SONG OF THE DAY – “I’M ON YOUR SIDE” by Matt Hires

April 9, 2014

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I am posting a song today by an artist that I am very fond of. Matt Hires is a singer-songwriter from Florida who began writing music in his late teens and released his first album at age 22. Now, at the ripe old age of 28, he is still creating great music with a sound all his own, and he released a new independent album just yesterday.

I find his music enjoyable to listen to and very soothing. He has such an authentic voice and the lyrics to his songs are incredibly sincere and honest, something that I just find refreshing.

I am a big fan of his first two full length albums (Take Us to the Start 2008 and This World Won’t Last Forever, But Tonight We Can Pretend 2013), so I was very excited when he announced that he was working on new songs and a new album. His new four-track album, Heartache Machine, was just released yesterday and earlier today it had already reached #16 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart. He is currently on tour and will be here in NYC later this month. Hooray! He is also joining another favorite of mine – Parachuteon tour this summer. I will definitely be watching for those dates!

I love the new album and hope that you will enjoy it too. If you find that you like it, please share it with someone else. I get a kick out of introducing great music to those who might not have otherwise heard it, and I love spreading the news about awesome music and talented artists. Matt Hires, and this new album, is definitely one that should be shared.

Check out my absolute favorite song by Matt Hires – “Honey, Let Me Sing You A Song.” In fact, maybe it should be the Throw Back Thursday song tomorrow. 😉

 

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SONG OF THE DAY – “DREAMING” by Smallpools

March 31, 2014

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Well, it was a crazy weekend! On Friday morning, I received the call no one wants to get. The school nurse at my son’s high school called to tell me that my son had been hurt in PE and that I needed to come right away to pick him up. She said that he had either broken his wrist or it was severely dislocated. I was at the dentist’s office with my daughter when I received the call and the nurse told me that I needed to leave her there and come immediately. I was panicked! I  jumped in my car and headed off; I had driven just a couple of blocks when the nurse called me back and said, “turn around and go to the ER, I have called an ambulance for your son.” She had just personally seen the injury and she told me that it was a severe break and she did not want me to drive him, the ambulance was on the way. Okay, well now I was really stressed!

I need to comment here on the kindness of people. I just deserted my daughter at the dentist’s office without her even knowing I had left. The office staff said they would let her know where I was when she finished. When I called them just a few minutes later to tell them I was headed to the ER instead, they immediately offered to drive my daughter there to meet me. That was one of the kindest things that anyone has ever done for me.

Needless to say, I drove to the ER and when my son got there he had an IV and was very calm. His wrist was pretty gruesome and looked like a bent spoon as you can see.

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The reason for the song today … my son told me that when he first fell and looked down at his wrist, he thought he was having a bad dream. He kept trying to wake himself up. That might be why he stayed so calm after it happened. He just kept thinking this is a dream … wake up! He told me even up to yesterday that it just didn’t seem real. Unfortunately, it is real! The wrist is fractured in two locations and he won’t be swinging those golf clubs any time soon. Luckily, it appears that there is no nerve damage and he won’t have to have surgery; we will know for sure next Monday. After 2 days in the ER, a couple of long nights, and back at the Orthopedic Surgeon’s office today, it has been a few days to remember … or should I say, forget. 🙂 Sure wish we had been dreaming.

Through it all, my son has been amazing! Everyone who came in contact with him during the incident, from the school nurse to the gym teacher to the EMTs to the hospital staff, commented to me on what a polite, great kid he is and how calm and patient he remained through the whole thing. He is a pretty awesome kid!

Well, a long story to make up for two days of not posting. Now for just a few notes about today’s band. Smallpools is a quick-rising Indie-pop band that just got their start in 2013, the same year they released their first self-titled EP and hit single, “Dreaming.” Two of the band members were originally from New Jersey (Mike Kamerman and Sean Scanlon), but moved to Los Angeles to further their music career. There, they met the other two members of the band who both hailed from Oregon (Joe Intile and Beau Kuther). Something clicked! This song is infectious and it is easy to see how it so quickly became a hit. Some friends of mine just saw them live in NYC this week, opening for Grouplove at Terminal 5, and loved them! The band seems to be as excited and surprised by their quick rise to popularity as everyone else, but they also seem to be around to stay. Hope you enjoy this catchy tune.

SONG OF THE DAY – “HOLD ME” by Royal Teeth

March 18, 2014

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Okay, so I have to be honest as to why I picked this song today. I have had several songs by this band on my list for some time, but I have teeth on my mind today and so I obviously gravitated to this band. Sometimes it is an odd reason that leads me to share a great song! haha

Last week I started having some tooth pain. It was fortuitous timing because I had a regular cleaning scheduled with my dentist on Friday. He took a quick x-ray, did some tests, and immediately referred me to an Endodontist. So, today I started root canal therapy on the tooth. YUCK! It is the very back molar and I honestly did not think I could hold my jaw open one second longer when my doctor said “we will finish for today.” It is a two appointment root canal and “it will get much worse before it gets better.” Well, that’s dandy! You would think if you had a dead nerve you would have no pain … obviously not the case. So, you can see why I was driven to pick a song by Royal Teeth. 🙂

Royal Teeth is a young, five member, Indie Pop band formed in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2010. Nora Patterson is the only female in the group and she uses her incredible voice like a fine-tuned instrument. I am fascinated by the sound she can make – it really could be mistaken for an instrument. Gary Larsen is the other lead singer and he is just fun to watch perform. In fact, the entire sound of the band is fun, lively, and youthful.

