“Family Is Family” by Kacey Musgraves

November 27, 2017

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I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you were able to spend it with family, friends, and those you love. I thought this song would add a little humor to the end of this traditional family holiday. Hope it makes you chuckle.

Thanksgiving has always been my family’s holiday tradition. I am one of four girls and each one of us has made Thanksgiving with our side of the family the priority and it has been the tradition for probably close to 30 years. As we each got married, had kids, and have now had some of those kids get married, our group has grown … and we have still made it happen! We had 22 of us together this year … only three people missing. That is pretty amazing and I feel very blessed! I love my family – the joy, the laughter, the support, the challenges, and yes … even the drama. ❤

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Song of the Day – “World Without You” by Hudson Taylor

March 10, 2015

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Today’s song is one you will have to listen to on YouTube below as it is not yet available here in the US. I love Hudson Taylor, an Irish folk pop duo with brothers Alfie and Harry Hudson-Taylor.

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I have posted a song from Hudson Taylor in the past, but wanted to share this new song (and brand new video!) by them today. They will be releasing their debut album, Singing For Strangers, across the world (except the US and Canada) on March 30. I will be keeping my eye out for the US release date and will let you know as soon as I know. In the meantime, this is a great music video and I think you will love the song.

I have linked to their LP, Chasing Rubies, above. The LP was released in late 2013 and if you have not yet listened to their music, please check them out … they truly are awesome! You can also preview their new album by clicking HERE.

Song of the Day – “I’m Good” by The Mowgli’s

February 10, 2015

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I’m BAAAACK …

Well, I have to admit that I have probably set the record for the longest break from a “daily” blog post. Many of you probably wondered if I would ever return. To be honest, so did I! 🙂 Once you get out of a routine, it is sure hard to get back into it. If it had not been for the prodding of many people (including being given the assignment yesterday to “post on your blog!!” from my daughter), my break may have continued.

Life has been crazy and it amazes me that I have not posted in 3 months! It all started with my visit to China where I was without access to most of the internet pages that I needed – WordPress, YouTube, Facebook – and so I was not able to post. I returned home to the holidays, kids home from school, vacations, medical issues, and … here we are today.

So, I am taking the plunge and starting to write again. I have NOT taken a break from music over these last few months, so I still have a lot to share with you. Thanks for sticking with me and I hope this song let’s you know that I am still here and “I’m Good!”

I have posted songs by The Mowgli’s before and I love their sound. They are just so cool and their music makes me happy. This song really resonated with me – I love the beat and the lyrics are fantastic too. This is their new single from their upcoming album, Kids in Love. The single is available now and the album has an expected release date in early April. Enjoy!

“Somewhere All The Time” by Samantha Crain

November 2, 2014

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I have not been very good at keeping up with my blog over the last few weeks. Funny how life gets in the way of things.

Amazingly, I have been at this blog now for an entire year! It has been such an interesting adventure. What I thought would be an easy undertaking was not always quite as easy as I thought it would be. Sometimes it became overwhelming and I have to admit I avoided it, but mostly it has been a fun experiment, a great way to share and explore my passion, and an incredible learning experience. As I evaluate the blogging experience of the last year, I can now begin to set new goals and work on improving.

Thank you for sharing this adventure with me. I hope that you have enjoyed the ride as much as I have, and I appreciate you hanging in there with me. New things are on the horizon. I can’t promise how quickly they will come, but they are coming … just as soon as I get this thing called life under control. 🙂 Speaking of which … so much to share with you in my next blog posts.

I am sharing a fabulous song with you today. It is one that I have liked for a long time from Oklahoma native Samantha Crains 2013 album, Kid Face. I love her voice and her natural sound with that guitar. The words to this song are perfect!

Last weekend I made a very spontaneous decision after learning that my husband’s flight would be coming in late. I grabbed my purse and walked down the street to see a concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC. It is a renowned venue in the city and one that I had not been to yet. A show was playing there that night that I had wanted to see and so I was glad that I got the opportunity. Samantha Crain was the opening act and she was delightful. She is a small person and it was just her and her guitar on that huge stage; however, she was able to warm up that audience with her humorous stories, great songs, and fabulous music. Her music was captivating and enjoyable. I loved hearing the songs that I already knew and I heard many new ones that I can’t wait to have released. Enjoy.

Song of the Day – “Orange Sky” by Alexi Murdoch

October 30, 2014

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It’s Throwback Thursday! Today’s #tbt song is a favorite of mine from Alexi Murdoch’s first full-length album, Time Without Consequence, released in 2006 on his own label.

I discovered Alexi Murdoch while living in London, England. What a find! I instantly fell in love with his music. This song is truly a gift from an incredibly talented musician and songwriter. I think it is difficult to find someone writing music like he does today. To me it feels like a deeply emotional conversation that I have been invited into.

