SONG OF THE DAY – “DREAMING” by Smallpools

March 31, 2014

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Well, it was a crazy weekend! On Friday morning, I received the call no one wants to get. The school nurse at my son’s high school called to tell me that my son had been hurt in PE and that I needed to come right away to pick him up. She said that he had either broken his wrist or it was severely dislocated. I was at the dentist’s office with my daughter when I received the call and the nurse told me that I needed to leave her there and come immediately. I was panicked! I  jumped in my car and headed off; I had driven just a couple of blocks when the nurse called me back and said, “turn around and go to the ER, I have called an ambulance for your son.” She had just personally seen the injury and she told me that it was a severe break and she did not want me to drive him, the ambulance was on the way. Okay, well now I was really stressed!

I need to comment here on the kindness of people. I just deserted my daughter at the dentist’s office without her even knowing I had left. The office staff said they would let her know where I was when she finished. When I called them just a few minutes later to tell them I was headed to the ER instead, they immediately offered to drive my daughter there to meet me. That was one of the kindest things that anyone has ever done for me.

Needless to say, I drove to the ER and when my son got there he had an IV and was very calm. His wrist was pretty gruesome and looked like a bent spoon as you can see.

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The reason for the song today … my son told me that when he first fell and looked down at his wrist, he thought he was having a bad dream. He kept trying to wake himself up. That might be why he stayed so calm after it happened. He just kept thinking this is a dream … wake up! He told me even up to yesterday that it just didn’t seem real. Unfortunately, it is real! The wrist is fractured in two locations and he won’t be swinging those golf clubs any time soon. Luckily, it appears that there is no nerve damage and he won’t have to have surgery; we will know for sure next Monday. After 2 days in the ER, a couple of long nights, and back at the Orthopedic Surgeon’s office today, it has been a few days to remember … or should I say, forget. 🙂 Sure wish we had been dreaming.

Through it all, my son has been amazing! Everyone who came in contact with him during the incident, from the school nurse to the gym teacher to the EMTs to the hospital staff, commented to me on what a polite, great kid he is and how calm and patient he remained through the whole thing. He is a pretty awesome kid!

Well, a long story to make up for two days of not posting. Now for just a few notes about today’s band. Smallpools is a quick-rising Indie-pop band that just got their start in 2013, the same year they released their first self-titled EP and hit single, “Dreaming.” Two of the band members were originally from New Jersey (Mike Kamerman and Sean Scanlon), but moved to Los Angeles to further their music career. There, they met the other two members of the band who both hailed from Oregon (Joe Intile and Beau Kuther). Something clicked! This song is infectious and it is easy to see how it so quickly became a hit. Some friends of mine just saw them live in NYC this week, opening for Grouplove at Terminal 5, and loved them! The band seems to be as excited and surprised by their quick rise to popularity as everyone else, but they also seem to be around to stay. Hope you enjoy this catchy tune.

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SONG OF THE DAY – “COMING HOME” by Kaiser Chiefs

March 28, 2014

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Okay, remember you were forewarned … here is another home song. 🙂

This is a brand new song from the Kaiser Chiefs off their new album Education, Education & War. The album is expected to be released on March 31 in the UK/Europe and April 1 in North America. I really like this song – my favorite off the new album.

I became a Kaiser Chiefs fan while I was living in London. They are well loved in Britain and have a very distinctive British sound, which they are proud of and which makes their fans happy. Ricky Wilson is the lead singer and lyricist and he is a great frontman for the band.

This new album is their fifth studio album; their debut album Employment was released in 2005 to great success, both critically and commercially. They won three Brit Awards in 2006 for that album, including Best British Group, Best British Rock Act, and Best British Live Act. My very favorite song of theirs (and probably their most popular and well known) is “Ruby.” If you don’t know the song, you must take a listen here. A couple other songs that you might like, which have more of a post-punk revival sound, are “Never Miss A Beat” and “Everyday I Love You Less and Less.”

