On Tuesday morning I did the normal routine of dropping Graham off at school, grabbing some groceries and then taking the other two kidlets to a community event called Tumble Time. Our church opens up its gym full of toys, climbing apparatus and plastic ride-on cars which gives the kids a chance to burn off some steam despite the inclement weather outside (And also afford us Moms a chance to connect).

As I was unloading those two kidlets from the van (after listening to the SAME OLD, SAME OLD on my ipod), I pondered doing a post asking for some new music suggestions.  It has been nearly a year and a half since I asked for recommendations, so I thought maybe I could ask again without seeming too repetitive.

After Tumble Time (Which involved loading two kids back into the van and then driving through MOUNDS AND MOUNDS OF NOW) I arrived home and checked my email.

The lovely folks over at iTunes Canada had emailed me and asked if I would be interested in giving away a $25 gift card to my readers.

HECK YES.  My readers are awesome.

They asked me to make sure y’all know that the gift cards are available at Sobeys, Mac’s and A&P (in the Toronto area) and Safeway, Save-on Foods and Coop (Vancouver area).

I have personally purchased the gift cards at both Save-on and Safeway, so I knew they were telling the truth. And that “Vancouver area” actually meant “BC”. I live in the sticks. YO.

These gift cards will only work for my Canadian peeps but I really am OK with that.  It seems as though every contest on the Internet is for “US residents only”.  To quote Mr. Lady, “Canadians are people too”.


Don’t you dare try to tell me otherwise. I have been working out, you know.

My American friends are welcome to enter, but I am pretty sure that the card won’t work south of the 49th parallel. Should you win I could always mail it to one of your Canadian homies. Nobody is going to be grumpy about that kind of regift.

All you need to do to be entered is to tell me what tunes you would download with twenty-five dollars. Or what music I need to download.  I am in dire need of new music. You really have no idea.

I will keep comments open until sometime on Friday (I’m vague like that) then use random.org to pick a winner. Hook me up and I’ll return the favour to one lucky winner.

**Edited to add**

Matthew and I sat down and went to Random.org

Here is what happened:

Hillary! The gift card is yours! Huzzah!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

comment via Facebook



  1. Laura January 8, 2009 12:59 am edit

    Woohoo, a contest for CANADIANS! This makes me big puffy heart you, and also iTunes Canada.

    Ok this is not actually what *I* will use the card for because I already have this music, but I think you should check out Feist and Gabriella Cilmi. I love Gabriella’s song “Sweet About Me.”

    Laura’s last blog post..My Life List

  2. bethany actually January 8, 2009 2:50 am edit

    I lived in Canada once, for two years! Does that make me a semi-hono(u)rary Canadian, at least?

    If I won, I would probably have to send the card to one of my Canadian friends. But if I were in a downloading mood, first I would rack my brains to try to remember all the songs that were on a mix tape made by my boss in 1995 and then download those. I worked as an RA in college, and for one of our weekly staff meetings our boss (who loved music) asked us each to bring a tape or CD with a song on it that we felt represented us in some way. At the meeting, he played each of the songs and then the 13 of us discussed the song and what it meant and who we thought had chosen it. (My song was “Second Wind” by Billy Joel. That was a crazy year but I emerged a better person. Also, I fell in like and then in love with Troy that year.) It was so much fun that we drew names and for the next staff meeting we brought songs we thought represented the person whose name we had drawn. (I drew Clint’s name, and the song I chose for him was “I’m In a Hurry” by Alabama, because he always had a zillion things going on at the same time. After college he co-founded an award-winning, very successful brand strategy & design company, Archrival.) After both weeks, our boss made a mix tape of all the songs and gave a copy to each of us. It was a really great mix of songs and styles. I don’t know where my or Troy’s copies of that tape are, but it doesn’t matter because we don’t own a tape player anymore. Which is why I would download them, if I could manage to remember them.

    Failing that, I would download some Avett Brothers.

    bethany actually’s last blog post..An interview with Annalie

  3. stephanie parnell January 8, 2009 5:18 am edit

    I just found your blog today and you have already made me cry! I just got finished reading the blog about forgiving your father and am so happy to read about it. Really and truly, I’m just happy to have found another blog that talks about God in a good way, lol!
    Anyway, I wanted to comment and introduce myself because you are now in my top 5 fav blogs :)

    stephanie parnell’s last blog post..When Skies Are Blue

  4. Holly January 8, 2009 5:26 am edit

    Well, I would comment anyway without a wee bribe, but heck… I’m definitely going to comment now! lol…

    I’m always asking my readers for music suggestions so I know there are more ideas in my archives but here are a few of my current favs! And, um yeah… quite the variety so warning!

