I’m still living in the summer of country music. I switch it up from time to time but some days, I just can’t get enough. I know country is either loved or hated so for some of you, this just won’t be your thing but for others, you may enjoy this…so give it a shot.


This week I’ve been loving the new one by Florida Georgia Line called “Dirt”… (careful the video is a bit of a tear jerker)



My favorite lyric that really just sticks right out and touches me is “You know you came from it, And some day you’ll return to it.”


For me, it’s a simple reminder where we come from, that life is precious and simple and that we don’t need to take everything so seriously, just enjoy this life and all of the simple pleasures.


And maybe, once and awhile play in the dirt.

Proof from last year's PrettyMuddy run ;)

Proof from last year’s PrettyMuddy run ;)


What are you listening to this week?


Before we get to this week’s Music Monday pick, I must admit I took this baby out of her case last week…

1513808_10100187058155959_3832712065505634204_nDon’t get excited for any performances soon, I’m basically starting from scratch trying to re-teach myself how to play. In fact, I broke out the book I used when I first started learning and have started making my way through that again. We’ll see how much I can actually do myself before recruiting my musician friends to help but I’m determined to at least get to a point that I don’t get super angry by how awful I am just by holding the guitar. ;)

10455772_10100189995893709_2597298321841848125_nThe good thing is, my guitar is super pretty and even after all these years, we still look good together. HA!


Anyway, at this point, I’m sure you all realize I love a variety of music – rock, country, pop, folk and pretty much everything in between. There’s definitely some genres that I don’t listen to as much as others, but at the end of the day, I believe I listen to music that I believe is good regardless of the genre it falls into.


One song I’ve been enjoying lately is from Nickel Creek called “Destination.” While I’m not a huge fan of some of their other and older songs, I do really enjoy this one. It’s definitely worth listening to.



Do you have a favorite genre of music? Or one that you don’t ever listen to?

Can you play guitar? Will you teach me? ;)

Turn the Radio Up, Roll the Windows Down…

And turn the radio up

Roll the windows down

She got a full tank of gas

Ain’t no stopping her now

I’ve mentioned this before but I grew up listening to country. That was all that my dad would listen to so any time he was driving us around, you could bet that’s what was on the radio. I’ve gone through stages of enjoying it more than other times and obviously there are some songs I can’t stand (as with all genres!) but for the most part, I’m not one of those people who hates on country.


I don’t often love the music on the radio but I do find it important in my industry to at least know what’s out there – the good, the bad, and the ugly so I do listen to it while I’m driving around. Lately, I’ve found myself in a pattern – local station in the mornings, Chicago rock station in the afternoons and evenings, and Chicago country station on the weekends. Of course this changes up a bit everyday but this has been a basic schedule anytime I’m driving somewhere lately.


A couple weeks ago as I was driving around I heard “Dust” by Eli Young Band and found myself immediately drawn to it. I turned up the radio, I rolled the windows down and jammed out. After hearing it, I wanted to hear it again…and every time I got in my car, I hoped it would come on. This song just speaks to me and in a way, it also tells my story.


Do you ever just want to get in your car and drive? Just drive with no agenda, no timeline and no destination? Just see what this world has to show you?


A friend asked me the other day what I do when I’m upset or mad. It was an interesting question but I said “I listen to music, I run or I drive.” He asked where I go when I drive and while I always give myself a destination (usually a coffee shop, errands, etc), I always wish I could just let myself drive and see where I end up. I know it’s a little crazy, but guess what? Sometimes that’s me.


Sometimes you want to just roll the windows down, turn the radio up, let your hair blow in your face and feel alive. I think that’s why I love it so much, it rejuvenates my spirit in some way that helps me feel alive.



Is there a song that makes you feel alive?

Any song that tells your story?


I heard this song on the radio the other day and immediately fell in love with it. I hadn’t ever heard if before and made sure to look it up later. I needed to hear it again and I needed to hear more just like it. Those harmonies make my ears so happy. Like SO freaking happy!


Johnnyswim released an album, Diamonds, earlier this year so of course I had to listen to it. I recommend you do too. I’m pretty sure you’ll thank me for it later.


What are you listening to today?


It’s no secret that I love music and if you haven’t noticed, I have a huge soft spot for musicians. Particularly, musicians that are working their butts off to make it. As I often say to my friends, this will either be my rise or fall within the music industry.

1546412_10100114978978209_871985270_nOne of the cool things about my job right now is that I get to work with and meet many of those musicians who are working hard to make ends meet through their music. Many may have other jobs, many may not; many may just be starting out, many may be a bit more established; regardless, they’re all trying to fulfill their dreams and this reaches to the core of my being.


I feel so blessed that one of the campaigns I was given to look over was for Mia Dyson, an Australian singer-songwriter, who’s also charging her way through the U.S. Mia had an awesome campaign, surpassing her goal, engaging with fans and releasing a seriously awesome record just last week.


Her manager sent me the record a few weeks earlier as a first listen and I found myself immediately connected to the album. From start to finish I was tuned in and immediately found myself replaying it from the beginning once it was over. I’m so excited the album is out so I can finally share this with all of you!



