SONG OF THE DAY – “COME TO ME” by The Goo Goo Dolls

November 29, 2013

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Happy Thanksgiving! I have so much to be thankful for and I feel very blessed. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love the opportunity to spend time together with family and reflect on my blessings. I also find it a much less stressful holiday than Christmas, a time where you can sit back and enjoy being together without worrying about all the things you need to get done.

One of my favorite traditions at my family’s Thanksgiving celebration is our thankful toast. For years, we have gone around the entire dinner table (which now stands at 21 people!) and everyone says what they are thankful for this year and we toast after each sentiment. This year was especially touching. My mom and dad have been married for 52 years and what they had to say about each other this year was just so sweet. Both of them looked at each other and expressed such loving gratitude for the other one. I am so grateful that I have had this example of love in my life.

This song by The Goo Goo Dolls just came to mind immediately. I love this video! This song just totally expresses the emotion that I saw in my parents yesterday. I have always been a fan of The Goo Goo Dolls, but I would have to say that this new song is just one of my favorites.

Do you have a favorite family tradition? Do you think love gets better with age? Would love to hear about your Thanksgiving.

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SONG OF THE DAY – “COMING HOME” by Butch Walker

November 27, 2013

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Just arrived at my parents’ home this morning at 3:00 am for the Thanksgiving weekend. It is such a nice feeling to get to spend the holidays with family. We have often been alone on the holidays and it is nice to get to enjoy time with the family.

UPDATE (Dec 1): This is such a fabulous song, but to really appreciate it, you need to watch the video. It is a tearjerker. I read that he recently lost his father and it really gives new meaning to the song.

SONG OF THE DAY – “SAY ANYTHING” by Tristan Prettyman

November 24, 2013

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I literally have nothing to say today, so I am not going to say anything. Haha! Did you see what I did there?

I saw Tristan Prettyman in concert last October when she was the opening act for The Script at the House of Blues in Dallas. She was fabulous – light, breezy, great guitar melodies, and beautiful on top of all that. She just seemed like the girl next door who you might meet out on the beach catchin’ waves or down at the Yoga studio, but that girl can make music! I love this song!

My daughter comes home from college tonight and so the Thanksgiving celebrating begins!

SONG OF THE DAY – “A SONG ABOUT LOVE” by Jake Bugg

November 24, 2013

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The germs that have been in the house for the last 10 days are finally attacking. I refuse to get sick!

The change of seasons is always tough. People are sniffling, sneezing, and coughing and there are germs everywhere. Being inside more often just seems to make it worse. As I mentioned yesterday, our exchange student was sick with a hacking cough and a bad cold while he was here. I have been spraying Lysol throughout the whole house since he left. I don’t think I am a germ-aphobe, but I know that I am a sick-aphobe. 😉

Today’s song is by Jake Bugg, a 19-year old, English musician and singer-songwriter. He released his debut album in October 2012 and it was a huge success in the UK, reaching #1 on the UK charts that same month. He made a big jump into the US this year to great reviews. He released his second album just this month, a very quick follow up to the first one.

I really enjoyed his first album. Some of our favorite songs were “Two Fingers,” Lightning Bolt,” and “Seen It All.” His music just sounded so different than anything else that was coming out at the same time, particularly from artists his age. I appreciate the storytelling in his songs that give us a view into some of the rougher parts of growing up in Clifton.

I have not yet had a chance to fully explore the new album, but it definitely has a different vibe. I love this ballad. I wish I could put my finger on what it reminds me of, but I would definitely say it is reminiscent of an older style – something my dad might have introduced to me. I love the rhythm and the tone of this song.

I am certain that Jake Bugg will continue to gain popularity and will be a hot artist this coming year as more people are introduced to his music. I have heard that he is a remarkable live performer and I am looking forward to getting a chance to see him in concert next year.

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SONG OF THE DAY – “EVERY TIME YOU SAY GOODBYE” by Alison Krauss & Union Station

November 23, 2013

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I am posting something a little different today. I love the bluegrass sound and the banjo in this song; it just makes me feel like swaying along to the music when I listen.

It is also the perfect song for a goodbye. Our exchange student is heading back home to Singapore this evening. It has been quite an experience for all of us. He is heading home on crutches with a sprained ankle, a hacking cough and cold, and a thousand shopping bags full of things he “just had to have.”

It is interesting when you have someone stay with you from a different country. We have so much in common and yet there are so many things that are just uniquely different. Many of the things that we think are so normal in our country are just so foreign in Singapore life, and vice versa. It has been a great experience for my son and I hope that the two boys will stay in contact for many years to come.

