Hello to Goodbye Days

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Summary:

Can a text message destroy your life?

Carver Briggs never thought a simple text would cause a fatal crash, killing his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident and even worse, there could be a criminal investigation into the deaths.

Then Blake’s grandmother asks Carver to remember her grandson with a ‘goodbye day’ together. Carver has his misgivings, but he starts to help the families of his lost friends grieve with their own memorial days, along with Eli’s bereaved girlfriend Jesmyn. But not everyone is willing to forgive. Carver’s own despair and guilt threatens to pull him under into panic and anxiety as he faces punishment for his terrible mistake. Can the goodbye days really help?


My Thoughts:

I loved Jeff’s first book Serpent King last year and was still in no way prepared for Goodbye Days.

With that said, I went into this book with HIGH expectations and absolutely was NOT let down at all!

I was tearing up within the first 3 or 4 pages, so I knew I was going to be in for a ride, much like Serpent King was a rollercoaster of emotions.

Most importantly, Goodbye Days has two very important messages in it.

First- obviously- the dangers of texting and driving. Carver’s life gets all mixed up due to sending his friends a simple text. Did he mean for something bad to happen? Absolutely not. But something happened anyways.

Second- Live everyday to the fullest. The people in Carver’s friends’ lives relied on Carver to imagine what they would have done with the deceased friends’ last days. That’s never something a person wants to imagine, but it teaches us to treat each day importantly.

Jeff has a way of creating characters that are real and easy to relate to for any reader. I may be several years older than his characters, but I find myself thinking, “man, I wish I could’ve had friends like this when I was that age.” Heck, I wish I could have friends this fun now even.

Overall, Zentner has yet again knocked it out of the park and I find myself anxious to see what he does next after loving his first two books. He has definitely earned a place as an insta-buy for me.

Goodbye Days is out NOW, so go grab a copy and always make the most of the days you have.

Music Friday: Shovels & Rope

Welcome!

….to another Music Friday!

I think this is my third time to share about music that I’m loving and today I want to talk about Shovels & Rope

They’re a PRECIOUS (total relationship goals…) married couple who also make some awesome music.

I managed to see them perform at my favorite, tiny, local venue almost 2 years ago and was blown away. I was already a fan, but was crazily impressed with how 2 people could command a crowd the way that these two did.

Absolutely amazing!

Now S&R are back with a new album TODAY.

Go do your ears a favor and look them up ASAP.

To help you out, GO HERE to see the video for their latest single “I Know.”

Happy listening, y’all!

Music Fridays…The Wild Feathers

I enjoyed sharing about The Avett Brothers recently, so I’m back with another music suggestion that you may or may not have heard from.

This week’s suggestion is The Wild Feathers!

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I got hooked on Wild Feathers back in the spring when Lonely is a Lifetime was released and I got curious about some friends talking about them. I looked them up and was quickly sold on them.

Honestly there isn’t a song on this album or their first album that I don’t love.

They’re different, fun, and can be enjoyed by a wide variety of music fans.

Additionally, they are currently on tour with Band of Horses- which is huge in my opinion. I’ll get to see them with BoH in Jackson, MS on September 28. I bought my ticket ( a dang good one at that!) in early July as soon as the concert was announced. I don’t have any friends who were interested in seeing BoH, so I bought a ticket to go by myself. I was SO iffy on this decision, but just a few weeks later Wild Feathers were announced as the opener and I no longer questioned my idea to go to the concert alone. (Spoiler- I’m way more excited to see them than I am to see BoH)

GO HERE (<— click) for a video performing one of the tracks from this album to check them out and see what they’re all about…so go! Let me know what you think 🙂

-Melanie

Monday Musings: True Sadness track-by-track

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Happy Independence Day!

I know, I know… I said I’d do this Friday…but…it didn’t happen.

It’s no secret that I’m a big Avett Brothers fan and I’ve been eagerly awaiting this album. Most of the songs have been in rotation at live shows for awhile, but there’s something about having a version to play anytime…especially if it’s really different.

So without further delay, here a quick track-by-track review…

“Aint No Man”

This song has been getting tons of airplay recently and deserves it! When it first started getting played at shows, I thought it was good, but I knew it was going to be huge when I heard the studio version.

It’s fun…it’s summer…it’s Avett.

“Mama”

“are we pretending or is this the real you and me?”

I hadn’t heard “Mama” before the album release and I’m kind of glad that I hadn’t. This is a typical Avett track to me, but still shows growth because I LOVE the string arrangements in it! Beautiful lyrics and storytelling!

“No Hard Feelings”

I cried the first time I listened to this one…it hits me every time to be honest.

“when my body won’t hold me anymore and it finally sets me free…will I be ready?”

The lyrics in this one…good lord. I’m hoping and praying that I’ll get this one at my next show even though I know that I’ll cry. It’ll be like the first time I got “november blue” live all over again.

“Smithsonian”

This may actually be my favorite track on the album.

“…loved ones will break your heart with or without you…turns out we don’t get to know everything.”

It’s upbeat and catchy, but yet the lyrics…man, the lyrics.

Also…again with the awesome string arrangements!!

“You are Mine”

Not going to lie…I’m still waiting for this one to grow on me.

I like it lyrically, but I just wish there was something else to it musically.

I’m thinking that it may click for me if and when I see them perform it. That’s usually when happens with songs of theres that I didn’t previously “get.”

“Satan Pulls the Strings”

I love this song.

This is SO incredibly different from the live version thanks to an added beat, but I like it and it’s perfect for blasting with the windows down on back roads!

That said, there is absolutely NOTHING on this earth like this song live.

NOTHING.

“True Sadness”

Don’t let the name fool you.

True Sadness is upbeat, but it also has a good message.

Look beneath the surface!

Also…this song makes me more thankful for Tania because it’s easier to harmonize when there’s a female in the mix. Thanks, lady!

“I Wish I Was”

New goal…this is the song that I want a man to learn to play and sing to me.

Or dance to…I could settle for that.

So sweet and romantic!

Take notes, men!

“Fisher Road to Hollywood”

“Regret for every step I took on Fisher road to Hollywood…”

This has the gorgeous brother harmonies that I love.

There’s nothing better than sibling harmonies in music!

“Victims of Life”

Fun fun fun!

More than that…the lyrics are great!

“If you’re rich you hunger for money. If you’re broke you hunger for bread. If you’re wild you bound to die young. If you live in fear you’re already dead.”

It’s almost so fun and catchy that it’s possible to miss the clever lyrics that are happening.

“Divorce Separation Blues”

There aren’t enough honest divorce songs in the world.

I’ve never been married, let alone divorced, but you can feel that this is raw and honest.

Plus…yodeling. I never thought I’d enjoy yodeling, but it’s great and perfect in the song.

“May It Last”

This is hard to explain, but it’s easily one of my favorite Avett songs ever.

It has a Beatles and Pink Floyd vibe that is crazily different for them.

If I didn’t know it was them then I would’ve been surprised, but…man. It’s just so good. Not everyone has liked it from what I’ve seen, but it’s such a stretch of talent in my book.


Now…if you haven’t listened to True Sadness…what are you still doing here?

Go get a copy or stream it on Spotify…something!

Get some good, new music in your life!

-Melanie