Thursday, August 21
Okay, no more music and radio shows. My next post will be about food. I promise!
Friday, August 8
I know you all know I love Jack Johnson and today’s post is not news, but I went to his concert this week and it was GREAT. I’ve seen him a few times before and Jack never disappoints. Seriously, that guy is just cool.
The concert this week was really fun. Zach Gill from ALO played piano/keyboard for all the songs and it added a really great sound to all the music. Loved it. We left the concert before the encore to beat the crazy traffic out of the parking lot, but when we got to the car we could hear Jack singing solo with his guitar. It was quiet except the music. A great way to end the night!
PS – I almost took Cate to the concert. There were crazy storms that day, though, so ix-nay on the ate-cay. Which was a good thing. For some reason I forgot concerts are LOUD. Cate would have hated the decibel levels, even if it was “Curious George’s Daddy” singing to her. 🙂
Saturday, May 3
This week’s song is Breathe (2 AM) by Anna Nalick (click through for a sample). I haven’t heard it in a WHILE and it was on the radio the other day. Just a nice mellow song, and I really like Anna Nalick’s voice. I haven’t listened to any of her other music, but from what I’ve sampled on iTunes I like her. Perhaps a new album to buy!
I actually have a cool acoustic version of Breathe on a cd from a radio station in Boston. This CD is GOOD. Just so you know. It’s called “92.9 WBOS Studio 7: Live from the Archives Vol. 3”. I found on at this website if you want to buy it.
Monday, March 31
I drove to Phil’s BBQ last night and turned on Brushfire Fairytales for the ride. The very first chord of the very first song, Inaudible Melodies, immediately transports me back in time…back to our first years in San Diego, back when we were younger and MUCH cooler, back to days at the beach, back to those fun times before you have kids and can be a bit more spontaneous, back to when Nate surfed all the time, just back.
Fun story…Jack Johnson was playing at UCSD years ago and we had tickets. Nate went out for a surf that morning before the show and was late coming home. I, of course, was annoyed we were going to be late…Nate wasn’t worried because he knew Jack was going on later…how did he know this? Jack told him. Yup, he totally ran into him out on the water and talked with him between waves. Needless to say, I wasn’t so mad when I found out WHY Nate was late. 🙂
This is definitely the kind of music I need to listen to this week. First off, I have so many happy San Diego memories tied to those tunes. More importantly, it’s CALMING, which is what I need right now. “Slow down everyone your moving too fast.” That’s right, Jane – slow down & enjoy your last moments in this beautiful city.
Saturday, March 22
This week I’m feeling a little classical…so I’ll share my most favorite classical music CD. I don’t know why I love this album so much, I just do. It’s beautiful, I love Mozart and the music sounds, well, happy. Perfect for a spring day. Perhaps I’ll have it accompany our Easter dinner tomorrow…
Here it is: Mozart’s Violin Concertos Nos. 3 & 5, featuring Itzhak Perlman (violinist), James Levine (conductor) and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Saturday, March 15
First off, I didn’t realize how powerful my word is…after I made Hallelujah the Song of the Week, it became the #1 downloaded song on iTunes. Wow. I’m amazing. Okay, maybe American Idol is the reason it hit #1, but maybe not…
This week’s Song of the Week is actually a whole album because I just can’t settle on one song! If you haven’t listened to ‘The Last Kiss’ movie soundtrack, you should! I’ve had it for quite a while and, for some reason, have only shared it with Nate in the last few weeks. He likes it just as much as I do. It’s gotten me through many a night slaving away in the kitchen. And, yes, Zach Braff is on the cover of the album, just like last week. The dude has good taste in music, what can I say?
I WILL tell you which songs I especially like on the album.
MOST favorite songs:
Warning Sign by Coldplay (which appeared previously as a Song of the Week and is my most favorite Coldplay song)
Paper Bag by Fiona Apple (which I loved before I got this soundtrack)
Paperweight by Joshua Radin & Schuyler Fisk (this song is BEAUTIFUL…albeit a bit “romantic,” if you catch my drift…)
I honestly like every song on the album, however. You should listen to them all! (Click here and scroll down a bit on the page to preview all the songs.)
Quick note: For some reason you can only buy this soundtrack on CD through Amazon, not as an MP3. SO…if you want to get the whole album in MP3 format in one fell swoop, you’ll have to go to iTunes. However, all of the songs listed above (except Paperweight) WILL link to individual MP3s on Amazon.
