If you haven’t checked out the singer Christina Perri you should take a few moments and do so. Her voice is lovely and her songs are moving. This one in particular has been on my mind for a little while now so I fought I’d share it with everyone. If you’ll remember, penguins mate for life making this song especially touching.


It’s Time!

Lots of life changes in these last few months for me.  I left a job surrounded by an amazing support system that I had known for six years.  I was baptized back into the single life.  I started the most rigorous doctorate program I never thought I’d be a part of yet somehow find myself enjoying the constant battle.

I’m lucky enough to have some of the greatest people in my life.  I get a “You can do it!” text when it’s most needed.  Or an equally well timed message telling me to hang in there and that there is faith in my being able to do this.  All of this means that I need short distractions.  Music is always around and always going through my head.  Which sometimes explains my random facial expressions and head-bobs that I get caught doing.


Shake Senora- Pitbull: First up is a song that surprised me to find out my lovely Mama liked.  Her mother was in town and we were playing a card game and had music playing.  This song came out of the speakers and I grinned as I knew it wasn’t going to go over well.  Boy was I wrong! Mom loved it. So it made the list of course.


No Woman No Cry- Bob Marley: When so much is going on a nice mellow song is always welcome.  This is my go-to song when a deep breath is  needed.


My Rifle, My Pony, and Me- Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, and Walter Brennan: I know that I’m not the only person that has a favorite movie that is the perfect time out from time to time.  Rio Bravo is my movie of choice.  I love John Wayne and Dean Martin is a favorite anyway so how could this movie not be a favorite?


All That Jazz- Chicago: Yes, I know all the words and have for many years.  Is this a regular song that gets stuck in my head and do I have a hard time not belting it out at random with a roll of the shoulder and a hip thrust?….. um maybe.


Boondocks- Little Big Town: Yes, I like country along with all the other random things I listen to.  This on though gets me to remember that it’s all worth it.  I wouldn’t trade where I am for anything.


Riders on The Storm- The Doors: It wouldn’t by my list of absolutely great songs to mellow out to if I didn’t include one of my favorite Doors songs.  I have to live up to my Hippie nickname after all.

Monday Mix-up v.11

I’m officially counting down to my birthday.  Not only is it my big Three-Oh but I’m also able to pull in St. Pat’s day a couple of days prior and the day of my birthday I’m tailgating my favorite hockey team.  Talk about a weekend of super fun.  Can’t wait!

My Next Thirty Years~ Tim McGraw

Again, not a huge country fan but this seemed appropriate for some reason.  Don’t know why.

Plowed~ Sponge

Welcome back to the music of the 90s.  Love it!

Bailamos~ Enrique Iglesias

I’ve said it time and time again I really want to learn how to latin dance.  This is one that I can’t help but to dance in the car when it comes on.

At Last~ Etta James

If this isn’t the perfect song to grab a glass of wine and relax to I don’t know what is.

I’ll Be There For You~ Bon Jovi

We’ve all been in those places where we need someone.  A shoulder to cry on or someone to move a body couch.

It Returns~ Monday Mix-up 9

Back by popular demand (Hi Cathy!) I bring you the ninth installment of the Monday Mix-up.  May the vPod gods be kind to us this week as we receive their blessings.

In This River~ Black Label Society (Zakk Wilde)

Most of the time when I get to writing one of these mix-up posts I’ve never actually seen the videos to most of the songs I post.  Mom believed MTV would rot our fragile little minds.  HA!  So sometimes the videos that my searches come up with really shock me.  Some are especially disturbing, some are completely what I had in my mind, and some leave me with things to think about… and some leave me bothered for pianos.

The Cave~ Mumford and Sons

Thanks to a good friend I now have some of the songs that go on repeat through my brain on vPod.  There are very few albums I would say I enjoy every track.  This is one of those very few.  A good soundtrack to a nice hot bubble bath.

Tones of Home~ Blind Melon

Remember the 90s?  My favorite movies were Before Sunrise and The Last of the Mohicans.  And this song brings me right back.  The internet was still pretty new and cell phones weighed more than a few ounces.

Asturias~ John Williams

I try to avoid the classical stuff that I’ve got on my vPod but sometimes there’s just no good reason not to share these beautiful pieces with you.  I spent half my life playing the viola and most of it singing.  To hide my appreciation of these kinds of music is something that I’ve had a bit of trouble with.  It’s never been the cool thing to play an instrument let alone get caught humming along with the various parts you’ve played while in oh say an elevator.  Sometimes I’ve even been fussed at for having my fingers flying away while watching a movie that happened to include a piece I’ve played.  Seriously the fingers have a memory of their own.  I’ve always wanted to learn how to play classical guitar and John Williams is the reason.  I went to music camp (enter band camp joke here) before high school and he was a guest artist one evening.  I had no idea who he was but he impressed me and the fascination has stuck all these years later.

Swinging on a Star~ Bruce Willis and Danny Aiello

How can you not love Hudson Hawk?  Yes, Bruce Willis made an album… yes, I bought it.  Yes, it’s awful.  Do I love this song?  Absolutely.

Manic Monday~ The Bangles

As I write this I’ve got a countdown app running on my phone.  A big party?  No.  An assignment due?  No.  Just the weekend.  Yes, it’s Sunday night and I’m counting down to the next weekend.