Tuesday Tunage: WMEB

Today’s tunage is not just one song, but many, many, many songs.  I ask you all to please click on this wmeb.fm link.  Yes, that is a link for an online, college radio station; but it’s not just any college radio station. Ah yes, this is college radio in a class by itself.

WMEB is UMaine’s radio station.  There are some pretty cool cats working down in that station and they play some pretty cool music.  I bet they’ll even play some things that you’ve never heard.  So, if you are sitting around and you don’t know what to listen to, I would say that that is as good a time as any to tune in.

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“Will You Take Me As I Am: Joni Mitchell’s Blue Period” A Review

I can’t keep beat, I don’t play instruments, and I sure as hell can’t sing.  I myself am not musical, but I love music.  I am the type of person who obsesses over song lyrics.  I mean it, too.  I will memorize, research, define, analyze, etc. I admire the words and envy the artists’ ability to bring life to them with music.

Marden’s (the store) has this wonderful deal where you can rifle through huge tables of books and pay for all of them by their weight.  It is seriously one of the most fantastic things.  My greatest find there to date has to be Michelle Mercer’s Will You Take Me As I Am: Joni Mitchell’s Blue Period. This was a great find because I have always loved Joni Mitchell’s lyrics, but I didn’t know too much about her.

The book doesn’t just talk about Mitchell’s life.  It also gives background and analysis on the things that influenced her music and writing.  The author touches on how Mitchell has been influenced by the ancients, her romances, Canadian geography, and religion among other things. As Mercer delves into these subjects, the lyrics become clearer and the layers of Joni Mitchell become deeper.

Mercer paints a portrait of her with personal interviews and extremely well done research.  The book was pretty much everything I wanted to know about Mitchell’s lyrics all in one place.  Whether you hate Joni Mitchell, live by her words, or have never even heard of herI can guarantee that you will in some way enjoy reading this book.  It is very cool and I highly recommend it to anyone.

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Bangor Has a Food Truck (Finally)

The hardest decision I had to make today was regarding food. I was struggling while trying to decide between a veggie taco, escargot poppers, and white truffle french fries. I was making this gourmet decision behind the parking garage of Downtown Bangor while standing in front of the Street Bistro  food truck.  Yeah, that’s right, I said food truck.  I repeat:

Bangor, Maine has a food truck.

After much deliberation, I decided on the veggie taco made with cilantro, brown coconut rice, a fresh slice of avocado, remoulade, slaw, and mango salsa.  I am very happy with my choice.  Between bites, I couldn’t stop gushing over how good it was.  I think I was in awe that I had just bought something so delicious behind a parking garage in Downtown Bangor.

While I don’t eat meat myself, I was assured by a fellow diner that the braised beef taco is definitely better than the pork taco, “even though the pork is so good.”  A friend who had also spent today’s lunch at Street Bistro told me that the escargot poppers “were enticing.” Mhmm, I definitely hope to see those on the menu again.

I hadn’t been lucky enough to experience the joys of a food truck until today.  There is this weird, fun, anxious feeling that comes with the anticipation of seeing what will be on the menu next.  It’s great to see a new creative take on lunch in Downtown Bangor (especially when it tastes wicked delicious).  So cheers to you Street Bistro! I will definitely be visiting again.

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Tuesday Tunage: Fleet Foxes-esq Cover of “Call Me Maybe”

        I have no shame in admitting that I have ecstatically screamed “I love this song!” every time “Call Me Maybe” has been played at a party, the pool, work, etc.  NO SHAME.

Anyway, here is an interesting cover of my guilty pleasure song performed by a guy who impersonates* the ultra-hipster band, Fleet Foxes.  Try to enjoy it…

 

 

*I couldn’t tell the difference, but luckily a reader could.

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After three very slow shifts at the pool I bar tend at, I can now say that I can check off a book on my Summer Reading List. Pete Nelson’s  I Thought You Were Dead manages to be sweet and frustrating all at the same time.  The main character, Paul, is going through a pretty crappy time in his life.  He’s divorced, he cannot make sense of his new love interest, and his father just had a stroke.  It takes Paul a while to come out of his mopey, unmotivated state, but once he does, you’ll find yourself rooting for him.

While trying to make sense of his past and present problems, Paul talks to his aging dog, Stella.   Paul and Stella converse with each other, illustrating the special bond between owner and dog.  Nelson does a fantastic job of figuring out what it must be like to think like a dog.  He reminds us that humans are the more evolved and complex species but that that doesn’t always mean we know all of the answers.  The contrast between Stella (who thinks with her heart and instincts) and Paul (who just over-thinks everything) creates a beautiful double perspective of the story.

All in all, I would say that I Thought You Were Dead is a great summer read.  It presents a new outlook (Stella’s) on some sticky situations that everyone can somewhat relate to.  The start of the novel may seem slow, but I urge you to stick with it no matter how frustrated you get.  It really is a beautiful story, and I will admit, I even cried at one point.

