Album Review: “Things I’ve Never Said” by Frances

frances.pngHello! I am back with another album review! April might have a couple of these bad boys because honestly March had some great music releases! And here I’ve been saying I wouldn’t find a solution to my no new good music attitude in March, I think it’s fair say that came back to bite me in the butt! Oh well, I’m honestly happier being proved wrong any day!

Everybody knows (or should know) by now that I am a metalhead, but I do love my indie music too! I am more into pop indie records and women singers in this genre, I don’t know if it’s because they have more power to make the music feel like a dream or what, but I am addicted to it. Frances is a British singer who makes this kind of indie music. It’s easy going and if you’re having a rough time like I’ve been having lately, it’ll sooth the pain away than using my normal rock bands–which don’t get me wrong, they do the trick, but if I want to chill out and float away in my head, I’d rather use Frances and other artists like her such as Banks, Daughter and Zella Day as my medicine!

Frances debut album was released on March 17, 2017 which was a good day for new music releases you had Zara Larsson, Pitbull and Rick Ross. On Spotify, it has just the deluxe edition but like with my other reviews I only talk about the standard editions, so unfortunately I will not talk about the last five tracks of the album. Sorry!

Okay, let’s get started! First track is “Don’t Worry About Me” and I’m not going to lie, I love how this is how you start off the album. Frances has a beautiful voice and I love a capella beginning but they’re not used in the intro of the albums very much! I also love only having the piano behind her too! It’s such a heartwarming type of song and in the first time I heard it, I realized it had made the decision to be discussed for me! It is that good! The next track is  “Love Me Again” and this one has a more cheery vibe in the way she’s singing it, the whole atmosphere has changed from the first one where that one has more of a somber way about it. Two songs in and you get a very caring feel in the songs as she’s singing them! Another difference in this is the addition of the drums and guitars as it continues through, I just love it!

Third is a song called “Drifting” and I like the uppity sound of the piano in the start, it has a sort of calming but playful vibe in the entire thing. It’s so fun and almost coming of age story within too! Oh, this is my favorite so far! “Cloud 9” is after and it’s so easy-going and absolutely beautiful! I wish I could get my sister to use this at her wedding this summer! Hell, the entire album would be great! I think I’ve heard of this next song “Let It Out” recently, my brain instantly went to some of my shows; I don’t know where it was played on, but I’ll try to find out! It’s a very pretty song though! I think this one sounds more pop-y than the last few songs, maybe it’s because of how the sound and tempo changes at the choruses, but that’s what I thought during the first real listen of the track.

If I thought the last one had a pop-y sound, I apparently don’t listen to a lot of pop music anymore, because “No Matter” has an even bigger pop sound than that one! I suck! Anyways, I really like it though! It has a dance worthy beat, which is a plus with me! Maybe somebody will use it on Dancing With The Stars this season! The next song “Under Our Feet” brings us back to the relaxing feeling that Frances is good at giving to her listeners! I really love her soft but amazing vocals! I am definitely in love with her high notes in this song, she doesn’t push herself and they’re lovely! I also like how it just trails off and you have these little “ohs” and that just sort of fade off into the sunset. I apologize for that metaphor!

The eighth track is “Grow” and this is a very beautiful song! It’s so simple and great that I’m a little bit speechless right now! This will be used on my bad days for sure! Next is “Say It Again” and this has a pop-y vibe but it’s not as much as the others.  I am really loving these “lovey-dovey” songs when my own views of love is a bit blurred at the moment, but hey anything that helps is brilliant in my book! We’re almost finished, “Sublime” is very good, however I don’t like it as much as I thought I would. It’s a bit boring to me and I don’t know why at the moment. I might change my mind later, but right now just not feeling it which sucks! The last song is called, “The Last Word” which I found odd but interesting at the same time! I like how albums sometimes start in one direction and finish in the same way, whether it’s the music or subject of the song. This is a very soft and beautiful ballad.

I am very surprised with this album! It’s an awesome way to start off hopefully long music career for Frances! If I ever get a new stereo, I would definitely purchase this album because I think it’s one of those albums that it’s worth buying the whole thing and not like four singles! I’d rate it nine out of ten, mostly because of my thoughts on “Sublime” but like I said, that could change later on, so it is a good ten!

