I heard this song on our favorite radio station, Sirius XM Kids Place Live (which, by the way, is free this week if you have a Sirius XM radio receiver in your car, but don’t have a subscription), and it felt like something I wanted everyone to hear. It’s okay, guys. Try again.
Gosh, I love New York. It’s always on my mind in the fall. It doesn’t help that I now have this movie on both DVD and on my iPad, so I can visit my favorite city whenever I please. The city is it’s own character in the greatest story, and I never tire of it.
Recently I’ve found myself singing the kids to sleep again. I don’t know when it happened or why…just one day I realized I’d sang them to bed for several nights in a row. Trust me, my voice is nothing worth writing home about, but I can carry a tune or two when the mood strikes me, and for whatever reason, our current winner is “Moon River.” Tate calls it the moon rainbow song, and he begs me to sing it over and over, while he holds my face between his hands. Lucy prefers it to be sung while I stroke her back. What is it about “Moon River?” Every time I almost make it through the whole thing, and then the tears start to flow. That happens to everyone, right? By the time I reach, “my huckleberry friend…” I’m doing my best to keep my voice from cracking and hold the whole thing together.
“Moon River” will always and forever remind me of New York, thanks to Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Audrey Hepburn singing it from a fire escape. So today while I think of my friends in that city, I’ll sing this tune as my babes drift off to sleep. And I’ll thank my lucky stars I live in a world where a dream like New York City is real life.
“Two drifters, off to see the world. There’s such a lot of world to see. We’re after the same rainbow’s end, waiting ’round the bend, my huckleberry friend, Moon River and me.”
Video via Hey Natalie Jean
Sometimes you just hear a band and their music sticks in your head and your heart for days after it leaves your ears. That’s how I felt the first time I heard Bastille’s “Pompeii.” And then I saw this acoustic version recorded in a museum in Paris. Le sigh. If your heart isn’t a little bit achy/joyous after hearing this, I think you might be broken.
And for those of you that crave a bonus track, Bastille doing a version of TLC’s “No Scrubs.” Yes it is.
It’s that time again, where I share a little bit of what’s been playing in my earbuds lately. When I was putting together this playlist, I was basically imagining I was the one in charge of the playlist at our local pool, and let me tell you, I got a little squirrelly with all the imaginary power! I am more than aware that my taste in music certainly isn’t what one would call “popular” (I hope you used air quotes while reading that sentence), but I sure do like it. So if you’re looking for a little infusion of indie rock, indie pop, electronic, and more Daft Punk than is probably legal (I may be a teeny bit obsessed with their new album), you’re in the right place.
Happy summer! Let’s boogie.
P.S. Please note the Robert Delong song is NOT the edited version, so if you’re at work, keep those speakers low (and f’ing dance!)
Don’t get me wrong, people, I am a fan of love. My favorite movies are romantic comedies where Meg Ryan kisses Tom Hanks at the end, so you could call me a connoisseur of love. Love is the best. All kinds of love. Gay love. Straight love. Puppy love. A mother’s love. I could go on forever.
But, you guys, seriously, love isn’t perfect. And though I have somehow inexplicably ended up happier in my little life that I ever imagined possible, sometimes I still want to punch love in the face. Or at least listen to some loud music about how horrible it is and purge some much needed angst. Because love is beautiful, but it can drive you f’ing crazy.
So I made you (and me, let’s be real) a little playlist full of everything. Some good love. Some sad love. Some love that needs to be punched in the face. Some people saying screw romantic love, let’s party with our friends (I love these people). Let’s soak it all in, everyone. I love you!