. Trying To Get To You

Normally, I’d show a video of “If I Can Dream”, “Always On My Mind” or “American Trilogy” to fit the emotions I’m feeling today.  But, I’m going to play a live version of one of the songs above that shows what an amazing performer he really was.  You can’t beat the all leather get-up and his smile at the 2:56 mark makes my heart melt.  I flipped through some of the comments below this video on YouTube and this was my favorite:

“Nobody will ever be this great.  Nobody.”

To leave you with a bit of humor, my Mom called as soon as the interview on the Today Show started and instead of answering with “Hi Mom”, I answered with, “Don’t worry, I’m watching”.  I called her back once the segment was over and we discussed the interview.  Her comment, which makes me laugh only because we’re such Graceland pros, was, “I think the Living Room looked really nice this morning, everything was clean and orderly, and it looked really bright in there”.

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Days like today don’t come around that often.  Aside from listening to music, making mixed “tapes”, and going to concerts, shopping for records has to be one of my favorite hobbies.  The excitement of flipping through the bins of records, not knowing what you might find is a joy.  You can find almost any album new on vinyl these days, but I prefer to buy used.  Not only is it cheaper and smells like the public library, but finding them requires a bit of luck so they hold a sense of accomplishment.

Y’all know I love post-it notes.  I made this one last week of albums I’d like to find soon.  I did some ebay-ing, but the prices there are pretty high compared to what they are when you find them on a whim at Half Price Books or Waterloo Records. 

Being Friday, I decided to take an extended lunch break and waltz over to Waterloo Records to peruse their used records.  Aside from laying on the beach and drinking, this is my favorite way to pass the time.  I went straight to the back to flip through the bins of records organized by what day they came in this week.  I imagine there are people out there that stalk these record bins on a daily basis.  Things were definitely in my favor today, because within a couple of rows I had found 2 out of 3.

Pretty frickin’ awesome.  I think today’s find ranks second behind the day I found Pet Sounds and Abbey Road at a Half Price Books in Richardson (again on my lunch break… shhh).  It’s a rare feat to come away with what you went looking for.  And not only did I find those, but I walked out with a handful of others that rock my world.

Part of the weekend agenda is to find a new bookshelf/TV stand where I can house all these records.  I used to be able to keep them in two bins, but the number of them has grown and it looks like stack in the corner of my bedroom has thrown up all over itself.  Plus, I want them in my living room where I can listen more often.  It’s amazing how much more enjoyable cooking and napping on the couch are when a record is playing. 

The hunt is still out for the 3rd album on my list.  It might require me to anty up because I just don’t think I’m going to be THAT lucky.  It’s a little more obscure of an album.  Here’s to hoping!

File this one under: Reasons I should never go 3 years without a Rolling Stone subscription.

Last December, I was still pretty new to Spotify, but began exploring their Christmas tunes selection.  The She & Him Christmas album had just come out and was showing up often, so I figured I’d give it a whirl.  I looked at the cover, which was a picture of them, and realized the “She” was the actress from Elf (Zooey Deschanel).  Didn’t know she was also a musician.  Or let alone had a band.  I listened to the album a lot in December and really liked it.  But then January came and I stopped listening.

A month went by and upon a trip to see the Rubottom’s, I learned that I must (MUST) start watching New Girl (starring the “She”).  As per usual, I kept that in my back pocket for a month or so.  Then I caught up on the series on Hulu and fell in love with it.  Totally hilarious.  And then another month goes by and somehow I stumble upon the fact that She & Him had put out two albums prior to the Christmas one.

And since then, I’ve become slightly obsessed with both.  They have a really cool vintage feel to them… a little bit oldies, a little bit sunny 70’s Cali pop and a little bit Phil Spector Wall of Sound.  Obviously, I dig all of it.  And the cool thing I’ve learned about buying records these days (new ones, not used) is that not only do you get the record, but a free MP3 download of the album.

Come to find out, they played SxSW two years ago.  If only I had known about them then.  The “Him” (M. Ward) will be performing at ACL this year, so I’m excited about that.  It would be awesome if “She” would make a guest appearance, but I can understand if she doesn’t, so long as she’s filming new episodes of New Girl.

Favorite songs:

Ridin’ In My Car
Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?
I Thought I Saw Your Face Today
I Was Made For You
Black Hole

Sweet Darlin’

Just a warning… some of their songs are extremely catchy and have the ability to get stuck in your head for days.

And in case you were curious… I’ve recently re-subscribed to Rolling Stone.

A couple months ago (seriously behind on the blog), I attended an arts fundraiser with the folks where the main entertainment was a Beatles cover band.  They were legit.  I tried to withstand the peer pressure of getting up and dancing with my parents and their friends, but there’s only so long you can hold out when it’s the Beatles.  I was easily the youngest there (on the dance floor), but I for sure held my own. 

