Rita Ora ‘Your Song’

To be completely honest, at first I thought this was Rita Ora doing a cover of Elton John’s infamous ‘Your Song’. And this is the first time I’ve been perfectly content to be wrong when it goes to Sir Elton John.

First off, I’ve only recently discovered Rita Ora and to say i’m obsessed would be a disservice to her talent. She’s from the old country (England) and her songs are just uplifting enough to make you want to dance but they often also are a straight shot to the feels as well. And this song isn’t any different.

It’s basically a song about the honeymoon phase in a relationship. YOu know what I’m talking about, those butterflies in your stomach that won’t stop dancing in your abdomen and that awful waiting time for them to text you back. But she does this in a way where you really capture that excitement only known in the beginning stages of a relationship. For me, at least, this song gets me good.

It perfectly describes the girl that isn’t used to falling in love but does. And it’s new and it’s uncomfortable and it’s weird, but damn, does it feel amazing. This song is me starting off my relationship with my current boyfriend. #blessed #seenoevilmonkeyemoji.

If you haven’t gotten a chance to hear this song, check it out on Youtube.  I promise it’ll make you believe in love again as well as want to hit the dance floor with that person who’s caught your eye recently.

Favourite lyric: I think I’m falling/I’m not proud/But I’m usually the type of girl that would hit and run.

 

Songs I Can’t Stop Listening To pt. 2

It’s Memorial Day, I’m sitting in one of my favourite coffee shops here in Dallas, and in order to stop thinking about all our fallen soldiers & those who are still MIA, I decided to create a playlist of all the songs I can’t stop listening to right now.

  1. Sam Hunt “Body Like A Backroad” Um, can we just talk about Sam Hunt for a sec? That guy is ridiculously talented and if my boyfriend serenaded me with this, I’m not sure how long I’d last.
  2. Bonnie Raitt “Give Them Something to Talk About” This song reminds me of childhood. I loved Bonnie Raitt and I would dance around our living room to this song without a single care in the world. I probably needed dance lessons but whatever.
  3. Ed Sheeran “Galway Girl” Ugh, Ed Sheeran. Why do i feel the incessant need to be best friends with you? I love this song and I will sing every word.
  4. Shawn Mendes ” There’s Nothing Holding Me Back” Guilty pleasure right here. I love this song and its fun to blast on the freeway.
  5. James Arthur “Say You Won’t Let Go”  I want to walk down the aisle to this song. It perfectly encompasses everything I feel about the current person I’m dating. #mushymuch?

And there you have it! As I’m sure you’ve been able to tell, I have a weird mix of music that I’ll listen to. And i’m thinking of doing posts like this maybe once a month or so? Let me know what you think in the comments! Also, if you have any songs you can’t stop listening to, let me know!

Flogging Molly and Skinny Lister

So Monday night, I found out that Flogging Molly was playing at the House of Blues Tuesday night. And small secret, seeing them live has always been on my bucket list. Combine that with the main room at the House of Blues? It was basically a necessity that I went. So I asked my boyfriend if he wanted to have an impromptu date night in the middle of the week, listen to some irish punk music, and dance on a work night. Maybe it’s my charm or my level of excitement but he said yes.

So we did dinner and the concert. We were even able to jump the line because we spent money in the restaurant! Fun fact, if you get dinner and it’s above the minimum, you can jump the line at the House of Blues and get in 20 or so minutes early. This allowed us to get to the front of the mosh pit with the best seats in the entire venue. Standing room only but it was worth it


The opening band, Skinny Lister, was a band I’d never heard of before but they were SO much fun. They passed around a huge jug of what I’m assuming was either guiness or distilled whiskey. Luckily it was out before it reached me because the smell was awful. But if you have a chance, SEE THIS BAND. I’m usually not a fan of opening bands but these guys were hilarious, charming, and the most irish ever.

Now to the main event. Flogging Molly and Irish punk reminds me of home. I spent some time growing up in London and we traveled to Ireland frequently because of my dad’s work. So Ireland always just felt like a second home at the time. And Flogging Molly (along with Dropkick Murphys and the like) make me realize just how lucky i was to have grown up there.

Especially with the terrorist attack near London Parliament on Wednesday, it seemed even better timing that I had a taste of home with seeing FLogging Molly live. They were hilarious, the lead singer is probably in his 50s and absolutely killed it. Their enthusiasm was infectious and you could tell they thoroughly enjoyed what they did.

