Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New Music - "For The First Time" by The Script

Today calls for me to speak about The Script's wonderful new video. I know that since I've been missing this video may not be considered as new, but because they are my absolute most favorite band in the world-- I MUST tell you all about their new single "For The First Time."

On their new sophomore album Science & Faith, The Script come back with what I call a banger. "For The First Time" is a head nodding, soul identifying song that captures the listener's ear. In the tough times that we are going through now, the song's lyrics are perfectly aligned with people's lives across the nation (they've always been absolutely marvelous when it comes to penning soulful and deep lyrics). The video that accompanies the song is a bit of the short film, showing the struggles that many people go through with trying to survive life; with finding a job and managing relationships.

If you don't believe me well take a look for yourselves:

(regular video)

Short Film Version:

Hope you enjoy this bit of music.
Interested in getting the album? Well check it out here:
Science & Faith (US Bonus Track Version)
Happy listening taters.

M.I.A. . . . No Excuse.

Well hello there darlings, I know I've been MIA for God only knows how long and I have had a ton of stuff happen to me since the last time I've actually updated. I have finished my internship (as of two weeks ago) and have currently snagged a job. Whoppie! I also managed to snag myself an intestinal infection that stuck with me for nearly four weeks and then I got the flu following that. BUT, I'm hanging in there and I'm better now.

So the holidays have nearly blurred by and the next holiday coming is my birthday (yes, this should be a national holiday). Anywho, I would like to wish all of my readers a belated Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to those that may not celebrate Christmas.

I hope the New Year finds you all in great spirits and opens many doors for jobs and internships for those of you that are in the same boat as yours truly.

Later taters.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Book Review Friday!

Hello lovies, between working and studying for my GRE (yikes!) which is this Sunday, I haven't had much time to blog, but I know when Friday rolls around I have to at least get my book reviews out (if I have any). You're in luck today, I do. Today's recommendation comes from one of my favorite authors, Becca Fitzpatrick.

"Crescendo" picks up two months after the end of "Hush, Hush" and all appears to be well between Patch (swoon)  and Nora, but there's some things that Nora doesn't know that's about to change everything. Nora's sure that she and Patch belong together, but after a great night out things with Patch begin to change, well Patch changes. He starts acting weird after her confession of those "three magical words" and he begins to distance himself. With Patch acting weird Nora struggles to hold on to what little is left of their relationship. Unfortunately, the bad wins out and Nora gives up declaring she want nothing to do with Patch. Little does Nora know that probably was one of the worst things she could've ever done regarding her life. This could be the end of Nora; without Patch to watch over her, danger decides to have a field day with her. With her old childhood friend Scott back in the picture, a whole ton of issues float to the surface of what Nora now knows as her life. Is there any hope for her and Patch? What's up with Rixon? And does Vee think about anything other than boys and food?

By the time I reached the end of this book I was pinning for MORE Patch and each time I see a black Jeep Commander on the highway or on my way home from work; I find myself saying: "Is that a Black Jeep Commander?! ( whispers ) Could be Patch." Yes, I am a dork, sue me.

If you haven't read the first book of the series, give it a shot: Hush, Hush . Read "Hush, Hush" by Becca Fitzpatrick already? Then what are you waiting for? Read Crescendo (Hush, Hush) . You won't be disappointed. Oh, for future notice book three will be out next year, it's called "Tempest." To say I'm stoked about it would be the understatement of the century.

P.S. - Don't forget to follow Becca Fitzpatrick on Twitter, you can find her here: @becfitzpatrick

Have an awesome weekend lovies.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Book Review Friday!

Agh, so when I'm at work and I'm done with all my assignments for the day I always turn to whatever book I'm reading that week to keep my mind occupied and whoa nelly did Torment by Lauren Kate keep my occupied.

From the beginning of Torment, we are thrown back into Luce's world and we get a first hand look on what it's like for her to be separated from Daniel after thinking that they would be able to be together. After the drama at Sword & Cross, Luce needs to be hidden or there won't be a Luce and Daniel anymore. Luce's life, this time around, is different; there aren't any second chances and as much as Daniel would like to keep Luce with him it would be the worst thing that he could do. The Outcasts are searching for Luce and Luce is doing her best to keep herself occupied at her new hiding place at Shoreline. Shoreline is the exact opposite of Sword & Cross, it's alive and well the students are bit more civil and less convict. At Shoreline Luce begins to learn more about her past lives with Daniel and a bit more about the inky shadows that lurk about the forest surrounding Shoreline.  In all the commotion of being uprooted from Daniel, Luce decides to do things her own way and leaves the Shoreline campus searching for information about her past, but in knowledge Luce brings danger upon herself and her friends at the Shoreline campus. By the end of the novel, your fingers are crossed for Daniel and Luce, are they really meant to be together or is this whole business of fallen angels too much for their relationship to survive again?

