About Dramageek16

Hi I'm Leah! I'm an autistic girl who loves musical theater (especially all things Andrew Lloyd Webber and anything with Idina Menzel or Kristen Chenoweth), Spirit of Newfoundland, tea and bowling and is an aspiring Children's author. This blog is all about my life and opinions Hope you enjoy!

Posters Past and Present


Hey blog world! Today, radio station Coast 101.1 host Dana Parsons asked listeners what poster(s) they had on their walls growing up. As I grew and my interests changed from one thing to another, many different posters adorned my walls. Here’s a look at what used to be and what currently is gracing my bedroom wall

The very first movie I ever saw in the theater was “Monsters Inc.” My Aunt and Uncle took me to see it at the Empire Theatre (now known as Cineplex) in the Avalon Mall in 2001 when I was 4 years old. I loved the movie! After that, I was all about “Monsters Inc”. I collected all the Happy Meal toys from McDonald’s and played with them pretty much all the time, I had a stuffed, talking Sully that I slept with every night, I even bought a “Monsters Inc” poster from a yard sale and hung it on my wall. It was pink and had Mike, Sully and Boo on it.

As I got older, my interests changed and the “Monsters Inc” poster got old. It had a few creases and rips in it, so I took it down. When I was 10, I put a new poster in it’s place. A “Winnie The Pooh” poster that I was gifted for Christmas. It’s a light blue poster with Pooh and Piglet in their PJ’s reading storybooks. That poster is still on my wall.

A year or so after that (I think), I added another poster to my wall, one that is very special and my most favorite in my collection. Because it’s so special it’s still on my wall. My favorite local children’s entertainer is Terry Rielly the Teddy Bear Man. I love him not only for his music which is awesome (he’s not on YouTube or iTunes, but I think you can find his music at Fred’s Records (correct me if I’m wrong) and it’s worth checking out, especially his songs “Peanut Butter Kids” and “Great Balls of Spinach”) but also because of the person that he is. He is one of the kindest people I have ever met. He has a heart that’s three sizes too big! He brings so much joy to everyone that he meets. He’s also cracked (a Newfoundland term meaning very foolish), which is one of my favorite things about him! He makes me laugh a lot! One day, after he performed a show on Topsail Beach, I bought one of his posters to put on my wall. After I paid for it, he signed it for me! The autograph is starting to fade due to age, but it still brings a smile every time I look at it. I’m so lucky to be able to call him my friend!

When I was in my preteen years, I was really into “Club Penguin”, a virtual world where players could create their own penguin avatar and waddle around an arctic city where they could put off a concert on the lighthouse stage, watch or participate in a soccer or hockey match at the sports arena, make pizza’s at the local restaurant, become secret agents, and do all sorts of other cool things! During this phase, above my door was a poster that I got from a Club Penguin book. A bunch of familiar Club Penguin characters were standing on an iceberg. There was Rockhopper the pirateRockhopper, Aunt Arctic, the writer of the advice column for the Club Penguin newspaperAunt_Arctic, G, the scientist penguin who created all the weaponry for agents of the Penguin Secret AgencyG_The_Gadget_Guy, and many other penguins as well. After a few years, I didn’t log in to Club Penguin as much as I used to. I had moved on to other interests, so the Club Penguin poster came down.

At age 13 when I was in grade 8, as I was browsing through the Schoolastic Book Fair at school, I came across a poster that caught my eye. An orange tabby cat wearing a chef’s hat sitting next to a cupcake that it baked! I’m a cat person and I thought that poster was the most adorable thing and I just had to put it in my room!

Now that I’m older, the posters on my wall reflect my current interests. I love doing puzzles and above my TV is a 1000 piece poster puzzle that I put together. Its pieces are designed so that they don’t fall apart when lifted up so that the puzzle can be hung on the wall. The puzzle is a beautiful picture of two young girls catching butterflies in a field of flowers. There are dandelions, lilies, sunflowers, lots of pretty things.

I also love sitting down with my Poppy and paying a visit to the cobbles of “Coronation Street”. We don’t get to do that together very often, so that makes it even more special when we do. In 2014, I took him to the Holy Heart Theater to see Chris Gascoyne, the actor who plays Peter Barlow. While there, I bought a poster signed by the entire cast. Looking at it makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside remembering my special night out with my Poppy.

