Cool Links For Cool People

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This week I had the 3 is Company theme song in my head, which would be fine if I knew more words then ‘ Come and knock on our door’. Try and have that in your head for two days. All I could think of was the episode of 8 Simple Rules  when they all dressed up as the characters in a dream sequence. Welcome to my brain

Here are your cool links for a Friday

I Need To Find This Movie Looks Amazing

Famous Authors Looking Badass

The Details That Go Into HBO’s Most Popular Show

One Cup, Two Cups, Three Cups, More

Things You Should Know Before Dating a Dancer

One Of My Girl Crush

The Prefect Hostess Gift

Brulee – That Is All

Read These 12 Books Before the Films Come Out

Courage Is Not The Absence Of Fear

xxLayla

Monday Music: Coldplay

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So I guess I fell under the banner of ‘Who do these guys think they are? U2? Pfft!’ banner when it comes to this band and I’ll admit to it and I’ll also admit that it was a mistake and that I was very wrong

Yes I am talking about Coldplay

It wasn’t actually the music that had me spellbound, or made me first fall in love with this band but the band and the frontman that caught my attention.

A few years back there was major bush fires that hit the state of Victoria and it was horrific – oddly enough at the same time there were massive floods two states away in Queensland. So as Aussies do we all got together (meteorically and for some physically) and helped each other out.

One of those ways was a benefit concert in both Sydney and Melbourne. It was a star studded line up. Aussie band Jet preformed at both Sydney and Melbourne cricket grounds. Jack Johnson, Taylor Swift, Kings of Leon, Wolfmother, Kylie Minogue and Coldplay. Luckily all where touring the country

It went on for hours and it is something that I will never forgot it.

This is when I first musically met Coldplay.

Why was I so impressed by them this day?

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Chris Martin in the spur of the moment, jumped off the stage ran into the crowd towards the end of their song  Fix You. He must have run if not the whole Sydney cricket ground oval, it was most of it. He embraced a number of fans, high fived people as he was running along. When he was done, he jumped back on stage. Said to the band or mouthed to the band ‘I’m F88ked’ and continued the best he could to finish the song.

Can you imagine relaxed and upbeat as fans spread out on picnic blankets with friends have a great time – oh look, there goes Chris Martin.

It was an epic moment and in that most Coldplay won my musical heart and I opened the door to their music.

It was the opening strings of “Viva La Vida” that won me over and quickly followed by the lyrics of “Fix You”

I recently watched a movie called To Write Love On Her Arm – which featured this song in a simple yet very emotional scene that left me curled up in the corner of my sofa with tears streaming down my face – it a weird way it made me feel alive

Coldplay came up in the mould of Radiohead, R.E.M, and U2 but kind of broke that mould and repaired it to fit them – which in the music industry is rare. It could have been the type of situation of square peg and round hole but that hasn’t stopped the band. They have made people listen, as they did me. They win hearts one song at a time

xxLayla

Sunday Playlist

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  • Chill In The Air by Amos
  • Paperback Writer by The Beatles
  • Beautiful World by Anastacia
  • The Last Time by Lee Ann Womack
  • Smile by Lily Allen
  • St Patricks Day by John Mayer
  • Last Request by Paula Nutini
  • Play With Fire by Hilary Duff
  • SWLABR by Cream
  • Yes U Can by Jewel
  • It Aint Pretty by Lady Antebellum
  • Days Like This by Van Morrison
  • I’d Like To by Corinne Bailey Rae
  • Wrong by Ben Taylor
  • Poison by Bardot

xxLayla

Cool Links For Cool People

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This week I’ve finished Chris Perez’s book To Selena, With Love. I thought it was impossible to love those two people anymore then I already did. I was wrong. The book is so beautiful. Pick it up. I’m now starting The Testament of Youth which will quickly followed by Suite Francaise – I fear tears will flow like a river. I hope everything is sunny in your world

Here are your cool links for a Friday

At Home With Reese Witherspoon

19 Best Drugstore Products You’re Not Using

What Is Our Worth?

Jazz Era That Must Come Back

Introducing Rastafarian Targaryen & Kit Snow

Two Neighbourhoods And Lots Of Opportunities To Eat Along The Way

I Need One of These

Hangovers + Age = Nooooooo

11 Successful Women

33 Of The Weirdest Children’s Books EVER!

xxLayla

Music Monday:Sara Bareilles

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Hi My Loves,

So the good thing about dropping your ipod twice in one day – and breaking it the second time around, is that you  get to dust off your old ipod from 2008 and discover  the music you used to listen too. Some music you forgotten about and some music that you didn’t give a real good chance the first time around. This week’s artist was one of those people and some of that music

Everyone has heard of Sara Bareilles – unless you live on mars – but anyhow this past fortnight was the first time I actually sat down and listened. I mean really listen. It was her song Love On The Rocks was the one that caught my attention  then quickly followed by City  a few days later. There was something about the lyrics ‘You got your wolves in their clothes whispering Hollywood’s name’ that made my head snap back and my brain say whaaaaaa!

There was something about a song about a girl being in a big city that spoke to me I guess. That and given the fact that I’ve been thinking of Los Angeles a lot lately, might have had something to do with it also.

For many of us, her album Little Voices was the first time hearing Sara’s voice and hearing her soul when she sings. It was mine too. I brought the album for her hit Love Song. It sat in my cabinet for years. I crossed it over to my old ipod but didn’t give the whole album a go until a few weeks ago. Truth be told, back in the day when I brought the album, I skipped over every other song and listened to the song I brought the album for. Now I skip over Love Song and listen to every other song repeatedly.

Truth be told Sara Bareilles is much more than a one hit wonder or the queen of soundtracks. I wish I had discovered that way back then

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A few years later, when I had over-listened to Love Song I found the last song of that same album, called Gravity. This is a song I will never tire of. It’s a song with so much heart and she lays her soul bare, with this one. You feel the pain that she was in when writing it. It’s a song I’m been teaching myself to sing, I’m still trying but getting better each time.

I feel like I’ll spend the next few years trying to prefect her song City

 

There are only a handful of singers that have made me want to walk in the footsteps. Melody Gardot, Katey Sagal, Cher and now Sara Bareilles. A singer that inspires you to sing is what life is all about, right?

Clearly I am not the only person that has been spellbound by this talented lady.  She has opened for Marc Broussard and Maroon 5. Fans of Sarah McLachlan and Alicia Keyes or Fiona Apple will love her work but oddly enough when I listened to Little Voices, I mean actually listened, on a very cold Sydney morning, bundled up and on my way to work. The musician that she reminded me most of was Laura Nyro – maybe because a discovered Ms Nyro’s music only last year.

I wasn’t surprised that Sara had been included in an on stage tribute to Laura Nyro and her songs fit Sara like a glove.

So I may be a little late to the game when it comes to this talented lady’s music but I am excited to jump into the ocean and buy every album I can find

Because musicians that inspire are the best kind.

xxLayla