Song of the Day – “Soldier” by Foo Fighters

November 11, 2017

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Happy Veteran’s Day! Today, I want to take a moment to express my gratitude to all of those who serve and sacrifice for our country. I have so much respect for the many veterans and their families and want to make sure that I express that support and appreciation today.59fe3dc73bf9b.image

Today’s song title seemed fitting for the day. This is a brand new song from the Foo Fighters that was just released on October 20. It is a sweeter and more subdued sound from the Foo Fighters brand, and it is really a great song.

The song was released as part of the “7-Inches for Planned Parenthood” benefit compilation LP. All proceeds from the album will support Planned Parenthood.

As a mom, I just have to say how much I really like Dave Grohl. Earlier this year I watched an interview that he did with his mother and it was absolutely adorable. She talked about supporting her child who did not fit in the box and how she mothered a rock star. It was obvious how much he respected and adored her. It was one of my favorite celebrity/musician interviews (see below).

 

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Song of the Day – “Learning to Fly” by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

October 4, 2017

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Well, it has been another somber week. It seems like they just keep coming. Sometimes I start to feel fatigued by the amount of heartbreak in the world. Mixed in the middle of many traumatic events, on Monday night we lost a rock legend and a musician that I just loved – Tom Petty. This one really makes me sad and it just feels like I need to post a song by him today.

Listening to Tom Petty’s music stirs up memories of days past, good times, challenging times … just a piece of the soundtrack of my life. I imagine that there are many people my age who feel the same way.

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, During his induction speech, Tom Petty said,

“The music overcame me at a very early age and has consumed my life.”

Aren’t we all so lucky that it did! Tom Petty was an incredibly talented songwriter and musician who really made a mark on the music world and the history of music. I struggled to decide which song to post today as there are just so many that I truly love. I encourage you to go back and listen to his incredible legacy of music … you will understand why my choice was difficult today.

I decided on a song that still resonates with me as much today as when it was released. “Learning to Fly” is from the 1991 album, Into The Great Wide Open and is a classic. The music is amazing the the lyrics are beautifully poetic. I hope you find it as moving as I do. Rest in peace, Tom Petty.

“Learning To Fly”
Well I started out down a dirty road
Started out all alone
And the sun went down as I crossed the hill
And the town lit up, the world got still

[Chorus:]
I’m learning to fly, but I ain’t got wings
Coming down is the hardest thing

Well the good ol’ days may not return
And the rocks might melt and the sea may burn

Well some say life will beat you down
Break your heart, steal your crown
So I’ve started out for God knows where
I guess I’ll know when I get there

I’m learning to fly, around the clouds
But what goes up must come down

“Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac

October 9, 2014

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It’s Throwback Thursday! Today’s #tbt song is one of my favorite songs of all time by one of my favorite musical groups of all time. This song was originally released in 1975 on the self-titled album, Fleetwood Mac. 

Growing up, Fleetwood Mac was my favorite group and I knew every word to every song … actually I still do.

I decided to post a song from them today because they just started a reunion tour (On With the Show) and everyone is back this time, including Christine McVie. Earlier this week, the band played at Madison Square Garden and, although I was not able to attend, I am dying to see them perform live during their reunion tour. If I was picking one band that I have always wanted to see live, they would be at the top of my list. It sounds like I will be lucky because, just this morning, they announced that they are expanding their reunion tour and adding 28 more shows, including a return to NYC. If you are an American Express holder, it sounds like tickets will be available on October 13; otherwise, they go on sale October 20. I plan not to miss it!

After listening to them perform live today on the Today Show, I have to admit that I still love Fleetwood Mac and their music. It was a difficult decision to choose just one song by them because they have so many good ones, but I have always loved this incredible song. They lyrics have such deep meaning and emotion and I love the guitar rhythms – just an awesome song. I also have to say, Steve Nicks’ voice is still as amazing as ever.

“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 – “WHERE THE STORY ENDS ” by The Fray

July 10, 2014

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It’s Throwback Thursday! Today’s #tbt song was originally posted as my daughter’s Song of the Day on May 12, 2012 as a throwback from their 2009 self-titled album, The Fray.

