Friday, June 20, 2014

David Gray - Mutineers

I have recently found myself rediscovering my love of music after years of listening to only children's songs.  Now that my kids are a bit older, I have more freedom in selecting music that we all may enjoy. I tend to choose artists that are a bit soulful, and aren't as well known as the most popular musicians. Some of my favorites are - The Head and The Heart,  The Avett Brothers, Brandi Carlile, and now David Gray.

David Gray is the kind of artist that plays songs you can listen to on a mellow rainy day and they seem to fit in just perfectly.   They are great songs for sitting around a fire on a cool summer night while chatting with friends.  They make great background music, as they aren't too distracting.  However, many of the songs also have enough pep that they work to keep me cleaning on a housework day.  

My favorite song from the album Mutineers, is the first song - Back in the World.   See what you think:






Here is more information about David Gray, Mutineers, and the upcoming tour:
David Gray has announced the upcoming release of a new album, Mutineers. The record is Gray’s tenth studio album and his first in four years. To mark the news, Gray has unveiled the video for ‘Gulls’, the first track from Mutineers to be streamed ahead of release.
To coincide with Mutineers, Gray will tour the UK for the first time in three years. The headline tour, commencing at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on June 23 will include a show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on June 24. The dates follow a run of sold-out US shows across April and May and three sold-out intimate shows earlier this year at Westminster’s Emmanuel Centre. Additional US tour dates will be announced in May.
Recorded in Church Studios, London and produced by Andy Barlow (Lamb), whose brief was to not let Gray “make the same record I’ve made before.” The result is an album that seems to fizz with the joy of its own assembly and finds Gray steering into unfamiliar territory while cultivating a pugnacious but respectful relationship with his own history. “I know I’ve done something here that has an authority that is inspiring me and I don’t have to worry about my past or any of that. The lovely thing about this is we’ve had the time to experiment, and it’s been wonderful,” says Gray.
David Gray captured the world’s attention with his breakout multi-platinum hit White Ladder, the first of three No.1 UK albums, earning him both Brit and Grammy nominations. He has continued to build on this success, with recent albums Draw The Line (2009) and Foundling (2010), both reaching the Billboard Top 10 in the US.
Mutineers Track Listing:
Back in the World 
As the Crow Flies 
Mutineer 
Beautiful Agony 
Last Summer 
Snow in Vegas 
Cake and Eat It 
Birds of the High Arctic 
The Incredible 
Girl Like You 
Gulls 
Nearly Midnight (bonus track)
North America Tour Dates & Cities:
See all dates and ticket info here: https://tickets.davidgray.com/ 
Aug 01 - Boston 
Aug 04 - NYC 
Aug 05 - Philadelphia 
Aug 07 - Columbia, MD 
Aug 08 - Charlotte, NC 
Aug 09 - Nashville 
Aug 11 - Raleigh, NC 
Aug 12 - Atlanta 
Aug 13 - Indianapolis 
Aug 15 - Cleveland 
Aug 16 - Cincinnati 
Aug 17 - Detroit 
Aug 18 - Chicago 
Aug 20 - Denver 
Aug 21 - Salt Lake City 
Aug 22 - Boise 
Aug 23 - Troutdale (Portland), OR 
Aug 25 - Redmond, WA 
Aug 26 - Vancouver, BC 
Aug 28 - Oakland, CA 
Aug 29 - Reno, NV 
Aug 30 - Las Vegas 
Aug 31 - San Diego 
Sep 03 - Los Angeles

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of this album, you can find it on iTunes or Amazon.

*Disclosure:  I  received a free download of the album to review from One2One Network.  I did not receive any other compensation.  

Monday, March 31, 2014

17 Reasons I'm Lucky - Day 17


In honor of St. Patrick's Day, and simply because I'm feeling blessed lately, I've decided to do 17 days of posts.  Each post will include one reason that I feel lucky.  Hopefully, you can think of at least 17 reasons why you're lucky too.  Please feel free to share your reasons, because sometimes it just feels nice to be able to brag a bit.

May the luck of the Irish be with you this March, and beyond.



This series of posts has truly made me realize just how lucky I really am.  When I was trying to decide what to write about for my final day, I was both thrilled and frustrated that it was so difficult.  How do you decide on one reason you're lucky when there are just so many to choose from?  After much thought, I finally picked one final reason that I'm such a lucky girl.  This one reason is like an umbrella that captures so many of the other little things.  I am lucky to LOVE and to be LOVED!
Doc loves me and our girls with all his heart.  When he looks at me, I can see his love in his eyes.   I can hear his love in the kind words he says.  I can feel his love in his touch.  Even when he is sitting silently reading, I can sense his love in his calm contentment.  Every action is done with love.  How lucky am I to be surrounded by it?  How lucky am I to be the one to be able to give him my love in return?
Peanut and Pumpkin are love.  They see love in all that is around them.  They experience love in everything that they do.  Their smiles and laughs show all the love that is in their hearts.  When I am feeling blue, a hug from my girls always feels so genuine and full of love, that I can't help but feel better.  Our girls aren't perfect.  They have tantrums, meltdowns, and bouts of unexplainable bad behavior, but they never last long.  Just the other day, after dealing with a bad attitude, followed by silence for about 10 minutes, I was given an unsolicited apology and a hug.  It appears (so far), that in the battle between anger and love, love always wins out with our girls.  
A quote I've often heard about friendship, is also aptly applied to love.  "Love isn't a big thing, it is a million little things."  For each of those million things, I'm lucky and very appreciative.   
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

