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Christopher Columbus rocking the 1492 version of Futurism.

Columbus Day is Monday, October 8, so I’d like to take a look at his journey from an angle most people don’t think of...the music that would have gotten him through his trans-Atlantic odyssey.

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. His trip was probably exciting at times with sea storms, bouts of scurvy, lack of food, mutiny...you know, the usual. But I’m sure the journey would have been more upbeat if Columbus could have plugged an iPod into the Nina's, the Pinta's, or the Santa Maria’s sound systems.

But what would the original explorer rock out to?

There’s little doubt Columbus’ playlist would have included several of the following relevant songs:

  1. A Whole New World composed by Alan Menken with lyrics by Tim Rice
    The title says it all. Columbus "discovered" the New World with one wrong turn. This song would have had a special meaning for Christopher as he journeyed into the unknown.
  2. Day Tripper by The Beatles
    This one is ironic because "it took him sooo long," and it wasn’t actually just a day trip. His trip across the Atlantic definitely took more than a day. But he found out. He found out.
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Father's Day Reflections: Danielle's Story

This week, the TN Team Blog is celebrating Father's Day by sharing our staff's stories of events they attended with their dads. Want to make your own memories? Check out our Father's Day Gift Ideas Guide for a hand-picked selection of events that Dad is sure to enjoy!

My Memory

My dad knows I'm a big fan of oldies music; I love the Supremes, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder, you name it! So when he got tickets for us to go see Jersey Boys last year, I was beyond excited!

For anyone who isn't familiar with Jersey Boys, it's a musical about the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, who sang big hits like "Sherry" and "Big Girls Don't Cry." Since my dad grew up during the era when Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons were popular, even he was looking forward to going with me.

We were not disappointed at all! Every song was perfect and sounded just like the originals, even my dad thought so. Besides getting to enjoy some of my favorite music live, I loved this gift because it gave my dad a chance to go back to his teen years and relive music he loved growing up. I would definitely recommend this show to everyone!

My Father Recommends:

Jersey Boys [View tickets]

TN.mom Memories: Danielle's Story

All this week, the TN Team Blog is celebrating Mother's Day by sharing the staff's stories of events we've attended with our mothers. To share your own story and enter for a chance to win $75 in assorted gift cards, check out the TN.com Awesome Mom Contest.

My Memory

My mom loves getting out and going places. We've been to the Grand Canyon and had many silly mother-daughter adventures together. A few years ago, my mom said she wanted to go see a show just to get out of the house and do something different, so my dad bought tickets for The Lion King at the Bushnell in Hartford, CT. It was a surprise for me because I was her designated date!

When we first arrived at the theater, I thought my father had made a mistake in his choice of tickets because the place was swarmed with little kiddos and their grandparents. Here my mom and I (one hip young lady and one hip older lady) were standing amongst excited and jittery five-year-olds. I figured I'd give the show a chance, though — I mean, I loved the movie when it first came out all those years ago when I was just seven!

I'm glad I did because when we sat down and the show started, any doubt I had disappeared. The puppetry and the lighting made the show come to life! I never expected feeling the same excitement and captivation as the five-year-olds surrounding me, and I can guarantee that every person in that theater was in awe.

Of course, being the blubbering cry-babies that we are, my mother and I got the tissues out a couple of times during the show, but who wouldn't?! And even though it wasn't a Mother's Day present, it was still a great gift. I would recommend The Lion King to anyone in any age group!

My Mother Recommends:

The Lion King [View tickets]

...for all ages!

Granny Fannys

Fanny packs! We love them, and there are so many different types! (Note the "Granny Fanny" on the left.) If you're looking for the right fanny pack for that certain someone, we have a list of fanny packs that suit any age, personality, or gender. From fine or funky to fashionable and fabulous, we've found just about every sort of fanny pack on the spectrum.

Any true fanny pack fan will appreciate the ones we've spotted. Some of these go beyond their intended function, but we still thought we'd slide them into the list. We hope you like 'em!

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