Behind the Tiara, Vol 2

Continuing the fun of sharing more about moi.  Check out “Behind the Tiara, Vol 1” here!

Something YOU want to know?  Chime in using the comment box at the bottom or email me at meandmytiara (at) gmail.com.

I have a fairly decent voice.  I sang in church choir in high school (and got to record a CD – one of the coolest experiences ever), and while I don’t do it much now, I did sing at a couple friends’ weddings over the past few years.

  • The next thing I usually hear is “sing something”!  Ehhh.  For me, big difference between singing a few bars softly or just for funsies and truly belting something out.  I’m far more comfortable singing with a mic in front of a lot of people I don’t know rather than a person or two that I DO know.  There’s maybe a handful or two of folks that are the exception to this.  You know who you are 😉
  • There IS however a YouTube clip from one of the aforementioned friends’ weddings.  I’m not visibly in it, but I’m in the background singing a rewritten version of Blake Shelton’s “God Gave Me You”.  I don’t post it publicly because in the same clip, my friends are saying their wedding vows, and that’s a super personal thing.  But if you’re REALLY wanting to hear it, lemme know and I’ll consider it.

My husband and I met in high school back in 2002.  Check out this prom picture, circa 2004 – sweet, isn’t it? 😀  

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I have no idea what my feet look like without scars.

  • When I was four and a half, I had necessary corrective foot surgery.  I kid you not, it wasn’t until a few years ago – faaaaaar into adulthood, LOL – when I had the realization that I don’t have a clue what my feet would be like scar-free.  I have three on each foot – two on top, one on the side, all of them about two inches long.

I’ve jumped off a catamaran into the Caribbean to swim to a bar. 

  • By far one of my favorite vacation experiences EVER.  We sailed from St John USVI to the Jost Van Dyke (BVI) aboard Kekoa.  There’s a bar called the Soggy Dollar on Jost Van Dyke in White Bay, but there’s no dock.  So, if arriving by boat, you jump off and swim to shore if you want to taste their famous Painkillers.  Doing it again this August – WOOT!
  • Side note – this was also the experience that taught my husband NOT to give me his credit card and let me wander into a gift shop after several rum-tastic drinks.  I think I came out with like 5 or 6 items 😀

My favorite candle scent is Eucalyptus Mint.  

  • Soooo relaxing.  Try it if you haven’t.  A close second favorite scent is cinnamon/spice scented ones that just scream the fall season.

I think I have like 90% percent of Friends episodes memorized. 

  • Never have and never will get sick of watching them.  Sometime, I’ll do a post about some of my all-time favorite clips or episodes.

 

Cheers!

SMR

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All On Me

For a number of reasons – some I’m aware of and some I’m sure are buried in my subconscious – I’ve found myself evaluating most of the relationships I have with people in my life over the last nine months or so.

I’m SO lucky to have some of the very best guys and gals around me.  I heard this newly-released song over the weekend when I was in the car for several hours, and despite its romantic undertone, it made me reflect on the people who I can hear saying, “put it all on me”.  Admittedly, I don’t do well with this – sharing my own issues, needs, troubles with others.  But I know that when I DO get to that point, they’ll be there 🙂

Thank you, Devin Dawson, for a sweet new tune – “All On Me”.  Lyrics and music video below!

(Verse 1)
Yeah I know that the woes and the weight of the world can get inside our minds and be too much sometimes I know
But baby don’t let the no’s and the ups and the downs from the rollercoaster ride beat you up inside…baby don’t
But if you ever feel that way, don’t you ever hesitate, ’cause

(Chorus)
You got my number, you can call on me
If you’re in trouble, put the fall on me
When you’re mad, you can take it out on me
When it don’t add up, you can count on me
When you’re low, come get high on me
Make it slow, take your time on me
Settle in, let it out, come and lay on me
When it gets heavy, put the weight on me
Baby, put it all on me
Put it all on me

(Verse 2)
Wanna take you out on the town on my dime anytime, tell me when you’re free
We can do anything and everything you want, yeah
Oh I wanna hear all your fears and your troubles
Strip it down, really get to know one another
When it’s nobody but you and me, just us
Girl you know I’m here for you
You can lean on me anytime you need to

(Chorus)
You got my number, you can call on me
If you’re in trouble, put the fall on me
When you’re mad, you can take it out on me
When it don’t add up, you can count on me
When you’re low, come get high on me
Make it slow, take your time on me
Settle in, let it out, come and lay on me
When it gets heavy, put the weight on me
Baby, put it all on me
Girl, put it all on me

(Bridge)
C’mon, relax your mind on me
When you need a shoulder, you can cry on me
Baby you can bet your life on me
Put it all on me

(Chorus)
You got my number, you can call on me
If you’re in trouble, put the fall on me
When you’re mad, you can take it out on me
When it don’t add up, you can count on me
When you’re low, come get high on me
Make it slow, take your time on me
Settle in, let it out, come and lay on me
When it gets heavy, put the weight on me
Baby, put it all on me
Yeah, baby put it all on me, yeah

 

Cheers!

