SONG OF THE DAY – “THRIFT SHOP” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, featuring WANZ

December 31, 2013


Happy New Year!

It is 10:00 p.m. where I am sitting, so just a couple more hours left of 2013. I can’t believe how quickly the year passed. So many exciting things happened this year! It will be a year full of many memories for me, but I am looking forward to creating new ones in 2014.

It was difficult to pick just one song today from so many favorites, but this song was probably the most memorable song of the year. I am certain it is not new to most of you, but can you seriously think of 2013 without thinking of Thrift Shop? Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were a phenomenon in 2013!

For the last few days I have been posting songs by some of my favorite new musical finds of 2013. To finish that up – on this last night of the year – I wanted to post a list of my favorite “new to me” bands and artists of 2013.  Drum roll, please ….  Here is my list:

I enjoyed so much good music over the year from a multitude of artists, but I discovered all of these artists in 2013 and they instantly became favorites and people that I will be keeping my eye on. I hope that you were able to discover and enjoy great music this year as well, and I am looking forward to sharing the musical journey with you in 2014.

And as I mentioned a couple days ago, my favorite album of the year was “Native” by OneRepublic.

 Music brings me joy and I am looking forward to a joyful year full of love, friendship, adventure, and … of course … MUSIC!


November 13, 2013


I can listen to this song over and over again and I think it makes me emotional every single time. This is an amazingly raw, beautiful, and heart wrenching song by rising artists Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino of the musical duo, A Great Big World.

The lyrics of this song are incredibly powerful – they just emote love, heartbreak, frustration, and despair. Who hasn’t been there?

You may have heard this song on the television show, The Voice. The song was performed on that show on November 5 with Christina Aguilera singing with them. Although I did not see it, from everything I have read, it sounds like the song jumped to #1 on iTunes soon after the performance. Pretty amazing! I love their original version the best and so that is what I have attached on this post.

When I first saw Ian Axel on a YouTube video (Fall On Me), he reminded me so much of Ben Folds – another favorite of mine. It was funny to watch an interview with A Great Big World on On Air With Ryan Seacrest where Ian talks about being compared to Ben Folds, because I had not heard that comparison before, at least not outside of my own head. 😉 I am hoping that they record the song “Fall On Me” because it is another great one.

These two lads met while attending NYU. Having a daughter currently attending college, it strikes me what an important time of life those years are for an individual’s life path. I don’t know that I have ever been more aware of that than I am now. Lucky that these two young men just happened to find each other at the right place and the right time. Things do happen for a reason … you just have to keep your eyes and heart open to it!

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