17 Reasons I'm Lucky - Day 16


In honor of St. Patrick's Day, and simply because I'm feeling blessed lately, I've decided to do 17 days of posts.  Each post will include one reason that I feel lucky.  Hopefully, you can think of at least 17 reasons why you're lucky too.  Please feel free to share your reasons, because sometimes it just feels nice to be able to brag a bit.

May the luck of the Irish be with you this March, and beyond.


I'm lucky to have known my grandparents.
I have one grandmother that is still alive and doing very well.  She quilts (She's the one that taught me how to quilt.), tells funny stories, and is even on Facebook.  She loves to hear Peanut and Pumpkin play music.  She's set in her ways, and a bit opinionated, but she is also very loving and accepting.  She may not agree with me, but she will always love me.  (It doesn't hurt that I bring her chocolate when I visit.) :-)  Grandma used to take us to pick berries when when we were young.  I remember soaking the raspberries in water to get those tiny black bugs to float out of them.  Grandma always made strawberry jam and blueberry cake with the goodies we picked.  Now, she has us pick them and she still does the "making".   

While I only have the one grandmother that is still with us, I was very fortunate to be able to know and love my other grandparents as well.  I have amazing memories of each and every one of them.  

Grandpa loved to tease.  He'd chase you around with pliers if you had a loose tooth.  He would get lost on every road trip, but you'd never hear him curse.  He even let us drive his truck through the woods on his farm when we were learning.  He simply sat next to us and laughed.  Even though he would tease, he was also very loving too.  He often came to watch me play sports.  Also, when we were very young he would buy us small pieces of candy when we came to visit.  Grandpa was hard working, but always smiling.  When I close my eyes and think about him, I can still hear his laugh.   

My other grandparents were definitely more quiet.  We could sit and watch TV together for hours.  Grandpa loved old westerns.  I remember racing to be the first to give him a hug when we'd go to visit.  I couldn't wait to hear him say, "Hola Mija" as he wrapped his arms around me.  He had a stern face and a kind heart.  He worked hard his whole life and was willing to give anyone a helping hand.  A man of few words, the words he did say were always very important. A simple "Mija" was all I ever needed to know he loved me.  I'll always feel blessed and lucky to have heard that on our final visit.

Grandma was an amazing cook.  When I think of comfort food, I think of the foods she made for us.  Her potato salad was the only one I'd ever eat.  She made the most amazing rice.  I watched her make it, had her teach me to make it, and have tried for years to perfect it, but I've never even gotten close.  In the middle of the summer in her hot house, she'd stand over the stove making tortillas for us all, because that is the easiest way she knew to show her love.  When we'd go to leave, she'd sneak us a few to take home, since she knew we loved them so much.  Grandma was short, beautiful, and very glamorous.  She loved sequin.  While I don't wear much sequin myself, my girls have a penchant for it.  Every time I see them in a sequin top or shoes, I think of grandma and smile.         
 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

17 Reasons I'm Lucky - Day 15


In honor of St. Patrick's Day, and simply because I'm feeling blessed lately, I've decided to do 17 days of posts.  Each post will include one reason that I feel lucky.  Hopefully, you can think of at least 17 reasons why you're lucky too.  Please feel free to share your reasons, because sometimes it just feels nice to be able to brag a bit.

May the luck of the Irish be with you this March, and beyond.


I'm lucky to be able to dance!  
I don't dance in public often, and I don't dance well, but dancing around the house is definitely one of my specialties.  I like to dance while I'm vacuuming.  I like to dance while I'm cooking dinner or doing the dishes. Dancing just makes life more fun.  When I dance silly, the kids join in.  When a romantic song is on the radio, Doc will wrap his arms around me and we'll slow dance.  
My three dance partners are the best around - even if we don't have great rhythm - and that makes me very lucky! 
  

17 Reasons I'm Lucky - Day 14


In honor of St. Patrick's Day, and simply because I'm feeling blessed lately, I've decided to do 17 days of posts.  Each post will include one reason that I feel lucky.  Hopefully, you can think of at least 17 reasons why you're lucky too.  Please feel free to share your reasons, because sometimes it just feels nice to be able to brag a bit.

May the luck of the Irish be with you this March, and beyond.


