#PrincessBootCamp – Rapunzel Playlist

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This week’s playlist is whimsical and, like Mulan playlist, is great to listen to from top to bottom for a full musical story or on shuffle for a smattering of great Rapunzel inspired tunes!

  1. Fairytale – Harry Gregson-Williams
  2. Once Upon a December – Liz Callaway
  3. Castle – Halsey
  4. Fairytales – Alex Preston
  5. Nolita Fairytale – Vanessa Carlton
  6. Hair – New Broadway Cast Recording “Hair”
  7. When Will My Life Begin – Mandy Moore
  8. Lights – Jef Miles
  9. Lights – Ellie Goulding
  10. Shooting Star – Owl City
  11. Almost There – Anika Noni Rose
  12. When Will My Life Begin (Reprise 2) – Mandy Moore
  13. Take on the World – Rowan Blanchard, Sabrina Carpenter
  14. Try Everything – Shakira
  15. Wildside – Sofia Carson, Sabrina Carpenter
  16. Whip My Hair – Willow
  17. I’ve Got a Dream – Tangled Soundtrack
  18. Dreams – Fleetwood Mac
  19. Dream On – Aerosmith
  20. Dreaming – Smallpools
  21. Healing Incantation – Mandy Moore
  22. The Glow – Shannon Saunders
  23. Kingdom Dance – Alan Menken
  24. Flowers in Your Hair – The Lumineers
  25. Fireflies – Owl City
  26. Bubbly – Colbie Caillat
  27. At the Beginning – Film Score Orchestra
  28. I Can See the Light – Hamilton Cast
  29. I’m Beginning to See the Light – Michael Bublé
  30. Long As I Can See the Light – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  31. I See the Light – Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi
  32. Terrified – Katharine McPhee
  33. See the Light – Matrimony
  34. Lanterns – Birds of Tokyo
  35. A Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay
  36. Counting Star – OneRepublic
  37. When the Stars Go Blue – Tyler Hilton & Bethany Joy Lenz
  38. Lost Stars – Adam Levine
  39. Starlight – Empire Cast
  40. Starlight – Neverest
  41. Seeing Stars – BORNS
  42. Journey to the Past – Liz Callaway
  43. Wind in My Hair – Mandy Moore
  44. Tangled – Thomas Rhett
  45. Hair – Lady Gaga
  46. Castle on the Hill – Ed Sheeran
  47. Something That I Want – Grace Potter
  48. It’s Not Just Make Believe – Kari Kimmel
  49. The Frying Pan – John Prine

Here’s your movie watch list for this week. A mix of Rapunzel inspired fairytales, musicals and random other selections that I added to the list for fun! (My list, my rules!)

Tangled

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As usual, we start with the inspiration for the week. Tangled burst onto the screens in 2010, though at times it feels like she’s been part of the Princess line up for far longer.

Anastasia

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Speaking of princesses who don’t know they are princesses…Anastasia is the story of a young orphaned girl, Anya, who has no memory of her past. After meeting a couple of con artists who want to use her to trick the Grand Duchess into believing that she is the long lost Princess Anastasia, little orphan Anya starts to recall things long forgotten. And in the course of remembering who she is, Dimitri, the boy who once saved her from certain death, starts remembering her as well. With voice casting from Meg Ryan, John Cusack, Kelsey Grammar, Christopher Llyod, Bernadette Peters, Kirsten Dunst, Hank Azaria and the one and only Angela Lansbury as the Grand Duchess. If you didn’t grow up watching this movie, then I’m not sure it’s one you’ll love in this age of Disney animation. Nostalgia really has to be on your side!! It’s the Disney movie that isn’t Disney. And it shows.

Sleeping Beauty

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And yet another princess who is not aware of her royal roots…the Princess Aurora is whisked away in the night by her 3 fairy godmothers, after the evil fairy Maleficent places a curse on the baby Princess. And all because she wasn’t invited to the party…beware using that red pen on evil fairy godmothers. Trust me, it’s safer just to invite them.