I attended a Fray concert last night in NYC at the inaugural event of JBL Live at Pier 97, located on the Hudson River as part of the Hudson River Park. What a fabulous location! It was so cool to get there early and see the kayakers out on the Hudson from the boat house next door and to see the stage with the backdrop of Manhattan behind. Then as night began to fall it became even more beautiful as the performers on stage pointed out the spectacular sunset dropping over the Hudson River at the crowd’s back. And to wrap it up, as the sky darkened it was just awesome to see the NYC skyline light up around the stage. It just made for a spectacular setting.

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I saw Denver-based, The Fray, perform live in concert in the fall of last year and posted one of their new songs as Song of the Day back in October. They have always been a favorite of mine and I was excited to be able to see them again this summer at an outdoor venue. Even with the unexpected, huge thunderstorm that rolled in just minutes before The Fray took the stage, it was a great evening.

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I like many of the songs off the new album, Helios, which was released in February 2014, but I have to say that I am a sucker for The Fray’s older music. There is just nothing better than a classic Fray song. Obviously the crowd agreed with me, as they sang along with every word when The Fray settled into one of their old favorites. So, today I am posting one of my old favorites and hope that you enjoy it. I have always been obsessed with the lyrics to this song as I feel such a deep, personal connection to every word. It is just an amazing song that captures my emotions every time.

“All we know is distance .We’re close and then we run. …. But this is how the story ends, or have we just begun…”

 

SONG OF THE DAY – “BAD DAY” by Daniel Powter

June 26, 2014

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It’s Throwback Thursday! Today’s #tbt song was originally posted as my daughter’s Song of the Day on November 16, 2009.

This has been a very interesting week and I would have to say that this song just kept coming to mind.

Early Monday morning I took my son to Physical Therapy. He was scheduled to play a practice golf round after his appointment at a place in New York along the Hudson River. The course is located over an hour away so we had no time to waste. I dropped him off and ran to fill my car up with gas so that we would be right ready to go as soon as he finished. I filled the car up with gas, drove back over to the PT office, and went inside to wait for him. He finished and we ran outside to head off to the golf course. I pushed the start button in my car … nothing, just a weird click and all the electronics on the dashboard started flashing and spinning. I tried again. Then I got out the Owner’s Manual and tried a few more tricks. Still NOTHING!

Come on … this car is not even 3 years old! Finally I had to call Roadside Assistance to have them send someone over to jump the car for me. We had to wait over an hour for them to get there, but they got it to start. Needless to say, I was not comfortable driving the car over an hour away for a round of golf, so after I called the course and rescheduled the tee time for a few hours later, we drove home and dropped off the car, opting to take my daughter’s car instead.

We made it out to the golf course and my son played his practice round. The next morning, in my daughter’s car, I drove him back out to the same course for the golf tournament. No problems whatsoever. So, it sounds like the end of a bad story, but ….

The next morning – Wednesday – my son had another Physical Therapy appointment. This time I drove him over there in my daughter’s car. We had plans immediately after his appointment so, while he was in his appointment, I decided to run to the grocery store to get that out of the way. The grocery store is just down the road and so I zipped over there and did my grocery shopping. 35 minutes later I came out, loaded the groceries into the car, and climbed inside. I pushed the button to start the car … click, click, click … and nothing! YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING ME! The car would not start!

How in the world do two new cars – both are less than 3 years old! – have batteries that die in the same week. Not only the same week, but within 2 days of each other! Unbelievable! Anyway, I called Roadside Assistance and, at about that point, I started to sing “You had a bad day …”

Well, my son has another Physical Therapy appointment tomorrow morning … I am starting to wonder if we should just walk over there this time. 🙂

I absolutely love this song! It was one of my very favorites when it came out in 2006. I love his voice and I just connect to the lyrics. The video is amazing and so I hope you will take a minute to watch it; it always makes me smile. Daniel Powter is from British Columbia, Canada and is a pianist and singer-songwriter. The song, “Bad Day” was a huge worldwide hit when it came out and reached Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was also named Billboard Music Awards “Song of the Year” in 2006. Daniel Powter also won New Artist of the Year at the Juno Awards (Canadian music awards) in 2006 and was nominated for Best International Breakthrough Act at the Brit Awards (losing to Jack Johnson). “Bad Day” was such a tremendous success and Powter has not been able to achieve that same level of success since then, but WOW!, what a song … and what a couple bad days! 🙂

SONG OF THE DAY – “SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO” by The Clash

June 5, 2014

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It’s Throwback Thursday! Today we are going back to the 80s for the #tbt song. 

