Song of the Day – “Arms Open” by The Script

October 1, 2017

Download_on_iTunes_Badge_US-UK_110x40_1004

I have had many gentle (or maybe not so gentle ūüėČ ) pushes to get me to start posting on this blog again. Thank you to everyone who has encouraged me to return. I stepped away from this blog during a health issue, when I just could not focus on posting. The longer I was away, the harder it became to start writing again. I have missed it and so here I go again …

Today’s song is from one of my favorite bands – The Script. I have posted from them in the past. The Script just released their fifth album¬†Freedom Child¬†this month and it was worth the wait. Although The Script has always tackled emotional topics and social issues (addiction, financial issues, etc)¬†in their music, this album definitely feels more politically driven than their earlier music, and I find it to be filled with some pretty deep emotions. (Also, their first single “Rain” is probably their catchiest tune yet!)

I was lucky enough to go with my husband and daughter (who is visiting) to their concert in NYC on Friday night at Radio City Music Hall. Let me just say … AMAZING! They are just incredible live. This is my fourth time seeing them live and we just keep going back. It is the one band that I know my husband will go see without me begging. ūüôā

Today’s song is one that just really hit me hard. What a beautiful and timely song! As I have watched so many challenging things happening across the US and around the world over the past year, my heart aches. This song just expresses the way that I feel right now and I have been listening to it on repeat for days.¬†My arms are open.

 

Advertisements

Song of the Day – “7 Years” by Lukas Graham

December 14, 2015

Download_on_iTunes_Badge_US-UK_110x40_1004

This has been such a crazy year and this little project of mine definitely went on the back burner. I have missed sharing music and spending the time to explore new music and artists. It has certainly been a missing piece of my life for the better part of the this past year.

This song that I am sharing today is one that really moves me. I can sit and listen to it for hours and seem to cry¬†every time. Don’t exactly know why, but maybe you will understand the emotionality of it when you take a listen. I absolutely love the lyrics¬†and the story that they tell, and his voice is just breathtaking. I am posting the live version of the song below so that you can get the full impact of his amazing, honest sound (he is a “classically educated soprano soloist from [the celebrated] Copenhagen‚Äôs Boys Choir”). Just incredible!

Lukas Graham is a young, 23-year old singer-songwriter from Copenhagen, Denmark who has had an amazing rise. He is a true songwriter and you can learn much about his life listening to his music. He is probably one of the most genuine and authentic artists I have seen in a long time. I am certain his rise to success here in the US will be just as rapid as it has been in Europe.

The band released their self-titled¬†debut¬†album in 2012 which went quadruple platinum, and they quickly became the most popular live act in Denmark. I hear they put on an amazing live show … just missed one last week in NYC (Darn!). Enjoy … it sure feels good to be back. ūüôā

Song of the Day – “Beautiful” by Carole King

March 5, 2015

Download_on_iTunes_Badge_US-UK_110x40_1004

It’s Throwback Thursday! Today’s #tbt song is from one of my all time favorite albums of all time РTapestry 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.

IMG_5578

 

 

Song of the Day – “Take Me Home” by Cash Cash, featuring Bebe Rexha

February 17, 2015

Download_on_iTunes_Badge_US-UK_110x40_1004

 

I had a wonderful weekend with 3/4 of the family home. We missed my son who stayed at school for the holiday weekend, but I am sure he was happy to stay in warmer weather.

It was miserably cold outside this weekend! In fact, Monday¬†morning registered at -17 degrees with the windchill. That is nasty! I don’t know how you feel about those kind of temperatures, but I have absolutely NO desire to step outside when it is that cold.

So, I got lots of indoor gym time this weekend and I am posting one of my current favorite workout tunes for you to enjoy today. It motivated me many times this weekend!

This song is by Cash Cash, an Electronic Dance Music (EDM) group from New Jersey. Their music has also been labeled as pop or house dance music. I label it as great “move me” music! ūüôā The group consists¬†of two brothers – Jean Paul and Alex Makhlouf, and Samuel Warren Frish. The three men write, produce, and mix¬†all of their music together. Bebe Rexha, who performs vocals for this song, is a young singer-songwriter from Brooklyn, New York. This song is the group’s highest charting song thus far.

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

February 11, 2015

Download_on_iTunes_Badge_US-UK_110x40_1004

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. ūüôā

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. ūüėČ

“Welcome To New York” by Taylor Swift

November 3, 2014

Download_on_iTunes_Badge_US-UK_110x40_1004

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.

photo-7                  photo_1-5

 

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.

photo-8                   photo_3-3

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. ūüėČ

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.

“In Your Arms” by Nico & Vinz

October 19, 2014

Download_on_iTunes_Badge_US-UK_110x40_1004

On Thursday night I attended a great concert at Beacon Theatre in NYC – Fresh 102.7 Fall Fest. This was the second Fresh Fall Fest and, after attending last year, I was not going to miss it. Last year they had an incredible lineup with Kodaline, American Authors, Daughtry (playing an acoustic set), and The Fray. It was a fabulous show!

This year when I heard the lineup announced, I knew that I was going to make it an annual event. First, let me say that Beacon Theatre is such an incredible venue – just a beautiful, iconic theatre. Second, who gets all those incredible acts together for one night? Fresh 102.7 did a great job of lining up some amazing performers who provided concert goers with a fabulous 3 hour show! We were entertained by Nico & Vinz, Bleachers, Matt Nathanson, Ingrid Michaelson, and Neon Trees.

