BOSS WINGMAN: COOL NEW EXHIBIT OPENS

After telling you about the awesomeness that is the Morrison Hotel Gallery yesterday, I thought it only appropriate to point you in the direction of something equally cool. For those who just can’t get enough of The Boss, you’re in luck. A new exhibit titled, From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen starts tomorrow. The exhibit will be featured at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and runs from February 17th until September 3rd.

The NCC is located at 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102 and tickets cost around $27 – a modest price to pay for any true Springsteen afficionado. It’s a great idea for a date, or just to revel in your own fan-dom. Whether you’re in NYC, PA or DC, it’s a relatively easy trip, if you’re so inclined.

According to the NCC, “This first major exhibition about the American songwriter takes a comprehensive look at Springsteen’s catalog, from such early bands such as Child, the Castiles and Steel Mill through his work with the E Street Band and as a solo artist. Visitors will have the rare opportunity to view more than 150 artifacts, including the Fender Esquire guitar from the cover of Born to Run, the outfit Springsteen wore on the cover of Born in the U.S.A., numerous handwritten lyric manuscripts, posters from all phases of his career, and various honors including his Academy Award for the song “Streets of Philadelphia.” In addition, the exhibition features Springsteen’s 1960 Chevrolet Corvette, which he purchased after the success of Born to Run.”

Sweet! Sign me up.GEEK WINGMAN

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SONGS TO WOO HER: HOLIDAY EDITION

Oh come on, you didn’t think I’d pass up an opportunity to make a festive, holiday-themed version of my last play list, did you? I realize that these songs are pretty Christmas-specific, but sorry Sandler, the Hanukkah Song may be funny but it isn’t exactly swoon-worthy. Try these tunes in front of a crackling fireplace, and you may just get more than what was on your list this year.

  • “Welcome Home” – My Morning Jacket (from their iTunes session)
  • “Merry Christmas” – Bryan Adams
  • “In the Morning” – Jack Johnson
  • “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” – Death Cab For Cutie, or Springsteen’s version if you prefer it, and similarly…
  • “Please Come Home For Christmas” – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
  • Michael Buble’s entire holiday album, but specifically “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas”
  • “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” – Weezer
  • The Killers’ entire Christmas EP, but specifically “Don’t Shoot Me Santa,” “Cowboys Christmas Ball” and “Happy Birthday Guadalupe”
  • “Christmas/Sarajevo 12/24″ – Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  • “Christmas in Hollis” – Run DMC (um, or maybe that one’s just this girl’s favorite…)
Then if you’re in the mood for a little throw back holiday music, perhaps you should try these on for size:

  • “Let It Snow” – Dean Martin
  • “Blue Christmas” – Elvis Presley
  • “Someday at Christmas” – Stevie Wonder
  • “Baby It’s Cold Outside” – of all the versions out there, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong’s is the best, no question
  • “The Christmas Song” – Nat King Cole
  • “Run Rudolph Run” – Chuck Berry
  • “Christmas for Cowboys” – John Denver
  • “Jingle Bells” – Frank Sinatra

If you must know the holiday song that every single girl loves, I have to admit that sadly it’s Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” That said, even though she may bop around to this chick crowd pleaser, she’ll also question your sexuality if it’s on your iPod.

Everyone has their own favorites, but these are a few from the female vault. Just as long as you don’t bust out any Hanson “Snowed In” album tracks or Bieber-related Mistletoe tunes, you should be fine. Keep warm boys, cuddle up with the one you love, and may Santa bring you someone special this year.iWINGMAN

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