Blogmas | December Playlist

Howdy!

A part of me is wondering why I’m continuing to title everything “Blogmas” still since Christmas is definitely over now, but I think it’s because the month itself isn’t so maybe that’s why I’m still doing it.

I always say this about December but it’s usually a pretty dull month. It’s the only month where there is a small amount of music that is actually released, because most people would rather listen to festive music by Mariah Carey or Bing Crosby, which is perfectly fine but for a hardcore and diverse music fan, I don’t like it when my normal routine is broken like this.

Here is the Top 10 songs that I was listening to in December!

Slip Away by Ruelle
Paint It Black by Ciara
Angel Eyes by New Years Day featuring Chris Motionless
Rewrite The Stars by Anne-Marie and James Arthur
Without Me by Halsey
Dip by Tyga featuring Nicki Minaj
Eternally Yours by Motionless In White
In The End by Tommee Profitt featuring Jung Youth and Fleurie
Lacrimosa by Apashe
Hey DJ by CNCO featuring Meghan Trainor and Sean Paul
This Feeling by The Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini

This year has been kind of weird as far as talking about music. I managed to do something that I really thought would never happen again, and that was listen to both old school rap and new rap music! I talked about Cardi B a lot in 2018, but then again so was everybody else! What really shocked me was the amount of music videos I would allow myself to watch during the week. I think in the beginning, it was a ploy to make sure I didn’t go back into the genre but it didn’t really work out the way I thought it would and I started to like a lot of music that way. I was also reintroduced to some of my favorites that came out in the 2000-2008. I finally felt comfortable to listen to G Unit again. I fell in love with both Lloyd Banks and The Game’s voices again and I really thought that would ever happen again, but it did and I’m actually grateful for that.

At the end of November, I got the idea of listing my favorite album and movies that came out this year. For those of you that have missed those posts, I have decided to share with you my Top 5 favorite albums: “Camila” by Camila Cabello, “Scvrina” by Scvrina, “Testing” by A$AP Rocky, “Modern Alchemy” by Zayde Wolf, and finally “Infections Of A Different Kind (Step 1)” by Aurora. Here are my final reviews of 2018 too!

Everyday Is Christmas by Sia | O Come, O Come Emmanuel / God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by Upon Wings 

It’s weird to know this time next week it will be 2019! Before we start a new year though, just like last month if you visit my blog’s Facebook page I will be sharing FIVE more songs that I was loving this pas month!

In 2019 we will start over and I’ll be checking out and reviewing all new music coming out and I cannot wait! I think you’ll agree with me when I say that is nuts. Next Monday I will have a blog post discussing what I liked and of course disliked about 2018 and what I might have planned for our new year: 2019! I am really excited to get everything started and have exciting new content for you again.

What were you listening to for December? And I want to know what was your favorite song of 2018 as well!

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Song Review: “O Come, O Come Emmanuel / God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by Upon Wings

Over the summer, I wanted to do something different for my summer Tune Tuesday series and I got the idea to let other artists that not only do I enjoy but everybody would get to know and love too. Anne Erickson of Upon Wings wrote a couple of great pieces back in June and I really appreciated that she took the time out of her life to do something as great as this for all of us. Upon Wings have been working a lot lately to release some new music to their fans and this week, we got a treat with a Christmas song. Well, technically, it’s two songs mashed up into one track, but you get what I’m trying say, right?

So, this starts off with a section of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and I really like the acoustic guitar in the introduction. It has a light vibe going about it but you still get a happy feeling as it goes on. To me Anne’s voice is in a darker tone but I actually like it. They are a rock opera band so it sounds kind of mysterious but it’s gentle and still has that cheerful quality you’d normally hear with a song like this.

Now when the next song starts up, you still have the same elements playing on, but the only subtle additions are the drums and violins in the background. This song is called “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and just for fun, I watched the movie A Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey in it and this song is sung by a family group begging for money on the sidewalk. When I saw this, I instantly remember that scene and the fact that I haven’t finished watching it yet. Anyways, the track does pick up pace once we move onto this song. and we get a nice guitar solo and everything sounds really lovely together.

It was a nice little surprise for not only the fans  (myself included) but the actual track was really great. I like different variations of songs, that’s why I enjoy listening to covers and remixes on a daily basis. However I know, when it comes to Christmas music, it can be a little daunting because you’re so used to hearing them in one way and to find them in a completely different singer and most importantly new genre, it can really make you into a critic really quick, but you can’t hate on the artist(s) that do remake these beloved songs because they’re only reinventing them into what they like to listen to on a daily basis, you know? So, I give Upon Wings a lot of credit for putting this together for this holiday!

What do you think Upon Wings’s new take to these traditional Christmas songs? How are you about the various versions of your favorite holiday songs? Have you ever been converted into one or the other before?

Album Review: “Everyday Is Christmas” by Sia

22815397_10155910264913408_3424297924083747063_nI am finally starting on my Christmas album reviews! Originally, I had an idea of doubling up the amount of music. I even made up two of the same poll for Facebook and Twitter and apparently everybody likes Christmas music because they won by a landslide! Unfortunately, I was dealing with some things, mostly worried about if I had enough time to get all six reviews up and ready for you. So, I scratched that idea and went with my normal routine of three brand new Christmas albums for you instead. I apologize for the voters that looked forward to it, but it’s now something to possibly look into for next year’s blogmas!

The Australian singer-songwriter Sia recently released her first ever holiday album to the world back at the end of October! I don’t necessarily follow her anywhere, so when I found it on Spotify a while back, I knew it would probably find its way to my Thursday lineup! As far as I know, it’s all Sia, there’s no featured singers listed, but there are 10 festive songs on the album itself, so let’s have some fun!

