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Sound of Music!

Today’s episode “Sound of Music” is on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

Hey folks, let’s get the preliminary 10-minute chitchat out of the away: Covid-19, Quarantine, TikTok, California Jail System. Now let’s get to the meat and potatoes of today’s episode: MUSIC. If you’re like us, music is a big part of your life. Music has a way of getting into your soul, mixing it all up, and afterwards, you’re ever so slightly changed. Want to get pissed, pumped, inspired, uplifted, cry like a baby, tell someone how you feel when you can’t find the words, dance like nobody’s watching? There’s a playlist just waiting to be made for ALL of that. Music is the language of the universe that has the power to bridge the gap between any two (or more) people wherever they meet somewhere in this world of ours. Music reaches into us on a cellular level. That’s powerful. That’s magical.

AND if you’re like us, you need to a shot of positivity right about now. So, today we talk about some of the music that we’ve been listening to lately…music that has helped us connect with our happier selves.

Today’s list is just a mere shaving off the top of the whole library of killer music we love. We could probably do an entire year of just talking about music, but for now, here’s a start.

There’s a method to our madness below. 1. If there’s an official band video, we’ll embed that. You might have to deal with ads. (Just click the Skip Ad option when it pops up.) 2. We’ll use the title for each song to link the page the embedded video is from.

We’ll kick this one off with Kym’s list of booty-shakin’ shower-singin’ songs:

Imagine Dragons: On Top of the World

Imagine Dragons, On Top of the World, from Night Visions album, 2013, Interscope records.

Modest Mouse: Float On

Modest Mouse, Float On, from Good News for People Who Love Bad News album, 2004, Epic records.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: I Won’t Back Down

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, I Won’t Back Down, from Full Moon Fever album, 1989, MCA records.

Sam Hunt: House Party

Sam Hunt, House Party, from Montevallo album, 2014, MCA Nashville records.

Ziggy Marley ft. Sean Paul: Three Little Birds

Ziggy Marley ft. Sean Paul, Three Little Birds

Imagine Dragons: Thunder

Imagine Dragons, Thunder, from Evolve album, 2017, Interscope records.

Panic! At The Disco: High Hopes

Panic! At the Disco, High Hopes, from Pray for the Wicked album, 2018, Fueled by Ramen records.

Ylvis: The Fox (yes we did)

Ylvis, The Fox, single, 2013, EMI Norway records.

Now let’s hear with other fox had to sa…. BWAHAHAHAHHAHAAAAA. See? These are the things you get to do when you write the blog.

Anyway, here’s Kris’ list:

The Five Stairsteps: O-o-h Child

The Five Stairsteps, O-o-h Child, from Stairsteps album, 1970, Buddah records.

Garth Brooks: The River

Garth Brooks, The River, from Ropin’ the Wind album, 1992, Liberty records. Garth isn’t readily available in official content on YouTube or iTunes. Kris is vurrrrry sad as she used to have this song on disc but it’s long gone, and she can’t buy it on iTunes. Sad emoji. Anyway. Take the time to listen to his intro, because the song is worth hearing even if it isn’t the original, official version.

Foo Fighters: Times Like These

Foo Fighters, Times Like These, from One by One album, 2003, RCA records.

(Bonus) Foo Fighters: Learn To Fly

Foo Fighters, Learn to Fly, from There is Nothing Left to Lose album, 1999, RCA records. This song is roll-your-windows-down awesome and deserves a spot here not just for that, but because this is still one of the very best videos ever made in videoland ever. EVER.

Alicia Keys: Girl on Fire

Alicia Keys, Girl on Fire, from Girl on Fire album, 2012, RCA records.

Blue Swede: Hooked on a Feeling (Ooga Chaka!)

Blue Swede, Hooked on a Feeling, from Hooked on a Feeling album, 1974, EMI records.

Chuck Ragan: Come Around

Chuck Ragan, Come Around, from Covering Ground album, 2011, SideOneDummy records. LISTEN TO HIS INTRO. Powerful.

X: See How We Are

X, See How We Are, from See How We Are album, 1987, Elektra records.

X: Fourth of July

X, Fourth of July, from See How We Are album, 1987, Elektra records.

David Cook: The Time of My Life

David Cook, The Time of My Life, from David Cook album, 2008, RCA records.

Dishwalla: Far Away

Dishwalla, Far Away, from Dishwalla album, 2005, Orphanage records.

(Bonus) Dishwalla: Counting Blue Cars

Dishwalla, Counting Blue Cars, from Pet Your Friends album, 1996, A&M records.

Jason Mraz: Living in the Moment

Jason Mraz, Living in the Moment, from Love is a Four Letter Word album, 2012, Atlantic records.

All American Rejects: Move Along

All American Rejects, Move Along, from Move Along album, 2005, Interscope records.