I emailed her manager back and thanked them for sending it to me. I let them know that I really enjoyed it and think it’s a fantastic record. The response I got was that knowing I’m listening to different musicians all day, they appreciated my kind words about Mia’s album and know that it means a lot. But they really don’t know just how much it meant to me in that moment. Music has a way of reaching out and touching our soul. It gives us something to connect to, often in a way that nothing else can.



I hope you all check out Mia Dyson, her new record and truly enjoy it as much as I do.


What are you listening to lately?

(Linking up to Katie’s MIMM)

Weekend Soundtrack: The Paper Kites

Oh how I’m loving this spring weather! A change of plans Saturday afternoon had me skip hot yoga but with such beautiful weather, I opted for a walk outside instead. I had no regrets. It filled my soul with light and sunshine. Just what I needed.

10258024_10100168103062119_1248926569708632996_nAs the afternoon continued, I made myself a cup of tea, grabbed my laptop & notebook, and made my way outside to sit on my patio and get myself prepared for the week ahead. It was glorious.

10325221_10100168157662699_5654921213739698745_nWhile I sat outside planning out my workouts, meal plan and blog posts for the week, I had a soundtrack of The Paper Kites playing in the background. It was perfect.

I love how music can travel with us…as we take a long walk outside, to sitting and getting work done, to driving around on a gorgeous day with the sunroof open. It doesn’t get any better.


What did you do this weekend?

Did you have a weekend soundtrack?

Linking up to Katie’s MIMM!

Weekend Soundtrack

Did everyone have a good weekend? 

As per normal, it went by way too fast but it was definitely a productive one for me. I went for a massage Saturday afternoon, grocery shopping and then went on a major cleaning spree in my house. It definitely needed it and I feel so much better having clean bathrooms, kitchen and freshly vacuumed floors. (I’m a dork, I know.) ;)

californiawivesmmAs I was cleaning my house yesterday, I was listening to California Wives. I ran across these guys a couple months ago through my job and then my friend randomly gave me their CD for my birthday (I think it’s her cousins band or something?) but it reintroduced me to their music. I always love when things like that happen.




What are you listening to this week?

Did you have a soundtrack for your weekend?

#StrongerEveryRun & Bronze Radio Return

My love for Boston is no secret. My desire to be there today is just as strong, if not more so, than any other day. I know it is going to be a very emotional and powerful day for that city and I’m sending all of my love to them.

1468698_996653132179_574681406_nTechnically today would be strictly for a short strength session and a lot of stretching after my weekly long run on Sunday, but quite honestly, it just doesn’t feel right not to strap on my Mizunos today and run. Even a short one.


So when Nike emailed out to tag #strongereveryrun in the notes section of your Nike+ workout and that for everyone mile run, they’d donate $1 to the Challenge Athletes Foundation, I knew I had to do it. Who knows how many miles I’ll run this morning (all depends on how I feel), but I will be running. Will you?

Screen Shot 2014-04-19 at 9.41.36 PMAnyway, it’s not a Monday if we’re not talking about music. It would be a great day for me to share my updated running playlist, but quite honestly, I’m not done with it yet so you’ll all just have to wait for that one. HA!


But I promise what I do have to share is no disappointment. I’ve spent the last couple weeks listening to this album and I just can’t get enough. It came out last year so it’s not super new but it’s awesome and worth highlighting.

bronze radio

Here’s just one of my favorites from the album:



A couple other favorites are “Mister, Mister” and “All in” – I can’t find videos for them so I can’t share those ones but I do STRONGLY suggest looking them up. :)


What are you listening to this week?

Will you be running today?

Lights Out

Did you all have a good weekend?

 Mine ended up being busy – with work but also fun with friends. No complaints.


I’m excited for today’s Music Monday. I think you guys will really enjoy it. But more so, it’s not even out yet. Don’t get too excited, this isn’t really inside industry knowledge… ;)


The new Ingrid Michaelson album, Lights Out, comes out TOMORROW but for the last week has been available to stream on iTunes. Honestly, it’s pretty good, especially if you’re a fan of the poppier styles.


But seriously, check it out – whether streaming on iTunes today or getting the release tomorrow when it’s out. You’ll enjoy it.


How was your weekend? What did you do?

What are you listening to today?

Music Monday: Wiretree

I first heard these guys a few weeks ago while listening to Pandora. I found myself really enjoying the song that was playing but I didn’t recognize who it was. When I saw the band was called Wiretree, I made sure to write it down and look them up more later.


To my surprise, this band from Austin, TX has released a few records…and quite honestly, from what I’ve heard so far, none disappoint.

In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed my Sunday afternoon listening to Wiretree while catching up on my to-do list a bit. And taking a few moments to stop and go “WHAT IS THIS?!” …in the best way possible, of course!

Now before I leave you to go find you new music obsession…We need to take a quick minute to wish one of my favorite blends a VERY Happy Birthday!

bday amanda

What are you listening to this week?