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

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SONG OF THE DAY – “FOREVER YOUNG” by Rod Stewart

February 21, 2014

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Well, today is my birthday so that explains the song choice for the day. 🙂

Yes, I am still that 40-something mom, but I am now 40-something plus one. My kids are lovely and both keep telling me that I look and act much younger than my age. haha! I keep saying that I am “OLD” and they keep telling me that I am not old! I must remember to thank them.

Seriously, I do not feel my age … well, some days I do, but I am fighting that. What is the alternative of not growing older? I will happily take another year. I actually enjoy growing older and gaining wisdom, appreciation, and perspective. Life is good and I am happy to have my 40 plus years of memories and experiences to reflect on and look forward to making many more.

This has always been one of my favorite songs. I love the lyrics and the message, and the music just makes me feel good – it has a melancholy and reflective feeling to it.

Growing up I was a huge Rod Stewart fan. I actually still love him – it is something to do with that voice and that hair, plus he is an amazing soccer (football) player. I saw him live in concert in 1996 when I lived in Phoenix and was 9 months pregnant with my first child. I could sing along with every word to every single song, unfortunately Rod could not. My husband and I went to the concert with my sister and her husband and about halfway through the concert he forgot the words to the song he was singing. He was singing “Hot Legs” – a classic! – and most of the audience just kept singing the words for him. It was hilarious, but a little pathetic. He disappeared from the stage for a minute and came back with a piece of paper and then pretended to act like he just wanted to be on his knees to sing, although we all knew he was really just looking at the lyrics on that paper. Hilarious! Anyway, that was a first and only for me in all my concert experiences, but it does make a great story.

Have a great day! I know that I will enjoy my birthday in the beautiful sunshine of Arizona – taking a trip back to one of my “homes” which also makes this song a perfect choice. 🙂

SONG OF THE DAY – “BALANCE” by Future Islands

February 18, 2014

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Another snowy day here in the east coast! I am driving my daughter’s Mini Cooper and I can’t say that it is the best vehicle for slippery, windy, hilly roads.

Snow is beautiful, but I am feeling like I need a little balance between winter and sunshine! I am looking forward to getting to spend some time in sunny, warm Arizona with my son later this week. He can get his fill of golf rounds and I can get my fill of sunshine, hiking, and time with old friends. Returning to places I have lived before is always a wonderful experience. I have so many good friends from my time in Arizona and I can hardly wait to get to spend some time with them. It may be hard to leave again.

The song of the day today is a very catchy tune and I love the sound that Future Islands creates. I think you will enjoy listening to this synthpop sound today – I know that I am enjoying listening to it. The video also seems to catch where I am today … they are seeking the beach and I am seeking the sunshine. 🙂

Future Islands is a synthpop group currently based out of Baltimore, Maryland. The band started in 2006 while they were attending East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. They have a very unique sound that makes for very easy listening. Future Islands have announced that they will be releasing a new album in March of this year, but this song is from their last album “On The Water,” which was released in late 2011.

SONG OF THE DAY – “DAMAGE” by Jimmy Eat World

February 8, 2014

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I am posting a song from the new album by Jimmy Eat World today. I have been a fan of their music for many years now and especially love their songs, “Hear You Me” and “The Middle” – a fantastic angsty, motivational song (awesome for a workout, btw).

Jimmy Eat World was started in 1994 in Mesa, Arizona. Having lived in Arizona for several years, it is fun for me to read about a band who grew up there and made it up through the Phoenix-area music scene. They originally started out as a punk rock group, but by 1999 had made a name for themselves in the emo scene with the very successful release of their album, Clarity. It was the release of their album, Jimmy Eat World (originally named Bleed American) in 2001, however, that launched them successfully into the mainstream alternative rock scene. That album has the two songs that I mentioned above as my two favorites, and is really when I personally discovered the band.

This new album is a great addition to their nearly 20-years of music. I still enjoy their sound and I find this song to just blend seamlessly into their library. This song is probably my favorite off the album – it has great lyrics, cool guitar, and a catchy beat.

Read More:

http://www.metacritic.com/music/damage/jimmy-eat-world

http://www.popmatters.com/review/172903-jimmy-eat-world-damage/