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Music is like love. Sometimes, you hear an album 100 times before you realize, “Hey, I kinda like you.” Other times, you’re instantly hurricaned off your feet in a bout of adoration, which is exactly what happened to me with singer-songwriter Meiko’s “Stuck On You.”
A heart-tickling mix of the ethereal dreaminess of Edward Sharp, the upbeat catchiness of Vampire Weekend, and the complex, heady vocals of Gillian Welch, “Stuck On You” had me enamored the first time I heard its retro-infused notes, and with one listen to the rest of the album The Bright Side (which debuts today!), I was thoroughly charmed.
This adorable native of a miniscule Georgia town pulls together hugely pleasing music. I wish I had that in my bag of tricks, but lucky for you, I presently have something a lot more exciting to share – five copies of Meiko’s The Bright Side!
We’re giving away five copies of this fantastic CD to randomly chosen commenters who respond to the question, “What brightens your life?” Even if you don’t win, don’t worry — you can listen to the love-inducing “Stuck On You” below.
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What brightens my day? Snuggling with my dog on the couch. Taking her out for a walk and just enjoying the sunshine. Also, meeting up with a good friend, just the way we can make each other laugh any time good or bad at any place.
I agree, I also love snowflakes falling in the winter, especially before Christmas, floating in the water with friends on a summer day, reading a wonderful book, hanging out with my family and friends in so many different ways, playing music for people, creating art, but most importantly making people laugh and smile. If one can’t do that , at least be a strong person for them to rely on. This is what brightens my life, and I love reading all the cool ways that fellow modcloth lovers have different ways of making the sun shine on other people, and themselves as well. 🙂
What brightens my life? Snuggling with my dog on the couch and taking her out for a stress free walk in the sunshine. Also, going out to see a good friend. Doesn’t matter where we are or what we are doing we just always make each other laugh and feel better no matter our situations.
A good laugh… nothing makes me feel more refreshed than laughing so hard it hurts.
Baking pastries while blasting music and dancing like a crazy lady brightens my life. I can just let go and be my silly little self.
my sisters all home with me!
my dog and cat sleeping together in the sunshine, reading a book on a rainy day, my friends, and playing ping pong with my brothers (best if i win!)
My Family and simple pleasures brighten my life. 🙂
the love of my life, my boyfriend and his funny jokes brighten my life…i can be myself around him….i can be my ugliest self in his company…its like i discover myself and to what extent i can go when i am with him 🙂
The things that brighten my life are my amazing fiance, my enthusiastic bulldog and my two precious kitties. Spending time with my wonderful friends and family is always a plus to brightening my day as well!
Jogging in the early morning, listening to the whippoorwills in the dark. Mimosas on Saturday mornings. Racing with my dogs in our local Lake. Brown paper packages tied up with string…
My life brightens up when my hubby, kids, and I spend time outside in the beautifully created outdoors! (If the weather holds out for the week-end, we will be hiking our favorite section of the Appalachian trail!)
The outdoors, music, children, flowers, dancing…a better question would be what doesn’t!
A hand-written letter in the mail or a glass of wine while reading a book, sitting by the window on a rainy day. And of course, the big smile and warm hug while in the arms of my boyfriend!
What brightens my life is music it brings me up when I’m feeling low and makes my whole day better!
Sunshine, lemonade, and my puppy and me, all curled up on the porch with a good book, to be honest. That’s all I need!
My family brightens my life. My wonderful mother, my protective little brother, my loving husband and of course our “children”, our cats and bunny. Without them, my days would be very grey indeed.
My adorable, sweet, charming, talented boyfriend brightens my life. And coffee. Coffee’s a definite brightener.
Hmm…I’d say that music, good books, and my family brighten my life.
My friends, Disneyland, and baking things for other people and seeing them enjoy them 🙂
My family, walking on the beach, freshly washed laundry, hiking on quiet trails, and a good book!
Kitty cats definitely brighten my life….Meow!
What brghtens my life? When I hear a song whose lyrics hit close to home. Knowing that, at some point, somebody, somewhere, understood exactly how I felt and exactly what I was going through. Knowing that I’m never alone because I have music. THAT brightens my life.
Reading a book in the sunshine, listening to my favourite music.
Hmmm… so many things brighten my life! Music, both listening and making. Art, both looking and creating. Reading, writing, creative outlets in general. And, Meiko! I can’t get over how lovely she is! Been a fan for a while…
Being outside when it’s warm & sunny always brightens my day (both literally & figuratively! :)). Having lunch with my girlfriend & cuddling on th couch with her once we get home are my everyday favorites!
