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Very lately I have been overcome by a burning desire to move to New York City.  This is not like me at all, and those who know me well are probably tilting their head to the side and narrowing their eyes at me asking, “what?!”, but it’s true.

A good few of the books I have been reading lately have been set there and the characters all seem to love the place more than a reasonable amount.  I only know one person in real life that lives there and he seems to like it as well.

S, on the other hand, does not ever want to live there.  He doesn’t even want to visit there again. Plus, who has the money to live in New York City? No one!

So, that is out.

I would like to indulge myself a bit longer, though, if you don’t mind.

The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang

And, here, have some of my favourite pictures of the place, as well.  When we were there a few years ago I had a bit too much fun taking pictures on the Brooklyn Bridge.  These five are now hanging, in this order, in our bedroom.  I love them more every day.

So, there you go. I want to move to New York City. I don’t see it happening, ever. So I will just watch episodes of Friends over and over again for eternity.

xo
A

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I’ve been meaning to start this feature for months now – before we left for Europe, actually, and then I fell into a blogging black hole and didn’t post anything for ages and ages.  So, now that I am back (sorry about that folks, I promise it is not your fault), I have decided to finally implement my new feature:

Tunesday!

I would like to pause and make the stipulation that you have to pronounce “tunes” like they do in Glasgow on a good night out, kind of like the “choo” in “choo-choo”, but with many,  more “o”s.  So it would be more like Choooooonsday.

Without further ado, welcome to the first Tunesday!  I am not the first to have this idea and I won’t be the last.  I have no clout in the music world, I just thought I would tell you what I like and what I am listening to.  Hope you enjoy it!

So here we go:

The Gaslight Anthem

The Song: The ’59 Sound

The Band: The Gaslight Anthem

I first heard of The Gaslight Anthem only a few weeks ago when we were listening to XFM radio and they played American Slang from the band’s third album of the same name.  Immediately I knew this was a band I needed to know more about.  So, I Spotified them and fell head over heels in love.  Over the past month I have listened to all three of their albums more than any others in my library, I’ve added at least one track of theirs to every one of my playlists for the gym (I’m very choosy with these lists!), and have listened to American Slang obsessively.  I happen to be very lucky to have tickets to their show in Glasgow tomorrow night and I am very, very excited!  Although, I can’t help but think that if I still lived in Ohio I may have heard of them a few years ago. Stupid Atlantic Ocean!

The song I have chosen, The ’59 Sound, is the title track from their second album and I loved it from the first time I ever heard it.  I don’t have much to say that the song won’t say for itself.  It reminds me of myself.  It reminds me of one of my best friends.  It reminds me of my Grandmother.  It reminds me that, at the end of it all, we still have music.

The ’59 Sound by The Gaslight Anthem

Well, I wonder which song they’re gonna play when we go.
I hope it’s something quiet and minor and peaceful and slow.
When we float out into the ether, into the Everlasting Arms,
I hope we don’t hear Marley’s chains we forged in life.
‘Cause the chains I been hearing now for most of my life.
The chains I been hearing now for most of my life.

Did you hear the ’59 Sound coming through on Grandmother’s radio?
Did you hear the rattling chains in the hospital walls?
Did you hear the old gospel choir when they came to carry you over?
Did you hear your favorite song one last time?

And I wonder were you scared when the metal hit the glass?
See, I was playing a show down the road when your spirit left your body.
And they told me on the front lawn.
I’m sorry I couldn’t go,
But I still know the song and the words and her name and the reasons.
And I know ’cause we were kids and we used to hang.
And I know ’cause we were kids and we used to hang.

To the ’59 Sound coming through on Grandmother’s radio.
Did you hear the rattling chains in the hospital walls?
Did you hear the old gospel choir when they came to carry you over?
Did you hear your favorite song one last time?

Young boys, young girls, ain’t supposed to die on a Saturday night.

Did you hear the ’59 Sound coming through on Grandmother’s radio?
Did you hear the rattling chains in the hospital walls?
Did you hear the old gospel choir when they came to carry you over?
Did you hear your favorite song one last time?

So, there you have it; the very first Tunesday.  And what a tune, let me tell you!! I hope you will enjoy it as much as I have.

Tomorrow is going to be a good day: First the USA play Algeria in the World Cup (yay!) and then, after that, we are going to see The Gaslight Anthem at the Academy in Glasgow.  Do yourself a favour. Buy their albums. All three of them.

xo
A

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