One of my favorite bands is 1 Girl Nation. They are a Christian pop group. I discovered them in 2014 when they played at YC, a Christian youth conference that was held at Mile 1. I had a blast at their concert! Their music is so upbeat and fun and I love the positive messages that they spread through their songs! They sing about living for Jesus, showing his love to everyone and my favorite song of theirs is about how everyone is perfect in the eyes of the Lord. I left their concert feeling empowered and inspired. The next day I bought their debut album and I still love jamming out to it in the car! I’ve listened to it so many times I have every song memorized! Inside the CD jacket was a signed poster of the group, which is now hanging on the wall by my closet.

My walls also display several Broadway posters! For those of you who don’t know, I am obsessed with Broadway musicals!! I have posters of some of my favorite shows, “Rent”, “Wicked”, “Avenue Q”, “Cats” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”. I also have a poster with one of my favorite quotes from “Rent”

There’s only us, there’s only this. Forget regret or life is yours to miss. No other road, no other way, no day but today!

Last summer, on my last day of work, as a parting gift my very thoughtful co-workers gave me two of the most breathtaking posters I’ve ever seen. My walls are sadly too full to display them right now but once I’m not so busy with school and have a bit of time to play interior decorator I can’t wait to make some space and hang them up! The posters are landscape photos taken by Nate and Nicole Photography and Lisa Bokelmann and they contain the lyrics to the chorus of “Spirit of Newfoundland”, Spirit of Newfoundland’s theme song written by Peter Halley. This is what they look like

Tilting

“Tilting” taken by Nate & Nicole Photography

Sunrise over Nunnery Hill

“Sunrise Over Nunnery Hill” taken by Lisa Bokelmann

If you’re as awestruck by these photos as I am, I encourage you to purchase them! As the above pictures state, they are available for purchase at Spirit of Newfoundland, located at 6 Cathedral Street in Downtown St. John’s. Every purchase of these prints goes to the Masonic Temple Restoration Fund! Please help the temple and buy a poster!

What poster(s) did you have on your wall as you grew up? What do you have now, if any? Tell me in the comments!

Leah

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Josh and The Big Wall


Hey blog world! Do you like to talk to tomatoes? Can a squash make you smile? Do you like to waltz with potatoes up and down the produce aisle? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then this blog post is for you!

Ever since I was a little girl I loved VeggieTales! I still do! You are never too old to laugh and learn with Bob the tomato, Larry the cucumber and all the others! I was in the mood for a movie night tonight and thought I’d turn on one of my VeggieTales movies. Looking through my collection, I found one in my box set of classic VeggieTales episodes that I haven’t seen since I was a little girl. “Josh and the Big Wall” from 1997 (the year I was born!). Since it’s been forever since I last saw the movie I thought I’d review it!

The opening counter top scene isn’t the best. Larry and Bob always open the show together, but this time Larry wasn’t there with Bob. He was so tired from filming the previous episode, “LarryBoy and the Fib From Outer Space” that Bob let him sleep in. Junior Asparagus was in his place. Larry always makes things interesting. Whether he’s driving his Suzy Action Jeep around the countertop, dressing as LarryBoy or going around with an oven mitt on his head, he’s always doing something that makes me laugh. It was kind of bland with Bob and Junior. They just read a viewer letter and moved on to the story. Nothing really funny or interesting happened.

Things picked up when the main story started. Bob and Junior used their imaginations to go to Egypt to learn the story of Joshua. Before Josh’s time, the Israelites were held captives in Egypt, then through Moses, God liberated them from slavery and tried to lead them to the promised land. I say tried because though he gave them directions, they did not follow through with them. Because of that, they were sentenced to be banished to exile for 40 years. Once the time had come to go to the Promised Land again, Moses had died so Josh became the new leader. He tries to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land, but the city of Jericho is in the way. The episode stayed true to the Bible story, but this being a show designed to not only educate but also entertain children and their grownups, they took a few creative liberties! I am a huge fan of Monty Python and apparently so are Phil Vischer and Mike Narwocki (the creators of VeggieTales)! The citizens of Jericho were a bunch of French taunters just like in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”!! They were green peas with French accents who looked at the Israelites over the walls of Jericho and laughed at and taunted them saying they are foolish and will not be able to knock down their walls just by walking. To add injury to insult, the peas throw slushies at them to prevent them from getting all the way around the city!