Have you listened to Frances’ album “Things I’ve Never Said” yet? Which songs do you like so far?

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Song Review: “Home” by Tara Macri

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I’m here to talk about a pop singer-songwriter by the name of Tara Macri, I’ve been asked twice now to review her singles. I don’t necessarily remember why I didn’t do it the first time, it could have been because I was really busy at that moment! Luckily, April is a month where I’m not so busy… yet.

Tara has a very sweet, loving voice! The first time I heard her voice, I swore she was a country singer or could go into that genre very easily! Her newest song is called, “Home” that came out in January. This song is actually very pretty! It is of piano and cello, which is one of my favorite combinations of course! So it has this sweet and mellow atmosphere but it also has a somber, almost dramatic vibe going on when using the strings in it too. They’re not overpowering against her voice, everything is a good balance! I love it!

I don’t usually do single (one track) reviews anymore. It is mostly because you either give a bad or good review. When you have multiple songs on an album, it’s easier to see how worthy it is as a whole, but when it’s just one song, as a reviewer you tend to feel kind of sad if the ending result doesn’t end well. This is the one drawback for reviewing anything when you give out 100% of your own thoughts on a post.

At least we can say, this has a happy ending!

Have you heard of Tara Marci’s new single “Home” yet? What are your thoughts about it?

March Playlist

Howdy!

I’m back with another monthly playlist! I remember this time last year, after my papaw’s passing I had to cancel a few blog posts that would have went up in those last two weeks. However, I did keep my “March” playlist because I didn’t want to break my cycle. It was bad enough that once I stopped doing the rest of Meggan’s March #PADChallenge on Twitter I didn’t go back into it until December! Luckily, she continued to do them for 2017 because they’re a lot of fun for my nana and I to do!

The month of March is always an interesting though. I always consider it a “green” month even without incorporating St. Patrick’s Day into it. Everytime I hear of the word “spring” I instantly go for the color green. So that’s why I always use different shades in the banners!

I also have a “problem” of listening to Celtic Woman a lot too! Last year I listened to the group because the nice, easy-going music helped with my mind and ease the sad emotions. I still use it to help calm myself but I do listen for pleasure too! That’s why I’ve decided to pick their song “Téir Abhaile Riú” (Go Home With You) because I had found their concert Emerald on PBS during the first week and this was probably my favorite (which was a REALLY hard decision!) throughout the concert. The girls make it very fun and I really love the playful atmosphere they create while singing the song! The beginning of Lisa and Chloe go into the crowd, sitting on different guests’ lap! Lisa dancing with that little girl actually makes me cry!

Another genre of music that was sort of big during this month, that if my papaw was alive right now, would totally tell me off! I have a semi love/hate relationship with rap music. So on days (or in some cases nights) I feel like listening to it I go all in and this past month was no different! Except a lot of Lil Wayne in this sucker!

What were you listening to in March? Do you like Celtic Woman? If so, what is your favorite song?

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January Playlist

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Howdy!

This is the first month of 2017, what did you think of it? Better than December in general? Or was it just okay?

Soo… I have some good news. My Spotify started working suddenly! My little logo on the side of my menu hasn’t been working since maybe April and then it went off officially in May and didn’t have it until Dec. 28th, I still don’t know why it’s working but I’ve been loving the crap out of it!

I knew I missed Spotify but I didn’t think I missed it this much! One of the first things I did was make a whole new playlist for my blog. I bet nobody knew it was different, which is okay. I haven’t been very open about it because I figured it would stop working on me. In case it ever does that again I created a playlist of songs I missed and hadn’t heard in a while! I was even adding songs that I was listening from YouTube for the past eight months. Funnily enough, it’s still growing! This playlist has a total of 300+ songs on it! The last time I checked it, I read 128 songs… I’m just making things easier on myself!

Now to talk about song of the month, which you’d think would be very, very difficult to pick from but it really wasn’t because I went with the first new single of 2017! On New Year’s Day, I woke up late in the afternoon and found out that London Grammar had a new song on their website! It was released about five hours before and I kind of hoped it was up on YouTube (I found it odd that my instinct was to look for it on there first) but it was there! The new track is called “Rooting For You” and man, is it good! I really love them, they’re different and tend to chill me out if I’m having a very hectic day!

