Music!

Today’s musical line-up brought to you by the letter C. Because cats. And cookies. And cupcakes. And coffee. And caffeine. Pretty much all good things in life. Yay coffee! Anyway this is what’s in my ears right now. Good tunes.

There will be times you might leap before you look…

“Call it surrender but you know that that’s a joke / And the punchline is you were never actually in control / But still, surrender anyway”

Do It Anyway, Ben Folds Five

I honestly can’t believe I haven’t shared this before since I absolutely love the video (ANNA KENDRICK CAMEO FTW!) – I adore Fraggle Rock so I posted this thing like fifty times on Twitter and Facebook because I was obsessed with it. I hadn’t actually listened to the song in awhile though and it came on this morning and it was so very appropriate to things in my life right now. I avoid so much and over-think and overanalyze and sometimes I just forget to do. So this is a good reminder.

Got the sense I was not her type by the black eye and bloody nose…

“It’s suffocating to say, / But the female mystique takes my breath away. / So give me a smile or give me a sneer, / ‘Cause I’m trying to guess here.”

Deer in the Headlights, Owl City

Again, a song that came on and I felt was relevant to my life. I think we’ve all felt this way before – like a deer trapped in the headlights and whether the outcome is good or bad, it’s life and it’s not easy to guess what other people are thinking unless they give you a black eye. Or something. You get what I’m saying.

What are you listening to today? And go!

Musical Monday

I spent the weekend at the Body Mind Spirit Expo so be patient with me if I seem a little loopy and hokey (though I prefer spiritually enlightened, thank you very much). I made a playlist filled with music that inspires me but really all I’m doing is playing these two songs on repeat over and over again. Feel good music. Good for the soul. I’m not religious, but I’m spiritual and I find a lot of spirituality in music, so there you are. Have a listen.

Let Your Faith Guide Your Faith

I think most people know The Mowgli’s because of their song San Fransisco, but this one, Carry Your Will, is my favorite of their music. It’s uplifting – I find myself turning it up as loud as I can and closing my eyes just to feel it.

Then it was dark and we could see no more / But somehow we found each other / Somehow we found hope / If you carry your will, I will carry my will…

Take a Blue Canoe Around the World

AGH. This song. It hits me where it hurts but it’s such a good wake-up call when I need it. Plus it’s Grace Potter and Willie Nelson so of course it’s gonna be an awesome song. We’re all our own Ragged Company sometimes and I love this song.

O’ lord I think I’m falling, to my disbelief / I’m cursing like a sailor and lying like a thief / It’s hard to heed the calling from the better side of me / When I’m blaming everybody else, and no one’s coming clean…

What are you listening to today?

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If I’m not careful, this is quickly going to turn into a nothing-but-youtube-videos-and-music blog, but y’all are okay with that right? RIGHT?

(I promise real posts are coming soon – they’re in the works.)

Musical!Inspiration!

I’m absolutely in love with the band Walk off the Earth and this song, Red Hands, it just PULLS at me in a way most songs don’t. I absolutely love it.

I realize that I got red hands, I wanna change this / Don’t ask me why I choose to lie, I stay blind, oh / It’s clear to me that you are human too, your accusations are burning through

The other song that I only just learned about last night is by a band called Alpha Rev who just played Blues on the Green here in Austin and they’ve quickly become one of my favorite bands. And this song, Sing Loud, has been on repeat all morning. So good.

Sing loud from the roof tops / Come dance on the rivers edge / Carry me over mountains to the end of love / Close the gates to the city / Hear the drums on the hillside / Carry me over mountains to the end of love

That’s it. That’s all I wanted to blog about today. Be good. Do good. Listen to good music.

The Love Letter Scavenger Hunt!

I’ve written about Olga Nunes and her soul-inspiring musical adventure LAMP before. Her music leaves this insatiable wanderlust in my heart and I can’t get enough. So I’m excited to write about the newest leg of her melodious journey is about to begin! And if you’re in San Francisco this Saturday, February 8th, you’re in luck! You could be apart of it!

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Join Olga on The Love Letter Scavenger Hunt! It’s “a one-day, whimsy-fueled careen through the Mission, where intrepid adventurers will be given clues to find mysterious lost love letters hidden in parks, alleys,and shops.” As someone who took part in sending bits of poetry to the project, I wish more than anything that I could be apart of this and read the stories myself. This is a project from the heart, and I hope if you get a chance, you’ll go. And take lots of pictures!

