SONG OF THE DAY – “WAVE ON WAVE” by Pat Green

May 29, 2014

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It’s Throwback Thursday! 

Today I am posting something very different for me. This is a country song by an artist that I was not even familiar with until we moved to Dallas, Texas. I remember a friend of ours, who worked with my husband, told me that Pat Green was his favorite musician. Amazingly, I had just heard this song from my daughter who had a friend on her cross-country team who introduced it to her, or otherwise I would not have even known who he was talking about.

I actually really love this song. I love the movement of the music and I find the lyrics actually make me a little emotional. It is just one of those perfect songs that came together with all the elements. It is absolutely a roll down your windows and sing kind of song.

“Wave on Wave” is by Pat Green and was released in 2003. The song was his highest rating song ever and really threw him into the national mainstream attention, although he had been popular in Texas for some time and has been active in the music scene since 1995. I am hoping that some of you may not yet be familiar with this song. I think you will like it.

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SONG OF THE DAY – “DAMN, DO I THINK ABOUT YOU” by Steve Moakler

May 28, 2014

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So, I have essentially been off-line for an entire week! I think that is the longest I have ever disappeared. I have to admit that it is a little difficult to get back in the groove of writing this blog and posting after that length of a break, but I think about it all the time and wanted to get a song out there today … so here I am online tonight.

I love this song that I am posting today by singer-songwriter, Steve Moakler. He has a way of catching real emotion in his lyrics and his melodies, and I love the honesty he captures in this song.  His music will just stick in your head long after listening to it. Steve Moakler has been writing songs since he was 14 years old. He is originally from Pittsburgh, but relocated to Nashville in 2006 to pursue his music career and hone his songwriting craft in one of the most musically talented cities in the country. His music has a hint of country to it, but is also mixed with an Indie sound. I find it very inviting.

This song is from his new album, Wide Open, which was just released in March of this year. It goes to figure that I would like Steve Moakler as he is friends and past touring companions (Three Amigos Tour) with Ben Rector (and Andrew Ripp), a huge favorite of mine. I hope you enjoy this song. I am posting the lyrics today just because they can get stuck in your head and it is nice to know the exact words. 😉

DAMN, DO I THINK ABOUT YOU

written by steve moakler and chad cates

I DON’T CARE ABOUT POLITICS

I DON’T CARE WHAT CAR I DRIVE

WHEN I WALK BY THOSE FANCY STORES

I DON’T WONDER WHAT’S INSIDE

I DON’T CARE MUCH ABOUT MONEY

OR IF I’LL BE A MILLIONAIRE

WHEN I’M TALKING TO JESUS

I DON’T WONDER IF HE’S THERE

I DON’T CARE MUCH IF I WIN OR LOSE

I DON’T WORRY WHERE I’M HEADED TO

BUT DAMN, DO I THINK ABOUT YOU

I DON’T GIVE MUCH THOUGHT TO

WHERE I LAY MY HEAD AT NIGHT

I’M JUST DRIVING DOWN THIS HIGHWAY

TRYING TO SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT

THE WAY YOU SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT

SONG OF THE DAY – “HOLDING ONTO HEAVEN” by Foxes

May 20, 2014

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Just a quick note today. I picked up my girl from college this morning. She finished her sophomore year. Crazy! Where does the time go? I get to have her home for a few days before she takes off for an internship for the rest of the summer. They grow up and time gets so short and precious … I feel like I am holding on to every minute. Holding onto heaven while she is here.

I really like this song today by rising artist, Foxes. Foxes is the stage name of British singer-songwriter, Louisa Rose Allen from Southampton (now based in London). Foxes has been the featured artist on many albums with other artists, most notably “Clarity” by Zedd which won a 2014 Grammy Award for “Best Dance Recording” (also Rudimental and Fall Out Boy). She has since devoted her time to her solo career and songwriting, releasing her debut album, Glorious, earlier this month (not yet released in the US). She has an amazing voice and I find this song incredibly addictive. It will be interesting to see where she goes from here.

