Mini Soundtrack To The Paralympics In Rio!

I have been working hard on Disability Horizons, creating some interesting articles for the Paralympics since the end of July. However, I wanted to find a way to show my support for the coaches, athletes, and fans of the games on my own blog!

Back in July, Channel 4 released their trailer showing their support for the Paralympic games with including musicians, athletes, just anyone with a disability, doing what we do best: live our lives to the best we can! It is called “We Are The Superheroes” and this produced a thought that I decided to store away in my head for save keeping. Since I am still a music blogger at heart, I knew I had to find a way to bring the two together, just like the commercial. So inside this post, you will find three songs that would motivate any paralympian or any invisible, mental, or physical disability!

Sidenote: I’ve seen quite a bit of different comments within the disabled community in the last month or so. Apparently people in the community, didn’t quite agree with the whole “superhero” outlook of the Paralympian athletes. I think it’s all about perspective, as a disabled person, I found the commercial’s message very motivational. These athletes are like superheroes in the way they’ve trained and accomplished to be where they are now. They will also inspire so many others, kids especially, that they can do anything whether they’re blind, missing a limb and/or in a wheelchair.  

Anyways… here is the mini soundtrack to get all of us into the mood for the next ten days!

Impossible – Lacey Sturm

This is this song that gave me this idea to list songs that remind me of my own story, and for everybody else would feel the same too! The whole song could be written by our grandparents, family friends, teachers, doctors, etc that have witnessed us doing things they never thought we could do in our lives. Just the chorus alone would pump you up into believing you could do anything you set your mind to.

“Every morning I see another miracle / I can’t believe, I’m living the impossible / We are the sign and we are the wonder / Another day of living the impossible.”

Heroes – Alesso featuring Tove Lo

I’ve always believed this song could be more than just a good song on the radio. From the time I first heard it, it gave me this powerful, but calming feeling. And I’m not talking about the bass you feel at the end of the choruses. The whole song is so beautiful! I think using Tove Lo’s soft voice was such a great touch, she doesn’t add crazy vocals, it makes me think of people just whispering the words throughout the day, helping me them through. My favorite part was this section and if I wasn’t afraid of needles, I’d get this part tattooed on the side of my legs.

“Everyday people do everyday things but I can’t be one of them / I know you hear me now, we are a different kind / we can do anything”

Soldiers – Otherwise

This song is gorgeous! Fierce in every way. Even though it was written for our troops fighting in wars, I still think it would be a great song for our paralympians. Especially the veterans that were injured and now they’re on some of these paralympic teams all over the world! It can represent a mass quantity of people at one time, if you allow yourself to hear the words in a different light. That’s the general idea of this whole post. These are just normal songs and I’ve taken their content in a different way!

“In this life there’s no surrender / There’s nothing left for us to do / Find the strength to see this through”

So what do you think of this post? Do you know of any other songs that motivate you to things? 

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Song Review: “Hold On” by Mogaui featuring Cheat Codes

I heard this like three days ago and it was literally on accident I swear! I was flipping through my TV guide and it was playing on BPM when I switched it over. It can be a good thing whenever this happens though! I like to be surprised by random songs every now and then. Whether I find them on the Sirius XM channels on our TV or through Spotify trying to find another song. When you find songs on accident, there’s like a 50% chance that you’ve missed quite a bit of the beginning and that’s what happened with me, but there wasn’t a lot that I missed so in a way it was a good thing! It’s happened in both ways but I would never hate it because I tend to find the best thing stuff! It even happened while I was busy working on this review too!!

I really like the chill feeling you get while you listen to it. It’s got a really gentle sound to it, nothing really jumps out at you but then again it doesn’t need it. There’s an easy-going vibe never really leaves you and that it surprised me on how much I liked that! I would love if this song gets used on this season of Dancing With The Stars!! I think it would be perfect backdrop to a waltz, contemporary, or foxtrot routine. I’m really impressed with it except for one thing that really bugs me about it, the song sounds an awful like Colbie Caillat’s own track called “Hold On” and unfortunately there’s not one similarity between them, there’s like three!! The sound and majority of the lyrics are different on each song, it’s just the parts that include “I really gotta hold on, hold on” that instantly reminds of Colbie’s version. While I was listening to it I was like why do I feel like I’ve heard this song before? Now I understand but the song in general is really good!

What do you think of this track? Can you hear the similarities between the two songs? 

Song Review: “On My Mind” by Ellie Goulding

I’ve been extremely excited to hear new Ellie Goulding music. I’ve been hooked to “Halcyon Days” lately so I’m happy to see new music popping up all of a sudden.

