MUSIC MONDAY: It Wasn’t Easy To Be Happy For You – The Lumineers

This is one of the things I missed doing on this blog:  discovering new (and new to my ears) music.  I have to thank Spotify for this find though.  Release Radar playlist lists new releases from artists that I have liked over time and well, let’s just say that in my opinion, The Lumineers is one of the most underrated bands ever.

They did me right when they released Ho Hey, but have you listened to Stubborn Love?  And that line???  Just straight to the heart.

Then there was Ophelia, which I thoroughly sang to every day for the past year driving to work.

The lyrics they come up with just hit the heart and the soul.  I am really thrilled finding out about them years ago.  It feels almost exactly like discovering Bob Dylan’s basement tapes.

Anyway, this is their latest song from their latest album, yet to be released.  Get ready for some feels.

Should you feel the need to sing along, Genius has the complete lyrics here.

MUSIC MONDAY: When We Were Young by Adele

And so I’m back.  It’s been a while.  A really long while.

I’m pretty sure I am not the only one that thought of the brilliance of Adele’s new album.  I must have read her iD interview a thousand times, and I still can’t get over how optimistic 25 sounds like.  I’m so elated that we have new music to enjoy.

I was lucky enough to be online in YouTube when they released the live recording of When We Were Young.  At that very moment, I was in the middle of planning one of my life’s biggest events and the lyrics just rang true to me.  Everything from that point forward was a change and there was no stopping it.

From time to time, I am still overwhelmed.  I had no idea how big of a shift this would be until I was already in it.  A part of me feels like I’ve overestimated my confidence in surviving this change, but another part feels that this change is the most natural of all.

20160328 Adele - When We Were Young

It took me a while to write again because I had to yet again find my balance, and I’m glad to report that I am somewhat near it.  I’m not as stable as I had hoped to be, but I am absolutely overjoyed that I am not alone in this journey.  And because I am rhyming again.  Hah.

I heard this song while I was in the shower the other day, and took it as a sign.  It just might be time to start writing again.

MUSIC MONDAY: Battleships by Daughtry

I first fell in love with Chris Daughtry when he sang Hemorrhage in the before-the-live-show round in American Idol.  That was a good seven (or some) years ago and even though his elimination from that season is still a shock, he has since more than pulled himself back together.  He immediately formed a band, Daughtry, and churned out songs that were easy favorites.

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20:  Musicians Brian Craddock, Robin Diaz, Chris Daughtry, Josh Paul, and Josh Steely of Daughtry arrive at the 2011 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on November 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 20: Musicians Brian Craddock, Robin Diaz, Chris Daughtry, Josh Paul, and Josh Steely of Daughtry arrive at the 2011 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on November 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

It’s very tough to beat country rock for some space in my heart.  Hahaha.

While Home will always be my top Daughtry song, I must admit this took up some space too.  Even with all the booms.

Maybe it’s the wisdom of being a married man that’s why he always has the best lyrics.

20150622 Battleships by Daughtry

I wonder if that wisdom is automatic because I am excited as hell to be married to my man too.

 

MUSIC MONDAY: One Last Time by Ariana Grande

Okay, so this song has been stuck in my head all week.  And I mean all week.  It doesn’t help too that my niece Juliana (Philippine edition lol) can’t stop singing it too.  Hahaha.

So I decided to give in.  And just sing it out loud.  I mean, come on.  It’s a good song.

One Last Time by Ariana Grande

Are you ready to sing with me?  Don’t be ashamed.  I know you are.

 

MUSIC MONDAY: Budapest

Okay, I know this is not a new song, but it hasn’t been long since I first heard it.

I remember it clearly, too.  I decided to start taking this health thing seriously so for the past couple of weeks, I took extra strides to sleep early, wake up early, and workout.  I’ve been packing lunch too, but that’s for a completely different post.  Ever since I’ve made that change, I have to admit the hours at the office don’t seem that long anymore.

And get this:  I’ve also cut down my coffee consumption.  I KNOW RIGHT.  I really didn’t think it was possible, but I am now down to max of 20 ounces per day.  It’s still a lot for most, but for me, that’s already half of what I usually drink.

Anyway, back to the song.  I just finished doing my morning routine, Spotify playing in the background, and then this song came on:

My many artifacts
The list goes on
If you just say the words
I, I’ll up and run

Oh, to you
Ooh, you
Ooh, I’d leave it all

It didn’t really sink in at first, but I am about to leave it all.  It almost seemed poetic but it’s more literal, this song.  Perhaps the only treasure I am most definitely sure of bringing with me are my books, but that’s about it.  I can leave everything behind, and run to you.

Leave it all.

For you.

I think I have the wedding giggles.

George Ezra - Budapest

Have a great day, loves. <3