SONG OF THE DAY – “MY MAMA SAID BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU LAY YOUR HEAD” by The Wind and The Wave

June 30, 2014

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The Song of the Day is not yet available on iTunes. Clicking the button above will take you to the link for the new single, “With Your Two Hands.”

I have been having a difficult time getting back into writing for this blog. I think I may have writer’s block. I have been having so much fun with this blog, but I stopped for a few days and I began to feel like my creativity just disappeared, and I started second guessing every song that I wanted to share.

I had a funny thought today though. Don’t you find music critics interesting? Do you read a music review by someone who thinks a band is “remarkable” or the “next big thing” or “horrible and untalented” and decide that you like the music based on those reviews OR do you listen to the music and decide for yourself. I know that I am in the second category.

Sometimes I like a single song by an artist and other times I like everything they do. Sometimes I just know they are going to be a huge success and other times I am not sure if they will ever make it big, but I know I like their song. Sometimes I love a song forever and other times I like a song just for a season. No matter how it comes around, I know that I love music and I think you do too. I don’t expect that everyone will like every song that I enjoy, but although we may not always like the same music, the fact is that music touches our lives, moves our souls, and brings us joy … that is the common thread we share.

Today I am sharing a song by a band that I discovered for the first time when I went to see Stereophonics in concert here in NYC at Terminal 5 in the fall of last year. The Wind and The Wave were the opening act and they were incredible. The Wind and The Wave is the collaboration of Dwight Baker (The Wind) and Patricia Lynn (The Wave), two Austin-based friends who started the duo in late 2012. When I saw them in concert that night, I had no idea who they were but I felt like they stole the show. It was just the two of them on the stage and they had so much energy and passion that it was fabulous to watch. It is hard to imagine that incredibly powerful voice coming out of Patricia’s small frame.

Their passionate sound just struck a chord and I immediately came home to search up their music on the internet. They were new enough at the time that it was difficult to find many songs online and they were absolutely not available on iTunes or Spotify, so I have been waiting to share their music. They have recently released a single, “With Your Two Hands, (the song above on the iTunes button) and their debut album, From The Wreckage, is expected out later this year. It is definitely time to share their music and introduce you to The Wind and The Wave. During your discovery, another song you should check out is “It’s a Longer Road to California Than I Thought.” These three songs all show a different aspect of their fantastic music.

 

SONG OF THE DAY – “BAD DAY” by Daniel Powter

June 26, 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 November 16, 2009.

This has been a very interesting week and I would have to say that this song just kept coming to mind.

Early Monday morning I took my son to Physical Therapy. He was scheduled to play a practice golf round after his appointment at a place in New York along the Hudson River. The course is located over an hour away so we had no time to waste. I dropped him off and ran to fill my car up with gas so that we would be right ready to go as soon as he finished. I filled the car up with gas, drove back over to the PT office, and went inside to wait for him. He finished and we ran outside to head off to the golf course. I pushed the start button in my car … nothing, just a weird click and all the electronics on the dashboard started flashing and spinning. I tried again. Then I got out the Owner’s Manual and tried a few more tricks. Still NOTHING!

Come on … this car is not even 3 years old! Finally I had to call Roadside Assistance to have them send someone over to jump the car for me. We had to wait over an hour for them to get there, but they got it to start. Needless to say, I was not comfortable driving the car over an hour away for a round of golf, so after I called the course and rescheduled the tee time for a few hours later, we drove home and dropped off the car, opting to take my daughter’s car instead.

We made it out to the golf course and my son played his practice round. The next morning, in my daughter’s car, I drove him back out to the same course for the golf tournament. No problems whatsoever. So, it sounds like the end of a bad story, but ….

The next morning – Wednesday – my son had another Physical Therapy appointment. This time I drove him over there in my daughter’s car. We had plans immediately after his appointment so, while he was in his appointment, I decided to run to the grocery store to get that out of the way. The grocery store is just down the road and so I zipped over there and did my grocery shopping. 35 minutes later I came out, loaded the groceries into the car, and climbed inside. I pushed the button to start the car … click, click, click … and nothing! YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING ME! The car would not start!

