Just Groovin’ Along

Let’s talk tunes.

I love music and can be convinced to try out pretty much any type of musical genre, because you never know what you are missing out on, honestly. I can’t say that I love one specific type of music either, because music is a mood thing, and a groove thing. If you have any passion for good tunes at all, you know what I’m talking about. Maybe you’ve had a bad day, you want something chill. Maybe you’re trying to study, you don’t want words, just a good beat. You’re getting ready for a night on the town, you need some hype. Whatever you’re feeling, a good song is never too far away.

A few weeks ago, I heard this gem by a band called Mayor Hawthorne.

Groovy right? My thoughts exactly. I listened to their whole album and even recently took it upon myself to see them play live at Headliners, here in Louisville.  I’m not entirely sure what genre they want to fall under, but in my opinion we should just call them great. Their musical style is catchy and definitely has some soul to it (check out their song, Backseat Lover and you’ll understand what I mean on the soul thing.)

Regardless, they will get you up, get you dancing, and you might even find yourself singing along after a verse or two. Something about their music is oddly familiar and I highly recommend checking them out… After all, what’s the worst that could happen? Not too sure about Her Favorite Song up there, here’s another good one, with Kendrick Lamar called Crime.

If you like them, consider seeing them live. The music is just as good, if not better! Tickets were inexpensive and the crowd was filled with people of all ages, just groovin’ along. Check out their website and see where they’ll be next. Mayor Hawthorne Official Site

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Not Your Typical Beach Read

Typically, I like to read books with obscure plots, cliffhangers, and characters whom I can come to admire. However, over the summer I read a different kind of book. Parts of it were dark and hard to read. This non-fiction account had people in it I did not find myself admiring at all. The book I’m referring to is called, The Lost Dogs, by Jim Gorant.

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Gorant takes a deep look into what went on in the Michael Vick dog fighting case, how the trial unfolded, and most importantly what happened to all of the dogs found on his property. This book is not for the faint of heart. Being a dog person, and an animal lover in general, this book shed light on some of the harsh realities that go unseen in our world today.

I would reccomend this book to anyone looking to broaden their literary horizons or just become aware of a serious matter they may not know much about. Although, The Lost Dogs, will take you through a slew of different emotions, its overall purpose is to educate.

Big Four Fun

As you may or may not already know, Louisville’s Big Four Bridge was refurbished and opened to pedestrians and bicyclists in early February of this year. Accessible from River Road, right smack on top of Waterfront Park, the Big Four is a great opportunity to get out and see our city!

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Beautiful views of the Ohio, Louisville’s waterfront, and Jeffersonville, make for an enjoyable stroll across the Big Four. Although you cannot cross through to the Indiana side currently, their walkway is expected to open in the early part of 2014. Having frequented the Big Four on several occasions, both on foot and via bicycle, there are several pros and cons I can conclude…. just in case you’re contemplating a visit.

Bad news first: THE CONS
1. The bike lane is straight down the middle of the bridge…. so don’t expect to be zipping through the crowd, because there is a 100% chance people will not move out of the way for you. You might as well get off your bike and walk it.
2. No pets! My original thought on this one was “What kind of place is this?!” But in all seriousness, people don’t always pick up their doggie doodoo so all in all I can see the validity of this rule. Who wants to walk down the Big Four on a warm summer day with the possibilty of stepping in a stinky mess? Not I. None the less, I always prefer companionship of the four legged type when I venture on outdoor excursions, so this one hits a little home for me.

Good news next: THE PROS
1. Large getherings of people make for good people watching. Tired on your walk? Pop a squat and people watch. The bridge has tons of benches (probably specifically for this very purpose.) All kinds of people visit the bridge every day, so enjoy the crowd!
2. The location. As previously mentioned, the Big Four is in a hoppin’ part of Louisville. There are plenty of nearby downtown restaurants, the Yum Center is close, and Waterfront Park is just steps away. I don’t know about you but it sounds to me like we have all the ingredients for a perfect date night. Dinner downtown and a stroll across the bridge, and finally maybe a game or concert at Yum. You’re welcome.
3. The amazing views. I won’t go on about this one, instead I leave you with some snapshots I got on a recent bike trek to the Big Four. Hope you enjoy and consider seeing it for yourself!

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Orange is the New Black: Review

With summertime quickly fading into the rear-view and the new fall semester just starting to make itself comfortable, it’s time I reflect on one thing I’m truly missing from this summer… new episodes of Orange is the New Black.

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This contains NO SPOILERS,  for those of you having not seen the show….YET.

First of all, I was a little leery of this Netflix endeavor, due to my only other dealings with Netflix produced series being the the newest Arrested Development episodes, which didn’t do the original episodes of the show justice, in my humble opinion. But, after finishing the new Arrested Development and then binge watching Breaking Bad for the umpteenth time in preparation of its upcoming episodes, I needed something new on Netflix.

Orange is the New Black it was, and with only 13 episodes, I had it finished in about 72 hours and found myself desperately wanting more.  This show was nothing like I expected. With a predominately female cast, Orange is the New Black brings fresh faces to a setting not yet explored in the realm of entertainment television: women’s prison.

The characterization of the main roles, is excellent.  Every character has their own quirks, downfalls, secrets, and backgrounds. The show is littered with flashbacks which allow viewers an in-depth look at these women both in and out of prison. You will find yourself generally invested in this show and caring about what happens to both the good and bad “guys.”  Plenty of plot twists also make this show an enjoyable watch. From the pilot to the final episode, the story line  will take you places you did not see coming.

All in all, I would recommend this show to anyone. I say, try something new… get out of your comfort zone. Yes, it is a cast of mostly women… not all of whom you may know, but it works and it works WELL. Great show, go watch it!

Don’t trust me? Hear what the ladies at Grantland have to say about Orange is the New Black:  Girls in Hoodies Podcast .