First. Play this:
Thank You For Nothing by Elizabeth & The Catapult
Beautiful song… Sad… But beautiful…
So I’ve been trying to “slow things down” a bit and go back to having fun again. Bret and I had our first round of Thanksgiving this weeked at his parents’ house. We were able to see Bret’s little nephew (yay!) who we don’t get to see often since Bret’s brother doesn’t live in Pittsburgh.
After eating our Thanksgiving feast last night, Bret and I went and played in our first round of Turkey Bowls this year. Our team came in second place, unfortunately, but it was a lot of fun and crazy gorgeous outside.
I was sitting here on the couch after the Steelers game (GO STEELERS) and tried to take a picture of the sunset outside. Anytime the sky is pink/red, Bret and I chime in together: “Red at night, sailor’s delight!” Since my phone is so old/stupid/crappy, the above picture was the best I could take.
Regardless, tomorrow is going to be a wonderful day.
The sunset inspired me to put together a “laying on the couch” playlist. I wanted to collect a few new and old chill songs that you can listen to while you relax tonight and/or tomorrow. Once Thanksgiving is over, I will be updating this blog like a champ with all kinds of new Christmas songs.
Until then, get in your PJs, and relax. Think.
Some of the new ones that I will be listening to… a lot:
– Adele “Someone Like You”
– Gorillaz “Crystalised” (this song isn’t new, but this cover is)
– Darren Hanlon “All These Things” (LOVE this…)
– Matthew and the Atlas “I Will Remain” (Sounds a little like Ray LaMontagne.. With a bit of Amos Lee <3)
– Stornoway “Zorbing”
– Johnny Flynn “Lost and Found” (This isn’t the actual video… but I love this song and couldn’t find an MP3 to stream.
Like I mentioned earlier, this has been a successful weekend. Yesterday, Bret and I went to an apple festival which was tons of fun. We ended up leaving with 6 gallons of fresh, pressed apple cider (two for us and four to distribute to friends + family). After the festival, we stopped by Schram’s Farms to get some pumpkins. I took a nice, high quality photo (sarcasm) of some of the pumpkins at the patch. Bret and I walked away with two big guys and three little ones.
During our little adventures yesterday, I kept tabs on some songs that suited the autumn/fall mood that we were in. The playlist can be found below. Since it’s October, my obsession for Halloween must be fulfilled — so cue the horror/scary/thriller movies! I made some chocolate chip pumpkin muffins last night for when we watched Shutter Island. The movie was good, but I really was in the mood for Paranormal Activity. I watched the trailer for the sequel yesterday (knowing full well that I won’t see it in the theater), but it sparked my interest to see the original which Bret and I haven’t done yet.
This morning, Bret requested some hot apple cider. I don’t have any mulling spices, so I used the recipe that I have to spice up the cider. Just put the cider on medium-low on the stove to heat it up, and add these spices. The recipe doesn’t call for cinnamon or ginger, but I like to add both to give it a little more zing:
1/2 teaspoon whole allspice
- 1 teaspoon whole cloves
- 1 cinnamon stick
1/2 tsp nutmeg (NUTMEG!!!!!)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
If you have coffee filters, put them all in the coffee filter and tie with a string. If you don’t have coffee filters, use two paper towels layered on top of one another, put the spices in the middle, and tie with a string. Put the little satchet along with the cinnamon stick inside your pot of hot cider and let steep until your preferred taste.
Have some spiced apple cider while you listen to the playlist 🙂
The playlist includes:
Moldy Peaches – Anyone Else But You
Kate Nash – Merry Happy
Johnny Flynn – The Box
David Karsten Daniels – That Knot Unties?
Sondre Lerche -To Be Surprised
Commander Cody – Hot Rod Lincoln (Bret’s addition to the list…)
Brett Dennen – When I Go
Alexi Murdoch – All of My Days
Tunng – Woodcat
Vampire Weekend – Taxi Cab
Matt Costa – Astair
Kanye West ft. Chris Martin – Homecoming
I know I keep talking about Mumford & Sons, but I really can’t get enough of them. We played “Timshel” on our trip to the pumpkin patch. I love this song… So pretty, simple, meaningful. I mean really, if it doesn’t touch your inner core, then I don’t know what does.
“The Water,” will be the third single from Johnny Flynn’s second album “Been Listening” which has a release date of November 1. He is set to go on tour with Mumford and Sons’ upcoming UK tour. Gahhhh. I wish I could see those performances live… But nooo… Good music is kept only in the UK…
The song has a hazy, floating feeling to it which is appropriate due to the song title. Singing along with Johnny is Lara Marling a 20-year old with the voice beyond her years. The song tells a wonderful story of life and its complexities, but through these obstacles something will keep you afloat. This is exactly the type of song I want to play when I’m having my first cup of hot apple cider, sitting on the porch, watching the leaves change colors, and thinking about what is out there for me next in my life.
I always need a “go to” song to collect my thoughts and to keep myself at ease. Right now, this song is fulfilling that need.
So wrap yourself up in a blanket or wrap your hands around a hot cup of tea, and press play:
The Water (Featuring Laura Marlin.mp3 by cooperativemusicuk