Columbus Adventures

Picnic with the Pops at the Columbus Commons

I’ve been wanting to go to a Picnic with the Pops event ever since I moved to Columbus, and recently I finally made it happen!

I happen to be the President of my alma mater’s local chapter (mostly because I needed friends when I moved here, and starting a chapter seemed like a good idea). The school wants us to hold one educational or cultural event each year, so we had the grand idea to have a music professor visit us. And it happens that my favorite professor from college is a music professor, and was the biggest mentor and cheerleader for our musical theater group. He also happens to be world-renowned in the academic musical theater world…so who better to bring to Ohio? Oh, and he also happens to be originally from just outside of Columbus.

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We had a nice little crew of 16 alumni and friends attend, with an amazing catered dinner. I HIGHLY recommend the whole table and catering thing! See everyone in the back who had to arrive early just to get a decent lawn seat? Yeah…not us!

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Pink Martini was seriously awesome. Their lead singer, China Forbes, was the epitome of style, grace, and smooth jazz. She seemed sooooo effortless and so comfortable sharing her talents with us. It was seriously so awesome. Their music is incredibly eclectic, and they tied stories in to many of their pieces.

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All in all, the whole Picnic with the Pops experience proved more than entertaining, and Pink Martini is possibly my new favorite music group. I would see them again in a heartbeat!!

Traveling Chick

Bluegrass Underground {Round 2}

When the hubs and I had been dating a few months, he drove me over an hour and a half, out to the middle of no where, through total boonies, SUPPOSEDLY to go to a CONCERT and I thought to myself places like this do not have concerts OMG WHAT HAVE I DONE.

But then he pulled up to the Cumberland Caverns, and told me about Bluegrass Underground. There were cars and people and signage, and I felt much better about the whole ordeal.

You can read about that first experience here.

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You guys – it is even more beautiful than I remember! It is NOT a comfy spot to sit for a concert, but it’s worth it for the ambiance. The caverns stay a balmy 57 degrees all year round – I would relate it to going to a hockey game. You’re chilly, but you’re okay. I sipped on apple cider, and all was right in the world.

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Also, the artist was really fun. A unique cellist, with an amazing voice, Ben Sollee was entertaining and relatable. Here is a photo from my iPhone, which is about a million times worse than my friend’s amazing samsung photo:

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If you are ever in Tennessee, like bluegrass music, and are willing to take a bit of a drive to the middle of nowhere, then I HIGHLY recommend it. Nothing compares!

30 before 30

Opera Columbus {30 Before 30}

Friends, I am SO behind on my 30 before 30 list... only a few months left to go!! Yikes.

I did manage to knock one off this weekend though: Go to an opera. The lovely Laura and I ventured to Opera Columbus to see La Voix Humaine and Pagliacci. Each were one-act operas, tied together with an intermission.

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The beautiful Southern Theatre
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The set for La Voix Humaine

The leading soprano, Camille Zamora, was wonderful. The entire first opera was JUST HER on stage, singing, for 45-minutes. In French. (There were surtitles, no worries.) THEN she had the stamina to turn around and star in the second opera, in Italian, along with a rather large and talented cast. She definitely lived up to the hype.

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A quick glimpse of the cast of Pagliacci.
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Another scene of Paggliaccii

So as you can see on my list, I still have many items to go, many of which are a bit unlikely to happen at this point…but I’ll keep you posted as I work through them this summer.

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Curtain Call: Camille taking her many bows!
Columbus Adventures

#Ingrid

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Not a lot to say, except that I love her. Have always loved her. Will always love her. Ingrid Michaelson is hands down in my top-five favorite artists of all time. She may even be #1 because at this moment, I can’t think of who I would have ahead of her. But maybe that’s because I’m still starstruck from her show on Friday.

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The hubster totally surprised me Friday night with plans to see her at the LC theater here in Columbus. THIRD BEST SURPRISE EVER (I have to keep our engagement at #1 forever, and the Chicago trip at #2). But truly, what a great way to spend the night. And it was our first concert at the LC – it was AWESOME. Obviously, nothing will ever compare to the Ryman, but it was seriously a great, intimate space. We were in the back but hardly noticed!

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We tried! #selfie

 

 

Life As I Know It, Thoughts in the Faith

On Listening to Christian Radio

Even the strongest Christians among my friends give me a funny look when I mention that one of my go-to radio stations is the local Christian station. Maybe it’s because the Christian music many of us grew up to was simply hymns (which are lovely but maybe not what you want to turn up during your morning commute), or maybe it’s because as “Christian Pop” started becoming a thing, many of the new releases were AWFULLY cheesy. Like, terribly so.

There are really two reasons I listen to Christian radio:

Music. I have to say that sure, sometimes the songs are a tad cheesy, of course. But many of them are uplifting, energizing, calming, and/or refreshing. There’s a little bit of everything, just like with pretty much any other radio station. If I’m tired and crabby, I hear the song I need. If I’m happy and excited, I hear the song I need. If I need hope, I hear it. If I need praising, I hear it. If I need calm, I hear it. Many, many days, God uses that radio to get to me.

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Talk. When I lived in Nashville, I had a 45-minute commute each morning, and I religiously (see what I did there) listened to The Wally Show on Way FM. Here in Columbus, during my 5-minute commute, I listen to Mary in the Morning on The River. Now, if I had kids, hands down I would have these stations on – you never have to worry about crass or inappropriate chatter. But honestly, even riding solo, do I really want my day to start out with all that crap that’s out there? Not especially. Listening to the banter of these voices lifts me up, makes me laugh, and reminds me that we are all on this journey together. I MUCH prefer to start my day off on that note. Plus, I still get news, weather, traffic, and all that practical stuff we’ve gotta have.

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So much so, that some mornings, I workout to these radio stations. I still use the Way FM app to listen to the Wally Show while I get ready for work. Hearing music with the message “you got this – life is good – you’re not alone” is a heck of a lot more energizing than most the music out there right now. Not that I don’t love that other music sometimes (I do), but I really believe that what we fill our heads with affects other areas of our life too.

Phew, well this got a little longer than I planned! Really, I just want to encourage you to try branching out a little today, whether you need a little pick-me-up or you’re feeling pretty dang good about life, just listen to something different, and maybe you’ll discover a little something new about God and yourself!

Life As I Know It

Thad Cockrell {Rosalyn}

So it would appear that I posted about this song four years ago, after attending an amazing night in the round at The Bluebird, and it has recently popped back into my head.

I was obsessed with this song (and artist) the minute I heard it. It’s beautiful, and unexpected. I’ve listened to more of Thad Cockrell’s music since then, and read a bit about him, finding that his goal is “to put the hurt back in country music.” Love that. He’s a solid Christian guy (love that) who doesn’t write every single song about God (love that) but is strong in his convictions (love that). Basically, love him, love you guys, and I love this song, so I’m passing it on to you (again). Enjoy it!

Life As I Know It

Meghan Trainor of Nashville

It’s no secret that there are about a million and one young people in Nashville trying to “make it,” whether that’s as a singer, songwriter, or a performer. And there are tons of successful songwriters who you will never even notice, because their music is sung by the really big big shots. At only 20-years-old, Meghan Trainor (high five on spelling of your first name!!) has taken a step from songwriting to performing with today’s release of her first single, All About That Bass. The song is catchy, and definitely the perfect fun summer song. Mostly, I just love her voice. It’s unique enough that she doesn’t have to live in the songwriter world for the rest of her career if she doesn’t want to. Can’t wait to see what else she comes up with. Enjoy this fun, summery video! Happy Monday!