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BEST WEEK EVER.

this week will be the best in a long time. for many reasons, but very much because of music. here’s what i’m talking about.

– 808s and heartbreak. remember when i wrote about my favorite artists releasing music? tomorrow is one of those days. kanye west is dropping his fourth studio album, and i’m all sorts of excited/nervous about it. excited cause it’s kanye, nervous because he doesn’t rap. we’ll see. either way it’s something to get amped for.

– tonight i stopped by the cedar falls public library to grab the hobbit (hopefully will have that finished by the end of the week) and i happened to glance at their cd collection, which last time i was there consisted of lots of classical, babyface’s mtv unplugged, and timbaland presents: shock value. this time was much better. i found john mayer’s where the light is and joss stone’s introducing joss stone, two albums interlibrary loan said they couldn’t find. super exciting. exciting because the joss stone album is executive produced by raphael saadiq, who is awesome, and joss has a great voice so they will be a great mix, and also exciting because i finally have a legitimate version of john mayer’s cover of free fallin’ (so incredible.) and also his first released version of in your atmosphere, one of my original favorite songs of his. and even though i’ve got tons and tons of live jm shows, whenever he releases anything legitimately recorded, i get excited. i’m listening to free fallin’ right now and it sounds so so good. the guy sure knows how to record an album. so these two are super great.

– ok as i was writing this next paragraph, i realized that coldplay’s new ep, prospekt’s march, is actually being released tomorrow (monday) like kanye’s album. which means it is 2:43 am and i could go to wal-mart right now and buy the ep if i wanted. holy cow. it’s so late but man do i want to hear the ep. i just checked websites of wal-mart, target, and best buy, and target for sure has it the cheapest so i think i’m gonna wait until tomorrow to pick it up. anyway. the ep consists of 8 tracks, 6 new recordings, 2 redos, and i am really excited. over the last five months viva la vida has become possibly my favorite coldplay album, and hearing material that almost made it on the record is really exciting. it’s gonna be great.

– saturday night. my fiance and i are seeing al green live. LIVE. a legend. some adults talk about how they saw frank sinatra, after saturday i get to say, for the rest of my life, that i saw al green perform. i am ecstatic. he is playing at an old theatre in downtown kansas city, a real place with a bar in the back and nice seats. we will probably sit and watch. maybe get a drink. it will be a magical night.

what a week. i can’t wait to write more about all this music. in the meantime, here’s this gem.

nobody sings melody variations like john mayer.

-jon

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