So Flora, Fauna and Merryweather secret the infant girl out of the castle and into the woods where she is raised as a young peasant girl who had to have questions about her parentage! Come on, 3 maiden aunts raising you in the woods? Questions are bound to pop up. But no, Aurora lives her quiet life and unlike Rapunzel, we don’t get the sense that she wonders too much about the world outside of her little forest. The only thing Aurora dreams of is her dreamy prince. Spoiler alert…she meets him…in the woods! And guess who he happens to be…the Prince. It’s a Disney fairytale, these things write themselves!

Into the Woods

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Into the Woods could easily have been put on Cinderella’s Watch List, but that list was pretty full, so I saved it for this week. Into the Woods is a musical by Stephen Sondheim. And while I really enjoy this movie adaptation, it’s the stage production starring Bernadette Peters and Joanna Gleeson that I love most.

This musical takes a whole slew of fairytale stories and throws them into the same woods. What if Rapunzel’s Prince and Cinderella’s Prince were brothers? What if Jack from the Beanstalk met Little Red Riding Hood? And so on. What this story boils down to is the general theme of “careful what you wish for.” It’s not the bright, fluffy Disney story that you’re used to. Sondheim often poses questions about good and evil in his musicals. What if the villain has redeeming qualities? What if the hero is flawed? It’s a unique take on these fairytales and my second favorite musical of all time!

Barbershop

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Ok, Barber Shop has little in common with Rapunzel, other than the over arching theme of…hair. But I’m putting it on the list, so deal! Barbershop is the story of a man, Ice Cube, who has had enough of running his father’s barbershop and decides to sell it to a man who wants to turn it into a strip club. Without telling anyone of his plans, Ice Cube sells it and sells out.

Ice Cube soon comes to realize the error he has made and how truly important the barbershop is, not only to the surrounding community, to his employees and patrons, but also to himself. And he goes about trying to get it back. Solid movie…go watch it! And if you get hooked on the franchise, give Barbershop 2: Back in Business a try as well as…

Beauty Shop

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Beauty Shop spins out of Barbershop 2, where we are introduced to Queen Latifah’s Gina. Gina is sick and tired of her boss and his criticism and decides it’s time to open her own beauty shop. But things aren’t as easy as they seem. She finds herself up against clients who are set in their ways, prejudice, vandalism and the day to day struggle of raising a daughter and being a business owner. This movie, like Barbershop, is the story of community, of friendship and of overcoming struggles.

Hairspray

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Another movie with little in common with our Disney heroine, but is full of magical hair! Hairspray is the story of Tracy Turnblad, a young girl in 1960’s Baltimore. All Tracy wants is to be on The Corny Collins’ Show and to have mile high hair, is that too much to ask? As fun as this musical is, it also takes time to challenge race relations in the 60’s. They explore integration, not only on the dance floor, but in the budding relationship between Penny and Seaweed. I saw this show 4 times on Broadway and love the movie adaptation starring John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Queen Latifah, Christopher Walken, Zac Efron, Amanda Bynes, Elijah Kelley, James Marsden, Allison Janney and new comer at the time, Nikki Blonsky as Tracy.

Chasing Liberty

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Mandy Moore (voice of Rapunzel in Tangled) stars in this frothy teen flick about the First Daughter running away to experience the world outside of the White House walls. She, like Rapunzel, feels that there’s more to life than what she has experienced. And she, like Rapunzel, takes the first chance to run away with a handsome dark haired stranger when it comes along. (Ok, it’s a stretch to say that this movie and Tangled have anything other than Mandy Moore in common, but that’s enough for me!) Also see First Daughter starring Katie Holmes which came out at the same time. Same movie, different cast!

#PrincessBootCamp – Ariel Week Inspo

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This week’s playlist is full of songs you’d expect to be on the list like “Part of Your World,” “Under the Sea,” and of course “Kiss the Girl,” but you’ll also see a little Hunchback of Notre Dame on the list, some Pirates of the Caribbean and basically any song I could get my hands on that was about water, the ocean,  kissing and the Sea. Enjoy this music as you swim your way to better health this week!

