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Have I mentioned I love music? I love having it on at home but since K and I haven’t been home much as of late, we didn’t really notice until recently that we didn’t have a proper sound system. With city life, comes limited space so we knew whatever system we chose would have to not only be functional but have great design. With a little patience and some due diligence, we found what I think is the perfect addition to Melrose Place. The Marshall Stanmore Speaker. Isn’t she just perfect? I am happy to share her as this week’s found item.

*Unfortunately the lighting in our apartment wasn’t working with my photography skills this morning so I borrowed this image from Urban Outfitters. 

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Friends, have you heard of Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings? If not, watch this.  Pretty amazing, right. They opened last night for the Tedeschi Trucks Band and I was blown away. And what an incredible story. Right before the release of their most recent album {in 2013} Give the People What They Want Sharon was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and thus the album and coinciding tour was put on hold. Good news, though, she is back and cancer free. Check out the tour schedule for upcoming shows. It’s one you won’t want to miss.

Magic


Gwyneth and Chris. Conscious Uncoupling. There seems to be quite a bit of buzz around this couple since news broke last week of their separation. I have a general rule. It’s not my place to comment on someone’s personal endeavors, mishaps and/or beliefs. Life is hard enough we don’t need to add negative energy to the mix. But, I will say this. When I heard Coldplay’s most recent release, my heart broke for both of them. From my listening, it appears Chris was writing his final love letter to his lovely wife. Oh how I wish love was enough for all of us. But for right now, this song is enough for me. I can’t get enough. And you know what… this girl still believes in magic, although I’m sure you would have guessed that. I hope you do too.

Blown Away


Friends. Please don’t worry. I am safe and sound in my island home but let me tell you the winds on this little island of mine are insane. 76 mph wind gusts and rising. I was, however, blown away by the voice of Sam Smith and his rendition of “How Will I Know” by Whitney Houston featured in last week’s Grey’s Anatomy (snow days are a perfect excuse to stay in bed and catch up on some TV). Truth be told, I’ve always loved the music on Grey’s and admit that a few of their soundtracks (I won’t admit how many) are in my music library. Quick sidebar… how do I get the job of picking songs to accompany my favorite TV shows and movies. I know I would just excel at it!

Ok. Back to Sam. The more I read about this London-born singer/songwriter, the more I realized why I am drawn to his lyrics. “I’ve never been in a relationship before. When I was writing this album, I really delved into that fact. I delved into how I fell in love with someone who didn’t love me back last year. I really went inside myself and I wanted to write an album for lonely people, because I don’t think there’s been enough music out there that talks about unrequited love.” Oh Sam… we certainly share quite a bit in common.

Lucky for us, Sam is the musical guest this weekend on Saturday Night Live. My DVR is all set. And his first album “In the Lonely Hour” is releasing May 26.

Take a listen and let me know what you think!

Just Because

Music always gets me through. With William still heavy on my heart, I thought I would share the song that has been getting me through lately, for I know “there will come a time, you’ll see, with no more tears. And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears.”

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And after the storm,
I run and run as the rains come
And I look up, I look up,
on my knees and out of luck,
I look up.

Night has always pushed up day
You must know life to see decay
But I won’t rot, I won’t rot
Not this mind and not this heart,
I won’t rot.

And I took you by the hand
And we stood tall,
And remembered our own land,
What we lived for.

And there will come a time, you’ll see, with no more tears.
And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears.
Get over your hill and see what you find there,
With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.

And now I cling to what I knew
I saw exactly what was true
But oh no more.
That’s why I hold,
That’s why I hold with all I have.
That’s why I hold.

And I won’t die alone and be left there.
Well I guess I’ll just go home,
Oh God knows where.
Because death is just so full and man so small.
Well I’m scared of what’s behind and what’s before.

To You

Sara Barellies is just one of those singer/songwriters whose lyrics speak to my soul. “Something always brings me back to you, it never takes to long.” Gravity. Gosh, everytime I hear that song I remember those feelings of lost love.

While enjoying her Blessed Unrest concert in Boston this past weekend, I was introduced to I Choose You, a letter Sara wrote to her future soul mate. Beautiful, right? So I was thinking, I should write one. Let me know what you think!

