March 30, 2015

The David Mayfield Parade: BSP Kingston

I saw David Mayfield for the first time last August when he opened for The Avett Brothers in Burlington, VT. Aside from being an excellent guitar player and talented songwriter, he is hysterical.

And I mean, so fucking funny.

He also got to meet Flat Paul, and I think it was love at first sight.

New to his music? Start with this song.

Check him out if he is playing near you.

March 27, 2015

To Whom It May Concern

I learned the true meaning of think before you speak during my last relationship.

My words, when said without time to reflect, can cut deep. I used to say things, cruel things, without thinking- without even remembering, so that when I settled back down, it was truly all a blur.

Not anymore.

I fight clean now.

I take my time to respond. I process things. I let the first snap of an emotional response subside before I answer- before I explain. So that my words are chosen carefully, in consideration to you, and your emotions.

Here’s the trick- you have to let me.

You have to let me be silent; you have to let me think long and hard about what I want to say, so that I don’t make things worse. Because I have, and I could again, if pressured to react.

Understand that my silence is not distancing; it’s what will bring me back to you.

But only when I’m ready.

And only when you're ready. I'll respect the space you need to reflect, too.

So that we can fight clean, and play dirty

Sound good to you?

March 26, 2015

Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield: Keswick Theatre

Two weekends ago, Kelsey and I headed to Glenside, PA, just outside of Philly, to hear Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield perform. They recently released an Elliott Smith cover album, so they played a few songs from that, a few of their own, and a few covers by Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and the like.

My favorite Nashville human, Paul Defiglia, played with them, too.

The stage included a working stove! Halfway through the set, Jessica heated up water and filled their cups for tea.

You can find out more about the album here.

They have just a few stops left on tour, so if you live near any of these cities, I highly recommend checking them out.

March 24, 2015

Things I’ve Recently Learned

Painting your nails while watching old Jake Gyllenhaal interviews on YouTube can be surprisingly enjoyable.

Facebook stalking – to an extent – is okay. Learning that someone has a girlfriend based on his profile, rather than when you finally work up enough courage to give him your number, is a good thing. 

And it means you can continue to go to that restaurant you like so much.

It’s perfectly acceptable to wake up at 8am and take a nap at 10am.

Sometimes you have to wash one shirt by itself because you don’t own any other light colored clothing.

You can’t force someone to ask you out on a date. You just have to put yourself out there and hope they get the hint.

And if they don’t, you must move on. No more dwelling on what never was.

Sometimes the best feeling in the world is having an open road in front of you, and no place to go.

Spending money on quality products for your hair or skin is a smart choice. It might pain you to see the final price tag, but you have to remember that it’s for the greater good.

In other words, treat yo self.

Which also translates to: look good, feel good

And shit if I don't look good and feel good almost every single day lately.

March 19, 2015

Mixtape No. 8

1. Shakey Graves // Pansy Waltz
2. Jessica Lea Mayfield // For Today
3. Brandi Carlile // The Things I Regret
4. Lucy Rose // Shiver
5. The David Mayfield Parade // Human Cannonball
6. Vampire Weekend // Unbelievers
7. The Head and the Heart // Down In The Valley
8. Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield // Fond Farewell
9. The Avett Brothers // Ten Thousand Words

March 18, 2015

"The only people for me are the mad ones; the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time. The ones who never yawn, or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles, exploding like spiders across the stars." - Jack Kerouac, On the Road

March 13, 2015

lately || mid-march edition

making // an honest attempt to clean my closets.

eating // gummy vitamins! and a banana.

drinking //
water, water, and water. and coffee.

reading //
the girls' guide to hunting and fishing

listening //
to brandi carlilie's new album the firewatcher's daughter on repeat

watching //
the jinx on hbo. please tell you've been watching it, too! let's discuss.

bookmarking //
lots of diy projects that i'll probably never d-i-myself.

wanting //
new jeans. why are they so difficult to find?

looking //
forward to this weekend! headed to philly with kelsey to see seth avett & jessica mayfield.

enjoying //
the warmer weather. 30 degrees might as well be 80 degrees, after the winter we had.

waiting //
for the sun to be up before i am again. daylight savings is a catch-22.

wondering //
if this day will drag - i hope not!

loving //
my freshly cut hair.

needing //
to buy nail polish remover! i keep forgetting.

wearing //
new flats from old navy that spruce up every outfit, i swear.

smelling //
my morning coffee.

noticing //
grass! what is that!

knowing //
things will all work out.

laughing //
at message from kelsey that said: are you drunk? because i made *so many* typos in a previous text.

daydreaming //
about being able to go for walks after work. soon, i hope!

feeling //
pretty damn good.