  1. Hoist the Colours – Hans Zimmer
  2. Fathoms Below – The Little Mermaid Broadway Cast
  3. Water – Pentatonix
  4. The Ocean and the Sea – Wilderado
  5. Daughters of Triton – The Little Mermaid
  6. Part of Your World – Jodi Benson
  7. Out There – The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  8. Under the Sea – Samuel E. Wright
  9. Poor Unfortunate Souls – Pat Carroll
  10. Evil Woman – Electric Light Orchestra
  11. Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run) – Billy Ocean
  12. Nightswimming – R.E.M.
  13. Seaside – The Kooks
  14. Jump in the Pool – Friendly Fires
  15. By the Sea – Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter
  16. Beaches – Moon Taxi
  17. One Step Closer – The Little Mermaid Broadway Cast
  18. Tenerife Sea – Ed Sheeran
  19. Rowing Song – Patty Griffin
  20. Rock the Boat – Aaliyah
  21. Kiss the Girl – Samuel E. Wright
  22. Kiss Me Slowly – Parachute
  23. Every Teardrop is a Waterfall – Coldplay
  24. Lost! – Coldplay
  25. Swim Until You Can’t See Land – Frightened Rabbit
  26. New Love – Gavin DeGraw
  27. We Found Love – Rihanna, Calvin Harris
  28. Marry Me – Train

Here’s a selection of movies to watch that will keep you swimming…

The Little Mermaid

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Obviously the movie that features this week’s Disney Princess is first up on the watch list. But as I’ve mentioned before, she is not my favorite Disney Princess by a long shot. Still, I do consider this a Disney classic from early Disney heydays. And the music comes in higher on my favorites list than Ariel herself. If you haven’t watched it in a long time, give it a look with grown up eyes. It’s tough to justify her falling in love at first sight, abandoning her God given body and family and making a deal with a sea witch to lose her voice for mere days in the presence of the man she loves. I guess I’ve gotten a little more cynical as I’ve grown up, but I just can’t give Ariel a pass on this one.

Splash

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SPLASH!! Classic 80’s movie right here featuring Daryl Hannah and Tom Hanks. This is the mermaid movie that beats all mermaid movies in my mind! A young boy (Tom Hanks) almost drowns off the coast of Cape Cod and is rescued by a mermaid. That boy grows up and is reunited with the mermaid who saved him as a kid, but she’s all grown up and has shiny new legs. He falls in love with her, blissfully unaware of the secret she keeps about her true origins. When an eccentric scientist (Eugene Levy) outs Madison to her one true love and to the rest of the city of New York, Allen (Hanks) will race to save her from the people who will experiment on her and treat her life a lab rat. Will she choose to remain on land or return to the sea where she belongs?

Aquamarine

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This mermaid movie is a fluffy, pink, teeny bopper romp that is pure fun and frivolity. Don’t look deeper than the surface. It’s cheesy and adorable, just accept! Chock full of the kind of fish out of water hijinks that includes, not being able to walk correctly with brand new human legs, falling down a lot, reacting inappropriately to normal human situations and phrases like “There’s something fishy about that girl.” My one small beef with the frothy comedy is that Aquamarine sets her sights on the boy of Emma Roberts’ dreams which breaks all kinds of Girl Codes. Just give that fish a different love interest, that’s all I’m saying!

Hook

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Another classic that deserves it’s place on all kinds of lists and makes this one due to the very limited use of mermaids and the fantastical nature of Neverland. Hook is a retelling of the beloved J.M. Barrie story Peter Pan. Only this time Peter (Robin Williams) is a middle aged lawyer who was left in the land of men and has forgotten who he truly is. When he ends up in Neverland to save his children from the evil clutches of the maniacal and strangely humorous Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman) the Lost Boys will teach him who he truly is before he can have a chance to bring his family back. And…there are mermaids in one scene! 🙂

Peter Pan

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Same goes for the classic Disney animated version of Peter Pan. There are mermaids in Neverland so I used that as an excuse to put it on the list this week. This version is a faithful adaptation of the classic story. Peter meets Wendy, John and Michael. He brings them to Neverland. We meet the Lost Boys and Tiger Lily. Captain Hook is bad and there is a ticking crock who is looking for some Hook meat. It’s fun, it’s classic and oh yeah…occasional mermaid sightings!

