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!

 

 

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SONG OF THE DAY – “HERE’S TO US” by Kevin Rudolf

January 22, 2014

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I love this song! I just can’t seem to get it out of my head. When I first heard the song, the chords and the sound at the beginning  immediately reminded me of another favorite song that I highlighted in November –  “Come To Me” by The Goo Goo Dolls.

I love the music of this song, but I especially love the lyrics – the combo seems to make it ear candy for me. Over the last month or so I have been really focused on the story … my story, other people’s stories, and when those stories intersect. My life has crossed so many other people’s paths and I count that as a tremendous blessing. Sometimes it is definitely sad when that path intersects and then continues on and it involves goodbyes. One of my favorite lines in the song …

“Here’s to all we loved that wasn’t meant to last.”

I think that has been a theme in our life. This was just recently emphasized with our visit back to Dallas last weekend. Dallas was such an important time in my kids’ lives. It is where my daughter spent the last two years of her high school life, made important friendships, and graduated from high school; and it is where my son started high school and developed a friendship with two friends that really comes along once in a lifetime. I tend to refer to them as “Brothers From Different Mothers.” I have learned that life has a way of creating a beautiful story even when it is difficult and that “things always turn out right,” as the song says.

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I have to say that this is the first song I have heard from Kevin Rudolf. I learned of the song from a past yoga teacher, from several cities ago, who I adore and who has amazing musical taste. Kevin Rudolf is a singer-songwriter who was born in New York City and learned to play the guitar when he was only 11 years old. His mother was a rock musician and instilled in him the passion to pursue music. He has written or co-written every song on his albums (as well as writing for many others) and he seems to cross multiple genres with his music. He has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry. Enjoy the song, enjoy the story and HERE’S TO US!

SONG OF THE DAY – “WORLD I USED TO KNOW” by Ryan Star

January 14, 2013

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Today I am posting a song by one of my favorite musicians. Ryan Star is a true artist and I find his music just incredibly beautiful, unique, and full of some of the most intense emotion that I have ever heard.

Ryan is from Brooklyn, New York and is performing tonight in NYC for his new album release “party.” Luckily, I get to see him at a private show in the city on Thursday night. I have been waiting months for this performance and I am incredibly excited to see him perform in a very intimate setting.

I saw Ryan Star live in concert in February 2012 at The House of Blues in Dallas when he was touring with Andy Grammer. I was lucky enough to get an opportunity to meet him and spend a few minutes chatting. He is one of the nicest guys I have had the pleasure to meet.

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I truly love this song off his new album. The album, Angels + Animals, was just released yesterday and it is a great album with a very personal story and emotionally raw. In an interview with inTouch magazine, Ryan said this about the autographical nature of the album, “I gave only the most raw, most honest version of myself on this record. It’s primal in that sense. It starts with an apology and takes us on a man’s journey to become his best self for the woman he lives for. We are all a bit angel and a bit animal, we do the best we can.”

With this album, Ryan broke from his big recording label and turned to his fans to help fund production of the album with Pledge Music. It is a credit to him that he reached – and then exceeded – 100% of his goal with the support of his faithful fans (of which I am one!).

I hope you enjoy this song, but if you are not familiar with his music, I would strongly encourage you to take a few minutes to explore his songs. You will probably find a song or two that you might have heard before, but did not realize was him, and you will definitely find some music that you will love. I literally like nearly all of his music so it is hard for me to pick just a few to recommend, but I would suggest “Last Train Home,” “Stay Awhile,” “Losing Your Memory,” “Breathe” and “Start A Fire.” I told you it would be hard for me to pick just a few – believe me there are more I could list. 😉

I will definitely post some more photos of the event on Thursday night and will hopefully have a few interesting tidbits to share about Ryan himself.

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SONG OF THE DAY – “WORTH WONDERING” by Bronze Radio Return

December 29, 2013

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It is hard to believe that we are almost at the end of 2013! The year went by so quickly! It was a big year for me with a move from Dallas, Texas to the east coast. Lots of changes, adjustments, and new experiences. I am looking forward to 2014 and feeling settled and stable in our new home and location.

