Songs That Bring You Back

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I didn’t get home until super late last night, so I decided to save my recap of dinner and the concert for this morning. I’m sure you understand, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Early in the evening, Mal and I headed to the Atlantic Beer Garden to meet some friends before the Ray LaMontagne and David Gray show at the Bank of America Pavilion.


I started with an Allagash White at the bar.


Allagash White is my go-to beer for summer. It’s perfect for warm weather! ๐Ÿ˜€



When the roof deck opened, we headed upstairs to finish our beers and enjoy the view of the Boston skyline and harbor.

Recognize my dress? My blog buddy, Kath, gave it to me. It’s made by Mahi Gold and it was so comfortable to wear! ๐Ÿ˜€



With dinner, I enjoyed another Allagash White.


And shared a plate of nachos with Mal.


The nachos were nothing special– just your typical bar nachos with lots of cheese and limited toppings, but they totally hit the spot. I can’t remember the last time I had nachos!

Ray LaMontagneย opened for David Gray, so we made sure not to miss a single second of his performance.


Most of the songs that Ray played were from his newest album, which was released yesterday. I really liked his new stuff. I definitely need to get my hands on his new album.


Concertgoers: Mal, Josh, and Danielle! ๐Ÿ˜€


David Gray was full of energy and amazing as usual, but last night’s set was so similar to theย show I went to in October, I didn’t get to hear anything “new.” Of course, I enjoyed seeing David in concert, but I was a little bummed.ย He did, however, play an outstanding acoustic version of “Shine,” which made me happy!


David played a number of songs that “brought me back.” I first started listening to DG in the summer of 2000 when I lived on Block Island with some college girlfriends. Pretty much any song from his White Ladder album brings me back to that summer.


Similarly, anytime I hear “The One I Love,” I think of Mal and cutting the cake on our wedding day.



This morning’s breakfast included lots of nut butter! I spread cashew butter on my whole wheat toast and peanut butter on the extra banana pieces. Mmm!


Mal offered to grab Starbucks, so I’m waiting on an iced soy latte right now! ๐Ÿ˜‰


Question of the Day

What song(s) bring you back to special times in your life?

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  1. I love your dress — so pretty!

    Sounds like a great concert ๐Ÿ™‚ David Gray has an amazing voice.

    Tom Petty and Joan Jett bring me back to my childhood, as my parents loved both of them equally ๐Ÿ™‚ The song “Untouchable Face” by Ani Difranco reminds me of high school, and all the tortured love my friends and I felt for (immature) boys!

  2. I love David Gray. Looks like you had a blast!

    Sitting on the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding reminds me of every summer at the beach where I used to nanny. Always have to steal my kisses by Ben Harper reminds me of my first boyfriend and summer fling. Simon and Garfunkel, the Beatles and Fleetwood Mac remind me of my mom. Now I’m homesick – but in a good way. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. That dress is adorable and fits you really well! The song “Semi-Charmed Life” (and really any Third Eye Blind) song brings me back to a summer that I went to Colorado to sleep away camp for the first time (yes, it was a long time ago!)- good memories. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Sim Redmond Band, a lovely little hippie band out of Ithaca brings me back to my days attending Ithaca College. It makes me miss beautiful autumns with outdoor concerts (and plenty of booze!). Thanks for bringing me back, Tina!

  5. I know exactly what you mean! “Life is a Song” by Patrick Park reminds me of college graduation, “What’s my Age Again” by Blink 182 reminds me of high school graduation and oldies remind of growing up.

  6. I love white beers in the summer as well, especially Hoegarden.

    Glad you had a good time out with the hubs and friends. I love concerts. Songs that bring me back to a specific time would have to be stuff from the late 90’s. I was in my teens, and that’s when my musical tastes really started to develop. Under the tutlelage of my brother. I learned to appreciate indir/alternative rock such as Pavement, The Eels, and The Flaming Lips.

  7. I love David Gray. Years ago I had tickets to see him when he came to Portland but the show was cancelled due to sickness and he never came back. ๐Ÿ™

  8. I have that same Mahi Gold dress in pink! It’s adorable. I’m actually ashamed/embarrassed to say that I bought it orignally for my 7 month old daugher in aqua. I’m totally not into the matching thing, but I did end up buying one for myself. We don’t wear it on the same day- who am I to compete with an ADORABLE 7-month old!