Quick note #2: I haven’t actually seen this movie, so if you decide to watch it because of this post and it stinks, it’s not my fault.
Now – GO LISTEN! These songs are great.
Sunday, March 9
Confession: we watch American Idol. I even vote. So embarrassing. But I would hazard to guess most of YOU are watching and voting too, so I’m in good company, right?
One of our favorite guys this season is Jason Castro. One of the reasons we like him is because he picks good, interesting songs. This week was no exception – he sang Hallelujah, originally a Leonard Cohen song. Randy & Simon talked about how their favorite version of the song was by Jeff Buckley. They also thought Jason did an amazing job, which he did.
As he was singing the song, I felt like it was in a movie or something that I really like…I did a little investigating and BINGO! It was on my most favorite Scrubs episode ever (one of the first episodes, My Old Lady, which you can download on iTunes…it made me cry both times I saw it). That version of Hallelujah was done by John Cale. The song was perfect in this episode. I think it would be perfect for my next American Idol audition, too. Maybe I’ll actually make it through this time! That is a JOKE, people.
The entire Scrubs soundtrack that Hallelujah is on is pretty cool. Yes, it was released 6 years ago, so maybe not the newest music, but I really like a lot of the songs on there. Definitely worth checking out.
Be sure to click on the names of the songs/artists to hear samples! You can also buy the DRM-free MP3s on Amazon, which means you can put the song on as many computers as you want.
Saturday, March 1
The Song of the Week is Vegas by Sara Bareilles. I recently purchased her album Little Voice and have really enjoyed it, especially when I’m cooking and working. You may have heard Love Song – that’s a good song too. In fact, I like the whole album. She has a great voice, plays some pretty cool chords on the piano and just writes some nice songs. It’s funny, I had decided Vegas was going to be the Song of the Week, and then Nate told me that he didn’t like that song very much. I started to doubt myself, but I’ve decided to stick to my guns. 🙂 Bottom line – hopefully you’ll like it too! And, I just want to say, I totally found her before she was on TV – I swear! Just have to prove I’m cool, which I think means I may not be so cool after all. Shoot.
Saturday, February 23
The Song of the Week is back – for real this time! Now that the iMac is up and running in the kitchen again, I’m back to listening to music while I cook. The plan is to share my favorite Song of the Week each Saturday. Seems like a nice weekend activity, no? 🙂
All of our computers are Macs. I love them. But it is kind of rough when your computers are cooler than you. And the Mac commercials are definitely cooler than I am. Today’s Song of the Week is from one of those commercials. Which means you’ve probably already heard it, but I still think it’s great and this is my blog so I can do what I want. Hee hee.
I was slow in discovering Yael Naïm’s song New Soul. With DVR on our cable box, I NEVER watch commercials. Nate had fun teasing me because I hadn’t heard this song when the rest of America already had it memorized. So, in case you’re like me and haven’t heard it yet, be sure to check it out. It is a happy little song.
My favorite song on Yael’s album album is called Far Far. Love it. The rest of the album is very cool, too – a mix of French, English and Hebrew (Yael is Israeli and hit it big in France) with interesting and different music.
New Soul is this week’s official Song of the Week, however. Here’s why: last night when Cate and I were making dinner, it was the first time she’d heard the song. She loved it and sang the “la la la las” like there was no tomorrow. It was SO CUTE. Plus, right after Anna was born, Nate dubbed it Anna’s song. This song will always do my heart good.
Quick note: I’ve improved my links in the Song of the Week posts. If you click on the names of the songs/artists it will take to you to the Amazon MP3 download, where you can preview and purchase the songs easily. Amazon MP3s are DRM-free, which means once you buy the song it doesn’t track how many computers you have it on. Very cool. Plus a lot of them are less expensive than iTunes. Double cool.
Thursday, August 30
I thought I would tell the parents out there about a fun book and CD Cate received as a gift from one of Nate’s aunts. It’s called Philadelphia Chickens by Sandra Boynton. There’s one word that describes it perfectly: SILLY. And your kids will love it! 🙂 Also, if you’ve ever read “The Belly Button Book” by Sandra Boynton, you finally get to hear how the belly button song goes. I’m sure you’ve been dying to know.
Sorry to the non-parents out there…promise I’ll get back on food for the next post!
Click here for the MP3 album version.