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Listen to This: “Adore You” by Amy Shark

The moment I heard the first line of this song, I was struck by not only the simplicity, but also how this is one of those songs where it feels like the words were swimming around in your own head, and you didn’t realize it until the first time you heard them coming through the speakers. Do you know that feeling? (It kind of reminds me of the first time I heard Lorde’s Pure Heroine album, and the rawness of her words.) I think it just comes from the lyrics being relatable. Aside from the lyrics though, Amy Shark’s voice is beautiful. The visuals for the video (I really like the lighting, and the details, like the art on the wall in the bedroom, or the close up of the sneakers, or the park in the background that makes me think of the basketball court line) are fantastic in their own right. Now, I try and listen to this song at least a few times a week because it’s so good. I love the headspace it puts me in, and I love the softness but the emotion, but also how it doesn’t make me want to cry – I can just enjoy it. Now, that’s the kind of song I like to tap along to (out of rhythm of course,) driving to work in the morning. Something about the beat is so calming to me. I am so late to the game on this one, more than a year later, but I don’t care because now that I’m aware – you know I’ve got it on a repeat. If you haven’t heard this sweet, awesome song yet, check it out!

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Read This: Today Will Be Different

30book-blog427-v2It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a book post with you all, but I’ve been sluggish on working my way through some books right now. I never do this, but at one point, I’d actually started four different books simultaneously and was about 50 pages into each of them. (Horrible, I know.) BUT! While I was still in Florida, (and soaking up the end of those summer reads at the beach, or by the pool, or let’s face reality – in the air conditioning laid out on the floor after either one of those activities because the heat can be brutal…I finally read Maria Semple’s Today Will Be Different. 

If you’ve ever asked me for a reading recommendation, regardless of your age, gender, whatever – I have probably brought up Where’d You Go Bernadette? at some point in the conversation. It’s one of my favorite books of all time. (Soon to be a movie, so if you haven’t read it yet, read it before you watch!) Maria Semple is a quirky writer, and I don’t know how else to say that. If you have a brain that transitions between about a dozen thoughts in the span of thirty seconds, and you start telling a story with about twelve tangent ideas, and can’t remember where you started? then you’d probably have an easy time getting into Maria Semple’s style. That’s not to say she writers erratically and scatterbrained, as the thought process I’m describing above. No, it’s quite the opposite actually. I think her style is wonderfully crafted. There’s just a special flare to her characters that you have to appreciate.

So, with Where’d You Go Bernadette holding such a special place in my book loving heart, I was excited to finally read Semple’s most recent novel, Today Will Be Different. Let me say, I was not disappointed. I had no idea what to expect, and I kind of went into the read that way intentionally. Unless I see a ton of hype about a particular book on Twitter, or if I’ve read the book jacket intently, I tend to try and go in pretty oblivious to synopsis and such because I hate the spoilery nature. Even if something surprising is going to happen early on, I want it to be a surprise if it was intended to be a surprise. That all being said, (wow, I’m long winded today!) I’d rather you have a similar experience if I can help it.

So, get ready to jump along for the ride in a day in the life (and chaotic mind) of Eleanor Flood, with her son Timby, husband Joe, and a slew of other intriguing characters. It’s a whirlwind of a read, covering so much ground, in such a short period of time. Career, goals, ambitions, marriage, sisterhood, family. Eleanor lives in Seattle, but she and her husband had planned to return to New York at some point. She thinks about this constantly. She thinks about everything constantly, actually – or maybe not enough, which is perhaps the problem. She’s flighty, and impulsive, but outrageously entertaining and all of her whimsical movements really do seem to run deep as you get to know her, contrary to what her behavior may lead you to believe.

Eleanor has a plan for how the day will go, all the normal things she will accomplish, but as life often goes…the day doesn’t unfold quite as planned. Follow the misadventures, and be prepared to laugh out loud because Semple’s style is splashed all over the pages again with this great read!

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Watch This: Burnt

I’m late to the game, but recently I was sick in bed and doing what you do – scanning movies on Netflix. I saw they finally added Bradley Cooper’s 2015 movie Burnt. It’s a bit intense, but I really enjoyed it. The acting is fantastic, the score is moving, and it had great energy. The film follows Adam Jones, a chef who’s downward spiral into drugs  and jerky behavior cost him his career, and a slew of burned bridges. Adam is determined, after getting clean, to gaining respect in the industry again, and chasing the ever elusive three Michelin stars. With some charm and hustle, he puts together a pretty great team, and is on his way to working through his issues, and achieving his goals. One of the things that tugged on my heartstrings the most was the relationships people had with Adam. Even though he’d burned them in the past, there were people in his corner rooting for him to be the best version of himself, they knew was possible. Such an example of unconditional love and forgiveness, even on a friendship level. Burnt was refreshing because it was a little bit different than anything I’d watched recently. Plus, make the setting London for any film and you’ve definitely got my interest. If you haven’t seen Burnt already I say, check it out!

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Meg Says Listen to This: “Send the Sun”

My word, I am sucker for a sweet song and especially one that mentions sunshine. Maybe it’s one of those things that’s always carried on with me from the love of “You Are My Sunshine” song as a child? Who knows, but you play me a sweet song and I’m hooked. I heard Nikki Lane’s “Send the Sun” recently, and I thought to myself what is this beautiful piece of art? It speaks to distance and to darkness, but also to turning towards the light. Someone trying to assure someone of their love from miles away, and make them feel their love and warmth. Lane’s voice is smooth and steady and really seems to convey that heartfelt wish to a person out of reach at the time. One of those where you hear it, and you feel it. And I swear I’ve had the line “Darlin’ we’re starin’ at the same moon” in my head for a week, especially with the full moon hanging in the sky recently. Simple and sweet, but so memorable all at once. Let me tell you, if you listen to this one in the morning, it’s a pretty great way to start your day. If you haven’t heard this one, check it out.

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Listen & Watch This: “Harry Potter” by The Whistles & The Bells

The other day I was pulling out of the parking lot on my way home from work, and I had to pause so I could Shazaam this song that came on the radio. It was “Harry Potter” by The Whistles and The Bells (thanks Lightning 100!) I heard the lines:

 “God, I so miss high school
Free rent, free food, and a swimming pool
Does anything really last
Does anything really last anymore”
(And I had to laugh to myself because it’s one of those things that you don’t really realize when you’re in it, right? But I mean…that situation is totally missable. Other than the teenage angst that goes along with it.)
But back to this song…so it totally caught my attention. THEN when I looked up the music video? I mean, check this out. There’s so much to be said for everything going on here. (Shoutout to the troll doll in the vending machine.) Just excellent execution. I know I share a lot of sappy, intense stuff a lot but this is one of those songs that made me crack a smile. You should give it a listen and watch the super original music video!