Music in TV and commercials

Driving around Nashville yesterday with “You Are My Sunshine” performed by Johnny Cash on repeat.

If that’s the first time you’ve heard that performance, I hope you like it as much as I did, and do! I heard it first, and this might be hard to believe, but in a commercial for a washer/dryer, I think. Some kind of home appliance advertisement. I’ll see if I can find the ad online…standby…

Oh it was Whirlpool back in 2014! Good job, Whirlpool! Here it is…

(quality in this video is pretty bad, so for a more clear video, click here)

 

The next is an ad I’ve tried to find over the years but have come up empty. A car manufacturer put out a commercial for a van and used Aerosmith “Dream On.”

As I remember it, a young girl is lip singing the song in a dream world. Then reality flashes back and she’s in this van, arriving home with her mom. She gets out of the van and in the moment where she might be embarrassed for her lip singing, she decides to go all in and starts singing the song again and raises her arms in rockstar victory. Right at that moment the chorus of the song fires up and it’s a pretty inspiring moment. If I ever come across the ad, I’ll post it here.

Last one is from a great show, Parenthood. I can’t find anything about it, but they played Sufjan Stevens “Come Thou Fount” and it was very memorable. I also found that song played in an episode of Friday Night Lights, too, so there’s a chance I’m mixing up the two. In my defense, I watched both series’ around the same time, forgive me! Check out the great song here…

What songs do you remember from TV commercials or within an episode of a show? Comment below!

-Out of Wilderness

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Hannah B and her thir(s)ty men – episode 1

The show starts with Chris Harrison talking to Hannah on the phone, asking her if she wants to be the Bachelorette. I have so many questions.

Why was a camera crew recording her? Would ABC pay a crew to record a FaceTime chat between the two if she WASN’T going to be the Bachelorette?

Here’s how I think it ACTUALLY went down. Chris and Hannah were together, like maybe during last season’s After the Final Rose or whatever, and Chris says “go in a different room and take a camera guy with you. We’ll be done in 5 minutes.”

Enough of all this trickery! 

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Ok, Hannah is a former Miss Alabama. Chris “asks” if she “wants” to be the next Bachelorette. She cautiously says yes and acts like she was just crowned Miss Bachelorette 2019. Roll Tide. 

Here are some notes from the show and the 30 men who showed up to meet Hannah.

First out of each limousine: Garrett, Devin, Peter the Pilot. I think I must’ve missed a few, but 53 other guys showed up on tractors or in boxes or over fences.

Guys with a gimmick: Connor S. jumps fence. Cam raps. Scott has floor plans for a dream home. 

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Goofy gifts: Joe in a huge carboard box. Joey with wine in a baby carrier. Ryan wears skates. Hunter with a tie so they can “tie the knot.” Grant has a hot dog and tons of condiments. Jonathan pizza. Kevin footballs. Matt Donald tractor. Chasen the Pilot made a paper airplane. Peter the Pilot brought a wings pin. 

How many times someone said…

Find my person: 1 (Hannah)

Dude mentions Colton: 1 (Dylan)

Here for the right reasons: 3 (all by Hannah)

How many times I threw up someone said “Roll Tide”: 9

First impression rose: Luke Timberlake (is he not Justin Timberlake??)

Kisses Hannah: Cam the Rapper, Connor S, Luke Timberlake

Steals Hannah from someone else: Chris Harrison, who drops the bomb that Scott may have a girlfriend back home. 

Going home without a rose: Scott…obviously. Matt Donald. Ryan. Other guy. Joe the Box King. Chasen the Pilot. A few other guys.

Gets a rose: Mike. Connor S. Matthew. Connor J. Tennessee Jed. Dustin. Joey. Devin. Peter the Pilot. Dylan. Matteo. Jonathan. Tyler C. Tyler G. Darren. Luke S. Garrett. Grant. Kevin. John Paul Jones Ledger (this might be Heath Ledger, not sure yet). (Cam and Luke already had roses from previous moments).

Featured in the final credits: Chris Harrison sweeping up shipping peanuts after Joe busted out of the huge cardboard box…. which leads me to these final thoughts. 

