Rachel, Ink.

Beck Does it Again.

Posted in Music by rbrodrick on July 10, 2010

I’ve been a big Beck fan for a while now. I remember being in 6th grade when “Where it’s At” was released and all of the older kids listened to it constantly…it was like they had a key to the cool door that I didn’t have. Of course that had a lot to do with the fact that I was still wearing Keds and carrying a Trapper Keeper.

In the summer of 2008, Beck released the album ‘Modern Guilt’ and squandered any doubt Beck fans had that his career was near its end. This summer, Beck has reaffirmed his place in the industry with the recent track, “Let’s Get Lost”. “Let’s Get Lost” is a collaboration between Beck and British singer/songwriter Natasha Khan (also known as “Bat for Lashes”). The track is a very electronic, yet melodic take on romance. I’m definitely digging it.

Coming soon to a lounge near you…Let’s Get Lost:

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Truth.

Posted in Uncategorized by rbrodrick on June 24, 2010

The woman who survives intact and happy must be at once tender and tough. – Maya Angelou

Black & White.

Posted in Uncategorized by rbrodrick on June 7, 2010

Here is a sneak peak of the 3-day party that was Jessie and Chris’s wedding last weekend. In the picture, Krysta and I are helping the cool, calm and collected bride get ready. Out of all of my pictures from the weekend, I absolutely loved this one. I thought it even more telling in black and white because although I rarely view things in life this way, Jessie’s  marriage to Chris is an exception. 

More details/pics to come…

hand·hold·ing:

Posted in Uncategorized by rbrodrick on May 11, 2010

noun. 1. Strong personal support and reassurance, especially to alleviate tension and anxiety.

I miss that.

Sia.

Posted in Music by rbrodrick on May 7, 2010

Tomorrow the ladies and I embark on a road trip to Annapolis. I’ve never been to Annapolis but from what I hear, it’s an amazing place. We’re headed toward the sailing mecca to see Sia Furler perform at Rams Head Live. The plan is to just be girls for the day/night – shop, eat, drink, catch up, overcrowd the hotel room with outfits and shoes. I can’t wait!

So here’s the backstory…I was introduced to Sia when the movie Garden State came out in 2004. I fell in love with the soundtrack, specifically the track titled “In the Waiting Line” by Zero 7. Sia was the front woman for Zero 7 for a while, but now she takes her quirky and undeniably lovable self on the road, solo. This will be the third time I’ve seen her perform live – the first being in Boulder, CO and the second in D.C. a couple of years ago. Both shows (though the Boulder show was the whole band) were amazing.

Sia hails from Australia and this is one Aussie who knows how to swoon the crowd with some of the most creatively honest lyrics I’ve heard from a female performer in a long time (“if I am a number, I’m infinity plus one and if you are five words you are: afraid to be the one”). I have no doubt that what she’ll bring to the stage tomorrow will be authentic and energetic – just like her.

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I’m in love.

Posted in Music by rbrodrick on May 1, 2010

DJ Danger Mouse and James Mercer (lead singer and guitarist of The Shins) came together after meeting at a music festival in 2004 to create the wonderband that is “Broken Bells”. The above album, released in March 2010, is the first masterpiece they’ve produced together and I’m loving it. Danger Mouse (real name Brian Burton) calls the album “melodic but experimental”. My question: What could be better?

Mercer has already hinted in interviews that work is being done on a second album. I can’t wait to see how these two evolve together. Stay tuned.

Elizabeth Gilbert.

Posted in Books, Film by rbrodrick on April 15, 2010

Elizabeth Gilbert and Her Wonderful Work of Art!

I cannot even express my excitement about seeing Elizabeth Gilbert speak this evening! She will be speaking (for free!!) at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, MD.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of one of my favorite coming-of-age books titled, Eat, Pray, Love. I think if you’re a woman, you’ve probably either read or heard about this book that tells an existential tale of one womans’ heartbreak, wanderlust, wonderment at the world and resulting self actualization.

For me, as for so many others, reading this book was life-changing. Not only did the book define the type of writing I’d like to do someday, but the entire book  seemingly met me exactly where I was 3 years ago when I read it.

Also, one of my favorite actresses, Julia Roberts, is taking Eat, Pray, Love to the big screen! If you have time, check out the movie trailer on Gilbert’s web site: http://www.elizabethgilbert.com/

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You Got Me

Posted in Uncategorized by rbrodrick on April 12, 2010

Honestly, I haven’t given Erykah Badu much thought since junior high when I was quelled by the constant air play of  “Tyrone”.  But about a month ago I heard another one of her hits and it took me right back to my roots.  

No doubt this 1999 collaboration between Ms. Badu and The Roots will rattle some souls like it did mine. If you want to see her live she’ll be at Constitution Hall on Friday, May 28. I’ll be on the West coast, or else I’d be front row.

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Dear Ray LaMontagne,

Posted in Uncategorized by rbrodrick on April 12, 2010

I love you.

Just One of the Reasons I Love My Job –

Posted in Uncategorized by rbrodrick on April 8, 2010

I get to write stories like this…

Hope Where You Least Expect It

The donation came through the mail. A $15,000 check in an envelope. No letter of explanation. No fanfare. But the organization and address on the check caught the attention of Project HOPE staff. The donation was from the Ohio Reformatory for Women (ORW) and it was purposed for HOPE’s relief efforts in Haiti. So we called to say “Thank You,” and we heard this inspiring story.

On January 21, 2010, just nine days after the earthquake that destroyed thousands of homes and lives in Haiti, a group of 120 female inmates at the ORW pooled together $15,000 to aid in Project HOPE’s disaster relief efforts. The ORW L.I.F.E. (Looking Inward for Excellence) Group is comprised of prisoners with a life sentence who have transformed their bleak reality into a way to reach others in need.

These women diligently saved the $15,000 over time by selling everyday items such as hair ties and sandwiches to fellow inmates. Once disaster struck Haiti, the women knew exactly where their money should go. In a letter written to their Warden, the inmates humbly state their request:

“Being able to reach around the world is an honor for us. The unfortunate tragedies of others become opportunities to the L.I.F.E. Group. We are on a mission, for we know all too well what it feels like to be forgotten. Please allow us this simple act of redemption in giving our money to feed, clothe and support the people of Haiti.”

The women chose Project HOPE as the recipient of their donation after researching several organizations online to find out about their continuing work to help the people of Haiti.

“Project HOPE is honored to be the recipient of such a kind and heartfelt donation from the Ohio Reformatory for Women,” said John P. Howe, III, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Project HOPE. “This outpouring of compassion reminds us all that no matter what our life circumstances may be, there is always room to help others in need.”

With the Haiti relief emergency phase coming to an end, Project HOPE will use the ORW funds to support a long-term rehabilitation program, which will help victims of crush injuries recover and improve their quality of life, and strengthen the skills of Haitian professionals in physical and occupational therapy and other rehabilitation fields.

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