Listening to She & Him – Volume 3

One time during a family gathering my daddy and I hopped in my car to run an errand – typical.  Naturally, being my car I chose our tunes – also typical.  My dad made some comments like, “Why do you only listen to old music?”  To which I replied, “Is there a problem with that?”  Now the band in question wasn’t actually oldies, it was a little Black Keys but since then I have been contemplating the music I enjoy… it all does seem to have a bit of a retro-vibe to it.  In answer to my own question.. No, there is nothing wrong with that.

I have a few songs from She & Him‘s earlier albums but I’ve never listened to their latest one which was released last year.  If you’re not familiar with She & Him that’s them below.  You may recognize the she part of She & Him, Zooey Deschanel, as she’s on a top rated Fox Network Sitcom that I also adore… New Girl.  If you’re into the retro-vibe like me this is good feeling music that will have you toe-tapping and trying to sing along while you surf the web or in my case answer emails and grade papers… so many papers!!!!  Enjoy!

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Click to purchase Volume 3 on iTunes.

P.S. If you can’t use the Spotify link… sorry! 1) You should definitely find some youtube videos of She & Him like this one or this one…. and 2) You should most definitely download Spotify because it is the best!

Music Monday: Going to the Chapel

This weekend we met with and decided on our wedding officiate.  It is so ridiculously exciting to check things off our to-do list!  This week’s Music Monday is in honor of the latest task we’ve accomplished.  This is the quintessential marriage song, “Chapel of Love” by the Dixie Cups.  We’re not getting married in a chapel but the point is WE’RE GETTING MARRIED!  I know that there is TONS more to do but as each decision gets made it seems like my mental image of our wedding day begins to get a little less fuzzy.

The ceremony is the most important part of the day but until Sunday morning when we were walking to meet our officiate candidate we had never really discussed what we wanted to include.  Would we include prayers, bible verses, a unity ceremony?  Would we prefer traditional vows where we repeat after the officiate, or just say, “I Do” or would we like to do our own vows?  So many things that we’d never even thought about until those 30 minutes before we would be bombarded with these questions.  The good thing is we have plenty of time to really decide what we want and don’t want.  We’re excited about our choice, Donna Deen of Two Oaks Weddings.  She was so easy-going and eager to meet all our expectations and demands for the ceremony.  Not only that but she was well within our price range and had great backup plans.  (I’m positive that as many things as possible will try to fall through on our wedding day, it’s just my luck.  I’ve been checking and double checking that anyone we sign a contract with has an acceptable contingency plan for any unexpected occurrences.)  As we walked home following our meeting I kept humming this song to myself.

Julieta Veñegas

Hola!  It’s another Music Monday.  If you didn’t know me then you probably don’t know that I have diverse taste in music.  I like a little of EVERYTHING… E-V-E-R-Y-THING!  I use Spotify regularly to find new artists or just to catch up on some of my favorites.  Spotify is also great for something I call “previewing.”  Previewing is something you do when you know one or two songs by an artist but have never really listened to more.  I’m also muy pobrecita so I can’t afford to buy an album without knowing for sure that it’s worth it.  There’s nothing I hate more than buying an album and realizing the only good song is the one that is played on repeat over the airwaves where I can hear it for free until I can’t stand it.  Lately I’ve been previewing a lot of Spanish artists that I’ve been introduced or reintroduced to through an NPR program called Alt Latino.  I’d heard of Julieta Veñegas before but I rediscovered her recently through Spotify’s similar artists feature and I’m so glad that I did.  She’s a Mexican artist who blew up around 2003 when she adopted a pop-ish sound.  Not only is she a great singer but she writes most of her songs and can play several instruments including the accordian which I think is the coolest quirky instrument.   I like to describe her sound as Spanish Ingrid Michaelson.  I’m linking to one of my favorite songs  but she just came out with an AMAZING new album, Los Momentos, which may contain a new favorite song!

Shall We Dance

For a long time I thought I was 100% certain of what our first dance song, but that has changed.  I recently decided that “our” song is  much too slow.  I’m still using it but in a different way.  Now our first dance spot is wide open with a bajillion options.  Here are my top 6 (I just couldn’t whittle it down to 5) with a pro and con for each option.  Vote below for your favorite option!

1.  Jack Johnson – Better Together

Pro:  I made a mix-tape CD for Richard that very first summer we were apart after freshman year.  This song was the second track on the album.  Also we unexpectedly saw Jack Johnson in concert at Bonnaroo this past summer after he stepped in last-minute when Mumford and Sons cancelled.  It was such a wonderful surprise!

Con:  This is a pretty popular song so is it too cliché to play it as our first dance?