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Tuesday Tunage: Big Yellow Taxi

I’m currently reading a pretty cool book about Joni Mitchell.  Will You Take Me As I Am not only talks about Mitchell’s life, but it also talks about what and how different things influenced her music.  I really like where this book is going, and it just might replace Fifty Shades of Grey on my Summer Reading List (I just don’t think I can read that one).
Since starting the book, I have been listening to a lot more Joni Mitchell.  I have always listened to her stuff, but now I’m really listening.  I’ll tell you what; it’s good stuff.

I chose her song “Big Yellow Taxi” for today.  If you are not familiar with her version of it (and by “her version” I mean she wrote it), then you have probably heard Counting Crow’s (my favorite band, by the way) version, or another one of the 319 artists who have since recorded it.  I like her voice and her words are great.  I have posted the lyrics below because I’m a lyrics freak and these are some good ones.

Big Yellow Taxi Lyrics

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Tuesday Tunage: Phish

So, it is technically Wednesday (again), but thanks to my friend Bryan, we finally have internet at the apartment!
As I mentioned before, Thursday night was my first ever Phish show.  It was amazing!  The lights were clear and beautiful.  We had balcony seats and I thought I was going to be bummed that I wasn’t on the floor, but it ended up being better than anything I could have imagined.  Being so high up, we were able to see all of the DCU center dancing and going with the music.
The whole way down, my boyfriend and his friend kept discussing how awesome Phish is and how incredible the shows are.  They kept convincing me that I had to go to a show to get it.  I thought I was just going down to see a band that I listened to on occasion and could probably enjoy dancing along to for a couple of hours. I was wrong.

Let’s just say that I get it now.

I have come the conclusion that you have to be freakishly talented to put on a super awesome show.  Phish is freakishly talented.

This video is of Phish performing Buried Alive/ Runaway Jim.  Youtube really is a beautiful thing.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Post-Phish Weekend

        On Thursday, I left Maine for Worcester, MA to go see my first ever Phish show.  It was unreal!  Hands down, it was the best show I have ever been to. I get Phish now, but anyway…that is not what this post is about.
        After making the trip back from Mass Friday morning, I went straight into work for an eight hour shift. Yeah, not fun at all.  Let’s just say I was definitely struggling.  Once I got work out of the way, I was ready to spend the rest of my weekend relaxing.
     
        And of course, my idea of relaxing includes delicious food.

        Saturday morning started off with a Verve burrito. If you are ever in the Orono area, you have to go to Verve.  Their burritos are outrageously good.  I’m also a huge fan of their smoothies.

Verve’s fajita veggie burrito with all of the fixings

        The best thing about burritos is that they’re easy to eat on the go.  We headed right from Downtown Orono to Brooklin so that I could go pick up my car.  The weather was gorgeous, so we ended up taking quite a bit of a detour to Bar Harbor.  We were going to go to Sand Beach, but it’s already teeming with tourists.  Instead, we hung out on the Otter Cliffs just taking in the beautiful view.

                               
                                 

         We had dinner in Bar Harbor at Geddy’s.  I had always heard people talk about it, but this was my first time going.  It was alright.  I wasn’t impressed with the calamari that we ordered.  The breading was too thick (it tasted like Bisquick) and the dipping sauce was canned salsa.  Besides the calamari, everything else was really good.  I ordered fish and chips.  The piece of haddock I got barely fit on the plate it was so huge! The breading was perfect and it didn’t taste too fishy.  The fries were really good, too.  Overall, I would give the place a 7 out of 10.
 
        On the drive through and from Bar Harbor, I pursued my love of sun-roof pictures.  These are some of the better ones:

        That night (and well into this morning), I finally caught up on some sleep.  Upon waking up, I was whisked away to Ellsworth where I finally got to try Martha’s Diner.  It is a cute little place that I have been dying to try for a while now.  What attracted me to it is that it is adorned in I Love Lucy memorabilia.  The little diner looks like a classic 50’s joint and the sparkly, red, vinyl bench seats were very comfy.  The waitresses were all so friendly that, despite it being our first time there, they made us feel like regulars.
        I liked the vibe of Martha’s Diner, but I liked the food even better.  I ordered one chocolate chip pancake and am I glad I ordered just one. The thing was huge! Its taste certainly lived up to its size because it was delicious.  I also ordered a side of home-fries.  Nothing is worse than an under-cooked, plain plate of home-fries, so I could really appreciate how crisp and well seasoned Martha’s Diner’s were.
        The coffee was bottomless, the food was great, and the service was kind and warm.  It really was a great way to start my day.  And the best part is that I can now cross one more thing off of my 20 before 20 list.

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Tuesday Tunage: "Flower in the Sun"

So, here is some tunage for your Tuesday. Please just ignore the fact that it’s Wednesday.  You see, I just moved into a new apartment on Friday and we still don’t have internet.  For some odd reason, Blogspot is blocked on the campus WiFi, so I wasn’t even able to make any updates in the library. Lame sauce, I know.  I am currently using my phone’s WiFi hotspot, or whatever it is called, and hoping that it doesn’t jack up my bill again.