I thoroughly enjoyed this read and cannot wait until the third book of the series is released; I love a good cliff hanger and Torment definitely left me hanging. As I said before, if you love YA Dark Romance novels, this is definitely a book you need to check out if you haven't already.

Interested in reading Torment? Already read the first book of the series, Fallen? Check it out here: Torment (Fallen)

Happy reading! Oh, and Happy Halloween.

P.S. - Follow Lauren Kate on Twitter @laurenkatebooks

Friday, October 22, 2010

Book Review Friday!

So some how, with all the chaos going in my life, I've still managed to find time to read. Amazing, I know. Anywho, the last book I took on and completed within a week was Fallen by Lauren Kate. This book was released last year and I had heard many WONDERFUL things about it, but at that time I always had other books that I wanted to read and Fallen got put on the backburner . .  until now that is and WHOA BUDDY, was this book an freaking fantastic read!

Fallen by Lauren Kate is an enthralling story of a young girl named Luncinda Price who gets sent to a school by the name of Sword & Cross. Sword & Cross resembles more of a prison than a school for young people striving to learn, then again maybe that's why they sent Lucinda there. The reason Lucinda was sent to this school was because of a mysterious accident she seemingly had no control over, nor did she have a explanation as to how it happened and why someone died. With new hair and new issues added to her life Lucinda is sent to Sword & Cross by her parents. Here at the oh so lovely (sarcasm) Sword & Cross, Lucinda encounters a series of people. Miss Sophia, Penn, Arriane, Gabe, Roland, Molly, Cam, and lastly Daniel. There's something different about all these people she encounters and Luce can't quite put her finger on it. What's the allure to Cam and Daniel? Why does she feel like she's met Daniel before? This story twists and turns taking the reader for a ride right along side Lucinda as she discovers not everything meets the eye about her friends and teachers at Sword & Cross.

This book is apart of a series and I've just begun the second book; it's amazing so far and I can't wait to see what drama awaits Luce in Torment. I'll be sure to review it as soon as I'm done.

Let me know if you decide to give it a read, I'm sure if you enjoy the supernatural . . . you'll enjoy this YA book.

Interested in reading? Get it here: Fallen 

Thursday, October 21, 2010

New Music - Video Premiere of "Yeah 3x" by Chris Brown

Okay, so it's the weekend for me and probably a couple dozen other people (I don't intern on Fridays) and I was excited to find out that one of my favorite songs would finally have a video to go along with it. I was at work and certain websites are blocked on it, so I wasn't able to see it until I got home.

The video for "Yeah 3x" (Yeah three-times, for those unsure of how to read the title) is a high energy, vibrantly colored, dance packed visual expression of a good time to good dance music. Although Chris Brown hasn't been putting music out on the radio for the past year and some change, he's put out  his mixtape (with Tyga, called Fan of a Fan) earlier this year online and let's not forget that earlier last year he put out his last album Graffiti (an amazing album that didn't get too much attention because of his past mistakes). But now Brown is back and hitting the radios hard with not only his song "Deuces"  (which came out over the summer and is a song off his mixtape, Fan of a Fan) and the "Deuces (remix)" he's now got another song out that gears towards the pop-genre with "Yeah 3x".

Without further ado, because I tend to ramble, I present to you . . "Yeah 3x":

Pretty freaking sick, right? Love it? Want it on your iPod: Yeah 3x (Explicit Version) or if you like to keep things clean: Yeah 3x (Clean Version)

Monday, October 18, 2010

New Music Monday - "Whip My Hair" by Willow Smith - Video Premiere

So I said I would come back and post this video once it premiered and well it did. Today Willow Smith's video for "Whip My Hair" premiered and boy did it premiere. The video was nothing short of amazing, but what would you expect? The girl is obviously talented out of the wazoo and I love the fact that she isn't afraid to be herself. I think I appreciate her more as an upcoming artist for being real more than anything.

Anywho, without anymore of my rambling here is the "Whip My Hair" video:

How amazing is she? All I have to say those already making music (won't name names) is watch out. I feel like there are a few that should be worried; one in particular. Anywho, love it? hate it? Let me know.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Breathe Easy Saturday

Wowzers, this past week opened my eyes so much further in regards to the world of journalism and writing in general (I started my internship). I've noticed that some of the bosses people deal with are severely unorganized . . . woosah. I have a few friends dealing with this issue, I feel for them . . . really I do. Also the writing the assignments aren't always as rewarding as you would like to think, because they may come off boring (this tends to happen when you write about something you have absolutely NO interest in). However, I am grateful for the experience of being able to write and garner more experience in the field that I love.

Anywho, hope your Saturday is going well and that your week was wonderful. Between writing at work, writing at home, editing at work, editing at hom, and reading every where else in between I've been one busy girl.

Enjoy your weekend and enjoy today. As always here's a song to add to your day . . .

