Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What I'm Into: July


Lots to share again this month! 

On the Nightstand:
 
Reflections for Ragamuffins: Daily Devotions by Brennan Manning 

Love it so much. I decided to start reading it in the morning and that's been really nice. After the kids have breakfast and watch a show, they go play in their room and I do a few things and take my bath. This is a nice addition to that time. 

Wonderful old Brennan on the law and how it's over emphasis makes asses of us (even the best of us!). What ARE we doing to the Gospel?

Immersion Bible Study: Mathew- J. Ellsworth Kallas
I started this Bible study this month and so far I really like it. We've read some of Kallas's work before and really enjoyed it, so I'm excited about this. 

Real Sex- Lauren Winner
Finished. It only took me like three months. I love Lauren Winner's style of writing and I'd like to read another book by her at some point. 

On Being a Theologian of the Cross: Reflections on Luther's Heidelberg Disputation, 1518 - Gehard O. Forde

This book is pretty thick, substance wise. It's not a terribly difficult read, though, and it's not super long. I also think it's a little redundant. I wrote about it here and here, but I think it's so important to focus on the cross and on God's grace. But at some points I thought this book was just a little much. For example, Forde says that even the works that God does through us are sinful. He also says that sins are "truly venial (i.e. forgivable) when they are feared to be mortal". I don't feel like that kind of fear has a place in the believer's life, personally. As I got further and read more about Law/Gospel dichotomy, I found a good bit more I agreed with. Overall, not my favorite. I am excited that I finished a book in a month, though! 

On Their Nightstand: 


We LOVE this series of children's books on the attributes of God by (the apologist) William Lane Craig. They are so deep and tackle such big ideas, but in a fun, engaging way. We already had the first three and ordered these recently. I read "God is All-Knowing" to Annie and asked her what she learned. She told me that God knows everything that will happen and I asked her if she could give me an example. She said "Well, God knows right now if me and Bud are going to have a night party tonight. He knows if we'll have enough energy or if we'll be too tired for one." I said "Does that mean God decides if you'll have a night party?" And she said "No, me and Bud get to decide if we will or not, but God knows what we'll choose." 


Also, we just got this haul from the library. We've only read a handful, but I'm super excited about these! 

On the Shelf:
Finding My Way Home: Pathways to Life and the Spirit- Henri Nouwen 
I've had this on the list for months. I'd love to finish it and start another one. 

At the Theater (or from the couch):
We watched a couple of movies this month:


Lincoln- This was such a powerful movie, as are so many of Spielburg's. It's a small glimpse into a fascinating life- it tells the story of Lincoln's last months as the 16th president and specifically of his passion and desire for the passage of the 13 amendment. I loved everything about it- the characters, the dialogue, the lighting and music and cinematography. I read a little about it and this is an interesting article about how factual the movie was. More than anything, though, I love how things like this make me think. This and this were both good articles on the historical accuracy of the film. And this was just a great review from a civil war professor. 


Do the Right Thing- Spike Lee directed this back in the early '90s and it's still on so many movie lists. One thing I find VERY interesting about the movie (and I looked online and couldn't find any research or opinions on it) is that there is no gun violence. There's no weapons at all, really. There's no gang culture, either. It's just people in an urban, impoverished setting who are, at some points very inclined to focus on love and at others to succumb to hate. It's an interesting character study and it's a nuanced perspective on the degrees of prejudice within people and the way that even within one person there can be such tension between the desire to "do the right thing" and the temptation not to. 


Twelve Years a Slave- We watched this one this week. Oh my word, it was a HARD movie to watch. It tells the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black many living in New York state who is kidnapped and forced into slavery. The depiction of this atrocity is GRAPHIC. One reviewer said it "made Roots look like the Care Bears". I actually thought about seeing scenes from Roots when I was little (like ten-ish) and how deeply it affected me- how pained I was for weeks over it. It was the first time I had seen a depiction of a slave being beaten and it turned my world upside down. I felt similarly unsettled and while watching this I had such a visceral reaction. I really was very nearly physically ill. It's been compared to Schindler's List and The Passion of the Christ as far as content and one reviewer explained how groundbreaking it was in that "it marks the first time in history that our entertainment industry, albeit with international creative input, has managed to stare directly at slavery and maintain that gaze". It's a damn hard gaze to maintain and I probably won't sleep well for a week. But I think it benefits us to examine these things and truly it was an amazing and inspiring story. 

