Sunday, June 28, 2009

Music, Giveaways and Sponsors

I have been listening to a lot of music lately. As I mentioned earlier, my brother Symon is visiting from California, and along with him - his music collection. So for the next month, I am being bombarded with his music tastes - some I like (I actually enjoy listening to the Jonas Brothers, shhhhh!!!), and others I don't particularly enjoy.

Over the past few days, after Michael Jackson's death, I have reconnected with his music and suddenly remember how awesome it is. I would have to say that Michael's music would have to be in my top three of all time. Luckily Symon agrees with this, so he didn't mind Brian injecting Billy Jean and Want You Back intermittently throughout his play list.

While listening to Symon's blaring play list against my will this afternoon, I finally put together two little packages with extra goodies from the So Cal Blogger's Lunch to give away to two of you readers who weren't able to make it. The goodies include a gift pack from Oh Hello Friend, earrings from Lush by K D'Angelo, a reusable bag from Sedilu Green, a note card set from Mufn Inc, thank you cards from Chapters by Christine, a wallet print from Gabrielle Kai Photography, a muslin drawstring bag from Paper Sprout, a matchbook note pad from Ready Go, and a print by Megan Jewel. To try to score one of the two goody packs, just comment on this post and let me know your top three music artists of all time. Those of you who already have the goodies, I'd love to know your top three anyway! I will post the two winners at the end of the week.


Also, I am thinking of including advertising on my little bloglet in the next few months. Nothing ugly, I promise! So if any of you are interested in sponsoring this blog, and have a shop/blog that kinda goes with the look and feel of this site, email me at and I can let you know my cheaperoonie rates.


pixelhazard said...

Oh man talk about difficult
My top 3 in this particular moment, in no particular order

1.Foo Fighters
2.Michael Jackson
3.Silver chair (which might have sometime to do with Ozzie pride)

Olivia Rae said...

cute stuff! favorite bands...

1.Sigur Ros

Maki said...

I'm totally mourning the loss of MJ as you know... I was listening to his music all week long with my girls..

Of all time music:

1. Sade
2. Michael Jackson
3. Heart

Kristin said...

1. George Strait
2. Al Green
3. Abba

I'm a mixed bag.

Little House on Green said...

I went shopping this weekend with a girlfriend and it seemed like all the stores we were in were playing classic MJ, mixed emotions of sadness and memories from growing up. A true loss.

My 3 picks for all time:
1) Alan Jackson
2) Elvis Costello
3) Pearl Jam

Kaye Prince said...

Hmmm, this is hard!

1. Damien Rice
2. Alexi Murdoch
3. U2

TheBeautyFile said...

Impossible to pick, but I must go with the legends:
1. The Beatles
2. U2
3. Elton John
Coming in tied at 4th:
Feist/Adele/Regina Spektor/Ingrid Michaelson

I love MJ so and there will never ever be anyone like sad...

Pamela said...

What a fun getaway!! Let me try to figure out my top three music artists...

1. The Beatles (most definitely!)
2. Cake
3. Ray LaMontagne

Pamela said...

Getaway?!?!? Did I just type that?!?! Sheesh! Perhaps I'm in need of a vacation! lol Let's try that again...

What a FUN GIVEAWAY!! Thanks, Dionne! xoxo

SK said...

Ooh you should tell us a little more about your LA bloggers get together! :)

My favorite artists? Hmm...

1) India.Arie
2) John Mayer
3) Boa

Little Miss Tiara said...

oh no! What a hard question! D:
let's try... hmm...

3. Jason Mraz - Love his voice and smartie lyric! ;)

2. Lily Allen - Can't help but fall to her cute thick british accent even when she sings, plus yes, the satiric lyric

1. Phil Collins - He wins my heart! No further explanation needed! Lol.

Ah, me such a melowwiee...

Vanessa said...

Wow, this is hard...
1) Michael Jackson
2) Morrissey
3) David Bowie
If 4 were allowed I'd add in Radiohead, but there are so many other good ones!

Iva said...

omg! this is beyond hard, its impossible! So sorry! i just can't pick!! :)

<3 hope you had a nice weekend!! :)

K @ Blog Goggles said...

Ooh, yay! Awesome.

1. DMB
2. OAR
3. I tried to think of another 3-letter band, but I think I'll just go with the Fugees

P.S. I'm hosting my first giveaway! Check it out if you get a chance :)

Lilly said...

This is fun ^^

My top 3:
1. Elton John;
2. Michael Jackson and
3. Mariah Carey.

Thanks a lot for this great giveaway!!!

jen king said...

nice giveaways!

my list:

1. mj
2. U2
3. damien rice


Meekiyu said...

wow you got an awesome blog.. love how it's set up and music is a necessity in my life whether in the car or crafting. I have really no favorites but right now its:

Billy Joel (I really like Piano man)
Elton John (Your song is so romantic)
Lady GaGa (I like her jumpy beats and fun lyrics)


Meghan said...

