Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Dancing In the Aisle--A Train Review

We were heading to the church in a big white bus.   It was a party bus that would soon be filled with people and alcohol and good times, after all the wedding festivities at the church.  The bus was pretty quiet on the way to the church.  My bridesmaids--sister, my cousin, a few of my best friends in the world--and me all dressed up and excited.  And nervous, at least I was and everyone knew it.  I fiddled with my earrings, ran my finger over the lace in my veil and bit my lip.  Life was about to change, I was going to be married and committed and gulp, a grown up.  

"She only drinks coffee at midnight, when the moment is not right," one of my bridesmaids sang along with the radio.  Then like we were in a movie, some romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts maybe, we all started singing along and laughing.  One of us, me maybe, might have gotten up and danced in the aisle of the party bus.  

The song ended, I felt like everything was going to be alright, I got married and we lived happily ever after.  
Yup, I got married and became a grown up as you can see in this picture.

And I will always have a soft spot in my heart for the group Train.  It was their song "Meet Virginia" that came on the radio all those years ago and broke the nervous silence and inspired a pre-wedding/party bus sing-along.

When the opportunity to review Train's latest studio album, Bulletproof Picasso, fell into my lap, I felt like it was just meant to be. 

Pre-order available now on iTunes ( and Amazon (

Train and I have been sort of down a similar path the last 14 years.  I mean they put out a few albums (7) and I had a few kids (4).  Train won some awards (3 Grammy, 2 Billboard) and hey, I won too (43rd place in an Over 35 Age Group in a 10K).  The parallels of our lives may not be so apparent to everyone, but still I feel a connection.

Train's first single from the newest album, "Angel In Blue Jeans," is climbing the Adult Top 40.  Which again just feels right.  The music is for adults and after all these years, I can finally say I feel like gulp, a grown up, an adult.  So, it just makes sense that I would enjoy music on the Adult Top 40 chart.  And I did enjoy this album.  

Click here to watch the music video for "Angel In Blue Jeans."

Maybe it's because Train makes me feel sentimental, but my favorite track is "Just A Memory."  It is essential Train--easy to sing along with and dance to.  It's not too dark or too light.  

Another song that really stuck out to me is "Don't Grow Up  So Fast."  With lyrics like "don't you hurry, try to take it slow, you will get there before you know," it hits pretty close to home right now as I look at the next chapter of our love story--raising tweens and teenagers.  

There's no party bus taking us down the road to our next phase, our next chapter---all the teenager raising and middle age and college and oh, I'm getting nervous.  But there is Train, and the music and the moments that we sing along to and dance in the aisles to and feel better and laugh and know it's going to be alright.

The album comes out on September 16.  Pre-order available now on iTunes ( and Amazon (

Here's a fun video from another great song on the album, "Wonder What You're Doing For the Rest of Your Life."

(Click here to watch the video.)

For more information about Train go to the official Train website or follow them on Twitter and Facebook.  And go watch their videos on YouTube.

I participated in the Train Bulletproof Picasso album review program as a member of One2One Network.  I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.


  1. I have never been a huge Train fan (Hey Soul Sister both grates on my nerves and makes me dance...I don't know what that means. It's confusing.), but this sounds like a fun album!

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