Day 110: “Furr” by Blitzen Trapper

So, I’m in Milwaukee and…

I’m listening to hipster music. Hip it to the hip hip hop, and I don’t stop…


Back woodsy, folkie 😉 Blitzen…Trapper… Take me back to Amish Country!


Time to get eff out of Milwaukee! Back to San Diego to enjoy the weekend!


Day 109: “Veneer” by José González

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Salton Sea Adventure! February 2014 with Brett & Melissa

José González was not introduced to me by Brett or Melissa. It was actually my friend Catie, who probably doesn’t even know it, but I copied down the artist’s name while we were road-tripping to LA for a punk rock show. I dug it, and wanted to hear more!

The reason behind Brett & Melissa is because we share a special bond over:

Track 3- “Lovestain” hahahaha


These two give me so much shiznit for my taste in music…but I have to admit, it is usually quite entertaining 🙂

Jokes aside, this is a beautiful album.


Tomorrow: “Furr” by Blitzen Trapper

Day 108. “Gossip In The Grain” by Ray LaMontagne

Lower Doane and French Valley Trails, Mt. Palomar.


My friend that invited me to the house concert on Saturday night, re-introduced me to Ray LaMontagne. Thank you, Kaleigh! I had recognized a few of his songs, but didn’t know much about him.

After today, I’m in love with this man’s rich, raspy voice 🙂

Listening to this album reminds me of growing up on the east coast, living in an old farmhouse, waking up to the sheep bahhh-ing outside my window, listening to the rain on the tin roof of my balcony, climbing trees, making necklaces out of clovers, and laying underneath the dark sky comparing the ratio of fireflies to the night stars.

Track 5- “Winter Birds”

It’s the Widow now that owns that angry plow,
The spartan Mule and The Crippled Cow
The fallow field that will yield no more,
As the fox lay sleeping beneath her kitchen floor

The stream can’t contain such the withering rain,
And from the pasture the fence it is leaning away
The clouds crack and growl
Like some great cat on the prowl
Crying out, “I am, I am” over and over again

The days grow short
As the nights grow long
The kettle sings its tortured song
As many petalled kiss I place upon her brow,
Oh, my lady, Lady I am loving you now

The winter birds have come back again,
Here the sprightly Chickadee
Gone now is the Willow Wren
In passing greet each other as if old, old friends
And to the voiceless trees
It is their own they will lend

The days grow short
As the nights grow long
The kettle sings its tortured song
As many petalled kiss I place upon her brow,
Oh, my lady, Lady I am loving you now

And though all these things will change,
The memories will remain
As green to gold, and gold to brown
The leaves will fall to feed the ground
And in their falling, make no sound

And to my grandfather, I love you ❤ May you rest in peace.

Tomorrow: “Veneer” by José González


Day 106. “Lickety Split” by Robert Randolph & the Family Band


One of the best concerts you could ever bring yourself to, would be a Robert Randolph & the Family Band show. Seriously.

Friday night was the third time I had seen them live, and it made for another memorable night on the books.

Reasons why you should see Robert Randolph & the Family Band:

  1. Everyone else is there. Really though, the crowd for Robert Randolph ranges all ages and types of people! The best music brings everyone together 🙂
  2. If you can’t dance, you’ll learn to.
  3. You’re going to walk away feeling like you were high-fived by 1000 new friends.
  4. Robert Randolph has a smile that is pure gold (not literally-nothing but pearly whites here).



Lickety SPLIT!

Track 1- “Amped Up” yessssss


Friday was not going as planned. I was excited for a great show, but also preparing to be let down by a friend.

But, when you feel low…the best you can do is GET AMPED UP! 🙂 And that, is what I did.

We’re about to start a party in here! Keys, bass, drums & guitar in here! Looks like we’ve got a good crowd in here! Turn it up to 10 and get loud in here!

Track 2- “Born Again” Awesome song about turning your life around and being happy.

Track 4- “Take the Party” featuring Trombone Shorty so you know it’s gotta be great!

Track 5- “Brand New Wayo” …when they played this Friday night…it was. awesome. HEY! It’s a Brand New Wayo!

Track 8- “Love Rollercoaster”

Track 10- “Get Ready” as our friend Don said Friday night…all they say in the entire song is Get Ready. Are you ready….to have a fan-freaking-tastic time?

Track 11- “Welcome Home” Beautiful song about a family member in the service.


Hope you had a good night.

Tomorrow: “Fireflies” by Justine Froese


Day 104: “I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You” by Aretha Franklin

Dad on the morning of his Jingle Bell Run ❤

“I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You” by Aretha Franklin

Track 1- “Respect”

Thank god for all the strong female musicians of our time. Laying down the law. Expressing the feelings we are all told to repress. Represent!

Not only is this a powerful album, but it happens to be a lot of fun 🙂

I find it interesting, especially in the current age of dating, that society tells us to not take things too seriously. Many women end up ignoring intuitions, feelings, just because they don’t want to come off as demanding/pushy/needy. As if our greatest threat is rejection, as opposed to sharing our time with someone that doesn’t want it. Does anyone sing about that? It seems like most female musicians are singing about heartache in a much more raw manner-not necessarily questioning this dilemma/expectation we have.

