April Playlist

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Another month has come and gone, as we venture into May, where there’s new chances for new music and here’s hoping, blog posts too! Originally I wanted to write up a March playlist for you but it didn’t matter how many times I said it in my brain, by that time I was on vacation my energy was gone! So, I’ve already decided that I was going to double the amount of songs on here.

Here are my Top 20 songs that I really enjoyed for both March and April!

Low Key by Ally Brooke featuring Tyga
Perfect To Me by Anne-Marie
Plain Jane by A$AP Ferg featuring Nicki Minaj
God Is A Woman by Ariana Grande
You Should See Me In A Crown by Billie Eilish
Dumb Blonde by Avril Lavigne featuring Nicki Minaj
Gorgeous by Taylor Swift
Miss Me More by Kelsea Ballerini
Crown by Camila Cabello
Miracle by CHVCHES
All Around Me by Flyleaf
Done by The Band Perry
Vertigo by Khalid
Freedom by Sugababies
Redlight by NGHTMRE featuring A$AP Ferg
Peace by Alison Wonderland
She Sets The City On Fire by Gavin DeGraw
In Your Eyes by Axero featuring Katie McConnell
Give You Up by Dido
Trip by Ella Mai

I feel like I’ve listened to a lot of other songs that I searched and searched on YouTube for the past two months but unfortunately, it only replays the ones that I constantly listen to, which isn’t really a bad thing but it can be annoying sometimes!

There were a couple of days where all I wanted to hear was Flyleaf and country music. Now Flyleaf sounds like something I would do, but country music? Honestly, I have a love/hate relationship with the genre itself. I do think it can get very boring at times, because the themes and beats are always the same, but I tend to go for the sassy songs about break ups, cheating boyfriends, etc. Those songs always boost my mood when I’m having an odd day, so I like to listen to Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Miranda Lambert a lot.

Despite the limited amount of blog posts this month, I still managed to write up some album reviews for you! I have really missed doing these types of posts the most, so I will try to come up with more posts like them for the next couple of weeks. Here are the ones that put up in April!

Gloria Regali by Tommee Profitt x Fleurie | Breathing In Colours by Forever Still

What were you listening to this month? Is there an artist or album you think I should check out?

March Playlist

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So it’s time for this monthly playlist, but it’s not a Tuesday or Thursday. Since the 20th, landed on a Tuesday, I ended up messing up the last two weeks of March. Tomorrow I have something special for you that goes with the whole music theme so hopefully that’ll make things better for you!

March had a good amount of music and I always think that any new music that comes out this month has the potential of being a big favorite over the summer. Don’t believe me? Look up the release date of “Lean On” by Major Lazer and “Heathens” by Twenty One Pilots!

This time I think there’s a lot of variety, some rock and hip hop, plus a lot of pop music in the mix! Hopefully you’ll enjoy the selection below as we’re back to our normal ten songs and a full playlist from Spotify! If you’d like to check that out, click here.

Red Cold River by Breaking Benjamin
Walking In My Shoes by THE FEVER 333
Friends by Anne-Marie and Marshmello
Pray For Me by The Weeknd featuring Kendrick Lamar
Vincent by Ellie Goulding
The Champion by Carrie Underwood featuring Ludacris
High by Whethan featuring Dua Lipa
Empire by Tommee Profitt featuring Steven Malcolm
Get Off by Zo
Happy Place by Alison Wonderland

And I’m trying to do more reviews that were a little out of my comfort for this month too! I’m really enjoying doing them while my folks decide to take a nap in the afternoon. It’s my alone time to really dive into some genres that I don’t normally listen to! If you missed any of them, here they are again!

Sign Of The Dragonborn by Leaves’ Eyes | Fight by Sandra Lynn | Cinematic Songs Vol. 3 by Tommee Profitt | Amsterdam Trap Music Vol. 3 by Yellow Claw | Heavy Rules Mixtape by ALMA (review comes out on Thursday!)

What were you enjoying this past month? 

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EP Review: “Fight” by Sandra Lynn

26815179_1569727836397560_3671063900781302390_nI love going Spotify’s “new music” tab and scrolling through the many new artists and music coming out on Fridays. It’s become my favorite pastime! Sometimes I treat it like going into your favorite bookstore and selecting a new book based solely on its beautiful cover. I will scroll through the selection of music and pick up interesting album covers and try it out.

I’ve reviewed a lot of different music on here. I mostly talk about pop, rock, heavy metal, and the occasional celtic music, but I hardly ever discuss country music. I’ve always had an up and down relationship with both country and rap music. They’re both diverse, but very similar in their lyrics and sound. Every once in a while, I do get out of my shell and check out different artists and tracks, and this is one of those times.

I found Sandra Lynn’s music by the look of the cover, but I was thinking that maybe she was a contemporary artist, and then I heard her voice and I was pleasantly surprised by the subtle country flare she had and so I decided right there that I would review her newest EP of only four songs that came out on January 18th!