I'm lucky to have neighbors that have a dog.
Peanut and Pumpkin want a dog.  Doc does not.  In our house, majority doesn't rule.  Since Doc and I like to travel, a dog just doesn't really fit into our lifestyle.  
Fortunately, our neighbors have a dog.  Actually, they have two.  Their dogs are like our girls' dogs.  The girls help feed them, brush them, take them for walks, and just cuddle with them when they are around.  Peanut and Pumpkin can get their "dog fix" without the long term responsibility.  How lucky is that?!

 
 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

17 Reasons I'm Lucky - Day 13


In honor of St. Patrick's Day, and simply because I'm feeling blessed lately, I've decided to do 17 days of posts.  Each post will include one reason that I feel lucky.  Hopefully, you can think of at least 17 reasons why you're lucky too.  Please feel free to share your reasons, because sometimes it just feels nice to be able to brag a bit.

May the luck of the Irish be with you this March, and beyond.


I'm lucky to be able to volunteer at the school.
My kids are not at home for almost 8 hours every day.  I trust teachers and other responsible adults to help them to learn, care for them, and keep them safe.  While I generally believe that these adults have their best interest at heart, I still like to know what my kids are doing during the day.  I want to know who they're friends with.  I want to know that they are happy.  I want to know that they feel safe.  By volunteering at the school, I am able to get a small glimpse of what they do and how they interact during the part of the day when I can't be with them. 

17 Reasons I'm Lucky - Day 12


In honor of St. Patrick's Day, and simply because I'm feeling blessed lately, I've decided to do 17 days of posts.  Each post will include one reason that I feel lucky.  Hopefully, you can think of at least 17 reasons why you're lucky too.  Please feel free to share your reasons, because sometimes it just feels nice to be able to brag a bit.

May the luck of the Irish be with you this March, and beyond.


I'm lucky to have the freedom that I have.  
I didn't post this on the 12th.  I didn't have to.  I am free to post or not post.  I am free to stay home with my children when they have a snow day.  I am free to make cookies with my girls, teach them how to play Battleship, and read Harry Potter.  While I do have responsibilities, I am free to make many decisions in my life.  There are many reasons that I have the freedom I do.  There are many people to thank.  I'm very lucky to be surrounded by the people I am.     

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

17 Reasons I'm Lucky - Day 11


In honor of St. Patrick's Day, and simply because I'm feeling blessed lately, I've decided to do 17 days of posts.  Each post will include one reason that I feel lucky.  Hopefully, you can think of at least 17 reasons why you're lucky too.  Please feel free to share your reasons, because sometimes it just feels nice to be able to brag a bit.

May the luck of the Irish be with you this March, and beyond.


My husband is kind, patient, and thoughtful.
I am sometimes a bit emotional.  Yesterday was one of those times. After a long and difficult day, I was emotional and a little irrational, but Doc was kind and patient.  Even though there were a thousand other things he needed to do, he took time out last night to relax and watch a chick flick with me because he knew I needed him.  His thoughtfulness makes me a very lucky girl!

Monday, March 10, 2014

17 Reasons I'm Lucky - Day 10


In honor of St. Patrick's Day, and simply because I'm feeling blessed lately, I've decided to do 17 days of posts.  Each post will include one reason that I feel lucky.  Hopefully, you can think of at least 17 reasons why you're lucky too.  Please feel free to share your reasons, because sometimes it just feels nice to be able to brag a bit.

May the luck of the Irish be with you this March, and beyond.


I don't know if it makes me lucky, or dishonest, but my kids think that you're supposed to eat apple slices while watching a movie.  :)
From the time my kids were small, I've always given them apple slices when we sit down to watch a movie at home.  Apples are crunchy, yummy, and healthy, so they seem like a perfect fit.  It wasn't until friends were over that I realized how unique it was that my kids asked if they could have apples and watch a movie.  Their friends looked at them like they were crazy when they asked, but were happy to join in the apple crunching goodness themselves.  
Customs, habits, and traditions are easy to modify, eliminate or create when you have children.  They only know what they're taught, so I think I'm pretty lucky to have children that have so readily accepted some healthier habits. 
 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

17 Reasons I'm Lucky - Day 9


In honor of St. Patrick's Day, and simply because I'm feeling blessed lately, I've decided to do 17 days of posts.  Each post will include one reason that I feel lucky.  Hopefully, you can think of at least 17 reasons why you're lucky too.  Please feel free to share your reasons, because sometimes it just feels nice to be able to brag a bit.

May the luck of the Irish be with you this March, and beyond.


I'm lucky because my children are also good friends.
When I found out that I was pregnant with Pumpkin, Peanut was only about 8 or 9 months old.  While I would have been happy with a boy or a girl, I have to admit that I was secretly hoping that she would be a girl.  I wanted Peanut to have a sister, and a best friend because I was fortunate enough to experience that myself with my amazing sister.  As of this moment right now, my girls are best friends.  Even though they do fight, they love each other.  They look out for each other.  They enjoy being together. (They don't even like to sleep in separate rooms.)  I fully expect them to experience some difficulties as they get older, but at the end of the day, I hope they find a way to remain friends.  That would make us all very lucky!