Archive | February, 2011


26 Feb

To go along with the baseball theme today, I offer you a song that is probably ringing true in hearts of a lot of the young players taking the field today down in Florida and Arizona. “Put me in Coach; I’m ready to play today; Look at me; I can be Centerfield.” John Fogerty may have release “Centerfield” back in 1985, but those words are still on the minds of many young players whether they be major leaguers, minor leaguers, or little leaguers everybody wants a chance to go show Coach what they can do. Today is Day 1 of many of their chances.

The Beginning of Spring

26 Feb

The moment you realize that spring is about to, well, spring is one of the best moments of the year in my opinion. It gives this sense that there is hope that the snow will end and you will be able to go outside in shorts again (not just to the gym) and it will be sociably acceptable.

Of course this moment of realization is different for everyone in timing and what triggers it. For my mom, it is seeing the first Crocus pop out of the ground. For my roommate, it was the sun still being up past six o’clock. For me, today was the day. Why you might ask. Today was the first Yankees spring training game. Being a huge Yankee (and baseball in general) fan, this is a monumental day every year. The journey to 28 has officially begun.

For those of you who are not into baseball or sports let me fill you in on why baseball=spring:

  • It is called spring training for a reason even if it does start in February
  • Just being able to watch them play in Florida or Arizona makes you feel warmer
  • The warm memories of summers past sitting in the stands at the Stadium fill your mind
  • They are the “Boys of Summer” after all

It also helps that today was a rather warm day in Newport (and by warm I mean I think it hit 40 degrees) and I’m only 14 days away from joining the Yankees in Tampa

“Livin’ on a Prayer”

21 Feb

Everyone knows the words. It’s impossible not to sing along to Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” when it comes on the radio, and next to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” it is probably the No. 1 song sang at kareoke bars around the world.

Over the last year, I have become a huge Bon Jovi fan thanks to my mom suddenly falling in love with them. (Yes, she has been listening to the singles on the radio since they came out in the 80’s, but it wasn’t until last March at a concert at Mohegan Sun that she realized they were all by Bon Jovi. Since then we have seen them play their home in Jersey at Giant Stadium and have tickets to the MSG show in a couple weeks). You could say it has become an obsession in my house, but when one band’s music can bridge generation gaps and please everyone on a road trip, that is success.

“When the song is bigger than the trend, that is when it keeps going, but when the trend is bigger than the song, those are the guys that go down the tubes,” Kid Rock said about “Livin’ on a Prayer” in the Bon Jovi documentary When We Were Beautiful.

So, in case you couldn’t figure it out, today’s song of the day is Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer,” but I offer the entire Slippery When Wet album to you too.

“Feels Like Summer”

17 Feb

In my last post, I mentioned my “Feels Like Summer” playlist. It is perfect for those days where it is warm and sunny enough that it looks like summer even though you don’t dare open the windows for fear of freezing to death, and of course days like today where it is unusually warm.

Here are some highlights:

  • “How Good it Can Be” by The 88
  • “On the Table” by AC Newman
  • “Snow (Hey Oh)” by The Red Hot Chili Peppers (I know snow is in the title so it’s kind of ironic).
  • “Cruel Summer” by Musik (Ace of Base/Bananarama cover)
  • “The Boys of Summer” by The Ataris or Don Henley
  • “So Here We Are” by Bloc Party
  • “Daisy Duke” by Rooney
  • “That Song in My Head” by Julianne Hough
  • “Soak Up the Sun” by Sheryl Crow
  • “Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)” by Lady Gaga

“How Good it Can Be” is by far my favorite so here it is.

Remember, the music is all about how it makes you feel. This makes me feel like summer, but it doesn’t mean it makes you feel the same. So go out and make your own playlist.

Go For a Drive on a Warm Day

17 Feb

I think we all know, especially if you live in the North, how bad of a winter it has been. There’s been blizzards, feet of snow, ice, all that cold stuff all New Englanders complain about, but never move to avoid.

But today was something of a different note. Here the temperature is supposed to reach the high 40’s, maybe 50. And at home, it is supposed to be almost 60. To say this is unusual would be right, but, again, it’s New England so a weather roller coaster is not too far out of the ordinary.

I hate the cold so today was a great day to be outside. The best part of my day? Simply going for a drive.

Going for a long drive with the sunroof open, my sunglasses on, and my “Feels Like Summer” playlist (See “Feels Like Summer” post for highlights from the playlist) blasting through the car speakers took priority over any homework I had to do job I had to be at. Continue reading