Spring passed us by and we’ve gone into full summer mode here in NE Ohio. I’m not a huge fan of the heat BUT I have fans, belong to a gym with a great pool, and have access to cold water. I love summer – bonfires, camping, and lots of yummy fruit.
Today I’ll be finally planting my garden – peppers, tomatoes, and eggplant. Cross your fingers for me that they do well, please!
I’m still running. Not as much – my workouts have slowed and that’s just not cool. I’m back to running/elliptical/swimming – it really helps me feel great and clear my brain. Here’s the picture I took today on my run – the Towpath Trail is so beautiful!
I had a short term temp gig (lasted about 3 weeks). That’s over so I’m back to looking for work. I know something great is coming, I just wish it would come a little quicker!
I’m still listening to new music and there is so much that is awesome I don’t know where to start! I do try to focus on artists that aren’t with major labels but sometimes I have to ignore that guideline and yell from the rooftops about an amazing artist you should all know about.
*So here’s LÉON. She’s signed to Columbia and is quite a find. I could babble about her but I’ll let you just hear her and you’ll know what I mean. She’s the next big thing, folks.
*I have loved St. Paul & The Broken Bones for years now. They continue to impress the heck out of me. Their new album, “Sea of Noise” comes out in September. No video yet for the single that was just released to radio “All I Ever Wonder”. But here’s the teaser trailer.
*Have I talked about The Wind + The Wave yet? OMG people! I adore this band. Dwight and Patty are awesome – super talented, fun, & brilliant. Here’s “Grand Canyon” from their forthcoming album (released on Island Records).
Sooooo it’s been a bit – not that I haven’t been thinking of posting but I keep forgetting. Busy Mama K is busy. I’ve started a part time work from home temp gig. Bonus is money, work, and working from home. Negatives are….it’s temporary. I’m not giving up hope. I’m strong, resilient, brave, passionate, smart, and dedicated. Good things are coming, friends. I know that because I’m working on them. 🙂
This week is “plant the garden” week. I was taught to wait until Memorial Day but folks around here start planting on Mother’s Day. I figure if another frost comes (very likely here in NE Ohio) I can cover my plants. I’ve decided on eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes this year. We’ve had no luck with watermelon, cucumber, or some herbs. This will be my first year trying eggplant so wish me luck!
Running is going well. I’m slowly increasing my speed which is awesome. I’m taking a break because I desperately need new running shoes – I’m having back pain and knee pain when I’ve tried to run the past week. I believe it’s related to my shoes since they are older and I didn’t have any problems before. New shoes happen later this week! I need to train! I haven’t picked a 5k yet but I’m talking with a friend about a half marathon in 2017. Cause I’m hard core insane.
Me after today’s run:
If you know me at all you’ll know that I’m not much of a movie person. I like movies but I prefer action or comedy. I am not a fan of drama. So it will surprise most of you that I saw The Revenant this weekend. I.Couldn’t.Even. I was glad I wasn’t in the movie theatre because I would have gone bonkers. I played a game on my phone. I messaged my friend Craig. I had to because that movie is hella intense and I couldn’t take it all the time. Splitting my focus helped. I will say it’s a great movie. I am not surprised it won Oscars. Leonardo DiCaprio was incredible. The views were stunning. The movie was dark and depressing and amazing and powerful. I don’t ever ever ever want to see it again but I’m glad I did. Mostly.
I have been listening to new music, btw. Cause even if I’m not working in radio currently, discovering and sharing the music I’m passionate about will never stop.
I’m going to shake it up a little bit though and focus on Cleveland artists. Either ones who live here or artists that are from here. Cause NE Ohio has some incredibly talented musicians and everyone should know about them.
*Let’s start with Cleveland native Clarence Bucaro. He’s a prolific writer and I love almost everything he writes. But his newest offering is so incredible I’ve listened to it over and over – and then finally put it on my iPhone – if it makes it onto my iPhone you know it’s good! His new album “Pendulum” is flat-out gorgeous. Here’s the first single from the album (which releases May 20), “Tragedy”:
*Shawn and Shelby have an album coming out this weekend. While I’ll miss the concert (emergency trip to Chicago), I’m a lucky woman because I’ve already heard it. (score!!) This album is haunting and gorgeous. Shawn’s rich voice is the perfect complement to Shelby’s stirring cello. A match made in heaven. Here’s the title track, performed live at Beachland Ballroom:
*There are some bands I haven’t gotten to see live but love them anyway. Nights is the biggest. I love their sound. Pop and synth and edgy. Love! Here’s “Walkaway” from their album “Whisper”.
*I’m a mom. Unsurprisingly, my nickname is Mama K. Dan Miraldi is one of my boys. Not only because he’s a good man but also incredibly talented. He’s passionate and brave. And he’s never scared to follow his dreams. That’s why he’s in NYC currently pursuing those dreams. I believe in him. Rock, Americana, with a punk edge. Puts me right in my happy place. Here’s “Demon Baby” from his album “Chaos, Destrution, & Dancing”.
*If Welshly Arms has a new album coming out I don’t know about it. But they’re touring this summer with NeedToBreathe so I gotta plug them. This band? This band. OMG this band. I would travel many distances just to see them. Cause the word awesome isn’t awesome enough to describe their awesomeness. Here’s “Night Prowler”.