Sunday might be my favorite day. I love all the weekend days, but Sunday is something special. Maybe it’s because you desperately want to cling to the weekend and your body and soul soaks in every last minute before returning to the weekly grind of work and responsibilities. Today my Sunday has consisted of sleeping in late, waking up and eating an amazing breakfast of steak, eggs and homefries, and making some delicious Waterstreet coffee that my mom has sent me from America. The whole morning and afternoon a combination of Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz has been in the background – a recipe for a great, relaxing Sunday. Sunday’s are where it’s at, my friends.
I’ve also decided to undertake the 30 Day Music Challenge that people are participating in on Facebook. I’ve found that this little project has made me nostalgic and really makes me think about my music spread. Day 01, the assignment was to pick your favorite song. How hard is that! I have so many songs that I’m totally in love with and it was hard to pick just one; however, I finally settled on Martin Sexton’s “Black Sheep.” I was first introduced to this song when I was on my road trip to Arizona when I asked my friends to burn me some CD’s of new music that I could listen to and connect with on my drive. As I was venturing through Oklahoma, a landscape vastly different than the rolling green hills, forests and lakes of the Midwest where I was raised, I noticed the yellow grass, large rock formations and rolled bales of hay that surrounded me on this empty highway. Towards the end of the song when Martin is basically screaming, the passion in his voice singing about leaving home and following your dreams, I suddenly felt the world, God and the West envelope me in a tight embrace. A voice whispered: welcome to the West. You belong here right now. Enjoy, live, learn, heal. This is where you belong. Tears were rolling down my cheeks and I was laughing, feeling so alive in that moment. So, that is why I have chosen “Black Sheep” as my favorite song. It will continuously touch me and remind me of feeling God. I like the version I have on my iPod best, but all of his stuff is live and changes a bit each time he sings, so this is as close as I could get on Youtube.
Day 02 of the 30 Day Music Challenge was a song that you like the least. The only thing that ran through my mind was “Never Gonna Feel Like That Again” by Kenny Chesney. Now, I never originally hated the song – I quite like Kenny Chesney; however, the story I have to connect with to this song pisses me off. I really don’t want to get into it, but let’s just say if you need to tell someone that you knocked up your girlfriend and you’re giving it another go – don’t subliminally break the news to that person in a SONG.
Day 03: pick a song that makes you happy. Immediately I thought of “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence and the Machine. What a happy song!! I first started to listen to her when I got to Korea and my life started to develop and take amazing turns. A new place, new beginnings, new adventures. This is my happy-dance-around-your-room-in-your-underwear-while-using-a-hairbrush-as-a-microphone song. Enjoy!