There are a lot of great musical numbers in this episode. The French taunting peas sing a really catchy song called “Keep Walking” in which they further insult the Israelites!

Keep walking, but you won’t knock down our wall. Keep walking, but she isn’t gonna fall! It’s plain to see your brains are very small to think walking will be knocking down our wall!

Promised Land” makes me hungry! LOL! It’s a song all about food! After years of eating nothing but manna the Israelites were thrilled to be going to the Promised Land where there would be better food! They sing about filling their plates up with all kinds of food like tacos, waffles and pintos and cheese. As they sing, they dance on top of a three tier, pink frosted Birthday cake! Everything about this song makes me want to head toward the fridge!! I also find it really funny that talking vegetables are singing about eating food!

Repeated several times throughout the episode is a short little ditty that first is sung by Junior to remind Josh and his friends to follow through with God’s plan, then later Josh sings it to his friends to remind them not to give up. It goes like this.

The Lord has given this land to us, no need to fuss, he knows what he’s doing. We know that he will take care of us if we will follow him

I think everyone should keep that in mind. God’s way is the best way! Follow his directions even if they seem a little odd, he knows what he’s doing!

Of course, this wouldn’t be a VeggieTales episode without a silly song! For those of you unfamiliar with VeggieTales, at the halfway point of every episode, Larry (or on occasion one of the other Veggies such as Bob, Archibald or Mr. Lunt) will perform a silly song that has nothing to do with the main episode, it’s just for entertainment purpose. This time, we find Larry about to present a one night only, stereophonic, multi-media event called “The Song of the Cebu“. He gives the performance using a slide projector, a bed sheet and pictures that he drew, which I thought was very creative! It’s a catchy little song with a captivating story! A little boy goes for a canoe ride with his three pet cebu’s (a fictional animal that looks similar to a cow) as they go on their journey, a hippo appears in the water. The boy can’t see the hippo, the hippo can’t see the canoe and the boy starts rowing right towards the hippo. We never do get to find out how it ends though as Larry’s equipment malfunctions! To this day I still wonder what became of the boy, his cebu’s and the hippo?

In the final counter top scene, Bob sums up the story and the lesson to be learned from it, listen to God and follow his directions. Then we have another song! A short little tune that QWERTY the computer sings in every episode before revealing that episode’s Bible verse

And so what we have learned applies to our lives today, God has a lot to say in his book. We know that God’s word is for everyone, now that our song is done we’ll take a look!

I think it’s cute and catchy, Bob finds it super annoying! I always get a laugh at how he screws up his face, gives an annoyed sigh and tries everything he can to get away from hearing the song!

The verse used in this episode is 2 Samuel 22:31a “As for God, his way is perfect”. It most certainly is!

To end the counter top scene, Bob and Junior say their goodbyes and exit. We then see Larry, who is in his PJ’s and awake from his nap hop onto the counter top thinking it’s time for the show to begin. Unfortunately for him, the lights completely black out! Too bad. Shame he slept through the counter top scenes of the episode, he could have brought so much more to them!

Despite the bland counter top scenes, I really enjoyed “Josh and the Big Wall” and give this VeggieTales episode a 6/10. I’ll end this review the same way that Bob and Larry end every episode of VeggieTales, by reminding you all that God made you special and he loves you very much!

Leah

 

International Flavors 


Hey blog world! I had the most wonderful afternoon today! I went out for lunch with one of my best friends, Peter Halley!

We went to International Flavors, a Pakistani restaurant located at 4 Quidi Vidi Road in Downtown St. John’s. I’d been there a few times with Peter back in 2016 and have been having cravings for their food ever since we last went! Seeing as I had some errands to run in town today, I thought that posed the perfect opportunity to ask Peter to lunch. I was delighted when he said yes!

When we got there, the second I walked through the door the most glorious smell hit my nose! All the aromatic spices paired with the chicken cooking created a delicious smell! I couldn’t wait to eat!

The owner of the restaurant, Talat, was very friendly. She had a big smile on her face when we came in  and was very welcoming. She talks to you like you’re an old friend and really makes you feel at home.

