Song of the Day – “Stolen Dance” by Milky Chance

February 11, 2015

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A quick song at the end of a very, very long day. I am exhausted, but refuse to skip Day 2 of my new posting run. 🙂

This song is by the German duo, Milky Chance, and is off their debut album, Sadnecessary. The duo is made up of singer/songwriter Clemens Rehbein and DJ Philipp Daush who met in an “Advanced Music Course” in the eleventh grade. You may already be familiar with them and this song, but my son and I kept listening to it while driving to and from the airport for a golf tournament a few weeks ago and I just have wanted to share it ever since.

Okay, it is only 9pm, but I am physically and mentally exhausted … I am off to bed. No stolen dance for me tonight. 😉

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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 – “THE MOTHER WE SHARE” by CHVRCHES

May 10, 2014

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It is Mother’s Day weekend and I have decided to post one of my favorite “mother” songs today. I am sure many of you are already very familiar with this song by CHVRCHES, but I would put this song way up on my list of favorites and just think it is perfect for Mother’s Day weekend. CHVRCHES, a trio from Glasgow, Scotland, made a huge splash into the music scene in 2012 (which is when I first heard them) and they have never turned back.  CHVRCHES has an amazing and unique sound and they are just interesting people to top it off. If you don’t yet know this song, I am certain you will like it; if you do already know it, I hope you will enjoy listening to it again on this Mother’s Day weekend.

On Mother’s Day we get the special opportunity of celebrating mothers, but today I want to take the opportunity to celebrate being a mother. I love being a mom … it has been one of the greatest gifts of my life. From the moment I held my new little babies, I just fell in love. I feel incredibly blessed to have the privilege of being their mom.

I honestly don’t believe that there is any other experience in the world that could bring more joy, more pain, more frustration, more excitement, more worry, more pride, and all at the same time help me understand love in a way that I never knew was possible. I have to say, that there is nothing more beautiful than having your child give you a hug and tell you that they love you. Luckily, I have two very affectionate children who make certain that they hug me freely and tell me those words often. I find that when they are away from home, there is a huge void and so I am very lucky this weekend to have both children home. It makes me so happy that my daughter made a point of coming home the weekend before finals to celebrate Mother’s Day with me.

I have loved every minute of being a mother. First, there was the remarkable baby stage where I could just sit for hours holding them and watching them sleep. That was the best. But, then there was the toddler stage. I loved watching them learn and discover every new thing about the world. That was the best. And then we started school and it was such fun to get to see them interact with the world and learn and develop into their own little person. That was the best. And then we reached adolescence and that was the best … okay, some days it wasn’t, but mostly it was. 😉 I loved watching as they developed opinions on issues and ideas and began figuring out their place in the world. And now, as both of my children are teenagers with one away at college, I am loving these moments too and think they are the best. I love the friendship that has developed with both of my kids and the way that they also still rely on me as their mom. Over the years, I have loved watching their accomplishments and successes, and also watching their resilience as they experienced trials and disappointments.

I love this time and this moment and, luckily, I never wished any moment away while I was experiencing it, but now there are some days that I wish I could rewind and do it all over again. I cannot lie and say that I don’t miss those little blonde kids with the big blue eyes who just wanted to hold my hand and cuddle. They often say that motherhood is the hardest job, and not for all the work that has to be done, but because our one main job is to love our kids so much that we are able to let them go when it is time. I am so grateful for the privilege I have had to be a mother and for my two incredible children who made me a mom. Being a mother is my greatest joy!

Happy Mother’s Day weekend!

SONG OF THE DAY – “I WANNA GET BETTER” by Bleachers

March 11, 2014

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“I Wanna Get Better!” Don’t we all?

I am really liking this new song by Bleachers, a solo project by fun. guitarist, Jack Antonoff. This is the first single by Bleachers, just released last month with an album scheduled for release in the spring. You can certainly hear some of the sounds of fun. in the music, but it is definitely a little edgier and heavier on the guitar. It makes for a great sound! I also think the songwriting is fantastic – very honest and open. I find it extremely motivating.

This song is catchy and upbeat, but Antonoff describes the song in an article by Rolling Stone on February 19 as follows:

Antonoff sees “I Wanna Get Better” as “the story of my existence so far and a lot of the things I struggled with … A lot of things on the album, including this song, are about loss,” Antonoff says. “It feels joyous, but for me it’s very desperate.”

