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Live From Here at Tanglewood

Hannah Hart Beat

Hi. Hello. Hola. Hey. How are you, Hart Beat? Long time no talk. I hope you’ve been well, I promise I haven’t forgotten about you all here on the blog. The G.D. book is coming along. Drafts one and two are officially finished and the third should be done by the end of July. Whew.

Yesterday a friend of mine came up from the city to visit the Berkshires and see Live From Here recorded at Tanglewood in right here in the Berkshires. It wasn’t until we walked on the grounds for the concert that the production is the new iteration of Prarie Home Companion formally with Garrison Keilor. Long story short (sup Instagram stories) the concert was amazing and introduced me to an entirely new group of musicians. Chris Thile, Lake Street Dive, I’m With Her, Punch Brothers were all there and played in various combinations. I loved every minute.

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If you want to hear the recording you can download it or stream it here. I highly recommend it and then looking up the musicians that performed. And if you want something quicker here’s my favorite song performed at another live event. Thought you might like it, Hart Beat. Talk soon, I promise.

Four Apps I Use Every(ish) Day

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Morning Hart Beat! What apps we all have on our phones apparently can predict how old we are, what gender we are, and how much we make at work. Creepy right? What I got after taking said quiz was I basically had none of the apps listed on my phone. It got me thinking, what do I keep on my phone. I won’t list all of them but here are my four most used apps in the last few weeks. You have any of these, Hart Beat?

Ham Lottery App
= Reminds and helps you enter in the daily Hamilton the musical lottery.

That’s right, this app’s one job is to help you enter the daily Hamilton lottery to win same day tickets. I’m sure you like me, Hart Beat have been obsessed with the AMAZING MUSICAL MAGIC that is Hamilton. If not then stop right now, don’t finish this post, and listen to the official cast album. When I realized my my life would not be complete until I saw this musical live on Broadway I had a slight heart attack when I realized tickets are sold out into next Holiday season and sit at prices like $200 per ticket. After realizing this I did some digging and found that shoe does a daily lottery for 21 same day front row tickets which are sold for $10 each. The catch to the lottery is that you have to enter each day.

And that’s where Ham Lottery App comes in. Besides having the icon of a hilarious cartoon ham, the app sends you a notification every day when the lottery opens and lets you easily enter. MY FINGERS ARE CROSSED EVERY DAY AT 11AM.

VSCO
= Makes it insanely easy to edit photos on your phone.

I like Instagram, Hart Beat. And as much as I love my actual real life camera, I definitely take my photos for Instagram on my trusty iPhone camera. What that means is most of them need a little doctoring up and that’s where VSCO comes in. The app has hundreds of pre-made filters that you can download to find the exact amount of contrast, coloring, shading, and highlighting that you want. Additionally, you can manually edit each photo if you want it to look juuuuuust right. I use it all the time that I don’t even know what filters Instagram actually has now.

NPR One
= Now listening to public radio the most enjoyable and convenient thing in the world.

NPR rules my life and WNYC runs my morning routine. As soon as I wake up in the morning I turn the radio on and it’s really not until late in the afternoon that I turn it off. As soon as I get back home it’s on again. Let’s just say that I pretty much never turn it off. For years I had an old radio that used to be in the kitchen when I was growing up but in my move down to Bay Ridge, it stayed back in Greenpoint to keep Samantha company now that I don’t live there anymore. In it’s absence I’ve come to love the NPR One app. It’s basically pandora for raidio and podcasts. The app first asks you to pick a public radio station that you prefer (WNYC is New York’s public radio) then the app plays a stream of national, local news stories with podcasts mixed into the stream. It learns what kinds of stories you skip over and what you “fave” and uses this information to play more stories that you’ll like.

What I love about the app (other than more NPR more of the time) is the news is always on and the app plays even if you don’t have service. For my commute that means that I can load a dozen stories before getting on the subway and can listen to the morning’s news while commuting. Long live NPR.

Nike + Running
= Easily track runs.