The first song is “Santa’s Coming For Us” and first off, I want to say I love her unique voice. It’s not really raspy, because she can hit some legendary notes! What I like to call it, is a happy voice, because you instantly get kind of cheerful while listening to her music. So, she really has the perfect Christmas music type of voice! Anyways, the beginning is sort of slow and quiet, which I really liked but what I really enjoyed was this like tropical feeling, almost reggae sound coming through my speakers! It wasn’t your everyday Christmas song and that’s what I love about reviewing these albums the most! Now as I say that, we have a very traditional take to a festive song with “Candy Cane Lane”. There’s a nice whimsical feel to it and it was really hard to stop dancing and type, so I thought that was a good sign!

Third is “Snowman” and I’ll be honest, I really don’t think I’ve made a snowman before. I’ve thrown a small, puny snowball at my mom once while coming down the ramp, but I’m pretty sure it all landed on me instead. Anyways, the song itself has a real jazz-y feel to it. My papaw would have been semi proud of me for that. Generally I thought it would be a lively type of song, but it’s not, you can’t help swaying back and forth in the darkness of night whenever it comes on. The next is something similar as it’s called, “Snowflake” and I really liked the piano introduction. The jazz atmosphere is there, but it’s not as prominent as the previous song. One word to describe it: romantic. If snow can actually do it, some people would disagree with me here.

We move on with “Ho Ho Ho” and I am happy that this has an adult themed lyrics in it, because I really didn’t know how this was going to call when I first saw this on the track list! Now you’re probably wondering how this was made for the adults in mind? Well, for starters, Sia literally lists different alcohols in the verses. If anybody out there watches The Kitchen on Saturdays via the Food Network channel, do you think this is like GZ’s theme song for the segment “Kitchen Cocktail”? It’s the first thing that popped into my mind when I heard it! The sixth song is “Puppies Are Forever” and I’m not going to lie, I was a bit insulted… what about the cats? They love Christmas, I mean they love destroying the decorated trees every year so they must love it too! Anyways, this is so freaking cute! We’ve all had these moments with any baby animals–both domestic and exotic! You just want to take them home every single time and when you can’t, you know you’re not the only one leaving with a broken heart

“Sunshine” is on now and I thought this was interesting, since you don’t normally see anything about the sun in a holiday themed album, but I was open to it though! This was pretty mellow, it was just upbeat enough to capture the likeness of sunshine, at least to my eyes! I was really surprised about how much I would end up liking it. Next there’s “Underneath The Mistletoe’ and if you follow me on Twitter, I’ve already changed my name on there to “Mistletoe Megz” so I’m fully in tune with Christmastime. I was instantly grateful that this was much softer, I really do gravitate towards her ballads because I just want to hear her slow down and become this gentle giant in the music industry.

We are at the final songs, beginning with the title track “Everyday Is Christmas” and again, we have this sort of melancholy and jazz-y type of beat. I think I like this one compared to the other one I listened to earlier. This has both of the classic jazz and bluesy track mixed with a slow pop ballad. It’s a nice medium between generations! And finally, we stop with “Underneath The Christmas Lights” and this is stripped down to its core with this lonely piano and I really love it, mostly because of the way we started this journey, it was such on a high note–no pun intended–and then it just slowly fades away, kind of like at the end of Christmas day.

Have you listened to Sia’s first Christmas album? If you did, what were some of your thoughts about it?

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November Playlist

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Howdy!

I think November was really good for music; it’s a month where you have the most coming out for the year before it all basically disappears for next month. I don’t honestly like this layout because I’ve always been a lover of getting music for Christmas, I mean from the time I was six years old til about two years ago, I was asking for more music, whether it came from buying individual songs on iTunes or a physical CD to play on my stereo!

Here are the Top 10 songs I’ve been loving lately!

Expectations by Lauren Jauregui
Goodbye by David Guetta featuring Jason Derulo and Nicki Minaj
Promises by Calvin Harris featuring Sam Smith
$$$$ by Elley Duhe
Ruin My Life by Zara Larsson
Who Are You by RAIGN
Survive by Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande and Gucci Mane
Geek’d Up by Bhad Bhaddie featuring Lil Baby
No Stylist by French Montana featuring Drake
Swizzmontana by Swizz Beatz featuring French Montana

I’ve been listening to my YouTube mix for the past three weeks so I had to really dig deep to remember what I’ve been listening to lately. I still think this is a good playlist though! A lot of different beats and vocals here; one thing I’m seeing is that I’ve been loving a lot of EDM based songs this month! Don’t forget on Saturday, around noon on both Facebook and Twitter, I will be posting FIVE more songs that I’ve been loving in November too!

One thing that I wanted to let you know, is that I will be changing up my “Best Of” posts that I do at the end of December. Those posts are always really annoying to write and it’s really my fault because I don’t keep a list of favorites throughout the year. Last time I told myself that I wouldn’t be doing those types of posts again, so I have decided to do a Top 5 favorite songs and movies until the first week of 2019! If you want to check those out, they will be posted on Wednesday and Friday on my blog’s Facebook page! I have to say, listing anything in a top five is difficult, but when it’s for the whole year is even worse!

As far as thinking ahead for what’s to come on here for December, I can’t really answer that question. I mean, I don’t even know and I’m only saying that because it might be a hectic month anyways. We’ve doing something that’s fairly big right now and so, we’re trying to get everything finished and so, my blog might have to be put on the back burner for a week or so. Once everything is good again, you’ll finally get to see the finish product and of course, my regular blogging schedule will resume too.

Here were some of the reviews I did for this month as well!

The Fire Within by Jennifer Thomas | Disconnected by No Triffak | Suncity by Khalid | Honey by Robyn | Cinematic Songs Vol. 5 by Tommee Profitt

What have you been listening to?

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