Walking in a Music Wonderland

Every year, I make a Christmas wish.  It’s usually something a little cheesy. Okay, so maybe a lot cheesy, it is ME we’re talking about. This year, I’m changing it up. This year, I want something real.  I want to give myself the gift of music and travel. After all, these ARE a few of my favorite things.

I want to go to music festivals. They’re outdoors, there are multiple bands, and you get a road trip with friends (The more the merrier.)  What festivals do I want to attend to have myself a merry little year?

1. Edgefest

I went to Edgefest a couple of years ago and LOVED it! The tickets weren’t outrageously expensive, neither were the hotel rooms, and you got to see some BIG names. Godsmack and Rob Zombie were the biggest, and I have to say Godsmack ROCKED that festival!

2. Austin City Limits Music Festival

http://www.aclfestival.com/

3.  Bonnaroo

http://www.bonnaroo.com/

4. Rocklahoma

http://www.rocklahoma.com/

This one is usually a hairband lovers paradise! And since it’s so close to my parent’s house, I really don’t know why I’ve never made this one.

5.  BayFest

(The beach AND music!)

http://www.bayfest.com/index.php

Last year, the line-up was awesome! You could listen to Korn on one stage, and hear a country music headliner on another. Perfect for my split-personality music tastes.

6. Voodoo Fest

http://thevoodooexperience.com/2011/

Why I haven’t been to this one yet, I have no clue! It’s only two hours away!

7. Jazz Fest

http://www.nojazzfest.com/

Same with this one! No clue why I haven’t been to this one either.

With so many festivals on my list, I know that it’s probably impossible to make it to all seven. Unless I win the lottery and can quit my job. Ooooh, how nice would that be? I could travel to all six and blog my little heart out! (Santa are you listening?)

Now, all I need is a music festival partner in crime. LOL…..Any takers? I’m now taking applications.

For now, it’s off to work for me. Someone has to finance all these road trips!

Peace! I’m out!

The Songs of My Life #10

#10 “Scars” by Papa Roach”

One of my good friends gave her students an assignment last year that had me salivating. The students were to create the soundtrack of their lives. They started with selecting songs that represented different parts of their lives then wrote short essays explaining their choices. I so wanted to be in her class! Lol. Combine music AND writing? It’s Alisha’s idea of nirvana. Well, that and Orlando Bloom, Johnny Depp, and a can of whipped cream (or two), but I digress. As usual.

Since then, I’ve wondered what songs I would pick. I know I have a few in mind, but where do I begin? Do I begin in the beginning with “I was born”? Should I start at the end and work my way back? Or should I write in true Alisha fashion and bounce from song to song, time period to time period?

How about I begin with the present and start working my way back. And if I want to bounce around, well, I’ll just bounce around. It’s my writing. I’ll bounce if I want to.

I’ll start with “Scars” by Papa Roach.

“Alisha, can you……”

“Mom, I need…”

“Alisha, will you….”

“Mo-o-o-m, are you going to….”

“My weakness is that I care too much.”

I love to help people. I have taken in people who have no place to go. I’ve given money to people on the street. I’ve taken in just about every stray that’s crossed my path, human or animal. I’ve listened and tried to solve more problems than I can count or should be humanly possible.

What I’ve come to realize lately is when you become everyone else’s solver of problems, it leaves you with little time or energy to solve your own. Especially when some (not all) of those people who so depend on you to solve their problems or be there for them are not always there when you need someone yourself. It can become very one-sided.

“Go fix yourself.”

I’ve had a few days off lately and had some time to do some serious thinking. And sleeping (being everyone’s Superwoman can become exhausting.) I played hermit crab for two days. I realized that I’ve been giving too much of my energy away to those that don’t deserve it or don’t give back. And it’s something I’ve done all my life. I’ve got to let these people “go fix themselves”.

“I’m sorry but I’ve got to move on with my own life.”

This is the time for Queen Alisha. It’s time for me to be selfish. Time for me to take care of myself for a change. Time to concentrate on me and those that take time to take care of me in return. It’s time for me to get on with my own life.

It’s time.

Here’s to Papa Roach, “Scars”, and Queen Alisha

Cheers!

I’m out!

