105. Another reason I love Sara Bareilles

She got Jonah Hill to direct her music video for “Gonna Get Over You.”

I had the chance to write a short and long review of her album, Kaleidoscope Heart, for my Writing for the Arts class.  I’ve been listening to Sara for years, starting back when she was at UCLA.  I am sad that I no longer have the EP she sold when she first started out.  In case you can’t tell I’m a fan, I went to see her in concert three times this year 🙂  Here’s a sneak peek of what I thought about her album:

Sara Bareilles’ Kaleidoscope Heart can be summed up in one word: captivating.  Her voice draws you in as the quirky tones of the piano and the unexpected sounds of clapping and snapping remind you that Bareilles has a playful side.  Every song on the record has soul.  Whether it’s the upbeat and Grammy-nominated “King of Anything” or the melancholy “Hold My Heart,” each one tells the story of a woman wanting to find true happiness.  Bareilles again proves why she is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to creating and playing music that pulls at the heartstrings.


64. What a stud

Now your ears can be musical and stylish at the same time!  This way, if you get caught singing or humming to yourself you can blame your earrings.  These cute studs were on Etsy, one of my favorite sites (shameless plug).  It’s a place where homemade knick knacks can be bought and sold.  You’ll find everything from bird themed pillows to toile patterned bathing suits.  If you are a musician (or just love music) and have ears (wait, we all do!) I think you should buy these.  ‘Nuff said.

Click here to see some more musical options for your ears.

62. Looks like “Happy Cows” don’t just come from California

I love this video.  Mainly because:

1. A group of American jazz musicians called The New Hot 5 got out of their car to play to a herd of cows in France

2. They’re playing “When The Saints Come Marching In”

3.  A cowbell is incorporated into the song

4. The cows tails are wagging with excitement and I love how hesitant they are at first.  By the end they’ve all joined together like groupies.

5. I’m dying to know what the cows think about the musical and unfamiliar sounds coming from the men behind the fence.  I’d love to do a voice over for some of them.  It would go something like this:

Brown Cow

Guys.  What’s that sound?  I’ll go check it out.

The spotted cow next to her perks up and walks closer to the band.  

Spotted Cow


She begins to belt out “When The Saints Go Marching In.”

Brown Cow

How did you know that?

Spotted Cow

I studied at Julliard.

Back to the reasons why I love this video:

6. This makes me wonder if most animals respond positively to jazz music

7. If European milk manufacturers don’t jump all over this gem of a video for their ad campaign then I’m telling the guys over at The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) about this concept!

This video immediately made me think of the “Happy Cows” campaign that launched back in 2000 thanks to Deutsch Los Angeles.  Now, if anyone can get the cows to hum along with the music, that person should get free milk for life!

(credit: realcaliforniamilk.com)