2.  The Temptations – My Girl

Pro:  I have loved this song my entire life!  My art teacher from elementary through high school, basically my idol, used to sing songs and walk around the classroom… this was one of his favorites and he’d always make me join in.  I was such a self-conscious little thing, I wish I could go back in time and belt it out.  Also my aunt’s thought I looked like the main character of My Girl and always made references to that.  In fact, thinking back, I’m pretty sure I thought this song was about me for a little while.

Con:  This song really focuses on the girl, me, and not the couple.  Also I REALLY wanted this to be the daddy daughter song but he said it sounded too much like a couple song and didn’t like it.  So is it weird to dance it with Richard when I thought it was more of a daddy daughter song?

3.  The Beach Boys – Wouldn’t it Be Nice

Pro:  We had the pleasure of seeing The Beach Boys in concert at Bonnaroo 2012.  It just about made my life!  I like to think I have an old soul… or at least the part of my soul that dictates taste in music is old because I have always loved The Beach Boys and so many other artists from the 50s through 70s. I love the lyrics to this song:

“Maybe if we think and wish and hope and pray it might come true
Baby then there wouldn’t be a single thing we couldn’t do
We could be married
And then wed be happy”

I wish I was a more musical person because my preferred method of sharing my feelings is by finding corresponding song lyrics.  It is just such a moving and powerful way to communicate your thoughts and feelings

 Con:  Did the movie “50 First Dates” hijack this song and that’s all anyone thinks of now that they hear it?  My sister nayed this song because her mind went straight to that movie when she heard it.

4. Coldplay – Till Kingdom Come

Pro:  I own every Coldplay album and they are probably my favorite band.  Their isn’t a single song on any of their albums that I dislike.  Despite listening to each album about a million times, it wasn’t until recently that I decided this song was perfection… I mean just read these lyrics:

“Hold my head inside your hands
I need someone who understands
I need someone, someone who hears
For you I’ve waited all these years

For you, I’d wait ’till kingdom come
Until my day, my day is done…”

Con:  How would we dance to this?

5. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes – Home

Pro:  One of the lyrics repeated in this song is:

“Home
Let me come Home
Home is wherever I’m with you”

For a long time even before hearing this song, I felt this way about what defines my home.  I’m not a very big fan of living in Oklahoma.  I miss my home state and my family too much but I realize that I really felt at home here for some reason.  Then it hit me that I felt at home here because this is where I’ve made my life with Richard.  So upon hearing this song it immediately became one of my favorites that I played on a loop for weeks maybe months.

Con:  How would we dance to this?  We saw them at Bonnaroo and of course we totally jammed out but will we feel to conspicuous to do our best music festival dancing in front of all our friends and family?  Our  music festival dancing involves a lot of jumping and twirling and swaying sort of rhythmically.

6. The Troggs – With a Girl Like You

Pro: This song is so much fun!  It was the first record I ever bought because I loved it so and the iTunes version sounded horrible.  After buying the record Richard’s mommy let us use one of her record players and Richard would try to start the song right on time to when I was walking through the front door from work.  Sometimes he is just so sweet and precious.

Con:  I would probably have to use the iTunes version of this song at the wedding because I think the speakers there may have a hard time connecting to the record player.  If we did use the record player we’d have to get someone to drop the needle, which is a little tricky.

Happy Song

Happy Monday… or maybe not.  I don’t know about you but Monday’s are never easy.  This post is being written Sunday evening.  Right now I am working on a freelance story that must be at least 800 words and so far only 100 have been written and they are all just notes.  I foresee a very tough Monday morning approaching.  Hopefully I can get all my writing done before midnight which coincidentally is my bedtime.  Also if I go to bed any later than midnight waking up for my morning run will not happen.

In anticipation of tomorrow’s rude awakening I’m going to share my tried and true happy song, “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles.   This song is my very most favorite song to hear when I need a pick me up!  It fills my mind with peace and all I can think of are happy relaxing things.  I hope it makes you just as happy as it makes me!  Warning the video is uneventful so just hit play, turn it up and go on about your morning routine.

Wishing you a happy and healthy Monday!

Sounds of Nashville

There has been a flood of music based television shows lately and I’m not complaining.  I absolutely LOVE musicals and I think drama with a splash of singing is great entertainment.  My favorite musical television show, for now, is Nashville.

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Though I don’t have an awful lot of it in my iTunes library, I do enjoy country music.  What can I say, I was raised in the middle of nowhere in Texas and country music is just a way of life.  What I really like about this show is that most of the music is original.  The show has well known writers and producers on their payroll and this gives all the music authenticity.  I don’t live in Nashville and have only driven through but I do have a friend or two fighting to make it in the big city.  I’d like to think their daily life is this interesting but maybe a hint less dramatic.  Every song is so good but I’ve given you a list of my top five favorite songs from season 1.  If the embedded song clip doesn’t work click the song title to follow the link over to Spotify and listen.

