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Recent Discoveries & Current Obsessions

8 Jun

His album, with that delicious in-rotation “Keep Your Head Up”, drops on June 14th. Getting mine.

And this…I can’t even TALK about Zac Brown Band’s “Colder Weather.” It’s time to buy the albums because I tire of waiting to hear it on the radio. But when I do it’s full concert mode with the dashboard. Bits of the old days and wide openness.

Oy! Won’t embed. Tried a gazillion times.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oouFE51HcqM&safety_mode=true&persist_safety_mode=1

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I Have a THING for Luke Danes

29 Jun

I may as well admit it. I’m in love with a TV character.

This has been going on for years now. Ever since I first got to know him on the hit show “Gilmore Girls.” Even the way I discovered the show was a fluke of sorts. See, I was waiting for my first house to be built and I was staying with family and it just got so ugly and crowded that I ended up renting a room from a friend of a friend who didn’t have cable in the guest room that I rented so I was forced to watch “regular” television which led me to Luke Danes.

He’s beyond dreamy. But he’s not merely dreamy, he’s easygoing at just the right temperature. He’s scruffy and unpretentious and intense and smart and loyal and soft and fair and sweet and tool-oriented and perfectly sarcastic and he’s a got-your-back-no matter what kinda guy. I just love him. I will also admit here that I have fantasized about a man like Luke. Could he be real? Is he out there in one package?

It was so bad that I found myself Googling Luke and learning about the real-life person, Scott Patterson. I wonder how much like Luke he is or is he just a great actor.

Go ahead. Laugh. There are ions of us out here loving on Luke and wishing he existed at our local diner.

I think I’ll start a Help! I’m in Love w/ a TV Character Support Group.

I’ve Seen Fire & I’ve Seen Rain

15 Jun

I knew his voice growing up. Sure. I didn’t know his name or his story or anything really about him. But I knew that voice and that guitar strum. Then as an adult I caught him on a PBS special and I’ve been hooked ever since. I don’t mean like “Oh, that’s James Taylor. I really like his music.”  I mean like I became nearly obsessed with his music.  Kind of like my high school obsession with J.D. Salinger.

When I get into a thing, I really get into a thing. A person. A place. A food. Whatever.

So at some point it became (and still remains) James Taylor.

When I’m out there maneuvering the world by car I pop in a greatest hits CD and moan about the wind being against my back and sweet baby James and fall pumpkins and love lost and down in Mexico and making it through another day and steamrollers.

I’ve always wanted to learn guitar. Always. But when I get on my J.T. jones, I must learn to play guitar. Right now. I have some moaning that is beginning to spill out.

His voice is therapy.