on the turntable: Melody Gardot

I had heard of Melody Gardot before, but it wasn’t until a few weeks ago while watching an interview with her on CBS Sunday Morning (one of my favorite shows) that I learned her full story. A Philadelphian tried and true, she was riding her bike through the city at the age of 18 when she was hit by an SUV that ran a red light (the driver fled the scene). She was left with serious spine and head injuries and confined to a bed for a year; the head injuries left her hyper-sensitive to sound and light, and she was forced to relearn how to speak coherently and walk. She wears dark glasses most of the time due to her light sensitivity, and walks with a cane since she is prone to bouts of vertigo.

Having had an interest in music when she was younger, Melody used music therapy to aid in her recovery and found a true talent for songwriting in the process. Her music is extremely soulful and her story makes her all that much more intriguing.

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(Pardon the cheesy album cover… this is the only version YouTube would let me embed!)

on the turntable: a little L-O-V-E

Happy hump day, all. How has everyone been faring back at work this week? I could use a nap… or three.

I thought it would be fun to share with you the mix that Nick and I made for our wedding guests as a part of our Save the Dates (which we sent nearly two years ago — sheesh! How time flies). We chose fun, upbeat love songs (including a few guilty pleasures) that we thought all ages could enjoy and sing along to. It is still one of my favorite mixes to listen to when I need a little energy or am trying to cheer myself up.

I have linked to each song in iTunes if you feel inspired to purchase any. Happy listening :-)

1. You Got to Me – Neil Diamond
2. Sunday Morning – Maroon 5
3. Come By Me – Harry Connick, Jr.
4. Where You Lead – Carole King
5. Eight Days a Week – The Beatles
6. You’re My Best Friend – Queen
7. The Way I Am – Ingrid Michaelson
8. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammy Terrell
9. Still The One – Orleans
10. For Once in My Life – Stevie Wonder
11. Sunshine of Your Love – Cream
12. That’s Amore – Dean Martin
13. More Today Than Yesterday – Spiral Staircase
14. The Longest Time – Billy Joel
15. To Be With You – Mr. Big
16. I Will – The Beatles
17. Oh How Happy – Shades of Blue
18. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole
19. Better Together – Jack Johnson
20. You’re the First, the Last, My Everything – Barry White
21. I Get a Kick Out of You – Frank Sinatra
22. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – the Proclaimers
23. Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves
24. Gimme Some Loving – The Spencer Davis Group
25. L-O-V-E – Nat King Cole

Good luck getting through the rest of your week!

on the turntable: Glee {volume 1}

Are you really surprised? Of course I love Glee — once a musical theatre nerd, always a musical theatre nerd. I am such a sucker for this show and the soundtrack just makes me gleefully happy. (Pun intended).

I asked for volume 2 for Christmas! I hope Santa delivers…

on the turntable: A Fine Frenzy

I’ve been going through a female singer-songwriter phase in terms of what I want to listen to lately. After adoring her songs time and time again on Pandora, I finally headed to iTunes last week to download One Cell in the Sea, the debut album from A Fine Frenzy.

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Alison Sudol, the lead singer of A Fine Frenzy, has such a gorgeous voice and her songs are so fresh and pure. I love “You Picked Me” — the lyrics are so romantic (it would be a great first dance song at a wedding!) without sounding like your typical ballad.

A new Fine Frenzy album came out just last week… I’ll give you one guess where my next $9.99 is going.

on the turntable: Gillian Grassie

I listen to music all day while I’m at work, and sometimes I get bored with my usual repertoire. I’ve been listening to Pandora a lot lately in the hopes of discovering some new tunes, and while listening to a Priscilla Ahn station the other day, I came across Gillian Grassie (pronounced Jillian Grassy) singing a song called “Sweet Metallic.” I immediately added “download Gillian Grassie” to my to-do list.

I couldn’t find a “Sweet Metallic” video to share with you, but I did find this video of her performing the song “Silken String.”

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It turns out she is a Philadelphia native who went to Bryn Mawr (I used to work there over summer and winter breaks from college). I’m always excited to discover up-and-coming artists, especially local ones, and I am looking forward to listening to her album on repeat.

On the Turntable: Amelie

I figured I’d follow-up on my last turntable post with another instrumental album that I love. I’m sure most of you are no strangers to the wonderful French film Amelie; the soundtrack with a score by Yann Tiersen has been one of my favorites for years. I love the story that each song tells, and the combination of piano and accordion that gives you the feeling of strolling down a Parisian street.

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On the Turntable: Rodrigo Y Gabriela

I usually prefer music with lyrics (so I can sing at the top of my lungs like a weirdo), but I make an exception for Rodrigo y Gabriela. This is what I listen to at work when I’m in a really good mood or when I need to get energized about a project. Their self-proclaimed “fusion music” is absolutely incredible and I still find myself singing along to their tunes despite there not being any lyrics. (I’m sure it’s terribly annoying for anyone in my general vicinity).

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On the Turntable: Brandi Carlile

I had never heard of Brandi Carlile until I started my current job. My co-workers pretty much all love her music, and I got sucked in pretty quickly. Here’s one of my favorite songs… but really, they’re all equally spectacular.

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I need to see her live one of these days. Any other Brandi fans out there?

On the Turntable: Sondre Lerche/Dan in Real Life Soundtrack

Have you seen Dan in Real Life? It is absolutely charming. I love Steve Carell, and I think he plays the vulnerable character of Dan so well (and it’s such a 180 from his unbearable-but-awesomely-politically-incorrect character on The Office). Throughout most of the movie I just want to jump through the screen and give him a big hug.


We recently watched this movie for the third time, and amidst the sweet and funny story, I was reminded of how wonderful the music is…. so I used an Amazon gift card I had lying around and promptly bought the soundtrack. All but one of the songs are performed by Norwegian musician Sondre Lerche, and I love his pure, unique voice and the simple guitar melodies. I have been listening on repeat since I got the CD. (I tend to do that with music I really like!) It’s fabulous.

One of my favorite songs is My Hands are Shaking. Have a listen. (Oh yeah, and he ain’t so bad looking, either.)

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