Music

Listen: Wrapped In Red by Kelly Clarkson

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Album: Wrapped In Red
Artist: Kelly Clarkson
Release Date: October 25, 2013

We are big fans of Christmas music around here!

Kelly Clarkson’s latest album, ‘Wrapped In Red‘ is a beautifully recorded Christmas album that will instantly put you in the Christmas spirit!

The album has a great blend of new, original songs mixed with covers of classic Christmas songs & the whole album through is really solid. Definitely a great Christmas CD to add to the collection.
(Kelly never disappoints!)

Get into the Holiday spirit & check out Kelly Clarkson‘s new album ‘Wrapped In Red‘!

Album highlights (Natasha’s faves):

Wrapped In Red
Underneath The Tree
Every Christmas
Winter Dreams (Brandon’s Song)
Just For Now

Fun Facts:

 – Kelly co-wrote on each of the 5 original songs on the album
– Artist Imogen Heap wrote the song ‘Just For Now’
– Kelly Clarkson filmed a Christmas Special called ‘Kelly Clarkson’s (Cautionary) Christmas Tale’ which will air on NBC in December! (Can’t wait to check that out!)
– ‘Underneath the Tree’ is the album’s lead single; released on November 5th, 2013
– ‘Wrapped In Red’ is Kelly’s first Christmas-themed album, and her sixth studio album release

Check out one of my favorite songs from the album: Wrapped In Red:

Natasha xo

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Music

What’s On Your Ipod: 5 Current Favorites

Instead of choosing just one song to feature, I thought I’d switch it up a bit and feature 5 songs. These are the 5 songs on my Ipod that I’m currently addicted to…

Do your ears a favour and check errr out!

1. She Wants To Know by Half Moon Run

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Band Links: Facebook, Twitter

My other favorite songs from their Debut album ‘Dark Eyes’ are Need It & Call Me In The Afternoon.

 2. Real Love by The Boom Booms

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Real Love is available for FREE download here!

I love everything about The Boom Booms – their name, chill tunes & positive vibes.

I got the chance to see them live this past Summer and have been hooked ever since. Their live show is incredible. So uplifting – its like one big, soulful dance party. They are constantly touring, so if you get a chance to see them live, DO IT! You won’t be disappointed.

Band Links: Facebook, Twitter

3. If I Didn’t Know Better by Sam Palladio & Clare Bowen (from the television show Nashville)

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John Paul White of The Civil Wars wrote this song with singer-songwriter Arum Rae. White and his Civil Wars bandmate, Joy Williams originally recorded the song for their ‘Live at Eddie’s Attic’ 2009 album.

I love Sam & Clare’s version on the show.

Sam Palladio who plays Gunnar on Nashville is in an indie folk band called Salt Water Thief. 

4. Crying In The Night by Buckingham Nicks

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Buckingham Nicks is a 10-track LP that Stevie Nicks & Lindsey Buckingham recorded before joining Fleetwood Mac. Although the album was considered a commercial flop and was never officially released, there are quite a few gems on the CD. Crying In The Night is my favorite.

5. Crooked Smile by J. Cole feat. TLC

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From my headphones to yours, Enjoy. 🙂 

Natasha xo

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“Acoustic Guitars Are Not Rock N Roll” Whattt?

I know all of you are dying to know. Did I renew my online dating subscription or didn’t I?
You must be losing sleep wondering what I ended up doing.
So not to keep you all in deep suspense any longer you should know that I did end up renewing my online dating subscription. Well, that’s not entirely true. I just didn’t cancel on time so it automatically renews. That system is either very efficient or sneaky, depends how you look at it.
I knew perfectly well that my account was up for renewal on August 22nd and the days leading up to it I would look at my messages with that subtle flutter of hope that something would surprise me. That there’s one message waiting for me… gonna change my life. I know, I’m being extreme. I’m tired, it’s been a long, stressful kind of day. Work was umm, interesting. But let me get back to my work thing in a minute.

