SONG OF THE DAY – “LOVE ME AGAIN” by John Newman

July 30, 2014

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I got home last night after a long, traffic-jammed drive home and had every intention of posting, but after I pulled out my computer and sat down on the sofa, I completely crashed. I was thoroughly exhausted! I am not sure if it was physical, mental, or emotional exhaustion, but I think it was probably a combination of all three.

After spending three full days with the entire family, my daughter went back to her internship in DC, my husband left at 5am Monday morning for a week of business travel, and yesterday I dropped my son off at the airport to fly to Singapore on a short exchange program with his high school. I went from full house to empty house in the space of about 48 hours! It is strange how empty a house seems when you have just been surrounded by the noise and love of the whole family … and then suddenly there is no one.

For me, last night was one of those moments when I realized, “Oh my gosh, it’s almost over; this time in my life is coming to an end.” It is such a strange feeling. My daughter left home much too early (in her mom’s eyes, haha!), leaving for college at age 16. My son is now 15 and I know his time  to leave the nest is approaching much too quickly. I love watching my kids grow up and I think they have become such cool, amazing “grown ups,” but it does not make the realization of it any easier to swallow.

I am currently sitting outside in my beautiful backyard on a gorgeous day and wishing that my children (big version or small version) were running around playing. When everyone is home these days, we are usually running around playing frisbee, but now it is just me and frisbee is a difficult solo game. My husband comes home at the end of the week, my daughter in a little over a week, and my son will be home in a couple of weeks. I won’t have this empty home for long, but (wow!) the taste of it is sobering. In life, CHANGE is the only constant! I have lived my life around that motto, but when this big change comes … I sure hope I am ready for it.

Today’s song doesn’t have much to do with my post today, but I really like this song and the emotional impact the music has on me. I showed the video to both of my kids this last week. Make sure you watch the video all the way to the end. It was a little shocking to me! I said that it was totally depressing, my son burst out laughing, and my daughter just said, “WHAT was that?!” I would love to know your reaction to the video.

John Newman is a young (23-year-old), breakout, English singer and musician that seemed to come out of nowhere in 2013. This song reached #1 on the UK Singles Chart in July 2013 and reached the top of the US charts in early 2014. He was one of the most successful English artists last year and was nominated for three Brit Awards in 2014 : British Male Solo Artist, British Single, and British Video. He has a very unique sound that seems to come from a bygone age and is described as soulful pop. He has often been compared as a male version of Adele or Amy Winehouse.

One of my favorite comments made by John Newman in an interview earlier this year:

“I couldn’t give a shit about fame … What felt good coming to America was walking down the street and no one knowing me. There are way too many celebrities in the world at the moment and not enough artists … People have forgotten about the music.”

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SONG OF THE DAY – “PLEASE DON’T STOP THE RAIN” by James Morrison

May 1, 2014

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It’s Throwback Thursday! Today’s #tbt song is from 2008 while we were living in London, England.

I am being a little tongue in cheek with the title of this song today. What I really want to say is “please STOP the rain!”

I have decided that spring in the northeast is very slow in coming. I keep waiting … and waiting … and, well you get the point. We literally had over 24 hours of straight rain and got over 4.5 inches in that time period. There was flooding everywhere this morning and I literally have a small lake in my backyard. Central Park in NYC got 5.12 inches, which is the tenth wettest day on record. Needless to say, it has been a wet and chilly few days. April showers bring May flowers, right? Let’s hope, but I am looking at my forecast and it looks like we are having May showers! So, June flowers?
“If it’s gonna be a rainy day, there’s nothing we can do to make it change. We can pray for sunny weather, but that won’t stop the rain.”
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I became a fan of James Morrison while we were living in London. We actually saw him perform live at an outdoor concert in a London park and, although the sound was not great, he was fabulous and I really enjoy his music.
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James Morrison is a singer-songwriter and guitarist from the UK who began busking at the age of 15 while living in Cornwall. He literally became an overnight sensation in the UK after the release of his first album, Undiscoveredin 2006 at the age of 21. James Morrison was the winner of Best British Male Solo Artist at the 2007 Brit Awards and was the biggest selling British male solo artist that same year. In 2008, he released his second album, Songs For You, Truths For Me, the album where you can find today’s song and his biggest selling single, “Broken Strings,” which he recorded with Nelly Furtado. He released his third album, The Awakening, in 2011. I have not heard much about him in the last few years, so I am now curious to find out what he has been doing.
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Enjoy the song and bring on the sunshine!!

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