SONG OF THE DAY – “CITY OF ANGELS” by Thirty Seconds to Mars

March 3, 2014

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I have a song that I have wanted to share for some time and, after the Academy Awards last night, today seemed like the perfect day to share it.

Are any of you as smitten with Jared Leto as I am? I think he is amazing! His performance as Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club was incredible and he was totally deserving of his Oscar win for Actor in a Supporting Role (along with the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards!). I read that Leto stayed in character 24 hours a day during filming so that he could totally immerse himself into the character. This commitment to development of the character is evident in his performance. Truly remarkable.

Leto is a gifted actor and yet that only scratches the surface of his many talents. He is also the lead vocalist, main songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist for the critically acclaimed band, Thirty Seconds to Mars. He formed the band in Los Angeles in 1998 with his older brother, Shannon Leto. In addition to acclaimed actor and musician, he is also a Director, Producer, Philanthropist, Photographer, and Businessman. He doesn’t do much at all!

Jared Leto is also just a beautiful man. haha! If you watched the Academy Awards last night, or any of the pre- or post- shows, you would certainly have heard people commenting non-stop on his looks. He has been listed twice -in 1996 and 1999- on People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People.” And for beauty on the inside 😉 , I found the comments he made about his mother in his Oscar acceptance speech very sweet.

I love this passionate song about Los Angeles by Thirty Seconds to Mars. It is difficult not to get immersed in the song – the very personal lyrics and the music are mesmerizing. The song is from their 2013 album, LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS. A very busy year for a very talented guy!

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SONG OF THE DAY – “HAPPY” by Pharrell Williams

February 22, 2013

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Today I am posting what my son and I have deemed our “theme song” for our trip to Arizona. We have spent nearly every minute of our time outside in the fabulous sunshine and blue skies. It just makes us feel happy and so does this song! We have been “clapping along” and have probably been spotted looking like many of the people shown in this fantastic music video. 🙂

We may slowly be killing the song as we have listened to it so much over the last few days, but what else would you do with a theme song? This is a great song by Pharrell Williams, who I think is just one of the coolest dudes in the music industry. He has also got to be on the busiest guys in the industry – producer, fashion designer, songwriter, drummer, performer … what doesn’t he do?

This has been an especially big year for Pharrell. He was nominated for 7 Grammy Awards, including one for this song; in addition, this song was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song (from the movie Despicable Me). He also played a key role in one of 2013’s biggest hits and Grammy award-winning song – “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk. He is an amazingly talented guy. Something else about him that I think is amazing … Pharrell is 40 years old, but have you seen him? He looks like he is 25!

BE HAPPY!

Additional Reading:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-pharrell-williams-20140220,0,6981329.story#axzz2u6Uz3QrX

SONG OF THE DAY – “FALLING SLOWLY” by Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova

November 7, 2013

TBT – Originally posted as my daughter’s Song of the Day on 12/01/2009.

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My teenagers often tell me that I am technologically challenged.  I have to remind them that I am much better than most parents.  (This may or may not be true, but it makes me feel better.)

It is sometimes hard to believe that I grew up without the computer.  I still vividly remember taking Type Class in high school and – yes! – it was on a typewriter.  So, I think my kids should give me a break.  Yes, they are better than me at almost all things technology based, but they have grown up with it since birth.  I think that makes me (and all of you not born in the 90s) pretty amazing.  Just look at how far we have come in such a short period of time.  I had to learn all of these things after my brain had stopped growing!

Anyway, enough about my awesomeness … there is a reason to this post.  Today I am starting a new type of post for Thursdays – “TBT” or “Throw Back Thursday.”  This has been popular on social media for some time with people posting old photos, but I am going to transfer that to Songs of the Day.  I started posting a Song of the Day on my daughter’s Facebook page 4 years ago and we have shared a tremendous amount of music together.  Starting today, on every Thursday I will post a TBT song from one of those days that begin back in October 2009.  The song I selected today is a favorite of mine.  It just exemplifies emotion in music.

Well, gotta run … I am learning how to Tweet today.  I will catch up to those youngsters yet.