Jessie Ware, Where Have You Been Hiding?

New Year, New Music? I happened upon a twitter post tonight sharing Jessie Ware’s instagram cover photo for V magazine…and, of course, I wondered how I have been missing her great sound. Look her up…or just listen to the tracks below for some fresh soulful flavor.

Happy Listening! Hugs!

And Happy 2015!

Winter, Please “Let It Go”

Could the creators of Frozen have timed the release of the film any better?

I don’t think so….

With half of the U.S. still frozen, and while Americans are anxiously awaiting the advent of Spring–along with the DVD release of Frozen (did you know you can already purchase the film through iTunes or advance purchase it through Amazon?), I thought I would supply you with some covers and renditions of the Oscar-winning song, “Let It Go.”

Last Sunday’s Oscar performance from Idina Menzel (or is it Adele Dazeem?):

Official Demi Lovato:

A little bit of tribal flavor and ice castles:

More ice castles with some Vivaldi for good measure:

And, just for fun–Jimmy Fallon, Idina Menzel, & The Roots along with some elementary school instrument accompaniment:

Which one is your favorite?

Because I’m Happy

How many of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” videos have you watched? I hope you’ve seen his one, at least:

He actually created twenty-four hours of video for his song, which he has posted by various hours on YouTube and on his 24hoursofhappy.com site. Pretty cool, eh?

Well, aside from hearing the chorus over and over in my house recently from various posts of friends or even renditions from children, I have been pondering this idea of a complete day of happiness.

Have you had one of those?

A whole, entire, beautiful day of nothing but happy?

How did you feel? And, what kind of process happened for you to create twenty-four hours of happy?

I’m sure I’ve had them, too. Often, they happen when I am intentionally living in the moment, soaking in air and life and scents and sounds…not allowing anyone or anything to violate my determination to be happy.

I laugh at the little things, like this morning when my kiddo got stuck and an older sibling swept him out of his predicament and carried him to safety without a thought other than to help. Instead of worry for the situation, I chose to be happy.

This journey toward happiness hasn’t been easy or quick, but it has been worth training my brain to think happy, to release fear, and to enjoy this experience we call life.

And, Pharrell Williams’ song (& others like it) help to remind us simply that happiness is not just attainable but what we were born to be.

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New Music Tuesday

I love Tuesdays!!!!!  Why?  Well, I’ll tell you.  Tuesday is not Monday (and though yesterday was a pretty good Monday, they are not generally consistently good, like Fridays).  And, Tuesday is my park day (unless it’s raining).  And, of course, Tuesday marks a new free single on iTunes, as well as new releases and updates on what is selling in the music world.  Fun times all around on Tuesday!

So, what’s free this week?  It’s a song entitled, “Fall Around” by a band called Smoke & Jackal.  It’s kinda mellow, and compared to the sounds of U2 from their Joshua Tree album on the review.  I kinda like it, but the sound bite is pretty repetitive….  Still, it’s FREE, so how can anyone complain?  Get it, or don’t, but no complaining.  🙂

So what’s hot and new?  The new Taylor Swift album, which has yet to be fully released, has been gaining major popularity, with catchy songs like, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”  My daughter and I Googled the video for this last night while we were cooking dinner, and I couldn’t stop singing it all evening.  Then, we modified the lyrics after watching the new Justin Bieber/Nicki Minaj “Beauty and a Beat” video  promoted heavily on VEVO (which I frankly couldn’t finish watching) to sing, “We are never ever ever listening to Justin Bieber [again].”  Cuteness turned smut is just not my style, I guess.  Too much hand to crotch for my taste, and I certainly don’t want my kiddos thinking girls flipping through water in bikinis and bumping and grinding dancers are the norm.  Sorry.

I have felt the need to get back into music (which was very much a part of my life for most of my growing up years…anything from show tunes to sacred music to pop to alternative rock of the time…) after about a decade of vacation from popular music (mostly 2000-2010).  My kiddos started to listen to music they would hear at PE or learn from friends, and I thought I’d better be informed about what they were listening to instead of sticking my head in the sand.  Now, we have loaded iPods and a couple of those Just Dance games, but I try to make them aware of how music makes them feel (as well as the message of the words).

We recently had an issue with my boys, one in particular, loving a song about “party rock,” (which is defined by Urban Dictionary as a type of music, but is also defined as a type of crack cocaine).  Go figure.  They thought the song seemed harmless enough (dancing, partying); I thought the rhythms sounded like an orgasm or some type of high.  Who knew?  All I know is that I don’t want my pre-teen (or teenage, for that matter) children listening to it.  Again, I try to teach them that the feelings the music invokes (through rhythms, beats, etc.) are often as powerful (or in some cases more powerful, and more subtle) than what the words say (which is sometimes enough to keep a song from being played often in our home).  Some people don’t care, but I am not one of those people.

Music is very powerful within my psyche.  I can listen to music to laugh, dance, cry, rejoice, or empower.  In my younger years, I would use music at times to induce or feed a stupor or depressed state.  I realize not every one is affected by music so strongly, but who knows which one of my children will be highly affected or not?  I just feel the need to be careful.

So, my attempt to a “Happy Tuesday–free music” post has gone preachy…oh, well.  Maybe next week will be lighter!

Hugs till then!  –K