Happy Fourth – celebrate with some classic American tunes!
Happy Fourth – celebrate with some classic American tunes!
It honestly feels like life is moving at fifteen mph above the speed limit. It’s been one of those “please, for the love of everything sacred, slow down!” weeks. And it’s only Monday. But the good news is that the Internet is always helping me find cool ways to distract myself from how overwhelmed I actually am.
Because of my hectic schedule, I decided to stay in Athens for Labor Day this year. I have a full itinerary mapped out for myself and anyone else that wants to join me.
I still have to wake up early to take online quizzes and do some homework, but as soon as noon hits I’m a free girl! I’m planning on heading over to the Georgia Museum of Art. The reason behind my visit? Andy Warhol and other famous pop-art artists have their works on display until September 20th! I’ve seen one Andy Warhol in real life and I am stoked to see another.
The greatest part about living in Athens in the music scene. I wish I went to concerts more often, but with my classes starting early and my meetings running later at night it’s hard to catch a break. Luckily UGA doesn’t have classes today so I’m free to check out some rad bands visiting the city, like Social Circle and Bay Creature who are both playing at Flicker Theater and Bar at 9 pm!
Or I could hop on over to Grindhouse Killer Burgers (home of the best veggie burger in ATH) for their Sex, Drugs, and Rock’n’Roll trivia night. They even have cash prizes for the winners, and for me cash prizes means more Amazon shopping haha
What are your plans for Labor Day?
Sadly summer is drawing to a close. I’m packing up all my things and getting ready to move into a new house in Athens. I’m really excited about starting back to school again this August, but I’m even more excited to finally get to see all my friends again!
The only way I manage to make it through the three hour drive from Asheville to Athens is either listening to music or podcasts. Luckily I’ve made three in anticipation of next week’s travels, and they’re all based off books I read this summer.
To check out each playlist, click on the title of each book and you’ll be linked directly to my playlist on Spotify.
The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness
Here’s my running list of books read this summer:
Brisinger by Christopher Paolini
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? [Blade Runner] by Philip K. Dick
The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler
The Goldfinch by Donna Tart
The Great Passage by Shion Miura
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs
The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
1984 by George Orwell
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Currently reading The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
For more updates on the books I read check out my Goodreads account right HERE. I don’t read as much during the school year, but I do leave ratings on all the books I read and if they’re really great (or really, really terrible) I leave a review.
What are your favorite songs of the summer? Have you read anything good?
As I mentioned in this post, my mom and I went to see Disney’s The Lion King in Greenville a few weekends ago. I absolutely loved it! I’ve only ever been to Greenville, SC once before, and that was to help pick up my friend’s uncle from the airport. So, I’d never actually been to Downtown Greenville.
My mom and I explored (and got lost) for a little bit before we ate dinner. I loved the weather – sunny, high seventies, and breezy – and really enjoyed being able to eat outside. My mom and I hadn’t made reservations for anywhere, so we ended up at Larkin’s on the River on the patio.
An outdoor concert with the band The Watchtower Incident was scheduled to start at the same time as our play, so my mom and I watching band rehearse and set up. My dad is in a band called The Procrastinators, and whenever I’m home I usually watch them practice. Band rehearsal and set up is definitely not a foreign territory for me!
I grew up performing. I love to sing, dance, and act. I had parts in small musicals from age three to age fourteen, and after that I joined a choral group at my high school and began performing slam poetry at age sixteen. Even though I don’t perform anymore, I still love to watch. It brings back so many memories!
If I’m being honest, I loved the play The Lion King better than the movie. The stage makeup and costume design were phenomenal. And the comedic relief, Zazu, never failed to make the audience shake with laughter (especially when he began to sing Let it Go from Frozen!).
Here are some examples of the costume design and puppets that make the show that much more realistic:
The lions wore large African style wooden masks and most other animal either held or wore a large puppet. Rafiki, on the other hand, only had a tail to classify her as a monkey. Something my mom pointed out is that Rafiki is more of a spirit or priestess than a monkey, which is why she doesn’t have any of the defining features of an animal on stage, like a mask or a puppet. I thought this was a great distinction to make.
Each year Delta Gamma has both a fall and a spring philanthropy event. This past fall we had our annual Low Country Boil, and this past Monday we had out annual benefit concert called Anchor Jam.
Before the concert my friends and I all went out to eat at Pauley’s in Downtown Athens. If you’ve never had crepes before, definitely hit this place up for your first time. The crepes are light and decadent, stuffed with either sweet things like Nutella and fruit or savory things like chicken or cheese. I gave up cheese for Lent and am trying to eat healthier so I ended up having a salad. Let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised by how great it was!
It’s hard to tell in this picture (above), but the walls in Pauley’s are covered with “certificates” for all the people that have had one of every beer Pauley’s serves. The quotes from the master beer drinkers that are displayed on their certificates are hilarious! My friends and I spent most of the night trying to read them all.
After Pauley’s my friends and I made our way to the Georgia Theater, which is also in Downtown Athens. The Wandering Gypsies played as the opener for Anchor Jam, but the main event was The Lonely Biscuits. My friends on the UGA Homecoming Committee always rave about this band, but I’d never gotten to see them perform until Monday night. They were great! I liked how they incorporated both pop and singer/songwriter elements into classic rock’n’roll style jams. Definitely worth checking out if you have a minute.
Just casually popping in to say…
The Hamilton Mixtape has a release date!
The Hamilton Mixtape is a joint effort made possible by both Lin-Manuel Miranda and Questlove. Featuring artists such as Alicia Keys, Chance the Rapper, Watsky, and Sia, the mixtape is not only going to be a lyrical masterpiece (not unlike the musical itself) but also a vocal gem.
Here’s the track list:
1. No John Trumbull (Intro) — The Roots
2. My Shot (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz, and Nate Ruess) [Rise Up Remix] — The Roots
3. Wrote My Way Out — Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Aloe Blacc
4. Wait for It — Usher
5. An Open Letter (feat. Shockwave) [Interlude] — Watsky
6. Satisfied (feat. Miguel and Queen Latifah) – Sia
7. Dear Theodosia (feat. Ben Folds) — Regina Spektor
8. Valley Forge (Demo) — Lin-Manuel Miranda
9. It’s Quiet Uptown — Kelly Clarkson
10. That Would Be Enough — Alicia Keys
11. Immigrants (We Get rhe Job Done) — K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente
12. You’ll Be Back — Jimmy Fallon and The Roots
13. Helpless (feat. Ja Rule) — Ashanti
14. Take a Break (Interlude) — !llmind
15. Say Yes to This — Jill Scott
16. Congratulations — Dessa
17. Burn — Andra Day
18. Stay Alive (Interlude) — J.PERIOD and Stro Elliot
19. Slavery Battle (Demo) — Lin-Manuel Miranda
20. Washingtons by Your Side – Wiz Khalifa
21. History Has Its Eyes on You — John Legend
22. Who Tells Your Story (feat. Common and Ingrid Michaelson) — The Roots
23. Dear Theodosia (Reprise) — Chance The Rapper and Francis and The Lights
The mixtape is now available for pre-order and will be officially released on December 2, 2016.