“Family Is Family” by Kacey Musgraves

November 27, 2017

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I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you were able to spend it with family, friends, and those you love. I thought this song would add a little humor to the end of this traditional family holiday. Hope it makes you chuckle.

Thanksgiving has always been my family’s holiday tradition. I am one of four girls and each one of us has made Thanksgiving with our side of the family the priority and it has been the tradition for probably close to 30 years. As we each got married, had kids, and have now had some of those kids get married, our group has grown … and we have still made it happen! We had 22 of us together this year … only three people missing. That is pretty amazing and I feel very blessed! I love my family – the joy, the laughter, the support, the challenges, and yes … even the drama. ❤

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“The Rest of Our Life” by Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

November 7, 2017

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This is a beautiful new song by two of Country Music’s biggest stars, and it is from the couple’s first-ever duets album. The album is set to be released on November 17.

The song was co-written by Ed Sheeran and, for those of you who are fans of his like I am, it definitely has his mark. Many of the lyrics and the melody seem like they came right out of one of his own songs. I love seeing artists work together across genres … what a compliment to all involved.

I adore the honesty of this song, and the video. Love is not always easy and life certainly is not a fairytale, but it is definitely worth it. My husband just said to me this past weekend, “I can’t imagine going through life without having you to share it with.” Sharing the rest of our life together is indeed a gift. ❤

“I don’t really care about those storm clouds brewing,

For as long as you’re here by my side,

Oh we’ll be young, oh we’ll be young, oh we’ll be young when we’re old.

I’ll be fine if my gray hair shows.

I’ll be fine if my waistline grows.

I’ll be fine even when time takes it’s toll.

I’ll stay young for the rest of my life with you.

We’ll stay young for the rest of our life.”

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I hope you enjoy this new song.

 

Song of the Day – “Good To be Alive Today” by Michael Franti & Spearhead

November 1, 2017

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My heart is heavy today. Two acts of violence struck much too close to home yesterday.

Yesterday morning I was awakened early by a text from my husband saying, “Is Colt okay?” I was not sure what he was talking about, but my heart sunk as I saw that I had missed a text from Colton that he had sent me at midnight my time, after I had already gone to sleep. I quickly clicked it open and it said,

“Hey, I’m safe btw. There is a shooting at campus …”

Luckily my son was off campus at the home of some friends when the shooting took place and they ended up spending the night there. As details came in, we learned that the shooting had been in the area of his dorm building, so I cannot even begin to tell you how grateful I am that he had not been there. It was such a tragedy and a young student lost his life that night. It was a shock to the system so early in the morning.

My day started out on that note, but it certainly got better. It seems as though life carries on even when bad things happen. Then, at 4:15 I got a text from a friend in Dallas. It read,

“You aren’t in lower Manhattan on a bike today, are you?”

My initial gut reaction was a happy, “Are you in town?!” Unfortunately, it was not a happy question, but a concerned check-in. She was not in town, but was making sure that I was not on a bike path where, not that long ago, we had taken her and her husband out on a bike ride.

I jumped up and looked out my window and saw multiple helicopters in the air over the West Side Highway in Lower Manhattan, blocks from my home. I had been home for only a short time before her text and I was not even aware of the evil that had just taken place down the road from me … in my city … on a trail I walk, run, and bike on regularly.

I was shocked, sad, confused, distressed, and angry all at once. It is amazing how you can have so many strong emotions all at the same time. I feel so much sorrow for the lives that were taken, and those that were changed yesterday. Still just so hard to comprehend.

I don’t understand how someone can think so little of another human life. Where is the love? I feel so tired of hatred and violence.

I thought this song by Michael Franti was the perfect message today. I don’t think there is another artist who exemplifies peace and love quite like he does. I was able to see him live for the first time in January and know that it will be the first of many. I hope the lyrics of this song resonate with you like they do with me.

“What if this song was number one? Would it mean that love had won? Would it mean that the world was saved and no guns were being drawn today? …

What if everyone could say that it’s good to be alive today?

I will continue to count my blessings every day and continue to give my love to the world. It is good to be alive today. ❤

 

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Song of the Day – “What Side of Love” by Parachute

October 11, 2017

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Today’s song is from a band that I discovered back in 2009 while living in London. I cannot remember how exactly I was introduced to them there, but I was instantly a fan.

I saw Parachute perform in NYC in March 2015 when they were touring with Mat Kearney (my favorite!) and they put on a great, full band performance, but as much as I liked that …

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I just recently saw them in an intimate, acoustic show at City Winery in NYC last month and it was absolutely amazing! What an incredible venue to hear their music. They obviously sang all the favorites and nearly everyone in attendance sang right along with them.

