Music Monday – Westrin & Mowry

Perhaps it’s the relentless Facebook and Instagram pictures of majestic fall colors from home, or perhaps it’s the passing of our recent anniversary trip to the Midwest that has my mind so focused on The Mitten state. Whatever it is, I feel it is once again the perfect time to showcase some of the wonderful Michigan music that Karrin and I are so tied to.

Westrin & Mowry (comprised of Brian Westrin and Pete Mowry), an Americana duo from the Lansing area, have recently released a full length album that has been on constant repeat during my daily commute. This isn’t the first album the talented duo has put out, but it’s been a solid 10 years since the last release. The two have been involved in several other musical projects over the years, so there are a variety of reasons for the break between albums. And as impatient as I know many were to hear more from these guys, The Past Rushes In was worth the wait. I don’t think this new album would be what it is without that break – Westrin & Mowry’s lyrics and music are very much drawn from personal experience, and I love that I can hear and feel that difference, and that the two albums can relate to completely different parts of my life – sort of like I’ve grown with them. It takes time to create that type of music.

So if you are into butter smooth vocals, thought-provoking lyrics, and elegantly produced sounds that are perfect for coffee shops and Sunday drives – then these guys are for you. Check out the new album on Spotify (my favorite tracks are Late Night Run and Never Alone), and if you feel so inclined to own a copy, it is now available on iTunes and Amazon. And for those that are interested in reading more about it, the duo did an interview with the Lansing State Journal with some details regarding the creation of these songs.

Happy Monday!




Music Monday – Jamiroquai

The month of August has me more exhausted than I have been in a long time, but I’m having so much fun that it’s hard to even care. I’ve spent the last two weekends at some impressive bachelorette parties in Nashville and New Orleans, and I can honestly say that I didn’t know my body still had it in me to party that much for consecutive days and consecutive weekends. And although I’m typing this post with eyes half closed, I can’t wait for the weddings that are just around the corner so I can get down with these ladies all over again and celebrate my friends’ special days 🙂

So in the spirit of gearing up for rounds three and four, I thought I would dedicate this Music Monday to one my favorite get down tunes by one of my favorite get down bands. I don’t about anyone else, but it’s impossible for my limbs to sit still while listening to Jamiroquai.

I hope this inspires you to throw on some dance tunes this week and boogie your Monday blues away!

Also, who else thinks of Center Stage when they listen to this song? God, I love that movie, and I don’t care who knows it.



Music Monday: Xavier Rudd

I’ve been listening to Xavier Rudd ever since my brother and brother-in-law showed me him in my early teens. Being a sheltered girl from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, I thought it was so cool to discover an international artist (he’s Australian). His voice was something unlike I had ever heard before… so soothing and uplifting. For me he was always Jack Johnson meets Bob Marley, until recently when I finally got the chance to see him live last week in Seattle. He is so much more unique and interesting than I could have imagined. Between playing his didgeridoo and dancing around shirtless while his bassist and drummer played, I could NOT peal my eyes off the stage. Xavier is not something you want to miss if he ever passes through a city near you. It was one of the best shows to date I have been to in Seattle… although that is coming from a pretty big fan 🙂 Check out the song below for a small taste of what he has to offer. I hope this song brings you to a sunny beach smiling… even on a rainy day.


Happy Monday! Hope all you PNW’s are enjoying this BEAUTIFUL summer we are having.



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