Interested in adding this song to your playlist?: Check it out Trouble by Never Shout Never!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Breathe Easy Saturday

Good morning lovies, this week update's have been far and few mostly because I'm trying to get myself together for my internship that starts this coming week on Saturday, so forgive me. But anywho, I am definitely writing this edition of Breathe Easy Saturday from the confines of my bed, why? Because that's the cool thing to do and also because my blankets still feel heavenly. Anyway, I was thinking about how I was having great difficulty after I got my internship because they needed some information that they said I hadn't sent them the day after my interview and things got a little hectic and stressful. I am grateful however for that particular part of this experience because it definitely showed me patience, well more patience. I was disgruntled that everything that happened was happening, but when I spoke to my mother she told me something I hadn't really thought about, which was: "don't stress it, because stressing over it doesn't change anything." She was completely right and the moment I stopped wracking my brain over whether or not my internship was set in stone they called me the next day.

So there are trials in success; can't get everything easily I suppose.

I hope everyone's weekend is off to a great start and that this fall weather is treating you wonderfully. Have an amazing weekend and be safe.

Ah, and what would this Breathe Easy Saturday be without a little tunage? Right, abnormal.

Interested in this song? Like fist pumping on the weekends? (rotfl) You'll have to wait until it's available for purchase . . this is that new NEW music (Yeah 3x by Chris Brown).

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Break From My Regular Blog Posting Schedule: A Word From Well . . . Me.

Lovelies, you will never guess what happened today. I had a journalism internship interview and guess what? I got the position. Now I would have loved for my first journalism job (outside of college that is) to be an actual job that pays, but hey you have to sacrifice to get to where you want to be in the future. I'm pretty freaking thrilled right now; so thrilled that I've been busting out into spontaneous dance parties since I got home from my interview at four o'clock (glances at the clock, it's six forty-seven now) and I'm still going.

I feel like all my hard work is starting to pay off in some way. I think that a lot of people post college are starting to lose hope in ever getting a job that is in the field that they studied. I know I did and I haven't even been out of college six months yet; I can only imagine how others dealing with this struggle feel.

So in the time that I haven't been working/interning, I've done some insane things, I cut my midback length hair to my chin, I've started a children's book series, I've begun blogging again, and I've begun to just get to know myself better. Trying to understand what I really want to do with myself and who I am . . outside of school. -Because believe it or not you are two entirely different people in school and outside of school; when school's no more you get to know the real you. I found that I'm quite a cranky person without something to occupy my mind so I've been doing the absolute most when it comes to writing. I've thrown myself into it completely and even though I'm not employed I realized that I'm a happier person when I'm dealing with my passion.

Now that I've been rambling for two paragraphs, I just wanted to say . . . to all those recent college graduates and even those that may have graduated in the past two years struggling to find employment in the field in which you studied . . you'll find it! I promise you will . .  it just may take a lot more time than you want it to. Just stay positive (lame, I know). Throw yourself into what you love, work hard on applying to positions (I applied all willy nilly) and eventually what you love will give back to you; when you least expect it of course.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Book Review Friday!

Alright, this book review is a long time coming. Since earlier this summer I have been meaning to read and rec Linger by Maggie Stiefvater and I have finally accomplished the task of finishing the book. Now going into the story I was uber excited to see what lay ahead for Grace and Sam. Everything seemed marvelous for the at the end of Shiver (check out my review for Shiver, here, if you haven't already) but apparently I guessed wrong.

At the beginning of Linger we are thrown back in the world that Sam and Grace occupy, they are a seemingly happy couple, but what they don't seem to realize is that there is trouble lurking in the shadows just waiting to come for them. Halfway through the book, you're not exactly sure what the trouble is or when it's going to strike but when it does you can't help but hope for the best for Sam and Grace. By the end of Linger you're sitting on pins and needles worrying about the trials and tribulations that Sam has to deal with alone now . . . what's going to happen to Grace? What about Cole? Is Isabel going to ever be okay with Sam and Grace? There's so many things left unanswered and Maggie Stiefavter does a wonderful job of setting up the anticipation for the third book in the series Forever. Not too sure when it'll be released, but follow Maggie on twitter: @MStiefvater .

Don't own Shiver or Linger?: Shiver or Linger (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book 2) - Check them out there. 

Enjoy your weekend and happy reading.

Monday, September 20, 2010

New Music Monday - "Whip My Hair" by Willow Smith

Once again, I am back after some real life fails and successes, pardon my absence, but here I am. Today I am bringing you some music that's a bit different from what I normally listen to; I've long since left hip hop and R&B music alone, but young Willow Smith (yes, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith's daughter) snatched me back with her new hit. This nine year old is displaying more raw talent and self acceptance than most adults in the industry. Within in the past two weeks Willow has had her song racking up numerous plays on YouTube and has actually gotten signed to Roc Nation (Jay-Z's Record Label). Not only has she caught the attention of her listeners, but she's caught the attention of one of the most successful rappers there is.

