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! ūüôā

Last week I dropped my son off at his new high school Рa 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)! ūüėČ

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 Рhe 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.¬†

SONG OF THE DAY – “FLAWS” by Bastille

June 9, 2014

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Happy Music Monday!

I absolutely love this song! I think the music is perfect and the lyrics are amazing. It is just such an honest view of how we look at ourselves and our flaws. My favorite lyrics are:

All of your flaws and all of my flaws
When they have been exhumed
We’ll see that we need them to be who we are
Without them we’d be doomed

The song is by Bastille, a rock band from London, England. I am certain that most of you will know them by their tremendously popular song, “Pompeii.” Many people may¬†be unfamiliar with any of Bastille’s music other than “Pompeii” because that is the only song that is ever played on the radio. For me, that is a downside to popular radio, they find a song they like by a band and then they overplay it to death.¬†The band actually has¬†a lot of great music and I hope that you will enjoy this song (my favorite) from their Bad Blood album, released in the US in September 2013.

Bastille (named for Bastille Day, which is Smith’s birthday) was originally started as a solo project by singer-songwriter, Dan Smith. The band is now composed of the¬†very talented Dan Smith (singer, songwriter, keyboard player, and producer), Will Farquarson (bass), Chris Wood (drummer), and Kyle Simmons (keyboard player). They all perform back-up vocals, and the chemistry among the band is amazing. Bastille¬†was honored this year at the Brit Awards with British Breakthrough Act of the year. The band was also nominated for three other awards – British Group of the Year, British Single of the Year (for Pompeii), and British Album of the Year. They have been called “the word-of-mouth success of 2013!”

Embrace your flaws! It makes us who we are … and who wants to be anyone else? ūüôā

I have attached two versions of this song because they are both amazing – one was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and is literally an amazing acoustic version backed by a room full of strings, and the other is another acoustic version with keyboard, guitar and hand drums. Just both very cool! I would love the Last.fm sessions version on my iPod.

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SONG OF THE DAY – “DRUNK” by Ed Sheeran

January 25, 2014

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In keeping with the GRAMMY award nominee theme, I wanted to post a song by one of my all time favorite artists and nominee for Best New Artist. I absolutely adore Ed Sheeran! I posted a song by him on this site back in November where I talked a lot about him, so click on the link to get caught up. He has been a favorite since we lived in London in 2010 and we were so excited to see his career skyrocket.

Ed Sheeran is one of the coolest guys in the business. His live shows are remarkable and his ability to create music as a one man performer is astounding. I know that he is working on his next album and I would highly recommend keeping your eyes out for a live show … it would totally be worth your time, effort, and money to see him live; but, be warned, his tickets are incredibly difficult to come by these days.

I think it is somewhat strange that he is nominated for Best New Artist this year as his song “The A Team” earned him a a 55th GRAMMY nomination for Song Of The Year last year.¬†Also in 2012, he¬†won British Breakthrough Act and British Male Solo Artist at the 2012 Brit Awards. It seems that the GRAMMY voters are a little late to the party, but it certainly does not mean that he is not well deserving of the Best New Artist award … I just think he should have been nominated last year. There are a lot of great nominees in this category, but my vote goes to Ed.

I just could not pass up the opportunity to share another song by Ed Sheeran. I would love to recommend a song or two of his that I love, but honestly I love all of his music.¬†This video just seemed like the perfect pick today as there has been a lot of hype across the web this week about him¬†rescuing and adopting a cat; he even created a Twitter account for “Graham.” Seems to make this video even funnier after this news.

Good luck, Ed! I am rooting for you to win tomorrow night.

Read More:

https://notyourmomsplaylist.com/2013/11/08/song-of-the-da…ith-ed-sheeran/ ‎

http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1721092/ed-sheeran-why-he-should-win-best-new-artist-grammy.jhtml

http://www.grammy.com/artist/ed-sheeran