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Music Monday moves with John Lennon

I’m still in NYC and the other night, I watched a biography about David Geffen. He is a business magnate, producer, and film studio executive. It was his record company that produced Double Fantasy, John Lennon’s last album.

I have read that Double Fantasy was not well received initially, that it was a step back by an artist who had already retired. Of course, fate intervened.

The record released November 17, 1980, less than a month before John Lennon was killed.

NYC will always connect me with John Lennon, and among the noise and turbulence of the past week, both here and in the rest of the world, I’m slowing it down, as I imagine Lennon would have when he wrote this song.

Enjoy and have a peaceful week,

~eden

 

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Music Monday moves with Falguni

I’m in New York City this week connecting with family and friends.

This is a tune played during the end of some of my yoga classes — it’s calming and haunting at the same time, and the message is a good one given the turbulence of the past week.

“Subah” by Falguni is from the album called At Ease.

Lie down, close your eyes, and enjoy.

Here’s wishing everyone a good, safe week.

~eden

 

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Music Monday moves with The Tragically Hip ~ In A World Possessed By The Human Mind (@thehipdotcom)

“In A World Possessed By The Human Mind” is the first single from the Hip’s new album Man Machine Poem, which became available June 17, 2016.

I bought the album but haven’t had a chance to listen to all the tracks. If the entire album is like this song, then it should be a very strong collection. Perhaps, there is even a hint of of what Gord Downie has been experiencing in these lyrics.

Just give me the news
It can all be lies
Exciting over fair or the right thing at the right time
Everything is clear
Just how you described
The way it appears, “A world possessed by the human mind” …

One piece of good news to report, the Hip’s final concert in Kingston will be broadcast and streamed — commercial free — on CBC Television, CBC Radio One, CBC Radio 2, cbcmusic.ca and CBC’s YouTube channels.

Save the date – August 20th at 8:30 PM EST.

Have a great week, and I hope you’ve enjoyed The Tragically Hip’s music over the past weeks. Sending healing, good vibes to Gord Downie and the band for their upcoming tour.

~eden

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Music Monday moves with The Tragically Hip ~ Bobcaygeon (@thehipdotcom)

If you have access to cottage country in Ontario, then you’re probably familiar with Bobcaygeon.

It’s a community within the City of Kawartha Lakes. Tourism is the chief industry, mainly recreational fishing.

It’s Canadiana, and the lyrics of “Bobcaygeon” are rich with it.

I hope you enjoy,

~eden

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Music Monday moves with The Tragically Hip ~ New Orleans is Sinking (@thehipdotcom)

Last week, I tried buying tickets for The Hip’s final concert tour.

No luck.

I wasn’t able to get them on Day 1 of the presale, nor Day 2 when they added three more shows. There were no tickets available when I tried with my AMEX “Front of the Line” code on Day 3, and unfortunately, I missed the start time when the tickets went on sale to the general public. There were none left by the time I logged in an hour late.

If you’re a fan who just wanted to pay a fair price to attend a concert, chances are you got shut out.

There’s been a lot of venom aimed at Ticketmaster, the company that sells tickets for the majority of venues hosting concerts. Within minutes after Hip tickets went on sale on the first presale day, they were appearing on sites like StubHub at double, triple, sometimes four times the price!

It’s a shame the pleasure of listening to live music is now reduced to a money-making scheme for some. There were always ticket scalpers, but even they cannot compete with the bots who scoop up all the tickets.

On a positive note, there is talk the CBC may televise The Hip’s final concert in Kingston.

Let’s wait and see. In the meantime, enjoy “New Orleans is Sinking” and have a great week.

~eden

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Music Monday moves with The Tragically Hip ~ Ahead by a Century (@thehipdotcom)

Last week delivered devastating news for the music world, yet again.

Gord Downie, lead singer and songwriter of the iconic Canadian rock band, The Tragically Hip, announced he has terminal brain cancer. He is 52, married and with four children.

I cried upon hearing the news. I knew of a friend who died from the same type of cancer. Life can be so unfair it makes me want to scream at times.

Despite the diagnosis, the band has announced it will do one more Canadian tour following the release of their new album Man Machine Poem dropping June 17. Tickets go on sale shortly.

I’ve been listening to their music and will feature them over the coming weeks.

This is my favorite.

~eden

 

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Music Monday moves with Kings of Leon

I love when a teacher can pair contemporary music to a yoga class.

This remix of “Closer” from Kings of Leon is a great example of an atmospheric song that works well with intense Hot Flow movements.

There is some peculiar instrumentation that sounds like buzzards or the vuvuzela. I’m not sure what it is, but I like it.

Hope you do too, and have a great week,

~eden

 

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Music Monday moves with @Pink

May is supposed to be the month of summer, which means lots of fun in the sun.

Although … yesterday, we had frost, snow, and hail all before noon!

We’ve had ever-changing weather. Hopefully, warmer temperatures prevail.

This upbeat song by P!nk is part of my weekly Body Tone yoga regime. It makes me move and it’s sure to make you move too.

Enjoy and have a great week!

~eden

 

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Music Monday moves with @FosterthePeople

Here’s another song from my Hot Body Tone yoga class.

Sit ups, obliques, bicycles. It’s a great song to sweat to.

Enjoy “Pumped Up Kicks” and have a fun-filled, active week,

~eden

 

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Music Monday moves with Pearl Jam

One thing I’ve never been able to do well while exercising is breathe.

It’s an innate physiological process, but when I’m told to take a deep inhale, I find it difficult to do. Yoga has helped me breathe deeper and stronger.

