Here’s to Life!!!!

In 2004, I went to what used to be the Starlight in Fort Collins, CO to see a band my spouse said was pretty good. That band was Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers (formerly The Refreshments).

I fell in love that night in a bad way. When ex-guitarist Steve Larson busted out a cover of Ring of Fire, I melted. When Roger Clyne played Green & Dumb, my heart soared. I was an insta-fan and have been cyber-stalking, as well as real-life stalking, them ever since.

I’ve been to countless RCPM concerts between that first Starlight show and now. I’ve followed them all up and down the Front Range, crashed the backstage to meet the band…..uh…..a couple of times, named my blog after my favorite song, and have been moved to tears more than once at an RCPM event. I LOVE them.

Lucky for me, I get to see them again!!! TONIGHT!!! Roger Clyne and current RCPM guitarist, Jim Dalton, are partnering with Johnny Hickman from Cracker for their 5th annual Three Amigos show at the Road 34 Bike Shop! Bah! (I think I’ve been to the show all five years….)

I’m trying to keep my excitement to a reasonable level; I don’t want to overdo it and accidentally induce labor somehow (although if my son were born at a Roger show,  I wouldn’t really have any issues with that).

I’ve said almost everything I can about the band in numerous posts and if you have some free time this afternoon, please check them out here. If you’re pressed for time, you can walk down memory lane with me in the bazillion pictures I added below. So many good concerts…so many Stacey hairstyles?

Have a great weekend everyone. In the words of Roger Clyne, Here’s to Life!!!


Here’s to Going Counterclockwise

Happy Friday!

How was your week? Mine was a little hectic. It started off in Fort Worth, TX with 70 degree temps and but ended with inches and inches of snow after flying home to a blizzard! Add a busy schedule and big ol’ pregnant belly to the mix and it’s fairly understandable why I was one wiped-out lady last night.

But today, oh today, I am one excited girl. Not only do we get to celebrate my second favorite day of the year tonight, but this weekend we get to turn all of our clocks back an hour. That means we get a WHOLE EXTRA HOUR. Bah! An extra hour…oh my, oh my, what will you do with it?

Clearly, I’m excited by the whole “Fall Back” thing and plan to use every minute of my extra hour doing something fabulously indulgent. Perhaps I’ll bake something oozing with chocolate or go get a massage or a man/pedi. Either way, that extra hour is going to be well spent!

Hope you enjoy your weekend and use that extra hour wisely (sleep is also a great option)!

via Ballard Designs

“And everything’s slowin’ down / Flowin’ counterclockwise.” ~ Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers


It’s Monday – Let’s ROCK!

Rock on a Monday? Heck, yeah! Let’s kick this week off on the right foot. To get started in a rock n’ roll frame of mind, I’m going to tell you all about a concert I recently went to. I got to see, once again, my very favorite band in the whole world, Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers!

Now, you’re likely familiar with them if you’ve been reading this blog for a while (example A, B, C, D) but just in case, they are an independent rock n’ roll band with a southwest edge and a love for tequila. I’ve been a fan for years and rarely, rarely miss a show. Being knocked up wasn’t going stop me this time either…

They came through town early in September to the Aggie Theatre. As always, the fun Roger-lovin’ crowd was a group of jolly souls – singing along to every word of RCPM’s greatest and dancing the night away. We were right there with them – having a blast!

The spouse and I kicked off the night with two of our closest friends at Jax, our new favorite restaurant in FC (post on Jax coming in the future). We then strolled the short distance to the Aggie, enjoying the autumn air and excited to see RCPM once again.

The opening bands were….interesting. Thankfully, we arrived late (as per usual) so we missed much of the pre-Peacemakers music. Finally, Roger, PH, Nick, and Jim came on stage and started the show with Leaky Little Boat. It was a strange song to start with, one I’d never heard at the beginning of show, but oddly perfect for that evening.

They went on to play all their best songs – Banditos, Green & Dumb, Switchblade, and A Little Hungover You. They mixed in a few off their new album, Unida Cantina (which we bought and I recommend that you buy ASAP), which has my new favorite song Paper Airplanes. Then they teased all of us by leaving the stage without playing the song of all songs, Mekong (read: Here’s to Life).

But Roger saved the day. He came back out on stage, busted out his guitar and blasted out an acoustic version of Mekong that had me jumping and screaming like a Beatlemaniac in 1964. Jim joined him for the famous guitar riff in the middle of the song and the two of them closed the show while we all screamed, ‘Here’s to Life!’

All in all – perfect!

Hope you all have a terrific Monday!!! Let’s rock this week! (Okay, that sentence was super-cheesy. Sorry! Have an awesome week!)

