Nice Band – Nice Horse

Amazing super-power NEW band you must listen to! Nice Horse! I get really excited when I come across something good because I rarely like anything!

✓ Very clever lyrics
✓ Creative songwriting and song structures
✓ Great musicianship
✓ Excellent production
✓ Great attitude

Bonus:
✓ Canadian
✓ All ladies

Full album stream:

My favourite tracks in order:

Beer Baby Banjo
Mansplainin’
Jim, Jack, Johnnie, & Jose

Thoughts about the album:

Okay so I bought the EP when it was first released, but didn’t buy the album yet. I think this will be the very very rare band that I will buy a physical copy of their CD because I want their vibes in my house and I want to see the production credits for each song! This album has NO FILLERS. So far I streamed this album a million times so I can take in all the small details. How did four people write such a genius album?! Who wrote which lines? Well, take into consideration that each member has been in the business for a long time and had successful projects before. Oh and two members have their masters in music. Oh and on their website they did say that they got a boost from two other songwriters and they had two hot shot producers. Teamwork makes the dreamwork!

I am very happy for Katie especially. She is back up in major stardom on her own terms and in her own right! She looks more happy and in her element with Nice Horse. This band has regular appearances on TV, they opened for Tom Cochrane and their video is being played on CMT. As some of you know, she started out as the lead singer of a famous band, Jakalope that had a lot of big names like Trent Reznor collaborating on their tracks. After two successful albums, it was a major decision to walk away from a band with mainstream attention. She says it was to play music that was more true to her. While I believe that was part of the reason, I have a strong feeling there is a lot more to this story (there are hints in interviews, lyrics and social media posts). There are many demons in the music industry and it definitely is not a safe space for women. I won’t go into details about my speculations (I studied this band very carefully), but I will say that I’m glad Katie stayed strong and didn’t let anyone bring her down as she went on to release solo albums and now an album with her true alliances! It makes me happy to see a team of female musicians banding up and creating something so amazing!

This album has added to my inspiration in my own music.

Some Girls They Just Can’t Be Tamed

Now here is a song I can relate to! This is a track from my new favourite country band! I discovered it via the lead singer who WAS in my all-time other favourite band (Jakalope). I better get my mandolin game down before I can get the nerves to ask to play in the band!

“When I was a young girl my momma used to say
‘I hope you have a kid like you who talks back that way’
They said as I was getting older I would settle down
Grow up, get a real job, and turn my life around
Can’t tell you if it’s right or wrong, it’s just my way
One day I’m gonna have a girl, I hope she’s just like me
Some things they never change
Some girls they just can’t be tamed
I’ll still have my wild streak and I’ll run this pony show
With a beer in the one hand, baby in the other, still playing the banjo
I’ll take my girl around the world, backstage at every show
Not sitting in a schoolhouse, she’ll learn as much front row
And when my girl gets older, I’m gonna show her how
She can do any damn thing she wants with no one to hold her down”

Always Leave People Better Than When You Found Them

This is an adage I think I will go by! Doesn’t mean you have to be overtly nice to everyone. Sometimes snapping a good point they disagree with helps too! Just do it in a diplomatic un-insulting manner.

Is it healthy to be healthy?

Is it possible to have a completely healthy life? Can we have work, fitness, fresh food, academics, hobbies, family and friends all at the same time? Or can we only pick a few?

Well, I imagine that in this “healthy” society where you have it all, the friends and family would be involved in either (or all of) work, fresh food, academics, fitness and/or hobbies. Example, instead of hanging out with your friend/family in the living room watching tv or going to a cafe just chatting, you would have that chat as the soundtrack when going to the gym together, going to the groceries together, cooking together, taking a class together, etc. Shared experience is what makes for stronger relationships, not only shared interest or chemistry.

Another thought:

Eating a plant based diet on a budget may not be expensive, but it takes a lot a lot a lot of time! If you make everything from scratch and fresh, be prepared to be a slave in your own kitchen, all day, every day. It’s gotten to the point where I have two dish dry racks! You will most likely go to the grocery store once a day, and sometimes even twice.

Oh and I’m not even mentioning having an edible garden!

Weekend Trip to Austin

Well we always make a stop on the way to a good old fashion BBQ restaurant, (otherwise we eat mostly vegan!)

 

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Once the man’s hangers are over, we then ride our bikes a few laps in this dedicated bike park in Austin called the Veloway.

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Oh and then we visit the suspected secret studios of InfoWars! The hub of all the conspiracy-funnies!

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Later on that day, we went to see ‘She Wants Revenge’, the real reason why we even went to Austin that weekend!

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No trip to a big city is complete without going to Ikea and getting some modern furnishings!

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Other things that weren’t pictured in this trip includes our stay at a tiny house with outdoor shower and compost toilet, seeing millions of bats coming out under the bridge (it was too dark to take a picture), and getting bread at a legit closest-to-french bakery!