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

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Look, I’m not saying this is the best of the Pirates’ movies. I’m not even saying it’s a very good movie. Jack Sparrow works best when he is helping the Turner Family (Pirates 5 is far more enjoyable!) What I’m saying is that mermaid tears are a necessary ingredient when in pursuit of the Fountain of Youth. And that is just what everyone is searching for in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Jack Sparrow, Captain Barbossa and the dreaded Blackbeard are all in a race to drink from the cup that gives eternal youth along with the British Empire and the Spanish Armada. First…mermaid tears and a scene depicting mermaids as truly scary creatures from the deep. They sing you pretty songs, entice you to the edge of your boat and then drag you to a watery grave. Except for Syrena (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey), the mermaid that falls in love with the young cleric (Sam Caflin) who happens to be along for the ride. Not a great movie, but there are only so many mermaid films to work with here.

Blue Crush

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Which brings us to a decidedly un-mermaidy movie. Blue Crush has a special place in my heart. It came out when I was in college and fervently dreamed of running away to Hawaii and becoming a surfer girl. Ocean…strong, athletic females….love story…it works for Little Mermaid week and is still a stronger love story than The Little Mermaid’s! (Come @ me!) I still dream of being a surfer one day because of this movie, but it certainly is dated in the early 00’s and if you are coming to it with fresh eyes, don’t get too excited about it’s quality. You have been warned!

 

Do you have any movies you feel should make the list for Ariel Week? Let me know!

Insatiable Wanderlust by Disney

I used to blame Disney for my fanciful, romantic dreams. Princes and ballroom dances and true love winning out. Don’t get me wrong…I still occasionally dream those dreams and I still blame Disney for them!

But there’s something else and I didn’t even realize it was Disney’s fault till I saw Moana this weekend and that still small voice inside me was awakened by the song “How Far I’ll Go.” The thought of something out there calling to me, it hits home. It always has.

Disney characters have long been looking out and asking “Is there something more for me?” Some don’t have to go very far to find what they’re looking for. Others, like Moana, have to sail across the sea. Some are searching for princes and others for destiny.


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Sure, I can’t blame it all on Disney. God’s the one who put that call in there to begin with. But the House of Mouse sure knows how to hit the chords that make you dream. And growing up watching the entirety of Disney’s animated film collection, well…they created a “monster.”

A “monster” who is constantly thinking “There must be more than this provincial life” and my life isn’t even provincial. But sometimes, when I’m doing something plain and ordinary like laundry or desk organization, I sing that to myself. I wonder what’s “Just around the river bend.”

If I was a Disney character, there’d be a perfectly timed song and the lyrics would help me realize my next steps and it would be inspirational and you’d be singing it for months. As it is, we mere mortals have to figure it out without catchy tunes and perfect hair. Darn it, Disney! What have you done?

When the Music Dies

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Here we are in week 2 of the Zombie Apocalypse. Maybe it hasn’t happened to you yet, but there will come a time, my little zombie hunters, when the music will die. This is, after all, an apocalypse and one simply has no time for the finer things in life. Disc Jockeys will be turned, Spotify developers will get eaten and eventually that little battery in your beloved mobile device will peter out. What will accompany you on your frantic runs through the hoards?

Nothing, little one.

Nothing, but the steady beat of your own heart and the gentle lull of your feet against the pavement.

In preparation for this inevitable occurrence, I urge you to get used to that sound. The sound of solitude.

Go for a walk or a run and listen to what happens when you have no option, no song select, no fast forward, no skip, no replay, no loop, no track, no beat, no lyrics, no strings. I’m sorry if this sounds rather grim…these are hard times.

Recently I had an unfortunate occurrence involving my mobile device…it was turned to the dark side, never to return and I was forced to go running without my Dance, Dance Revolution playlist on Spotify (the struggle was real!) I had spent days avoiding the inevitable believing myself incapable of being motivated without my headphones firmly planted in my earholes.

But something wonderful happened, future zombies of America (not you, of course not you…no the person next to you, that’s the future zombie!) I discovered the music of my rhythm. Instead of pushing myself to match the beat of each song and losing steam in the middle of song two, I found that my breath matched my feet. One two. One two. One two. I went 2 extra blocks that I usually do on my first run after weeks of inactivity.

I don’t know if it was the motivation of knowing that at any minute, if I’m not fast enough, I could get my brains eaten by walkers, or if I finally just allowed my body to go at it’s own pace instead of Justin Timberlake’s but it was good…no it was GREAT!!