On the Small Screen:
We didn't watch much TV at all this month!

In My Ears:

My July playlist!

Around the House:
Nothing terribly exciting or even good. 


The cats tore up a bedspread. Thankfully, I can flip it over so it doesn't have to be perfect. I just needed to be able to wash it without it falling apart.


Graves peeled a bunch of (cheap) paint off the wall (it happened over multiple instances, don't even get me started). So we put up some of Annie's creations to camouflage it. This says "Welcome Miss Claire" (look we're doing great with phonics, penmanship- not so much). It depicts the things she wants to show our sweet babysitter from home who is coming to visit this week - the Q train, the pirate playground, the Children's Museum, the fountain, MonkMonk, and the library. Good thing she's staying a whole week!

In the Kitchen:
I haven't cooked many (any) new meals this month. Summer salad challenge is way harder without a grill! But I've been cooking old favorites- Italian chicken and spaghetti and BBQ and we've been enjoying Summer produce. 

Rainbow of deliciousness- it was all $23 and five dollars of that was the fresh cherries! 


I kind of burned out on egg salad (didn't think it was possible). This is my new favorite- turkey, with avocado, and Feta. So rich and delicious!

If you haven't tried freezing your blueberries, you're missing out. I say that to even those of you who don't live in a four hundred degree apartment in Brooklyn. Such a yummy, healthy snack! 

And a couple that are not so healthy! 
Stroller nap on a giant cheeseball pillow. I'd have the mom guilt but I expect to eat fully 90% of these myself. I should provably have person guilt, but I don't.

tastes like Summer!

In My Closet:

The other day we had a picnic in the park. Perfect day for a straw hat! 


This is my favorite patriotic outfit. Sometimes it's fun to wear a bold lipstick and shoes that aren't great for distances! 


Whoops. I think I overdid it with the blue and polka dot last week. Also: took this in the family bathroom at The Met. Right after three of us had a pep rally for the fourth family member who was doing his business in!the!potty! Manhattan glamorous, folks.


One of my favorites from the kids side of Target from over the years!

This skirt is also from the kids' side of Target. I've always worn it lower, but now that the style is high, I tried that out! 
{Low}

{Medium} 

{High}

Getting ready to go out of the town with Peyton, sans kids. This is actually grow up Target =)

In Their Closets:

Matching babies in fresh green gingham with pink and aqua accents? Of course!

I ADORE this romper. Annie wore it to Coney Island- perfect for the boardwalk :)

I also love his patriotic jon-jon (sidenote: "What do you call those things anyway?" "...When President Kennedy was in the White House and JFK, Jr. was tiny..." If I had a dollar for every time I've had this conversation in the last six months, I'd have...probably a lot more jon jons)

More green! Seersucker with a scallop. Doesn't get much better!

This is sort of different but Annie's doing a dance camp on Tuesdays this Summer. They told me she could wear street clothes if they were "form fitting". As I've said before, I mostly hate form fitting clothes myself so I assume the same for my toddlers/preschoolers. Soooo...she doesn't own many. I've pieced together things for the last four weeks. Sometimes she's looked a bit tacky, but honestly, I have to say, I'm really proud of myself for not buying things we don't need. Wouldn't have been the case a year ago.

In My Mailbox:
Hmm, not a whole lot. I've ordered some things on sale for the kids for next Summer, so they should be in soon! 

