#NewMusicMonday: Eisley

Ethereal meets edgy, meandering vocals layered over a sharp rock bed. This is ambient music I don't want to tune out. Meet Eisley with their song, Currents. Happily reminds me of the things I love of about Cranberries and Regina Spektor, but they're doing their own cool thing. Check this out. {Let's stay in touch, … Continue reading #NewMusicMonday: Eisley

#NewMusicMonday: Jordan Scanlan

Today we meet Jordan Scanlan, an up-and-coming, Midwest-based solo artist. I've heard Jordan play live several times, and his authenticity and boldness in his performance always struck me. It felt like watching David on the hills with his sheep, this time strumming a guitar instead of a harp, singing so loud to wear his heart … Continue reading #NewMusicMonday: Jordan Scanlan

#NewMusicMonday: Elenowen

At a concert this weekend I discovered a delightful new folk rock band, Elenowen. Elenowen is comprised of husband-wife duo, Josh and Nicole Johnson, along with their best friend, Park Avery. Folk music is probably the music of my soul, so I always resonate easily with the strums and sways and front porch feeling. But … Continue reading #NewMusicMonday: Elenowen

#NewMusicMonday: S’ambrosia

Say hello to S'ambrosia, veteran singer-songwriter, raised out here in the Midwest. It might surprise you she's not some fancy girl from one of the coasts when you hear her giant, soulful voice, full of commitment, grit and passion. But now that I say it like that, it sounds an awful lot like the Midwest. She's … Continue reading #NewMusicMonday: S’ambrosia

#NewMusicMonday: Vineyard

Today's feature is Vineyard, a Midwest-based, folk-rock band, fresh out of the studio with their lively, experimental E.P., Other Girls. The album displays the group's versatile skill at blending musical styles. Sound of Reminiscence features a driving rock rhythm that sweeps you up in the moment. The record's first song, Used, however, croons melancholy break-up lyrics that don't bum … Continue reading #NewMusicMonday: Vineyard

#NewMusicMonday: Bird Call

Today's new music comes to us from Bird Call, a New York artist described as "heart-burstingly lovely" by The Guardian. And rightly so. Her scratchy, jazz vocals sail along atop synthetic keys and floaty percussions, beautifully designed and layered. Her debut album releases on September 3rd this year, but you can listen all you want while … Continue reading #NewMusicMonday: Bird Call

#NewMusicMonday: Laura Viers

This week's new music feature is Laura Viers. She hails from Portland, Oregon, and that always makes this Pacific Northwest-born girl happy. But truly, I feel as if I've made a delightful discovery. It seems odd I've only just heard of her. She's been creating music for a while now, but Spotify recommended her today, so … Continue reading #NewMusicMonday: Laura Viers

#NewMusicMonday: LP

Hello, everyone. Let me introduce to you this week's artist, known simply as LP. I actually thought that was part of her album name, you know, the abbreviated album artists often release, short for Limited Play. But no, LP is her name. I know, what's it stand for, right? I already checked for you: Laura Pergolizzi. (Check … Continue reading #NewMusicMonday: LP

How to speak Toddler: A cross-cultural education

Cross-cultural studies are regular academic fare at our house. So much so, we consider ourselves multi-cultural. That is, if you consider a toddler living with two adults culture blending. Which we do. Our home is a case study in a family made of people from the same ethnicity, yet somehow, different cultures. Any time you're … Continue reading How to speak Toddler: A cross-cultural education