Final thoughts #1: Joe with the box full of peanuts is a great example of what has me fit to be tied. Connor is too. He throws her a Bachelorette party. Can I be the one who asks this…. does the crew hate any dude who “comes up with an idea” because you know those guys aren’t the ones actually setting up these elaborate things. It’s the crew! Some poor PA has to get a p-card, find a car (probably their own), fight traffic, buy the props, put the receipt in their secret garden lest they lose it and have to pay for all that stuff themselves, get back to the set, set up the date or stunt, then watch some moron swoop in and take all the credit. Always a bridesmaid, I guess. Oh yeah, and who’s gonna clean up these messes (looking at you Joe with the shipping peanuts!), it’s the PAs!!!!!!

Coming from a TV background, this really gets my knickers in a twist!

Final thoughts #2: Then there’s Jed. Did you have to be from Tennessee? Did you have to be named Jed? People already think we’re backwoods dum dums. Now with that said, I’ll admit the song he sang was granny-slapping’ good. Dern tootin’.

-Out of the Wilderness

Hannah B [Beast] begins her journey tonight!

[click here to find out who DID have a girlfriend back home in episode 1]

This season of the Bachelorette stars Hannah Brown, aka Hannah B., aka Hannah Beast, whittling thir[s]ty guys (of whom you can pick your least favorite here) down to one “winner.” I use that term loosely because… is getting the last rose and/or proposing and/or breaking up later and/or getting married truly winning in real life? 

 

I’ve done Bachelor/ette blogs in the past but it’s been a few years. Well, I’m bored enough to do it again so lucky you. These resurrected recaps won’t exactly be the same as before because literally everyone does recaps and well, some are pretty OK. When you come here, it’ll be like staying overnight in the fantasy suite- surprising, odd, and possibly gross. But memorable.

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what probably happens in every fantasy suite.

Who was the first to go in for a kiss? Who were the first guys exiting the limos in each round of deliveries? Who’s featured in the final credits scene? Which dudes mention Colton from last season? Is Joe the real Box King? How many times does anyone say “here for the right reasons”?

All this unimportant information and much more, I will gather for you. So check back after each episode and let me know in the comments what you think about Hannah and her pool of potential ex-boyfriends.

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Talk to you soon!

-Out of the Wilderness

Freedom in Eleuthera, Bahamas

I recently went to the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. If I had to describe this lesser known tropical destination in a few words: amazing, authentic, natural.

Why those 3 words? Well, if you’re like me, you are planning on Googling how to pronounce Eleuthera at this very moment! Real quick, I’ll save you the time…

It’s ee-loo-thur-uh.

When I first found out about the trip I was going on (it was a church mission trip to this island), I thought, “Where???” I Googled it and YouTubed it just to try finding out how to say it, much less where it was or what I should expect when I was there! So because it’s pretty much still under the radar as far as vacation destinations go, it’s very natural and undisturbed by commercialism (for the most part!).

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one of my nieces on an early Bahamas morning

It’s authentic. The northern end and central Eleuthera is where people who are vacationing end up, but if you travel further south past Governor’s Harbour, you’ll quickly see that almost the entire island is made up of small communities, local schools and stores, a few churches, and that’s basically it. Oh, and lots of dogs! So when you meet folks there, they’re the real deal. Not looking to upsell you on necklaces, trinkets, braiding your hair, or other things you might encounter in the more touristy areas of the Bahamas. I will say this, though… a normal-sized package of adult diapers was around $64! I’m not going to tell you why or how I know that, let’s just move on 🙂


It’s quite natural. We went to beaches where people probably hadn’t been in months, if not years. It’s kind of crazy that such a beautiful place can still be like that. I have a feeling it won’t always be that way, a strong feeling — because of this. Yep, Disney will be cruising there in a few years.

For now, Eleuthera (which means “Freedom”) remains a beautifully and relatively undisturbed natural wonder you just gotta go see for yourself. From the caves to the blue water, giant spider-like trees to the kind people, colorful fish to colorful personalities, rugged terrains to pink sandy beaches…

It’s all amazing, authentic, and natural!

-Out of the Wilderness

Allergies, and mostly in Tennessee

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Hey hey! Hi! Thanks for checking out the post today. Most likely you’ve come here because you relate to something about this post whether it’s suffering from allergies, living in Tennessee, being bored and surfing the internet, or all three! But no matter, thank you for stopping by. If you’re like me, you’re almost to the level of def-con 10 trying to figure out how to overcome allergies. And I’m not even talking about cats, that could be another whole post!