    * The Waves by Elisa
    * Dancing by Elisa
    * Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers
    * Alone by Heart
    * Beautiful U R by Deborah Cox
    * Here Without You by 3 Doors Down
    * I Like the Way by Bodyrockers
    * Never Too Late by Three Days Grace
    * Since You’ve Been Gone by Theory of a Deadman
    * That’s Not My Name by The Ting Tings
    * Untouched by The Veronicas
    * Whine Up by Kat DeLuna

    That should get you started!

  5. Mrs. Wilson January 8, 2009 5:29 am edit

    This is WAY more of a question for my music-addicted husband, but, um, if you’re into a bit of punk-ish (?!) Christian music, check out Anberlin. We’re actually going to see them in a couple weeks and we LOVE them.

    Mrs. Wilson’s last blog post..Tidbits

  6. Jen January 8, 2009 6:14 am edit

    I’m a big Matt Costa fan, but I may have told you that last year. I’m also liking a band called Between the Trees. Plain White T’s is another good one. Do you like Leona Lewis or Katie Melua? That’s some softer stuff that I really like.

    Jordan really likes Anberlin too so if you are in to that type of music, I second Jen W’s recommendation.

    Jen’s last blog post..Looking Back, Looking Forward

  7. Emily January 8, 2009 6:18 am edit

    Wow I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Canadian only contest before! Awesome!

    My sister’s awesome radio dj coworker is on a playlist kick and made me a sweet gym playlist, if you’re into that –
    Here: http://morningaftershow.wordpress.com/2009/01/04/playlist-move-01-and-move-02/

    And otherwise, the last album I bought on iTunes was Ingrid Michaelson’s album “Be OK” and it’s been on repeat ever since.

    As a consolation prize, I have a US only $10 iTunes gift card hanging out that I got on Alaska Airlines. It was a nice gesture but unusable to me. Would you like to have it to give away on your site?

  8. ali January 8, 2009 6:21 am edit

    haha! having the same contest on my site! am i still allowed to enter?

    new music for you?
    i recommend FLEET FOXES. a-freakin-mazing.

  9. Emma January 8, 2009 6:29 am edit

    Yeah, I need to purchase some Fleet Foxes. And the latest Snow Patrol, and Kaiser Chiefs. And as it’s iTunes I could use it to purchase the upcoming not-free-anymore Ricky Gervais podcasts to make me chuckle on my commute…

    Emma’s last blog post..Purge

  10. Krista January 8, 2009 6:30 am edit

    Don’t count this as an entry (I don’t want to hog goodies away from y’all from Canadia), but you might want to check out pandora dot com, a streaming-radio website that figures out your taste and lets you listen to new music. That way you can try new music you’re already prone to like and then you can buy what you’ve already road-tested.

    Krista’s last blog post..Merry Christmas (Christmas Travels, Part 2)

  11. Rhi January 8, 2009 7:06 am edit

    Not entering – but Portland has fantastic musicians – I’m currently loving:

    Jasmine Ash, The Dimes, and Jonah.

    They are wonderful!

    Rhi’s last blog post..An Affair to Remember?

  12. sizzle January 8, 2009 8:03 am edit

    Canadians are people too. Ha! I love that.

    sizzle’s last blog post..Reasons For Armor

  13. Loralee January 8, 2009 8:20 am edit

    First Canada taunts and mocks me with it’s medical plan of awesomeness that sits right across the border and now this.


    O, Canada…you are a foul temptress indeed.


    Loralee’s last blog post..Today I feel like insurance companies are of the devil.

  14. Liz January 8, 2009 8:28 am edit

    I have only ever bought tunes like this once, and it’s like the crystal meth of gift cards. I’m totally addicted all the way. I bought lots of new music that I wouldn’t have trusted before with their full albums, so now I’m hip with Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, NIN, Nickelback, Beck, and Coldplay. If I win this one, I’ll continue browsing the new stuff, concentrating on songs rather than albums, and maybe focusing on Electronic. I’m open to collecting some more Smashing Pumpkins and songs from the above artists as well.

    I recommend you to try out songs from the above in iTunes too! And we can compare notes! I’m a teenager again with this new technology.

