"I love Jesus, but I drink a little"

So I was wrapping up a long day last night and checking Facebook, when I noticed our friend Gina posted this clip from an Ellen Degeneres show. Always interested in a good Ellen clip, I started watching and was soon laughing so hard I could barely breathe.

A few moments later, Kates came home from a late night of working in her classroom and I decided she needed the laughter, too.

The hardest I've laughed in a long time.


Songs of the week

Two songs fueling me this week.

First, "Royals" by Lorde. I was catching up on VH1's Top 20 Monday, and "Royals" came on at No. 18. It was my first time hearing the song, and it stopped me in my tracks. I heard it on the radio for the first time yesterday morning, and I'm thinking it's going to be all over the place this fall. I've since listened to it about a half dozen times, via YouTube and will be downloading it to my iTunes library the first chance I get.

Second, "Into Giants" by Patrick Watson. It's been on my iPod for some time, but it came to play last night as I was lounging in our living room and the girls were giggling and happily getting ready for bed. In that wonderful life at home moment, it struck me hard as a wonderful, whimsical and epic song. I especially like the rousing trumpet and percussion as the song builds to its finale  ...

Bonus: Check out this live acoustic version.


Folk Duo Covers Cantina Song From 'Star Wars'

From Paste's "Awesome of the Day" today ...
Victor & Penny, a folk/blues duo from Kansas City, have finally brought peace to the galaxy with their cover of the “Cantina Band” song from "Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope." Due to its repetitive nature, that song will forever be burned into the brains of any die-hard "Star Wars" fans. Thankfully, the duo of Victor & Penny have taken the time to give the song new life with their refreshing blues-rock cover.
So awesome. Rock on.