Summer music update!

Although I have been quite busy working this summer, I always make time to download and listen to new music. I am constantly updating my phone with new songs from pretty much every genre. It’s important to always make time to sit down, relax, and discover some new music. It can really give you a new outlook on things.

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Here’s what I’ve recently been into:

“Talk Is Cheap” by Chet Faker. I found this song from someone I follow on Twitter, they posted the lyrics on twitter and they were so beautiful I had to look them up. The song has a slow R&B beat with what sounds like a soaring saxophone leading into the chorus. Faker’s voice is a classic alternative manly man voice. At first listen, you don’t understand where this song is going but just wait, its so good.

“Pills N Potions” by Nicki Minaj. The spitfire rapper is back! But her latest single gives us a different Nicki; a more emotional woman. A soft less aggressive Nicki sweetly sings “Pills n potions, were overdosing, I’m angry, but I still love you”. The verses keep her witty lyrics and rhythm. This song is extremely catchy and will tear up the charts.

“Chandelier” by Sia. I have been a fan of Sia for a while and could not be more excited for her new album coming out July 8th. Her voice is truly unbelievable and she doesn’t get enough credit for her immense talent (she helped write and record Lea Michele’s debut album). “Chandelier’s” music video has been the talk of the music town as we see 11-year old dancer Maddie Ziegler lyrically dance into your soul. A stunning performance on the Ellen show a few days later proved two things: Sia CAN sing live and Maddie is an absolute FIRE. That girl is going places. The song is just fantastic.

“Drowning” by Banks. If you’ve read my blog you probably know I am a huge Banks fan. She is a Queen in my eyes and I love everything she puts into her music. “Drowning” keeps her R&B sultry sound with a faster pace as her haunting voice sings out another stupid guy; “What do you gain by the names that you’re calling me?” Get it girl!

“Another’s Arms” by Coldplay. I was immediately drawn to this song when I started listening to the “Ghost Stories” album on my way to work in the mornings. The opera-like womanly echoing voice stays imprinted in your head throughout your day–but in a good way. As usual, Martin’s voice, the sweet piano, and steady drums are the perfect ingredients for another number one single.

-Abbey

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The soundtrack to Kim & Kanye

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C’mon… you know you love them.

Well, in case you’ve been living under a rock this past weekend you MUST know that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West tied the knot! Kim & Kanye’s longtime friendship turned into a beautiful romance, along came a baby, and then marriage. Here are some songs I think represent the couple that is “Kimye”.

1.) “I’ll Be Waiting” by Adele. This song resembles how Kanye waited through two marriages/divorces to finally realize Kim is the one for him. As the song states “I’ll be waiting for you when you’re ready to love me again…” Kim and Kanye never had a mutual liking for each other until recently when the timing felt right.

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2.) “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel. First of all, this song is a classic. Kim and Kanye may have stirred up the paparazzi pot but paparazzi have always been crazy. We see time and time again on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” that Kim does NOT enjoy the attention she gets 24/7 nor does Kanye (who is rarely shown on the reality show). This song proves that Kimye “Didn’t start the fire, It was always burning, since the world’s been turning.”

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3.) “That Girl” by Justin Timberlake. This song is a classic love song filled with doo-wop background vocals. Kim and Kanye could fill this song with their passionate love for each other. As Kanye has said before in several interviews, he is absolutely taken by Kim and is madly in love with her. JT says it best “I’m in love with that girl, and she told me, that she’s in love with me.”

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4.) “Bound 2” by Kanye West was literally made for his new bride Kim. The chorus chirps “Bound to fall in love (uh huh honey)” Kanye gives out some manly advice in the song when he raps “One good girl is worth a thousand bitches”. Kanye was never much of a playboy, but its so refreshing to see him finally settled down with a family.

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5.) “All I Want Is You” by Miguel. This is an older Miguel song with the perfect R&B sound to it. The song is pretty self explanatory. The crooning Miguel sings “Cause being your friend was killing me softly” which could resemble the friendship Kim and Kanye have had since they were young adults. “Cause her eyes, and those hips,and that ass, don’t compare, at all.” These lyrics very accurately describe how Kanye sees Kim. He has said over and over Kim is his dream girl.

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-Abbey

 

 

 

 

 

A room full of Coldplay

Me: Ok, Dad it’s 7 I need the TV now.

Dad: Why? What are you watching?

Me: A Coldplay concert on NBC.

Dad: But I saw you’re taping it so can’t you just watch it later?

Me: I taped it so I can watch it 100 more times, I’ve been waiting all week to watch this. Remote please?

*Dad hands over the remote

Chris Martin doesn’t even have to try to enchant an audience, it just happens on its own.

Coldplay: Ghost Stories premiered tonight (5/18) on NBC. The hour long special gave fans an intimate look at the band performing for a somewhat small crowd of 800 people. They played mostly new music with a couple classic Coldplay hits. The blend of amplified music and gorgeous cinematography was such a refreshing sight to see on the NBC network.

Starting off with their first single off the new album Ghost Stories, The song Magic made the crowd become one. The energy and slow trance-like vibe could be felt flowing out of my Samsung television all the way through my fluffy slippers to the big blue recliner I was sitting in.

After an annoying commercial break… Coldplay was back with one of their earlier hits Speed of Sound. This song brought all Coldplay fans on a ride back to the beginning of this magnificent band.

Colorful explosions littered the ceiling of the venue as fans’ faces floated with exuberant smiles and glowing eyes. Coldplay has a way of making everyone just feel. There is no other way to describe it. This band can make you feel everything.