    Liz’s last blog post..Televisual Renaissance: The Guild

  15. Tamara January 8, 2009 8:28 am edit

    I would recommend A Fine Frenzy, Estelle, Adele, and Ray LaMontagne. The new Snow Patrol is good, too.

  16. Sharon January 8, 2009 8:30 am edit

    Yay for a Canadian contest!

    I totally hear ya about needing new music. I’m pretty desperate right now for something different, so I’ll be checking out all the suggestions here too.

    Right now I seem to be on a UK music kick. I really love Adele and Duffy (similar to Amy Winehouse, except a lot less crack-heady). I’m also listening to a lot of Snow Patrol, The Swell Season, The Beatles and The Clash. I’d highly recommend anything by any one of those artists.

    Tegan and Sara is a great Canadian band, and they have put out some fantastic albums. I always try to get people interested in them, because they rock. They put on awesome live shows too, although I’m pretty sure they’re not touring right now.

    Good luck on the new music search!

    Sharon’s last blog post..Hawaii from A-Z

  17. hillary January 8, 2009 8:36 am edit

    Music I am currently loving:
    Snow Patrol “A Hundred Million Suns”
    Keane “Perfect Symmetry”
    Joshua Radin “Simple Times”
    She & Him “Volume One”
    Ray LaMontagne “Gossip in the Grain” (if I had to listen to only one album for the rest of my life, this album would be in serious contention)

    Yay for Canadian contests!

    hillary’s last blog post..Trust Your Mechanic To Mend Your Car Bring It In To His Garage He Tightens And Loosens A Few Spare Parts One Thing’s Fixed Another Falls Apart

  18. Christine Spicer January 8, 2009 9:17 am edit

    The disc that I am currently loving right now is Kings of Leon – so good.
    I also really like the group Band of Horses. Sia also has good stuff, love her song Breathe Me. If you want something upbeat, Let It Rock by Kevin Rudolf and Lil Wayne is one of my favorites right now. And I have also heard some stuff by A Fine Frenzy and it seems like a good choice. However, what do you like listening too? What is your genre of music that you normally like?

  19. Amanda Brown January 8, 2009 9:21 am edit

    This is great! (G)oh, Canada!
    With $25 delicious itunes bucks I would get the new Snow Patrol and Counting Crows albums. Oh yes.

    Amanda Brown’s last blog post..Maybe I Should Quit My Day Job

  20. Christine Spicer January 8, 2009 9:25 am edit

    Oh and I just wanted to mention that the Pandora site is an awesome idea and I just checked it out but you can only use it if you are American. Boo Pandora, we’re people too!

  21. Teej January 8, 2009 9:26 am edit

    I really love Sarah Bareilles, you have probably heard a couple of her tunes on the radio and didn’t even realize it.
    Her album is called Little Voice

  22. Heidi January 8, 2009 9:33 am edit

    I am always up for a free gift. Don’t laugh but I am liking the new Taylor Swift ( I bought it for Avery for Christmas) plus I am a country girl at heart. I have also been listening to Lincoln Brewster, Matt Maher, and Jeremy Camp and quite liking the change. Pick Me!!!

  23. jana January 8, 2009 9:35 am edit

    some of the last songs I downloaded:

    – Chicken Fried, Zac Brown Band
    – In God’s Hands, Nelly Furtatdo
    – She Is, the Fray
    – Dan In Real Life Soundtrack (it’s really good!!)
    – Listen to our hearts, Steven Curtis Chapman

  24. steph h. January 8, 2009 10:10 am edit

    recent listens:

    john legend (evolver)
    keane (perfect symmetry)
    jason mraz (we sing, we dance, we steal things)

    steph h.’s last blog post..snow. snow. snow.

  25. Michele January 8, 2009 10:24 am edit

    Yahoo, another contest!

    Speaking of being Canadian, have you ever heard Lianna Klassen’s “Song for Canada”? It is beautiful…

    The songs I have on repeat right now are Awake, (Josh Groban) and You’re Not Alone, (Meredith Andrews). I’ve also started listening to Leeland lately, but haven’t heard much of their stuff.

  26. Tricia January 8, 2009 11:05 am edit

    I second the vote for Anberlin. I have most of their music already and I really like it. Thought it was the type of “Christian teen music” my kid sister likes but turns out they have lots of stuff I like.

