“I WOULDN’T DANCE” by David Myles

February 14, 2015

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❤ ❤ HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! ❤ ❤

I am not a flowers and chocolate kind of girl on Valentine’s Day, but I love taking the opportunity to tell those I love how much I love them. I hope that you have been lucky enough to spend time today with the one that you love.

Establishing a tradition that I started last year, I am posting a song by David Myles for Valentine’s Day. I love him and his music and this song is just the perfect sentiment for the day. On top of that, David Myles is maintaining his Valentine tradition of giving away a free little love songClick here to make sure you get your free copy of this sweet love song.

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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 – “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 – “I WILL LOVE YOU” by David Myles

February 14, 2014

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

This is the perfect song for the day and David Myles just makes some beautiful music here. I hope that you are able to spend time with the person you love today.

If you have forgotten your Valentine today, it is not too late! David Myles is doing something really sweet for Valentine’s Day and he will send this song to your Valentine for you. I would encourage you to take advantage of it and get yourself a copy of this fantastic song at the same time. Click on the link below to take you there.

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SONG OF THE DAY – “WHAT I WOULDN’T DO” by Serena Ryder

December 30, 2013

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As one of the last days of 2013, I am giving you another favorite new to me artist of the year.

I was so excited when I discovered Serena Ryder this year. I absolutely adore her music! She has such a cool voice and her music just sparks emotion in me. Serena is not a new artist as her debut album was released in Canada in 2004, but I just found her this year.

I highlighted one of her songs, “Stompa” in a post earlier this year. This song is another one off that album – “Harmony.” Her 2008 album – “Is It O.K.” – has also got a number of great songs. Other songs that you may want to check out if you like this one and Stompa are “Mary Go Round” and “All For Love.”

Just one more day of 2013! I am amazed at how quickly this year flew. I have been thinking about New Year’s resolutions and goals. I love the idea of a new start. My daughter and I will be heading to Guatemala to build a house with Habitat for Humanity on Saturday morning (more to come on that). That is a goal for the new year – make a difference in the world around me. So, until tomorrow …

SONG OF THE DAY – “INNER NINJA” by Classified, featuring David Myles

November 16, 2013

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Just having some fun today with this song.

I want to be a Ninja! I at least need to find my inner Ninja … I know it is there, I have even seen it a few times. 😉

This is such a fun and catchy song – I can’t get it out of my head. Even for those of you who are not huge fans of Rap or Hip-Hop, you will enjoy this one. The song is from Canadian rapper and Hip-Hop artist, Classified (Luke Boyd). Classified is not new on the music scene (in fact he released his first LP in 1995), but he is new to me. In April of this year, Classified won the Juno Award (Canada’s Music Awards) for “Rap Recording of the Year” for this song.

Gotta run! I am heading upstairs to the gym to work on my Ninja moves …

SONG OF THE DAY – “JET LAG” by Simple Plan, featuring Natasha Bedingfield

November 10, 2013

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Sometimes a song I want to share just seems to find the perfect moment to be shared.  That is the case with today’s song.  I have had this song on my share list for awhile now, and today just seems like the perfect time to share it.

We are hosting an exchange students from Singapore who just arrived this morning. He will be here with us for the next two weeks. It is his first time in the States and we are all excited for this opportunity. He left Singapore on Friday night and arrived here in New York this morning (Sunday) – about 23 hours of travel and an 11 hour time difference! I know he must be completely jet lagged, but he refuses to rest. This group that came to visit our school is quite impressive.  There are 11 scholars from the most prestigious secondary school in Singapore. After their return, they have to give a presentation to the Minister of Education in Singapore.

My kids have been lucky enough to travel to other countries and stay with families, and we have been blessed to have students from other countries come stay with us – 2 students from Switzerland and 2 students from China when we lived in London; and 2 students from Taiwan when we lived in Dallas. I believe these opportunities to connect with people from other places and backgrounds makes our world a much smaller place. When you have friends from all over the world, I think you develop an appreciation and respect for others, and have a much broader picture of the world and our place in it. I hope our visitor recovers from his jet lag quickly … it will be a busy 2 weeks!