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Sarah Harmer

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Canadian singer/songwriter Sarah Harmer.

I know, I know! This has got to be one of my latest posts ever… but I had to work from the the early am and I only got home an hour or so ago. Plus, everyone is still kinda in holiday mode today so I spaced that it was Monday, a regular posting day.

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You Were Here, I'm A Mountain, All Our Names, Oh Little Fire.

So, normally on a Monday I share my movie or music likes old and new. Today is no exception. I got a gift card for Amazon so I decided to use it on my Kindle and my phone’s mp3. I got a romance novel (hey, don’t judge me!) and I bought You Were Here by Sarah Harmer.

Sarah Harmer is a Canadian singer songwriter whose music is a blend of stripped down folk pop perfection. Her voice is sweet but not twee. She writes songs about love and life that are catchy but not gag inducingly so. I adore her music!

I was first introduced to her through a promo copy of You Were Here while was working at Borders Books. I got to keep the copy from the store (and I still own it, it is just stuck in the purgatory that is my storage unit in Seatown). I play it regularly when I have it physically with me… so when I was surfing Amazon mp3 earlier today and saw that the digital copy was only $4.99, I jumped at the chance to listen to it again. I wasn’t disappointed! My favorite tracks include the tracks Open Window (The Wedding Song), Lodestars, Uniform Grey, Hideout, and Around the Corner. Really the whole album is a wonder, as is the follow up record she made, All Our Names. I find myself humming the first track on that disc, Pendulums, at odd times, like when I’m walking to the grocery or waiting for the bus. Her tunes are that good.

She has two newer releases: I’m A Mountain, which is more in the alt-country vein (I’ve only heard a few tracks) and Oh Little Fire, which came out last year. If you like the kind of music that makes you think of coffeehouses and hanging out with your friends in the den and talking all night then you’ll like her. Plus, $4.99 (apparently the price i got today is through the mobile version of Amazon mp3) is hard to beat.

See you tomorrow!

The Weeknd

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I went out to make coffee this morning and the roomies were playing Thursday* a mixtape by The Weeknd. I couldn’t really hear the vocals but I could hear this hauntingly beautiful music coming out of the speakers…

So, they let me borrow their mp3 player so I could listen to Thursday in it’s entirety. Honestly, the vocals and lyrics are adequate. What floats this record is the music. I think this record would have been cooler as an instrumental but, that said, I’d love to see this artist’s evolution. His work, musically speaking, is worth following and maybe maturity will bring greater songwriting ability. In the meantime, I have to admit I’m really enjoying the almost trance like music even with the oddly matched r&b vocals over the top.

The Weeknd‘s mixtape of Thursday is available as a free download on his website. Grab it while you can. If you dig it, you might also try his original mixtape release: House of Balloons.

*Warning: If this were a record company release it would have a PARENTAL ADVISORY sticker on it for language and subject matter (sex, drugs, etc.).

What new music is on your radar? I hope you’re having a great day this Thursday!

Totally Inspiring Room

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From House and Home via Poppytalk

This scan is from the September 2011 issue of House & Home magazine (still not sure when or why the ‘Canadian’ part of the title went missing… but I digress). It’s from a weekend decorating article that gives some sweet ideas for taking your interiors up a notch with DIY projects.

The lovely bedroom above is the final page of the feature. The editors suggest “imperfect paint”. I just love the colors and textures. God help me if I’m ever able to find out who makes the fabric/duvet cover on the bed. Those painterly stripes are gorgeous. I really like the lamp to the left of the bed as well (another project from the article) and the Farrow & Ball paint in ‘Setting Plaster’. Plus, who wouldn’t want an ebonized book case with antique gilt edging and loads of vintages books on it as a headboard?

Happy Tuesday! I hope this inspires you as much as it did me!