SONG OF THE DAY – “FEELS LIKE COMING HOME” by Jetta

May 19, 2014

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I just returned from a very quick trip “home.” Home to the place where I spent the first 24 years of my life and where both my family and my husband’s family still live. We have not been home for a visit in almost two years and it just felt incredibly nice to be there. The thing that I loved the most about being there was the time I was able to spend reconnecting with family.

There is so much that I love about being “home” and yet, at the same time, so much about it that feels foreign and disconnected from me. Having grown up there, I notice many things that never change, but at the same time, I realize that so much has changed … that I have changed.

While I was there I kept thinking about this song. Obviously it talks about home and so that seems like a natural reason for the selection, but that is not what drew me to this song. There is just something about the feeling and tone of this song that speaks to me. The song gives a sense of peace about coming home and that feeling of “it feels like I’ve come home,” but there is also something about the song that feels melancholy. To me, that is what it feels like to “come home.”

This is an amazingly beautiful song by Jetta, a young UK singer-songwriter who was born in Liverpool and is currently based in London. She grew up with two musical parents and has been involved with music most of her life. While only a teenager, Jetta spent two years as a backup vocalist for Paloma Faith and, after that, she went on to sing backup for CeeLo Green before breaking out on her own. During all that time, she was busily writing her own music and in 2012 Jetta released an amazing independent video of her song, “Start a Riot” which led her to a record deal. In March of this year, she was listed as one of the “10 New Artists You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone magazine. Even if you don’t think you know her as an artist, you probably have heard this song before as it was the featured song for Google Zeitgist’s “Here’s to 2013 ad campaign (a must watch video, with over 30 million views). Her debut album is expected out this year – keep your eye out for it.

SONG OF THE DAY – “YOU’RE THE ONE” by Tyrone Wells

May 16, 2014

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Happy Birthday to my husband today!

I just wanted him to know that I am thinking of him today. He is, of course, traveling on his birthday so it is hard to celebrate with him – so I am shouting out a birthday wish on this post. He had a 4am pickup this morning, which was a special birthday treat. Haha! I guess birthday celebrations are less exciting as we get older.

I have known my husband since he was just turning 15 years old and now he is turning … well, maybe we shouldn’t go there. Let’s just suffice it to say that was a LOOONG time ago! (Haha! Just kidding babe, you’re not that old. Well, actually … at least you are younger than me.) This is a fabulous song and just totally makes me think of him when I hear it. Happy Birthday to my One!

This song is by Tyrone Wells, one of my very favorite singer-songwriters. It is always hard to pick a single song to share by some artists when you like all of their music. I had the pleasure of seeing Tyrone in concert on Wednesday night in NYC at City Winery. What an incredible venue and just an amazing performance! I think you can totally tell a real talent when it is just an artist up on stage with his guitar singing. This tour was called “Closer Than Ever” and he made a point to return to his beginnings by performing at small, intimate venues across the country. It was just an incredible evening!

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Tyrone Wells is an amazing storyteller. He tells beautiful stories in his music and he was a great story teller on stage – he was at times hilarious, thoughtful, and poignant. He shared many stories and made a real connection with his audience. His show was sold out on Wednesday night and it sounds like that has been the case around the country. I would definitely see him again and would strongly recommend that if you get a chance to see him, you should take it. I believe there are only four more shows left on this particular tour in the next few days, but if you live in Phoenix, Denver, Minneapolis, or Chicago, you are in luck!

I love this song I am posting today, but you should definitely check out all of his music. A couple favorites that you might enjoy:  “Running Around in My Dreams” (one of my all time favorite songs), “Sink or Swim,” and “Time Of Our Lives” (the perfect graduation song).

SONG OF THE DAY – “WILD HEART” by The Vamps

May 12, 2014

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A fun song to start your week off today.

The Vamps are a young group out of the UK, and when I say young … I really mean YOUNG. The band consists of four young guys, the oldest of whom just turned 20, the youngest just recently turned 18.

