SONG OF THE DAY – “MISS SHANGHAI” by The Shanghai Restoration Project

September 3, 2014

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It has been a crazy, busy week with so much happening, and so many life changing events occurring, that it has not even really hit me yet. I have so many things that I want to write about that I don’t even know where to begin. I think I will just start with Shanghai … and my Miss Shanghai.

My daughter arrived in Shanghai, China last week and, after a few days of orientation to her study abroad program, she started school on Monday.  I hate giving up the tradition of “The First Day of School” photos and, even though she is starting her Junior year in college, I always ask her to send me one. She is always so willing to send me a photo and it makes me smile that she will appease her sentimental mom.

These are her first day of school photos – one alone and one with her roommate. Her study abroad program is located at The Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (上海财经大学) and these photos are just right outside of the campus.

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My daughter is truly an amazingly adventurous and brave person. Other than Singapore, our family has not ventured much into Asia yet, so she is forging the culture shock on her own. I think food has been the most challenging experience for her thus far. She has let me know that American Chinese food is NOTHING like the Chinese food that is actually in China. So, if you think you like Chinese food … don’t be fooled. 🙂 She is trying lots of new things, but trying to find familiar food as well.

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She found Doritos! Made her dad happy. 🙂

She said that flying into the city of Shanghai felt like it could be any large, modern world city. She, however, lives outside of the city and she has found it to be very different. She told me that I need to watch [the new] “Karate Kid” movie again because that reminds her of where she is living. I plan to re-watch the movie as soon as I get home.

I don’t think it has really sunk in for any of us that she is going to be in China for 4 more months. We were just talking about Thanksgiving plans and realized that she would not be home. So strange!

I was so excited when I found this song. I LOVE the sound! This song was released by The Shanghai Restoration Project in 2005. Their sound is very exotic. It is contemporary electronic music that combines traditional Chinese instruments and sounds with Western hip-hop and electronica. I absolutely love the video as well because I get the picture of China that my daughter is describing. The Shanghai Restoration Project was started by Emmy-winning Producer, and Chinese-American, Dave Liang. Liang was born in Kansas and grew up in upstate New York. He attended college at Harvard University where he majored in Applied Math and Economics. He has produced an amazing sound that is pretty timeless. They will be touring next year (2015) in China and two locations in the US: Provo, Utah (interestingly) and New York City. Check out their other music, it is really cool I really like Babylon of the Orient and Babylon of the Occident.

Missing you my Miss Shanghai!

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SONG OF THE DAY – “ALL THE WAY” by Timeflies

March 2, 2014

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I love that my kids have a passion for music like I do. A few weeks ago my son came home and said, “Mom, I have a great song for you.” He told me it was from a band called Timeflies and I said, “I know them! I think I have them written down on one of my lists.” (I keep jotted notes and lists of songs and bands that I like and want to share, that has collected into quite a jumbled stack of papers!) We pulled out my papers and, sure enough, I had “Timeflies” written down, but with the name of a different song than my son was suggesting.

We spent some time listening to their music together. It was a fun moment. I am actually posting his choice of song today. It is a catchy tune and perfect for a workout or just a little pick-me-up. 

Timeflies is an incredibly talented duo that consists of Rob Resnick (aka Rez, producer) and Cal Shapiro (vocals). The pair met while they were both undergrads at Tufts University in Boston and playing in a band called The Ride; they formed Timeflies in October 2010 (their senior year) and released their first album in 2011. They are now based out of New York City. The duo does not like to limit itself to one particular musical genre because they like to incorporate all the different music that they like; therefore, they use elements of pop, hip-hop, electro, dub step, and rock to create a very interesting blend of music that is great for a listen.

FYI, the song I had written down is called “Turn It Up” and is also worth checking out. 🙂

SONG OF THE DAY – “SKIP TO THE GOOD BIT” by Rizzle Kicks

January 3, 2014

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Well, Happy New Year!

I took a couple of days off and can’t believe it is now January 3, 2014! I was writing a check yesterday and I dated it 2012. What?! I guess I decided to go back a year rather than forward. But, now it is time to start thinking about 2014 and I am ready to “skip to the good bit.”

I am feeling really good about 2014 and I am excited about the way I am starting. I just finished packing for a big trip with my daughter to Guatemala to work with Habitat For Humanity. I had to get 4 shots and am loaded with all sorts of medication and mosquito repellant to keep us healthy. When my daughter went to her doctor at the health center at her college, the nurse there told her “this is the best winter session experience I have heard of yet …. a service trip with your mom.” I am feeling like this is an incredible opportunity for the two of us and one that will really start my year out on the right foot – with perspective and a thankful heart.

Okay, enough for the serious talk … now for today’s song. Rizzle Kicks is a music duo from Brighton, England made up of two childhood friends. I saw them live when they accompanied Ed Sheeran in concert two years ago. They are cute, energetic, fun-loving performers and their laid back raps are entertaining and certainly easy to listen to (think non-confrontational). “Skip To the Good Bit” is a catchy, upbeat song and makes me want to get up and move. Two other songs that I really enjoy are “Mama Do The Hump” and “When I Was A Youngster.”

Gotta run … still plenty to do before 4:00 a.m. tomorrow morning when we leave.

SONG OF THE DAY – “INNER NINJA” by Classified, featuring David Myles

November 16, 2013

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Just having some fun today with this song.

I want to be a Ninja! I at least need to find my inner Ninja … I know it is there, I have even seen it a few times. 😉

This is such a fun and catchy song – I can’t get it out of my head. Even for those of you who are not huge fans of Rap or Hip-Hop, you will enjoy this one. The song is from Canadian rapper and Hip-Hop artist, Classified (Luke Boyd). Classified is not new on the music scene (in fact he released his first LP in 1995), but he is new to me. In April of this year, Classified won the Juno Award (Canada’s Music Awards) for “Rap Recording of the Year” for this song.

Gotta run! I am heading upstairs to the gym to work on my Ninja moves …