Over the last few weeks, I have seen many photos of old high school friends with their children graduating from high school. Seeing all of these photos has really brought back many memories of my high school years and so I decided to post one of the most memorable songs from my high school days.

In 1982, I was just starting my sophomore year in high school and The Clash were getting tremendously popular in the US after their most successful US album, Combat Rock, had just been released in May. By that summer (and certainly by the time school started that fall), the album was huge. I can still picture the cover of the album sitting on the shelf near my turntable in my bedroom.

When I hear this song, it is just a flood of memories. I have been listening to the album today and it has been fun to remember that whole punk rock period. The 80s was an incredible time for music – so many genres during those years. I can vividly recall the way that kids danced to this song. First, there was normal (well 80s style) dancing and then … when the tempo increased … the “slamming ensued. I always felt like slam dancing was just a way for guys to get their aggression out, as it just looked like they were all out there beating each other up. I am certain there were girls who slam danced, but I never dared get anywhere near that pile of flailing bodies.

The Clash imploded shortly after the release of this album and their big US breakthrough, but they had already defined themselves as the “definitive British punk rockers” and became widely referred to as “The Only Band That Matters.” They were idealistic and rebellious (listen to “Know Your Rights“) and not only wrote about it, but were involved in many causes as well. They were also incredibly talented and musically adventurous. It was funny to read their story and to hear that several of their first albums and songs, which were very well received in the UK, were not released by the record company in the US because they were considered “too vulgar” for the US market. The Clash were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003 and Rolling Stone ranked them #28 on the list of Top 100 Greatest Artists in 2004.

My favorite songs by The Clash are probably “London Calling” and “Train in Vain” (both from London Calling, 1979), but today’s song is probably the most memorable and “Rock the Casbah” (both from Combat Rock, 1982) was certainly the most successful.

Enjoy the #tbt walk down memory lane. 🙂 Anyone else have memories sparked by this song?

 

SONG OF THE DAY – “COMEBACK STORY” by Kings of Leon

June 4, 2014

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The last two weeks have been incredibly action packed. My daughter finished up her second year of college and moved home, we flew to Arizona for my niece’s wedding, my daughter moved to D.C. for the summer for an internship, AND my son just got cleared to return to golf by his surgeon late last week.

All of it has been very exciting, but it was such a happy day when my son got cleared to play golf after the devastating injury he experienced on March 28 when he broke his left wrist just as golf season was beginning. He has been a trooper during the whole ordeal and has remained incredibly positive. He worked very hard with his therapist and his improvement is amazing – they say he is at 85% of flexibility and strength, which means he can begin to play. Hooray! Because he broke two bones and hyperextended the other area of his wrist, tearing all his ligaments, the doctor told him he will probably experience pain in the area of the hyperextension for 6-10 months! Yikes!

He essentially missed the entire high school golf season, but he was able to participate in a school golf tournament qualifier last Wednesday. It was his first real golf match since February, and the first time he had picked up a club in 9 weeks. He still has soreness and gets swollen when he plays, but he was anxious to get out there. He played amazingly well for his first real round of golf, but he missed qualifying for the tournament by one stroke. Pretty amazing for a kid who hasn’t played all season! He was obviously a little disappointed about being the 5th man, but he understood how difficult it is going to be to work his way back into his game.

The next morning, however, he got a text from his golf coach saying, “You are in! Early release at 1:45 for the tournament.” My son had been selected to play in the tournament after all. He thought maybe one of the other guys had a conflict for some reason, but what he discovered was even more amazing. The Captain of the golf team – a senior – had given up his spot to let him have the opportunity to play in a school tournament this season. The entire team was disappointed when my son got injured because they knew he was an asset for the team; however, this was one of the kindest things that I have seen a teenager do for someone else. He was thrilled to get the opportunity and went out and played that day shooting the second best score on his team and the third best score overall at the tournament. Nothing like a little motivation to help with your Mojo! 😉 Hopefully this is the beginning of my son’s “Comeback Story.”

With all the crazy and mean things that go on with teenagers today, I just really wanted to highlight something wonderful. I hope this young man who gave up playing that day for his younger teammate realizes how much he positively impacted my son, and what an incredible example he set for all those who saw his act of kindness. I think it speaks volumes about this young man’s character and I wish him the very best as he heads out of high school and onto his next adventure.