In My Cart:
A big Amazon order! I got the William Lane Craig books. I got the Mathew devotion and On Becoming a Theologian of the Cross for myself. I also ordered this Sally Lloyd Jones devotion. Annie LOVES The Jesus Storybook Bible but this is a little too abstract. I love it, though, so I'll try again in a year or so. Good News for Little People has been PERFECT, though. We have two similar devotions by the same author and they really appeal to Annie. And Graves can get something out of them, too. The last one is a sex book. OMG. It's for ages three to five. I have no idea when, but I know it's not TOO distant with Annie, and I want to be prepared. Kind of freaking out, though. 

On My Heart:
- Some friends recently adopted a baby. His temperament seems very similar to Graves in his early days and they are in my thoughts so often. 
- I had a good cry thinking about leaving New York the other night. That's a whole post and I'll probably write it soon. 

In My Prayers:
- As always, we're praying for clarity about the future of this adventure. 
- We're praying also about where to be involved in the Fall and what things we want to commit to. 
- Honestly, I'm praying for wisdom and patience with Graves right now. A lot of the time, I have a harder struggle with Annie, but lately I've really had a hard time with him.
 
On the Calendar: 

Claire's coming this week and then Minnie is coming at the end of the month. 

As always, I'm linking up with Leigh. Go check out some other What I'm Into posts!


What I'm Into

Weekly Happenings Post #278 (July 21-27)-- Coney Island and The Met



We had a good, fun-filled week!

Peyton and I got up early on Monday and chatted and then I went back to sleep. The kids got up as he was leaving and I fixed them breakfast and then we watched two shows. I scooped liter and folded up the bed and got on the computer. I ordered them some clothes for next Summer off Zulily and got my bath. I planned school for the day and read my devotional and talked to Peyton. I played with the kids and we did their devotion and catechism and then picked up and had lunch.

I was feeling so yucky after lunch, I got a bite to eat and then took a nice nap. When I got up, I found Annie asleep on the floor. We all got up, got ready, and headed to the park.

We stayed about an hour and then came home and ate supper. I did Annie's Logic of English since we had missed it and then we read our Five in a Row book. They got their bath and I put them to bed. I got on the computer until Peyton got home. We talked and went to bed.

Tuesday was BUSY and fun. We got up and Peyton cooked us breakfast and I stayed in bed a little while. Guys, I think LACK OF physical touch is my love language because I just adore having the sleeper sofa to myself for a little bit.

Anyway, we got going and took Annie to her dance class. Peyton and I took turns playing with Graves and I read a little during it. After that, we headed straight to The Met. We had lunch of the steps and spent most of the afternoon there.
Annie (and Graves!) were fascinated by this great fashion exhibit they had going on. The ribbon dresses were my favorite- there was a dressing gown, and evening gown, and a ball gown!

Graves loved the suits of armor. 

We stopped at a playground in Central Park and headed back to Brooklyn. 
We were on a SUPER crowded train and Graves says "put me down, I'm so sweaty". I said "Bud, everyone on this train is sweaty." And this extremely dainty chick goes "Am I sweaty?? Sniff my hair, Momma." 

We stopped at the library and got a big haul and then hit up our favorite Mexican place on the way home. Peyton bathed the kids and we got them to bed about twelve hours after having left home. I did four loads of laundry in the laundry room across the courtyard and folded five.
Peyton's leg- ha! 

 I wrote a quick post and went to bed pretty late.

Wednesday was super laid back and the kids and I didn't even leave the apartment. They slept a little late and then ate breakfast and we watched Sesame Street. I took my bath, scooped liter and folded up the couch, swept the hall and kitchen and planned school for the day. I texted with some friends and then played with the kids. We did their devotion and catechism and picked up. They had lunch late and I did dishes and swept their room and straightened a bit. Graves took a good nap. I started a post, ate lunch, uploaded some pictures to Facebook, and did school with Annie.
"This is a picture of a man thinking about a mouse. And that's a cat chasing a mouse. Did you know that CATS CHASE MOUSES?" 

