Song of the Day – “Better Than I Used To Be” by Mat Kearney (feat. Afsheen)

November 10, 2017

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* NEW SONG ALERT!*

This song was just released today by Mat Kearney, who is probably one of my very favorite artists. I absolutely love his music and his incredible, emotion-filled voice! This is a great new song and I thought I would share it quickly so you can check it out on the day of it’s release.

I have seen Mat Kearney live an amazing five times, and had the opportunity to meet him about five years ago in Dallas, Texas. He is such a great talent and just a fabulous guy … and I love his signature hats. 😉

I have been following him and his music since 2005 and always get excited when he releases something new. He has been known to combine all types of music, including rap, hip-hop, folk, rock, pop, and now a little electronic mix. I really like it and hope that you enjoy this new song. If you have not yet had the opportunity to see him perform live, I highly recommend it.

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Meeting Mat Kearney – Dallas, Texas, September 2012

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My collection of tour t-shirts. 🙂

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Song of the Day – “The Rest of Our Life” by Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

November 7, 2017

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This is a beautiful new song by two of Country Music’s biggest stars, and it is from the couple’s first-ever duets album. The album is set to be released on November 17.

The song was co-written by Ed Sheeran and, for those of you who are fans of his like I am, it definitely has his mark. Many of the lyrics and the melody seem like they came right out of one of his own songs. I love seeing artists work together across genres … what a compliment to all involved.

I adore the honesty of this song, and the video. Love is not always easy and life certainly is not a fairytale, but it is definitely worth it. My husband just said to me this past weekend, “I can’t imagine going through life without having you to share it with.” Sharing the rest of our life together is indeed a gift. ❤

“I don’t really care about those storm clouds brewing,

For as long as you’re here by my side,

Oh we’ll be young, oh we’ll be young, oh we’ll be young when we’re old.

I’ll be fine if my gray hair shows.

I’ll be fine if my waistline grows.

I’ll be fine even when time takes it’s toll.

I’ll stay young for the rest of my life with you.

We’ll stay young for the rest of our life.”

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I hope you enjoy this new song.

 

Song of the Day – “San Francisco” by Courier (feat. Sidney Rudder & Josh Gabbard)

November 4, 2017

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Three guesses where I am today? 😉

This is a song and an artist that are new to me and I really like both. This song is catchy, with a cool beat and great lyrics. Courier is the musical name of Nashville singer-songwriter, Blake Mundell. In early 2017, Courier released his LP, The Present Tense. It was a concept album with all of the songs written about the lives of his 13 closest friends. He says that his musical influences include Mat Kearney and Paul Simon … no wonder I like him. In a blog post he wrote at the end of 2016, he said the following about the album,

“In a year that felt lonely and isolating at times, I hope that this record helps remind us how vital community is.”

Would love to hear your thoughts about the song today. I am surprised that this is the first I have heard of this musician, but I plan to keep my eye out on this rising artist.

 

Song of the Day – “Good To be Alive Today” by Michael Franti & Spearhead

November 1, 2017

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My heart is heavy today. Two acts of violence struck much too close to home yesterday.

Yesterday morning I was awakened early by a text from my husband saying, “Is Colt okay?” I was not sure what he was talking about, but my heart sunk as I saw that I had missed a text from Colton that he had sent me at midnight my time, after I had already gone to sleep. I quickly clicked it open and it said,

“Hey, I’m safe btw. There is a shooting at campus …”

Luckily my son was off campus at the home of some friends when the shooting took place and they ended up spending the night there. As details came in, we learned that the shooting had been in the area of his dorm building, so I cannot even begin to tell you how grateful I am that he had not been there. It was such a tragedy and a young student lost his life that night. It was a shock to the system so early in the morning.

My day started out on that note, but it certainly got better. It seems as though life carries on even when bad things happen. Then, at 4:15 I got a text from a friend in Dallas. It read,

“You aren’t in lower Manhattan on a bike today, are you?”

My initial gut reaction was a happy, “Are you in town?!” Unfortunately, it was not a happy question, but a concerned check-in. She was not in town, but was making sure that I was not on a bike path where, not that long ago, we had taken her and her husband out on a bike ride.

I jumped up and looked out my window and saw multiple helicopters in the air over the West Side Highway in Lower Manhattan, blocks from my home. I had been home for only a short time before her text and I was not even aware of the evil that had just taken place down the road from me … in my city … on a trail I walk, run, and bike on regularly.

I was shocked, sad, confused, distressed, and angry all at once. It is amazing how you can have so many strong emotions all at the same time. I feel so much sorrow for the lives that were taken, and those that were changed yesterday. Still just so hard to comprehend.

I don’t understand how someone can think so little of another human life. Where is the love? I feel so tired of hatred and violence.

I thought this song by Michael Franti was the perfect message today. I don’t think there is another artist who exemplifies peace and love quite like he does. I was able to see him live for the first time in January and know that it will be the first of many. I hope the lyrics of this song resonate with you like they do with me.

“What if this song was number one? Would it mean that love had won? Would it mean that the world was saved and no guns were being drawn today? …

What if everyone could say that it’s good to be alive today?

I will continue to count my blessings every day and continue to give my love to the world. It is good to be alive today. ❤

 

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Song of the Day – “Ghost” by Ella Henderson

October 31, 2017

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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I posted two video versions of this song because you just have to hear Ella’s voice live … amazing. Ella Henderson is a singer/songwriter from England who appeared on X-Factor in the UK in 2012. This song was her first single and it was co-written and produced by one of my very favorites … Ryan Tedder. Does that man ever sleep?

Anyway … I just had my first trick or treaters. Watch out for ghosts tonight!

