cleverly colorful

I’m loving these two colorful, creative, clever videos.  (The patience some people have!) The first was created by Jonathan Chong (a.k.a VJ Dropbear) for the Melbourne based artist Hudson for the track ‘Against the Grain’.


The second video is ‘In Your Arms’ by Kina Grannis, created by Greg Jardin (using a bazillion jelly beans!)

(And I love the behind-the-scenes video too:)


music and a movie

That’s what I’m doing tonight; I must admit I’m pretty excited.  The Houston Symphony Orchestra is performing the live score to The Matrix, while we watch the movie.  Awesome.  I can’t believe The Matrix came out when I was college!  (Wow, I feel a slightly old now.)  It was and still is one of my favorite movies.  I remember loving just how novel the film-making technique was then, and that story-line!  You combine a great movie with the live score… a winner indeed.  Looks like Thursday nights are becoming a regular date night (who am I kidding, every night that we’re together is a date night!)

what food sounds like

If you’re anything like me, half of the joy of cooking (or baking) is the music that accompanies the task.  Typically when I’m in the mood to cook, or particularly when entertaining guests, the right music can inspire the dish or typically vice versa.  (I mean, doesn’t everyone listen to Iron and Wine when making Apple Crisp in the fall?)  So it is no surprise that I have fallen in love with the blog Turntable Kitchen.  San Francisco creators Kasey and Matthew Hickey decided to fuse their passions of music and food.  In their own words, “We feature recipes with a focus on local, fresh ingredients, hand-selected ‘Musical Pairings,’ album reviews and musings on our city livin’ and country hoppin’ adventures. Most importantly, we aim to introduce food lovers to music and vice versa.”

Over in this space, you’ve got it all: interesting recipes, unique music, and beautiful photos to boot.  A daily read, indeed.

Um, hello pumpkin pancakes

Let this downloadable music inspire something delicious…

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parting thought — 9 to 5

{Anyone else glad it’s FRIDAY?!}


Tumble outta bed
And stumble to the kitchen
Pour myself a cup of ambition
Yawnin, stretchin, try to come to life
Jump in the shower
And the blood starts pumpin
Out on the streets
The traffic starts jumpin
And folks like me on the job from 9 to 5

Workin 9 to 5
What a way to make a livin
Barely gettin by
Its all takin
And no givin
They just use your mind
And they never give you credit
Its enough to drive you
Crazy if you let it

music scene

We took an unexpected trip to West Austin this weekend to attend the Old Settler’s Music Festival.  And I wasn’t quite prepared for it.  No, I didn’t forget my clothes or toiletries or anything like that, but I wasn’t mentally prepared for a visit to 1969.  I didn’t realize that blue-grass had as much of a hippie following.  I think I wasn’t prepared too because looking at the website, they didn’t really have your pot-smoking, hula-hooping, ribbon twirling, dread-lock wearing, average music festival patron front and center.  Besides — my parents invited us!  I thought it was going to be a bunch of folks like them there.  Well, I guess retirement has been given them a new perspective on what is acceptable family entertainment!

But once I arrived, I shook off the crazy week of taxes, had a glass a wine, and picked up a guitar — and things were good.  The music was amazing — and I’m not even counting just the featured artists.  The music around the camp-ground was stellar.  I think everyone there could play an instrument and it was not unusual to see more than 6 different instruments in a group (stand-up base and tap shoes not excluded!)  And of course, this said music playing could be heard until the wee hours of the morning.

I had such sensory over-load that I couldn’t really take pictures.  I also felt a little awkward sneaking a shot here and there and/or just asking for one.  (I felt like they would know that I was snapping more for shock value than anything.)  Besides, the weather was just too perfect and I felt a little more like relaxing than looking through my lens.

{these little airstreams were just calling to us!}

tunes for tuesday

Wishing I was as talented and brave as the lovely Kelley McRae,  she sold all she had, bought a van and decided to tour the country.  She’s a Mississippi gal who calls Brooklyn home.  And if you like the sound of Patty, Allison, Sarah, and all those ladies who require only name, then you’ll love Kelley!  Maybe you could get her to come play at your house…  Go give her a listen over at her site and follow along on her blog.

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20 again? never…well maybe

Today is the birthday of a dear friend.  She is 26 today.  This has me thinking about age and life and… etc.

I can easily say that you couldn’t PAY me to be 20 again.  I absolutely LOVE being in my 30s — particularly my young thirties.  (I don’t know that I want to leave them!)  And VERY, VERY rarely will you ever catch me being envious of the aforementioned young ladies; however, I have made an exception — two actually.

Through many clicks and tabs I wandered on the photography site of Nirrimi.  This girl is 17, SEVENTEEN! and an O-MAZING professional photographer.  Her blog is sweet and endearing full of young adult angst.  I am completely smitten with her!

{a self-portrait — a SELF-PORTRAIT!!!}

And way back in 2008 I blogged about my discovery of Laura Marling while hiking across England.  I knew she was young, but good lord, she turns 20 on February 1st!  TWENTY.  She too is amazing.

Oh, to be so young and so friggin’ talented!

mellow monday

I need a big ‘ol dose of mellow on this monday morning.  It was a surprisingly hectic weekend and I didn’t even go anywhere.  I have several friends and family in significantly poor health and both my sister and the hubs are frantically trying to multiply time to finish their end of semester projects.  I also had a work project that needed to be done by this morning.  Despite my best efforts at staying all zen, I feel all anxious inside (for everyone else) and I need some music to mellow out to.  Maybe Javier Dunn can help!


(I really like that the opening sounds like Lyle Lovett.)