The food is absolutely amazing! I had the chicken curry. It’s served on a bed of basmati rice and it also comes with chickpeas, fresh vegetables, lentils, Indian pickle and a touch of yogurt. The chicken is so tender and juicy! The spices added lots of extra flavor to it and made it taste even more amazing! The chickpeas, rice and lentils were delicious as well. All the recipes are Talat’s own. That’s something I really love, home-cooked food made with local ingredients. Good food that’s good for you! I must warn you, if you cannot handle spicy food this is not the restaurant for you! It is very spicy!!

I ordered a large and it truly was large! I couldn’t eat all of it so I brought what was left home in a takeout container. I enjoyed more of it for supper and still couldn’t eat it all! I look forward to finishing it for lunch tomorrow!

Peter was cast as Nathan Detroit in Atlantic Light Theatre’s upcoming production of “Guys And Dolls” (click here for ticket info) and as we ate, I helped Peter run lines! I got to be Adelaide, some of Nathan’s gambler friends and the owner of the club where Nathan is hoping to set up his crap game. I had a lot of fun playing all the different characters!

I also really enjoyed chatting with Peter. We hadn’t seen each other since last year so we both had a lot to tell each other. We talked about Christmas, school, our families and everything else under the sun! I loved it.

At the end of our meal, Peter paid for both of us. I thought that was so nice of him! I wasn’t expecting that at all, especially since I was the one who invited him to lunch!! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, he has a heart that’s three sizes too big!

I really enjoyed spending time with Peter today running lines, talking and having lunch at International Flavors! I give this restaurant a 10/10. Next time you find yourself downtown you must eat here!

Leah 

2018 Goals


Hey blog world! Happy New Year! There are a lot of things I’m hoping to accomplish this year! I’ve set a list of goals for myself!

Cook more: Suppers at home on weeknights usually consist of french fries and something else equally unhealthy like pizza pops, hot dogs, nuggets, etc. Our evenings are so full and rushed there isn’t much time to cook a healthy meal! This year, now that I’m a full-time distance student and will be spending most of the day at home on weekdays, I’d like to get back in the kitchen and make supper for my family. Home cooked, healthy meals that don’t come out of a can or a cardboard box!

Get my license: This is something I’ve been putting off way too long!!! I’m 20 and I have yet to get behind the wheel of a car! Reason being, I’m firetrucking terrified!!! I’m afraid that I’ll die or some innocent motorist or pedestrian will die at my hands if I get behind the wheel. This year, I’m going to try to get over that fear. As soon as my semester of ECE courses ends in April, I’m going to go to Young Drivers of Canada to try for my permit!! This WILL be the year I drive a car!

Get organized: My room is a disaster zone! I’ve lost sight of the floor! I’m going to devote some serious time to conquering my mess and making things presentable again. Once I have done that, I will try hard to keep it that way! I’m going to do some decluttering too and get rid of clothes and other things I don’t need.

Learn at least 3 children’s songs on piano: Last year, I got back into playing the piano. I’m taking lessons from Peter Halley! I’ve got about a dozen or so songs in my repertoire now, some ABBA songs, “Green Fields of France”, a couple of Beatles tunes, a Marty Robbins ballad. I love all the songs I’ve learned, but I doubt a two year old would enjoy hearing a song about Marty Robbins shooting and killing a stranger over the love of a woman! I’m studying to be an ECE and in case I ever come across a classroom with a piano, I’d like to have a few children’s songs memorized and perfected (or at least somewhat perfect) to play for the children.

Save money: Going on a cruise is on my bucket list. It is however not on the list of things I can afford to do at this moment! When I graduate from college, whenever that may be (I’m estimating 2020) I’d like to celebrate by going on a cruise with mom. I’m going to try to cut back on the spending this year and save what I can so that I will be able to sail the high seas with Universal Travel on the Downhome Rant N Roar cruise!

What are your goals for 2018? Tell me in the comments!

Leah

Spirit Christmas Luncheon 2017


Hey blog world! Sorry for the super long delay in postings! I am not dead yet! I’ve just been super busy playing with toddlers, studying for exams and completing mountains of assignments! For those of you who are new to this blog, I am an Early Childhood Education student at College of the North Atlantic! Now that exams are over and my field placement term is done, I’m super happy to be on Christmas break and not have to worry about due dates or studying!

