Shaky Knees-Day 3-Immersed in Images

Saying a final Yippee to Day 3 Immerse yourself in the images and relive the Fest’s last day


Hang out with me and experience Shaky Knees Day 3!


Julien Baker


One of the most buzzed about singers this past year. Julien is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter who totally lives up to the hype.







I love the fast paced conversational commentary of their music. But watching the lead singer stop playing guitar to move and gesture for emphasis was the bomb! Always loved Ought, but now after seeing them live, I am a forever fan.





Adia Victoria

If you haven’t heard Adia Victoria’s new album, Beyond The Bloodhounds, I highly recommend that you listen. Be prepared to be wowed. I feel sure she is going places with her bluesy grit and her stirring unforgettable live performances.





Her last song, “And Then You Die”, shook me to my core. Yes, my eyes leaked a bit, but I have to say, I treasure the surprise of finding a new sound at such a large music festival. This may have been my favorite performance of the weekend.

Rushing from stage to stage we caught Frightened Rabbit’s latest tune “Get Out” from afar. We were headed to catch, The Orwells.

The Orwells


The lead singer is all over the place, so these photos capture snippets of his performance. It is really all about the hair and how he swings it in his face as he sings, almost as if he is just singing alone in his bedroom. And periodically when he looks out in the audience, it is as if he is checking his reflection in a mirror. The odd way he moves and reacts to the lyrics is mesmerizing and memorable.



The Orwells were another act at the very first Shaky Knees. They were on a smaller stage and it was pouring buckets of rain and Mario Cuomo the lead singer jumped out into the crowd to endure the rain with us. It was something to behold, a never forgotten place in time.

I even had a quick chance to chat about it with him!


Parquet Courts






St. Paul and The Broken Bones


They brought the midday crowds and held them all there, immersed in the music and the acrobatic performance of the lead singer, Paul Janeway.




It didn’t surprise me that he was once a preacher, but it was shocking how much he moved and still had unbelievable control of his voice. He belts out the tunes like no one’s business, and the horns and band were just icing on the cake! When he covered a favorite Beatle tune of mine, my heart melted and it wasn’t the heat of the mid afternoon sun!








The Ponce De Leon stage proved to be very difficult to take good pictures. I’m blaming it on my energy level at this point and the sun blaring over the top of the stage. Honestly after this pic, I went and sat down with friends and just listened. I kinda missed Katie Toupin who has been with them since the beginning. She recently announced she is off to pursue new opportunities.


The Head and The Heart


The Head and The Heart has always been a favorite of mine. Along with their tried and true beautiful tunes, they shared exciting new music. I am looking forward to hearing more in the coming months.



They weren’t really on my radar, but there was such a buzz about them the whole weekend, I felt compelled to check them out. I stayed at a safe distance, because their fans are wildly physical and I am just recovering from being in a cast for 4 1/2 months.




Explosions In The Sky


I have very few pictures of them because their music was so ethereal and chill. I just sat back and listened intently. It was really really good, and they have a new album out right now, The Wilderness.

Florence + The Machine

Here is a lil’ bit of Florence. She was a definite crowd pleaser!

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It was difficult to end this amazing weekend of music, but my dogs were barking and my soft pillow seemed like a far away dream. Fortunately, the walk to Marta had a pleasant surprise, because you and I both know….the music is never really officially over. You can experience it any time you feel the need, and sometimes it just comes and finds you.

Enjoy the video!

A final yippee to the end of Day 3!

Shaky Knees-Day 2-Immersed in Images

Literally out of the blue, we said goodbye to Day 2! Immerse yourself in the images to relive the moments.

Music and more music to my ears! Immersed in Images-Day 2



Hop Along


The stormy sounds and lyrical open diary of this band are something to force yourself to get up and get out early. I was so thankful we arrived just in time to experience it fully.



Day Wave

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Day Wave was playing a music festival for the very first time! It sure seemed to me they had it all down.



And of course you should bring your trusty banana, so your friends can find you!


