July 1 – 2: “I am the man who arranges the blocks…”

On our way back from the beach yesterday,this song came on the mix cd we were listening to. It is seriously amazing – it goes through the history of the U.S.S.R., but is set to the music of Tetris, and a Tetris theme runs throughout the song.

The video is also amazing – go check it out:


June 24 – 1: Sign language + hip hop concerts

This is seriously one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen:

How amazing is the interpreter to watch? If I’d been at that concert, I would have spent the whole time watching her – not the actual performers, who look pretty boring in comparison.

Here’s a slate article with more about Holly Maniatty, the interpreter in those videos.

June 22 – 1, 2, & 3: Busy days

Yesterday was extremely busy for me, so I didn’t have a chance to post. But (briefly), here are three good things from yesterday:

1. Having lunch with one of my best friends from college and getting a chance to catch up. (She’s also in a similar place in life, so it was really great to share and commiserate and give/receive advice).

2. As I drove to meet her, I went slightly out of range of my favorite radio station and had to listen to commercial radio for a little bit, which always makes me a little sad. I think I listened to more radio commercials yesterday than I had so far this year. But I did hear Same Love by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis not once, but twice. And even though it is a little preachy in its message, it still makes me happy to hear it being played on a commercial radio station. The music video is also beautiful.

3. Dinner with a set of J’s friends from college, including an adorable dog and – best of all – an 18-month-old toddler. He was adorable, and showed all of the traits I love about toddlers. He happens to be in a phase where he’s fascinated by how doors work, so he spent minutes at a time (which is hours in toddler time) opening and closing doors repeatedly. But the absolute cutest thing was when he would throw a tennis ball for the dog, and the dog would spaz out because she was so excited about the ball, and the toddler would be thrilled and giggle and shriek with joy.

June 18 – 2: WTMD

If you’re the kind of person who looks at tags on blog posts, you may have noticed that almost all of my music posts are also tagged “WTMD.” WTMD is the best radio station I have ever had the privilege of listening to. It’s a Baltimore NPR station, but unlike your typical NPR station, its focus is on current music. And I love  pretty much everything they play. If you’re in the Baltimore area, they broadcast on 89.7 fm, but even if you’re not, you can check them out online or download their streaming app. This station is seriously one of my favorite things about Baltimore – I can’t imagine surviving my commute without them.

June 17 – 2: On My Mind, In My Heart by Jesse Dee

The first time I heard this song, I thought it might be an “oldie”  that I’d just never heard somehow – it has such a great throwback, 50’s-60’s vibe to it. I’m starting to realize I’m a sucker for songs with a horn section – I love the saxophones on this one. It came on the radio as I was driving home this afternoon, and there was nothing to do but turn it up and sing along.

It doesn’t seem to have an artsy music video yet, but here’s a video of a live performance for a radio station:

June 11 – 1: Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men

This song is one of my recent favorites, and it came on the radio this morning. There’s nothing about it I don’t love . The lyrics are interesting. The tune is infectious in a good way – I can’t help singing along. And the horn section is amazing. Not to mention the general awesomeness of the band – “Of Monsters and Men” might be my favorite band name of all time, and they’re from Iceland.

It also has a video that I seriously love, and that totally fits the song: