Help Those Kids!

Two gifts I would love to have – to be able to write music and jokes.  New Zealand’s Flight of the Conchords have got both of those, in spades.  These guys crack me up and I desperately miss their HBO show.  Last year, the pair produced a charity song for  Red Nose Day featuring a gaggle of New Zealand’s biggest stars.

There are many things I love about this song.  For instance, it’s hilarious and catchy and the money raised supports charity.  However, I think my favorite thing about it is that the guys incorporated children’s ideas in the song.  I love how innocently creative these kids are and maybe I’m naive, but I feel like there’s a bit of earnestness amidst the fun FOTC had in making the song.

Check out the video below and then visit iTunes to purchase the song and support Cure Kids.


Music Fridays: The Killers’ Christmas

The Husband and I originally bonded over a shared love obsession of music.  So, when I created our wedding website, I developed a special music page where I posted occasional updates on concerts we’d seen or music we planned to incorporate into the wedding.  It was a fun way to share part of our relationship with our friends/family/wedding guests.

What I found, however, was that I loved making these posts.  So, while I’ll be phasing out our wedding site, I’ll be phasing in music posts to Merging Lanes Love.  I’ll relegate such posts to Fridays for a bit o’ weekend fun.

To kick-off this new tradition, I’m sharing the latest installment of The Killers Christmas single, “I Feel It In My Bones.”  Each year, The Killers (incidentally, my favorite band) produce a Christmas song benefitting the (RED) Campaign, working to prevent the spread of AIDS and HIV in Africa.

This video is a great follow-up to a previous Christmas single (and quite possibly my favorite) produced by The Killers for (RED) in 2007.

The Killers’ Christmas songs can be purchased from iTunes with all proceeds benefiting (RED).


Jump In the Line

This weekend, the Harry Belafonte song was my mantra, I was singing “Work, work, work Senora, work it all the time.”  You know the one, probably most familiar to my generation from the final scene in Beetlejuice (I heart Tim Burton).  “It sounds like Lydia got an A on the Math test.”  Anyone?

Anyway, I’m pretty sure I took the song out of context, but the beat was right and the words served as solid instruction as my muscles started to ache on day four of my painting escapades.  Later this month, Darrin and I are having an open house to celebrate our engagement (more on that event later), but first we’ve got much to do on the house – starting with a ton of painting projects.  Luckily, we had the help of some star painters in the form of my sister Jenn, and brother-in-law, Kevan.

My big sister Jenn lookin' cute with a roller.

Kevan rocking the ceiling work.

We decided to tackle the largest room first.  The challenge with this room is that there are two different ceiling levels, a big rock fireplace with rough edges, and a few “cut-outs” that require a lot of detail work.  It was also difficult to estimate how much paint we would need.  (Read, we ran out of paint mid project.)

But, we finished the project!  On time, even.  I’ll post more complete after-photos once we move some things back into place.

You’ll note that earlier I said that Msr. Belafonte’s song was helpful after 4 straight days of painting.  That’s because I started with a small project of painting some cross beams in our kitchen.  Here’s an in-progress glimpse of that project.

We went with a Behr's Mountain Ridge in high gloss for our cross beams.

For now, it’s time to concentrate on putting the big room back together and then we’re moving on to painting the remaining rooms on the ground floor prior to the party.  Good thing I’ve got some good dance music to keep me going.  “Jump in the line…..”

What about you?  What songs/music/artists keep you going when you’ve run out of steam?  We also relied on a mix from Pandora, the Walkmen, and some old Ricky Gervais podcasts for a few laughs.