I love concerts where you can tell that the bands, no matter how many shows they’ve played, are still completely in love with what they do. And Flogging Molly was no different. I was pulled into their stories, how avidly they loved Guiness, and how stoked they were to simply be alive.

If you have the chance, go see Flogging Molly live. They’re brilliant. Even more so if Skinny Lister is opening. And hug your loved ones. Terrorism knows no boundaries and it knows not of where you come from.

George Michael — Seriously, 2016?

As I’m sure you all have heard, George Michael passed away yesterday — on Christmas Day none the less! — in Oxfordshire, England. We still don’t know causes or why the hell 2016 has decided to take so many great artists far too soon. I am not a fan of this year. Anyway.

I’ve done these sorts of posts in the past when a great artist whom influenced me growing up and I’ll continue to do the same with George Michael. Growing up, WHAM! and George Michael were great ways to get excited and stoked and have social commentary on the current world with a great beat in the background.

And who can forget that great scene in Zoolander where they’re drinking orange mocha frappachinos and get into a freak gasoline fight accident? WHAM! and George Michael have been both at the forefront of our dance club and movie soundtracks for quite literally, decades. And when George Michael broke off to go off on his own, we have songs like Faith, Freedom! 90, and Father Figure. 

The thing I always remember about George Michael’s music is the way it just made you feel. You got enwrapped in his music, like nothing else was happening around you, and you really felt every emotion as well as every part of the music. And nobody can deny just dancing around in their bedroom to WHAM! You’re lying to yourself if you deny it.

Rest in Peace, George Michael. What the hell, 2016. And can we also say 3 posts in a week?!

It’s The Freakin’ Holidays!

Guys, it’s my favourite time of the year — holiday season! personally, i’ll be celebrating Christmas back in Los Angeles, CA this year surrounded by family and friends. But no matter what you’re celebrating or who you’re partaking in the season with, I hope you’re surrounded by love, appreciation, and gratitude. So I figured since this’ll be my first year blogging during the holiday season, I’d start with some of my favourite Christmas songs! Some will be obvious choices but some….hopefully will come as a surprise

  1. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays by *Nysnc
  2. Christmas Wish by 98 Degrees
  3. All I Want For Christmas is You by Mariah Carey
  4. Under My Tree by *Nysnc
  5. Christmas Wrapping by The Spice Girls

But really, there are so many quality Christmas songs out there, it’s hard to only choose five! The ones by *Nysnc and Mariah Carey are clear favourites loved by more than just me but the others? YOu have to check them out. They’re cheery and encapsulate what the holidays are supposed to be – surrounded by loved ones and celebrating the year past as well as the one ahead.

What are some of your favourite Christmas or holiday songs? leave some in the comments!

Leonard Cohen and this year’s music losses

Oh, Leonard Cohen. How can you pass away on us, especially this year? If you’ve ever heard the cover ‘Hallelujah’, you NEED to listen to his version, the original one. It’s haunting and you can listen to it here.

I grew up on this kind of music and my love of songs you can sing along with or belt in the car knows absolutely no bounds. I love the depth of his voice and how no matter who sings it, the lyrics just seem to pierce into your soul. Absolutely love it when a song can do that over and over again, time and time again.

This year has been rough on the music industry as well as the arts in general. We’ve lost Prince, David Bowie, and now Leonard Cohen. It’s such a buzzkill! But in other news, we are getting so close to Christmas! Who all is in holiday mood? I know I am. Now if only I could figure out what to get for everybody on my gift list……

‘Hallelujah’ by Pentatonix

If there’s a song that no matter who covers it or sings it will get me, it’s the song ‘Hallelujah’. I’m not even all that religious, I haven’t been to a house commissioned by God in years, but this song will give me shivers up and down my spine every single time and will make me think to grab a Bible ASAP. I’m not sure what it is about this song but damn.

Before I heard this version by Pentatonix, my go to’s were the original by Jeff Buckley or the one by Justin Timberlake. I would blast it, sing at the top of my lungs, and just cry. It was almost like an exorcism for the soul in a phenomnenal way. But this version by Pentantox is absolutely haunting. It’s shivering and it’s daunting. It’s chilling, even. And i think what makes it is the fact that it’s acapella. Meaning all the sound in the song is made by the five singers’ voices. That’s it. There’s no synthesizers, there’s no instruments, there’s not even a freaking piano. This song will have you entranced for the entire 5 minutes of the song, asif you needed any more reason to be besides the fact that it’s the song ‘Hallelujah’.

I could listen to this song several times throughout the day or any time i needed a rush from an acapella song. I highly recommend you listen to it. You won’t regret it