SMR

Sorry, Forrest

Everyone knows one of the most famous lines from the movie Forrest Gump – “Life’s like a box of chocolates.  You never know what you’re gonna get.”

Well, sorry Forrest.  My husband and I came up with a better analogy a couple weeks ago.

Life’s like a bag of jelly beans.  Mostly you’ll get sweet moments, but there will inevitably be tart, sour, or even nauseating flavors, too.  Don’t let those off-putting bites keep you from diving back in and continuing to enjoy the rest of the bag 🙂

jelly belly 

Cheers!

SMR

How Will I Know

Yesterday, I decided to treat myself to a pedicure before a family wedding.  I was reading a magazine and only kinda hearing the music that was on in the background, but about fifteen minutes in, I put my book down and started really listening.

See, something in my brain triggered that the lyrics flowing into my ears weren’t matching the melody that I knew belonged with those words.  Turns out that it was a Sam Smith cover of Whitney Houston’s hit “How Will I Know” – but a suuuuuper slow and soulful version of it.

LOVE LOVE LOVE.

I mean, besides the fact that he has an incredible voice that just begs you to listen, I couldn’t remember hearing a song turned on its head like that.  I’m not talking about the live or unplugged versions of songs, but to use his words from a Rolling Stone article, “I love the juxtaposition of a melancholy lyric with an upbeat sound. People forget that’s how she rose to fame. The more mature Whitney, like ‘I Will Always Love You,’ came later.”

I’m still in awe almost 24 hours later.  Seriously, take a couple minutes and check it out below.  It’s an absolutely beautiful rendition.

And HELLO, that voice with just a piano backing him up?  Swoon 😀

(And yes, I know this was released almost three years ago, but I swear the first time I heard it was yesterday.  Guess I gotta stay on top of music things a bit better 😉 )

Cheers!

SMR

The Joys of CD Mixes

I can’t begin to count how any CD mixes I have.  Some I made myself, some are from friends, some are from my husband.  I find it hilarious to pop one in a CD player now and just see what comes out of the speakers.

Sometimes, it’s utter and complete randomness.  (You know who you are – hehe 🙂 )  Other times, there’s a theme of some sort – songs about friends, stay awake music, chill, dance party, lovey dovey songs, new music someone wants me to check out, etc.

And even pre-CDs, I very much remember sitting in my room with a blank cassette tape in my stereo, listening to the radio and rushing to hit the the “record” button the instant I recognize a song I like come on.  Anyone else?

I haven’t received any new ones in quite awhile – HINT HINT to any friends who feel like playing DJ for me 😀

But here are a few songs that I’ve been listening to more than a time or two lately.  Some new, some older tunes that I never get sick of.

  1. Ariana Grande, “Into You”
  2. Ben E. King, “Stand By Me”
  3. Brett Young, “In Case You Didn’t Know”
  4. Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”
  5. Christina Aguilera, “I Turn To You”
  6. Demi Lovato, “Confident”
  7. Dierks Bentley, “Somewhere on a Beach”
  8. James Bay, “Let It Go”
  9. Journey, “Don’t Stop Believin”
  10. Justin Timberlake, “Can’t Stop The Feeling”
  11. Luke Bryan, “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)”
  12. Mariah Carey, “Hero”
  13. Mark Ronson, “Uptown Funk”
  14. Meghan Trainor, feat John Legend “Like I’m Gonna Lose You”
  15. Nat King Cole, “When I Fall in Love”
  16. Old Dominion, “Song for Another Time”
  17. Otis Redding, “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay”
  18. Sam Hunt, “Body Like A Back Road”
  19. Vanessa Carlton, “A Thousand Miles”
  20. Wiz Khalifa feat Charlie Puth, “See You Again”

(Goes without saying, but I suppose I fall into more of the randomness camp – LOL.)

If YOU have any new music you think I should check out or random playlists you want to share, comment below or email me at meandmytiara (at) gmail.com

Cheers!

SMR

P.S. – I realize CDs are a tad old school and not used much anymore, but I don’t care. I’m sure there’s some way to share iTunes or Spotify lists or whatever – I’m just not that fancy 🙂