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This week on: The Weekly Brew… I talk about my love affair with music and how it plays such an important role in my life.

Music is one of my most favorite things in the world! I get so caught up and wrapped around the lyrics, the sound, the rhythm, the whole experience of it all, that it becomes a vital part of the memories that I create. It’s like my brain has it’s own little playlist that starts when I travel back through time.

My childhood memories are literally FILLED with John Denver, Simon and Garfunkel, Garth Brooks, Celtic Pride, fiddles, acoustic guitars, and long Pan Flute melodies. I distinctly remember seeing The Ozarks for the very first time with Cat Stevens playing in the background. Loggins & Messina’s House On Pooh Corner and a KOA campground on I-40 through Arizona will always hold a special place in my heart. My dad and I argued over the lyrics for about 30 minutes and then spent the remainder of the rainy night trying to out-sing each other while it played on repeat. And I use to lay in my bedroom at nights listening to my parents talk while Gordon Lightfoot, Jim Croce, James Taylor and Dan Fogelberg played lightly in the background.

Now, as an adult, I spend most of my day listening to music is some form or another. In the morning I turn the radio on as soon as I get in the car to take Einstein and Mayhem to school. It’s a 45 minute drive (one way) and the music is playing the entire time. When I get back home, I immediately stop by my computer, go to, and turn on my Mat Kearney, Louis Armstrong, The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, or Duquette Johnston. I take my shower, and get dressed listening to Ben Harper, The Givers, Bob Marley, The Plain White T’s, Caitlin Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, and Amos Lee.

While I blog or design, I usually switch it up depending on my mood and the weather, which means it varies A LOT! The usual candidates: Mason Jennings, Priscilla Ahn, Phillip Phillips, All-American Rejects, 2Cellos, Steve Miller Band, The Roadside Graves, Billy Joel, Rabbit!, Ron Pope, The White Stripes, Edward Sharpe, Nothing More, Otherwise, Adele, Bob Segar, Bruce Springsteen, Jack Johnson, My Man Friday, Nickelback, John Mellencamp, LifeHouse, Jason Mraz, and Great Big Sea. At any given time, I could be found dancing across the house to Brett Dennen or Late July.

Once the boys get home we do homework and, depending on the weather, play outside for as long as possible. This is probably my only “for sure” break from music. Cause once we go back inside and I start cooking dinner, you’ll walk into Vampire Weekend, Ingrid Michaelson, Landon Pigg, Manu Chao, Theory of A Deadman, Joe Bonamassa, or Regina Spektor.

By 6:30, dinner is on the table, so I diligently turn it all off and we enjoy our meal, talk about how everybody’s day went, catch up on all the news. Then it’s wrestle time, playtime, and all-around family time. At 9:00, I put the boys in bed, and that’s when I can get my blog for the next day ready to post. So, once again, music back on: Iron & Wine, Alexi Murdoch, Collin Raye, Ray LaMontagne, Hozier, Royal Wood, Lee Brice, Ed Sheeran, and Colin Hay.

Are you an addict like me? What songs or artists take you back in time?

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