Last year, both Kodaline and American Authors were the rising artists who got a huge introduction at the show, Daughtry was a big name who played an acoustic set which made it a unique experience, and then we had the big finale by The Fray. This year, it was hard to determine who was the main act. Obviously, Nico & Vinz are rising artists and fit that bill, as does Bleachers (even though Jack Antonoff is a member of the popular band, Fun.). Matt Nathanson played an incredible acoustic set, but there were still two acts left to follow – Ingrid Michaelson and Neon Trees. Really, both of them could have been considered the closing act and they both performed like they were. The performances were amazing and incredibly entertaining.

Today, I just wanted to quickly post a song by Nico & Vinz, one of the rising artists from the night. Nico & Vinz, (Nicolas “Nico” Sereba and Vincent Dery)¬†from Oslo, Norway, have a great stage presence and a really fun sound. I found them thoroughly entertaining and adorable – I especially loved watching Vincent Dery dance. ūüôā I am certain that you are already familiar with their Song of the Summer, “Am I Wrong.” If not, click on the song to have a listen. The second single from their debut album, Black Star Elephant, which was just released this month, is today’s song of the day. It is a song that I just really love and the video is actually very powerful. Nico & Vinz have a sound that is very unexpected.¬†The music combines pop, Afro beat, hip hop, R&B, and reggae; and their lyrics are very powerful with a message to share. They sound fantastic together! I hope that you like this song as much as I do … I just can’t seem to get it out of my head.

“CARRY ON” by Fun.

September 28, 2014

Download_on_iTunes_Badge_US-UK_110x40_1004

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!

“Superheroes” by The Script

August 8, 2014

Download_on_iTunes_Badge_US-UK_110x40_1004

How did this week fly by so quickly? It was just Monday … and then all of the sudden today is Friday. Where is the summer going?

It has been a happy week. On Monday, I drove to Washington D.C. to pick up my daughter who was just finishing her internship. We packed her up and drove home the next day. It has been fabulous to wake up in the morning knowing that she is here under our roof … at least for a little while. She will be leaving for China for a study abroad semester in just a couple of weeks, but I will enjoy every minute that she is here at home.

I absolutely love this song today. I am a huge fan of The Script and have been for many years (see Song of the Day – January 28, 2014), since I first discovered them while living in London. This song just tells such an amazing story, particularly when you watch the video. I love songs and stories about people who rise above their struggles and sorrows.

The Script always tells a good story and this song is no exception. I am not at all surprised that this is the first single off their upcoming album. It very much reminds me of¬†their song, “Hall of Fame,” which pretty much became the theme song for the 2012 London Olympics. Both songs are passionate, motivating songs for the masses that tell a story and capture an audience. I hope that you will watch the video as you listen to this song – I found it very moving.

“Superheroes”¬†was just released in July and The Script‚Äôs new album, No Sound Without Silence, is out on September 15 in the UK and September 30 here in the US. Although they are just finishing up a huge tour with OneRepublic, they will be performing at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC just one day after the album release here in the US on October 1. I have seen them live in concert three times already and I am quite certain that I will be there for this show as well. I really just love¬†these three Irish guys!

SONG OF THE DAY – “LOVE ME AGAIN” by John Newman

July 30, 2014

Download_on_iTunes_Badge_US-UK_110x40_1004

I got home last night after a long, traffic-jammed drive home and had every intention of posting, but after I pulled out my computer and sat down on the sofa, I completely crashed. I was thoroughly exhausted! I am not sure if it was physical, mental, or emotional exhaustion, but I think it was probably a combination of all three.

After spending three full days with the entire family, my daughter went back to her internship in DC, my husband left at 5am Monday morning for a week of business travel, and yesterday I dropped my son off at the airport to fly to Singapore on a short exchange program with his high school. I went from full house to empty house in the space of about 48 hours! It is strange how empty a house seems when you have just been surrounded by the noise and love of the whole family … and then suddenly there is no one.

For me, last night was one of those moments when I realized, “Oh my gosh, it’s almost over; this time in my life is coming to an end.” It is such a strange feeling. My daughter left home much too early (in her mom’s eyes, haha!), leaving for college at age 16. My son is now 15 and I know his time ¬†to leave the nest is approaching much too quickly. I love watching my kids grow up and I think they have become such cool, amazing “grown ups,” but it does not make the realization of it any easier to swallow.

I am currently sitting outside in my beautiful backyard on a gorgeous day and wishing that my children (big version or small version) were running around playing. When everyone is home these days, we are usually running around playing frisbee, but now it is just me and frisbee is a difficult solo game. My husband comes home at the end of the week, my daughter in a little over a week, and my son will be home in a couple of weeks. I won’t have this empty home for long, but (wow!) the taste of it is sobering. In life, CHANGE is the only constant! I have lived my life around that motto, but when this big change comes … I sure hope I am ready for it.

Today’s song doesn’t have much to do with my post today, but I really like this song and the emotional impact the music has on me. I showed the video to both of my kids this last week. Make sure you watch the video all the way to the end. It was a little shocking to me! I said that it was totally depressing, my son burst out laughing, and my daughter just said, “WHAT was that?!” I would love to know your reaction to the video.

John Newman is a young (23-year-old), breakout, English singer and musician that seemed to come out of nowhere in 2013. This song reached #1 on the UK Singles Chart in July 2013 and reached the top of the US charts in early 2014. He was one of the most successful English artists last year and was nominated for three Brit Awards in 2014 : British Male Solo Artist, British Single, and British Video. He has a very unique sound that seems to come from a bygone age and is described as soulful pop. He has often been compared as a male version of Adele or Amy Winehouse.

One of my favorite comments made by John Newman in an interview earlier this year:

“I couldn’t give a shit about fame … What felt good coming to America was walking down the street and no one knowing me. There are way too many celebrities in the world at the moment and not enough artists … People have forgotten about the music.”