Better Than I Used to Be

Sunday, March, 20, 2011
29 days left
“I ain’t no angel
But I’ve been sitting out a few more dances with the devil.
And cleanin’ up my act little by little
I’m gettin there
I can finally stand the man in the mirror I see
I ain’t as good as I’m gonna get
But I’m better than I used to be

I’ve pinned a lot of demons to the ground
Got a lot of old habits licked
But there’s still one or two I might need you to help me kick
Standin’ in the rain so long has left me with a little rust
But put some faith in me
Some day you’ll see there’s a diamond under all this dust.”
-from Sammy Kershaw’s “Better Than I Used to Be”

I heard this song months ago, and cannot get enough of it.
Sometimes music just speaks to you. And this song definitely speaks to me. I’ve definitely had times in my life like this. I’ve definitely had to kick a few bad habits and wrestle some demons to the ground.

I was watching Criminal Minds, Suspect Behavior the other night and the characters were talking right before the episode ended. They were talking about ghosts. One character asked the other what he did with his ghosts. That character told him, “I make mine fly in formation.”

Demons, bad habits, ghosts, it’s all the same thing.

It’s how we deal with them that make us who we are. Do we let these things control us? Do we control them? There’s time I’ve controlled mine, and times they’ve controlled me.

I definitely prefer making mine, “fly in formation.”

And that’s what makes us better than we used to be. We live, we learn, we grow, we make mistakes, we dust ourselves off and get back to the business of living.

Speaking of which, it’s time I get busy living mine.

Here’s to becoming better than I used to be!
Peace!
I’m out!

My Next Ex-Husbands

Ok, before you get any ideas, I’m not trying to be another Liz Taylor. Nor am I planning on running off and becoming a groupie. Not that being a groupie hasn’t crossed my mind, being the rock star fan that I am. It’s simply not a possibility for me right now. This is simply something that has become a running joke between my friends and me. There are some lead singers out there that when I hear their sexy voices on the jukebox, I point to the jukebox and say, “That’s my next ex-husband.” Finally, one night, a friend of mine said, “Alisha, just how many ex-husbands are you planning on having?”

That’s a good question. So, I thought, and I thought. And finally, I came up with a number. My number? Five. Which makes six ex-husbands total, if you count the real ex-husband I already have.

Who are my next ex-husbands? Keep in mind these are in no particular order….

1. Sully from Godsmack

2. Jacoby from Papa Roach.

3. Benjamin from Breaking Benjamin

4. Aaron from Staind

5. Pete from Chevelle

Any of these guys can serenade me any day………

Peace!
I’m out!

Some Day We’ll Find It, The Rainbow Connection….

It’s no surprise that my earliest memories involve music. I remember singing and dancing along to the Jungle Book soundtrack. When my parents got me in a car, I would sing Jingle Bells all twelve months off the year. (How they managed to not strangle me, is a miracle.) And I remember my first album I ever owned. It was the Muppet Soundtrack. And on it, was Kermit singing “The Rainbow Connection.” That must have been my very first favorite song and favorite album.

Last night, at the Aaron Lewis concert, I was ecstatic, and VERY shocked to hear this song again. For those of you who don’t know who Aaron Lewis is, he’s the lead singer for Staind, an alternative rock band. We went to see Aaron last night at his acoustical show. It was just him, his mic, and about five different guitars. It was THE BEST concert I’ve been to

Anyway, it the midst of his angst-ridden rock, he breaks out with this song. It was quite an experience, seeing and hearing this tattooed rocker singing a children’s song. But, it was awesome, hearing one of my favorite singers as an adult sing my first favorite song. So, for those of you who haven’t heard “The Rainbow Connection, or Aaron Lewis, I’ve included both for your listening and viewing pleasure.

“The Rainbow Connection”
Why are there so many songs about rainbows
And what’s on the other side?
Rainbows are visions, but only illusions,
And rainbows have nothing to hide.
So we’ve been told and some choose to believe it
I know they’re wrong, wait and see.
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection,
The lovers, the dreamers and me.

Who said that every wish would be heard and answered
when wished on the morning star?
Somebody thought of that
and someone believed it,
and look what it’s done so far.
What’s so amazing that keeps us stargazing?
And what do we think we might see?
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection,
the lovers, the dreamers and me.

All of us under its spell,
we know that it’s probably magic….

