silver + gold: a playlist for december

here we go, people. let the holidays begin! lina and i have begun the decorating process… just a little bit here + there right now. the christmas tree adventure is planned for tomorrow! but, while we’ve been working on some of our decorations, we have, of course, gotten out all of our christmas music and let it run all day long. it’ll be like that for the rest of the year. hehe.

now i know some of you out there are like me… you looove christmas music + you love to fill your days with good music. so, for the month of december, i have gathered music from far + wide and created a december playlist (which i am doing every month to celebrate turning 40 this past fall.) for us all! be prepared for all kinds of holiday music: traditional tunes with bing crosby mixed with she + him mixed with swedish singers like peter jöback mixed with folk styles mixed with hymns… and so much more. it’s a little bit of everything. and it’s everything that i completely love.

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i hope that as you prepare for the holiday season, as you go about your busy days out + about, and your cozy days + nights at home, this playlist will bring you joy. i hope that it will inspire you to laugh and reflect and be silent and dance all at the same time.

so, go on and click on the image below or on the spotify link { here } to get all access to your december playlist! enjoy!!

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happy holidays, friends!

light + love xx

 

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i’m moving my blog!

it’s sunday morning + i have no idea what i’ve gotten myself into! i’ve set up my own space on the internet for self hosting and i think my new web hosting company is in the process of transferring my wordpress.com blog ( this blog you are on right now! ) over to my new space. all of this is so exciting + frees me up to do so much more, like to create a whole new website and keep my blog! but, warning! my blog may be a little crazy for the next few days, or disappear, or… I don’t know. in any case, this is fun stuff!!

i have been thinking about moving over to a self hosted website for about a year now, and i decided that since i am physically moving to another country, i might as well move my blog/website at the same time. make sense, right?

so, wish me luck + and hang on! don’t leave me or think that i have disappeared, depending on what happens. and… just a head’s up, you may have to choose to follow me again once i am moved over to my new space. but, i’ll keep you posted on the progress, i promise! until then, just keep checking back here. it should (hopefully) be normal for a while!

how are you spending your sunday/or monday?!

light + love xx

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asheville + music + me

it’s friday night… and what am i doing? i’m sitting under a blanket, with candles lit all around the living room, sipping on some cold mountain winter ale, blogging away, + catching up on some thursday night shows. yep. the weekend is here, and i’m at home nesting. and i don’t feel bad about that for one second. i’m not feeling old or boring or lazy or anything negative because i’m staying home on a friday night. it feels pretty damn great actually.

you see, the reason i don’t feel bad is because i live in asheville… where any + every night is like friday night. just last night (thursday) my love + i went to see some live music at a local brewery about 5 minutes from our home. like many ashevillians, we do that quite often in the middle of our regular week routines. because it’s asheville. and because we can. and, in asheville, music is as much of a god as beer and art and nature and food are.

asheville’s music scene is incredible. there are music venues dotted all over the city – downtown, west asheville, east asheville. the breweries are constantly having local + not-so-local bands come to their tasting rooms to entertain the beer lovers. there are concert halls, little holes-in-the-wall, pubs and funky dives where you can find music any night of the week.

and it’s not just little, local no-name artists either. big names have played here. big names still play here. but, there are also grassroots bands and groups and singer/songwriters who play here. it’s such an eclectic mix of music opportunities. the main thing i’m trying to say is this: if you like music, asheville is a city to visit.

for me, asheville has been heaven for the past year. i have had the incredible, amazing joy of seeing three of my all-time favorite groups play here. on top of that, i’ve gotten to know other local musicians/artists, thanks to having the chance to meet so many cool, new, artist friends since moving back. basically, what i am saying is this: i’ve been both star-struck + made some sweet, dear, new friends + been inspired my music dreams all in a matter of a few months.

check out a few of the amazing acts that i’ve seen in the past year. imma lucky girl!

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the avett brothers

the wilhelm brothers

these guys are good friends of ours who live in asheville – and who we are planning a european tour with in 2015. yep! lina and i will be setting up some venues across europe with them +  touring with them… me photographing, lina designing + perhaps singing. it’ll be a tour of friends + music + pure joy, i promise! these guys are total sunshine. can’t wait!

my love has even gotten in on some of the musical artistry action in asheville, meeting for a jam session + leading the group with her amazing voice singing “hallelujah”. so much fun.

whether you are looking for a big, blown-out, exciting concert, or a cozy, intimate one, you will be sure to find both here in asheville. so, friends, when you’re in asheville, here’s what you do: eat brunch downtown. visit the biltmore estate. ride on the blue ridge parkway + do some hiking. visit breweries. do a little local, fair-trade shopping. hang out in the river arts district. drink coffee (fika!) at a local coffeehouse. visit museums + art galleries. people watch. and… listen to music.

there is so much to do in asheville. so much i love about asheville. but, the music scene… it is freaking amazing. get online, book a ticket, + trust me.

peace out, man. light + love. xx