Noah Gundersen


Emotionally beautiful songs, of a deep hearted nature, encompass Noah Gundersen’s musical style. I followed him a couple of years ago when he had minimum instrumentation, but it was a bigger punch with this lovely band in support.

Heading back to the other Ponce De Leon stage I met this adorable gal, Jessica Pippard, all dressed up in fun clothes sitting in the sun. Please see her shoes! Platform love!

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Shakey Graves

Resting our weary bones and waiting on Shakey Graves, we realized a bit too late he was performing an impressive, spontaneous acoustic set while they tried to fix the speaker system problems.


I was focused on the clouds going by and thought this cloud was a funky one. What do you see?

At first I saw a Scottish Terrier, then the head morphed into W.C. Fields. Suddenly, I snapped back to reality and heard Shakey ! He’s an act not to be missed.


For an early dinner, we listened to The Vaccines and checked out the other food truck zone. We found this crazy delicious and decadent dish.


Veggie loaded tater tots with a bit of  Sriracha sauce.

Wild Nothing


If my memory is correct the guitarist on the far right is from Roswell, GA. I’m there to support someone local, even if it is only him. I am thinking the local bands were few and far between. A missing link to this Festival, for sure.



Resting a bit, well really, camping out a good spot for Foals, we enjoyed Silversun Pickups from afar.

Silversun Pickups


Really far.



One of my most anticipated bands came up next and it was epic! Monumental! And…. as you will see, I was in the right place at the right time and was gobsmacked with the power of hearty rock and roll!








So, I was trying to capture the excitement, when lead singer, Yannis, brought the concert to me! Well, see what you think.

A moment of crazy excitement, I won’t quickly forget! The fun part was I made some great friends waiting on this concert, and we were all so blown away by the power and performance of Foals. Such an intensely cool experience. The music ended and we were slack jawed and speechless.


It ramped up my fun to be surrounded by people who were a blast and mega fans like me. This is Kyle, Sean, Taylor, and Peter. They traveled all the way from Richmond VA to come to Shaky Knees, and I had the privilege of hanging out with them for a very cool show!

I could have ended my night right here, but no…we made our way over to see Walk The Moon. I was still reveling in the glory of Foals, so I took my sweet time and caught this innovative couple.



When I arrived to see Walk The Moon, it was super packed and a fierce light show, so pictures proved quite difficult. This is just proof positive that I really did try…

Walk The Moon


After a couple of songs, we gave up and rushed off to see My Morning Jacket.

My Morning Jacket

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Alongside the inspiring set of music, their show was loaded with lights and special effects.




The crazy coolest effect was when they covered Prince’s “Purple Rain” and made it appear to rain on Centennial Park as we were leaving. What, what? See for yourself, but obviously my picture doesn’t do it justice. I remember them at the very first Shaky Knees, I was standing in mud and pouring rain, and this appearance was like they were all grown up and we were too.


Literally out of the blue, we said goodbye to Day 2!

Shaky Knees 2016 Friday Must Sees

Need some help making listening decisions? Here are my picks for Shaky Knees Friday.



So, Shaky Knees has become so huge, I was painfully turned down for a press pass this year. It is a total bummer because this means I can’t bring in a really good camera or meet up with the bands that are around….but this is my life and of course I ponied up and personally purchased the three day ticket to check it out and of course…

blog my heart out!

Free publicity for them and yep…..small me gets nothing but the joy of BEING there. Which if you have any inkling as to me and my musical heart, you would know I am uber happy about attending the three day music show.

Heck yea, if you love music the way I do, you would make that call too. As much as my disappointment in me wanted to ban the whole Shaky Knees weekend, my joy and love for indie music superseded that and yep…here I blog.

Friday at Shaky Knees poses a bunch of conflicts. Five stages and limited time between them forces band watching difficult decisions.

Here are my difficult choices. Go on and contact me if you think I need to make a change to my schedule. I promise to consider all thoughtful responses.