Ladies, express yourself and respect yourself!

I’m probably one of those many woman that have been shown by their father that no one can compete with them. The first male figure in your life that sets the bar for your romantic endeavors. But, what you often don’t think about is the difference between a relationship with a parent and a spouse. The way our parent treats us, is entirely different than the way they treat their spouse. Seems kind of obvious, but I know I’m guilty of comparing my dates to my Dad.

With that- Dad, I’ve Never Loved a Man the Way I love You.

Tomorrow: “At Last!” by Etta James

Day 103. “Communication” by Bobby Womack

“Communication” by Bobby Womack

I really only enjoyed the song “Communication” on this album. Go listen. 😉

Track 1- “Communication”

I’ve got somethin’ I wanna talk about to you
Just another communication
It could help the situation
It’s not the generation
That keep gettin’ on this nation

What I say, what I say
What I say, what I say

We’ve made this world what it is today
For the way we live and what we do and say
The pitiable show in the eye of need
You close my eyes every time I don’t see

What I’m sayin’, what I’m sayin’
Well, look at here

Disgusting one another
But still callin’ me your brother

And listen to me now
Now if you believe in what I am sayin’
I’ll be back, take a slam

Like I say, like I say, like I say
Say, like I say, like I say

All we need is just a little communication
That could make this world a better nation
Just like the preachers congregation
They’re all in to his conversation

What I say, what I say

Oh, Lord, good God
Don’t put down your brother
On the way he dress
I am gettin’ tired
And sick of your mess

Ooh, and if you believe
Oh Lord, I know you believe in what I am sayin’
And I want every man to take a stand

All you gotta to is help me
Help, help, help me
Why don’t you help me?
Help me, help me, help me sing this song

Just a little communication
Just a little communication
If you see your brother fallin’ down
Give him a chance to make him come around

Got to, got to
You’ve got to, I’ve got to
I’ve got to, you’ve got to, you’ve got to
Everybody, come on now

Know it’s gonna take me back to [?]
Do it again

Need just a little communication
You can help this situation
It’s got the, it’s got the new generation
Just keep on tellin’ down this nation

Communicate, it’s a family affair
Communicate, it’s a family affair
Communicate, baby

I know you hear me talkin’ to you
I know you hear me talkin’ to you

P.S. That is a Guanaco at the San Diego Zoo.

Tomorrow: “I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You” by Aretha Franklin



Day 102. “Curtis!” by Curtis Mayfield

Valentine’s Day Series-2011

 “Curtis!” by Curtis Mayfield

Being as it is election season…and this album being very politically charged, I chose this painting from my Valentine’s Day series. My idea behind it was a flag, and the heart being equality/peace.

Track 5- “Move On Up”

Hush now child, and don’t you cry
Your folks might understand you, by and by
Move on up, toward your destination
You may find from time to time

Bight your lip, and take a trip
Though there may be wet road ahead
And you cannot slip
So move on up for peace will find
Into the steeple of beautiful people
Where there’s only one kind



Curtis Mayfield was one of the first to bring political and social awareness to soul music. He has been compared to Martin Luther King Jr. for his efforts and contribution to the civil rights era through his music.


Tomorrow:  “Communication” by Bobby Womack

Day 101. “Menagerie” by Bill Withers

We are classy ladies.

“Menagerie” by Bill Withers

We were driving to Spruce Lake. Three of us- Mom, Sister and I. Driving up to the Pocono mountains was one of my favorites. That is, as long as I got to chose the music. Since I moved out to California, I haven’t had many chances to do that drive. There was this one time though, with the three of us. Mom, Sister and I decided to listen to Bill Withers. Despite being older now, we sang along trying to imitate Withers’ voice 🙂

We, the Brubaker ladies.

We are a collection of wild animals (menagerie)…

Track 1- “Lovely Day” is one of the best songs to start the day off right!

he sings:

Then I look at you
And the world’s alright with me
Just one look at you
And I know it’s gonna be
A lovely day
… lovely day, lovely day, lovely day …

There have been mornings during this musical journey that I have played this song before I start the album of the day. (shhh) It’s just sooooo-ul good! 😉


Tomorrow:  “Curtis!” by Curtis Mayfield

Day 100: “The Smiths” by The Smiths

Steph & Mark @ Zugs

Day 100…what better way to celebrate than with The Smiths?? Best idea ever?


I had heard The Smiths before, but didn’t really start listening to them on the regular until I was visiting Steph Jo at her apartment in Lancaster. My good friend Mike D was living with her, and I was in town from San Diego for a week. We spent a few hours in her apartment playing cards and listening to this on the record player. I remember thinking, I really like this album, and after this I am going to go get it for myself. And, I did just that.

So, thank you Steph! 🙂

Weeeeeeeeekend vibes!