“TAKE ME HOME” by Cash Cash, featuring Bebe Rexha

February 17, 2015

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I had a wonderful weekend with 3/4 of the family home. We missed my son who stayed at school for the holiday weekend, but I am sure he was happy to stay in warmer weather.

It was miserably cold outside this weekend! In fact, Monday morning registered at -17 degrees with the windchill. That is nasty! I don’t know how you feel about those kind of temperatures, but I have absolutely NO desire to step outside when it is that cold.

So, I got lots of indoor gym time this weekend and I am posting one of my current favorite workout tunes for you to enjoy today. It motivated me many times this weekend!

This song is by Cash Cash, an Electronic Dance Music (EDM) group from New Jersey. Their music has also been labeled as pop or house dance music. I label it as great “move me” music! 🙂 The group consists of two brothers – Jean Paul and Alex Makhlouf, and Samuel Warren Frish. The three men write, produce, and mix all of their music together. Bebe Rexha, who performs vocals for this song, is a young singer-songwriter from Brooklyn, New York. This song is the group’s highest charting song thus far.

SONG OF THE DAY – “MY TIME” by Caveman

February 24, 2014

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A quick note tonight. I just got home after a long travel day and I am finally sitting down to write and post a song. It was my time to come home, but what a shock that cold weather was to my system when I stepped off that plane. Yikes! 

Today’s song is from a band called Caveman. Caveman is a 5-member band that formed in 2010 and hails from Brooklyn, New York. This song is from their 2011 album, “Coco Beware,” but they just released their second album in 2013. Caveman produces a very unique sound and I really enjoy this song. Hope you like it too.

Sorry to keep it short, but I am exhausted. 🙂 Also, I need to prepare myself for the “Polar Vortex” that is arriving again on the east coast again this week. haha! Spring is coming, right?

SONG OF THE DAY – “HARLEM” by New Politics

February 10, 2014

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Today I just really want to post a fun song that makes me feel like moving. It is a great song for working out, dancing, or just bouncing your head while sitting down at work. I really love the sound and find it such fun. The song is not new and many of you may already be familiar with it, but it is a great song to add to your playlist if you have not already done so.

New Politics is an Indie-rock group originally from Copenhagen, Denmark who now make Brooklyn, New York home. They have released two albums and today’s song is from their sophomore album, A Bad Girl in Harlem, which was released in May 2013. The band seems to constantly be on tour and has a reputation for having an incredibly energetic stage performance. I have not seen them live yet, but they are currently on tour and I think they would be a fun group to see in action.

This song is such a great combination of drums, guitar and electronics and they fuse pop music and a punk sound seamlessly. It is great dance music and just plain fun. How can you not get up and move to this song? Watch the video and you will see what I mean. 🙂

SONG OF THE DAY – “I NEED MY GIRL” by The National

February 5, 2013

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Snowed in again today! Woke up to 8 new inches of snow and then it started to sleet which put a nice layer of ice on top of it all. My husband was meant to fly out to California this morning, but with the crazy weather warnings, he made a quick change of plans and flew out last night. Good thing he did as all flights were canceled this morning. I got a text at 4:28 am this morning letting me know that he had just arrived. That is the joy of flying across the country and 3 time zones! The crazy things we do!

I am posting a song today by The National. The band was formed in Cincinnati, Ohio back in 1999 and are now based in Brooklyn. Their 2013 album release, Trouble Will Find Me, was nominated for a Grammy this year for Best Alternative Album.

The band is made up of Matt Berninger (the baritone singer & lyrics writer) and two pairs of brothers: twins, Aaron and Bryce Dessner (guitarists), and Scott and Bryan Devendorf (bass and drums). Matt writes the lyrics to the songs, and the rest of the guys contribute to writing the music. It sounds like they make a very cooperative team in their creative process. I love the texture of their music and I think they would be incredible to see live.

The band had a slow start, but have progressively gained more and more followers, critically acclaimed albums, and strong reviews. They have been considered, by some, as one of the most “distinctive underground rock bands of the last decade.” In a 2007 article by TheSceneStar, their lyrics were described as “dark, melancholy, and difficult to interpret.” Matt Berninger indicated that he would say “… they’re on the darker side of the spectrum …” but he wouldn’t classify them or himself as being dark.