The following quote from the movie “Sliding Doors” easily rings true for me… I’m one of these babies:

James: Everybody’s born knowing all the Beatles lyrics instinctively. They’re passed into the fetus subconsciously along with all the amniotic stuff. Fact, they should be called “The Fetals”.

For reals. 

I’m in the process of writing a new list of my favorite songs (you’re welcome) and decided to skim through the Beatles catalog on my iPod.  I think it’s virtually impossible to pick out one Beatles song as being a favorite.  I know all the words to basically all of them and they each elicit a different emotional response… I love them all. 

[Lightbulb] I need to create a favorite Beatles playlist. 

Have I ever said how much I love making lists?  Lists make me happy and that’s probably why I get/love the movie High Fidelity so much.  No one may give a rats a__ about my lists, but it brings me joy to make them, so that’s that.

Oh, I just realized the night of the Beatles concert was the night Whitney Houston died.  Let’s take a moment and remember her…

Or not.

I know I really need to get this blog fired up again.  I’m doing a baby post today.  Gotta get my feet wet. 

One of my pet peeves is when you send someone an email, text, etc and they don’t return it.  It’s like it just went off into la la land and you have no idea if you’ll ever get a response.  Happened to me this week at work as I was waiting on a reply to an email I sent a couple of weeks ago.  Which I followed up on again Monday.  Then again on Tuesday.  Then again on Wednesday.  I mean… $hit has to get done around here, give me a response. 

Side note, one of my many talents is applying song lyrics to real life situations to make me feel better about them.  Immediately, this song came to mind and it’s sorta my theme song this week.  It’s jazzy and really, who doesn’t love a little Phil Collins on a Friday afternoon? 

By the way, I finally got a response.  Somebody’s listening.

Today, I spent the better part of the day watching the below video.  After watching it more times than I’ll admit, I have dreams of re-creating it in the same fashion as my Regina Spektor video from back in the day.   Maybe now that I’m 30, I can see things much clearer than before, because it’s pretty obvious to me today that I have obviously missed my true calling in life.  As anyone who has attended a wedding with me in the last six months knows, I’m a big fan of interpretive dancing.  It’s just one of those amazing skills that I possess.

Clearly, I was meant to be a backup dancer on Solid Gold.

I am really loving the new Cee-Lo album.  Of course, my love for the F you song was what initially got me to buy the album, but I’m really loving the rest of it, too.

On the second track, “Bright Lights, Bigger City” there is a spot where you hear the faintest sound of a siren in the background.  Every stinking time I hear it, I immediately hit the brakes and look in my rearview mirror for an ambulance or fire truck.  When I see nothing, I realize I’ve been tricked again by the song.  You’d think I’d catch on, but this has happened close to 10 times.  I’m obviously not catching on.

Why am I so gullible all the time?

Don’t ask me why it’s taken 4 years to add Hall and Oates to my record collection. But thank goodness the day has finally arrived. Can’t wait to give this guy a spin tomorrow when I get home. My apologies to the neighbors.

I can’t tell you how good life is after you’ve taken a section of the CPA exam.  Unfortunately, I feel like I probably failed. Fortunately, I have a month of bliss before I get my score.  Yahtzee!  My mood has been phenomenal for the last 24 hours.  I wonder why?

I got to enjoy hang with the a-holes over a few “eastsides” and tequila gimblets last night.  Speaking of… are liquor stores open on Sunday?  I need to restock my vodka supply.  This week might involve some experimenting in the kitchen in how to make an eastside.  That $hit was good!  If I can learn how to make one that will save me 10 bucks a pop.  Last night’s bar tab was a little high, but worth every freaking cent.  On the bright side, I got my bathroom towel hanger fixed after the bar last night for free. Thanks Boozanna!

I got to spent an hour at Central Market today.  I love farting around in nice grocery stores.

I took about a 2 hour nap this afternoon.  Guess it’s not surprising that I’m still up and blogging and it’s 10:30.  Whoopsies!

I got to spend lots of time downloading new music this evening.  So, I have always been a fan of Cee Lo back from his “I Wish” days.  But, brother takes it to a whole new level these days.  I highly recommend his single “F**k You”.  Why not?

Oh yeah, and I also caught up on Brothers and Sisters, Modern Family and Cougar Town.

Life is so good if feels like a Steve Winwood song.  Roll with it!

We are about 4 days from take-off for Cabo and I’m starting to get a wee bit excited.  In my spare time at work, I’m trying to compile a good playlist for the beach.  If I get it done in time, I’ll share.  In the mean time I thought I’d share my two most favorite albums for beach napping. 

There comes a point when you’re so relaxed laying in the sun, that you begin dozing in and out of conciousness and maybe even begin to drool a little.  It’s like the best nap ever, even if it is a little embarrassing.  I usually can only reach this state of euphoria when I’m listening to music.  And time and time again, I’ve road tested these two albums while laying out.  They are my most favorite.  Try them.

Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds – “Live at Luther College”

Eric Clapton – “Unplugged”