Mike and I parked our rental car at the end of the long private road. Our car doors slammed, echoing through the valley. The sound of a small stream rushed, and we met the smell of dampened earth and tentative darkness. Something rustled in the leaf litter. We exchanged tired, apprehensive looks concealed by the night shadows. Our adventure in Oregon had already begun.
Angus & Julia Stone are a brother-sister duo hailing from Australia. You may know them from “Big Jet Plane.” If not, listen on to “A Heartbreak” off their newest, self-titled album. They are quite fun and make some beautiful music.
During our trip to Oregon we spent a lot of time driving around. Filling the few gaps in excited conversation and shouted directions was Delta Spirit. Delta Spirit released their new album, Into the Wide, yesterday, and “From Now On” is their first single. From “Bushwick Blues” to “California,” their music is littered with locations of places that inspire them. “From Now On” oozes with their carefree, Californian spirit. Enjoy!
Alt-J recently shared the third single, “Every Other Freckle,” off the band’s new album, This Is All Yours. Alt-J is an English indie band formed in 2007. Alt-J refers to the keyboard sequence on a Mac; it produces the band’s symbol, the delta sign or ∆. You may have heard a few songs off their An Awesome Wave album. If not, that’s okay. Follow the annals of the internet, and I’m sure you’ll find it. Their unusual sounds stems from the fact that they recorded most of their music with Garage Band in the student halls during college.
I have less than three years until I turn 30. (My 30th birthday is on June 5, 2017.) Jeeze. Where the heck did my twenties go? I feel like just yesterday I was traveling through Spain and celebrating my 21st birthday on Mallorca. Time just flies. I’ve already accomplished and attained a lot of things I’ve wanted in my life. But there’s always more out there to explore, dream and discover. No time like the present to accomplish all the things we continue to put off until tomorrow. (read more…)
When people use the word introvert, it often carries along a negative connotation. They confuse introverts with being shy or antisocial. But I don’t see that as being the case. While I once considered myself shy, I can no longer attach myself to the label. Plus, I would never say I’m antisocial. For most part, I enjoy being around people and making new friends. I just need to balance those experiences with my need to be alone and recharge.
If you’ve not heard of Benjamin Booker yet, get ready for a blues explosion with “Violent Shiver.” Based in New Orleans, Booker is a bit of punky blues mixed with dirty rock n roll. Booker never intended to chase music. In fact, he went to school for journalism and attributes his success to dumb luck. Currently, he’s touring the U.S. with his guitar hero, Jack White, who hand-selected Booker to join him.
I absolutely love summer. While I know it’s not over yet, I can’t stop thinking about the outdoors and the crisp fall weather. I guess I just have hiking trails and Mt. Hood on my brain. Our trip to Oregon is coming up so quickly! Here’s a list of few things I am loving lately:
I realize it’s been a few weeks since we’ve returned from our trip to North Topsail Beach on Topsail Island, North Carolina. But better late than never, right?
July was an exciting month full of travel and joy. Summer has been an exactly perfect balance of busy days and restful days. The older I get, the more I realize and understand how important this balance is for me. But it sure is flying by, isn’t it? Here are a few life highlights in the month of July: