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Hold My Heart

A Sara Bareilles song that resonated with me today. Enjoy!

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Monday’s Sure Are Swell

I’m not a huge concert goer, but I went to another one Saturday at Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA. with my music lover. Many bands performed at the No Depression Festival, which has a huge following. Reej and I both thought The Swell Season were the best and they really were fantastic.

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Here is a bit from NPR that I love listening to. I love Glen’s Irish accent, don’t you? The last song in the above video is one of my favorites. And their voices together are perfect harmonies. I don’t think you can find another two that sound more perfect together than they do.

{image via Kirk Stauffer} and {notice that Marketa got her hair cut!}

This is a photograph taken at the concert that night. Take notice of Glen’s guitar and how worn it is. This guy can jam and when you see him live, it’s no wonder that he wears holes in his guitars! He even broke a string on his guitar that night and instead of switching guitars he just involved the audience in a sing-a-long while he performed a busker (a new word I learned that night) trick getting his string knotted and tuned once again. They are absolutely awesome…highly recommended…and if you get the chance to see them play, do not pass it up.

If you’re not familiar with The Swell Season the second song in the above clip, Low Rising, is one of their newest releases and may sound familiar to you. Here is the video for the song below.

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And if you’re still not familiar with The Swell Season, go rent and watch the movie Once. It’s sort of a modern day musical of two characters recording songs for an album and falling in love.

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They both won an Oscar Award for best original song, Falling Slowly, which they both wrote for the movie.

Enjoy the music everyone!

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Music Monday

A couple weeks ago I was up late getting ready for bed with Letterman on. I’m not sure if it was a repeat or not, but it was new to me. Jay-Z and Eminem performed together on the roof of the old Ed Sullivan Theater.

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{Warning! They try and “bleep” out the swear words, but don’t always do the best job. And sorry for the annoying ad.}

It might surprise you that I like some rap, but some rap is poetry to me. It’s personal to some artists and let’s you in on a life that often is extremely different from yours and mine. Helps me understand where some people are coming from. Yes, they may swear and rap about taboo subjects, but sometimes the words put together…well…surprising as it sounds, they flow and it’s beautiful to me. Sometimes!

My favorite part in the song above is the hook:

“RENEGADE! Never been afraid to say
what’s on my mind at any given time of day.
Cause I’m a RENEGADE! Never been afraid to talk
about anything (ANYTHING) anything (ANYTHING), RENEGADE!
Never been afraid to say
what’s on my mind at any given time of day
Cause I’m a (RENEGADE) Never been afraid to holler
about anything (anything?) Anything (ANYTHING!)”

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Music Monday: That Rascal’s Dunn

I TiVo‘d ACM Presents Brooks & Dunn The Last Rodeo last night on CBS and today I got to enjoy some really awesome and well done Brooks & Dunn tribute songs performed by other artists. So many of the songs were so great, but this song was beautifully & brilliantly done and a song I don’t know so well. With Rascal Flatts singing this song, It’s Getting Better All The Time, it was perfection. I know it’s not a happy, mushy, warm fuzzy song…you know, like a wedding type of song…but it’s still so beautiful and moving. What do you think?

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On a little side note, did you watch Lost last night? How do you feel this morning? Clear as mud, right? Feeling a bit more lost? A little confused is the least that I can say. But I won’t go on about that because that discussion is going on everywhere and will for about a week or so as the rest of the world gets to view the finale.

Anyway, enjoy the music everyone!

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A Gift Of Spring

I’ve been workin’ on a little somethin’ for my friends and family and it’s almost done. Would you like one too? Just let me know and e-mail me your address before May 31st and I’ll send one to ya…it’ll just take a little while.

Here’s just a little sneak peek.

I’m an admitted Oprah Show addict. Yep, and I’m not sure what I’m going to do from 4:00pm – 5:00pm when she retires the show. I just hope I get the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) when that begins because I’m sure it’s going to be good.

Anyway, this afternoon I was able to take some time to watch the show and it brought back lots of memories. Kind of fitting memories considering summer is nearing closer. Two of her guests today were Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers. Thanks to Dad, I don’t think we ever went on a family vacation without the two of them, among others like Alabama, Eddie Rabbit, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, but especially Kenny. Camping with the family with some country cassette tapes of Dad’s along with some of his beef jerky we stopped to get on the road. We were always listening to music and despite my brother & sister’s disdain for country music, we all loved Kenny Rogers. Let’s just say, if you don’t like Kenny Rogers you suck. Jus’ kiddin’!

As the weekend nears, I leave you with a little music (from an older Oprah show) to enjoy and maybe even reminisce, like myself. (Hmmmm…what’s the correct way to say that?…like myself?…or like me?) The first song is a classic, both are really, but the last song…that one’s a special one.

That one goes out to Mom & Dad, it’s their song (I love you Mom!). Enjoy and have a great weekend everyone!

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