The Voice Season 4, Week 1 Favorites

Hi there, friends! I’m so excited that The Voice is back becuase it gives me something to look forward to on Monday nights until The Bachelorette begins in a few months. Do you watch? I’m always super impressed with the talent and hearing some of the triumphant stories of overcoming obstacles to pursue dreams.  I usually end up downloading a bunch of songs on iTunes after the show, and this past Monday I was also pleasantly pleased with the performance the four coaches did to kick off the show, including the two newbies: Shakira and Usher. I do miss Cee-Lo (and his animals), though; he’s such a character!

Here are some of my favorite performances from the first week of blind auditions:

The one that gave me chills (for all the 90′s kids!):

The most surprising (this guy totally reminds me of Ashton Kutcher in this performance):

The no-brainer:

The most entertaining (their duo name is “Midas Whale” which they say came about when one asked the other if he wanted to start a duo and his reply was “might as well…” ha!):

Who are your favorites so far? What do you think of the new coaches?

Music Obsession: Citizen Cope

You may recognize a few Citizen Cope songs from radio, tv and commercials. Mumbles and I saw one of his shows at House of Blues Anaheim a few years ago and it was incredible — he has super passionate fans that love his music and he sounds amazing live.  Here are some of my favorite songs:

Son’s Gonna Rise
Bullet and a Target
Sideways
If There’s Love
Let the Drummer Kick

Music Obsessions: Moody Music

Here are some of my favorites for cloudy days and general crankiness…

  1. “Madness” by Muse
  2. “Concrete Wall” by Zee Avi
  3. “Secret” by The Pierces (discovered during an episode of Gossip Girl — also check out their song “Boring” which is similarly dark and sarcastic)
  4. “My Number” by Tegan & Sara
  5. “Feeling Good” by Michael Buble
  6. “Bullet & A Target” by Citizen Cope
  7. “You Know I’m No Good” by Amy Winehouse
  8. “All I Want” by Susie Suh

Do you have a favorite song you listen to when your mood is a little darker than usual?

Happy Christmas!

Hi, friends! I hope you’re enjoying this Christmas and celebrating with special people in your life.  I’ve been listening to this Christmas Party Playlist from last year on repeat so thought I’d share it again in case you’re looking for some last-minute Christmas music.  Don’t forget my new favorite Christmas tune from Grace Potter and take a few moments to watch the incredible stomp-style performance of Little Drummer Boy below – it’s one of my absolute favorites!

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Christmas Party Playlist

  1. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas She & Him
  2. No Christmas for Me Zee Avi
  3. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Jack Johnson
  4. Santa Baby Kellie Pickler
  5. All I Want for Christmas Matt Costa
  6. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree Brenda Lee
  7. Let It Be Christmas Alan Jackson
  8. All I Want for Christmas Is You Mariah Carey
  9. Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Dean Martin
  10. How Great Thou Art Carrie Underwood

Also, I really wanted to share this video from Saddleback Church.  Mumbles and I saw this performed live at church a few years ago – it gave me chills to watch and hear and sing and I feel the same way everytime I watch it now (which is often).  I love the stillness and innocence of the song paired with the stomp-style dramatic rhythym.  Please enjoy Little Drummer Boy:

From my family to yours: Merry Christmas!

Music Obsession: Sing Along Songs

Whenever I’m in the mood for crafting or doing something creative I usually like to be watching tv or listening to music, and since I love crafting so much, the music usually needs to be something upbeat and cheery. Here are some of the songs I’ve been singing along to while wrapping gifts whenever I’ve need a short break from Christmas carols:

1. “New Soul” by Yael Naim
2. “Only Prettier” by Miranda Lambert
3. “1234″ by Feist
4. “King of Anything” by Sara Bareilles
5. “Be OK” by Ingrid Michaelson
6. “Beating My Heart” by Jon McLaughlin
7. “Shake It Out” by Florence + The Machine
8. “Soldier” by Gavin DeGraw
9. “Our Song” by Taylor Swift
10. “Love You I Do” from Dreamgirls
11. “The Show” by Lenka
12. “Anyone Else But You” by The Moldy Peaches

Do you listen to music to spark creativity? What songs do you like to sing along to?