    I’d probably download some Kings of Leon, and maybe certain songs by Ari Neufeld, if he`s on there.

    Tricia’s last blog post..Ramblings

  27. Kami January 8, 2009 11:07 am edit

    Whew, I have never heard of many of the suggestions made, I must live in a box.

    I just downloaded Pink’s So What. I makes me want to dance on bars. I like that.

    Wow, I should really lay off the vodka this early in the day, no?

    Kami’s last blog post..There’s a reason

  28. witchypoo January 8, 2009 12:37 pm edit

    Yay for the Canuckishness! My favourite music is by Canadians, actually. A friend of mine, Carole St. John, has some awesome tunes, and Lisa MacDougall. If you haven’t heard Matt Minglewood, you need to.

    witchypoo’s last blog post..Thirteenth Day of Christmas

  29. Karen January 8, 2009 1:28 pm edit

    I’d probably go with some new David Gray or something… but I’m pretty much in the same boat as you… all my music sounds the same!

  30. sleepynita January 8, 2009 1:39 pm edit

    Kings of Leon for sure, and then some top40 stuff that I would never admit to listening to!

    sleepynita’s last blog post..The Birth Story – as much as I remember anyways!

  31. christy January 8, 2009 1:45 pm edit

    Brendan James. You will never regret it.
    Aaaand….Death Cab For Cutie methinks. I’ve heard some of their stuff. Sound good.
    Aaaand….Dustin thinks….Amos Lee. I like the first album the best. We think it reminds us of Brad Riemer. Which, if he had an album up for purchase we would recommend him. Maybe someday.

  32. Martha January 8, 2009 1:52 pm edit

    woo hoo! I would probably download the new Snow Patrol Album or some Kings of Leon. Or maybe some country because I’m diverse like that.

  33. Megan January 8, 2009 2:28 pm edit

    Oh! Where to begin where to begin???
    Gym (upbeat) music (** please note – some of these may not be kid friendly…):
    American Boy – Estelle & Kanye West
    Just Dance – Lady Gaga
    Turn On Me – Kevin Little
    Live your Life – TI feat Rihanna
    Poker Face – Lady Gaga
    Love Lockdown – umm Kanye west i think? or Chris Brown
    The Beatles – Imagine (slow but inspiring!)
    Modest Mouse – Float on

    Other stuff:
    Incubus -oil and water
    Mercy Me – I can only Imagine
    One Republic
    Paul Potts (opra music heheh but goood)
    Regina Spektor
    Sufjan Stevens (Chicago, Concerning UFOs, That dress looks nice on you)
    Teddybears Stockholm (my favourite is “yours to keep”)
    The eagles – desparado
    The Postal Service

    I hope I didn’t over load you:)
    i Love love LOVE music!
    Good luck I hope you enjoy:)

  34. Jenn January 8, 2009 3:39 pm edit

    Oh I love music. I couldn’t tell you which ones I would buy becuase they haven’t come out yet. I buy lots from itunes.

    For you….what do you like…..

    My favorite song of the moment is Glitter in the Air from the new Pink album.

    If you don’t have Snacktime by the Barenaked Ladies, it is a must. Your kids would LOVE it.

    My favorite new find of last year was Panic at the Disco. 9 in the Afternoon.

    If you want to dance I really like the Beyonce song Single Ladies.

    Ahh music…


    Jenn’s last blog post..Nathan’s Monthly Newsletter: Month Nine

  35. Lindsay January 8, 2009 3:39 pm edit

    I’m a teacher and I like to have music playing when the kids are working. I have just found William Joseph, and he is this fantastic classical pianist. He has no words in his music, but he plays with so much feeling and passion. Seriously even if I don’t win the card, just download the music.

  36. Jenn January 8, 2009 3:56 pm edit

    Yay Canada! If I had 25 bucks from I tunes, I’d download a few of these playlists here:


    …in hopes that it would get me ON the eliptical machine, instead of just tripping over it to get to the computer! I’d also get my hands on a few songs by The Weakerthans while I was there!

    Jenn’s last blog post..Rocking the Podcasts

  37. Barb January 8, 2009 4:50 pm edit

    woohoo…finally a contest for Canadians..thanks…

    Some music suggestions I have:
    Poker face by Lady Gaga
    Womanizer by Brittney Spears
    So What by Pink
    Love Story by Taylor Swift
    In the Ayer by Flo Rida
    Just Dance by Lady Gaga
    Disturbia by Rhianna
    Hot and Cold by Katy Perry
    and I love anything by James Blunt
    also like country…anything by Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, or Paul Brandt
    Hope that helps you out on song selections…..

