SONG OF THE DAY – “I WANT YOU” by Saint Raymond

September 8, 2014

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Well, I have survived my first few days of being an empty nester … an empty nester much too early! 🙂

Last week I dropped my son off at his new high school – a golf academy in South Carolina. I never thought that I would ever send one of my children away from home to a boarding school for high school, but here I am. It was a very quick decision and my emotions have been all over the place the last several weeks. I am sure if you look at the last few songs I have posted, you will be able to tell where my head has been. I really, really like my kids and I love to be with them, so how did I let one leave home at 16 for college and one leave at 15 for boarding school? What am I thinking?

I got home Thursday night and I woke up Friday and told myself that I had the day to be sad. So I listened to all the songs that would let me wallow in my sadness. Just to give you a quick idea of the emotional pit I was digging, the songs included: “Never Grow Up” by Taylor Swift, “Poems, Prayers and Promises” by John Denver, and “When I’m With You” by Ben Rector. That last one by Ben Rector has been on repeat for the last four days! If you don’t think music can impact your emotions, I challenge you to listen to those songs. A friend of mine told me on Friday, “…I think you are going to have to give yourself more than one day to be sad!” Obviously she is right, but I am certainly trying not to be actively sad.

I am happy to report that my son is very happy and the school seems to be a great fit for him. That makes me happy! I am very proud of him and the decision that he has made. I just know that I really miss him and the house sure seems empty without him here. I thought I would have him home with me for two more years, and just like that he is gone.

 

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All organized in his new room.
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Home away from home.
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His outdoor classroom (the indoor one isn’t as pretty)! 😉

I love this song by Saint Raymond and I have been waiting for a day to post it. Saint Raymond is the stage name for Callum Burrows, a very young (only 19!) and talented, British singer-songwriter. Burrows is from Nottingham in the UK. He released his debut EP, Escapade, in early 2013 on Gabrielle Aplin’s (another of my favorite young British artists) Never Fade Records label; two more EPs followed in early 2014. I think we will be hearing much more from Saint Raymond – he has a fabulous sound with great harmonies, cool beats, and interesting lyrics. He is another new artist that has a sound reminiscent of the 80s. Even more exciting, he will be supporting one of my very favorites, Ed Sheeran, on his UK, Ireland, and European arena tour this fall. If there is something that will rocket Saint Raymond onto every playlist, that would be it! I know that you will like his sound.

I have to tell you that the video is the reason that I am posting this song today. It kind of feels like my life right now. Once you watch it, I am sure you will understand. Sometimes I don’t know if I am making the right decision, but when it comes down to it … I have to make a decision and jump. My kids have lived a life full of adventure, change, and challenge and they have risen to all of it. They have a very strong sense of self and embrace life to the fullest. So, how do you say “no” when they are ready for something that maybe I wasn’t ready for … the answer for me was ‘You Don’t.’ My heart is heavy right now, but what a ride as they chase their dreams and I dive in after them as we all enter the next new adventure. 

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SONG OF THE DAY – “WHEN I’M WITH YOU” by Ben Rector

August 25, 2014

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I am finally getting around to posting again. It has been a very spotty summer for me with this blog. This is another one of those crazy weeks, but I really feel that it will be good for me to get back on track.

My daughter left for China yesterday. She is doing a semester abroad in Shanghai and it was so weird to ship her off until Christmas. Although she has been away from home for two years in college, it just feels so far away now! Life changes too quickly. This has been the first year where it has really hit me that my little girl is growing up. I already miss her and am so grateful for wifi and international texting because I am not sure I could bear not being able to chat with her.

On top of that, my son was offered a spot at a Golf Academy for high school. We visited the school this summer thinking that we were looking at it as a potential post-graduate year after high school and then, within a two-week time-frame, he decided to go away to school THIS year. I went from thinking I was going to have my son home with me for two more years, to having my son home with me for three short weeks. I can’t even begin to express how much I am going to miss my buddy.

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So, talk about a busy summer – my emotions have been all over the place! Lots of big life changes. Who knew that by the ages of 15 and 18, both of my kids would be moving out of our home and changing my life so completely. Although life will be different for me, I am happy that both of my children are pursuing their dreams and experiencing so many exciting life adventures. Time for new adventures for me as well.

I am posting a song today by one of my favorite artists. I love Ben Rector! This song is from his 2013 album, The Walking In Between. Ben Rector writes incredible songs and totally captures “the moment.” This song makes me think of my family and this particular moment of ours. On Monday, we were all home together – a family of 4. By Tuesday morning, we had become 3, and in just a few more days … we will be 2. I love my family and being with them brings a purpose to my life that I never expected. Enjoy this fabulous song.

“When I’m with you, I’m who I want to be!”

 

SONG OF THE DAY – “DAMN, DO I THINK ABOUT YOU” by Steve Moakler

May 28, 2014

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So, I have essentially been off-line for an entire week! I think that is the longest I have ever disappeared. I have to admit that it is a little difficult to get back in the groove of writing this blog and posting after that length of a break, but I think about it all the time and wanted to get a song out there today … so here I am online tonight.

I love this song that I am posting today by singer-songwriter, Steve Moakler. He has a way of catching real emotion in his lyrics and his melodies, and I love the honesty he captures in this song.  His music will just stick in your head long after listening to it. Steve Moakler has been writing songs since he was 14 years old. He is originally from Pittsburgh, but relocated to Nashville in 2006 to pursue his music career and hone his songwriting craft in one of the most musically talented cities in the country. His music has a hint of country to it, but is also mixed with an Indie sound. I find it very inviting.

This song is from his new album, Wide Open, which was just released in March of this year. It goes to figure that I would like Steve Moakler as he is friends and past touring companions (Three Amigos Tour) with Ben Rector (and Andrew Ripp), a huge favorite of mine. I hope you enjoy this song. I am posting the lyrics today just because they can get stuck in your head and it is nice to know the exact words. 😉

DAMN, DO I THINK ABOUT YOU

written by steve moakler and chad cates

I DON’T CARE ABOUT POLITICS

I DON’T CARE WHAT CAR I DRIVE

WHEN I WALK BY THOSE FANCY STORES

I DON’T WONDER WHAT’S INSIDE

I DON’T CARE MUCH ABOUT MONEY

OR IF I’LL BE A MILLIONAIRE

WHEN I’M TALKING TO JESUS

I DON’T WONDER IF HE’S THERE

I DON’T CARE MUCH IF I WIN OR LOSE

I DON’T WORRY WHERE I’M HEADED TO

BUT DAMN, DO I THINK ABOUT YOU

I DON’T GIVE MUCH THOUGHT TO

WHERE I LAY MY HEAD AT NIGHT

I’M JUST DRIVING DOWN THIS HIGHWAY

TRYING TO SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT

THE WAY YOU SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT