Music has always been one of the most important parts of my life. This year, I started a music journal with my Rdio account. Whenever a song grabs me, pops into my head, or somehow crosses paths with me, I add it to a playlist for that month. As mixes, they’re all over the map and might sound jarring if listened to the whole way through, but each song reminds me of a moment from that month. Here are a few from February.
The White Stripes – “Seven Nation Army”: This is the unofficial rally song for Baltimore Ravens fans and was the official song of our Super Bowl Party.
Blur – “Parklife”: I went to brunch with Sophia for one of the last times before heading to Dev Bootcamp and one of the shops in Decatur played this song outside on the patio. I hadn’t heard it in years.
Baauer – “Harlem Shake”: This silly Internet meme was one of the first things my San Francisco roommates and I bonded over.
Here’s the whole thing, in case you’re interested.
Tomorrow, I’ll start my March playlist. I’m already grateful that I’ve started doing this.
That was an insane Super Bowl. My Ravens were on fire for the first half, but the Superdome power outage and subsequent delay of game killed some of their momentum. The 49ers struck back hard, but the Ravens played for their lives and edged them out for a dramatic victory. I did a lot of standing and cheering in the living room.
My favorite rivalry took place between Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library and the San Francisco Public Library. The Pratt Library describes the bet:
If the Ravens win on Sunday, San Francisco Public Library City Librarian Luis Herrera will have to recite Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” in the atrium of the SFPL Main Library wearing a Ravens jersey.
If the 49ers win, Pratt Library CEO Carla Hayden will have to recite George Sterling’s “The Cool, Grey City of Love” in the Central Library Main Hall wearing a 49ers jersey.
Whoever loses will also have to video their director reciting the poem and post on YouTube.
I can’t wait for that video.
After the Ravens win, the celebratory videos flooded in and made me feel a little homesick for Baltimore. The streets of Fells Point, Federal Hill, and Hampden were flooded with cheering fans. I can only imagine how exciting that must have been.
In less than two weeks, I’ll be in San Francisco for Dev Bootcamp. I’ll have to pack my Ravens hoodie.
Here’s Willow in real life, sporting her game day bandana, which Sophia made for her. Now she’s ready for our Super Bowl party tonight. Go Ravens!
The Baltimore Ravens face the San Francisco 49ers tonight in the Super Bowl. We’re having a little Super Bowl party at the house here in Atlanta, and I’ll be representing the purple and black. Willow’s ready, too.