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: Stay With Me by P!nk

I haven’t done Music Monday for quite some time now. Now that I have a big load of preoccupation, I have to admit some things have been shoved to the back. But on a quiet afternoon like this weekend, I chanced upon P!nk’s cover.

Pink - Stay With Me

The main thing that attracts me to her music is that her voice is as powerful as her message. Believe me, I love that Sam Smith came out with this song. The melancholy, the blues, it’s all there. I absolutely adore this song. And then P!nk sang it, and I adore it even more.

Admittedly, I teared up when I was listening to it. The sadness in her voice and that strain as if there’s real pain in there…. my oh my. Perfect cover. Perfect P!nk.

MUSIC MONDAY: An Innocent Warrior – Vai Mahina, Sulata Foai-Amiatu, Matthew Ineleo

It has been a great Presidents’ weekend!  I have to admit these long weekends are something to get used to.  Saturday was spent with friends, Sunday just us two, and Monday with family.  It was a well spent quick vacay… AND I BECAME OBSESSED WITH MOANA.

I know the movie came out last year, but we didn’t get the chance to watch it in theatres.  So when Roku loaded it in their streaming videos, I SWEAR I loved it the moment I first heard everything.  I can’t recall a Disney princess having a richer back story and a more memorable realization than Moana.  I just absolutely loved it.

So much in fact that I kept listening to the music.  And I just had to bring back Music Monday for it!  Seriously!  But first, let’s just adore baby Moana for a moment here.  And the first scene when she made friends with the sea.

OHMYGOD I SWEAR SHE’S SO ADORABLE I CANNOT EVEN.

Who are we kidding!  Baby Moana forever.  😍

As I was saying, husband and I loved the soundtrack so much that we started playing it in the car all weekend.  I loved it more when I started using it as my ambient music before falling asleep.  Honestly though, this first song was the one that really hooked me in.  The serenity of the music and the richness of the vocals tug at the heartstrings unfailingly.

How about you?  What was your favorite Moana song?

Have a great week ahead!

Craftsy

MUSIC MONDAY: Lost Boy by Ruth B

We spent Memorial Day weekend in Maryland, hanging out with good friends.  It was quite a drive from Jersey; with the construction by the Delaware bridge, there was an additional 45 minutes to the usual 3.5-hour drive.

This song came on and I just looked at Le Mari.  I remembered him saying that his father would play Peter Pan whenever he was sick.  He grew up with that lost boy in mind.

20160613 Lost Boy by Ruth B

With the heat pounding our windshield and the traffic making his legs hurt, the ethereal voice of Ruth B filled our small space in the road.  The depth of the lyrics combined with Le Mari’s sentiment, this song easily took a spot in our favorites list.

What’s your summer sentiment?

MUSIC MONDAY: Surrender by Cheap Trick

Yesterday’s celebration is the first of many special holidays that I am celebrating with Le Mari.  While it was very much evident that I missed my family, everyone seemed to have rallied to make sure that homesickness is the last thing on my mind.

So in my sister’s kitchen, while prepping Mother’s Day lunch, I absolutely cannot shake this song out of my head!  Damn it, Jessica Day!

JESSICA DAY

Anyway, so I ended up singing only the parts that I know!  It was so crazy that my sister started signing it too.  Needless to say, it didn’t lessen blow and the song is still stuck in my head.

20160409 Surrender - Cheap Trick

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According to Allmusic, the song is an anthem describing the differences between parents and the teens today.  It was released in the 70s, so I guess this has something to do with drug preference?  LOL.  How judgmental can I be!

Here it is, and I hope that it gets stuck in your head as well.  It’s not that bad, it is after all a teen anthem.

But then again, we all know I’m not a teen anymore.

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Have a great week, everyone! <3