Have you been half asleep
and have you heard voices?
I’ve heard them calling my name.
Is this the sweet sound that calls the young sailors?
The voice might be one and the same.
I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it.
It’s something that I’m supposed to be.
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection,
the lovers, the dreamers and me.
La, la la, La, la la la, La Laa, la la, La, La la laaaaaaa

For now, I’m off to enjoy the rest of a much needed weekend off. This Queen needs her rest.

Here’s to great music, then and now. 🙂

Cheers!

I’m out!

Top Five of ’09

I was reading through some of my blog subscriptions earlier today. That’s one of my favorite things to do on a Sunday. I can get caught up on some of my favorite bloggers, and I can get some ideas of writing ideas for the next week.

Stephouse Lifehack posted a blog recently on their top blog posts. I thought that would be a great idea. I’ve acquired a few new subscribers recently so maybe a little walk down memory lane with some of my older and more popular posts is in order.  So, here we go. Here are my “Top Five Posts of ’09”

1. “Guys, Tattoo, and Anne Rice”

I never thought that one would be as popular as it has been. That is actually my top post of all time, not just for 2009. It does have one of my favorite quotes ever, a quote from Anne Rice’s Queen of the Damned.

2. “Tribute to New Orleans”

Surprisingly enough, this blog is actually a shout-out to another blog. Just goes to show how networking can add readers to your blogs.

3.  “Happy Endings and Unfinished Stories”

This is one of many blogs inspired by one of my good friend Cowboy and how his little nuggets of down-to-earth wisdom keeps me grounded and growing.

4.” You Take the Breath Right Out of Me”

https://soonergirl.wordpress.com/2008/08/21/you-take-the-breath-right-out-of-me/

I’ve always been inspired by music and lyrics, and this is just one of the examples of one of my musical blogs. This one is about that one love that just drives you crazy. And not in a good way. It leaves you banging your head against the wall, and wondering just when you lost your mind.

5.” Do These Shoes Make Me Look Fat?”

https://soonergirl.wordpress.com/2008/06/24/do-these-shoes-make-me-look-fat/

A humorous look at body image and how we perceive ourselves…

That’s it. That’s my “Top Five for ’09”.  Hope you enjoy!

I’m off to check out some more blogs! Thanks so much for checking out mine!

Peace! I’m out!

*To see the blog that inspired this blog, see below.*

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/the-90-best-lifehacks-of-2009-the-year-in-review.html

Here I Come A-Caroling

It’s that time of year again, when I finally stop bah-humbing and get into the Christmas spirit. For some reason, this always seems to coincide with finally being out on Christmas break.

One thing I LOVE about Christmas is the carols.Not surprising when you consider how much I love music.

Soooooo….sounds to me like it’s about time for yet another musical blog.

My top five favorite Christmas carols.

1. The Carol of The Bells (The Metallica Version)

2. All I Want for Christmas Is You, Mariah Carey

3. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, sung by Sarah McLachlan

4. I’ll Be Home For Christmas, sung by Sheryl Crow

And last but not least, my absolute favorite…..

5. Hard Candy Christmas by Dolly Parton

And a little lagniappe…Two videos I ran across while searching….Enjoy

Larry The Cable Guy’s Twisted Carols

Twisted Sister’s Heavy Metal Christmas

Here’s to Christmas and some great music!

Peace ya’ll. I’m out!

Les Claypool is the (Bass) Man!

One of the perks of my second job is the internet jukebox. All kinds of different people come in playing all kinds of different music. I get exposed to artists that I probably listen to otherwise.

One of my new favorite bands is Primus. Well,  Les Claypool, the bassist. I love the way he plays the bass. It’s so different, and to me, unique. I can’t think of another bassist that sounds the same. If you listen to their other songs like “Mr. Krinkle”, the music revolves around his bass.  I love it.

I’m all about different and unique. 🙂

Anyway, just thought I would share. For now, I’m off to get some rest. I have a big day of painting tomorrow. Fun, fun!

Here’s to great music!

Peace! I’m out!

BTW, if you have a moment, check out the blog nod I got from the Authentic Times Blog! Woo-hoo! I’m getting noticed!

http://authentictimes.com/authenticblogs

Kings of Leon

My New Favorite Band…..