Music lovers and Shaky Knees attendees, you’ll find me here…..Come hang out with me!

Friday, Shaky Knees Must Sees

Friday 12:30

Beach Slang

1:oo pm (this was a tough decision)


(also really like Saintseneca and Japanese House….if you go let me know what you think!)

1:45 pm


2:30 pm

The Front Bottoms

3:15 pm

Wolf Alice

4:15 pm

Crystal Fighters

Although I admit I am a little curious about July Talk at this time slot….If you go let me hear what you think.

5:15 pm

Cold War Kids

6:15 pm


( yep, I saw Alex G in Savannah, so this is my choice, but if you haven’t seen him, run don’t walk!)

8:15 pm

The Kills

9:30 pm

OOOOH Lord this is a choice that is soo very hard! You choose.

Jane’s Addiction

(OMG WOW! The Tried and True)

The 1975 

(hot, new and on the scene)

Here’s your travel playlist! Follow to get psyched about the festival, follow even if you can’t get to Atlanta to experience it firsthand,  and again to reminisce after the weekend!


Shaky Knees Music Festival-Wow, Just Wow-Part 3

superthumbSolid sleep,


large-1 a hot shower,


superthumb-2and a couple cups of coffee, perked me right up, and helped me find the energy to get back to Shaky Knees for the last day.

Sunshine graced Atlanta for another day, and I was prepared with an extra coating of sunscreen and sunglasses. I also chose shoes with a little more soul….(sole) because my feet were raw and sore from all the walking in my flat sandals. Because of a presentation obligation earlier in the day, we had to miss a couple of the first bands. But we were in for the long haul, and ready to rock!

This go ’round I was smarter about Marta, because I went a little farther down the line and was rewarded with a shorter walk to the entrance. I also ended up closer to the stage where I planned to visit, first thing. Recently, I blogged about The Mowglis, and I couldn’t wait to see them live. Their happy upbeat music proved to be the perfect starting point to a perfect day at Shaky Knees!


Pure joy resonated from every song. This song, “Whatever, Forever” was a big crowd pleaser during their set, and it comes from their new album, Kids in Love. Happy, peppy, pop music was a mood fixer for sure. Don’t cha just love a band that asks you to participate in the chorus?


After seriously sweating from jumping, dancing, and singing with The Mowglis, it was time to eat a bite and refresh with an ice-cold smoothie. While in line waiting, I spotted these good friends and liked their all-out festival style. Their personality shines through the wares, and they were fun to talk to as well.


They are Jade and Haley from Tampa, Florida and Forsyth, Georgia. They were psyched about seeing Frank Turner later, but really enjoyed Palma Violets and The Black Lips the day before. Dang, it made me wish I  had seen Palma Violets too. Their new album is out now and this song of theirs, reminds me of an English Pub sing-a-long song.

After grabbing our food, we were off to find a spot to eat and listen to The Sheepdogs. Because it was mid-afternoon,  the sun was searing once again, and this was the stage area that had me seeing stars yesterday, so we chose a hillside spot to sit down. Even though there was no shade, the Canadian band Sheepdogs kept us happy with their retro-rock sound.

They proved to be talented guitarists and they commanded the large gathering of the curious and the true fans. We all stopped and took notice.


This song, “Feeling Good” reminds me of  “Spirit in the Sky”, but they add a modern and fresh take on the beat of an old classic.

With a satisfied tummy and ears, it was once again time to hit the ground running. As quickly as I wanted to get to see Best Coast, I couldn’t help but stop to take a gander at this fun, crazy outfit!


His name is Chance and yes, he is in a perfect T-Rex pose. I am glad I caught him early on, because there is no way, in the heat, that the T-Rex tie would stay on for long. Chance usually provides food for festivals, but for once he could enjoy hanging out and catching the bands. He was with Nancy and Mason, and I’m not sure if the photo bombers in the next picture are part of their group or not! You have to admit that it’s a great shot of happy festival goers!


