Since there's nothing to report outside of work, I figured I might as well report on the roughly 6.5 hours of solitude I do get every week: my time in the car. Also known as, my beloved commute. While I do get sick and tired of driving 40 minutes each way every day, it is useful in some regards. And on a somewhat unrelated note, Pandora the Prius hit 55 mpg this last tank. Wheee!
The last time I went to blow off steam at Books-a-Million I picked up the audio version of Anne Lamott's ruminations on faith--Grace (Eventually). Annnnd, it sucks. Well, OK, maybe that's a little harsh, but I really am not enjoying it.
1. Anne Lamott has the most whiny, flighty, airy voice I've ever heard. Very hippie Earth mother whatever whatever. And not in the great eco-Earth mother way that I enjoy.
2. Boring. Very.
Sooo, in the absence of a good audio book (and new podcasts since I've misplaced my iPod charger chord thingy) I must turn to music. Not that it's a chore or anything, but I can't update my music either since I can't find the iPod charger chord thingy (technical term). I'm forced to listen to the CDs already loaded. Currently spinnin':
Nightcrawler, Pete Yorn's bestest CD, in my opinion. I was first introduced to Pete Yorn by a good friend of mine whose "thing" in life--like books are my "thing"--is music. Of course, I ignored his recommendation completely until I heard Yorn play live. He opened for the Dixie Chicks when I saw them in 2006, and I was immediately impressed by his solo performance as well as his collaboration with the Chicks on a song from their documentary called "The Neighbor." He has a distinctive sound, he's a heck of a lyricist, and I totally love him now. I really should invest in some more of his music. You can stream one of my favorite songs, "Maybe I'm Right" HERE.
In other musical news, I hate Fall Out Boy, but I can't help but LOVE their new cover of Michael Jackson's, "Beat It." And guess who plays the guitar? One of my favorite lust-worthy guitar boys...John Mayer. It features one of the BEST dirty riffs ever. Right at the beginning, the screechy, hard-edged, screaming guitar riff. That's a dirty riff. It gets me all riled up.
Since there's no video of Mayer playing this particular song, and since John Mayer and Pete Yorn both have something in common: they both worked with the Dixie Chicks on the Taking the Long Way album, I'll just post a vid of them singing "The Neighbor" in Atlanta. In the context of the documentary, Shut Up and Sing, it's a total finger to the Bush administration. And that always makes me cheer.
Other musical goodies I highly recommend from the depths of my Prius:
- Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, by Foo Fighters
- Who You Are, by Cary Brothers. He was featured on the Garden State soundtrack. His songs "Ride" and "Loneliest Girl in the World" are lovely. Stream his music HERE.
I've rambled far too long already. Hope you enjoy the musical nuggets! You know what I'll be doing in the car on the way home.