Graves got up and we finished our read aloud time with him. They played a little and I did Graves's critical thinking and then we read our Five In a Row book and had some good discussion. I cooked spaghetti (with sauce from a jar- not near as good as Mickey's version) and the kids ate. They took a long time to eat and I let them play a little more while I organized some stuff in the homeschool cabinet. I got them ready for bed and put up laundry in their room and then read to them for a good while. I got on the computer and then went to bed.
Dinner guests this weekend and a house guest next week means Peyton is hauling his butt to the Home Depot in Bed-Stuy to get a "serious" fan. Or Amazon Priming that sucker tonight. His wife, who sweated like a pig in her apartment today, is thankful....[These were my thoughts on Wednesday. It's the next Monday. HAS NOT HAPPENED.]

Thursday was another day at home. The kids got up EARLY and I fixed them breakfast and we watched their shows. Annie was emotional and having a rough morning. I took my bath, folded up the sofa, and scooped cat liter. I ate breakfast and planned the school day and read my devotion. I got out the gingerbread playhouse for the kids and we played in it for awhile. We read their devotion and did their catechism and cleaned up and then it was lunch. I did dishes and started reading some.
Annie: "We're doing this thing where just we kick each other really softly. And I'm fine with that."

 I put Graves down and read some more and then ate my lunch and got on the computer. I took a nap and Graves woke up, so I did school with Annie while he was up. He kept getting into mischief. At first Annie did great, but then we got to handwriting and we both got frustrated. We read a bunch and did Graves's critical thinking and then I cooked eggs and grits. I bathed them and got them to bed. I swept the den and kitchen and then mopped. I got on the computer and spent a long time working on my playlist post and uploading pictures to Flikr. Peyton got home and we talked and ate. I worked on the post some more and went to bed.

We had a good relaxing morning on Friday. Peyton had said he wanted to sleep late, so I did my normal breakfast and cartoons routine with the kids. He sleeps SO hard so he stayed asleep right beside us. After that, we all got up and got ready and headed to Trader Joe's for groceries a little before lunch. We came home and put up groceries, cleaned out the fridge, and had lunch. The kids played in their room and I made a quick trip to the post office.
It was "e" day the day before and I needed to send something to Minnie so Annie decorated an (e)nvelope.

I got back and started cleaning the kitchen. Peyton had a pizza in the oven the night before and it had fallen off the rack and made a big mess. I cleaned the oven for about half an hour and then worked on dishes and cleaning out the food containers from the fridge. Peyton said something that hurt my feelings (it was an innocent comment about how the kids kept calling me and I didn't notice and did I think that happened a lot). I took it to mean he thought I didn't care for them well and he just meant there were loud fans and water running and I might not hear them a good bit. I cried and we talked and then we all got ready for Coney Island!
"You her sister or her momma?"- teenage boys at the library this week. One thing I love about this year is saying "Well, I'll be thirty this May" when people say "You not old enough for them babies?!?".

It was so much fun. It really deserves a post itself, I think. I just loved seeing all the people and it felt sort of magical. Annie had THE best time.
Friday night, yo. 

A thirty minute train ride and it's like the fair whenever you want it. I think we'll be making several more trips before Summer ends! 

Baby on the boardwalk!

Dance parties are better when Gravey Train gets an invite.

Bright lights over Brooklyn

Their little faces! It was one of those I'll hold in my heart always. 

We got home after midnight and put the kids to bed (Graves had fallen asleep in the carrier and we transferred him to the stroller and put Annie in the carrier). I got on the computer when we got home and ended up staying up too late doing Facebook and reading a thread on a message board.

We slept WAY late on Saturday. Graves got up around seven thirty, but he was so sweet and calm. He ate breakfast, snuggled with us, and played with the cat until Annie got up. She ate and then they watched cartoons and we dozed some more. We finally got up and got ready and headed to the Children's Museum. They were having a little Hawaiian celebration and eating pineapple and mango and making leis.

