The Exotic Sounds of Courtney Jaye by Courtney Jaye
“The Exotic Sounds of Courtney Jaye is a heady topical cocktail made from pre-Beatles pop, retro-country and a dash of Hawaiian kitsch. Singer/songwriter Jaye is clearly having fun mixing and matching these ingredients, but beneath the album’s sometimes-campy surface are substantial tunes and genuine wit.” – iTunes Review
A friend who’s a heavy hitter in the music industry and has worked with some of the world’s top artists turned me on to Courtney Jaye. Her music is fun and light, but her strong vocals make you appreciate her genuine sound. Take a listen and you’ll feel like summer is just around the corner!
What the Kids are Listening to…
Free Wired by Far East Movement
The Far East Movement is not only getting a lot of love from radio, but has been featured in popular shows such as Entourage, Gossip Girls, and CSI. They also have the distinction of being one of the first Asian-American groups to earn a top-ten hit on U.S. pop charts.
“…The set explodes with strong hooks, synths and sparkles, thanks to a hot roster of producers (Roger Sanchez, the Smeezingtons) and several heavy-hitting collaborations (Snoop Dogg, Keri Hilson). The quartet’s members are rappers at their core, offering maximum swagger on the Beastie Boys-referenced track “So What?” and on the spoken/rapped, staccato-friendly “Girls on the Dance Floor…” – Review by Michael Menachem from Billboard.biz
Tracks to Listen to: Like a G6, Rocketeer, So What?, & Don’t Look Now
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
Do you feel like you need to make a change in your career or find something that gives your life passion and meaning outside of your family? The Artist’s Way may help you find these answers.
I generally have a phobia when it comes to self-help books, but the Artist’s Way was life changing even though I never made it to the end. It’s comprised of a number of exercises from daily journal writing to planning dates with yourself. I wasn’t very diligent about sticking to the suggested routine, but I came to terms with my fears of failure and self-doubt that were holding me back from doing the things that I enjoy. The book’s aim is to help you tap into your creative-self. However, I’ve had friends who’ve changed careers, moved overseas, or made drastic changes in their personal relationships after reading this book.
The Artist’s Way is your own personal workshop that you should go back to every couple of years to remind yourself of how to make the most of your life.