What brightens my day? Seeing my beagle greet me with kisses, and an unlimited amount of excitement to see me. Whether it is in the morning (his excitement most likely for his upcoming breakfast) or when I come home, he can always make me smile because he is so sweet, adorable and my best friend!
sunsets brighten my life. not only because the sunsets from the inland empire have an amazing otherworldly aura not found many other places (smog-induced, but still very beautiful), but also because it means life for the night owlsâ€”be they club crawlers or computer geeks, or bothâ€”can begin!
My wife and my daughter. We’re a perfect trio!
Chipmunks, imaginary friends, unicorns, vampires, ghosts, existentialism, meeting weird ppl in weird situations, songs that I pretend are about me, tacos, cold beer, tenneseeing in la, stalking, walking in shoes that are horses, pretending I’m normal, shopping for unnecessary things, puzzle rings, should i Continue? Oh, and this girl who sings. She’s kinda rad.
A bottomless cup of hot tea.
Sunshine, Dresses, and Kisses
Early morning bike rides on the beach, freshly baked cookies, and quirky earrings
Coming home from a long day of class to a cup of tea and a cookie. The highlight of my day.
My cats and warm spring days brighten my life.
Waking up to my sweet dog’s face always brightens my day.
I’m so happy to see Meiko on this blog, I’ve been a fan of hers for awhile.
Modcloth brightens my day! 😉
My life is brightened by reading fascinating books, tapping my toe along to a great tune, watching hilarious things, and listening to people speak about anything for which they have passion. Laughter and passion are melodies for the soul!
Love the song! As for what brightens my day, there’s nothing quite like eating some lemon gelato on a sunny afternoon with friends 🙂
There is a lengthy list of things that brighten my day! The first would probably be snuggling up the my loving boyfriend of five wonderful months, then singing and dancing! Theres alot more but those are the favorites!
This is what brightens my day: glitter, sequins, and sparkles!
A hot cup of tea, the smell of fresh cut grass, the smile from a passing stranger, long walk with the dog with no destination.
It’s corny, but I’d have to say music. Being a musician myself has brought me opportunities and experiences I wouldn’t have had any chance at without my involvement in music, and listening to and talking about music on my website has helped me meet fellow music fans and find out about new artists that I love (including Meiko!). 🙂
Time to sleep in brightens my day!
Believe it or not, my job. I’m part of a cultural arts program. I travel to schools, (grades K-6) and sing and play my guitar and ukulele to the students that attend after school programs in my town. I even teach! It brightens my life daily to know that I’m making a difference! Just the other day one of my students received a guitar for her birthday, and it was all because I introduced her to the instrument!
My horse; even if I feel like the world is falling down around me giving him a hug always puts a smile on my face so I can face the rest of the day a little happier.
Funny enough, music is what brightens my day without a shadow of a doubt! Whether I’m blasting my fave song on radio in my car on the way to work, putting on a classic record to dance it out, playing the guitar whenever I need to relax, to going to a chill music lounge with friends to enjoy the night..music in everything to me.
Talking to my brother on the phone 🙂
what brightens my life? well, dresses do! they make me feel happy and pretty and BRIGHT 🙂
Dressing up for no reason other than enjoying myself!
Coffee brightens my day. I haven’t had any today, and I don’t feel too bright now now 😉
My pets brighten my day. Nothing beats coming home to a dog who is thrilled out of his mind to see you. Doesn’t get any better!
Little magical moments brighten my day – such as watching a movie with my mom, cuddling with my cat in the morning, walking around town with a friend, reading a good book…
My faith in god, my family and boyfriend brighten my life. I know that I’m always loved no matter. I know that if I just try my best everyday and live a good life I have nothing to worry about. The security and happiness this knowledge brings me brighten my life with hope.:)
What brightens my life is my creativity and how much others appreciate it. I have my own jewelry company and whenever I see someone wearing my designs, it brightens my life. Legit. It makes me so happy knowing that there are people out there who appreciate my love for design.
I’m pregnant for the first time and what brightens my day is thinking of my baby and working on decorating his or her room! P.s. I love Meiko!
Rays of sunshine and great music (like Meiko’s!) truly brighten my day.
My day is brightened by the people in my life: my fiance and my friends. It is brightened by sunny weather, sun dresses, good television, and great conversation.
My husband. He makes me laugh every single day – often completely to tears. He’s taught me a lot about talking to people and has pushed me, gently, out of my shell. He supports me in every way and has been a major source of support in my life. I don’t think I really lived before I met him.
