Spring Playlist!

I’m sure not all of you have been experiencing an absolutely brutal winter like I have, but let me tell you… I have never looked forward to spring as much as I am this year. The constant scraping of my car and 15 layers a day walking to class are as annoying as it gets. Not to mention the dirty muddy floors of every entrance way making me fear my life every time I slightly slip.

Me walking to and from class every day...
Me walking to and from class every day…

So what do I do to get over my winter blues? Sit in my warm bed, drink some tea, and listen to music. I feel like I haven’t shared what I’ve been listening to lately, so I thought I would update you guys as to what’s on my “Spring Playlist”.

1.) “Treat Me Like Fire” by Lion Babe. Just found this duo recently and totally dig their vibes. R&B infused with some killer beats, add some seriously sexy vocals and I am hooked! Also check out “Jungle Lady”.

2.) “Dream” by Imagine Dragons. One of my favorites off their new album “Smoke and Mirrors”. The song is absolutely beautiful start to finish, complete with the always heart pounding ID drum beat and Reynolds’ vocals cutting through to the very core of every human heart.

3.) “All Day” by Kanye West feat. Theophilus London & Paul McCartney. You guys…I’ve been raging to this song at the gym ever since it came out. Yes, it is laced with profanity, but that’s just Yeezy at his finest. There are so many dope elements to this song and it also happens to be sitting proudly at number 1 on iTunes. This only gets me more psyched to hear the new album.

4.) “We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off” by Ella Eyre. I was watching another music video and this song was playing on a laundry commercial of some sort, I stopped what I was doing immediately and looked the song up. Eyre resembles a slightly edgier Adele with endless vocal runs and classic piano accompaniment. Yes, this is a remake from the late 80’s. HERS IS SO MUCH BETTER.

5.) “Play No Games” by Big Sean feat. Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $ign. Sean’s whole album is pretty epic to say the least. His lyrical content is way beyond anything he’s ever done before. I think this song should be on the radio IMMEDIATELY. It would do so well, and I really hope he makes it a single. Brown seems to have a way with radio hits…

6.) “I Caught Myself” by Paramore. This song was on the first Twilight soundtrack and for some reason I forgot it existed for the longest time and recently I have been obsessing over it again. The guitar is so mesmerizing and Hayley’s voice is on the verge of pleading and it couldn’t be more angelic.

7.) “One Last Night” by Vaults. I plucked this from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack as one of my favorites off the album. The string section truly makes this song as delicate as it is. With such powerful lyrics, the sense of beauty dangles around the hidden agenda of love.

8.) “Adore” by Cashmere Cat feat. Ariana Grande. Who’s that? Nobody knows, but now we do. Holy hell, Ariana’s vocals are spot on as usual. The best part? The song stays true to Grande’s musical form mixing R&B and hip-hop beats to create a perfect pop song as her high notes weave interchangeably throughout the entire three and a half minutes.

Hopefully these songs drag you out of the snowbank and into the flower bed. March 20th can’t come soon enough…

This is what my dreams look like right now.
This is what my dreams look like right now.

-Abbey

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AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS!

Pitbull, we get it…you’re Cuban.

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Of course Taylor Swift had the opening spot for the night. She recreated her “Blank Space” video on stage featuring heavy, no, HEAVY backup vocals as she nonchalantly plays with flaming roses, mimes in golden picture frames, and a smoke filled stage. This performance was so choreographed it was actually hard to watch. Taylor was too focused on her acting role on the stage, when she should have focused on her vocals…as usual. Too bad the song is so damn addicting.

One Direction won for best Pop/Rock band or duo. The boys accepted the award by saying, “Thank you to Simon Cowell, who got us here” and “America feels like a second home.” Congrats gentlemen!

Charli XCX’s performance of “Boom Clap” made you feel as if you just stepped into a 90’s high school prom, complete with pink and white balloon arches, as well as an all girl band. Charli wore a pale blue dress with red rimmed sunglasses that look like they came free with a Happy Meal, but somehow she makes it work. But the vibe quickly shifted into a pop/punk infusion as Charli performed her song “Break the Rules.” She was accompanied by a leather clad clan as they flipped her now tight latex covered body into a fit of rock rage. The only thing I could think about was how hard it would be to try and squeeze out of that super tight sweaty leather outfit after that performance. OUCHHH!!

