{Poetry in Motion}

After being in a sorority for four years, I swore off large groups comprised entirely of women. These days, I make one exception…The Indigo Girls.

Reader Chili T and I embarked on a journey last Friday night. A journey to the old Roxy, the new Buckhead Theater to see the Indigo Girls, who in many ways, have inspired our existence. (Now, keep in mind, Chili T and I aren’t “together,” we were just together, so take “inspired our existence” with a grain of straight salt) It was an evening of pure purity. I come away from each Indigo Girls concert thinking the same things.“Why can’t I be this passionate about other things in life?” and “This is one of the best moments of my life” also “I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!”

Many people ask me, “why do you like the Indigo Girls so much?”

Is it Amy?

Is it Emily?

Is it the indescribable feeling you get when they play/harmonize/write/jam together?

Or is it the way you go to the concert dreaming about what they might play, and they deliver over and over again?

My answer: YES.

Check out this rockin’ set list. (You might look at “Chickenman” and wonder, who is Adrian? Oh, he’s a sophomore at W whose dad manages the band. nbd.)

And here’s my personal record of the set list. Looks like I missed a few.

side bar: I used to keep these on a piece of paper in my pocket, but yet again, another reason why the iPhone is amazing–it’s great for lists, and boy (girl?) do I love lists.

Fill it up again
Heartache for everyone
It’s alright
Sugar tongue
Love of our lives
Yield
Power of two
Three hits
Get out the map

Land of Canaan
The one that got away (Fleet of Hope)
Second time around
Match–Emily
Devotion
Watershed
Let it ring–Amy
Wood song
Shadowboxers
Shame on you
Galileo
Chicken man into Bitterroot River back to Chickenman

(with Adrian Carter)

Closer to Fine

(with Shadowboxers and Evan McHugh)

There is so much more to say, but I’ll leave you with this image from the concert. As always, the Girls say it best.

(Shout out to Lesley, who is wondering why it’s taken me so long to do an entire post on the Indigo Girls.)

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Concert Update: One month of musical bliss

So, I just got pretty excited. October 15-November 16th is going to be a whirlwind of emotions as I experience music from four of my all time favorite artists. They might be my top 4. It’s hard to say. Here it goes.

October 15th: Indigo Girls at Buckhead Theatre

October 30th: Caroline Herring at Eddie’s Attic

November 6th: Sufjan Stevens at the Tabernacle

(Notice his “Moxie” t-shirt.  If you are a devoted follower, you’ve seen this before. Suf’s dedication and love of Moxie has been even further displayed by his decision to play a concert for Moxie’s birthday)

November 16th: Iron and Wine at the Variety Playhouse

I’d also like to mention that even though I’ve probably been to a combined 10 concerts of Caroline and The Girls, I have never seen Sufjan and Iron and Wine in concert before. I’m getting giddy…

Concerts Coming to a Venue Near…me

After a summer of nothing special in Atlanta, get ready for a fall filled with the latest greats. Definite appearances by Moxie are marked in red.

Arcade Fire + Spoon at Verizon Amphitheater 8/13 (that’s tomorrow!):

ALSO tomorrow, Tom Petty at Phillips!

(Too bad it’s a school night!)

O.A.R. at Verizon on August 15th (Brings back memories of watching people play beer pong at Beta)

Ray LaMontagne and David Gray 8/23 at Chastain

Natalie Merchant 8/26 at the Cobb Energy Center (much cooler venue than it sounds)

Kings of Leon 9/15 Lakewood Amphitheater

Widespread 9/23 at Center Stage and again 9/24 and 9/25 at Verizon Wireless

The National 10/5 at the Fabulous Fox

Drive By Truckers 10/9 at Buckhead Theatre

INDIGO GIRLS 10/15 Buckhead Theatre

Caroline Herring 10/29 Eddies Attic

Band of Horses 10/30 The Fabulous Fox

311 (really?) 10/31 The Fabulous Fox

SUFJAN STEVENS 11/06 The Tabernacle

Moxie’s favorite…

big venue: Cobb Energy Center

midsized venue: Tie between The Variety Playhouse and the Tabernacle.

small venue: Eddies Attic

Girls Gone Wild Sans Gluten

Considering we have lots of self-esteem, Spring Break 2k10 is NOT really the spring break you might imagine, especially since it takes place in Naples, Florida. The Varsity baseball team as well as lots of old people are sharing our vacation destination.

