Seen & Heard | May

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It doesn’t seem like it’s going to be June in several hours. It’ll be time for summertime weather, that is if its not already! Everybody has probably found their perfect bikini or will be getting one soon! Majority of the schools are done with graduations and the school year in general. And every college student and teacher will be looking for the nearest tequila bottle! Since it’s the last day of May, I thought I’d share another post of what I watched on TV and listened to on my Spotify this past month! I actually loved writing out what I had seen and heard throughout the month, it was probably one of the best ideas I’ve ever had! Now I understand why other bloggers do it too! I’ll try to figure out how to shorten this for next month I promise!

What I watched on TV:

May is the month where like December, all of your fall shows go off the air for the season. I had quite a bit of shows ending their seasons and series too. I heard that both Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D and Agent Carter were renewed for new seasons on ABC, but not my favorite new show Forever. I thought it was pretty ironic that the film Age of Adaline was doing so great at the box office and people were loving it to pieces and saying it was a “classic” and a TV show with the a similar storyline was cancelled. Anybody agree with me? After finishing up the season finale, I really want to know what Jo reaction was like after Henry tells her the truth! Plus, if there is other immortal(s) like Henry and Adam? There are a few unanswered questions I desperately want to know! I also feel extremely guilty though because throughout the whole season, I wasn’t watching it live with everybody else. I was recording it on my DVR because it was so late night. Even though I would stay up late at that same time to listen to my headphones before attempting to go to bed. Who knows they could’ve needed one more viewer to be renewed and my iPod was more important to me.

Oh, The Vampire Diaries and The Originals had their season finales in the second week of the month. I feel like this season of TO for Klaus, his character has kind of being one of my least favorite characters. He doesn’t seem like the big bad villain anymore like he was for season three and four of TVD. We saw the return of Esther and Finn in the last episode of season one, but we didn’t know that Kol had made a deal with Esther too! Rebekah switched bodies with a witch who was trapped in a spell controlled house. She discovered her long-lost sister (who I swore was a boy in the season three plot of TVD by the name of Aron!) Freya. She brought Finn back to life and Klaus turned Esther into a vampire. Everybody found out the real reason why Esther wanted Klaus and Hayley’s daughter Hope. On Vampire Diaries, we have a happy ending for Bamon fans, but bad, bad ending for Alaric and Elena. Also, after Caroline made Stefan fall off the deep end Damon brings back their mother from a 1903 world made by none other Gemini coven! So explains Stefan’s inner ripper personality!

What else though? I’m slowly crossing off different movies I wanted to watch last year like X-Men: Days Of Future Past and Guardians Of The Galaxy. Yeah, I was so freaking happy when I found those floating around on our movie channels. Bad part was I don’t know which one I liked one better. I recorded the first X-Men movie and 8 Mile too! I hadn’t seen either movie as a whole or uncensored before. It is very weird seeing Anthony Mackie act as though a villain. I’m used to him making everybody laugh, you know? I decided to cross off another movie that I feel like everybody’s seen but me. I finally watched Girl, Interrupted and I have to say it was my second film with Angelina Jolie that I’ve seen. She’s a beautiful, mysterious woman but I have been really picky with watching movies with her in them. Lastly, I recorded the documentary Kurt Coabin: Montage of Heck and considering I don’t listen to a lot of punk rock music, I was really interested in learning more about Kurt and Nirvana. It was a very enlightening film and it only took me three days to finish it!

I’ve been obsessing over the show Ancient Aliens. That’s a part of my papaw kicking in! My sister used to like ghosts and haunting stories, I but now she hates it. I use to hate stories of both ghosts and aliens and I love every part of alien conspiracies!I I could do without the ghosts myself too! Speaking of history, I’ve been thinking of how there’s not that many dinosaur based movies, especially for kids. I grew up on the Land Before Time films. I was Team Little Foot and Ducky! So if I find any child generated dinosaur films out there, I might actually watch it. Which leads me into saying I found Walking With Dinosaurs 3D so amazing! Totally kid proof, but has a bit of animal-like behavior as far as two males fighting for alpha violence going on in it. While you are watching, whenever a different dinosaur comes onto the scene it’ll pause for a second and it’ll introduce you to it basically, what it is called and whether or not it was a meat eater! It’s so cute and yes, I almost cried!

