DARA – Nedei

Welcome back everyone,

Did you really think Music Monday wasn’t going to make a comeback? Of course, it is here to stay and today I will share music from my homeland.

I am from Bulgaria and I don’t listen to Bulgarian music too much or at all, that was the case when I living in Bulgaria too. However, I recently began researching Bulgaria music because I wanted to find something upbeat and new. I listen to a lot of KPOP, so I thought there has to be Bulgaria music I’ll love.

One day I discovered a Bulgarian Youtuber, Emil Conrad, and he shared a song by DARA. I checked it out and I am proud to say I officially have a Bulgarian singer on my playlist.

 

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DARA (Darina Yotova).

 

Darina Yotova, also known by her stage name, Dara, is born on September 9, 1998, in Varna, Bulgaria. She gained her popularity from the Bulgarian Edition of the X Factor. She is now signed under Virginia Records and in 2016 she released her debut song, ‘Kvo Ne Chu”, translated as “What Didn’t You Hear”.

 

 

But this is not the song I will be talking about today, I would like to introduce to you DARA’s new single, “Nedei” translated to “Don’t”. She may be the first Bulgarian artist who will put Bulgarian music on the map and I am happy it’s not the chalga genre. It is a unique music genre in Bulgaria that I dislike, but her music is a mix of pop, R&B and synthpop.

From the start of the song, it has a very upbeat an catchy tune and it leads into the song naturally. The melody is memorable and melodious, it’ll make you hum and sing it throughout the day. The song will not be complete without Dara’s expressive, dynamic and soulful vocals. Her vocal tone is strong and it makes you feel the emotions she’s feeling throughout the song.

The lyrics tell a story about longing for a lover who is no longer in your life, with the possibility of meeting each other one day. Below you will find the Bulgarian lyrics and English lyrics.

Bulgarian Lyrics

Не променяй себе си, себе си.
Обещание даваш ли, даваш ли?
Но, не забравяй – липсваш ми, липсваш ми.
Не затваряй сърцето си, сърцето си.
Недей, недей
Може би ти и аз някога ще се срещнем.
Може би, може би някога ще се срещнем.
Тези капки по лицето ти не са сълзи.
Аз ще съм добре, повярвай ми, не ме мисли.
Не казвай нищо,
очите казват, те казват всичко.
Едно те моля – не ме забравяй!
Недей, недей.
Недей, недей
Може би ти и аз някога ще се срещнем.
Може би, може би някога ще се срещнем.
Вкъщи още има твои вещи.
Крия мириса на теб с ароматни свещи.
Всичко е наред, грешките ще станат смешни.
Грешно ли е, че обичам тези сладки грешки?
Недей, недей, недей, недей…
Може би ти и аз някога ще се срещнем.
Може би, може би някога ще се срещнем.
Може би ти и аз, ти ти ти и аз…
Ти и аз…
Може би ти и аз, ти ти ти и аз…
Някога, някога…
English Lyrics
Don’t change yourself, yourself
Do you give promises, do you give them?
But I don’t forget- I miss you, I miss you.
Don’t close your heart,
Your heart.
Don’t, don’t
Maybe you and I someday will meet.
Maybe, maybe someday we will meet.
These drops on my face are not tears.
I will be okay, believe me, don’t think of me.
Don’t say anything, eyes tell, they tell everything.
One thing I beg, don’t forget me!
Don’t, don’t.
Don’t, don’t
Maybe you and I someday will meet.
Maybe, maybe someday we will meet.
Аt home there’s still your things.
I hide the smells of you with aromatic candles.
Everything is alright, mistakes will become funny.
Is it wrong, that I like these sweet mistakes?
Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t…
Maybe you and I will meet someday.
Maybe, maybe someday we will meet.
Maybe you and I, you you you and I…
You and I…
Maybe you and I, you you you and I…
Someday, someday…
The song is very catchy and the lyrics will be stuck in your head for a while, but the lyrics are repetitive. Nevertheless, I really like the song and Dara is like a breath of fresh air for the Bulgarian music scene. She has the potential to take her career overseas, she already has catchy songs. Who knows maybe her next single will put Bulgarian music on the map and that would be really cool.
Thank you so much for reading, I will have a new song review coming up tomorrow so stay tuned.
See you soon 🙂
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Indie Tuesdays! MaJLo – Worry.

Welcome back everyone, and happy Tuesday!

I would like to introduce to you a new segment I added to my blog and it is called “Indie Tuesdays”.

This summer I have started to listen to many Indie artists because mainstream music has become very dull for me and I needed to find something different. There are so many talented artists out there and I want to put the spotlight on them by sharing their music with you all.

