Music Monday! Week 51.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Music Monday, so all day today at work I was humming old school songs. Specifically, Britney Spears songs and today I want to share with you one of my favorites from her first album. I honestly love every song from her first record, but “Born To Make You Happy” seems very relaxing to me. It is beautiful ballad, the song was released on December 6, 1999. The single received a lot of praise and that it would be an early classic and it peaked at number one in many countries.

I remember how much I loved the music video and choreography, this song is definitely a classic. Share with me what is your favorite Britney Spears song, if I had narrow it down to three songs, they would be 1) Hit Me Baby One More Time 2) Oops I Did It Again and of course 3) Born To Make You Happy.

Enjoy 🙂

p.s. Be on the lookout for my review post of Avril Lavigne’s new single “Hello Kitty”, it will be posted this week.

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Music Monday! Week 50.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Music Monday, today I’ll be sharing with you a brand new band I discovered. I always get excited when I discover a new band because I’m embarking on a new musical journey, so to speak. I start to listen to the artist and think “Wow this catchy, I need to listen more”, then I watch live performances to see the artist’s singing ability during a live performance and finally when I’m obsessed, I try to find tickets to see the band or artist live. Basically this is how I felt about this new band and to stop the suspense, I am talking about, Chvrches. I was initially drawn to the unique mix of an 80s sound and a bit of modern techno beat. I love unique bands and music, so this is definitely up my alley. While I was listening to their songs, I started to think of Daft Punk and Pink Floyd. This band gave me that particular vibe and I feel like they could be the modern day version of these classic bands.

Here is a little background information about this band, Chvrches are a Scottish electronic music band. The band consists of three members, Lauren Mayberry (lead vocalist), Iain Cook (synthesizer, guitar, bass, vocals) and Martin Doherty (sampler, synthesizer). The synthesizer part might be a new music term for some of you, it is basically an electronic music instrument that produces various sounds. This instrument is widely used in synthpop, which is a electro pop genre. This music genre became more popular in Japan and the United Kingdom. Chvrches released their studio album “The Bones Of What You Believe” on September 20, 2013.

The song I’ll share today is called is “Recover”.

Enjoy and let me know what you guys think of this new band.

See you soon!

Music Monday! Week 49.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Music Monday, so this weekend I decided to find some old school favorite songs that I used to listen to in high school. I’m a huge techno/trance music lover, I love the upbeat rhythm and it makes me want to get up and dance. So today I will share with you the music from one of my favorite techno bands called DHT. The song I will share with you is “Miss You”, I love how it starts off kind of slow and then the beat drops…wow.

First, let me tell you a little bit about DHT and when they started becoming well known. You might ask, “What does DHT mean?”, well DHT is actually an acronym for Dance, House, Techno. DHT is a Belgium duo with Edmee Daenen and Flor Theeuwes. The duo became popular in the States with their hit single “Listen To Your Heart” and song debuted on the number 7 spot in the UK Singles Chart.

I hope you enjoy the song as much I do.

See you soon!

p.s. I was watching TheFineBros YouTube channel again and they posted a video of the kids reacting to Walkmans. For those of you who did not grow up in the 90s, Walkmans are audio cassettes players. I used to have one and I actually still have it in my possession as a special piece of music history (I’m very sentimental). Anyway, I wanted to share with you this video.

Here is also a picture of my Walkman, ahhh the good old 90s.

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Friday Funday! The Childhood Tag.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Friday Funday, as you guys know, I love writing tag posts. So today I have chosen to do the Childhood tag, I chose this particular one because I loved my childhood and I wanted to tell you about it. I have a ton of wonderful memories and I feel very lucky and fortunate to have had a memorable childhood. Enough chit-chat and let’s get started 🙂

The Childhood Tag

1. Where did you grow up?

I was born in Bulgaria, Sofia and I lived there until I was 13, then in 2002 I immigrated with my family to Canada.

2. Were you a good child?

Overall, I would have to say yes. Of course, like any child I had my moments when I didn’t listen, but I never really had temper tantrums. I listened to my mom, but behind her back I used to be very hyper and mouthy sometimes. Not towards her, but towards other people. I remember I was on my balcony and I was calling out to my friend who lived on the seventh floor and I lived on the third floor. The window of my neighbor was next to the balcony and she opened the window to tell me to stop because I was disturbing her studies. I repeated her words in a mocking way and she told me stop and I refused. So yeah…I basically did stuff like this from time to time.

3. What did you used to do in the summer?

My grandparents had a cottage about one or two hours away from the city, there was a lot of nature around my cottage. I used to go there every summer from four to eight years old, the area where we had the cottage was surrounded by trees and bumpy roads. It wasn’t the best to drive to the house because we were always afraid we would end up having a flat tire. In addition, there weren’t any grocery stores around, expect for one which was an hour away. My mom had to come on the weekends and bring us food, nevertheless I loved being there because I was around nature. I used to play with the butterflies, climb the hills and we had a lot of home grown fruits and vegetables. We had two pear trees, a chestnut tree, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, apples, cherries, strawberries and raspberries. It was an absolute blast! The other half of my childhood from eight to thirteen years old, I would go in downtown a lot with my cousins or other family members and play in the neighborhood park with my friends. I miss those days 🙂

4. What is your saddest childhood memory?

Definitely the day my grandfather passed away, I remember the day vividly. It was a Saturday and he was leaving for the cottage with my grandma, he waved at me with a huge smile and said bye. For some reason, I had a bad feeling and then a few hours later we got a call that my grandfather collapsed. I knew that he died, but for the longest time I was in denial. Since that day, I didn’t want to go to the cottage anymore because it did not feel the same.He was the best grandfather 🙂

5. What is your happiest childhood memory?

Every happy childhood memory is linked to my days at the cottage days, one particular one that I have in mind is about a rose hip tree near the entrance of the house. It wasn’t big, but at the bottom it was tall enough to go under the tree. I started bringing my toys and comic books there. Then my grandfather decided to clean up under the tree and made me a table with cardboard boxes and helped me make it nice and cozy. I brought my toys, a blanket and snacks, I invited my friend a few houses down from mine to hangout with me. It was super fun and I’ll never forget it.

6. Is there something you kept as a secret?

There was something I kept a secret from my grandma, let me tell you the story. I lived on the third floor and my friend lived on the second floor, we would take out our barbies and play on our balconies. She was on her balcony and I was on mine, you might ask me “Why didn’t you play at each others’ houses?”, good question, for us it was more fun playing like that. Of course, we got together and played, but we also liked like in this way. Anyway, right under her balcony was the roof of the entrance of the building, she could easily walk out on it, but my grandma told me then, if I drop something not to go get it. The klutz that I am, I dropped one of my barbies bag. My friend’s older sister said she will get it and told me to come downstairs, so I snuck out for 10 minutes. When I came back my grandma never knew I was out of the apartment, I never told her this. I told my mom years later, I make it sound like I was a bad child but I was really good and I never talked back to my family.

7. What did you want to become as a child (job-wise)?

There were so many, but some were a mathematician (I’m terrible at math), an artist (I can’t draw at all), banker, a dentist (I get grossed out easily) and an entrepreneur. My passion for music got realized when I was nine years old, before that it was acting.

8. Do you still have contact with your childhood friends?

Yes, some of them via facebook. One of my friends that I keep in touch, I’ve known him since I was four.

9. Were there any strange things you believed in when you were child?

UFOs, haha I was fascinated by them and I used to think that women got pregnant by standing side to side with a man. Let’s just say, I was avoiding getting near a boy until I was four or five years old.

10. Show us a picture of you as a child.

My mom used to love making my hair like Pebbles from The Flintstones, here I was four years old.

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11. Favorite toy?

My favorite toy is a pink stuffed fox, I used to take it with me everywhere and as a matter of fact, I still have it in my possession.

12. Favorite book?

I never liked to read books when I was little, I only liked my Mickey Mouse comic books that my cousin gave. I was obsessed with Mickey Mouse, I watched a lot of Mickey Mouse movies too.

13. Favorite TV show

I have a lot, but my top three were Friends (I started watching it when I was six), Tom and Jerry and Sailor Moon.

14. Favorite subject at school?

I loved crafts class and music class. I also liked gym class, but I was very clumsy and I always fell and my injured myself.

15. Place for the holidays?

The holidays were always celebrated at home with a lot of family that came over, it was fun and festive. I always felt very cozy at home.

I hope you enjoyed with tag post, I tag everyone of you to do this tag as well 🙂 I found the tag on this website (http://beckythewallflower.blogspot.ca/2013/03/the-childhood-tag.html)

See you soon!

 

Music Monday! Week 48.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Music Monday, brace yourselves everyone because I came across a very strange music find last week and I had to share it with you. I watch a very popular YouTube channel called TheFineBros and they post videos of kids/teens/youtubers/elders reacting to various viral videos. On this week’s episode of YouTubers React, they shared three music videos from the Japanese band called Babymetal.

 

Babymetal is Japanese band that mixes metal music and J-Pop together, which is referred to as KawaiiMetal or CuteMetal. I know what all of you are thinking right now, “what on Earth?” My thoughts were the same when I first watched the video and I am not a metal music fan, so it was kind of bizarre to listen to the music. The members of the group are Suzuka Nakamoto (su-metal), Moa Kikuchi (moametal) and Yui Mizuno (yuimetal), who are all in their early teens aging 14-16 years old. Personally, I am still feeling indecisive about this band because the thought of young girls singing metal music is very unusual and I am not sure I’m a fan of it either.

Before I tell you more about the band, I want to explain how the music industry works in Japan. In Japan, there are idols who range from ages 11-20, the girls are recruited by auditioning for a specific music records company. They have to showcase their singing and dancing abilities, when they are chosen, they have to train a short period of time and  make their debut. In other cases, there are existing groups that the girls join as the next generation. Japanese idols perform in a group for certain time period and when they get to a specific age, they have to graduate from the group. Their plans after their graduation varies from going back to their normal lives or pursing a job in the entertainment industry i.e. being radio personality, television host or a model.

Let’s go back to Babymetal, I think the combination of metal and J-Pop makes me tolerate the metal part of the songs. However, I can’t decided if I like this music genre mashup, I admit that it is catchy. I like the originality and the risk that was taken when this band was created, but this kind of music will not accepted in the American music industry. First of all, metal music fans will completely reject it and the mix of the genres may not be accepted by American record companies. Despite this, I have one song I find catchy that I wanted to share, it is called “IINE (So Good)”. Let me warn you, the song begins with EDM beat, then it goes to rap, metal and back to EDM. I didn’t enjoy the rap part of the song because it seemed to be out of place, but I liked the EDM part because I love upbeat music i.e. techno/trance.

Here are the translated lyrics of the song:

Tick tack tick tack my heart beats.
I can’t stop this feeling running wild.
Tick tack tick tack my heart beats.
I can’t stop this feeling. I screamo.

[Hey, it’s my afternoon snack!]
[Wait. Wait. Wait. Don’t take it in advance of me!]
[[???]]
[[All yours are also mine.]]

I was left alone. I looked up the sky.
What a sentimental night!
I’ll go, driven by this feeling,
running away from the reality.

So good. So good.
The party under the night sky.
So good. So good.
I’ll go brilliant.
That for now, moshing up.
Taking little by little is impossible.

Yeah, yeah.
It’s too transcendental. It’s perfect.
A gal must have
a dream which is surely
super-chaotic.

Sway your head! Take off your glasses!
Swing your head! Take off your glasses!
Sway your head! Take off your glasses!
What a jammed, bursting, over-packed rucksack.
Take it off right now!

Yo! Yo! Yo! Yo!
[The microphone check. One, two. One, two.]
[Are you ready to mosh?]
Are you ready to mosh?
Put your fox sign up!
[It’s a fox sign, you know?]

[[It’s not a maloik sign but a fox sign.]]
[[Not a sign of the horns but a fox sign, you know.]]

Gyah!

I pledged to myself by linking my little fingers.
What a sentimental night!
I’ll go, driven by this feeling,
running away from the reality.