Moving on off the kid section! I found How Stella Got Her Groove Back and I remember watching this movie on Qxygen a LONG time ago! I love Whoopi Goldberg’s character in it and I did develop a small crush on Taye Diggs because of this movie. I taped Bessie and it was pretty good! I really like Queen Lalitfah and Mo’Nique as “Bessie Smith” and “Ma Rainey” and I didn’t know both characters were real people! I thought it would something like Dreamgirls, the characters be inspired by different singers of the 1920’s era. I also found Wanda Skyes: Ima Be Me and oh my! I’ve never laughed my butt off more than watching her stand up comedy! As part of my inner child, I found and squealed when I found 101 Dalmatians (the animated version) on ABC Family as part of their Fun Day Sundays! I didn’t tape it, but I watched the two hour season finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and it was SO awesome! That ending has got me on the edge of my seat. I want to know what’s gonna happen, but unfortunately we gotta wait until the fall (god help me!). Dancing With The Stars also finished for the season too! Very happy for Rumer and Val. I voted for all of them actually because my mom and I were in agreement that we couldn’t pick just one to win it all, you know? As one show ends, another one begins. In the middle of June, my favorite summer show Mistresses comes back and I am, oh so excited!! I’ve missed these ladies!

During the last week of May, I found the movie Queen Of The Damned and I have to say that I’ve never seen it as a whole or unedited until now. That Stuart Townsend looked like Robert Pattinson’s twin!! Sorry, but he did! I thought it was very weird since I’ve never watched it because I thought it would be too bloody/scary for me, but honestly Vampire Diaries and The Originals are more bloody than what this movie was. I loved Aaliyah as “Akaska” and felt sad that it was released six months after her death. I was very proud of myself for getting through it in one piece. I also recorded the new version of Godzilla as that’s another film that I’ve never seen before! When it came out, I heard mixed reviews. I think I had advantage because I’ve never seen the original before. I do find it weird that the two actors/actress in the movie play a pair of twins in the new Avengers movie! I want to see a movie with Elizabeth Olsen in it and I think this is my best bet.

What I listened to:

During the last week of April, even after I had published last month’s edition of this post, I was STILL adding songs to my Starred list. The first song I added was while I was working on May’s latest installments of Tune Tuesday, I found Ashlee Simpson’s “Invisible” and it still gives me the same feels as it did so long ago! I’ve been listening to David Guetta’s “Hey Mama” for the last few months but I finally put it back up on my Starred after I rekindled my love for it! This next song isn’t anything new, but it’s a good song nonetheless! I’ve been hearing Blake Shelton’s version on TV for the past couple of weeks and as I was searching for music on Spotify, I found the original. The song is called “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong. It’s a classic that everybody seems to enjoy every now and then!

I can finally say I like Omi’s song “Cheerleader” but only the Felix Jaehn remix though! It’s got a great beat and makes me want to dance! I am really into anything that sounds unique and this next song is it for me! It’s “Higher” by Sigma featuring Labrinth. It’s so good, but also another one I was in denial about too! I watched and loved the Dancing With The Stars 10th Anniversary special, reining champs Alfonso and Witney danced to Pitbull’s new song “Fun” featuring Chris Brown. They didn’t use the original vocals, they had a female singer for Chris’ part and for a few days I liked it that way better, but then I knew I wouldn’t find it as good with a female singer like it was on the show so I caved in and now I love the original version!

My cousin Kristi sent me a text not too long ago, asking me a simple question. “Have you listened to the new Hollywood Undead album yet?” Sadly at the time, I hadn’t but I had heard the title track and I have been addicted to it! She gave me her thoughts of it in the span of two days and then I had to listen to it. I still haven’t listened to it all yet, but I will. Major Lazer has had a great month of May with me. I recently switched their song “Roll The Bass” places because it was placed at February, but I have been wanting to hear it more often so I unchecked it on purpose and put it back up on the Starred list. I’m very hooked to this song! Speaking of February, my mom had taped Jimmy Fallon one Wednesday night on my DVR. It was weird, I woke up in the middle of the night and saw it there and read who was on the episode and found out that she had literally recorded it for me, but not for my normal guests. I used to be REALLY into rap music several years ago, every once in a while I’ll revisit those days, well the group G-Unit were the musical guests and well, I finally remembered to look up the song they performed but I ended up liking another one on their EP instead. I’m not going to lie, it’s very refreshing to hear Lloyd Banks, Young Buck, and Tony Yayo voicing through my headphones again!

In another future installment of Tune Tuesday, this one going up next month! I found a new band and they’re called Forever Still. You’ll find out more about them on 5/16 so keep an eye out! I added their songs “Scars” and “Miss Madness” to the playlist. While watching the second to last episode of TVD, they included a song called “Dance Me to the End of Love” by The Civil Wars and it is so gorgeous! Another Major Lazer song I’ve recently added was their new track “Too Original” I had seen this one floating around on Twitter, thanks to Diplo but I waited until that Tuesday to actually hear it! It is so different and brilliant! THANK GOD TOMORROW IS THE FIRST!!

