listening to …

Let me start by saying I was not a fan of this song in its original state. I would even  go so far to say I would turn the radio off than listen to it.

Until I heard this version. Then I loved it.

I had the extreme pleasure of seeing Ali McGregor live late last year at a work-related event.

Funny story. I’m in the planning meetings for said event and everyone kept talking about this Ali McGregor.

“She’s fabulous.”

“We’re hoping we can get her.”

“She’s not available for this date but is for this date so we are going to lock her in.”

Meanwhile, I nodded my head and doodled in a notebook.

Then, I happened to say to my parents that this “Ali McGregor” would be coming to said event.

They were effusive.

“The Ali McGregor?” they said.

“She’s married to Adam Hills, was on Spicks and Specks. We love Ali McGregor.

“We’ll be there.”

Meanwhile, I’m thinking, have I got the right name?

I check with the organising events team and sure enough, that’s the same Ali McGregor.

My parents officially know more about the local music scene than me. Cue mucho embarrassment.

Needless to say, Ali came, she saw, she conquered.

I was an instant convert.

After meeting her at stage door right, and remarking on her wonderful version of Push It, I promptly came home and downloaded the album from iTune.

That was three months ago. It’s been on repeat pretty much since. It’s the one album the whole family can agree on.

Alchemy. Get on it.

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cue the Christmas music

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It’s Christmas Eve ~ the most wonderful time of the year. After waiting rather impatiently for this day to arrive, I’m now madly panicking at the list of things I need to do today.

But there is nothing for it but to embrace the holiday spirit and what better way than with some Christmas music. Naturally I’ve turned to my old friend Spotify to deliver the festive goods with their classic playlist.

While you’re listening, perhaps wrapping some presents or whipping up some festive fare in the kitchen, impress your friends with this series of facts about holiday songs and don’t forget to read aloud ‘Twas the night before Christmas.

And I want to take this moment, too, to wish you all a wonderful and safe Christmas and may 2015 be everything you want it to be.

I’ll be back this weekend with some zesty reading to finish off the year!

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