SONG OF THE DAY – “NIGHT LIKE THIS” by LP

May 4, 2014

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Today I am posting a song by an artist that I just find fascinating – LP.

I really love LP’s totally unique sound. This song is from her new album, Forever For Now, scheduled for release on June 3. I am excited to listen to the album in its entirety because I understand there are a lot of new sounds for her and a real focus on her very unique voice.

I was first exposed to LP with her song, “Into the Wild,” which I absolutely adore. Many of you may have heard the song as it was later played on a CitiBank commercial). I also watched one of her live concert performances online and was really taken by her entire performance – her interaction with the audience, her look, her infamous ukulele (an instrument she taught herself to play), her whistle, and that incredibly unique voice. One of my favorite live performances is of Beyonce’s song, “Halo” – watch it here. I am hoping to get a chance to see her perform in person soon; I have heard the performances are electrifying.

LP is a native New Yorker who moved to Los Angeles many years ago in her pursuit of music. She has been on the music scene for many years and, in fact, once had a bidding war to sign her to a recording contract after her performance at SXSW in 2006. Along with being an amazing performer, she is also an incredible songwriter and has written songs for many artists, including Rihanna (“Cheers (Drink to That)“) and many others. Along the way, LP has amassed a loyal fan base and many admirers, including being named as Artist of the Week by Vogue Magazine in 2012, and receiving praise from the likes of CNN, Rolling Stone, and Esquire (see her bio).

Enjoy this new song and keep your eye out for her new album.

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SONG OF THE DAY – “WE COME RUNNING” by Youngblood Hawke

April 21, 2014

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Today was the Boston Marathon and I just had to post a song about running today because it inspired me. What an amazing race!

There is no other event quite like the Boston Marathon. Boston is still the only marathon in the world where you have to qualify in order to officially enter the race. In the late 1980s, they started allowing charity runners, but to be an official race entrant you still have to run a qualifying time … and the times are no joke. It is a fast race!

I have run six marathons, qualifying for Boston on three separate occasions, and missing qualifying once by less than 60 seconds. Running and qualifying can become one of those very addictive activities, particularly for those of us with addictive behaviors. haha! I watched my husband run the race in 2003 (when I just missed qualifying) and then I ran it in 2005. It is one of the highlights of my life. What an incredible experience! There just truly is nothing like the Boston!

My parents and my little sister came to support me and watch me run the race, along with my kids who were pretty young at the time. It was so fun to have my family there with me! My kids had their fold up chairs on their backs and their watches on their wrists so that they could track my time. They were expert spectators! I’m not sure either one of my kids are particularly interested in running a marathon right now, but they sure are more educated than most spectators and enjoy the thrill of the whole experience. My daughter is really putting on the pressure for me to qualify and run Boston at least one more time, so that I can run through the “Scream Tunnel” while she is still at Wellesley.  After watching the race today, I feel like I just might be sufficiently motivated! 🙂

Did you watch the race today? It was so exciting! The elite runners are just a thing of beauty! It is amazing to see the human body move so incredibly fast and effortlessly. The women were very speedy! In fact, a new course record was set with Rita Jeptoo of Kenya running a 2:18:57. The old course record was set in 2002 by Kenyan, Margaret Okoya, with a finishing time of 2:20:43. Today’s race was so fast that there were actually four women who ran faster than that old course record.

The men were actually amazingly fast as well, but they were still several minutes off the course record time of 2:03:02 set by Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya in 2010. But, the men’s race was by far the most exciting to watch. An American man, Meb Keflezighi from San Diego, California won the race in a time of 2:08:37. He was the first American to win the race since 1983 and he set a PR at the age of 38! He took a lead fairly early in the race and held on to it for a long time, but in the last 2 miles of the race it was TENSE! He was being folllowed by Wilson Chebet of Kenya who was trailing by no more than 6 to 12 seconds for the entire last 2 miles of the race. I was jumping up and down in my kitchen while watching the race being streamed on my computer. It was incredibly exciting and so thrilling to see Meb pick it up at the end and win.

Today’s song is from Youngblood Hawke, an Indie Pop/Rock band from Los Angeles, California. The group was named after the 1961 Herman Wouk novel by the same name. Today’s song is off their full length debut album, Wake Up, released in 2013. The album did very well , landing in the Top 10 on the iTunes Albums chart after it’s release. They are definitely a group to keep your eye on and they just released a new single last month, called “Pressure.”

SONG OF THE DAY – “DREAMING” by Smallpools

March 31, 2014

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Well, it was a crazy weekend! On Friday morning, I received the call no one wants to get. The school nurse at my son’s high school called to tell me that my son had been hurt in PE and that I needed to come right away to pick him up. She said that he had either broken his wrist or it was severely dislocated. I was at the dentist’s office with my daughter when I received the call and the nurse told me that I needed to leave her there and come immediately. I was panicked! I  jumped in my car and headed off; I had driven just a couple of blocks when the nurse called me back and said, “turn around and go to the ER, I have called an ambulance for your son.” She had just personally seen the injury and she told me that it was a severe break and she did not want me to drive him, the ambulance was on the way. Okay, well now I was really stressed!

