Brandi Carlile: The Story


Have you ever heard of the song, The Story?

It’s one of the few songs that I truly identify with.  When I first popped into Seattle almost a year ago, I literally had only two suitcases and about $30. Every time I listen to this song, I feel as if it’s performer, Brandi Carlile, had walked a proverbial mile in my shoes.


Brandi Carlile (born June 1, 1981) is an American country and rock singer-songwriter. She has released several albums including The Story, which was featured on the end credits of  the romantic drama, The Lucky One.

Her music encompasses a variety of country, rock, blues, and indie styles.


As Carlile expressed it, “If I could be anything to the music industry, it would just be sort of a human eraser of lines between genres, just because it’s so damaging — ‘they’re on that team, I’m on this team.’ ‘I don’t like country.’ ‘I don’t like rap.’ I would just really like to prove to someone that doesn’t like country that they do.”


I love that pretty much every shot has her holding on to her guitar, as if it were her faithful sidekick.  😀










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Beautiful Blogger Award & Seven Fantastical Facts about Yours Truly

Hello, lovely dolls and handsome gents !! 😀

It would appear we’re so awesome, that French/English creative designer Morgane from Crowns & Peacocks  has seen fit to nominate yours truly for the Beautiful blogger award!    Back in the day, when we were originally Musings in Red, we were nominated for a similar award, but this is the first award Parasol Dreams wins. Huzzah!

( It would also appear that I’m a shameful slacker when it comes to blogging on a schedule. Hence it taking me soooo long to post this fabulous announcement. )


beatiful blogger award

If you choose to participate, here are the rules:  

1. Link back the person who nominated you.

2. Post the award on your page.

3. Tell seven facts about yourself.

4. Nominate seven bloggers and let them know they have been nominated.



Fantastical Fact #1:

I am originally from Mexico, and around 13 moves later, am happily settled in Seattle, a lovely American port city. (Yes, I speak Spanish fluently. It’s my first language. And in case you were wondering, learning English was a divine pain in the petunias.)


Fantastical Fact #2:

I cannot live without books, color, art prints, music, and a laptop to store all my stories, poems, and novels. More specifically…

In the book department:   I adore women’s fiction, 18th century literature, and children’s books.

In the color department:   I’m in love with red, yellow, rose pink, and mint green.

In the art print department: I like prints based off famous paintings (such as Starry Night), or illustrations of animals such as horses and peacocks.

In the music department:  I lean towards movies/theater play soundtracks (such as Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland),   jazz artists (such as Michael Bublé and Kenny G.), and deep majestic voices (such as Florence + the Machine).  Oldies and 80’s music always welcome as well.  😉

In the laptop department: MUST HAVE INTERNET !! I cannot do research for my personal writing without all-knowing Google.   And blogging cannot be performed by smoke signals.


Fantastical Fact #3:

Beach over mountain hiking anytime.


Fantastical Fact #4:

I wrote a civil war historical novel  at 8-years of age and a supernatural trilogy at 18. Good memories.


Fantastical Fact #5:

I hate it when people cannot go sight-seeing on a spur of the moment type of thing. If you need 72-hours in advance to schedule out every minute of our vacation, I will leave you in the hotel room and take a tour bus by myself.


Fantastical Fact #6:

People with no passion or dreams in life disappoint me. I don’t care if you have the most boring hobby in the planet or a fairly simplistic/realistic dream, but please DO SOMETHING WITH YOUR LIFE.    (Talking about said hobby/dream doesn’t count. You must be actively pursuing it to some degree.)

You’ll be doing yourself and me a favor.  ( But mostly me, because I won’t be subjected to your whining. 😀 )


Fantastical Fact #7: 

It has taken me a lifetime to perfect the fine art of snark. I only use it with people I truly love and trust. Then again, I might use it on unsuspecting victims as well. Basically, no one is safe from my charm. 😉



And now the Beautiful Blogs I nominate!

  1. The Dainty Doll’s House
  2. The Book Smugglers
  3. A Very Sweet Blog
  4. Paris Loves Pastry
  5. Escribir Para Decir Estuve (a Spanish writing blog with mostly poetry)
  6. Cuddlebuggery Book Blog
  7. The Briar Rose Blog


Thank you for reading this ridiculously long post and sticking it to the end ! 😉  Hope you have a fab weekend!

In the Name of Jazz

Do you like jazz ?

Jazz is one of those things I’d have to put at the top of “List of Magical Things.” I was first introduced to it at the age of 12 in my father’s car.  It was a Kenny G. track. To this day, jazz still sends goosebumps down my spine.

Here are some links to some songs of my favorite jazz musicians.  I would love to put the youtube vids here directly on my blog, but I’m not cool like that yet. 😉


Nat King Cole:

” L.O.V.E.





Kenny G. :

“Forever in Love”




Dave Brubeck:

” My Favorite Things”




John Legend:

“In the Name of Love”


Florence + the Machine

Florence + the Machine are an English indie rock band. Their name stems from an old private joke where the band members combined Florence Welch’s (lead singer) and Isabella “Machine” Summers (keyboards and background vocalist) names together.

Something that separates their latest album, Ceremonials (2011), apart from their earlier album, Lungs (2009), is that their songs’ lengths are very long. The shortest of the 12 tracks is 3:49, but most of them reach about 5 minutes in length.

And I love this! You know that feeling you get when you’re listening to your favorite song and it ends all too soon? Well, I never have to worry about that with Florence + the Machine.   😀

Florence is a very passionate creature. You can tell that immediately from her fiery red hair and her emotional performances.

Personally, I admire Florence’s themes and costumes. While every musician has their own way of expressing art, Florence somehow manages to pull off both whimsical and bizarre as one. And her choreography is breathtaking!!