SONG OF THE DAY – “LOVE ME AGAIN” by John Newman

July 30, 2014

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I got home last night after a long, traffic-jammed drive home and had every intention of posting, but after I pulled out my computer and sat down on the sofa, I completely crashed. I was thoroughly exhausted! I am not sure if it was physical, mental, or emotional exhaustion, but I think it was probably a combination of all three.

After spending three full days with the entire family, my daughter went back to her internship in DC, my husband left at 5am Monday morning for a week of business travel, and yesterday I dropped my son off at the airport to fly to Singapore on a short exchange program with his high school. I went from full house to empty house in the space of about 48 hours! It is strange how empty a house seems when you have just been surrounded by the noise and love of the whole family … and then suddenly there is no one.

For me, last night was one of those moments when I realized, “Oh my gosh, it’s almost over; this time in my life is coming to an end.” It is such a strange feeling. My daughter left home much too early (in her mom’s eyes, haha!), leaving for college at age 16. My son is now 15 and I know his time  to leave the nest is approaching much too quickly. I love watching my kids grow up and I think they have become such cool, amazing “grown ups,” but it does not make the realization of it any easier to swallow.

I am currently sitting outside in my beautiful backyard on a gorgeous day and wishing that my children (big version or small version) were running around playing. When everyone is home these days, we are usually running around playing frisbee, but now it is just me and frisbee is a difficult solo game. My husband comes home at the end of the week, my daughter in a little over a week, and my son will be home in a couple of weeks. I won’t have this empty home for long, but (wow!) the taste of it is sobering. In life, CHANGE is the only constant! I have lived my life around that motto, but when this big change comes … I sure hope I am ready for it.

Today’s song doesn’t have much to do with my post today, but I really like this song and the emotional impact the music has on me. I showed the video to both of my kids this last week. Make sure you watch the video all the way to the end. It was a little shocking to me! I said that it was totally depressing, my son burst out laughing, and my daughter just said, “WHAT was that?!” I would love to know your reaction to the video.

John Newman is a young (23-year-old), breakout, English singer and musician that seemed to come out of nowhere in 2013. This song reached #1 on the UK Singles Chart in July 2013 and reached the top of the US charts in early 2014. He was one of the most successful English artists last year and was nominated for three Brit Awards in 2014 : British Male Solo Artist, British Single, and British Video. He has a very unique sound that seems to come from a bygone age and is described as soulful pop. He has often been compared as a male version of Adele or Amy Winehouse.

One of my favorite comments made by John Newman in an interview earlier this year:

“I couldn’t give a shit about fame … What felt good coming to America was walking down the street and no one knowing me. There are way too many celebrities in the world at the moment and not enough artists … People have forgotten about the music.”

SONG OF THE DAY – “CLASSIC” by MKTO

July 28, 2014

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I just returned from a family trip to the mountains. My mother-in-law turns 70 years old this year and we all decided to do a family trip where the entire family was under one roof together. We rented a large house and everyone made it – even my daughter was able to sneak away from her D.C. internship for a couple of days. We had 19 people together, ranging in age from 2 to 70. It was an adventure! It is the first time that all of my husband’s family were able to get together at one time and spend a few uninterrupted days together on a vacation. I think it made my mother-in-law happy to have her entire family together, and I hope that it makes her 70th birthday a special and memorable event.

I felt very lucky that my daughter was able to fly in for the trip. It is hard to break away from a summer internship and so we were happy that she could be there. She had two nightmare travel experiences on both ends of her journey, even getting stuck overnight in Phoenix because she missed her connection, but she was a trooper through all of it. I am posting a song today that she and I listened to while we were together this weekend. She shared this song with me and, although I had heard it before, listening to it with her and having her show me the video really sold me on the song. I decided that it was definitely one that needed to be shared. She will be coming home in two weeks and I can hardly wait!

This song is by musical duo, MKTO, a name which is derived from the initials of the two artists – Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller. The two say the name also stands for “Misfit Kids and Total Outcasts” which they say is “just like the kids we were in high school.” Both members of MKTO were previously actors who met while filming the Nickelodeon show, “Gigantic.” Malcolm Kelley is best known for his role as Walt on the cult television show, “Lost” and also his role as Lil Saint from the movie, You Got Served. Tony Oller is best known for his role on “Gigantic” and on The Disney Channel show,” As The Bell Rings.”

MKTO‘s sound is a fun combination of pop, rap, hip hop, and soul. This song was their second single and was released in July 2013. They released their self-titled debut album in the U.S. in April 2014. MKTO is in the middle of their first U.S. headlining tour, the “American Dream Tour,” which started at the end of June. Interestingly, following that tour, they will open for Tony Oller’s former “As The Bell Rings” co-star, Demi Lovato, on the US portion of her tour.

I really like how catchy this song is – it is one of those songs that just gets stuck in your head and it makes me feel happy. I love watching the dynamics between the two artists and I find the chemistry between the two of them fantastic. They look like they are having loads of fun and they each bring such a different sound and style to their music. It is a Classic and I hope that you enjoy it!

SONG OF THE DAY – “ORDINARY HUMAN” by OneRepublic

July 22, 2014

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Another great song written by Ryan Tedder for OneRepublic. He truly is one of the most talented people in the music industry … he is just amazing! I love the lyrics and the music to this song. It has such a nice sound and draws the listener in with the emotional weight of the music.