 

Case In Point

 

It is my first Gluten-Free Vacation, which at first seems a little sad, especially in a place fraught with family traditions full of glutenous delights. However, I am traveling with none other than my GF inspiration, Betsy, who knows her way around vacation food!

Also, we are both passionate about reading, writing, Africa, gender issues, the color green, OD-ing on Lilly Pulitzer in college, chocolate, pedicures, tanning (outdoor of course), flexibility, traveling not-so-light, the Indigo Girls, cats named after Cats, sweet potatoes, clear carbonated beverages, Joe’s jeans, slow-and-steady running, coffee, peas, the outdoors…just to name a few.

We had an amazing day yesterday (Dear Reader, sorry if you are reading this at your desk. Love, Moxie).

Here’s my top ten list in reverse/chronological order.

1. Wake up: no alarm. Glorious.

2. Breakfast on the porch: Gluten free cinnamon english muffin (should English  be capitalized?) Betsy brought from Sally’s Bakery with cream cheese and homemade Jam. Delish

3. Coffee shop time: Finished paper on Sexuality and Identity for my gender class and turned it in (!) at Panera over hazelnut coffee. (side note: I read some great books in preparation for the paper that I will write about in a later post.)

4. We went grocery shopping at an organic market, where we bought food for the week for under $100. Amazing. Granted we both packed things like 4 eggs, 1/4 package of granola, airplane peanuts, half a half gallon of milk, 1/3 bag of farmstand spinach…so we had the basics covered, but STILL. If you don’t count booze (which we don’t) it almost meets the $7/day rule. Not bad, especially since it’s all organic.

5. Lunch: Chicken salad on greens, vegetable chips, sliced Gala apple. Perfect beach lunch.

6. PLEASURE reading at the pool:  It’s still a little chilly/windy for the beach. I just started (per Betsy’s suggestion of course) Barbara Kingsolver’s newest novel, Lacuna. More to come on that as well.

7. Run/Walk on Gulfshore Blvd. North:  Flat, sunny, breezy…it was perfect run/walk weather. And I’m allegedly running a 10K in a week, so it’s time to get started.

8. Sunset Happy Hour: We watched the sun set over the Gulf after raiding the liquor cabinet (thanks, Dad). Betsy prepared an amazing plate of apps for us. Parmesan cheese and dates on Glutino crackers (or plain), farmstand carrots and hummus. It was a perfectly clear, Green Flash night!

9. Dinner: We recreated a recipe we made last week at my house. GF pizza (dough I froze and brought from home) with goat cheese, caramelized onions, pears, and rosemary. It was awesome, and we have leftovers for lunch! Salad with watermelon beets, Crasins, red onion, and balsamic. Red wine, of course. We drank Bliss, an organic Cab. Bliss actually describes it well.

10. Reading and journal time before an early bedtime…(Betsy stayed up to watch Duke whamp UNC)

It’s going to be a good week.



A Decade of Music

PASTE magazine recently released lists of the “best” (music, books, film, games) of the decade. As the decade rapidly comes to a close, I thought I would list my own…some are the same, but many are different.

Here’s my criteria:

1.  It had to be an album that I enjoyed in the truest form–not just one or two great songs.

2. It had to have been stuck in my “CD changer” for an extended period of time

3. I often go back to it, and I never get sick of it.

4. Something that I PERSONALLY really enjoy, not just something that I think I am supposed to like.

MOXIE’S BEST ALBUMS OF 2000-2010 (in no particular order…)

10. Ryan Adams: Heartbreaker (2000)

9. Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago (2007)

8. Patty Griffin: Impossible Dream (2004)

7. eastmountainsouth: self-titled (2003)

6. Caroline Herring: Lantana (2008)

5. Andrew Bird: The Mysterious Production of Eggs (2005)

4. Sufjan Stevens: Come on Feel the Illinoise (2005)

3. Indigo Girls: Despite Our Differences (2006)

2. Dave Matthews Band: Lillywhite Sessions (2000)

1. Iron and Wine: Our Endless Numbered Days (2004)

ALSO RAN

Wilco: Sky Blue Sky

David Gray: White Ladder

Justin Timberlake: FutureSexLove Sounds

Radiohead: In Rainbows