You know how much I love music. If I’m not writing about life or relationships, I’m writing about music. I go through my phases. I go through my country, 80’s, heavy metal, weirdly alternative phases. And lately I can tell my tastes or phases changing again. My new favorite bands are not as heavy as they were, I’m not listening to as much Deftones, A Perfect Circle, or Alice in Chains. I’m listening to Lifehouse, some country, and my new favorite band, Kings of Leon. A friend of mine played this song on the jukebox a few weeks ago, and seriously, I thought this was an 80’s song that I’d never heard before. It reminded me so much of Bruce Springsteen or Eddie and the Cruisers. But, it’s not. It’s a band that is new. I was surprised. So, if you haven’t heard this song or any others by Kings of Leon and you like a little 80’s sounding band, you should check them out.

For now, I’m off to enjoy a nice, quiet weekend at home.

Peace, ya’ll.

I’m out!

You Might Want Some Wine With This Cheese Part II

Well, five days until Valentine’s Day. It’s a perfect day to continue my cheesy love songs post. And speaking of Valentine’s Day gifts, what are some of your favorite gifts you’ve received, or even given for that matter? As of right now, I have no clue what I’m getting for my Valentine. And if I did, I wouldn’t post it. Who knows which of my posts he reads. If he reads any of them at all. J
Hmmmm…… I guess I have some thinking/shopping to do……

For now, I’ll continue my Top Ten Cheesy Song List

5. “Crazy for You” by Madonna


“Trying hard to control my heart
I walk over to where you are
Eye to eye we need no words at all
Slowly now we begin to move
Every breath I’m deeper into you
Soon we two are standing still in time
If you read my mind, you’ll see “
Puh-leeeze…Does this really happen? And yet, I still know every one of these lyrics.

4. “Hero” by Enrique Iglesias
“(Whispered) Let me be your hero

Would you dance if I asked you to dance?
Would you run and never look back
Would you cry if you saw me crying
Would you save my soul tonight?
Would you tremble if I touched your lips?
Would you laugh oh please tell me these
Now would you die for the one you love?
Hold me in your arms tonight?”
This is the only song on my list that truly makes me want to hurl with it’s over-top-sugary-sweetness. Would I tremble if he touched my lips? ROFL….. Jeesh.
3. “From Here to Eternity” by Michael Peterson
“I saved a year for this ring
I can’t wait to see
How it looks on your hand
I’ll give you everything that one woman needs
From a one woman man
I’ll be strong I’ll be tender a man of my word
I will be yours.”
Now, this one is a little less well known than the others, but omygod it always makes me sappy. I think I even tear up a little. Well, maybe I exaggerate just a little. But it always gets an “Awwwww” outta me.

2. “To Make You Feel My Love” by Garth Brooks
“When the evening shadows and the stars appear
And there is no one to dry your tears
I could hold you for a million years
To make you feel my love
I know you haven’t made your mind up yet
But I would never do you wrong
I’ve known it from the moment that we met
No doubt in my mind where you belong
I’d go hungry, I’d go blind for you
I’d go crawling down the aisle for you
There ain’t nothing that I wouldn’t do
To make you feel my love”
Every time I hear this song I think of Harry Connick, Jr. in Hope Floats. That man can feel my love any day.  But, is it cheezy? “I’d go hungry, I’d go blind for you?” Yep. That’s pretty darn cheezy.

1. “Open Arms” by Journey


“Living without you, living alone
This empty house seems so cold
Wanting to hold you, wanting you near
How much I wanted you home

But now that you’ve come back
Turned night into day
I need you to stay”
There’s no way you can have any kind of top love song list without including this song. Cheesy or not. It is simply one of the best love songs there is. In my opinion anyway, and it’s my list so there. You can’t help but get a little starry eyed when you hear those first few notes on the piano and Steve Perry starts with….”Lying beside you, here in the dark, feeling your heartbeat with mine….” Everyone who knows this song and loves it is singing it by the time it gets to “So now I’ll come to you…..”
I think that would make the hardest heart melt, if only just a little bit. J

And that concludes Alisha’s Top Ten Cheesiest Songs.

Feel free to disagree. Feel free to add your own. J

For now, I’m off to burn me a cheezy song CD.

Here’s to Valentine’s Day, cheese, and great music. Well, except for the “Hero” song.
Cheers!
I’m out!