Queens Cup at Steeplechase

Joe RestivoA Saturday afternoon in the Carolina countryside… what else could a guy ask for? How about adding your friends, family, finger-food and alcohol into the mix, and you’ll have quite the fun day!

The Queen’s Cup at Steeplechase is like no other event in the Charlotte area. Thousands of people flock to Steeplechase from across the country to partake in the festivities. Other than the normal excitement of the actual horse racing, there are several other family activities. Steeplechase has spectacular views of the entire racecourse from wherever you sit, which is pretty cool!

One downside to this race is the fact that gambling is illegal in the state of North Carolina. There are ways to ‘bet’, but I’m not going to share them here. Just know that I won the first race :-)

The weather was OK, as we were hoping to sunshine, but we were still able to have a good time without it. It took us some time to get there, but traffic to Steeplechase was not as bad as we were anticipating. It’s fun to dress up in bowties and funny hats, as is something I’m sure me and my crazy friends will go to again next year.

[ALBUM REVIEW] – Fun. – Some Nights

Before you read any further, it’s very important to know that I was listening to Fun. before they became cool. Heck, I was listening to Fun before Fun was even Fun. Did you know the lead singer, Nate Ruess, was also the lead singer of this great little band called ‘The Format‘. I rocked out to The Format all throughout my college days. When I started working in the real world, I put The Format on Pandora, and bam, on comes Fun. I remember thinking “hey this is pretty good”, and telling some of my friends to listen to them. They didn’t listen to me. Now all the hipsters put “We Are Young” on their ipod, and think they’re pretty cool. That’s great!

Back to the actual album review… Fun’s second album, “Some Nights” has easily become one of my all-time favorite records. To give you some comparison, my other top albums all time include Jack’s Mannequin, ‘Everything in Transit‘, 50 cent’s ‘Get Rich or Die Trying’, and The Beatles “1″. Those are some big names to be put into the same category as, but once you pop this record in, you’ll understand.

Did I just say record?! Yes, yes I did. Me and my wife got a record player for Christmas, and are quickly becoming quite the collectors. We do not have too many ‘modern records’, but after listening to “Some Nights” a couple times, we picked up the vinyl and listen to it at least once a week (she likes to put it on repeat).

I can’t quite figure out what makes this album so good. The lyrics are not inspiring. I don’t think the lead singer has that great of a voice, but it is unique. The band itself is actually kinda geeky, and after reading a few interviews with them, they don’t seem very nice. However, they must have used a synthesizer in almost all of their songs which makes the album ‘Fun’.

One of my favorite things about the album is that they say “Some Nights” in almost every song. I love when albums tie all of the songs together. It makes it unique and harmonized.

I’m trying to think of what the best songs would be. “We Are Young” has been #1 on the charts for weeks, which surprises me, as it’s not your typical song. However, it’s grabbed the world’s attention, and a couple parody videos have actually been made in response to its popularity. Nonetheless, I believe my favorite song would be “Out on the Town”. Christie’s favorite is “Stars”.

One question I have for Nate would be… What is up with your family life? He makes several references in all of his songs (even going back to The Format) days, about how his dad was sick, and his mom has to take care of him. I’d just be curious to learn more about his life growing up.

Anyways… Check out this video, buy the album, and then let me know what you think!

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