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Music Monday: O-Town After the Lights


O-Town has released the first track from their forthcoming 4th album called “After the Lights”.  Those who donated to the band’s kickstarter got to hear the finished product first.  The song is super catchy and a lot of fun and I am looking forward to their new album coming out as well as their new tour promoting it this summer! We’re going to see them – ON A BOAT!  I think the song showcases all of the band members strength’s – Jake and Dan alternating leads, some EME in the background and a rap from Trevor. I’m not sure it gets any better than that.


Scrapbook Saturday: Disney Hanson Day 1

Hanson Concerts Day 1! (and how appropriate this post coincidentally fell on Hanson Day!)

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Book Review: Cornell ’77

I am not much of a Grateful Dead fan but I was intrigued by the fact that one of their shows could be so amazing that it warranted having an entire book written about it.  This book goes into depth about the May 8, 1977 show performed by the Grateful Dead at Barton Hall at Cornell University.  Grateful Dead eventually was wore down by their fans to allow them to tape their shows.  Due to the circulation of the tape of this show, it made it to the top of everyone’s lists of greatest Dead shows ever.  This book breaks down everything you could want to know about how the tape trading works and how they made shows more popular. I was also proud to see that one of their New Haven shows was in the Top 10! Go Connecticut!  The book also has a breakdown of the setlist and what songs were performed, some photos and of course, fan interviews.  Definitely an interesting read if you are a music fan and probably even moreso if you are a “DeadHead”.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

On May 8, 1977, at Barton Hall, on the Cornell University campus, in front of 8,500 eager fans, the Grateful Dead played a show so significant that the Library of Congress inducted it into the National Recording Registry. The band had just released Terrapin Station and was still finding its feet after an extended hiatus. In 1977, the Grateful Dead reached a musical peak, and their East Coast spring tour featured an exceptional string of performances, including the one at Cornell.

Many Deadheads claim that the quality of the live recording of the show made by Betty Cantor-Jackson (a member of the crew) elevated its importance. Once those recordings—referred to as “Betty Boards”—began to circulate among Deadheads, the reputation of the Cornell ’77 show grew exponentially. That aura grew with time and, in the community of Deadheads and audiophiles, the show at Barton Hall acquired legendary status.

Rooted in dozens of interviews—including a conversation with Betty Cantor-Jackson about her recording—and accompanied by a dazzling selection of never-before-seen concert photographs, Cornell ’77 is about far more than just a single Grateful Dead concert. It is a social and cultural history of one of America’s most enduring and iconic musical acts, their devoted fans, and a group of Cornell students whose passion for music drove them to bring the Dead to Barton Hall. Peter Conners has intimate knowledge of the fan culture surrounding the Dead, and his expertise brings the show to life. He leads readers through a song-by-song analysis of the performance, from “New Minglewood Blues” to “One More Saturday Night,” and conveys why, forty years later, Cornell ’77 is still considered a touchstone in the history of the band.

As Conners notes in his Prologue: “You will hear from Deadheads who went to the show. You will hear from non-Deadhead Cornell graduates who were responsible for putting on the show in the first place. You will hear from record executives, academics, scholars, Dead family members, tapers, traders, and trolls. You will hear from those who still live the Grateful Dead every day. You will hear from those who would rather keep their Grateful Dead passions private for reasons both personal and professional. You will hear stories about the early days of being a Deadhead and what it was like to attend, and perhaps record, those early shows, including Cornell ’77.”

Throwback Thursday: American Idols Live 9/10/09

Headliner: American Idol Contestants
Michael Sarver, Megan Joy, Lil Rounds, Anoop Desai, Matt Giraud, Scott MacIntyre, Allison Iraheta, Danny Gokey, Adam Lambert
Venue: Arena at Harbor Yard
Cost: $82.25



Book Review: Casey Stengel

Casey Stengel spent 39 years as a professional baseball player.  If he retired after he was finished playing, he probably wouldn’t have gone down in history at all, as a .284 outfielder.  But he went on to manage at age 44 and ended up retiring a legend after helping the Yankees bring home 10 pennants and becoming the Mets first manager. Splendid!  Casey is the only person to have worked in 5 New York ballparks!  He started his career as a ‘lunatic’, that is the nickname of the team he was playing for after leaving dental college!  In 1922 his team won the World Series and his share was $4,546.  The book is 4 parts, the first being his early life and career, the second focuses on his time with the Yankees, the 3rd his time with the Mets and then the final part is all about Cooperstown and his retirement.  Certainly an interesting book and Marty Appel is a pretty great author.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

From the New York Times bestselling author of Munson and Pinstripe Empire, Casey Stengel is the definitive biography of baseball’s greatest character.