Today I would like to introduce the very first Indie artist I’ve listened to, his music is amazing. His name is MaJLo who is Polish music producer, instrumentalist, and singer. The three genres of music he focuses on are the alternative, electronic music, and pop. In addition to all this, he is also the co-founder of the independent music label, Sounddict.

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The first song I heard from him was “Worry”. One day I was searching for relaxing morning playlist on Youtube, I came across one with Indie songs and his song was part of the playlist. I ultimately fell in love with the lyrics and melody. The melody of this song is calm, peaceful and yet nostalgic. It makes you think of a place you loved and you relive those wonderful memories in your mind.

The lyrics of the song can mean many things to people, the words that won me over were:

“I don’t know how it felt to just be me. I feel, I’m losin’ space”

This year was very challenging for me, from dealing with health problems to precious friendships ending. I felt as if this song described how I felt, I didn’t know how to feel happy I felt like I was losing myself. This is what these words meant to me.

From listening to the lyrics and reading them, I believe this song is about the desire to feel accepted and have someone appreciate who you are as a person. There is a sense of sadness and peace into one, the melody and guitar work fit well together too. It’s interesting how lyrics can perfectly describe how we feel, there is a sense of peace when you find something that speaks to your heart. This is what this song is for me.

Listen to the song and come back to tell me what you think of it in the comments section.

Thank you so much for reading and see you soon!

Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do

Wow, ok so I realize this post is late but life got a bit crazy and I couldn’t post on a regular basis. Nevertheless, let’s begin.

Taylor Swift knows how to get the public talking and looking forward to her new music. On August 18, 2017, she deleted everything from her social media accounts i.e. Instagram, Twitter and now posts on Facebook after 2015. I am not a Swifty, so I did not care for the hype too much. However, I did think this was a clever marketing strategy to get people talking and anticipate her next move.

On August 24, 2017, she released the lyrics version of her new single “Look At What You Made Me Do”, with a very different vibe from her typical music style. Can you imagine a dark/edgy Taylor? Well, you better start because she is here and according to the lyrics of her new single, the old Taylor is gone.

Even though I am not a Swiftie, I respect Taylor as an artist because she does it well and she knows what she’s doing. I applaud her for evolving and trying out different genres and reinventing herself. Some people are giving her hate for not being the country Taylor we all know, but I love the change. People aren’t meant to stay the same, change is part of life. If you guys don’t like the new Taylor, you can leave and find another musician to admire.

Now back to the music video, I think all of us has seen it by now so I won’t go over it in too much detail. I love the cinematography, the first scene of Taylor emerging from the ground as a zombie symbolizes her return to the music scene. After the Kanye drama, Taylor went on a mini hiatus but little did we know she was coming back stronger than ever. My other favorite scene is when Taylor is with the other versions of herself and battling with them. I am not sure what it means exactly but to me symbolizes letting go of your past selves. Finally, we see Taylor making fun of herself about all of the things she was criticized about in the past.

As for the song, I really like it but the chorus disappointed me. I was expecting it would be a bit more upbeat because there was a build up in the pre-chorus part. To me, the chorus felt kind of flat and repetitive, however, I love the rest of the song. I just wish the chorus was more powerful.

I am sincerely looking forward to the release of her new album, you bet I will be reviewing it.

Thank you so much for reading.

See you soon!

Goodbye Wonder Girls

When I first got into Kpop, thanks to PSY, I was searching for other Kpop artists and I discovered Kara and Wonder Girls. These two girls groups led me to finding out more amazing Kpop musicians.

This week I woke up to the news I didn’t want to read, Wonder Girls are officially disbanding. I’ve heard and read rumors about their so called disbandment, but I disregarded it because they had a successful comeback. Why would a group disband if they did well? It was upsetting to read the news, especially when I’ve been listening to their music since 2012. That’s a long time.

For those of you who haven’t heard Wonder Girls, they are a South Korean girl group who debuted in 2007 with their album “The Wonder Years”. The original members of the group were Sunmi, Sohee, Sunye, Yeeun and Hyuna. Hyuna was not part of the group for too long, due to problems with chronic gastroenteritis and fainting spells. However, Hyuna ended up being part of another popular Kpop band, 4 Minute which also disbanded last year. Following Hyuna’s exit, in autumn 2007, the talent agency Good Entertainment sent their trainee Yubin to JYP Entertainment to replace Hyuna. Yubin made her debut in their popular music video, “Tell Me”.

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The original lineup! Yenny, Sohee, Sunye, Hyuna and Sunmi.
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Group lineup, after Hyuna’s departure! Yenny, Sunmi, Sohee, Sunye and Yubin.

