It's a good day

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

It's the day after Labor Day, and the temperature around here's taken a huge dive. It's been raining all day, and today's been the type of day you just want to grab a blanket and some snacks and read a book or watch a really television show. Goodbye, summer!

For whatever reason, today was a really good day in spite of the rain, the headaches, the sleep deprivation, etc., so I'm going to do one of these Top Five posts and share 5 things I like right now:

1. "Someone Like You," Adele
I liked the song when I first the album, really liked it when I saw her perform it live at the Beacon Theatre, and now I love it. The more I hear the song, the more I seem to feel what she feels when she wrote it. In fact, I sat in the car a few minutes longer than I needed to a few weeks ago just so I could hear it on the radio.

2. Jordan Knight's debut solo album
I've been really into this lately. I think it's a really, really good Pop/R&B album and was probably overlooked by a lot of people in 1999 when it was released. I kind of wish Jordan had stuck with this sound instead of the more dance-y stuff he did for Unfinished, because his voice was made for Pop/R&B. I love just about every song on this album ... the only one I tend not to listen to, oddly enough, is "Give It To You." I'm really liking "Don't Run," "Finally Finding Out" and "Close My Eyes" at the moment, though usually "Separate Ways" is my favorite. "Close My Eyes" makes me think of a sunny Saturday in winter -- a warm and fuzzy feeling.

3. "Dancing Away With My Heart," Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum, along with John Mayer (though I'm not 100% sure about this one) are the only musical acts for which I really want to see in concert and haven't yet. I might be the only Asian girl in New York City who legitimately likes country music (though I suppose Lady Antebellum borders on pop music). Anyway, Lady Antebellum's last album was really fantastic and I'm really looking forward to their new one, which comes out a week from today. This song is sweet and sentimental, like so much of their music.

4. Harry Potter
It's taken me a long time to get into the books, I'm not going to lie! I was lukewarm about the first two books, enjoyed the third and have been "reading" the fourth book for about ... oh, 7 months now. I'm past the halfway mark and I'm finally, finally getting into it. So much so that I might start watching the films.

5. Nick Carter
I used to LOVE this guy. And then I liked him. And then he became sort of a ball and chain, mentally. You know, I felt obligated to follow his career out of an irrational sense of loyalty to him and the Backstreet Boys. The sort of pure, teenage loyalty that draws claws out of a girl who doesn't HAVE claws whenever the whole "Backstreet Boys vs. 'N Sync" debate is brought up.

I'd written Nick off a while ago as someone I liked for very superficial reasons as a teenager and someone I probably would not have much to say to were I to meet him now. But I think I have been superficial in my judgment of this ... out of that sense of obligation and nothing better to do, I watched his live webchat last week on and I was blown away by how much he has changed and how much of himself he was willing to share.

It's so easy to write a celebrity off because we only see so much, or we only see what we want to see. Nick was always very quiet in interviews with the Backstreet Boys, and he seemed to lack depth when it came to what he did share with the fans. This interview has made me remember that he's a person too and he's grown up as much as I have (and more) in the past 14 years. I think I could be friends with this guy.

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