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You Shoot Me Straight & True

If you know me at all whatsoever you know I love music and it has been a big part of my life forever.  I grew up on all kinds of classic rock goodness (thanks Dad), spent my high school days going to shows every weekend, and even helping a run a music website with my friends. About this time in 2001 is when I started listening to Thrice, and I’ve been a HUGE fan ever since. It’s kind of special following something for so long, and as they change so do you, and each album means something different to you since you are both evolving.

Anyways! The singer of Thrice, Dustin Kensrue, has some solo cds and plays solo shows every so often.  He has a great bluesy raw voice that I love.  Of course any time the band or him play within a few hours of here I snatch up tickets.  This weekend he was playing in San Diego as part of the Where’s The Band tour (alongside singers from bands such and Bayside, The Get Up Kids, Saves the Day).

I wanted to share a few songs from the night, sorry for some of the vids, but I wanted to find some of the actual show we went to.  Here is one of his personal songs “Pistol”, which just so happens to be our wedding song 🙂 Major swoonage


I totally dig this cover he did of the Cold War Kids “Hospital Beds” – this song has been stuck in my head for days now, love his version.


And one of the more popular Thrice songs, “The Artist in the Ambulance”.


In the mood for…

Sometimes a random song comes on my iPod and it turns into something I all of the sudden feel the need to play over and over for the next week. Like a theme song for the week.  Here are some recent ones I have been playing over and over.

Random, eclectic. Love them all!

A song

A little music sharing for a Monday night.  Love the music/sounds/lyrics, this song is making me smile tonight. Love me some Thrice/Dustin Kensrue!

My heart is filled with songs of forever
The city that endures when all is made new
I know I don’t belong here, I’ll never
Call this place my home, I’m just passing through

Wedding Wednesday – Our Playlist

A lot of people that are doing DIY weddings these days are also doing all of their music as well.  I’ve only been to one other wedding where they did their own music, but it was only ceremony and mealtime music (no dancing).  We decided to do all of our own music for our wedding  because our venue was “iPod ready” – meaning, they had a nice sound system and all we had to do was hook our mp3 player or laptop up.  Plus, it just saved us a ton of money not having to have a DJ.

We split the music up into different Playlists so they were easy to find for the different parts of the wedding: Pre-ceremony, Ceremony, Dinner/Cocktail Hour, and Reception/Dance music. We did have another playlist set up for the bouquet and garter toss as well, so those songs were easy to find. You’d want to add any father-daughter, mother-son dances as well 🙂  We asked a friend to control our music, and it was super easy for him – he was such a champ!

Getting all of our music was the only challenge and we did a combination of things to find the right songs.  Here’s some tips and things we did:

  • Go through all of your own music and find songs you like that would fit will with your wedding music. Be thinking about background music, dance music, as well as the most important ones like what you’ll walk down to the aisle to.
  • Pandora. I listen to Pandora every day at work, and when a song came on that I thought would fit well somewhere in our wedding, I wrote it down in a Google spreadsheet.  I learned about a lot of great music this way as well 🙂
  • Google sample wedding playlists.  This was very important for us since we wanted a variety of music, for the old and young folks alike!  There’s some stuff I would personally not listen to, but that I thought people would like to dance to – as well as songs that I wouldn’t have thought of.

We kept a Google spreadsheet going for a few months, adding new songs here and there as we pleased. As it got closer to the wedding, we started sorting them into our various playlists.  We ended up having way too much music, and had to nix some stuff, but I think we ended up with a great variety of music. Although, there’s no Country here 😉 haha.

So here’s all of our wedding music, sorted by playlist (sorry about the random orders somewhat, I just typed how it showed up on my computer!). Hopefully it helps someone out there who is putting together music for their wedding. Enjoy!

First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes
Lucky – Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat
Amber – 311
A Message – Coldplay
This Years Love – David Gray

Love and Some Verses – Iron & Wine (wedding party walked down to this)
Can’t Help Falling In Love – Ingrid Michaelson (I walked down to this)
New Soul – Yael Naim (us and the wedding party exited with this)

Dinner/Cocktail Hour
All You Need Is Love – The Beatles
Ain’t No Sunshine – Kris Allen
Faithfully – Journey
Amber – 311
A Movie Script Ending – Death Cab For Cutie
Viva La Vida
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) – Green Day
Let My Love Open the Door – Pete Townshend
Sparks – Coldplay
Trouble – Ray LaMontagne
Shiver – Coldplay
The Way I Am – Ingrid Michaelson
Cecilia – Simon and Garfunkel
Layla – Eric Clapton
Everything – Michael Buble
Gravity – John Mayer
Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
Green Eyes – Coldplay
Somebody to Love – Queen
Falling Slowly – Lee DeWyze & Crystal Bowersox
Starlight – Muse
Yellow – Coldplay
The Scientist – Coldplay
You & Me – Dave Matthews Band
Better Together – Jack Johnson
Never Say Never – The Fray
Everlong – The Foo Fighers
If You Could Only See – Tonic
Your Song – Elton John

Reception/Dance Music
Got My Mind Set on You – George Harrison
Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
At Last – Etta James
Daughters – John Mayer
Happy Together – The Turtles
Hey, Soul Sister – Train
Hey Ya! – Outkast
I Want You Back – Jackson 5
Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Twist and Shout – The Beatles
Hella Good – No Doubt
I Want You To Want Me – Cheap Trick
Just What I Needed – The Cars
Landslide – Fleetwood Mac
American Girl – Tom Petty
Let’s Get It Started – Black Eyed Peas
Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’ – Journey
Proud Mary – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding
Stand By Me – Ben E. King
Dreams – Fleetwood Mac
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
The Middle – Jimmy Eat World
This Magic Moment – The Drifters
Island In The Sun – Weezer
Hey Jude – The Beatles
You and I – Ingrid Michaelson
1 2 3 4 – Feist
The Fray – You Found Me
Something – The Beatles
You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
Old Time Rock and Roll – Bob Seger

Happy weekend

We haven’t been in town for the 4th in years, and it kind of makes me sad. I will miss this view:

In other news, my 25h birthday is in TWO WEEKS. I feel old already! I am hoping for a day at Disneyland (somebody make this happen for me!). The next day we are going to a concert to see my fav, Thrice, down south. It will be a great weekend 🙂

Have a fun, safe, long weekend!!!

Feeling Lovey

This song came on and now I’m listening to it over and over, love the lyrics and they are oh so true. So I’m sharing 🙂

Thrice – The Weight


There’s many who’ll tell you they’ll give you their love,
But when they say “give” they mean “take.”
They”ll hang ’round just like vultures till push comes to shove.
They’ll take flight when the earth starts to shake.
Someone may say that they’ll always be true,
Then slip out the door ‘fore the dawn.
But I won’t leave you hanging on.
Another may stay till they find someone new,
Then before you know they’ll be gone.
But I won’t leave you hanging on;
No, I won’t be that someone.
And come what may, I won’t abandon you or leave you behind
Because love is a loyalty sworn, not a burning for a moment.
And come what may, I will be standing right here by your side;
I won’t run away, though the storm’s getting worse and there’s no end in sight.
Some talk of destiny, others of fate,
But soon they’ll be saying goodbye.
But I won’t leave you high and dry.
Because a ring don’t mean nothing
If you can’t haul the weight,
And some of them won’t even try,
But I won’t leave you high and dry;
I won’t leave you wondering why.
And storms will surely come,
But true love is a choice you must make
And you’re the one that I have set my heart to choose.
As long as I live, I swear I’ll see this through.