Monthly Archives: June 2009

My theme song

Speaking of the banjo, I love this song! It’s beautiful. “Walking on Sunshine” was replace by “By Balloons or Sinking Ship” many months ago as my too happy for words theme song. My friend Sean told me about it and I am so grateful. Jordan O’ Jordan’s music is also available on eMusic.

Lyrics to By Balloon Or Sinking Ship :

Take a drive on a day where there’s nothing else to do
I don’t know where I’ll go
I just know I’ll get there with you

I know about you
I know about you
I know about you

Rain won’t stop in my car until the atmosphere has dried
I don’t know about love
But maybe you’ll help me decide

I know about you
I know about you
I know about you

And the vehicle we’re driving’s not important to arrive in
We could get there by balloon or sinking ship
Any final destination, that’s not my real inclination, it’s the trip

Radio blasts a tune about some godforsaken thing
I don’t know all the words
I just know it’s real fun to sing

I know about you
I know about you
I know about you

Legs stuck down to the vinyl in my sweaty Wrangler Jeep
I don’t know if you hear me singing
When you’re fast asleep

I know about you
I know about you
I know about you

And the vehicle we’re driving’s not important to arrive in
We could get there by balloon or sinking ship
Any final destination, that’s not my real inclination, it’s the trip

Skipping class more than twice just because you do insist
I don’t know why I go
You’re just so damn hard to resist

I know about you
I know about you
I know about you

Drinking wine in your car in this makeout afternoon
I don’t know about wine
I just know it’s gone way too soon

I know about you
I know about you
I know about you

And the vehicle we’re driving’s not important to arrive in
We could get there by balloon or sinking ship
Any final destination, that’s not my real inclination, it’s the trip

I said the vehicle we’re driving’s not important to arrive in
We could get there by balloon or sinking ship
Any final destination, that’s not my real inclination, it’s the trip

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Sing along with Jui Jui

Uncle Dane (Jui Jui) is in town!! I wish I had video when they were sitting in the living room singing. Dane made up songs about baseball and Owen was adding his own lyrics (“Baaasebaall. I love it.”) I tried to have them recreate it in front of the computer, but Owen gets distracted when he’s watching himself on the screen. It’s still cute. Enjoy.

** Jui Jui is Mandarin for Uncle (maternal side). It’s pronounced “Joe Joe.” Owen uses “Jui Jui” and “Uncle Dane” interchangeably. I’m curious to see which one sticks.

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I ♥ the banjo.

Really, I just love bluegrass/string bands in general. Ever since I first heard Gillian Welsh sing “Elvis Presley Blues” (it was actually on a Starbucks compilation) I’ve been hooked. The song is actually on her Revelator record.  “Look at Miss Ohio” (Soul Journey) and “By the Mark” (Revival) have been worn out on their respective albums as well. I don’t know squat about writing music reviews, but I don’t know if there are enough words to describe how terrific Gillian Welsh is. All three records are good from beginning to end.

The Be Good Tanyas were discovered years ago  via the the Columbus Public Library. I just liked the cover of Blue Horse. Turns out it’s a great record. This deput album by the all girl Canadian band is still my favorite but Hello Love is another keeper. The cover of the Prince hit “When Doves Cry” alone make the Hello Love worth the purchase price. I apologize in advance if the song “Littlest Bird” is stuck in your head for days.

I can’t say I love everything by The Old Crow Medicine Show but the song “Wagon Wheel” is so freakin catchy. I’m one of those people that can listen to a song 12 times in a row and not get sick of it. This song was on repeat for days. (Is that Gillian Welsh standing by the table that reads “Exotic Ladies”???)

I’ve been itchin to hear some banjo. Luckly my emusic account refreshed itself today and this is what I dowloaded:

Abigail Washburn – Song of the Traveling Daughter.
Listened to excerpts and knew I had to have this. Reading one review I found out Washburn is in the all-female string band collective Uncle Earl. I think I’ll be downloading some of their stuff next month. The banjo on this record is nonother than Mr. Bela Fleck himself.

The Jolly Bankers – Tax Return
Another member of Uncle Earl (Kristin Andreassen) with fiddler Laura Cortese and banjo player Pierce Woodward. Only 5 track longs the album is both originals and traditional folk songs. It’s good, but not my favorite. Listen for yourself and see what you think.

Crooked Still – Shaken by a Low Sound
Buy This Now! The recordings are traditional folk songs and there’s even a Bob Dylan cover (as he was the greatest song writer alive. Period). No guitar. Just banjo, fiddle, cello and the amazing voice of Aoife O’Donovan. This is by far my favorite out of the bunch. I love it!

