September Playlist 2011


-“Oh What A Day” by Ingrid Michaelson was a song I got a while back but never really listened to. At the beginning of this month I had a particularly hard week emotionally. Then I went to my first Deb Roshe class and felt reborn! I left Steps sweating from head to toe and feeling better then I’ve ever felt. It was like a weight had been lifted off of my shoulders. So instead of bolting down the street to the subway, I decided to stroll down Broadway. Now strolling is not something a New Yorker will do, unless in Central Park. It was kind of nice to just walk down the street in no rush and just enjoy my surroundings. So back to the song… I put on my headphones and let my iPod just shuffle away and “Oh What A Day” was the very first song. The lyrics couldn’t have come at a more truer time. I will always remember that moment. Everything seemed just as it should.

-Now I came across “Pull Shapes” watching the What the Buck show years ago and recently came across it again. Perfect silly dance song!

-Ernie Halter gets me every time! “This Beautiful Ache” is hauntingly gorgeous.

-How did I not know “Free Your Mind” before my first Deb Roshe class???

-“In These Shoes.” One day I will do a piece to this! Sass E!

-Ben Rector is the only artist I can say that I’ve bought every album he’s ever written for. His newest album, Something Like This, just came out and “Home” was my instant favorite. Ben never fails me!

Try to remember the kind of September
When life was slow and oh, so mellow.
Try to remember the kind of September
When grass was green and grain was yellow.
Try to remember the kind of September
When you were a tender and callow fellow.
Try to remember, and if you remember,
Then follow.



August Playlist 2011

If music be the food of love, play on.

-William Shakespeare


-“Back to Manhattan” by Norah Jones was the absolute perfect song for me as I came back to the city this month.

-Found Slow Club this month and prety much downloaded everything they’ve ever recorded. Such good music. “Dance Til the Morning Lights” and “It Doesn’t Have to Be Beautiful” made this months list. It will NOT be the last time you see them on this here blog.

-Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” gets stuck in my head like crazy! Thank goodness I love it!

-Nat showed me “Kissable, Huggable, Loveable, Unbelievable” years ago, but now that I’m on my country music kick, I love it more than ever.

-The Puppini Sisters never do me wrong. Their rendition of “It Don’t Mean a Thing” always puts me in the best of moods. When the tempo slows down about mid way through the song you can’t help but swing along with them. Brilliant!

-Most songs are about relationships; relationships between two lovers, parent and child, friends… but have you ever heard a song from an uncle or aunts perspective to their niece or nephew? “Hank” by the amazing Ben Rector is exactly that. I love listening to this song and thinking about my sweet nieces and nephew and the love I have for them.

-Do you ever listen to songs that you’ve heard a thousand times and then you hear it one day and it has a completely new meaning to you? That’s how I am recently with Best for Last by Adele. Adele is one of those other amazing young writers of today that just get me!


I Know How You Feel

The topic today is feelings. So ya know how annoying it can be when someone tells you “I know how you feel,” and you think “How can you possibly know what I’m going through right now?” No one can possibly know exactly how another feels.

However, today I was doing some thinking while listening to my extensive Itunes library, more specifically, “Quiet” from Jonathan Reid Gealt’s album. I connect so personally to that song, almost to the point where I’m convinced he wrote it about my life. listening to song after song, I think, “How do these songs sound like it were me that wrote them?” The thing is, these artists who wrote them are probably feeling about the same as me.

Even though we’re all in different situations in our lives, in a way, we can relate more than we think. It may be different heart ache, but it’s still heart ache none the less. You may be betrayed, but you’re not the only one. You may hurt, but someone out there hurts as well.

So in a way, when that person says, “I know how you feel,” they kind of do. In there own way, they’ve gone through what you have. All humans experience the same type of emotions, its just the intensity of these feelings that differ.

So what do we do? We connect through literature, song, poetry, television, theatre, or just hearing each other out. We’re all the same.

“Every garbage worker, waitress and the man who stands the corner- just the same as you and I and every CEO in suit and tie. A different face a different name. But all of our feelings are the same.” -Ben Rector’s “The Feeling”


101 Things that make me happy

Since it was on my 101 things to do in 1001 days list, i thought I’d knock this one out:

  1. love
  2. my family
  3. reading the scriptures
  4. taking photos
  5. giftcards
  6. giving the perfect gift
  7. cheese
  8. blogging
  9. temple trips
  10. picking out which headband to wear with a current outfit
  11. arm scratches
  12. finding new photographers i like
  13. everything and everyone in new york city
  14. chocolate bar
  15. anthropologie sales
  16. Rockstar Diaries
  17. when my silly niece, Avery, says “I love you Aunt Cia!”
  18. back scratches
  19. hearing makenzie’s voice
  20. seth rudetsky’s deconstructions (this one‘s my favorite)
  21. laducas
  22. singing in the car
  23. anything ever uttered out of elaine stritch‘s mouth
  24. old school theatre tap dancing
  25. a new richard calmes album
  26. my scotties, Bobby and BJ
  27. comments on my photos
  28. fresh flowers on the kitchen table
  29. the nervous, excited energy i get before a photoshoot
  30. when my doctors are happy
  31. skyping with my nieces and ashlyn
  32. fierce moments (i’ll have to blog about this sometime…)
  33. doris day movies
  34. fred and ginger movies
  35. hugs and kisses
  36. reunions with friends i havent seen in forever
  37. making slideshows
  38. dressing up all fancy
  39. sleeping in my bed on cold mornings
  40. cloudy days
  41. cute umbrellas
  42. ghost lights
  43. iyogurt, red mango, and pinkberry
  44. when he says he loves me
  45. finding old journals and reading them
  46. reading snapple caps
  47. waking up to a working alarm clock
  48. my photo chandelier
  49. putting on a new pair of earings
  50. watching a really good movie you haven’t seen in a long time
  51. downstage center
  52. taking a theatre dance class
  53. charleston chews
  54. anything black with white polka dots
  55. good news
  56. getting a letter or package in the mail
  57. counting down the days till summer new york trips
  58. looking at my yellow tulip painting from king aaron
  59. quoting scrubs
  60. watching bloopers on dvds
  61. General Conference
  62. regina spektor and ben rector music
  63. making lists
  64. lunch dates with my favorite people
  65. a massage
  66. holga photos
  67. hot chocolate on a cold day
  68. family dinners
  69. when people tell me they’re looking for my cheshire cat laplander! so sweet.
  70. Kevin Cahoon in the same building :))))
  71. disco dancing
  72. nailing an audition
  73. stepping off the plane at La Guardia
  74. little letters
  75. Junior’s Cheesecake
  76. “(This will be) an Everlasting Love”
  77. finding a new artist i like
  78. trying new sushi
  79. a good Sunday at Church
  80. engagement stories
  81. a jazz class on an emotional day
  82. “You Turned my Mourning into Dancing” music
  83. singing primary songs
  84. comforting hugs from my mommy
  85. puppies
  86. red lipstick with a cute black and white outfit
  87. star sightings in NYC
  88. licking icing off of a cupcake
  89. singing in the shower
  90. shopping trips with my sisters
  91. pumpkin pie with whipped creme
  92. sunrise on the beach
  93. a warm blanket right out of the dryer
  94. speaking “broadway” with someone who understands what the heck i’m saying
  95. yellow tulips
  96. white rose petals in my banb hoodie pockets
  97. makenzie memories
  98. thinking about the future
  99. accepting the past
  100. living fully through every minute
  101. this list

here’s to happiness, life, love, and makenzie.