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Just got back from going to Philly to see Kris Allen. Don't have much to say at the moment because my brain shorted out due to the fact that he is probably the most adorable thing ever. And has an awesome voice. But seriously - most adorable thing ever!

Did take a bunch of pics with my phone, so if any of them turned out, I'll see about posting them.

Need to go crash into bed now.
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Granted, I gave up on "Smash" a while ago, but this is still a fun song. And Christian Borle's awesome.

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Something I wonder every year - why don't radio stations play non-Christmas Christmas music after Christmas?

I mean like "Walking In A Winter Wonderland" and "Let It Snow".
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(Okay, so it's technicall 12:15 am on Sunday, but I'm posting this for Saturday because that's when it happened.)

Side note2: We got our Christmas tree today!


Tonight, Kate and I went up to the World Cafe in Philly and saw Carbon Leaf and we were able to stand in the second "row" of people from the stage. The opening band was Red Wanting Blue, whom I've never heard of, but they're really good.

Throughout the show, I got annoyed with the couple next to me, who looked like they were in high school and spent at least as much time kissing as they did watching the band. And at one point they even sat down on the floor. I was sorely tempted to step on toes and "accidentally" kick them or elbow them.

Even so, Carbon Leaf was a lot of fun. And Kate, who's never heard them before, really enjoyed the show as well.
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I had a great time yesterday!

I left for Frederick, MD, right after work yesterday and I'm glad I got out early, with having to deal with Baltimore's Friday traffic on I695. I met up with [livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings, [livejournal.com profile] gblvr, [livejournal.com profile] wolfshark, and Mr. Sharkie at the Olive Garden. We had a good dinner and a good time talking about all sorts of things.

Trying to park in the theatre's parking garage was an experience and a half, but we finally found spots - on the roof. The theatre itself (technically the Weinberg Center for the Arts), is a nice place. There weren't as many people as I thought there would be. (I honestly thought it would be sold out, and it wasn't). And it was also a "Listener Appreciation" concert by WFRE, the local country station. We arrived about 7:50, and were able to get seats in the middle on the floor, near the back. In front of us was a mom, dad, and son (who looked about 15). The parents looked like they were there for a bit of culture and you could tell the son didn't want to be there - mainly because he played on his gameboy the entire time. In front of them was a mom with three girls - one about 13 or 14 and the other two maybe 10-11? The two younger ones were standing on their chairs and dancing the whole time and one of them held her hands in the shape of a heart most of the time.

Brian Nutter was the opening act. He did a few of his own songs, and a cover of John Mellencamp's "Pink Houses" - which Christian joined him on.

Then Christian and the rest of the guys came on. They did a bunch of songs from The House Rules, along with "Middle America Saturday Night", two covers - one of a Trace Adkins song and one of a Waylon Jennings son, and a couple songs I'd never heard before. (And to some extent which you could say I still didn't hear because the acoustics weren't balanced right and by the end of the show, it was kind of hard to understand. You can still have a loud, rocking show and be able to understand the words.) And [livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings and I had a good laugh because Christian introduced one of the songs as being about a "red-headed stripper from Oklahoma City", and we heard it was about a "*red-neck* stripper from Oklahoma City".

And we had a laugh over the amount of ass-smacking done by Christian. On Jason, his lead guitarist. And Steve. But mostly Jason. And also Christian grabbbing Jason's hair at one point and holding their foreheads together while Jason played. And also the bassist getting up on the drumming platform and Steve getting downstage of him so he could lean back against him. Sometimes it just writes itself.

Overall, it was a very fun, great time. :-D
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Had a good day at the beach today with my dad. He was actually fairly well-behaved, which surprised me. The main downside is that even with applying sunscreen and sitting under the umbrella most of the time when I wasn't in the water, my rosacea still flared up, so my face is red and feels really hot.

Aside from being on the beach for a while, we also played three games of air hockey and my dad won 2-1 (all three games were close). And we played a game of mini-golf.

And all day, my dad kept commenting on how beautiful a day it was, or how gorgeous an evening and on the way back to the truck, I was tempted to say, "I do not think that means what you think it means," but I know the Princess Bride reference would've been lost on him.

On the way down, we listened to Christian Kane's The House Rules album. (My dad loves country.) After the titular song, we had this exchange:
Dad: "Is this all country?"
Me: "Yeah."
Dad: "And you like it?"
Me: "Yeah."
Dad: "Good. And you can get me this for my birthday."
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And another reason I really like Pandora...

I can get stuff like "Hey Girl" by O.A.R., which is:
a) not something I'd expect from this band
b) sounds like what you'd expect if Dave Matthews Band's music and Indigo Girls' music had a love child.

(The link is to the video, since I couldn't embed it.)
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Tonight was the Carbon Leaf/Toad the Wet Sprocket concert.

