Friday, January 17, 2014

Friday Faves

Welcome to my first ever Friday Faves!  Each week will be just a little pocketful of happiness.

My faves this week are:

Gingerbread Spice Tea by Celestial Seasonings.  This is a holiday tea, and it really does remind me gingerbread, with a nice cinnamon accent.  I am a longtime fan of Celestial Seasonings.  Their teas have all-natural ingredients, a wide range of flavors, and beautiful packaging.

GarageBand for iPad.   This is the most addictive app ever!   With the free edition, you can play the piano, guitar, or drums.  Coincidentally, these are the three instruments I have actually played at some point in my life.  It is so much fun!  I love playing by ear, as I used to on an actual piano, and adding chords for accompaniment.

American Idol, Season 13.  This truly seems like a new and improved Idol, with the new judging panel of Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, and Harry Connick, Jr.   The judges seem to really care about picking singers who have talent and potential, and the auditions have seemed much kinder than past seasons.  I like the way Harry Connick, Jr. offers constructive criticism (and it is truly constructive) when he lets a singer down.  There have only been two episodes, and I haven't seen a singer who really stands out for me, but I'm hoping there will be someone this season, like some of my past favorites:  Candace Glover, Phillip Phillips, Adam Lambert, Casey Abrams, Jason Castro, Melinda Doolittle, Clay Aiken.  Idol is back!  That is a happy thought on its own.


Bob Gilliland said...

The GarageBand app sounds really fun.

Birdhouse Books said...

It really is. It is amazing how much the instruments on the app soudns like the real thing, too.

Jeannie Marie said...

I loved American Idol too. Not my favorite part of it but I am enjoying the judges.

Birdhouse Books said...

Hi Jeannie Marie,

I feel exactly the same way. The auditions are my least favorite part of the Idol process, but I am enjoying them because of the judges.