On October 7th 2017 I married my best friend Trevor Richard. Months leading up to the wedding we were trying to pick out the music for our big day. As many of you know I am a huge music lover but my taste is usually in old school music and artists like Van Morrison or Bob Dylan. I was picturing Trev and I dancing to Otis Redding -That's How Strong My love is, or Van Morrison Crazy Love soley because the music and lyrics were so very pretty and classic. One day Trevor text me while I was at work that he had found the song we would dance our first dance as Husband and Wife to. I was a little nervous....what if I didn't like it as much as he did. When I got home that night we put Ollie to bed and Trev asked me if I'd like to hear "our song"....I was excited to hear what he would play. As we stood in the kitchen listening to Boyce Avenue cover this James Arthur song I was in tears. Trev explained all the reasons why this song was perfect for us and I couldn't have agreed more. Plus the fact that Boyce Avenue, one of our absolute favourite artitsts, was doing a cover of the song. It's beautiful and perfect and every time I hear it I smile. Enjoy! Love the Richards. XOXO
Song of the Week
Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE lyrics in songs....well drums and lyrics. This song doesn't have the drums but it most certainly has the lyrics for me.
"We have to keep believing
It's gonna be ok
Cause if we don't we're lost
Maybe we're lost anyway
I want to lift you up
I want to make it great
I want to be the boat that carries you across the lake"
I actually chose this song because of my fiance Trevor. The Trews are one of his favourite bands and as I watch him taking care of our 6 month old son tonight I know that we will always do whatever we can to lift our family up, to make each other great and to be the parents that get our children where they need to be....and really to trust that the sun will always rise in the morning.
Thank you for being such an incredible father to Oliver....and to our puppy Tucker. You are stronger than you know. We love you so much!!
"Don't they make a medicine for heartbreak?" This video is from the 2015 CMA awards....You have to love the true musicians who extend WAY out of their usual genre.....especially when it's got great lyrics and it's catchy as hell. Way to go JT!! Always look forward to what you're putting out.
One of my beautiful friends Cass Di Brita introduced this song to me on our way to a Color Run in Detroit. I just think of sunshine, dancing and smiling...can't beat that. Enjoy!!!
Well Standpointers this will be the 2nd time that "No Diggity" is featured as a Song of the week but once you watch this video you will completely understand why. Ed Sheeran is phenomenal and with the company of the lead singer from Passenger the two knock this cover out of the park. Hope you enjoy and if you get the chance to google Ed Sheeran I think you will truly be impressed.
I can't get enough of this song! IT'S GOING DOWN FOR REAL!!!....the shwanky gatsby-esque music makes me want to hit the dance floor and I don't even care who's out there.
DANCE FLOOR DON'T CARE!!
Hope you love it!!
If you know me then you know I love to rap. I'm not saying I'm good at it but something about trying to keep up with the clever lyrics of rap songs is a favourite pastime of mine. That being said I also love when artists take rap songs and turn them into acoustic gold. This song of the week goes to Chet Faker for his rendition of one of my ultimate favourite songs to rap to. No Diggity. Love it! Enjoy!!
The Trews have rapidly become one of my favourite bands, and by far one of my top 3 to see live.
Their songs have beautiful lyrics and the instrumental accompaniment makes this band perfect to listen to while driving with the windows down, or sitting around a bon fire with your best friends, or generally just providing a chill awesome soundtrack to life. Each time I've seen them live everyone in the crowd is dancing, singing and the overall energy level makes you feel truly happy.
I've recently got to meet the band at a intimate concert event and, although I probably made a fool of myself by telling them I was super proud of them, these guys couldn't be more genuine guys. These are the guys who were your best friends growing up, who would break out the guitars, or put on the good tunes and you'd sit for hours in your parents basement laughing and telling stories. True Canadians and it's easy to see.
I truly just wanted to say thank you to them.