In keeping with my current theme of Moving to music, I want to slow the pace down this week with this beautiful Pearl Jam song.

Sometimes, it’s wonderful to “Just Breathe.”

Have a great week,

~eden

 

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Music Monday and Little Red Corvette ~ #RIP #Prince

Last week was a tough one for the music world — again. We lost another innovative, larger-than-life artist.

Prince has worn many hats over the years, including singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and film director.

As a musician, he was impossible to define. Even his passion for the colour purple and adoption of a symbol as his new name could not detract from his music. Whether he played rock, pop, or funk, he was the consummate performer.

There was no other musical artist like Prince.

Along with his own hits, Prince also wrote many songs for other artists. Here are just a few you may know: Fleetwood Mac’s “Stand Back;” Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U;” and the Bangles’ “Manic Monday.”

Purple Rain was not just the soundtrack of Prince’s quasi-biographical film; it formed part of the soundtrack of my young adulthood.

purple rain

I know Prince is fondly remembered by friend and writer, Sue Nador of The Relationship Deal. In 1984, she had her first date with the man who is now her husband. It was to see the film, Purple Rain. Sue requested today’s song “Little Red Corvette,” and I was happy to oblige.

Given all the tributes in just a few days, it’s obvious Prince and his music meant a lot to many people.

Rest in peace, Prince. You will be missed.

~ eden

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Music Monday moves with @JTimberlake

Spring has sprung. Yesterday was a gorgeous, sunny day. I walked out of my hot yoga class without a coat for the first time this year!

I’m continuing with songs that make me move. In my Hot Body Tone yoga class, we start each workout with this song.

Four and a half minutes of squats. Lots of squats. With weights.

I like Justin Timberlake, and this song has grown on me since I’ve heard it twice every week for almost three months now.

Here’s “Not a Bad Thing” to start off your week. Have a great one and let’s hope the weather stays warm.😉

~eden

 

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Music Monday moves with @NinaSimoneMusic

We just got hit with another snowfall, and this song makes me wish for that elusive sun.

Despite the cold, I’m keeping hot and in shape by attending yoga classes. Hope you’re staying warm too!

Have a great week and feel free to move along to Nina Simone’s remixed version of “Here Comes the Sun.”

~eden

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Music Monday moves with @SeanKingston

In my Hot Body Tone class — (HOT as in near 100 degrees Fahrenheit), the instructor uses this song to get us moving and sweating.

I would’ve never heard this Sean Kingston tune otherwise. Now I can’t get it out of my mind and I love it!

Enjoy “Fire Burning” and have a fun-filled, active week,

 

~eden

 

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Music Monday moves with The Black Eyed Peas (@bep)

 

In my Hot Body Tone class, the instructor uses this song, amongst many others, for our one-hour workout. The fitness-inspired routine is intense and this is a great song to work out to.

Enjoy “I Gotta Feeling” and have a superb final week of March.

Stay active!

~eden

 

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Music Monday moves with @Maroon5

March soldiers on, featuring songs that make me move.

From a few years ago, this hit by Maroon 5 cuts its video with Mick Jagger footage and funky dance moves. It also features the terrific Christina Aguilera.

“Moves Like Jagger” is a great addition to any workout routine.

Hope you enjoy and have a super, energetic week!

~eden

 

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Music Monday moves with The Beatles

The world lost the great George Martin last week, legendary and innovative producer for much of The Beatles catalogue. In March, I’m featuring songs that make me move and this one pays tribute to the man often referred to as the fifth Beatle.

Rest in peace, George Martin … and thank you.

Enjoy “I Saw Her Standing There,” and have a super week,

~eden

 

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Music Monday moves with @TheWeeknd

Welcome to March and the first of many songs that make me move. I’ve joined a hot yoga studio and attend classes at least three times a week, including a fitness-inspired Body Tone class. One student calls it “hardcore,” but I love it.

It’s a high energy routine with loud music, and it leaves me hot, sweaty, and feeling great!

Speaking of hot, “Can’t Feel My Face” by Abęl Makkonen Tesfaye, known by his professional name The Weeknd is definitely hot in this video. Watch it and you’ll see what I mean. He’s Canadian and his song has been in my head for sometime. It’s sexy, original, and I can’t stand still when I’m listening to it.

Hope you enjoy and have a super week,

~eden

 

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Music Monday and Changes ~ #DavidBowie

I mentioned David Bowie’s song, “Changes” for a blog in 2014 but never included it in my Music Monday posts—until now. It’s my all-time favorite Bowie song for so many reasons but mainly because its lyrics speak to me.

“… I watch the ripples change their size
But never leave the stream
Of warm impermanence and
So the days float through my eyes
But still the days seem the same …

I said that time may change me
But I can’t trace time”

The words remind us that change is truly life’s only constant, and it’s important we make the best of the time we have.

After covering Bowie’s music every Monday since his death, I’m moving on next week to something different. Bowie’s music has filled my spirit, and I’m sure he’d understand it’s time for a change.😉

Have a wonderful end of February and a great start to a new month,

~eden

 

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Music Monday and Heroes ~ #DavidBowie

Co-written with Brian Eno, “Heroes” is considered one of Bowie’s most inspirational songs. The tune contains a certain sense of irony but also holds an optimistic, hopeful message.

Bowie opened the benefit Concert for New York City following the 9/11 attacks with two songs: Simon and Garfunkel’s “America” and “Heroes.” His song was performed to honor the first responders from the New York City Fire Department and New York City Police Department.

May “Heroes” inspire you to have a creative and productive week,

~eden

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