At nine year's old she's putting everyone to shame with this song and in a way, encouraging girls and women alike to accept themselves and "just whip it." Take a listen.

She doesn't have an official video out yet, but from what I hear it's in the works and as soon as it's done I'll definitely do a  follow up. I look forward to hearing more music from this young lady with a crap ton of talent. Now if you'll excuse me . . I have some hair whipping to do.

Have an awesome day.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

New Video -"Heartless" by Justin Nozuka

Hi lovies, I've been MIA once again and I really hate it. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about my blog and hope that I eventually get some time to share with you my lovely findings. So without my further ramblings I present to you, a new video from one of my favorite artists. Justin Nozuka.

"Heartless" is from Justin Nozuka's sophmore album "You I Wind Land And Sea"; I reviewed the album a few weeks back (if you're interested in reading that review click here ) and I expect nothing short of amazing music and video concepts coming from Justin's camp. The following video features the wonderful song "Heartless" along with an artistic video show casing yet again more of Justin's uniqueness in his sound and how he goes against the grain video concept wise. I could watch this video over and over again, there's nothing better than the meshing of wonderful lyrics and sound with nature. Justin even does us one better and encorporates a second version of this video featuring a French artist by the name of Zaho. Of course, in my opinion, anyone that Justin thinks is cool music wise probably is; Zaho's got an amazing voice (makes me wish I understood French!). So go on and give them both a listen and enjoy your evening.

Regular version:

The second version, featuring Zaho:

- Such amazing voices blended together. Can't get better than this.

Have an amazing evening!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Breathe Easy Saturday

It has been a little while since I've done a Breathe Easy Saturday, the reason for that is because I have been busy trying to begin my own children's book series. My mother had been pushing the idea with me for a while and even though it isn't the way that I wanted to break into the writing industry, I'll take it. It's actually helping me feel a bit more productive than just sitting at the computer all day searching for internship related to writing or publishing or searching for a job that involves me teaching the kiddies English.

But today, in all honesty, I feel good about what I'm doing. I honestly thought it would feel like a forced project, but it hasn't . . . not in the least bit. Now as I sit staring at the curser blinking at me in the Word document that contains the beginnings of a children's book I can smile and say . .  wow I did that. Anywho, enough with my own happy epiphany. I feel like we need a ah-mazing song in honor of this day. I know a bunch of other people out there are having a WONDERFUL day just like me and even if you aren't music always makes the day better.

So without further ado . . .

Been sleeping under a rock and don't have this Beatles song on your iPod? Add it to your playlist and buy it here: Twist And Shout 
Enjoy your Saturday. =)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Book Review Friday!

Pardon my absence, I've been having some crazy technical difficulties in my house involving the lovely computer products (cough *apple* cough) that I use on a daily basis, but now I'm back and onto this week's recommendation.

So this Friday I bring to you a book that I had been wanting to read since I saw it on the new sellers list on the Barnes and Noble website a couple months ago, now I'm anticipating its sequel. If you haven't noticed I have a thing for werewolves, vampires, fairies, fallen angels, ghosts, and anything supernatural that these wonderful authors now days include in the world of young adult romance. This book in particular is about a fallen angel.

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick is an amazing story about a fallen angel named Patch and a girl named Nora. Nora isn't really the average high school girl; she is focused on her studies and is pretty much anti-boy (at least in my opinion and a few others). Nora ecounters Patch as her Biology partner while studying sexual reproduction in human beings and is immediately drawn to and repelled by him. Patch isn't your average high school senior, he's confident, mysterious, and hints a bit to the side of danger. Nora isn't sure what it is about Patch that attracts her to him, but as the book progresses she finds it harder and harder to be away from him. In developing a relationship with Patch, Nora finds out things that she never knew existed in the seemingly 'normal' world of Coldwater, Maine that she thought she knew. Because of Patch, Nora also finds out things about herself that she never knew and even why her father was murdered? Who knew talking to Patch would be the best and worst thing Nora ever did? She didn't.

Sound interesting? Patch sound like the ideal bad boy? Nora sound like a different type of heroine? Give it a read, you won't regret it. I know I didn't, I'm thoroughly excited to see what the next book, Crescendo (set to debut September 30, 2010 at B&N, and on debut October 19, 2010 for Amazon) holds for Patch and Nora. Things can only go up from here . . . er, well in Patch's case anyway.

Read this book already? Enjoy it. Let me know what your favorite part about it was? Intend on reading? And want to purchase it? Go here: Hush, Hush . Come back and let me know what you thought.

As always don't forget to follow Becca Fitzpatrick on Twitter @BecFitzpatrick .

Enjoy your Friday!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Inspirational Sundays

Isn't it funny how your day or week can be going wonderfully and then something crazy happens or someone says something offensive to you and it ruins everything? I've been dealing with this lately myself; one thing shouldn't have to do with another but I know that I can't seem to separate that thing from the other.