The kids enjoyed that and then we played until it closed. It started raining on the way home and we ducked into a little Indian restuarant. That is SO not me- I'm all for bland, traditional food and will still order a grilled cheese in a heartbeat- but I got outside my comfort zone and was richly rewarded. It really was good and the girl who served us was SO sweet and thoughtful. She gave the kids free mango smoothies and apologized profusely when another waiter touched my glass ("he doesn't understand- I'm so sorry"). We came home and put the kids in the bathtub. Graves actually had a potty accident in the tub (that hasn't happened in forever and it was because Annie was on the potty and he needed to use it). We got that taken care of and I started laundry and then went to buy a needle at Walgreens. I came home with a bunch of snacks. Peyton and I talked and watched the news and then I folded clothes and got on the computer. I went to bed late again.

On Sunday, Peyton got up and took Graves to watch the kids while people set up for church. Annie and I left later and I slept a lot later than I should have. I woke up at 8:40 and we were waiting to cross the street to get on our bus at 9:20. That's a record for me (and Annie can get herself ready almost by herself now; I just needed to fix her hair, button her dress, and get her a cup of cereal). Anyway, we watched the bus pass from across the street- five minutes early. UGH (they're supposed to wait at the stop if they're ahead like that). Anyway, we ended up walking to the stop where we get on the second bus (probably half a mile). We made it on time which was good because it was "family Sunday" and we were doing the Call to Worship (like the first thing). They needed an extra person to watch children, so I did that. We visited with friends a bit and then walked home after the service. We fixed the kids lunch and relaxed. I got on the computer for a minute and then ate my lunch and read and took a short nap.
Graves started singing this song about Joseph being thrown in a well and then ending up in Harlem. It's my favorite. 

 I took another bath before we left for church again- it was so hot. We were running late and decided to take a bus to the train station instead of walking/taking a closer train. We saw the bus coming and RAN a block to get on it. I was holding Annie and she's heavy now. We made it, though. And then Peyton's MetroCard didn't work. The driver was so nice and just let him get on. We tried to refill it at the train station and it kept rejecting our zip code. We almost gave up and then it finally worked. We ran to get on the train- I had Graves this time- and the doors started to shut. Peyton held them open (NOT allowed) and we made it. The service was good and we ate watermelon and had another little meeting after it (they're sort of reformating the evening service at Calvary-Saint G's.

We took the Q home and we didn't have a stroller or a carrier. So Graves walked a bunch from the station (probably about half a mile). It takes FOREVER, but I know it's great for him. We stopped at Walgreens for milk and I had to take Graves home while Peyton checked out because he wouldn't stop grabbing stuff in the checkout line. He WAILED all the way home. They ate supper and went straight to bed. Peyton and I talked and I got on the computer and uploaded pictures. We also cleaned out the whole kitty area in the closet. Peyton helped me wash the rug in the bathtub and I swept and scrubbed the floor. I ate supper and did my Bible study and read. Another late night!

This week we've got some really fun stuff going on. A friend who is doing an internship in the city offered to babysit tomorrow and so we're going out and then our sweet, precious babysitter from home is coming to stay for a week on Wednesday!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Tunes for the Month: July


July's playlist is a mix of a few things. I started out with some old school songs from when I was in junior high. Some of the ones on the list last month got me thinking about this so I included some of what I loved back in seventh grade. Next, I included a bunch off Divided and United. We watched Lincoln earlier this month and it reminded me how much I love it. I've mentioned it before, but it's an album of civil war songs kind of reworked by contemporary artists. It's folksy and twangy and awesome. Anyway, I never included it on a playlist because we don't own it, but now that I'm doing Spotify it worked out. Lastly, I browsed Peyton's iTunes for some different, unique stuff.

1. All Star- Smash Mouth
Somebody once asked, could I spare some change for gas
I need to get myself away from this place
I said, Yep, what a concept
I could use a little fuel myself
And we could all use a little change
Well, the years start coming and they don't stop coming
Fed to the rules and I hit the ground running
Didn't make sense not to live for fun
Your brain gets smart but your head gets dumb
So much to do, so much to see
So what's wrong with taking the back streets
You'll never know if you don't go
You'll never shine if you don't glow


This one is just fun and feels like Summer when I was barely a teenager. 

