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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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