Welcome back to Music Monday and today I will be sharing an old favorite song I rediscovered. I was out this weekend and while I was getting some shopping done, I heard an old favorite song. This song is “Steal My Sunshine” by Len. I used to listen to this song all the time back in the 90s, but I completely forgot about it.
Len are a Canadian band from Toronto, Ontario who released their smash hit “Steal My Sunshine” in 1999. Len is an alternative rock band that consists of the two siblings Marc Constanzo and Sharon Costanzo, along with Mark McKay (vocals and writer). Their single was a huge breakthrough for the band, which made them famous and their single was considered a summer hit. The song hit number 1 instantly and I can see why, it is definitely catchy.
What is your favorite summer song? Let me know in the comments box below.
Welcome to Music Monday, usually I post one music video on Mondays, but there is another one that I really want to share, which I think it’s very unique and catchy. The music videos I am going to share are “Burn” by Ellie Goulding and “Fantastic Baby” by the K-Pop sensation, Big Bang.
Ellie Goulding released her song “Burn” on July 7 and I am loving her new single, her vocals are unique and flawless. The music video gave me a warm feeling because it shows friends having fun together and it gives the message of having fun, letting go and living in the moment. I really like the lyrics of this song and I think it deserves a spot on the top 10 of the Billboard charts.
The second music video I want to share is “Fantastic Baby” by Big Bang and I know many people are not interested in this genre of music, but this is a very catchy song. If a song has a good beat and it’s entertaining, then I usually don’t care if I can’t understand a word the singer is saying. Be warned, this music video is very eccentric, this is one of the key characteristics of Korean music videos. It is all about high production, fancy effects, unique costumes and lots of color. This single was released on March 7, 2012 and it reached number 3 on the Gaon chart and number 2 on the K-pop Billboard chart.
If you are a music fanatic like myself and music is your passion, then you might have watched MTV religiously. When I say religiously, I mean watching it 24/7 and taping music videos. MTV was a huge part of my childhood because it inspired me musically and it also gave me the opportunity to watch my favourite musicians on TV. However, as the years went by popular culture changed, MTV changed and technology started to take over. Technology plays a huge part in the music industry, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that this is a positive thing. I will discuss this particular topic in another post, but today I will discuss how MTV changed throughout the years.
Once upon a time MTV used to be the number one music network, if you wanted to watch the latest music video you would tune in to MTV. However, nowadays that is not the case and VEVO seems to have taken over as one of the top music video providers. Sadly, towards the mid-2000s MTV began to change and reality TV shows began to make their way into the world of popular culture. MTV switched from a music network to a Hollywoood gossip channel. So what does this mean for he future of MTV?
I will discuss this a little bit further along in this post, but right now I will tell you the history of MTV and how it all got started. MTV was officially launched on August 1, 1981 and music videos were introduced by VJs. Back in the 80s MTV was known for playing music videos twenty- four hours per day. The channel’s main headquarters is located in New York City and the signature image of MTV is the Apollo 11 moon landing. In 1984, MTV created the VMAs and the award they gave out is the Moonman statuette and to this day, this is the statuette that is given to musicians. The first music video that was shown on MTV was The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star” and the second video was by Pat Benatar called “You Better Run”.
MTV played a huge part in the music industry because it gave fans the chance to watch their favorite musicians on TV. Before MTV existed people had to purchase tickets to see their favorite singer perform live, listen to them on the radio, read magazine article about them, but MTV brought a huge change in how singer are introduced. MTV changed popular culture, music videos began to change from simplistic videos, to videos with more effects and higher quality. Music videos were considered the best way for musicians to promote their work and increase their fan-base. However, in mid-2000s MTV started to introduce reality TV shows and this was interesting for fans, because they got the chance to see how these musicians live their daily lives. Slowly throughout the years reality TV started to take over MTV and it is reported that only 4 hours of music videos are being played.
This is unfortunate because MTV turned into channels such as TLC, channel E and others. In my opinion MTV won’t go back to playing music videos twenty-four hours per day because at this point reality TV had become dominant in the world of television. Even though, MTV stands for “Music Television” it has lost this meaning. Nowadays, VEVO has become popular and known for providing music videos and anything related to music i.e. interviews with musicians and uploading live performances. However, it is a positive aspect that we still have a music provider that allows fans to keep up with daily music.
Unfortunately, people who have grown up with MTV will not be able to enjoy watching music videos all day long. However, in the world of television “Music Television” had become extinct.
Let me know in the comments box below what you think about this issue.
Before I begin with today’s post, I would like to apologize for not posting anything yesterday for Music Monday. There was a power outage in my city, due to heavy rain and unfortunately that ruined my plans of posting Music Monday’s video. Music Monday is returning for sure next Monday, let’s hope we don’t have power outages again 🙂
Today I will talk to you about a completely different topic from music and that is books! I have to admit that I am quite a nerd when it comes to books because I can literally sit all day at home and read. I find it very enjoyable and whenever I read it feels like I’ve entered a fantasy world. My favorite genres are fantasy, fiction, dystopian, adventure and romance. However, my personal preference is a mix of all of those genres, in fact I have read books that include a little bit of each of those book genres.