Best Coast was next!

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It was soooo HOT! Even the poor camera guy looked as if he had enough with his rag over his head. Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno were trying to make the best of it. She took a lot of time between songs trying to stay hydrated. She even threw water to the fans and we sang a Happy Birthday to Bob for his birthday, while she drank more water.


The music was great despite the sluggishness of the set. “So Unaware” was my favorite song from their new album, California Nights. 

When there is quiet space between songs, I can’t help noticing everything around me. That’s when I chuckled at this resourceful guy with a hat that shades his head and keeps his Tootsie Pop!


The heat proved to be too much for lots of people. Every place of shade was taken. First aid was chock full of heat related worries. I knew I had to take a short break, and sat in a nice spot with a little bit of room, behind this worn out couple. You gotta love it!

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Okay no time for sitting around long.

I wanted to find a good spot to hear Panda Bear. Panda Bear is Noah Lennox  from Animal Collective. He came to my attention when he appeared on Daft Punk’s song, “Doin’ It Right” that won them a Grammy for album of the year in 2014. I was so excited to finally experience his experimental electronic music in the flesh!

I was not alone. The tent area was already crowded and we had some waiting to do. That’s when I realized I had made a terrible choice to wear jeans, despite my skimpy top. I was burning up!

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I had time to spare before the show and just had to chat with this serious Panda Bear fan, Jared Brady and his friend, Jessica Thomas.


These funny inflatable bears and beach balls were bounced around throughout the set, while wild images and flashing psychedelic lights covered the stage. Lennox bopped his head rhythmically to the beat, and seemed very small behind his electronic equipment and giant screen. I was lost in the music and really didn’t pay attention to him as much as I did to the people, activity around me , and the changing of images on the screen.


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After relishing the ethereal after glow of the power packed set of Panda Bear, it was time to switch stages and move on to Xavier Rudd of Australia. I was so ready for his subtle love-filled island reggae beat. As I worked my way through the somewhat thin crowd, I stood behind this adorable group of friends laughing and having fun.

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If I have read my notes correctly, this is Meagan McNeely, Carlie Fordham, and Andrew Dalahan. I wanted to chat with the festival fans that didn’t go to see Ryan Adams. Ryan Adams is a definite favorite of mine, but I needed to hear a band I have never heard live before and Xavier was it!

It was really cool that when I pointed my camera his way, he almost turned to me to greet me properly.






I’ll post his latest song again, because it is double post worthy!

I was really happy that I made it back to the Peachtree stage to hear the last song Ryan Adams played. It was a pretty powerful song to end his concert. Different concert, but this you tube captured what I remember perfectly.

Okay, now was the time to prepare and get set up for the amazing final act of the day, Tame Impala. It is so funny to me that when I asked many of the attendees of the festival, they had no idea who Tame Impala was, but they would hang out and watch them. It struck me that maybe they had never been a ‘closer’ for a festival before. I didn’t research it, but I am guessing this might be true and this was a first for the band in the USA. How cool would that be? I kinda want my little southern city of Atlanta to be a first in that way. Is Atlanta music forward enough to realize the impact of this incredible Aussie band and the power that their experimental, psychedelic alt-indie sound has half-way around the world?

The field was beginning to fill up…






In my hurry for a place up front, I met some incredibly cool people.

This is Mary Catherine and Caroline from Asheville. Okay….full disclosure, it was pure hat envy on my part that I wanted this picture. They were both chillin’ and having a good time. She totally rocked the hat, right? Well, then I also found out they were red wine drinkers. We are few and far between at music festivals. Totally cute gals that enjoyed listening to Ryan Adams and Dr Dog.



Moving my way closer to the stage, I bumped into this group of friends. Fun was their middle name. Jessie Moore, Andrew Kufta, Sean Shamlafor, Jen Lowey and Scott Bellinetti. I hope they reach out and say “hey”, cause they were cool, and I loved her jewelry. I think she designs and creates it.