This song was written for the movie, The Giver (based on the book by Lois Lowry), which should be released mid-August and is anticipated to be a major summer blockbuster. The soundtrack for the movie, called The Giver: Music Collection, is expected to be released one week prior to the movie (August 5). The soundtrack sounds incredible, including not only OneRepublic, but also Capital Cities, Jack Bugg, Aloe Blacc, and NeedToBreathe among others. I am really looking forward it.

I am just an “ordinary human” and have not been fantastic about regularly positing the last two weeks. It has been a crazy summer and I am hoping things slow down a bit so I can get back onto a regular routine. Looking forward to sharing more music! Have a great summer!

 

SONG OF THE DAY – “THE FIGHTER” by Gym Class Heroes, featuring Ryan Tedder

July 17, 2014

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It’s Throwback Thursday! Today’s #tbt song is from 2011.

Just returning from an extended trip traveling with my son in the south – a golf tournament and a visit to a couple of schools. We visited several places that I have never been before and have always wanted to visit, including Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head, South Carolina. Beautiful! Wish there had been more time to just vacation. We had such a great time, but we are both exhausted.
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I am posting a song today for Throwback Thursday that is not super old – it is from the 2011 album, The Papercut Chronicles IIby Gym Class Heroes – but it is a song that I have had in my head a lot the last few days and one that I have always loved. This is a fabulous motivational song; we listened to it today as we headed off to another golf tournament. I hope that it does the trick for you if you need a little motivation to encourage yourself, or someone you know, to reach higher and realize they are a fighter.
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I am sure that I have mentioned it before, but I am a huge Ryan Tedder fan. He is quite literally one of my very favorites. His collaboration on this song just makes the whole thing perfect. Enjoy!
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SONG OF THE DAY – “WHERE THE STORY ENDS ” by The Fray

July 10, 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 May 12, 2012 as a throwback from their 2009 self-titled album, The Fray.

I attended a Fray concert last night in NYC at the inaugural event of JBL Live at Pier 97, located on the Hudson River as part of the Hudson River Park. What a fabulous location! It was so cool to get there early and see the kayakers out on the Hudson from the boat house next door and to see the stage with the backdrop of Manhattan behind. Then as night began to fall it became even more beautiful as the performers on stage pointed out the spectacular sunset dropping over the Hudson River at the crowd’s back. And to wrap it up, as the sky darkened it was just awesome to see the NYC skyline light up around the stage. It just made for a spectacular setting.

Pier 97

I saw Denver-based, The Fray, perform live in concert in the fall of last year and posted one of their new songs as Song of the Day back in October. They have always been a favorite of mine and I was excited to be able to see them again this summer at an outdoor venue. Even with the unexpected, huge thunderstorm that rolled in just minutes before The Fray took the stage, it was a great evening.

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I like many of the songs off the new album, Helios, which was released in February 2014, but I have to say that I am a sucker for The Fray’s older music. There is just nothing better than a classic Fray song. Obviously the crowd agreed with me, as they sang along with every word when The Fray settled into one of their old favorites. So, today I am posting one of my old favorites and hope that you enjoy it. I have always been obsessed with the lyrics to this song as I feel such a deep, personal connection to every word. It is just an amazing song that captures my emotions every time.

“All we know is distance .We’re close and then we run. …. But this is how the story ends, or have we just begun…”

 

SONG OF THE DAY – “MONSTERS” by Timeflies, featuring Katie Sky

July 8, 2014

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Today I am posting a new song by Timeflies. I introduced you to Timeflies back on March 2, 2014 with their song “All The Way.” They released their new album, After Hours, on April 29, 2014. Today’s song has a different sound than the rest of their new album and is a little different from their typical sound, but it is amazing and hard to get out of my head. Katie Sky has a tremendous voice and really makes this song for me. I just love hearing it every time it comes around on the playlist.

Timeflies is a duo that was formed in 2010 by producer Rob Resnick (Rez) and vocalist Cal Shapiro (Cal). They both attended Tufts University in Boston and formed the musical duo while they were students there. Rez double majored in Music and Philosophy, and Cal majored in Music and Entrepreneurship. They have totally taken advantage of their education and their musical talents in their chosen life path. The two have since returned to their roots in the New York/New Jersey area and are based out of Manhattan now.

I hope that you enjoy this new song today.

SONG OF THE DAY – “YOUR FRIEND” by The Mowgli’s

July 7, 2014

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Here is a great new song by The Mowgli’s. The song is from the soundtrack for the new movie, Earth to Echo. I have not seen the movie yet, but the pictures remind me of one of our old favorites, ET. I think every generation needs an ET. 🙂

We had a great weekend with some old friends that we knew when we lived in southern California years ago and who now live in NYC. It is so fun to maintain old friendships and to be able to reconnect. It is incredibly refreshing to have friends who knew me in a different time of my life and who knew my kids when they were little. It just adds such a nice dimension to always being new and having a short history with people. So, having friends on my mind today, this song just seemed to be fitting. Here is a shout out to all my friends … new and old, but particularly the old ones today (which I guess is just about everyone). I miss you and I am grateful for our history.

Have a great week!