The Summer Soundtrack

by Jennifer Donovan

Summer should have a soundtrack.

There are certain songs or CDs that I associate with specific events or road trips or outings. Fun, kicky music is often what I thought of as driving music or the backdrop to the carefree summer of my younger self. Now that I’m a mom with kids in school, I think more relaxed self-focused tunes fit better, because that’s what summer is to me.

It’s a three-month indulgence of no early-mornings at the bus stop, no afternoon homework wrangling. Instead I am free to enjoy the hours sitting on my front porch or back deck reading, surfing the net, or listening to music while the kids enjoy the great outdoors.missy.jpg

I have recently had the opportunity to review two new CDs, and one of you will be able to win one from the artist of your choice. Maybe one of them will become summer soundtrack.

Missy Higgins is a 23-year-old Australian singer/songwriter. If you are hip to the new music scene (which I am not), you have probably heard of her, because she has been featured in Rolling Stone, Billboard magazine and Entertainment Weekly. On her website, you can listen to many of the songs from her CD On a Clear Night. I love the mellow and introspective “Where I Stood” and the more upbeat “Steer.” Each song has it’s own distinct flavor, with her clear voice backed by guitar and/or pianoidina.jpg.

Idina Menzel is a Broadway Baby. This immediately makes me love her. In fact, it is her voice that I hear on my Wicked soundtrack as Elphaba, the role which she originated. I Stand is her first pop offering. You can hear three of the songs on her website. Every once in a while you can hear that voice that reached the back of the theater in Wicked and Rent, but I do wish that she would let loose and belt it out a bit more. You can also see if she is coming to a city near you on tour. I’m sure she puts on a great show.

Would you like to win a CD? Click through to both artists’ web sites. Listen to a bit of her music, and tell me which CD you’d prefer. I will randomly pick a name on June 13 , and send out the CD you requested.

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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Bethany June 5, 2008 at 10:43 pm

Idina Menzel…even though they both have lovely voices!


2 melody is slurping life June 5, 2008 at 11:24 pm

Missy Higgins, please. Thanks.


3 Kershey June 5, 2008 at 11:48 pm

I’ve been an Idina fan for over a year and would love her actual CD (instead of mp3′s)



4 Laura H. June 6, 2008 at 12:12 am

Missy Higgins :)



5 Suzanne B. (Crunchy Green Mom) June 6, 2008 at 1:03 am

I love love love Missy Higgins. I saw her as the opening act for William Topley a few years ago, and just fell in love with her and her sound! She’s the bravest singer I’ve ever seen. Getting on stage with just her and her piano, and playing/singing her heart out. She is an amzing girl.. I adore her!

I’d love to win one of her CDS!


6 Mary B June 6, 2008 at 9:11 am

I would love Idina Menzel. Love her!


7 Hannah June 6, 2008 at 11:01 am

I loved Idina!


8 Van June 6, 2008 at 11:11 am

Missy Higgins


9 Playful Professional June 6, 2008 at 11:21 am

I got to see Idina as Elphaba on Wicked and aboslutely loved it. Her voice is incredible!! I would definitely love her new CD.


10 Heather June 6, 2008 at 4:25 pm

Ooh! Both have marvelous voices! I must admit, I enjoyed the song BRAVE by Idina Menzel the most though. Please enter me to win her CD. Thanks!


11 Marlena June 6, 2008 at 5:32 pm

I love finding new music…I would love to win Idina Menzel. Thanks!


12 Amy C. June 6, 2008 at 8:08 pm

It’s a hard choice but I would have to go with Missy Higgins. I’m a folk-er through and through. This is great music for when I get to listen to my OWN stuff in the car. :)


13 Stephanie June 6, 2008 at 8:24 pm

I’d never heard of her before today, but her music is lovely. Her voice is incredible. I’d be thrilled to win the “On A Clear Night” CD.


14 nell June 6, 2008 at 10:45 pm

Missy Higgins for sure!


15 Perky June 6, 2008 at 11:03 pm

Missy sounds interesting, but I’ll have to go with Idina!!!!