So good. So good.
The party under the night sky.
So good. So good.
I’ll go brilliant.
That for now, moshing up.
Taking little by little is impossible.

Yeah, yeah.
It’s too transcendental. It’s perfect.
A gal must have
a dream which is surely
super-chaotic.

[So good. So good.]
Yeah, yeah.
[So good. So good.]
Yeah, yeah.
[So good. So good.]
It’s super-chaotic.
Yeah, yeah.
[So good. So good.]
Yeah, yeah.
[So good. So good.]
Yeah, yeah.
[So good. So good.]
[So good. So good. So good. So good.]

Enjoy and please complete the poll below or write a comment to let me know what you think of the song!

See you soon!

Kurt Cobain 20 Year Death Anniversary.

Hello everyone,

Sadly, 20 years ago we lost a great talent, Kurt Cobain, The Nirvana singer died from a self-inflicted shotgun wound aged 27. There has been a lot of controversy, as to how Cobain died, but it was finally ruled out that it was suicide. The singer reportedly suffered from depression, heroin addiction and he had difficulty coping with fame.

To commemorate Cobain’s passing, Mayor Bill Simpson stated that February 20th will be “Kurt Cobain Day” and a crying statue is going to be put up in his hometown, Aberdeen, Washington. In addition, on April 10th Nirvana will be honored with a spot on the Rock and Roll Hall of fame.

The Kurt Cobain statue in Aberdeen sheds a sad concrete tearTo honor Kurt Cobain, I am going to share my favorite Nirvana song, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.

Divergent Movie Review! (CAUTION: SPOILERS)

Hello everyone,

I finally got the chance to see the much anticipated movie, “Divergent” by Veronica Roth and I was impressed. My motto about books turned into movies is “always the book before the movie” because there is usually a lot important details that are left out. However, this movie stayed true to the book, you would’ve gone to the theater without reading the book and you wouldn’t feel confused as if there is a missing piece of the puzzle. I am glad that the major points of the book were not excluded, but as every book to movie adaptation, there were some things that were changed and edited out. Many people compare this series to the Hunger Games and I would like to weigh in on this discussion. Divergent NOTHING like the Hunger Games, they are both different from each other, in terms of the plot and the message it is trying to convey. The only similarity between these two series is that they are both set in the dystopian future.

I’ll get started with the review, but please be advised that I will be giving away major spoilers. Therefore, please do not read this post if you haven’t read the book or seen the movie. Other than that, please enjoy and let me know in the comments box below what is your favorite character and your favorite part of the movie.

DIVERGENT MOVIE REVIEW

When I watched the trailers for the movie I felt like the director will try to focus more on the romance between Tris and Tobias (Four), luckily that was not the case. To me it seemed like there was a good balance between the romance and the struggle for freedom. Before I get into the specifics, here is a brief summary of what the first book is about. Divergent takes place in dystopian Chicago, where society is divided into five factions:

  1. Dauntless (the brave)
  2. Amity (the kind)
  3. Erudite (the intelligent)
  4. Candor (the honest)
  5. Abnegation (the selfless)

It is believed that these factions will bring order to the world and reduce the chaos that the world was going through many years ago. If you ask me, combining all of these factions into one seems like a better idea to me. Every year, sixteen year olds attend a aptitude test that will help them find out if they are compatible with another faction, after they receive their results they must decide whether to stay with their faction or choose another one.

The beginning of the movie was good and the pace of the scenes from Tris getting her haircut, going to the aptitude test, finding out that she is a Divergent and attending the Choosing ceremony was well done. With the Hunger Games and Twilight, I always felt like “Hey slow down, there is more to be showed and said”, with this one I didn’t feel like that.  However, there were specific characters and scenes that were excluded from the movie, which I wasn’t thrilled about. For instance, some of the scenes that were missing and changed are:

