ON THE LATEST EDITION OF HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Lauren Mann—a music making 'Calgarian-gone-Southern-Gulf-Islander', who'll be making music in Cranbrook at the Stage Door on April 14th—metaphorically stops by the blog to kindly give us all some recommendations from the top shelf of life's important categories.

Because there is no better way to find out if a person is your people than finding out what that person likes, right? Right.


NOW ONWARDS WITH THE LIFE TIPS…

WHAT IS THE ONE ALBUM (OR EP OR SONG) THAT YOU THINK SHOULD BE THE VERY NEXT MUSICAL THING THAT EVERYONE PRESSES PLAY ON THE NEXT TIME THEY FIND THEMSELVES THINKING “WHAT SHOULD I LISTEN TO NOW”?

I'm part of the Pender Island Community Choir and for our spring show we're singing all Canadian songs. A lot of the songs I didn't know before we started learning them, and it's opened my eyes to some amazing Canadian talent! Many of you might already be familiar with most of these, but I would highly recommend listening to Calling All Angels by Jane Siberry, Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell, and Four Strong Winds by Ian Tyson.

WHAT IS THE ONE MOVIE OR TV SHOW THAT YOU THINK SHOULD BE NEXT IN EVERYBODY’S NETFLIX QUEUE (OK, DOESN’T HAVE TO BE NETFLIX, WE’RE ALL INTERNET ADULTS HERE AND KNOW HOW TO FIND ANYTHING ONLINE, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER)?

My guilty tv pleasure is Nashville, a drama about a group of songwriters and country stars. It gets a little too soap opera-ish at times, but it's fun watching a show about the industry I work in, but to the complete stereotypical extreme!

I (AND BY “I” I MEAN “THE PERSON THAT IS READING THIS”) AM GOING TO THE BOOK STORE (OK, PROBABLY AMAZON) TO FIND THE VERY NEXT BOOK THAT I WILL BE PUTTING SOME EXTREMELY VALUABLE ‘ME-TIME' ASIDE FOR. WHICH BOOK WOULD YOU GET, IF YOU WERE ME (AND, I SUPPOSE, YOU HADN’T ALREADY READ WHAT YOU’RE ABOUT TO SUGGEST)?

I'm currently reading Tolstoy's War and Peace, which I avoided for a long time because it seemed intimidating, but so far I'm really enjoying it. I'd definitely recommend it, or Anna Karenina which is also a great read. His writing is challenging but so rewarding, and is reminding me why I love reading so much.

WHAT IS THE ONE WEBSITE (OR JUST ANY OLD INTERNET THING: APP, GIF, SERVICE, YOUTUBE VIDEO, WHATEVER) THAT YOU WOULD GET REALLY DOWN IN THE DUMPS ABOUT IF IT WERE TO SUDDENLY GO AWAY?

I mean, what would anyone do without Google? If Google was gone I'd definitely be sad. I don't know how else I would be able to find the best cookie recipe, directions to all the cities on our tours, and how to refinish hardwood floors, just to name a few.

AND FINALLY… PLEASE GIVE ONE COMPLETELY UNAIDED RECOMMENDATION THAT YOU THINK EVERYONE SHOULD START DOING / USING / WATCHING / EATING / THINKING / QUITING / ETC-ING TO MAKE THEIR LIVES A LITTLE BIT MORE BETTER / BEARABLE.

I highly recommend spending more time outside! Get out there every day even just to walk to the mailbox. You could plant a garden, go on a hike, walk to the end of the road, the options are endless. I've realized how much the outdoors and the inevitable exercise that happens along with it, is so beneficial to my health. Maybe not a groundbreaking discovery, but perhaps a reminder that the best things are in nature.


OK folks, there you have it. Things that Lauren Mann thinks you should consider incorporating into your day/life. Before you shut your computer off to go get out into some of that good nature, go grab Lauren's latest album over on Bandcamp (it's 'pay what you feel') & make sure to follow/like on the Facebook / Twitter / Instagram AND if you are reading this today (and if "today" is April 14th) make sure to catch Lauren performing in Cranbrook at The Stage Door tonight!

I'll leave you with the loverly live video above and I guess we'll internet see you all back around these parts for some more HIGHLY RECOMMEND Q&A's with even more people swinging by our little mountain neighbourhood in the very near future. Until then…

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