Music Giveaway! Looking Upbeat with Meiko’s The Bright Side

Photo by Leigha Hodnet

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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  1. mandibelle16 05/15/2012 at 7:05 am #

    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.

    • Little Lady 05/16/2012 at 4:36 pm #

      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. 🙂

  2. mandibelle16 05/15/2012 at 7:09 am #

    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.

  3. Megan 05/15/2012 at 7:29 am #

    A good laugh… nothing makes me feel more refreshed than laughing so hard it hurts.

  4. Alexa K. 05/15/2012 at 7:35 am #

    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.

  5. Anna 05/15/2012 at 7:42 am #

    my sisters all home with me!

  6. Ellie 05/15/2012 at 7:45 am #

    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!)

  7. Clementine 05/15/2012 at 7:48 am #

    My Family and simple pleasures brighten my life. 🙂

  8. Prayati Baxi 05/15/2012 at 7:52 am #

    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 🙂

  9. Breen 05/15/2012 at 7:52 am #

    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!

  10. Abra 05/15/2012 at 7:55 am #

    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…

  11. Beth 05/15/2012 at 7:57 am #

    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!)

  12. Sydney 05/15/2012 at 8:01 am #

    The outdoors, music, children, flowers, dancing…a better question would be what doesn’t!

  13. Stephanie 05/15/2012 at 8:37 am #

    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!

  14. Christina Karafa 05/15/2012 at 8:43 am #

    What brightens my life is music it brings me up when I’m feeling low and makes my whole day better!

  15. Audrie Anne 05/15/2012 at 8:54 am #

    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!

  16. Laura Thompson 05/15/2012 at 8:59 am #

    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.

  17. Melissa Martin 05/15/2012 at 9:08 am #

    My adorable, sweet, charming, talented boyfriend brightens my life. And coffee. Coffee’s a definite brightener.

  18. Shannon 05/15/2012 at 9:58 am #

    Hmm…I’d say that music, good books, and my family brighten my life.

  19. Mary Weise 05/15/2012 at 10:27 am #

    My friends, Disneyland, and baking things for other people and seeing them enjoy them 🙂

  20. Hannah 05/15/2012 at 11:09 am #

    My family, walking on the beach, freshly washed laundry, hiking on quiet trails, and a good book!

  21. Lauren 05/15/2012 at 11:31 am #

    Kitty cats definitely brighten my life….Meow!

  22. mrhammerstein (@shotaboogray) 05/15/2012 at 12:14 pm #

    winning stuff.

  23. christine 05/15/2012 at 12:15 pm #

    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.

  24. Kristine H (@KristineH08) 05/15/2012 at 12:40 pm #

    Reading a book in the sunshine, listening to my favourite music.

  25. Sarah H. 05/15/2012 at 12:45 pm #

    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…

  26. Rachel T. 05/15/2012 at 1:01 pm #

    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!

  27. Amanda S. 05/15/2012 at 1:19 pm #

    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!

  28. m brian ladner 05/15/2012 at 1:22 pm #

    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 owls—be they club crawlers or computer geeks, or both—can begin!

  29. Eric 05/15/2012 at 1:24 pm #

    My wife and my daughter. We’re a perfect trio!

  30. scully42 05/15/2012 at 1:54 pm #

    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.

  31. Emma Mercado 05/15/2012 at 2:14 pm #

    A bottomless cup of hot tea.

  32. stacielynnv 05/15/2012 at 2:22 pm #

    Sunshine, Dresses, and Kisses

  33. Charlotte 05/15/2012 at 2:35 pm #

    Early morning bike rides on the beach, freshly baked cookies, and quirky earrings

  34. Sydney 05/15/2012 at 3:02 pm #

    Coming home from a long day of class to a cup of tea and a cookie. The highlight of my day.

  35. Meghan 05/15/2012 at 3:18 pm #

    My cats and warm spring days brighten my life.

  36. Margaret 05/15/2012 at 3:19 pm #

    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.

  37. Layne 05/15/2012 at 3:29 pm #

    Modcloth brightens my day! 😉

  38. Chelsea 05/15/2012 at 3:44 pm #

    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!

  39. Talía 05/15/2012 at 3:54 pm #

    Love the song! As for what brightens my day, there’s nothing quite like eating some lemon gelato on a sunny afternoon with friends 🙂

  40. Madison Grumbles 05/15/2012 at 4:31 pm #

    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!

  41. spikeykitty 05/15/2012 at 4:39 pm #

    This is what brightens my day: glitter, sequins, and sparkles!

  42. Gena 05/15/2012 at 5:06 pm #

    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.

  43. Kurt Trowbridge (@trombone13) 05/15/2012 at 5:32 pm #

    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!). 🙂

  44. Binaypreet 05/15/2012 at 5:46 pm #

    Time to sleep in brightens my day!

  45. tauruschick 05/15/2012 at 5:46 pm #

    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!

  46. Erica 05/15/2012 at 6:08 pm #

    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.

  47. offbyheartstyle 05/15/2012 at 6:14 pm #

    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 in everything to me.

  48. Steph D. 05/15/2012 at 6:55 pm #

    Talking to my brother on the phone 🙂

  49. rhoby101 05/15/2012 at 7:15 pm #

    what brightens my life? well, dresses do! they make me feel happy and pretty and BRIGHT 🙂

  50. Alexandra 05/15/2012 at 8:41 pm #

    Dressing up for no reason other than enjoying myself!

  51. Tizzalicious 05/16/2012 at 6:25 am #

    Coffee brightens my day. I haven’t had any today, and I don’t feel too bright now now 😉

  52. Brittany 05/16/2012 at 7:39 am #

    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!

  53. Juliette Gold (@Juliette9Gold) 05/16/2012 at 12:47 pm #

    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…

  54. Emily Prettyman 05/16/2012 at 1:19 pm #

    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.:)

  55. Shana Cohen 05/16/2012 at 1:22 pm #

    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.

  56. Emily Grace 05/16/2012 at 1:23 pm #

    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!

  57. anna 05/16/2012 at 1:24 pm #

    Rays of sunshine and great music (like Meiko’s!) truly brighten my day.

  58. emcopus89 05/16/2012 at 1:27 pm #

    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.

  59. Wizard Needs Food Badly 05/16/2012 at 1:28 pm #

    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.

  60. Cassie 05/16/2012 at 1:30 pm #

    My baby brother Max, waking up to the rain, handwritten notes that smell like someone’s cologne…

  61. tastemyyum 05/16/2012 at 1:33 pm #

    Anthony Suarez brightens my day(:

  62. Kristen 05/16/2012 at 1:35 pm #

    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! 🙂

  63. Lara Boyko 05/16/2012 at 1:37 pm #

    Listening to great music like anything by Meiko!

  64. Michelle G. 05/16/2012 at 1:41 pm #

    Lying in the grass feeling sunshine on my face!

  65. Kimberlee 05/16/2012 at 1:44 pm #

    What brightens my day? Hearing the knock on the door and seeing the mail lady standing there with my Modcloth dress. <3

  66. Stephanie Tonino 05/16/2012 at 1:45 pm #

    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.

  67. Sydney 05/16/2012 at 2:02 pm #

    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!).

  68. Nancy 05/16/2012 at 2:18 pm #

    What brightens my life? Playing with my nephews! The joy they have doing anything is something to cherish 🙂

  69. Zawits 05/16/2012 at 2:24 pm #

    the smile on a stranger’s face

    • Mary 01/30/2014 at 7:34 am #

      Agree 🙂

  70. shelbymohrs 05/16/2012 at 2:31 pm #

    Music, when it’s just one of those days where I need a pick-me-up, music always makes me feel instantly happy!

  71. singreaddraw 05/16/2012 at 2:31 pm #

    Singing my favorite song always lifts my spirits.

  72. Jessica 05/16/2012 at 2:34 pm #

    My little girl who turns two this Sunday…took two years to get her here and she puts a smile on my face everyday!

  73. Laci 05/16/2012 at 2:34 pm #

    My babies brighten my day…. and Meiko!

  74. Kristen 05/16/2012 at 2:39 pm #

    my sparkly new engagement ring!!

  75. Kelly Tierney (@wearytraveler13) 05/16/2012 at 3:06 pm #

    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.

  76. Jennifer 05/16/2012 at 3:23 pm #

    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…)

  77. DamonS 05/16/2012 at 3:43 pm #

    What brightens my life? Discovering something new and inspiring, like Meiko.

  78. Alyssa 05/16/2012 at 4:06 pm #

    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 you’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.

  79. Diego 05/16/2012 at 4:43 pm #

    Santa Monica California… i love how simple yet incredibly fun that small town can be. The pier and beach are the best.

  80. Kim 05/16/2012 at 5:49 pm #

    Things that brighten my life are my kids, my husband, my pets, chocolate & music.

  81. Chalcee 05/16/2012 at 6:58 pm #

    Family, friends, music, wine and shopping!!!!

  82. Sug 05/16/2012 at 7:15 pm #

    My kids, friends, family, a good book, the sunshine, and a yummy mudslide. 😉

  83. KaceyDeamer 05/16/2012 at 9:05 pm #

    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 🙂

  84. TK 05/16/2012 at 9:19 pm #

    Poetry and clean clothes from the dryer!

  85. Suzanne 05/16/2012 at 10:02 pm #

    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 😀

  86. Lauren 05/17/2012 at 12:26 am #

    Flirty dresses, quirky shoes, and cool summer tunes. Basically, ModCloth & Meiko (;

  87. Alaina 05/17/2012 at 7:07 am #

    things that brighten my life: snuggling with my husband, good movies, smoothies, laughing, friendly dogs, and awesome songs like stuck on you 🙂

  88. C Marica (Sequins) 05/17/2012 at 8:57 am #

    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!

  89. Marie 05/17/2012 at 10:35 am #

    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.

  90. Melanie - Curious Little Bird 05/17/2012 at 12:08 pm #

    This might sound super cheesy, but a beautiful day with sunshine, and the scent of freshly blooming trees really brightens my day. 🙂

    • Mary 01/30/2014 at 7:32 am #

      Sounds lovely

  91. Gina 05/17/2012 at 1:17 pm #

    riding my bright orange bicycle, the Tangerine Dream. Sunny skies and seeing the sites of the city, what’s more awesome than that?!?

  92. nt3x5 05/17/2012 at 6:47 pm #

    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.

  93. katy gromball 05/18/2012 at 5:24 am #

    making art & listening to pretty good music 🙂
    thanks for this great giveaway!

  94. Corey 05/18/2012 at 8:14 am #

    slipping into my rollerskates and coasting along a freshly paved street

  95. marianne 05/19/2012 at 12:20 am #

    my family 🙂

  96. Maureen 05/23/2012 at 10:04 am #

    My Family brightens my day!! 🙂

  97. lala r 01/30/2013 at 11:10 am #

    great food

  98. Mary 01/30/2014 at 7:31 am #

    The sweet man by my side brightens my life. <3meiko

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