Since I had the blog playlist at the side, I didn’t want to necessarily share it again, but I also hadn’t been keeping track because of the amount of music I’ve been listening to! However, I can tell you some artists and genres I’ve been listening to lately. Symphonic metal has come back into my life! I have quite a bit on my iPod but I have a whole playlist that has 830 songs in it. A band that I’ve been obsessed with lately is Beyond The Black. You’ll learn more about them on Thursday! I’ve also been listening to my ole hip hop/rap playlist that has all the good stuff on it. As I’m not much into new rappers, I have been hooked to G-Eazy. I literally have 7 songs on my starred playlist!

However, I’ve been very happy that I can listen to my “Fantasy” tracks without having to worry about it going on a break in the middle and become a total buzzkill! And I’ve titled them “fantasy” but not in a sexy way – ew! I think the best way to describe it is “epic” instrumentals. I mostly use them for whenever I’m doing blog posts or while I work on my project. So that’s what I’ve chosen to share with you today as January’s playlist, is my Volume II fantasy playlist. Enjoy!

What was your song of the month? What was the first song you listened to ring in the new year?

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December Playlist

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Howdy!

I’ve decided to make this the last post of 2016! If you have been following the last year’s monthly playlists you are a beast! Even after losing Spotify back in May, I seriously considered not doing it anymore, but I think the main reason why I continued is because I feel like I forget a lot of different music once the year is up or whenever radio just stops playing it constantly. Music is an everlasting cycle so I may like this or that but the next day or week my whole taste just switches on me! I can even confuse myself somedays too!

I thought about doing a “Top 10” songs, but I realized that would be really time consuming and I really need to focus my attention on upcoming posts for January, which starts in four days! How crazy is that?! So I decided to post it on my blog’s Facebook page as a bonus!

Every month I do a “song of the month” somewhere on this post and since my brain is literally going through every song I’ve heard in this year alone I figured I’d put up a different type of song. I said in my last playlist that I would probably list a couple Christmas songs at the bottom of the playlist. I seriously thought I would do that but only include one song because I know some people have had enough of Christmas music and I apologize for this, but this is my papaw’s favorite composer and jazz musician and I thought it would be perfect to put it on this post in his memory!

Now let’s get into my December playlist!

Take It Off – Lil Jon and Yandel featuring Becky G

More – Usher

Show Me Love – Robyn

Heathens – Twenty One Pilots

Hell To The Heavens – Leaves’ Eyes

Revangels – Akoma featuring Liv Kristine

Fire Breather – Laurel

Let You Get Away – Shaun Frank featuring Ashe

My Name Is Human – Highly Suspect

Guys My Age – Hey Violet

Madness – Ruelle

Game Of Survival – Ruelle

Numb/Encore – Jay-Z and Linkin Park

In My Head – Party Favor

Alarm – Anne-Marie (Marshmello Remix)

Do You Know Who You Are – Atreyu

Believe – Asking Alexandria

Shadow Moses – Bring Me The Horizon

Fading Earth – Leaves’ Eyes

Shout Out To My Ex – Little Mix

The Jump Off – Lil Kim

Can I Get A – Jay-Z and Ja Rule

Check On It – Beyonce and Slim Thug

Yeah – Usher featuring Ludacris and Lil Jon

Your Body Is A Wonderland – John Mayer

Change (In The House Of Flies) – Deftones

Hymn Of The Lone Sands – Leaves’ Eyes

Army Of Dolls – Delain

Let’s Get Married – Jagged Edge featuring Rev Run

Candy Shop – 50 Cent featuring Olivia

I Do – Toya

How We Do – The Game featuring 50 Cent

Young’n (Holler Back) – Fabolous

Concrete Angel – Gareth Emery featuring Christina Novelli

For A Day – Chace and Moski

Light – San Holo

Oh No – Goodbye June

All Around You – Flyleaf

Doomed – Bring Me The Horizon

I Won’t Let You Walk Away – Mako featuring Madison Beer

Vengeance On My Mind – G-Eazy featuring Dana

Wait – NF

Savage – Whethan and Flux Pavillion featuring MAX

You Don’t Get Me High Anymore – Three Days Grace

If you would like to go back through 2016’s playlists, here they are! 