  9. Newish reader, first time commenter. I stummbled upon your site about a month ago and now I read daily (and go back in time to read your older posts!) I have found your blog really motivating and you have so many great ideas tips and reicpes. Many of these reicpes and ideas I have been trying out like overnight oats soooo goood! I am 27 and I have been trying to get my health back on track and I commited to change back on May 3rd this year. I lost about 30 lbs and started “to hit the wall” and get frusterated with the same food etc. Right about that time (one month ago) I came across your site and it was just what I needed to get back on track and I have since lost another 8 lbs… almost at 40 now! I have alot more to go but I am doing it and thinking of it as a life style change and not a diet thing. I wanted to tell you thank you for your blog because it has truly helped me get a grip and keep on pushing! The blogging you do has helped me and I am sure others as well and you should feel so good for that. I have found alot of other blogs like yours from your posts and on the web but I really favor yours the best. Keep doing what you are doing! Best of luck on the marathon training to you and Mal. -Stacey

  10. That dress fits you perfectly! You looked great in it!

    Crazy.. but the song that always takes me back is Eye Of The Tiger. LOL I was 4 when it was out… I remember freaking out and yelling for my mom to blare the radio cause I loved it!

    Your breakfast is right up my alley! The more nut butter and banana, the better!

  11. David Gray and Ray Lamontagne, that is a match made in heaven. I love both of those raspy singer-songwriters, they sing the soundtrack to my life!

    Love your blog, keep up the awesome work.

  12. That all looks so fun! I love beer! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Any songs that are classic rock/hair-band ballads remind me of my boyfriend. He’s in Afghanistan and I cry whenever they come on the radio, I am too emotional! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. my boyfriend and i like to goofily rock out around our house and club dance all over the place… it turns out our go-to song is now “pump up the jam.” whoops. that’s not going to be “our song” at the wedding, though. haha. but if i want to remember the best summer of college, it would have to be “leaving town” by dexter freebish– way too many hours driving through the dark streets of connecticut with that song blaring from my ford focus!

  14. My husband and I have seen David Gray a handful of times over the years, so it was only natural that “Be Mine” was our wedding song. We then traveled to London to see him for our 2nd anniversary. Yes, we are DG nerds, but his voice always takes me back to happy places. So jealous you got to see him last night…. This is the first round of US shows we’ve had to miss out on. Pout pout!

  15. Definitely Jack Johnson songs and me and my husband’s wedding song, ‘Sunshine of my Life’ by Stevie Wonder!

    Btw, that cashew butter with banana combo looks delish! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. The White Ladder CD totally reminds me of my early college days, and then his Life in Slow Motion CD is my grad school memories. I’m glad you enjoyed the concert, we’re seeing them play out in Santa Barbara early September – can’t wait!

  17. last night, i put on pandora radio and tuned it to Nsync radio. It also played a variety of Backstreet and Britney – I felt like I was back in middle school!

  18. SOOO many songs bring me back impossible to list them all. I did think it was funny though that you really enjoy hearing new songs you don’t know at a concert, I’m the complete opposite I want to hear what I know, classics by the person (and some good ones that only true fans would know). I’m not as into hearing new ones, I figure I can hear those on the radio haha.

  19. So many songs to chose from! Of course the song my husband and I danced to at our wedding (Forever, Ben Harper) but one of my strongest associations is “Take my breath away” it reminds me of my first boyfriend! ahhhh 14 year old “love.”

  20. Dropkick Murphys’ The Gang’s All Here reminds me of my friends from college. I instantly get transported back to the house they lived in senior year and all of the fun we had. Then it makes me sad since I’m no longer there. ๐Ÿ˜‰ All Star by Smashmouth reminds me of high school. I rarely ever hear it, but when I do I can’t help but laugh at it. And anything at all by Dave Matthews Band reminds me of my best friends from high school.

    I love Allagash White. It’s a great choice. I’m not sure I’ve ever been to the Atlantic Beer Garden (I’m rarely over that way when I’m in town) but I’ll have to give it a shot some time!

  21. My college girlfriends and I spent several Labor Day weekends in Block Island – I have so many fond memories from that place! And a song that brings me back is “Love Fool” by the Cardigan’s – it reminds me so much of my teenager days!

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