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: Sara Bareilles Love

I went to go see Sara Bareilles and a few other artists Saturday in concert. I really, really liked her performance.

Heaven above it was so hot! At least 95F/35C! And we were in the thick of it.

Sunday it actually registered 97F! I’m very ready for some cooler temperatures, so bring on Thursday please! Summer in the Seattle area has just been odd. Cool some days and roaring with flames the next!

Anyway, Sara Bareilles is so talented and I love her voice! She also has a new album that will drop September 7th called Kaleidoscope Heart.

Here’s another video from the actual concert. Enjoy!

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Congo News Story Link

As promised in my last post, here is the link to the piece I spoke of below about the Congo.

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Women of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Did you catch this episode tonight? If not, I will have a direct link up on my next post to the story once it’s available online.

A woman from Portland, Oregon bringing awareness to an important cause in the Congo. The war is still very much happening in the DRC. More than ever, women are suffering with rape, torture, murder, unspeakable acts and threats that happen every single day. Men, the good men there, face very similar acts if they don’t join one of the various militias and allow their sons to be ripped from the hands of their mother’s, never to know what will become of them. Yet I know, without a doubt, women will be the ones to change things there. They are the most incredible women.

Salome, who I consider a friend (I’ll keep her last name and details private for her protection), is one of the most incredible women I know. Salome lives in the Congo. It’s difficult for me to put into words her day to day life. I think it’s difficult for any of us to imagine it unless we’ve lived it before. When I get her letters I am constantly humbled and reminded not to take anything in this modern world that I live in for granted. My friendship with Salome is very important to me and I wish I could do so much more for her, her children and her husband.

There are many ways and organizations you can get involved in to help. I’ll leave that up to you to decide which is right for you should you choose to help in such ways. Hopefully Lisa Shannon’s story and her actions will educate and inspire others to get involved with the women of the DRC and hope for change.

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Tuesday Shoes Day

I know it’s not a wedding shoe, but it’s still white, right?

Thank you Steve Madden

  • Thank you for designing so many nice-looking shoes.
  • Thank you for understanding the female foot.
  • Thank you for creating such style and comfort.
  • Thank you for understanding fashion for the future.
  • Thank you for creating styles that aren’t too trendy.
  • Thank you for knowing that women aren’t always in platforms & stiletto’s, but some of us still have a stiletto attitude.
  • Thank you Shop Bop, for offering free shipping and 50% off some of your shoes, especially the Mistaa above.

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La Experiencia del Urban Craft Uprising

Last weekend I went to the Urban Craft Uprising on Saturday. It was beneficial to go on Saturday because the Mobile Chowdown was that day and then I could watch the World Cup on Sunday.

By the way, this was one of the worst Wold Cup matches I’ve ever watched. It’s supposed to be called The Beautiful Game, but it was anything but beautiful. I am glad the better team won. Spain really did play much better than The Netherlands in my opinion. Nine yellow cards and one red awarded just to the Dutch in one match?! If you hadn’t watched any of their matches before then you’d wonder how they got to the finals.

Anyway, back to the Urban Craft Uprising. I stopped at many booths. Some I’d seen before and some were new to me. Here are some that stood out.

Monkey Sock Monkey is absolutely adorable. They even have a book! Shhh! I got a sock to make a monkey for one of my nieces.

Keeping with the monkey theme, my new nephew will be getting a little monkey t-shirt from Matthew Porter Art.

I love letterpress and there were plenty of letterpress artists to see at the UCU. I purchased this card above to frame for someone special.

I’m going to have to remember this for next time because I think this above would look lovely in my great room area.

I stopped by Sycamore Street Press and enjoyed looking through their various prints.

I asked about their letterpress frames that I’ve been coveting for a while now, which they didn’t have there, and they informed me they’re in limited quantity and are no longer going to be printing them. So I immediately went home and bought a few online here before they were all gone.

One of the edibles there were This Charming Candy. Yummy suckers! Reej had his Maple Sugar sucker and enjoyed it. I’m still holding on to my Sweetened Grapefruit sucker for just the right moment. They have a blog too. Click here if you’re interested.

I bought a necklace for myself from Annie Huntley of Dotted Line Jewels. It was 50% off, very well worth it! Annie is so friendly and so nice and extremely talented and creative. She’s the one vendor I seem to chat with the most when I go.

If you are Jewish, Catholic or love jewelry with that sort of theme, Annie also makes really nice pieces that are subtle, sophisticated, classic and not too in your face, so to speak. Does that make sense? I really enjoy all her work.

Here were some other very interesting vendors:

I swear I missed a couple booths or overlooked them or something, so I’m looking forward to going to the winter 2010 show. Maybe you’ll go too?

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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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