I really love your blog, by the way! Happy to be a new reader...

My top 3?

1.) U2
2.) The Beatles
3.) As crazy as she is...Madonna

Hilary Leister said...

Those packages look awesome! I'll definitely share my musical favorites...

1) Mika
2) Huey Lewis
3) Iron & Wine

Have a great day!


Kristin said...

It's so hard to narrow it down to just 3! I'll try my best...

* Journey
* John Mayer
* Bon Jovi

Now I have to go listen to them all!

Nicole Marie said...

yay exciting!!!

i'm gonna have to say:

john mayer
rascall flatts

Summer said...

That is really difficult...but, I can never get enough of:

1. The Smiths
2. The Cure
3. Depeche Mode

But that's just one genre!

Ooh, here's the link to the swap! :)

live a colorful life said...

MJ is in a category totally by himself, so I'm not going to add him to my top three. So after MJ, it would be:
1.James Taylor
Yikes, this is hard....
2.Dave Matthews Band

Glad I found your blog. I mean I'm glad you found my blog, so I could then find your blog :)

aubrey said...

i guess i'll also write down my top threes

1.the beatles
2.the arctic monkeys(you should listen to "the bakery")
3.kaiser chiefs

hmmm..i guess my music tast is kinda indie rock but i also do listen to some pop:)
ohh you're definetely right with micheal jackson..i totally forgot how great his music is..really amazing...its so sad he died...:(

Dash said...

hey dionne

heres my list.
1. Coldplay
2. Beatles
3.Celine Dion

Phoenix said...

1) The Beatles, to make me smile.
2) Led Zeppelin, to make me think.
3) Michael Jackson, to make me dance.

Carol said...

1. Elton John
2. Beatles
3. Led Zeppelin

Emma said...

Thanks for leaving such a nice comment on my blog! Love yours! My three fave artists of all time are:
Kate Bush
Strange and eclectic mix but covers all eras for me!!

Jessie Cacciola said...

What a cute giveaway! CCR, Rolling Stones and Zeppelin. Mostly classic rock, but I'll listen to most other things. :)

Ali said...

1. Michael Jackson
2. Beatles
3. Madonna

Carissa said...

what a great giveaway! it is so hard for me to choose my fave artists of all time so I will just say who I listen to the most:

Natasha Bedingfield
Sara Bareilles
Carrie Underwood

I am such a girl, can't you tell! haha.

btw, thanks for stopping by my blog! I was browsing through your older posts and I am simply amazed by your illustrations and even the way you post your photos. so so lovely.

p.s. I am kind of obsessed with oh how lovely! I just bought 3 necklaces from the shop two weeks ago and I keep wearing them!

Carissa said...

oops, I meant to write oh hello friend! oh how lovely is a blog I read... I am confused easily I guess, haha :)

Amanda said...

Ok. I would have to say

1. Imogen Heap
2. The Weepies
3. Iron & Wine

I'll probably change my mind tomorrow, but you know how that is! :0)

Martha said...

What a fabulous giveaway, and Gee, living in SoCal, I need to make the next lunch for sure.

Hmm, this is so tough, like picking a perfect kid.

1.Frank Sinatra
3.The Who

Bella said...

It's crazy how he's dead. They were playing a tribute to him on the radio a couple days ago and it just felt weird thinking he's gone. I remember when my dad got my the Thriller album (on CD of course)and dancing around the house listening to it.

My top 3 favorite artists are:
- Mihalis Hatzigiannis (Greek singer)
- Celine Dion
- Ron Kenoly

minishoes1 said...

I think I have every micheal Jackson song in my head right now. This weekend I watched all his videos. He sure will be missed! My top 3-
micheal jackson

Erin said...

Top three...
Nat King Cole (he's my hero)
Dave Matthews (Some Devil is the best)
erin_melissa at juno dot com

Wehaf said...


Bach, Verdi, and ... someone else. The top two are definitely Bach (love his suited for solo cello!) and Verdi (Aida makes me swoon). After that I am not sure. Maybe John Stewart or the Rolling Stones.

urchiken at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

What a great contest my top 3 fav
rage against the machine
asian dub foundation
pearl jam
thanks marian

malfie said...

Greetings from Canada I adore
system of a down
renegade soundwave
keeping my fingers crossed.Helen

Chessa! said...

this sounds like fun but it's hard for me to choose just a top 3!! If I absolutely had to then I would choose u2, Gustavo Cerati and Shakira. but there are so many more!! :)

thank you so much for visiting my blog and for all of your lovely comments...I really do appreciate it!

Linna said...

