Just because the year’s over doesn’t mean we’re safe from the earworms that defined our year – those dudes at the thrift shop, that chick on the wrecking ball, the techno beats that wake us up and get us rocking. Having a Spotify account this year made me so much more hip as I could listen to these songs as they came out. What will 2014 hold? Dare I predict… a lot of Beyonce?
This is my latest jam – for sunny mornings, rainy afternoons, days when I’m missing camp and our own game of cups (ours involves passing it down the line at increasing speed – take that, Anna Kendrick!). I love the musical background and her voice. Learning to play this is my next musical adventure – stay tuned to see how it goes!
As usual, the Maccabeats have come out with a catchy video to kick off the Jewish holidays. This time, it’s less about creative new lyrics and instead focused on the crafty repurposing of the Les Misérables songs to tell the story of Passover (with some mighty fine singing in the process, though I would have liked to see them hit those high notes…).
Check it out below – and check out my matzo brei recipe if you’re looking for a way to spice up your unleavened bread.
Every day, I check the marquee of the Orpheum Theatre on my way to work. Whose tour bus will be blocking my door this week, I wonder? But for the last few days, I looked up with an extra smile because I was actually going to see the band whose name was displayed – it was time for me to have some FUN.
It was surreal to actually be inside the theater for the first time – it felt like walking into Mary Poppins’s bag, like “how could this large space possibly fit in the downtown Boston that I know?” The opener was underwhelming, the beer was $13, but the seats were good and FUN. was amazing. They rocked the house, even if they did play a little too much new stuff for my fellow fans’ taste – it’s rare to find a band that sounds as solid in person as in the studio. They also brought the Boston charm for encore #1 (photo courtesy of the lovely Katie Catano).
(c) Katie Catano
My favorite part was just how much they enjoyed playing, and their newfound fame. When they held their mics to the audience to let us sing “SO WE SET THE WORLD ON FIRE, WE CAN BURN BRIGHTER…” the looks on their faces were of mild disbelief and sheer joy. This is my absolute favorite part of live music – seeing the face of an artist who clearly is still wondering “What did I do to deserve this, to get all these people to pay ME to sing to them, and to have people who not only like my words and tunes… they love them so much that they know them by heart?” If that isn’t the point of getting famous in the first place, I don’t know what is.
Here’s their megahit – trust me when I say it’s even better in person.
I might be a little late to the party, but I am obsessed with this 2012 pop mashup. From the paths of the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp to Logan Airport to the streets of Boston and NYC, this is what 2012 sounded like – and I loved it all.
What was your favorite song of 2012? Let me know and you could see it here some future Monday!
In case you ever wondered what it’s like to live in a swing state, it’s a little bit like this:
I was one of 14 thousand people who showed up to see POTUS and “OLD POTUS” (as my mom says) in Concord New Hampshire yesterday. Five hours in the cold gave us plenty of time to think about tomorrow and what’s actually at stake in this election – healthcare, equality, women’s rights to make decisions about their own bodies, climate change, and more. So while I know the ads are getting annoying… we’re tired of people knocking on our doors… you can’t stand to see another poll or political pin… just remember what’s on the line. And don’t stop thinking about tomorrow – and then DO remember to vote tomorrow. The future of our entire planet could depend on it.
Still not sure where to cast your ballot? Click here to find out!
Here’s your daily dose of awesome, with a good song to go with it from my friends at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.
You know that song you get stuck in your head after watching the American gymnasts at the Olympics? You can blame Phillip Phillips for that one. His hit “Home” is apparently the theme of the Fab Five. I didn’t hear him when he was on – and won – American Idol this year, but this song is definitely catchy. What do you think?
Here’s some pump-it-up music to get you into the Olympic spirit. I have been reading about the Games and getting ready to share some awesome facts and tips with you starting later this week. For now, let the kids of PS22 warm you up for the week ahead!
I’ve loved this song since I saw how silly it made my coworkers’ dance moves, but the mini-artists here make this version fabulous. They’re s confident and musical, banging on their butter tubs. I play the guitar because I love to sing along, and you can tell that these gals are in it for the same reason: to have fun.
(Thanks, Lauren, for the recommendation!)