Songs For A Vasectomy

Take Two

Songs For A Vasectomy

So, apparently March is the month for vasectomies.

Really. I've heard more about vasectomies in the last few weeks than I have all year. With that said, I've had friends, YMC readers, and Twitter followers ask me about the Songs for A Vasectomy playlist I did two years ago.

So, here's a re-post of that blog I did on June 10, 2010. Because every event in life needs a playlist. Power to the bag of frozen peas.


So, May 14th was a big day at our house. It was Vasectomy Day (cue trumpets sounding and the cries of my weeping husband).

Relax, I dutifully played the part of the supportive and understanding wife. I calmed my husband's fears and reassured him that everything was going to be okay. (Actually, after a breast reduction and two c-sections under my belt, I had very little sympathy—this was a walk in the park as far as I was concerned—but damn I am a fabulous actress...we're talking Oscar nominated performance by yours truly.)

I must confess that I may have also threatened my husband. I told him, quite convincingly, that I would tie him up in duct tape and drag him kicking and screaming to the office of one Dr. Weiss (the 'Vasectomy King,' here in Ottawa), if he didn't man up and go himself. Truth is, after giving birth to two beautiful, healthy, very active, never-stop-moving-unless-they-are-sleeping children, this mummy just did not want to risk the chance of getting knocked up again. That feeling of "maybe just one more," was nowhere to be found or felt. I'm one of those, you-breathe-on-me-and-I-apparently-get-pregnant chicks. For real. I don't even recall when I got pregnant with baby #2. I swear all my husband did was pass me in the hallway.

So, shortly after our baby #2's second birthday, I handed my husband the phone, dialed the doctor's number, and held my husband's prized rookie hockey card of some Montreal Canadiens player and threatened to shred it to a million pieces until he made the appointment. Very dramatic - I'm Italian, we're all about drama. Did I mention how convincing I was? I swear, I missed my calling as an actress.

After weeks of, "Are you sure...really are you sure you don't want one more?" questions by my husband, the day finally arrived. The pain-killer prescription was filled, my dear husband took his Valium, the bag of frozen baby peas were put on stand-by in the freezer, and I drove him to his appointment.

And to help ease my husband's "I am about to faint at any moment" concerns over the procedure, I carefully and lovingly chose songs for a playlist for his iPod. Because, really, nothing calms the nerves more than music. It has this magical ability to transport you to another place far, far away from Dr. Weiss, his office, and the stainless steel clamp, hooklet, loop/ring clamp and scissors (yes I read the brochure).

I call the playlist: Songs For A Vasectomy. (It would have made for a fabulous album compilation series...K-Tel style.)

Songs for a Vasectomy by Consuelo Bernardi on Grooveshark


Gavin DeGraw

Sweeter, He Is

Gavin DeGraw

So, I'm still not even remotely tired of Gavin DeGraw's "Not Over You" single yet (really, if you haven't heard it, go forth and download from iTunes immediately!), but I must say that I have become completely obsessed with his new single, "Sweeter."

So damn sexy sounding. I've had it on repeat for the last, oh let's see, three hours. True story.

Have I mentioned I may have a little crush on this season's Dancing With The Stars contestant, Mr. Gavin DeGraw? Yeah, THAT.



Spotlight: Nabiha

The New Retro Pop Soul Queen

Spotlight: Nabiha

So I have a brand new favourite female singer. 

Her name? Nabiha

Her music is beyond infectious. 

It’s that blend of retro pop soul that we’ve come to know and love from artists like Amy Winehouse, Duffy and Janelle Monae and it’s fun, upbeat and ridiculous catchy.

Like dance around the room with a hairbrush in your hand and lip synching to the songs catchy. Yes I so totally did that.

Born the eldest of six brothers and sisters, Nabiha’s musical beginnings flourished in her home with music, dancing and singing. Nabiha’s strong positive female image was vastly inspired at home as well, “I grew up with a welcoming, loving, strong Mother and Grandmother figures who taught me a lot, I was constantly inspired by love and people around me, I feel lucky.”

As a young girl, Nabiha explored music at school by taking lessons in various instruments until the encouragement of a teacher led her to try singing, her first performance a hit, shortly followed by experiments in various genres of music including an all female ska band, rock, jazz, urban, r&b and electronic/house.
All of which are woven into the fabric of her music today.

A very private person, Nabiha enjoys connecting with her fans through her music; expressing feelings through her lyrics can have an impact on another person, they identify with a situation or a feeling when they listen.

One of Nabiha’s favorite moments of connecting is being on stage while fans sing her lyrics from the audience. During “Deep Sleep” that connection gets very personal when fans sing an African lullaby Nabiha’s Mother used to sing to her as a child.

Nabiha is very proud of both her Danish and African heritages, she tries to stay connected to Africa and visits as frequently as possible. “The way people care for each other in Africa is inspiring, happy, positive, they share what little they have with you, everyone should try to visit in their lifetime.”

In February 2010, Nabiha released her debut album  Cracks to critical acclaim. More Cracks, the revamped re-release came out in September of 2011. “Deep Sleep,” the first single from the album, premiered on MTVU and was named “Song of the Day” on international tastemaker site Popjustice.

I love her and her music x 1000. And the best news is she’s back in the studio recording a new album that will be out later this year. 

In the meantime get to know Nabiha…you’ll be finding a spot on your iPod for her THAT I guarantee.

Deep Sleep

Never Played The Bass