Biking

I was watching HBO’s show, Insecure, which features the channels first all black cast. The show is like the black millennials Sex and the City, which has made it interesting and provided perspective. On the Last episode of season two, Frank Ocean’s single, Biking, was played as the final events played out. It was the perfect song for the end of the season and it is also one of the best Frank Ocean songs I have heard in a long time (mind the fact that I did not listen to Blonde, his latest release). I have attached the track. Give it a listen and check out HBO Insecure while you’re at it.

 

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Van Morrison Playlist

To be honest, I have been going through a lot lately and I don’t exactly know how I feel about some things. I was watching my favourite show, This Is Us, and this song came on and it was as if I found clarity and peace within myself, even if it was only for one minute. When I later googled it, it was called Into the Mystic by Van Morrison. I listened and listened to this song over and over again on repeat and I felt calmer each time I did and I felt at peace each time I did. Time stopped for a moment and everything was finally okay. Then I went searching for more of his music and actually stumbled upon a few that I was quite familiar with. I made this playlist of my top 6 Van Morrison songs to help me calm down when I am stressed and anxious. You can access them via Spotify below. Happy listening!

 

Ain’t No Love In The Heart of the City

I have a thing for soul songs. Artists like Luther Vandross, Marvin Gaye, Brook Benton and Otis Redding are a few of the artists I enjoy listening to when I’m in the mood to relax. I was watching my new summer favourite show, HBO’s Girls, and I heard this song at the end of one of the Season 5 episodes.

Ain’t No Love in the Heart of The City is a song by Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland and it appears to be is most well known song. I’m not sure what city this song is exactly referencing too but this song is mainly about a man mourning his love that has moved away from him, or out of the city. His is describing what his day to day life has been lacking without his love near and it has such a personal tone to it that you cant really help but to fall in love with the lyrics.

In relation to the show GIRLS, this song is used at the end of a scene where Hannah, one of the main characters, hitchhikes a ride from a stranger back into New York when she becomes stranded in the country. During this ride, the driver and Hannah begin to discuss their love lives and then express the way that they see New York. Hannah sees New York as being the perfect place for her creativity while the driver sees New York as a new start to his life. This song was the perfect fit to the end of this episode which is about two people losing/leaving the ones that they loved due to an unhealthy relationship. I quite enjoyed this episode and song and I hope that you enjoy it too.

 

Lover Come Back

“I’ll never be as good as I’d like to be
Eternally restless refusing to believe
But I think that we missed our connection
I wanted to feel your affection
Until my final days”

The first time I heard this song, I kind of teared up a bit. It was as if I could hear my heart actually breaking through the melancholy of the music. Each verse meant something to me. Each line was relevant. While this song makes me feel less than happy, it also makes me feel calm and find introspection. Its as if it provides an understanding of my feelings that I would not have acquired on my own. Its deeper than whats on the surface.

I don’t know if it is scary, you know, to find a song that explains your feelings with clarity or to be able to identify with something so deeply at a time that it doesn’t even seem feasible.

Every so often, Dallas Green is able to tap into my emotions and activate my tear ducts. This song has definetly created one of those moments. Whether or not you identify with this song in anyway, you will be able to find some kind of appreciation for it.

Your Song (Ellie Goulding)

Last week I did something truly rare, I watched the television. And while watching television, I noticed a commercial that featured a cute and sentimental version of Elton John’s Your Song. Now it is not the best version of the song that I have ever heard and it barely does justice to John’s original, but Ellie Goulding brought something different to the song, something…cute?  I don’t really know how to explain it but I quite enjoy it.

Leave Your Lover

Okay, so here is another blog post about yet ANOTHER Sam Smith song. Why do I keep on doing this to you, one may ask? Well, a while back I went through a The Weeknd phase and then an Adele phase and I essentially think that this is what I like to do with my musical choices for a bit: I like to FIXATE. Anyways, back to the song review.

Leave Your Lover is a predominantly acoustic piece performed by Sam Smith. Now, due to careful googling, I have come to realize that this song is about a male lover that he was in love with that did not reciprocate thus leaving him for another man and breaking his heart. Heavy pill to swallow huh? I felt that way too. Anyways, this is truly a pretty song and it may or may not make you sad from a previous love, or you may or may not be able to relate but either way it is a good piece of music!

Nirvana

I am currently obsessed with Sam Smith. Every so often I go through a phase where I become really obsessed with an artist and everything that I listen to is from that artist and I replay their music until I am absolutely tired of it. This is what is currently taking place with Sam Smith’s music. Nirvana  is a song by Sam Smith that was made for his first EP (Way before the hit Stay with Me). It is the perfect blend of R&B with Jazz elements and Smith`s voice is the icing on the cake. His vocals and falsetto are done in an imperfectly perfect way and compliment the song well. All in all, I really do enjoy this song and I do think that it is quite well done. Look forward to more blog pieces on the wonderful Sam Smith and his music!

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

By now, many of us have seen a cute little film called The Wizard of OzThis film is by far one of the most revolutionary and popular films of all time. It will forever be a staple in pop culture and a cute inspirational movie. Furthermore, we will forever at least know of one dog named Toto, to commemorate the cutie that was in the film. Most importantly from this film, was the song that it inspired Somewhere over the rainbow. This song is heard towards the end of the film and is probably one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. The other day, I was looking on YouTube for the original version of this song and I stumbled upon a version by P!NK. Her version was sung at the Academy Awards and is probably one of the most beautiful versions I have ever heard sung. I wanted to share this beautiful rendition with my followers because it is amazing and probably a little bit emotional, but truly it brings you back to a time when you probably wanted to escape from something but could not find the words or strength to do so. It also reminds you that there is beauty in sadness and there is beauty in everything.

Back to Black

A little Monday afternoon Amy Winehouse for y’all. There is a little story to go along with today’s post. I read two books this week: Something Borrowed and Something Blue. Yes, these books did touch up the topic of marriage and weddings (hint hint from the title), but it also touched upon the value of friendships and how easily life can happen to damage the quality. As I was reading these books I began to think about the two year non-existence of friendship from my former best friend and I realized that not only do I no longer miss her to the degree that I used to, but I also learnt that people grow and change and these new personalities can cause people to need different things or become different people. So, two years later I have come to accept the fact that I miss what once was, and not what could have been for the mere fact that we are different people now than we were before and the things were shared in common then are probably not even relevant today.

As I was reading Something Borrowed and Something Blue, the song Back to Black came to mind and I kept on replaying it over and over again just trying to find a way to connect this song to the epiphany I was having and the books I have just read. “We only said goodbye with words, I died a hundred times”. And I thought about just these two lines alone and realized that I had been emotionally holding on to the past and that was bringing my down. My words and emotions needed to match. So for me, this song/books holds significance, not only because they are both about inevitable breakups, but because they are beautiful and revealing each in their own way.