I have heard they are incredible live performers and I am hoping to get a chance to see them this year. They are coming on tour soon, so keep your eye out. I am excited to see the band come out with a new album, with a distinctly different sound. The album is certainly more political and deeper. On their website, Wilson says this of the album:

It is an album that takes the temperature of a nation seven years into a recession, people desperate for work, debt-ridden, suspicious of corporations, big business, government, and eager for signs of compassion, understanding, hope … “I’m not saying it’s political, it is about the feeling of futility… about wondering ‘what is the point?’ Not in a way that means giving up, but in a way that raises a question I want to ask. I don’t think a band has a responsibility to say anything more than love songs, but if it’s in your mind more than love songs then stop writing love songs and start writing songs about what’s going on in your street.”

SONG OF THE DAY – “SOLSBURY HILL” by Peter Gabriel

March 27, 2014

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It’s Throwback Thursday! Today’s #tbt song goes way back to 1977 and was originally posted as my daughter’s Song of the Day on October 9, 2010.

This is an amazing, classic song that I have always loved. The sound of the song and the emotion that comes from the music is just incredible; it is such a recognizable, unique sound. This song was the debut single from Peter Gabriel’s first self-titled solo album, released in 1977. Peter Gabriel, an English singer-songwriter, was a founding member of the the band Genesis and was with the band from 1967 to 1975 as the lead singer and flutist. Gabriel left the band in 1975, which is probably why I always thought of him as more of a solo artist and never really related him to Genesis when I was growing up … when I think of Genesis, I always think of Phil Collins who was the drummer and replaced Gabriel as lead singer in 1975 and was very influential during my all important teen years. 🙂

Peter Gabriel has been described as one of the most innovative artists in rock and roll, and he has certainly been recognized for that by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2010, as a member of Genesis, Gabriel was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and he is scheduled to be a 2014 inductee as a solo artist. Pretty impressive! He has won many awards, both musical and otherwise. In fact, in 2008, TIME Magazine listed him as one of the top 100 Most Influential People in the World, recognizing him as a Hero and Pioneer, for both his musical contributions and his humanitarian work.

Anyway, I hope this song brings back some good memories for you … or, if you are a young thing and not familiar with the song, I hope you enjoy it. It is certainly a great song to add to your playlist.  Much Love!

SONG OF THE DAY – “BACK HOME” by Andy Grammer

March 26, 2014

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**APRIL 8 UPDATE: THE SONG “BACK HOME” IS NOW AVAILABLE ON iTunes AND I HAVE UPDATED THE LINK AS OF TODAY! **

Today I am posting a brand new song – the song was literally just released by Andy Grammer yesterday. The song will not be available to purchase on iTunes until April 8, but I decided it was so good that I wanted to share it now. Luckily you can listen to it here by clicking on the YouTube link below. 🙂 (I have attached the iTunes link to his last album above – which I love, by the way.)

Over the last few months, and even more so in the last week, I have become keenly aware of how many songs have the word HOME in the title. I have already posted several on this blog over the last few months, but I just keep finding more! Obviously music speaks from the heart and songwriters tend to write about their personal experiences and emotions, and “home” is where so many of those emotional experiences come from. You may see a lot of songs about home over the next few weeks, so I just wanted to give you a heads up.

This song by Andy Grammer just makes me happy. I love him and his music. Just looking at him makes me smile because he has such a great smile and a great persona. I saw him live in a small venue in 2012 when I lived in Dallas; he was a great performer and he just feeds off his audience. Andy Grammer got his start busking on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica and, although he has come a long way since then, he still has a very hands-on, intimate relationship with his audience that I believe stems from those beginnings. He is an incredibly talented singer-songwriter and I am excited for his upcoming new album.

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This song is about the emotion and importance of being around those people, places or things that make you feel like “home.” The song really speaks to me and it just makes me feel good. He posted the following in his fan email announcing the release of this new song:

So pumped and excited that I get to share my new single, “Back Home”, with you all today. It’s about being around friends, people, places, or things that bring you back to who you are. After touring around the country and running around the world, this was an important song I had to write for myself.

