Well, if you're traveling with the aunts and the cousins, it might not mean music at all, unless your last name is Von Trapp, or dare I say Cyrus. Chances are, though, that there will be music and there will, thus, be singing.
Happily, L.A.'s locally grown music scene is as vibrant and diverse as ever with a slew of recent independent E.P.s and L.P.s so fresh and creative, they deserve your love and attention -- and airplay (KCRW and KCSN are you listening?).
Shawn Colvin, the three-time Grammy-winner best known for the 1997 hit "Sunny Came Home," released a new album and a memoir this week. Lyrical, funny and painfully honest, Diamond in the Rough reads like a seriously fractured fairy tale.