January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | October | November | Summer 2016 Playlist

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Guest Post | Writing Playlist by Our Wolf Song

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Today, I have a special guest post to share with you! My friend and fellow blogger Kathryn of Our Wolf Song and I have each created a different playlist that we use to write with on our different works. If you would like to read mine, you can go to her blog and check it out! And if you have any time left over, I’d also use it to check out the rest of her blog! Who knows, you might enjoy some of her topics she writes about on her site. 

For me, November was a month of frantic writing, late nights and end less cups of tea. Why? Because every year, I like to take part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Yep, I’m one of those crazy folk trying to write a novel…

When Meghan told me she was going to start working on her own novel, I was immediately excited for her. Immersing yourself in another world and surrendering to your own imagination is such a wild thing, but also an amazing, highly creative form of art. Books are masterpieces, and only when you start to pull them apart to see what they’re made of, do you truly appreciate the work it takes to create them.

I have enjoyed a whole year of researching and planning my novel, so I spent NaNoWriMo filling in missing plot points and problem solving. Whereas Meghan spent November researching, creating characters and exploring what her novel was truly about. When we started chatting about our writing, I realised how great it was to have someone so similar to me, doing one of my favourite things too. Albeit, an ocean apart from me, but distance really means nothing online.

We inevitably became writing motivation buddies, to ensure we don’t lose sight or get lazy (How many unfinished novels does the world currently possess?) And we’ve been sharing tips and reference book recommendations with each other, which has been really useful. Since we both love music, and think about it in the same way (I remember when I first started speaking to Meghan, I quickly realised we were on the same wavelength about many things), I thought I better find out what music she listens to when she writes and share my own list with her.

Personally, I love a strong emotional song. Not necessarily sad, but certainly something that stirs up all sorts of feelings, which helps me envision great scenes: Betrayal, heartbreak, disaster, loneliness, gratitude, realisation; Whatever I’m sensing from the lyrics or the melodies, I try to explore in my writing and characters.

Having a writing playlist filled with emotional songs, is actually a great way to get unstuck from writer’s block or to mix up a lacking scene if you need to. Sometimes I just lay in bed or sit on the bus and stare out the window, listening to music, lost in my own world, playing scenes in my head. I just jot down some notes on my phone if I want to write the idea up later.

I use Spotify for most of my playlists and to be honest, I don’t know where I’d be without it. I’ve discovered so many great tracks through Spotify, from artists I’ve never heard of, because of the ‘recommended’ feature. It displays songs you may like to add, specifically based on the ones in the playlist.

I sifted through my unending Writing Playlist and selected some of my favourite songs to share with you:

1. Nothing and Everything by Red

This song jumped to mind immediately. I absolutely love the breakdown halfway through, as I tend to enjoy songs more if they sound like they’re falling apart or sound like different songs patched together. These songs take you on a journey and tell you a story. Holy Image of Lies by Sum 41 is another song that does this really well, although much more dramatically as it’s of the rock genre.

2. Fire-scene – Alt Version by S. Carey

Pianos are my favourite instrument to listen to, I think they create the most pleasant melodies. I like that they could make the softest, most soothing sound you’ve ever heard and the most heartbreaking, at the same time. The lyrics in this song are poetry and I think they speak of something final, perhaps the aftermath of a big scene.

3. Killer by Phoebe Bridgers

This song is so well written! I love the lyrics and I feel like I can relate them to specific characters in my novel. Songs like this, don’t require an entire orchestra; The raw, simple recording is enough, because you hang onto every note and breath of the singer. All the feelings and emotion is conveyed through their voice.

4. So Cold by Ben Cocks

I find the running piano in this song, with the addition of drums, so perfect for creating scenes. It moves action along really naturally and the lyrics just seem to fit in with whatever I imagine happening. It just writes itself

5. One Last Time by Jaymes Young

I recently started listening to this artist and I seem to like all of his songs. This one in particular, I adore because of the beautiful lyrics. I love that the chorus is delivered so smoothly, it’s as though the verses are a slow struggle and in the end, he just says what he really wants to.

