babes in woodland

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The plan was to head south and visit a little town that apparently everyone in Ohio has either been educated or drunk in. Or a mixture of both. But the weather report was gloomy and even the cutest town didn’t sound appetizing in the rain. So we stayed put and Jesse had the brilliant idea to take a hike through Highbanks Metro Park, an old favorite of hers.

We skipped the trails and instead walked upstream along the creek finding these incredible fossil formations along the way. There were also swarms of tiny bugs that really wanted to live deep inside our eye sockets, a thousand tad poles, and one GIANT momma spider that Jesse and I almost smashed while jumping over this log. If you look closely at the photo you can see her egg sack (AGHIGHSHKGDJ!!) that she was guarding with her life. We talked about my childhood where I spent much of my free time playing in the woods behind our house unattended and how our children would probably not have such an opportunity. And how terribly depressing that is. After that we ran back down stream singing “Colors of the Wind” ’cause life is too short to be depressed.

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wedding flashback – playlist

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We had a pretty tight budget for our wedding and I was determined to not cut the guest list. So we cut out other things that weren’t as important to us like rings and a DJ. Mark and I and all of our friends are into music so we got this, right? Turns out the i-pod wedding DJ thing is way harder than I thought. There are tons of great tips floating around online: make separate playlists for cocktail hour, dinner, & dancing, choose songs without weird intros or endings, buffer time with extra songs just in case things go over, etc. However I could not find a single list of hipster appropriate wedding party music. I vowed to share ours after spending hours and HOURS of putting this together. So ten months later here it is…

COCKTAIL HOUR
Ceremony by New Order
We are Young by fun.
Triangle Walks by Fever Ray
Abducted by Cults
Never Going Back Again by Fleetwood Mac
Such Great Heights by The Postal Service
Holland, 1945 by Neutral Milk Hotel
Wild Night by Van Morrison
Endless Highway by The Band
Cecilia by Simon & Garfunkel
When I Paint My Masterpiece by The Band
Youth, Movement, Genocide by Pixels
I Would Do Anything For You by Foster the People
Ho Hey by The Lumineers
You’re My Best Friends by Queen
Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles
Helena Beat by Foster the People
Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap
‘Cause I Love You by Carla & Rufus
Graceland by Paul Simon
The Chain by Fleetwood Mac
Starting a New Life by Van Morrison
For the Actor by Mates of State
Bruises by Chairlift
Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac
Come Running by Van Morrison

DINNER
Another Saturday Night by Sam Cooke
Bandits by Midlake
Bessie Smith by The Band
Blackbird by The Beatles
Carrion Stoves by Astral Ride
Congratulations by MGMT
Crazy Love by Van Morrison
Crown of Love by The Arcade Fire
Decatur, Or, Round of Applause For Your Stepmother by Sufjan Stevens
Dreams by Fleetwood Mac
The Drinks We Drank Last Night by Azure Ray
Drops in The River by Fleet Foxes
Forks and Knives (La Fete) by Beirut
Gee Whiz by Carla Thomas
Good Times by Aretha Franklin
Got Me by She & Him
Heartbeats by Jose Gonzalez
Heaven Go Easy On Me by The Head and the Heart
Hurry HOme Through the Crowds by Trembling Blue Stars
I Need All The Friends I Can Get by Camera Obscura
I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) by Otis Redding
Into the Mystic by Van Morrison
Knight of Wands by Au Revoir Simone
Love Type Thing by Tegan & Sara
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by The Smashing Pumpkins
Montezuma by Fleet Foxes
Oh! darling by The Beatles
Only You Can Make You Happy by Au Revoir Simone
Razzle Dazzle Rose by Camera Obscura
Shadows by Au Revoir Simone
Sleeping Lessons by The Shins
Something by The Beatles
Sounds Like Hallelujah by The Head and the Heart
These Arms Of Mine by Otis Redding
Thirty-Three by The Smashing Pumpkins
Tonight by Lykke Li
Walk in the Park by Beach House
Wedding Song by Bob Dylan
When I Paint My Masterpiece by The Band
When That Evening Sun Goes Down by Van Morrison

DANCING
September by Earth Wind & Fire
Got My Mind Set On You by George Harrison
My Body by Young the Giant
Laisse Tomber Les Filles by April March
True Faith by New Order
Into the Groove by Madonna
Hey Ya by Outkast
Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett
Superstition by Stevie Wonder
Bizarre Love Triangle by New Order
You Can Call Me Al by Paul Simon
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours by Stevie Wonder
Helena Beat by Foster the People
Just Dance by Lady Gaga & Colby O’Donis
Gangnam Style by PSY
Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) by Eurythmics
Beat It by Micheal Jackson
Hounds Of Love by Kate Bush
Time to Pretend by MGMT
Young Folks by Peter Bjorn & John
Praise You by Fatboy Slim
Sucked Out by Superdrag
Age of Consent by New Order
Let’s Get Out of This Country by Camera Obscura
Dancing Queen by ABBA
Hey Jealousy by Gin Blossoms
You Can’t Hurry Love by The Supremes
Irish Rover by The Dubliners
Let’s Not and Say We Did by Silver Jews
Dusk Till Dawn by Ladyhawke
(There’s) Always Something There To Remember Me by Naked Eyes
In The City by The Jam
Kids by MGMT
Don’t Stop by Fleetwood Mac
Think by Aretha Frankling
Electric Feel by MGMT
The Way You Move by Outkast
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out by The Smiths
Sweet Darlin’ by She & HIm
A New England by Billy Bragg
My Old School by Steely Dan
Lovesick by Friendly Fires
Since You’ve Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson (just trust me on this one)
Everyday People by Sly & The Family
1 Debaser by Pixies
Dancing On My Own by Robyn
You Know What I Mean by Cults
Crayon Box by The Gerbils
Lust for Life by Girls
All of The Lights by Kanye West
Heart of Glass by Blondie
Just Can’t Get Enough by Depeche Mode
Super Bass by Nicki Manaj
Me And The Major by Belle & Sebastian
Get It On by T.Rex
Hungry Like The Wolf by Duran Duran
Midnight City by M83
Outro by M83

staying in

home guitar playing

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black cat sun bathing

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With the arrival of Spring I have been finding myself really enjoying our home. Most of my weekend hours are spent here working on projects, stopping every once in a while to watch the light move across the floor. Mark has been picking up his guitar more. The melodies coming from the other room often feel like a soundtrack to my life which I am currently totally in love with.

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Last Monday Mark and I walked through theatre doors that read “no photography”. The place was packed with kids that look just like us. Beards and thrift store scarves everywhere. As the opening bands played an unexpected lump lodged in my throat. Jeff Mangum hasn’t toured in over a decade and the tickets sold out in the first few hours. We were lucky to be near the front. He came onto stage, his face covered in hair and a baseball cap. The notes rang out of him as clear as they do on the record player.

Mark has been listening to him since eighth grade and when we moved in together the sounds of his voice regularly filled our apartment. Jeff Mangum is incredibly humble, embarrassed even by the “Thank You”s and praises shouted between songs. When asked when he was going to make a new album he responded “I already said what I wanted to say”.

He asked us to all come towards the stage and sing with him. We did and as stupid as it sounds, it was magical.