Thanksgiving Playlist

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I don’t like Thanksgiving. For me it is nothing but overeating and sloth sprinkled with a few family fights over silly things like politics or who has to wash the heaping pile of dishes. Ugh. No thanks. This will be my first Thanksgiving in America since 2005 so I am trying to be a little more positive. I am going to bake some soft, frosted Pumpkin Spice cookies and get a new fall outfit to sooth my dampening spirit.

I am thankful for so much. I am thankful for my boyfriend who makes me happy everyday. I am thankful for my job and the cute little brats I get to hang out with and teach. I am thankful for books, music, pizza, pancakes, boots, coffee, my penguin slippers and the new warm blanket my mommie sent. I am thankful for all that I have – everyday. Here is a playlist of gratitude. Play it while you bake some pies.

  1. Little Old Wine Drinker Me – Dean Martin 
  2. The Slackers – Thank You 
  3. Beans and Cornbread – Louis Jordan 
  4. Caveman – Thankful 
  5. Homeward Bound – Simon & Garfunkel 
  6. Making Pies – Patty Griffin 
  7. We All Want To – A La Mode 
  8. Nothing Short of Thankful – The Avett Brothers 
  9. Everybody Eats When They Come to My House – Cab Calloway 
  10. Talking Turkey – Electric Six 
  11. The Long Way Home – Tom Waits 
  12. Maximum Consumption – The Kinks 
  13. Charlie Parker – Carvin’ the Bird 
  14. Eat It – “Weird Al” Yankovic 
  15. Alcohol – Bare Naked Ladies 
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Put On Your Hoodie – Autumn Playlist

I love Fall. Or if you’re bein’ fancy, I just adore Autumn. Fall in Prague was my favorite time of year there. The leaves all changed colors, the air became all crisp and cool, and ladies everywhere start showing off their favorite boots and scarves. Maybe growing up in Southern California left me feeling like I missed out on something essential to any good childhood – jumping into a big pile of bright colored leaves for instance? Fall doesn’t feel the same without a change in climate and clothing. I never got to do any of the cool stuff I saw on TV or in movies, that is until I moved to Prague. In Prague I had a snowball fight, I jumped in a pile of leaves, I saw a real Spring and experienced a REAL winter.

Austin? You got your work cut out for you. Here is my Autumn inspired playlist. Play it in order as you bake some cookies.

  1. Peanut’s Theme song – Nothing says Fall like Halloween, and nothing says Haloween like “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!” This piece of music always makes me think of fall… 
  2. Neil Young, Harvest Moon – I’m taking the theme a little literal here, but I still like the song and it feels like fall, don’t it? 
  3. Small Faces, Autumn Stone 
  4. Chet Baker, Autumn Leaves – There were a lot of choices for this song. I liked this one best. Today. 
  5. The Manas and the Papas, California Dreaming – OK. It’s techincally a winter song, but it feels like a fall song. 
  6. French Kicks, So Far We Are – 
  7. American Football, Never Meant – 
  8. MGMT, Time to Pretend – If you can get past the pretension and hipsters, this song is pretty rad. And feels like fall. And the video has cats. 
  9. Mumford & Sons, To Darkness – 
  10. Shakespeare’s Sister, Stay – 
  11. Nancy Sinatra, As Tears Go By – 
  12. Ella & Louis, Autumn in New York – 
  13. Squeeze, Coffee in Bed – 
  14. ABBA, When All is Said and Done – Yeah, not the best ABBA song, but it is still ABBA so it is still awesome. 
  15. Tom Waits, Last Leaf – Duh. Of COURSE I put Tom Waits on the list. He should be included on lists of awesome stuff as much as possible. 

Tom Waits.

I am seldom at a lack for words, but seeing Tom Waits live last night has left me speechless. Almost. I have been wanting and waiting to see him for close to twenty years. His music is, well, it is some of my favorite stuff in the world.

The man is quite simply the coolest dude on the planet. He was positioned on a small platform with just enough room for him to stomp around like a baptist revival preacher. His stage had chalk on the floor so that when he would slam his foot down he was literally kicking up dust. I was in the 20th row and even got down to the stage for the encore “16 shells from a thirty Ought.” His sons played in the band as well – one on drums, the other on Clarinet.

i was brought to tears more than once and it will be one of the highlights of living here. Heck it will be one of the highlights of living my whole life.

Here is a clip from the tour – not my show, but he is singing Falling Down, one of my favorite songs.