Friday, August 10, 2012

Free Music for the Cheap and the Impoverished

Listening to music is one of those writing-essentials for me, and putting new music into the mix is a must. The Pandora ads drive me nuts (also: it's terribly distracting), so every once in a while I hunt for new free stuff on Amazon and come up with some good finds. Here are some of the best:

1. Yuna - Live Your Life

Gentle indie-pop, this track isn't my favorite on the very economical album (that would be "Remember My Name), but "Live Your Life" is a good introduction to this up-and-comer. She recently played a benefit concert at Anthropologie in Seattle. If Anthro gets behind her, she's one to watch.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Cupcake of the Summer

We all know by now that Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" is the song of the summer.

But the cupake of the summer? Hands down, it's the S'mores Cupcake.

I started with Martha Stewart's recipe for our church's high school girl's retreat - I figured a s'mores-themed cupcake couldn't lose.