Yesterday, I neglected to mention one place I go when my soul needs soothing. It’s particularly on my mind as I sit in the Milwaukee airport, awaiting my connection. Florida will likely always be “home” to me, whether it’s because I spent 25 years there or because my entire family is there or because I will fiercely defend it against all of the alligator and Florida Man jokes. (I can make those jokes, but a non-Floridian can’t; you get it.)
So after 9 hours of travel tonight, I’ll spend the next six days with my family back home. We’re celebrating my baby cousin’s graduation — and while I know he’s a genius, he’s not actually an infant; he’s 22 — plus the bonus celebration of Mother’s Day. I’ll catch up with hometown friends and squeeze my nieces and try new beers with Brother and watch my SIL in awe as she parents #likeaboss.
And while I don’t have a formal WO collage for you to peruse, I thought you might enjoy my favorite song about home. It was the first dance at my hometown friends’ wedding five years ago, and it still rings true.
- “Ghostbusters: Answer the Call”: I can’t remember a movie that had me laughing for nearly the entire time, but this reboot has four fantastic leading ladies, a bunch of throwback references and some awesome eye candy. That’s what I call a winning combo.
- A Visit Back East: It’s only been six months since I was last in Florida, but so much has changed in that time and I can’t wait to get there this weekend. If I spend the entire time squishing my niece’s cheeks and watching “Zootopia” with my other niece, then I think I’ll be just fine.
- “The Night Of”: I did not need another show to watch. Really, I didn’t. But a co-worker and another friend each told me how much I needed to see this one, and I caved. I’m glad I did… the premiere left me breathless from start to finish, and I can’t wait to see how the rest of this miniseries unfolds.
- “This Is What You Came For” – Calvin Harris f. Rihanna: I honestly could not care less about the drama surrounding Taylor’s songwriting contributions (or not) to this song. And I really, really didn’t want to like it, because, Rihanna. But damn, it’s an earworm. And despite my distaste for most EDM, this one really gets me pumped.
George Zimmerman has a girlfriend and Adam Levine is People‘s Sexiest Man Alive? My friend Kaley said it best — the world is going insane. What’s a girl to do when everyone else seems to be losing their mind? Earbuds in, music on, disappear from society. Here we go:
- SNL – “Worst Cover Songs of All Time”: This season had its hits and misses, but I cannot stop watching this hilarious infomercial for awesomely bad cover songs. Nathan Lane takes the cake by far!
- AcaBelles – “Royals”: I still haven’t seen “Pitch Perfect” (the horror!) but these ladies from FSU straight up kill Lorde’s song. Now, how do I do that mouth-drum thing?
- Phillip Phillips – “Gone, Gone, Gone”: I didn’t think this horribly named young man could do any better than last year’s smash single, “Home.” Boy, is my face red. Let’s just say obsession is putting it mildly here.
- Avicii – “Wake Me Up”: Full disclosure: I confuse this song with ol’ Phillip squared on a regular basis. The key difference? This one gets me pumped like none other.
Click the links above to watch, or enjoy the three I can embed (thanks a heap, SNL).
Plain and simple, I’ve fallen in love with Alex Ebert, frontman for Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. His past is storied, but whose isn’t? The voice makes up for the beard, and I can’t seem to get enough of these songs.
“Home” is easily their best-known hit, and it’s been stuck on loop in my pretty little head for days. You may recognize it from various commercials, including this adorable contest-winning tot from a Hyundai spot.
Laugh until we think we’ll die …
I could gush about this song for days, so I’ll just stop myself there and save you all. Oh, except check out this awesome doormat for just $40! OK, that’s all.
Never could be sweeter than with you
Other favorite songs include:
- “Janglin” – Also featured in many commercials and on “Gossip Girl” (so scandalous).
- “Carries On” – This one is perfect right before bedtime … ahhh.
- “Truth” – Do you have the beat on loop in your head yet? No? Listen one more time.
- “40 Day Dream” – Eerie lyrics over an upbeat tune = perfection.
The band is currently recording their next album, so no new tour dates have been announced. Keep your eyes peeled for updates, though.
You’re welcome for putting at least two tracks into your mental jukebox.
Seriously, I can live with the beard.
Tonight, I’m driving home to attend a close girlfriend’s bridal shower and bachelorette party. Even though I’ve done it at least a hundred times, I always get a little misty-eyed as I approach my parents’ exit.
Something about “home” just makes us emotional — or at least, makes me emotional. It could be all that’s gone down in that house, from Dad’s stroke to Sandy puppy’s last days. But, I’m willing to bet that even if I’d only spent 10 months, instead of 10 years there, the memories would be enough to ignite those fond feelings I have for it.
And true to form, many musicians have made careers from songs that bring us all back to that special place. In no particular order, here are some of my favorites:
- “Home” by Michael Bublé – He has the voice of an angel, and the lyrics are all too sweet. Personally, I think Blake Shelton’s remake pales in comparison.
- “Feels Like Home” by Chantal Kreviazuk – You may recognize it from “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,” but this powerful ballad (about a boy, not a house) is earmarked by her remarkable voice.
- “Temporary Home” by Carrie Underwood” – I don’t think I’ve ever heard it without getting a little bit weepy. The girl can sing, and again, the lyrics just pull at your heartstrings.
- “Home Is Where the Heart Is” by Lady Antebellum – More upbeat, the country trio’s single had me at the catchy intro.
- “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver – I refuse to think of it as the anthem of WVU (read: couch-burnin’ hillbillies). Instead, I enjoy its crowd-pleasing nature — play it at any bar, and you’ll instantly have 20 new best friends.
- “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd – I can’t listen to it without being taken back to the first time I heard it. This classic’s staying power is undeniable.
Although this weekend’s celebrations will likely bring a lot of laughs and tears, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Just as much as the four walls around us, those girls are home to me.