“Back To Home” by Tristan Prettyman

November 4, 2014

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14 hours! Actually 14 hours and 5 minutes!

That is how long a direct flight takes from New York to Beijing, China. I know this because I am on that flight right now. For weeks I have been panicking about sitting on a plane for 14 hours. I am not very good at sitting. :/ I bought me some Sleep Well and in an hour or so I plan to attempt sleeping so that I can try to be right ready to jump onto China time. That is probably wishful thinking since they are 13 hours ahead of my time, meaning that I should already be asleep now as it is 3:30 am tomorrow there right now. I know … confusing! I might as well admit to myself now that there is a very good chance I¬†will not be posting on Wednesday. ūüôā

I am so excited to visit¬†China. I have never been to China and there are so many things I am looking forward to seeing, but mostly I am excited to see my daughter! ‚̧ She has now been in China for 10 weeks and still has another 6 1/2 weeks to go. I can’t wait to hear how much her Chinese language skills have improved and¬†it will be so exciting to see China through her eyes, as well as my own. We will be spending a few days in Beijing, which will be new for her, and then I will accompany her back to Shanghai.

I am posting a new song today by Tristan Prettyman. This song is from her new album, Back to Home, which was just released last week on October 27.¬†I have been a fan of Tristan Prettyman’s music for many years. She released her first album back in 2005. I think her music is so pure, raw, honest, and soulful all at the same time. Sometimes it feels light and breezy, reminiscent of her California surfing background, and other times it is just an incredibly deep lyrical song backed by great music. This album has a much different sound than her older music, but I love it! Today’s song is definitely my very favorite from the new album.

I really connected with this song – “Back To Home.” As I am sitting here on a plane off to China it struck me that I am off to find “home.” Home is not necessarily a place; I have learned that over¬†the last 23 years through all of our moves and changes. Home is where I am with¬†the ones I love. Home is where my heart is … and right now my heart is spread far and wide.

I was texting my son right before takeoff and I said, “I am so excited for you to come back home!” He responded, “In like 2 weeks?” I obviously think we disagreed on how close it seemed. ūüėČ I am just so excited to have him come home and I guess as I am off to visit one piece of my heart, I started anticipating having another piece return back home. I know that home will always be there.¬†Life is a journey and my little family is certainly having a journey, but I find a lot of solace in the line of this song that says,

“All of these roads lead us back to home.”

No YouTube videos for any songs on this new album yet, so I have attached a recording of the song from SoundCloud. I hope you enjoy this new music as much as I have.

Let’s see … just 11 more hours to go! YIKES!

“Welcome To New York” by Taylor Swift

November 3, 2014

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Well, I am sorry, but I am jumping on the Taylor Swift bandwagon with today’s song. I honestly have been singing this song since the first time I heard the sneak preview on October 20 from Ryan Seacrest. I love the sound (very 80s) and it just seemed like the perfect theme song for my current life adventure.

Almost a month¬†ago we got an apartment in NYC. As you know, we had some major life changes over the past few months and quite unexpectedly my husband and I became empty-nesters a couple of years earlier than anticipated. (We keep saying that we are either doing something very right … or something very wrong. My daughter left home at 16 to attend college, and then my son left home at 15 to attend a golf boarding school. Holy cow!) Anyway, I realized that the sudden change was going to be more than I could stomach. I just could not imagine myself sitting out in our big, quiet home all by myself.¬†Moving into the city seemed like the perfect plan for a new adventure.

The minute I saw our apartment, I knew it was where I wanted to be. I love the view and I love being in the thick of the action.

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I love New York City! I love the energy, I love the diversity, I love the chaos, I love the excitement, and, of course, I love the music. I guess that I would have to say I understand the thrill of the city that this song exudes.

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I went to visit my son for his 16th birthday a few days before we were scheduled to move into the apartment and his first comment to me was, “Well, it sure didn’t take you long to replace me!” Ouch! Obviously¬†he understood my reason for heading into the city was in part due to the loss of having him at home. He wasn’t far off, but as it turns out, it has been much more than that. My husband and I have been having¬†a fabulous¬†time. We are certainly enjoying this new adventure together even more than we thought we would. We still have not exactly figured out the logistics of our life, but¬†I am sure that will come. ūüėČ

Taylor Swift’s new album, 1989, was just released a week ago today and it was¬†forecast to sell more than 1.3 million copies in that first week.¬†Love her or hate her, I don’t think there is anyone who cannot admit that she is an amazing young lady – talented and a savvy¬†business woman. I am a fan! Oh, but her song will not be on Not Your Mom’s Playlist Spotify playlist¬†as she pulled all her music off Spotify today.

