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with the faintest touch

June 6, 2013

Happy Thursday y’all! 

June is my favorite month of the year. Knowing that summer is finally here, and that I get to be thankful for another year of life, brings A HUGE smile to my face. I’m taking advantage of every single day. I’m enjoying the beautiful people and things in my life. I’m letting go of the things I can’t control. I’m remembering to be thankful for each breath I take… because in the end, isn’t that what living and loving life is about? I know there are days, weeks, even months, when doing any of this gets very challenging, and we get upset over the silliest of things—trust me, I’m guilty of this A LOT of the time, ask my mom—but you know, we just got to face those moments head on. If you need to tell someone how you feel, do it. If you need to apologize, just do it, honestly.

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Here’s a beautiful track from sisters Lily & Madeleine. The video was shot by the always talented Allister Ann (The Civil Wars, Leagues). It’s definelty a song you want to listen to over and over again, and perhaps lay under a tree on a summer day. Yeah, that sounds nice.

Lily & Madeleine — Back to the River

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What are you listening to this week? I’d love to hear it!

Happy Summer!
xo

give yourself away

June 5, 2013

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Currently playing.
Go ahead, hit play. Fall in love.

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Imagine Dragons — Demons

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Vampire Weekend — Ya Hey

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White Lies — Getting Even

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U2 — With or Without You (Kye Kye cover)

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fabricate the truth

May 24, 2013

NEW BAND CRUSH ALERT.

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Uhm, so I don’t know why I’m so late to this party, but I just found a new band to love. Have you heard of the Denver-based band, Churchill

Yesterday I came across their music, through Noisetrade, and I’m head over heels for their sound and lyrics. NT released some free downloads and I just can’t get enough. There is a remix of their song “Change” done by the rad JT Daly (very nice surprise!)—needless to say, I’ve had it all on repeat since yesterday morning.

ALSO, their EP is on iTunes, and I think you NEED it. Like right now. GOOD STUFF, and I think you need to listen to them. GO!

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Churchill — Change

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Happy weekend to y’all. Rest up, play, and be safe!

xo

looking down the road

May 17, 2013

Amazing things are brewing.

Take big breaths, take long naps, hug important people in your life, and say thank you.

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New material from a lovely band, straight from the awesome Nashville. General Ghost is releasing new music, and it’s SO good. I’ve been listening to songs with this similar sentiment, of being on the road working in other cities, and having your family back home. I can only imagine how tough that can get. That’s why I like this track, because it’s filled with love and hope that things will work out and be all worth it in the end. Enjoy it! 

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Happy Friday! Hope y’all have a good weekend.

Sleep in tomorrow, your busy day can wait.

 xo

regroup

May 10, 2013

Been MIA for some time now.
Too many items on my to-do list.
Must regroup.

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Hope y’all are having a fantastic Spring. If you’re in Oregon my only comment for you is… “Can you believe this weather?!” And as a rare occurrence, I’m not talking about the rain.

ENJOY IT!

Ok, lets check in.

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music stuff.

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One of my top bands,
The Weather Machine, released their album last month, and it’s on iTunes now, SO I think you should pick up a copy. Slater is an outstanding storyteller, and this is a great collection of songs. Give it a listen, and let me know your favorite tracks, I’d love to gush over mine with you as well! Getting to see them perform last month, was definitely one of the best things about April. I’ve been listening to Slater’s (TWM front-man) music since last spring, and every time I see a live gig, it’s like I’m watching him for the first time. SO GOOD.

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The fantastic David Ramirez has released an EP called The Rooster. It’s also on iTunes for only $3.99… yeah, you heard right. Ok, so this is a MUST. Please go grab a copy and listen well. David keeps on making music that just hits home, with every word and every note. I’m really loving the progression of his music, and storytelling—which mirrors a lot of the things we all go through. I simply love it. Let me know how you like it.

Also, he’ll be hitting the road this summer, and if you get the chance to see him live, please do so. You will not regret it. He’s one of those artist that you got to experience live… I can’t stress that enough. David will be in Portland on May 30, at the White Eagle. Hope to see y’all there!