2. Believe- Cher
Do you believe in life after love
I can feel something inside me say
I really don't think you're strong enough no
Do you believe in life after love
I can feel something inside me say
I really don't think you're strong enough no




Oh, Cher! It sort of cracks me up that she's on here. I remember, as I do with most of these toward the beginning of this list, lying in my bed at our Meadowbrook house listening to Y101 on the radio and falling asleep. 

3. Kiss Me- Sixpence None the Richer
Kiss me out on the bearded barley
Nightly, beside the green, green grass
Swing, swing, swing the spinning step
You wear those shoes and I will wear that dress
Oh, kiss me beneath the milky twilight
Lead me out on the moonlit floor, lift your open hand
Strike up the band and make the fireflies dance
Silver moon's sparkling
So kiss me
Kiss me down by the broken tree house
Swing me upon its hanging tire
Bring, bring, bring your flowered hat
We'll take the trail marked on your father's map
Oh, kiss me beneath the milky twilight
Lead me out on the moonlit floor, lift your open hand
Strike up the band and make the fireflies dance
Silver moon's sparkling
So kiss me


This is almost too saccharine. But it's pretty in a way that something you loved when you were thirteen is. I remember thinking how haunting the music was and how beautiful the lyrics. 

4. Semi-Charmed Life- Third Eye Blind
I believe in the sand beneath my toes
The beach gives a feeling, an earthy feeling
I believe in the faith that grows
And the four right chords can make me cry
When I'm with you I feel like I could die
And that would be all right, all right



I didn't realize how raunchy this song is until I went back and read the lyrics. Lots of drugs and sex. It's so upbeat, but dark lyrically. I don't think I realized it back then. Peyton and I saw them (long after they were cool) so that's neat, too. 

5. MMMBop- Hanson
You have so many relationships in this life,
But only one or two will last.
You go through all the pain and strife,
Then you turn your back and they're gone so fast.
Oh yeah. They're gone so fast.
Oh, so hold on to the ones who really care,
In the end they'll be the only ones there.
When you get old and start losing your hair,
Can you tell me who will still care?
Can you tell me who will still care? Oh care.

Pretty much the opposite of raunchy sex and drug music. Such bubblegum bullshit, but a part of me still loves it. 

6. You're Still the One- Shania Twain

When I first saw you, I saw love
And the first time you touched me, I felt love
And after all this time, you're still the one I love
Looks like we've made it
Look how far we've come my baby
We mighta took the long way
We knew we'd get there someday
They said, "I bet they'll never make it"
But just look at us holding on
We're still together still going strong

And this is the the part where I tell you that I sat on the roof and listened to this on repeat on my DISCMAN and convinced myself that my fourteen year old boyfriend and my fourteen year old self would "make it". Like forever. So incredibly dumb sounding now, but at the time I felt it so strongly. When Ellis was hear earlier this Summer we talked about him- the first boy I ever loved- and I was so glad to still have someone in my life who remembers those days so vividly. 

7. Marching Through Georgia- Old Crow Medicine Show
Bring the good old bugle, boys, we'll sing another song
Sing it with a spirit that will start the world along
Sing it as we used to sing it, 50,000 strong
While we were marching through Georgia.
Yes and there were Union men who wept with joyful tears,
When they saw the honored flag they had not seen for years;
Hardly could they be restrained from breaking forth in cheers,
While we were marching through Georgia.
"Sherman's dashing Yankee boys will never reach the coast!"
So the saucy rebels said and 'twas a handsome boast
Had they not forgot, alas! to reckon with the Host
While we were marching through Georgia.


Here we go. All the Civil War stuff. This one was popular with the Union veterans after the war. It's very upbeat and exactly what you'd think of a lively marching tune. 