When I heard this song, which was Monday morning by the way! I was seriously in between at first. Do I like or do I not? It took me a couple of minutes but I really do enjoy it! It’s very chill but has a good poppy/first love kind of feel going on. The beat itself sounds very rock-ish, doesn’t sound like her normal electronica stuff. I’ve heard her new album sounds a little bit different from both of her previous albums and I honestly find this exciting! I need – scratch that, EVERYBODY needs to hear something different on the radio. It’s very catchy as far as lyrics go. Ellie Goulding has the power to draw out your inner most emotions in her music. Even though I prefer her uptempo songs than to the ballads, her music makes me feel good and makes me want to dance!   I can’t wait for her new album!

Something that I’ve always wondered in music especially with American and British singers. How come I can hear what British musicians are saying than to Americans? It doesn’t necessarily matter if they sing really fast or not but I can understand every word they say. I have never had a problem with understanding a word that Ellie has said, I know it’s kind of strange to say that but being able to keep up with the lyrics and the story of the actual song is very important when you go to learn it. My old choir teacher used to tell us that people shouldn’t sing songs if they didn’t feel anything or understand the concept of it. So even though I rarely pay attention to anything but the beat I do think it’s a true statement.

What do you think of Ellie’s new song?

Song Review: “Girl Crush” by Little Big Town

I like my fair share of country music, not a lot but just a enough!

I’ve heard a lot of different things about this song. Radio stations basically refusing to play it on the air, all because of the damn title. I never wanted to listen to it unfortunately. Even after all the reports and other country artists trying to show their support for the group and the track. And then a couple of weeks ago, I was listening to the Halestorm in studio interview and performance on the Sirius XM Octane channel. They were there talking about their new album and performing new and old songs acoustically. They also managed to do an acoustic version of this song too. I was half tempted to change the channel but I talked myself out of when I heard the first line and by the middle of it I was angered because people are freaking out about what they think it’s about and it’s not even close to it!

In a way, I can understand that people would look at it with a funny look because the group consists of two males and two females, and the girls are the ones actually singing and saying the words like “I want to taste her lips, yeah cause they taste like you..” It sounds a little dirty, but I’ve heard the male country singers get a little dirtier and yet I hardly see people freaking out about that! I don’t know if it’s because I see the male singers use more metaphors or what, but when I was listening to it and hearing every word of the song I was like, “this is totally clever!” I have NEVER heard of a song in any genre of music create a song wanting to switch places with the other woman. Have that person’s body, hair, and scent and still be able to get the guy too! It’s just an interesting way to see things in a different perspective. I mean, every person has had those feelings of wanting to trade places with their crushes girlfriend/boyfriend. I’ll be honest I sure as hell have in the past!

People are too quick to judge honestly! And that sucks for the artists, because I’ve liked quite a bit of the band’s songs. They’ve pretty good! One thing that really bugs me is that if it sounded more like a pop song, nobody would be freaking out about it. It also seems like country music is a little too sheltered. Sometimes you can’t always use metaphors to tell a story and I mean, it is 2015. The world and its music has been changing, the rest of the country music lovers and stations in the world need to realize this too!

What do you think about it? Do you agree or disagree?

Tune Tuesday: United Kingdom Week 2

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So this is it!! The last of the UK trip and end of the whole music travels. What country was your favorite? I think I liked both Ireland and Poland. Basically for the fact I had help from my friends who live in those countries. They did what I originally wanted for these posts was to find people in the countries I was planning on talking about on here and they would bring in different people for me to focus on instead of me trying to find different artists and bands that I probably talk about too much on here. Just wait until the next theme I’m changing it to next week. If you read last week’s post, I said I’d give you a snippet of what the theme will be and I’m so excited to say that it’s about the queens of music. We’ll start out talking about the Queens of different music genres. If you are hooked up to my Facebook, I’ll be posting the Queens of movies. Too bad I can’t make it for Wednesday, or this would have been the best idea ever, but this works too! I’m open to suggestions for different Queens and Princesses of different genres. I’m highlighting every genre, blues, jazz, rock etc. I can’t wait to reveal the new TT banner. I got it done three weeks ago, it’s really cool! Before we can go into that though, we gotta live it up with second part of UK! I hope you’ve enjoy and join me next for the Femme Fatale edition.

Fire Breather by Laurel

To The Hills by Laurel

Strong by London Grammar

Recovery by Frank Turner

I Want Out by Young Guns

Bones by Young Guns

Only Love Can Hurt Like This by Paloma Faith

Don’t by Ed Sheeran

Paradise by Coldplay

Viva La Vida by Coldplay