Thursday, 28 June 2012

Noteworthy - June 28, 2012

noteworthy.

Now Playing - You Get Me - Michelle Branch

'So I'm a little left of center 
I'm a little out of tune
Some say I'm paranormal
So I just bend their spoon
Who wants to be ordinary
In a crazy, mixed-up world'

-M.

Monday, 25 June 2012

Starry Eyed - Artist Focus


Hi Guys...and Gals ;)

I hope you all are doing really well!! I'm super excited for this blog post..because it's the first one that I've ever had requested!!! (Thanks Jen ;))

So! Let's begin :) I've already talked a bit about this artist in an earlier 'favorites' New CD Tuesday...but she's SOOO amazing..I feel like she needs her own Artist Focus!

Isn't she gorgeous..she kinda looks like my first Artist Focus ;)

This is girl is none other than.....ELLIE GOULDING..if you didn't guess by what I'm playing ;).

So for me, Ellie kinda fell into my lap, she kinda just was playing aimlessly on the radio one day, just a normal day..but all of a sudden...her voice cut through the radio waves and the frizzle frazzle that is my mind and said 'HEY!! LISTEN TO ME..I'M AMAZING!!'..ok she didn't actually say that..but how cool would that be?!?!

After hearing her hit 'Lights' on the radio...I went right away to my iTunes store and bought her album Bright Lights....as I suggest all of you should!

It's definitely saying something when I go out and buy an album after only hearing and loving one song off of that album..I've been burned too many times with bad albums that my rule now is that I must love AT LEAST two songs on the album before it gets purchased...unless it's a seasoned favorite and then I know I'll like it :). 

So with Bright Lights on my iPhone, it got random play in my life, and was ok for a while..until one day I listened really closely and heard Ellie come out and shine again!! Wow...was it a Bright Light ;).

Her voice is beautiful, haunting, silky, and just a pleasure to listen to. She has a folky kind of sense to her voice. It's not over processed like other voices in the industry. She seems down to earth and just like  a cafe artist. I like the semi electronic tendency of her music and she is just a light, airy musical experience. Her music sounds like soundtrack music, when the heroine is in a montage of brilliance, or a soft moment where the couple reunites at the airport. Ellie is just amazing. This might be a moment of TMI, but she is perfect bath music :). 

So if this review hasn't enticed you to buy the CD, at least go on the YouTube videos and check her out. She is brilliant and fits in really well with this semi cloudy sort of day that I have in my neighborhood. Her music seems like music you'd have on when sipping tea looking out a window at the rain :). Just calming and serene, but beautiful and super feminine. 

Hope you all check her out!...she also has a song with Skrillex!! And she does a mean Elton John cover!!

Wishing you a great day at Home ;)

-M.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

To Cruise or Not To Cruise?...What a Crazy Question!


Hi Guys!!

So this is going to be a short little blog post showcasing the best stress relief that I personally know of!!...and was shocked to discover that not everyone does this!! :O

So it may seem simple, and everyone probably does it in their own way..but my stress relief is?????


CRUISING!!...
And I don't mean on a cruise ship...I mean getting in your vehicle, cranking the tunes, and just venturing out mindlessly.

Yes you may say.."but Marie what about outrageous gas prices"..or "Marie what about environmental hazards and such??"...well for me honestly...my sanity and well-being far outweigh these things...well not the environmental thing..but sorry about that!!

Anyway! Back to the positivity of this blog post!

My Rosie :)

I can't explain what comes over me when I get into my 'Rosie' (my SUV's name) and put on my old iPod or my iPhone and hear a song that triggers a memory, triggers my inner rockstar, or my inner soul star...we all have them..you have to find your own! ;)

All I know is that if I'm mad, or sad, or happy, or elated, or all of the above..you can usually find me driving up and down Main Street blaring my tunes and just lovin' it! Yeah I may look crazy because I'm singing my head off..but you know what? Those other drivers only see me for like 2 seconds and then I'm gone! And you know what??? I betcha they wish they could be as carefree and high on life as I look and feel in that moment!!

So...even if this isn't for you..and you haven't ever done it..I promise, if you get into your car, blare feel good tunes..like a power song about loving yourself (see above)...you'll suddenly feel your inner rockstar come out and the world will be your audience that loves, adores, and aims to make you blissfully happy :)

Because of course..isn't that what life's about? Finding your happy and lengthening it for as long as possible??

Wishing you the best of drives ;)

-M.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Keeps Gettin' Better - Artist Focus


Hello!!

Hope you all are having an amazing day!! So! Imagination time!! 

Scenario: Alone at home. 23 year old girl. Sound system downstairs. Remote, that, at times, can be used as microphone..no bedazzling required. Urge to dance insistent. Alphabetized assortment of cds (no I'm not kidding, over 500 of our cds are alphabetized by ARTIST!!). So...what do ya pick????



Well!!

If you're me...which of course you aren't, but for the sake of this blog post..let's say you are!

You pick?!?!?!?!

Just Gorgeous

Christina Aguilera!!

Why???

BECAUSE SHE FLIPPING ROCKS AND SHE MAKES THE BEST FAUX CONCERTS IN YOUR BASEMENT WITH YOUR BOOKCASE AS THE AUDIENCE!!!

(tmi? ;))

Hmm...well now that we've possibly overshared...let's get to the 'meat and potatoes' of this blog post!

This is going to be my first, and hopefully not last! edition of Artist Focus!! Which is going to be me ranting, raving, expelling my love for artists that catch me. 

So I love Christina. Always have. Always will! Ever since Genie in a Bottle..which funny enough is the first song that came on Jango when I started my Christina channel...I have loved this girl!

Now you probably know that I love me some 'power' songs. This girl...that's pretty much all she makes. Whether it's a girl power song, or a love power song, or a human in general power song, she doesn't do mediocre or timid...let's just say. 

One of my all time favorite songs ever..which also inspired me to start a MOTIVATION playlist..is Fighter...guys honestly, I'm speechless, which doesn't usually happen, my family can attest to that..but this song is amazing! It's the oral kick me in the ass, motivate the heck out of me song that I need every day! It's that song that I wish could be on my life soundtrack when I'm standing up to unruly coworkers or pondering whether or not to workout (my own personal struggle)..it's just amazing. And honestly was the entire reason I wanted to write this blog post expressing my love for Christina...without her my life would be void of this song..and that, my friends, would be tragic!

Another song that I LOVE from her? Well...all of them...but Can't Hold Me Down..her collab with Lil' Kim...is fan-flippin-tastic! The message, the intensity, the overall girl strength that is emitted from this song is mind-blowing. It has an electric charge that is just amazing. The message is very relevant these days, and makes me want to start my own woman army...like c'mon how amazing would that be? 

So..before this blog gets into crazy, just spouting from anywhere town...I'm gonna close it out by saying...thank goodness for Christina Aguilera and her amazing sound! Every album is different, every album has awesome songs and every time she opens her mouth to sing this girl produces is magic.



OH. EM. GEE...BURLESQUE!! IF YOU ARE FEMALE AND HAVE NOT SEEN THIS MOVIE...I RECOMMEND IT! GAH! I almost forgot about it! Amazing movie! I have no words...just do it, download it, watch it, laugh, cry, love...that's all I ask ;).

Other Christina Greats???


Wishing you an Xceptional (like Xtina ;)) day!!

-M.
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