The song Viva La Vida brought everyone back to the good ole drum stomping Coldplay. The chorus heavy song had every fan singing every lyric. Chris Martin’s gorgeous smile and effortless voice captivated every human in the room. People of all age, race, and gender looked like they were having such a fantastic time, just living in the moment.

The concert then drifted from reality to what looked like a music video. We see Chris Martin running outside of the venue (guitar in hand) taking a taxi, then slowly walking down a dimly lit dock to sing another new song off of Ghost Stories called Oceans. The fitting sound of waves crash beneath Martin as he stares into the camera and just about melts your heart into a puddle on your own living room floor.

As Martin jumps off the dreamy dock into the dark water, a classic Coldplay hot-change happens, chart topper “A Sky Full of Stars” is now lighting up the stage. As the beat drops, we see Martin’s awkward yet adorable dancing as he takes front and center on the stage.
The crowd helps Martin finish the song and a huge grin is left on his face.

Near the end of the show, Martin introduces the other band members giving a little blurb about each man. I’m not here to give you a play by play (you need to watch the whole special yourself) But I really loved when he introduced Guy Berryman (bassist) and said “He sells our calendars with his devilish good looks” PREACH! That man is a work of art…

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I love the brotherly love you see on stage with Coldplay. The smiles at each other during a guitar solo or drum beat are truly a joy to see these days. Bands seem to be going extinct and Coldplay engulfs the spirit of what it means to be in a band. The respect, passion, love, and pure talent is left behind on every stage they touch.

Go out to a store and buy “Ghost Stories” TOMORROW (5/19), play it start to finish, and enjoy every second that is Coldplay.

-Abbey

 

My rekindled love for the King of Pop

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Justin Timberlake

First of all, I would like to apologize for the slight unintended hiatus my blog has been on… The lure of my home, a comfortable bed, yummy food, and taped TV has done a great job of distracting me. But I am back! and I promise to be consistent this summer with my blog.

I recently caught Justin Timberlake on Oprah’s show Master Class, now don’t judge me. Oprah may sometimes be a little dramatic, but you can’t deny the woman really brings out the best in people. Justin Timberlake is a prime example of that.

This episode got me thinking. One thing that irks me about mainstream music is to me, Justin Timberlake’s music gets brushed under the rug, except for the singles. We all know the words to “Sexy Back”, “Mirrors”, “Cry Me A River” etc. But why don’t people know the words to “Blue Ocean Floor” one of Justin’s most beautifully composed songs off his first installment of The 20/20 Experience or “Amnesia” a gorgeous band heavy track from the second 20/20 Experience? I wish people would hear the single on the radio and say “Oh I love this song, maybe I should listen to the rest of the album and see if I like any other songs?” Yes I have to admit, I am one of those people who says “I knew that song before it was on the radio!!” But it’s true, people need to pay attention to the whole piece of art and not just the one painting hanging in the window.

This is a disease plaguing the music industry. In this day and age we are almost completely made up of one hit wonders and number one singles that fade out in about three months. People are more concerned with reaching number one and not the quality of their music. Justin Timberlake is the complete opposite; a true master at the music business.

Listen to what he says about hard work:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaMALXPvLYE

Throughout his whole interview you get the pure feeling that Timberlake understands the true sense of being a musician. His hard work writing songs, learning instruments, performing for his fans has all paid off now that his career has launched into full gear.

We all know Timberlake as the wisecracking funnyman that seems to shut down the SNL set every time he appears but during this episode of Master Class, we see a more refined and philosophical Justin as he explains how much he likes being a beginner; “I can look at everyone and say ‘I have no idea how to do this, lets figure it out.'” Words to live by? I think so!

My point is Justin Timberlake is extremely talented, his entire concept for The 20/20 Experience was absolutely genius and shattered what we knew as the standard idea of pop music. Timberlake has the perfect combination of real band heavy music, catchy choruses and stunning musical composition.

Give EVERY song a listen, not just the one you hear when you get in the car on the way to work. You won’t regret it.

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Abbey

I’m Banking on BANKS!

It only took a couple Instagram pictures to make me get crazy excited for goth
Queen Banks’ new single.

“Goddess” dropped on iTunes this past week and it is the epitome of real life
girl power and courage.

The song is clearly about a troubled relationship. Banks sings “she gave it all,
you gave her s***, she coulda done just anything.” The haunting backup vocals
and gorgeous R&B beats leave you singing every word.

“You shoulda crowned her, cause she’s a goddess” I just can’t get over this line
and how perfect it is. Banks recently said at a live concert, “Every woman is a
goddess and I want every woman to know that, every single one of you, you are a
goddess. This is for you.” Banks is being a voice for all the women who deserve
true love but don’t have it. The song has a sassy “coulda had this” attitude
that you can’t help but completely fall in love with.

The chorus is another mixture of sass and truth; “f****** with a goddess and you
get a little colder” AKA- don’t mess with a woman. This just makes me want to
make a Goddess army with tons of really cool women in hot leather and lots of
eyeliner. Maybe even a couple thigh high boots.

Banks’ full length album comes out September 9th and it is going to slay
everything in its path. With a total of 18 songs on the album (including songs
from her London- EP) her mixture of dark pop and sultry R&B are absolutely
stunning. Banks’ voice in itself is something you don’t hear every day. She has
an interesting vocal range hitting low notes all the way up to trickling high
fairy notes. Her vibrato is subtle enough where you can barely notice it but
when you do, it just adds that much more emotion to every track.

Banks is killing it in every way possible right now. Her style and ambition to
create an album that resembles her is the true way to make music.

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