I am a huge fan, but I have found him to be a bit elusive. Alexi Murdoch does not tour much, but when he does tour, his shows instantly sell out. He has quite a following and was listed as a “Top Ten Artists to Watch” by Rolling Stone after the release of his debut album in 2006. After a long wait, he released his second album, Towards the Sun, in 2011 to strong reviews. He has a personal love and connection with his artistry and music and has never signed with a major music label, even though he has had offers. He decided to stay an independent artist to maintain control of his music. In an interview with CNN Headline News in December 2003, he said:

“I really don’t want people involved in the creative process while I’m recording, who really don’t have anything to do with music, whose interest, by necessity, is just pure economics,” Murdoch says. “There is going to be something [at stake] other than just the integrity of the music.”

Alexi Murdoch is a Scottish musician who was raised in Greece until he was 10 years old at which time his family moved back to the UK and settled in Scotland. He attended Duke University in North Carolina and also lived for some time in California. His songs have received placements in dozens of films and television shows and it is likely you have heard one of his songs on one of those shows. I hope you enjoy listening to this song. I can’t recommend his music strongly enough and if you haven’t listened to him before, check out his albums, I particularly love Time Without Consequence.  I love all of his music and there are so many good songs to recommend, but definitely a few to start with include: “All My Days,” “Blue Mind,” and “Song For You.”

“My salvation lies in your love.”

 

“Show Me Emotion” by The Dunwells

October 1, 2014

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I am posting a song today by a band that I have posted from before – the English, folk-rock band, The Dunwells. I saw The Dunwells perform live back in 2012 while living in Dallas, and I immediately liked them. They have a great sound, wonderful song-writing, fantastic harmonies, and just a cool vibe.

The band is made up of brothers David and Joseph Dunwell, and cousins Robert Clayton and Johnny Lamb. (The band used to be five members, but guitarist, David Hanson, left the band to start his own band.) They just released their second studio album on September 8, 2014. The new EP is entitled, Show Me Emotion and it does just that. It is a different sound than their first album and I loved their old sound … but, I also really like this new sound too.

The Dunwells just finished touring in the UK in September and are headed to California this month. They are great live performers, particularly in an intimate setting where you can really hear those incredible harmonies. If you get a chance to see them, take it! I am hoping they make it to the east coast and will be keeping my eye out for them.

Sometimes at the end of a long day with a lot of moving pieces I do feel overcome with emotion for some reason. Sometimes I feel incredibly happy and other times I feel on the verge of tears. Today has been one of those days. This song just seemed like a perfect fit, just enough emotion to let me settle into my end of day. I really hope you enjoy this new song.

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 – “DIAMONDS” by JOHNNYSWIM

August 20, 2014

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It is amazing to believe that summer is almost over. It has been one of the quickest summers in my recent memory. Where has August gone? It was just August 16 – my anniversary – when I posted last … and it is already August 20. I think I lost a few days.

Yesterday was my dad’s 80th birthday! Where did the years go? Not only does he not look or act like he is 80 years old, but it is hard to believe that he is actually 80! He is the youngest, sharpest 80-year old you will ever meet. I am so lucky to be his daughter! He is a wonderful man and I am blessed to have him as my dad. Happy Birthday, Dad!

Last night I went into the city to see the fabulous musical duo, JOHNNYSWIM, at the Bowery Ballroom. They were amazing! I have been following them for some time and have really been looking forward to the opportunity to see them live. It was worth the wait! They were funny, the music was fabulous, and the chemistry and connection between the two is absolutely electric.

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JOHNNYSWIM is composed of a pair of singer-songwriters – Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano (daughter of Disco Queen, Donna Summers) – who just happen to now be husband and wife. The couple met in Nashville, Tennessee in 2005 and began writing music together shortly afterward, forming JOHNNYSWIM in 2006. They released their first LP in 2008 and were married in 2009. They just released their full-length debut album (Diamonds) in April of this year (2014). It sounds like the past nine years have been an action-packed and adventurous time for the couple.

Abner and Amanda make beautiful music together – both the music and the lyrics are incredible. They blend folk, soul, and rock in a perfect combination and their voices mix together magically. Amanda Sudano even commented on this in an interview with NPR in April 2014, saying that it is sometimes difficult for the two of them to determine who is singing “because our voices are so similar.”

In addition to the incredible music, the electricity between the two of them is palpable. They have an easy banter on stage and their performance and timing are flawless. The stories that they told to the crowd, everything from Abner’s parents to their engagement, kept the audience mesmerized. They truly are the whole package … not only do they create fantastic music, but they are literally the cutest musical group out there – real, joyful, connected, and visibly enjoying the adventure.