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Today’s song of the day was probably my very favorite of the performance that night. The song is from their most recent album, Wide Awake, which was released in 2016. Will told the story of what he wrote the song about, but he also said that he felt like it was especially fitting for this time in the world. The lyrics really resonated with me … It is just a great song!

Parachute was originally formed in 2006 in Charlottesville, Virginia and they started touring in 2008 after college graduation. The band consists of childhood friends: Will Anderson (vocals, guitar, frontman), Johnny Stubblefield (drums), and Kit French (keyboard, saxophone).

Their debut album, Losing Sleep was released in 2009 and the I still love the song “The Mess I Made” from that album. Their 2011 album, The Way It Was has some of their most popular songs on it with the song “Kiss Me Slowly” leading my list of favorites off that album.

I hope you enjoy this song. Let me know what you think.

 

Song of the Day – “Nothing Without Love” by Nate Ruess

March 4, 2015

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Okay, you are probably thinking, “I thought she said she was back … and then she disappeared again.”

Sorry to have been so absent over the last few weeks. Sometimes life gets in the way. I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the beginning of January and had surgery on February 23. I know, a little heavy for a music blog :), but I think knowing that will explain the song choice for today.

I love this new song by Nate Ruess (from the band fun.). fun. is one of my favorite bands and I have always loved Nate’s voice. He has been working on a solo project and this is the first single from that endeavor.

The title of the song just rings so true for me right now. I have been overwhelmed by the love and support I have received from so many – family, friends, work associates, and even acquaintances. It is amazing how much love there is in this world if we open our hearts to receive it. I have truly realized that I am nothing without love – it is the foundation of my life. I received a note from a friend that said:

“And now these three remain: 

faith, hope & love.

But the greatest of these is love.”

You are loved by many of us.

Wishing you faith, hope & love.

Enjoy this new song. I am looking forward to hearing the rest of the result of Nate’s solo album.

Song of the Day – “I Wouldn’t Dance” by David Myles

February 14, 2015

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❤ ❤ HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! ❤ ❤

I am not a flowers and chocolate kind of girl on Valentine’s Day, but I love taking the opportunity to tell those I love how much I love them. I hope that you have been lucky enough to spend time today with the one that you love.

Establishing a tradition that I started last year, I am posting a song by David Myles for Valentine’s Day. I love him and his music and this song is just the perfect sentiment for the day. On top of that, David Myles is maintaining his Valentine tradition of giving away a free little love songClick here to make sure you get your free copy of this sweet love song.

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SONG OF THE DAY – “HERO” by Enrique Iglesias

September 11, 2014

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It’s Throwback Thursday! Today’s #tbt song is from the the 2001 album, Escape, by Enrique Iglesias.

It is difficult to believe that it has been 13 years since the 9/11 attacks. Today’s song always comes to my mind on this day.

I still remember the exact moment when I learned that a plane hit the World Trade Center. I was living in southern California at the time and had two small children home – ages 2 and 5. We have always been early risers and my kids were already up sitting at the kitchen table eating breakfast just before 6am, and my husband had just left for work. I had the Today Show playing in the family room and I remember hearing in the background that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. I immediately ran over to the TV and sat and watched as live coverage was shown. I called my husband to tell him and sat there with him on the phone as I watched live coverage of the second plane flying into the second tower, and then watched the towers collapse. It was an unbelievable moment and one I will never forget. I can actually remember feeling physically ill.

Sometimes the whole event is still so surreal. I often forget that there was life before 9/11. My children really have not known life before 9/11, being only 5 and 2 when it happened. There is certainly a post-9/11 world and that is their reality.

This song brings back all of those memories for me because I remember about a week later there was a 9/11 tribute show called “America: A Tribute To Heroes” that was simultaneously broadcast on all of the major networks plus other channels (totaling 35 stations!). It ran commercial free and was a telethon-style show that aired from three separate studios – Los Angeles, New York, and London – and raised money for all the victims of the tragedy. I remember sitting and watching every moment of that show with tears streaming down my face. It seemed that everyone was involved. I actually called in and made a donation 3 separate times that night as I was just so emotionally struck by the whole event – from the tragedy days earlier, to the outpouring of shock, love, and support from across the world. I think that is what I actually remember the most: People and the feeling of unity. It was truly amazing.

For some reason, this song really resonated with me and Enrique’s performance was so incredibly emotional that I have just never forgotten it. I wanted to share that performance with you today in remembrance of 9/11. I would love to hear your memories of that day and hope you will share.

Never, Ever Forget. Peace and love!

 

 

SONG OF THE DAY – “THE BEST DAY” by Taylor Swift

May 11, 2014

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

To all the mothers out there, I wish you an incredibly Happy Mother’s Day!

I love that I have the opportunity today to make certain that I tell my mom how much I love her and how important she is to me, but I hope that she knows it every single day. I have an incredible mom. I think she is the most amazing woman and my life has been so blessed to have her as my mom.