I purposely let my online dating subscription renew with the justification, ya just never know what will happen. Having more options is always a good thing, so that’s what I’m going with for now. However, I have seen a huge transition in my whole outlook on dating since my divorce. I was discussing it over sushi with a girlfriend last week, she has already gone through that ‘dating transition’ after her divorce so she related completely which is so awesome to have that validation from someone who gets exactly what you’re talking about!
I think I might have given the impression on this blog that made it seem like I don’t get any messages on the dating site, that no one shows interest, or sends me winks and clicks the ‘they’re interested button’ when my profile pops up on their screen. That I go on zero dates, poor, poor me. I’m not that pathetic, yet.
I should clarify, I do get plenty of messages (just none that interest me, you ladies know what I’m talking about here), have been on more meet and greets and dates then I care to remember (mostly) and now I simply feel different about the whole process.
The thing is I am not trying to fill that ‘being a couple’ void anymore. I am more focused on me, myself, figuring out who I really am on my own. And guess what? I am content on doing exactly that. I’m pretty damn impressed with myself too. Oh hell yeah I am! It’s like my own personal achievement, some sort of self realization that I finally see. I’m a late bloomer, what can I say!
I do have to say that since my online profile was renewed yesterday, for some strange reason my email sorta blew up yesterday and today with an unusual amount of messages and winks (who doesn’t appreciate a wink right?) Hmmm, not sure what that means or why there’s so many? A sign of encouragement from the dating site gods, like way to not give up Laura! orkeep up the positive awesome attitude, good things are coming!’ Not too sure what it means. Probably nothing at all. I tend to make up fantasy reasons for things, love the mystery ya know?

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Let me finish by giving you the brief run down on my less then stellar, stressful day at work.
Let me just say that I was to have a big important meeting with a big important person, (aren’t they all so important?) Anyhow, busy busy busy with prepping and organizing and I pretty much felt totally confident with my overall presentation. Now long story short, I had a theme for this event and that was to represent rock and roll and a particular rock star. His picture was plastered everywhere and on my main display among many rock and roll themed items, I had displayed an actual guitar. My boss pulled me aside 15 minutes before the main ‘important’ person was to show and proceeded to tell me that the acoustic guitar was not rock and roll.

Ummm…what?!

She firmly argued her view, and even went on to say that acoustic guitars make her think of classical music, not rock n roll.
And she was completely, 100% dead serious. She drilled me for at least 15 minutes as to how I think the guitar fits into the theme. I have been to probably hundreds of music concerts and shows (plenty of rock and roll shows) and I’m pretty sure they use guitars of all sorts. Electric and acoustic. Heck violins are even used in some rock bands.

I was totally taken aback and frankly confused at the questioning. It didn’t make one bit of sense to me yet she was sitting there looking at me like I was not making one bit of sense to her.
I stood my ground and defended the good graces of all things rock and roll and said I disagree with you!
When it comes to certain things in life, a girl’s just gotta stand up for what she believes in.

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Til next time,
Laura xo

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So I know I’ve been seriously lacking with the music portion of the blog, (I have been so sidetracked by my baking obsession lately!) but I found some much-needed motivation after coming across an artist named Max Frost.

I first came across his song ‘White Lies’ a few months ago on the ‘May 2013 Playlist’ from the Indie Rock Playlist. If you haven’t heard of the Indie Rock Playlist – they release epic playlists monthly that consist of really cool indie rock/pop/electronic songs by up-and-coming artists, and also some more mainstream bands. If you are a fan of indie music, definitely check it out. I’ve found out about a lot of good songs and bands from there.

White Lies was the song that really stood out for me and I’ve probably listened to it a good hundred times since then. The song is so catchy, its got a killer melody but the lyrics are what gets me. Sooo good.
I just thought to look up the artist the other day to try to find out more info and I’m glad I did! There’s not too much info online about him yet but I’m sure that’s going to change very soon… Max Frost is definitely an artist to watch. So much talent.

I’m not sure how I would classify his music – mix of soul, hip hop, feel-good, alt, blues, funk, fresh, rock. Normally the greatest artists have a wide range of influences which translates into their music and I believe Max is one of them.
If you were to take the greatest bits and pieces from each genre of music and blend it all together to create this unique new sound – that’s how I would describe his music.
Catchy, unique, feel-good tunes.

So from what I could gather, I found out that he’s a Singer/Songwriter/Producer & Multi-Instrumentalist (Max played all the instruments on every track he’s recorded so far) from Austin, TX.
He’s only 21 years old (crazy!), and has been playing gigs for almost a decade already.
He just signed to Atlantic Records and is releasing an EP later this year so look out for that! I’m so excited to hear the EP – I’m sure he’s going to be topping the charts soon and doing big things.

Follow Max on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/maxfrostmusic or visit his site http://www.maxfrost.net for the latest news.

Check out another great track by Max titled My Walk :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_qvgN3TGbY
(this has been my jam the past few days – i listened to it while running today, and literally couldn’t stop smiling at everyone i passed haha. instant mood-booster)

Natasha xo