8. Dear Old Flag- Vince Gill






For the dear old Flag I die,
Said the wounded drummer boy;
Mother, press your lips to mine;
O, they bring me peace and joy!
'Tis the last time on earth
I shall ever see your face
Mother take me to your heart,
Let me die in your embrace.
For the dear old Flag I die,
Mother, dry your weeping eye;
For the honor of our land
And the dear old Flag I die,
Do not mourn, my mother, dear,
Every pang will soon be o'er;
For I hear the angel band
Calling from their starry shore;
Now I see their banners wave
In the light of perfect day,
though 'tis hard to part with you,
Yet I would not wish to stay.

This one is the exact opposite. So sad and almost dirge-like. Of course Vince Gill (of "Go Rest High on That Mountain" fame) makes it all the more so. Holy Hell, his voice makes me weep. Added to that I assume the little drummer boy is only like a young teenager and I can't help but think of Baby Graves. 

9. Just Before the Battle Mother/Farewell Mother- Steve Earle/Dirk Powell
Just before the battle, mother,
I am thinking most of you,
While upon the field we're watching
With the enemy in view.
Comrades brave are 'round me lying,
Filled with thoughts of home and God
For well they know that on the morrow,
Some will sleep beneath the sod.
Farewell, mother, you may never
Press me to your heart again,
But, oh, you'll not forget me, mother,
If I'm numbered with the slain.


One interesting thing about all these to me is how much they focus on the men's mothers (rather than wives). Peyton and I talked about it and I think one reason was, again, because they were so young. In Lincoln, we saw the First Lady (played by Sally Field) nearly lose her mind with worry that her oldest son would enlist and be killed in the war (she had already lost one child). It's so hard to put myself in those women's place and think about the reality of their stories. 

10. The Fall of Charleston- Shovels and Rope
And from the “Sacred City,” this valiant warlike throng;
Skedaddled in confusion, although thirty thousand strong—
Without a shot, without a blow, or least sign of resistance,
And leaving their poor friends behind, with the “Yankees” for assistance! 
 With a whack, rowdy-dow,
How are you, Southern chivalry?
Whack, rowdy-dow,
Your race is nearly run! 
And again o’er Sumter’s battered walls, the Stars and Stripes do fly,
While the chivalry of Sixty-one in the “Last ditch” died;—
With Sherman, Grant and Porter too, to lead our men to glory,
We’ll squash poor Jeff’s confederacy, and then get “Hunkydory!”

This one is downright goofy to me. All the crazy words and the way this band sings it is very twangy. I guess it has a bit of a bluegrass feel to it. 

11. Tenting on the Old Campground- John Doe






We're tenting tonight on the old camp ground,
Give us a song to cheer
Our weary hearts, a song of home
And friends we love so dear.
The lone wife kneels and prays with a sigh
That God his watch will keep
O'er the dear one away and the little dears nigh,
In the trundle bed fast asleep.

Another one that really has you sympathizing with the solidiers as you tap your feet to the infectious beat. 


12. Day of Liberty- Carolina Chocolate Drops
Nicodemus the slave was of African birth
he was bought for a bag full of gold.
he was reckoned as part of the salt of the Earth
he died years ago, very old
Was his last sad request, so we laid him away
in the trunk of an old hollow tree
"Wake me up" was his charge 
"at the first break of day, wake me up for the great Jubilee."
Fellas, don't you see the light?
The day of liberty's coming, coming
Almost gone, the gloomy night
The day of liberty's coming
"High Ho!" we gladly sing
Loud, loud our voices ring
Good news, the Lord He bring

Now let my people go!

Probably my favorite of these are the ones that were written perspective of slaves. They feel so, so joyous and I also wonder about all the emotions that ran high leading up to the "day of liberty". 

13. Richmond Is a Hard Road to Travel- Chris Thile, Michael Daves
Then said Lincoln unto Pope,
"You can make the trip, I hope
I will save the Universal Yankee nation,
To make sure of no defeat, I'll leave no lines of retreat,
And issue a famous proclamation."
But that same dreaded Jackson, this fellow laid his whacks
And made him, by compulsion, a seceder,
And Pope took rapid flight from Manassas' second fight,
'Twas his very last appearance as a leader.
Then pull off your coat and roll up your sleeve,
For Stonewall is a hard road to travel;
Pope did his very best, but was evidently sold,
For Richmond is a hard road to travel, I am told!