Believe or not I didn’t used to be the bookworm I am today, I actually despised books. When I was a child I wasn’t one of those kids who enjoyed reading stories and going to the library. Instead I used to listen to music, watch MTV and cartoons all day. Whenever we had to read a storybook in elementary or middle school I used to cry because I hated being forced to read books. Taking a look back when I was in grade 9, I remember the teacher assigned us to read seven books, then we had to write an assignment about the books and the teacher would ask us questions that would test our knowledge about the plot. Let me tell you that was the most dreadful semester just because of this specific book assignment.
However things started to change towards the end of grade 12. When I was in grade 12 I noticed most of the girls from my grade reading the Twilight Saga books. I remember their faces and how fascinated they seemed as they were reading the book series. I asked one of them what the story was about and they told me it was about a vampire falling in love with a human girl. When she told me that I thought it was the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard, but it’s ironic because it was the Twilight Saga books that turned me into a bookworm. Who knew that would happen. When I started university in September 2008, there was a lot of hype about the Twilight movie, so I asked one of my friends to tell me more about the story and this time I was intrigued. I was really busy with school then, so I waited a few months and in December I went to the bookstore. I decided to go to Indigo Chapters, which is a huge bookstore franchise in Canada. Keep in mind I have never walked inside a book store before that specific moment, so this was a big deal for me. I know I am making it sound dramatic, but to me it was a big step. I walked into the store and my initial thought was “Omg it smells like books”. It felt like I was walking inside a museum because the store was huge. I asked one the salesman where I can find the Twilight books and he showed me the way. It was pretty hard to miss the Twilight section because there were a bunch of merchandise and cardboard cutouts.
I picked up the first book and I started reading the prologue, I was definitely sucked in at this point. There was so much mystery and it seemed very intriguing, so I went downstairs and purchased my first book. Afterwards, I went on the subway to go home and as I was listening to my music I got bored, so took out the book and began reading. I couldn’t stop reading it and I almost missed my stop because I was really into it the story. My mother was surprised to see me read a book out of my own free will because she knows I hated books. So eventually I finished reading the Twilight Saga series and I tried to find more interesting and similar book series. I found many books series that I fell in love with and now I am a proud bookworm.
I am slowly starting my book collection and I wanted to share what books I have purchased and what books I have read.
Starting from left to right, I own the Twilight Saga along with a short Eclipse novella, The Host (which I am currently reading), The Hunger Games, Matched, Crossed, Divergent, Insugent, Delirium, The Book of Awesome, The Night Circus, The Carrie Diaries and Game of Thrones (the first book).
Matched and Crossed are part of a dystopian trilogy written by Ally Condie and the series is about a girl named Cassia who lives it this “perfect” world created by the Society. The Society decides everything that you do, for instance who you marry, what you eat, where you work, what you should wear, when to go to bed and etc. When Cassia turned 17 she attended a matching ceremony, where she is matched with the person she will marry, however some things change. I really enjoyed reading these books and I still have to buy the final book of this series. Divergent is also a dystopian trilogy written by Veronica Roth and the first book is currently being made into a movie. I am very excited about that because I love this series. This trilogy takes place in Chicago and the city is divided into five factions which represent a specific characteristic: Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave) and Erudite (the intelligent) (source wikipedia). When a person turns 16, they have to take an aptitude test that will determine if you are compatible with another faction. If you are compatible with another faction you get to choose whether you want to leave your faction or not. If you decide to leave, people will consider you a traitor and you can’t go back to you old faction.
Delirium is another dystopian trilogy written by Lauren Oliver and this is about a society that believe love is a disease, therefore when you turn 18 you have to get surgery to remove any feelings of love. It is a very bizarre plot, but it is interesting and it is a story of rebelling against this absurd notion. The Book of Awesome is written by Neil Pasricha and I love this book because it lists fun little things about everyday life that are awesome. For example, eating the extra fries at the bottom of the bag or waiters and waitresses who bring free refills without asking. I think every bookworm should own this book, it is so positive and it makes me smile. The Night Circus is a fantasy novel written by Erin Morgenstern, which is a story that take place in Victorian London where a wandering circus is open from sunset to sunrise. The circus comes and goes without any warning and there are two magicians who have to fight in a magic duel. The story is romantic, magical and mysterious and it is absolutely breathtaking. The final book is Game of Thrones which is written by George R.R. Martin and it is medieval fantasy book. I just started reading it and so far I think it is a great book. As for The Carrie Diaries, I haven’t started reading the book yet, but I can’t wait.
I am always interested to hear what books people are reading, so let me know in the comments below what are some of your favorite books.
Music Monday is finally back and I have a brand new music video to share with you today. Since I couldn’t post a video last Monday due to the power outage in my city, today I will post two music videos. The music videos I chose are “Wild Wild West” by Will Smith and “Ooh la la” by Britney Spears. “Wild Wild West” is the first music video that I’ve ever watched on MTV and I loved it. To this day I still love it and it’s actually a nostalgic song for me because it reminds me of my childhood. The single was released on May 4, 1999 and it grabbed the number one spot on the Billboard 100 chart. I love this song because it has a catchy rhythm and the music video is entertaining.
The second music video I chose is “Ooh la la” by Britney Spears and this is the lead song from the Smurfs 2 soundtrack. The music video is adorable and it’s such lovely sight to see Britney with her sons. The song is fun and upbeat and it reminds a bit of Britney’s music from back in the day. Rolling Stone’s Dan Reilly said that the song is catchy and “try to get it out of your head”, I don’t think I’ll be able to. The sweet pop sound and fun music video are definitely a winner.
Enjoy and let me know it comments below, which song you are listening to the most this week!