Los Angeles is For Music Lovers – 2014 Concerts

My family loves music. We often play music while cooking or doing chores. We share new music with each other and as well as our no-holds-barred honest opinions.

Music has played a large role as the soundtrack to my life:  Singing “Them There Eyes” to JJ when he was a baby. Dancing like crazy with Jeff to Outkast’s Bombs Over Baghdad (B.O.B.) in high school. Family road trips singing Journey/Coldplay/Beyonce medleys. Jeff telling me that the lyrics to Michael Jackson’s Human Nature do not in fact say: “telepath is human nature.” Some of my favorite memories play in my head with a musical accompaniment.

Enter Los Angeles into my life. Its abundant concerts and diverse music scene never ceases to amaze me. My friend Kaci posts an Instagram post about new music she is listening to every now and then. One week she posted the new Shakey Graves album. And it was love at first stream!

I told her that I would love to see one of his shows and to let me know if she heard he was coming to L.A. And the same day, she confirmed that he was playing in a few weeks at the El Rey. Oh, L.A.! How you spoil me!

Alejandro Rose-Garcia (aka Shakey Graves) is a great performer and, man, can he play the guitar! If you get a chance to hear him live, DO it! Rayland Baxter and Esme Patterson opened for him and their music is bluegrass-y. Their voices are really just lovely.

Photo Credit: Kaci Potter

Photo Credit: Kaci Potter

Photo Credit: Kaci Potter

Photo Credit: Kaci Potter

Kaci is the same friend who told me that Kimbra was playing at the Roxy. That girl can siiiing! We got a group of friends together and enjoyed a show that exhausted me because it was so energetic…in a good way.

I also highly recommend seeing Kimbra live. She is such a happy and high energy performer. Joy is contagious when you watch someone do something they obviously love.

Photo Credit: Kaci Potter

Photo Credit: Kaci Potter

Photo Credit: Kaci Potter

Photo Credit: Kaci Potter

Photo Credit: Kaci Potter

Photo Credit: Kaci Potter

Photo Credit: Kaci Potter

Photo Credit: Kaci Potter

Earlier this year, Jeff and went to a Coldplay show (our 7th time seeing them live!) for our wedding anniversary. Our family saw the Kool & the Gang + Gladys Knight show at the Hollywood Bowl. Gladys Knight has a gorgeous voice! That was one of my favorite shows of the year! It was family-friendly and fun. Definitely a highlight!

We also saw the L.A. Philharmonic play Leonard Bernstein & George Gershwin’s compositions. It was the first time I heard Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue in it’s entirety. What a beautiful work of music! This year, Jeff and JJ went to their first concert together to hear Foster the People. JJ loves that band and it’s nice to see him develop his own musical taste.

Oh, L.A. … you share the best music with me. I’m looking forward to another year of great live music in 2015! What shows are a “must-see” for you in 2015?

~Ro

 

 

Five Ways To Be An Amazing Houseguest

During the holiday season, travel picks up as folks get more time off from work and look forward to spending time with family and friends. What’s better than being with the ones you love?  Not wearing out your welcome with the ones you love. Read on for five helpful tips to make sure that your time spent as a houseguest is enjoyable for both you and your host.

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The Big Talk

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Photo Source: blogs.voices.com

Talking to your children about sex. No parent wants to do it. If it was between that and a root canal, you wouldn’t believe how many parents would consider a trip to the dentist. Parents don’t want to think that their sons & daughters are interested in sex and kids may worry that parents will think they are perverts for asking questions.

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The Son & Sun End of Summer Round-Up (aka What I Learned This Summer)

Oh, hey!

How I’ve missed y’all! And since summer is a not-so-distant memory, here’s a Son & Sun style round-up list.

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Photo Source: pop.genius.com

1. Latch by Disclosure (ft. Sam Smith) and West Coast by Lana Del Rey were my summer JAAAAAMS! And they’re still not stale and old for me.  Of course you are welcome to disagree but, seriously, why would you??

2. When I say tablet, I mean something different from what everyone else does. I’m mean the one you write in with a pen or pencil. And everyone else…well, you know.

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The Sharp Point

by Deej Sharp

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Photo Source: bigthink.com

A Teacher’s Take on Technology
It is undeniable that technology has changed the way students learn, and in turn it has changed the world of education as a whole. Textbook companies now offer online textbooks, individual teachers have websites where students can find the class notes for the day, and even some elementary school students take online courses rather than going to a traditional school.

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The Sharp Point

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Photo Source: remakelearning.org

But Is It Fun, Though?
by Deej Sharp

Well-meaning friends with no background in education love to offer me professional advice. My favorite is the ever reoccurring, “But have you tried to make learning fun?” My sarcastic instincts want to answer, “Of course not! I love boring my students to absolute tears – beat them over the head with the rubber hose of boredom, actually.” But I don’t answer that way, because that would be un-Christian of me.

But now, in the tradition of stating the obvious, I want to remind you parents out there – who already know a thing or two about teaching – to make summer learning fun. Here are some quick and dirty tips to keep in mind when looking for activities to involve your child in:

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We Love It Wednesday–On A Thursday!

Helloooo Friends!

I realized that the We Love It Wednesday series has fallen off. Not cool! With the addition of my new social media job, I haven’t quite figured out the best way to balance things. But I’m hanging in there!

And, of course I still love stuff. Apparently, I’m just not writing about it (ugh!). SO…here are a few things that my family is excited about or looking forward to this week.

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