Today’s Favorite Song

On Sunday’s AFN broadcasts The Grand ‘Ole Opry and it’s one of the few highlights of the t.v. weekend in our house.  This morning Jewel performed to promote her latest album release “Perfectly Clear”.  I loved her performances so much that when the show was over, I purchased it on iTunes and I have to tell you, it’s really good.  I like all the songs but I think my two favorites are her first single from the cd, “Stronger Woman” and the classic sounding country ballad “Anyone But You”. 

A couple of months ago a group called Lady Antebellum graced the Opry stage for the first time and verified what I already knew.  They are going to be huge and that hunch was also validated when they won the “Best New Vocal Group” award at the Academy of Country Music Awards a couple of weeks back.  The lead male voice just melts me when I hear it.  I would LOVE to sing with this guy and it doesn’t hurt that he’s easy on the eyes.  Their first single, “Love Don’t Live Here” , is one of my favorite songs of the year with great harmonies, melody and lyrics.

Below are videos from both artists for your enjoyment.

The Sunday Salon ~ June 8th, 2008

What is he?  That’s my biggest question since I started reading Stephenie Meyer’s hit novel “Twilight” on Friday evening.  I am just enraptured with this book!  I love the main character Bella and I am as curious and taken with Edward Cullen as Bella is.  I know he’s supposed to be a vampire but to what level?  Is he good or is there some evil behind his changing eyes?  I look forward to finding out as the week progresses.       Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1)       
Reading this book has taken me to a place that I haven’t thought too much about in a while.  High School.  I graduated from high school in 1992 and though I had a wonderful high school experience, I still remember wondering where I fit in sometimes.  I was a chorus and theatre geek but had friends in all the different clicks so I considered myself a bit of a chameleon for those four years, 9 – 12 grades.  

I did do a little research and found out the the town where “Twilight” is set in, Forks, WA, is a real place.  My folks are from the Seattle area originally and one summer, when visiting the grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, we took a vacation to Kalaloch Beach on the west coast of Washington State.  I can still remember the beauty of the beach and the drive up being surrounded by lumber trucks.  It makes it a little easier to picture the area’s described in the book with my memory of that summer.  Kalaloch is further south along the west coast of Washington State from Forks, but it’s still part of Olympic National Park and gorgeous.