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Experience Music

Concerts have definitely come to be one of my favorite activities here in Nashville. I love finding new music to listen to, and it’s even better when you discover it live and love it! I went to my favorite venue last night, Exit/In, to see Pat Mcgee. There were maybe 40 people there, so I was a little worried about the overall concert experience. Man, was a very pleasantly surprised. The guys that opened for Pat were awesome! They had a ton of energy, great music style, and used a wide range of instrumentation. It was kind of a rock-bluegrass mix that sounded amazing. Hightide Blues is definitely on my new list to look out for. (and right now you can download their CD for free from the website, linked above).


After a great opening act, Pat Mcgee came and started playing, just him and Charlie Mars on keyboard and sax. He played about 4 songs, then decided to switch things up a bit. He got down on the floor, sat on a stool, with everyone sitting on stools right in front (I was about 5 feet away!!), and played whatever songs the audience wanted him to play. Talk about an intimate performance!! At midnight, they seemed to still be going strong, and as much as I didn’t want to leave such an amazing experience, I had to remember my wake-up time in the morning, so we snuck out. But talk about a great experience!! Sadly I didn’t get a picture….he was sitting so close and had just talked about how little things can throw a performer off, so I felt guilty making the flash go off that close. Oh well. It will be in my mind at least.  🙂


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Live it Up – Vineyard

One thing I have loved since turning 21 is going to vineyards. Although I have not had the chance to go to a lot, Arrington Vineyard in Arrington, TN is one of my favorite. Beginning in May and going into the fall, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday turns into Music in the Vines. Bring a blanket, food, and good friends. Listen to some smooth jazz music while you take in the beautiful green landscape. Be sure to put your name down first thing for a wine tasting, as it can be up to a 4 hour wait. Or you can just buy bottles to enjoy there. My favorites are the Red Fox Red, Desert Rose, and Raspberry. (hint: if you choose the raspberry during your wine tasting, you get a delicious piece of dark chocolate to have with it).  Arrington Vineyards



my view from the top of the hill

my view from the top of the hill

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Live It up – Away

I was reminded this past weekend of how much I love the beach. I grew up going to the beach every summer, and still go about every other year. Taking a nap in the warm sun, the sound of the waves and seagulls, the feel of sand between your toes, taking walks to collect seashells, and eating delicious seafood. Those were some of my favorite trips with my mom and grandmother every year. I don’t think there is anything I love more. I am seriously starting to consider looking for jobs somewhere closer to the beach. Below is a picture of the beach from last weekend, Dauphin Island, AL. It is about a 7-8 hour drive from here, so not too bad, but definitely not a day trip.

Dauphin Island

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Live It Up….Simply

I’ve decided that most of the best times we have are doing simple, cheap/free things. Today was a gorgeous day, after, not even kidding, about 2 weeks of rainy, icky weather. We went to the park, brought food, chilled on the grass, played bocce ball and frisbee. Roommate M and I dominated at bocce ball, but the boys definitely take the cake for frisbee. There was no cost for any of this and it was probably one of the most enjoyable weekday activities we’ve done. And that’s also what’s great about summer….you can do this a lot!

So I recommend finding a close park: go run, walk, play, or whatever makes you happy….for free.

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I have always loved going to shows. One of my favorite birthdays was I think around age 8 when my parents took some friends and I to the Fox Theater in Atlanta to see Beauty and the Beast. We sat on the very last row in the balcony and could not really see a thing, but it was wonderful! Since then, I try to go to shows whenever I can. Musicals, theater, Stomp, whatever! And luckily, I have many friends now that enjoy shows and are in shows!

Last night we went to the Boiler Room in Franklin to see Sunday in the Park with George. I had never seen the show and only knew that very basic premise: that it was based on the painter George Seurat and his painting of “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Ja Grande Jatte”. The story was interesting, with the first act in the past for the creation of the painting, and the second act in the present with George’s great-grandson creating a variation on his theme. The cast was very talented and the music was unique. If you have time and are in the area, I recommend it!

Georges Seurat-A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

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Live it Up!

Rumours Wine Bar

I went to this wine bar last week for the first time as part of celebrating the end of the semester. I love wine, and this place is amazing. It is on the small side, but has a great patio. We had a Malbec that was very good. The one we ordered was not in stock, so the manger offered to give us a better one at a discounted price. To eat I had a flatbread with portabella and goat cheese that was delicious. I highly recommend it (but keep the group small)

Location: Nashville, TN; 12th South area

Wines: bottles starting at $24, glasses starting at $8

Food: regular menu, plus weekly specials; reasonably priced