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I learned something! We will make it through this, survivors. There’s still music out there if you’re listening for it. The zombies haven’t taken it from us completely. Keep your ears open for your rhythm and your eyes open for biters.

And as always…Stay alive!

Follow Friday

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Welcome to this week’s installment of Follow Friday!! I’ve got some lovely picks for you today. Hope you go check out these channels, profiles, people, etc. and enjoy the best that social media has to give!!

Modern Seinfeld on Twitter

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If Seinfeld was still on the air in the modern world and Jerry, Kramer, Elaine and George had to deal with things like: online dating, Tinder, Facebook, You Tube, Uber, etc….yep, it’s as funny as it sounds. Tweets like

“Jerry’s GF calls him bae. J:”How hard is it to say an extra b! Babe!” K:”No. It’s an acronym!” J:”How do you know that?” K:”How do you not?” – @SeinfeldToday

Go follow them and discover what the fabulous four are up to in the mythical world of Twitter!

Samantha Lee on Instagram

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Who among us didn’t love playing with their food as a child? Well, this Instagrammer, Samantha Lee, found a way to make it a profitable venture. She is a food artist who started out making fun and engaging meals for her daughter to encourage her to eat new things. She put the photos on Instagram and the rest is visual history! Go check out her instagram page and marvel at her creations, maybe even be inspired to try your own food art sometime!!

Mary Kate Wiles on You Tube

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Fans of the You Tube sensation, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, will know Mary Kate Wiles as the impulsive and fiery Lydia Bennet. Others might know her from Muzzled the Musical or the You Tube mini series, Kissing in the Rain. Perhaps you’ve seen her in I Ship It, a short film about a breakup and the battle of the wizard rock bands!! (It’s as cool as it sounds!!) Or maybe her collaborations with other channels like her Deleted Disney: “Life’s Too Short” vid. But what I want to encourage you to check out today, is Mary Kate Wiles’ You Tube Channel. From her unboxing videos to her Craftversations she has something for everyone!! And she is just about the most charming presence to ever grace the You Tubes. Go check out her stuff right this minute!

Hannah Pilkes on Vine

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Hannah Pilkes is freaking hilarious. I just discovered her this week, so this is a completely fresh discovery, but I am already obsessed with her Vines. I really can’t stress how funny she is. You have to just go check her out yourself!!

Jordandené on Pinterest

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For the very best in Geek Chic, look no further than Jordandené! Tanks, Tees, Kids, Men’s, Women’s, etc. There is something for everyone at Jordandené! Keep up to date with all their new releases on Pinterest. But also check out the website and get yourself come merch!!

And, of course, if you aren’t yet following little ole me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, You Tube, Pinterest, Podcast coming soon, Periscope (@nerdinthecity), Vine, Snapchat (@nerdinthesand) and on the very Blog you are currently reading, then now’s the time to pick your favorite platform, cause I have a little something for everyone!

Thanks for reading. Go forth and discover something or someone new!

Lenten Discoveries

This past Sunday was Easter, which means Christ has Risen and Lent is over. It also means that I get to watch TV again! But while I’ve been without TV, I’ve made some lovely new discoveries and I thought I’d share them with you!

#1 – The Last Ship 

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No, not the TNT TV show. The Broadway musical from Sting that sadly closed in January. But the soundtrack is so amazing. And it was Sting’s TED Talk that led me to the music. And it has been playing in my earballs since February. If you’ve never heard the music, do yourself a favor. The soundtrack is on Spotify, so go check it out. It’s magnificent! Also check out Sting’s TEDtalk!

#2 – Michael Esper

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Discovering The Last Ship led me to discover Michael Esper (American Idiot) and this You Tube video from the Today Show of the cast singing “When We Dance” (favorite song from the show). I think I watched it about 30 times over the course of a week. The music is captivating and the performances are stirring! The cast did a performance at 54 Below on March 2nd and I tried my best to get in to see it. But alas it was quite sold out.

Follow him, cause he is exceptional!

