Last weekend, my brother-in-law was in town. It was a beautiful evening outside so we all grilled out on the patio and were listening to tunes on our beloved bluetooth speaker. And, while scrolling through Apple Music, I decided to transport us back in time to playing one of my favorite songs from 2003, "Best of Me," by The Starting Line. Then, all of a sudden, we all went back in time to our Emo phase and were passing around the phone putting the next Emo song in the queue. It was glorious. We pictured ourselves back when everyone had stick-straight hair, because the straightener had just been invented. and boys were just now starting to shop in the girl section to buy their jeans. Our parents miraculously let us go to concerts in falling down warehouses and, if you could get close to the mosh pit, (even though we didn't even listen to bands that you should be moshing too), it was a success. We never knew if any of these bands were signed or not, and we didn't care! All we knew was that our friend gave us this CD and we thought it was great because it wasn't what our parents liked.
Now, I'm not sure how many of you had your own emo phase, but here were some classics that we played that maybe you'll remember and will transport you back in time!
"Best of Me" by The Starting Line
"Grand Theft Autumn" by Fall Out Boy
"Hit Or Miss" by New Found Glory
"The Tension and the Terror" by Straylight Run
"Sunsets and Car Crashes" by The Spill Canvas
"Counting the Stars" by Waking Ashland
"Passenger Seat" by Death Cab For Cutie
"Cigarette" by Yellow Card (you know...the album before they "sold out" [i.e. made money])
"Honestly" by Cartel
"You're So Last Summer" by Taking Back Sunday
"Woke Up In A Car" by Something Corporate
"The Big Sleep" by Streetlight Manifesto
"My Own Worst Enemy" by Lit
Any of these songs ringing a bell?!
And, if you want to transport yourself to another time- maybe the Matchbox Twenty garage band grunge phase, or maybe the boy band phase, or maybe just back to the "Baby" by Justin Bieber days, you should! And here's how: Enter to win a free bluetooth speaker by signing up for my mailing list! Huzzah! You, too, can join me in the past and reminisce on your metaphorical Emo phase.
You know that guy that keeps asking that girl out? And it's not completely his fault because the girl always gives just enough to leave a glimmer of hope that there's still a chance!
"Can I take you to dinner?"
"I can't do tonight, but maybe some other time!"
"How bout this weekend?"
"Oh my gosh, my life is so busy now, I'm so sorry. It's not that I don't want to, it's just the timing!"
BUT SHE NEVER SAYS "NO," so how is the guy supposed to know?!
Well... I'm that guy. No, not literally (What kind of news did you think I had?!) but metaphorically, and the music industry is the girl- she always leaves me with a glimmer of hope!
I told you when I started this blog that I'd be real with you about what's going on in my life. Well... Here it is. You can recall in one of my blogs that I thought a possible outcome of releasing my EP could be: "Nothing May Happen"
But recently, I found out a record label rep is driving from Nashville to my Atlanta show... (Ahhhhh I'm freaking out!!!!) So, that lit some fire under my butt and made me think that maybe something could happen!
I'm super pumped about this step forward, but know I gotta step up my game and give this show, and my music career and EP release, my best foot forward. (Also, that means all Atlantans need to be present at my 7.1.16 album release show!!!)
So, when the metaphorical girl finally says she will go on a date with me, I gotta pick out my best date outfit, arrive early to the date, and sit in the living room charming her father. I gotta bring her flowers, open her door, and seal the deal at the end of the night!
Wish me luck!
Sometimes I think I'm crazy. But sometimes, I think I know exactly what I'm doing.