[Music] Mona Lisa Smile Soundtrack

Karen mentioned watching the Mona Lisa Smile movie, which promptly made me want to listen again to its soundtrack. It’s an old-time favorite – I love re-interpretations of old classics. Tori Amos’ piece is a very fun one among a bevy of singers like Chris Isaak, Seal, Celine Dion…. etc.

[Music] Live Music Performances as Ambient Music as You Reflect the Year

Or, just enjoy great music – the 2015 Billboard Women in Music held earlier this December, in New York City

Happy New Year 2016! Here’s to great makeup and a contented life next year.

PS, I didn’t know Demi Lovato can sing like that!!

[Music] Delirium: Ellie Goulding’s new album

Another of my holiday joys is Ellie Goulding’s new album, Delirium. Love everything, especially the track Army. The acoustics version showcase her amazing vocals; the Victoria’s Secret version elevates it to its full glory. Enjoy!

PS: Ellie has a MAC collection out. I’m still debating what to get, if any. Perhaps the Halcyon Days palette,as I love MACs cream color bases.

[Music] Another Irish Singer: Hozier

I’ve been listening to the Kiss 92 Singapore, and heard this guy, Hozier. Now, he seems to have been around for a while, and recently performed at the annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show. Obviously, I have been under a rock.

This catchy tune – Someone New – is what made me notice. There’s a gospel-like quality to this song, and very strange that he reminds me of Shelby Lynne, especially her early tracks. Perfect new tunes for the holiday!

THE Best Thing even Ahead of Sliced Bread: National Public Radio

nprVisitors of this blog probably saw a few times my link to the US National Public Radio (NPR) website, but this post is dedicated especially to honor this institution that’s been the best window to the world in my life for many years.

The NPR site is just chock full of wow stories. Take today, when I visited, I was greeted with the story of a seed vault, out in the Arctic, that has just gotten its first request – from Syria – for a seed withdrawal. A few clicks later, I was told that pasteurized milk that’s gone sour is actually good for pancakes. Finally, the sleep pass for kids is such a simple, no-brainer solution that I can’t believe parents took so long to figure out!

And we’re not even talking about the music, from every genre, that is filled to the brim on the site. I credit NPR for introducing me to many of the bands I currently love, e.g. The Frames and The National. Right now, I’m finding that I kinda like the latest album by Eagles of Death Metal. With that name, I never would have.

Really, if you haven’t visited this site, you’re missing out on life.

[Music] Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande Being Actually…. Lovely?

Skanky is usually the word that comes to mind when I hear either Miley Cyrus or Ariana Grande. I don’t know why they choose to present themselves as if they’re hanging out in the red light district but hey, whatever get their juices going. They CAN be perfectly lovely selves reflecting their age, as the video for the song Don’t Dream It’s Over demonstrates below. Their voices really mesh together beautifully, and this is a perfect song for them to sing together. The key to enjoying their music, I have finally figured out, is to never see a video of the music. Just enjoy the music. And I am off checking their albums – who woulda thought.