tuesday tunes - all sons & daughters.

ok, another new group that i am just LOVING.  all sons and daughters was born out of a local nashville church. what started as leslie jordan and david leonard writing worship songs for their church quickly became a duo that started leading those songs on sunday mornings, and less than a year later they were signed with a record deal. they've released 2 EPs: brokenness aside and reason to sing (epk explaining ep #2 here), and their first full-length album season one released last month... pulling songs from both EPs. i was given a copy a couple weeks ago and have not stopped listening to it.  (seriously. it's been playing non stop at work. i'm kinda obsessed)
here's the first track "all the poor and powerless"...

and here's a video of them out on tour with chris tomlin...

>> any new worship music you're loving lately?


life on the road >> a look inside a tour bus.

so you may or may not know that when my husband, jeff, isn't at home writing hit tunes, he's on tour playing keys with matthew west. and they've had a great gig out on the road opening for casting crowns this spring on the "come to the well tour". but -- great gig for them equals my husband not home for half the time of our first 3 months of being married.
so, to get a better feel for this "road life" (and to just get a weekend together) i joined the boys and loaded up the bus for the weekend.
for those here in nashville, this isn't that crazy. i have a lot of friends that for various reasons have spent a weekend or two on a tour bus. but for those not so lucky to be right in the middle of music city -- let me give you a glimpse into life on the road... (you're welcome, mom!)
(not actually their bus -- just a google image!)
for starters, you get used to sleeping in a coffin. think about a bus, and how high it is. now think about 3 bunks being stacked on top of each other (there are 12 bunks total on most buses). yup -- not a whole lot of room in there. but, it is cozy. and each bunk has it's own little light, plug (phone charging!), cup holder, and tv. yup, you can be lying there in your coffin and a little personal tv swings down for you to watch. and each bunk has a little "privacy curtain" for you to close (and latch!) while you sleep. creates a little more un-interupted sleep.
but all in all, the buses are pretty sweet -- 2 big screens (in a front lounge & a back lounge), a mini kitchen, wi-fi, and more. all while zooming down the interstate at 75 miles per hour. not a horrible way to travel.

though showering and going to the bathroom feel a little more like camping than fancy rockstar living. most showering occurs at the venues in dressing rooms (shout out to lindsay mccaul for sharing her dressing room with me that weekend!) ...lots of planning and shower shoes involved. and let's just say there's the rule "only peeing allowed" on the bus bathroom, so you can just assume there's more planning here.

one of the stops was in chattanooga, and the venue was right downtown, so jeff and i got to walk around and explore a fun little art district between lunch and soundcheck. i was definitely excited for some fresh air and sweet time at a coffee shop! by-the-way... if you're not in walking distance, the only way you're getting somewhere is by getting a "runner" -- which is kinda hit or miss -- so venues in good locations is a big perk!

this tour was pretty massive -- 5 buses, 2 semi-trucks of equipment, and a catering van. there's about 50 people total moving from city to city every night. but they make it happen. the bands and crew are some of the nicest people around, and really care deeply about the work they're doing and the story they're telling through the show each night.

so i think i'll leave the touring life to my husband, but i'm grateful to get a glimpse into the crazy reality of life on the road.
tell me -- have you ever traveled by tour bus? what were your thoughts?


tuesday tunes - of monsters & men.

y'all. it's been awhile since i was just obsessed with a band like i am with these guys. i can't tell you how many times i've listed to this album on repeat. the six pack is from iceland and bring some of the most funky folk-pop.
of monsters and men formed as a band in 2010, and immediately won iceland's "battle of the bands" called "M├║siktilraunir" (as a quartet...then they added 2 more members!) and so started their quick story of success. their full-length album my head is an animal hit number 1 this past fall when it launched in iceland, and just dropped worldwide 2 weeks ago. their first US appearance was at south-by-southwest in austin last month, where people became instant fans.
of monsters and men are self-described as "fun to sing along to" and i have to agree. check out some of these tunes...

"little talks" >> (the official video)

"love love love" >>
"six weeks" >>


tuesday tunes - kelly clarkson

oh, ms. clarkson. she has been on a roller coaster the last 10 years. since her victory on the first season of american idol (remember this?) to multi-platinum albums... and then a canceled tour because of underwhelming ticket sales... but oh has this girl had some killer hits along the way: "because of you", "breakaway", "behind these hazel eyes" and "since you've been gone" just to name a few.
and now my girl kelly is back and STRONGER than ever (and yes, that is the name of her most recent album. i know, clever.) kelly had released 4 albums (with 2004's breakaway being the front-runner by far).. so stronger is album #5, and i really do believe it's some of her best work. she co-wrote half of the album, and the vocals sound more rich & full. it's no secret this girl has got some pipes & power.
here's the title track, "stronger (what doesn't kill you)"...


tuesday tune - karmin.

if you've spent any time on youtube, you've probably seen the ridiculously awesome videos covering the latest pop tunes from karmin.
karmin = nick, a guy with some killer beats and guitar/piano skills + amy, a girl with a sick voice and ability to rap some rhymes. (amy is also known for her crazy hair!) the duo met at the berklee college of music, and signed with a label last summer (after their youtube videos had already gained them crazy popularity!) here are some of my favorite videos:

"look at me now" (over 62 million views? yup. insane.)

"scrubs" (throw back to high school!)

"price tag" (oh yah -- nick can play trombone & the box drum, too?!)

and now? they've put out a song of their own. "brokenhearted" is the first single (an album is set to be released later this month) and it has been in heavy rotation in my spin class... i'm definitely a fan. here's the music video...