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.

 

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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 – “HEAD FULL OF DOUBT/ROAD FULL OF PROMISE” by The Avett Brothers

June 1, 2014

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Well, it has been a very busy and somewhat overwhelming weekend.

I moved my daughter to Washington D.C. this weekend for a summer internship. We moved her into her Capitol Hill apartment on Friday evening and then the two of us got to spend the next two nights and all day Saturday together in that great city. It was really a wonderful time to get to spend with her as she was getting ready to start a whole new life adventure.

I must admit that it is a learning experience as a parent to leave my 18-year-old daughter alone in a city. Okay … not alone – she has two roommates, but she will not be with me and that is a little stressful for this mom. I find that I am in awe of her all the time – she is incredibly brave, adventurous, and accomplished. I know that she will be amazing! So, I am discovering that this is a learning experience for both of us. I am so very proud of her.

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The Avett Brothers are awesome. I absolutely love their music! They combine Americana, folk, country, blue grass, a little pop, and rock and roll like no other band that I know. The band is made up of two Avett brothers (Scott and Seth), as well as Bob Crawford, Paul Defiglia, Joe Kwon, and Mike Marsh. Their music captures life and the emotion of all that life brings.

I got exposed to The Avett Brothers while I lived in Dallas. I was a little behind on this one, but I was an instant fan of their music and have to thank a friend of my daughter’s for introducing me to the band after listening to him sing an incredible rendition of their song, “I And Love And You.” I have not yet been able to see them live, but they are currently on tour and I am hoping to make it to one of their live shows this summer; I have heard that they are a live band not to be missed!

Today’s song is an older song (from the 2009 I And Love And You album), but it totally reminds me of my daughter and I wanted to post it for her today. Tomorrow is her first day at work and, although I know she is nervous, she will be fabulous! My daughter sees her dreams like very few people I know and it is exciting to watch her reach for them. I hope that you love this song as much as I do.

There was a dream and one day I could see it
Like a bird in a cage I broke in and demanded that somebody free it.
And there was a kid with a head full of doubt
So I’ll scream til I die and the last of those bad thoughts are finally out.

SONG OF THE DAY – “THE HEART” by NEEDTOBREATHE

April 18, 2014

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Happy Easter!

I hope that you are all enjoying this beautiful day. I love holidays and spending time together with family. I have so many memories of Easter with my family – both as a child and as a mom with my children. I am missing not having both my kids home today, and I am also feeling a little sad not to be “home” with my extended family for the Easter festivities.

It is a bummer to have outgrown so many of the traditional Easter activities with my kids. The Easter egg hunt is just not as fun for one kid without his sister companion to compete against. Last year we did the Easter egg hunt via Skype as my son carried his sister around on the iPad so that she could help him hunt for the eggs. We just got home yesterday evening and my daughter is working the pasta dinner for the Boston Marathon today so, needless to say, there was no egg hunt this year. 😦

There have been so many new albums released over the last few weeks and it has been exciting to listen to and explore all the new music. Today’s song is off the new NEEDTOBREATHE album, Rivers in the Wasteland, which was just released on April 15. I am a huge fan of NEEDTOBREATHE, introduced to them shortly after I moved to Dallas. I have seen them in concert live two times – once during The Outsiders tour and once on The Reckoning tour. They have an incredible presence on stage and truly know how to connect with the audience. I would have to say that The Reckoning concert was one of the best “rock” concerts I have ever seen. They were incredible! I am looking forward to seeing them again very soon at one of their upcoming tour dates.

NEEDTOBREATHE was formed in 1999 by two brothers from Possum Kingdom, South Caraolina – Bear and Bo (Bryant) Rinehart (named after famous University of Alabama football coach, Bear Bryant) – along with two childhood friends, Joe Stillwell (drummer) and Seth Bolt (bassist). They are a Christian rock band and have a huge fan base among Christian music fans, but they have certainly crossed over the lines to attract a larger mainstream audience as well. They have been classified as Southern Rock and their music absolutely has a classic southern feel, but the music they play crosses many genres. They have a remarkably raw sound and so many great songs that it would be difficult for me to direct you to just a few. This new album is fantastic and was certainly worth the three year wait! I hope you enjoy this song and I recommend that you check out the rest of their music library.