There was nobody like Casey before him, and no one like him since. For more than fifty years, Casey Stengel lived baseball, first as a player (he was the only person in history to play for all the New York teams—the Dodgers, Giants, Yankees, and Mets), and then as a manager (for the Yankees and Mets, among others). He made his biggest mark on the game, revolutionizing the role of manager while winning an astounding ten pennants and seven World Series Championships (including FIVE STRAIGHT!) with the Yankees. Playing with and against a Who’s Who of Cooperstown—Babe Ruth, Christy Mathewson, Ty Cobb—and forming indelible, and sometimes complicated, relationships with Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Billy Martin, Casey Stengel was, for an astonishing five decades, the undisputed, hilarious, and beloved face of baseball.
For a man who spent so much of his life in the limelight, he still remains an enigma. New York Times bestselling author Marty Appel paints an intimate portrait of a private man who was larger than life and remains the embodiment of the national pastime.

Virtual Race: Night Owler

Race Title: The Night Owler
Distance: 5k
Company:  Virtual Runner UK
Charity:    Prostate Cancer UK

Music Monday: Casey James Strip It Down

All I Need
Hard Times, Heartache & Scars
Hurt Me More
I Got to Go
Messin Around
Strip It All Down
Need Your Love So Bad
Different Kind of Love
Killin Myself
Stupid Crazy
Fight You For The Blues

Casey James released his latest album, Strip it Down, as an independent artists with the album funded through kickstarter.  He left Sony Music behind and decided to do things all on his own.  Sony had an album from Casey but they didn’t want to release it, so he took matters into his own hands. He set a goal on kickstarter to raise enough money so he wouldn’t have to cut corners on the recording process and that goal was more than doubled.  While it took a bit longer than he anticipated to actually get the album to the hands of the fans who helped him make it, it was well worth the wait.  I really like the choice of All I Need kicking off the album, it just has an awesome intro! I think that my favorite track has to be Stupid Crazy because it reminds me of me… haha but seriously this is a great album a little country a little bluesy and a whole lot of rockin’ guitar! Hope to see Casey out on the road soon 🙂

Scrapbook Saturday: Disney Characters

Some M&Gs with the characters!

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Book Review: Macho Row

Macho Row is about the 1993 Phillies and their Cinderella season. It focuses on former Met – Dykstra as well as Daulton, Kruk, Williams, Hollins and Incaviglia. Each of the six members has a bit of a bio and it talks about their seasons previously and then how they became a key piece of the 1993 Phillies puzzle.  They played by “The Code” which is the unwritten rules of the game.  They also made rookies life miserable, but they came out on top in the National League, winning the division and making it to the World Series where they lost to the Toronto Blue Jays who were too much even after the Phils caught lightning in a bottle.  Although 1993 was a bit before my baseball time, it was a lot of fun to read about this team and how they made their way to the top!

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Colorful, shaggy, and unkempt, misfits and outlaws, the 1993 Phillies played hard and partied hard. Led by Darren Daulton, John Kruk, Lenny Dykstra, and Mitch Williams, it was a team the fans loved and continue to love today. Focusing on six key members of the team, Macho Row follows the remarkable season with an up-close look at the players’ lives, the team’s triumphs and failures, and what made this group so unique and so successful.

With a throwback mentality, the team adhered to baseball’s Code. Designed to preserve the moral fabric of the game, the Code’s unwritten rules of the game formed the bedrock of this diehard team whose players paid homage and respect to the game at all times. Trusting one another and avoiding ideas of superstardom, they consistently rubbed the opposition the wrong way and didn’t care. William C. Kashatus pulls back the covers on this old-school band of brothers, depicting the highs and lows and their brash style while also digging into the suspected steroid use of players on the team. Macho Row is a story of winning and losing, success and failure, and the emotional highs and lows that accompany them.

Throwback Thursday: Arthur Ashe Kids Day 8/29/09

Headliner: Justin Bieber
Opener(s): Honor Society, Jordin Sparks
Venue: Arthur Ashe Stadium
Cost: $20