Bleachers is performing in Austin this week at SXSW and is also scheduled to perform at the Governor’s Ball in NYC in June, along with several other tour dates and festivals scheduled. It seems that Antonoff kept himself busy during fun.‘s downtime and he has come out with something that is worth listening to, and a side project that is absolutely worth watching. As for us fun. fans … not to worry, there are plans for them to begin working again in the near future and I am looking forward to what will come next from them. In the meantime, enjoy this song by Bleachers.

Read more:

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/fun-s-jack-antonoff-talks-solo-project-bleachers-20140219#ixzz2vf8evJ9I

http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1722499/jack-antonoff-fun-bleachers-band.jhtml

SONG OF THE DAY – “ALL THE WAY” by Timeflies

March 2, 2014

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I love that my kids have a passion for music like I do. A few weeks ago my son came home and said, “Mom, I have a great song for you.” He told me it was from a band called Timeflies and I said, “I know them! I think I have them written down on one of my lists.” (I keep jotted notes and lists of songs and bands that I like and want to share, that has collected into quite a jumbled stack of papers!) We pulled out my papers and, sure enough, I had “Timeflies” written down, but with the name of a different song than my son was suggesting.

We spent some time listening to their music together. It was a fun moment. I am actually posting his choice of song today. It is a catchy tune and perfect for a workout or just a little pick-me-up. 

Timeflies is an incredibly talented duo that consists of Rob Resnick (aka Rez, producer) and Cal Shapiro (vocals). The pair met while they were both undergrads at Tufts University in Boston and playing in a band called The Ride; they formed Timeflies in October 2010 (their senior year) and released their first album in 2011. They are now based out of New York City. The duo does not like to limit itself to one particular musical genre because they like to incorporate all the different music that they like; therefore, they use elements of pop, hip-hop, electro, dub step, and rock to create a very interesting blend of music that is great for a listen.

FYI, the song I had written down is called “Turn It Up” and is also worth checking out. 🙂

SONG OF THE DAY – “THRIFT SHOP” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, featuring WANZ

December 31, 2013

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Happy New Year!

It is 10:00 p.m. where I am sitting, so just a couple more hours left of 2013. I can’t believe how quickly the year passed. So many exciting things happened this year! It will be a year full of many memories for me, but I am looking forward to creating new ones in 2014.

It was difficult to pick just one song today from so many favorites, but this song was probably the most memorable song of the year. I am certain it is not new to most of you, but can you seriously think of 2013 without thinking of Thrift Shop? Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were a phenomenon in 2013!

For the last few days I have been posting songs by some of my favorite new musical finds of 2013. To finish that up – on this last night of the year – I wanted to post a list of my favorite “new to me” bands and artists of 2013.  Drum roll, please ….  Here is my list:

I enjoyed so much good music over the year from a multitude of artists, but I discovered all of these artists in 2013 and they instantly became favorites and people that I will be keeping my eye on. I hope that you were able to discover and enjoy great music this year as well, and I am looking forward to sharing the musical journey with you in 2014.

And as I mentioned a couple days ago, my favorite album of the year was “Native” by OneRepublic.

 Music brings me joy and I am looking forward to a joyful year full of love, friendship, adventure, and … of course … MUSIC!

SONG OF THE DAY – “SAFE AND SOUND” by Capital Cities

December 8, 2013

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In keeping with the theme from yesterday, I am posting another song that is a Grammy nominee for Best Music Video. This is a bit of an older song and probably most of you are already familiar with it (judging by the fact that the YouTube video and Spotify have close to 50 million hits), but I have three reasons for posting it today.

The first reason is the recent Grammy nomination and the fact that the video is incredibly original and just a great piece of art in and of itself. The song has been a viral sensation! Although their full album (In A Tidal Wave of Mystery) just came out in June 2013, this song was actually released independently in 2011 and garnered a huge following. I really like Capital Cities. They are very talented and stay true to the sound that inspires them; they are unique and interesting, and just plain fun to listen to.

The second reason is that I promised a friend that I would post more running/exercise music and I actually love to workout to this song. It has a great beat and, even more than that, it just keeps me interested and jiving along. I hope you can use this one, Ruthie. 🙂

The last reason is that my husband has been traveling like a mad man for work the last few months. We had him home for literally a day and a half before he flew out again this morning on a long haul international flight. He will be gone for a 7 day stint, leaving London, Singapore, Tokyo, and Vail, Colorado in his wake. (Haha…one of these things just doesn’t belong.) I just want him to travel safely and arrive in his destinations safe and sound. ❤

All of these reasons just made for the perfect fit for posting this song today. Enjoy your Sunday!

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