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Road Playlist - Week of 5/18/15

Scrubby trees mixed with lanky palms line the sides of the road as we make our way out of Florida and through Savannah, GA this week.  Aaron drives, Magnolia sucks on a ring pop much to the dismay of her mother, who spends her time making travel playlists on Spotify.  It's one of my favorite things to do, especially on roadtrips.  This week we're listening to some new stuff like Bahamas and FireKid, some roadtrip classics like Willie's On The Road Again, as well as wearing out my sister,  Menna's, new self-titled album.  It's always in heavy rotation in our car but this week it's extra special because she's the birthday girl!  I'm featuring one of my favorite songs on the playlist- "Rachel"- an incredibly beautiful autobiographical song about self-value.  I'm not sure I've ever heard it without getting a little lump in my throat.  Happy birthday sister!  

You can find and follow this Road Playlist on Spotify!  

1. Bahamas- All The Time

2. FireKid- Magic Mountain

3. Foals- My Number

4. David Ramirez- Stick Around

5. Young The Giant- Mind Over Matter

6. Zella Day- East of Eden Carousel Remix

7. Avicii- Addicted To You

8. John Newman- Love Me Again

9. Mark Ronson- Valerie

10. Willie Nelson- On The Road Again

*11. Menna- Rachel

Behind The Scenes Recording Our EP "I Found You"

Here are some fun pics from our recording adventure... Enjoy <3 _MG_4279 As I've said before, we recorded in our basement apartment, so what you are seeing here is looking through the window (a window between rooms like in a recording studio) into the bedroom, where we are standing in front of our flipped up mattress.  This is, from left to right, my sister-in-law Andrea, my mom Victoria, my sister Menna, and me.  We are recording the choir parts for "Holy Ghost".  _MG_4287 These women are not just family, but all three are absolutely KILLER vocalists themselves, so we were cracking up most of the time, having fun pretending to be cocky about nailing all the parts first try... *brushes shoulders off* *then smiles and hopes you know I'm joking*_MG_4303

Look at those perfect vowels... my high school choir would be proud.

_MG_3528   _MG_3571 _MG_3559_MG_3543_MG_3579 Our producer, Kyle Burns, of the band Forever The Sickest Kids, in his lair of mad skills working his musical sorcery. _MG_3604 Aaron recording _MG_3629 _MG_3615 Stealing a break for sweet baby kisses <3 _MG_3663  _MG_6675 Our freakishly talented and accomplished friend, Zack Casebolt, recording violin on "I Found You" and "You For Me" _MG_6663_MG_6698 Kyle Burns displaying the appropriate nasty face one uses when listening to the sick jams he created. _MG_6689 _MG_6692 _MG_6708 So happy to be recording... _MG_6739 Breaking for lunch with some cool dudes. _MG_6875 Another insanely skilled wonderful friend of ours (so wonderful that he was Aaron's best man at our wedding), laying down some soulful western melodies on "Stop That Foolin Around" _MG_6877_MG_6880_MG_6887_MG_6864

Pilgrim "You For Me" Video | Happy Valentines Day

Once upon a time, after finishing my shift at the sushi restaurant where I worked as a hostess, I ran over to a little venue called 12th and Porter to say hi to a friend before going home to get off my feet after a long day. I rushed inside and found that I had missed the band, but I wasn't too concerned.  I said hi to my friend Pricilla and she immediately introduced me to a couple of fellas.  Conversation with one of them came quickly and easily and we were joking and bantering in a matter of moments.  My interested was piqued and my plans for the evening changed.  We talked until 3 in the morning. Five or so years later, he and I wrote this song together as we watched our daughter crawl across the floor after a toy.

Happy Valentines Day. Enjoy.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9AHPvzmkmk&w=560&h=315]

 

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Transition

When I found myself crying in the bathtub listening to Some Nights by Fun, I felt a strange mix of fear, power and pain. I tried to pinpoint the reason I was crying. I realized it was because I can't stop fighting. And I'm so tired. I want to give up so bad right now. I want to rest. But I know I won't stop fighting. I just won't. I can't. I'm gonna kick and scream for a moment, lose all hope and vision for a short while and then slap some water on my face, look in the mirror and pull my boot straps up. This is the real raw honest truth. This shit is not easy. No matter what you do. Life is not easy. And if you push back against anything, try and make a change, do something great, care, it gets even harder. It feels like we're trying to lift the world and move it. All of the details involved in just getting moved into the airstream and heading out loom over us like a mountain. So many unknowns, mistakes, our fingers pointing at ourselves over and over, as we bulldoze through everything in our path, even some people, for which I deeply ache. But to the part of me waving the white flag, head down, the stronger part of me is saying gently, you know you're not gonna do that. And I know I'm not. Later I got to talk to a dear friend on the phone, the kind of friend who you can be honest with and say "not so good" to when they say "how are you?"and she pointed me to a spot-on analogy for the situation. A fellow mother, she reminded me of that pivotal and painful part of labor when you are dilating from 8 to 10 cm, before you are ready to push, which is called transition. I easily recalled that excruciating period that preceded the most euphoric and transcendent moment of my life when I first held my baby girl. I thought I couldn't do it. I tried to climb out of the large tub like I could just give up and go home. But then, I did it. Wow, I did it. I will never cease to be proud of and empowered by those hours of labor and delivery. Similarly, something is being birthed in our lives right now. It's grown for months inside of us and now it's time. We've labored and labored and it's about to be here. I can tell that we are right smack in the middle of transition because I've lost the vision and I feel like giving up, sure I simply cannot do this. But once I see where we are, I know we're almost there. It won't be much longer now. So I'll continue to put one foot in front of the other. I've done it before and I can do it again.

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