This is interesting. :D
My top 3 are The Carpenters, Coldpay and Travis.

MaMa said...

My top 3 in no particular order:

The Beatles
Allman Brothers

Thanks for hosting!

Cherry Blossoms said...

My top three music artists would have to be:
1. Tina Arena
2. Emma Bunton
3. Sarah Brightman

Seriously they are all such talented women! These goodies look fabulous! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

CherryBlossomsDesign at hotmail

JohnsonFamily said...

Beatles,Elvis, Micheal Jackson

Bridget said...

Oh gol that's killer.

1. Regina Spektor
2. Ben Folds
3. Beach Boys! ...maybe I'm just in a summer mood :)

--C said...

It's so much fun reading everyone else's favorites! I'm going to have to go with:
1.) Death Cab for Cutie
2.) The Beatles
3.)Ben Folds

Just saw Ben in concert (Folds not Gibbard :) ) for the second time and loved every minute!

Eric said...

1. The Beatles for what they did to music in general.
2. Michael Jackson for bringing us modern day pop.
3. The third I have to go down the folksy route. I'm thinking Bob Dylan.

Quilting Diva said...


1) Alanis Morissette
2) Poison - Yes I'm an 80's girl
3) Matchbox 20

Jennifer said...

1. Beatles
2. Rolling Stones
3. Nirvana

Anonymous said...

My top 3:

3)Rivermaya - a local group ( :

babalisme said...

This is hard!!! I can't name Tchaikovsky, can I? NO? Only artists from this decade? OK OK... mmmmmmm.. Musicians that change/move the world with their music..

1. The Beatles
2. Michael Jackson
3. Freddy Mercury (of Queen)

... some of the people on my list are gone! EEEP!

crystal said...

I think that all of MJ's music is special and the Thriller video is great..but i am a METAL girl so three of my favorites are
Ozzy/Black Sabbath
Iron Maiden
Cheers Dionne ;)

Aik said...

1. Celine Dion
2. Carrie Underwood
3. Ben Folds

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

My top 3:

1) Yiruma
2) Joe Hisaishi
3) Jane Zhang


Mo said...

those little packages look so cute !

Newfangled said...

This is a tough one! My top three currently (it's always changing) are The Fray, Jack Johnson and Mariah Carey.

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Trish said...

Tough one... I'd have to say (not in order) Nickleback, Gary Allen and Tracey Chapman

jerzycat99 said...

Since I'm 28:
1. Garth Brooks (First concert ever)
2. Yellocard ( A violin player in a rock band)
3. Sugarland

balanced. said...

Hmm, of all time?, that's a tough one for sure.

I'm gonna say...
1. Portishead
2. Unkle
3. Led Zeppelin

Adorebynat said...

Great giveaway!

I would say:
1. Michael Jackson
2. Celine Dion
3. Shania Twain

Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway!

Amanda said...

1. MJ
2. Mariah Carey
3. Bon Jovi

Sara Ancich said...

1. Dolly Parton, of course
2. Paul Simon
3. Justin Timberlake

Orchid Grey said...

my top three:

1. The Ramones
(I can listen to them anytime, anywhere- while all of my 8th grade friends lusted after Jonathan Taylor Thomas, I hung a poster of Joey Ramone on my wall and listened while he sang "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend")

2. Queen
(wherever you are, if "Bohemian Rhapsody" comes on EVERYONE will start singing and reenacting Wayne's World)

(Abba Gold was the first Vinyl I bought in 7th grade at a flea market, I later lip-synced to Dancing Queen at a summer camp talent show)

Nicole said...

hmm.... I love music...
Okay, top three...
1. The beatles
2. The cranberries
3. Regina Spektor

RhiannonM said...

The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen and the collective works of the members of Nickel Creek (both as the group, and in other ventures). They totally shape my life.
Thanks for being thoughtful enough to run the giveaway! : )

alyssa said...

so great!

mine have got to be
jack johnson- i've listened to every song at least 100 times, and he will never get old

first aid kit- darling swedish sisters with the most soulful voices

emiliana torrini- listen to jungle drum!

Jingle said...

That is tricky!

I think I would go with
Fleetwood Mac
The Cranberries

I need a longer list! HA!

Nathalie Brault said...

I'll shake things up here

-The Who

what a fun giveaway

Julie said...

no particular order

REO Speedwagon


Toby Mac

JaMean said...

Top 3 is hard!

Norah Jones
Guns 'N Roses

Strange! Thanks for the contest!

Lisa said...

This is a particularly hard question for me to answer because although I listen to almost everything, I go by songs versus artists. I guess I can tell you three artists (besides MJ and Elvis) who's work I mostly enjoy:
1) Dinah Washington,
2) Andrea Bocelli, and
3) Beyonce/Destiny's Child.
(C'mon, everyone has at least one song they can dance to!)

sarsosari said...