 

 

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Today’s song is a favorite, but I honestly love all of their music. I have previously posted two JOHNNYSWIM songs as Song of the Day on this blog already: “Home” on December 1, 2013 and “Live While  We’re Young,” on April 29, 2014. I hope you enjoy this song, which they playfully refer to as their “SUCK IT” song. 🙂

 

 


SONG OF THE DAY – “POEMS, PRAYERS & PROMISES” by John Denver

July 31, 2014

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It’s Throwback Thursday! Today’s #tbt song is from John Denver’s 1971 album by the same name.

Okay, I have to admit it, I have always been a John Denver fan. I know nearly all of his songs and can pretty much sing along to every one. I grew up on his music at home, loved going to his concerts, and was sad when he passed away much too early. It is hard to imagine a music blog without at least one song by him.

I am sure after reading my post yesterday, you know that I am feeling a little sentimental and maybe even a touch sad this week and there is nothing quite like a John Denver song to bring out the melancholy. He certainly has plenty of music that is knee-slapping and jovial, but he had an incredible  way of capturing everyday emotions in his poetry and music. I truly believe that there is a John Denver song for almost every emotional moment in life. This song certainly captures my moment now.

How many of you have listened to “Annie’s Song” (my personal favorite), “Leaving On a Jet Plane,” “Sunshine on My Shoulders,” “or “Take Me Home Country Roads” when there was absolutely nothing else that could capture the moment quite like the lyrics of a John Denver song. I have a hard time believing that I am the only one who has done that at some point. Even to this day when I am in the mountains, there is no song that I love to hear more than “Rocky Mountain High!” In fact, I am sitting here listening to it now and it just makes me feel the freedom of that space even though I am sitting here in my house far from the mountains I love. Factoid: Did you know that the Colorado legislature adopted that song as the second official song of Colorado in 2007? It certainly seems like a natural fit.

Although I don’t listen to his music very often, I would probably have to list John Denver‘s music among my very favorites – so many great songs and even more years of memories that it awakens.

John Denver was born Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. in Roswell, New Mexico on December 31, 1943. He was hugely popular throughout the 1970s and early 80s. He was well-known not only for his music, but also for his activism – a humanitarian and an environmentalist. He died shortly before his 54th birthday, in October 1997, when the plane he was piloting went down over Monterey Bay, California. Oddly, as I was thinking about posting this song today, I saw that John Denver’s former Aspen (Rocky Mountain) home went on the market and was listed in the Wall Street Journal today. Weird coincidence. Anyone in the market? 🙂

SONG OF THE DAY – “MY MAMA SAID BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU LAY YOUR HEAD” by The Wind and The Wave

June 30, 2014

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The Song of the Day is not yet available on iTunes. Clicking the button above will take you to the link for the new single, “With Your Two Hands.”

I have been having a difficult time getting back into writing for this blog. I think I may have writer’s block. I have been having so much fun with this blog, but I stopped for a few days and I began to feel like my creativity just disappeared, and I started second guessing every song that I wanted to share.

I had a funny thought today though. Don’t you find music critics interesting? Do you read a music review by someone who thinks a band is “remarkable” or the “next big thing” or “horrible and untalented” and decide that you like the music based on those reviews OR do you listen to the music and decide for yourself. I know that I am in the second category.

Sometimes I like a single song by an artist and other times I like everything they do. Sometimes I just know they are going to be a huge success and other times I am not sure if they will ever make it big, but I know I like their song. Sometimes I love a song forever and other times I like a song just for a season. No matter how it comes around, I know that I love music and I think you do too. I don’t expect that everyone will like every song that I enjoy, but although we may not always like the same music, the fact is that music touches our lives, moves our souls, and brings us joy … that is the common thread we share.

Today I am sharing a song by a band that I discovered for the first time when I went to see Stereophonics in concert here in NYC at Terminal 5 in the fall of last year. The Wind and The Wave were the opening act and they were incredible. The Wind and The Wave is the collaboration of Dwight Baker (The Wind) and Patricia Lynn (The Wave), two Austin-based friends who started the duo in late 2012. When I saw them in concert that night, I had no idea who they were but I felt like they stole the show. It was just the two of them on the stage and they had so much energy and passion that it was fabulous to watch. It is hard to imagine that incredibly powerful voice coming out of Patricia’s small frame.

Their passionate sound just struck a chord and I immediately came home to search up their music on the internet. They were new enough at the time that it was difficult to find many songs online and they were absolutely not available on iTunes or Spotify, so I have been waiting to share their music. They have recently released a single, “With Your Two Hands, (the song above on the iTunes button) and their debut album, From The Wreckage, is expected out later this year. It is definitely time to share their music and introduce you to The Wind and The Wave. During your discovery, another song you should check out is “It’s a Longer Road to California Than I Thought.” These three songs all show a different aspect of their fantastic music.