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January Playlist

As with many things, my taste in music seems to change almost daily. Many days I find myself craving certain tunes, or am unable to stop listening to ones I’ve newly discovered. Starting with today’s post, I thought I would share the songs I’ve been loving each month, partly to share some goodness, but mostly just because I love lists.

IMGP64971. “Cool Kids”, Echosmith

2. “The Sound of Silence”, Simon & Garfunkel

3. “Animal”, Miike Snow

4. “Halls”, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

5. “Fair Verona”, Dan Mangan

6. “Night Fever”, The Bee Gees

7. “You’re the One that I Want”, Lo-Fang

8. “Black Sun”, Death Cab for Cutie

9. “Money On My Mind”, Sam Smith

10. “Cute Without the ‘E’ (Cut from the Team)”, Taking Back Sunday

What songs have been your most played list this week? What songs can you not go a day without?

2014 Favourites: The Rest

This week’s favourites has been full of beauty products, so I thought I today I would talk about everything else that I loved last year, from tv to music to books to movies.

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1. Books

I had a hard time narrowing it down to one book, so because I make  the rules, I picked my top four.

Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

I already dedicated a post to this one. Check it out here. But I have to say again how great this book is. Laughing out loud on almost every page.

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

The follow up to the hit from 2013, The Rosie Project. I love these books. If you want a charming, funny, heart warming read, try this series.

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

I discovered this great author last year, and this was my favourite. Half modern, and half historical fiction, I really enjoyed the basis of this novel. Really good for those who enjoy chick lit with a bit more substance.

Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella

I started reading this series when I was fifteen or sixteen (so ten years ago — yikes), and have loved every instalment. I was disappointed with Kinsella’s last novel (Wedding Night), so I was afraid that this, the most recent of the Shopaholic series wouldn’t be up to par of the rest. Thankfully, I was wrong, and it was just as good, if not better than the rest.

2. Movie

Guardians of the Galaxy

Okay, time for a little story. The first time I went to see this movie, it was about a month after it came out, so I didn’t expect the theatre to be too full. Due to a few issues like traffic and parking, we didn’t get into the theatre until the trailers were starting. So, of course it was a packed theatre, and we had to sit in the front — which I hate. I was feeling really sick during the trailers, because I have a hard time focusing on the screen that close, and it being 3D didn’t help. I told Christopher that I didn’t think I could stay for the movie, but I would wait a little bit to see. And then it started. And I was hooked. As soon as the second scene, with Peter in the caving, dancing to “Come and Get Your Love” by Redbone, I knew I had to stay for the whole movie. I was not disappointed. This was certainly by far the best movie from 2014. Amazing writing, AMAZING soundtrack (which I listen to basically weekly). If you haven’t seen it, come out from your cave and watch it!

3. Music

Taylor Swift 1989

There were a lot of albums that I could pick for my favourite of 2014, but this one takes the cake. I basically listen to this every day. Perfect for just hanging out, the bus, cleaning, and most importantly, solo dance parties.

4. TV Show (not pictured)


Can we just talk for a minute how awesome this show is? And also how we came to the party so late? I think we watched the first four seasons (at least the first half of season four) in a matter of weeks. I love this show for so many reasons, but one of the biggest is that Christopher and I watch it together. It’s very rare for Christopher and I to watch the same TV shows, so the fact that we both enjoy this one, and won’t watch it without each other says a lot. Can’t wait for January 28th!

I Won’t Give Up

Whenever we hear our wedding song, I ask Christopher if he remembers the song. He never does. Sometimes I forget that my husband doesn’t view music the same way I do. He just listens, whereas I soak it up like a sponge.

I still remember the day that we picked the song. There were a few songs that we had been considering — or more accurately, I was considering, and Christopher would just say yes to whatever I picked (he’s good like that). We were driving one night and as I listened to the song, my eyes slowly filled with tears. I wanted this to be our song because in that moment, I realized that that was what I wanted to be our motto.

“I won’t give up, even if the skies get rough”.

I want to be with my husband for eternity. I know that eternity is now, and that the decisions I make today will determine where we end up forever. Although we’ve only been married for two and half years (as of yesterday), I know that marriage isn’t easy. But I also know that if you can get past the hard times, marriage can be wonderful. Just don’t give up.

Thank You for the Music

Last night, as my husband and I were driving home from babysitting our nephew, I was changing radio stations, trying to get away from yet another Miley Cyrus song (I feel like she is infecting this planet). I landed by chance on CBC Radio 2 which was playing the program Tonic, a Jazz program (because jazz makes you cooler, right?). My husband complained that the music was putting him to sleep, but I felt the opposite. My soul felt alive. The trumpets. The saxophone. The bass line. I love it. I then began to tell my husband about how much I love having diverse taste in music.

When I was younger, around thirteen or fourteen, music was truly my lifeline. I got through many a heartbreak (because being a fourteen girl means you get your heart broken daily) from the acoustic guitar of Dashboard Confessional. I loved anything with a pop-punk kind flair, and even tried a screamo phase, which didn’t last very long. Besides my eternal love for The Beatles, my circle of  musical interest did not extend far.

But in later years with some exposure to different genres, I came to appreciate music for being music. I love that tonight as I was cleaning I had a varied playlist that ranged from The Beach Boys to The Shins to Lady Antebellum to songs from my favourite musicals like West Side Story and Funny Face.

Music is still my very much lifeline. Even though my life isn’t as tragic as I thought it was when I was fourteen, it still gives me breath when I feel breathless. Music adds joy to my best days and gives me comfort on my worst.  As ABBA sings, “without a song or a dance, what are we?”. I find immense truth in that. Music inspires me, motivates me, and gives me a home, no matter where I am.

The Beatles

I was twelve years old when I discovered a very sad truth — there are people out there who have never heard of or listened to The Beatles. It was a sad day for me. I was sad for them. Didn’t everyone’s parents listen to The Beatles? Apparently not.
When I was in grade 7, the greatest hits compilation, 1, had come out a couple of years earlier, and my Humanities teacher played it in the background while we worked. I was at home with those songs. But, I found out from many of the other students (not just those who came from immigrant families) that it was not mandatory for parents to pass down a love of John, Paul, George and Ringo to their children. I think it should be.
This morning as I listened to “Hey Jude” (one of my all time favourites), I was reminded how lucky I am to have been given such a great foundation for my taste in music. Thank you, dad.
I promise the next generation will know the songs of The Beatles — the originals, not the ones from Glee.


{photo by Harry Benson}

Happy Ears

All week, I have had two songs playing on over and over on my iPhone, and in my head too. I thought I would share these lovely songs today, hoping to make your ears as happy as mine are. Enjoy!

What songs are you loving this week?