I think my mom is so cool. She has always been such a “goer” and “doer” and really instilled that sense of being active and adventurous in me. She has so many amazing talents and always made our home such a wonderful place to be. Even today, I love going home to my parents house. I love the smell, I love the warmth, I just love being there. In fact, even though I am grown up and a mother myself, my mom is the only person I want when I am sick. She has always been the one person who makes me feel better. My mom is the most giving and generous person, and has always been my #1 fan and supporter (along with my dad, of course). In addition to all of these wonderful things, she is also just a great friend – she is supportive, kind, and just an awful lot of fun to be around.

My mom set the bar very high. I know that I am the type of mom that I am because of what I learned from her and because I strive to be like her. I am posting this song today, because it says just about everything I want to say to my mom. The perfect Mother’s Day song! I don’t think I have ever been able to get through this song without tearing up. I love you mom! Thank you for your unconditional love and support, and for not only being my biggest fan, but my biggest inspiration as well.

SONG OF THE DAY – “PLEASE DON’T SAY YOU LOVE ME” by Gabrielle Aplin

May 7, 2014

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The last few days I have been able to get outside for a run in close to 60 degree weather. What a joy! I love the sunshine, being in my running shorts, and having to stop halfway thru the run to remove my long sleeve top and tie it around my waist. That is just pure pleasure. 🙂

Another pleasure is listening to today’s artist. I am posting a song by a young artist (21 years old!) from the UK that I have been a fan of for several years. I have followed Gabrielle Aplin‘s music since 2011 and have often had to purchase it from the UK iTunes site since the songs were not available here in the US. I am, therefore, very excited to announce that her album, English Rain, (which was released in the UK this month last year) was finally released here in the US yesterday (May 6, 2014). In addition to the album release yesterday, she also performed live in concert in NYC last night. I am excited to see her extend her reach into the States and I thought it was a perfect day to post another song by her. I posted my favorite song by her – “Home” – on this page back in December.

I find Gabrielle Aplin‘s music just very honest and easy to listen to. I really like this song and I love the video I have attached where you can watch her perform in her element, standing by herself playing the guitar (or the piano) and singing. She received her first guitar from her parents at age 11 and says that she was influenced musically by listening to her parents’ Joni Mitchell and Bruce Springsteen albums. She is an incredibly talented young lady! Her full EP is definitely worth checking out and I am certain we will hear more from this rising young star.

As you know, another favorite musical group of mine from that side of the pond (Ireland) is Hudson Taylor. The brothers, Alfie and Harry, and Gabrielle are great mates who have known each other for over four years when they all moved to London. In fact, I have discovered that Alfie and Gabrielle are dating… so cute! It is fun to watch these young artists develop friendships with each other and support each other in their respective journeys. Let me know what you think about today’s song – I would love to hear from you.

SONG OF THE DAY – “LOVE IN THE 21st CENTURY” by Neon Trees

April 26, 2014

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On Tuesday night, I was lucky enough to see Neon Trees live in concert in a very intimate setting at the iHeart Theatre in New York City. I won two tickets from iHeart Radio for the show and it was fabulous! I invited a friend of mine, who recently moved to the city, to join me and we had an incredible time. Neon Trees put on a fantastic live show and had the audience singing and dancing right from the minute they stepped on stage.

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I have always enjoyed the music of Neon Trees, but they have never been a favorite; however, I absolutely love this new album and I feel like a converted fan. I can honestly say that I like every single song on their new album – Pop Psychology. The album was released on the same day as the concert – April 22 – and I would highly recommend it. I have not been able to stop listening to the album all week and really struggled with which one song to post today.

The music on this new album has a very different feel and sound from their previous albums and I love the variety. There is great dance music, catchy pop verses, an 80s-style New Wave sound, a slower dramatic tune, some amazing guitar solos and incredible drumming, and even more appealing were the very personal, introspective lyrics. There were so many times that night that I truly felt like I was back in the 80s in high school, even Tyler Glenn’s dancing reminded me of the 80s. 🙂

Neon Trees are from Provo, Utah – not far from where I grew up in Salt Lake City. The band includes singer Tyler Glenn, drummer Elaine Brady, guitarist Chris Allen, and bassist Branden Campbell. I have really become a fan of both the band and the band members, they honestly seem like really good people with incredible talent. So, listen to this song and then check out the new album. Another favorite that you should definitely check out is “First Things First” which was almost the song I posted today.

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                              (Left) Blue fans at the show! 😉                      (Right) Amazingly, my friend ran into Elaine Brady on an airplane the day after the concert. Elaine was on the way home and my friend was on the way to see her daughter graduate from BYU in Provo, Utah.