SONG OF THE DAY – “I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE” by Sam Smith

August 9, 2014

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It is the end of a great Saturday and I wanted to quickly post a song before the day was over and I fall asleep.

My daughter and I got up early this morning and headed off to an Adventure Park to do a ropes course. We had a fabulous time! We were the first ones there and we zipped through all of the courses with ease. We finally finished up on the hardest route – the dreaded Double Black Diamond – and we were finally humbled. We were feeling so confident and very strong. In fact, we kept teasing each other that we were ready for American Ninja Warrior and then we hit the disk ropes and we both went down. It was so hard! The guy who was working there told us that the next two obstacles were even more difficult and if we couldn’t get through the swinging disks, we might want to take the escape route and so down we went. We were both a little disappointed that we failed and we have vowed to return and master that Double Black Diamond!

Today’s song is by the 22-year-old, British singer-songwriter, Sam Smith. Sam’s music sounds much older and more mature than his age would lead me to believe. His music has so much soul. He broke out in 2012 when he was featured in Disclosure’s single, “Latch.” He was nominated this year for the 2014 BRIT Critic’s Choice Award, and won. His recent song, “Stay With Me” was a huge international success and he released his debut album, In The Lonely Hour, on May 26 in the UK and June 17 in the US. Today’s song is his newest single and it is a very soulful song. The music video had over 2.5 million views in just one week.

SONG OF THE DAY – “COMING HOME” by Kaiser Chiefs

March 28, 2014

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Okay, remember you were forewarned … here is another home song. 🙂

This is a brand new song from the Kaiser Chiefs off their new album Education, Education & War. The album is expected to be released on March 31 in the UK/Europe and April 1 in North America. I really like this song – my favorite off the new album.

I became a Kaiser Chiefs fan while I was living in London. They are well loved in Britain and have a very distinctive British sound, which they are proud of and which makes their fans happy. Ricky Wilson is the lead singer and lyricist and he is a great frontman for the band.

This new album is their fifth studio album; their debut album Employment was released in 2005 to great success, both critically and commercially. They won three Brit Awards in 2006 for that album, including Best British Group, Best British Rock Act, and Best British Live Act. My very favorite song of theirs (and probably their most popular and well known) is “Ruby.” If you don’t know the song, you must take a listen here. A couple other songs that you might like, which have more of a post-punk revival sound, are “Never Miss A Beat” and “Everyday I Love You Less and Less.”

I have heard they are incredible live performers and I am hoping to get a chance to see them this year. They are coming on tour soon, so keep your eye out. I am excited to see the band come out with a new album, with a distinctly different sound. The album is certainly more political and deeper. On their website, Wilson says this of the album:

It is an album that takes the temperature of a nation seven years into a recession, people desperate for work, debt-ridden, suspicious of corporations, big business, government, and eager for signs of compassion, understanding, hope … “I’m not saying it’s political, it is about the feeling of futility… about wondering ‘what is the point?’ Not in a way that means giving up, but in a way that raises a question I want to ask. I don’t think a band has a responsibility to say anything more than love songs, but if it’s in your mind more than love songs then stop writing love songs and start writing songs about what’s going on in your street.”

SONG OF THE DAY – “FREE” by Rudimental, featuring Emeli Sande

March 19, 2014

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Just a quick note today with a song that I absolutely love and a video that I think is awesome.

I think Emeli Sande has such an incredible voice and it melds perfectly with the sounds of Rudimental, an English electronic, drum ‘n’ bass group. The song and the album Home was released almost a year ago in April 2013 to great reviews. In fact, the producer-musician quartet just won a 2014 BRIT Award for Best British Single for the song, “Waiting All Night.”

I find this song empowering. It makes me want to run outside. I love the combination of the music and the lyrics – it just totally catches me in the emotion of that moment of feeling “free.” They did an incredible job on the video as I think it is one of the best I have seen in terms of catching that same feeling that you hear while listening to the song. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

“Whoa, c’est la vie. Maybe something’s wrong with me. But, whoa, at least I am free. Oh I am free!”

 

SONG OF THE DAY – “GROW OLD WITH ME” by Tom Odell

November 17, 2013

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It is another emotional song for me today. Okay, are we starting to see a trend? 😉

I have to admit that music does something to me. It reaches me on an emotional level unlike anything else. It can make me happy, sad, pumped-up, melancholy…really every emotion in the deck. This song just makes me “feel all the feels” as my daughter’s roommate would say.

I met my husband when he was 15 years old and I was 16. I think he liked me because I could drive and had a cool car. (Just to clarify “cool,” I drove a Volkswagen Thing. It was awesome and I was the only kid I knew with one.) Yes, I married my high school sweetheart; it was nearly 8 years later and we have known each other almost twice as long as we didn’t know each other.

This song just makes me think of him and us. Growing old is an interesting thing. I try to remember what I thought of my parents when I looked at them as a 16-year old. I know how I feel now when I see an elderly couple holding hands – I think it is beautiful!

As weird as it seems, there is something just utterly romantic about growing old with someone – loving them even more than you thought was possible, looking at them and still seeing that beautiful young thing you once saw, and yet having a bond that only comes with time – trials, joys, and change. The song says, “Grow old with me, let us share what we see, and all the best it could be … just you and I.” Guess I am giving a shout out to my husband today. It is the best. I love growing old with him. ❤

As for the song itself … Tom Odell is just 22 years old and won the BRIT Critic’s Choice Award earlier this year. If you are not familiar with the BRIT Awards and Critic’s Choice, let me just summarize by saying it is an award that recognizes a promising newcomer. Past winners have included Adele, Florence & The Machine, Ellie Goulding, and Emeli Sande to name just a few. I certainly think that Tom Odell is a promising newcomer.

Tom Odell is a singer/songwriter and an amazing piano player who just stirs emotion with his music. He has had some polarizing reviews in the British press, but I think he is brilliant. He just released his debut album and I definitely think he is one to watch. His career got a huge boost with the recent award, but I believe he is only getting started with what he can and will produce. I think he has nowhere to go but up and I can’t wait to see him live – I have heard that is where he is truly remarkable.

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