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Concert of the Week

Five of my favorite musicians, all Nashville guys, had/have shows in Atlanta over a span of 10 days. Ben Rector was amazing on Saturday night at the sold out Tabernacle. And this week I have my two of my fav musicians to look forward to: Matt Wertz and Dave Barnes. So I at least get to see 3 of the 5!

I’ve been listening to Matt and Dave for a while and have not missed many live shows. And they’re touring together, which is even more exciting because although each is entertaining enough in their own respects, together they are on another level of entertaining.

Both of them have a great mix of fun, dance-along music and some of the sweetest songs you will ever hear, including the song below. These tickets – and yes, we went for the VIP, because, why not – were bought in July and the countdown began then. Thursday cannot come fast enough.

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Now Playing

I would not make it through the day without music. And since our office moved, I have my own and no longer have to wear headphones – which makes the day much more comfortable overall. As I’ve said before, Spotify is the way to go: full albums, custom playlists, you can listen to one artist if you want, and they have great pre-made playlists. Here’s what has been playing lately from my speakers.

7HCSeven Handle Circus.
 I went to their farewell concert a few nights ago and it was great. I’m sad they won’t be together anymore – their shows are always a blast. Fun to be a local group too!






benrectorBen Rector. New album – Brand New – was just released. Spotify only has a few songs so far but I got the full album because I can’t wait for his concert in November. Now only a great musician, but a great guy – filled in some for our worship band and lived in the adjoined duplex to my friend in my Nashville days. Loving what I’m hearing of the new album – favorite track so far? “Crazy” #mylife





wertzMatt Wertz. No new music, I just always love listen to this guy and his concert is also coming up (with Dave Barnes). Definitely bought VIP tickets to this one. Gotta do it once in life, right? Now to just decide on which song I’d really want to hear for the brief VIP acoustic performance if they take requests…so many albums, so many songs! Another Nashville love.





barnesDave Barnes. See Matt Wertz logic above. They may as well be brothers. Also a really funny guy – check out his YouTube channel.







shuntSam Hunt. A little pop-country. So shoot me….I like it. Also playing this fall for a post-Braves game concert. I can suffer through a game for this horrid season to see him. And I love baseball…..but 20-6 this past weekend?? Really??


Holiday Tunes Analysis

I love Christmas music. Though I refuse to turn it on before Thanksgiving, it plays nonstop from the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Day (including while running).  I noticed in my car the other day that there were some songs that came up a lot – obviously each a different artist. And since I’m now done with school for 5 weeks and there is a little nerd hidden within me, I’m going to do a little analysis on my Christmas tunes.

Most Versions of a Song

  • The Christmas Song – 8 versions – favorite cover by Ray Charles
  • I’ll Be Home for Christmas – 8 versions – favorite cover by Holly Conlan
  • Blue Christmas – 6 versions – favorite cover by Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors
  • Silent Night – 6 versions – favorite covers by Josh Groban and Sarah McLachlan (couldn’t pick one)
  • Sleigh Ride – 6 versions – favorite cover by Boston Pops (though the Fun. cover is a great modern cover)


2a41dcaePersonal Favorite Song: Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Favorite cover by She & Him (they reverse the roles!! awesome.)





51NAY7KuxOL._SS400_Favorite Compilation Album:  The Hotel Cafe Presents…Winter Songs





nsync-home-for-christmasAlbum that Should Be Embarrassing But I Will Always Love It: N’Sync’s Home for Christmas (that take ‘ya back??)





475457Favorite Original Christmas Song: Mary and Joseph by Dave Barnes





This was a simple analysis and although there were many weaknesses to my methods, the main finding remains that I love Christmas music, new and old. The classics are always great, but I may be slightly biased towards modern artists putting twists on the classics. I can only hope that everyone enjoys theirs holiday tunes as much as I do.

Happy Holidays!!