I wish I could say I run every day but I definitely do not. When I am running though, Nike + Running is what I use every time. The app uses both geolocation and pace tracking to track how many miles you run and how what your miles per hour time is. I find this helpful mostly because while you are running at every mile a voice will come on and say in a soothing robotic voice “One mile run, time 9 minutes thirty seconds per mile” or whatever your average pace that run is. I don’t know if it’s the fact that I am actually seeing or hearing my progress but each time I run with the Nike app I run more than I would without it.

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Hasta Luego, Hart Beat!

Hannah Hart Beat

Hi Hart Beat! Sorry to miss you. My mom and I are HEADING TO THE BEACH! We’ll be gone for a week exploring Costa Rica and I hate to say it but I’m so excited to get out of grey New York and see some color. This picture last year was from Antigua and I’m excited to visit the other name on the signs. Any suggestions? I’ll take them!! xoxo Hart Beat

P.S. Follow along on Instagram while I’m away!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Hart Beat!! I hope that you’re having a wonderful day with family and friends wherever you’re celebrating. I’m sitting here on my parents couch thinking about the last year and all of things that I’m so grateful for. Sometimes I have to pinch myself and now is one of those times. So, in honor of my favorite holiday, here is a little list of things I’m thankful for this, and every year.

1. My friends and family.

2. New York City.

3. Men with beards.

4. The puppy sitting on my lap.

My man James. James my man.

Work by Pakayla Biehn

A little over a year ago I came across these multiple image paintings by artist Pakayla Biehn. Aren’t they amazing? She has had a couple of installations and shows in San Francisco and L.A. but I wish she would have one in New York! As soon as I have room, this is the kind of art I want to put on my walls. All of the work here is part of the collection except for the image three down from here, which is a hand bent glass and helium filled neon installation. I don’t know which one I love more, Hart Beat.

(My computer background right now.)
All work by Pakayla Biehn.

Letter writing

Since graduating college last spring and moving to Brooklyn this fall, one of the most startling things that I’ve learned in this adult world is how hard it is to keep in touch with friends. Once graduation comes, it seems like everyone splits off into the four corners of the world. I have best friends in Africa, Boston, California, Chile, upstate New York, Colorado, Washington, and everywhere else it seems like. It’s amazing to me how in such an interconnected world, both my friends abroad and spread throughout the country feel so far away.
And honestly Hart Beat, living in North Brooklyn and knowing your best friends are on the Lower East Side or South Brooklyn doesn’t really feel much different from knowing someone you love is thousands of miles away. It’s hard even in this city to stay connected to those you love. The whole thing  has got me thinking about how much I want to start letter writing to friends again. I feel like in that little way, we can all stay connected just a little bit more. What do you think, Hart Beat? You wanna be pen pals?

Tell no one

Back in September I tried to start a series called “Movies in September” (how appropriate) but I didn’t get very far. I think that I maybe wrote about a couple (Casablanca and The Philadelphia Story) and then stopped. I guess a series was too ambitious back then. Now though this December there are some movies that I meant to talk about back in September and can now happily say will be coming your way.

The first one is one of my all time favorite movies called “Tell No One” or “No le dis a personne” in the original french. “Tell No One”came out in 2006 and is one that I can see literally every other day and get something new out of it.

Ah, I saw this over Thanksgiving and watching the trailer makes me want to see it again tonight. It’s a hard movie to classify, foreign film isn’t enough, neither is thriller or romance. I guess you just have to watch it for yourself Hart Beat. It’s pretty complicated so pay attention and then when you’ve seen it once maybe see it again right after. I’m not kidding when I say every time I see it I get something new out of it. 
Another amazing part about “Tell No One” is the soundtrack to the movie. I love the music in this movie so much that I tried for days and days and months and months to find the soundtrack on Spotify, iTunes or under my pillow at night. Like the other french cd by Ultra Orange & Emmanuele I eventually had to order the cd soundtrack from ye old Canada. I’ve written about a few of my favorite songs from the movie on Hart Beat before here and here and I’ll just share one more with you today. This one is one of the instrumental songs from the movie and I love it so much that I listened to it over and over again when I was writing my thesis last year. 

