I feel like I say this every month, but you guys…March was seriously brimming with so much musical goodness. Why did I think only featuring five was a good idea? My top choices this month all skew a bit more pop-sounding, other than one solid rock song.
Happy International Women’s Day! What better way to celebrate than with a little dash of empowerment in the form of a playlist. As we have seen in recent movements, today in 2018 this is just as important of a day than ever to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of all women. For more information and resources visit their website. This year’s theme is #PressforProgress for a call-to-action in gender parity.
I know a playlist isn’t a easy, fix-it solution, but good music keeps spirits up and can be a mechanism for pushing people forward as we all continue on with the good work needing to be done.
To all the amazing women…
- Who came before us to make life what it is today
- That raised the current generations to be fierce and independent and to know their voice is worthy
- Supporting all women on their achievements and dreams
- Raising future generations of amazing women who will keep breaking down boundaries
- Told they can’t express themselves in the way that feels right to them
- Speaking up and fighting for change every day
I raise my glass to all of you and have more gratitude than I could ever express.
The Women’s Empowerment Playlist is only a small selection of the songs I could’ve included. The original working playlist before I parsed it down had over 60 songs. Let me tell you, it was incredibly hard to not include them all, but I didn’t know if people would actually find a four-hour long playlist useful.
I decided to instead go for a more upbeat, pop driven focus. The vibe I was going for when I was listening is one that gets me amped up and want to take on the patriarchy basically. It’s 25 songs all about loving yourself, being your biggest fan, and not taking anybody’s shit. Most songs are from 2010s, not that those classic jams (Man! I Feel Like A Woman!, Respect, No Scrubs, I’m Every Woman…and so on) aren’t incredibly important and worthy songs to still bop out to today.
What do you hope can change for future generations of women?
P.S. – Like many women, my mom is one of my biggest influences, but there’s one unique connection we share through music.
Until next time,
I have to admit, February was a difficult month to only pick my top 5 songs to show off. That doesn’t mean it was lacking, rather there were so many quality songs I thoroughly loved. You may have seen my sneak peek Tweet yesterday with me exclaiming just how good this playlist was. After a lot of pondering, I think I am satisfied with the chosen ones. Let’s see if you agree.
1) Make Me Feel – Janelle Monáe
Can we talk about how much of a bop this song is? When Janelle Monáe announced her upcoming album Dirty Computer with an accompanying visual album, I knew we were in for a good time. “Make Me Feel” has raucous keyboards, staccato rhythmic guitars, and all the funk that her former mentor Prince would’ve provided. It’s a super sensual and sexy song, that is also fun to dance to. Bonus: Tessa Thompson makes an appearrance in the music video.
2) 1950 – King Princess
King Princess is a 19 year old new artist whose first debut is to launch Mark Ronson’s new label Zelig. Her music is self-produced, self-written, and self-playing of all the instruments. Talk about talent. There’s a reason why she’s one to watch and already getting plenty of buzz. “1950” is soft and airy, but has a bittersweet quality to it that almost feels haunting at times.
3) Come Wander With Me – Brian Fallon
Formerly the lead singer of The Gaslight Anthem, Fallon is known for his lyrical prowess. “Come and Wander With Me” is a reflection of a broken relationship full of fragility and strength. This song is Fallon at his best with quality introspective rock. (Any Butch Walker fans out there? This is a song for you to check out in particular.)
4) Saturdays – Twin Shadows (Featuring HAIM)
“Saturdays” is a perfect song encompassing all possible vibes of it’s namesake. There’s a pulsating guitar layered on the shimmering vocals that create a unique mystique. With clear 80s influences, this song manages to pay homage without feeling vintage. A solid pop song that has widespread appeal to both indie and mainstream audiences.
5) Pray For Me – The Weekend and Kendrick Lamar
Black Panther soundtrack does it again! “Pray for Me” is a track that is meant to reveal the internal monologue of the film’s protagonist King T’Challa. A strong bass line runs throughout the contemporary electric sound and propels it forward. The two rappers fuse together two different styles in one epic combination. (PS: If you haven’t listened to this entire soundtrack and enjoy rap, r&b, and hip-hop…it is a MUST.)
Honorable Mention: “Want You Back” – 5 Seconds of Summer. There was a summer a few years ago when 5SOS was in One Direction’s touring pocket and I found myself a pretty hardcore fan of these guys. Then, they went out on their own and the appeal was quickly diminished due to their repeatedly problematic nature. (Even if their debut album was great.) Here we are years later when I thought I was good and clear of them and they pull me back in with a great song. I don’t think I’ll ever stan them like I did once upon a time, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find me jamming to their new album when it is released.
