31 Day Music Challenge: Day 19 A Song From Your Favorite Album


“Pieces of You” by Jewel is a song from my favorite album. In fact, it’s the title track to the album. I love the song and the lyrics.  I can play it but haven’t recorded a YouTube video yet.  It talks about how all the little things we criticize other people for are things that we also have in ourselves.  It talks about many examples of putting other people down when you have some of the same qualities.  It’s not nice. Don’t do it.

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31 Day Music Challenge: Day 18 A Song that You Wish You Heard on the Radio


“Heart Back” by Macy Maloy is a song that I wish I heard on the radio. She is a girl from the town where I live. She went to high school with my oldest daughter, and she has followed her passion playing and singing songs. I’m happy for her that she has an EP out now and think she has a beautiful voice.  Check out her YouTube channel and see if you like her work.

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31 Day Music Challenge: A Song You Used to Love but Now You Hate

English: Image of English singer Ed Sheeran

English: Image of English singer Ed Sheeran (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The A Team” by Ed Sheeran is a song I used to love but now I hate.  Hate is a strong word, so I had some trouble finding a song to fit this description, but I picked it because at first I really liked it and now I am really tired of it.  It’s the first song on my iPhone songs list, so every time I get in my car and plug in my phone, it’s the song that plays by default.   In order for that not to happen, I have to have something else playing first before I plug it into my car. Otherwise I hear this song all the time, and honestly I’m just getting tired of it. I love the solo and want to learn to play it, but it’s wearing on my nerves.

I’ll never forget the Grammy’s this year when Ed Sheeran performed this song with Elton John. My thirteen year old said, “Who is that old guy taking over Ed Sheeran’s song?”  Talk about an LOL moment.  of course Sir Elton John is a musical legend, and the real question is who is this young guy taking the stage with Elton John!

31 Day Music Challenge: Day 15 A Song that Describes You

Tom Petty performing at Nissan Pavilion in Bri...

Tom Petty performing at Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, VA – June 10, 2006. Photo taken by Marion S. Rights have been specifically given by the photographer for the images’ use on Wikipedia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Wildflowers” by Tom Petty describes me.  It’s a song about being part of nature and doing what makes you feel free.  That definitely describes my soul.  I am a free spirit, and I am in love with the natural world. Whether it’s flowers or the ocean, I feel free and at home when in nature.  I deserve to find love and I deserve to feel free.   I believe in following you heart even if you are different from other people.

Here are the lyrics:

Words And Music By Tom Petty

You belong among the wildflowers
You belong in a boat out at sea
Sail away, kill off the hours
You belong somewhere you feel free

Run away, find you a lover
Go away somewhere all bright and new
I have seen no other
Who compares with you

You belong among the wildflowers
You belong in a boat out at sea
You belong with your love on your arm
You belong somewhere you feel free

Run away, go find a lover
Run away, let your heart be your guide
You deserve the deepest of cover
You belong in that home by and by

You belong among the wildflowers
You belong somewhere close to me
Far away from your trouble and worry
You belong somewhere you feel free
You belong somewhere you feel free

What do you think? If you know me, do you think this song describes me?

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31 Day Music Challenge: Day 12 A Song From a Band You Hate

English: Dave Matthews performing in 2009

English: Dave Matthews performing in 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve already posted that I hate 4 Non Blondes (on day two – a song that I hate, but I also hate the band).  So, I have to think of another band that I hate.  Oh, you know who I hate? Dave Matthews Band.  Why? His voice. Can’t stand it. You can’t make me.  I know they are popular and talented and all that, but I hate them. Ugh now I have to go listen to some of them to find a link to a song 🙂  Here you go, “Crash Into Me” by the Dave Matthews Band:


31 Day Music Challenge: Day 6 A Song that Reminds You of Somewhere


“Sacrifice” by Alaine reminds me of St. John, USVI.  It was the last day of our vacation there in 2007 that I first heard this song on the radio during our ride down the mountain to the ferry.  I thought it was Madonna at first, a reggae version.  Close your eyes and listen, it sounds like Madonna.  The melody was catchy, and I tapped my feet on the dashboard as I looked out the window taking in the lush jungle, rolling mountains, and beautiful blue water in the distance.  When love songs come on the radio, I like to joke with my husband and dedicate them to him. I listened to the lyrics and looked up “Sacrifice” online.  I found it right away and downloaded the reggae gold album from iTunes with it.  That was six years ago, and still when I hear this song, I’m right back in that jeep coming down the mountains in St. John.

Reef Bay and Virgin Islands National Park (St....

Reef Bay and Virgin Islands National Park (St. John, USVI) as seen from road on Cocoloba Point (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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JEWEL (05/27/06)

JEWEL (05/27/06) (Photo credit: minxual)

Jewel - CMA Fest 2008

Jewel – CMA Fest 2008 (Photo credit: tncountryfan)

Stand (Jewel song)

Stand (Jewel song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Satisfied (Jewel song)

Satisfied (Jewel song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2 Become 1 (Jewel song)

2 Become 1 (Jewel song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Jewel 2008-06-05

English: Jewel 2008-06-05 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This Way (song)

This Way (song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Famous recording artist, Jewel, performs durin...

Famous recording artist, Jewel, performs during the Secretary of Defense Holiday Show 2000, “A Tribute to the Air Force.” She was one of many stars which supported the event at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, on December 17th, 2000. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ten (song)

Ten (song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jewel performing for US troops in 2000.