Magic paired with Wyclef Jean could not have been a better mix. Both stepped out of a hazy reggae dream. Lead singer, Nasri Tony Atweh blinded the crowd with his camo looking Tom’s and was throwing up the peace sign every chance he could.

Iggy Azalea won for best Rap/Hip-Hop album and accepted her award saying, ” This award is the first award I’ve ever won in my entire life.” T.I. looked on patting her back like the proudest Dad in the world.

I finally found the difference between 5 Seconds of Summer and One Direction. 5SOS were the kids smoking in the high school parking lot and One Direction were the kids studying in the library.

Imagine Dragons gave an electric performance of their new single “I Bet My Life.” These guys never disappoint and brought their A-game as a hyped up gospel choir danced and sang along to the song.

Sam Smith swept up the award for Pop/Rock Male. Obviously… Sam accepted the award saying, “Thank you to my fan base, you guys are amazing. Last year I wrote an album about being lonely and tonight I couldn’t feel futher from lonely.” AWWW! We love you Sam!

Sam Smith followed his award by a classy performance of his mega hit “I’m Not the Only One.” A$AP Rocky paid a visit during the performance. Smith followed the trend of rap cameos but kept it tasteful and true to his usual charm. Oh yeah, and his voice is as smooth and warm as cookie batter that came out of the oven a little too early.

Iggy Azalea stormed the stage with her song “Fancy” and then onto her newest hit “Beg For It.” Iggy strutted around the stage like she built it.

Lorde performed “Yellow Flicker Beat” starting with a melancholy close up of her classic deep dark lips and black diamond chokers gracefully draped around her neck. Taylor Swift dramatically sang and danced along to her BFF as she spasm’d on stage in the most perfect way.

Ariana Grande sang her soul out in a black lace gown complete with a jazzy rendition of her song “Problem” and “Break Free.” Ariana was so in her element, it was actually hypnotizing to watch. She then sang “Love Me Harder” accompanied by a burnt lobster…wait that was just The Weeknd. Brother Frankie looked like the heart-eye emoji as he watched his sister grace us all with her presence.

Pitbull performed on top of a huge globe just in case you forgot that one of his names is “Mr. Worldwide.” He sang “Fireball” with what looked to be the cast of Deal or No Deal but with way less clothes.

Imagine Dragons won for Alternative Artist and accepted the award saying, “To be a musician there is no better career.” These guys deserved it!

Selena Gomez gave her most emotional performance ever. Imagery flooded the large screen behind her as she poured her heart into the microphone singing “The Heart Wants What It Wants.” She ended the song with tears in her eyes and left the audience saying, “Wow, Selena Gomez can actually sing.”

One Direction played up the romance on stage with a dark blue moonlight scene behind them as they sang their beautiful new song “Night Changes.” Close up shots of each member singing their parts made the song more personal. It still amazes me how good they all sound together.

Nicki Minaj looked gorgeous in an all white gown; changing her image while spitting rhymes just like her “Pink Friday” days.

Taylor Swift won the Dick Clark Award for Excellence handed to her by the beautiful anti-aging Diana Ross. Taylor accepted the award and said, “Music should be consumed in albums and albums should be consumed as art.” PREACH.

Fergie was reppin’ the West coast and proud of it. Donned in way too much gold jewelry while back up dancers wore cropped sweatshirts and rocked corn rows. Although it’s easy to assume that “L.A. Love (lala)” won’t be around very long. Pop hit; hot now, gone forever.

Garth Brooks performed surrounded by die hard fans. Country concert: Where the people hold their beers up more than their phones.

Mary J. Blige – Girl… WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? By the way, she looks the same as she did 10 years ago. GORGEOUS.

Jessie J starts off “Bang Bang” by canoodling with celebs like Khloe Kardashian, Taylor Swift, and Sam Smith. Jessie’s sultry yet raspy voice is unbelievable. I have loved this woman since day one and I will continue to be in awe of her talent. Add a dash of Nicki Minaj and a side of Ariana Grande and you have a nice big diva salad. All together now…YAAAAAAAAAS!

Speaking of divas…JLO closed the show with her song “Booty.” She absolutely killed it. I felt like I was watching my good friend Jenny from the block dance her @$$ off for a solid four minutes. JLO walked across the stage with a flock of accomplished dancers as if we were watching JLO: The Musical. Damn…

God bless America and God bless music.

-Abbey