How in the world do two new cars – both are less than 3 years old! – have batteries that die in the same week. Not only the same week, but within 2 days of each other! Unbelievable! Anyway, I called Roadside Assistance and, at about that point, I started to sing “You had a bad day …”

Well, my son has another Physical Therapy appointment tomorrow morning … I am starting to wonder if we should just walk over there this time. 🙂

I absolutely love this song! It was one of my very favorites when it came out in 2006. I love his voice and I just connect to the lyrics. The video is amazing and so I hope you will take a minute to watch it; it always makes me smile. Daniel Powter is from British Columbia, Canada and is a pianist and singer-songwriter. The song, “Bad Day” was a huge worldwide hit when it came out and reached Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was also named Billboard Music Awards “Song of the Year” in 2006. Daniel Powter also won New Artist of the Year at the Juno Awards (Canadian music awards) in 2006 and was nominated for Best International Breakthrough Act at the Brit Awards (losing to Jack Johnson). “Bad Day” was such a tremendous success and Powter has not been able to achieve that same level of success since then, but WOW!, what a song … and what a couple bad days! 🙂

SONG OF THE DAY – “CALIFORNIA SUNRISE” by Dirty Gold

June 23, 2014

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Well, I am missing California and this song just brings back the whole feel of California. I LOVE California! With all the moves we have made, the only one where I really cried about leaving was when we left Southern California. I think California is a difficult place to get out of your blood. It was the one place where my soul felt home.

We were lucky enough to get to spend time at Pebble Beach, California last week. My two boys were especially lucky to get to golf at Pebble Beach. For a golfer, I cannot think of anything more special.

“If I had only one more round to play, I would choose to play it at Pebble Beach. I’ve loved this course from the first time I saw it. It’s possibly the best in the world.”
– JACK NICKLAUS, 18-TIME MAJOR CHAMPION

Father & Son thrilled to be at Pebble Beach!

Father & Son thrilled to be at Pebble Beach!

While the boys golfed, I followed along to watch them play and enjoy the beautiful course. I have never seen anything quite so stunning! I have spent time in Carmel, California (which is the beach and town the course overlooks in some of these pictures) and I have even been running on 17-Mile Drive, but I have never before been on the 18 holes of Pebble Beach Golf Course … and that is just something truly unreal! Amazingly beautiful and, as they say, “the greatest meeting of land and water in the world.” How do you focus on golf when looking at those views?!

Just as proof that everyone wants to golf this course, while we were there we saw Michael Bolton and on Day One, the boys were paired with Carolina Panthers Head Coach (and NFL Coach of the Year in 2013), Ron Rivera and his wife. They were two of the nicest people we have ever met and, although it was not their first time playing the course, they were just as excited to be out playing the remarkable course as we were.

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Pebble Beach is more than just America’s greatest golf course, it’s a national treasure. The beauty is unsurpassed and so is the drama created by so many thrilling, famous holes. No golfing life is complete until you’ve experienced Pebble’s coastline, following in the footsteps of Nicklaus, Watson and Woods and an untold number of everyday dreamers.”
– ALAN SHIPNUCK, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

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Today’s song is by a group of young Californians from Carlsbad, called Dirty Gold. The band is comprised of brothers Lincoln (vocals/lead guitar) and John Ballif (keyboard/rhythm guitar), and friend Grant Nassif (drums). This song was released in 2011 (along with their album, Roar) while the boys were still in high school and it hit the blog world by storm. I hope you enjoy it and that it leaves you yearning for California like I am.

SONG OF THE DAY – “SHOUT IT” by Southern

June 21, 2014

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Just a quick note today as I am sitting at the airport waiting for a red-eye flight home from California to New York. It has been a busy and beautiful 3 days in Northern California.

I just want to share a really fun and very upbeat song. I am trying to keep myself energized and awake until the moment I board that airplane so that I can fall asleep and I have listened to this song about 10 times!

Southern is a young brother-sister duo from Belfast, Ireland, which consists of Thom and Lucy Southern. They have this amazing folksy blues sound which is just really cool. They make great music together which is upbeat, a little raucous, and just a lot of fun. They released their debut, self-titled album, Southern, in December. I think they have a great sound which will definitely lead to more. Gerry Anderson from BBC Radio called the band:

“The most promising singer/songwriters in Ireland today.”

Not much more to write today as I have to leave in 10 minutes to go catch my flight. I hope you like this song. Another good one to check out by Southern is called, “Where The Wild Are.” I will return to some regularity when I return to NY tomorrow. Here’s to hoping to get some sleep on that plane!

SONG OF THE DAY – “ALL ABOUT YOU” by Birdy

June 17, 2014

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I love the young English singer-songwriter, Birdy. I have been following her for several years now and just find her to be an incredible, young (only 18 years old!), unique talent.

Birdy’s real name is Jasmine van den Bogaerde, but she uses the nickname Birdy that was given to her by her parents when she was just a baby. They began calling her Birdy because she used to open her mouth like a baby bird when she was being fed, and the nickname just stuck. Birdy began playing the piano at age 5 and writing her own music at age 7. Her mother is a concert pianist and music just seemed to come naturally.