The February playlist below contains 40 tracks. It even has a few never-before seen on my playlist surprises thanks to the K-Pop focus during the recent Olympics. (Bonus points if you can point out any of the three songs I became obsessed with due to figure skating last week.)
Do you have an artist whose music you love, even if you don’t particularly like the artist?
Until next time,
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,
Somebody once told me, a person’s Top 25 Playlist on their iTunes account is like a glimpse into their inner workings – that you really get to understand somebody when they unveil their most played songs. The songs they listen to when they’re sad. The songs they listen to when they’re happy. The songs that connect to the most powerful memories of their lives. Maybe even those songs they hate to admit how much they love.
I decided to drag out my old iTunes account and take a little peak. For this to be truly fun, I only allow an artist/band to appear with the song that lands highest in the list.
Since the days of streaming music became prevalent (circa 2014ish) my iTunes account has sat sad and mostly abandoned, so this playlist also counts as a nice little jaunt down memory lane. However, even if it’s been 3+ years since I listened to music on iTunes most of the songs are still certified favorites. I think that says a lot. I seem to discover songs only to cherish them and keep them close to my heart. I’m not surprised by that bit of information.
If you took one look at my Top 25 Playlist you’d probably think I was quite the melancholy and heartbroken git. It has a very slow and sad vibe overall. Which actually took me by surprise. Usually I’m drawn to upbeat tracks. (Confession: I skip all of One Direction’s slow songs 90% of the time when I listen.) I think that is because in college I found myself writing quite often and would choose more downtempo and thoughtful songs as my backing music. That, and sometimes music can be the greatest comfort and I discovered specific songs at a lower points in my life.
Every single track has the ability to take me back memory wise to specific events or people. One in particular was the day I moved in to my first apartment as an adult the first thing I did was set up my stereo amongst all my cardboard boxes. It was priority number one, simply for the fact I wanted to blast “Paris (Ooh La La)” by Grace Potter. 19 year old me thought it was a fierce declaration of my independence.
Music plays a big part in life. That is for certain.
What does my Top 25 say about me to you?
Did we have any Top 25 songs in common? Did any of my Top 25 surprise you?
P.S. – Are you in the mood for more sad songs? I have a playlist for that!
Until next time,
Better late than never? I had the best of intentions with my Summer 2016 Playlist as you can tell by the Spotify creation date, but then life got in the way. I honestly don’t understand the bloggers that can balance it all. Major kudos if you fall in that group – seriously. Maybe also teach me your ways.
It may be August but these are still the tunes fueling my summer and hopefully my Summer 2016 Playlist can keep you going through these dog days of summer. What does that phrase mean by the way? I’ve always used it and known it refers to the ending of this season, but how did it come about? You can bet I am Googling that now – it’s based on astrology. You learn something new every day.
Funny enough at least a handful of songs in this playlist I was NOT a fan of immediately. A few I even Tweeted my displeasure over. Yet another time where I should’ve learned my lesson that if I announce my dislike of something, chances are likely I’m eventually going to enjoy it. The songs of summer are often so catchy, I can’t resist their charm.
The Summer 2016 Playlist is a mixture of pop, indie rock, rap, and even a few country tunes thrown in. What I’m trying to say is that there will be something for everyone. Satisfaction guaranteed.
If I had to crown the ultimate song of summer, I would easily say Justin Timberlake is the reigning king. Change the dial to any radio station and before long, “Can’t Stop This Feeling” will be all over the airwaves. The Troll movie isn’t even in trailer form, but the soundtrack is already a winner.
What’s your go-to song of summer?
P.S. – Or, maybe you’re over summer and wishing for fall. Don’t worry, I’ve got your playlist needs covered too.
Until next time,
I know when the calendars flip to January 1st, for many people their new year’s resolutions are some variation of get in better shape, get fit, lose weight…yadda yadda yadda. I’ve been there. For me, it never lasted long. Instead I’ve realized I’ve slowly had to prioritize my health instead of a quick momentary goal because it was a new year. However, there is never a time like now to start planning for these goals, when everywhere you look there’s tips, deals, and support on an individual’s fitness.
Part of that journey has been learning to truly enjoy doing things that impact me positively. I now look forward to my trips to the gym and it is all about figuring out what works best for me. How did I do it? The answer may come as a surprise to all of you. One of my favorite ways to get excited for those scheduled workout times is to always have a fresh and lively playlist.
