30 Days of Thanks-Day 10

Playing catchup again-this week has been insanely busy! So I’ll keep this one short and sweet. I am so thankful for music and being able to teach music at my church. I’m no expert, to be sure. But I remember what my teachers shared with me along the way, and it made music such a vital, vibrant part of who I am. As stressful as it can sometimes be, it is also deeply rewarding. Bonus: the kids shower me with hugs!

Do you remember the movie August Rush? One of the standout lines from it goes like this:”You know what music is? God’s little reminder that there’s something else besides us in this universe, a harmonic connection between all living beings, every where, even the stars.” Love that.

One of my favorite songs ever is What a Wonderful World, especially the version by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. (Of couse, I also adore Louis Armstrong’s, too so either one is a winner!) Here’s a LINK to a video of this song that I made featuring my favorite people-my family!

So my advice for you is to slow down today and listen to music that inspires you and motivates you. Or makes you want to dance. You could always sing along in the car despite the weird looks you might get!

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My Summer Playlist

My intentions with the blog have been good…it’s just summer has provided WAY too many distractions. Let’s just say that in a little over 1 week, the school schedule will be kicking my tush! I LOVE the sleeping in and relish the mornings when the kids pile into bed and snuggle. Because I know all too well that these days are fleeting.

Another way to hold on to the last remnants of summer is music. I love iTunes, especially the celebrity playlists because 1) they pick some really random music; 2) you occasionally find a new song or artist you like; and 3) most the time they pick some totally laughable stuff! So I’m willing to put my  list of summertime tunes out there…IF you promise to list a few of your own in as comments!

  • Three Little Birds by Bob Marley (because it’s a great song and it reminds me of Jamaica. Enough said!)
  • Turning Tables-Adele. Girl can sing her face off!
  • Carolina by Matt Wertz-reminds me of my alma mater (the Gamecocks).
  • Ships in the Night-Mat Kearney. I already liked his stuff and this is his newest single.
  • Until You by Dave Barnes. Love his voice.
  • Light Up the Sky by the Afters. Because our God can and does. Every day.
  • Somewhere Only We Know by Keane. Liked it before Disney used it for the Winnie the Pooh trailer. Now I like it even more:)
  • You and Me-Dave Matthews Band.
  • Any songs by Kaskade for dancing!

So what’s on your playlist right now???

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