I've heard of situations like this getting out of hand and not only does it ruin a day, but it seems to go further out of hand and ruin a life. People have stopped living happily due to the negative words said from others or from an event in their lives; one thing shouldn't have to do with another. It sounds like a mantra, something that should be written down and framed somewhere, to remind us that even though this (whatever it is) happened it doesn't have to ruin everything. It seems so over dramatized when you sit down and evaluate your view or reactions to situations, but when you really take a moment before reacting it makes a world of difference.

So if you'll adopt this mantra, I will too and I'll do myself one better . . . I'll try to take a moment to think before I react; I'm sure it'll make my day better and yours too.

"One thing shouldn't have to do with another."
Have a great and restful Sunday.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Breathe Easy Saturday

Here we are again at another Breathe Easy Saturday; pardon my absence with this from last week, but it was a holiday weekend, after all, and I was doing a ton of stuff before we went away to visit family. However, I'm back this week with my ramblings and of course another song to add to your day.

I'm up bright and early on this wonderful Saturday to ramble a bit, as usual - so on to it. So this morning while in the shower (were I do my best thinking, of course) I was thinking about how hectic a week can get and how we can lose sight of the fact that there should always be a day where you are able to just kick back relax, veg out, and not think about overly stressful things for a while. What's the point? You've been stressing all week and if you don't want premature gray hairs, you'll give yourself a break, find something mindless to watch and just enjoy your day NOT thinking about what's been breaking your back all week.

Just my thoughts on things, so take my advice (I think it's pretty great if you ask me) and enjoy yourself today. Whether it be with family, with a significant other, or just going outside to bake in the sun for a bit; whatever floats your boat.

And a song for this stress free day would have to be:

Interested in adding this to your playlist? Check it out here: Three Little Birds by Bob Marley.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Smile A While . . .

Ever have one of those days? Ever not want to smile? Or better yet can't think of anything to smile about? Yeah, well I'm having one of those weeks. You know, the week that nothing you do ever seems right or nothing ever seems to go your way. Those weeks suck. This week for me sucks and I was really trying my best to find something to smile about and then I remembered that my boyfriend is coming to pay me a visit for a week; so there's something to smile about. I hope you lovies aren't having as terrible a week as I am, this summer hasn't been kind to many so far and I hope today's Smile A While segment will give you something good to add to your day.

So for those of you that need something to smile about or just an uplifting carefree song, here you go:

Have an amazing day.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Happy 4th of July Weekend!

This weekend has been full of chaos and full of room painting for me. I hope all you lovies weekends has been going great and that you have a happy and safe Fourth of July weekend. Enjoy yourselves and your families!

And since I'm a fiend for music, I leave you with this song in parting.

"Under Control" by Parachute.
-sidenote: These guys are AMAZING in concert. Kit, the guy on the keyboard, is my future husband. That is all. ;D

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Smile A While . . .

Ever have one of those days where you feel like this? :

Well yesterday, that was pretty much me after I passed my road test. Not much else to say but enjoy this AND smile.

Monday, June 28, 2010

New Music Monday

For the second week in a row, I'm going to tell you lovies about a CD that has been out for a while, since August of last year to be exact. So it's not exactly new-new, but hey roll with me.  A Fine Frenzy may be to you a little known band, but to others that have heard of them and are fans of adult alternative, this band is probably in heavy rotation on their ipods. A Fine Frenzy consists of an amazing vocalist and an even more amazing band that gives their music an uncommon sound; nothing wrong with different. It's not everyday we hear a vocalist quite like Alison Sudol and the lyrics she comes up with on each of her CD's are amazing. A Fine Frenzy's first album One Cell in The Sea always reminds me, personally, of teenage agnst (sue me, I'm fresh out my teenage years), but their sophomore album Bomb in a Birdcage is definitely a more mature sound and has a bit less of a serious note to it.

There are many amazing songs on this particular album, but today I'm going to share with you three of my favorite; maybe four if you're lucky. ;)

The first up off Bomb in a Birdcage is "Happier."  Ever hear a slow/sad song about breaking up? Well A Fine Frenzy and Alison Sudol have taken the opposite route and created an upbeat breakup song. Pretty neat if I do say so myself. Check it out:

(unfortunately, the embedding option is disabled on the official videos for all of these).

Another one of my personal favorites off this CD is "Blow Away."

This song most definitely makes me think of vacation and peaceful, happy times. A definite summer song to add to your playlist.

My third favorite from this album would have to be, "Electric Twist." It's upbeat as well, which is so different for AFF; it's much appreciated though. Have a listen:

Lastly, since I can't resist, I'm including a fourth favorite song from this album entitled "Stood Up." It seems very rebelesque (not a word, but a band I know. But I'm using it as a word) and has a definite head nodding aspect to it:

Loving this band? Never heard of them before and interested in purchasing one or both of their CDs? Check them out here: One Cell in the Sea & Bomb in a Birdcage.