1. Jason Mraz
2. Band of Horses
3. Mika

Thanks :)

ikkinlala said...

Assuming individual artists (just to narrow it down a bit):

- Steve Earle
- Jimmy Thackery
- John Prine

Linda said...

I gotta add some blues here:
BB King
Jonny Lang
The Beatles

Chelsey said...

What a hard question...
Third Day
Don Fransisco
James Taylor

Thanks for the giveaway! mybabyappleseed(at)yahoo(dot)ca

Katie said...

1. electrelane
2. holly golightly
3. pretenders

Mo said...

silly me i forgot my top 3...

well my first is a french singer:
1) Renaud
2) Robbie Williams (i know...)

The Giveaway Diva said...

1) Mariah Carey
2) the Beatles
3) Micheal buble

Erica said...

mmm this si sooooo hard!!

1)norah jones
2)Micheal buble
3) mariah carey


denise said...

of all time? this will be difficult indeed.....


micki said...

Neal Young
The Carpenters
Peter, Paul, & Mary

Melly said...

mmm wow hard decision!!

1)Backstreet Boys
2)Britney Spears
3) Miley Cyrus


photojoy said...
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photojoy said...

Yes, it' me.(above) Sorry I made a mess.

Deb K said...

The top three music artists of all time to me are~

Micheal Jackson
Marvin Gaye
Al Green

Labour of Love said...

such a sad, sad last full week of June...Ed McMahon, Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Billy Mays etc...some legendary stars that changed the world but somehow their spirits will continue to shine in peace...

yes, i adore music... soothes my soule and picking 3 top artists is proving to be difficult...but for this week my top 3 would be:

~1.(tie) Eva Cassiday, Madeleine Peyroux, Melody Gardot, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Etta James
~2.(tie) Ingrid Michaelson, Norah Jones, Pauline Croze, Anais, Doris Day, Diana Krall, Kelly Clarkson
~3.(tie)Jason Mraz, Pink, Katy Perry, Dean Martin, Michael Buble, Maroon 5, Kat McPhee, Robin Thicke, Beyonce, Louis Armstrong

see what i mean? ;) sorry i just couldn't just pick about a gazillion this post! xoxo jo;)

photojoy said...


It was hard to pick up three. I think these are the special three for tonight. Maybe I'll pick up other three tomorrow for sure.

It's fun to know what other bloggers introduce me their favorite 3. Thank you Dionne for this topic and telling me I can join this giveaway from Japan.

Cindy said...

My top 3:

1) Patsy Cline
2) Ramones
3) Thin Lizzy

My Etsy:


Sybillinart said...

interesting giveaway ...

1- Celine Dion
2- Enya
3- Josh groban

Vmichelle said...

Top 3 faves:

Keith Urban
Jason Mraz
Pearl Jam

Rebecca said...

awesome...thanks for the heads up. me think...
1.Paul Simon
2. Gillian Welch
3. Tom Petty

Ladytink_534 said...

Very cute! My favs are:

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Elton John


Shanda said...


Rachael said...

That's kinda hard but...

1.) Spoon
2.) Wilco
3.) Built to Spill


janil said...
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janil said...

So difficult...

Frank Sinatra
Rolling Stones
Bob Dylan

cal_rubies at yahoo dot es

Ľubaša said...

I like music of

Simon and Garfunkel
Goran Bregovic
Robbie Williams

Whimsical Creations said...

My top 3 are...

The Doors
Tragically Hip
Alice in Chains

Thank you for the chance to win!

elaine said...

My top 3 music picks would be:
- Enya
- The Beatles
- Sarah Maclachlan

Elaine R

sarah said...

1) Michael Jackson
2) Sting
3) Sarah McLachlan

fertawert AT yahoo DOT com

...fairyland said...

Hey! what a great giveaway!!

1.Michael Jackson
2.Eros Ramazzotti
2. Cher

Thank you!:)

Gabbi said...

You weren't kidding with your giveaway Dionne! It's such a great prize and I love the variety... thank you so much.♥

My top 3 are:

1. Radiohead
2. Camera Obscura
3. Blonde Redhead

megan and melissa said...

This is a great giveaway and it is really hard to pick just three artists...I would have to say
1. The Beatles
2. Adele
3. Ingrid Michaelson
Hope you had a good 4th of July. Thanks so much for the giveaway. I am crossing my fingers...hoping I might be lucky enough to win.

megan and melissa said...

Thanks for the heads up. So hard to pick just three-- my mood always changes my music of the moment. Lets see.... 1. The Beatles (my sister agrees here), 2. Frank Sinatra, and 3. Jack Johnson

Hope your 4th was a good one!

Dionne said...

This contest is now closed. Thanks for all your entries, it was great reading all your top threes!

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