But moving on, I bumped into these cute guys originally from Australia. They remembered Kevin Parker of  Tame Impala way back when they were all growing up in Fremantle. I swoon at an authentic Aussie accent and these guys had that accent perfection, so I talked to them for a while.


This is Ryan Mickler and Anthony Tran. Anthony was in America for a few months exploring and taking in the sights and a few festivals. Atlanta loves the international traveler that hangs out and stays awhile. Thank you to Shaky Knees for making him hang around! They gave me great suggestions for bands that I should listen to from Australia, and I love that because I am always listening! Australia has an amazing music scene.

As I moved in closer to the stage, the crowds were tight, but there always seemed to be room for one more. People at this festival were kind and generous with space and always seemed to fit me in. Moving closer and closer, I met John Manfredi and Jenny Nesvetailova from Atlanta.


They were both deeply involved in music from being a DJ at GA State to interning for music magazines, they had seen Tame Impala multiple times and I loved finally chatting with locals that knew how talented they are, and expected big things for the Shaky Knees finale.

Squeezing in the mix of people, the sun began to set and the lights of the show were beginning to warm. The excitement was palpable and everyone began to push closer and closer to the stage. It was a tight squeeze, but I knew it would open up as the music began and dancing would inevitably happen. Tame Impala began their set leading off with “Let It Happen”. Which I have shared before. I thought it was cool they also played another new tune from their upcoming album, “Eventually”.




There is something so interesting and pure about Kevin Parker in his bare feet, sporting a full beard (new), and playing guitar and singing so soothingly.




This band is fantastic, but the light show was also an amazing sight for those that were skeptical of the music.


I can’t even begin to capture the scope of it in pictures. Check out their tour schedule and be sure not to miss a show when it comes near you. I promise a good time.

I knew instinctively they were reaching the end of their set when they played this song. A favorite of mine.

I decided to work my way out of the crowd before the last song to find my blanket and a nice chance to sit down and soak it all in. As I turned around and made my way out of the thick crowd, each person behind me held their hands up in the air, with a friend, as if it was a doorway. I am not exaggerating when I say this friend ‘hand doorway’ caught on and I walked out of the thirty or so rows thick, with a cleared pathway made by kind music friends. It was a phenomenal moment that I will not soon forget. Yep, for little ol’ me…..pure spontaneous kindness.

Okay, this picture is a little blurry, but after the umpteenth click and pose, you have to just go with it! This cute guy just graduated and this night was a happy celebration! Great friends and a great time, Alex Waxman, Regan Tiernan, Haley Tiernan and Daniel Thompson were dancing and not wanting the night to end. I completely understood.


People that celebrate music are the most fun people I know. Music is so subjective and “to each their own” when it comes to what sounds you love or wish for, but ultimately if you are at a festival and find others that love the songs you love, there is an emotional synergy that transcends any barriers of race, status, gender, or orientation.

Music pushes ideas and breeds acceptance. I believe in its power and know that the creative energy surges into me as a fan.  I will forever appreciate the hard work of those who write, play, promote, perform and share songs.

My heart continues to be full, almost a week later. What a weekend, what an experience, and what great people.


Looking back, I have tried to figure out how this amazing three day festival came about and how they chose the incredible bands that played. To me, the connection seems to be the guitar. Every band had amazing guitar heavy songs that calmed, soothed and  at more times than not…thrilled. Wow, just wow, is all I can say.

Until next year….or maybe you’re going to Shaky Boots?













Mood Monday-Shaky Knees 2015 Part 1 Wow, Just Wow!

Mood Monday.

Today I am feeling incredibly thankful. I am thankful to be alive, thankful for my family and friends, thankful for air-conditioning, and thankful for having the opportunity to participate in covering Shaky Knees Music Festival. Oh, yea, I admit that within that thankfulness, I am feeling a little sad. Sad, that is, that this weekend is over.

But, here on my blog, I can totally relive the entire weekend.

