Repost: Hanging By A Moment

**I’m reposting this old gem this morning as it is music week around here! I saw Dolly Parton perform in Austin on Tuesday night (I still can’t believe it), and I will be going to see Billy Joel here in San Antonio tomorrow. I last saw Billy in the summer of 1990, when my mom took two of my girlfriends and I to see his show – it was AMAZING!! My mom has great concert karma (seriously – if you go to a show with my mom, it will be the finest live performance the band has ever done. She really does something magical in the audience -I wish I could bottle it and put it on ebay). Anyway – enjoy this walk down musical memory lane! πŸ˜‰

I love music, which I’m sure is obvious to you since pretty much every post I write is titled after a song, I discuss music ALL the time, and I’m constantly giving you, my beloved readers, insight into the soundtrack of my life. When I’m stressed or fretting about something, my music tends to run either dark or inspirational, and when I’m happy, my music choices are happy, bouncy ditties. πŸ™‚ After dancing in the car to ‘Shiny Happy People’ on the way home this evening (a bit of a theme song of mine, heehee), Lifehouse’s ‘Hanging By A Moment’ came on…and I forgot how much I’ve always loved that song. It reminds me of those magical moments,Β when everything in the universe is exactly the way it’s supposed to be and all feels right and shiny sparkly and perfect…I love those moments. πŸ™‚ I love it even more that those moments can be found all over the place – when my little girl is chatting with me on the phone on the way home today about a purse that she designed and made this afternoon (I swear, that kid is going to be on Project Runway one day – she’s got quite the talent!) (yes, I’m a proud Mama…shh), when I’m sitting at my desk trying desperately to solve a problem that will keep a kid enrolled in a class that is going to help him with his life and he is feeling low and wants to quit – but I manage to string together the right combination of words to convince him to not give up and keep trying (and I even spoke a wee bit of Arabic – go me!!!), when I’m with those that I love doing nothing but being happy and full of love, or when I’m chowing down on an absolutely divine sushi roll…those moments are simplyΒ magic. πŸ™‚ Music has the ability to bring about those moments, as well – how many times have you been having a crappy day, and a good song comes on the radio and the next thing you know you’re pulling your car over to the side of the road so that you can get out and dance? (You do that too, right? It can’t just be me – I’m absolutely serious, I have done that a MILLION times. Maybe I’m weird.) I love those kinds of songs – Tom Cochrane’s ‘Life Is A Highway’ is one of those for me, as is ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ (who doesn’t feel like they can take on the universe when they hear that song??!), and Deee-Lite’s ‘Groove Is In The Heart’ (my arse cannot stop shaking when I hear that one – no kidding. It doesn’t matter where I am, I start dancing like I’m at a club and the spotlight is on me…which has caused many an awkward moment in the grocery store and Doctor’s office waiting room. I wish I was kidding.)Β 


Have you ever seen Kelly Clarkson in concert? I haven’t, but I would sure like to – she’s got an amazing voice, that one, and I like her personality so much, too. πŸ™‚ Β She does this thing at her shows called ‘Fan Request’, where people submit ideas of a cover song that they would love to hear her sing, she picks one and sings the absolute hell out of it. πŸ™‚ Thankfully, people are kind enough to put these on YouTube for the rest of the world to see (woohoo!) – here’s links to a few of my favorites:


Speaking of Bob Dylan, I saw him in concert in Winnipeg, Canada in the late 90s. Jann Arden opened the show (and absolutely slayed it, btw…that girl’s voice is A-MAZING!! Loooove her!!!) – and then Bob took the stage. He had on the cutest little velvet tuxedo, and I wanted to put him in my pocket and play with him forever more. And then he started performing…and he didn’t sound great. I feel awful saying that, and I’m going to blame it on the acoustics in the old Winnipeg Arena, because I choose to believe that Bob should have sounded better than that. I declared at the time that he should put the words up on an overhead projector or something, play the shit out of his guitar (he was rocking on that thing…and he was so cute, he danced a little bit like Bert doing the Pigeon from Sesame Street – please tell me you remember that slice of awesomeness??), and let the audience sing. It was still a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I’m pleased that I can say that I’ve seen Bob Dylan live, but…wow, it did not sound great. Oh well…the show was still fun πŸ™‚


I hope that you all have had a beautiful day, and that you’re looking forward to a wonderful long weekend – I most certainly am. πŸ™‚ I plan to listen to lots of music this weekend, take in the full moon on Friday night – it’s a blue moon!!!! (and hopefully do a bit of dancing beneath it) and enjoy the last hurrah of summer (and relish the fact that with the arrival of fall also comes Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks, which is what I’ve decided Heaven will taste like, should they let me in πŸ˜‰ ). Tell me about the soundtrack to your life, my beauties! What are your go-to tunes? πŸ™‚




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