In talking to all 11 boys last night, I can tell you one thing they won’t miss … hamburgers. It makes me laugh that everyone thought they needed to experience Shake Shack and McDonald’s. By about day three, they were just ready for some good old Chinese food.

SONG OF THE DAY – “CAN’T HOLD US” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

November 22, 2013

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Okay, so I am cheating a little bit today. I posted this song as my daughter’s Song of the Day earlier this year when the official music video came out (which is pretty impressive, btw and has over 150 million views!) and I am certain that a large percentage of you are already familiar with the song; however, after seeing Macklemore and Ryan Lewis live in concert last night, I just have to post this as my Song of the Day today.

We were lucky enough to get to attend the Xbox One Launch Party in Times Square last night and so we were treated to a very intimate concert experience. Wow! What an incredible performance!

The level of energy and sheer exuberance on that stage last night made it impossible not to be caught up in the moment of it all. There is just an honest joy up on that stage, not only in the music, but in the performance and the command of the audience! The crowd just waited for Macklemore to speak and to flash that infectious smile, and he rewarded us with plenty of banter and entertainment. Ryan Lewis gives a validation to the whole experience with his bouncing and dancing back behind his equipment.

We had an unexpected treat when three collaborating artists joined them on stage – Wanz (“Thrift Shop”), Mary Lambert (“Same Love”), and Ray Dalton (“Can’t Hold Us”). All three of them were amazing and brought the songs to life, but I was especially excited to see, and hear, Mary Lambert. She has a remarkable, passion-filled voice, and she has such a personal purpose in that song that you can see and hear when she sings.

They appear to love what they are doing! From all the jumping and dancing up on that stage, they had to be physically exhausted when they walked off. We, however, were just the opposite…we were so hyped up that we couldn’t quit talking about how much FUN we had for the entire train ride home. It was just a great experience!

I am giving you a video of a live performance of “Can’t Hold Us” because I think it demonstrates the energy they display when performing live on stage. This video was in a small radio station studio with no live crowd, so just imagine the dynamics that you see here – the energy, dancing, and enjoyment – and multiply that by 1000.

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Macklemore getting his moves on.
Macklemore engaging the crowd!
Macklemore engaging the crowd!
"Same Love" with Mary Lambert.
“Same Love” with Mary Lambert.
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“Same Love” with Macklemore and Mary Lambert.

SONG OF THE DAY – “VIENNA” by Billy Joel

November 21, 2013

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Throwback Thursday – Originally posted as my daughter’s Song of the Day on 11/10/2009.

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It was easy for me to come up with my Throwback Thursday song today. Earlier this week it was announced that Billy Joel was coming back in January to do a show at Madison Square Garden in NYC!
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Within 24 hours, after incredible demand for pre-sale tickets, two more shows were quickly announced. Tickets do not even go on sale to the general public until Saturday morning, but it is clear that all three shows will most certainly be sellouts! This is Billy Joel’s first solo show since 2006 when he performed a record-breaking 12 consecutive sold out shows here in NYC. I can’t wait to get my hands on tickets first thing Saturday morning!
**UPDATE: A 4th show was just added at 10 am this morning!**
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To give you an idea of his popularity here in New York, in early October I heard on the radio one morning that Billy Joel had just announced a surprise charity concert in Long Island for the next night. The show sold out in 15 minutes!
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Who doesn’t love the Piano Man? He is one of the most beloved and celebrated musicians of all time, and he has a biography filled with remarkable accomplishments. I grew up on his music and when I look at pictures of his album covers, I remember that between my two older sisters and myself, we had almost all of those albums in our home.
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Funny story … I remember my oldest sister coming home when she was in high school (she is 5 years older than me) and telling us a story about the song “My Life.” She had a friend who pulled out the song to play for his mother, trying to make a point that it was his life. She listened to the song and said, “That’s nice, honey.” Haha! Lyrics of songs can mean something extremely powerful to some, and to others it is just “a nice song.” Needless to say, his point was not received. 😉
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I have played Billy Joel music in our home forever, but I introduced this song, Vienna, to my daughter in 2009 when she was 13 years old. This song just screams her name. The lyrics are incredible and, to this day, she would still describe it as the one song she most relates to herself. Such an amazing song! But, what song of Billy Joel’s isn’t amazing? I play one, and then I want to listen to Piano Man, then Big Shot, then Movin’ Out, then Honesty, then You May Be Right, and then … and then …
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See you soon Piano Man!
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SONG OF THE DAY – “THIS WON’T LAST FOR LONG” by A Lion Named Roar

November 19, 2013

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I wish I could tell you how and where I found this band, but I honestly can’t remember. All I know is that I really like them!

This is one of those great songs that just makes me want to sing along. Their music seems to have just enough pop and rock mixed together. I don’t know much about them other than that they are from Louisville, KY or, as they say on their Twitter page, “the wild wild east.” 😉 The band was founded in 2010, but came out with their first album (Foreign Land) just last November. I will be interested to watch where they go from here and wish them great success. Keep your eyes out for them as I believe we will be hearing more!

This blogging thing is new to me. I often feel that I am waxing sentimental and then I find a song on my share list that just happens to fit the moment. This is one of those songs. So forgive me for being sentimental once again…I guess it is that time of life.

My son had some friends over this past weekend and it was so fun to hear a group of teenagers downstairs talking, laughing, and playing ping pong. My husband and I suddenly looked at each other and said, “this is almost over.”

Time moves so quickly! One day my life was full with two busy little kiddos and “in the blink of an eye” I have just a few more years until both of my kids will be gone. Where did the years go? It sure doesn’t last long.

SONG OF THE DAY – “TO THE BEAT OF OUR NOISY HEARTS” by Matt Nathanson

November 18, 2013

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It is supposed to get to 66 degrees today! We got snow and freezing temperatures last week, but today is absolutely beautiful – sunshine and warm temperatures. I can’t wait to get outside and down to the beach for a run!

I am posting an old favorite, but by an artist who is on fire right now. He is one of the performers featured on VH1’s You Ought to Know Concert which will be broadcast this Thursday and he is just winding up a tour for mostly sold out crowds across the country.

My daughter and I saw him live just this summer at an outdoor concert and it was probably one of the most entertaining shows I have ever seen. I think you would have to describe his show as part musical concert, part comedy show. I would definitely put him on your must see live list.

Matt Nathanson is an incredibly talented musician AND he is hilarious! He is chatty! It made me feel like I was just standing around in the backyard listening to a friend tell some funny stories and then … he started to sing. He is dang good! We had to brave an incredibly heavy rainstorm to see him perform, but I would not have missed it and I can tell you not a single soul left when the rain started coming down in buckets – and he kept entertaining us. My daughter and I were also totally giggling about the way he moves those hips when he dances. 🙂

His most recent album, Last of the Great Pretenders has been his best album debut so far and I have really enjoyed it. My favorites off that album include “Mission Bells,” “Sky High Honey,” “Kinks Shirt,” and “Annie’s Always Waiting.” He released his first album in 1993, but I have to say it was his album Some Mad Hope in 2007 that drew me in as a full-fledged fan. The Song of the Day is from that album. I have posted an acoustic video of the song and the full recorded version on iTunes, so you should check out both.
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Matt Nathanson in Concert – Summer 2013.

 

SONG OF THE DAY – “GROW OLD WITH ME” by Tom Odell

November 17, 2013

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It is another emotional song for me today. Okay, are we starting to see a trend? 😉

I have to admit that music does something to me. It reaches me on an emotional level unlike anything else. It can make me happy, sad, pumped-up, melancholy…really every emotion in the deck. This song just makes me “feel all the feels” as my daughter’s roommate would say.

I met my husband when he was 15 years old and I was 16. I think he liked me because I could drive and had a cool car. (Just to clarify “cool,” I drove a Volkswagen Thing. It was awesome and I was the only kid I knew with one.) Yes, I married my high school sweetheart; it was nearly 8 years later and we have known each other almost twice as long as we didn’t know each other.

This song just makes me think of him and us. Growing old is an interesting thing. I try to remember what I thought of my parents when I looked at them as a 16-year old. I know how I feel now when I see an elderly couple holding hands – I think it is beautiful!

As weird as it seems, there is something just utterly romantic about growing old with someone – loving them even more than you thought was possible, looking at them and still seeing that beautiful young thing you once saw, and yet having a bond that only comes with time – trials, joys, and change. The song says, “Grow old with me, let us share what we see, and all the best it could be … just you and I.” Guess I am giving a shout out to my husband today. It is the best. I love growing old with him. ❤

As for the song itself … Tom Odell is just 22 years old and won the BRIT Critic’s Choice Award earlier this year. If you are not familiar with the BRIT Awards and Critic’s Choice, let me just summarize by saying it is an award that recognizes a promising newcomer. Past winners have included Adele, Florence & The Machine, Ellie Goulding, and Emeli Sande to name just a few. I certainly think that Tom Odell is a promising newcomer.

Tom Odell is a singer/songwriter and an amazing piano player who just stirs emotion with his music. He has had some polarizing reviews in the British press, but I think he is brilliant. He just released his debut album and I definitely think he is one to watch. His career got a huge boost with the recent award, but I believe he is only getting started with what he can and will produce. I think he has nowhere to go but up and I can’t wait to see him live – I have heard that is where he is truly remarkable.

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