You see, it all started with my love of music, then my writing about it, and coincidentally about stretching myself way beyond my comfort zone. I truly believe pushing limits puts you in a place where your heart and soul begin to grow. I applied for a press pass for Shaky Knees. It wasn’t a long application, but one that I thought very intentionally about. I wanted it, I wanted it badly.

After weeks of not hearing, I decided to write an e-mail and inquire. That’s when I received this…

 Hi Carrie –

We have had an overwhelming number of requests for passes,
and understandably, we only have a limited number of passes available.
Because I can tell you have a lot of heart when it comes to blogging,
I am going to approve you for one (1) media pass to Shaky Knees.
GOOD GOLLY, I was awarded a media pass!! Let’s just say I have been walking on cloud nine ever since that e-mail dropped in my inbox!
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How quickly I forget how April and May become packed with events, travel, and must attend activities. I worried about how I would ever pull it all off, and get to the Festival. Let’s just say that I burned up the highway, and the midnight oil, all in the name of family, friends, and music. It was totally, totally  worth it.
That’s when the Shaky Knees Festival bands started e-mailing me about interview times and scheduling photos, etc. Of course, I thought that they were truly reaching out to me specifically, but later found out that this is a reach to all press as a whole. As I returned e-mails requesting times, I quickly realized that their schedules booked up with television, radio, and music magazines.
I should have known that my little blog wouldn’t bring on the kind of attention the larger media would provide. It was quite humbling, but I have to start somewhere, right?
Then, I had a major conflict with the Friday shows. There was no way I could possibly go, so I had sweet friends keep me updated with their take on it. Here is their montage of cell phone photos they sent me! So for Friday of Shaky Knees, you’ll see it through their eyes.



Mac Demarco

Just released Mac Demarco tune, “The Way You’d Love Her”


Kaiser Chiefs



The Mountain Goats





As for the headliner, The Strokes, it was such a packed park, they weren’t able to get any good pictures to send. They sent this message instead, ” Julian Casablanca owned the stage and the crowd, as soon as they hit the first licks.”

So here’s the first song in their set….

And reportedly they made a live debut of  “All The Time”.


It was awesome to get regular updates, a big thank you to my four, fun music friends.


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Stay tuned for my Saturday concert recap. When I finally get to Central Park, Shaky Knees 2015 proves to be full of colorful, fun friends, sights, and incredible sounds that you don’t want to miss!

Happy recovery Monday, y’all!








Tame Impala-Let It Happen (Free Download)


Brand spankin’ new Tame Impala and it is sooo good. 7:49 minutes of new music, leaving me wanting more!

8/17/18-RECENT EDIT-Sorry y’all, they took it down, but thought I would share the video…ENJOY!

Still go ahead and listen, love, and play on repeat to your heart’s desire!

Tour dates announced as well.

This is from 2015…Looking forward to new dates and maybe some new music…

04-08 Pomona, California – The Fox Theatre
04-10 Indio, California – Coachella
04-17 Indio, California – Coachella
05-08 Austin, Texas – Austin Psych Fest
05-09 New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre
05-10 Atlanta, Georgia – Shaky Knees Music Festival
05-11 Nashville, TN -Ryman Auditorium
05-13 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
05-14 Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theatre
05-15 Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
05-16 Columbus, OH – LC Pavilion
05-18 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
05-19 Toronto, Ontario – Massey Hall
05-20 Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis
05-22 Boston, MA – Boston Calling
05-25 Quincy, WA – Sasquatch Festival 2015
05-26 Vancouver, British Columbia – Malkin Bowl
05-27 Portland, OR – Roseland Ballroom
05-29 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
05-30 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
05-31 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theatre
06-01 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
06-03 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
06-04 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
06-05 Cincinnati, OH – Bunbury Music Festival 2015
06-06 Washington, D.C. – Echostage
06-07 New York, NY – Gov Ball Randalls Island

Modest Mouse-The World at Large and Ocean Breathes Salty

Yes, my knees are shaking. Count down is on for one of my all time favorite bands….Modest Mouse at the Shaky Knees Music Festival.