Song of the Day – “XO” by John Mayer

October 29, 2017

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Just a few minutes to write tonight, so I will keep it short. Today I am posting one of my favorite covers. This song was originally recorded by Beyonce and her version and John Mayer’s version could not be more different. He originally performed his cover of it during a concert in 2014 and subsequently released a single studio version. I love this stripped down version of the song and hope that you do too. Enjoy the last few hours of your weekend!

Song of the Day – “Take It All Back 2.0” by Judah & The Lion

October 28, 2017

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Today’s song is from a young band that I saw live back in March 2015 while they were touring with Mat Kearney. They were so exuberant on stage and their energy was contagious!

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Joining Mat Kearney on stage for an energetic performance! NYC – March 2015

In the two years since I saw Judah & The Lion live in NYC, they have really made a name for themselves and get more and more popular all the time. They have been dubbed “one of Nashville’s most genre-bending bands” and their style is hard to describe. They originally started as a folk rock band, but they have combined that folk tinge with other styles, creating a cool hybrid style.

In February of this year they were named by Rolling Stone as one of “10 New Artists You Need To Know.” They have grown their huge fan base through constant touring and live shows. They opened for the huge Twenty One Pilots tour earlier this year, and it was immediately following that run that they started touring as their own headliner.

This is their most popular song and I think it is worth sharing for those who have not yet heard it. The song was popular with their fans long before it was released because they had been playing it live. In Dec 2016/Jan 2017, the song jumped to #1 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart and stayed there for three weeks! The song was originally released as just “Take It All Back” on their 2016 album Folk Hop N’ Roll. “Take It All Back 2.0” was released on their Folk Hop N’ Roll (Deluxe) album in March, 2017. In addition, they released a Take It All Back (Remix EP) in August. All of the versions of this song are pretty awesome!

Song of the Day – “Future Looks Good” by OneRepublic

October 27, 2017

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my little sister!

Today I want to celebrate my little sister on her birthday. On birthdays, I like to look forward to the year ahead while celebrating the year that just passed. That is why I chose this song today for her birthday and as my wish for her to have joy in the upcoming year. It has been a crazy and challenging year, but I know that the future looks good. 🙂

Having sisters is a gift and I was blessed with 3 of them! I am the third of four girls, and my little sister was a distant fourth … almost 5 years younger than me. For her birthday today, I have to share (probably to her horror!) one of my favorite music memories of her.

Back in the day, my little sister loved Madonna and Michael Jackson. She loved the song “Beat It” SO much that she recorded it on a cassette tape over and over again. I did not know this until we got into the car for a family road trip. As we sat in the back of the van, on this fabulous bed that my dad had built, she blasted on the boom box “Beat It” over and over and over again. I can tell you that I wanted to BEAT her. I am not sure that I ever really liked that song again after that trip. To be honest, I am not sure she did either. 😉

As for today’s song, OneRepublic is probably one of my very favorite bands. I don’t think there is anyone quite as cool or talented as Ryan Tedder, and there is not a song that I don’t like. This song is from their 2016 album, Oh My My.  I have been lucky enough to see OneRepublic in concert several times and they never disappoint. They are truly even better live than recorded.

 Cheers to you, Danni! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Fall Fest at Beacon Theatre, NYC – Oct 2016 and Today Citi Concert Series, NYC – May 2017

Song of the Day – “Loves You Like Me” by Josh Kelley

October 20, 2017

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*UPDATE: February 2018 – This song is now available!! Listen on Apple Music.

Today I am posting a song by Utah-based musician, Josh Kelley. Interestingly, when I bring his name up to many of my Utah friends, they are not familiar with him. Well, it is time to familiarize yourself. 🙂

Josh Kelley is an incredibly talented artist and this is an amazing song! The lyrics are so heartfelt and mesmerizing. What wife would not want their husband to write this song for them?

This is a new song that was just posted to YouTube on Monday of this week. I saw Josh perform live in January of this year at the ascap Music Cafe during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. I would swear that he sang this song during that performance. I vividly remember him talking about the fact that he had just written a song for his wife and he wanted to play it for her. His wife, Katherine Heigl, was there with their brand new baby who literally had been born just a month earlier. I remember walking out of that performance and saying to myself, “I cannot wait until he releases that song … it is beautiful!” So, I cannot guarantee that this was the song, but it sure does ring that memory bell for me.

I am hoping that Josh will be performing during the Sundance Film Festival again this year, but in the meantime … I just discovered that he is touring and will be in NYC at a small, intimate venue in December. Sounds like a great night out!

 

Song of the Day – “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks

October 19, 2017

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It’s Throwback Thursday! Today’s #tbt song “Friends in Low Places” is from the 1990 album No Fences by Garth Brooks. 

I love this song! Who doesn’t love this song? It is a hard song not to love. 🙂

I recently watched an incredible video of a Justin Timberlake concert where he sang this song and had Garth Brooks join him on stage. It was just a reminder of how much I used to love this song and Garth Brooks in general. So, I thought I should share the feeling by sharing this song today.

This song was HUGE in 1990 and became one of the biggest songs of the decade! I hope today’s throwback sparks some good memories. I still remember the year this song came out and it seemed like everywhere we went it was playing, and groups of people were singing along. And who doesn’t remember when the 3rd verse became a thing?!

I attended a Garth Brooks concert with my parents and my sisters in Las Vegas way back in the 1990s and it was awesome! That man knows how to perform! He is goofy, twangy, seems incredibly down to earth, and is dang comfortable in his own boots.

A couple of notes. Garth Brooks does not have his music on iTunes. He decided to put his entire library on Amazon Music, so check it out there. One other thing, Garth is currently touring and has just a few dates left as he finishes up his North American tour. Interestingly, he is performing in Newark in December. Maybe I need to get my parents and sisters together again. 🙂