Category Archives: Music

The music inside me

raindropsSince last night, it’s been raining here in San Diego and all I’ve got to look at is gray skies and raindrops. Today is one of those days when it feels good to sip some hot tea and listen to good music. So I’ve been playing my Pandora station while working on the computer and I just finished updating my list of Feel Good Songs on this blog.

There’s something magical about music, how it can grab you deep inside and make you feel happy, sad, ecstatic or nostalgic from one song to the next. I remember watching an interview with Sting, my favorite musician, where he said the best love songs are never about “she loves me, I love her”. Instead they’re always about “I love her, she loves someone else”.

Today I feel inspired to share a few famous quotes about music. Do you have quotes about music you’d like to share?

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

“Music is an outburst of the soul.” ~ Frederick DeLuis

“Music is love in search of a voice.” ~ Leo Tolstoy

“Where words fail, music speaks.” ~ Hans Christian Anderson

“A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.” ~ Leopold Stokowski

“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ~ Berthold Auerbach

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”  ~ Billy Joel

“Music can change the world because it can change people.” ~ Bono

And here are a few of my feel-good songs. There are more on my Feel Good Songs page. Do you have some feel-good songs you’d like to share?

Good Life by OneRepublic – Name any other song that mentions both Paris and San Diego 10 seconds apart from each other?

Life is beautiful by Keb’ Mo’ – Ah, pure joy to my ears…

Grace Kelly by Mika – This is the one song that makes me get off my butt and start singing, dancing, and jumping up and down, with or without my kids.

I just haven’t met you yet by Michael Buble – So, if I want to meet the man of my dreams, all I have to do is go to the grocery store and start singing this song? Sorry, got to go shopping!

101 in 1001 update: Enjoy some outdoor/indoor music

I’ve got several items on my 101 in 1001 challenge list to provide an update on, but I’ll start with this one today: “Enjoy some outdoor/indoor music”.

My town organizes a “Concerts in the Park” series every summer for all to enjoy for free. A new band plays a different style of music every week and on a weekday evening, people get to sit on the lawn and listen to the band.

I’ve been wanting to take the kids to several of these concerts but somehow I’ve forgotten every single time this summer. That’s until a group of friends mentioned they’d be going to an upcoming blues concert, with two bands playing that night. So I put it on the calendar and last week I joined my friends and a couple thousand people for a fun concert.

I don’t think we stayed there longer than an hour because the kids were getting tired and their patience was wearing out, but we did enjoy the blues music during the time we were there.

Here’s a photo of the second band I managed to take when the kids asked to get closer to listen to the music.

101 in 1001 challenge: enjoy outdoor music

101 in 1001 challenge: enjoy outdoor music

Of course the boys then complained the music was too loud, so we made our way back to our blanket by going behind the stage. Somehow the music was still very loud over there, not just in front of the stage!

101 in 1001 challenge: listening to a blues band

101 in 1001 challenge: listening to a blues band

Enjoying outdoor music is a treat for me in the summer. I also got to enjoy live music on the 4th of July when I took my oldest to the town’s festivities. So technically, this is my second time listening to live music in a single month, not that bad. I can now cross this challenge off my list, although I hope to have more opportunities to listen to indoor or outdoor music before this challenge is over.

Do you get to enjoy outdoor music once in a while? Or do you prefer indoor concerts?

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Hands

These are the hands that tickle Elmo’s nose when he gives a hug to my son for a picture at SeaWorld San Diego. That will teach him to try to sell millions of Tickle me Elmo dolls.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: hands - Elmo and Bert at SeaWorld San Diego

WordPress weekly photo challenge: hands – Elmo and Bert at SeaWorld San Diego

These are the painting hands that let the artist’s creative juices flow freely.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: hands

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Hands

These are the firefighter’s sturdy hands that sometimes need a little extra help from the jaws of life to save lives. Thank you, hands.

Firefighter holding the jaws of life in his hands

Firefighter holding the jaws of life in his hands

Of course, I couldn’t help myself from including Jewel’s beautiful and inspiring Hands song for this weekly photo challenge, so enjoy it!

Beautiful life, beautiful world, beautiful time

As I was going through my car’s glove box this morning to remove the many paper napkins that have piled up over the past few months, I realized I have a few music CDs in there. And I’ve been so busy with life, I can’t remember the last time I listened to any of them. I found a few Sting CDs in the pile, James Blunt, Keane, and a CD with various songs, including one I had completely forgotten about.

It’s called Beautiful Life by the band Fisher. Part of the song has been used for several TV commercials over the past seven years. This song, Beautiful Life, is just… beautiful. If you every need a pick-me-up, this song will do it, every time. I myself can’t listen to it without humming, singing, and smiling from ear to ear, thinking about my two kids. Because this song is all about showing your kids how beautiful life is, how beautiful the world around us is, how to seize the day, look around and notice the small things. And Kathy Fisher, the band’s singer, has one of the most beautiful, purest voices I’ve ever heard. She’s one of those singers who sing with her heart, not her gut.

I’ll let you enjoy this song, so you can tell me what you think. It’s just too beautiful not to share. Then scroll down and hear what other Fisher songs I really like.

Several years ago, Fisher wrote a 30-second song for the San Diego Zoo called Only One You. It’s pure bliss, and it gives me the chills every time I watch this commercial

Feel free to read more about the band Fisher and listen to more of their music on the Fisher website. And I dare you to listen to the song “I Will Love You” while thinking about someone who’s not with you anymore without crying. It’s one of those very sad songs that somehow makes you feel better, if you know what I mean.