SONG OF THE DAY – “EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT” by Mike Mains & The Branches

July 2, 2014

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I am traveling with my son at a golf tournament this week in (what feels like) the Middle of Nowhere, Massachusetts. I’m sure it is not as isolated as it feels, but it definitely feels like I am in small town New England. It is lovely out here and the course is beautiful; however, I could not get internet access out here yesterday. Luckily I have it today, so I am taking advantage of it now while I have it.

Today’s song is completely different from the one posted on Monday, but it is just as awesome. That is one of the things that I love most about music!

I absolutely adore the feeling of this song. It just makes me feel good and brings a smile. I think it is because I feel the same attitude that the song title suggests and I really find that feeling empowering. The lyrics of this song are inspiring. One of my favorite lines is:

“You’ve got to fill your mind with new horizons or your dreams will pack their bags.”

Those words make me feel like I need to get moving and exploring new things, be more creative, adventurous, and jump in and take a risk. I find that I feel like I can when I listen to this song. I challenge you to listen to the song and watch the video below and see if you can do it without smiling. I can’t do it … I smile every single time. I am sitting here at the golf clubhouse restaurant and I think people must be thinking I am some crazy woman as I am sitting at my computer with headphones on and a stupid grin on my face. haha! Maybe I should turn the volume up and play it for the crowd.

I know it’s strange and I digress

The fact that we can’t understand

The meaning of this life

Sometimes it’s hard to find,

But if we learn to look between the lines of things

And if we’ll open up our eyes we’re going to see

The sunrise.

Everything, everything’s gonna be alright, gonna be alright!

Mike Mains & The Branches are an Indie Rock Band with a great sound. The band was originally formed in Gainseville, Texas in 2009, but that same year relocated to Michigan, which is the home state of Mains and Briggs. The band consists of Mike Mains, Shannon (Briggs) Mains,  and Nate Wethy (Mike and Shannon were married in 2012). Today’s song is from their sophomore album, Calm Down, Everything Is Fine, just released in February 2014 and entirely funded by a PledgeMusic campaign.

Enjoy!

SONG OF THE DAY – “THE HEART” by NEEDTOBREATHE

April 18, 2014

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Happy Easter!

I hope that you are all enjoying this beautiful day. I love holidays and spending time together with family. I have so many memories of Easter with my family – both as a child and as a mom with my children. I am missing not having both my kids home today, and I am also feeling a little sad not to be “home” with my extended family for the Easter festivities.

It is a bummer to have outgrown so many of the traditional Easter activities with my kids. The Easter egg hunt is just not as fun for one kid without his sister companion to compete against. Last year we did the Easter egg hunt via Skype as my son carried his sister around on the iPad so that she could help him hunt for the eggs. We just got home yesterday evening and my daughter is working the pasta dinner for the Boston Marathon today so, needless to say, there was no egg hunt this year. 😦

There have been so many new albums released over the last few weeks and it has been exciting to listen to and explore all the new music. Today’s song is off the new NEEDTOBREATHE album, Rivers in the Wasteland, which was just released on April 15. I am a huge fan of NEEDTOBREATHE, introduced to them shortly after I moved to Dallas. I have seen them in concert live two times – once during The Outsiders tour and once on The Reckoning tour. They have an incredible presence on stage and truly know how to connect with the audience. I would have to say that The Reckoning concert was one of the best “rock” concerts I have ever seen. They were incredible! I am looking forward to seeing them again very soon at one of their upcoming tour dates.

NEEDTOBREATHE was formed in 1999 by two brothers from Possum Kingdom, South Caraolina – Bear and Bo (Bryant) Rinehart (named after famous University of Alabama football coach, Bear Bryant) – along with two childhood friends, Joe Stillwell (drummer) and Seth Bolt (bassist). They are a Christian rock band and have a huge fan base among Christian music fans, but they have certainly crossed over the lines to attract a larger mainstream audience as well. They have been classified as Southern Rock and their music absolutely has a classic southern feel, but the music they play crosses many genres. They have a remarkably raw sound and so many great songs that it would be difficult for me to direct you to just a few. This new album is fantastic and was certainly worth the three year wait! I hope you enjoy this song and I recommend that you check out the rest of their music library.

SONG OF THE DAY – “LOVE ALONE IS WORTH THE FIGHT” by Switchfoot

January 13, 2013

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I’m back! Sorry for the absence this last week, but I was in Guatemala working with Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village. I had big plans to post every night, but the difficulty in working with the internet over there, and just being in the moment of the experience, seemed to not allow that to happen. I am happy to be back to sharing music and I hope you missed me. 😉

I love this song and just feel like it perfectly expresses the way I am feeling today. Spending a week with my daughter in Guatemala working with and loving both the people there and those on my team, and then returning home to my two boys (well one man, and a young man!) seemed to both emphasize this same sentiment. Everything that is worth anything is based on love … and that love is worth the fight.  Life is good!

My experience in Guatemala opened my eyes to many things. I was amazed at the love that I felt for the people we were helping, my team, and the children … the beautiful, happy, and most loving children I have ever known. I learned – or maybe re-learned – a sense of gratitude for so many things. And when I came home, I felt an even bigger sense of gratitude – gratitude for things I definitely did not think of every day before I left; simple things like a bright, warm room, eating fresh fruits and veggies, and a breath of fresh, clean air.

Switchfoot is a band that has been around for a long time, but they just released a new album this month which is excellent! This song is from that album, called “Fading West.” Switchfoot was founded in 1996 in San Diego by two brothers (Jon and Tim Foreman) and their friend Chad Butler. Long labeled as a Christian band, they prefer being labeled as alternative because they feel that their music is for everyone and that classification eliminated half of who they are. Frontman Jon Foreman spoke to The Boston Globe in 2004 and when asked about the Christian leanings of the band said, “For us, it’s a faith, not a genre. We’ve always been very open and honest about where the songs are coming from. For us, these songs are for everyone. Calling us Christian rock tends to be a box that closes some people out and excludes them. And that’s not what we’re trying to do. Music has always opened my mind — and that’s what we want.”

I have shared a few photos from my trip. I would highly recommend going on a Global Village trip with Habitat For Humanity. As one of the local Guatemalan Habitat committee members told us on our last day, “the blessing you give will be rewarded with a hundred blessings.” Have a great day and enjoy the song.

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SONG OF THE DAY – “Something Beautiful” by NEEDTOBREATHE

November 9, 2013

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Spent a beautiful day in Central Park today. It is amazing the beauty that you can find right in the middle of one of the largest cities in the world. What incredible foresight to maintain an open space like that right in the heart of NYC! I feel very lucky to live near NYC and this amazing park.

I am sharing a song from one of my favorite bands – NEEDTOBREATHE.  I did not discover this group until I moved to Dallas, Texas where they have a large following. While I lived there, I saw them in concert two times. The second time (The Reckoning Tour) was probably one of the most amazing live rock concerts I have ever seen. They started with the song “Oohs and Ahhs” and it was just a truly rockin’ experience! I love their raw sound and the incredible lyrics of their songs. If you haven’t discovered this band, now is the perfect time!

Autumn in Central Park

Autumn in Central Park

Autumn in Central Park

Autumn in Central Park