Ever since I put up my Janis poster yesterday, “Flower in the Sun” has been stuck in my head.  Hope you enjoy it!
Until next time my little flowers.
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Where Brooklin at? Where Brooklin at?

        Brooklin, Maine is a small coastal town near Blue Hill.  It’s the home of Wooden Boat Magazine, E.B. White, boat builders and artists.  My boyfriend is currently living at his family’s home there to work at the Brooklin Boat Yard.  It is a gorgeous little town that I have pretty much fallen in love with.  
         I went and visited this past, beautiful weekend. Once the fog lifted on Saturday, it was perfect coastal weather.  It was hot, but there was a cool sea breeze that kept you from noticing.  Thanks to the combination of a storybook town and an amazing boyfriend, I was spoiled with another amazing weekend.
Driveway at High Head
A boat that Matt is helping to get summer-ready

View from the launch at Wooden Boat

My most favorite driveway in history

A view from the top of a hill

Caterpillar Hill in (I believe) Brooksville, ME

Matt and Me

The Cockatoo Portuguese Restaurant

Best mussels I’ve ever had!

Deer Isle Bridge

Me after I found a shrink gun

        I got out to Brooklin later than I anticipated on Friday.  It was a rainy night, so we didn’t do anything except eat delicious food (thanks to Matt’s mom) and watch the Devils make it to the Stanley Cup.  It’s a good thing we rested up that night, because Saturday was packed full of things to do.
        On Saturday, we must have biked around Brooklin for nearly four hours.  The weather started out alright and got better and better as our ride went on.  We went all over the place and stopped at some beautiful places.  First, we went down to the Brooklin Boat Yard so that Matt could show me where he works.  I can tell her loves it there.
        Next, we biked to an awesome little place called The Cave.  There, we enjoyed  macchiatos whipped up by a barista named David.  He roasts his own coffee which he calls Bucklyn Coffee. He was very humble and kind and his macchiatos provided some delicious fuel for our bike ride.
        After that, we biked to a dozen other place. We saw Wooden Boat, the yacht club, some cool little un-named places, the cemetery and a wicked cool farm.  All we’re enjoyable, but nothing compares to my favorite part of the bike ride.
        There is a private driveway in Brooklin that I had been dying to see the other end of.  It is a well maintained, dirt driveway that has a bunch of old trees lining it on both sides.  There’s always the perfect amount of sunlight peaking in, and the lawns on either side are always lush and green.  It is simply beautiful.
         Well, I don’t really condone trespassing, but sometimes you’ve just got to do what you’ve got to do.  While biking by, we noticed that the gate was up… We took that as a sign that no one was there and that if we were discreet, we could just take a peak at what the end of the driveway looked like.  So, we biked around the gate and headed down the long, fairy tale looking driveway.  It was gorgeous.  There was a huge, stone covered water tower in a clearing on the property.  It looked like a tower that was taken off of a mid-evil, Irish castle.  At the end of the driveway, I saw what I expected; huge houses (not just one) on a hill with a view of the ocean.  I’m just glad that I was finally able to satisfy my curiosity.
     
        That night, we headed out early for our dinner reservation at The Cockatoo Portuguese Restaurant.  On our way, we stopped in what I am pretty sure was Brooksville, at a lookout spot called Caterpillar Hill.  There, we had a gorgeous view of the hills and ocean.  Then, we jumped back in the good ‘ol Volvo and headed to Deer Isle for The Cockatoo.
       After driving on a couple of dirt roads, we finally came to a clearing and saw the restaurant.  It is a cute, lodge-like building with an incredible view. It was the day after their season opening, and besides us, there were only two other tables in the restaurant.  It was a comfortable environment and the whole staff was wicked friendly.  We think the maitre ‘d might have been a retired, James Bond-esq spy. He was cool.
       There wasn’t anything there that wasn’t extraordinary. We shared the most delicious fried calamari I have ever had.  It was garnished with banana peppers and rather than marinara, it was over a runnier sauce that had a sweet, slightly spicy kick to it.  I loved it.
        I ordered mussels, my favorite dish anywhere.  They were hands down the best mussels I have ever had. They were fresh and oh so delicious.  They didn’t need any extra flavoring except for the perfect amount of garlic they were cooked with.  Every time someone came over to ask us how everything was going we had to be sure to keep from geeking out at how much we were obsessing over the food.  “Everything is really good,” was repeated over and over again.  I didn’t think it was appropriate to tell everyone there that I was having a foodgasm with every bite.
       After dinner we forced ourselves to share a piece of chocolate cake.  I’m glad we did, because it was incredible.  Then, we hopped back in the car and enjoyed the beautiful sunset on our drive back.  I don’t know why I have been getting so spoiled with luxurious weekends of relaxing and eating (first Portland, now Brooklin!), but I sure could get used to it.

        Until next time my little ocean creatures.

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