Saturday, August 5, 2017

30 Days of Gratitude: Prompt 13

I've got my bay windows open, breakfast prepared, a hot cup of coffee at my side and some old-school hip hop playing through Pandora. Seriously, no-alarm weekends are the best. Last night a bunch of us went to the Hubbard Park Beer Garden which is my new favorite place. It was an evening full of catching-up, laughing, planning out fun stuff to do in the next upcoming months (which I'm so stoked for) and of course massive pretzels. The beer kept flowing and I brought my own towering stein to toast with. Somehow I ended up waking up in my bed at 5am with my shoes on? Not sure how I got home, into my apartment or what happened the rest of the night but alrighty haha, it was obviously a fun time and we all deserve a night like that every once in a while. That's what three beers (I later learned) will do to you after not drinking for month. Today's prompt! 

Day 13: What Song Are You Most Grateful For?

Do you have those songs that whenever they come on, you just crrrrrrrank up the volume? I definently do. Anyone who has either been in the car with me, out in public at a bar or party or even just at my apartment knows that if I hear one of my top favorite songs come on, I just light up in excitement. I'm pretty sure a few years ago I blew-out a speaker in my car blasting "Light My Fire" by The Doors. I've also gotten a knock on the door for having Mark Morrison's "Return of the Mack" playing too loud, I mean that song is legendary 90's hip-hop. No shame. So my three my top bands - in order- are Nirvana, Bob Marley and The Wailers and finally Coldplay. But my favorite song of all time isn't by any of them. This one song I'm very grateful for and thankful to have heard at the end of one of this spectacular movie called "Crash" is Stereophonics' "Maybe Tomorrow." Please, if you haven't seen "Crash," you need to watch it as soon as humanly possible. Stereophonics is a Welsh rock band that grew its roots in the early 1990s. 
This is a simple and beautiful song. What I love about this song is that its an instant pick-me-up tune to listen to. I play it both in good times and bad. I'll listen to it if I'm shaken to my very core, unsure or sad, yet I'll also listen to it when I'm feeling happy, proud or bittersweet about someone or something. When I hear this music, its wonderful calming lyrics, warm guitar strumming- it's honestly almost as if I'm getting a big, secure hug of reassurance that everything is going to be fine. This song continues to be there for me when I really need it and I always end up smiling through it. Truthfully, if I had to pick one song to listen to the rest of my life, it'd be this one. Take a read over the lyrics:
I've been down and
I'm wondering why
These little black clouds
Keep walking around
With me
With me 
It wastes time
And I'd rather be high
Think I'll walk me outside
And buy a rainbow smile
But be free
They're all free 
So maybe tomorrow
I'll find my way home
So maybe tomorrow
I'll find my way home
I look around at a beautiful life
Been the upperside of down
Been the inside of out
But we breathe
We breathe 
I wanna breeze and an open mind
I wanna swim in the ocean
Wanna take my time for me
All me 
So maybe tomorrow
I'll find my way home
So maybe tomorrow
I'll find my way home
Cheers and enjoy this Saturday,

The photo above? I do some of my best writing when I've got headphones in. That's another candid shot taken by my friend Giang when we were in Vietnam's lush Mekong Delta back in 2011. All of us stayed at a house on stilts built atop the delta. The stars were incredible and it was as if time just stopped. Oh how I miss laying in a hammock late at night, writing away in my journal while the delta's water splashed around below that creaky wood floor.