Jewel performing for US troops in 2000. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m meeting my idol, Jewel Kilcher Murray tonight! Yes that’s right, later today in Ft. Worth, Texas, I will be attending the VIP meet and greet event before her show. I’ve never met a musician at a VIP event, and I am beside myself with excitement and anticipation!
What’s the big deal? Celebrities are people. I get that. They don’t have superhuman powers. But they are celebrities for a reason (usually..), and to me this feels like it will be a brush with greatness, the only time in my life that our paths will cross.  She’s been such a strong influence on my life, I feel like I’m some kind of superfan.  I want her to know how much I love her work and how much I admire her.  I anticipate only have a few seconds in person with her, and I have so much to say I just had to sit down and type some of it out.

She possesses amazing musical talent and is a true artist. She writes her own songs and can entertain a crowd for hours with just a guitar.  There are few other artists who possess that ability. I tried to list them today:  Eddie Vedder, Bob Dylan, Neil Young.  I can’t think of another female though.  Jewel does play with a band sometimes, and she does put down her guitar sometimes, but I’ve also seen her spend hours just singing and playing guitar. Pure talent. I admire her so much. She makes being a singer/songwriter look easy as it comes to her so naturally.  Her songs are simple yet beautiful.  Her lyrics are profound and poetic.  She is sensitive and artistic.
I’ve met a few other celebrities (President Carter, Chelsea Clinton, Kevin Spacey, Sheryl Crow, Jimmy Smits, Pierce Brosnan), but this is the first time I will ever meet one of my absolute favorites, one that makes me freak out with excitement. Jewel tops my list of favorite artists. If I was going to meet Michael Stipe of R.E.M., I would be flipping out too. I love Jewel so much, I added meeting her to my bucket list. It’s the first thing on my list to check off since I made it.
I’ve been a big Jewel fan ever since her first single, “Who will save your soul?” I remember when it first came out, and the first time I heard she was playing in concert was at the 9:30 Club in DC. I didn’t go! What a dummy. After that, I finally saw her for the first time at the WHFStival, a concert with multiple bands put on by the local progressive music radio station. I think that was December of 1996. She opened the show with this song, my favorite, Near You Always.  I fell in love with her and sang along with every song on the album, Pieces of You.  Here are some of my favorites from that album:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5Rjfyc7Gnc ( a song about drug addiction..I can play this one on the guitar, but I can’t sing it at the same time).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uy_kz2myh8 (the title track, love the candor, succinct words that say so much)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGj77BrEgj4 (recently learned how to play this song)

Her story was intriguing; raised in Alaska in a log cabin, she was eventually discovered singing in a coffee shop in San Diego, CA. She was living in her car and dirt poor, doing what she loved to make ends meet.    While I’ve never lived in Alaska, I have lived in a car before and experienced being dirt poor so I could kind of relate. People started telling me I looked like her, that girl who is singing in the bathroom in her video. I was so flattered because I’ve always thought she is incredibly beautiful. In 1996, I snuck into a MTV Pre-Inaugural Ball to celebrate Bill Clinton’s reelection, and reporters there kept mistaking me for Jewel. They tried to interview me a few times, and I just laughed and told them they had the wrong person.
Her music has become the soundtrack to my adult life. I bought every album and sing along with every single song.
Music is my life, and I’m a big fan of live concerts. This will be the fifth time I’ve seen her I think. Although I’ve seen her multiple times (DC, VA, NV, TX) I’ve never seen the option to buy VIP tickets. I’ve seen that option for other artists and clicked on the link to find out more information. It’s always been way too expensive. I was amazed at how reasonable her price was, so I went for it.  Here are more links to my favorites over the years:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zH5bC2jTluM (Down So Long – about seeing light at the end of a tunnel, things have to get better)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5gQeA5uETU (Hands – about finding personal power, my favorite quote comes from this song “In the end, only kindness matters”)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHbQjLc7GXc (A Life Uncommon – enough said)

I’m trying to add more links, but my right-clicker isn’t working on my mouse for some reason. I’m just going to take that as a sign from the universe that I’ve written enough in this post and go take a shower before my big night. I’m so super excited I can’t stand it.  What do you say to your idol??


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31 Day Music Challenge: Day 4 A Song that Makes You Sad

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“Without You” by Eddie Vedder is a song that makes me sad. It’s a song about remembering and missing someone from afar but being glad you got to know that person at all, even though you can’t be together.

Eddie Vedder

Eddie Vedder (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Sun sets on this ocean, never once on my devotion. For every wish upon a star, that goes unanswered in the dark, there is a dream I’ve dreamt about you. From afar I lie awake, close my eyes to find I’d never be the same without you.”

It’s kind of like that saying, it’s better to love and have lost than to never have loved in the first place.

Here is a link to a video of me playing it on the guitar:


31 Day Music Challenge: Day 3 A Song that Makes You Happy

UB40 at Westonbirt (07)

UB40 at Westonbirt (07) (Photo credit: Arrr!)

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“Come Back Darlin” by UB40 makes me happy. Although it’s a song about wanting a lover to come back and give you another try, it’s got a happy reggae beat. I always do a little dance when this song is on.

31 Days of Music: Day 2 Your Least Favorite Song


“What’s going on?” by 4 Non Blondes is my least favorite song. Why? I just don’t like it or anything about it. Her voice is annoying, and the song is boring. I almost wish I had never seen the video because I also don’t like her image. This song just rubs me the wrong way.