Hello Ladywood Lovers!
Greetings from Rio de Janeiro (translation River of January...did you know that the first explorers thought the ocean was a river but it was too late to change it - oops).
First off I want to apologize for my long hiatus from posting to the music blogosphere. When your travelling South America and sleeping in different beds every week with limited wifi access, blogging can be tough...BUT, luckily my lovely and talented Lwood partners have been killing it - thank you chicas!
So if I haven't been blogging and finding new music, what have I actually been doing for 7 months? Well I've learned some things that I'd like to share.
1. Find your 3 keys to happiness. When you travel you have all the time in the world to think, feel and reflect. No deadlines, distractions and responsibility. Having that space made it possible for me to realize what my recipe for happiness is. I broke down what is important to me in three broad categories:
a. Community: have a good network of friends or family is so very important to support you through the highs and lows.
b. Health: have activities in your weekly routine that make you happy (surf, bike, hike) and eat food that makes you feel happy (I'm not talking pizza every meal - everything in moderation).
c. Purpose: have a hobby or a passion that keeps breathes life and enthusiasm into your face when you talk about it. Go after your dreams and desires because life is way to short not too.
2. Timing. So much of life is about the right timing. Relationships, jobs, photography, etc. When you are aware of this you become open to the little things happening around you. For example, the people you meet while travelling is all about timing. You can learn something from everyone you meet if you are open enough and don't judge someone upon looks.
3. The kindness of strangers. Smile and people smile back. Love yourself and love will come right back to you. Trust me, it's science.
5. Enjoy. I forgot how to enjoy life when I was back home in my working life. We rush around from place to place for what? Life is about taking time to enjoy the small things. So stop planning every minute of your life and let it flow. Enjoy the magic of life and trust that everything will work out.
For today's music, I'm including 8 hip tracks to keep you busy for the next couple months because I'm heading to the north of Brazil to camp, so I'm OFF THE GRID!
Much love and light,
Ladywood wants to wish a big ol Happy bday to one of our Ladywood founders Piss. Whether you're eating Mac and Cheese or showering us with impromptu dance routines you're a fine looking lady. We hope your birthday is as sexy as Jeremih's always seems to be. -Rayray
I'm pretty sure Mumford and Sons and Brett Dennin made a love child... and it was Vance Joy.
Most recently known for his ukulele riddled single "Riptide" from his debut EP Dream Your Life Away, expect to see more from this folk-pop stud in the future. This single has gotten so much attention in recent months with pop icons the likes of Taylor Swift already giving her stamp of approval of the Australian vocalist with a cover of the single. On the other end of the spectrum, FlicFlac put their own twist on a remix of the same song. Definitely worth a listen.
Despite the fact that his performance last Friday at Republik left me swooning like teenage girl, it was clear that he had a similar effect on the crowd at the intimate venue. In a nightclub that I’m used to shaking my tail feather to high energy performances from artists like Klinglande, KYGO and Bonobo, it was refreshing to see a subdued crowd completely captivated by Joy's whimsical vocals and the simplicity of his clean cut sound.
There is something about his impassioned crooning that conjures up some nostalgic inklings, delivering you back to that heartwarming scene in your favorite movie or recollection of a formative romance. I can just picture Matthew Mcconaughey on a scooter chasing me across the Manhattan Bridge right now as I recount Joy's set listening to "You're Mess Is Mine." (And yes, my favorite movie is How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days..). There is a certain soothing authenticity to his sound and seductive lyrics that makes you want him to be the one to write the soundtrack to your life.
Can’t wait to see what Vance has in store for his adoring fans but in the meantime his jams will be making their long overdue debut on my Soulful Sunday Funday playlist. -M
A beautifully talented and endlessly hilarious human ,M, graciously guest wrote this post for us. If you two would be interested in writing a guest post for Ladywood and live in the Calgary area, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
A happy place to live can be created anywhere you go, but I'd like to think home is where you spent your formative years. Where we grew up fills us with subconscious connections and innumerable memories. Home can be a dark cloud in our lives, while sometimes it's a place that warms our heart with a simple thought. Research shows that when patients start to develop Alzheimer's Disease they continually express a desire to go "home." It's the place they had their first kiss or learned to ride a bike. Whatever it is, imagine you got a postcard from home. What would it say...?
Mine would read something along the lines of this:
You still owe the Public Library hundreds of dollars in late fees, and your parking violations have made it impossible for you to ever drive a car in our province again. Have you cut that gypsy hair wrap our of your head yet? It's extremely unsanitary and scares almost ever person you talk to. Your best friends, aka the falafel man and Charlie (the dog of your favourite homeless man) send their regards. They found a tumour in Charlie's kidney, but it looks like his Doggie Health Care will cover the removal and potential chemotherapy treatment. Your Balkan family still prays daily for you to find a nice Croatian boyfriend to settle down with. Hopefully their rituals might slow down your hedonistic ways and stop you from travelling around the world like you're living in a hamster wheel. We hope your dream to be recruited by a world famous dance crew is on it's way to reality. Never give up on the 'pop lock and drop it.' That was your move...
If you want the debut EP, 'Four Lock,' from the beautiful singer/songwriter Harriet J Woodcock click here. It's free! -Rayray
Where'd you go my dear? Maybe you went to the live show to see The Night VI perform some beautifully scripted music. You don't want to miss their catchy one liners like "heroine..she'll get you hooked in tonight.."
'The band will be headlining the 1st Duly Noted Records gig this Friday @ The Stillery in Camden, London. The gig will mark off the first year of the label & the band's 2nd EP. The gig will also feature live sets from Osca & Paperwhite who are both celebrating their debut EP releases this week' -Rayray
Natural Animal are here with their new single Slave from their debut album. If this is your first time hearing about Natural Animal, allow me to properly introduce them. Devon Wright and Matt Hunter are operating on the edge of tech and music, on a pursuit to create awesome things. On top of making incredible music, the duo are also the co-founders behind the ever burgeoning Turnstyle (https://www.getturnstyle.com), one of Canada’s hottest tech startups. They reside in the Queen West neighbourhood of Toronto, and have been making music together now for over 6 years. The guys had this to say about their album “The album is called Waiting For Another, perhaps because of the disposable nature of how we as a culture currently consume art. So in the spirit of the times, this will not be a traditional album, we will be releasing each song in real-time as it is finished. We want to try to live through our music as we create it, instead of it merely being a collection of the last few years of our lives.” Real-time has approached us, here is the second single off the album. Enjoy.
British singer George Ezra invited Ian McKellan to cameo in his new music video…and McKellan quickly stole the spotlight. I love this man's sultry blues baritone with a haunting totality. Enjoy! -C
Nice vibes coming from these guys. Check out their website and learn a little about the boys. -Rayray
He's a believable storyteller, a subtle guitarist and a composer of haunting melodies
Thanks to With A bullet Productions for the Giveaway!
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