this is about ani. and why i love her.

i heard my first ani song when i was 14 living in jackson hole, wyoming. the song is called, falling is like this. it's an ani type love song and my hopeless 14-year-old heart fell in love instantly.then in high school, i was driving with my friend linny and she got out an ani cd... linny and i bonded over the music and i fell in love with ani again.
and then a few years later we saw ani perform in salt lake city (here). and we did our hair in dreads. and loved it. on tuesday, when ben and i saw her at 9:30 club, ani kept saying she has a tendency to be up-in-your-face. she also said:
"i'm a feminist... but i promise we're really nice!!"
the concert was uh-maze-ing!!somehow ben got an 8:30 stamp? ha.

the greatest part about 9:30 is it's a block from U street, one of the coolest neighborhoods in dc as far as music goes (ok, probably the coolest music neighborhood). and also home of ben's chili bowl. i liked ben's more at 11 o'clock at night than the other times we've been (here).
i love staying out late in dc (like here). i love that dc has so many unique neighborhoods. and well, i just love it here.
ani image via
ani is pronounced, ah-nee

some favorite ani quotes for your enjoyment:

"i have something to prove, as long as i know there's something that needs improvement, and you know that everytime i move, i make a women's movement."
hour follows hour

"taken out of context i must seem so strange."
fire door

"i know there is strength in the differences between us. i know there is comfort where we overlap."

"i was blessed with a birth and a death and i guess i just want some say in between."
talk to me now

"i'm recording our history now on the bedroom wall and when we leave, the landlord will come paint over it all."
both hands

"got a garden of song where i grow all my thoughts, wish i could harvest one or two for some small talk."
this bouquet

"i ain't no damsel in distress."
not a pretty girl

"like you're trying to fight gravity on a planet that insists, that love is like falling and falling is like this."
falling is like this

find ani here.


Sarah said...

Posts like this are exactly the reason I love your blog Emily. I learn new things, see new places, and remember why I miss living in the city so much :(. I'll give Ani a listen. Thanks! Glad you had fun!

Cassandra said...

Ditto on the Ani love...

*Lesli* said...

Ani is my favorite musician, hands down! I've seen her twice and I will be seeing her again next month here in Des Moines :) My favorite albums are Living in Clip (because it's all live) and To the Teeth. Much love to Ani!

kELLO! said...

fun! love concerts. and chili.
p.s. our birthdays are coming up soonish :)

communikate. said...

ah. i saw ani once many moons ago. it was a crazy conerts, but fun non the less!

Linds said...

oh this takes my breath away. i love it. all tuesday night i was dreaming in ani songs.

thanks for the dred love. i'm thinking if i don't do anything with my hair now, by the time baby boy comes i'll have killer dreds. . . . what do you think ;) so tempted.