  1. The Dauntless initiate who dies on the first train ride. Ok well, I can let that one slide.
  2. Edward’s missing eye. I was actually very interested to see this scene come to life, so I was definitely disappointed that it wasn’t included in the movie.
  3. Visiting Day. This is when the parents came to visit their children, this scene was very different in the movie. Instead we had Tris’s mother pop out of no where, asking her daughter to tell her the truth. I guess it is not super important to have it, but I would’ve liked to see the parents of the other initiates.
  4. Christina and Will’s relationship. There was a small hint in the movie of their relationship, but we didn’t see the conversation that happened in the book between Christina and Tris about Will. I feel like this was an important to include this, because Tris’s guilt about killing Will play an important role in shaping her character.
  5. The sexual assault scene. I know it was included, but it was cut short. I might not hate the idea of that though,because I hate this scene in the book. I wouldn’t have liked to see the groping part of that scene, it makes me cringe.
  6. Dauntless characters (Uriah, Marlene, Zeke). I am not sure why these characters were not included, I guess the makers of the movie wanted to focus more on the main characters, rather the side character. Despite that reasoning, I would’ve liked to see them and their interactions with Tris. I hope they include them in the second movie, because Uriah especially is an important character.
  7. Tobias (Four) drunk. Alright, so the only reason I wanted to see this particular scene is just for the laughs.
  8. Tris’s capture. This change kind of bothered me, in the book Tris is thrown into jail while undergoing her fears. Until her mother comes and saves her, in the movie Tris is being taken away, but before they get her into jail, her mother jumps to the rescue. Nevertheless, Ashley Judd’s entrance was exciting and it still turned out into a great scene, so I guess I will let it go.
  9. Tris vs Four. Alright, in the book the way the scene was done is Tris and Four are alone “fighting” each other, while she tries to make him remember her. This was a very personal moment between Tris and Four, but in the movie they had an audience, the Erudite people. I guess they made the change to be more action-packed movie, but I would’ve preferred if this scene was not changed.

Now that we have talked about the movie, I want discuss the acting because I thought it was great. I had a conversation my friend about the acting and she said that she did not like it, I have to strongly disagree. Shailene Woodley did a fabulous job playing Tris, throughout the books we have the opportunity to find out how Tris feels in certain situations. Shailene was able to portray Tris’s feelings of fear, doubt, happiness, sadness, through a simple look in her eyes and lip gestures.

Theo James did a great job portraying Four’s sternness, as well as his growing fondness for Tris.

Ashley Judd delivered a great performance of bringing that intensity of saving Tris and also reveling her Dauntless-born bravery.

Last but certainly not least is Kate Winslet, who plays Jeannine Matthews, the Erudite leader. She played Jeannine’s role perfectly and exactly how I pictured Jeannine’s cunning, evil personality to be portrayed in the big screen. Just like Shailene, Kate Winslet did a great job showing Jeannine’s determination and desire for control on her face, by simple things such as squinting her eyes and tightening her lips.

Overall, kudos to the cast for doing such an amazing job and the stunts were pretty impressive as well.

We are not quite finished yet, what is a movie review by a music fanatic without discussing the music in the movie. To describe the music in one word would be PHENOMENAL! I truly mean it because the soundtrack managed to capture the intensity and emotions of each scene so well. If a soundtrack from a movie manages to make me emotional and give me goosebumps, then it is top notch (in my books at least). I have already shared one of the songs from the movie in this week’s Music Monday post, so I am going to share my second favorite which is “Find You” by Matthew Koma, Miriam Bryant & Dj Zedd.

Before I end this post I want to recommend other dystopian books that all of you (or some of you) might enjoy.

  1. The Matched Trology by Allie Condie. This series about a dystopian world called the Society, the Society controls everything from what you eat, when you fall asleep, where you word, who you marry and when you die. Every year 17 year olds have to attend a Match Banquet where they get matched with a complete stranger. The main character Cassia is matched with the best friend Xander, but for a second another face was shown on the screen. This is when Cassia’s journey begins!

   2. The Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver. This story is set in an alternate present where love is considered a disease. Therefore, every year 18 year olds have to undergo a surgery that remove the feeling of love. The government considers love to be dangerous and it has to be removed from mankind’s system.

 

Thank you for reading and see you soon!