Playing Favorites


By Bob on October 24, 2013 2:47 AM

There are times I run across a song I just can't get out of my head (that's great, because it gives the voices a rest). The other night, I stumbled across From a Window Seat by the alt-indie band Dawes and it's been on replay in my head and car ever since.


Dawes has an unmistakable Laurel Canyon sound (think vintage CSN&Y, Neil Young and Jackson Browne) that'll take you back to the early 70s.

The band's composed of brothers Taylor (guitars and vocals) and Griffin Goldsmith (drums), along with Wylie Gelber (bass) and Tay Strathairn (keyboards). Their songs contain some of the best lyrics you've ever heard - thoughtful word-pictures that are punctuated with some stellar guitar work. 

How good are they? I went to iTunes with the intention of downloading one song - 14 songs later I had to stop myself or I'd own their entire discography. They're. That. Good. 

In February of this year, the band released the first single From a Window Seat from their third album Stories Don't End. If you're a frequent guest in the not-so-friendly skies, you'll probably hum this tune the next time you sit through the this-plane-has-three-exits drill. For those of you keeping score at home, this is the song that got me hooked.

Here's another one that'll have you thinking - and probably humming along.

Little Bit of Everything   


Band of Horses

Father John Misty

Ben Howard

Toad the Wet Sprocket

Playing Favorites is a column where Charlotte and I pull back the curtain on our Boomer lives to show you what we're into these days. It may be a movie we've discovered. A new restaurant. Great food. Interesting drink. A song we can't get out of our heads...it could be anything. It's all about discovery and the stuff that makes us happy. So, step inside our world and let us show you around. Don't mind the dust, the housekeeper comes on Thursday.


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Diabetes-Friendly Chicken Burrito Bowl

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By Laura Cipullo and Lisa Mikus, authors of Everyday Diabetes Meals
Image credit: Colin Erricson

Prepare your own Mexican quick fix with this Chipotle-inspired bowl. Carbs are moderated by filling the bowl with beans, extra veggies and chicken. No need for rice, since the beans count as carbs.


If you love tomatoes, increase the quantity to 1/2 cup, but note that the carbohydrates will also increase.

If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

Health Bite: The iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc in black beans help to keep bones strong and healthy.

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Playing Favorites

Windy City

It's been almost 18 years since Alison Krauss gave us a solo album, but the wait is over with Windy City. The release (her fifth solo studio album) features ten covers of classic songs (and some bonus tracks) she picked with producer Buddy Cannon.

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