Today was your typical grey, fogyish,  and drizzly London day... one that I have come to love and appreciate on days like today, where I had no reason what so ever to leave the flat! And to make matters even better, the billboard is up covering my windows again and this creates an even cozier cave of sorts, perfect for hiding under the duvet... which is probably why I wasn't so productive either. To set the tone even further, I have had Beirut on repeat floating through  the chilly air in a whimsical fashion. You see their music is majestic in a carnival kind of way. Not always appropriate, but sometimes all too appropriate if you know what I mean. They are classified as as unique blend of indie-rock (which we all know I love!) and world music... aka magical carnival music to me!

What started as a one man gig eventually flourished into the band it is today. The original band member and biggest reason for their distinctive sound, Zach Condon, was heavily influenced from a young age by a combination of sounds and worldly music. He enjoyed everything from jazz bands to the European folklore he encountered on his travels. The music consists of the usual instruments, along with some rarer ones including the flugelhorn, the accordion, the french horn, and the glockenspiel to name a few. And a little fun tid-bit, they gained a massive fan following and became culturally intertwined with Brazil in 2009. So now what do you all think of their sound? I know it's not for everyone, and only some will truly appreciate them, but I thought I'd share anyways.

image from here

my fave 10...
*Click through to the blog to view actual music player...

***Today I am thankful that January in fact has 31 days and not the 30 I originally thought it did... although if I'm being totally honest, I didn't really get much done on this extra day of mine***


January Wish List...


Happy last day of January guys!!! Can you believe it's one month down, 11 more to go?!? Ugh it seems like the time just flies on by, faster and faster as we get older and one can only hope wiser... Anyways, I've been wanting to share with you all my wish list for some time now and have just not been very successful. Remember my first and only attempt last year in August? Well since hubs and I are still on a budget and I am back on the job seekers list, those items are still on there... along with these new ones... and probably some more I'll add each month... But you know what? Making these little lists, weird as it may sound, is kind of like scratching the shopping itch (how many of you add things to your online cart and feel instantly better?) I'll tell you what, if for whatever reason I fold and buy something... or hubs decides to treat me (hint hint)... or a lovely reader decides to send me a present, I'll let you guys know!

*oh I forgot, I got some money for xmas and bought this fur vest from an Urban Outfitters in the States... so much for saving!

***Today I am thankful for landing a place in the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon... and what's more, I sneakily entered hubs and he got a place too!!!***

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