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The Vamps are truly a band out of the modern age as they did not form in the traditional way. Actually, when James McVey (lead guitar and vocals) wanted to form a band, he turned to YouTube in search of other talent. He met Brad Simpson (lead vocals and guitar) via YouTube in 2011 and the two began writing songs together. In 2012, they connected with Connor Ball (bass guitar and vocals) and Tristan Evans (drums and vocals) and the band was officially formed. They started uploading music covers on their YouTube channel and they were an instant hit, ending 2012 with a record deal. They released their debut album, called Meet The Vamps, in the UK in April of this year. They are very talented young men and co-write and perform all their own songs. This song just makes me happy and brings a little much-needed energy into a Monday.

 

SONG OF THE DAY – “THE BEST DAY” by Taylor Swift

May 11, 2014

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

To all the mothers out there, I wish you an incredibly Happy Mother’s Day!

I love that I have the opportunity today to make certain that I tell my mom how much I love her and how important she is to me, but I hope that she knows it every single day. I have an incredible mom. I think she is the most amazing woman and my life has been so blessed to have her as my mom.

I think my mom is so cool. She has always been such a “goer” and “doer” and really instilled that sense of being active and adventurous in me. She has so many amazing talents and always made our home such a wonderful place to be. Even today, I love going home to my parents house. I love the smell, I love the warmth, I just love being there. In fact, even though I am grown up and a mother myself, my mom is the only person I want when I am sick. She has always been the one person who makes me feel better. My mom is the most giving and generous person, and has always been my #1 fan and supporter (along with my dad, of course). In addition to all of these wonderful things, she is also just a great friend – she is supportive, kind, and just an awful lot of fun to be around.

My mom set the bar very high. I know that I am the type of mom that I am because of what I learned from her and because I strive to be like her. I am posting this song today, because it says just about everything I want to say to my mom. The perfect Mother’s Day song! I don’t think I have ever been able to get through this song without tearing up. I love you mom! Thank you for your unconditional love and support, and for not only being my biggest fan, but my biggest inspiration as well.

SONG OF THE DAY – “THE MOTHER WE SHARE” by CHVRCHES

May 10, 2014

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It is Mother’s Day weekend and I have decided to post one of my favorite “mother” songs today. I am sure many of you are already very familiar with this song by CHVRCHES, but I would put this song way up on my list of favorites and just think it is perfect for Mother’s Day weekend. CHVRCHES, a trio from Glasgow, Scotland, made a huge splash into the music scene in 2012 (which is when I first heard them) and they have never turned back.  CHVRCHES has an amazing and unique sound and they are just interesting people to top it off. If you don’t yet know this song, I am certain you will like it; if you do already know it, I hope you will enjoy listening to it again on this Mother’s Day weekend.

On Mother’s Day we get the special opportunity of celebrating mothers, but today I want to take the opportunity to celebrate being a mother. I love being a mom … it has been one of the greatest gifts of my life. From the moment I held my new little babies, I just fell in love. I feel incredibly blessed to have the privilege of being their mom.

I honestly don’t believe that there is any other experience in the world that could bring more joy, more pain, more frustration, more excitement, more worry, more pride, and all at the same time help me understand love in a way that I never knew was possible. I have to say, that there is nothing more beautiful than having your child give you a hug and tell you that they love you. Luckily, I have two very affectionate children who make certain that they hug me freely and tell me those words often. I find that when they are away from home, there is a huge void and so I am very lucky this weekend to have both children home. It makes me so happy that my daughter made a point of coming home the weekend before finals to celebrate Mother’s Day with me.

I have loved every minute of being a mother. First, there was the remarkable baby stage where I could just sit for hours holding them and watching them sleep. That was the best. But, then there was the toddler stage. I loved watching them learn and discover every new thing about the world. That was the best. And then we started school and it was such fun to get to see them interact with the world and learn and develop into their own little person. That was the best. And then we reached adolescence and that was the best … okay, some days it wasn’t, but mostly it was. 😉 I loved watching as they developed opinions on issues and ideas and began figuring out their place in the world. And now, as both of my children are teenagers with one away at college, I am loving these moments too and think they are the best. I love the friendship that has developed with both of my kids and the way that they also still rely on me as their mom. Over the years, I have loved watching their accomplishments and successes, and also watching their resilience as they experienced trials and disappointments.