May I present the New Year, New You: Workout Playlist. There’s no genre or theme here. Just twenty-five top notch songs to kick your butt into gear. These are all new additions to my workout playlists that have inspired me and I hope they’ll do the same for you.
Make sure to save the playlist to your Spotify account for you to easily listen next time you head to the gym.
What’s your favorite recent song to get into the zone while working out?
P.S. – If you’re real into workout playlists that are themed, I have your back with my indie-filled pump up jams.
Until next time,
Fall has gotten a bit of a bad rep recently. It’s been labeled everything from basic to overdone. I don’t care. I love fall. I will ALWAYS love fall. Between summers with too fair of skin to ever enjoy the season fully (lobster alert) or the Minnesota winters where temps can reach -50 degrees Fahrenheit with a windchill, I was bound to be all for the fall season. Bring it on.
I know it seems like fall started ages ago based on the pumpkin flavored everything influx that started in August, but it’s actually today. I know, my mind was blown too. The autumn equinox marks the first official day of the season and this is when I finally allow myself to fully give in to the fall mindset. Give me all the oversized jumpers, pretty colors to photograph, and endless hot beverages of choice to drink now. Yes please.
Are you a fall person? If you are, boy do I have a treat for you today. Introducing Cozy Up: The Fall Playlist!
I wouldn’t be me and we wouldn’t be celebrating my favorite season without a superb playlist to accompany it. Time to bask in the comfort and contentment that the fall radiates, with music that goes hand in hand. I’m basically giving you a musical sweater that wraps you up in coziness, where can you get a better deal than that?
What is your choice song for fall?
P.S. – For all you lovelies living south of the equator, don’t worry I’ve got you covered too. Check out my Hello! Spring playlist for those warmer days or if you’re just in the mood for for sunshine in a playlist.
Until next time,
Yesterday was the summer solstice here in the states, meaning it’s OFFICIALLY the season of beaching, bonfires, and windows down filled drives. Insert all the sunglasses emojis here. Hallelujah, I know! While summer may not be my favorite season – it’s still something worth celebrating.
I wouldn’t be my music loving self if I haven’t been keeping my eyes and ears on the charts so I could bring you a playlist full of the hottest sounds of summer 2015. Every year I like making my bets and predictions and tallying up how I did after the three months are over.
Sun’s Out, Songs Out is a playlist that features a mixture of some songs that will dominate the charts and other songs that just encompass what I think summer feels like. Spanning my three main stomping grounds of indie, pop, and EDM I hope there’s something for everyone’s tastes.
There may be some choices not everyone will agree with. Such as me being completely over “Shut Up and Dance With Me” by Walk the Moon (I’m sorry it’s overplayed!) However, I’m sweet, so to compromise I delivered you just as ace of a replacement song by the same band. Annnnddd everything works out well!
To start it off I had to go with the song we all know is already the ultimate song of summer. It’s been decided and I had to mention it, even if I couldn’t include it on the actual playlist. Yes, I’m talking Miss T-Swift with her song “Bad Blood” – I just can’t resist. This song IS MY JAM. All I want is to hear this song when I’m in my car. Who I am? But ONLY the Kendrick Lamar version, otherwise I just feel cheated.
What song is your choice for summer 2015?
P.S. – Check out my Hello Spring! playlist, it may have been meant for a specific season – but it’s perfect for any time there’s sunshine in the sky.
Until next time,
I’ve mentioned lately that I have been struggling a bit with life. Not in a down and out way necessarily, but certain situations have popped up and left me pondering pretty much everything. Do I even exist? Okay, maybe not quite that existential but anything from family to career to home have all been up in the air. All the big questions mean I’ve been very reflective.
Of course as with almost everything in my life, my go-to solution is music. What. A. Shocker. Yes, I am one of those people and have a Feelin’ Reflective Playlist to whip out when there’s a necessity. Lately it has been on at least once a day and if we’re being completely honest, it’s been played more often than not. The big times it’s played are during writing and yoga, but I’ve even been listening to this playlist while in the shower – because is there any better place to ponder?
The playlist is full of moody indie rock and folk. There’s just something about banjos and harmonicas that scream reflection. Even if you aren’t in the mood for questioning everything, it’s a calming playlist that is full of easy listening. I’m also totally a lyrics person as Peyton Sawyer would typecast me, so many of these songs have wonderfully written lines in the songs as well. Win, win.
What is your go to artist or song for when you’re feeling reflective?
P.S. – The only time I haven’t been listening to the Feelin’ Reflective Playlist, I’ve been jamming out to 1DAF, go figure.
Until next time,