Tuesday Reviews-Day (on a Wednesday)!

So I’m really good at this blogging regularly thing – huzzah!

Today for Tuesday review, I’ll be giving you my take on ‘Sing Me The Songs That Say I Love You’, a tribute concert given for the late Kate McGarrigle, a great songwriter who passed away from cancer in 2010.

I really love this album.  You may think I’m biased because of my head-over-heels obsession with Rufus Wainwright’s music, and with the fact that Kate is his mother, you’d obviously think that I’d love this album.  But in all seriousness, the songs are brilliant.  On their records made throughout the years, Kate and her sister, Anna McGarrigle, wrote and sang lyric after lyric about love and loss, places they called home and people they love, pain and joy and everything in between.  The songs craft images in your mind of a campfire in the mountains or a peaceful dawn walk on the ocean shore. The harmonies between the two women paired with their unique instrumentations containing fiddles, mandolins, banjos, accordions, etc. puts you in a tranquil place, but you feel their words so strongly in the music.

The tribute concert does Kate justice completely.  Anna lifts her sister’s music up lovingly, The Wainwright children, Rufus and Martha, pay passionate tribute to their mother, and talented friends Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Jimmy Fallon, and a host of others join in the singing and playing to fill the air with the music and the life and the spirit of Kate.  

I’d highly recommend this one.  It’s a live album so it isn’t perfect in its pitch or production quality, there aren’t backing tracks and overdubs or anything.  It’s pure and simple, and just the right way to revel in the lasting memory of Kate McGarrigle.


In The Moment

A few ways my current situation is a good thing:

1. I’m realizing that I have many, many doors that I could open with my career – also I’m more aware that what I do and where I am are not forever.  I am a multi-faceted person who can do many things with my life and still feel satisfied.

2. I’m with a man I love.  Our relationship is really solid, and although we have our struggles, we are strong enough in our bonds to each other that we can get through whatever is thrown at us.

3. I’m young.  It’s taken me a long time to realize that I’m really young, and I have so much time and opportunity to do things besides worry about what my professional life is turning into.  I have time to be creative, social, active, and passionate about what I love to do.

Midweek Musing

It’s Wednesday and I’m answering a question.  This week’s: 

Are you a social or an antisocial person?

The answer to that has multiple facets that encompass a general answer of – a bit of both.

There are times when I have to be social – I’m not great at being by myself for long periods of time.  That’s why I’m grateful to have Daniel around a lot of the time.  When I’m with people and being social, I feel like more of a person, if that makes any sense.  I feel other people’s presence and it makes me feel more whole than when I’m alone.  It can get stressful if there are too many people and it gets loud and crowded and everyone’s opinions are being expressed at once, but I really like big social gatherings.

However, there are times when I just need to be less social.  Hanging out with a couple of friends or just Daniel is really great for me.  It’s not overwhelming, and I don’t feel like I have to entertain anyone or keep them happy.  When it’s just some folks hanging out and watching a movie or listening to music or chilling out, it’s the best.  

So all in all, I’d say I’m a bit of both.  I like being social more than being alone, but I wouldn’t call my moments where I’m overwhelmed by people “antisocial”.  I’d say less social rather than anti.  Right there in the middle of social and antisocial is my cup of tea currently.  Once it gets warmer, though, I’ll definitely have the urge to be out amongst people in the warm and sunny weather.  Being cooped up in the winter makes it hard to be super social!