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 – “WHAT I WOULDN’T DO” by Serena Ryder

December 30, 2013

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As one of the last days of 2013, I am giving you another favorite new to me artist of the year.

I was so excited when I discovered Serena Ryder this year. I absolutely adore her music! She has such a cool voice and her music just sparks emotion in me. Serena is not a new artist as her debut album was released in Canada in 2004, but I just found her this year.

I highlighted one of her songs, “Stompa” in a post earlier this year. This song is another one off that album – “Harmony.” Her 2008 album – “Is It O.K.” – has also got a number of great songs. Other songs that you may want to check out if you like this one and Stompa are “Mary Go Round” and “All For Love.”

Just one more day of 2013! I am amazed at how quickly this year flew. I have been thinking about New Year’s resolutions and goals. I love the idea of a new start. My daughter and I will be heading to Guatemala to build a house with Habitat for Humanity on Saturday morning (more to come on that). That is a goal for the new year – make a difference in the world around me. So, until tomorrow …

SONG OF THE DAY – “STOMPA” by Serena Ryder

November 1, 2013

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Music can really set the mood for your day.  I love this song!  It is a great way to start a Friday and an even better song for that morning run or workout.  Have a great day “moving to the music you hear.”  I hope that you slow down and find yourself clapping your hands and stomping your feet through whatever you have to accomplish today.