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Paper Route and Noisetrade have teamed up again, and this time they’re sharing their album (for a LIMITED TIME), The Peace of Wild Things—as a free download. If we’re friends, or you follow me on any social media site, you’ll of course know of my UNDYING love for Paper Route. They are, and will always be my favorite band of all time… but most of all, my buddies for life. This particular album has been a incredible part of my life, and I honestly think everyone should own it. What are you waiting for? 

The band will also be doing a headlining summer tour, starting on the 20th of this month. Dates for Portland have not be announced yet, but I know it won’t be long. I can’t wait to see them again. YOU should too!

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HAPPY FRIDAY!

you gotta know

March 21, 2013

Happy Thursday beautiful people.
New day. New song. Lovely words.

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Here is The Postal Service‘s latest release. Loving its sweet and uplifting message. Share it with someone who needs a smile this week. Someone who just needs a little reminder that they have YOU to hold them up, when things get tough.

Things will indeed turn around.

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The Postal Service — Turn Around

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What has been your favorite song this week? Would love to hear it!

xo

maybe in our lifetime

February 28, 2013

Happy Musical Thursday everyone! I hope this week has been both productive and enjoyable, for you.

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I had the pleasure of seeing the brilliant A Silent Film, live at Mississippi Studios on Monday night—talk about starting the week with a bang! I had the best time dancing, singing along, and hanging with the guys a bit after the show. Truly wonderful group of people. Blog post to come later.

With that said, today’s music share comes from ASF, and I think you’ll really dig it. The song is called “Reaching the Potential,” and it’s from their Sand & Snow album. This track is quite beautiful and appropriate at this particular time in my life. We get to that point when we start to question and wonder about our current life choices. Are we doing what makes us happy? Are we the best versions of ourselves? Are we fighting for our dreams? Some of us have to ask these questions constantly, otherwise, we might lose sight of what really matters.

A Silent Film — Reaching the Potential

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Let me know of any songs you’ve heard lately, that have inspired you to take an active roll in your everyday happiness. Music is magical like that, don’t you think? I’d love to hear from you.

Here’s to the weekend ahead. Get outside, call a friend, eat some chocolate, and don’t forget to say thank you for another day.

xo

turn back time

February 21, 2013

Welcome to another musical Thursday. I hope your week has been treating you well. What have you been listening to so far? Can you believe we’re just a day away from the weekend? Is the sun coming to stay soon? Will the rain ever stop? Why is the sky blue? So many questions!

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Today’s lovely share is by the equally lovely Lucy Rose. If you haven’t been paying attention, I’m totally all about Lucy’s music. Her voice is the sweetest, and every single one of her songs has the ability to resonate with you, long after it has ended.

This particular track is possibly my all time favorite Lucy song. That of course, it’s difficult to say when it comes one of your favorite singer-songwriters ever, but I’m willing to put it out there. I find that it relates to the absence of someone you once loved, cared for and had a wonderful connection with… a family member; an old friend; that guy or girl you fell for, long ago… So many meanings, so many feelings. Whoever it may be in your life, I hope we can at least remember the good things about that relationship—how special they made us feel in that moment in time. 

Enjoy.

Lucy Rose — Shiver

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I can’t wait for when she tours all of the United States, specially Portland, of course. Fingers crossed!
You can get her album “Like I Used To” here. It’s one you must own.
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xo

win the war

February 14, 2013

Hey lovely people of the world, happy LOVE.FRIENDSHIP.HUGS+KISSES. day.

Friendly reminder: Don’t be a grinch today. Being single is truly NOT the worst thing in the world. You are loved no matter your “relationship status.” So, give a smile to passing strangers, hugs to friends close by, and call someone that makes you laugh, when you get a minute.

Live it up, and breathe. You are not alone.

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I’m loving this new Paramore song. Have you listened to it yet? “Now” is the first single from their upcoming self-titled album, and it’s a rocking, we-are-back, sort of tune. AND to top it all off, they’ve released a brand new video to go with it. In my opinion, it’s the BEST one they’ve done yet. Great concept and lovely cinematography. 

Also, I’m glad someone is illustrating my biggest life ambition… being able to solve every problem, with a simple hug. I honestly think that if smiles, hugs and high-fives were the currency of the world, we would be better off. Don’t you agree?

