August Playlist


Well we’re here again. By now, the majority of kids are back in school and they will hope to gain some kind of routine within their day, even if it means wearing a mask while being around their fellow classmates and teachers. I have to say, I’m so happy I am not in school anymore because I remember when I was sick with strep throat and bronchitis’s, they were both brutal for me but missing school and having to do two or four days worth of Algebra homework and on top of that worry about failing finals sucked even worse! I am not the type of person to take online classes either, I have to be in front of a teacher as they are doing the problems; thus why I never made it through one semester as college!

Every year I think about each person going into middle and/or high school. They are each big steps for anyone, but they all had one heck of a schedule to them! I can’t imagine what the 2021 senior classes are thinking right now. After the news of hearing about various of fall sports events being cancelled, I imagine the desperation in every athlete is heightened because their futures are basically up in the air. Whether or not you are in sports, I still give a lot of you kudos for keeping your head up and continuing to fight your butts off during this time. I have faith in every one of you that you will make it through. Stay strong and don’t let this pandemic destroy your determination, okay?

It feels a little odd to be giving a pep talk in a monthly playlist, but this is where we are now I guess!

Let’s talk about music now though.

For August, I really wanted to allow myself to listen to anything and everything. The summer music series I started back in May is ending next Monday, so I am trying to figure out what the heck I’m going to discuss as far as music on here for the rest of the year. Thankfully, I am back to my two week blog schedule, so I will only have to worry about six posts–unless I get asked to review an album or EP in the near future then I will bring on another week to help make it special. I have been inspired to play with various music from other countries, like Arab, French, Italian, etc, so I’ve enjoyed exploring outside of my comfort zones!

I am going to list my Top 25 songs for this month, because you know I can’t half-ass it, especially a good month for music anyways! If you would love to check out the rest of the songs included in the playlist, please click here now.

Building A Mystery by Sarah McLachlan
You Will Become by Glen Hansard
Pisces by Jinjer
Oops!… I Did It Again by The Animal In Me
Lie by Sasha Sloan
Excuse Me by Fire From The Gods
Strong by Amaranthe featuring Noora Louhimo
Parasite Eve by Bring Me The Horizon
Use My Voice by Evanescence
Levitating by Dua Lipa featuring Madonna & Missy Elliott
Black Velvet Sun by My Indigo
Dark Love Empress by Leaves’ Eyes
See You In Hell by Ad Infinitum
Inferno by Abir
Who’s Laughing Now by Ava Max
O Fortuna – Epic Trailer Version by Hidden Citizens
Control by Zoe Wees
Candy by Serena Ryder
Woman by Ellie Goulding
Slow Motion by Charlotte Lawrence
Face Down by Halocene featuring Lauren Babic
Catalina by Rosalia
A Little More by Alessia Cara
No Rest For The Wicked by Lykke Li
Strangers by Halsey featuring Lauren Jauregui

Earlier this month, I made this playlist that I ultimately titled it “Maud” but not because it contains old timey music, it’s because I’ve become obsessed with the name itself. Everytime I think of the name, this hue erupts within me. A combination of gray and purple; it’s very light but edgy at the same time. I’ve been in love with it for the past five months and since the two of them make me happy, the collection of songs included are a mixture of pick-me-ups and gorgeous ballads. I previously mentioned that I have been allowing myself all kinds of music lately and something very beautiful has come out of it but in a form of a list of songs. I guess you could say it’s like my alter ego.

I swear I’m not high whenever I listen to music, actually I’ve never been high but I feel the more I try to explain, I look and probably sound more like someone who enjoys weed but nope. I’m just weird I guess! I love when music is airy and simple, I always have, but this is definitely doing something absolutely different for me. I have always wanted to create the “perfect” playlist for decades and I’ve had great attempts in the past, but this one instantly awakens me mentally, physically, spiritually. I’m forever glad that I let myself dive deeper in the hole because I’ve never been happier.

Have you been successful at creating–in your mind–the perfect playlist before? What have you been listening to this month?


What Defines A Song As Sexy?


