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There are many versions of songs that I like the cover of better than the original.  Is this sacriligious?  Or does it have something to do with my absolute love of cover songs?  I mean, I could be at any show in the world, and if any band plays any song that is not originally theirs, I will likely go nuts. 

So here’s a list of covers I like better than the original (also note, you must have heard the original in order to like the cover better.  Obvious right?  Well, when I was out at college in Ithaca some loser at the paper wrote an article about how Rusted Root had covered Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along the Watchtower” at a concert on campus the night before.  Needless to say, I raged and wrote a strongly worded letter to the editor.  Which I think is still online if you google my name). 


Phish’s “Loving Cup” always beats The Stones version.

Further, Phish’s “Cities” is on my iPod, while the Talking Heads version is not.  Nor will it ever be.

I dig me some John Prine, but “Angel From Montgomery” will always belong to Dave Matthews in my mind.

Now, this might be really bad–I love Joaquin Phoenix’s “Cry, Cry, Cry” way better than J.R. Cash’s.

And some songs whose covers absolutely blow dogs:

“A” for effort Eric Clapton, but “I Shot the Sheriff” belongs not in the hands of a Brit, but in the hands of a black dreadlocked man named Bob Marley

The Counting Crows absolutely ruined Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi.”

The Byrd’s “My Back Pages” isn’t really that bad but it’s hard to outdo Bobby D on this one…

Are there any cover songs you like better than the originals?

Pet Peeve of the Day: See paragraph two above.

Quote of the Day: “It took a world of trouble, it took a world of tears, yeah it took a long time to get back here.” –Tom Petty

Bonus quote since we’re talking music: “She comes back to tell me she’s gone,
As if I didn’t know that, as if I didn’t know my own bed, as if I’d never noticed, the way she brushed her hair from her forehead, and she said losing love is like a window in your heart, Everybody sees you’re blown apart, Everybody sees the wind blow.” –Paul Simon

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Book Wreath My Way

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I have spotted this awesome Book Wreath all over blog land and decided that I wanted to make one.  But then I was experimenting with these acordian-like flowers and decided to make a book wreath my way, using them.  Here is the step-by-step (and I am not a good photographer so my apologies):

First I started with pages from a book from Goodwill.  I got a tour book of Chicago to make it more personal and this actually worked out well because there were little maps inside that helped to mix up the patterns.  The size of the flower will depend on the size you cut your paper (book pages).  Then, do something you haven’t done since grade school when you used to make paper fans:


 Basically you fold the paper back and forth until you make as many as you need.  (You will need three acordians for each flower).  This is the most time consuming part of the project.







Next, fire up your glue gun.  Each acordian piece must be folded and where you fold it, you glue the insides to one another:







That part is kind of hard to explain but hopefully you get the idea.





Now you see how you have three pieces that should fit together.  You glue the sides of one to another and so forth until you have glued it together (3 spots).







So that’s how you make the basic flower.  Repeat as necessary.








I cut out a crude wreath form from some old cardboard to glue my flowers onto.











I glued buttons of various colors into the center of each of my flowers.


Then, you arrange your flowers onto the form as you want them, and hot glue them on.  This is a bit tricky because the flowers don’t lay flat.  I used a lot of hot glue!






And here is the finished product!  I added ribbon to hang it with and a bow (a good bow tie-er I am not)










And here it is bringing a little springtime to my dark door!








Quote of the Day: “Stay with me till time turns over – I want to feel my feet leave the ground.  Take me where the whispering breezes can lift me up and spin me around.  If I could I would… Hear you laughing as we go – Flipping backward through the doors and through the windows… I’m melting into nothing.” –Phish

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“Louisiana Rain”– Tom Petty


“To Lay You Down”–Conway Twitty (but really, Chesney)

The Chesney version that is the jam:

AND, the hilarious baby Chesney version I found:

“Rock n’ Roll”–The Velvet Underground (but really Phish)

God, Page scares me!

“You & Me”–Dave Matthews Band

Pet Peeve of the Day: Creepy, scary Page, haha!

Quote of the Day: “If I were a girl, I’d despair.  The supply of good women far exceeds that of the men who deserve them.” –Robert Graves

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Reflecting on 2009

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As 2009 (and the decade!) comes to an end, I thought it would be nice  to reflect on the past year considering I’m a huge fan of “end-of-the-year” lists! I’m not a fan of personal info on my blog but I think the following is pretty benign. Also, 2008 was such a horrible year, that I was determined to make 2009 awesome. I think I succeeded… Here are some month-by-month highlights (consider this my supremely annoying Christmas card!):


  • Quit my job
  • Turned 26 (sayonara quarter century!)
  • Went to Madrid with my BFF


  • Enjoyed living the unemployed dream before it got boring and tedious


  • Started my awesome blog!
  • Went to Arizona for Cubs Spring Training, baked in the sun for what I would later find out would be the last time I could do that. Thanks for the tan Arizona!


  • Another exciting Cubs season began…


  • As quick as the Cubs season began… it was already over.
  • I learned the value of couponing thanks to all the frugal blogs out there on the information super highway! Not sure how much I saved but if my CVS receipts are any indicator, my year-to-date savings there alone is over $800!


  • Went to Las Vegas for the first and last time
  • Went to my first Cubs-White Sox game on the scary southside


  • Can’t remember much about this… I can only assume this means that I went on the traditional midyear/midsummer bender


  • Started grad school!


  • Reunited with my long lost lover and became engaged!
  • Went to Seattle with my family for an awesome Bears-Seahawks game


  • Formed a legendary karaoke band, “Annette”


  • My long lost lover moved in and I said goodbye to my beloved single life forever


  • This  month flew by, I have no idea what happened in December besides Christmas and going to Pittsburgh with my Dad for an awesome Steelers game!

So that, in a nutshell, has been my year. I look forward to making 2010 even more awesome, if that’s possible. Thank you also to all of you, my readers, for making my blog and my year worthwhile! Have a fabulous New Years, be safe, and I’ll see you again in 2010!

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I am currently obsessed with this song and this album (Some Devil).  I found this version from Bonnaroo 2004 from a Dave & Friends show which I think I was at but I was probably counting down the hours until I got to go home.  Trey is being silly (typically) in the background:

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Pet Peeve of the Day: Martyrs

Quote of the Day: “Don’t say I never warned you when your train gets lost.” –Bob Dylan

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