Wonder Girls have quite a legacy in South Korea, they are known as one of the top girl groups in the Kpop industry, along with other legendary groups. Wonder Girls had a tremendous success, very quickly they began to release chart topping hits like “Tell Me”, “So Hot” and “Nobody”. They were unstoppable and ready tot take over the world with their music. In 2009, it was announced they would go and try to breakthrough the US music market. They debuted with an English version of their song, “Nobody” and recording a new album. In that same year, JYP announced Wonder Girls will be joining the Jonas Brothers on tour. Considering their successful career, there have been a number of member lineup changes. In 2010, Sunmi postponed her music career to pursue her academic career, it was not certain when she would return to JYP again. Following her departure, Hyerim (Lim) a JYP trainee was chosen as Sunmi’s replacement. The group continued to promote their music, while actively working in South Korea and America.

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Yenny, Sohee, Sunye, Yubin and Hyerim.

In 2012, Sunye announced she would be getting married in January 2013! JYP, the CEO of the JYP Entertainment announced the group would go on hiatus. Many fans feared the group will disband, but JYP reassured there was not such thing. On June 24, 2015, it was announced the Wonder Girls would be making a comeback as a band. Yet again, more lineup changes happened with Sunmi returning to the Wonder Girls and Sunye and Sohee ending their contracts with JYP Entertainment. On August 3 2015, they released their comeback album, “Reboot”. To this day this is one of my favorite albums by the Wonder Girls, with their 1980s inspired tunes. The girls took their talent one step further by learning to play an instrument, compose and write their own songs. “Reboot” was a successful album earning a number five spot of the Gaon Album Chart and number two on the Billboard World Albums. Following the success of the their previous album, the Wonder Girls released a new single, “Why So Lonely”, in the summer of 2016.

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Final member lineup. Yenny, Yubin, Hyerim and Sunmi.

Now it is time to say goodbye! There are many questions as to why the group is disbanding, some have stated it is because JYP invests more time and money to promote newer groups. Yubin and Hyerim have renewed their contacts, while Sunmi and Yenny did not. According to some reports, Sunmi and Yenni are meeting with new agencies to continue working as musicians and hopefully continuing their activities as the Wonder Girls. It’s not certain how that would work out, considering they might be with different companies. Nevertheless, I know they will do what’s best for them and their career.

We are saying goodbye to ten wonderful years with the Wonder Girls, they have left behind wonderful music and memories. I may have not followed them from their debut days, but I am happy I got to know them before their disbandment. The girls will be releasing their final single on February 10.

Good luck and thank you for everything Wonder Girls, you were wonderful! We will miss you.

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The Future of This Blog?

Do not let the title of this post scare you, I am not closing my blog.

As you all know, I have made so many changes to this blog, from the content of the blog, to the title and layout. When I called my blog, “Lights, Camera, Play”, I thought that would be it for blog changes.

However, I’ve recently felt the need to write about more topics i.e. some of my favorite movies, TV shows, books, nerdy things i.e. attending Comic Con or FanExpo and much more. I have limited the content of this blog to music and photography. I am itching to write about more of my favorite things from popular culture, but now I feel like there is a barrier.

Being a blogger is not easy, especially if you want your social media platform to grow. A while back when I first started this blog, I began reading about how to have a successful blog. In the article it said it is preferable to focus on one or two topics. At that time I wrote about fashion, music, books, fitness, a little bit of everything. That’s why I decided to limit my blog to two topics, now I have a dilemma again. I promise I’ll figure it out but in the mean time I’ll continue to post on this blog.

Also, I have created another blog about lifestyle. It is called Daily Talk, please check it out. I mainly write about food, fitness, beauty, travel and motivational posts. Daily Talk is a hobby blog, this blog is my main one and for professional purposes.

When I figure out what exactly I want to do my current blog, I’ll let you all know.

Thanks for reading and see you soon! 

Top 10 Locations for Photography in Toronto!

Happy New Year everyone,

I wish you all great health, happiness, success and peace of mind for 2017. A new year means new chances and new opportunities!

With that being said, it is time to move on to today’s topic and today we will talk about the best photography locations in Toronto. I am a huge lover of photography, and  Toronto is a dynamic city and there are some great spots for taking photos.

So let’s take a look at my top 10 picks.

 

1.Scarborough Bluff Park

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For beautiful scenic photos, Scarborough Bluff is the place to explore. The Bluff Park is located in the Scarborough district, which forms much of eastern portion of the Toronto waterfront. I went to the park for the first time last summer and it was stunning, there are some hiking trails and of course, the beach. You will feel as if you have gone on a tropical vacation, well almost.

