Song of the Day – “Be More Kind” by Frank Turner

July 29, 2018

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Yes, yes … I know it has been a very long time since I have added something new to this blog. Let’s just pretend I have not been gone for so long and let’s enjoy a new song together. 🙂

I have a song that I just love and have not been able to get out of my head.  Yesterday, I saw the artist live and so I decided it was the perfect time to share. This is such an incredible song and so timely. I dare you to listen to it and not feel the need to be more kind.

“In a world that has decided that it’s going to lose it’s mind … be more kind my friends. Try to be more kind.”

Frank Turner is a very passionate English singer-songwriter who just released his seventh studio album, by the same name as the song (Be More Kind), in May 2018. His music style could be described as folk-punk and this song, although definitely gentle and folksy, is certainly no different in it’s emotional personal – and political – message. I absolutely love his acoustic style of music.

I was lucky enough to get to see Frank Turner live yesterday afternoon in a very intimate setting. I went out on a sold out Rocks Off concert cruise in NYC and he performed for well over an hour while we traveled along the East River and the Hudson River. It was an incredibly beautiful afternoon and being on the water and listening to his music was a double treat. Turner played solo and the raw emotion of hearing him sing his songs was fantastic.

I would totally recommend seeing him if you get a chance. I have wanted to see him live for many years, but have  never been able to make it work, so I was thrilled when this opportunity popped up yesterday morning. I love being spontaneous. 🙂

I hope that you enjoy this great new song. I posted another song by him on February 16, 2014 called The Way I Tend To Be.” Check it out as well, it is one of my favorites.

 

 

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Song of the Day – “What Side of Love” by Parachute

October 11, 2017

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Today’s song is from a band that I discovered back in 2009 while living in London. I cannot remember how exactly I was introduced to them there, but I was instantly a fan.

I saw Parachute perform in NYC in March 2015 when they were touring with Mat Kearney (my favorite!) and they put on a great, full band performance, but as much as I liked that …

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March 2015 at Best Buy Theatre in NYC

I just recently saw them in an intimate, acoustic show at City Winery in NYC last month and it was absolutely amazing! What an incredible venue to hear their music. They obviously sang all the favorites and nearly everyone in attendance sang right along with them.

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Today’s song of the day was probably my very favorite of the performance that night. The song is from their most recent album, Wide Awake, which was released in 2016. Will told the story of what he wrote the song about, but he also said that he felt like it was especially fitting for this time in the world. The lyrics really resonated with me … It is just a great song!

Parachute was originally formed in 2006 in Charlottesville, Virginia and they started touring in 2008 after college graduation. The band consists of childhood friends: Will Anderson (vocals, guitar, frontman), Johnny Stubblefield (drums), and Kit French (keyboard, saxophone).

Their debut album, Losing Sleep was released in 2009 and the I still love the song “The Mess I Made” from that album. Their 2011 album, The Way It Was has some of their most popular songs on it with the song “Kiss Me Slowly” leading my list of favorites off that album.

I hope you enjoy this song. Let me know what you think.

 

SONG OF THE DAY – “WASTED TIME” by Vance Joy

September 16 , 2014

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Last week I had the privilege of seeing Vance Joy live in concert. Sirius XM Radio hosted a private concert in The Studio at Webster Hall – a very small, intimate venue. The concert was amazing! I absolutely loved the venue, the intimate setting was incredible, and the sound was fabulous. (Pictures below include the setlist which was taped to the floor by the microphone and the stage setup prior to Vance Joy taking the stage.)

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Vance Joy (real name James Keogh) is just what you would expect from a strapping young Australian – tall, dark, and handsome. 🙂 He is actually just adorable. He has this gorgeous curly dark hair and a very shy, serious face that intimates all of his emotions when he sings. When he cracks a smile, it melts the room.

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He seemed a little shy on the stage and was not a big talker, but certainly kept the music flowing and the audience entertained. He has a great band, all of whom seem to be enjoying themselves, particularly the drummer. I loved watching the drummer; there were certain songs when I looked at him and he had the biggest smile on his face that I have ever seen – it looked like pure joy.

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One of my very favorite things about live shows, particularly when it is just an artist and their guitar (essentially), is to listen to the clarity of the voice. Vance Joy did not disappoint! What an incredible voice, the instruments were just a nice accompaniment to him.

I invited a friend to accompany me for this show and we stood right at the stage edge immediately in front of the microphone. Seriously, my purse sat on the stage at Vance Joy’s feet. We literally could not have been any closer! There were moments when I wanted to reach up and strum the guitar. Not really, but you know that feeling when you think, “… if I just reached up I could ….” Some people feel that way about jumping off the edge of a cliff … not me, I just want to reach up and play the guitar. 🙂

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I posted Vance Joy‘s most popular song, “Riptide” as the Song of the Day back on August 2, 2014. Since that time, the song has grown in popularity and his debut album, dream your life away was released earlier this month (in fact, it was on September 9 in the US – the day of this concert). The album is fantastic and is loaded with great songs. I highly recommend checking out the entire album; it has a lot of variety and I think all of the songs warrant attention. It is hard for me to just recommend a couple of songs, but if I had to pick a couple in addition to “Riptide” and today’s song, I would definitely recommend checking out “Mess Is Mine” (odd video, but cool song) and “My Kind Of Man” (if you want to see pure emotion from a singer and an incredible voice, check out this video!).

I love today’s song and the title really resonated with me this week. No wasted time going on in this home right now – we are in what you would call M-O-T-I-O-N! Enjoy the video and Vance Joy‘s music. Keep your eye on this young man from Melbourne, Australia, he is certainly a rising star! If you get a chance to see him live, particularly in an intimate venue, I would strongly recommend it.

SONG OF THE DAY – “HARD WAY HOME” by Runaway Dorothy

January 21, 2014

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The day seemed to fly by today and I am just finally getting around to posting. It has been a crazy snow day here in the northeast. We have nearly 12 inches of snow outside my house and the wind chill temperatures right now are below zero. They are calling it the “Polar Plunge” as temperatures are dropping and it sounds like we are in for two weeks of bitter cold weather. I have to admit … I don’t think I really like winter. 😉

I am posting a song from a new band for me today. The band is Runaway Dorothy and if you have not yet heard of them, I am quite certain that you will. I love the acoustic sound of their music and their passionate lyrics. I would classify them as Americana, but they have such an eclectic sound to their music that I am sure it could be described many ways. They are a very talented band with a unique and diverse sound. David Parnell is the singer-songwriter for the quartet who now lives in Brooklyn, New York. I can totally relate to this song and wanted to share it.