Music Monday: Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – Finesse.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Music Monday, your daily dose of weekly music!

Today I will be introducing a song that’s trending worldwide and that’s none other than “Finesse” by Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B.

This song brings me back to 90s funk music, it is so upbeat and catchy. It reminds me of Fresh Prince of Bel Air, the fashion, and dancing in the music video is on point. Cardi B’s rap adds something special to the song and Bruno’s vocals are heaven to my ears. It’s safe to say that I haven’t been so obsessed with a song since Gangnam Style days.

Let me know if you will have this song on replay!

Enjoy and see you soon!

 

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Countdown To Christmas, Day 3! Johhny Mathis – It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas!

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Day 3 of my Musical Christmas Countdown.

Today’s song choice is “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas” by Johhny Mathis. This is my absolute favorite, Christmas is not complete without playing this every day. Originally this song was written in 1951 by Meredith Wilson and it was recorded by many other artists i.e. Perry Como and Fontane Sisters with Mitchell Ayres and Bing Crosby.

This specific version I’m sharing today is from the Home Alone 2: Lost In New York, even my students at work love it!

Enjoy!

Thank for tuning in and I’ll see you all tomorrow!

Countdown To Christmas, Day 1! Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song.

Hello everyone,

Welcome to my Countdown To Christmas Music Edition, I am so excited to share with you some of my favorite Christmas songs.

Let’s get the party started!

Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song

I love classic Christmas song, it is commonly known as “Chestnut Roasting On The Open Fire”, but the actual name of the song is “The Christmas Song”. The song was released in 1945 and it is written by Bob Wells and Mel Torme. This song is perfect for a snowy Christmas day, in front of the fireplace.

See you all tomorrow for day two of my musical Christmas countdown 🙂

 

 

Music Monday! BTS – Best Of Me.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Music Monday!

Today I will be introducing BTS, a South Korean boy band who are gaining lots of recognition internationally. They debuted June 12, 2013. They recently performed at the AMAs, made an appearance on the Ellen Show and so much more. Let’s just say that Kpop is becoming international.

Some of their accomplishments are winning a Billboard Music Award for Top Social Artist and in June 2017, Time magazine named them one of the 25 most influential people on the internet. There are also known as one of the most powerful and influential celebrities. I would like to introduce to you the members of BTS.

Jin

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He is the oldest member (December 4, 1992) of BTS and he is the vocalist and visual of the group.

J – Hope

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J – Hope is the rapper and dancer of the group.

Rap Monster

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Rap Moster is the stage of Kim Namjoon and he is the leader and main rapper of the group.

Suga

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Suga is best known for his rapping abilities in BTS.

Jimin

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Jimin is known for being the lead dancer and vocalist of BTS.

V

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Kim Taehyung, also known as V is one of the vocalists of BTS.

Jungkook

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Jungkook is the youngest member of BTS, also referred to as the Golden Maknae.

BTS is releasing a new album titled “Love Yourself “Her” and they recently collaborated with The Chainsmokers to record the song “Best Of Me’.

You are instantly drawn in by the melody that keeps building up as you dive right into the chorus part of the song. It has a unique sound that is different from their previous work. It has a solid beat and strong engaging rhythm that grabs your attention. BTS is incorporating more of the Western style of music, which is helping them enter the US music market.

They released a new music video on November 24, 2017, which is also Steve Aoki Remix to their song “Mic Drop”.

Let me know what you think about BTS and if you plan to start listening to their music.

See you tomorrow for Indie Tuesday!

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!

Rest In Peace, Chester❤

It was July 20, 2017 and I walking around downtown Edmonton, while I was on vacation leaving for Jasper, Alberta the next day. I scroll through my Instagram and I suddenly see the headline, “RIP Chester”.

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In absolute shock and disbelief, I type into Google ‘Chester Bennington’, maybe it’s the wrong Chester. Nope, I read again the headlines and I burst into tears. I never cry for celebrity deaths because I don’t have any personal connection to these people, but Chester was different. He is the reason why I fell in love with rock music, because of his music I got through high school. He got a lot of teenagers of my generation through rough times. I have never been to a Linkin Park concert and I dreamed of the day I will see them perform on stage. The news were heartbreaking for me, I simply couldn’t believe it.

For those of you who have not heard of Linkin Park or Chester, Chester is the lead singer of the rock band Linkin Park. Chester had powerful vocals that touched your soul, I personally feel like no one else can compare to him. Chester’s road to success wasn’t always easy, there were countless rejections from record label companies. In his early days, Chester was was part of a band called “Grey Daze” (1993), the band recorded three albums but in 1998 he left the band. It was struggle for him to find another band after leaving Grey Daze, however, Jeff Blue, now a vice president of A&R at Warner Bros., intervened to help the band sign with Warner Bros. Records. On October 24 2000, Linkin Park released their debut album “Hybrid Theory”

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As a side project in 2005, Bennington formed another bad as a side project called Dead By Sunrise, their debut album was released on October 13, 2009. According to online articles, . He worked on new material with Stone Temple Pilots in 2013 to release the EP High Rise on October 8, 2013, via their own record label, Play Pen.

To me he was one of the greatest vocalists in the rock music world, his vocals had so much emotion, a really distinct voice that cannot be forgotten.

Thank you Chester for existing and sharing your talent! You are missed so much! Please continue to support Linkin Park, I know one day they will come back, so when they do we will there waiting for them.

Thank you for reading and see you soon!

Source (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chester_Bennington)