I Don’t Think Much, but I Can’t Stop Thinkin’ About You

Yesterday’s St. Patrick’s Day parade kept me from posting Day 12 of the 30 Day Blog Challenge, so I’m combo-ing yesterday’s item with today’s. It’s pretty easy to do since Day 12 of the Challenge is to post a picture of something you love and Day 13 is to post a picture of your favorite band or artist.

Since I LOVE my favorite band so much, I figure they qualify as both items :)

It will come as no surprise to anyone who reads my blog that my favorite, favorite band in the whole wide world is Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers (after all the title of this blog was inspired by their song lyrics). I’ve been a die-hard fan since the first time I saw them at the Starlight in FC and Steve Larson (their previous guitarist) covered Ring of Fire. From that moment, I was hooked.

Countless concerts, loads of signed memorabilia, and many backstage-crashing good times later, they still capture my heart with their southwest rock. Many people don’t believe they know who RCPM is, but you probably do. Their most-played radio song is Down Together from the late 90’s and you might know them from the fast-paced guitar jam which is the opening credits song of the show King of the Hill.

Adored by their fans, RCPM hits the Denver and FC area several times a year (thanks to their new guitarist, Jim Dalton, being from CO). Going to their concerts feels something like a religious experience as each of their screaming fans belt out every word to every song fully projecting their love to the stage.

There’s nothing quite like dancing slowly under the twinkling disco ball to Roger’s sweet serenade of Green & Dumb, or raising your shot of tequila high in the air toasting the band during Mekong. You can usually find me at the front of the stage screaming and singing at the top of my lungs. Once though, I literally cried during a concert when they played Ashes of San Miguel…and I mean ugly-cried. It was amazing!

I can’t imagine ever tiring of RCPM and I pray that I don’t cause when it comes to music, I don’t know much but now I know that no one else will do.

Here’s to Music!

Oh Roger, your love music is my drug.

My absolute favorite musician, Roger Clyne, will be at Road 34 Bike Shop tonight along with Johnny Hickman from Cracker (you all know Low) and Jim Dalton from RCPM and The Railbenders. It’s their annual 3 Amigos Show and something I anticipate ALL YEAR LONG….February is an AWESOME month!

If you don’t know Roger, watch the video below. You’ll probably fall in love, become a life-long fan, and write blog posts about them in your jammies on the mornings of their concerts after you bound of out bed bright-eyed and bushy-tailed saying, “Good Roger!” to your spouse.

Then…TOMORROW….Ke$ha at The Fillmore!!!!!

I know, I know. You now all believe that I don’t have “good” taste in music. Fine, I accept that. Usually my musical tastes lie somewhere between Hard Rock, Old Country, Classic Rock and 90’s Alternative  – although it’s becoming increasingly difficult to tell the difference between Classic Rock and 90’s Alternative since they keep playing Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Collective Soul on the “classic” stations.

Songs from H.S. on Classic station = I’m OOOLLLDD.

But, I digress, every once in a while a Pop song will come along with a catchy beat. I find myself tapping my foot along with the rhythm then secretly download it on Grooveshark. With Ke$ha, I’ve loved and downloaded every one of her high-energy, synthesized jams and I’m not afraid to admit it.

So, in summary,

“There are two kinds of music, good and bad. I like both.” – Duke Ellington

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


Giving Thanks!

Happy Thanksgiving!

With Thanksgiving tomorrow, naturally I’ve been reflecting on what I’m thankful for and how lucky of a girl I really I am. And since you all know how much I LOVE to make lists…I thought I’d make a list of the top 10 things I’m grateful for. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

1. Family – I hear so many people complain of “having” to spend the holidays with family. Driving or flying from this place to that and eating more than one Thanksgiving turkey (the outrage!) but I look forward to these busy (sometimes hectic) days. To see my siblings, parents, cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents is a special experience that I treasure deeply. I live pretty far away from my East Coast fam and don’t get to see my Wyoming kin too often either so whether I’m looking over the Rocky Mountains with my dad, sis and brother or toasting wine with my cousins in Jersey, every time I get to spend with my family is truly, truly special. Also, I couldn’t ask for a better person to share my life, adventures and future with than the spouse :)

2. My Friends – My friends are the most hilarious, entertaining, talented and caring people I’ve ever met! I am so very lucky to be surrounded by a group of people that I’ve known since high school, befriended in college and met in recent years.

3. Pugs – Specifically, Barley. Need I say more than show you this photo? How could you not be thankful for this sweet animal (er…plant)!??

4. Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers – I absolutely adore RCPM (especially Jim….guitar players…get me every time). Catching every concert possible on the Front Range, I attempt to meet the band every time and surprisingly they’ve started to remember me! (Uh, oh….here comes that crazy girl Steve Larson* warned us about). I LOVE them and if you don’t know them, GO HERE to give a listen. You’re Welcome.*stevelarson is their ex-guitarist

5. The FC – Rated as Money magazine’s 6th Best Town to Live in, helping earn the Front Range the “Napa Valley of Beers” status, a ten minute drive to the Rocky Mountains, and a plethora of local restaurants… just doesn’t get better than Fort Collins. I’m so grateful to live in this town. In what other town could you take your dog for a run….to a microbrewery!? (The FC is also rated in the Top 10 Active Towns to live in, has been high-ranked on the Most Pet-Friendly cities in recent years AND….AND we’re the home of Odell & New Belgium Breweries).

6. Christmas – From November 1 to December 25th, I’ll be the jolliest a**hole this side of the nuthouse :)

7. My Health – Recently, I’ve become much more appreciative of my health, something I’ve taken for granted in the past. As 30 quickly approaches and I start to snap, crackle and pop with every limb movement, I’m reminded to be thankful for a body that allows me to push myself to pretty extreme physical limits, learn to golf with my spouse and lets me dance, dance, dance to Ke$ha (alone, when no one is watching).

8. My Job – In these tough economic times, everyone should be thankful if they are employed! I can say I’m truly thankful for my job!! They send me awesome places like Vegas, Boston and other great locations and I get to meet and work with a lot of great people! Also, without my job I couldn’t have the home I live in, enjoy all the great food I am lucky enough to get to eat (and pad myself with) and all the other things I enjoy and am so very, very thankful for.

9. Food, Coffee & Red Wine – I LOVE to eat! Who doesn’t right? Between the Food Network, my spouse’s culinary wizardry, the Kilted Pig, my own kitchen adventures and all of the amazing restaurants I get to go to….my world is literally controlled by what, when and where I get to eat. Add a cup of joe in the morning and good glass of red wine in the evening and that pretty much sums up what I think about all day (good thing I’ve got #7 to work it all off).

10. YOU!!! Blog readers – I appreciate you visiting my page, reading my sometimes incoherent ramblings and supporting me with your comments and continued visits.

Thank you & Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Rock Concert Fall

RCPM – 11.7.09

My favorite band on earth is Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers. In November of this year, I saw them in concert for probably the 15th time. They have a 90’s southwest rock and roll sound that literally shakes me to my core. I had invited some good friends along to experience their unique style, rowdy crowds and beautiful lyrics and had a very fun, very memorable evening!

The concert took place at the Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins, CO. They belted out their fan’s favorites including Mekong (which is my favorite), Tow Chain, and Leaky Little Boat. I closed my eyes and swayed slowly with my spouse during Green & Dumb with disco ball lights twinkling around the room. I rushed the stage during the encore and sang along with every word!

Post-concert, in my usual groupie-fashion, I immediately ran out to the alley behind the Aggie where the band parks the bus. I smiled for photos and collected autographs from Roger Clyne himself as well as lead guitarist Jim Dalton. Always an incredible show, I can’t wait until they come back in February at the Road 34 Bike Shop in Fort Collins. Tix are always cheap and everyone can dance and shoot tequila to an RCPM song, regardless of the type of music you like.

Social Distortion – 9.249.09

One of the best bands I have ever seen live is Social D. Mike Ness is truly one of the most talented singers/guitarists/song writers in the music industry today and since 1983 when the band was founded.

A southern California punk band, Social D. rocked the Aggie at Fort Collins, selling out the show in under 2 hours. Packed into the small theatre, surrounded by punk lovers new and old, Social D. played hours of favorite hits including Prison Bound, Mommy’s Little Monster, Highway 101 and my favorite, the Story of my Life.

The only other time I’ve seen Social D. they were incredible, but the energy and excitement they created in the cramped little Aggie theatre took my concert experience far beyond most any I’ve ever attended. I hit up their website every few weeks to find out when they might be coming back our way!

Cracker – 9.1.09

A great band to see live is Cracker. Everyone knows Cracker from their top-hit, Low…”I’ll be with you girl, like bein’ low, Hey hey hey like bein stoned” but this band offers 17 years of alternative rock songs and just released their eighth album, Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey, in early 2009.

A Cracker concert is a special event in Fort Collins, CO due to Loveland-native, Johnny Hickman. As lead guitarist, Johnny puts on a incredible show in his home-area. Cracker fans are relaxed, they dance casually and sing-along to every word of the group’s collection of great songs. Cracker usually stops by Fort Collins once a year or so, I’m looking forward to their next trip!