Sunday Salon ~ May 31st, 2009

Long time no see!  Sorry about that.  Hubby, Rocky and I have been back in the good ‘ole U.S. of A. for almost three weeks and have been very busy, as you can imagine.  We’ve been buying a car, getting phones, reconnecting with old friends, getting familiar with the area again and house hunting.  We found a house but have to wait for it to be built so we will be staying with my in-laws through the end of the summer till the house is ready.  It will be lovely though and so worth the wait. 

Olive Kitteridge: FictionOf course with all the distractions and things-to-do my reading and blogging have fallen to the way side.  I have missed blogging and decided that a Sunday Salon post was the best way to get back on the blogging wagon and start June the right way.  I just started reading the Pulitzer Prize winning novel Olive Kitteridge last night on my Kindle and though I’ve only read a few screens worth of it, I like it and am reminded of The Little Giant of Aberdeen County

This Wednesday evening Hubby and I will be attending a reading/book signing event with George Pelecanos at a local Borders Books.  Hubby is a big fan of Pelecanos and he is resides in my hometown of Silver Spring, MD.  It should be a great evening.  We missed Michael Connelly’s event at the same Borders last Tuesday but Hubby had just started his new gig that day and going out for the evening would have been a little much. 

Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux KingI’m also excited about two new releases this week.  Dave Matthews Band will be releasing their latest studio album Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King this Tuesday and I plan on driving around with the volume all the way up and listening to it from beginning to end that day.  (UPDATE: I just got our tix to see DMB at Nissan Pavilion on August 8th!!!) 



Martha Stewart's Cupcakes: 175 Inspired Ideas for Everyone's Favorite TreatThe second thing that I will be picking up this week is Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes.  I can’t wait to be in our new gourmet kitchen so I can make cupcakes and cookies till my heart and stomach’s content. 




A Sad Day

This morning I learned of the untimely passing of LeRoi Moore, the saxophonist and sometime flautist for Dave Matthews Band.  He had suffered a broken rib and punctured lung during an ATV accident on his property near Charlottesville, VA last month and had just flown out to his L.A. residence to undergo physical therapy when he passed away due to complications on Tuesday.  He was 46 years young and one of the most amazing musicians the music world has ever heard and known. 

As some of you may know, Dave Matthews Band is my favorite band in the whole universe and this news came as a shock to me.  I have been listening to their albums (I have all of them) non-stop since hearing the news.  I would like to share with you some of their music which features LeRoi Moore and his amazing sax chops.  I will miss you LeRoi!

Today’s Favorite Song

Want to know a secret?  I am a loyal fan of Perez and I check in daily for my celebrity gossip/junk fix.  This morning, as I was scrolling through to see what happened while I was asleep, I came across a video that blew me away.  It is from the (show?) PBS Soundstage and it’s Stevie Nicks covering Dave Matthews Band’s “Crash Into Me” beautifully.  I love what she has to say at the beginning about wanting to cover this song that is categorized as a ‘boys song’ and then dedicating it to, in my opinion the genius that is, Dave Matthews. 

Today’s Favorite Song

Dave Matthews Band is one of my five favorite music acts of all time.  Madonna, Ella Fitzgerald, Trisha Yearwood and Martina McBride round out that group but DMB has a special place in my heart.  My favorite music era of DMB is from 1994 to about 1998 or so.  Though I really enjoy their newer albums, I think that their older music just represents a certain period in my life that was fun, carefree and full of music and friends. 

My favorite song from that time is “Ants Marching.”  Though it’s one of their more popular pieces, it has so much going on musically and the lyric is representative of a young person, starting out on their path in the world.

My second favorite song from that time is “Say Goodbye” just for the lyrics alone.  It is one of the sexiest, romantic and amazing songs ever.

I’ll leave you with one of DMB most fun, danceable, happy and rich songs ever…. “Stay.”