Have an awesome Monday and cheers to new music!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Inspirational Sundays

So today, I stumbled across a quote that I've read before; sometime last year I believe, and I read it over and realized: "man, I totally ignored what I was suppose to learn from that." It's sort of like tripping over a rock called stupid a few times before realizing that wise council or advisement has been there the entire time and you just want to do things your way until it blows up in your face. 

Okay, rant over. 

Here's the quote:

“When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” - Alexander Graham Bell

I realize, especially in hard times, we tend to dwell on the negative and wondering why things didn't work out the way you wanted them to and in reality, there may be another door to a better opportunity open and we ignore it because what we thought was best for us didn't work out. Maybe the reason why that particular door closed is because it wasn't as great for you as you thought and the better door will lead you in the correct way you should go. 

That's just my take on things. Enjoy your Sunday.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Breathe Easy Saturday

Well good morning to you all; I hope this Saturday morning finds you rested and thoroughly relaxed. Today's song for this Breathe Easy Saturday came to me a week ago while I was making my mother's website for her nonprofit organization. This song in particular comes from my childhood, my parents played a variety of music when I was young, some of it stuck with me while others have been forgotten. But this song, I remember it being a nice feel good and uplifting song. Just what we need on this beautiful Saturday, right? Right!

So without further ado, I present to you today's music for this glorious Breathe Easy Saturday, "Fields of Gold" by Sting:

Just taking time to listen to the lyrics, paired with the slow rhythm of the song, and Sting's amazing voice, will have you feeling better about your day. And if that doesn't work, at least you have an amazing new song that you can add to your playlist. Interested? Get it here: Fields Of Gold

Have an awesome day lovies.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Book Review Friday!

For the past few years it seems that everyone has been caught up in the Twilight Saga books, forgetting that OTHER books do exist (not saying that I haven't read the Twilight books, but com'on) and that they're just as good if not better than this saga surrounding vampires and shape shifters. So in looking for something a bit different from Edward Cullen's blood sucking ways I set out in pursuit of the Barnes & Noble website and began browsing the new the releases; I came I across two books that grabbed my interest and one of which I will present to you in this edition of Book Review Friday.

Now, I'm not a teenager anymore nor am I like an ancient adult, so I felt that I would still be able relate to the heroine of this book and boy was I right. 'Shiver' is about a young woman named Grace who basically takes care of herself and is left alone more often than a young woman in high school should be. Grace, as well as her friends have developed an obsession with the wolves that live in the woods behind Grace's home. For Grace there is one wolf in particular holds her heart. One day in particular, something happens to Grace that puts her in a predicament with the wolves that leads her to discover the unknown. What she unearths about her yellow eyed wolf leads her into a world she never thought existed. 

This is an extraordinary read for the summer time and if you are looking for a series, then you've found it in Maggie Stiefavter's Shiver series. Having been taken with the concept of Twilight over two years ago the concept of reading about shape shifters has stuck with me, so Sam the ideal wolf/boy appeals to me as the lead male character. He is sweet, caring, and a bit mysterious which is enough to tickle any high school aged girl's fancy. As for Grace, the lead female character, she is the exact opposite of many of the heroines we read about in other books. She's strong willed, independent, sure of what she wants and that includes Sam. So want a break from the norm? Venture into the world of Shiver, you won't regret it.

The second installment of the 'Shiver' series is due out July 20, 2010; it's called 'Linger'. I'm looking forward to reading the continuation of Sam and Grace's story, so until next time on Book Review Friday - happy reading!

Interested in purchasing 'Shiver'? Check it out here: Shiver. Want to pre-order 'Linger', the second installment? Here you go: Linger

Not following Maggie Stiefavter on Twitter? @MStiefvater  Do it! She'll keep you up to date on all the 'Shiver' and 'Linger' happenings. 

Remembering Michael Jackson

Can you believe that a year ago today, the king of pop passed away? I remember the day I heard the news like it was yesterday. I had just come home from the hair salon and my friend called me telling me Michael Jackson died and of course my automatic response was: "Stop lying." I refused to believe it. So instead of trying to further convince me herself she told me to turn on the television, so I did. It was all over the news saying that he had passed away and lovies, guess what my response to that was? You guessed right: "Stop lying."

It seemed impossible for a man of that magnitude of talent to have died so young. Then again, when you think about it, it's common knowledge that Michael had been creating wonderful music for us for YEARS and although the music was happy, he never seemed too happy himself. Sad to say, but he's in peace now and happier than he probably ever was on earth. Anywho, let's celebrate today this wonderful man that seemingly left us too soon.

Haven't purchased Michael's 'This Is It' DVD? Get it: Michael Jackson: This Is It . Interested in John Mayer's cover of 'Human Nature' from the above video? Well unfortunately it isn't purchasable, but there is another acoustic version of the song that's just as wonderful by Marty Schwartz and Jason Eskridge. Add it to your playlist: Human Nature .

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Smile a While . . .