Today I am posting another song by one of my favorite new finds of 2013 – Bronze Radio Return. Again, this is not a new band, but the band was new to me this year and I fell in love with their music. Their album, “Up On and Over” was released in June of this year and had a number of great songs, but today’s song is actually from their 2009 album, “Old Time Speaker.”

Bronze Radio Return has a very unique sound and they also have a great variety of music – there are plenty of good fast songs that I enjoy working out to, and plenty of emotionally driven songs as well. This song falls in the latter category. I really enjoy their sound and definitely consider them one of my favorite new finds of 2013.

They were formed in 2008 in Hartford Connecticut by Chris Henderson (singer/songwriter and guitarist) in Hartford, Connecticut in 2008. Their music has been featured on many television shows and commercials. Luckily for me, they are touring next year and I am looking forward to seeing them here in NYC in January.

Some of my other favorite songs by them include “Shake, Shake, Shake” and “Further On.”

Looks like Times Square is out for New Year’s Eve. Can’t seem to convince my husband that the crowds would be manageable. 😉 Now to come up with an alternate plan.

 

SONG OF THE DAY – “DANCE SO GOOD” by Wakey!Wakey!

December 28, 2013

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Sticking with the theme of winding up the year, I decided to post a song by one of my favorite new finds of the year. Wakey!Wakey! was a new find for me this year. The band is not new, but new to me.

This song is from the short named (haha!) album, “Almost Everything I Wish I’d Said The Last Time I Saw You …” which was released in 2010. I can’t believe it took me so long to find them. I think Michael Grubbs (band frontman)  is an incredible pianist and songwriter. The two other songs from the album that I really enjoy are “Almost Everything” and “Light Outside.”

New York is home for Wakey!Wakey! and they will be kicking off their 2014 tour at Bowery Ballroom in New York City on February 28. I am hoping to get to see them live at that show.

So the big debate … do we venture into the city for New Year’s Eve this year? Our first year near NYC and it is a temptation for me, but for my husband … it sounds like his worst nightmare. Times Square in NYC would be quite a chaotic scene. We did Central London and Trafalgar Square for New Year’s Eve a few years ago when we lived there and it was a massive crowd – so I am debating the chaos which would be Times Square. A few days to decide …

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.

SONG OF THE DAY – “VIENNA” by Billy Joel

November 21, 2013

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Throwback Thursday – Originally posted as my daughter’s Song of the Day on 11/10/2009.

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It was easy for me to come up with my Throwback Thursday song today. Earlier this week it was announced that Billy Joel was coming back in January to do a show at Madison Square Garden in NYC!
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Within 24 hours, after incredible demand for pre-sale tickets, two more shows were quickly announced. Tickets do not even go on sale to the general public until Saturday morning, but it is clear that all three shows will most certainly be sellouts! This is Billy Joel’s first solo show since 2006 when he performed a record-breaking 12 consecutive sold out shows here in NYC. I can’t wait to get my hands on tickets first thing Saturday morning!
**UPDATE: A 4th show was just added at 10 am this morning!**
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To give you an idea of his popularity here in New York, in early October I heard on the radio one morning that Billy Joel had just announced a surprise charity concert in Long Island for the next night. The show sold out in 15 minutes!
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Who doesn’t love the Piano Man? He is one of the most beloved and celebrated musicians of all time, and he has a biography filled with remarkable accomplishments. I grew up on his music and when I look at pictures of his album covers, I remember that between my two older sisters and myself, we had almost all of those albums in our home.
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Funny story … I remember my oldest sister coming home when she was in high school (she is 5 years older than me) and telling us a story about the song “My Life.” She had a friend who pulled out the song to play for his mother, trying to make a point that it was his life. She listened to the song and said, “That’s nice, honey.” Haha! Lyrics of songs can mean something extremely powerful to some, and to others it is just “a nice song.” Needless to say, his point was not received. 😉
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I have played Billy Joel music in our home forever, but I introduced this song, Vienna, to my daughter in 2009 when she was 13 years old. This song just screams her name. The lyrics are incredible and, to this day, she would still describe it as the one song she most relates to herself. Such an amazing song! But, what song of Billy Joel’s isn’t amazing? I play one, and then I want to listen to Piano Man, then Big Shot, then Movin’ Out, then Honesty, then You May Be Right, and then … and then …
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See you soon Piano Man!
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