Two Fridays ago (wow, summer really flies by when you're not always blogging about it), I met up with some old friends in Prospect Park while enjoying a free concert. Talk about Celebrate Brooklyn!
I knew the song "Lost in My Mind" but after their live show, Rhody and Matt got me hooked on the Head and the Heart and I filled up the following nights with the idea of seeing more live music.
Up next- the Catalpa Music Festival on Randall's Island with the ever popular headliners The Black Keys and the artist formerly known as Snoop Dogg. The following morning he was Snoop Lion but for that Sunday night, we were sippin on gin and juice with Snoop Doggy Dogg.
Thanks to Jeff, Sam and I enjoyed some VIP passes and a chance to listen to songs from Doggystyle with this '80's star who just wants to have fuuun.
That's the thing about summer. There's a lot of outdoor concerts to enjoy. That Monday, I followed my head and heart to New Haven to hear Lost in the Trees and the Head and the Heart, again.
I wasn't on tour with them but they were a train ride away which meant an evening with my sister and her husband and an early morning wake up call from my nephew. He couldn't believe I trekked there but the reward was worth the extended morning commute.
He was pretty excited too.
On Wednesday, we were Hoboken bound for Mumford & Sons. With 15,000 people there, it was crowded to say the least. Hoboken's waterfront park made us forget we were in the "Dirty Jerz."
We got the last grilled cheese from my favorite food truck and braved the crowded path back to Manhattan with fireworks to end a sold out amazing show.
photo courtesy of Hoboken's facebook page, yes, really
This brief summer concert tour all started with the Head and the Heart. My sister joked to the opening band that I followed them from Brooklyn to Connecticut and they joked for me to help them load up the van. Thanks but no thanks, I'll stick to following the heart not the band. In Mumford & Sons's song "But My Heart Told My Head," the two are conflicting, the head telling the heart one thing and the heart says another. Sounds all too familiar. The song "Heaven Go Easy On Me" says "Don't follow your head, follow your heart." I beg to differ. I live a life of constantly following my heart, a quite heavy one I've come to realize. I'm ok with that. I prefer a heavy one over a fickle one. I think when it's right your head and your heart align and the lines between your head and heart blur. In the meantime, I'll continue to live with an open heart (and mind) and see just where it all takes me (and you).
Stay bitten ;)