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This is a video of Ingrid Michaelson, Bess Rogers, and Allie Moss doing an acoustic version of the punk version of The Way I Am

Ingrid + Punk = Funny. 



Ingrid Michaelson's Everybody

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I was introduced to Ingrid Michaelson quite a while ago.  The first song I heard was called The Way I Am.  I liked the song quite a bit and downloaded it on iTunes.  I listened to some of her others songs and thought they were good but I only ended up downloading the one song. 

She released another album called Everybody last August but I never heard it until last December.  I checked it out after talking with a friend and really loved it.  About a month ago I went and bought the album.  I have been listening to it a ton at work ever since.  I find her music very happy and calming so it helps to destress me while I'm working on something. 

Overall, I think this is a great album with a lot of great songs.  There are a lot of pop-y catchy tunes but it still has an indie feel.  There are also a few other slower, softer, sweeter songs (Are We There Yet, Sort Of, Chain) that are also really nice.  I love the variety of instruments on the album -- acoustic guitar, piano, accordian, horns, organ, etc.  There's even ukulele.

Favorite Song: Everybody  --  I had a very hard time choosing a favorite.  At the moment it happens to be this one.  The song is very upbeat and uplifting.  Very catchy chorus.  And I love the clapping.  Love, the clapping.

Also love:
Maybe --  I think this was the first song I heard off the album.  Lovely song about letting someone you love go, and hoping that maybe one day they will return to you if it was meant to be. 
Locked-Up  --  Another catchy tune.  I find the following lyric really amusing, "Like an angry apple tree I throw my apples if you get too close to me".  The lyrics in the song are maybe my favorite on the entire album.
Mountain and The Sea  --   I love the opening bit with the ukulele.  And there's more clapping!


Least Favorite Song:  Men Of Snow  --  I actually quite like the beginning of this song, the piano background and the lovely little story in the lyrics.  But then I sort of lose interest and zone out.  It fades into the background a bit.







Sidenote: I originally thought that ingrid was maybe 20 years old.  Turns out she just turned thirty in December. 


What do you listen to when you need to calm down, relax, improve your mood, destress, etc.?


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Come On Eileen


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Things I Love: Music Edition

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I was recently going through a bunch of my older cds and there is a lot of great music that I haven't listened to in quite a while but still really love.  I am not sure how popular these will be in the thirty-something crowd, since most people I know that are around my age have never heard of thes bands.  I am very curious for your feedback though, should you have any.  I am also very curious as to what you are listening to these days.

* the links to the albums and dvds in this post are amazon affiliate links


1.  Andrew McMahon.

Instead of saving the best for last I am going to jump in head first.  Andrew McMahon is one of my absolute favorite artists.  He has been ever since I was introduced to him back in 2003 or 2004.  He is the front-man for two bands called Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin.  I own all of his albums as well as his 2 dvds.  I don't know what it is, but this kid really speaks to me.  Although it is hard to choose, I think my favorite song is one called Konstantine.  The video clip below is a video of him and his band Something Corporate playing the song live.  I really think you should view it.  I will warn you that it is long, almost 9 minutes long, but it is totally worth it.


Something Corporate Albums:

Leaving Through the Window  


Jack's Mannequin Albums:

Everything in Transit  

The Glass Passenger


Something Corporate - Live at the Ventura Theater

Dear Jack -- A documentary about Andrew's fight with Leukemia.  I just received this for Christmas and have already watched it twice.


2.  Bright Eyes.

This is another band I was introduced to right around the same time as Something Corporate.

Here is a video of one of my favorite Bright Eyes songs, Bowl of Oranges.

The three Bright Eyes albums I own:

I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning

Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground

Digital Ash in a Digital Urn


3.  Plain White T's.

Check out their myspace page to listen to a sampling of their songs.

Click the following link to see the video for my favorite song by them (youtube wouldn't let me embed): Hey there Delilah

The albums that I own:



4.  The Postal Service and Death Cab for Cutie. 

I lump these two together because the lead singer for both is the same, Ben Gibbard.

My favorite Postal Service song is "Such Great Heights" from the album Give Up.  A favorite Death Cab song is "I Will Follow You Into the Dark" from the ablum Plans.

The Postal Service MySpace page.

Death Cab for Cutie MySpace page.

The albums I own:




So if you actually had the time and desire to listen to any of the above, what did you think?  What are some of your favorite songs/artists/albums that you're listening to right now?



More things I love:

Food Edition, Letter 'M' Edition, Winter Edition


Come On Eileen

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Sunday night driving home from my parents house, "Come On Eileen" by Dexy's Midnight Runners came on the radio.  I rarely hear it, and when I do I get all excited for some reason.  I love to sing along to it.  There is one major problem with that, though.  I don't know the lyrics other than "come on eileen".  The second, and almost as major, problem with that is I sound awful when I sing.  But I guess that's besides the point at the moment.

So the song is on and I am attempting to sing along and announce to my boyfriend that I don't even know what they're saying in the rest of the chorus.  He said he didn't know either.  So I whipped out my phone and fired up google.  I was fully expecting to find some nice english lyrics that made perfect sense.  I did not find what I was expecting at all.  Here is what I found instead:

Come on Eileen too-loo rye-aye
Come on Eileen too-loo rye-aye
Toora toora-too-loora

So yeah, that's pretty much what I always mumble when I sing it.  I still have no idea what it means!  I didn't manage to find something that said "toora loora" often means "goodbye for now".  That kinda makes sense, I guess?

Also, I had no idea how dirty the song was.

Come on Eileen oh I swear (what he means)
Ah come on, let's take off everything
That pretty red dress Eileen (tell him yes)
Ah come on let's, Ah come on Eileen
That pretty red dress, Eileen (tell him yes)
Ah come on let's, ah come on Eileen


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I got an iTunes gift card for my birthday last month.  I felt like being extremely lazy this lovely Saturday afternoon so I sat down at the computer trying to find songs to download and new songs/artists I haven't heard of.  I text messaged the boyfriend and he sent me a few songs that he was listening to.  The first was an indie/folk artist named Meiko.  We don't tend to overlap much in our taste in music, but on this one we definitely agree. 

Her MySpace page:

YouTube Video of her performance on Conan:

I love indie/folk musicians.  I love songs with piano.  I love acoustic versions of songs.

What songs or artists have you been listening to lately?

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Stories, advice, and random thoughts from a thirty-something female.

Many people in their thirties are dealing with common issues and concerns. Some of these include buying a home, establishing a career, starting a family, and dealing with aging parents. I will blog about all these things as well as other every day stuff as I make my way through this third decade of life.

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