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Wow… what a road it has been to get to you. I really tried to never lose site of you at the end of this journey but I must be honest and say I maybe fell short a few times. But you, you have restored my faith in not only relationships, but love and myself. With you, I have found me. I was always worried about the silences I shared with lovers in the past. “What are they thinking” would run through my head. But with you. I love the silence. Because I no longer doubt how another feels for me. You show me with your words. You tell me with your actions.

I was worried I would have to chose between passion and friendship but you put that worry to bed. I finally found the one to be silly with. And honey, you make me laugh harder than I ever have in my life.

Where will this journey lead us? Only time will tell. But I will tell you this. I will be here for you. Every minute of every hour of every day. I know there will be challenges. I know there will be tears. But I also know that there will be great laughter. And adventure. And a journey we never knew we deserved until we were united.

And I just have to say this, I love that you love to kiss me as I much as I love to kiss you for it truly is one of my favorite things to do.

I am grateful everyday for you.

Dance All Night


Have I told you all about my brother, Travis. Not only is he one of the nicest guys you will meet (with perhaps the smallest waist in the family), he is the fearless leader behind Miss Fairchild, one of the hippest bands out of Boston. And lucky for me and any of you on island time, they are playing at The Box tonight. Can’t wait to dance all night!

If I don’t see you on the dance floor tonight please promise me you will give them a listen. A little Prince vibe, mixed with some JT and Sly and the Family Stone, Miss Fairchild provides music that will pick you up when ever you are feeling a little down. So very proud of you, Travis!

So Damn Lucky

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I remember the first time I heard Dave… it was the summer of 1995 and I was working at The Nantucket Bake Shop. Some of my fellow counter hands were a bit older (I may have had a crush on the one from Johns Hopkins) and they were obsessed with the “Under the Table and Dreaming” album, which ignited mine. I could have listed to Ants Marching a thousand times that summer. I am told they played a show or two at The Muse but sadly I was a tad young for admission. Fast forward nearly 20 years, and this past Sunday I finally was able to see this band, that was part of so many memories, live. First love, first break-up, true love, summer parties, college parties… so many milestones can be summed up with a lyric from a DMB song.

And what a show it was! I’ve always said Dave would be my celebrity “free pass” and after seeing him with that guitar, I am even more adamant about that sentiment. Boyd Tinsley on the violin might be a close second. I thought it would be fun to put together my favorite Dave songs for all of you.

– #41
– You and Me
– Stay or Leave
– Crash into Me
– Grey Street
– The Idea of You
– If Only
– Jimmy Thing
– Lover Lay Down
– One Sweet World
– Say Goodbye
– Crush
– Stay (Wasting Time)
– Steady as We Go
– Typical Situation
– Warehouse
– The Christmas Song
– So Damn Lucky

Any that I’ve missed? Can’t wait to see what the band does next!

PS – I know the poster is from last year’s show at The Comcast Center but had the hardest time trying to find the 2013 version.

Mid-Month Mix

Music is certainly my therapy. If I’m feeling a bit blue, I just need to hear Least Complicated by the Indigo Girls and instantly a smile returns to my face. I love how you can hear a song that brings you right back to a moment you never want to forget. To get us through what I feel is the longest month of the year, I thought I would put together some of my favorites. Enjoy!

March – Anticipation

  • All I Want  (Toad the Wet Sprocket)
  • Free  (Alana Davis)
  • People Everyday  (Arrested Development)
  • Galileo  (Indigo Girls)
  • Something About You  (Cary Brothers)
  • Shiver  (Coldplay)
  • Wishlist  (Pearl Jam)
  • #41  (Dave Matthews Band)
  • Ascension  (Maxwell)
  • Trouble  (Ray Lamontagne)
  • Fool in the Rain  (Led Zeppelin)
  • My Doorbell  (The White Stripes)
  • All At Sea  (Jamie Cullum)
  • My Winding Wheel  (Ryan Adams)
  • Fast Car  (Tracy Chapman)
  • Shine a Light  (The Rolling Stones)
  • Sweet Disposition  (The Temper Trap)
  • Take My Hand  (Dido)