Song of the Day – “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks

October 19, 2017

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It’s Throwback Thursday! Today’s #tbt song “Friends in Low Places” is from the 1990 album No Fences by Garth Brooks. 

I love this song! Who doesn’t love this song? It is a hard song not to love. 🙂

I recently watched an incredible video of a Justin Timberlake concert where he sang this song and had Garth Brooks join him on stage. It was just a reminder of how much I used to love this song and Garth Brooks in general. So, I thought I should share the feeling by sharing this song today.

This song was HUGE in 1990 and became one of the biggest songs of the decade! I hope today’s throwback sparks some good memories. I still remember the year this song came out and it seemed like everywhere we went it was playing, and groups of people were singing along. And who doesn’t remember when the 3rd verse became a thing?!

I attended a Garth Brooks concert with my parents and my sisters in Las Vegas way back in the 1990s and it was awesome! That man knows how to perform! He is goofy, twangy, seems incredibly down to earth, and is dang comfortable in his own boots.

A couple of notes. Garth Brooks does not have his music on iTunes. He decided to put his entire library on Amazon Music, so check it out there. One other thing, Garth is currently touring and has just a few dates left as he finishes up his North American tour. Interestingly, he is performing in Newark in December. Maybe I need to get my parents and sisters together again. 🙂

 

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Song of the Day – “It’s Alright” by Big Head Todd and The Monsters

October 12, 2017

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It’s Throwback Thursday! Today’s #tbt song is from the 1993 album Sister Sweetly by Big Head Todd and the Monsters. 

I love this song! It is so incredibly soulful.

I was first introduced to this song at a yoga class taught by Alex Austin at At One Yoga while I was living in Arizona. What an amazing song for yoga and Alex was an amazing yoga instructor. (I still miss his classes)

The reason I decided on this song today is that I was just able to see Big Head Todd and the Monsters perform a few weeks ago at the Greenwich Wine+Food Festival and I was totally excited to hear this song live. (In fact, I think I cracked Todd up because I was right at the edge of the stage singing my heart out! lol)

IMG_0776Big Head Todd and the Monsters – happy they played my song! 🙂

The song was as great as I remembered and I have now, once again, been listening to it all the time. Don’t you find that you sometimes need a song reminder? My iTunes library has over 2500 songs and then you add my Spotify library to that list … I could listen to music every single day and never hit the same song twice. I was thrilled to get this reminder.

I hope you enjoy this easygoing, soulful song by a band that has been performing for over 30 years together.  In case you wondered, Big Head Todd and the Monsters can still rock! 🙂

 

Song of the Day – “Learning to Fly” by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

October 4, 2017

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Well, it has been another somber week. It seems like they just keep coming. Sometimes I start to feel fatigued by the amount of heartbreak in the world. Mixed in the middle of many traumatic events, on Monday night we lost a rock legend and a musician that I just loved – Tom Petty. This one really makes me sad and it just feels like I need to post a song by him today.

Listening to Tom Petty’s music stirs up memories of days past, good times, challenging times … just a piece of the soundtrack of my life. I imagine that there are many people my age who feel the same way.

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, During his induction speech, Tom Petty said,

“The music overcame me at a very early age and has consumed my life.”

Aren’t we all so lucky that it did! Tom Petty was an incredibly talented songwriter and musician who really made a mark on the music world and the history of music. I struggled to decide which song to post today as there are just so many that I truly love. I encourage you to go back and listen to his incredible legacy of music … you will understand why my choice was difficult today.

I decided on a song that still resonates with me as much today as when it was released. “Learning to Fly” is from the 1991 album, Into The Great Wide Open and is a classic. The music is amazing the the lyrics are beautifully poetic. I hope you find it as moving as I do. Rest in peace, Tom Petty.

“Learning To Fly”
Well I started out down a dirty road
Started out all alone
And the sun went down as I crossed the hill
And the town lit up, the world got still

[Chorus:]
I’m learning to fly, but I ain’t got wings
Coming down is the hardest thing

Well the good ol’ days may not return
And the rocks might melt and the sea may burn

Well some say life will beat you down
Break your heart, steal your crown
So I’ve started out for God knows where
I guess I’ll know when I get there

I’m learning to fly, around the clouds
But what goes up must come down

SONG OF THE DAY – “FIELDS OF GOLD” by Sting

March 4, 2013

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I am so excited! Tonight I am off to see Sting and Paul Simon in concert at Madison Square Garden. I have had the tickets for months, and I am really looking forward to finally getting to see them live. I have been a fan of these two artists nearly my entire life, and their music holds a special place in my heart.

It was difficult to pick just one song today because I love so much of the music from both of these men … both as soloists and in their previous groups. Who doesn’t love Simon & Garfunkel and The Police? I grew up on that music and still love it. I finally decided to pick my very favorite song by Sting. I know you probably know this song, but I hope you won’t mind listening to it again. I think it is one of the most beautiful songs ever written and I love the haunting sound and lyrics. I think Sting is one of the coolest guys in the music industry.

Okay, heading to the train in about 10 minutes … so excited!

SONG OF THE DAY – “ZOMBIE” by The Cranberries

Halloween 2013

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
I thought this song was perfect for today, particularly with the Zombie fascination over the last few years. 🙂  I have to admit, Halloween has never been my favorite holiday.  Autumn is my favorite time of year and I love all the fall decorations, but Halloween … not so much.  I realize that for many people, Halloween is their favorite time of the year.  I think some people really like the idea of spooky things, but more than that, I believe that there are people who just love to have an excuse to dress in costume.  I am always amazed by the incredible creativity out there and the elaborate lengths that people go to for the perfect costume.  I’m impressed!

For about 8 years,  I truly enjoyed the holiday – during the years when my children were little.  It was such fun to dress them up, attend the school costume parades, visit the Pumpkin Patch, and show them off around the neighborhood during trick-or-treating.  But, those years passed [too] quickly and then my apathy about the holiday returned.  Favorite costumes:  For my son, it was definitely Sully.  He was the cutest furry monster I have ever seen!  He also made a great 2 year old cowboy … cowboy boots and all.  For my daughter, she was always so determined about what she “HAD” to be and those costumes were always the most difficult.  I created the perfect Tooth Fairy costume, complete with a toothbrush wand, wings, and toothpaste crown.  The year she wanted to be a lion was a challenge.  Who knew that a lion costume would be so difficult to find!  I finally bought a Simba costume and we added a bow – because she had to be a GIRL lion. 🙂  I have to admit, she also made a darling cowgirl too.