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Listening To… Amy Seeley

Going forward into the new year I plan to toss up a quick weekly post called, “Listening To…” with the goal of sharing some of my favorite tunes with all of you. I think there is just so much amazing talent out there and because I get so much of my inspiration through music it seems like a natural fit to work it in somehow on decor8. So this week I’m listening to… Amy Seeley.

Plum-Coulee-Cover

Above is the stunning cover of her new album, Plum Coulee. I just adore the room… so let us look at it again, shall we?

Plum-Coulee-Cover

Oh yes, I still love it… beautiful. But I think I prefer seeing her in the room as the contrast of her gorgeous black dress looks so stunning in this white setting with that gorgeous concrete floor. Lovely. But beyond that, the music. Ah yes, the sound of Amy Seeley is perfection, like melting chocolate, raindrops against the window, the feeling of velvet on bare skin. I have her last album, Eight Belles, playing right now in fact. I’m listening to I’ve Got Ideas. Here are the lyrics…

I’ve got ideas that might make the paper someday
Got folded up maps showin’ where I’m gonna be
I’ve got dreams that could sail a boat to the east
Pages and pages and pages of drawings….
But that don’t mean so much
If you’re not in my story with me
.”

(images: amy seeley)

Posted in music on December 22, 2010

Evoke Mio by Orla Kiely

I already have a lovely radio in my kitchen but after seeing the brand new Evoke Mio radio designed my Orla Kiely my heart started to race. Isn’t this lovely!? I still will stick with mine but this is great.

Evoke Mio by Orla Kiely

Evoke Mio by Orla Kiely

Evoke Mio by Orla Kiely

The digital and FM portable radio features the signature stem print that she is known best for and is finished with a chromed handle and walnut veneered cabinet with cream.The radio has an optional ChargePAK that gives you up to 24 hours to listen to music between charges. “It is packed with features too, including digital and FM radio, an input for your iPod/MP3 player, Intellitext and textSCAN, a striking auto-dimming OLED display, an alarm, a kitchen timer and a USB connector for future product upgrades.”

The EVOKE Mio by Orla Kiely will be available exclusively at John Lewis from early November and at independent retailers from March 2011 — I think you can get it at her Covent Garden store soon too.

Lovely!

(images: orla kiely)

Posted in music on October 13, 2010

Musical Thursday

Hello, fellow bloggers and the readers who love them! My name is Mike Trobiano and I am a graphic designer covering Musical Thursday for Holly this week. I run SINdicated, a blog that promotes green living and features my favorite musical talent. I consider music a fundamental element for life. A good song can remove you from the world, redefine your mood and even re-energize a space. My musical soundtrack is urban meets comfort. San Francisco meets New Haven. Soho meets Oyster Bay. Interested? Here are a few remedies to cure that ringing in your ear.

Musical Thursday

1. Alexi Murdoch – With acoustic rhythms and soft lyrics, this London native strips his music down to the cords. His seemingly effortless melodies and distinctive tone relax even the toughest of critics, like me. It’s this raw appeal that makes his music a staple for any acoustic folk lover.

2. Priscilla Ahn – I first took notice of this budding songbird after falling in love with her single, Dream. Unaffected by the flashbulbs of Los Angeles, her light and airy voice has made her quite successful in the industry as well as on shows like “Grey’s Anatomy”. If your day is running long, turn her album on and the time will float away.

3. Matthew Perryman Jones – Matthew is definitely a diamond in the ruff. At first, I wasn’t sure how to interpret his pop/rock/folk records from the country music capital, Nashville, Tennessee! But after a better listen, I began to actually feel the music. This woven texture of musical fabric allows his music to transcend genres in a timeless and intuitive way.

4. The Narrative – Atmospheric, yet dense, this band captures a story within their cords that will have you begging for a sequel. With only one EP available for download, it’s hard to resist the urge of wanting more. So far they sound very promising! Although some fans might think their music walks the line between alternative and emotional rock, I believe it is their individuality that makes them so captivating. There you have it; a taste of my musical design.

Who are some of your favorite artists? Do you like my selections? What do you listen to when you blog or read blogs? Be sure to leave your comments here or over at my blog, SINdicated. -Thanks! – Mike

(images: individual artists/amazon.com)

Posted in music on August 06, 2009

Musical Thursday

Hello friends! So for today’s Musical Thursday I’m sharing a selection of tunes that are keeping me company as I rummage through my attic and continue packing and organizing my home. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I am this week!

Musical Thursdays

A. Florence & The Machine: Lungs

B. Michael Jackson: Hello World – The Motown Solo Collection (outstanding album!)

C. 2raumwohnung: Lasso

D. Kate Miller-Heidke: Curiouser

E. coeur de pirate

F. Pitbull: I Know You Want Me (single, fun to dance to)

G. Cascada: Evacuate The Dancefloor

H. Kelly Sweet: We Are One

I also cannot stop listening to Send Me An Angel from Real Life in 1989, I remember being in school listening to this in the hallway between classes on my walkman. :) Watch this video for a little synth pop action and a definite blast from the past.

(images from individual artists and amazon)

Posted in music on July 23, 2009

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