I'll be honest, I really only went for Carbon Leaf. And they didn't disappoint. :-D And I think it was a bit more fun this time because I knew more of the songs than when I saw them almost a year ago. Afterwards, I got their newest two cds (one of which is a Christmas cd) and a tshirt. And I pimped some of the Toad fans into them too (well, into which cds). And I got to talk to all of the guys - which was fun.

I missed the beginning of Toad the Wet Sprocket, but went back in. I listened to a few songs, then decided to leave - partly because I was getting a little hot and my body decided that food was a good idea. Otherwise, I'm sure I would've had fun with them.
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Why the hell is my Christian rock station on Pandora playing "You Found Me" by The Fray and "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day?
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I've been wandering around on Youtube again.

This time listening to songs I haven't heard in years (Michael Bolton, Kenny G, Expose....) It's a real blast from the past. But still lots and lots of fun. And interesting to see how music's changed.
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Went to the eye doctor's today. And found out my last appointment was in 2003.

On the upside, my eyes have only changed a little bit and my doctor said my eyes look good and that I don't need to be any rush to get my new glasses.

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Christian Kane's new album, The House Rules, came out today. I preordered it and got the digital download today and should be getting the cd soon. I was listening to it today and it's awesome! And I had to laugh becaue when my iPod came on this morning (it's set on shuffle), it played "The House Rules".

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Happy Delaware Day!

(On December 7, 1787, Delaware was the first state to ratify the Constitution.)
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One of the fun things about wading through the Union Maid (Common Rotation's free music site) is finding videos from when the guys were touring with the Indigo Girls last year.



Other fun things are getting different versions of songs and hearing stories when they post stuff from live shows.
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Forgot to mention that Loretta also gave me a copy of the Kane music she has on her computer.

Most of it's stuff I've heard before - songs from the first Kane cd and the Live in London cd from the con that Christian and Steve did, and "House Rules". And it has a studio version of "Mary Can You Come Outside" (the London cd has a live version). There's also two new songs on there - "All I Did Was Love Her" and "Something's Gotta Give".

And there's also a couple covers - one was "Drift Away" by Dobie Gray and the other was Jordan Knight's "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man". Which that just - it both amuses me to no end and makes my brain melt a little because it's so random.
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Last night I decided to use iTunes to convert all of my .wma files into .mp3 files. I have a feeling that was the easy part.

Now I have to go through and fix how it named said files and put them where they belong and not where iTunes put them (both on my harddrive and in my playlists).

This should be an interesting project. Let's see how long this takes. Today is day one.
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I'll admit - there was a fair amount of flailing while I watched the Lost finale. Most of it was good. Near the end, it was more confused. But overall, I'm happy with it. And the couples that I wanted to get together did...kinda... in the AU. (Still don't care about Jack/Kate.) And also - Lapidus! Richard! :-D (And just for the hell of it, I think my non-canon pairing is Richard/Lapidus because it makes about as much sense as anything else on the show and it might be fun in a "once they get off the Island" sort of way.)

And, even though I never watched it, I feel kinda bad for "24". Its series finale is tomorrow and it's getting shafted in the media by Lost. Both were ground-breaking shows in how they told their stories and everyone thought both would tank because of it, so I think "24" should get some of the space too - in places like "Entertainment Weekly", "USA Today", etc.

******

Also, I just bought two songs through iTunes for the first time. Is there a way I can convert them so that I can play them on my Windows Media Player? They both have a .m4a extension and it says 'AAC Audio' underneath them. (The rest of my songs say either 'MP3 Format Sound' or 'Windows Media Audio File'.)
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Well, my day took a turn for the better after my last post.

For starters, two of the YChromes (UD's male a capella group) came into the store with a box and asked if they could talk to a manager about selling their cds in the store. My coworker called our boss to see what to tell them, but while she did so, I bought a cd from them.

When I got home from work, I did some gardening for my dad. It was unexpectedly fun and relaxing to play in the dirt.

Then I went and saw Robin Hood tonight. It was a lot of fun! I think I needed to go.
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Random quotes:

"Here's proof that love is alive and well in Hollywood. At least for my darling husband and my husband's darling husband." - Jennifer Garner (Source - People Magazine)

"I'm not the man I was. Or maybe now I'm the man I always was but never knew." - Beecher in OZ, "Medium Rare" (4x09)


And when I was doing the music meme last month, I completely forgot this song. I want this to play at my wedding as the processional, starting from 1:19.



Also, sort of in relation to that meme, I can't listen to this song any more because of this vid.
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Day 29 - A song from your childhood

"Forever Young" by Rod Stewart. My mom listened to Rod Stewart *a lot* while I was growing up. This song was always my favorite of his.



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I think I'm slowly getting a handle on the sleep deprivation and it's slowly starting to right itself. Except that now it's starting to collect behind my eyes and make my eyes feel really tired and screw with my vision a tiny bit, as well as randomly give me very mild headaches. *Sigh*. I think I'm just going to have to give in at some point and plan a weekend in bed or something to deal with this - as weird as that would be.


Day 28 - A song that makes you feel guilty

I honestly don't think I have any that do.

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