Music Mondays

Music Mondays | Lianne La Havas

I know, I know.... It's been too long.  The day job picked up, and I have fallen drastically behind on my blogging.  So, I thought I'd pick it back up slowly with a quick Music Monday, featuring Lianne La Havas!

If you haven't heard of Ms. La Havas, you are in for. a. treat.  Her music has elements of soul, funk, R&B, and even the occasional electric vibe.  My husband and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary a couple of weeks ago - and, in that spirit, I've been listening to her song "What you don't do" on loop.  The song is a unique take on love, describing a relationship where there's a calming sense of trust and no need to play games. It's quite refreshing!  Take a listen below...

Happy Monday!  Hope this dose of new music helps you start your week off right!

Music Mondays | Andra Day

I heard about Andra Day because she is opening for Leon Bridges here in Denver - a show that sold out before I could get tickets :(. Her debut album Cheers to the Fall came out last August, and it has some stunning vocals on it! And it turns our Raphael Saadiq was involved in the making of her album, which only makes me love her more.

Here's her Tiny Desk Concert from NPR to give you your dose of soul for the week...



Music Mondays | Supermensch

Happy Monday!  For this week's edition of Music Monday, I wanted to share one of my go-to Netflix recommendations - Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon.

Supermensch is a wonderful documentary that chronicles the life and legend of Shep Gordon, a celebrated manager of all types of artists.  Gordon is probably best known for managing musicians such as Alice Cooper and Teddy Pendergrass, but he alsomanaged many actors (Mike Myers produced the documentary) and was the inventor of the celebrity chef.

Gordon shares a wide range of stories throughout the documentary, including how he got into artist management by happenstance. Generally speaking, artist managers have the stereotype of being rude, crass and selfish for themselves and their artist - but Shep Gordon shatters all of those stereotypes.  He's been extremely successful in the entertainment industry, while still maintaining strong relationships and respect.

If you give it a watch, let me know what you think!

Music Mondays | Carl Anderson

Ok, trying to get back into the swing of things!  The holidays combined with a pretty demanding day job has kept me away for a while.  Time for some new music!

I've recently discovered Carl Anderson, via Spotify's Discover Weekly playlist (so great). Carl Anderson has a bluegrass style - my favorite - combined with an old school country sound... think Dwight Yoakam. 

Here's the first single off the album that came out April 2015:

Music Monday | Feels like Autumn

After growing up in Texas without any real semblance of seasons, I still get pretty excited when the weather starts to change. All of a sudden, it's starting to feel like Autumn in Denver!  Not to mention the aspen leaves have been changing up in the mountains for the past few weeks...

via @adidavey on instagram

via @adidavey on instagram

This chill in the air has me excited about booties, scarves, and...

Finally sweater weather.

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And who doesn't love some good fall tunes to get you ready for the change?!  I really enjoy this classic from Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald...takes me back to my favorite part of the year in NYC.

Hope you are feeling cozy on this Monday morning!!  And for my friends in Texas - maybe this post got you excited for the new season and slightly cooler weather ;).

Music Mondays | Nina Simone

I've always enjoyed Nina Simone's music, but I never truly understood the stories behind it.  A couple of months ago, I watched a Netflix-produced documentary called What Happened, Miss Simone?. This documentary was fascinating and really dove into some timely topics - the civil rights movement, domestic abuse, and mental health. If you are a fan of music - especially Jazz - you need to make a point to watch this one!

Because of this documentary, a song that I've always liked has decidedly become a favorite of mine.  Have a listen to Mississippi Goddamn below, and let me know what you think about the documentary!

Music Mondays | Kacey Musgraves

I've really been digging the most recent Kacey Musgraves album, Pageant Material. She's from small town Texas, so I feel a sort of kinship with her (even though I grew up in the suburbs of Houston). Musgraves' music is the type of country sound that maintains the style of country music's roots - none of that overly-produced pop stuff you hear too often these days.

Here's my favorite tune off the album...so far!


Music Monday | Sturgill Simpson

I went to Red Rocks Amphitheater this weekend to see Sturgill Simpson and the Avett Brothers.  It was an amazing night - weather was perfect, music was wonderful, and the setting was beautiful.  If you've never seen a show at Red Rocks, I highly recommend you add it to your bucket list. Right meow.

Here's a snapshot of the view:

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Sturgill Simpson was very impressive, as expected! He has a sound that harkens back to the country days of old. So, I thought I'd share one of my faves to get you through your Monday....