“BEAUTIFUL” by Carole King

March 5, 2015

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It’s Throwback Thursday! Today’s #tbt song is from one of my all time favorite albums of all time – Tapestry by Carole King, released in 1971. 

I grew up on Carole King. I was only a very young child when Tapestry was released in 1971, but in my early youth it became one of my favorite albums and it has stayed on that list. I love every song off the album and I can sing the words to all of them.

I did not know until years later that Tapestry was one of the most highly celebrated albums of all time. The album won four Grammy Awards, including the biggest awards of the year – Album of the Year and Song of the Year. Carole King also won Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Female and Record of the Year. In addition, the album is ranked #36 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. It definitely has staying power and is probably loved by even more people today than it was back then. Carole King is a music legend!

The album has been getting a lot of play time at our home after we went to see the musical, “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical” on Broadway a couple of weeks ago. Wow! What an incredible show. I was not the only one who was singing along as the show progressed through Carole King’s repertoire of fabulous music. If you get a chance to see the show, I would definitely recommend it. I loved it!

This is such an incredible song and I love the powerful message. I hope that it might spark you to crank those old Carole King tunes again too.

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“NOTHING WITHOUT LOVE” by Nate Ruess

March 4, 2015

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Okay, you are probably thinking, “I thought she said she was back … and then she disappeared again.”

Sorry to have been so absent over the last few weeks. Sometimes life gets in the way. I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the beginning of January and had surgery on February 23. I know, a little heavy for a music blog :), but I think knowing that will explain the song choice for today.

I love this new song by Nate Ruess (from the band fun.). fun. is one of my favorite bands and I have always loved Nate’s voice. He has been working on a solo project and this is the first single from that endeavor.

The title of the song just rings so true for me right now. I have been overwhelmed by the love and support I have received from so many – family, friends, work associates, and even acquaintances. It is amazing how much love there is in this world if we open our hearts to receive it. I have truly realized that I am nothing without love – it is the foundation of my life. I received a note from a friend that said:

“And now these three remain: 

faith, hope & love.

But the greatest of these is love.”

You are loved by many of us.

Wishing you faith, hope & love.

Enjoy this new song. I am looking forward to hearing the rest of the result of Nate’s solo album.

SONG OF THE DAY – “WELCOME TO NEW YORK” by Taylor Swift

November 3, 2014

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Well, I am sorry, but I am jumping on the Taylor Swift bandwagon with today’s song. I honestly have been singing this song since the first time I heard the sneak preview on October 20 from Ryan Seacrest. I love the sound (very 80s) and it just seemed like the perfect theme song for my current life adventure.

Almost a month ago we got an apartment in NYC. As you know, we had some major life changes over the past few months and quite unexpectedly my husband and I became empty-nesters a couple of years earlier than anticipated. (We keep saying that we are either doing something very right … or something very wrong. My daughter left home at 16 to attend college, and then my son left home at 15 to attend a golf boarding school. Holy cow!) Anyway, I realized that the sudden change was going to be more than I could stomach. I just could not imagine myself sitting out in our big, quiet home all by myself. Moving into the city seemed like the perfect plan for a new adventure.

The minute I saw our apartment, I knew it was where I wanted to be. I love the view and I love being in the thick of the action.

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I love New York City! I love the energy, I love the diversity, I love the chaos, I love the excitement, and, of course, I love the music. I guess that I would have to say I understand the thrill of the city that this song exudes.

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I went to visit my son for his 16th birthday a few days before we were scheduled to move into the apartment and his first comment to me was, “Well, it sure didn’t take you long to replace me!” Ouch! Obviously he understood my reason for heading into the city was in part due to the loss of having him at home. He wasn’t far off, but as it turns out, it has been much more than that. My husband and I have been having a fabulous time. We are certainly enjoying this new adventure together even more than we thought we would. We still have not exactly figured out the logistics of our life, but I am sure that will come. 😉

Taylor Swift’s new album, 1989, was just released a week ago today and it was forecast to sell more than 1.3 million copies in that first week. Love her or hate her, I don’t think there is anyone who cannot admit that she is an amazing young lady – talented and a savvy business woman. I am a fan! Oh, but her song will not be on Not Your Mom’s Playlist Spotify playlist as she pulled all her music off Spotify today.

SONG OF THE DAY – “CARRY ON” by Fun.

September 28, 2014

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I know this is an older song and it is not Throwback Thursday, but after an experience I had yesterday morning, I just had to post it as my Song of the Day today. One of my all time favorites!

Yesterday morning I went running in Central Park with my husband. We ran past the stage setup and security for the Global Citizen Festival on our way to the reservoir. The festival was last night and the stage was all set up ready for the show. After running around the reservoir we were headed back to the Columbus Circle area when we heard music playing. I stopped and said, “That is Fun.!.” We immediately turned around and ran back to the stage. They were doing sound checks for the concert and Fun. was on stage running through their set. We sat there and watched their entire set. They sounded amazing! We heard four songs, but they finished with this one and then we “carried on” and finished our run.