SONG OF THE DAY – “CROSS MY MIND” by Twin Forks

March 24, 2014

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I just got home from a quick trip to Dallas. It was fantastic to get to meet up with my husband in our old stomping ground for a fun weekend during the middle of his crazy travel schedule. We ate out at our favorite restaurants, drove past our old home, walked on the Katy Trail (our old running trail, but the broken back is not yet ready for a run yet!), and visited with some good friends. Even more importantly, my son got to spend the entire weekend with his two best friends!

When you move as often as I have, you sometimes realize how many memories and people you have left behind along the way. I have certainly felt it this year as I have made an effort to return to visit and reconnect with many old friends. It is not an easy task to maintain long distance friendships, but it is absolutely worth it … particularly when you find people with whom you really connect. Sometimes I find myself wishing that I had taken better advantage of the time together with people when I lived someplace, because suddenly that easy friendship is gone.

From time to time, you cross my mind; good company is hard to find.”

I love the connections that I have made along the way and wouldn’t trade my crazy life because I realize how many of them I would never have crossed paths with if not for this wild ride. I am also happy that so many of these friends are willing to maintain a long distance friendship, particularly with a friend who just snuck into their life for a brief moment. All those people cross my mind often!

I love this song and I love the musical sound of Twin Forks. The band was formed in early 2013 by Chris Carrabba, the lead singer and guitarist of the band Dashboard Confessional (posted a song by them on this page in November 2013). Dashboard Confessional was also started by singer-songwriter, Chris Carrabba, in the early 2000s as an intimate acoustic project, but grew into a full-fledged, successful emo rock band. In early 2013, Carrabba was inspired to return to the music that he loved and which had initially inspired him – classic folk and roots – and he formed the quartet known as Twin Forks. The band includes Carrabba, Suzie Zeldin, Ben Homola and Jonathan Clark. Carrabba is a very talented man and a fabulous songwriter and this project seems to have reinvigorated his musical and creative spirit. This song is from their self-titled album, Twin Forks, which was released in February of this year. There are many great songs on this album and a couple others that you might like to check out, include: “Can’t Be Broken” and “Kiss Me Darling.”

 

SONG OF THE DAY – “WHOLE LOTTA YOU” by A Rocket to the Moon

March 20, 2014

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It’s Throwback Thursday! Today’s #tbt song was originally posted as my daughter’s Song of the Day on April 30, 2013.

I picked a song today that is just plain fun and upbeat. It is a great song that I really enjoy listening to and am happy to reintroduce it to my current playlist.
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The song is by A Rocket to the Moon, founded in 2006 by lead singer and guitarist, Nick Santino, as a solo project and experiment. After a couple of years, in 2008, he pulled together a full band of musicians and the group then put out two albums together – one in 2009 and the other in 2013. The group oddly disbanded in 2013 just a few months after the March 2013 release of their second album, Wild and Free. The music industry can be tough! So, unless there is a reunion, this song is from the band’s last body of work together. It is a great song that I just happened upon last year right after the album was released and I hope that you enjoy it.
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SONG OF THE DAY – “FREE” by Rudimental, featuring Emeli Sande

March 19, 2014

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Just a quick note today with a song that I absolutely love and a video that I think is awesome.

I think Emeli Sande has such an incredible voice and it melds perfectly with the sounds of Rudimental, an English electronic, drum ‘n’ bass group. The song and the album Home was released almost a year ago in April 2013 to great reviews. In fact, the producer-musician quartet just won a 2014 BRIT Award for Best British Single for the song, “Waiting All Night.”

I find this song empowering. It makes me want to run outside. I love the combination of the music and the lyrics – it just totally catches me in the emotion of that moment of feeling “free.” They did an incredible job on the video as I think it is one of the best I have seen in terms of catching that same feeling that you hear while listening to the song. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

“Whoa, c’est la vie. Maybe something’s wrong with me. But, whoa, at least I am free. Oh I am free!”