Twitter: @airstreamrally

#3 – SoundCloud

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I’ve had this app for a while, but never had the chance to fully investigate all the miraculous sounds available on it. So I took some time to explore SoundCloud and find some new music and artists that were interesting. Which led me to…

#4 – Kerrigan-Lowdermilk

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“One of the most celebrated writing teams of their generation, Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk blur the line between musical theater and pop music.” Definitely check out all of their music on YouTube and iTunes and Spotify. But specifically their song “Run Away with Me.” My new favorite song!!! There are a bunch of Broadway singers who have covered this at venues like 54 Below and Joe’s Pub and more. But the one who got me most was Jeremy’s Jordan’s version. Check it:

and if you’re in the mood for more Jeremy Jordan (who isn’t) don’t miss his version of “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” from the Broadway Loves Celine Dion show at 54 Below!!! If your heart doesn’t just burst with happiness, then you need to get that thing checked!

Follow them and everything they do cause they are so talented!!!

Twitter: @kaitandbrian

You Tube: Kerrigan-Lowdermilk

Website: kerrigan-lowdermilk.com

#5 – Matt Doyle

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Watching videos on YouTube is such a rabbit hole situation. One leads to the next, which leads to the next and pretty soon you end up somewhere completely different with no idea how you even got there. So, after discovering Kerrigan-Lowdermilk and watching every video available of Jeremy Jordan, I stumbled upon a video of Matt Doyle (Spring Awakening, The Book of Mormon, War Horse, Gossip Girl) singing “Run Away with Me” (aka, new favorite song.) And finding him… well that led to a whole new world of gorgeous sounds for my ears!! Like his cover of Adele’s “One and Only.”

Or any song from his EP “Daylight” but especially “Can’t Stay Here” (aka my other new favorite song!)

Go follow everything he does, cause he’s a nerd like us and he’s just delightful!!

Twitter: @MattfDoyle

Instagram: @mattfdoyle

YouTube: Matt Doyle

#6 – Andrew Solomon’s TEDtalk

I watched a bunch of TEDtalks while off TV. They are always inspirational and always educational! But Andrew Solomon’s was also emotional and personal! It’s a longer talk, but so worth watching!! Check it:

Follow him, cause everyone should be supported!

Twitter: @Andrew_Solomon

There were many other things that I discovered while not watching TV. But these were the ones that really stuck with me through Lent. I love TV. I love my stories. But it’s important to switch it up every once in a while and discover some new things!!! I hope you enjoy!

 

5 Fandom Friday

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Today’s 5 Fandom Friday topic is 5 Songs That Have Changed Your Life. This is a hard one, only because 5 seems like such a small number. I’m a singer/ songwriter and music is such an integral part of my life. It’s difficult to narrow all the music I love and listen to down to 5 important songs. But The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick get what they want. So here goes…

#1 – American Honey by Lady Antebellum

Country music is my one true love! And this song holds a very special place in my heart. I went through a very rough time a couple years back. I sort of lost myself and was doing things that weren’t representative of me. People tried to talk to me and tell me, but I couldn’t hear them. Until my friend Jared sat down and told me that I was like American Honey. And that I needed to get back to the person he knew me to be.

He really saw me in a moment when I couldn’t see myself. And this song really anchored me back to the person I truly am. Someone who isn’t jaded or influenced by the world. It’s not a song that is particularly inspirational or life changing by any means, but it has become a favorite and will always hold a very special place in my heart!!

#2 – Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) by Hillsong United

Country music may be my one true love, but Christian music is the cry of my heart. Christ is at the center of everything I do. And I don’t take a lot of time on my blog to express that. But it is so true. Some music expresses that longing for a Savior so beautifully and this is one of those songs. It’s a relatively new song, but it is one that makes me lift my hands and brings me to my knees. “Where feet may fail and fear surround me. Your sovereign hand will be my guide.” That’s such a powerful statement that I try to remind myself of each and everyday.

#3 – Sunday, Bloody Sunday by U2

U2 has long been one of my favorite bands. The Edge is my imaginary boyfriend!! Music is a powerful medium to tell stories and elicit emotions at the same time. It has the power to challenge and convict and still be really, really catchy. This song was written about the “Bloody Sunday” conflict that happened in Northern Ireland on Jan. 30 1972. What a powerful use of music. U2 is a very political music group and they take the opportunity to be involved with projects and topics that they feel passionately about. I imagine this conflict was keenly felt as they are a group of talented Irishmen. I love when a song is about more than just music.

