5 Reasons You Should Listen to Music Together



This is a sponsored post for Now That’s What I Call Music. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Here's 5 reasons you should listen to music together. It's beneficial! And enjoy Now That's What I Call Music 64 today! We LOVE it #AD #NowThatsMusic #Now64

I am having so much trouble writing this, because I’m totally dancing in my desk chair!

In case you’re wondering, the song in question is “Feels” by Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean. Guys, I am in SHOCK that the NOW brand is releasing Now That’s What I call Music 64 today! 64! Can you believe it? This has been such a part of my youth, and now it’s part of my kids’ youth too. Music is.. everything. It’s how we bond. Our bodies and our minds are meant to seek out rhythm – whether to create music ourselves – or to just sit back and enjoy it. We start playing music for our children when they’re still in the womb, and we “try” to at least somewhat influence their music selections while we can. And if not influence, we strive to make an impact. We sing. We dance. And we laugh. While we dream.

Do you remember mix tapes the way I do? Not only do I remember mix tapes, and sitting in front of my little bedroom radio for HOURS just to record part of one song, I remember mix CDs even more. Music has changed so much since I changed from child to adult to parent. The way we listen to music has changed so much, it’s almost dizzying. It’s comforting, though, that Now That’s What I Call Music is still picking and packing the biggest and latest hits into perfectly poppy compilations.

It’s more than that, though. It runs deep. This mix is possibly my favorite one yet. I can’t stop listening!

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I’m not surprised that the NOW brand has sold 100M records and has had a record 19 #1 albums. Crazy, right? And not so crazy. Now 64 is their latest release and you can get it today! This mix features 22 of today’s most popular songs and is available everywhere starting November 3rd (TODAY). I love looking back at all 64 (!!) albums because it’s like a mix tape in a time capsule of what’s cool RIGHT NOW, and it will be a record of this time in our lives. That’s my #1 reason, in fact.

5 Reasons You Should Listen to Music Together:

1 – Music makes memories. The strongest ways to jog memories are smells (like perfume/cologne, summer nights, wood smoke, coffee, etc.) and music. These songs you’re listening to with loved ones? They will always make you think of NOW.

2 – Music brings people together. Live music has been around since.. forever.. and hasn’t died down. Even with our abilities to listen to music that’s not live, we still mostly choose to appreciate it with someone else. It creates cohesion.

3 – Music helps us better understand the world and the different cultures in it.

4 – Music helps us be happier and more social.

5 – Music is good for the growing brain, and that includes you too, adults!

It’s been a nutty few weeks lately, with work, home renovations, and days off from school – for various holidays, conferences, etc. It’s so much fun to blast music when my kids have friends over, and I even played Now That’s What I call Music 64 over FaceTime with my nephew. We were all dancing together! Our kids – the new generation – are getting to experience a whole new generation of pop stars dominating the airwaves. This album absolutely helps me understand what music is hot right now. I love that it’s edited to be family-friendly AND parent-friendly. I didn’t know all of the songs..

..but I’m learning fast!

In fact, this compilation already had two of my favorite songs ever! And that’s Kesha “Praying” and P!nk “What About Us.” And now I have new favorites. I adore Sia, so hearing her in ZAYN f/Sia “Dusk to Dawn” was awesome! Scarlet loves Katy Perry which is why I was dancing like crazy to “Feels.” I’m intrigued by “1-800-273-8255” by Logic featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid. Ah, they’re all so catchy! I love each song for its own unique reasons. What a mix! Just look at this wonder:

  1. Charlie Puth “Attention” (ATL)
  2. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber “Despacito” (Remix) (Rep/UMLE)
  3. Shawn Mendes “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” (ISL)
  4. Sam Hunt “Body Like A Back Road” (UMG-Nash)
  5. Liam Payne ft. Quavo “Strip It Down” (REP)
  6. Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean “Feels” (COL)
  7. Maroon 5 ft. SZA “What Lovers Do” (IGA)
  8. French Montana ft. Swae Lee “Unforgettable” (Epic)
  9. Childish Gambino “Redbone” (GN)
  10. Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid “1-800-273-8255” (DJ)
  11. Sam Smith “Too Good At Goodbyes” (CAP)
  12. Kesha “Praying” (RCA)
  13. P!nk “What About Us” (RCA)
  14. Bruno Mars “Versace On The Floor” (ATL)
  15. ZAYN f/Sia “Dusk To Dawn” (RCA)
  16. Imagine Dragons “Thunder” (IGA)