To officially kick off my first day of Christmas break, I had a girls day with one of my best friends, Kristen! We went to Spirit of Newfoundland to see their Christmas luncheon, something I look forward to every year! It’s truly one of my favorite parts of Christmas!

Our afternoon started with drinks at the bar. I had a cranberry mocktail (6 fl oz of cranberry juice and 2 fl oz of tonic water). One of my favorite drinks to have when I feel like being fancy. After all the hard work I’ve done over the past semester I felt like I needed one!

Soon, the doors opened and we went inside. We set our drinks down and went to look at the appetizers set out on the table. Spirit usually has a set three-course meal, but for their luncheons, the appetizer and dessert are buffets. Only the main course has a menu. For my appetizer I had some of Chef Alex’s pasta salad, some of Spirit’s homemade sourdough bread and a salad I put together myself at the salad bar.

Chef Alex’s pasta salad is to die for! It was the first thing I looked for when I went to the buffet table! As weird as this sounds, it’s something I look forward to every year! It’s so cheesy and creamy and delicious! The sourdough bread is really nice too, as is the homemade whipped butter that it comes with!

For the main course, we could choose from cod au gratin or turkey. Now, I don’t like cod au gratin very much, but I absolutely detest turkey, always have! So, I went with the lesser of two evils, the cod au gratin. I gave it a try, just to see if maybe I’ll like it the way Alex makes it. It wasn’t the best thing I’ve ever eaten. That being said, I mean no disrespect to Alex, I’m sure there were many in the audience who did enjoy it!

Something I absolutely loved about the meal was the mashed potato! Alex, please teach me your ways!!! Oh my firetrucking God! It was like I was eating a cloud! It was so fluffy and buttery and perfect! The carrot and broccoli were really good too.

Kristen had the turkey and really enjoyed that. She said that the gravy over it was the best! She also thought the mashed potatoes were absolutely amazing and enjoyed the vegetables.

After we ate, the show began! Today’s performers were Frank Fusari on the bass, Bill Brennan on piano, Boomer Stamp on drums and Peter Halley and Shelley Neville were the vocalists. A stellar lineup if you ask me!

Peter and Shelley opened the show with my all time favorite Christmas song, “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer”. Rudolph is my little kindred spirit. Both of us were born a little different from the others and were bullied because of it. I always get so emotional during this song, especially at the end when all the reindeer accept him for who he is and he gets to lead Santa’s sleigh!

After that song, they took some audience requests. That’s one thing I really like about this show, they sing what the audience wants to hear! Someone asked for “Mele Kalikimaka” and so they sang it! That song is a lot of fun! They did an excellent job! Someone else in the audience requested “Snoopy’s Christmas”! They did a really good job on that one as well.

Peter and Shelley also sang a few of their favorites. I loved it when they sang “I’ll Be There Christmas Eve”! They always do a beautiful job of that song! It was so lovely that I almost cried!

When they sang “Silver Bells” they split the audience up into two halves. Kristen and I were on Shelley’s side of the stage. We were her echo! There were a lot of really nice voices on our side. Peter’s side of the room wasn’t too bad either!

A little while later, desert was brought out! They had so many delicious things! There were chocolate and peanut butter squares, chocolate chip cookies, pieces of screech cake and my favorite Christmas cookie, snowballs!!! Yum! I had a little bit of everything and it was all delicious!

After singing a few more songs, Peter asked me and Kristen to come up and sing one! He asked us to do “The Mummers Song”! We were honored! Kristen was especially excited! This was her first time ever performing on Spirit’s stage! We had so much fun performing with the band and I think we all sounded awesome!

There was a lot more audience participation after us! Peter asked the audience if anyone else wanted to come up and sing and a man volunteered. He said that there were extra words to Rudolph that Peter had missed. He was confused and so was I. I didn’t recall there ever being any extra words to the song. Then, when the man sang it, I laughed! I did remember those words! It’d been so long since I heard Rudolph sung like that (the last time I remember singing it that way was in elementary school) that I forgot that those extra words existed! Click here to listen to Rudolph complete with the extra add ins.

A 90 year old woman was in the audience, though she didn’t look at all 90! I couldn’t believe it! She got up on stage and danced as Peter and Shelley sang “Christmas In Kilarney”. She was amazing! So full of life and energy! I hope to be just like her when I’m 90!