(Bonus) Bill Withers: Lovely Day

Bill Withers, Lovely Day, from Menagerie album, 1977, Columbia records. Because we can’t think of a better way to end this blog. I mean, given some time, we could, but WHY? It’s a LOVELY DAY!

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Happy Campers!

Today’s episode “Happy Campers” is on  iTunes/Apple PodcastsSpotifyOvercastLibsynPocket CastStitcher or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

We don’t know about you, but after a very, ah, earth-shattering Fourth of July, we’re ready to get away to the peacefulness of a nice, secluded camp site, yeah? Today we share some of our very favorite camping stories to help ring in camping season; and you know a couple of Kym’s are doozies, since Captain Looseass and Grandma are involved. Kris has some internet lists of very interesting gadgets, the best places to camp in the world, and tips & hacks for when you do get a chance to get away from it all – whether you’re in a tent, van, or motorhome.

But first we detour (OF COURSE!) right out the chute talking about our Fourth of July celebrations (or none at all, unless you consider Kris’ staying inside and binge-watching Stranger Things Season 3 a celebration – which she does). We recount going through California shaking somethin’ fierce with two of the biggest quakes we’ve had in 20 years. We also cover other binge-able shows that aren’t Stranger Things, namely any Jo Koy comedy special, A Million Little Things and Better Things.

Ahem. Apparently we prefer shows with “Things” in them. And if you’re familiar with Jo Koy’s comedy, you know he’s included in that statement.

We do eventually get down to the business of discussing camping. We both love getting away from the craziness of living in a city, hitting the road to end up in a space and time where all that tension and traffic and work and congestion and noise is left behind. There’s nothing quite like unloading all the equipment and setting up camp – getting everything just right. And once that’s done, that feeling of sitting down in your favorite folding camp chair, poking the fire with a long stick, and watching the stars pop as the sun goes down and the darkness of the night sky opens above you…well we figure all that and the smell of coffee percolating or a pot full of rustic soup over a campfire is just this side of Heaven.

Get the food in that pot and let’s eat.

Anyone else get giddy just thinking about the latest piece of equipment you can add to your gear? Kris is already planning her birthday camping trip for 2020 and it can’t come soon enough! There’s folding camp tables, roof racks, and gear boxes to be bought. Maybe it’s a good thing there’s a whole year to prepare for the trip.

The girls’ camp site in the Redwoods in Northern California. Photo courtesy Kris Core.

We quickly found out we have experienced camping in very different ways, though we both love camping just the same. Kym grew up camping with her Grandparents who were members of Thousand Trails where “full hookups, a pool, and lovely pancake breakfasts” were part of almost every trip. And if Thousand Trails wasn’t open, there was always the good old KOA campgrounds. Kris grew up hiking at a young age, but never camped until she joined the Girl Scouts. It wasn’t until later when she discovered her passion for tents, lanterns, campfires, and finding the “perfect” spot in California state parks (oh…the bags of quarters for those lovely SP showers!) – most memorably on the Central Coast (Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Hearst San Simeon State Park), and up in the Redwoods.

Kris’ campsite along the central coast near Cambria, CA. Photo courtesy Kristen Core.
  • For the list of gadgets we talk about – including the Kimbo Crotchless shorts (yes, you read that correctly) and the portable Espresso maker – please click here.
  • For the list of camping hacks that are borderline genius – including using Tic Tac containers for spices, and Doritos to start fires – click here and here.
  • For the list of the best places to camp around the world (and we know, it’s entirely subjective), or at least to see the gorgeous pictures we were oohing and aahing over, click here.
  • And even though we didn’t get to talking directly about the unwritten, universal camping rules, (we did talk about them in general) we’re going to post them here anyway, because it’s always good to remind ourselves how important it is to be good humans and better campers.

Below are Kris’ best buys from her 2016 camping trip. The Coleman lantern stand, the Mini-Factory multi-use hanger, and the Etekcity Portable LED lantern. 10/10 recommended!

If you have any favorite stories, camping tricks, hacks, or want to divulge your own best campground in the world, we’d love to hear from you! Contact us at sipsters@themuglytruth.com, or comment down below!

Proof that Kris doesn’t always behave like a true “murderino.”
Photo courtesy Kristen Core.

Oh…here’s a bonus photo: Remember Kris’ story in a couple episodes (probably where we talked about true crime…good luck finding it!) where she talked about going camping with a guy she knew for only two weeks and let him take her to a campsite above Gorman, CA one November, absolutely isolated, nobody else around, and let him lead her to the edge of a cliff? No? Ok, well, anyway, here’s the photo of her feet and the drop and we would advise you to not ever do that. Ever. (He turned out perfectly fine and nice, but you never know).

Check out the “Happy Campers!” episode on  iTunes/Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Then all you need to do is 1) subscribe 2) download and 3) listen! AND!!! 4) If you enjoy what you hear, please leave a rating and a review (pretty please?). The more subscribers and reviews we get, the more opportunities we get to grow this podcast and bring you richer content.

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