SONG OF THE DAY – “HERE’S TO US” by Kevin Rudolf

January 22, 2014

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I love this song! I just can’t seem to get it out of my head. When I first heard the song, the chords and the sound at the beginning  immediately reminded me of another favorite song that I highlighted in November –  “Come To Me” by The Goo Goo Dolls.

I love the music of this song, but I especially love the lyrics – the combo seems to make it ear candy for me. Over the last month or so I have been really focused on the story … my story, other people’s stories, and when those stories intersect. My life has crossed so many other people’s paths and I count that as a tremendous blessing. Sometimes it is definitely sad when that path intersects and then continues on and it involves goodbyes. One of my favorite lines in the song …

“Here’s to all we loved that wasn’t meant to last.”

I think that has been a theme in our life. This was just recently emphasized with our visit back to Dallas last weekend. Dallas was such an important time in my kids’ lives. It is where my daughter spent the last two years of her high school life, made important friendships, and graduated from high school; and it is where my son started high school and developed a friendship with two friends that really comes along once in a lifetime. I tend to refer to them as “Brothers From Different Mothers.” I have learned that life has a way of creating a beautiful story even when it is difficult and that “things always turn out right,” as the song says.

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I have to say that this is the first song I have heard from Kevin Rudolf. I learned of the song from a past yoga teacher, from several cities ago, who I adore and who has amazing musical taste. Kevin Rudolf is a singer-songwriter who was born in New York City and learned to play the guitar when he was only 11 years old. His mother was a rock musician and instilled in him the passion to pursue music. He has written or co-written every song on his albums (as well as writing for many others) and he seems to cross multiple genres with his music. He has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry. Enjoy the song, enjoy the story and HERE’S TO US!

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SONG OF THE DAY – “COME TO ME” by The Goo Goo Dolls

November 29, 2013

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Happy Thanksgiving! I have so much to be thankful for and I feel very blessed. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love the opportunity to spend time together with family and reflect on my blessings. I also find it a much less stressful holiday than Christmas, a time where you can sit back and enjoy being together without worrying about all the things you need to get done.

One of my favorite traditions at my family’s Thanksgiving celebration is our thankful toast. For years, we have gone around the entire dinner table (which now stands at 21 people!) and everyone says what they are thankful for this year and we toast after each sentiment. This year was especially touching. My mom and dad have been married for 52 years and what they had to say about each other this year was just so sweet. Both of them looked at each other and expressed such loving gratitude for the other one. I am so grateful that I have had this example of love in my life.

This song by The Goo Goo Dolls just came to mind immediately. I love this video! This song just totally expresses the emotion that I saw in my parents yesterday. I have always been a fan of The Goo Goo Dolls, but I would have to say that this new song is just one of my favorites.

Do you have a favorite family tradition? Do you think love gets better with age? Would love to hear about your Thanksgiving.

SONG OF THE DAY – “NOTBROKEN” by The Goo Goo Dolls

November 11, 2013

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I’m cheating a bit today. This will not be a new song for my daughter (posted on 3/7/2011) and I know it is not TBT, but I love this song; it is a song that just touches me and is a perfect share for Veteran’s Day.

I’m always grateful and amazed by all those who serve and sacrifice for our country. I am honoring them today and sending out my love and gratitude to all those who have served and those who are currently serving, as well as their families – who often make the biggest sacrifice of all.

Notbroken is an older song (released in 2010) by The Goo Goo Dolls. When I first read the story behind the song and watched the video several years ago, I was instantly moved. I am sure there are hundreds, if not thousands, of stories like this out there. In an article that lead singer John Rzeznik gave in 2010 to ARTIST direct, he said about the song:

“…it’s based on some communication I had with a woman whose husband was a soldier in Iraq. He’s paralyzed now, and he doesn’t want to come home because he’s afraid that she’s not going to see him the way he was. He has a huge amount of anxiety and he’s been hiding out from her because he’s afraid she’s not going to think he’s the man that he was. She loves him very, very much, and her letter really moved me. I wanted to write a love letter for her to him, you know, that, “I’m here, I love you and nothing’s going to change.” I was imagining the anxiety that this guy’s feeling. He’s a kid like 26 or 27. You’ve got your whole life ahead of you and you’re doing the right thing and then all of a sudden— boom. In an instant, your life completely changes. Life will always come at you on its own terms and we have to learn how to face that and adapt.” Read more here.

I hope you like the song and enjoy the video.