Saturday Night Serenade–Quarantunes

Seems we all have a lot of extra time on our hands these days. When you’re stuck in the house, you get creative to occupy yourself.

Lucky for us, Green Day has a new album out and they released this song not long ago. If it sounds familiar, it should. Oh Yeah! samples the Joan Jett classic, Do You Wanna Touch.

Which doesn’t make it any less cool. They’ve put their own spin on it and made it something of a tribute to my punk idol. I’ve always said that when I grow up, I want to be Joan Jett.

I’m including the original because how can I not?

And before I go, I’ll drop this little trailer here. If you haven’t yet discovered Tiger King, you’re missing out on Netflix’s absolute trainwreck documentary obsession. I just can’t look away. If you were feeling badly about your life, worry no more. You can’t even make this stuff up. You’re welcome, LOL.

Stay home this weekend. Keep yourself and everyone else safe. HUGE shout-out to those on the front lines of this thing. You are our heroes.
Be sure to at least virtually hug those you love.

Happy Saturday night!

Saturday Night Serenade–Goodbye, September!

Here we are waving September goodbye.  Which is fine with me, if I’m honest.  September always seems so long to me.  I’m ready for October–I love all the fun and decorations of Halloween, plus, owing to my birthday, I’m Queen for a Month in October, LOL!  Let the gifts begin.  🙂

As I thought about the end of September, this song popped in my head and wouldn’t go away.  Wake Me Up When September Ends is from Green Day’s stellar 2004 opus American Idiot.

I love Green Day.  Matter of fact, their Revolution Radio tour is the best concert I’ve ever attended, EVER.  If you have the chance…

The origin of the song is personal to Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong.  According to Songfacts,

Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong wrote this song about his father, who died of cancer on September 1, 1982. At his father’s funeral, Billie cried, ran home and locked himself in his room. When his mother got home and knocked on the door to Billie’s room, Billie simply said, “Wake me up when September ends,” hence the title.

It’s a bit melancholy, I suppose, but maybe fitting as we move forward into fall.  Nature slows down for the cooler weather, and we find ourselves inside more and outside less.  But we begin to look forward to holidays and special times with family and friends.

I hope you’re enjoying this last September weekend, doing what you love with who you love.  Be sure to give them a hug.

Happy Saturday night!

Bonus: My all-time favorite Green Day song.

Saturday Night Serenade–Ordinary World

I don’t know about you, but this seemed like a long week to me.  When Friday night finally rolled around, I was so glad.  The house still isn’t completely finished, which is to say that my bathroom isn’t usable yet.  Bathroom Bob left Thursday for a little vacation for the holiday weekend, so I have no toilet, no sink, no plumbing, and no grout.  Sigh.  Everything else is done, and in the next week, I’ll be finally posting photos of the kitchen.

For Christmas, my boy sent me Green Day’s Revolution Radio CD, because he knows his mom so well.  I’ve been tooling all over Palm Beach County in my little blue VW, blasting it in my only CD player.  And did I mention that Mr. R and I have Green Day tickets for September?  Yippee!

I’m a huge punk fan and I love the slamming guitar riffs, but I also enjoy the softer side Green Day sometimes lets slip though.  Good Riddance, for example, is an absolutely beautiful song.  In the same vein, the final track on Revolution Radio is a pretty little song called Ordinary World.  I hope you like it.

We’re taking it easy tonight at Chez R.  I think there’s a decent movie on HBO.  Pretty sure it won’t be cool enough for a fire.  But it will be nice to just chill together, grateful for our ordinary world.  Hope this weekend after Valentine’s Day finds you well.  Be sure to hug those you love.

Happy Saturday night!

Saturday Night Serenade–Oh Yeah!

Tonight we honor the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 30th Induction Ceremony which is being held at Cleveland’s Public Hall.  The 2015 inductees are Ringo Starr, Bill Withers, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Lou Reed, The 5 Royales, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.  I can’t wait for that concert on HBO.

Several of these artists are on my personal top-ten list, but I have always maintained that when I grow up, I want to be Joan Jett.  So it wasn’t really hard to pick the right song for Saturday night.  Enjoy!  Oh, yeah!

Saturday Night Serenade–Once Upon A Date Night

Right here at the beginning of this post I want to issue a massive spoiler alert.  I’m going to reveal a delicious surprise that you might not want to see.

wpid-img_20140404_194536.jpgAbout a year ago, Mr. R. and I attended a performance of the touring company of Broadway’s American Idiot.  For the uninformed, American Idiot is the Broadway musical adapted from Green Day’s brilliant album of the same name.  If you’ve never listened to the album in its entirety from beginning to end the way it was meant to be heard, drop what you’re doing and listen to it right now.  No seriously.

We made the journey to Ft. Lauderdale’s Broward Center for the Performing Arts for the show.  As we sat in our balcony seats waiting for the show to start, we overheard a hysterical conversation.  A couple of septuagenarians who were season ticket holders were a few rows behind us and they chatted in a friendly way with a young man seated next to them.

“What is this show? Some of our friends told us they walked out of the performance last night,” the woman said.

American Idiot is sort of this generation’s Hair,” the young man explained.  “The songs are from the band Green Day.”

“Green Tree?” the older man said.

“Green Day.  The band is called Green Day,” the younger man said.

“Are any of their songs in the show?” the woman asked.  By this time, Mr. R. and I were snickering.

“All of the songs in this show are by Green Day,” he patiently explained.

“Oh, I think we’re going to like this,” the woman said confidently.

To their credit, the couple was there until the end.  We loved the show and highly recommend seeing it when you have the chance.  Be forewarned, it’s not for the easily offended, but if you’re a Green Day fan it’s an absolute must-see.  And for the spoiler…

At the very end of the show we were treated to something completely unexpected.  The entire cast came out, each with an acoustic guitar, and they played Good Riddance.  With twenty guitars and vocal harmony, it was an experience that still gives me goose bumps.  This video is from the final show on Broadway and features Billie Joe Armstrong.  It’s a bootleg video and the quality isn’t all that, but you’ll get the idea.

So, goosebumps, from me to you.  Happy Saturday Night!