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5 Songs That Remind Me of High School | Christina Pilat @ From Under a Palm Tree

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Can you believe that the month of August starts this week? It seems like summer started just yesterday…

For most of us, the month of August is synonymous with back to school season. And the thing I always liked most about school starting up again was that it meant I got to go back to school shopping. There always was just something about picking out new notebooks and pencils and pens and deciding which kind of new backpack I wanted. Even when I was a teenager and started high school—a time when going back to school shopping shouldn’t have been nearly as exciting considering I’d already been doing it for 10 years or so—I still remember being beside myself to be able to get a new Eddie Bauer backpack. (Though I didn’t get a matching lunchbox or anything. That would have been so not cool: those were the years of basic, brown paper bagging it, for sure…) Continue reading “5 Songs That Remind Me of High School | Christina Pilat @ From Under a Palm Tree”

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Another Trip Around the Sun: The Perfect Birthday Playlist

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It’s hard for me to believe, but my daughter Zoey turns 6 today. Because it seems like it was just yesterday she was an infant, taking her first steps and saying her first words, and then I blinked, and there she was, a bona fide little person, one who likes to try on makeup, takes care of me when I’m sick, and knows all the lyrics to her favorite songs. Time certainly does fly…

So in honor of her birthday today, it seemed only appropriate to share a playlist to designed to help someone celebrate their special day, no matter how old they may be or how many candles sit on top of their cake. (And remember: it’s not about how old are, it’s about how old you feel, because age is just a number, right?) Continue reading “Another Trip Around the Sun: The Perfect Birthday Playlist”

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50 Years of ‘What a Wonderful World’

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In the late 1960’s, nothing seemed like it was going right; from assassinations to race riots to the Vietnam War, tension was everywhere. It seemed as if the world was falling apart.

In light of this, songwriter George David Weiss and record producer Bob Thiele decided to pen a positive, beautiful song that would provide a welcome respite from these challenging times. The song was called What a Wonderful World, and after Tony Bennett turned down the initial recording offer, Louis Armstrong signed on to record it. Initially released in 1967 as a single, the song didn’t fare so well. But after Armstrong released the song on his What A Wonderful World album in 1968, it gradually gained in popularity. Continue reading “50 Years of ‘What a Wonderful World’”

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One-Hit Wonders are ONEderfully Nostalgic!

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“Better to live one day as a tiger than a thousand years as a sheep.” – Tibetan Proverb

Today’s nostalgic Music Monday post is dedicated to those artists who — despite their talent and tenacity — ended up having only one real “hit” to their name.  Sure, they may have made multiple albums, maybe they even had mild success with other songs (or even success writing for others). But these artists will be best remembered for — heck maybe they will only be remembered for — their one big hit. Continue reading “One-Hit Wonders are ONEderfully Nostalgic!”

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16 Songs About Spring

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“Thus came the lovely spring with a rush of blossoms and music, Flooding the earth with flowers, and the air with melodies vernal.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Ah, Spring… the beautiful time of year when everything comes back to life, when flowers begin blooming and trees start sprouting new leaves. It’s the time of year for singing in the rain, dancing in puddles, and catching raindrops on your tongue. It’s the time of year that makes you want to run around outside and soak up the sunshine after being cooped inside all winter. It’s the time of year that just begs you to roll the windows down in your car, turn the stereo up, and sing at the top of your lungs.  Continue reading “16 Songs About Spring”