SONG OF THE DAY – “EASY” by Sheryl Crow

April 11, 2014

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I love it when the weekend rolls around. There is just something about that feeling of two days of free time, even though the weekends are typically crazier than the week days. The weekend just holds an allure and I find this song the absolute perfect weekend song. I hope that you can sit back and enjoy the song and the upcoming weekend.

I have always been a huge fan of Sheryl Crow. I think she is incredible and has only gotten better with age! She looks incredible, she seems happy, and her music is still fabulous. Sheryl Crow is a successful and celebrated artist, with 9 Grammy Awards and 32 nominations. I have been a fan of her’s from the beginning and have many favorite songs. I am fascinated¬†that she has been able to cross so many musical boundaries and genres. She is absolutely a rocker and I love that rock star quality in her, but she has also been able to cross into pop, folk, blues, and, as can be seen in this song, country. Today’s song is from her eighth studio album, released in September 2013, called Feels Like Home¬†and it definitely has a country feel to it.

I saw her live in Dallas and was a little disappointed. The sound at the Verizon Theatre was horrible and all you could hear was this thundering bass throughout her entire set, which made it difficult to even sing along because you could not hear her voice. I am hoping to get an opportunity to see her in a more intimate venue.

SONG OF THE DAY – “BREAKABLE” by Ingrid Michaelson

February 25, 2014

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Ingrid Michaelson, whose song I am sharing today, is one of my favorite female artists. I love her quirky, artsy style and she is just so incredibly talented – a songwriter, musician, and singer. She is from New York and grew up with artistic parents, starting her musical journey at the age of 4 when she began playing the piano. Much of her music has been featured on very popular television series, including this song which was featured on Grey’s Anatomy in the fall of 2007. The song is from the album,¬†Girls and Boys, which she released independently in 2006 and then remastered and re-released in January 2007. At about that time, Ingrid was often referred to as one of the most promising independent artists in the country.¬†She has a new album coming out in April called,¬†Lights Out, which will be her sixth studio album. I am looking forward to hearing it! A few other favorites from a sampling of her albums, include: “Be OK,” “Maybe,”¬†and “Do It Now” among others, but that is a good start.

I am going to share a story with you from earlier this month, which makes this song title such a perfect choice for the day.

Just over two weeks ago my husband slipped on our hardwood floor stairs in the garage and broke his back. He had just returned from a week of business travel and we were starting a “kid-less” weekend as my daughter had returned to college and my son was away in Florida for a golf tournament. We had big plans for the weekend!¬†He zipped out of the house in his socks to take out the trash, hit that top stair, and just flew off the stairs. I was inside the house and heard a big thud outside. I opened the door to the garage and he was lying on the floor just looking dazed.

Okay, I have a confession to make. I have a horrible problem of laughing at inopportune times and often funny injuries just do it for me (a habit I share with my good friend in London – you know who you are ūüėČ ). So, needless to say, I started to giggle. Through my strained laughing voice, I said, “Did you just fall down the stairs?” I walked over, picked up the trash bag, and started to giggle again. He still just kept laying there motionless. Finally, he said, “I don’t think I can get up,” which of course caused me to burst out laughing. I know, I know … I am horrible, but when I realized he was being serious, the laughing stopped.

He has an incredible threshold for pain and he was in excruciating pain, so I knew it was serious. We went to the ER the next morning and the CT scan discovered that he had broken a bone in his back – a bone of which I had never even heard. He had broken his Left Transverse Process, the bone that comes out laterally from the spine and where all the muscles connect. The doctor told us (like he didn’t already know!) that it is an extremely painful break because of the amount of movement that area of the back controls and that there is little to be done to help it heal, other than time and bed rest. Haha … bed rest is not my husband’s strength.

So, fast forward … it has been 17 days since the fall and the break. He is doing much better and we are hoping that full recovery is on the way. He has not been very good about the “bed rest,” but he is moving so much better than he was a week ago, that things have to be improving. It was a good reminder that we are all breakable. Good health and mobility are about the greatest blessings we have and I know he will be thrilled to have his return. So, here’s to good health!