The first song that we start with is the title track of the extended play. I really like the use of the piano in the beginning, it’s very sweet but I wish it turned up more in the actual song than just somewhere in the background. Besides that, the song itself is pretty good! It’s not an “overwhelming” country song so if it was played on modern adult radio stations, I think it would do pretty well! Next is “Rest In Pieces” and I was a confused about how this could sound, I figured it would be in the same “loss” category as the previous song, but I was still intrigued nonetheless. I’d consider it a breakup song that isn’t about a cheating boyfriend and getting revenge afterwards, even though I’m not saying those are awesome or anything, its just very upbeat but light-hearted too.

Third is “Somebody Kissed Me At The Bar” and I don’t want to compare Sandra to any of the other female country stars, but I am definitely sensing Carrie Underwood in this one! It’s very gentle and a nice mellow, but romantic song. I like it! Lastly, we have “From The Outside” and I really like this one. I think it’s more pop than country, but I am still feeling like it’s the summertime. That’s one thing that’s always constant with the genre itself, you feel like every song is perfect for the end of summer or early fall. At least, that’s how I’ve always sensed throughout the years!

I thought the EP as a whole was really good! For anybody who knows me what I’m about to say is going to shock you, but I wish there was at least one ballad on it. I guess you could count “Somebody Kissed Me At The Bar” as a semi-ballad since it was very soft in parts. I just think her voice needs to be highlighted with a good piano ballad. Maybe if I go through the rest of her music on her profile on Spotify, I can find at least one on there.

Have you heard of Sandra Lynn’s music before? If you’ve listened to this EP, do you have a favorite on it?

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Summer 2017 Playlist

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Today is finally the day we discuss the summer anthems of 2017!

Unlike last year when EDM basically ruled the charts from top to bottom, the list of summer anthems I thought for 2017 was fairly low! Even I was bummed because I love whenever the DJs release banging music during the summer months. Everybody is looking for a party so it’s a good time to release music in this genre. However, I don’t usually like when artists, especially pop singers release new albums from June to late August, because you can clearly tell that were only made for the summer. They have those like Caribbean and exotic music and it honestly gets annoying pretty quickly!

Here are some of the popular tracks I heard this summer!

Body Like A Back Road by Sam Hunt
Slow Hands by Naill Horan
Sign Of The Times by Harry Styles
Stay by Zedd featuring Alessia Cara
Weak by AJR
Sweat by All-American Rejects
Help by Papa Roach
Issues by Julia Michaels

Believer by Imagine Dragons
Now Or Never by Halsey
Galway Girl by Ed Shereen
Despectio by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
Most Girls by Hailee Steinfeld
Sorry Not Sorry by Demi Lovato
Look What You Made Me Do by Taylor Swift
Something Just Like This by The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay

I never create this playlists according to charts or anything like that, I just try to pay attention to what I hear on the radio or Spotify and make my selection from there! So we can agree to disagree on this batch of songs, if you have any others that you think did fairly well this summer you can also create a mini playlist in a comment  down below and we can talk about them! Otherwise, I hope you enjoy this mini playlist!

If you’d like to listen to Summer 2016 Playlist, click here!

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Wedding Playlist!

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Today I officially start the wedding posts!

I put a poll out on my Twitter the week before the wedding to see what everybody preferred, a regular playlist or the wedding playlist and it was pretty unanimous after like two days!

There were a couple of songs I knew were going to play as they had some significance to either Blondie or Brandon, like the song she walked down the aisle was “H.O.L.Y.” by Florida Georgia Line which was perfect, it went along being in a church and it was just slow enough. The song they used for their first dance was “Can I Have This Dance” by High School Musical 3 soundtrack. Blondie is obsessed with anything HSM and she really tried to get him to learn the dance moves but he never gave it to that! She basically sang to that whole song while they were dancing; I can’t make fun of her because so was I! The song she wanted to dance with dad was “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw and that was her decision, she cried because I saw her flap her arms to her face when it began. Unfortunately, I don’t remember what the song was with Brandon and his mom, but if I remember to ask before this goes up I’ll update it!

I quickly realized throughout dancing on how little rap songs I know now! I had to ask Blondie for the songs that were on the list to be requested, because I honestly did not know what the actual song was called! I tried to compile the ones I could remember into a good sized playlist for you!

Drop It Low by Ester Dean feat. Chris Brown
With You by Chris Brown
Dance (A$$) by Big Sean
I’m The One by DJ Khaled feat Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper, Quavo
Shots by LMFAO feat. Lil Jon
Yeah by Usher feat. Ludacris and Lil Jon
Wobble by V.I.C.
Wild For The Night by A$AP Rocky
Turn Down For What by DJ Snake feat Lil Jon
Low by Flo Rida feat T-Pain
Get Low by Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz
Wild Boy by MGK feat 2Chainz, Meek Mill and French Montana
Sexyback by Justin Timberlake
Same Drugs by Chance The Rapper
Congratulations by Post Malone feat. Quavo
Bend Ova by Lil Jon feat. Tyga

There were a few slower and country songs that played throughout, but I didn’t really pay any attention to them so I couldn’t tell you what I heard, because I was either busy talking or getting a drink and trying to catch my breath!

