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“And We Danced…and had a really really really good time”

Photo by Bettina Hansen/Seattle Times

Photo by Bettina Hansen/Seattle Times

Nick and I were so lucky to get tickets through How About We for the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis concert last night, one of three sold-out shows in Seattle this week. I was hoping to get tickets a few months ago but prices through resellers were so high. When I spied them on How About We, I was thrilled! They have so many great date ideas for couples and this was perfect timing. Adult time is going to be precious before the baby comes and so this was the perfect excuse for a date night. We had so much fun! I don’t even think Nick was expecting to enjoy a rap concert as much as he did.

To say that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are having a big year is a gross understatement. As of this post, they were recently nominated for seven Grammy Awards, their song Same Love promoting gay marriage and equality has garnered worldwide attention and their music videos on You Tube have wracked up millions of views (465 million for Thrift Shop alone!)

I first heard their music during Thanksgiving 2012. Their album, The Heist, had just been released the month before. We were lazing around after the big holiday dinner at our friend’s house when someone mentioned their song, Same Love. We all piled on the couch to watch the moving music video , where we got teary, it was so beautifully done, and then laughed in hysterics soon after while watching this one. It takes a true talent to be able to convey both the meaningful and ridiculous in such unique ways.

A few days after, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts where they blew the roof off the tiny room, and I was officially hooked by their social message,  infectious energy and beats. It is still one of my favorite performance of theirs. Soon after, several singles from The Heist took off and the rest is history.

Originally from Seattle,  Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have a dedicated following of fans here that have been around long before they got famous. Both musicians love their city and feature it prominently in their videos. Last night, it seemed as if all of their local fans were out to support them. I couldn’t believe how diverse the audience was. Most of the fans were young but we saw children as little as 8 years old to people in their 60s and 70s. Everyone was having the best time.

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I’m no concert critic but we thought they were phenomenal live. And they still seemed very humble despite the incredible year they’ve had. At moments throughout the evening, you could tell they were taking it all in, coming back to their hometown flush with success after more than a decade of hard work. The crowd embraced them and my ears are still ringing this morning from the noise. Our baby girl was going crazy the whole night at her first hip-hop concert!

Their rendition of Same Love was as beautiful as I remember it on the radio, and everyone got to their feet with the always-rousing Can’t Hold Us (my favorite). To my delight, his encore was “And We Danced.” In those moments last night, we saw the best dance party happen at Key Arena.

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If you’re interested in reading more, here is a review of the concert from the Seattle Times today and a look back from 2011 that provides more of Macklemore’s (Ben Haggerty) backstory.

*This post was sponsored by HowAboutWe, a wonderful site I’d highly recommend if you’re looking for a creative and fun date idea! You can sign up for free and browse their dates in New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Seattle (and they’re expanding to new cities soon.) BONUS: Use this link to get $50 off your first date! Thank you so much, HowAboutWe!


Summer 2013 Playlist

The promise of summer is here! We’ve already experienced a few gorgeous weekends this June. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, the city is so freaking awesome during this season. The skies clear, the mountain and water views are glorious at every angle, and the days are long. In fact, at this time of year, it gets light around 5am and stays light until 10pm. No wonder people stay out for as long as they can. A perfect summer evening for us usually involves throwing something on the grill, playing some tunes, and enjoying a glass of wine out on the deck. Each year, we make an effort to stay local during the months of July-September so we can take full advantage of a Pacific Northwest summer.

What’s summer without a few road trips?? We have a few planned! One to Lake Chelan for a weekend getaway, and another to the Gorge Amphitheater in Quincy, WA for a concert. I’m also hoping to make it out to the San Juan Islands as we usually do every year

So what will we be listening to this summer during those backyard evenings and road trips? I’ve started a playlist which I’ll continue to add as the season progresses! Please feel free to offer any suggestions, I love new recs!





Get Lucky

Is it Friday yet?? It’s been a rough week at work. With the dreaded tax season behind us, we’ve been able to coast along for a bit but were hit with an unexpected deadline Monday. I feel like all we’ve been doing for the past week is scrambling to catch our bearings again. Ah well, it keeps life exciting.

I’ve had a draft about our Hawaii adventure open for a few weeks now but just can’t seem to get around to finishing it. Hopefully I will get motivated again soon. Instead, I’ll leave you with this.  Drained, and on the way to a client meeting this morning, I heard Daft Punk’s Get Lucky come on.

The stress melted away and the song became my jam and I started dancing in the car.  Tonight was the first night home in awhile and the song has been on repeat all evening. I’m still responding to work emails but am grooving on the couch with wine in-hand so it doesn’t seem like I’m on the clock. Love these mood-booster discoveries and how they can turn the day around.

Motivating Music Monday v.2

One of my favorite discoveries in Seattle is the local radio station, C89.5. The station is owned by Seattle Public Schools and is operated by high school students as part of a radio broadcasting course. It has been around for 40 years! They’re mostly known for playing dance and electronic music, and remixes of current hit songs. I absolutely love listening to the station because their tracks are infectious and full of energy, and I’m always discovering new artists and getting inspiration for the gym from their playlists.

Here are a few songs I’ve been loving lately:


Tidal Wave (feat. Alpines) by Subfocus

This song is so anthemic, I love how it crescendos and just takes you with it.

Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
It’s rare to buy a whole music album these days, but I just purchased their debut album, Night Visions after hearing a few of their songs. There isn’t a track I haven’t liked! They have such a big sound. I can’t describe it any other way.

Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Rey
I’m late to the Lana Del Rey party but I do like her retro style. This reminds me of Summer 2012.

The Fighter by Gym Class Heroes feat. Ryan Tedder
All right. Ryan Tedder is admittedly cheesy, but the man knows how to make catchy songs. The music video featured John Orozco, the Olympic gymnast from Team USA last year. His story is pretty amazing. It’s the perfect mix of motivation and grit and it always makes me crank up the elliptical another level for those last few minutes when it plays.

Motivating Music Monday

I hate working out. Ok, “hate” is a strong word. I dislike it intensely. The prospect of having to strap on a sports bra and battle for a gym parking spot at the end of a long work day just sounds terrible. But I love food and I sit for 9 hours at my work computer 5 days a week, so I need to be active. The gym routine, however, tends to gets boring. Switching it up with classes, my friends, is the key. The beauty of group exercise? Being crammed in a room with similarly motivated people plays weird things on your mind. It makes you want to compete with them and you end up pushing yourself more than you thought possible. Currently, I’m taking spinning (hard), weight-training (HARD), but I think the kickboxing class I tried last Saturday morning is the only class that has actually made me want to die midway through. Must mean it’s working.

All the classes above share one thing: they play phenomenal music. It’s amazing to see how a track with the right BPM can help anyone push through those last ten reps of push-ups. I have eliminated whole classes and instructors based upon their music playlists (for the record: electronic, pop, classic rock, and hip-hop= yes. New agey, country, world music= NO.)

So let’s call this Motivating Music Monday. Here are the three songs that I have had on repeat from my work out playlist lately!

Matt and Kim- Let’s Go
This song makes me happy. Great for cardio. I just love the lyrics.

Macklemore- Can’t Hold Us (feat. Ray Dalton)

Who hasn’t heard “Thrift Shop,” lately? Macklemore is currently Seattle’s Resident Golden Child. Has anyone seen his amazing performance on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts? His enthusiasm is infectious. This song makes me want to jump around.

Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch- Sweet Nothing

Florence Welch! The woman has got PIPES! Enough said.