Paramore — Now

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Keep loving, y’all.
xo

ed sheeran — 2012 tour (portland, or)

February 9, 2013

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know this is SUPER, beyond, are-you-kidding-me kind of LATE. But better late than never, right?

Last year, on October 5th, I had the immense pleasure of seeing the wonderful Ed Sheeran in concert, for a second time. (First was in May—met him, and all that good stuff. It was rad.)

He stopped in Portland and played an incredible show at The Roseland. He brought with him a couple of friends to sing with him (Passenger and Selah Sue), and they all made that night so amazing and filled with jaw-dropping moments. 

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Apart from getting to see Ed perform live, I also got to spend time with my new, and lovely friends from Seattle, Anne and Katie. They’re the awesome sisters behind Ed’s #1  (and first US) Twitter fan page, and one of the reasons why so many people in the world know of his music. I was so pleased to have them come down to Portland for the show.

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I continue to find that the music artists I’m really passionate about, keep on bringing amazing people into my life, and Mr. Sheeran is no exception. We had a blast walking to the venue, standing in line, watching the younger girls scream with excitement when someone would step out of Ed’s bus (and it wouldn’t be Ed); or hearing them talk amongst themselves about how ecstatic they were to be there, and how much they wanted to marry him—you know, normal stuff. It was quite fun, to take it all in.

Fun fact: We got to see Mike (aka Passenger) while he was returning to the venue after a little shopping. As he was re-entering the venue, we happened to be right at the back gate. We worked up the courage, and playing it totally cool, and said hello. He was super friendly. Made us even more excited to get in the venue to get the show started.

Ok, ok. I’ll stop talking for now and start sharing some pics. Enjoy!

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Selah Sue went on stage first. She was incredible. Her voice was insane, and her songs amazingly raw and with lots of heart. Make sure to check her out. Her song Break is one of my favorites.

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Next, was Passenger‘s turn. He’s one of Ed’s best mates and I was so excited he got to come along on this US tour. I had been listening to his music for a few months before the concert, so I was so glad I got the chance to see him live. We were able to catch up with him a bit after the show too. A total gentleman. Looking forward to having him back in Oregon, soon, I hope. 

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And finally, Mr. Ed Sheeran came to the stage. Let me tell you, this man knows how to open a show. He’s so good and energetic, that I think everyone in the business should watch him and take notes. THAT amazing.

He opened with “Give Me Love” one of my top favorites, if not my TOP favorite Ed Sheeran song.

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He really loves to talk to the crowd, and get us involved in the performance. This section sings this, this side of the room that. It was quite fun to sing, and often dance, alongside him. His “tuning my guitar” bit was pretty amazing too. Too funny.

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For a part of the show, Ed brought Mike and Selah Sue out, to sing a Mike/Passenger song called My Heart’s On Fire. Talk about perfection and one of the sweetest songs you’ve ever heard. It truly was one of the biggest highlights of the night.

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After the show, we headed to the back of the venue, hoping to see and talk to Ed. We got word that he was not going to come outside to meet people, so little by little, everyone started to leave. But not us, no sir.

A small group of us stuck around for a bit longer, you know, playing it cool. Tots cool. And thankfully, our optimism paid off, and he was able to meet the few of us that were still there. This time around we couldn’t take pictures with him or talk much—he was just not feeling well. But honestly, just getting to see him and say hello was enough, and so sweet of him to do. I was excited to tell him how freaking fantastic the light design was (I’m such a nerd), and asked him for a tiny favor. My friend Katie’s birthday was that day, and I was seeing her the next morning, so I wanted him to sign her birthday card. He was so nice about it. Totally made the card that much awesome.

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We all said our goodbyes, and he was just the sweetest ever. I honestly believe he’s one of the FEW artists that has ‘made it’ and is still his humble, and amazing self, from his earlier days. He’s young, he’s talented, he’s doing amazing things in the music world. You can expect LOTS more from Ed. Trust me.

And with this super late blog post, I say: Good luck and congratulations on your Grammy nomination, Ed. May you have a wonderful time at the show, and performing for your peers. You’re brilliant, and I’m glad the ENTIRE world is seeing that. 

Until next time.

xo