When the Music Starts I Never Want to Stop

New favourite app alert:

Discovr

It allows you to follow bands/artists you enjoy where you get snippets of new music, videos and photos.

Streaming happens through services like Spotify, Deezer, Rdio, YouTube, iTunes & Soundcloud.

Like something? You can instantly share it with all your friends.

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If you like a band or artist you can click on the “similar” tab at the bottom and up pops a beautiful bubble chart of similar bands you might like.

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It’s hours of clicking entertainment.

You can thank me later for enhancing your musical life.

(Post title: Madonna “Music”)

Run, Running All The Time

I hate running, I really do but it’s much needed daily therapy. It’s a time where I unwind, drop kick the shit out of the day and imagine I am a rock star and this is my play list.

Tegan & Sara – How Come You Don’t Want Me
July Talk – Guns & Ammunition
Little Boots – Satellite
Metric – Gold Guns Girls
Ladyhawke – Magic
Peaches – Kick It
Feist – I Feel It All
Lorde – The Love Club
HAIM – If I Could Change Your Mind
Marina & the Diamonds – How To Be A Heartbreaker

What is on your playlist this week & what gets you through running?

*Special thanks to my life coach & Discovr app for the recommended tunes

(Post title – No Doubt “Running”)

Submitted to http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/10/06/daily-prompt-music-2/

All the Leaves are Brown & the Sky is Grey

Fall brings the colour change of leaves, brisk mornings, tall boots, wool sweaters and the return of the infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte. If you enjoy forking over $5 a drink then by all means, quit reading and find your way to the nearest Starbucks. But if you love the taste of Pumpkin Spice without leaving your home, read on my friends.

DIY Pumpking Spice Latte Syrup

 

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In a pot combine all ingredients. Stir over medium heat until all the sugar has dissolved.  Continue cooking over medium/low heat for 5 minutes (DON’T LET IT BOIL!!) 

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Pour syrup through a fine mesh strainer into an air tight container. The syrup will last for 2 weeks in the refrigerator. Shake before using as the syrup may separate while not being used.

Add to your coffee, froth some milk to pour over and you my friends have your very own homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte. 

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(Post Title – The Mamas & the Papas – “California Dreaming”

Can we ever get away from the Sprawl?

I had the lovely experience of returning to my childhood home for two weeks to hang out with my parents dog Maggie while they sailed around the Mediterranean. As a downtown resident I am not best equipped for spending long periods of time in Suburbia. But I survived to tell the tales and to put together a Suburbia Survival List to help anyone else with similar experiences.

1) You need a car and a full tank of gas.

You can not get groceries, visit friends, get coffee or go to work without getting in your car. Also be advised that all other sprawlites will also be leaving at the exact moment you are and taking the exact one way in and out as you, and will drive way below the speed limit.

2) Bring your own decent coffee.

There are Tim Hortons as far as the eye can see, but if you want a decent latte, you better keep looking.

3) Note the time everyone else in Suburbia is walking their dogs through the park, and then go an hour later.

I found the best time to walk the dog was just after 6pm. We all know every Suburbanite watches the news and doesn’t turn it off until Matt Hayes has told them about the weather.

4) Leave the sleeping pills at home.

It is so quiet in Suburbia that you will sleep like a baby. While there are no sirens to lull you to sleep you wont wake up to random drunk people screaming in the street either.

5) Pack a flashlight, reflectors and coyote spray.

It gets very dark in Suburbia at night so when out for your 7pm run be careful of the coyotes known to lurk outside the trails.

(Post title – Arcade Fire “Sprawl II (Mountains beyond Mountains)”)

In that jingle jangle morning I’ll come following you

I am a fan of the tambourine, its no secret. But i am a huge supporter of live music in general. There is something special about watching a band play live that just tugs at my heart strings. Toss a tambourine in, and well, you had me at the first jingle.

This past weekend I went to Mumford & Sons “Gentleman of the Road” Simcoe Stopover. Mind blowing.

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Small town Simcoe opened their arms wide to people from all over the world. I had the opportunity to help my aunt sell her North Roots organic teas in the Street Market (http://www.herbalposy.com/). Here I was flabbergasted at how far people had traveled just for this band. Me merely travelling one hour seemed obsolete when i talked to people from PEI, Calgary, Montreal, Massachusetts and a few European expats that trekked hours for this Stop over. The Street Market put on by the people of Simcoe was unreal. It was a perfect compliment to the festival that got concert goers out into the community and supporting the local small businesses.

It was while I was serving up some Norfolk County Blend herbal tea that I had the chance to speak to one the members of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes. (I had shazamed their song “Home” the day before and loved their vibe.) The gentleman was riding one of those fold up bikes and that is what started our conversation. I would like a cute little fold up bike to stick in my car. I would paint it pink or lavender or mint green and give it a basket. As I was admiring his bike we struck up the usual Tea Hut conversation, where are you from (St. Louis), what brought you here (I’m in a band), insert me trying very hard not to fan girl out at this point. We began talking about the tour and how they share Mumford’s vision of bringing these stopovers to towns that need a little love. He said he just was happy to get out and meet the people and explore the town. He was especially grateful for the organic tea & banana bread and the Holistic food store my aunt’s friend owned. He appreciated the healthy choices available during the tour and while my aunt went on about the need for change in the way we treat our food and what we put into our bodies, a common idea shared by us all was the need for more organic farmers.

The Simcoe Stopover was an incredible concert that i was grateful to have experienced but some of my favourite memories from the weekend were the conversations i had with the people while serving up some iced tea. Sometimes its the simple things.

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You can check out Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/edward-sharpe-magnetic-zeros/id322432645

And you can also check out the moment my heart filled with so much tambourine love this weekend: 

(Post title – Bob Dylan “Mr. Tambourine Man”)

 

Small mouth bass have got me hooked on Sunday afternoons

This summer I have taken up a new hobby. Fishing. Yes my rod is pink and no I don’t touch the worms. While I haven’t caught anything worthwhile yet I think part of my redneck brother is rubbing off on me.

I enjoy sitting by the water casting out and reeling it back it dodging the clumps of seaweed and lily pads. It becomes a game you play with the fish, daring them to come check out your line and what you have to offer.

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I choose to fish with sparkly lures because if i was a fish I would definitely be drawn to the sparkles in the water. One pink sparkly fake fish and I would be caught hook, line and sinker.

Clearly the fish are much smarter than me here because I have only caught 2 catfish out at my brothers. I’m slowly filling up my tackle box and learning what lure goes with what fish (even if i have to google what type of fish live where!).

Can of any you fisher people out there recommend any fishing hot spots in the Hamilton area?

(Post title: Eric Church “Love Your Love the Most”)