Chatman County Line – IV
The emusic review says, ” In performance, they remain true to the guitar-banjo-fiddle-mandolin-bass lineup gathered around a single microphone.” Sounds like a great live show! I’ll be keeping my eyes open for that. They are from North Carolina so I they may work their way through Virginia on tour? Let’s hope. This record has some pedal steel and piano. Again, not so hot at writing music reviews so I’ll just say: Good. Good. Good. The leadoff track “Chip of a Star is divine.

Robert Blackstock compiled eMusic Dozen: Young String Bands. When I saw the Be Good Tanyas and Gillian Welsh making the list I knew it would be a good one. Thanks for the great recommendations!

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Summer’s Here!

Schools out for summer! Thursday was a half day for the local elementary school. Summer vacation has officially arrived! Our next door neighbors bought Owen a squirt-gun-stick-thing from the store and let him play with them. Zach and Zoe y are sweet kids and Owen had a blast.

After dinner we all played Candy Land on the front porch and then the three of them ran around like maniacs until bedtime. I think Owen is going to have a fun summer.

Zach was very dramatic when he got shot.

Zach was very dramatic when he got shot.

Zoey

Zoey

Owen getting in on the action.

Owen getting in on the action.

Zoey, Zachary, Owen.

Zoey, Zachary, Owen.

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What a fantastic weekend!

This weekend was busy, busy, busy. But it was also tons of fun.
Friday Night: Seth and Emily stopped by after dinner night with some ice cream from Bev’s and got a tour of the new house
Saturday morning: “Josie Pie’s” 3rd birthday party at Dorie Park. When Owen and I got home Dylan was their (Seth and Emily’s little boy). We watched him while they shot a wedding. The two little guys were a riot all day.
Saturday afternoon/night: Vittoria and Alex had a cookout at their new place in the Libby and Gr0ve neighborhood.
Sunday:I finally visited The First Mennonite Church of Richmond and I loved it. I will also be visiting churches in Colonial Heights and hopefully finding a place to attend closer to home, but I will definitely be visiting FMCR often. King and Evergreen came over Sunday afternoon and Don grilled for dinner. They haven’t been over since we first moved so they got to see the new house with everything unpacked. After they left for Maryland Don and I watch the worst movie ever… other than that it was a perfect weekend 🙂

Josie and her pose at her birthday party.

Josie and her posse at Dorey Park.

The old morning coffee crew at Vittoria's.

The old morning coffee crew at Vittoria's.

V, Harper and Alex are cute, cute, cute.

V, Harper and Alex are cute, cute, cute.

Sharon, Mitchell, Stephanie and Jeff

Sharon, Mitchell, Stephanie and Jeff

Jena and John are two of my favorite people ever!

Jena and John are two of my favorite people ever!

Dylan and Owen played hard all day.

Dylan and Owen played hard all day.

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The Graduates!

Hiram University. May 16, 2009

Hiram University. May 16, 2009

This post is almost a month late but I want to take a minute to tell you how proud I am of Dane and Jen. Being the stellar, brainy, hardworking people they are, both graduated magna cum laude. Dane received the Carl R. Brown Memorial Scholarship, “awarded on the basis of good character, scholastic ability, and literary achievement, with preference given to a student majoring in English who gives evidence of a distinguished career in this field.”

My dearest Jena and her son Kai made the trip with us. After Dane finished his march across the stage with diploma in hand Kai asked, “Does this mean Morgan’s brother has to get a job?” HA! I was unable to get  photos of our favorite Hiram graduates together in their cap and gown because the sky opened up and flooded us out immediately after the ceremony. Fortunately the weather was perfect up until the very end.

Uncle Lawrence made the trip all the way from Texas. It was so wonderful seeing him and Owen getting the chance to meet another member of his family.

Dane Leimbach

Dane Leimbach

Jennifer Scott

Jennifer Scott

Pre monsoon drizzle.

Pre monsoon drizzle.

magna cum laude + magna cum laude = future nieces and nephews will be big nerds

magna cum laude + magna cum laude = future nieces and nephews will be big nerds

We love you guys!

We love you guys!

The Dane Leimbach and Jennifer Scott Fan Club

The Dane Leimbach and Jennifer Scott Fan Club

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“Arrrr Matie”

IMG_6997I bought Owen a kaleidoscope for a dollar at Target this week. He took it out of the bag when we got home, put it up to his eye and said, “Pirates!” This morning he was walking around with it saying, “Arrrr Matie!” Too funny! I couldn’t image where he learned that.

Turns out Don taught him. He figured if he was going to be a pirate he’d better know the lingo.

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