There’s nothing like a weekend stroll on a beautiful day. I went on another adventure with my best friend Sam. We walked from the Financial District almost to Midtown and back down again to the FiDi. It was perfect and a great opportunity to hang out with Sam and practice taking pictures with my new camera (!!!!).
My life is still in limbo. I’m glad that while I’m straddling two new worlds, God is faithful to provide some consistency and encouragement to push me through. Cheers to new seasons and steadfast beauty!
I know, I know, that song title is throwing you off (like it did to me at first). What the heck is Sarah Ruthie Bird doing writing about Demons? Well, that’s a very good question. The song “Demons” has everything to do with the British sensation, Dry The River. The five-membered band released their newest creation in April, and now at the start of June, the band’s reach has creeped across the Atlantic to saturate American playlists. My favorite tracks on the album are side-by-side (nos. 6 & 7), Demons and Bible Belt. Watch Listen Tell made a beautiful video of Bible Belt in 2010. Check it out!
Aqualung, Brooke Fraser, Copeland, Flags, Jeremy Enigk, Jon Foreman, life, love, Matt Hales, Memory Man, Music, MuteMath, Sara Bareilles, Spotify, struggles, The Strange and The Beautiful, Who Are We Fooling, Words and Music
I’ve been listening to Aqualung since early high school. I remember driving in my little white Toyota listening to The Strange and the Beautiful. The windows were rolled down and the music was loud. Of course, when Memory Man was released I listened to it as I explored Aspen groves in Southwest Colorado. As I began college in NYC, Words and Music was a constant companion for many late-night study sessions. About a year and a half ago, my computer was stolen-along with my entire music collection-so I haven’t listened to Aqualung since.
That is, until a few days ago.
I was trudging through hundreds of pages of billing at work and decided to add Brooke Fraser’s 2010 CD, Flags, to my Spotify playlist. When the first cords of “Who Are We Fooling” hit my ears, I stopped. Immediately after the song ended I played it again, then again, and again, and again, and again, and again. I heard a familiar voice join Brooke in brilliant melody. It was Matt Hales (from Aqualung) and together, their harmony wove in and out and lingered in the air (and in my head) long after the song was over. But the song’s content stood out to me the most.
It’s not often that you hear a beautiful song about married love. It’s even less frequent you hear lyrics in a bridge that praise everyday struggles; “Cause real love/ Is hard love/ It’s all we have/ It’s a break-neck/Train wreck/ It’s all we have.” And sticking it out together through the thick and the thin, because life’s struggles are the things that it is made of. “Together we’re one, but apart tell me Who are we fooling?”
File Next To: Copeland, Jon Foreman, Jeremy Enigk, Sara Bareilles, MuteMath
Last week I spent my Friday night at the MoMA. New York city is all about doing. People never stop going and going and going and going. It’s easy to be busy, and it’s hard and takes discipline to take an evening off from the normal pace of the city. After a long work week, I’d rather enjoy an activity that leaves me refreshed and ready for the next day than trashed and ruined for the next day. My perfect Friday evening usually consists of one (or two) of these three activities:
- A trip to the New York Philharmonic (yes, with a Student ID you only pay $12.50, AND you get to dress up!)
- An evening visit to a Museum (the MoMA is steps away from my office…and is free on Friday night’s after 5pm)
- Dinner or coffee with friends (Jacob’s Pickles on the UWS anyone?)
So you want to go on an adventure to the New York Philharmonic? Good idea.
Go online to purchase student tickets to the symphony of your choice at Avery Fisher Hall. You can order your tickets up to 10 days in advance…AND you can choose your seats! I sat in the front row to a concert with excerpts from Motzart’s magical flute. It was beautiful and cost just $12.50! Don’t be afraid of the balcony, the first tier is the best place to sit, front or side, it doesn’t really matter. You can close your eyes if you wish and let the music carry you away. You’ll find me at the Philharmonic tonight listening to Beethoven. I can’t wait!
After ordering your tickets online (or calling the box office to make sure they will have tickets left at the door), you head to the venue a half hour before the Philharmonic starts, pick up your ticket with a debit card and photo student ID, and head to your seat.
If you’re a big fan of classical/chamber music and want to be a cultured New Yorker, you can do a similar thing at Carnegie Hall-except student tickets are just $10! Here’s a quick note: not every concert or symphony has Student Rush tickets. Make sure to check online or call the box office to see if rush tickets are available.
Sometimes you just need a break. Over the past few weeks I’ve been getting used to a new job that’s completely different from anything I’ve ever done before, people have been moving out of and moving into my Harlem apartment, and visitors have been coming and going like NYC is going out of style. It’s a lot of fun, but when you’re an introvert like me, you need some space and some quiet. I’ve yet to find absolute quiet outside the doors of a church (Old St. Patrick’s), but my second best option is a coffee shop. It’s a great place to sit, think, and enjoy my favorite comfort: a piping-hot black cup of coffee. Some days, a coffee shop, good book, and journal are better than anything the doctor could prescribe. That brings me to Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee in the West Village, NYC. I love this place!
The brick wall to the left is adorned with “I’m almost NOT crazy” quote that hangs on an antique chalk board. Black and white portraits cover the right wall. The mood is set with a mix of easy listening, the Beatles, Motown, and smooth indie music. Perfect.
Okay, so what is the stir coffee technique and why is it better than others? The grounds are constantly being mixed (errr, “stirred”) with the hot water while the coffee is brewing. This is supposed to give the coffee a full-bodied and less-acidic taste. I was impressed; my black coffee was very smooth and bold-just as Jack advertised.
Price? Big coffee is 2.75, the specialty chocolate chip cookies are $1, and drinks are between $3-5.
What should I try? A Dirty Harry, Mad Max, or Honey Macchiato however, Jack is famous for his stir brew, juice, and milk. There are three pounds of produce in every bottle of cold press juice, which means you need to order the apple lemon ginger to take home even if you don’t want to drink it right away. If you don’t get any of the three options above, you’re crazy. Pick up a cherry almond or apple walnut scone or whoopie pie to go along with your drink. There are bagels, muffics, and croissant’s too if you like those best.
Cash only? Yup. Better bring some cash, this place is gooood.
3 locations: near the South Street Seaport, West Village, and in East Hampton.
When I’m stuck in bed all weekend with the flu, I want to listen to two things: classical music or feel-good music. After having my fill of Mendohlsson, Brahams, Mozart, Beethovan, Elgar, and Satie (my classical go-to’s), I decided to click on an indietastic advertisement on my Spotify account and try out some new music. The cover art looked interesting, at least. Here’s what I found: Act As If, a fairly new band from LA that’s about to make waves with its new EP, The Iron is Hot. Led by frontman Peter Verdell, the songs are catchy and infectious (the good kind!), just what I want to listen to.