This past Monday it seemed all of Memphis was abuzz with excitement over the Justin Timberlake concert. Whatever. I get it. Am I am a fan? No. It’s just not my kind of music. I didn’t like the backstreet boys either ( was that his boy-band?) Still, do I appreciate all the positive attention he brings Memphis? YES! Anyhow, I digress.
So, while everyone I know was putting on a bow tie I was thrilled and looking forward to seeing MGMT this saturday at the Orpheum. It’s my turn!! I’m even taking mom with me, who happens to have been in town with me all week. I doubt she stays interested in the show long, but it will no doubt be a fun evening downtown. This is hardly the fist time I’ve dragged her along to music shows.
I admit I drifted away from MGMT for the last two records. Still, Oracular Spectacular instantly takes me back to 2008. I was a young professional just starting my news career. I felt absurd and incompetent. What a time of high emotion and excitement. MGMT has released two other records since, and I’m sure after tomorrow I’ll look into them, but for now I’m eager to feel like it’s 2008 again. If you’ve never much listened to them, I’ve attached links below. They are good. Extremely impressive. Plus, member Andrew VanWyngarden is from Memphis. His dad is the editor of the Memphis Flier, what a cool dad. I don’t think this Memphis native Musician gets enough cred for being appreciated worldwide.
Now, I asked my mother what she’d like me to include in Fantastic Music Friday since she’s here with me and happens to be a huge music person. She chose Captain of the Heart by the Swiss group Double ( Kurt Maloo), and I have to agree it’s excellent. I’ve always loved this one. If you don’t instantly know how the song goes just click on the link. You’ll remember it. The instruments, keys and melody will make you melt in the only way songs from the 80’s can. This one came out in ’86. What a nice year that was. Mom thinks he’s cute; I do too.
Mom and I didn’t get to celebrate her 60th birthday together last year, so this was a big birthday for us to mark. Two in one day!
She has been in Memphis for the week and we have gone nonstop from junk shopping, TJ Maxx trips and Downton Abbey marathon viewings. I love having her here with me. Most special person to me.
I took her to dinner at Restaurant Iris in Midtown. It’s in a charming old house. Nothing like an early 5 pm dinner. She’s a good sport with my crazy schedule.
Her bday bread pudding was perfect. Caramel and seasoned pecans.
Side note – I finally got to wear this fall inspired dress I bought last spring in New Orleans. It has fall colors, acorns and this amazing open back with a tie.
Plenty of fun left for the week. Oh and here’s mom’s pretty new birthday monogrammed canvas bag / U.S. made, by the way, my new obsession!
It’s the most stressful time of the year for news people. I can be sorta high strung if not careful, so I’ve come up with visual ways to help myself chill out. Cat pics. The cuter or funnier the better. Doesn’t this one say “girlfriend, you think you have problems?”
They just drop my blood pressure faster than any statin ever could. Andrew, my co-anchor, texts them to me on particularly tough days!! Talk about teamwork. #keepitmoving5 (our morning news Hashtag that, for now, we use more than anyone else)
It’s right there with pumpkins and warm scented candles. Fleetwood Mac just screams leaves falling and cozy places plus maybe a little love in the air. ( hum, my fall association is interesting considering they are pure California)
In the last week and a half, Memphis has just exploded with color. Later today I’m visiting my boyfriend’s Georgia hometown to see how it turns in the fall!!
What’s your favorite Fleetwood song? I think right now mine is Sara.
Matt and I saw them last spring in Little Rock. What a “dream”