Amazing!!! I think everyone has certain music they like to listen to while working out. For me, it truly depends on what physical activity I am doing. If it's high intensity cross fit based workout I love to hear rap, rock or a blend of the two such as Rage Against the Machine. If I am riding my skate/longboard I like to hear chill, laid back tracks especially on a nice sunny day. For running....well funny enough it's always been Aerosmith. Growing up I got pretty into running longer distances and music was always key to this adventure. I would throw on my headphones, put on Aerosmith (with an occasional song by Offspring mixed in there) and hit the pavement. Something about the beat, and the lyrics always made me feel motivated to get out there and go for it....and because they have some songs that are slow and then some that get pretty quick I could always have a great warmup, solid run and still find a track to cool down to. A big part of running for me is the therapy I get out of it. If I'm not singing along in my mind then I'm working out some other things that I need to sort out...and running always gave me the outlet and time to gain a different perspective on things. Clearly at standpoint we believe that everyone sees the world in a unique way but what we celebrate here is the opennesss to truly appreciate that we are all individuals. To realize that sometimes we don't have the answers and acknowledge that it's okay to wonder what's the next step? Tonight was my first night running in quite some time and I ran a solid 3 miles. Thank you Steven for being with me on yet another run...Love Love
Collie Man by Slightly Stoopid is a classic song for sure. I think anyone who finds solace in music and/or other spiritual releases understands that there will always be bad times but there will always be good music, good friends, good times that will pick you up when you're feeling troubled. I know there are obvious other implications to this song but a great song will speak to people on different levels. I think this song is great because it's chill, relaxing and makes me smile....and you can't argue with that. Peace, Love and Always Music!!
I have to say that I am not usually a huge Fergie fan but this song had me dancing in Chicago and I loved every minute of it. Hope all you Standpointers had an amazing New Years and can't wait to take on 2014 with all of you. Stay tuned....it's gonna be a great year!!
This week I thought I'd send something different your way. A good friend of mine showed me this video a few years ago and I loved everything about it. The beat, the feel and especially the video. ENJOY!!
Of course Michael Jackson Thriller is going to be the song of the week. It wouldn't be Halloween without it. I posted the full video on here at the off chance you haven't seen the whole thing but there are some pretty cool facts you should know about this video. Thriller was released in 1983. This video was MTV's first world premiered video and voted most influential pop video of all time. The Guinness Book of World Records listed it at the "most successful music video" selling over nine million copies. Thriller is the most watched video to date; as it's been seen by more than 4 billion people all over the world. When you read all these facts it's not hard to believe as Michael Jackson's given us years of unforgettable music and dance moves and he is by far one of the most influential artists EVER!! Hope you all had a happy halloween!! HAHAHA
The Gorillaz are a cartoon band created in 1990 by Damon Albarn, originally the frontman of Blur, and Jamie Hewlett, an English comic book artist and designer.
I first heard John Butler in 2004 when I was living/working in a hostel in San Francisco. One of the things I loved most about traveling and meeting people from all over the world was that everyone who came through the hostel usually had a hat full of music with them. There was a computer, intended solely to take customer information, that the staff and guests would upload music to. Any given day or night there would be a random playlist of artists filtering through this home away from home. John Butler was one of my first finds and I still jones on his music today. If you haven't heard of him take the time to check him out and if you have heard about him then I am sure this is one of your favourites as well. Enjoy!!
I chose this song because for as long as I can remember it's been one of my favourites. I listen to it and the words always take me away. I imagine this man who has lived so many lives, walked down different streets, questions himself and his surroundings and in the end still finds comfort in knowing he is not alone. I find myself thinking about the many lives I've lived, places I've been to, friends, family and lovers that have come and gone, mistakes I've made, things I've attempted, aspired to, succeeded in and through it all I know that there are some relationships that will stand the test of time and people who will know me for better or worse; the true bodyguards and pals. In preparation for this first post I found the lyrics online, although I've known them by heart for some 20 years, and with one website there was a review written on the meaning. I like to think that when you love a song it doesn't matter what it means to anyone else or even to the person who wrote it, it really only truly matters how it speaks to you, and that's the same for any form of art…how it affects you, how it makes you feel….
Anyway something that truly made me smile was that in an interview with Paul Simon he was asked "so where did 'Al' and 'Betty' come from?" Paul said it stems from a party in the 70's that Simon hosted with his wife at the time Peggy Harper. Simon's friend, Stanley Silverman, brought along another composer named Pierre Boulez, and when he made his exit, Boulez called Simon "Al" and his wife "Betty". Boulez was French and he wasn't trying to be rude it was just his interpretation of what he heard. - Paul = Al and Peggy =Betty
I love the thought of Paul and Peggy being in public places and referring to each other in these codenames. How often do we create nicknames for friends and even at times forget how to formally introduce them to others. I hope you enjoy the first post and look forward to hearing some old favourites and possibly some new finds.
Peace, Love and Music