The band is really on a run right now. They have been touring like crazy over the last year, they just finished performing to glowing reviews at SXSW, and they will be the guest performer on American Idol this Thursday. Their debut album, GLOW, was released in August of last year and their song, “Wild” has been hugely popular. You can currently get a free download of three tracks off GLOW at NoiseTrade (just don’t forget the tip!). This band is certainly one to watch – I think they are about to explode!

SONG OF THE DAY – “BREAK THE WALLS” by Fitz and The Tantrums

March 10, 2014

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Happy Monday! I think spring might actually be trying to come rescue all of us winter weary folks. I am not a huge fan of daylight savings, but I must admit that having daylight all the way until 7pm here on the east coast is pretty fabulous. The extra daylight and warmer temperatures change a town – people are out and about, runners and walkers flock outside, and definitely more smiley and cheerful people abound. Amazing what a little taste of spring can do for the soul!

Today’s song is by Fitz and The Tantrums, a very cool band with an amazingly unique sound. Their music has a very retro sound and vibe that I just love. The band was founded in 2008 by Michael Fitzpatrick (songwriter, lead singer, and keyboardist) after he bought an organ and wrote a song the same night. He reached out to a college friend, who is a saxophonist, to add some horns to the song. From there, recommendations for other band members were given and the group quickly grew to six, including: Kirpatrick, James King (the college friend and saxophonist), Noelle Scaggs, John Wicks, Joseph Karnes, and Jeremy Ruzumna. It seems they were an instant fit and all got along right from the start.

Fast forward to today and the band has two albums under their belts, have toured extensively and played many festivals, and have gained a tremendous amount of popularity. They are currently on tour and have many upcoming music festivals, including the Governor’s Ball here in NYC and Bonnaroo, both in June. I think you will enjoy this very cool song and may even find yourself dancing and singing along!

SONG OF THE DAY – “BREAKABLE” by Ingrid Michaelson

February 25, 2014

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Ingrid Michaelson, whose song I am sharing today, is one of my favorite female artists. I love her quirky, artsy style and she is just so incredibly talented – a songwriter, musician, and singer. She is from New York and grew up with artistic parents, starting her musical journey at the age of 4 when she began playing the piano. Much of her music has been featured on very popular television series, including this song which was featured on Grey’s Anatomy in the fall of 2007. The song is from the album, Girls and Boys, which she released independently in 2006 and then remastered and re-released in January 2007. At about that time, Ingrid was often referred to as one of the most promising independent artists in the country. She has a new album coming out in April called, Lights Out, which will be her sixth studio album. I am looking forward to hearing it! A few other favorites from a sampling of her albums, include: “Be OK,” “Maybe,” and “Do It Now” among others, but that is a good start.

I am going to share a story with you from earlier this month, which makes this song title such a perfect choice for the day.

Just over two weeks ago my husband slipped on our hardwood floor stairs in the garage and broke his back. He had just returned from a week of business travel and we were starting a “kid-less” weekend as my daughter had returned to college and my son was away in Florida for a golf tournament. We had big plans for the weekend! He zipped out of the house in his socks to take out the trash, hit that top stair, and just flew off the stairs. I was inside the house and heard a big thud outside. I opened the door to the garage and he was lying on the floor just looking dazed.

Okay, I have a confession to make. I have a horrible problem of laughing at inopportune times and often funny injuries just do it for me (a habit I share with my good friend in London – you know who you are 😉 ). So, needless to say, I started to giggle. Through my strained laughing voice, I said, “Did you just fall down the stairs?” I walked over, picked up the trash bag, and started to giggle again. He still just kept laying there motionless. Finally, he said, “I don’t think I can get up,” which of course caused me to burst out laughing. I know, I know … I am horrible, but when I realized he was being serious, the laughing stopped.

He has an incredible threshold for pain and he was in excruciating pain, so I knew it was serious. We went to the ER the next morning and the CT scan discovered that he had broken a bone in his back – a bone of which I had never even heard. He had broken his Left Transverse Process, the bone that comes out laterally from the spine and where all the muscles connect. The doctor told us (like he didn’t already know!) that it is an extremely painful break because of the amount of movement that area of the back controls and that there is little to be done to help it heal, other than time and bed rest. Haha … bed rest is not my husband’s strength.

So, fast forward … it has been 17 days since the fall and the break. He is doing much better and we are hoping that full recovery is on the way. He has not been very good about the “bed rest,” but he is moving so much better than he was a week ago, that things have to be improving. It was a good reminder that we are all breakable. Good health and mobility are about the greatest blessings we have and I know he will be thrilled to have his return. So, here’s to good health!

SONG OF THE DAY – “MY TIME” by Caveman

February 24, 2014

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A quick note tonight. I just got home after a long travel day and I am finally sitting down to write and post a song. It was my time to come home, but what a shock that cold weather was to my system when I stepped off that plane. Yikes! 

