Posts Tagged ‘Music’

New Music

February 10, 2011

After nearly 2 months of forgetting to activate my iTunes gift card stocking stuffer, I finally got around to it last night. It’s been so long since I’ve bought new music and my library is in dire need of some fresh tunes. Thanks to my iPhone and the shazam app I keep a running list of songs that I hear on the radio and like enough to want to download; the problem is that there are over 50 songs on my “want” list. Another problem is that I am very much a fan of downloading entire albums instead of individual songs; many times my favorite songs from an album end up being some of the less mainstream ones that I would never have found if I hadn’t purchased the whole thing.

Then I remembered that one of my favorite artists, Sara Bareilles, released a new album last fall, Kaleidoscope Heart. After sampling a few songs I downloaded it and I am in love! It just amazes me how talented she is, and that voice…wow. I first became a Sara B fan back when I was interning in Sacramento; I heard of her through a coworker who actually went to high school with her. During those 4 amazing months I really grew in my independence and self confidence since I was out on my own in a new state and I will always remember her music as sort of being a soundtrack for that segment of my life.

I’ve only had her new album for about 24 hours but I think I’ve already found my favorite song…

I can already tell this is going onto the summer time playlist :)

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Jackson Browne

December 30, 2009

Almost two years ago during my internship in Sacramento I had the opportunity to catch Jackson Browne’s solo acoustic tour stop in Stockton with my friend Jamie. My dad has a great love for J.Browne {second only to the Eagles I believe} and initially he was going to join us at the concert but things didn’t work out. I went anyways and it was quite bittersweet; I absolutely LOVED the event and had a great time but I couldn’t help wishing that I had my dad there to share the moment with.

Then a few months ago I randomly saw an ad on Facebook for tickets to see Jackson in Austin of all places. For the past few years he’s toured exclusively in CA at benefit concerts and his solo acoustic tour hadn’t broken into the south yet so I was quite surprised to see he was coming to Texas. So Mark and I grabbed four tickets and broke the news to my dad on his birthday in October. I was so happy that we had another chance to see him live together.

Jackson Browne is such an amazing artist, his lyrics have so much meaning and hearing it all acoustic is quite a treat. All that is present on the stage is a large, antique-looking rug, a keyboard, one solitary chair and a rack holding his 15+ guitars. Throughout the concert people from the audience shouted out requests while Jackson would talk in between songs; when I witnessed this in CA I first thought it was pretty disrespectful but turns out that’s how his whole tour is. Somehow he manages to make that huge concert hall feel like a tiny room of 20 people, talking to us as if to a friend…very casual and real. Some of my favorite lyrics of his are from his song For a Dancer:

Keep a fire for the human race
Let your prayers go drifting into space
You never know what will be coming down
Perhaps a better world is drawing near
And just as easily it could all disappear
Along with whatever meaning you might have found
Don’t let the uncertainty turn you around
Go on and make a joyful sound
Into a dancer you have grown
From a seed somebody else has thrown
Go on ahead and throw some seeds of your own
And somewhere between the time you arrive
And the time you go
May lie a reason you were alive
But you’ll never know

I love those last few lines…we’ll never know what our purpose is, all we can do is give what we have and find meaning through it all.

Here’s an amateur video of For a Dancer from his acoustic tour {notice all the guitars}.

Here’s another video of a song called Going Down to Cuba.

Is Summer Here Yet?

February 20, 2009

Yesterday the temperature outside reached 84 degrees; does that mean summer is just around the corner? It’s hard to believe that it’s only February and I’m already making a habit of wearing flip flops to class. Before you know it there will be wafts of sunscreen and tanning/reading sessions by the pool…I can’t wait. I love summer. Maybe it’s just because I tan relatively easily and enjoy healthy doses of vitamin D (sorry Mark, but I hope our kids get my skin genes and not your white/sunburn-prone ones). However, chances are the Texas weather Gods will change their mind and make it snow on Easter again. But for now, while the sun is still shining, I’ll be listening to my summertime playlist and imagining myself laying on a beach.

Here are a few of the essential summertime songs on my playlist, enjoy!

Groove is in the Heart: Dee Lite

Broadway: Goo Goo Dolls

The Sweet Escape: Gwen Stefani

State Your Peace: Hootie & The Blowfish

How Far is Heaven: Los Lonely Boys

Float On: Modest Mouse

FNT: Semisonic

All I Wanna Do: Sheryl Crow

Swan Dive: Sister Hazel

wolf pen + sunshine + sara bareilles = love

January 18, 2009

I just got back from walking the trails in Wolf Pen Creek, I absolutely love living near this area.  Not only do I have a great view of the trees and the creek from my bedroom window but I can go for a nice walk through the park without driving to get to it.

Today, there were a multitude of people and their kids and/or pets walking around, throwing a frisbee, and enjoying the sunshine.  It makes me so happy to see this space being utilized by the community.  I saw one guy on a skateboard with his dog pulling him down the sidewalk, I also saw a lady walking with a huge macaw parrot perched on her arm…things like that make me smile.

Top all that off with my ipod and some Sara Bareilles…what a great walk.