SONG OF THE DAY – “WASTED TIME” by Vance Joy

September 16 , 2014

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Last week I had the privilege of seeing Vance Joy live in concert. Sirius XM Radio hosted a private concert in The Studio at Webster Hall – a very small, intimate venue. The concert was amazing! I absolutely loved the venue, the intimate setting was incredible, and the sound was fabulous. (Pictures below include the setlist which was taped to the floor by the microphone and the stage setup prior to Vance Joy taking the stage.)

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Vance Joy (real name James Keogh) is just what you would expect from a strapping young Australian – tall, dark, and handsome. 🙂 He is actually just adorable. He has this gorgeous curly dark hair and a very shy, serious face that intimates all of his emotions when he sings. When he cracks a smile, it melts the room.

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He seemed a little shy on the stage and was not a big talker, but certainly kept the music flowing and the audience entertained. He has a great band, all of whom seem to be enjoying themselves, particularly the drummer. I loved watching the drummer; there were certain songs when I looked at him and he had the biggest smile on his face that I have ever seen – it looked like pure joy.

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One of my very favorite things about live shows, particularly when it is just an artist and their guitar (essentially), is to listen to the clarity of the voice. Vance Joy did not disappoint! What an incredible voice, the instruments were just a nice accompaniment to him.

I invited a friend to accompany me for this show and we stood right at the stage edge immediately in front of the microphone. Seriously, my purse sat on the stage at Vance Joy’s feet. We literally could not have been any closer! There were moments when I wanted to reach up and strum the guitar. Not really, but you know that feeling when you think, “… if I just reached up I could ….” Some people feel that way about jumping off the edge of a cliff … not me, I just want to reach up and play the guitar. 🙂

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I posted Vance Joy‘s most popular song, “Riptide” as the Song of the Day back on August 2, 2014. Since that time, the song has grown in popularity and his debut album, dream your life away was released earlier this month (in fact, it was on September 9 in the US – the day of this concert). The album is fantastic and is loaded with great songs. I highly recommend checking out the entire album; it has a lot of variety and I think all of the songs warrant attention. It is hard for me to just recommend a couple of songs, but if I had to pick a couple in addition to “Riptide” and today’s song, I would definitely recommend checking out “Mess Is Mine” (odd video, but cool song) and “My Kind Of Man” (if you want to see pure emotion from a singer and an incredible voice, check out this video!).

I love today’s song and the title really resonated with me this week. No wasted time going on in this home right now – we are in what you would call M-O-T-I-O-N! Enjoy the video and Vance Joy‘s music. Keep your eye on this young man from Melbourne, Australia, he is certainly a rising star! If you get a chance to see him live, particularly in an intimate venue, I would strongly recommend it.

SONG OF THE DAY – “DON’T CHANGE” by INXS

August 28, 2014

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It’s Throwback Thursday! Today’s #tbt song is from the 1982 album Shabooh Shoobah by INXS.

I am posting a song today which brings back many memories from the 1980s.

I was inspired to post a song by INXS today because I just watched the Australian television mini-series called “Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS.” It was an incredibly well done show and I found it mesmerizing. It reminded me of so many things that happened during that time. I was also struck again at how many great songs the band put out during their run and how very talented they were. Their album, Kick, has to be one of the best albums of its time.

INXS was a tremendously popular band in the mid 80s to early 90s and at one point was even hailed to be the next U2. Michael Hutchence, lead singer, frontman, and lyricist, was absolutely a rock star and a heart-throb. They had a very unique sound to the time, bordering on New Wave, but certainly with a more edgy rock sound. This has always been one of my favorite songs from INXS, but there are certainly plenty to choose from. For those of you who grew up in the 80s, I hope you enjoy the throwback.

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SONG OF THE DAY – “RIPTIDE” by Vance Joy

August 2, 2014

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Just wanted to post a quick song today. I really like this song and have been looking for a day to share it. No riptides in sight, but we went for a big long walk down along the beach today and the tide was so far out it was incredible. So .. low tide, riptide …. sometimes the connections are weak. 🙂

This song is by Vance Joy (real name, James Keogh), a young Australian singer-songwriter from Melbourne. Keogh picked the name, “Vance Joy” from the Australian author, Peter Carey’s novel, Bliss. The song was his breakthrough and was not only on his first EP, God Loves You When You’re Dancing, in 2013, but led to his 5-Album Atlantic Records deal and will be on his debut studio album, Dream Your Life Away, in September of this year. The song has been a huge hit across the globe and I think we will see much more of Vance Joy in the days to come. He is incredibly talented and just a nice, down-to earth guy. He has been touring constantly this year and just finished performing at Lollapalooza. He will be opening his own US headliner tour in Dallas in October.

Have a great weekend!

SONG OF THE DAY – “STEER” by Missy Higgins

November 14, 2013

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Throwback Thursday – Originally posted as my daughter’s Song of the Day on 01/09/2011.

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I love this idea of posting an older song on Throwback Thursday. I am a little OCD and I have kept an Excel spreadsheet of all the songs I have ever posted over the last 4 years on my daughter’s page, and a separate spreadsheet for my friend’s 3-year list. As you can probably guess, I have now started my third spreadsheet!

So in preparation for my post today, I have been re-listening to lots of music to find just the right song. Needless to say, I have been singing and dancing around my kitchen a lot the last few days. My 15 year-old son cautioned me to “stay out from in front of the windows” while I was dancing last night. Sometimes I forget that we moms can totally embarrass our children, especially a teenage boy! Woops! (Shhh … I have to let you in on a little secret. My son is awesome! He usually joins me in my kitchen dance parties.)

I chose Missy Higgins today because I really love her music. She is fresh and passionate. Her ballads are just impossible to get out of my head. My niece turned me on to Missy Higgins while she was an undergraduate student. I had just shared some music with her that I thought she would like, and she sent me back a note asking me if I had heard of Missy Higgins. I immediately listened to her and fell in love with her music. Thanks, Abby!

Missy has a very interesting story. She was hugely successful in the mid to late 2000s. She then got burned out and walked away from music. It is really a cautionary tell for all of us. What she said about that time was really impactful. On her website it says,

“You get the amount of success you dream of and it doesn’t bring the happiness you thought it would,” Missy says. “You have an existential crisis – how do I become happy? If this doesn’t give you fulfilment what does? And when it’s caused by something you’ve always attached as being your identity, what do you do? I’ve always been the singer or the musician or the songwriter. And when I quit music that was terrifying. Who am I? It was scary but it was also important to find out.” Read more here. 

After a three year break, Missy came back and is making amazing music once again. Taking time to slow down, breathe, live in the moment, and discover who we are as a person and, more importantly, what makes us happy is really the goal. Difficult to do, but so important. I really enjoyed the honest account that Missy gave of her journey.

If you are going to click on the iTunes link above, also check out some of her other great songs. A few recommendations: 1. Set Me on Fire, 2. Warm Whispers, and 3. Where I Stood