I need to comment here on the kindness of people. I just deserted my daughter at the dentist’s office without her even knowing I had left. The office staff said they would let her know where I was when she finished. When I called them just a few minutes later to tell them I was headed to the ER instead, they immediately offered to drive my daughter there to meet me. That was one of the kindest things that anyone has ever done for me.

Needless to say, I drove to the ER and when my son got there he had an IV and was very calm. His wrist was pretty gruesome and looked like a bent spoon as you can see.

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The reason for the song today … my son told me that when he first fell and looked down at his wrist, he thought he was having a bad dream. He kept trying to wake himself up. That might be why he stayed so calm after it happened. He just kept thinking this is a dream … wake up! He told me even up to yesterday that it just didn’t seem real. Unfortunately, it is real! The wrist is fractured in two locations and he won’t be swinging those golf clubs any time soon. Luckily, it appears that there is no nerve damage and he won’t have to have surgery; we will know for sure next Monday. After 2 days in the ER, a couple of long nights, and back at the Orthopedic Surgeon’s office today, it has been a few days to remember … or should I say, forget. 🙂 Sure wish we had been dreaming.

Through it all, my son has been amazing! Everyone who came in contact with him during the incident, from the school nurse to the gym teacher to the EMTs to the hospital staff, commented to me on what a polite, great kid he is and how calm and patient he remained through the whole thing. He is a pretty awesome kid!

Well, a long story to make up for two days of not posting. Now for just a few notes about today’s band. Smallpools is a quick-rising Indie-pop band that just got their start in 2013, the same year they released their first self-titled EP and hit single, “Dreaming.” Two of the band members were originally from New Jersey (Mike Kamerman and Sean Scanlon), but moved to Los Angeles to further their music career. There, they met the other two members of the band who both hailed from Oregon (Joe Intile and Beau Kuther). Something clicked! This song is infectious and it is easy to see how it so quickly became a hit. Some friends of mine just saw them live in NYC this week, opening for Grouplove at Terminal 5, and loved them! The band seems to be as excited and surprised by their quick rise to popularity as everyone else, but they also seem to be around to stay. Hope you enjoy this catchy tune.

SONG OF THE DAY – “CITY OF ANGELS” by Thirty Seconds to Mars

March 3, 2014

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I have a song that I have wanted to share for some time and, after the Academy Awards last night, today seemed like the perfect day to share it.

Are any of you as smitten with Jared Leto as I am? I think he is amazing! His performance as Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club was incredible and he was totally deserving of his Oscar win for Actor in a Supporting Role (along with the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards!). I read that Leto stayed in character 24 hours a day during filming so that he could totally immerse himself into the character. This commitment to development of the character is evident in his performance. Truly remarkable.

Leto is a gifted actor and yet that only scratches the surface of his many talents. He is also the lead vocalist, main songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist for the critically acclaimed band, Thirty Seconds to Mars. He formed the band in Los Angeles in 1998 with his older brother, Shannon Leto. In addition to acclaimed actor and musician, he is also a Director, Producer, Philanthropist, Photographer, and Businessman. He doesn’t do much at all!

Jared Leto is also just a beautiful man. haha! If you watched the Academy Awards last night, or any of the pre- or post- shows, you would certainly have heard people commenting non-stop on his looks. He has been listed twice -in 1996 and 1999- on People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People.” And for beauty on the inside 😉 , I found the comments he made about his mother in his Oscar acceptance speech very sweet.

I love this passionate song about Los Angeles by Thirty Seconds to Mars. It is difficult not to get immersed in the song – the very personal lyrics and the music are mesmerizing. The song is from their 2013 album, LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS. A very busy year for a very talented guy!

SONG OF THE DAY – “COOL KIDS” by Echosmith

December 21, 2013

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I can’t believe that it is the weekend before Christmas! This month has just flown by so quickly. Today we spent a fabulous festive day in NYC. I love the city and it certainly does not disappoint at this time of the year. The Christmas decorations are wonderful and the city is just full of excitement. The only bummer … the crowds were unbelievable! I guess that everyone loves the city at Christmastime. 🙂

Today’s Song of the Day was introduced to me by my son. He told me that he had a song that he knew I would love, and he was right. The song is about two kids who don’t really fit in and think they want to be like the “cool kids.” It is a great song! I love the lyrics. You can totally tell that this band is made up of young kids who can relate to the story because they just nail it. I also just really enjoy their sound – it is very fresh and yet reminds me of the 80s music I grew up on. I have been playing this song on repeat a lot the last two weeks and can’t get it out of my head, so I decided it was time to share.

Echosmith is a band that was formed in Los Angeles, California with four siblings – 3 brothers and 1 sister (all under the age of 21!). The band released their first album, “Talking Dreams” in October of this year.  Earlier in the year they were named one of the “100 Bands You Need To Know” by Alternative Press. I think there will be much more to come from Echosmith.