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Obviously, I don’t get out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off. I let the gentle music of Boston’s independent music station, The RIVR, lull me back to sleep because Dan loves to snooze.
The other morning Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up on Us” invaded my slumber and I had a very vivid morning dream.
It was like a movie montage, snapshots of a man and woman falling in love. They were old-timey, maybe from the 1920’s or 30’s. They get married. They have a lot of good times: their dancing and laughing. Their sitting under the stars. Then, handsome husband has a drinking problem, lovely wife is angry, but they keep going. Together they have a son, and he dies in a war. Lovely wife becomes a war nurse. Together they go on.

It was all so clear, and it was all before the second chorus, which was when Dan decided he’d had enough and hit the snooze.
So, for your listening pleasure:

Have you ever had a vivid morning dream? I could probably write a movie, I probably should, based on all the crazy dreams I’ve had.

I hope you had a good Monday! Happy news coming soon!

LOVE!
Angelica

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Over the last three months I haven’t just been training for the Manchester City Marathon relay (this Sunday!). I’ve also been testing out a playlist on my iPod. I created a 21 song, 1.4 hour, playlist and listened to it during most every run. Not every song has worked for me, in fact some of them make me shudder at this point and I can’t change them quickly enough.

So, after three months, I have a finalized list for Sunday’s run. I narrowed it down to 16 songs, a 1.1  hour playlist. According to my average pace, I should finish the relay run in 52-55 minutes, so, hopefully, I won’t need every song to get me through the race.

Songs in bold were axed, songs in italics were added tonight.

Spaceship -Kanye West
Save Tonight -Eagle Eye Cherry
Honest Mistake -The Bravery
Yeah! -Usher feat. Lil’ Jon  & Ludacris
Through the Wire -Kanye West
Back to the Races -Chadwick Stokes 
Parachute -Ingrid Michaelson
Escape -Enrique Iglesias
Crowbar Hotel -Chadwick Stokes
Blue Orchid -The White Stripes
When You Were Young- The Killers
The Good Life- Weezer
Touch of Grey- Grateful Dead
Got Your Money- Ol Dirty Bastard
Bling (Confession of a King)- The Killers
Flagpole Sitta- Harvey Danger
Future Sex/LoveSound- Justin Timberlake
Little Lion Man- Mumford & Sons
Last Night (Remix)- P. Diddy feat. Keysha Cole
Adelaide- Chadwick Stokes
Dashboard- Modest Mouse
Straight Lines- Silverchair

Sure, there are definitely a few odd choices, including ODB, but what can I say? ODB gets me psyched!

I’m really very excited to Run for the Cause in the Manchester Marathon relay. I’m nervous, but I’m ready. I feel really ready! Yay!

So, what’s on your running playlist? Or, do you run to the sounds of the road? Hit me up in the comments.

LOVE!
Angelica

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Who is Dispatch?

What kind of music do they play? Where are they from? Why have I never heard of them? (The short answer to that question is ‘I don’t know!’)

Photo credit: Dispatchmusic.com

If you want the full bio on Dispatch you can read that here. If you want my bio on Dispatch then continue on.

Dispatch is a three man band, Brad, Chad and Pete. They’re music encompasses a pretty wide range of genres including: reggea, ska, funk, folk, rock and hip-hop. Dispatch has the distinct honor of being my favorite band.

Some of you might be thinking that this post isn’t very timely, being that I saw them in Boston two weeks ago, but the fact of the matter is I STILL have not come off the high of seeing them live again! It’s crazy. All I want to do is listen to Dispatch and I would give anything to see them again at the DMB Caravan tour (I’m sorry, Dave Matthews, who?).

My Dispatch journey began my freshman year in college, as I’m sure most musical obsessions do. The first song I ever heard, NAY! The first song I ever needed to hear was The General.

It was, in short, a turning point in my life, and Dispatch, along with Bob Marley,  John Mayer, Weezer, and Sublime, began to shape this brand new girl, a fully developed Angelica. It’s funny how music has that power, isn’t it?

My craze for Dispatch was further encouraged by a good friend called Matt, who at the end of the school year told me and some friends to meet him at Dispatch’s show at the Hatch Shell in 2002. There he would give us back stage passes. Oh my GOODNESS! My first Dispatch show was amazing. Meeting the band was a dream come true and meeting Brad was a highlight (I have a thing for drummers). The fire was fueled and only went out when Dispatched announced <<SHUTTER>> that they were breaking up!

I, like millions of others ALL OVER THE WORLD, was heartbroken. Unfortunately, because of a previous engagement, could not make it to “The Last Dispatch” concert in Boston, which was free… Which over 100,000 people descended on the Hatch Shell to see. I’m kind of glad I didn’t listen to all the hype because I’ve since seen them at one of their THREE sold out show at Madison Square Garden in NYC to raise money for Zimbabwe and two weeks ago <<Shrugs>>.

Photo credit: Dispatch, facebook

Like I wrote before, seeing Dispatch live is definitely like a drug for me. Everyone around you is on their feet (except for the lame-o and his girl in front of me), everyone is having the same experience as you are, and everyone is having a good time. At a  Dispatch concert I live out my three favorite things: Making new friends, celebrating (life), and laughing (the happy memories that belong to Dispatch and me are countless). For a few hours I am carefree, happy, and exactly where I am supposed to be.

Who is Dispatch? They are part of the soundtrack of my life.

I hope this was helpful.

LOVE!
Angelica

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I thought that the best way to begin this new blogging adventure would be to share some of my favorite things right now.

Blogs I love.


I don’t own a house yet, but when I do you better believe that I will refer to Young House Love for all my DYI home projects. Right now I am just a YHL creep, following John and Sherry’s journey as they makeover their home one room at a time, and, now, as first time parents. And, while I don’t have a house there are certainly awesome projects that I can use to spruce up my humble apartment.


Ever since Matt Logelin and little Madeline were featured in People magazine back in January of 2009, I have been hooked. Their story is amazing, and I truly encourage everyone to get to know them. Matt’s first book should hit stores in April 2011, and I will reserve my copy as soon as possible. Hopefully he will have a book signing in the New England area, because I would love to meet him.

I love, love, love Maria Confer’s Lulu Letty. Though I just discovered her lovely blog a little over a month ago, I am completely smitten. I identify immensely with her style and her story, and I credit her with inspiring me to finally go through with this little blog.

Music that makes my heart sing.

It is a very romantic summer when it comes to my iPod.

Mumford & Sons debut album Sigh No More

She & Him’s Vol. 2 has been playing on repeat on my iPod for months now!

Pearl Jam’s Backspacer.

Summer reading.

Though I had a few books I really wanted to read, like The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake and The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, I decided to pick up this little monster from the library while I waited for the others to get back in circulation. It was recommended to me by my reading buddy, Kelly, who read it last year. The 900+ pages seem daunting, but the story is incredibly and I find myself wishing I had more time to just sit with it and tune the rest of the world out.
The Pillars of the Earth, which is now a mini-series on Starz, is the saga of basically four families and the building of a cathedral set in the 1100’s.
I will definitely watch the miniseries after I finish the book.

Well these are some of the things that I am into this summer.
So what are you into this summer?

Thank you for reading my very first blog post for AngelicaL.
Welcome to my new journey.

LOVE! Angelica L.

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