Monday, September 10, 2012

Taylor's Versatile Live Performances

TSwift had to live performances back-to-back last week. Thursday night, she closed out the MTV VMAs with a live version of her fun video for "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." It was quite a grand finale for the awards show. She had a lot of fun with the performance, and the crowd seemed to enjoy belting out the earworm chorus.

Then, the following night, she performed her second single from her upcoming album, "Red" at the Stand Up To Cancer benefit event. The song is titled "Ronan," and it was written for a 4-year-old boy by the same name who recently passed away after his battle with Cancer. She was inspired to pen the song after reading a blog from Ronan's mother, who is credited as being a co-songwriter on the single. It's so beautiful and moving that it literally made me cry, so beware. If you feel so inclined to purchase the song on iTunes, you'll be supporting a great cause, becaues all of the proceeds are going to help fight cancer.

She is such a versatile songwriter. I can't believe she can go from a fun, quirky performance like "WANEGBT" on one night, and then switch to such an emotional, moving performance like "Ronan" the very next evening. America just can't ever know what to expect from her. I think we can definitely be sure that her fourth album will be very eclectic and different. I can't wait to experience every story and emotion she'll capture on it. I also can't stop tearing up at "Ronan."

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Emily Cowan Rocks

I guess you could say I'm awesome by association. My best friend is a super talented singer/songwriter! No, not that best friend (although her, too). My real best friend! Emily is amazing, y'all! After years of her holding the title of BFF, I finally got to watch her perform last week! And believe me, she was as incredible as I knew she would be. Her voice! Her lyrics! Her music! Oh, I was one very proud friend hoopin' and hollerin' and snappin' pictures in the front row!

Charlie is so used to being near mommy around the house when she practices, that the sweet toddler ran on up to the stage in front of everybody to help out like usual! Don't worry, Charles was on hand to make sure it didn't get wild. I loved that it was a family affair! (Plus, Charles was already doing all of the sound like a pro, since being an audio engineer is kind of his day job.)

However, by the end of the set, wild is exactly what it got! Layla wasn't going to let her BFF dance up there without her! So, after much insistence on the girls' parts, it finally became the dance party they had been waiting for!

I know that you would absolutely love Emily's music, too. Believe me. That's not just a best friend talking, either. That's coming from just a regular ol' enjoyer of music! Also, I think you'd totally dig The Well Coffeehouse, where she performed. Learn all about that awesome non-profit organization (of which we know the founders!) here or here. If you're in the Nashville area, stop by for some delicious brew that spreads love all the way around the world!
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