16 SJ June 6, 2008 at 11:48 pm

Oh….I think I’d enjoy Idina Menzel! Count me in!


17 Rebekh June 7, 2008 at 12:13 am

Don’t know why I hadn’t thought about it before – but I am so glad to know that Idina has a website, and more out there than just (although my favorite and my 4 year olds) Wicked. We would L O V E an Idina cd!!


18 Diane Perkins June 7, 2008 at 12:12 pm

We Love Idina Menzel!!!!!!


19 jane jakins June 7, 2008 at 12:29 pm



20 Anne June 7, 2008 at 2:43 pm

I would love the Missy Higgins CD Please. Thank you, Anne


21 keith james June 7, 2008 at 3:51 pm



22 Linda Peters June 7, 2008 at 6:09 pm

Missy Higgins CD is the one I like best


23 Michele June 7, 2008 at 8:14 pm

Please enter me for Missy Higgins! Thanks!


24 Leanne June 7, 2008 at 10:06 pm

I definitely love Missy Higgins voice, what a great sitting back on the porch during a hot August evening soundtrack! LOL!


25 Valerie Mitchell June 8, 2008 at 1:47 am

What a wonderful prize!


26 Beth June 8, 2008 at 6:25 am

Missy Higgins, please!


27 DARIJAVAN June 8, 2008 at 8:08 pm

Missy Higgins, thanks


28 Shannon B. June 9, 2008 at 10:57 am

I would love Idina Menzel. LOVED her voice on the Wicked soundtrack!


29 erin s June 9, 2008 at 5:16 pm

Missy Higgins has such a great sound – I actually heard “Steer” on a local radio show that features new music a couple weeks ago but missed hearing the name of the artist!


30 Cindi June 9, 2008 at 8:15 pm

Hello, I enjoy “Missy Higgins” voice very much. The other lady has a lovely voice, but Missy is more my style of singer. Please enter me in your CD contest. I appreciate it. Thanks,Cindi


31 Terri June 10, 2008 at 5:36 pm

Missy Higgins has such a great voice! Thanks so much!


32 israel y June 11, 2008 at 1:53 am

Idina Menzel , thanks!


33 Dorothy R. June 12, 2008 at 10:38 am

Win Please


34 angela June 12, 2008 at 4:15 pm

O.K. now I have heard a lot of artist. While I like Idina, the relaxed stylings of Missy give me a much more relaxed attitude. Can’t wait to get her cd.


35 Nicole Price June 12, 2008 at 4:23 pm

I’d love to win Missy Higgins CD. I think she has a great voice and I really love the songs that I’ve heard so far. Thanks for the giveaway!


36 Pamela White June 12, 2008 at 11:33 pm

Missy Higgens would be my choice.


37 Darilyn June 13, 2008 at 4:23 am

Oh! I would just love to own Missy Higgin’s cd!

Aside from her melodious voice, her lyrics are simply amazing.

I’ve only heard a few songs from the cd, but from what I can tell it’s sure to relax even the most anxious of person.

Hahaa, which is what I need considering I’m always on the move.


38 Kathy Conley June 13, 2008 at 2:36 pm

Missy Higgins was great!


39 Tina June 13, 2008 at 2:56 pm

i want this


40 mark June 13, 2008 at 3:09 pm

I Stand Cd would be nice


41 philip halter June 13, 2008 at 5:32 pm

enter me please


42 Daniel M June 13, 2008 at 9:01 pm

add me please


43 L McLendon June 13, 2008 at 9:54 pm

My first entry didn’t go through so I am trying again.

Wow, both have awesome voices but I am choosing Missy Higgins tonite!


44 Samantha Pruitt June 14, 2008 at 12:23 am

i’d love Idina Menzel’s CD, she’s so pretty and talented!


45 Heather C June 14, 2008 at 2:49 am

Idina. Saw her on Broadway in Rent. Loved her! Thanks.


46 Pat Connors June 14, 2008 at 10:03 am

Idina Menzel please

Thanks for the contest.


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