So tonight I pack for a small vacation. And while I am listening to a book I am also trying to pack my phone with music. It has left me in a very peaceful state doing two things I love…books and music. This song will be accompanying me on my journey. Enjoy!

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Ghost World…Heineken…INTERNATIONALS

Last week I took a poll of people’s favorite international bands…I got no responses but that is okay. I recently saw the latest heineken commercial and knew what I wanted to write.

Years ago i fell in love with the movie Ghost World in this movie was the song Jan Pehchan Ho and honestly from the first time hearing it I couldn’t get enough. Fun, 1960s catchy and just all around wonderful. If you haven’t seen Ghost World check it out you can’t go wrong with Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, and Steve Buscemi.

Next weeks poll will follow in a day or two I need to come up with something.

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So here it is! I took a poll this week on what people were listening to when they read. Given I didn’t get much feedback but what I did get was what I expected which further proved I am not entirely all there. The responses ranged from Pandora radio station circa 1990s metal to the Eagles. J Both fabulous choices I might add. Most of you responded saying “nothing it distracts me from the book.” I can see this but I began to take a new approach to this given how much time I spend on public transportation and how much time in college I spent plugged into my headphones during studio and studying. Now books and music seem to go together for me.

Story: A very dear person in my life is writing a book and I have had the pleasure of reading it to edit…one day on an horrible traffic day I was listening to Biffy Clyro while reading one of her chapters. I now attribute that band to her excellent book. So when I listen to it I think of parts in her story and actually attribute Mountains to one of her characters.

Other books I attribute to a specific band (cause sadly I get stuck listening to bands sometimes when I read)

Idlewild – Gone with the Wind

Lucero – Jane Eyre
Flyleaf – The Other Boleyn Girl
hmmmmm i promise i read other things besids girly books as you will see in time…

My all time favorite books (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series and Harry Potter series) don’t have bands cause I have read them SO MUCH that the music is always changing.

I love it when a song comes on that fits what I am reading!

Here is the acoustic version of Mountains by Biffy Clyro.


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So i FINALLY have time to do a read along and I wanted to share it.  The first round of questions are due Wednesday but if you miss out this time you can pick up on the next round of questions.  I started the book this morning and I am really liking it so far.  Easy ready.

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HAPPY READING!  Let me know what you listen to while you read.  I would love to share some on here.

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Song of the DAY!

Recently I have been listening to a lot of bands out of Glasgow (my radio station based around Frightened Rabbit). Today Meursault came up our of Edinburgh…like i need another reason to go back to Scotland but not gonna lie the music scene there is really good!

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Stay awhile with me

This week has been really stressful.  The more stressed I get the more I fall back on my music to calm me.  So this week my true love for Indie Folk music surfaces with a band from Portland Oregon that always seems to make me feel amazing, Horse Feathers.  I have always been very partial to this genre of music so if you end up liking this let me know I have a whole host of bands I would love to share.  Please check them out I promise you, you won’t regret it.  (I mean really can you go wrong with a cello and banjo!)


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PLAYLIST a-la Half Marathon!!

So here it is…tomorrow I will be running my first half marathon as part of the DANA-FARBER TEAM!  The last thing I want to think about is flipping past a track that doesn’t keep me going.  My goal was to get 30 songs and then just fluff fill with some dubstep…well I ended up with 90 songs.  Enjoy my list!  Don’t judge remember I will be running which really removes 90% of the music I listen to normally.  (and for those of you that suggested music don’t feel bad if it didn’t make the list it means I didn’t have access to the song) (make sure you stick around for the video at the bottom of the list!)


30 Seconds to Mars – Hurricane

Alien Ant Farm – Smooth Criminal

Alkaline Trio – Burn & Sadie

Anya Marina – Whatever You Like

Arcade Fire – Suburban War, Sprawl II & Wake Up

Awolnation – Sail

Bat for Lashes – Glass & Daniel

Beirut – My Night with the Prostitute From Marseille

Benny Benassi – Come Fly Away

Blitzen Trapper – Furr

Broken Bells – The Ghost Inside & Float

Catch 22 – 9mm and a 3 Piece Suite

Circa Survive – I felt Free & Frozen Creek

David Guetta – Sexxy Bitch & Memories

DJ Khaled – All I do is Win

Finch – What it is to Burn

Flo Rida – Right Round

Flobots – Stand Up, Handlebars, Rise & White Flag Warrior

Flogging Molly – Salty Dog, Black Friday Rule & Devil’s Dance Floor

Florence + The Machine – Cosmic Love

Freelance Whales – Generator ^First Floor, Hannah & Starring

Freestylers – Cracks

Frightened Rabbit – Swim Until You Can’t See Land

Glass Candy – Digital Versicolor

GOB – Paint It Black (Cover and literally the ONLY song I like by them cause Paint It Black is such an amazing song)

Gorillaz – Dare

Hot Rod Circuit – U.S. Royalty

Jakalope – Pretty Life & Go Away

Kanye West – Stronger

KiD CuDi – Day N Nite & Pursuit of Happiness

Ludacris – Phat Rabbit, Splash Waterfalls, Stand up &hat’s Your Fantasy

Lykke Li – Let it Fall & Little Bit

Manchester Orchestra – Virgin & Simple Math

Massive Attack – Prayer for England, Name Taken, Angle, & Teardrop

MGMT – Electric Feel

Morgan Page – Fight For You

Placebo – Running Up That Hill

Plan B – Backside Grind Pt.II

Radical Face – Welcome Home

Rise Against – From heads University, Savior, Make it Stop & Satellite

Shiny Toy Guns – Le Disko

Sneaker Pimps – Roll On & 6 Underground

The Chemical Brothers – Out of Control & Hey Boy Hey Girl

The Faint – Agenda Suicide, Glass Danse, Disappear & Birth

The Naked and Famous – Punching In a Drea, Young Blood & Girls Like You

The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition

Thrice – Flags of Dawn, All That’s Left, Silhouette, The Artist in the Ambulance & Image of the Invisible

Tides of Man – I Saw Mercy Conquer Hate & Not my Love

Timbaland – The Way I are & Oh Timbaland

and because it won’t be a post by NerD uP without a video! (don’t get me started on how good this song is.

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