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    A Good Start.

    …finally. It seems like ever since I started listening to books (and podcasts about books), I’ve had less and less music in my life. I miss it; last year I set an intention to get “more music” into my life. It wasn’t very successful. When we setup Alexa earlier this summer I tried again with Amazon Music. I found a few playlists and stations I enjoyed, but it still didn’t click. And then I spent two weeks with Sara and saw how much she used and enjoyed Spotify (just like many of y’all have shared). Today I finally got myself started. In addition to joining Spotify Premium (and telling Alexa…

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    Sounds of the Season.

    Yesterday, our church was full of music. For the morning worship services, the choirs combined with members of the Georgia Symphony for a stunning performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria. In case you’re unfamiliar with it, this recording is beautiful (and it’s pretty to look at, too)! We closed worship with Angels We Have Heard on High. It’s one of my favorite hymns and accompanied by organ, strings and brass, a truly joyful sound! In the afternoon, we hosted the Alpharetta Community Chorus’ Holiday Concert. It was my first time hearing this chorus and it was delightful. They invited a local high school’s chamber chorus and mens’ chorale to join them for…

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    Ten on Tuesday | An Atlanta Playlist.

    Today, Carole‘s asked us to share songs “about where we live”. What a fun excuse to make a playlist*! I’ve lived in the Atlanta, Georgia area for over 35 years. Those first eight songs have been part of my playlist since college (well, except for Love Shack which didn’t come out until 1989 when I was already married with a child 🙂 … but “heading down the Atlanta highway” of course I had to include it). The Ramblin’ Wreck is Georgia Tech’s fight song. I remember hearing that one as a kid. My dad was a Georgia Tech alum and that’s probably the biggest reason I went there, too. (and then…

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    Ten on Tuesday | On the Radio.

    …iTunes radio, that is. Today Carole has asked us to share the first ten songs that play on our favorite station. While Charlie ate his breakfast this morning, it was Imagine Dragons (thank you to my sister for introducing me to their music; this station is a regular at our Wednesday evening meet-ups) and here are the first ten songs I heard:1. Demons, Imagine Dragons2. The Scientist, Coldplay3. Sink or Swim, Bad Lieutenant4. Tiptoe, Imagine Dragons5. On the Wing, Owl City6. Home, Phillip Phillips7. Sail, AWOLNATION (this was the only song I skipped ;-)8. Whispers, Passenger (this one was brand new for me and I liked it!)9. Burn, Ellie Goulding10.…

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    Ten on Tuesday | My Holiday Playlist.

    …ok, full disclosure right up front. Carole’s asked us to share the first ten songs that come up on our iPods. But I don’t have one. and until this past weekend, I didn’t even have songs in iTunes. Yeah, I guess I’m not that particular about my music. These days I mostly listen to podcasts and books. When my girls lived here, there was music all the time. And I had iPods (yes, that’s plural). And now…not. I deleted the music from my phone when I needed space to upgrade to iOS7 (two years ago?) and I deleted the music from my iPad to make space for photos before we…

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    Ten on Tuesday | Play It Again.

    …yikes, it’s nearly 7pm already – I know where the day went (knitting, a walk, Costco, lunch with Katie, more knitting, a nap – last night was a late one!, another walk, laundry and dishes), but boy did it fly by…like all the days seem to lately. Remember that scary numbers post from a few weeks back? yeah, it will be 2015 in just over six weeks. I wish I could slow the clock (and not only to give me more time to knit the Christmas gifts!). And now you’re probably wondering how that little tangent relates to today’s topic. Carole’s asked us to list ten musicians we’d like to…

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    ten on tuesday. the holiday playlist.

    …today Carole asked us for our ten favorite holiday albums. I took it one step further and narrowed it down to my ten favorite songs. for 2012. I started the top 10 playlist back in 2007 when I first did Shimelle’s Journal Your Christmas (she had a prompt about christmas music). I had a longer list in 2010 and I made an 11 for 2011 list last year. but I’ve never really blogged about the list. til now. thanks Carole! the view from iTunes in no particular order (because – of course?! – I play it on shuffle): 1. White Christmas, by Bing himself. from his Merry Christmas album, the one…

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    10 songs for a great mood.

    …I’m going to make this one short and sweet. I have only ten more stitches to finish the bind-off on my winnowing shawl. I’d be in the greatest of great moods to get it blocked before work today!! the album cover flow for this playlist 1. summer, highland falls. billy joel. this is probably my favorite sound. period. it brings back happy memories. it always makes me smile. 2. just to see you smile. tim mcgraw. the default ring tone on my phone. 3. I run to you. lady antebellum. marc’s ringtone. 4. here comes the sun. the beatles. I’ll bet this on a few lists today! 5. hell on…

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    coeur de pirate.

    …was just thinking that I hadn’t found any new music in a while. and then I found this on chelsea’s blog. love it! maybe it will help my french, preparing for paris, too!

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    Music-Happiness

    Lately, I’ve been music-happy, what with my brand-spankin’-new iPod (of the “Classic” variety) and all of the coolness that it embodies. It is beautiful and silver and shiny and colorful and it actually works. And it can house 80 gigabytes of whatever media form I want to put on it. (Still tackling the video download thing, but I’ll get there—eventually.) And here, in honor of my currently purple iPod (do you really think I wouldn’t buy something to protect my most valuable possession, and I am most definitely not exaggerating? My iPod and my glasses are my most prizes possessions.), I give you a shuffle. Prepare to have your mind…