Battlefield

It seems like all of my adult life I’ve had to battle allergies and more specifically, seasonal allergies. Think spring and summer when everything is blooming and/or hotter than a parking lot in the desert. I remember having such trouble with the sneezing and the itchy, watery eyes, the sniffling and all that… and the sad part is I never really tried to find out why. I just went on with it as a normal part of life. Well, a few years ago I finally began to address this ongoing fight. I became vegan when I was challenged by a friend of mine (check out his stuff here) to give up dairy for a month and see what happens.

Since then I’ve dug deeper into what’s going on with my body during these seasonal allergies (of which I’m suffering even as I type! So obviously the battle isn’t over :)). I had the chance to take those tests tests where doctors or nurses add allergens to your arm to see what causes the biggest reaction. This was huge for me.

Do You Know Your Enemy?

These tests revealed my biggest bully was ragweed. The enemy has been identified! Then the fight became how to address this specific antagonist. What’s kinda funny, too, is that I don’t remember having this level of suffering before I moved to Tennessee, so while I love it here, something’s up with Tennessee, y’all. The last few years I’ve tried to pinpoint a specific defense against ragweed and haven’t quite nailed it down. But last year I made progress. The symptoms were lessened and I even added info to my calendar so I could start preparing for the days symptoms would most likely show up.

So I creep…

Then spring 2019 came around and wham-o! ragweed’s annoying brother crept up on me– tree pollen! Weeks before I thought I’d see the enemy (ragweed allergies), my nose starts running, my eyes start watering and I was caught unprepared. The last 2 weeks have been rough. All the normal symptoms but coming at me twice as hard, it seems. I’ve caught myself many times thinking, “I can’t live like this for 20 more days!” So I set out to do more this year. After some research (for instance, this), I’ve reinstated the use of the air purifier in my house, I’ve bought plants to help clean the air, I wear disposable masks (as pictured above), and I even ordered a mask on Amazon (click here for Amazon link*) that arrived today. I’ll do a follow-up post to update on it’s effectiveness. Here’s a quick look at my defense systems…

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Not to mention, wearing long sleeves and pants whenever I’m doing yard work, staying indoors during the late morning/ early afternoon hours, using the car air conditioner instead of windows down, washing clothes more often, and just generally being more attentive to the environment around me.

Can I get a connection?

With all this said, I want to hear from you all out there who are going through the same things! Any DIY solutions that have worked? OTC medications that have been effective? Tell me, share, let’s overcome this together. Until then, keep up the fight!

-Out of the Wilderness

14 more songs for being fired or laid off

I recently published a Spotify playlist of 17 songs for being fired or laid off. And then another list of 12 songs for being laid off or fired. Well, it turns out there are a lot than that so here are 14 more to enjoy!

Hint: It’s mostly about the song titles 🙂

9 to 5 – Dolly Parton

Don’t Talk to Me About Work – Lou Reed

If We Make It Through December – Merle Haggard

Pink Slip – Rob Genadek

The Crossroads – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Roll with the Changes – REO Speedwagon

Drink In My Hand – Eric Church

Quit Your Job – Thundamentals

I Want To Break Free – Queen

Work from Home – Fifth Harmony

Life Ain’t Fair and the World Is Mean – Sturgill Simpson

Lord Have Mercy on the Working Man – Travis Tritt

Uprising – Muse

Red, White &. Pink Slip Blues – Hank Williams, Jr.

12 songs for being laid off or fired

There is no playlist that could include all the songs (or song titles, at least) that relate to being fired, laid off, or just flat out quitting your job. But I did put together this one, which is 17 songs. And now this very list you’re about to read. Here are 12 more songs about being laid off or fired. Enjoy!

Hint: it’s mostly about the song titles. 🙂

We Gotta Get Out Of This Place – The Animals

Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds

Let’s Go Crazy – Prince

Freedom! ’90 – George Michael

If I Could Make a Living – Clay Walker

I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ – Scissor Sisters

How Bizarre – OMC

WE’RE GONNA BE ALRIGHT – Switchfoot

Lean On Me – Club Nouveau

Good Morning – Max Frost

Float On – Modest Mouse

You Don’t Own Me – Grace, G-Eazy