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um, who knew he had a new single coming out TODAY? because i sure didn't, until i got his email informing me that, not only did he have a single drop today, but he's also going on tour for a couple months because his new album is being released on march 13! i don't feel like i need to say it, but i will. this song is great and i am already in love with it after a total of two whole listens. #notsurprised
by the way, did you know dave has been nominated for a GRAMMY for best country song blake shelton's version of "God gave me you"? so well deserved. and i hope he wins.
i've always enjoyed her music, but i've never actually taken the plunge and bought any of her albums. i think i have purchased maybe one or two songs. the rest of my collection comes from various playlists i've downloaded from other people on the internet, which i know is questionable in terms of illegal downloads, but i read this amazing quote the other day that makes me feel less guilty about it. ANYWAY, i listened to approximately three seconds of the first song on this album and decided i should just go ahead and buy it, which was actually pretty risky because it's over $10 and anything over $10 has to be really worth it. but, let me assure you, it is totally worth the whole extra dollar i paid for it.
favorite tracks: "fire" & "this is war" / itunes
i'm pretty sure i've heard her name before, but i'm going to be honest here and say that the reason i found myself on her album page was because i liked her cover art, so i clicked on it. pretty art? yes. christian music? yes. a track featuring matt maher? yes. enough said. (but really, it's pretty great for a random find on itunes.)
favorite tracks: "steady my heart" & "we are" / itunes
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the other night, i was hanging out with some friends and i got chatting with this girl abbie, who i know but don't know well. we were having a conversation i expected to be some variation of this one, but she said something that changed the course of our conversation. something i haven't stopped thinking about since she said it.
after i told her what i did for work, she asked me if i like it, which is a relatively common question. i gave my common answer: no, not really. but before i could launch into my mini speech about wanting to live in nashville, she looked up at me and said, "then stop doing it."
it wasn't a suggestion. it wasn't a question. it was a statement. almost like a command. it was bold and it completely caught me off guard. one, because i have had that conversation countless times with a number of different people and never once has anyone ever responded to me saying i didn't like my job by telling me to stop doing it. and two, because she's totally right.
i grew up being unsure of what kind of career i wanted, but the one thing i was sure of was that, whatever my job ended up being, i was going to love it. i was determined not to be one of those people who gets up every morning and goes to a job they hate. somehow, i turned into one of them and i have justified it by saying that my job has the best pay, the best hours, the best benefits, and the best boss for my current situation. and this girl, who i have seen only a handful of times in my life, completely shattered my logic by pointing out the one thing that matters.
if you don't like what you're doing, then stop doing it.
fortunately, i have reached the point where i will (most likely) be able to stop in a few short months. but i decided that even if my tentative plans to move do not work out, i'm still going to quit. because i cannot keep doing what i'm doing. it's tiring. it's draining. it's wearing me down.
so i'm going to stop doing it.
12 January 2012
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i didn't realize they had an album coming out when i bought "new york" last week. i didn't realize they even had a new single until last week when i finally caught up with what's been going on on itunes. but, here it is. it's not my favorite album by them, but there are a few songs i cannot get enough of.
favorite tracks: "this isn't everything you are" & "in the end" (which includes lyrics i have quoted in the title) / itunes
i heard the last 30 seconds of this song on the radio the other day, and then i went on that station's website to find out the title/artist, and then i went on itunes yesterday and saw that it was just released. so there you go. it's fun, it's catchy, and the lyrics to it crack me up. "just a shy guy looking for a two-ply hefty bag to hold my love." umm, really? it's crazy, the kinds of lyrics songs can get away with.
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'for I know the plans i have for you,' declares the Lord. 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'
04 January 2012
i LOVE the old safetysuit album, life left to go, which was released in 2008. i think i impulsively bought it and then immediately forgot about it, only to rediscover it a couple years later. and it's so good, i still go back and listen to it occasionally. (which says a lot, because i often forget about a lot of the music i have.) these times was released on tuesday and i downloaded it without even previewing any of the songs. all i can say is that i have no regrets.
favorite tracks: "believe," "never stop," & "you don't see me" / itunes
there's not much else to say except i don't think snow patrol has recorded a bad song. LOVE.
this album has been on my wish list for so long and i always put off buying it for one reason or another. but yesterday, it was released on noisetrade for FREE. such a score. i'm loving it and listening to the entire thing on repeat.
favorite tracks: "wish," "last time," & "gutter" / noisetrade
i'm a little late to join this party, but oh my word. this album is so great. i knew it would be. i don't have their old album or anything, but from their radio singles, especially "we owned the night," i could tell i would just love them.
favorite tracks: "we owned the night," "dancin' away with my heart," "wanted you more," & "heart of the world" / itunes
last, but not least! this single was released a few weeks ago, but i wanted to mention it because it's THE FRAY and also because it's AMAZING. i have been listening to it nonstop since i downloaded it. i just love them and i am very impatiently waiting to hear the rest of their new stuff on scars & stories, which gets released on february 7. i have already preordered it. twice.