This song is from Kings of Leon. While living in London I really fell in love with the music of Kings of Leon … they were huge in the UK, much more so than they were in the US. It is really in the UK where they first experienced success with their music. Unfortunately, it was just a few years later in 2011, after I had moved to Dallas, that they had their infamous disaster show in Dallas where frontman – Caleb Followill – walked off stage and they did not finish the show.

The band is composed of three Followill brothers – Caleb (lead vocals & guitar), Nathan (drums), and Jared (bass) – along with their cousin, Matthew Followill (lead guitar). They just put out a new album – their 6th! – in September of last year called Mechanical Bull. This song is from that album and I really like it; the perfect song for today. I would love to see that they have pulled themselves together and can continue making the great music they are known for, rather than being known for all the rockstar party drama that has surrounded them since their initial success. We shall see, but hopefully this great song off their new album is, in fact, their “Comeback Story.”

I walk a mile in your shoes … And now I’m a mile away … And I’ve got your shoes.

 

SONG OF THE DAY – “IN A BIG COUNTRY” by Big Country

May 8, 2014

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It’s Throwback Thursday! Today we are going back to the 80s for the #tbt song. I also originally posted this as my daughter’s Song of the Day on January 1, 2010.

Today is my sister in-law’s birthday – she is also a teenager of the 80s, along with me – and this song makes me think of her. She and my brother in-law have always been, and still are, big fans of 80s music and I remember that this band was among her favorites. So to celebrate her birthday today and getting older in general, I am posting a song to remind us of our younger days. It is a great song and just makes you feel alive! I have always loved how they made the guitars sound like bagpipes … just so cool!

My sister in-law and I share quite a history. We have known each other for a very long time. She went to a different high school than I did, and is a year younger than me, but the two of us dated brothers in high school. Interestingly, when we all ended up getting married years later, it just happens that we got engaged at about the same time and got married only two weeks apart! Our lives have been very different, but we do share a unique bond and I think she is a pretty amazing and strong woman. Happy Birthday!

Big Country, a Scottish rock band formed in 1981 by Stuart Adamson and his friend (and fellow guitarist) Bruce Watson.  Drummer, Mark Brzezicki, and Bass Player, Tony Butler, were then added. The band was incredibly popular in the early 1980s. In doing a little research about the band, I discovered something new to me. Adamson also founded the punk rock band, Skids, in 1977. The song “The Saints Are Coming,” which U2 and Green Day covered in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina, was from the Skids 1979 debut album, Scared to Dance. Although I always knew the song was a cover, I did not realize that Stuart Adamson from the Skids, was also Stuart Adamson from Big Country. Anyway, just a little factoid that I found interesting and thought I would pass along.

 

SONG OF THE DAY – “LOVE IN THE 21st CENTURY” by Neon Trees

April 26, 2014

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On Tuesday night, I was lucky enough to see Neon Trees live in concert in a very intimate setting at the iHeart Theatre in New York City. I won two tickets from iHeart Radio for the show and it was fabulous! I invited a friend of mine, who recently moved to the city, to join me and we had an incredible time. Neon Trees put on a fantastic live show and had the audience singing and dancing right from the minute they stepped on stage.

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I have always enjoyed the music of Neon Trees, but they have never been a favorite; however, I absolutely love this new album and I feel like a converted fan. I can honestly say that I like every single song on their new album – Pop Psychology. The album was released on the same day as the concert – April 22 – and I would highly recommend it. I have not been able to stop listening to the album all week and really struggled with which one song to post today.

The music on this new album has a very different feel and sound from their previous albums and I love the variety. There is great dance music, catchy pop verses, an 80s-style New Wave sound, a slower dramatic tune, some amazing guitar solos and incredible drumming, and even more appealing were the very personal, introspective lyrics. There were so many times that night that I truly felt like I was back in the 80s in high school, even Tyler Glenn’s dancing reminded me of the 80s. 🙂

Neon Trees are from Provo, Utah – not far from where I grew up in Salt Lake City. The band includes singer Tyler Glenn, drummer Elaine Brady, guitarist Chris Allen, and bassist Branden Campbell. I have really become a fan of both the band and the band members, they honestly seem like really good people with incredible talent. So, listen to this song and then check out the new album. Another favorite that you should definitely check out is “First Things First” which was almost the song I posted today.

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                              (Left) Blue fans at the show! 😉                      (Right) Amazingly, my friend ran into Elaine Brady on an airplane the day after the concert. Elaine was on the way home and my friend was on the way to see her daughter graduate from BYU in Provo, Utah.