My baby brother Max, waking up to the rain, handwritten notes that smell like someone’s cologne…
Anthony Suarez brightens my day(:
My day is brightened by my little boy’s laugh, a good glass of wine, singing with my beautiful guitar-playing boyfriend…annnnnd my faux fur comforter! 🙂
Listening to great music like anything by Meiko!
Lying in the grass feeling sunshine on my face!
What brightens my day? Hearing the knock on the door and seeing the mail lady standing there with my Modcloth dress. <3
As of almost six weeks ago, my infant son brightens my day. He’s sweet & makes hysterically funny faces & noises. My husband & two pups also brighten my day! My little family makes my world go round.
My wonderful husband brightens my life!!!! I know it’s corny to say it, but we were just meant to be together. We finish each other’s sentences, anticipate each other’s needs and reactions, all that good stuff. He just makes me smile (especially when he buys me pretty dresses from Modcloth!).
What brightens my life? Playing with my nephews! The joy they have doing anything is something to cherish 🙂
the smile on a stranger’s face
Music, when it’s just one of those days where I need a pick-me-up, music always makes me feel instantly happy!
Singing my favorite song always lifts my spirits.
My little girl who turns two this Sunday…took two years to get her here and she puts a smile on my face everyday!
My babies brighten my day…. and Meiko!
my sparkly new engagement ring!!
Coming home after being away at school, my boyfriend, Sunday naps, cuddling, Chinese Food, Globe Trekker, baking, forehead kisses, being barefoot, tea,Starbucks, Jane Austen, yard sales, sunshine, & the ocean.
The random outbursts from my 5yr old: “Momma, I need an axe to make a sculpture”. She cracks me up! (no, I didn’t give her the axe…)
What brightens my life? Discovering something new and inspiring, like Meiko.
I am a college student and although the freedom at school is always a plus, the second I hear of an opportunity to visit home I start packing my bags while eagerly anticipating the day of. Because at school, life keeps going and there are few people (if any) that will do anything within their power to make sure youâ€™re eating right or feeling well. So after a long time away I cherish the couple of days that I can spend with family, knowing that it should never be taken for granted.
Santa Monica California… i love how simple yet incredibly fun that small town can be. The pier and beach are the best.
Things that brighten my life are my kids, my husband, my pets, chocolate & music.
Family, friends, music, wine and shopping!!!!
My kids, friends, family, a good book, the sunshine, and a yummy mudslide. 😉
My life is brightened by my family and friends (of course), my pup (another obvious choice), my bicycle and its basket, especially when filled with fresh foods from the farmers’ market. Oh, and summer rain 🙂
Poetry and clean clothes from the dryer!
Its the random little things that brighten my day. Sometimes I’ll be like, GAH! I hate living! But then I’ll walk to the library and notice that the air smells unexplainedly like watermelons and squirrels chasing each other never fails to put a smile on my face. It’s the little things that go unappreciated that make me smile most 😀
Flirty dresses, quirky shoes, and cool summer tunes. Basically, ModCloth & Meiko (;
things that brighten my life: snuggling with my husband, good movies, smoothies, laughing, friendly dogs, and awesome songs like stuck on you 🙂
Right now, the sun is totally brightening my day! I love that we’re finally getting some great weather in our little corner of the country, it’s been so dreary and wet up until this past week. I’ve been coming home after work and having my partner meet me at our park across the street with pizza and a blanket to stretch out on. Perfection!
The fantastic weather (so rare for May in Newfoundland), the fact that the trees are leafing out and dandelions cover the field outside my apartment building, and my wonderful boyfriend, who can magically brighten my day no matter how it began.
This might sound super cheesy, but a beautiful day with sunshine, and the scent of freshly blooming trees really brightens my day. 🙂
riding my bright orange bicycle, the Tangerine Dream. Sunny skies and seeing the sites of the city, what’s more awesome than that?!?
As ridiculous as this may sound, and I promise I’m not sucking up, listening to Meiko’s music always, Always, ALWAYS brightens my day, rain or shine, morning, afternoon, and night. To be more specific, my girlfriend and I broke up just two weeks ago after nearly a year of dating and she was my best friend of seven years before all of this happened. Now we aren’t talking as we both try to mend our hearts, and hearing tunes like “Under My Bed” or the iTunes sample of “Let It Go” seem to say everything I’m feeling right now. I would love nothing more than to win a copy of The Bright Side just to brighten my life through this tough time.
making art & listening to pretty good music 🙂
thanks for this great giveaway!
slipping into my rollerskates and coasting along a freshly paved street
my family 🙂
My Family brightens my day!! 🙂
The sweet man by my side brightens my life. <3meiko
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