I was obsessed with m.A.A.d City when it was released but I have not done much listening to Kendrick Lamar since then. His new album DAMN. was released this month and all of my friends were encouraging me to give it a listen. I was definitely not disappointed. HUMBLE. is my favourite song off of the album. I really enjoy listening to Trap music and this song has those trap elements coupled with quality rapping. I just really like listening to this song while I am walking or on the subway.
I found this playlist on Spotify called “Rock Ballads” and I heard this song start playing. The funny thing about this is that all these memories from my childhood and sitting in the car with my mom came back. The memories of the few sleepover’s I had as a child came back as well as my nighttime tunes. I have not heard this song in years but it was just so incredible to see how much of our memories can be revived through just hearing a song we loved from before. I did not know the bands name or even the actual name of this song (despite its repetition in the song) until last week, and now I cannot stop listening to this.
With Arms Wide Open is a song by the former post-grunge band Creed. Not only is this song a beautiful rock ballad, but the vocals of the lead singer are so raspy and haunting that you’re kind of engulfed with this song in a strange way. Its like a haunting yet hopeful tale but it also sounds like forgiveness, which is heartwarming in the same stroke. I really do enjoy this song and I hope that you will love the ballad as well.
I was watching an episode of my new guilty pleasure show Girls (HBO) and this song came on at the end of one of the episodes and I was like “OMG THIS IS TOTALLY MIGUEL”. I had a thought that it was Miguel (the R&B singer) but I had to verify with Siri to be sure and she let me know that it was this song off of his newest album Wildheart.
I have loved Miguel ever since hearing his beautiful and sexual song Adorn and this song is no different to me; I love it just as much. Simple Things is another sexy song that basically makes you want to touch and adore your lover because you just think that they are perfect in every way (well, you think they are perfect for the 4 minute duration of this song). I currently have this song on replay; its chill and so good for an afternoon coffee on the subway train heading southbound.
This is one of my favourite songs at the moment. Valerie is a song performed by the late musician Amy Winehouse. It’s not a new song but I just discovered this version of the song, having only heard her live versions prior to this. The BBC Live Lounge 1 version is also very well done. Mark Ronson (whom is currently famously known for his song Uptown Funk with Bruno Mars), puts his own spin on this beautiful song to make it more of a pop, dance, jazzy tune. This song is a beautiful story about a friendship or love that is lost and kind of a call out to find out where this person (aka Valerie) has gone to. The lyrics also hint towards pondering of things past as Winehouse sings about the potential whereabouts of this person today. While it is a fun song, it does have some sad undertones to it as well. I have posted the studio version and a live version below! I like the live version a lot because it displays the talents of Winehouse and how her vocals can paint a picture whether recorded or in live performance. That’s what always been unique about Amy: her ability to paint a picture with her words. That’s evident in this piece as well.
*They used a fake Amy as she was not available at the time of the video’s filming*
*This is the live version*
To be completely honest with you, I was not that impressed with 25 by Adele. Yes, there were probably 4-5 quality songs on the album but overall it was not a great album. The lyrics were lacking but her amazing vocals won us over again.
While I was not impressed with the album as a whole, the song All I Ask did win me over. This is really a personal song and its beautiful in its delivery. While there is no studio version of this song available on YouTube, I did stumble upon her live performance of this song on Ellen. Give it a listen because its just as great live as it is on the album.
Adele has won me over again. Now, popular to contrary belief, I did not fall in love with Hello. I found it quite annoying and the lyrics to be sub-par, but her vocals were on point. When We Were Young brings us back to the sound of Adele that we have come to love from her previous albums 19 and 21. While I haven’t rushed to the store to purchase 25 like I did with the other two (mainly because I personally wasn’t impressed with Hello. I mean, after Rolling in the Deep; that’s a tough act to follow), I will probably crave more of her vocal beauty and cave in eventually. So far, this is my favourite song that I have heard of the album (seeming as I’ve only heard two) and I absolutely love it. It is the perfect combination of stellar vocals and jazz sounds. In my opinion, it is far better than Hello.
P.S. This live version sounds better than the original a tad bit.
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.