NOW Presents What’s Next:

  1. Barns Courtney Golden Dandelions (Capitol)
  2. DaniLeigh Play (DJ)
  3. Moon Taxi Two High (RCA)
  4. The Accidentals Odyssey (Sony Masterworks)
  5. Billie Ellish Ocean Eyes (IGA)
  6. Molly Kate Footprints (ATL)


Are you excited? I’m still dancing. Now 64 has 22 of today’s biggest and latest hits and makes a perfect gift during this season of gratitude and then giving. Show someone you care about just how much you care about them, because Now 64 is available everywhere you are! This link right here will take you where you want to go. What are you waiting for?

What’s your favorite song on this track list?

Shall We Dance: André Rieu Album Review



Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and I received compensation, however all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

World-renowned violinist, conductor André Rieu has a new album out now, a U.S. tour and a 10-part primetime series premiering with Ovation TV #ad #AndreRieu

So this has been an interesting week/weekend.

We traveled to New Jersey for my sister’s baby shower and I attended that, did a photo shoot after it, and then a photo shoot the next day too! Then I came home to catch up on work. One of my favorite things to do is to listen to music while I write or edit photos. The kids didn’t have school yesterday for the holiday weekend and it was the third humid day of rain in a row. So we played downstairs for a lot of the day and listened to music. I put on André Rieu’s “Shall We Dance.”

Andre Rieu

He’s a world-renowned violinist and conductor and there’s a lot of news about André this fall! He has this wonderful new album, an extensive U.S. tour, AND a 10-part primetime series premiering with Ovation TV. André Rieu’s new recording, “Shall We Dance,” was released on October 6th and includes a CD and DVD from Decca Gold. You find purchase information here and purchase it at Target here. Target has an exclusive version with TWO bonus tracks – “Music of the Night” (from Phantom of the Opera) and “Lara’s Theme” (from Dr. Zhivago). There are so many cool tracks that we all loved!

“Shall We Dance” Tracklisting:

Second Waltz
The Blue Danube
And The Waltz Goes On
Godfather ( Main Theme)
Strauss & Co Medley
Love In Venice
Radetzky March
A Time For Us ( Romeo & Juliet)
Zorba’s Dance
Edelweiss
Carnival Of Venice
Bolero
My Heart Will Go On
Time To Say Goodbye
Music Of The Night ( From Phantom Of The Opera) (Target Exclusive)
Lara’s Theme ( From Dr. Zhivago) (Target Exclusive)
DVD content has Andre Rieu at his concert in Schonbrunn, Vienna

I actually have two favorite tracks. First, I love “A Time For Us (Romeo and Juliet). That one gets me EVERY time. I also love “My Heart Will Go On.” One cool story from my “How We Met” story with Cassidy is that the bed & breakfast we visited in Maine during the first weekend we met was playing “My Heart Will Go On” over and over. That’s where we fell in love in person! So I’ll always have a weakness for that song. I must have listened to it 17 times with Scarlet and Des! I would LOVE to take them to one of the US concert dates, when we’re in Florida this fall. You can buy your tickets here.

US Tour Dates:

10/19 – Phoenix, AZ

10/20 – Las Vegas, NV

10/21 – San Diego, CA

10/22 – Los Angeles, CA

10/24 – San Jose, CA

10/25 – Sacramento, CA

10/26 – Fresno, CA

10/28 – Tacoma , WA

10/29 – Portland, OR

11/1 – Tampa, FL

11/2 – Orlando, FL

11/3 – Sunrise, FL

Now what’s your favorite track from “Shall We Dance”?