- 13th November
- 13th November
- 12th November
- 11th November
Taking a bit of a break from all of the writing… Just love this! Thanks for sharing this post, @nickyyates. #RollTide
- 6th November
- 4th November
- 23rd October
As someone who’s self-admittedly a bit reliant on my phone, it’s a unique experience for me to attend an event and to essentially not have the urge to take a photo for a solid 2 hours. At the very end of the event, I confess I did snap this (sad) one, which validated all of that time I’d sat entranced beforehand as being a better use of my energy.
If I’d shared a clear photo, many would likely comment on Fiona’s thin physique and not see what I do based on my experience tonight, which is one solid performer.
For me, it’s been a year of seeing performers from my musical bucket list. Earlier this year I hiked out to Nassau Coliseum for Pink’s “Truth About Love” Tour (so good I’m catching her coming back through Brooklyn at the end of the year), and I was psyched to find out Fiona was headed back out this year.
To me, her songs are about raw emotion. She’s someone who seems to be fully consumed by performing for her, and she just lets us all come along for the journey through her eyes. When I think of her music, I think of karaoke bars (appropriate that I got to attend last night with my sister, who sings her songs so frequently), shared microphones, low lights, strong vocals, but comparable emotions.
I’m no stranger to unconventional performers, having followed Tori Amos around show after show. Did Fiona perform every single top hit she’s had? Absolutely not and I think if she had, she wouldn’t be Fiona. That’s too label friendly and this lady is all about expressing what she wants, regardless of what’s conventional. Has she let the concept of album title word limits come into play as of yet? Precisely. Seeing her perform with Blake Mills was an added treat. I wasn’t familiar with him prior to last night, but was really impressed with him. I especially enjoyed his “Don’t Tell All Our Friends About Me.”
- The First Taste
- Every Single Night
- If I’m Unworthy (Mills)
- Anything We Want
- Curable Disease (Mills)
- It’ll All Work Out (Mills)
- I Want You to Love Me
- Not About Love (with Questlove - !!)
- It’s Only Make Believe (Conway Twitty cover)
- Dull Tool
- Don’t Tell All Your Friends About Me (Mills)
- Left Alone
- I Know
- Waltz (Better Than Fine)
So what am I listening to right now? A little “Criminal”. Perhaps some “Fast As You Can”. And lingering on some “Never Is a Promise”.
- 30th September
- 19th September
- 17th September
- 10th September
- 9th September
Today, I’ve been thinking about Rachel. Instead of focusing on the sadder things, like how unfair her passing really is on just about every level, I was thinking about the positives. The things she’d love to see I’ve done. She was such a cheerleader.
As my dog was running around this morning, I was remembering how much fun she and I had taking her to brunch in NYC back when she was just a tiny puppy, and how much she’d loved her.
I was thinking about the trips I’ve taken that Rachel would have loved to have hear about. We both really loved to travel, and every time it came up in conversation, it was all she wanted to hear about.
And as I was reading my book at the pool today, I was thinking about how much she loved my writing - the idea that I wrote, whether it was a novel, a blog post, just whatever. She was always so supportive. Just thinking about it has been enough motivation to get me back into more of my routine going into the fall.
As has become my tradition, I had to find a proper cupcake for her birthday. I learned there weren’t quite as many options here in Destin as I am spoiled with in NYC. As much as Rachel loved desserts, she’d have never sprung for a Publix cupcake. No - it has to be better than that. Thanks to a little site called Google, I was able to track down a bakery by the name of Karaboo, and Rachel, the below chocolate stout cupcake with Baileys cream cheese icing is for you. Xo, Virgo birthday buddy.
- 6th September
Tomorrow I’m off for vacation. Real vacation, as I like to call it. No sightseeing agenda. Not checking into and out of hotels. Almost 7 days of pure relaxation.
To commemorate the occasion, I’m leaving the computer at home. I’ll have my iPad, but I’m committing to make it several days of not being fully “plugged in”. If I’m tweeting, it’ll likely be food photos rather than constantly scanning for the latest social media changes. If I’m on the iPad, it’ll be for personal writing - creative or of the food blogging variety.
I’m looking forward to busting back out the manuscript of the unfinished novel. No matter what you read about giving yourself a break, putting it down for too long is not a good idea. Having to relearn your characters and all of the plot and subplots is much harder and requires much more time than you want to spend or (if you’re like me) usually have.
I’m also taking a nice stack of some newly purchased (or borrowed, in the case of Prospect Park West) reads that I’ll hopefully be plowing through at a combination of the beach and pool. Ahhhhh vacation… I’ll see you all (mostly) on the flipside!
- 26th August
- 25th August