I would definitely call their music moody and melancholy, and I can only take them in small doses (or when my mood is in the same place!), but I really love this song. Have you ever had anyone say to you, “I need my girl.” It is such an incredibly honest and vulnerable statement, and a powerful message on the receiving end. I totally think they caught the moment in this song.

I hope you enjoy the music today. Definitely different from yesterday’s rap … I like to keep it interesting. 🙂

SONG OF THE DAY – “HARD WAY HOME” by Runaway Dorothy

January 21, 2014

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The day seemed to fly by today and I am just finally getting around to posting. It has been a crazy snow day here in the northeast. We have nearly 12 inches of snow outside my house and the wind chill temperatures right now are below zero. They are calling it the “Polar Plunge” as temperatures are dropping and it sounds like we are in for two weeks of bitter cold weather. I have to admit … I don’t think I really like winter. 😉

I am posting a song from a new band for me today. The band is Runaway Dorothy and if you have not yet heard of them, I am quite certain that you will. I love the acoustic sound of their music and their passionate lyrics. I would classify them as Americana, but they have such an eclectic sound to their music that I am sure it could be described many ways. They are a very talented band with a unique and diverse sound. David Parnell is the singer-songwriter for the quartet who now lives in Brooklyn, New York. I can totally relate to this song and wanted to share it.

SONG OF THE DAY – “WORLD I USED TO KNOW” by Ryan Star

January 14, 2013

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Today I am posting a song by one of my favorite musicians. Ryan Star is a true artist and I find his music just incredibly beautiful, unique, and full of some of the most intense emotion that I have ever heard.

Ryan is from Brooklyn, New York and is performing tonight in NYC for his new album release “party.” Luckily, I get to see him at a private show in the city on Thursday night. I have been waiting months for this performance and I am incredibly excited to see him perform in a very intimate setting.

I saw Ryan Star live in concert in February 2012 at The House of Blues in Dallas when he was touring with Andy Grammer. I was lucky enough to get an opportunity to meet him and spend a few minutes chatting. He is one of the nicest guys I have had the pleasure to meet.

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I truly love this song off his new album. The album, Angels + Animals, was just released yesterday and it is a great album with a very personal story and emotionally raw. In an interview with inTouch magazine, Ryan said this about the autographical nature of the album, “I gave only the most raw, most honest version of myself on this record. It’s primal in that sense. It starts with an apology and takes us on a man’s journey to become his best self for the woman he lives for. We are all a bit angel and a bit animal, we do the best we can.”

With this album, Ryan broke from his big recording label and turned to his fans to help fund production of the album with Pledge Music. It is a credit to him that he reached – and then exceeded – 100% of his goal with the support of his faithful fans (of which I am one!).

I hope you enjoy this song, but if you are not familiar with his music, I would strongly encourage you to take a few minutes to explore his songs. You will probably find a song or two that you might have heard before, but did not realize was him, and you will definitely find some music that you will love. I literally like nearly all of his music so it is hard for me to pick just a few to recommend, but I would suggest “Last Train Home,” “Stay Awhile,” “Losing Your Memory,” “Breathe” and “Start A Fire.” I told you it would be hard for me to pick just a few – believe me there are more I could list. 😉

I will definitely post some more photos of the event on Thursday night and will hopefully have a few interesting tidbits to share about Ryan himself.

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SONG OF THE DAY – “BE OKAY” by Oh Honey

January 8, 2014

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Well, hello! I have been off the grid for a few days and am happy to get a chance to post today.

I am currently in a hotel in Coban, Guatemala. It has been an amazing and adventurous experience thus far. Before the trip, our Habitat Team Leader kept emphasizing the need to be flexible when building a home here in Central America. She was right! It has become our mantra … that and “It Will Be Okay!” Thus the reason for the song choice today. 🙂

There are many funny, inspiring, interesting stories to share, but I don’t have the patience or energy to deal with the internet to write much today. So, there will be more to come. I do think the perspective this experience is giving me is absolutely invaluable!

The song today is from a rising musical duo out of Brooklyn, New York. Their indie folk style reminds me a bit of The Lumineers. This song is upbeat and catchy and is just full of good vibes. The duo is made up of Mitchy Collins and Danielle Bouchard, both singer- songwriters with excellent voices and an infectious style. Give them a listen, I think you will enjoy.

I am off to bed … after 8 long hours of hauling cinder blocks and sand up a hill, carrying wet concrete in buckets, and moving rocks from one pile to another pile, I am ready for bed! 🙂