Hope you all liked this post. Next week I go into detail about our nails, hair and what we all wore (the guys are included too.)!

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EP Review: “Love And War” by ZZ Ward

Back in 2012, I kept hearing a song playing on an advertisement of a show. The new seasons were about to start back up again after being off for whatever break, but I could not get this song to go away. It was everywhere! So finally I got the title and artist’s name and I began my search on finding more about this person. ZZ Ward was her name and the song was called “Put The Gun Down.” If anybody that is reading this right now, you know how much I love two genres mixing together and I L-O-V-E-D this freaking song! It wasn’t what I normally heard on the radio and at that time, I was in deep with rock/metal so I barely listened to anything in the pop category unless it was forced. Justin Bieber? Yeah, that was forced.

My love for ZZ Ward was pure and oh my god, did I love it! Describing the sound of the music she makes is a mixture between three genres in one: R&B, rock, and blues. Music is supposed to take you away from your problems in your day or life. I’ve unfortunately have had a rough time finding that kind of music to take me away from all of it. When I was into symphonic metal, I had a lot to choose from but once I started exploring other genres the chase to find the perfect escape became a harder thing to come by. ZZ Ward is one of the few that helped me. So I’m excited to find she’s got this new EP out for all her fans to listen and find some peace in their lives again. Something tells me these four songs are only just the beginning…

I first heard “Love 3X” not through Spotify, but on Sirius XM The Pulse and I listened to it ironically enough three times. I loved it! Love is a tricky thing! I love the feel good sound of this song, it sounds happy but not like in a pop song kind of way though! It has the sound of a good new modern jazz-pop sound that’s perfect for these younger generations to enjoy! Since I love hearing those older songs from Frank Sinatra, this is a bit tamer but I still love it the same as the others! For the next one “Lonely” I didn’t like it at first but once I realized how stupid I was, I quickly changed my opinion! I love the sassy intro, her deep almost twangy tone of her voice is beautiful for the chorus! I love the low beat, sounds like a good blues like sound. It has a nice groove to it and makes you want to dance a little bit.

In every album, EP out there. There’s always a ballad and “Rescue” this is ZZ’s version. I don’t want to call her it a “ballad” because it’s still very much upbeat but the vocals and lyrics can make it that way.  In the beginning it does sound like a normal ballad, but when the song continues it actually changes direction in the tempo. I love the addition of the full band, love the horn section! Ugh! A little bit before four minutes in, that song has ended but you get a sound of a door opening. It’s basically like a little skit before the next song starts, I’ll always loved these things! All of a sudden, you hear a very loud harmonica and it’s the most random thing ever and then it stops and last song called “Marry Well” plays and you can hear it play again with cymbals, bass guitar, drums… It’s all yummy! At three minutes in fifty-one seconds, the tempo changes once again but she is singing something it is too distorted to make out unfortunately! Something that I’ve always loved about ZZ’s way of putting her words together in the songs, is that she doesn’t give a shit if she curses or not! I feel it’s not a sense of rebelling, but I think if you are writing a song about love and the bad sides of it, you’re gonna want to release some of the anger that might be building up or things maybe you wished you could have said if they’re already gone. Trying to hold everything in doesn’t help very much, trust me!

Well, are you a ZZ Ward fan? How did you come across her music? What do you like about her new EP? 

Song Review: “Smoke Break” by Carrie Underwood

I have always had a love/hate relationship with country music. I’ve never liked the twang in their voices and the content of the songs are always the same! I have a lot of excuses to hate on the genre but there are a few that I can’t help but love about it!

I never watched the season that Carrie Underwood won American Idol. The only season I remember watching the most was the year Kelly Clarkson took it. The only reason why I ever did watch it is because our night nurses at Shriner’s watched it in our section of the hospital. I can still remember the grainy look of the television screen and the cheers all around of happy fans. Fast forward, in our house we just watched the auditions and the finales. That’s it. Last year was the first time that nobody was interested in watching it straight through. What gets me the most was that I never watched that season and I had only heard “Jesus Take The Wheel” on the radio and yet I still bought her first album. I even have her second album and I’m pretty attached to that one the most!

I love Carrie’s vocal range a lot. She’s a great crossover singer, taking country and pop, mixing the two together as effortlessly as possible. The content of her songs can sound like remakes of her past hits, but I have to say this new song of hers threw me for a loop! It’s called “Smoke Break” and the song is about what you think it’s about, but considering Carrie’s a new mom I didn’t expect her to have a song about taking a little smoke break. I mean, I can see it between being a mom, wife, and famous singer! When I first heard it I was like, “this could be mom’s theme song!” Sorry, but it’s true! We’ve all had those moments where you either want a smoke or a lot of alcohol! I think everybody just needs a break from life to unwind and this is what the song is basically saying. How I’ve been feeling lately, I’m ready for some alcohol!

What do you think about Carrie’s new single?