#4 – Free Fallin’ by Tom Petty

People always fight me on this one. Look, I love me some Tom Petty. But it’s the John Mayer cover of Free Fallin’ that really gets me. It’s my go-to karaoke song these days. And it’s a song that just feels like home to me. It’s perfect for road trips. It’s perfect for weddings. It’s perfect to listen to on a crowded subway. It’s basically the perfect song! And I stand behind my love of the John Mayer version. It’s a little more soulful, a little more hipster. If I was stranded on a desert island, it’s one of the songs I’d have on my playlist because I can listen to it on repeat and never get bored!!

#5 – Secret Garden by Bruce Springsteen

I’m not one to cry very much. But when I need to let the tears go, I put this song on.The lyrics of this song feel like they were written about me. And I love when a song hits you between the eyes like that. I first heard it years ago around the time when Jerry McGuire came out (makes sense since it’s the theme song to that movie!) And I think I bawled for a good 2 hours. I can’t really listen to it on repeat because it does have such gravity in it’s lyrics, but it’s gorgeous. And Bruce is The Boss of course. So you really can’t go wrong with one of his songs on your list!!

What songs have hit you between the eyes? Lately or in the past. Let me know!!

5 Fandom Friday

Top 5 Christmas Songs to Spread Cheer

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Happy Friday, my lovely nerds!! Today’s topic for blogversation from The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick is My 5 Favorite Christmas Songs to Spread Cheer. I actually tend to listen to more melancholy, pensive Christmas music for some strange reason. “Where Are You Christmas?” by Faith Fill,  “Mary, Did You Know” by Penatonix, “Christmas Song” by Dave Matthews, “Some Children See Him” by James Taylor.

But when it comes to spreading Christmas cheer, these are the ones I like to listen to:

#1 – Joy To The World (Unspeakable Joy) by Chris Tomlin

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I love plain, old Joy to the World as much as the next person. But this version is so fun and uplifting. It just makes you want to raise your hands and praise God for the holiday season. Especially because the holidays can easily become stressful and all about traveling and presents and weather and such. I like to put this song on and just jam out to words that express what Christmas is really about. And Chris Tomlin is such a dynamic worship leader that you can’t help but smile while listening to it.

#2 – Snow by Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney

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Ok, I hate snow. But I loooove the movie White Christmas. It is one of the movies I watch every year to get me in the spirit. Danny Kaye, Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney singing about Snow is one of my favorite moments in this musical. (Sisters is my other favorite moment!) Yes, there are 4 people in the picture, but Vera-Ellen was not a singer. So Rosemary Clooney did some of the vocals for her while Trudy Stevens dubbed the rest. Vera-Ellen was a dancer though and an amazing one at that!! If you’ve never seen and love happiness and singing and warm fuzzy feelings than go watch it today.

#3 – Christmas Is All Around by Bill Nighy

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Love Actually may be a Christmas movie, but it’s one I tend to watch year round cause it fits into the romantic comedy genre. But Christmas is All Around is a song that is fun and a little silly and perfect for spreading holiday cheer.

#4 – Welcome Christmas from How the Grinch Stole Christmas cartoon

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Speaking of holiday cheer, Welcome Christmas is a song that just creates all sorts of warm fuzzy feelings. Perhaps it’s because I’ve always had a soft spot for cartoons. Perhaps it’s the Dabu Dorays and the Fabu Forays. Perhaps it’s all those Who’s coming together to show that what they really care about is being together, not all the toys and trimmings and material things. Whatever it may be, How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a classic that I’ve been watching since I was little and is one I look forward to sharing with my own kids one day.

#5 – Feliz Navidad by Michael Buble feat. Thalia

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There is one voice that just immediately gets me in the Christmas spirit. He could be singing Blue Skies or Fever and it’d still make me wanna trim a tree. Michael Buble just has one of those melt in your heart voices and his Feliz Navidad featuring Thalia is fun and jazzy and something you can dance to as you bake Christmas cookies and drink that egg nog!

What songs get you ready for Christmas?