At the end of the show, I got to give out presents! That’s one of my favorite things about the Christmas season, making homemade gifts for my friends and seeing the big smiles on their faces when they receive them! I had something special for both Peter and Shelley! It made me so happy to see the big smiles on their faces when I gave them their gifts! They are always so good to me, they deserved a special Christmas gift. I can’t wait to hear what they think of their presents when they open them!

Kristen and I also got pictures with Peter!!

Peter and I

After we had talked to and gotten a picture with him, we thought it was time to leave, but dad was still a half hour away. Peter suggested that Kristen and I sit in the bar and I do up my Christmas shopping list (I’m usually done before now, but because of school I’ve had literally zero time! I still had a few left to shop for!) so that’s exactly what I did. Kristen and I sat down together and brainstormed ideas for what to get those who are left on my list (my 12-year-old niece, my mom and my friend Dorothy, a lovely woman who is 85 years young. She and I go to open mics in CBS together all the time.)

Soon, dad came to pick us up, but our girls day out wasn’t over yet! We stopped by Mochanopoly and Shoppers to do some Christmas shopping! I didn’t find something for everyone I have left, but at least I got a few things.

I had a wonderful afternoon out with Kristen today! As always, the luncheon was absolutely spectacular! Today was the last day for the lunch, but if you are looking for some Christmas entertainment, their nighttime show is equally as spectacular! “The Best Little Newfoundland Christmas Pageant Ever is taking a short Christmas break, but will be back December 27th – 31st and January 2nd – 5th. For more information or to make a reservation, call 579-3023 or email reservations@spiritofnewfoundland.com

Leah

Cripple Creek at the Trip Inn


Hey blog world! Last Saturday night was pretty big! My parents and I had a night out together. We went to the Trip Inn, a lounge on Long Shore road in Kelligrews to see the band, Cripple Creek. It was my first time ever in a club.

I’d been looking forward to it ever since I heard we were going but at the same time, I was nervous and anxious too. Nervous that something may happen to me or my drink. I was glad that both my parents would be there with me. When we got there, I was still anxious and nervous, but as the band started playing I was able to relax. Music always helps me calm down.

The band is absolutely amazing! Each member is so incredibly talented! The best way I can think of to describe Brant Parsons, the drummer of the band is Animal from “The Muppets” in human form! Words cannot describe the crazy, awesome spectacle that is watching him play! I loved that he threw in a few tricks from time to time too, spinning his drumsticks and throwing them in the air and catching them!

Cyril Drover and Toby Martin are the guitarists of the band. Cyril is on the electric guitar and Toby plays bass. They are both fantastic performers! I was absolutely astounded by Cyril! I couldn’t get over how fast his fingers were flying on the guitar! Don Brenton plays guitar as well and is the lead singer of the band. He’s got a really nice, velvety voice.

During their first few songs, I sat at the table with mom and dad, but when I heard the opening guitar riff to “You May Be Right” by Billy Joel, I shot like a rocket out of my chair and got mom to get out on the floor and dance with me! That is one of my all-time favorite songs! It brings me back to when I was a little girl. Back then I was pretty much obsessed with that song! Dad used to sing it to me before bed, I had it on a CD and listened to it all the time and I sang it everywhere I went, even the checkout line at Sobey’s! To this day, I still love that song and go crazy dancing whenever I hear it! This was one of my favorite parts of the night!

After that, it was hard to get me off the dance floor! I had so much fun dancing with mom and dad and a few new friends I made that night.

I got to talk to the band during the break after their first set. They are really cool and very down to earth. I was a little lost for words at first (which means you’re a pretty big deal in my eyes! I’m not speechless very often!) but they didn’t mind. After talking to them for a bit, Don gave me a guitar pick!!! That was so nice of him! Thank you very much for that!

I was very pleasantly surprised to hear some country music in their second set! I love classic rock, but I love country slightly more! They played “Love Somebody” by Keith Urban and “Chicken Fried” by the Zach Brown Band. They did a great job! They sound amazing no matter what style of music they perform! I wonder if they have ever played anything by my favorite country singer, Brad Paisley?