I love this time and this moment and, luckily, I never wished any moment away while I was experiencing it, but now there are some days that I wish I could rewind and do it all over again. I cannot lie and say that I don’t miss those little blonde kids with the big blue eyes who just wanted to hold my hand and cuddle. They often say that motherhood is the hardest job, and not for all the work that has to be done, but because our one main job is to love our kids so much that we are able to let them go when it is time. I am so grateful for the privilege I have had to be a mother and for my two incredible children who made me a mom. Being a mother is my greatest joy!

Happy Mother’s Day weekend!

SONG OF THE DAY – “IN A BIG COUNTRY” by Big Country

May 8, 2014

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It’s Throwback Thursday! Today we are going back to the 80s for the #tbt song. I also originally posted this as my daughter’s Song of the Day on January 1, 2010.

Today is my sister in-law’s birthday – she is also a teenager of the 80s, along with me – and this song makes me think of her. She and my brother in-law have always been, and still are, big fans of 80s music and I remember that this band was among her favorites. So to celebrate her birthday today and getting older in general, I am posting a song to remind us of our younger days. It is a great song and just makes you feel alive! I have always loved how they made the guitars sound like bagpipes … just so cool!

My sister in-law and I share quite a history. We have known each other for a very long time. She went to a different high school than I did, and is a year younger than me, but the two of us dated brothers in high school. Interestingly, when we all ended up getting married years later, it just happens that we got engaged at about the same time and got married only two weeks apart! Our lives have been very different, but we do share a unique bond and I think she is a pretty amazing and strong woman. Happy Birthday!

Big Country, a Scottish rock band formed in 1981 by Stuart Adamson and his friend (and fellow guitarist) Bruce Watson.  Drummer, Mark Brzezicki, and Bass Player, Tony Butler, were then added. The band was incredibly popular in the early 1980s. In doing a little research about the band, I discovered something new to me. Adamson also founded the punk rock band, Skids, in 1977. The song “The Saints Are Coming,” which U2 and Green Day covered in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina, was from the Skids 1979 debut album, Scared to Dance. Although I always knew the song was a cover, I did not realize that Stuart Adamson from the Skids, was also Stuart Adamson from Big Country. Anyway, just a little factoid that I found interesting and thought I would pass along.

 

SONG OF THE DAY – “PLEASE DON’T SAY YOU LOVE ME” by Gabrielle Aplin

May 7, 2014

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The last few days I have been able to get outside for a run in close to 60 degree weather. What a joy! I love the sunshine, being in my running shorts, and having to stop halfway thru the run to remove my long sleeve top and tie it around my waist. That is just pure pleasure. 🙂

Another pleasure is listening to today’s artist. I am posting a song by a young artist (21 years old!) from the UK that I have been a fan of for several years. I have followed Gabrielle Aplin‘s music since 2011 and have often had to purchase it from the UK iTunes site since the songs were not available here in the US. I am, therefore, very excited to announce that her album, English Rain, (which was released in the UK this month last year) was finally released here in the US yesterday (May 6, 2014). In addition to the album release yesterday, she also performed live in concert in NYC last night. I am excited to see her extend her reach into the States and I thought it was a perfect day to post another song by her. I posted my favorite song by her – “Home” – on this page back in December.

I find Gabrielle Aplin‘s music just very honest and easy to listen to. I really like this song and I love the video I have attached where you can watch her perform in her element, standing by herself playing the guitar (or the piano) and singing. She received her first guitar from her parents at age 11 and says that she was influenced musically by listening to her parents’ Joni Mitchell and Bruce Springsteen albums. She is an incredibly talented young lady! Her full EP is definitely worth checking out and I am certain we will hear more from this rising young star.

As you know, another favorite musical group of mine from that side of the pond (Ireland) is Hudson Taylor. The brothers, Alfie and Harry, and Gabrielle are great mates who have known each other for over four years when they all moved to London. In fact, I have discovered that Alfie and Gabrielle are dating… so cute! It is fun to watch these young artists develop friendships with each other and support each other in their respective journeys. Let me know what you think about today’s song – I would love to hear from you.