Song of the Day – “Good Old Days” by Mackelmore, featuring Kesha

October 16, 2017

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If you have not heard this song yet, you must listen to it. I absolutely love this song!

The song, “Good Old Days,” is from Macklemore’s album Gemini which was just released on September 22, 2017.

The piano music in the song is beautiful and I find the rhythm soothing, yet incredibly catchy. I also find the rapping, mixed with the beautiful chorus and the piano, just a cool combo; but, even more than that, the lyrics to this song are incredible. Macklemore and Kesha wrote a fantastic song together.

I think this is one of those songs that all of us can relate to in some way.  I challenge you to listen to this song and not have some sort of emotional response.

Turning 50 this year, I know that I certainly can relate.  Getting older – watching my children grow up and watching my parents age – I think it strikes me more than ever that life is constantly moving forward. ALL the moments are the “good old days” and I have loved, and am loving, them all.

My favorite lyrics from the end of the song:

Never thought we’d get old, maybe we’re still young.
May we always look back and think it was better than it was.
Maybe these are the moments,
Maybe I’ve been missing what it’s about.
Been scared of the future, thinking about the past
While missing out on now.
We’ve come so far.
I guess I’m proud.
And I ain’t worried ’bout the wrinkles around my smile.
I’ve got some scars, I’ve been around.
I’ve felt some pain, I’ve seen some things, but I’m here now.
Those good old days.
You don’t know, what you’ve got
‘Til it goes, ’til it’s gone.
You don’t know, what you’ve got
‘Til it goes, ’til it’s gone.
I wish somebody would have told me then,
That some day these will be the good old days.
All the love you won’t forget
And all these reckless nights you won’t regret.
Someday soon your whole life’s gonna change,
You’ll miss the magic of these good old days.
— Ben Haggerty (aka Macklemore) and Kesha Sebert

 

 

Photo from Macklemore concert in NYC in November 2013.

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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 – “CAN’T HOLD US” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

November 22, 2013

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Okay, so I am cheating a little bit today. I posted this song as my daughter’s Song of the Day earlier this year when the official music video came out (which is pretty impressive, btw and has over 150 million views!) and I am certain that a large percentage of you are already familiar with the song; however, after seeing Macklemore and Ryan Lewis live in concert last night, I just have to post this as my Song of the Day today.

We were lucky enough to get to attend the Xbox One Launch Party in Times Square last night and so we were treated to a very intimate concert experience. Wow! What an incredible performance!

The level of energy and sheer exuberance on that stage last night made it impossible not to be caught up in the moment of it all. There is just an honest joy up on that stage, not only in the music, but in the performance and the command of the audience! The crowd just waited for Macklemore to speak and to flash that infectious smile, and he rewarded us with plenty of banter and entertainment. Ryan Lewis gives a validation to the whole experience with his bouncing and dancing back behind his equipment.

We had an unexpected treat when three collaborating artists joined them on stage – Wanz (“Thrift Shop”), Mary Lambert (“Same Love”), and Ray Dalton (“Can’t Hold Us”). All three of them were amazing and brought the songs to life, but I was especially excited to see, and hear, Mary Lambert. She has a remarkable, passion-filled voice, and she has such a personal purpose in that song that you can see and hear when she sings.

They appear to love what they are doing! From all the jumping and dancing up on that stage, they had to be physically exhausted when they walked off. We, however, were just the opposite…we were so hyped up that we couldn’t quit talking about how much FUN we had for the entire train ride home. It was just a great experience!

I am giving you a video of a live performance of “Can’t Hold Us” because I think it demonstrates the energy they display when performing live on stage. This video was in a small radio station studio with no live crowd, so just imagine the dynamics that you see here – the energy, dancing, and enjoyment – and multiply that by 1000.

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Macklemore getting his moves on.
Macklemore engaging the crowd!
Macklemore engaging the crowd!
"Same Love" with Mary Lambert.
“Same Love” with Mary Lambert.
"Same Love" with Macklemore and Mary Lambert.
“Same Love” with Macklemore and Mary Lambert.