“Ne Le Dis A Personne” – Tell No One Soundtrack

Tell no one

Back in September I tried to start a series called “Movies in September” (how appropriate) but I didn’t get very far. I think that I maybe wrote about a couple (Casablanca and The Philadelphia Story) and then stopped. I guess a series was too ambitious back then. Now though this December there are some movies that I meant to talk about back in September and can now happily say will be coming your way.

The first one is one of my all time favorite movies called “Tell No One” or “No le dis a personne” in the original french. “Tell No One”came out in 2006 and is one that I can see literally every other day and get something new out of it.

Ah, I saw this over Thanksgiving and watching the trailer makes me want to see it again tonight. It’s a hard movie to classify, foreign film isn’t enough, neither is thriller or romance. I guess you just have to watch it for yourself Hart Beat. It’s pretty complicated so pay attention and then when you’ve seen it once maybe see it again right after. I’m not kidding when I say every time I see it I get something new out of it. 
Another amazing part about “Tell No One” is the soundtrack to the movie. I love the music in this movie so much that I tried for days and days and months and months to find the soundtrack on Spotify, iTunes or under my pillow at night. Like the other french cd by Ultra Orange & Emmanuele I eventually had to order the cd soundtrack from ye old Canada. I’ve written about a few of my favorite songs from the movie on Hart Beat before here and here and I’ll just share one more with you today. This one is one of the instrumental songs from the movie and I love it so much that I listened to it over and over again when I was writing my thesis last year. 

“Ne Le Dis A Personne” – Tell No One Soundtrack

The best present ever

I am a lucky girl. My favorite brother H. is studying abroad in London right now and he has been sending me and G. the best postcards from his travels. The other day I came home from work and saw that I had a package from H.!

Yes! That’s right! H. got me the screenplay for “Before Sunrise” and “Before Sunset.” Not only that but he got them for me from Shakespeare and Company in Paris, where the first scene of “Before Sunset” takes place. As you may know from reading Hart Beat, these two movies are two of my favorite movies of all time. If you haven’t seen them, you really should invest some time Hart Beat. 
Jesse
What if you’re grandmother had lived another week, or died a week earlier, maybe days? Things might have been very different. I believe that.

Celine
But you can’t think like that.

Jesse
I know you shouldn’t on most things, but on this one, something was off. Forgive me this, but in the moths leading up to my wedding, I was thinking of you all the time. And on the way there, I’m in the car with a buddy of mine, staring out the window as he drove downtown. It was raining, and I thought I saw you, not far from the church, folding up an umbrella, walking into a deli on the corner of Broadway and about Thirteenth. I thought I was hallucinating, and now I know it was probably you!

Celine
I lived on Fifteenth and University.

Jesse
See, I’m not crazy.

The best present ever

I am a lucky girl. My favorite brother H. is studying abroad in London right now and he has been sending me and G. the best postcards from his travels. The other day I came home from work and saw that I had a package from H.!

Yes! That’s right! H. got me the screenplay for “Before Sunrise” and “Before Sunset.” Not only that but he got them for me from Shakespeare and Company in Paris, where the first scene of “Before Sunset” takes place. As you may know from reading Hart Beat, these two movies are two of my favorite movies of all time. If you haven’t seen them, you really should invest some time Hart Beat. 
Jesse
What if you’re grandmother had lived another week, or died a week earlier, maybe days? Things might have been very different. I believe that.

Celine
But you can’t think like that.

Jesse
I know you shouldn’t on most things, but on this one, something was off. Forgive me this, but in the moths leading up to my wedding, I was thinking of you all the time. And on the way there, I’m in the car with a buddy of mine, staring out the window as he drove downtown. It was raining, and I thought I saw you, not far from the church, folding up an umbrella, walking into a deli on the corner of Broadway and about Thirteenth. I thought I was hallucinating, and now I know it was probably you!

Celine
I lived on Fifteenth and University.

Jesse
See, I’m not crazy.