Here’s why, just listen.

The World at Large

“Ice-age heat, wave can’t complain
If the world’s at large, why should I remain?
Walked away to another plane
Gonna find another place, maybe one I can stand

I move on to another day
To a whole new town with a whole new way
Went to the porch to have a thought
Got to the door and again, I couldn’t stop

You don’t know where and you don’t know when
But you still got your words and you got your friends
Walk along to another day
Work a little harder, work another way

Well uh uh baby I ain’t got no plan
We’ll float on maybe would you understand?
Gonna float on maybe would you understand?
We’ll float on maybe would you understand?

The days get shorter and the nights get cold
I like the autumn but this place is getting old
I pack up my belongings and I head for the coast
It might not be a lot but I feel like I’m making the most

The days get longer and the nights smell green
I guess it’s not surprising but it’s spring and I should leave

I like songs about drifters, books about the same
They both seem to make me feel a little less insane
Walked on off to another spot
I still haven’t gotten anywhere that I want

Did I want love? Did I need to know?
Why does it always feel like I’m caught in an undertow?

The moths beat themselves to death against the lights
Adding their breeze to the summer nights
Outside, water like air was great
I didn’t know what I had that day

Walk a little farther to another plane
You said that you did, but you didn’t understand

I know that starting over is not what life’s about
But my thoughts were so loud, I couldn’t hear my mouth
My thoughts were so loud, I couldn’t hear my mouth
My thoughts were so loud”

Had to share this one too…..

Ocean Breathes Salty

“Your body may be gone, I’m gonna carry you in
In my head, in my heart, in my soul
And maybe we’ll get lucky and we’ll both live again
Well I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know. Don’t think so

Well that is that and this is this
You tell me what you want and I’ll tell you what you get
You get away from me. You get away from me
Collected my belongings and I left the jail
Well thanks for the time, I needed to think a spell
I had to think awhile. I had to think awhile

The ocean breathes salty, won’t you carry it in?
In your head, in your mouth, in your soul
And maybe we’ll get lucky and we’ll both grow old
Well I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know. I hope so

Well that is that and this is this
You tell me what you want and I’ll tell you what you get
You get away from me. You get away from me
Collected my belongings and I left the jail
Well thanks for the time, I needed to think a spell
I had to think awhile. I had to think awhile

Well that is that and this is this
Will you tell me what you saw and I’ll tell you what you missed
When the ocean met the sky
You missed when time and life shook hands and said goodbye
When the earth folded on itself
And said “Good luck, for your sake I hope heaven and hell
Are really there, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.”
You wasted life, why wouldn’t you waste death?
You wasted life, why wouldn’t you waste death?

The ocean breathes salty, won’t you carry it in?
In your head, in your mouth, in your soul
The more we move ahead the more we’re stuck in rewind
Well I don’t mind. I don’t mind. How the hell could I mind?

Well that is that and this is this
You tell me what you want and I’ll tell you what you get
You get away from me. You get away from me

Well that is that and this is this
Will you tell me what you saw and I’ll tell you what you missed
When the ocean met the sky
You wasted life, why wouldn’t you waste the afterlife?”


Psyched for Shaky Knees Music Festival-Bands to Know (with a handy playlist)

 Shaky Knees Music Festival - Atlanta, GA

The Shaky Knees Music Festival is three days of music, right here, in…my…backyard! Of course, there are incredible headliners booked each night that are to die for, but I tend to find surprises in the other hardworking bands putting the jam out there in the earlier hours. Yeah, the ones you randomly hear while you are searching for a hot dog and a cold beer.

I have put together a short playlist of a few (15 songs-1 hour, 1 minute) of the newer/older bands on tap, that I will  pay attention to from here on out. I did all the listening work for you (it was a beautiful day on my porch), and I comprised a sweet sample of some of my favorites. Give them all a listen and maybe you will discover/rediscover a band that makes you smile. Happy festival season!

