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Twinkle

Her nerves were stirring up the butterflies in her gut as she drove toward the new assignment. 

She loved the freedom of working temp, choosing her hours and getting new assignments, but the first day always made her a little nervous. She jittered the bangles on her wrist, trying to settle, but it was not working.

Those first five minutes, when she walked in the door, were always so critical for setting the tone of the whole assignment.

She parked, took a deep breath, but left the power on. She swiped through her iPod, looking for the right song. There it was. She hit play, sat the iPod down and a smile snuck onto her face as the sounds of Love, Inc played at volume 8 through the Bluetooth speakers in the car.

She took another deep breath, and as the group reminded her she was a Superstar, she knew everything was going to be just fine.


Need a reminder that you are a superstar when music is not appropriate? Wear these Twinkle earrings and the slight flash of the goldstone beads will remind you of your Superstar status.

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The Mummies’ Funky Jive Spiced up Kokomo

Thursday evening rolled the opening of the 2011 Haynes Apperson Festival, and this year it all started a little Funky.

A bit before 8PM, the crowds started gathering in front of the courthouse… and then the Mummies arrived.

Although the ending of the show can get a little bit Racy ( in the most fun ways), families gathered to listen, dance and enjoy the funky beats.

I wandered about the crowd… for a bit we even went over to the food and rides side of the Downtown Festival but the sounds of the Mummies’ Jive could be heard clearly no matter where you were. Everyone got the treat of their

As for the Mummies? They looked, and sounded good from every angle.

Check out more shots in the album:

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She’s a Super Geek

I recently had a good friend get on a roll with spoofed song lyrics.. and out of it came this one for me.

Super Geek ( to the tune of Super Freak)

She’s a very techie girl
The kind that always stays connected
She will never let your spirits down
Once you get her off the net, ow girl

She likes the boys on the blog
She says that I’m her all-time favorite
When I make my move to her chat it’s the right time
She’s never hard to please, ow now

That girl is pretty wild now
The girl’s a super geek
The kind of girl you read about
In Tech Crunch magazine
That girl is always techie
The girl’s a super geek
I really love to tweet her
Just before we meet
She’s on-line, she’s on-line
That girl’s on-line with me, yeah

She’s a super geek, super geek
She’s super-geeky, yow
(everybody sing)
Super geek, super geek

She’s a very Facebook girl
(The kind of girl you want to poke)
From her wall down to her profile
Down to her faves, yeah
And she’ll wait for me at Best Buy with her girlfriends
In a lime Hum-vee
(Going back in Cyber-space)

Games not a bore to her, she says
“Room 256, I’ll be waiting”
When I get there she’s got Ti-vo, Wii, and X box
It’s such a geeky scene

That girl is really techie
The girl’s a super geek
The kind of girl you read about
In Tech Crunch magazine
That girl is pretty wild now
The girl’s a super geek
I really love to tweet her
Just before we meet
She’s on-line, she’s on-line
That girl’s on-line with me, yeah

She’s a super geek, super geek
She’s super-geeky, yow
Rick Astley sing!
Ohhhhh
Super geek, super geek
That girl’s a super geek
Ohhhhh

She’s a very techie girl
The kind that always stays connected
She will never let your spirits down
Once you get her off the net

Blow, Sergey!
(sax solo)

  —- mp

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Peculiar Preztelmen- the cure for Mondays

Over the weekend, I got turned on to The Peculiar Pretzelmen by Ms.Pat Kight. My life has not been the same since.

Their music is an amazing and complex blend of old fashioned gritty jazz/blues, chaos and the experimental joy of making music with everything around you. The rhythms are infectious, make me want to move and even their darkest topics made me smile.

Close your eyes and you are transported back to dustbowls, a hard scrabble life and simple pleasures and joys. The gravel in the lead singer’s voice makes him somehow more grounded and real- someone you expect to look up and see banging on a banjo on your front porch.

With a philosophy of renovating, recreating and restoring old instruments, they fit well in the Maker ethos, bringing a modern beat and exploration of sound to life on musical history itself.

If a song like “Wash the Ground” does not turn around your Monday, nothing can. A slow start of melodic rhythms that eases into gravelly vocals backed by instruments that sing the harmonies, this song had my toes tapping, then my legs bouncing, then me up out of my chair and dancing inn the office. So come on down…. time to get infected by the Peculiar Pretzelmen.

If streaming music is more your thing, you can also find them on last.fm, myspace, or check out the Pandora Station I created. If you fall in love with them, check them out on CD Baby and help support some great music.

I have not had the privilege of seeing them live, but will be watching their tour listings for something close by. Do you have Peculiar Pretzelmen stories to share?

edit note: updated to correct the amazing person who originally turned me to the Peculiar Side– I apologize for the confusion. Mary Mactavish still has an awesome blog ya’ll should check out if you love geography.



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A Funny Kind of Brotherhood

We were standing out in the back lot of RadioRadio, and Peter Rinaldi was keeping an eye on the generator repair on the oneEskimO tour bus to see if the power was going to be back on. “We have been back and forth across the country several times during this past year of being here”, he explained, “and we have started to figure out places we like to be or go in each city- including where the Whole Foods stores are. We just went shopping this afternoon and got food to last us the next couple of days- and now the generator went out.” This happened to them at least once before, and they lost the entire contents of the tour bus fridge, so he was relieved when their driver was able to make repairs. ( Guys, I am starting to think that you could cut a product placement deal with Whole Foods- an onstage thanks for feeding us and a link from your website… for free or reduced price groceries along the road…Heck, maybe even a record signing in a Whole Foods store?? ;-0 )

Peter returned back to my question. After reading their blog entry on the origin of encores, and knowing that in some part of their brain they thought they were silly, I wondered how and when they decided to go back on for an encore as they had tonight. “We don’t often do encores, but when we do it is different every time- then you have to wonder, did we wait too long– have they [the audience] lost interest? do they really want an encore or are they just being polite?”. I for one, was glad they had done the encore tonight… I was just not ready for the dreamy trip that the concert had been to be over.

