Showing posts with label Music. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Music. Show all posts

Monday, June 9, 2014

The Soundtrack to My Life.

 A few years back, when we bought our car, I was christened in to the world of Satellite Radio and Bluetooth, and kind of like streaming Netflix, this was a game changer for me.  After the Little Man was born, I found that I rarely, if ever, listened to music unless we were in the car, which at the time this was a rare occurrence.  I come from the school of thought, that growing up with music in your life is pretty much the equivalent as learning to read; it is something that has to be done.  Now that we spend so much time in the car (more than I'd like) I try to expose my kids to every type of music that there is.  I'm not kidding, every type.  From WuTang, to the Stones, Classical to Reggae, and even some Bob Dylan.  So long as it isn't incredibly explicit or misogynistic/ racist, it goes in their little ears. This probably means nothing for their future, but I have to say I do have a weird sense of pride when I see my kids mouthing along to some classic Beastie Boys, and when the LM asked for Joni Mitchell by name last year, my heart swelled so big I could feel it in my chest. 

As much as I try to diversify, I have to admit ever since I landed on channel 34 (the 90's alternative rock station) I've had a hard time changing it to anything else.  I mean, this was the music of my generation, and I often share little stories with the boys about how much I loves X song, and what I was doing the time it came out.  It has made school commuting so much more enjoyable, and sometimes I find myself actually hoping the ride lasts just "one more song."  Given the amount of traffic we sit in, I can't even begin to tell you what a gift this is!

On my own, I will often have my headphones in.  Whether it's at the gym, running errands, or while the little one naps, I try to sneak them in as much as I can.  I'd like to say I diversify my own music, the same way I do my kids, but the other day I realized that I tend to listen to the same five albums, over and over (and over and over and over.)  I wish I could chalk it up to habit, but I think it may be that these five albums are the soundtrack to my life, and hey, this is most definitely something I can live with!

In no particular order here are my absolute favorites.


Live from the Union Chapel, Damien Rice.  I love Damian Rice, I love live music, this album combines the two.  Hauntingly beautiful from beginning to end.  There is version of Silent Night that makes my Christmas playlist every year without fail. 


Legend, Bob Marley, probably my favorite album of all time.  Also, if you haven't seen the documentary about his life Marley, I highly recommend checking it out!



Nirvana Unplugged, Nirvana.  I know, I know, my Kurt Cobain obsession has been talked about here time and time again, but what can I say?  The man was a genius, and after the last song plays I often turn everything off, because nothing compares to the last few haunting notes from Where Did You Sleep Last Night?  Nothing.


 Pearl Jam, Rearviewmirror. I don't think I gave Pearl Jam enough of their due when they first made it big, but I am most definitely making up for it now.  This is always my go to album, and what the LM and I listen to the most together, especially when heading up the mountain for one of our solo ski trips.


Almost Everything I Wish I'd Said,Wakey!Wakey!  If you haven't heard of this band, download this album immediately. I still can't believe that these guys aren't on every station 24 hours a day. Their music is incredible, but it's the lyrics that blow me away. They have a new album coming out soon, and I am counting the days until its release!

What about you all? How much importance do you place on music? Do you try to push your kids to listen to a little bit of everything or is it solely top 40's? I sometimes wonder if by pushing my music (as awesome as I tend to think it is) if I'm robbing them of the chance to have the music from their childhood? I'm sure as they get older they will start being a little more vocal in choosing what we listen to, and besides one can only listen to so much Justin Timberlanke. ;)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Having a 90's Moment.



 I don't know why, but for some reason, these past few months I have been obsessed with the 90's. Who am I kidding, this has been going on for about a year now! I realize this was the decade of my adolescence, but still, it was such a random period of time, and who really wants to revisit hammer pants, grunge rock, and the era of the family sitcom? 

Me, that's who!!! 