Can you name one or more song(s) that is sexy? I’m serious.

I don’t think many listeners of different genres can choose just one song. It’s kind of like picking out your favorite song of all-time. You can’t just pick one song and that’s it. You usually get asked a hundred times and you ask if you could have three or five more choices just so you don’t feel bad for not choosing the other song in the back of your mind. It is hard to pick a sexy song because nobody really listens to songs to find it to be in that way honestly, but somehow I have found a good amount in the last two years. Surprisingly, they’re not all rock and metal songs even though that’s how it all got started. A lot of people hate the crap out of Canadian rock band Nickelback and I’ve never understood why, because I feel like they’re what everybody is asking from their other favorite bands. To me, Nickelback is an awesome band but they mean a little more to me than they probably should. I find their sexual based songs extremely sexy. I know. I hated all of these different hip hop sexual songs but I’m okay with the rock and roll ones. I’ll explain why I’m more accepting on the rock part than the hip hop.

When I got into rock and metal, I knew there wasn’t that big of a difference as far as topics go. I felt that both sides have had problems with degrading women in their lyrics. When I got out of rap music and went into dubstep, I started paying more attention to how the sound of the song went instead of the words, because at that time majority of the dubstep songs being released on the radio had no words to go along with the actual song. So when I made the transition again into rock and metal, I wasn’t paying attention to how the band looked and what they were saying in their songs. It all started to make me feel better and comfortable that I could listen to different bands who might’ve had masks, makeup, etc I wasn’t paying attention about what they were saying either, that’s how I came to love more and more screamo bands because you can barely understand them anyways. Once I was over that hurdle I grew to appreciate the sound, I learned how to block certain parts while I was listening. After that it was like I was going backwards, I liked the sound, read the lyrics and found the meanings, but the stuff that I normally hated wasn’t issue anymore because I had found a way to get over it.

Now that I’ve explained that, I can get back to my original post.┬áNickelback and another band called My Darkest Days and country male singer Brantley Gilbert have the power to make me feel very beautiful in my own skin. It’s not their voices that do the trick for me, it’s the sounds of their songs. A certain song can bring back tons of memories – both good and bad, but a sexy song can make you love yourself and you start to turn into another person as they say. Songs can be sexy, even in the sweetest and slowest melody, it can be the sexiest thing in the world. Since I’ve learned to block out different parts of songs I have realized that I have a lot of songs that I think are sexy.

I actually decided to put the question up top on both my Facebook and Twitter profiles, because I wanted to see everybody else’s choices. My first reply was from Bloo ‘n’ Stuff she gave me the song “Sea Of Love” by Tom Watts. I actually listened to it and since I love bluesy and raspy voices, I kind of figured I’d like it and I did. I could see how she could think of it as a sexy song. After sharing one of mine, she gave me two others that would included in her list, “Transit Gloria” by Brand New and “Lover I Don’t Want To Love” by Bright Eyes. I found the song by Bright Eyes VERY sexy! I got two other suggestions from my Twitter from two other people. I got “Love Sex Magic” by Justin Timberlake from A South Wales Blog and I do have to say that JT has a LOT of sexy songs but I can’t say that I’ve listened to this song enough to find anything sexy about it, but I love the choice! My last was from Tiffy and she gave me was “Sure Thing” by Miguel and this is definitely a sexy song as far as both his voice and sound of it goes. My Facebook has (so far) three replies and I actually got a guy friend of mine to give me his pick. The songs that were given to me were “Kiss Me” by Ed Sheeran, “Body Party” by Somo, and “I Want You” by Kings Of Leon. First of all, most of Ed Sheeran’s stuff is very sexy! I couldn’t find the “Body Party” on my Spotify. The Kings of Leon song kind of took me by surprise as I thought it would be more slower almost like a quiet ballad, but nevertheless that was his choice! My sister had given me the song by The Weekend, called “Wicked Games” and she got what I was asking to a T, the beat is extremely sexy. Now that I’ve finished going through everybody else’s choices I thought I’d list mine. Some songs are sexy throughout, but there are a few were it’s just sections or intros that are sexy to me.

