Weekly Favorites | April #3

I absolutely love it when you can feel the emotion of a singer when they're performing.  When you  can feel the connection that they have to the lyrics and music.   That is they best kind of music in my opinion so that is what guided my choices this week for the majority of the songs that I chose.  So I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do and that you can feel that emotional connection!

  • Birdsong by Cattle & Cane
  • Fire by Barns Courtney
  • Love Me Like a Man (Live) by Bonnie Raitt
  • The Chain by Fleetwood Mac
  • Marry Well by ZZ Ward
  • California Rain by Betty Who
  • I Put a Spell On You by Dani Wilde, Samantha Fish, and Victoria Smith


St. Louis

     St. Louis has always been a drive by city for me.  I drive right by downtown St. Louis every time I go to Nashville, which has been quite a few times.  In February I played my first show there, but was only there for one night so I really didn't get to see anything.  This time though I was there for three days and I loved it! 
     This past Tuesday myself, my mom, and our friend made the 6ish hour drive down, which surprisingly went pretty fast.  Tuesday night I played a show at BB's Jazz, Blues, & Soups (pictured above) and it was a super awesome venue.  It's literally one block away from the baseball stadium downtown where there just so happened to be a game against the Cubs.  To say that there was a little traffic would be an understatement.  Besides that, it was a fantastic night.  BB's has a very New Orleans type of vibe, and not just because there are pictures of blues and jazz legends everywhere.  When you're inside you feel like you're in a jazz club in New Orleans.  The architecture, the music, the menu.  Me being obsessed with New Orleans made me immediately love the place when I walked in.  

     The icing on the cake though was the special musical treat that we got after I played.  The extremely talented blues singer Barbara Carr joined the band on stage and sang a couple of songs.  I had never heard of Barbara Carr before, but the sound guy filled me in a little bit.  
So I guess Barbara started around the same time as Etta James, and obviously everyone knows who Etta James is so she kind of got overshadowed by her.  In the last couple of years though she has started to get the recognition she deserves.  She has a powerhouse voice and a whole lot of sass.  For being 75 years old she was shaking it up there on stage like a 20 year old! If you check out the clip I posted on Instagram you'll know exactly what I'm talking about!
     Wednesday we had the whole day to do fun touristy things so that is exactly what we did.  We spent pretty much all day in Forest Park which is gorgeous.  We started off at the history museum which had some really awesome exhibits.  It was so interesting to learn the history of St. Louis.  My favorite was there special exhibit though which was about the little black dress.  It followed the 'little black dress' history starting from when it was a symbol of mourning to the modern day black dresses including a black wedding dress which was beautiful!  We also visited the zoo and just drove around the park and admired all the beautiful buildings. Unfortunately I forgot my camera back at the hotel so I had to take pictures with my phone.

Our hotel was full of chandeliers,which I was obsessed with!

History Museum 

Worlds Fair Pavilion

     After our full day of exploring I played a show at Evangeline's Bistro and Music House.  Evangeline's was the place I played at back in February and I loved it just as much the second time around.  It's another one of those places with a strong New Orleans vibe and the food there is delicious.  If you ever go you have to try the tabasco shrimp and the shrimp Po' Boy.  You won't be disappointed!
     Besides the outlet mall we hit up before we headed home, that is pretty much everything that we did in our short stay.  St. Louis is such a beautiful city full of rich history.  I can't wait to visit again so  I can see even more of it!
     What's your favorite thing to do in St. Louis?

Recap & Prep

     Well this Monday flew by and I didn't get nearly as much as I wanted to.  Let's be real though, I never get as much done as I want! #procrastinator  Hence, why I'm writing this post at 11pm instead of 11 am.  Anyway, I thought I would do a little recap of my weekend and share a bit about my adventures for this week.
      This weekend wasn't too eventful; work, sleep, baking, painting, more sleeping.  Saturday morning I decided to do a little baking and since I have been obsessing over New Orleans I decided to make beignets! So beignets (French donuts) are a New Orleans staple, it's just a known fact.  All the articles and blog posts that I have read about things to do in NOLA include eating tasty beignets at Cafe du Monde, which I will most definitely be doing this fall! Typically they are fried, which sounds delicious, but to make them a bit healthier I decided to make them baked.  I searched all over the web for baked beignet recipes and ended up taking bits and pieces from 3 different recipes.  The one that I took the most from though was the Skinny Baked Beignets recipe from the blog Crazed Mom.  For my first time making them, and my first time working with yeast, they actually turned out pretty good!

Weekly Favorites | April #2

It's that time of the week again! Listening to music is pretty much a constant in my life and if I'm not listening to it then I'm most likely making it.  Music is my source of inspiration, motivation, solace, relaxation and is weaved into my very being.  Music can express every single emotion and can connect with people in such an intimate and unforgettable way.  With that said, you can imagine how many songs are on my playlists so picking seven new songs to add takes a bit.  These are just a handful of the songs that I've been listening to this week.
  • Ashes by Madi Diaz
  • Lead Me Home - Live at Spotify House by Jamie N Commons
  • Until the Levee by Joy Williams
  • Gun In My Hand by Dorothy
  • Dark Runs Out by Amy Stroup
  • Way Down We Go by Kaleo
  • Let Me Down Easy by Max Frost

So I just added the new songs to the playlist from last week.  Do you like me adding on to the playlist or do you want me to delete out the songs from the week before? I would love your feedback!

 Hope you guys enjoy these songs and that you can connect with them in some way.

Weekly Favorites | April #1

     So I've come to the conclusion that I should probably start actually blogging on my blog.  Crazy, I know.  I have done a horrible job of blogging and I want to change that this year.  My calendar is already filling up with lots of shows around the midwest and possibly some shows down south.  The wanderlust has also been hitting me real hard this month so I'm tentatively planning a little trip for the fall and I want to document all of it! I want to be able to look back years down the road and remember everything, which will be a lot easier to do with my thoughts and experiences written down.  So to start off this rejuvenation of Wistful and Wandering, here is a my first weekly playlist.  I'll be posting 7 songs on a weekly favorites playlist, one for each day of the week! Eventually I will add more favorites to these posts such as favorite blogs, restaurants, stores, diy projects, recipes, and whatnot.  Since I just decided to start this today I leave you with a lone playlist.  Enjoy!