I have always loved this song and find it so inspirational. It truly is one of those songs that can help you through a difficult time. My favorite line – “May your past be the sound of your feet upon the ground.” I have been singing it ever since yesterday morning. Funny how an older song gets a new spark. This song has been on my playlist for several years now, but it is now back at the top.

Just wanted to share this cool experience with you today. You gotta love NYC! Only there would I just happen upon Fun. playing in the park at 9:00 am on a Saturday morning!

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 – “ONE NIGHT TOWN” by Ingrid Michaelson & Mat Kearney

April 15, 2015

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I am so excited for this new song! I love it!

I have been waiting for Ingrid Michaelson’s album to officially be released so that I could share this song with you. It was released at midnight … so here it is! As those of you who have been following my blog know, Mat Kearney is my absolute favorite! I have seen him live on four different occasions and would be willing to see him a hundred more times. He and Ingrid Michaelson co-wrote this song and it was just released on her new album, Lights Out, her fifth studio album. I have not yet seen Ingrid Michaelson live, but I am very fond of both her and her music, and I am definitely planning to see her on the upcoming tour. The two artists have toured together in the past and they make beautiful music together; I love how their voices mix. This is a great song by two amazing artists – enjoy!

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SONG OF THE DAY – “THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE” by Paul Simon

March 6, 2013

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It’s Throwback Thursday! Today’s #tbt song is from Paul Simon’s 1986 album, Graceland.

I had a fabulous concert experience on Tuesday night and wanted to share that with you today. Paul Simon and Sting were incredible! The show brought back so many memories as these two musicians are legends, and absolute favorites of mine.

Paul Simon spoke first when he welcomed the crowd “to our little experiment.” The concert ran for nearly three hours, alternating between the two artists on stage performing together, and then each one alternately performing on their own. I could not believe how quickly the time passed and how flawlessly each transition segmented into the next. When they first took the stage, it was absolutely incredible to see the two of them standing up there together with 15 backup musicians behind them. It was quite a spectacle! What brought the two artists together? Well, I think they are two of the greatest singer-songwriters in history, they both have had extremely successful solo careers after breakups with their original bands, they both have a love of world music, and they both have a tremendous amount of mutual respect and admiration for each other. Of course the experiment worked!

So many amazing moments in those three hours, but here are a few favorites from the show:

  • Sting and Paul Simon performing “Bridge Over Troubled Water” together, alternating verses. Wow! One of my favorite songs made even better than the original. Sting hit the high notes and it was amazing … in fact, Paul Simon even applauded.
  • At one point during the show Sting sent Simon off the stage so that he could “have a private conversation about you” with the audience. He then told us that “Paul has been my teacher and mentor for many, many years” and then he recalled his first trip to America with The Police and said that this song reminded him of that time, at which point he broke into a stripped down version of the Simon & Garfunkel classic, “America.” Beautiful!
  • So many songs that Paul Simon performed just brought that feeling of nostalgia, reminding me of my childhood and my dad playing the album at home. One of these moments came when he sang “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover.” While my friend and I were dancing and singing along, I looked down two rows at a group of older teenage girls and one of them was holding up her phone to Shazam the song. I laughed out loud! Not sure if that made me feel old or if I was just astounded she didn’t know the song.
  • I was commenting to my friend about how amazing Sting looked (And he really did!). He doesn’t appear to have aged a day and when he took off his jacket, his arms were “ripped!” Her reply, and the funniest line of the evening, … “He looks like Mr. Clean!”
  • Roxanne” … enough said. The song always reminds me of my husband as he used to sing it at the top of his lungs when we rode up the chairlift at Snowbird as teenagers.
  • I hate it when I find myself in the deadbeat section at a concert, but we found ourselves there on this particular evening. I loved having a friend there with me who was not afraid to get up and sing & dance along with me, even though we were the only two in our section. Lame! How do you sit down during a performance of “You Can Call Me Al,” Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” or “Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard?” Answer: You don’t!

Today’s song was the first track off Paul Simon’s groundbreaking 1986 Graceland album. I loved the performance of this song on stage Tuesday night and thought that it needed to be shared. I love the rhythm and sounds of the music. Simon wrote the lyrics to the song in American after he returned home from South Africa where he immersed himself in the music and recorded this song with South African musicians whose original song he based it on. Simon gave songwriting credits to the two South African musicians – Simon and Forere Motloheloa. It is an amazing song with a unique and beautiful sound – I love the accordion. I have been listening to it on repeat since Tuesday night. I hope you enjoy it.