The National at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery

I seriously just had, what will go down in history as, one of the best nights of my life.

The NationalThe National – Live at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery! The National is one IS my favorite band. They are on tour with their latest album: Trouble Will Find Me (listen now – buy it today!) I admit to being a tad bit of a fangirl… stalking them on instagram and twitter, liking and commenting on their every post, but I really am a huge fan of the music!

The lyrics Matt comes up with are flawless, the way he forms words together some of the strangest word choices, words you’ve never heard strung together. But when sung out of his baritone and whiskery lips they make you melt. You don’t know whether to fist pump or cry, so instead we all resort to the notorious hunched-over-mic-fist-bang, (Matt’s go to move).

Then there’s the music. The Dessners and Devendorfs are instrumental geniuses, a band of brothers, to say the least. I’m no music nerd, I wish I could tell you about the beat count and the rhythm and how they chord progression is reminiscent of Beethoven’s 5th. But soft, my music knowledge truly ends at: “it has a good beat and you can dance to it.” So instead I will describe how it sounds, in my own words:

The Concert As Heard by Lisa: “And start. really good chords, really good chords, you should know me better than that, strumming of guitar, trumpet in background, and wait for it, i should leave it alone but your naaaaaa, and drums, and more great sounds, and more, and wait for it, and I SHOULD LIVE IN SALT, Naaaaa, adding drums, adding strums, bringing it back, the words just string together, his voice is so simple, like he’s just speaking, but with a low purr, forming words that melt into you. You breathe them in with your lungs and they linger. Like smoke. …I’m smoking in his songs. Now the drums are beating, and guitar, strum, strum, it’s Don’t Swallow The Cap! and drum, and drum, and drum, everything I love is on the table, everything I love is out to sea, and now a violin, where did that come from, and more, and harmony.”

The songs continued, view the set list here, each new song flooding us with excitement as we recognized the first chords, wine bottles in hand, dancing, shouting, singing along. The crowd was very cool with our enthusiasm. It’s not like we haven’t seen The National before, this was my 3rd time, Caitlyn’s 5th, Michelle’s 2nd… And there we were, this time together in the middle of a crowd, three very different best friends with the same obsession, rocking out, grabbing each other to make sure it was real, and loving (belting at times) every moment of every song. Of course Mr. November happened during the encore and we rushed deeper into the crowd as Matt did his rounds of crowd surfing, right on cue, always on cue.

Another perfect show, on a great day in LA. It took me a day to remember a day. Cliche – I know) but I was on the best kind of Bloodbuzz. 

“All the wine is all for us”

Scratch that, “all the wine is all for Caitlyn!” (unlike me, she’s a music guru, follow her on tumblr)

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Mr. November alter ego forming – hopping into crowd seconds later

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Drinking Pink Rabbits

This is one of many posts where I guarantee reference to Pink Rabbits.  For any The National fans out there, don’t be too hopeful, this is just a smoothie recipe, but add some liquor and we can toast to the real Pink Rabbits later.

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For every one else, just know Pink Rabbits is a song from the much anticipated and very excellent 6th album by The National.  My favorite band, give them a listen, they will be your favorite band too one day.

What you need

  • Pineapple, 3 rings
  • 1 Banana
  • Strawberries, a handful (approx 1 cup)
  • 6 oz Coconut Milk
  • Ice

Pile them into the blender,  pulse, blend.

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Observe the lovely pink color and sweet aroma.  Now top with pineapple stalks, two each for rabbit ears.  Sit in a fainting chair, enjoy. (or add tequila – get buzzed, Matt Berninger style) 

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For more of my healthy and nutritious smoothies, try the recipes listed below

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