Jimmy Eat World- A Slightly Emo Playlist

A long, long time ago, I went through an awful break up. I had been contemplating breaking up with that boyfriend but just wasn’t sure, and then the whole relationship blew up and I was very sure- even though it was necessary and what I wanted, I was still sad and upset. Enter Jimmy Eat World. They just… got me! They soothed my angsty, emo 19 year-old soul and I listened to them non-stop. Seriously on repeat. For weeks. It was just what I needed (don’t you love how music can do that sometimes?)

8 years and 2 additional CDs later, Jimmy and I still have a great relationship and I listen to them often. I’ve seen them in concert and I know exactly what songs will go with my current mood, which songs will cheer me up, which songs I can sing out loud and dance around to. If you already love Jimmy Eat World, good for you! If you haven’t really listened to them a whole lot- let me help you out! I made you a playlist!

Below are 10 of my very favorite songs from Jimmy Eat World. Scroll the the bottom and push play to listen to them! Enjoy!

jimmy eat world


Yet Another Concert Playlist- Turnpike Troubadours

I went to see the Turnpike Troubadours in concert this past Saturday night and it was AMAZING! The concert was outside at the Annette Strauss Square, located on the side of the Winspear Opera House on the edge of downtown Dallas. The venue was great, the weather was gorgeous, the music was wonderful- it was a fantastic evening!


I went to the concert by myself (gasp!) and I still had a lot of fun! I talked with some people in the crowd around me and just enjoyed singing along to all the songs! (I just found out that one of my friends was also at the concert and she was standing about 30 feet away from me! We didn’t see each other at all though, it was PACKED!)

One of the best parts of the evening was that everyone at the concert got a FREE copy of their new CD! It doesn’t come out until Friday, September 18, so it was fun to get an early copy! I’ve been listening to it non-stop in my car since Saturday and it is so good, you guys!!

This isn’t the first time I’ve seen them live- I saw the Turnpike Troubadours a few years ago when I was living in Springfield, MO. I went with a few girlfriends to see them at a tiny little venue (I think the ticket was only like $10, compared to the $38 I paid this time!) and they were amazing back then, too. That concert was my introduction to Red Dirt country music (all thanks to my friend Brooklyn!) and I have loved it ever since! Think of it as indie country music. It is not at all like the country songs you hear on the radio today (thank goodness, I’m not a huge fan of that stuff all the time) and there are some really great bands and singers out there.

I went through and picked out some of my favorite songs from the Turnpike Troubadours- I highly recommend that you go give them a listen (I added a playlist with all the songs at the bottom of the post!) I didn’t include any from their new CD simply because it hasn’t come out yet… but trust me, it will be worth a listen! Enjoy the songs I picked!


The Mae-List

I’m pretty sure that you would be able to guess this by now, but I LOVE going to concerts. There is something so fun about going to see your favorite performers and bands live- to hear your favorite songs, to hear the excitement in the crowd, to see the band get amped up while playing- it’s the best!!!

I saw that Mae (one of my very favorite bands from high school) was coming to Dallas as part of a10th anniversary tour for their cd The Everglow and I REALLY wanted to go! But, I didn’t want to shell out $25 to go to a concert by myself, so I held off buying a ticket. The website where I found out about the concert had a contest to sign up to win 2 tickets…. and I WON! They emailed me to let me know I was the big winner less than 24 hours before the show… not last minute at all.

I went to the concert with a co-worker and we had a blast! The concert was in Deep Ellum and it seemed like such a cool neighborhood- I can’t wait to get back there and explore a little more! The first opening band was really really good (Mike Mains & The Branches), the second opening band was ok (All Get Out), and Mae was FANTASTIC! My buddy was such a trooper (he had never heard of any of the bands playing) and he didn’t make fun of me when my inner 17-year-old emerged and I sang and jumped around to every single song.

I put together a little Mae playlist, or Mae-list, with my favorite songs- give them a listen and enjoy!

mae list

I Ran a 5K, You Guys!

As I mentioned in my previous Thanksgiving post, I ran my very first 5K while I was at home over the holiday! It was crazy awesome, and I was surprised at how many people showed up at 8am to run… there were seriously like 900 people there. It was pretty nice outside (for the end of November) which made for great running weather, I was proud of my finishing time of 31:24, AND I got a sweet moisture-wicking long-sleeve shirt to run in! (I also got a free sample of men’s deodorant, but I wasn’t too jazzed about that one…)

One of the best ways that I stay energized and pumped during a run is by having a killer playlist. The right song with the right beat can give me a boost of energy and keep me going when I need it. Here is what I listened to during the race:

  • Kelly’s 5K Playlist
  • So Obvious by Runner Runner
  • Better Than Revenge by Taylor Swift
  • Electrify by Mutemath
  • Go Go Gadget Flow by Lupe Fiasco
  • Zombie by Family Force 5
  • Forget and Not Slow Down by Relient K
  • Toxic by Britney Spears
  • Finding Something to Do by Hellogoodbye
  • Lucky Strike by Maroon5
  • Church of Hot Addiction by Cobra Starship

I have to admit, I was pretty pumped while listening to this as I ran, and it contains some of my all-time favorite go-to songs for running. Leave me comments with some of your favorite workout songs, I’d love to add them to my playlist!

Call Me… Creeper

I’m sure that just about everyone has heard the song “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen. It’s so catchy and the beat just makes me happy! It often makes the playlist for my impromptu apartment dance parties.

Yes, my dance moves are awesome like Dawson’s.

One day while dancing away, found myself listening to the song- actually paying attention to the words- and I came to this conclusion: Carly Rae Jepsen sounds like a complete creeper. I might even go as far to say that this song nominates her for stalker status. Let’s look at some of the lyrics, shall we?

“It’s hard to look right at you baby.” This one is pretty obvious. She is watching him from the bushes across the street, and all the foliage keeps getting in her direct line of sight.

“And all the other boys try to chase me.” This one could have multiple meanings, I’ll let you choose your own. It could be this guy’s friends trying to distract her so that she will leave him alone. It could be the extreme case where she is being chased by the policemen who caught her being a creeper. But my favorite explanation for this line is that she is being chased by guys from the local law office who are trying to serve her with papers for a restraining order.

“You took your time with the call… you gave me nothing at all.” He clearly feels nothing for her and is just trying to be nice, which is a good way to try and keep crazy people calm.

“Before you came into my life I missed you so bad.” Her creeping is so intense that she thought she actually knew this guy already.

Those are just a few examples, and you might not agree with me, but I think the evidence is pretty clear. Also, have you seen the music video? She is creeping on her neighbor, watching him from her bedroom window and such. It shows her being a creeper! Too bad for her that the object of her stalker obsession affection plays for the other team. You’ll get the next guy you stalk, Carly, don’t you worry.