Greg Nilsen

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Midweek Music Break: Counting Crows – Raining in Baltimore

Going back to the throwback music this week, mostly because my wife was in Baltimore recently, and managed to get rained on, leaving me with this Counting Crows song in my head for the next week… I love this album in general.  It’s sullen, moody, stripped down and beautiful.  However, this song in particular highlights those traits, comprising primarily of Adam Druitz’s voice and a piano. There’s things I remember and things I forget I miss you I guess that...

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Kohlrabi and Carrot Fritters

  I had purchased some Kohlrabi at our local farmer’s market and was exploring how to prepare it.  I came across a recipe for Kohlrabi fritters, but also heard they were good with curry powder, so I made my own adaptation, which came out really well.  Even my kids gobbled them up!  Ok, they were fried, but you have to indulge sometimes! Kohlrabi and Carrot Fritters   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 6 mins Total time 16 mins...

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Midweek Music Break: Passion Pit – Until We Can’t (Let’s Go)

While not a household name, Passion Pit has been regularly churning out creative music over the past 8 years.   Their latest album, Kindred, has continued to showcase their creativity.  Today, I bring you one of their latest releases, “Until We Can’t (Let’s Go)”. This song exemplifies what Passion Pit does so well: bring together sounds that often appear disjointed and blend them into something powerful and catchy.  The distinct vocals of Michael Angelakos ties the song together nicely as the song...

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Mt. Lebanon Kicks Off “Urban Trail Running” Initiative

Mt. Lebanon, PA — After years of planning and several months of construction, Mt. Lebanon recently unveiled the first trail in their brand new “Urban Trail Running” initiative to help encourage a healthier city.  The 1-mile “Boulevard Trail”, adjacent to Castle Shannon Boulevard, is a combination of asphalt, crushed limestone and broken concrete. “For too long, our local trail runners have had to leave the community to experience the sport they enjoy.  Now, the trail has come to them!” Councilwoman...

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Washington Wild Things Sleepover

Last Friday, my son and I got a chance to do something that was really cool with our local Y-Guides (formerly Indian Guides) group.  We went to an independent league baseball game, saw some fireworks, and then got a chance to camp out on the field overnight. For the game, we saw the Washington Wild Things (of Washington, PA) take on the Traverse City Beach Bums. Unfortunately, it wasn’t too much of a game, as the Bums got out to...

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Midweek Music Break: Blur – Ong Ong

While most people in the US know Blur from their hit “Song 2″, today I’m bringing you a newer song of theirs called “Ong Ong”. I love the relaxed, almost beachy, feel of this song that has a great summery feel.  It’s a great little love ditty that just makes you smile. Smile, summer’s almost here!

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Midweek Music Break: AWOLNATION – Kill Your Heroes

AWOLNATION has always been a bit offbeat, and “Kill Your Heroes” is a great example, especially with the Mr. Rogers-esque video. Besides the dichotomy of such an upbeat song combined with a dark title, what I really love about this song is the underlying message.  Don’t ever get hung up trying to be somebody else, but soar on your own, buoyed by those who love you. To close the loop, it’s basically a musical version of this Mr. Rogers quote:...

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Midweek Music Break: Jewel – Who Will Save Your Soul

It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since Jewel hit the airwaves as a 21-year old, providing one of the counter-punches to the grunge movement with “Who Will Save Your Soul”. The song truly is an amazing combination of catchy music, beautiful and very characteristic singing (it’s hard to miss that distinct voice unless you’re these people), and provocative lyrics.  Jewel basically makes what every singer/songwriter who picks up a guitar aspires to seem effortless.  Her ability to switch...

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Midweek Music Break: Garbage – Cherry Lips

With the new Amplitude game coming closer and closer to fruition, I wanted to throw back to a song that appeared in the original 2003 game: 90’s icons Garbage with “Cherry Lips”. While the song was a little out of the band’s typical melancholy and cynical mold, the song hit the Amplitude wheelhouse with a bang, while including it’s own twist (which matches the video above). It’s probably one of the catchiest songs that Garbage has ever written (which is...

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Thoughts On Social Running

When I initially started running, one of the hardest parts was feeling like I was going it alone.  Running when I could fit it in got things done, but not having much interaction with others made it hard for me to stay accountable and dedicated. I then started running sporadically with a running group from Fleet Feet.  It started as one Sunday morning long-run a month with the group, and I got a chance to get out and explore the...