SONG OF THE DAY – “LIVE WHILE WE’RE YOUNG” by JOHNNYSWIM

April 29, 2014

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Today’s song is in celebration of my friend’s birthday. It is fitting that I am posting a song for her here as she is the one who, along with my daughter, convinced me to start this blog and is probably my biggest promoter and fan.

This is such a great song and I love the title. My friend lives her life wide open and full of joy. She is definitely living while she is young … and she will always be young. She knows the meaning of living life to the fullest and enjoying each moment. She is quick to laugh, always up for an adventure, full of energy, and is constantly serving others. I know that I am not the only friend of her’s who has benefited from the spark for life that she shares with everyone she meets. So, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, my dear friend! I miss you and know that you are out living while you are young today, even though you are one day older. 🙂

“Live While We’re Young” is from JOHNNYSWIM, the husband-wife duo of Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano. JOHNNYSWIM is one of my favorite newer musical groups and I previously shared a song by them on this website back in December (I give a little more history about them in that post). Their full length debut album, Diamonds, was just released today! I have been anxiously awaiting its release, so I wanted to share another song by them from the new album today. They are incredible and just have a remarkable sound.

I truly love this new song and there are so many on the album that are worth a listen. I am very impressed with this album – the song lyrics are fantastic, the sound of their two voices together is incredible, the music is raw and infectious, and their chemistry is just something that is not seen very often. Enjoy this new song and the new album today!

There is not currently a YouTube video out for this song, but click here to listen to the song. I will update the page as soon as a video is avaiable. In the meantime, the Album Trailer video below will give you a taste, and if you click here NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert will give you a fantastic view of this remarkable husband-wife duo.

SONG OF THE DAY – “THRIFT SHOP” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, featuring WANZ

December 31, 2013

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Happy New Year!

It is 10:00 p.m. where I am sitting, so just a couple more hours left of 2013. I can’t believe how quickly the year passed. So many exciting things happened this year! It will be a year full of many memories for me, but I am looking forward to creating new ones in 2014.

It was difficult to pick just one song today from so many favorites, but this song was probably the most memorable song of the year. I am certain it is not new to most of you, but can you seriously think of 2013 without thinking of Thrift Shop? Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were a phenomenon in 2013!

For the last few days I have been posting songs by some of my favorite new musical finds of 2013. To finish that up – on this last night of the year – I wanted to post a list of my favorite “new to me” bands and artists of 2013.  Drum roll, please ….  Here is my list:

I enjoyed so much good music over the year from a multitude of artists, but I discovered all of these artists in 2013 and they instantly became favorites and people that I will be keeping my eye on. I hope that you were able to discover and enjoy great music this year as well, and I am looking forward to sharing the musical journey with you in 2014.

And as I mentioned a couple days ago, my favorite album of the year was “Native” by OneRepublic.

 Music brings me joy and I am looking forward to a joyful year full of love, friendship, adventure, and … of course … MUSIC!

SONG OF THE DAY – “HOME” by Johnnyswim

December 1, 2013

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Yesterday I left one home and arrived at another. Left the home where my parents live and returned to MY little family’s home. It is always nice to “go back home” but it is equally as nice to return home where I live. Home is a strange phenomenon – it can mean so many different things and be so many different places. I feel home when I am with my little family. It really does not matter where I live as long as they are with me.

The song of the day today is by an up and coming husband-wife, music duo called Johnnyswim. I have not been able to determine where they got the name of their group, and when I watched them on the You Oughta Know concert on VH1, the announcer said that he had not been able to get to the bottom of it either.

The duo is married couple Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano. Ramirez is a classically trained musician and Sudano is the daughter of disco legend, Donna Summers. You will have to look to see if you recognize the resemblance. They are such a cute couple and make fabulous music together! The chemistry between the two of them is palpable. They have great harmonies and just look like they love each other and what they are doing up on stage.

I love the performance of this song, “Home,” but it is not yet on iTunes. I have attached the link to their album, Heart Beats, which was just released in June of this year. Take a listen to their music, I think you will really enjoy what you hear. I knew that I liked them, but I have to admit that the deal was sealed when I saw them perform on the You Oughta Know concert. Not only were they fabulous live performers, but Mat Kearney (my absolute favorite artist!) performed with them and I learned that he and Ramirez used to be roommates. No way! I knew there was something about him I liked. 😉

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