I mainly just liked the tune of this one. Although, it is one GIANT history lesson.

14. Kingdom Come- Pokey LaFarge
Say Brothers have you seen the master
with the mustache on his face?
Go along the road some time this morning
like he was goin' to leave this place.
He seen the smoke way up on the river
where the Lincoln gunboats lay
He took his hat and left so suddenly
I 'spect he's runninh away
The master's run, ha ha!
And we will stay, ho ho! 
It must be now that Kingdom's coming
In the year of Jubilo!
He's six foot one way, two foot the other, 
and he weigh three hundred pounds
His coat so big he couldn't pay the tailor
and it won't go halfway round.
He drilled so much they called him Cap'n
and he got so dreadful tanned
I spect he'll try to fool them Yankee
to think he's contraband
The master's run, ha ha!
And we will stay, ho ho! 
It must be now that Kingdom's coming
In the year of Jubilo!
Now folks feel so lonesome
living in the log house on the lawn
They move their things into master's parlor
to keep it while he's gone
There's wine and and cider in the kitchen
and and you and me'll have us some
I suppose they'll all be confiscated 
when the Lincoln soldiers come

Another one of the slave songs. I loved the story told in this one. The master of the plantation runs off when he realizes the Yankees are coming and the slaves move on into his house. These songs are so lively and again, my mind goes to the very real emotions surrounding the "year of Jubilo". 

15. At the Bottom of Everything- Bright Eyes
We must take all of the medicines too expensive now to sell
Set fire to the preacher who is promising us Hell
And in the ear of every anarchist that sleeps but doesn't dream
We must sing, we must sing, we must sing



Moving on, a little Bright Eyes. Just trying to get down to the bottom of everything. Even if it means setting fire to preachers and singing to anarchists. No, but really. 

16. Atlantic City- Bruce Springsteen

Everything dies, baby that's a fact,
But maybe everything that dies, someday comes back.
Put your makeup on, fix your hair up pretty,
And meet me tonight in Atlantic City.


Honestly, the whole song is a bit of a downer (as is often the case with The Boss). But I love the chorus and the hop in it.

17. An Attempt to Tip the Scales- Bright Eyes
Did you expect it all to stop
At the wave of your hand?
Like the sun's just gonna drop
If it's night you demand
Well, in the dark we are just air
So the house might dissolve
Once we are gone, who is gonna care
If we were ever here at all?
Well, summer is gonna come and it's
Gonna cloud our eyes again
There is not need to focus
When there is nothing that's worth seeing

So introspective and deep wondering who will care if we're gone and such. Mainly, I liked the tune, but it is a very interesting piece and I do often love the imagery in a Bright Eyes song and this one doesn't disappoint

18. Auld Lang Syne- Sufjan Stevens
Should old acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot
And days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear
For auld lang syne
We'll take a cup of kindness yet
For auld lang syne
I love it so I added it to the list. 

19. Authority Song- John Melloncamp
So I call up my preacher
I say, "Give me strength for Round 5"
He said , "You don't need no strength, you need to grow up son"
I said, "Growing up leads to growing old and then to dying
And dying to me don't sound like all that much fun"
So I said
I fight authority, authority always wins
Well, I fight authority, authority always wins
Well, I've been doing it since I was a young kid, I come out grinnin'
Well, I fight authority, authority always wins


John Cougar on rebellion. Feels like 1998 and this playlist is coming full circle. Love this song.

20. Awake My Soul- Mumford and Sons
How fickle my heart and how woozy my eyes
I struggle to find any truth in your lies
And now my heart stumbles on things I don't know
My weakness I feel I must finally show
In these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die
Where you invest your love, you invest your life
In these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die
And where you invest your love, you invest your life
Awake my soul, awake my soul
Awake my soul
For you were made to meet your maker


Mumford speaking the truth- "where you invest your love, you invest your life". 

Seems like a good place to finish out the list.