2. Distillery District

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The Distillery District has an industrial look, but yet classy. It is located east of downtown and  it contains numerous cafés, restaurants, and shops housed within heritage buildings of the former Gooderham and Worts Dstillery (former distiller of alcoholic beverages). The architecture depicts the Victorian era industrial look, it is quite beautiful and different from the typical city architecture. I like going there because it feels like you are somewhere else, I love historic architecture more than modern design.

3. Graffiti Alley

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Street art is my favorite and the Graffiti Alley has endless alleys of graffiti art. The Graffiti Alley is located in the Fashion District, and it runs south of Queen Street West from Spadina Avenue to Portland Street beginning at 1 rush lane. It has a unique charm and it is a great spot for edgier photos.

4. Evergreen Brick Works

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Evergreen Brick works is a former quarry and industrial site located in the Don River Valley. The park offers lots of fun activities and events for the family such as farmers market, restaurants and shops. Evergreen Brick Works has a lovely view of downtown Toronto, surrounded by trees. This is also a great spot for hiking, and discovering new spots in the park to gain a different perspective of the city.

5. Harbourfront.

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The Harbourfront in our city is dynamics place, there is so much to see and do. You will get a great view of Lake Ontario, the beautiful harbour and a view of the Toronto Islands.

6. Toronto Islands

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The islands are buzzing with people in the summer time, there is so much to see and explore. The islands offers a wonderful view of the Toronto’s skylines, while exploring the islands you will finds many beaches, gardens, the lighthouse and so much more.

7. Toronto Light Festival

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There is something brand new coming to Toronto this winter to keep us entertained and encourage us to leave our house without hibernating all the way till Spring. The Toronto Light Festival will be running from January 27 to March 12, 2017! According to their website, you are expected to see this at the festival. I am personally very excited about this one, and I can’t wait to go and explore the cool light installations.

Discover lighting creations of
every size and type.

View installations appearing
to float in the sky.

Experience magical light sculptures, breath taking light canopies, neon artworks & futuristic laser formations.

8. Polson Pier

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Polson Pier was previously known as, The Docks Waterfront Entertainment Complex, it is located in the largely industrial Port Lands area along the shore of Toronto Harbour. It is a great spot for photography because it offers a different angle of the city, and it looks very interesting in the winter time when everything is frozen.

9. Humber Bay Arch Bridge

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This summer I decided to go on a short photography trip to the Humber Bay Bridge, it is located south of Lakeshore Blvd. West. It has a stunning scenic lookout of the city, if you ever come down to south Etobicoke, make sure you come down for a visit.

10. Young-Dundas Square

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Think of it as a smaller version of Times Square! I was lucky enough to complete my undergraduate degree in the heart of downtown Toronto, so that meant I was always in Younge-Dundas Square. This part of the city is buzzing with people and it is probably the busiest spot in the city. You will find large billboards, street performers and many exciting events happening there. It’s a must see.

Ok, this concludes today’s top 10 list pf photography spots in Toronto! Of course, there are many more places, so I’ll be writing a part two post soon.

I’m curious to know, which is your favorite photography location in Toronto. Let me know in the comments below, and with that being said I’ll see you all soon!

Top 10 Songs of 2016!

Hello again everyone,

I wanted to also share with you my list of my favorite songs from 2016, there are so many but I hope you enjoy my picks

   1. The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – Closer

The Chainsmokers are definitely my new favorite musicians, every song they released so far has been to my liking!

2. Sia – Cheap Thrills

Addictive melody, well written lyrics and amazing dance performance by Maddie Ziegler, Sia never disappoints me.

3. Dj Snake ft. Justin Bieber – Let Me Love Your

I have replayed this song more than I should, I’m usually not a fan of Justin Bieber’s music, but this collaboration with Dj Snake is my favorite.

4. Ariana Grande – Into You

Ariana Grande outdid herself this year with releasing more mature album with a mature sound, I love her new work and this song is probably the best one from the entire album.

5. Bruno Mars – 24K Magic

Bruno Mars really know how to produce a track that will make you want to get up dance, 24K Magic is exactly that.

6. John Legend – Love Me

7. Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – This is What You Came For

8. Rihanna ft. Drake – Work

9. Britney Spears ft. G-Eazy – Make Me

10. Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover)

Thank you for reading, I can’t wait to see what new music will be released in 2017 🙂

Happy New Year everyone and I wish you great health, happiness, success and peace of mind for 2017! Thank you spending another year with me, your support means the world to me 🙂