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Merch: Find his/her favorite artist/band, check their site for cool merch, and order!! So many artists have awesome merch out right now (yes, I’m going to say Ariana Grande again, but I actually wear the God Is A Woman sweater every day). Halsey and LANY also have really cool clothing out right now.
Vinyl records: For people who own a record player, this is the BEST gift. Buy them a nostalgic record from their past or a current one you know they love front to back. Not only is it collectible but a great addition to any music lovers bedroom, office, or workspace. Urban Outfitters has a fantastic vinyl selection. Also, try browsing thrift stores or vintage shops for older albums.
Portable charger: This will go down as one of the best gifts any millennial can receive. There’s nothing worse than a dying phone when you’re on the go and want to listen to music. The best part is, you can buy these pretty much anywhere. Walmart, Target, Marshall’s, etc, and they aren’t that expensive!
Headphones: As an avid music listener myself, headphones are essential. I tend to wear earbuds for casual listening and own a pair of the JBL Wireless headphones for the gym. Wireless is the perfect option for people who use more machinery (cords can get messy, pull, and cause injury). Beats are also a very reliable brand and they have INSANELY good music quality. Definitely, do your research, read reviews, and focus on a pair that will fit the recipients’ lifestyle.
Concert tickets: This is always the perfect gift for any diehard music lover. Concert tickets can get expensive, so it’s even better to get them as a gift! Artists like Ariana Grande, The 1975, Twenty One Pilots, Fleetwood Mac, and more, are all on tour right now. Ticketmaster and Seat Geek are two sites I usually use to get the best deals on tickets (also, get that pre-sale code whenever you can by signing up for artists’ email lists).
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“Reasons” feels different from any other Cautious Clay song. It’s lined with exuberant hip-hop elements; starting with a deep guitar riff then swiftly back into a rhythmic beat. Keeping his harmonic background vocals and soaring alto notes as he croons about making mistakes, changes, and being honest.
“I did it all for the no, I did it all for the no good reasons, I said it all for the need, I always knew you would change like seasons” Clay preaches on the chorus. “Reasons” is edgy and urgent, unlike the slower yet philosophical themes of Clay’s previous work.
The Brooklyn-native is working on an EP to be released early next year.
Listen to “Reasons” here:
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Possibly one of the most quotable movies of all time; Elf continues to be a holiday favorite. Including classic artists like Ella Fitzgerald and Leon Redbone and newer singers like Zooey Deschanel, all your favorite holiday hits are covered. “Pennies From Heaven” will be bopping in your head for days to come.
The Polar Express:
Grab your LL Bean slippers and run outside to hop on The Polar Express. A soundtrack full of angelic Christmas songs that could send you to sleep any night (listen to “When Christmas Comes To Town” and Josh Groban’s impeccable “Believe”). Tom Hanks’ standout anthem to our favorite holiday beverage is catchy and fun for even the grandparents watching the film.
Beauty and the Beast:
Of course I’m referring to the 2017 remake starring Emma Watson as the elegant and independent Belle. If her petite voice singing “How Does A Moment Last Forever” doesn’t make you cry, I don’t believe you’re human…Don’t even get me started on the Ariana Grande and John Legend version of the title track, “Beauty and the Beast”. Both voices cover ever range in perfect harmony. Need some comic relief? Josh Gad proves to be the perfect sidekick as he croons in the hilarious “Gaston”.
If you’ve never listened to this soundtrack, stop what you’re doing and listen right now. Love Actually gives you all the holiday spirit without over-saturating the music in Christmas themes. “God Only Knows” and “White Christmas” keep the vintage feel to the already sweet and heartwarming soundtrack.
One listen to “Love Is An Open Door” and I’m singing it in my car at 8 am on the way to work… Kristen Bell is the Disney Princess we never knew we needed. Themes of family, love, and independence run through this soundtrack at every turn, especially on “Do You Want To Build A Snowman?” and the iconic anthem, “Let It Go”.