6. Can You Hold Me by NF, Britt Nicole

Everyone loves a good duet. And when I listen to songs and imagine scenes, it really helps me if more than one person sings because it’s like a conversation is happening. The whole thing almost turns into a musical! This song in particular is really good, because you can hear when NF starts getting angry because he switches to rapping and at the end, he’s so over it that he’s almost speaking… So dramatic.

7. Sadness is Taking Over by flora cash

Not to sound too depressing, but this is one of the songs I imagine my characters crying to. You know, when your brilliant plot just gets a little too much for them to handle and they really start to fall apart… We all need a good cry song.

8. Between The Bars by Elliott Smith

The first time I heard this song, I really teared up. It felt like someone was telling me everything was going to be okay and the things I’d done in the past that weren’t okay, just didn’t matter. The lyrics are beautiful. It’s like a comforting, blanket song for characters that have been through hell and need a bit of love and reassurance. I always enjoy listening to this.

9. My Skin by Natalie Merchant

The potential scenes from this song are endless. Every time I listen, I come up with new ideas to write down. I think the lyrics are an absolute dream; She really took care in choosing the right words and somehow makes them feel almost tangible at times. And at the end, the long instrumental ties everything together really well, it’s as though the song just bleeds out.

10. See You Again by Elle King

I couldn’t believe this song when I came across it. The lyrics actually fit in perfectly with an event in my novel, like it was written for it. Honestly, I almost cried when I first heard it because something I’d created in my head suddenly seemed realistic. It was a surreal moment. Not only do I love the lyrics (bias), I’m a big fan of acoustic music for the reason I touched on before, you really get to hear that raw emotion from the vocalist.

October Playlist!

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Hello!

So I am back with a monthly playlist after only sharing what songs I was addicted to hearing in the summer! Is it weird that summer is over and we’re now in November?! I mean, that’s just crazy! Most of the time, I’m the one who thinks time just flies by throughout the year, but I think after my papaw’s passing earlier this year, I think it’s been going by at a slower pace.

Anyways, this previous month has been an interesting one! I started writing out my songs again, but I didn’t start doing it until the second week because I was being very lazy. I think I wanted to listen to a lot of different genres throughout the month of October. It also tends to bring out a very mysterious side – as it should! I think a song that sort of helped this feeling along was “Poltergeist” by Banks because it’s very moody and dark, she’s just amazing! I was also listening to a lot of different one hour mixes of instrumental music to help motivate me to do some writing too!

Machine Gun – Matisse & Sadko

Wild Things – Alessia Cara

Hymn To The Weekend – Coldplay

Starving – Hailee Steinfeld & Grey featuring Zedd

Judas – Banks

Trainwreck – Banks

All We Know – The Chainsmokers featuring Phoebe Ryan

Lay It All On Me – Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran

False Alarm – Matoma (Hook-N-Sling Remix)

I’m Not Famous – AJR

All About Us – Jordan Fisher

Like I Would – ZAYN

Cannonball – Flux Pavillion and Snails

Wildfire – Borgeous

Let You Get Away – Shaun Frank featuring Ashe

Winner – Ellie Goulding

If Only For Now – Pop Evil

Royals – Otep

The Worst In Me – Bad Omens

Ravenheart – Xandria

Dead – Phoebe Ryan

Check On It – Beyonce featuring Bun B

This Town – Niall Horan

Shout Out To My Ex – Little Mix

Puakenikeni – Nicole Scherzinger featuring Brick and Lace

Polariod – Imagine Dragons

Starboy – The Weeknd and Daft Punk

Iracus – R3hab

I Apologize – Five Finger Death Punch

The Essence Of Silence – Epica

Maid Of Lorraine – Leaves’ Eyes

Against You – Lacuna Coil

27 Hours – Banks

Grown – Little Mix

My Name Is Human – Hightly Suspect

The Bottom – Devour The Day

Dancehall Soldier – Yellow Claw (Dan Faber Remix)

7/11 – Beyonce

This Is Halloween – The Nightmare Before Christmas

Monster Mash – Bobby Pickett 

Moon Trance – Lindsey Stirling

Thriller – Michael Jackson

What have you been listening to a lot over in the last month or so?

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