By the way, this year, I am praying for clearer skies. Pretty please with sugar on top?

The Orwells-Who Needs You




Dear Readers,

I have to make a special note on this post because of the most recent news about certain members of The Orwells being accused of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct. I want you all to know that I don’t condone this behavior and find it sadly vile. Just in the past few hours The Orwells have disbanded, despite their vehement denial of the many allegations. When I saw them perform many years ago, I witnessed reckless abandon, but I never saw any of the actions that they have been accused of. It is a shame if these accusations are true and it is also somewhat of a triumph that in today’s world this conduct is considered tragic, appalling and completely unacceptable. I hope that future generations will take note and make any important behavior changes necessary. Continue reading if you must, but know this was post written long ago. 

I have to revisit a post that I wrote last May. Sadly, I never clicked the enter button.  Today, I have the spunk to click enter, because this recent video clip reminds me of my thinking last May. There is a wild craziness and appeal that is, The Orwells.

Here goes…..

I’m convinced that feeling rebellious can happen to anyone at anytime. In my teen years, I sketchily dabbled in hanging out with those fools who didn’t seem to care what anybody thought. It was an action-packed time of study and observation, until quite suddenly, I was in trouble by sheer association. There is something so exciting about the out of bounds edginess of a disobedient group. I have since discovered the “jacket” of edginess doesn’t quite fit me, even though I seem to try it on from time to time. Music has always been a safer gateway to this world of free expression, innovation, and even the somewhat radical. I tend to pick music that suits my mood and every once in a while I relish that feeling of being a teensy bit rebellious.

That is when I stumbled upon The Orwells at The Shaky Knees music festival. The Orwells are recent high school grads from Illinois that were suddenly thrown from garage rock suburbia to the limelight by a few music bloggers last year.  I can’t really explain what attracts me to their sound except that it reminds me of the times in my life when I just want to scream lyrics, jump to a steady beat, and forget the outside world.

That feeling described me perfectly as I positioned myself on the front row of The Orwells’ set. I didn’t recognize many people around me, but made friends quickly, as we all popped our heads to the punk/surfer vibe in a terrible downpour, and stomped our feet in the thick oozing mud of the wettest outdoor festival in Atlanta history. After a certain point of saturation, the rain just didn’t seem to matter any more. The music was intoxicating and The Orwells were so fascinating to watch as they performed, “Mallrats (La La La)”.

The band members, Dominic Corso, Matt O’Keefe, Grant Brinner, and Henry Brinner have boy next-door faces, but they banged out great tunes with an explosive vibe. The curly, blonde lead singer, Mario Cuomo, twisted and jerked spastically on beat, to his own loud, unnerving lyrics. That’s when he spontaneously fell into the crowd and everyone went literally hog wild, mud sliding, mud slinging, and serious mud moshing. I was in rebel heaven, if only by observation, because I weakly admit that I feared for my life and limbs. The adrenaline rush and musical experience was unforgettable.

You have to listen to “Mallrats” so you can imagine the craziness from their full-length EP, Remember When. As I listen to them again, I sadly remember the poor guy who lost his keys in the midst of the mud mayhem. I am sure, like me, he had a blast, losing the outside world, if only for a brief moment. I urge you to listen to their beat and escape from the mundane, if only for a little while.

Okay back to today….

Their debut appearance on Late Night with David Letterman is what made me revisit this old post that was never published. When you watch, you will see what I mean about their wild, rebellious nature. Be sure to follow the video to the end so that you can see the reaction from David Letterman and Paul Shaffer. In my book, they had a “lose your head” love response. Don’t judge me, surely you will get a kick out of it too. To me, that kind of angst performance never grows old, infinitely better than Miley’s twerking. It made me smile, jump and yell! (okay, just a bit)

Also, listen to “Mall Rat (La La La)” for which I wrote the first post. Go ahead you know you want to listen.

Stay tuned and click on their Facebook page, new music coming soon that you won’t want to miss.