Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A Side Of "Mom" You Haven't Seen

I remember when my daughter was a sophomore in high school she said to me, "Mom, why do other moms have Kenny G in their CD players and you have Pink?" That pretty much sums up my love for music. Most of you don't "know" me in real life. My blogging no doubt makes me sound like a nice, cookie baking, apron wearing, middle-aged my too short "mom" pants and sensible shoes, I'm not. It isn't at all unlikely to find me rocking out around the house to many of today's current artists. My kids often get their music from me, and my daughter no longer thinks it is weird...she thinks it's cool.

I was very excited to be asked to listen and review a preview copy of Slice, the upcoming release from Five for Fighting. For those who don't know, Five for Fighting is the stage name of John Ondrasik. If the name still doesn't ring a bell, songs Superman and 100 Years, will be very familiar to you. I can sum this up very easily. I love the album. John's lyrics are always socially relevant and touch an emotional chord. This album certainly does just that. The first single Chances, is a realistic look at a relationship:

Chances lost are hopes torn up pages
Maybe this time
Chances are we´ll be the combination
Chances come and carry me
Chances are waiting to be taken
And I can see
Chances are the fascination
Chances won't escape from me
Chances are only what we make them
And all I need

Augie Nieto reaches in and squeezes your heart. The title track, Slice, with the lyric "we were more than just a slice of American Pie" is one of those songs that makes you think and makes you a bit sad at the same time, it is my favorite song on the album.

You can see Five for Fighting on the following dates:

CBS Saturday Morning 10/10
The View 10/14
The Today Show 10/16

John will be hitting the road in October with An Acoustic Evening with Five For Fighting. The dates are on the website. The album is available for pre-order from Amazon. I've added a link in the sidebar for it. It will be released on October 13th. I highly recommend it.

Time to go turn up the music and dance!


JUST ME said...

My Dad LOVES that band. He has his own iTunes iPod mix (how cute is that?) and he sings with that song. It's so adorable, I almost forget he made my teenage years hell.

Sue said...

jm-sometimes our opinions of our parents change as we get older. They will change for sure if you become a parent. Tell your dad this is a good album.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Hey girl I made the chicken last night and it was Yummy...and oh no your not a cookie baking I never heard of this group before...but then I only listen to country and still rock out to it ha ha!! Hope all is well on your side of the mountain my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Sue said...

Gloria-we are never too old for a little rock and roll!

Unknown said...

I love this band!

Sue said...

Shan-you will love this album.

Tonia said...

Sue - we have finally found common musical ground! I love his music and will keep an eye out for the cd.

Sue said...

Tonia-We did it! This is a great CD.

Stephanie @ A Fine House said...

Love your taste in music! Pink is one of my faves and I realllllyyy love Five For Fighting. "100 Years" is one of my favorite songs. When my son graduated high school in 2007 I played that song over and over. I was so emotional. I also like "Riddle".
Can't wait to hear the new CD.
p.s. I'm a mom with nearly grown children and my favorite band is still Red Hot Chili Peppers!