I realized that my obsession was getting a bit out of hand when I saw my most recent iTunes receipt, and the last few albums I downloaded were (no joke) The Fugees, Lisa Loeb and the Nine Stories, Jimmy Eat World (pre- fame they were SO GOOD, you guys have to download Clarity) and Counting Crows. For some reason, listening to the soundtrack of my youth, during my daily (somewhat tedious) adult life, brings me so much joy. Now, I find myself wanting to curl up on the sofa, watch Reality Bites, while listening to Nirvana/ Stone Temple Pilots/ The Cranberries and discuss (for the first time) what is going to happen when Brenda returns from Paris and finds out about Kelly and Dylan's summer fling, while eating an entire carton of Chunky Monkey (ahhhh the 90's, when you didn't have to worry about calories!)

Seriously, I may need a twelve step program!

The worst part is that I will reference things from the decade that was, and my sister/ babysitter will look at me like I'm from another planet. I mean who doesn't remember the birth of Francis Bean, my favorite movie of all time Mad Love (staring none other than Drew Barrymore and Chris O'Donnell... I must have watched it 150 times) and Doc Martins. Don't even get me started on My So Called Life, the rise of Kate Moss, Butterfly tattoos, and pastel nails (which, oddly is back in fashion again.) Why oh why am I lusting so badly for things of the past? I have to wonder if it was because, as a teenager, everything already sucks, so you can't fully appreciate the things that are going on around you. Now, as an adult, you have surpassed that drama that is high school (well, most of us have ;)) and you can fully appreciate the 90's for what they were... AWESOME!

Anyone have a time machine? I promise to bring the Wet and Wild charcoal eyeliner!

Hmmmmm, I guess we all know what the theme for my 40th is going to be!!!

P.S. I had the exact same hair style that Drew is rocking above for about 4 years! I would even put a flower in it, just like her. Do you think it's wrong that this is look I want to rock at my 20th reunion.... which is EEK only 4 years away!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

This Song...



is so rad.

totally makes me long for another girl's weekend.

and, yes, I would gladly carry any (or all) of them home!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Weekend Sunshine.


This dress is the perfect pregnancy uniform, I plan on wearing this from May-September.

I've been dreaming of a White Christmas, it looks like my wish has come true! I feel like, well, a kid on Christmas, of course.

If there is any interest in what is going on with our baby, here is what is happening with the 10 week little bean. I am loving these weekly Baby Center updates.

This song is amazing. I have been playing it on repeat for weeks.

We finally watched The Town last night, and yes, this movie was absolutely as good as they said it was. Ben Affleck just shot back up to the top of my list. Le Swoon.

If you are wondering what is on my Christmas list, here is the one thing I hope to find under my tree. Thanks to a big sale over at Ebiza last week, I think Santa might make my wish come true.

My girlfriend sent me this link for some awkward pregnancy photos and I just can't stop laughing. What is the deal with all these pregnant women and guns anyway?

Happy Sunday to you all!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

But Will I Be The Oldest One There?


Right now I could not be more excited. In exactly 5 hours and 33 minutes, and 16 seconds I am going to see what has quickly become one of my favorite bands, live, and only minutes from my home. Yes, people, tonight, I, Yummy Mummy, am going to be front and center at a Wakey! Wakey! show.

I know, I know I can hardly believe it myself.

Ever since I heard this band, about a year ago I have been obsessed, Obsessed. I have stalked followed them closely and I have been waiting oh so patiently for their tour to come up my way. A few months ago I saw on Twitter that they would be playing at the Great Scott venue in Allston and I can guarantee you that I was the first one to have tickets in my hand (ahem inbox) given that they were purchased merely seconds after the tweet was published (yes, I need a life.) The timing couldn't be more perfect as my little sister just com to town for the rest of the Summer, and she, like me, is also a HUGE fan. When I was buying the tickets I couldn't help but notice that the show said that it was 18 and up. This left me with two burning questions.
  1. Will they serve alcohol?
  2. Will I be the oldest one there?
I finally broke down last night and called the bar manager who told me that:
  1. Yes, alcohol is available for those over 21 (whew) and
  2. Yes, I will be considered as a chaperone for the event (okay, he didn't really say that but I could hear it in his voice.)
He also said that I would not qualify for the senior discount, but I can rest assured that one of the youngins will likely offer this old lady a seat at the bar. Whether that happens or not I am in for one great night of music. I am also pretty sure that I will use a line that I have become famous for when I am out with my sis which is, "young man don't you realize that I could be your mother?" Which depending on how much I drink is usually said to any "boy" between the ages of 21 and 30. 

