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On Repeat: Class A Kings

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I couldn’t really post our Nashville without sharing this song to go with them. In my rushed blurb about our trip, I forgot to mention the music. Of all the live bands we heard, I think one of our favorites was Marcus & Billy, and of all the songs we heard, “Wagon Wheel” became the sort of unspoken official track for our trip. The song’s got a little bit of history — originally sketched by Bob Dylan, first recorded by Old Crow Medicine Show, and recently made famous by Darius Rucker — but of all the covers I could find online, this one caught my ear. These two are super talented, and this version reminds me most of the music we heard during our time in Nashville. I hope you enjoy the song, and enjoy the weekend! (Song starts @ 0:36.) =)

Virginia International Tattoo

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2010 VIT Finale C.Nate Kennison

Yesterday afternoon, a co-worker offered us last-minute VIP tickets to the Virginia International Tattoo — an event I’ve been wanting to attend for years. This particular tattoo has nothing to do with permanent ink markings, but everything to do with massed pipes and drums, military bands, and many other talented singers, dancers and performers from around the world. As part of the Virginia Arts Festival, the 2013 Virginia International Tattoo — comprised for more than 900 members from six different nations — will grace the Norfolk Scope with performances through Sunday.

Having spent many an autumn night in my lifetime marching with the band on a high school football field, as well as a solid week in college documenting and photographing the cadet drill team for a feature article, I have the utmost appreciation for the show I saw last night. My favorite numbers included the U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band performing “In the Mood” fronted by the OzScot Australia Dance Team; the French Paratroopers Band executing some very snazzy dance moves as they played a tango; and the Band and Drill Team of His Majesty The King’s Guard impeccably marching and twirling their rifles in perfect time. I also really enjoyed all of the bagpipes and, of course, the ridiculously amazing massed band finale.

If you’re in the area this weekend, and you’re looking for something to do, the Virginia International Tattoo has shows tonight, tomorrow and Sunday. =)

Enjoy the weekend!

Virginia International Tattoo 2011, c. David Polston 101

Virginia International Tattoo, c. US Fleet Forces 02 040

All images courtesy of Virginia International Tattoo.

On Repeat: Vance Joy

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My friend Rich shared this song with me a few weeks ago, and I’ve had it stuck in my head ever since. Of the videos I could find on YouTube, I like this acoustic version best. The official video, while extremely creative, just wasn’t quite what I pictured in my head when I first listened to this song. On the other hand, this acoustic version sort of forces you to pay attention to how unique and amazing this guy’s voice is, and it gives you a chance to interpret the lyrics for yourself.

On Repeat: Isn’t She Lovely – Sungha Jung

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I saw an old friend share this video with her brother on Facebook this week, and now I’m obsessed. This kid is an amazing fingerstyle guitarist and ukulele player. I love listening to music like this when I’m working, cleaning, reading or just relaxing. =)

Listen to more of Sungha Jung‘s arrangements here. Definitely worth a listen: his guitar arrangement of Mamma Mia by ABBA and ukulele version of the Super Mario Theme.

On Repeat: Avett Brothers

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When I finally mustered up the motivation to run a (chilly) mile this afternoon, I queued up the Pandora, and this was the first song I heard. At first listen, I was tempted to change it — The Avett Brothers station is a bit more low-key than what I normally run to. But, when I glanced down at my phone, the title (“If It’s the Beaches”) caught my eye, and I decided to give it a listen as I started my jog. Glad I did because now I love this song. Just what I needed on a relaxing, but frigid Sunday afternoon.

P.S. I don’t think this is an official video, but I do think whoever made it is pretty talented. =)