1. Juliette Barnes played by Hayden PanettiereNothing in This World Will Ever Break My Heart Again.

2.  Rayna Jaymes & Deacon Claybourne played by Connie Britton & Charles EstenNo One Will Ever Love You

3.  Scarlett O’Connor & Gunnar Scott played by Clare Bowen & Sam PalladioWhen the Right One Comes Along

4. Juliette Barnes played by Hayden Panettiere – We Are Water

5. Maddie Conrad & Daphne Conrad played by Lennon Stella & Maisy StellaHo Hey

I really like the original song by The Lumineers but I also love their rendition.  These little girls have big talent and I just love that they are real life sisters!

Season 2 of Nashville premiers almost a month from today on September 25.  I can’t wait y’all! I had to throw in my Texan there at the end.

I like my lyrics better

Normally I absolutely hate when I sing the wrong lyrics.  I’m so OCD about it that I will often restart a song to sing it correctly… Don’t judge me.  Now that I’ve shared this fact let me explain the title above.  I’ve been on a Grouplove kick lately.  This isn’t an odd thing for me.  I often start listening to a band randomly and must know EVERYTHING about them… their back story, each individual group members back story and of course I gotta listen to every single song they’ve ever sang.  I only knew a handful of their songs before like “Tongue Tied,” “Itchin’ on a Photograph” and their latest single “Ways to Go” which is played on a loop on Alt Nation on Sirius XM.  I love all of their songs but the one I refer to in the title is “Spun.”  Listen to it and then I’ll explain.

So there’s a part repeated by a female voice over and over again.  I thought she sang “I am awesome. I am, I am awesome.”  That is not what she sings.  She is in fact saying “Are you lonesome? Are you, are you lonesome?”  I was majorly bummed when I discovered I was not singing the correct lyrics and not just because of my OCD-ness but because I really wanted it to say “I am awesome.”  Do you ever feel the need to sing a song just to give yourself that extra oomph? ***Crickets*** Well, I do.  This was totally going to be my oomph song and, you know what, I refuse to let the actual lyrics take that away from me.  Did you look at the lyrics?  Confusing!  I will continue to sing it my way… OCD be damned!

Grouplove is pretty great, they even have my Mom’s stamp of approval! WHAT??? She had even heard of them before I played some for her.  Impressive!

P.S. The video I linked to here isn’t an official group released video.  It was made by Cloud Mind Productions.  They shot the video over a three-month period, then edited it and set it to the awesome song which made it extra awesome.  This is a really fun idea and something I may attempt to do soon.  I really need to get back into the groove of shooting video and editing.

The Civil Wars

It’s another Music Monday. The Civil Wars just released their latest album and possibly last. I really love their folksy sound. The way their voices harmonize is magical! Last year at Bonnaroo, I had the chance to see them and didn’t. That is one of my biggest Bonnaroo regrets followed closely by my missed chance to see Mumford and Sons. Here’s one of my favorite songs off the newest album called “The One That Got Away”.

Before they broke up, they shot a documentary of the album making process.  It was really interesting because both of them mentioned how they pull from their personal lives and emotions to help them write music.  When you listen to the lyrics in this song you get a peek into the frustration they were feeling towards each other.  Oh please kiss and make up and go on tour again!  And just one more… my favorite from their previous album!

Music Mondays: The Ceremonies

Since I’m renewing my vigor for blogging, I thought I’d come back with some new ideas and regular posts, themed of course.  Music Monday’s is mostly for my mom and dad… SHOUT OUT: LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!… who always marvel at the music I listen to.  Comments made include: “Where do you hear things like this?” “Why do you only like oldies?”  “This is weird.” Occasionally they’re super impressed with my knowledge of 60’s and 80’s bands and songs… and I must admit it makes  me feel super cool when I’m able to spit some musical knowledge.

A band I’m absolutely loving right now is The Ceremonies.   This band seems to have only two songs one I adore the other I also enjoy;  I can’t wait for a full length album due out this year!  I heard The Ceremonies on Sirius Alt Nation (the ONLY station I listened to while I had Sirius for a few months after getting Carlita).  That station, like most, had a few select songs that were played over and over and over and over…. and over again.  “Land of Gathering” was one of those songs but I never got tired of it.  I have ALWAYS wished that someone would make a soundtrack for my life to make every moment seem… more.  More exciting, more energetic, more romantic, more emotional, more angry… you get the picture… just more.  This song would definitely be featured  on my life soundtrack.  It feels like something absolutely wonderful should be happening when I hear this song.  I love it!  Just listening to it makes my life feel more meaningful… like despite the fact that I’m only driving to the grocery store my life feels epic.  Oh… I hate it when people use that term, “epic,” but it seems to be the only way to describe the way this song makes me feel.  Anyways enjoy the song and tell me what you think.  Also click here to head over to their Facebook page and enjoy more from the sibling singers also known as The Ceremonies.