Canada lost a true legend the other day, Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip. One of my favorite Hip songs is “New Orleans Is Sinking” so I asked them to play it for me and they did! It sounded awesome! Gord would have been proud.

After the second set, we started getting ready to go home. It was close to 1:30, and though I am a night owl who stays up late most weekends (I perform at open mic nights at various places throughout CBS almost every weekend and sometimes don’t get home until midnight or 1:00 or shortly after), mom and dad were getting tired so they said it was time to go. Before we left, I got a picture with the band!

Cripple Creek

I thoroughly enjoyed my first experience at the Trip Inn and absolutely loved Cripple Creek! Rock on guys! I hope to see you perform again soon!

Leah

Musical Meandering Round 2


Hey blog world! A few months ago, I published a post called “Musical Meandering“. It’s said that the music you listen to can reveal a lot about you, so I set my iPod to shuffle, listened to the first 20 songs and wrote my favorite lyric from each to see what it would reveal about me. I enjoyed that so much I thought I’d do it again tonight! Here it goes!

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 5 golden touques, 4 pounds of back bacon, three french toast, two turtlenecks and a beer in a tree!

We’ll all be gone for the summer, we’re on safari to stay. Tell the teacher we’re surfin’, surfin’ USA

Some glad morning when this life is over, I’ll fly away to a home on God’s celestial shore

If they freed me from this prison, if that railroad train was mine, bet I’d move it all a little further down the line.

Brian Tobin went to town said now listen to me, forget the cabinet shuffle John I think we’ve had enough, get everybody on the floor doin’ the Newfie stomp

No matter, I can live with you

The body’s a temple, that’s what we’re told. I’ve treated this one like an old honkytonk

We’re always happy, life’s for living and that’s our philosophy

Pampers melt in a Maytag dryer, crayons go up one drawer higher, rewind Barney for the 18th time, breakfast 6:00 naps at 9:00. There’s bubblegum in the babies hair, sweet potatoes in my lazy chair!

Some believe in destiny and some believe in fate. I believe that happiness is somethin’ we create.

Let it rain on my window pane I’ve got my own rainbow and we’re sittin’ here shinin’ watchin’ Scotty grow

I got the one I love beside me, my troubles behind me. I’m alive and I’m free, who wouldn’t wanna be me.

Stars, in your multitudes, scarce to be counted, filling the darkness with order and light. You are the sentinence, silent and sure keeping watch in the night.

I’m your Yankee Doodle Dandy in a gold Rolls-Royce

Sing out for yourselves for you are blessed. There is not one of you who cannot win the kingdom. The slow, the suffering, the quick, the dead.

7 little peas with liver and onions, guess who got no groceries!

If life seems jolly rotten, there’s something you’ve forgotten and that’s to laugh and smile and dance and sing!

Luck is believing you’re lucky that’s all, and showing just a little bit of faith

I see them magazines workin’ that photoshop, we know that sh*t ain’t real, come on now make it stop.

God made lots of people in all colors, shapes, and sizes. He loves them very much and what we need to realize is that calling people names because they’re different is wrong. Instead we need to look on them in love.

It comes as no surprise to me that a lot of the lyrics on this list have to do with happiness and acceptance. I’m a very optimistic person who always looks on the bright side of things and overall loves life and I believe that everyone on this earth is equal and should be accepted for who they are! What does the music on your iPod say about you??

Leah

Song credits:

“12 Days of Christmas” – Bob & Doug McKenzie

“Surfin’ USA” – The Beach Boys

“I’ll Fly Away” – The Statler Brothers

“Folsom Prison Blues” – Johnny Cash

“Doin’ The Newfie Stomp” – Roy Payne

“I Can Live With That” – “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”

“Living In Fast Forward” – “Kenny Chesney”

“In The Summertime” – “Mungo Jerry

“Mr. Mom” – Lonestar

“Something More” – Sugarland

“Watching Scotty Grow” – Bobby Goldsborro

“Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me” – Keith Urban

“Stars” – “Les Misérables”

“Elected” – Alice Cooper

“Hosanna” – “Jesus Christ Superstar”

“10 Little Onions” – Snook

“Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life” – “Spamalot”

“The Motown Song” – Rod Stewart

“All About That Bass” – Meghan Trainor

“I Can Be Your Friend” – VeggieTales