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With exactly two months until Wedding Day, we have yet to choose a first dance song. While GP is not in most ways a “music person,” he does have the occasional opinion, and I am all about the music and lyrics. This does not mean, however, that either of us has any idea what song will be the soundtrack to our first official husband-and-wife dance. I’ve been mulling this over for months and months…and here are the finalists, in no particular order:

Forever and a Day (Always) – Jewel
I Only Have Eyes for You – Jamie Cullum
You Are the Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
God Only Knows – Joss Stone
All the Things You Are – Ella Fitzgerald
It Had to Be You – Harry Connick, Jr.
L-O-V-E – Joss Stone
Never Had Nobody But You – M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel
Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
I Will – The Beatles
Your Song – Elton John
To Be Alone With You – Sufjan Stevens
Everything – Michael Buble
They Bring Me to You – Joshua Radin
Everyday – Vetiver
Melt With You – Nouvelle Vague
Nobody Knows Me – Lyle Lovett
Question – Old 97’s
Real Love – Regina Spektor

Thoughts? Suggestions? Also, don’t be bitchily judge-y. Now is not the time.


That extra hour

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…totally helped me out, because by the time I BARTed and drove home from the city, it was half past one in the morning, waaaay past my bedtime (yes, shut up, I am old now).

Matturday was awesome, with the concert preceded by dinner at Out the Door in the SF Shopping Center (which I hadn’t been to in ages, and is so much nicer than I remember!). We shared a couple tepid (at best! come on) vegetarian steamed buns, then a bottle of white Bordeaux, cellophane noodles with Dungeness crab, and spicy lemongrass chicken. When we were stuffed and lightly sauced, we walked the two blocks to the Warfield, where we proceeded to drink $9 gin and tonics (and I managed to find a bar that demanded a $35 minimum on a credit card…seriously) and enjoy the dulcet tones of whatever band was the opener for the opener, Jessie Baylin. Jessie Baylin is adorable, and was dressed like a blonde Pinky Tuscadero, complete with biker jacket (no word on whether it has ever belonged to Fonzie) and rocker-chick gyrations. If I were in a more music-acquiring mood, she’d definitely be on my list. And then there was Matt! Nathanson! His shows are, as previously mentioned, on the rocking side of awesome, and last night was no exception…the notable sing-along was “Take on Me,” truly a test of audience falsetto skills (luckily Andy and I are fantastic singers), a bit of “Jesse’s Girl,” as well as the perennial favorite of the audience doing the “I can fall alone…” background during the encore of “Answering Machine” (which holds a special place in my heart, as it was the first of Matt’s songs I ever heard).

The rain that assaulted my car as I drove up to catch the train had thankfully ceased, and I had that jangly, too-alive feeling that usually follows concerts. Does that make sense? I feel like there’s something about all that sensory overload that dulls and sharpens everything at the same time…


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I had to do it, you guys… I am so. Freaking. Excited. For tonight! My friend Andy and I are going to see Matt Nathanson at the Warfield, which will be the third time that we’ve seen him together, and the fourth time that I’ve seen him in concert. Yes, I realize that that is insane, especially given that I am not an especially frequent concert-goer (I am a grad student with two jobs…and no free time or money. It’s all podcasts and NPR for me), but I try to make a point of seeing Matt when I can. His concerts are always really fun, with a sing-along or three (greatest hits include “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “Starfish and Coffee,” and any number of Journey songs– I’m hoping for “Faithfully” tonight). The opener is Jessie Baylin, who looks pretty groovy on her website, and if MySpace and previous Matt openers (Ingrid Michaelson! Marc Broussard!) are any indication, tonight is going to kick all the ass.

In other news, I have decided to crash back into the blogging world by doing NaBloPoMo. Yep, I have joined the group and everything…but I am warning you, some of it is going to be boring. So don’t say I didn’t tell you, okay?