Need a laugh? Well the following video was sent to me by a friend about a month ago when I was feeling a bit down about graduating college and leaving all the awesome people I met, behind. So throughout the day she tried telling me jokes and well . . . it worked, but nothing made me smile and laugh quite like this video of The Puppet Pals: The Mysterious Ticking Noise.

So having a bad day? Let this cheer you up.

Ah, nothing better than Harry Potter Puppets.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Airplanes - B.o.B feat. Hayley Williams

The song that has been blowing up the airwaves for weeks now, finally has a video. "Airplanes" by B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams (of Paramore) is a song that not only appeals to people gunning for hip hop music, but to those that also love the concept of rock and merging it with different music genres. The video concept is simple yet matches the concept of the song, nothing over the top or too simplistic. If you haven't watched it, take a peak.

A fan of B.o.B? Purchase his album: B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray [Explicit] . Don't want the whole album and just want to listen to the AMAZING Hayley Williams go to town on the chorus of "Airplanes"? Add it to your playlist: Airplanes [Feat. Hayley Williams Of Paramore] (Explicit Album Version) .

Happy listening.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Happy Birthday Cyndi Lauper

In honor of the freaking amazing 80's pop icon's birthday, I thought why not post a video or two of her amazing songs? You all know you love her, enjoy and I hope she has a wonderfully blessed birthday.

Interested in adding these classic 80's song to your playlist? Check them out here: The Goonies 'R' Good Enough (Single Version), Girls Just Want To Have Fun (Album Version) .

Monday, June 21, 2010

New Music Monday

I have always been interested in different types of music, many of you may have already noticed this and will continue to notice, that I'm pretty all over the place with my music taste. So I thought why not share my eclecticity.

So for this beautiful New Music Monday I want to bring you an album that has been released for a while now, since April 13, 2010 - it's called You I Wind Land and Sea and the wonderful artist responsible for the CD jam-packed with musical goodness is Justin Nozuka. You I Wind Land and Sea is the follow up album to Nozuka's debut album Holly; in which he wrote and recorded while in high school. Now two years later, You I Wind Land and Sea encompasses all the things that originally made him and his music lovable, but including some more mature sounds and even some things that take you by surprise (pleasantly, of course).

Throughout this album, Justin's heartfelt lyrics and entrancing melodies are what captivate the ear; it makes one wonder what he'll say next or what topic he'll cover that you can relate to. As an artist he has grown musically and lyrically; at his current progression by the time he reaches thirty he'll be a staple in acoustic rock/pop.

Now that the regalement of Justin is through let's get on to some wonderful music samples from this album. Who knows I may even throw a song from Holly in the mix as well.

From You I Wind Land and Sea :

"My Heart is Yours" is a song with foot tapping melody and soulful lyrics about love; a wise choice for first single (in my opinion). Take a listen:

A favorite song of mine off this album would have to be "Unwoken Dream (King With Everything)"; the song begins with just Justin's wonderfully soulful and raspy voice and his acoustic guitar. Nothing else marring (back up singers, voice alternations, etc.) the wonderfulness of this song. Check it out.

And the last taste off You I Wind Land and Sea will be "Love." Enjoy.

And for a treat, here's the song that made all the Nozuka lover's fall in love with his sound, voice, and lyrics. "After Tonight" on his debut album Holly.

Now, as if you'd need anymore convincing after all that amazing tuneage, if you're interested in more of Justin's music you can purchase Holly or You I Wind Land and Sea on iTunes. If you like what you heard, you definitely won't regret the purchase.

Happy Monday!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Inspirational Sundays - Father's Day Edition

Today while in church, my pastor's wife preached on fathers (of course she would, it is Father`s Day after all). She spoke about how not only are we blessed with earthly fathers, but with God, who is our Heavenly Father as well. I've heard this before and never really gave it a second thought until today since my dad has been present my whole life. Most people don't have father`s that are active in their lives and all they know is their mother, but in reality we all have a father that loves us very much regardless of whether or not we can see him; He's been there all our lives and has orchestrated it into something great (even if we can't see that right now). So if your father is absent today, just think on that . . . you have the greatest father there is in heaven.

Also, in regards to Father's day I stumbled across a few quotes that I thought I would share. Enjoy them on this Inspirational Sunday.

"There's something like a line of gold thread running through a man's words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself."- John Gregory Brown, Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery, 1994

"Be kind to thy father, for when thou wert young, Who loved thee so fondly as he? He caught the first accents that fell from thy tongue, And joined in thy innocent glee." - Margaret Courtney

"I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection."- Sigmund Freud

"It's only when you grow up, and step back from him, or leave him for your own career and your own home—it's only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it. Pride reinforces love."-- Margaret Truman

And lastly . . .

