Well, what do ya know? Your girl has some blogging soul left in her. There may be zero of you out there reading this, but I missed getting into the zone and just letting my thoughts run free. So here I am again.
My first post back would of course be on music, gotta stay on brand right? I will admit, when I wasn’t blogging as much last year – I found myself sleeping on some great music. Which dear music deities, please forgive me.
Below you will find my Top 5 Tunes for the month of January (yes, I know I’m more than a few days late, but I promise it’s just as good still) and an extra little somethin’ somethin’ in the form of a playlist of all the songs I discovered and enjoyed during the first 31 days of 2018. Hopefully you can find a few new gems too! (I mean, there’s 47 of songs…the chances are likely there will be at least one.)
1) All the Stars – Kendrick Lamar and Sza
Okay, okay, okay. When it was announced that Kendrick Lamar would be curating/producing the Black Panther soundtrack you KNEW that album was going to be good. Like, sign me up NOW good. Then the first song got released and it was a collaboration with two of the music world’s biggest darlings currently – SZA and Kendrick Lamar himself. Could it get better than this? It’s a beautiful synth-heavy song that combines the talents of the two perfectly. “All the Stars” easily amps up the already high excitement for the movie.
2) Mystery of Love – Sufjan Stevens
I have a confession to make. I have never enjoyed Sufjan Steven’s music much. (I know, it’s a very unpopular opinion.) However, “Mystery of Love” and the other two songs Stevens crafted for Call Me By Your Name may have changed my mind. Have you ever heard music that is so absolutely perfect for it’s usage, it almost becomes breathtaking? “Mystery of Love” is one of those for me. The Oscar nomination is very well deserved. The tone, sound, lyrics…everything compliments the story of Elio and Oliver. “Mystery of Love” adds a layer of narration to the backdrop of somewhere in Northern Italy 1983 in it’s own unique way.
3) My My My! – Troye Sivan
Days before Troye Sivan announced his comeback single, I was pondering aloud what ever happened to him. Creating one heck of a song is what. “My My My!” is a bop, a banger, and a jam all in one. Sivan took his 80s pop meets 00s EDM inspired debut and cranked it up a notch to deliver on his sophomore album too. I could dance in my car, in the club, in my kitchen…I could dance wherever to this song. In those famous words, wig snatched.
4) Cold Little Heart – Michael Kiwanuka
Here’s a bit of a throwback for you. “Cold Little Heart” was released in 2016, so it’s not necessarily new – but it’s new to me. While binge watching Big Little Lies on New Year’s Day, I found myself entranced by the opening credits enough to sit through them. Every. Single. Episode. Even though they were on my DVR and I could’ve easily pressed fast forward. It sounds like I wasn’t alone in my love for Kiwanuka’s song. After Big Little Lies premiered, the numbers of people who Shazam’d the song increased massively.
5) IDGAF – Dua Lipa
I am all for powerful feminist and self-love anthems in music. I can’t get enough. Lipa’s “IDGAF” fits that bill to a T. One listen and suddenly you’ll have a list of all those who have done you wrong, imagining yourself driving around town in a nice car and not giving them the time of day. Or, was that just me? Either way, this song exudes confidence and it’s hard to resist feeling the same.
Honorable Mention: “For You” by Rita Ora and Liam Payne. I will be honest, this song didn’t make my Top 5 simply because it’s from the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack and I am petty AF. They trilogy consistently had killer soundtracks and it was the hardest thing for me to admit each go around. “For You” is the quintessential ‘lovers’ duet and it’s the best thing either Ora or Payne have put out in ages.
The January playlist found below (let’s be honest, due to my eclectic music tastes probably every playlist on this blog) will be a mixture of everything from Top 40 pop to obscure indie and maybe even a few country and rap songs thrown in between.
What did you find yourself listening to in the first month of 2018?
P.S. – The beginning of the year signifies a resolution for most people to amp up their workouts. Of course, just like how there’s an app for everything – I’ve got a playlist for that.
Until next time,