    Barb’s last blog post..Conversation with Carter….

  38. Jeremy January 8, 2009 5:10 pm edit

    Ok, if I win, it might help me turn over a new leaf to actually purchase music for a change. I’d buy these 15 favourites from the past year for sure, and also recommend them to anyone else:

    Tegan and Sara – Floorplan
    Frightened Rabbit – Old Old Fashioned
    Alela Diane – White as Diamonds
    The National – Fake Empire
    Wintersleep – Search Party
    Stars – 14 Forever
    Coldplay – Viva la Vida
    Neko Case – Hold On, Hold On
    The Weakerthans – Night Windows
    Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal
    The Decemberists – Record Year
    Jenn Grant – Morning Break
    The Killers — I Can’t Stay
    Beck — Gamma Ray
    Eddie Vedder – Hard Sun

  39. Angela Shymanski January 8, 2009 6:49 pm edit

    I would use that tasty little card to dish me out an extra heaping of micheal buble. that would keep this canadian warm through -40 weather!!!!! also some of the new beyonce ‘sasha fierce’ too!

  40. Marianne January 8, 2009 7:43 pm edit

    Yay for Canadians!

    I would download some CanCon with an iTunes card – maybe some Stars, Hedley, and some really old school Sarah McLachlan. :D

    Marianne’s last blog post..An early start

  41. Amanda January 8, 2009 8:27 pm edit

    And here I thought it was going to be a hockey post…I love this much better than hockey, I’m always on the look out for more music. So here goes (there may be a few repeats):

    Zac Brown Band – Chicken Fried (completely American, but such a great song)
    Josh Turner – Would You Go With Me (I crank this one as loud as it will go!), Eveything is Fine and Firecracker (I can’t help but get weak in the knees from his voice…sigh)
    Mamma Mia soundtrack (how can you not sing along)
    Fool’s Garden – Lemon Tree (Kurt Browning skated to this year’s ago and I still love it)
    Julian Velard – Jimmy Dean and Steve McQueen (my mom just introduced me to this song, quite by accident) http://www.julianvelard.com/
    Elvis – Little Less Conversation (it’s my classroom clean-up song!)
    Lady Antebellum
    Lisa Marie and Elvis – In The Ghetto (check it out on Youtube)
    Natalie McMaster or Leahy
    Andrea Bocelli

    And fo some comic relief…Jeff Dunham!!! If he wasn’t so blastedly expensive we’d go see him in Hamilton in February, but tickets start at $80, what’s with that?!

    Hope you’ll find something in the list. Enjoy :)
    Now I’m off to read the songs you already have suggested.

  42. Kerri Anne January 8, 2009 9:17 pm edit

    Go Canada!

    Oh, and you need to download some Nickel Creek, word.

    Kerri Anne’s last blog post..I Know What You Want; I’m Gonna Take You To A Midnight Show Tonight

  43. Simone January 9, 2009 9:15 am edit

    I’ve been really into Andrew Bird and Josh Ritter lately.

  44. Theresa January 9, 2009 10:57 am edit

    Lurker, love the blog… thought I’d finally contribute a comment. I. Love. Music. My iPod is dizzying with its vast array of music!

    A few of my recent favorites:

    The Black Ghosts – Electronic (my two favs from this band is Some Way Through this & Full Moon)
    Muse – Pretty much anything they have out
    Lady GaGa – girlfriend can SING (favs are Pokerface, Just Dance, Love Game, Starstruck)
    Brandy’s new song – Right Here (Departed)
    Iron & Wine – Flightless Bird, American Mouth
    Fall Out Boy – I Dont Care
    Coldplay – Shiver
    Beck – E-pro
    Kevin Rudolph – Let It Rock
    Ricochet – Seven Bridges Road

    Not new, but if you like Sarah McLachlan, have you listened to Enya? She is maybe more mellow overall, but it puts me in a good mood for snarled traffic.

    I could keep going but you got plenty of good suggestions up there!

    Theresa’s last blog post..Bite Me

  45. hillary January 12, 2009 10:30 am edit

    Whoo hooooooo!

    hillary’s last blog post..Mascara Bleeds A Blackened Tear

Other Posts

Want to receive my posts by email?
Enter your email address: