AEROSMITH – Get A Grip


This is a fitting cd for the craziness of this Monday morning.  First day of May madness where we are counting down the days til school is out.  Aerosmith is perfect for a frantic dash out the door while hustling all the kids into their jackets. 

I listened to this second cd to leave my bookcase amidst a flurry of little voices floating from the back seats of my mommy van yelling that we were going to be late… Lol we made it to the school just as ‘Eat The Rich’ started playing. This fast paced song was good music to get things rolling.  And by rolling I mean slight speeding to get there on time. 

I like this album although it’s been ages since I’ve listened to anything Aerosmith. I can remember shooting pool while being smothered by cigarello smoke in my late teens/early twenties hearing these songs. ‘Crazy’ has a vibe that makes you want to dance around while doing whatever your heart desires… So does ‘Cryin’… I can’t remember which song had a music video with a young Alicia Silverstone dancing around but I could swear it was one of these two songs.

Today was a long long day. Lots of laundry. Lots of bills due. Lots of traffic. Not my best day. But I did make cupcakes so score for me:)

I managed to squeeze out a quick 5 minute sketch of my daughter after tucking the boys into bed… The proportions are off and I can’t say it’s my best work but it’s a step in the right direction which is… Art every day, good or bad, at least it’s creativity.  I sketched this portrait in pen then ran a filter to convert it to pencil. There’s just something about sketching in graphite that is pleasing to my eye even if it still needs a lot of work.

Thinking next round I will find my pastels or my graphite pencils and not mess with any filters.  Another cd knocked out and a quick sketch… Not too shabby for a Monday.

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Chris Cornell – Higher Truth & Vega4 – You And Others

…So it’s been two days and in the span of those two days it’s been a bit of craziness… Super bowl Sunday was a day filled with way too much food alongside mostly family and friends. It was great and I totally blew any chance of a diet… 

I had a little trouble unwinding after all the festivities… Who better than to join me on rounding out that day than Chris Cornell via his cd higher truth. I’ve been a fan of his for decades… From Soundgarden to Audioslave to his solo stuff.  The man can do no wrong… And when you’d just like something a lil gravelly and down to earth, then he’s your man.

My favorite track for this cd is ‘Before we disappear’ because it just speaks to me. The sound of his voice along with the chorus ‘how hard can it be’, I can identify with this song, it sings to me as time is flying by, the good times and bad times and just reflecting on life. 

All in all I enjoyed the entire cd but this track is dear to my heart, comforting me as I was getting ready to turn in on that Sunday night before Monday came crashing along with the madness of the morning rush and my follow up to my women’s wellness.

Hence the need for Vega4 that Monday morning, I break this cd out anytime I need a pick me up. If I’m feeling down or depressed then this is my comforting friend.   Their cd ‘You And Others’ is one of my all time favorites. The entire cd has this sweeping sound that is music to my ears but it’s their track ‘life is beautiful’ that truly sums up their appeal to me. It’s a moving uplifting song without being too preachy. And I’m not ashamed to say that when I need a lil pep if I’m in a funk then I put that track on repeat over and over again.  

Cancer is a scary thing.  I suppose one could say after spending half my day at the doctors and a myriad of tests, I was extremely grateful when they finally cleared me. With their words of ‘I’ll see you next year, it doesn’t look cancerous after all’, I felt this magnificent rush of relief. 

I got into my car and felt all these emotions… And right at that moment someone parked next to me swung their door wide hitting my passenger side.  I looked over quickly annoyed and realized the older couple parked next to me looked rather teary eyed. It seemed as if they hadn’t had the best news… and at that second I realized while I may have gotten good news, other people are getting life changing news, possibly heartbreaking news… Obviously a door dent is nothing in the grand scheme of things. So I quickly waved them on saying that it was nothing and not to worry about it.

And that’s part of the beauty of good music… It can make you feel anything… From grand emotions, to appreciating what you have, or to even pave the way to allow you to show a lil sympathy.  Much thanks to Chris Cornell for his solo album and Vega4 (even though sadly Vega4 is not together anymore) for helping steer me towards getting my head right. 

Zayn – Mind Of Mine


I started my weekend with a killer migraine but still managed to pluck this cd off the shelf and throw it in my stereo… A pleasant surprise, I didn’t think I’d like it as much as I do.  

With my eye pillow, heating pad, and grammyesque quilts in a dark room, I laid down to some smooth grooves… Zayn will prob make it into the rotation on a weekly basis. It’s a slow sultry listen… At times I forget that a former boy band member is singing but I won’t hold that against him. 

I personally think the best tracks are in the middle starting with ‘rear view’, ‘wrong’ feat Kehlani, and ‘fool for you’… But I liked the cd so much that I listened to it twice before dozing off.

Sadly no art… Just Ibuprofen, lavender eye pillow, dry heat, and the sound of Zayns voice lulling me to sweet dreams. 

Kaleo – a/b


Okay so here’s my first review/thoughts for day one. I thought about how to go about this since I have several bookcases and boxes of music… Possibly too much to count and decided I’d try to go alphabetically after I give a listen through what’s currently in my car.

This is Kaleos debut cd and I received this as a Christmas present after I pointed out I liked one of their songs on the radio… their music def has an alternative sound. At times a lil funky and gritty. I could easily imagine a robbery about to happen at a swanky cigar club after listening to track 2 ‘way down we go’… Like you know stuff might go sideways but you’re gonna do it anyway… This is my fav track of theirs.  Also diggin ‘all the pretty girls’ and ‘I can’t go on without you’… 

The rest of their cd was a blur for me but those three gems got hit with the repeat button as I waited in the car rider line at my kiddos school.

In my mind I’m already scheming to catch them live in Austin since I’ve heard they put on a good show.  If a band can sound just as good live as they do on their cd, then they’ve normally won me over for life. Like ‘Cake’ I love me some fashion nugget. 

I’m thinking if I can get the kiddos to bed early enough, that I may give it a go and  sketch out a lil something with watercolor pencils while sipping some spiced rum:)