Then I said to you, "Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the desert. There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place. - Deuteronomy 1:29-31

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there. Enjoy your day!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Breathe Easy Saturdays

Have you ever just had a song that you had to play on repeat? A song that represented where you were in your life at the moment? Or just a song that has lyrics that basically encompass the type of day your having? Well if you're anything like me, I'm sure you have experienced this very thing. I have a different song stuck in my head every day and I thought, why not share my musical thoughts and ramblings with you.

So today's Breathe Easy Saturday video comes to you from John Mayer and his cover of Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'."

Unfortunately, since the official video for the song has restrictions, I can't post that one. BUT if any of you are interested in listening to this lovely cover and watching the OFFICIAL video take a peak here: .

Anywho, for the last I would say week this song has definitely been the one song that I play constantly. I'm not sure what it is, but through all the chaos of life . . . this song sort of takes you to another place and just makes the day more bearable. I know there are many songs out there that do the same thing . . but this is definitely my song for this Breathe Easy Saturday. Enjoy.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Katy Perry - California Gurls

Ah Katy Perry, you never cease to amaze with your videos. When one hears the concept of California girls you automatically think that there will be a beach in the picture somewhere with scantily clad women running around in water, splashing one another. However, Katy Perry must have figured that this is the stereotypical video concept that people were expecting and went in a different direction with this. "California Gurls" goes against the stereotypes by combining aspects from Alice in Wonderland and the Candy Land game, merging them together and bringing them to life. In saying this, you must admit that this is really a different concept from a lot of the videos that are gracing the television screen now and it's nice to take a break from the norm and see something a little more cheery and less dark (I, for one, am grateful that she isn't wearing something resembling a dominatrix. That concept is getting a bit worn out).

So if you haven't taken a peak at this unique and cheery video, get to it. Whether you like pop music or Katy Perry in general I am sure that you'll find yourself nodding to the song, enjoying the video, and possibly even head on over to iTunes to download the song for your summer playlist.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Lady Gaga - Alejandro

Now, I love Lady Gaga as much as the next girl, but this video has absolutely thrown me for a freaking loop. I don't know how to feel about it, which sucks because I love the song. I've often thought Lady Gaga can't do anything crazier than what she's already done, apparently I was wrong. Every video she's done I've come to eventually like; this one makes me a bit uneasy, however, not uneasy enough to dislike her as an artist entirely.

Although this video was just released three days ago people are already in a serious uproar about it being sacrilegious and offending to the children/young teenagers that will see it. These same individuals are saying that Lady Gaga's music shouldn't be listened to due to the messages her songs portray as well as the images being presented in her videos. I, on the other hand, may not understand the message behind the video, but it is obvious this video contains artistic meaning and not all people will be able to accept that or see that when watching. There is a deeper meanings behind many of Lady Gaga's songs, most don't take the time to research what is going into their ears and write her off as trash or a copy of Madonna, Prince, Michael Jackson, Cher, or anyone else considered controversial.

These artists mentioned where at one time in the same boat or still are in regards to their music; these are the names that have made great impacts on music by stepping outside the box and creating music that expresses how they see things or how they feel. Gaga has obviously worked her butt off in regards to her career, going from a girl trying to make it in Long Island, New York to a woman working to have the world hear her music and to touch lives with messages in song that many often don't venture into.

So although the video gives me the heebee jeebees, Lady Gaga obviously put her heart and soul into it, just like other artists and for that she should not be shunned or the video deemed trash, but we should look at the bigger picture and appreciate her music for what it's worth.

Jury Freaking Duty . . . =/

Don't you just love being an adult? I mean seriously, I can't get a job, can't get an internship, but guess what I can get darlings? Jury duty. Doesn't it just make your stomach do one of those uncomfortable flips? I know it does for mine. I mean honestly . . . what a way to kill a Friday. I'm currently sitting in this cold room; AC on full blast, and it's only 67 degrees outside right now and I'm waiting on them to call my name so I can be questioned. Then not only will they ask me question I don't give a rat's butt about, but then I have to waste the rest of my day sitting around doing nothing in a court house. Sheesh.

To top it all off they showed us this video, telling us that serving jury duty was an honor and we should be glad to serve the New York justice system. Right. Mind you the video had midevil knights in it; any video with KNIGHTS in it should not be trusted or at least that's how I feel about it. =/ LOL .

What would make my day even a teeny bit better would be for them to turn down this God-awful air conditioning. It was still SPRING last time I checked and it was definitely only 56 degrees the other day.

This weekend better bring some not so suckiness my way . . . or else.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Jobless in New York

As of next week Wednesday, I will have been graduated from college for a month. That's so insane to think about. Now since I can't find a job in the field that I've gone to school for, I've taken to blogging the things that I want to write about; including a few ramblings here and there about my own dealings.

I'm trying my best to get an internship, but even those are a bit difficult to attain these days. So while I wait and send resumes out like they're going out of style, I'll take to blogging the things that interest me. I'm a very eclectic person and a lot of things that I enjoy are often polar opposites. So I hope you stick with me and enjoy the things I've got to say.

hearts are fragile . . .