Birdy was only 15 years old when she released her self-titled, debut album, Birdy, in 2011. The album was mostly covers, but it did include one original song. The album received rave reviews and went to the top of the charts in many countries. Her first single was a cover of Bon Iver‘s “Skinny Love” which was a remarkable interpretation of the song and became an instant hit. I actually find Birdy’s version much more captivating than the original.

Eighteen months later, at the age of 17, Birdy released a new album, Fire Within, with some amazing original songs. The album was just released in North America a few weeks ago on June 3, but was released in the UK in September of 2013. I bought the song on my UK iTunes account back in September and shared this song as my daughter’s Song of the Day back on September 30, 2013. Because the album is brand new, I wanted to share the song with you on this page today because I think it is an incredible song. I absolutely LOVE the lyrics to this song, and the music is mesmerizing. I also have to say that the live rendition on the YouTube video below is fabulous and you shouldn’t miss it!

Birdy has had a pretty amazing year. She received a nomination for British Female Solo Artist at the 2014 Brit Awards, and she just finished touring in the US as the opener for Christina Perri. I was not able to get to one of the shows this time around, but I am hoping to catch her when she returns … and I am certain that she will return! I think there is much more to come from the talented young artist and I look forward to hearing more new music from her. Speaking of new music … she is featured in three songs on the new The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack. And speaking of music … that is one amazing soundtrack!

SONG OF THE DAY – “SONG FOR MY FATHER” by Sarah McLachlan

June 15, 2014

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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all the dads out there!

I feel so blessed today as we celebrate Father’s Day. I have the most incredible father, and I have an amazing husband who is a wonderful father to our children. As far as Father’s Day goes … I have a lot to celebrate.

My dad has always been my biggest fan. He always believed that I could be anything I wanted to become and he has supported me in all my crazy endeavors. I have so many memories of my dad that make me smile. Probably one of the most touching memories was on my wedding day. I remember being at the altar and glancing over at my dad (who by the way was sick as a dog!) and seeing him look at me with tears rolling down his face. It was at that moment that I realized how difficult it is to be a father and realize you are letting go of your little girl.

My dad was the father of four girls and we all thought he could do anything. He lived on a pedestal so high that it must have been overwhelming sometimes. Another favorite memory is when we had a puppy die and my sister said, “Don’t worry … dad will fix it when he gets home.” We honestly believed my dad could fix anything and make it all better. My dad can fix just about anything – maybe not a dead dog – but just about everything else. He can build, repair, and create anything.

When I was in charge of house decorations for my sorority during Greek Week one year in college, I told him that what I really wanted to create were two 30-foot wine glasses that could move and clink each other. I just remember my dad looking at me and saying, “30 feet?! Do you know how tall 30 feet is?” Obviously I didn’t, but my dad figured out a way to make two 15-foot wine glasses from wood. I don’t even know how he did it, but he did – and they even moved back and forth to clink! Needless to say, we won the award for best House Decorations that year thanks to my dad. He has always been able to do things like that. Even today, if any of us need something fixed, created or figured out, my dad is the man to call.

My dad turns 80 years old this summer! He still is as sharp as a tack and moves like a man half his age. I admire him so much! My dad taught me about hard work, integrity, and commitment to family. His family means everything to him and has always come first. He is opinionated, smart, funny, sarcastic, genuine, and selfless. He has been such an incredible example to me and I love him more than I could ever express.

My dad with “his Girls” on his 70th Birthday!

Then I have my husband. He is such an amazing father to our two kids. He, like my dad, considers his little family the most important thing in his life and he would do anything for his children. He just beams with pride about both of his kids. He loves to spend time with them and is their biggest fan. I know how lucky my two children are to have him as their father and I feel very lucky to have him be my partner in parenthood. I love him and the great example of love, strength, and support he is for my kids.

My husband as father with his two little children.

My husband as father with his two little children.

This song today is from Sarah McLachlan’s new album, Shine On and is a tribute to her father. The album, which is her seventh full length album, was released just last month in May 2014. Sarah McLachlan is from Canada and made her debut in 1988. She is an incredibly talented artist with a beautifully unique voice and incredible staying power. I love this song and the emotion that is expressed when she sings it.

SONG OF THE DAY – “MASTER PRETENDER” by First Aid Kit

June 14, 2014

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Just a quick note on this lovely Saturday afternoon.

I am posting a song today from two sisters who form the talented Swedish-duo, First Aid Kit. I love finding bands that so many other musicians are talking about. This group is one of those bands. First Aid Kit is made up of sisters, Johanna and Klara Soderberg, from a suburb outside of Stockholm, Sweden. They have great vocals and create amazing harmonies.

The song is from their third album, and the first one from a major label (Columbia). The album was released in the US just a few days ago – June 10, 2014. They are performing at Bonaroo this weekend and are very popular festival performers. They are young and love to tour; currently on tour, they would be a great live show.