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One Eskimo Frenzy

I have to be honest, I had never heard of One Eskimo when I got the offer to review their album for One2One. But I clicked through the link, watched the “Kandi” video and was intrigued. Then they gave away Mother’s Day Downloads of “Amazing” for free. That was the song that hooked me. I like it so much, on a whim I sent one to my mom as well. She is no spring chicken, but immediately asked for more. When the album got here, it got downloaded onto the household music center iPod, and my teenaged daughters have been grooving on it as well. A three generational crowd pleaser is always a hit in my books!. A light pop/soul blend ( ‘it’s kinda 70’s’, my mom said) this is a great pick me up, but has lyrics that are way more than bubblegum. I love this TV Guide interview ( ugh.. TV Guide,sorry) where they talk about the passion for writing music and how they mix audio and visual into an experience. if you are lucky enough to see them live this summer when they tour, please please share and let us know if it is as cool as it sounds ( besides, who can resist that gorgeous British accent?? 😉 )

You can still get a free copy of Astronauts by sharing a Tweet: Free Download of “Astronauts” via Twitter: http://bit.ly/97B94S, or just check out their YouTube channel and if you want to join us in the groove- splurge for the deluxe version of the album on iTunes.

I have to run into the city tomorrow with my daughter and this album will absolutely be on the playlist. OneEskimo will stay one of my summer fav’s for 2010.

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“Inspired by sex dreams…..”

I admit it, as soon as I heard Brandi Carlile say that her new song Dreams was inspired by sex dreams, I was hooked in. Luckily, the music is great and I have stayed around just for the fun. I got lucky and the One2One network got me a free download of her entire album. I liked it so much, I turned around a bought a copy for a friend as soon as it was available.

True Confessions? I am a die hard Melissa Ethridge and Indigo Girls fan. ( kill me, I am already over it) As such, I was doomed to love this album. In “Looking Out“, the rocking beat pushed hard and adds to the desperation and ache that echoes in her voice while she belts out lyrics like: “I’ve got a new interpretation and it’s a better point of view… you were looking out for a landslide and I was looking out for you…” …. “I close my eyes and think of you, I take a step , I think of you, I catch my breathe – I think of you….” “when you are outside looking in, you belong to someone”…. This contrasts with the quiet vocals ( almost a yodel in some places) accompanied by ukele in “Oh Dear” “It’s only you that my heart desires, only you alone that can break my fall…”. Then of course there is “Dreams”, not quite folk, not quite country, not quite rock but 100% wonderful. “I keep it to myself, I don’t know what it means- I can’t argue with dreams– I have dreams”. If you have any love in your life for a female folk rocker type of musician, this is a must listen, must own album.
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Your Songs, My Songs, a trip down memory lane


I am apparently exactly the demographic being targeted in the latest Harry Connick, Jr musical collection ( album? CD? Download?) from the One2One network. I was very lucky to get a copy of the new set of songs to review and had a blast with it from the first play through. This is a set of songs that were fresh and new and popular as I was a kid growing up. Listening to this immediately flashes me back top a calmer, safer and more pleasant time– how can you not love that ? As a matter of fact, it reminded me so much of my childhood that I gave my free copy to my Dad as a part of his recent birthday celebration.

While Harry soars with “ All the way” and “Can’t help falling in love with you” and you can not help but sing along when he gets to “Besame Mucho“. I was not thrilled with his rendition of “Some Enchanted Evening”– but in fairness ever since I saw South Pacific as a child, no one but Rossano Brazzi is allowed to sing this song and have me like it. He was also just not quite right for “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”– but it takes a strong take to overcome Roberta Flack in my mind. I would have ended the collection with “And I Love You So” instead of pushing on, but I am an incurable romantic.
It has been a couple of years since Harry has released anything other than Christmas music, and this sweet little album is a good plunge back into the waters. I will quietly qualify this by saying that I also recently picked up the new Michael Buble and that is currently showing as many plays in my iTunes library as Harry is– even though it came out a month or so later… if you have to pick just one retro dream album- go with the Buble. If picking up a couple works, I recommend them both.
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Amazon Rocks it

I continue to be enamored with the amazon MP3 store. The music is all DRM free, their downloader automatically loads it into iTunes for me ( which I shouldn’t love, but honestly? I do), and the prices are generally lower than the iTunes store. This morning I was poking around and found the kicker that makes me completely infatuated. They have over the top offerings of free music. You have to poke around a little to find, it.. but not too much. Every music service out there offers free music ( heck, on AmieStreet it all starts for free). But right now, Amazon has over 3,000 free songs. That is not a decimal shifted typo– 3,000!!. And it is not all new breaking bands that are badly produced. I just spent 10 minutes out there and downloaded 150 songs. I got Lena Horne, Benny Goodman, and Billie Holiday. There is even Ted Nugent, Hermans Hermits, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, and the Bee Gees (ok, admit it, you would not BUY the BeeGees, but you would listen to it if you could get it for free.. you know you would)
I have not even started to wade through all 3,000+ songs currently available, so go and muddle through and leave a comment with a gem that you found, so I can download it too.

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