TO HAVE ADORABLE THINGS IN YOUR LIFE
… spend time with a super cute Bernese Mountain Dog puppy!
TO LISTEN AND WATCH SOMETHING TRULY SPECTACULAR
…listen to The Arcade Fire’s “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” and watch their performance at Madison Square Garden. I love love love this song.
TO HEAR TO THE KIND OF MUSIC YOU WISH THEY’D PLAY IN A CLUB INSTEAD OF THE GARBAGE THEY NORMALLY PLAY
…then listen to Rokysopp’s reinterpretation of Holy Fuck’s “Happy Up Here”)
TO FEEL THE KNIFE
…listen to Grizzly Bear’s “The Knife”, which is absolutely one of my favorite songs ever.
TO LISTEN TO GREAT NEW MUSIC
…then check out Department of Eagles’ (side project of Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear) new song, “While You’re Young”.
(I’m really diggin’ this song.)
TO LISTEN TO SOMETHING APPROPRIATE WHILE DRIVING TO THE BEACH
…then listen to Tennis’s “Marathon”, because that’s exactly what this song makes me want to do
TO PUT A LOT OF EFFORT INTO DOING SOMETHING AWESOME
…take a drive up a long, winding narrow road along staggering bluffs to Sandfly Bay in New Zealand, where you’ll have to climb down steep sandy hills (which are a pain to climb back up, let me tell you) to this amazing beach. There you’ll catch a glimpse of - and get really frighteningly close to - some of the world’s rarest sea lions and maybe a penguin or two (we only saw penguin footprints here, though).
TO DO COOL THINGS ON YOUR BIRTHDAY
…drive way out of your way down a gravel road, along the coast of the Catlins in New Zealand, and walk out through a muddy sheep field to a windswept cliff poised over the fierce Antarctic Ocean. This is Slope Point, the southernmost point of New Zealand - you’re standing closer to the South Pole than the Equator.
(This is really what I did last year on my birthday.)