I’ve been hearing either the very beginning or the end of this next one but I never usually finished it until of course I added it to my playlist. Martin Garrix might be around my sister’s age but his music is amazing! Even though at first I wasn’t exactly feeling this song because I didn’t like Usher’s vocals on it! I still don’t actually! I think the song “Don’t Look Down” sounds great, I just would’ve liked another singer I think! I’ve never been so happy when my favorite radio stations play music from other countries. It gives a chance to some of these artists/bands music to be heard here in the US! Amaranthe is one of these bands. They’ve released two albums before this one and it’s been great hearing their singles being played on Sirius XM Octane and everybody is loving them too! They released their new single “Digital World” in the middle of May. It’s so freaking good! Two other bands that got their start on Octane are Burnos, which is a female fronted band and their new song is called “Syndrome of Decay” and the other is Like A Storm’s “Become The Enemy” I just love both sounds of the songs! So dramatic and powerful! Just the way I like it!

I’ve been bringing back Celine Dion and brokeNCYDE onto my Starred list. They’re like three or four days apart from each other. I was in a mood! Varien is an EDM artist that released a new song called “Aether and Light” and you’ll be hearing my thoughts about that next month! I love covers as much as I love remixes, but rock covers of pop songs can get annoying sometimes. I dare you to hear Shaman’s Harvest cover of Michael Jackson’s “Dirty Diana” oh my goodness gracious! It is literally the sexiest song I’ve heard in a while no joke! Speaking of remixes, DJs are having fun remixing Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” the best I’ve heard was Diplo/Grandtheft and Flosstradamus. Last week, I found out that Christina Aguilera was going to be apart of the Finding Neverland soundtrack and Spotify had the single on her profile already, it’s called “Anywhere But Here” and it is a beautiful ballad! Since DWTS is done for the season, I went on a hunt for some of the songs used for the dances. I found Noah and Sharna’s song used for the dance that judge Carrie Ann Inaba pictured for them, it’s “Unstoppable” by E.S. Posthumus. I also found the track used for Riker and Allison’s paso double dance, it’s “He’s A Pirate” by Klaus Bandit.

I’ve been slowly trying to listen to Tove Lo’s album “Queen Of The Clouds” and so far I’ve been having a good time finding new songs to like. I found her first song of the album, “My Gun” is pretty great! It won’t be long before I’ve learned all of the words to that one. They’re a couple of songs that I’ve been hearing on my TV lately. I found the first while listening to Jenna Marbles radio show on Sirius XM Hits 1 and it’s Jess Glynne’s “Hold My Hand” and I feel like it’s got a nice dance, disco-y feel to it. It’s hard to explain, but at first I didn’t like as much as I do now! On Sirius XM Venus which plays mostly dance/pop/R&B music. A new artist by the name of Manika has a song called “B.Y.O. Bugatti” and again, I didn’t like it at first because I thought it sounded very chaotic. I still think that during the verses but it’s not that bad. I’ve been listening to Krewella’s “Somewhere To Run” like religiously now! I’m hooked! I’ve talked about Phoebe Ryan in last month’s post but I really like her mashup of R.Kelly’s “Ignition” and another song that I haven’t heard before but I think it’s called “Do You” but I’ve never had a thing to want to hear the original version of “Ignition” until now!

The other day I was on Spotify and I kept wondering about Willow Shields and Mark Ballas’ Disney dance because they had performed it one last time during the finale of DWTS. So I found it on Spotify and I kept picturing them doing the dance in my head and that, of course became a tweet and I put both of their usernames in it and within five seconds later it blew up. I had to refresh the page about three times because it kept getting retweets and favorites from other people. I was completely confused until I went to see who had RT it first and it was Willow! I was royally confused in the beginning because I didn’t have enough room to add the DWTS hashtag at the end, but apparently I didn’t need it! My mom was at work that night and it happened she got home, so I had to wait to show her when she got up that afternoon! She thought it was pretty cool too! Okay, enough of that I found Sia’s “Elastic Heart” with The Weeknd and Diplo. Yes, I like it purely because Diplo is apart of it bite me! Last two I swear! I’ve been on a Hardwell kick lately and I’ve been loving “Colors” featuring Tiesto and Andreas Moe a lot! I listened to his “United We Are” album and I found another a good song called “Sally” featuring Harrison. It’s different and I love it!

All right, so I’m done for the month of May! What all have you watched and listened to in the last month? That is, if you can remember everything that’s happened recently. 

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