If you are into Wakey! Wakey! and want to see this momma make a fool of her self, tickets are still available (and are crazy cheap) and can be purchased here.

As a side I cannot tell you how awesome these guys are. After I wrote this post about the band I received the nicest email from their management. I absolutely cannot wait to see these guys up close and in person! Yep, dream. come. true.

5 hours.... 11 minutes....

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

What Are You Listening To, Part Two.

A few months ago I wrote about how I was completely out of touch with what was happening in the musical world. After a year year of listening to Raffi and Elmo I truly was completely lost, and I really had forgotten what it was like to be obsessed with a song or a band. Soon after I began to make a conscious effort to try to find new music that would again inspire me. In my quest, I stumbled upon this band Wakey! Wakey! and I found myself in love (like head over heels in love.)

Stumbled may not quite be the right word. I am ashamed to admit but I was actually watching one of my guiltiest pleasures, One Tree Hill, and this band was featured on the show. Their music was probably the best I have heard in years, and they immediately became one of my favorite bands. I recognize that the show is geared towards a younger audience (and I should totally be embarrassed by the fact that I never miss an episode,) but I can assure you that this band is not your teenager's band.

The vocals and lyrics are completely heartbreaking and wonderful at the same time, and the band itself is nothing short of amazing. There are piano and strings mixed in most songs (something I love) and I am honestly shocked that these guys aren't more of a sensation. For a while I was only able to find a hand full of songs on iTunes, but my prayers were recently answered as they finally came out with a new cd. I believe that they tour frequently, and I am making it my mission to see them live sometime this year. If you want a sample of the magic that is Wakey!Wakey!, here are a few of my absolute favorite songs. 










Love, love, love.

The band's website can be found here.


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

What Are You listening To?

A good friend of mine, with whom I have recently reconnected with, asked me this very question the other day. Such a simple question left me with no answer. What am I listening to these days? Let's see, there's Sesame Street, Raffi, Elizabeth Mitch, and of course the Baby Beatles Album. My Ipod was last updated 3 years ago (sad I know) and I really only listen to that when I am cooking or doing yoga on my own. In short I am listening to absolutely nothing.

To be perfectly honest the only way I hear about any "new music" is through my watching of shows like The Hills or through my much cooler/ much more in tune yoga instructors. When I think about it, music is the one thing that is truly lacking in my post baby life. It's not that I don't want to know what's out there, it's more so that there just isn't an opportunity to do so. The minute we enter the car the little man screams "Elmo," giving me no chance to turn on the radio and since my bar hopping days are pretty limited (aka non-existent) my musical catalog is still living in 2007. 

Music used to be very important to me pre-baby. I am one of those people who falls madly and totally in love with a song. I may be the only person who used the repeat button in not only my car, but also on my Ipod, and I had pretty much worn out both. When I hear something that speaks to me I immediately find it, buy it, play it over and over, and then either break up with it or retire it to my list of "my favorite songs" which is about 100 deep at this point. At work, in school, in the car, at the gym, I was always listening to those same songs. 3 years later I am still listening to these songs. 

Now that I am aware of it I am going to rectify this immediately. I will make a real effort to seek out and listen to what's out there. To that end, I have found some new (or old to some of you out there) artists/ albums that I absolutely lurve! 

The first is something that I heard in Yoga on Sunday. We had a sub who put on some classical music. After about 5 minutes, I realized, "wait, I know this song." The rest of the class I was in awe. Every song was a classical "cover" of almost every popular song from the last decade. I had to know who it was. Right after class I ran up to the instructor and found out that the artist was the Vitamin String Quartet. They have about 2 dozen albums and hundreds of covers. I downloaded about 30 songs and I can't stop playing them. The little man seems to be enjoying the classical music and I am loving my new find. 

The other album that I am loving right now is Damien Rice's Live From The Union Chapel. I love Damien Rice, and I don't know how I missed that he had a live album out. This album is older than my son, but somehow I missed it. Either way, it rocks. If you haven't heard it check it out.

Finally, I love this song by Bill Callahan. I don't know why, but I just can't stop listening to it.

So, to answer your question old friend, this is what I'm listening to.

What are you all listening to these days?

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