There’s a beautiful silver lining to the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013. James Costello was waiting at the finish line at the Boston Marathon when his life was dramatically changed. In a twist of fate, his life was also changed for the better.

Costello suffered severe burns on his right arm and leg, sending him to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital for treatment. It was there that he met his future wife, nurse Krista D’Agostino. Eight months later, on an all-expenses paid “Heroes Cruise” with other victims and first responders,  Costello asked D’Agostino to marry him in the French city of Lyon.

“I’m happy to announce that we will spend the rest of our lives together. I now realize why I was involved in the tragedy. It was to meet my best friend, and the love of my life,” he wrote on Facebook.

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And they lived happily ever after.

Check out the full story at People.com

It was my turn to pick the song for Music Monday this week. Hurray! (This is Sarah, by the way. Nice to meet you.)

Since it’s always hard to choose just one song, I picked something that covers the bases. This is “Evolution of Music” by the insanely talented a cappella group Pentatonix:

A Cappella is defined as “without musical instrument,” and while accurate, that definition barely does it justice. A Cappella has become more mainstream in the past few years, with hit shows like The Sing Off  and Glee, and the the movie Pitch Perfect. Ben Folds, one of the judges on The Sing Off, recently wrote a blog post that can explain this phenomenon way better than I can. Check it out here.

Pentatonix is made up of five vocalists, Scott Hoying, Kirstie Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola.  The group is named after the pentatonic scale, a musical scale or mode with five notes per octave, a concept the group believed matched their membership. They replaced the “c” on the end of the word with an “x” to make it more appealing.

The group gained real notoriety when they won the third season of The Sing Off. They also have a pretty significant online presence on YouTube; check out the rest of their videos here. If you want to see them live, they are kicking off a worldwide tour in 2014.

In homage to the holiday season, here is Pentatonix’s version of “Carol of the Bells.”

 

 

Do you love bacon? I do!!

Organizers behind the annual bacon festival in Des Moines say they’ve booked their first reservation for a bacon-themed wedding. The Iowa Bacon Board (yes, that exists) says the lucky couple will be wed at the seventh annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival.

Though the “Viva Las Bacon” weddings will take place in the private Chapel OHHHH Bacon, one wedding will be free if the ceremony takes place publicly on a stage.

There are three more wedding packages available, so get on it! After months of dieting to squeeze into a wedding dress, I can think of no better way to celebrate. Oink!

Via Huffington Post

 

Our very own Mike Arnopol, bassist for Stitely Orchestra, turned us on to this amazing funk and R&B musician, Jon Cleary.

Cleary is an accomplished pianist, vocalist, and song-writer, and is currently playing with The Absolute Monster Gentlemen. He was born in England and bred in New Orleans, where he spends most of his time performing, save for the occasional tour of Australia or gig in Paris, France.

We at Stitely aren’t the only ones who think he’s amazing. His performing and recording credits also include work with B.B. King, Keb Mo, India Arie, Ryan Adams, and Bonnie Raitt. Cleary was a touring member of  Raitt’s band since 1999 and appeared on the albums Silver Lining and Souls Alike on which Raitt covered several of Cleary originals.

Even Rolling Stone Magazine think he’s the jam, saying “Cleary can be an absolute monster on his own, but Cleary’s full combo R&B is as broad, deep and roiling as the Mississippi river, the combined swinging product of local keyboard tradition, Cleary’s vocal-songwriting flair for moody Seventies soul and the spunky-Meters roll of his Gentlemen.”

Check out this clip below of Jon Cleary and The Absolute Monster Gentlemen live, recorded at The Basement Night Club in Sydney Australia. It’s funkalicious!!

Oh man, I sure could have used this list for my wedding. The list below was taken from an article on Huffington Post. They have an entire section devoted to weddings, which isn’t surprising; as of June 2013, American weddings are a $51 billion industry.

My favorite quote from this article is “try not to be too hard on yourself; after all, the most important thing is that you both successfully complete your vows. Everything else is just icing on top of the cake, as far as I’m concerned.”

Amen, sister.

