Loads of Links

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It’s HUUUUUUUMP DAAAAAAAAAY.

Here’s a boat load of links for you to click through to distract yourself from doing any real work today.

This song has been on repeat for a solid 3 days now. I’m not sure why, but I really really love it. It sometimes makes me want to cry, sometimes makes me want to slow dance around the living room and sometimes makes me want to reevaluate life. Either way you look at it, it’s just a really beautiful song.

PS Here are a few celebration pictures from my Blogaversary treat at lunch time yesterday celebrating my one year love affair with TwentySeven Things.

Blogaversary Treat

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Sara Bareilles – The Blessed Unrest

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I love Sara Bareilles. I fell in love with her when she released Love Song all those years back and even have her second record on vinyl. She just released her third record a few weeks ago and I’ve been able to sit with for a while and have chosen my favorites.

The Blessed Unrest is a very unique title. I know from reading her blogs that she made the move from LA to New York about a year ago after feeling depressed about Los Angeles. The title kind of tells you that she finally feels at peace with feeling unsettled all the time, that she’s okay with not being completely put together. That’s another reason that I love her, she always seems to find a way to cool, new way verbalize a lot of the things I’m thinking about.

I think the album is very good, not amazing, but very very good (I think I’m still partial to her second record because I loved it so much). Sara Bareilles is known for doing the very sad, love ballads and this album seems to have more than usual for some reason. Because of the amount of sad, broody songs, I can’t listen to the album more than once through at a time. But on the other side of the sad, broody songs we get beautiful poetic lyrics that paint the most wonderful scenery inside your mind. That is the Sara Bareilles I know and love. The one that has the ability to paint pretty pictures with her even more beautiful words.

Sara Bareilles

Sara Bareilles – The Blessed Unrest (Epic Records, 2013)

Sarah’s Favorites: 1000 Times, Little Black Dress, Manhattan, I Choose You, Eden

Songs to dance to: Brave, Little Black Dress, Chasing The Sun, Hercules

Songs to cry to: Manhattan, 1000 Times, December, Islands

Fun Facts: 1) Out of the 12 songs on the record, Sara wrote 8 all by her lonesome. 2) Brave was co-written with Jack Antonoff from Fun. 3) She just wrapped up her Brave Enough tour that she went on by herself. Just her, a guitar and a piano. This fall she starts a new tour with OneRepublic.

Sara Bareilles – Brave

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Sara Bareilles Brave

When Sara Bareilles came out with “Love Song” in 2007 I fell in love with her. Since then, I’ve bought all of her albums (even have the second one on vinyl). I think she’s an amazing songwriter and a genuine artist which is hard to find nowadays.

She recently posted this blog talking about her experiences in 2012 saying that they were some of the most trying times of her life, describing them as “heartbreaking, terrifying and breathtaking all at the same time.” In the blog she explains that she’s found that when she speaks up for herself, she feels empowered and shocked at the courage she didn’t even know she had. Her new album is due out this summer, the new tour appropriately titled Brave Enough starts in a few weeks and the audio for her new single, “Brave” just came out yesterday.

“Brave” starts out sounding kind of OneRepublic-ly and different sonically that what she usually does. Maybe it isn’t the catchiest song she’s ever released, but you know what? I’m in love with it because lyrically it’s everything I wanted it to be. Simple, yet effective. Just say what you want to say, and be brave. I think it’s going to be my new anthem for the summer. And maybe just for life in general. Because we all do need to be a little bit more brave and say things honestly. I think my new summer goal is going to be to work on this whole “being brave” thing. I talk a pretty good game but my execution could use a little work.

“Say what you wanna say. And let the words fall out, honestly.”