 

SONG OF THE DAY – “HOLD ME” by Royal Teeth

March 18, 2014

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Okay, so I have to be honest as to why I picked this song today. I have had several songs by this band on my list for some time, but I have teeth on my mind today and so I obviously gravitated to this band. Sometimes it is an odd reason that leads me to share a great song! haha

Last week I started having some tooth pain. It was fortuitous timing because I had a regular cleaning scheduled with my dentist on Friday. He took a quick x-ray, did some tests, and immediately referred me to an Endodontist. So, today I started root canal therapy on the tooth. YUCK! It is the very back molar and I honestly did not think I could hold my jaw open one second longer when my doctor said “we will finish for today.” It is a two appointment root canal and “it will get much worse before it gets better.” Well, that’s dandy! You would think if you had a dead nerve you would have no pain … obviously not the case. So, you can see why I was driven to pick a song by Royal Teeth. 🙂

Royal Teeth is a young, five member, Indie Pop band formed in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2010. Nora Patterson is the only female in the group and she uses her incredible voice like a fine-tuned instrument. I am fascinated by the sound she can make – it really could be mistaken for an instrument. Gary Larsen is the other lead singer and he is just fun to watch perform. In fact, the entire sound of the band is fun, lively, and youthful.

The band is really on a run right now. They have been touring like crazy over the last year, they just finished performing to glowing reviews at SXSW, and they will be the guest performer on American Idol this Thursday. Their debut album, GLOW, was released in August of last year and their song, “Wild” has been hugely popular. You can currently get a free download of three tracks off GLOW at NoiseTrade (just don’t forget the tip!). This band is certainly one to watch – I think they are about to explode!

SONG OF THE DAY – “VOLCANO” by Damien Rice

March 17, 2014

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I feel like today demands a song from an Irish artist in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. There are so many incredibly talented artists from Ireland out there to choose from, but I chose to post a song from Damien Rice today because I have seen his name mentioned so many times recently as being the influence for numerous artists. He is one of those artists that has inspired an entire generation of musicians.

Damien Rice is an incredibly gifted singer-songwriter and musician from Ireland. He started his musical career with a rock band called Juniper in the 1990s and began his solo career in 2001. “Volcano” is an older song, released by him in 2003 on his album O. The first time that I heard this song and fell in love with it was during the 2012 American Idol season when Phillip Phillips performed his interpretation of the song. It was incredible and was the first song that I ever purchased of an American Idol performance. His version is also worth listening to as it is superb! Phillip Phillips is one of those young artists who lists Damien Rice as an influence and one of his favorite musicians.

Hope you remembered to wear green today! 😉 Happy St. Patrick’s Day and a shout out to all the incredibly talented Irish musicians out there.

SONG OF THE DAY – “PEACE” by O.A.R.

March 16, 2014

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I am posting a song today that I really love. It is a new song and many of you may have already heard it play on the radio, as I know that it has been getting air time on stations since they released the single last month.

I think the music to the song is beautiful – smooth and understated – and truly captures the emotion they are reaching for, but the lyrics to this song are what really caught my attention. I am sure that all of us can point to some time in our life where this sentiment rang true. It honestly just makes me feel very emotional when I listen to it. It is one of those anthemic songs that I think most people will listen to and relate to … I can’t imagine the song won’t be a hit. I can just see a concert crowd singing along to this song.

O.A.R. (short for Of A Revolution) is planning to release a new album in May of this year – it will be their 8th studio album. They have had some major hit singles – think “Shattered (Turn the Car Around)” – over the years and are supposed to put on a fabulous live show. Speaking of live shows, they are planning to be on tour beginning in April. The band was formed in 1996 and, an interesting factoid that I learned about the group while reading about them is that all of the members attended The Ohio State University. They began as an independent college band and ended up being a successful headlining, chart topping group. Another great success story and another great new song for you to enjoy.