Adrenalize – In This Moment
Before I Met You – Banks
Fire Breather – Laurel
Jungle – X Ambassadors
Take Me To Church – Hozier
Tell Mama – The Civil Wars
Ballando – Enrique Iglesias
Decay – Sevendust
Rolling In The Deep – Adele
Deathbeds – Bring Me The Horizon
Breathe On Me – Britney Spears
Mercy On Me – Christina Aguilera
In The Darkness – Dead By Sunrise
Cry Me A River – Eklipse
Mirror – Ellie Goulding
Hungry Eyes – Eric Carmen
The Bleeding – Five Finger Death Punch
Dirty Work – Halestorm
Love Bites (So Do I) – Halestorm
The Promise – In This Moment
Move Your Body – My Darkest Days
Gone – My Darkest Days
Porn Star Dancing – My Darkest Days
Say It Right – Nelly Furtado
Heaven In This Hell – Orianthi
Buttons – Pussycat Dolls
Feed The Machine – Red
Cry Little Sister – Seasons After
Beautiful Dangerous – Slash
Gotten – Slash
La Tortura (Shaketon Remix) – Shakira
Badass – Saliva
Black & Gold – Sam Sparro
Drown – Theory Of A Deadman
Into The Night – Santana
Underground – Jane’s Addiction
Run – Matt Nathanson
Burn It To The Ground – Nickelback
She Is Love – Parachute
I Can’t Wait – Runner Runner
Sweet Sour – Band Of Skulls
Thank You – Dido
What Have You Done – Within Temptation
After Midnight – Dorothy
Down – The Birthday Massacre
Gone Sovereign – Stone Sour
Madness – Muse
Next Contestant – Nickelback
Follow You Home – Nickelback
S.E.X. – Nickelback
The Phoenix – Fall Out Boy
Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
Battle Cry – Imagine Dragons
Stompa – Serena Ryder
Hell On Wheels – Brantley Gilbert
Come & Get It – Selena Gomez
Come Along – Vicci Martinez
Stay Awhile – Ryan Star
I Had A Girl – The Civil Wars
Breaking Point – Bullet For My Valentine
Under Control – Ellie Goulding
Tessellate – Ellie Goulding
Silhouette – Active Child
Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) – Nico Vega
Bottoms Up – Brantley Gilbert
Love Don’t Die – The Fray
Dark Horse – Katy Perry
Curbstomp – Meg Myers
Off To The Races – Lana Del Rey
Angel Eyes – New Years Day
All Of Me – John Legend
Dust To Dust – The Civil Wars
Sangre por Sangre – Hellyeah
Take Out The Gunman – Chevelle
Our Truth – Lacuna Coil
Kill Of The Night – Gin Wigmore
Beside Myself – Hesta Prynn
Seven Devils – Florence + The Machine
Drowning – Banks
2nd Sucks – A Day To Remember
The Beautiful Ones – Prince
Pretty Lil Thing – Robin Thicke
Lost Without You – Robin Thicke
You’re My Fantasy – Robin Thicke
You Will Become – Glen Hansard
Medusa – GEMS
Desire – Meg Myers
Go – Meg Myers
Here With Me – Susie Suh
Save Me – Moxi
American Woman – Lenny Kravitz
If You Want A Bad Boy – Brantley Gilbert
Take Outside – Brantley Gilbert
Kick It To The Sticks – Brantley Gilbert
Retrograde – James Blake
Out Of The Black – Royal Blood
Sick Like Me – In This Moment
West Coast – Lana Del Rey
I Can’t Get You Off My Mind – Miss Li
Mercy – Duffy
Shallows – Daughter
So High – Ghost Loft
Beside You – Phildel
Heroine – Dwntwn
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Cary Brothers
Say You Love Me – Jessie Wire
Filthy Blues – Orianthi
Figured You Out – Nickelback
Because Of You – Nickelback
The Waiting One – All That Remains
Swerve City – Deftones
Bones Exposed – Of Mice & Men
This Is The Time (Ballast) – Nothing More