Today’s song is from a band called Caveman. Caveman is a 5-member band that formed in 2010 and hails from Brooklyn, New York. This song is from their 2011 album, “Coco Beware,” but they just released their second album in 2013. Caveman produces a very unique sound and I really enjoy this song. Hope you like it too.

Sorry to keep it short, but I am exhausted. 🙂 Also, I need to prepare myself for the “Polar Vortex” that is arriving again on the east coast again this week. haha! Spring is coming, right?

SONG OF THE DAY – “BALANCE” by Future Islands

February 18, 2014

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Another snowy day here in the east coast! I am driving my daughter’s Mini Cooper and I can’t say that it is the best vehicle for slippery, windy, hilly roads.

Snow is beautiful, but I am feeling like I need a little balance between winter and sunshine! I am looking forward to getting to spend some time in sunny, warm Arizona with my son later this week. He can get his fill of golf rounds and I can get my fill of sunshine, hiking, and time with old friends. Returning to places I have lived before is always a wonderful experience. I have so many good friends from my time in Arizona and I can hardly wait to get to spend some time with them. It may be hard to leave again.

The song of the day today is a very catchy tune and I love the sound that Future Islands creates. I think you will enjoy listening to this synthpop sound today – I know that I am enjoying listening to it. The video also seems to catch where I am today … they are seeking the beach and I am seeking the sunshine. 🙂

Future Islands is a synthpop group currently based out of Baltimore, Maryland. The band started in 2006 while they were attending East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. They have a very unique sound that makes for very easy listening. Future Islands have announced that they will be releasing a new album in March of this year, but this song is from their last album “On The Water,” which was released in late 2011.

SONG OF THE DAY – “DANCE SO GOOD” by Wakey!Wakey!

December 28, 2013

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Sticking with the theme of winding up the year, I decided to post a song by one of my favorite new finds of the year. Wakey!Wakey! was a new find for me this year. The band is not new, but new to me.

This song is from the short named (haha!) album, “Almost Everything I Wish I’d Said The Last Time I Saw You …” which was released in 2010. I can’t believe it took me so long to find them. I think Michael Grubbs (band frontman)  is an incredible pianist and songwriter. The two other songs from the album that I really enjoy are “Almost Everything” and “Light Outside.”

New York is home for Wakey!Wakey! and they will be kicking off their 2014 tour at Bowery Ballroom in New York City on February 28. I am hoping to get to see them live at that show.

So the big debate … do we venture into the city for New Year’s Eve this year? Our first year near NYC and it is a temptation for me, but for my husband … it sounds like his worst nightmare. Times Square in NYC would be quite a chaotic scene. We did Central London and Trafalgar Square for New Year’s Eve a few years ago when we lived there and it was a massive crowd – so I am debating the chaos which would be Times Square. A few days to decide …

SONG OF THE DAY – “STAY YOUNG, GO DANCING” by Death Cab for Cutie

December 26, 2013

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Throwback Thursday – Originally posted as my daughter’s Song of the Day on 11/13/2012.

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I took a few days off to enjoy the holidays. We just tried to stay away from computers altogether, so now that Christmas is over I wanted to get back to the music! I almost forgot that it was Thursday today, but I am glad that I remembered so that I could share an older song that I truly love.

This is a song by Death Cab for Cutie and it just makes me happy. I love the song and I love the video!

This song is from the album, “Codes and Keys” that was released in May of 2011. Death Cab for Cutie is one of those bands that started as a small Indie band and then successfully crossed over into mainstream appeal and success. They are probably one of the best-known and highly praised long-term Indie rock bands and have released seven albums and received several Grammy nominations. Ben Gibbard is an amazing song-writer and has a great voice to accompany his fantastic songs.

Enjoy the last few days of 2013. I plan to do lots of dancing this week as I prepare for another new year.

SONG OF THE DAY – “COOL KIDS” by Echosmith

December 21, 2013

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I can’t believe that it is the weekend before Christmas! This month has just flown by so quickly. Today we spent a fabulous festive day in NYC. I love the city and it certainly does not disappoint at this time of the year. The Christmas decorations are wonderful and the city is just full of excitement. The only bummer … the crowds were unbelievable! I guess that everyone loves the city at Christmastime. 🙂

Today’s Song of the Day was introduced to me by my son. He told me that he had a song that he knew I would love, and he was right. The song is about two kids who don’t really fit in and think they want to be like the “cool kids.” It is a great song! I love the lyrics. You can totally tell that this band is made up of young kids who can relate to the story because they just nail it. I also just really enjoy their sound – it is very fresh and yet reminds me of the 80s music I grew up on. I have been playing this song on repeat a lot the last two weeks and can’t get it out of my head, so I decided it was time to share.

Echosmith is a band that was formed in Los Angeles, California with four siblings – 3 brothers and 1 sister (all under the age of 21!). The band released their first album, “Talking Dreams” in October of this year.  Earlier in the year they were named one of the “100 Bands You Need To Know” by Alternative Press. I think there will be much more to come from Echosmith.