10 THINGS BRIDES FORGET TO DO

1. Bring Your Marriage License

2. Vendor Meals

3. Favors

4. Guest Book and Pens

5. Invitation suite

6. Cake Knife and Toasting Flutes

7. Tech Chargers

8. Passport and Identification

9. Thank You Notes

10. Online Reviews

For more details on each of these items, check out the article HERE.

Jason Derulo has given the world its next top wedding song: “Marry Me.” Not to be confused with Train’s “Marry Me,” or Bruno Mars’s “Marry You,” or Paula Abdul’s “Will You Marry Me Boy” (OK, you probably weren’t thinking about the last one), it is the second single released from his third studio album Tattoos (2013).

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Jason wrote the song for longtime girlfriend Jordin Sparks about his intention to marry her… so that should tide her over for now, right?

I first heard this song on satellite radio while cruising down the highway. It didn’t strike me as anything special musically, but when I saw the title “Marry Me,” I stayed tuned in. Being in this industry, it seems like a no-brainer that this song will be requested. After listening to the lyrics, it doesn’t really seem that ideal for a wedding, in my humble opinion. I mean, he hasn’t actually asked if she’ll marry him yet, he’s talking about doing it in the future when he’s set financially, so there’s no need to rush (as if Jason Derulo doesn’t have enough money). Romantic? Meh.

Sometimes we get requests for songs, where the chorus or most high-profile part of the song seems romantic or appropriate when it’s really not. We always encourage people to put a lot of thought into their song choices, to listen to all of the lyrics, especially during a special dance when their guests are paying close attention.

This is just food for thought. At the end of the day, it’s ultimately about what makes the bride and groom happy. It’s their day after all.

Check out the song below:

Today Jeff shared with us one of his favorite albums: Timeless by John Abercrombie. Recorded in June of 1974 with John on guitar, Jan Hammer on piano and organ, and Jack DeJohnette on drums, it was a lovely, peaceful soundtrack to the snow falling outside our office window.

When naming the album “Timeless” Mr. Abercrombie really hit the nail on the head; nearly 40 years later it more than holds up. We particularly enjoyed “Love Song, a beautiful and soulful, improvised tune. Check it out below.

A friend of mine posted this on Facebook, and it was my first genuine laugh out loud of the day. Enjoy, my friends.

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Full props go to : http://themetapicture.com/when-the-husband-is-in-charge-of-the-wedding-invitation/

Formed in 2002 by singer Grace Potter, drummer Matt Burr and guitarist Scott Tournet, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals began their career as an indie band. They got their start in Vermont, self-producing their own albums and playing as many as 200 gigs a year in the jam bands and music festivals circuits. They started gaining traction, and in 2005 they signed with Hollywood Records.

They started gaining commercial success, especially in 2007 with the release of their album, “This Is Somewhere.” That year, the band appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Furthering the truth that you’re nobody ’til you’re on TV, GP&TN continued to rise when their songs were featured on All My Children, Kyle XY, One Tree Hill, Brothers & Sisters, ER, and Grey’s Anatomy.

In 2010, Grace re-wrote some of the lyrics to the song “Something That I Want,” and Disney chose it to be featured during the closing credits of their animated feature Tangled,” which Potter sang by herself. Potter has kind of a Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt thing going on, and it’s definitely working for her and the band.

Check out their single Low Road, the clip our lovely Peggy introduced us to.

In the spirit of continuing to be inspired by re-imaginings of popular songs, I give you the group Lake Street Dive. Jeff introduced us to their rendition of Michael Jackson’s “I Want You Back” this morning, and we were tickled pink.

Lake Street Dive first got together when they were students at Boston’s New England Conservatory. The group is made up of drummer Mike Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, vocalist Rachael Price, and trumpet-guitarist Mike “McDuck” Olson.

They are currently on tour in the US – though not in Chicago anytime soon, unfortunately. If you happen to be overseas starting November 22nd, maybe you can catch them in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Amsterdam, Paris Dublin, or the U.K. A bunch of jet-setters they are. They’re on their way to stardom; Katie Couric recently tweeted about them, so you know, it’s just a matter of time before they’re superstars. It would be well-deserved.

 

Check out their gorgeous take on “I Want You Back” right here: