Songs of the week

Two songs fueling me this week.

First, "Royals" by Lorde. I was catching up on VH1's Top 20 Monday, and "Royals" came on at No. 18. It was my first time hearing the song, and it stopped me in my tracks. I heard it on the radio for the first time yesterday morning, and I'm thinking it's going to be all over the place this fall. I've since listened to it about a half dozen times, via YouTube and will be downloading it to my iTunes library the first chance I get.

Second, "Into Giants" by Patrick Watson. It's been on my iPod for some time, but it came to play last night as I was lounging in our living room and the girls were giggling and happily getting ready for bed. In that wonderful life at home moment, it struck me hard as a wonderful, whimsical and epic song. I especially like the rousing trumpet and percussion as the song builds to its finale  ...

Bonus: Check out this live acoustic version.

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