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You can see a video about the project here: thisletterislost.com and more about Chapter One of LAMP here. You can, of course, follow Olga on twitter and the project twitter page.

For more details about the Love Letter Scavenger Hunt, check out official tumblr flyer.

This is a true musical adventure come to life. Go live the story!

Like fun projects and helping others live their dreams? Want to learn about geeky stuff through the eyes of a local Austinite? Don’t forget about the 2nd Annual Send Nikki to SXSW fundraiser! Help a coyote out?

Some Day Your Gay Prince Will Come [Video]

This is quickly becoming Nikki’s blog of music and videos! But that’s okay, right? Because it’s quality. And quality is what counts.

I’m gonna keep telling myself that until it’s true.

ANYWAY. Y’all need to watch this and you need to watch the ENTIRE thing. It’s a little slow at first, but once you get past the crazy (and hilarious) fairy godmother, the dancing is incredible. And the entire video is amazing and whoever mashed the songs up is GENIUS. Not lying. Watch it and you will understand.

It also makes me cry with happiness because, gosh, “some day we’ll be part of your world.” Just watch it.

The cameos in this video are incredible, too. I love every single person who is in the video and who helped make it. THANK YOU. <3

Silly Video Time: Gangnam Style

Because sometimes I’m just at a loss for words and I have to share.

Just when you think it’s over, it keeps going.

Someones needs to FlashMob this.

Music!Inspired: Olga Nunes & LAMP

Every once in awhile, you discover an artist or album that resonates with you, a voice that hits your heart. Olga Nunes is a singer, songwriter, and designer from San Fransisco, whose deep lyrics and intense sound make every listening experience a moving, musical adventure. She’s also an incredibly talented storyteller and she has combined all of these skills for her latest project, LAMP.

LAMP received funding about a year ago on Kickstarter, and I was so excited to help out. Not only is Olga a wonderful musician, but she’s a sweet person too and this project is one from the heart. It was an honor to help her achieve her goal.

Plus. She gave out the best awards. Check it out!

So really I just wanted to write this post to show off the awesome necklaces and other goodies Olga created. And, of course, to tell you all that you need to go listen to Olga’s music and follow her LAMP project. Because both are epically awesome. And you should follow her on twitter too because, well just because. And read her blog. You want to.

Enjoy! Also, the first post of the New Year! Yay! And this is the first post of a kind-of new series based on the old Music!Inspire interviews. Because I love music and you should too.

Muppets Do Queen: Bohemian Style

Because if you know me, you’ll know I love all things Jim Henson. And Queen. And that’s really all you need to know to continue with this post..

Have to finish up some comics. I’ll do that this week. Ash and I and the pups are driving to Tennessee tonight (and the better part of tomorrow I suspect). It’s a 16 hour straight shot, let’s see if we can do it. Have a great Thanksgiving to all those who celebrate it (and have a great weekend to everyone else).

Geekery at its Best (and Hottest)!

I’m one of those rare species referred to as a “Girl Gamer” (though, seriously, I honestly don’t think we’re so rare – I know A LOT of girl gamers and to think that we’re a minority is kind of insulting). My drug game of choice? World of Warcraft. Both Ash and I have been out of commission for the past year I think for lack of funds, but in the coming weeks we’ll be starting up our characters again (the sole reason of my getting an office job is to pay for my addictions, you see). I hesitate to give our out names and server because it is more likely we’ll be switching soon and starting anew since it’s been so long (though I’m not sure I want to give up my Glenwyn Belf quite yet). In any case, I’ll keep you informed (because you care).

The other reason for this post. This:

Because there’s always that slim chance that someone has not seen it, I thought I’d post it (again? I think? I’m pretty sure I already posted this when it first came out but I can’t find the original entry).

Come on. Felicia Day? In character? Hot. (Also, be sure to check out The Guild. Funny stuff.)

Design Music!Inspiration Interviews!

If you’re anything like me, you can’t design without listening to music. To find out what some of the internet’s current web and graphic designers are listening to and what really gets them motivated to design, I’ve interviewed a small number of them to find out. Click “More” to read the rest of the article and interviews.  Let’s get inspired!

Musically Inspired

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