November Highs & Favorites

November 2nd: KT Tunstall & Maddie Ross

I started off the month going to an awesome concert when an even awesomer friend (yes, I know that isn’t a word). My friend Cheri and I had seen KT (right) open for Barenaked Ladies back in June and thought she was delightful. I was very familiar with her music since her Black Horse & The Cherry Tree video went viral back in the early 2000s, but I had never seen her perform. I was excited upon finding out that she was on tour with BNL because I knew she would be great. She exceeded my expectations, so I jumped at the chance to see her headline a small venue. 

Her opener, Maddie Ross (left) was incredible. It was her first tour ever. KT had actually asked her to join her on tour via Twitter DM! Her band consists of her and her girlfriend Wolfy. Their songs are so catchy and fun. I really need to give her music more air play.

All in all it was a super fun night with one of my best friends; a memory I’ll always cherish.

November 6th: Good Charlotte

As you know if you read this post, I met Joel Madden and Good Charlotte this month. If not: Good Charlotte is a band I have loved since I was a young teenager. I have seen them in concert many times, but hadn’t at all in the last decade. Historically, their shows have always been great and full of energy. But this show blew all of the others out of the water. The set list was perfect and they gave it their all from start to finish. They’re such genuine, lovable guys. This was one of the greatest shows I’ve ever seen – and in my college years I saw a LOT of them. That is paying them a high compliment. I may have come in a little biased; prior to the show they had an acoustic “soundcheck”, a Q&A, and then the meet & greet which left me on cloud 9. 

November 9th: Brandon Heath

The best picture I could get was on the big screen. 😦 Brandon Heath is a Christian artist – my favorite Christian artist. I saw him in concert with my dad in 2012 just days before my dad had an enormous health scare. I gave him Brandon’s latest CD as a surprise present when he came home from the hospital. Because of this, we hold Brandon and his music close to our hearts.

My parents live in Lincoln, NE, which is 6 and a half hours away from me. Brandon was coming to a nearby Nebraska town, but they thought it would be fun if we met in the middle. So we did. We went to see him in West Des Moines, Iowa. 

Brandon was just the opener so he did NOT play long enough, but hearing almost all of my favorite songs in his short set plus the time spent with my parents was priceless.

November 16th: Joel reads my blog

I had tagged Joel’s Twitter handle (@JoelMadden) the couple of times I shared my post on social media in the hopes that he’d at least see that someone wrote a blog about him. I woke up shortly after posting it to see that someone else shared it also, and he REPLIED. That is a screenshot of his exact tweet. I couldn’t believe it. I am still stunned by it. He is such a wonderful human being. I never thought he’d actually read it let alone say anything. His words are like Captain America’s shield in front of me. Nothing can hurt me. 🙂 Bless you, Joel Madden. Thank you for taking the time to read it, whether its because you were bored on your tour bus or not. You sweetest heart.

November 18th: Sushi with Jenna

There isn’t much to say about this one. Jenna is my best friend and sushi is my favorite food. The problem with sushi is, any sushi worth having is expensive, so I do not have it very often. We went to a local(?) chain called Kyoto. I had all you can eat sushi and she just had fried rice. Their salmon sushi and signature rolls were to die for. 

November 22nd: Thanksgiving in Lincoln

For the holiday, my brother (middle) and I did the 6 and a half hour trek to spend time with my parents. It was time well spent, as it always is. We spent lots of time playing family games of all kinds: Life (pictured), Evolution, Chrononauts: Early America Edition, Star Realms, Password, and Heads Up. We went out to an amazing dinner and my mom cooked an even better Thanksgiving one. I am extremely close with those three human beings and I love them with all of my heart. They are always worth the drive… but I’m glad for Christmas they’re the ones doing it. 😉

November 30th: Saw Bohemian Rhapsody

image from variety.com

To wrap up the month, Jenna and I saw Bohemian Rhapsody. I love Queen, always have; my mom had them playing on a consistent basis growing up because her taste in music is nearly impeccable. I knew I wanted to see the film the second I saw the first trailer for it. I didn’t know much about Freddie Mercury and knew next to nothing about the rest of the band. My parents had seen it before I did and told me it was fantastic. They weren’t wrong. This is one of the best films I’ve ever seen. It was so raw with emotion. I really liked how they focused on the relationship the band members had with each other and also on the birth of some of their most iconic albums. I would highly recommend this film to just about anyone. Whether you like Queen musically or not, it’s hard to deny that they’re one of the most unique, influential bands of all time.

November Tunes

There is a website I have been using for years called last.fm. It links up to your iTunes or Spotify and tracks what you listen to. I’ve always found it kind of fun. After a week, month, six months, etc., you can see charts to find out what you have been listening to the most often. Here are my results from November. 

So there you have it; my November roundup. I hope you had just an awesome of a month as I did!

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