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Hello – Karmin

I’ve talked about Karmin before. How cool I think they are. How I like the girl’s style. How good their acoustic sound is. How great the covers are. How quirky and fun the videos are. And stuff.

It all started with this one:

And then, Babe I heard this one on the radio one day:

Babe was like, “Is that Karmin?!”

Me: “I don’t know…” *listens* “Maybe, you know!”

Babe: “It IS Karmin! She said ‘Cheerio!'”

That was cool, to hear them on the radio for the first time. Now, I’ve come across this one:

Just wanted to share that with ya this weekend.

 

How was your week? What are you up to this weekend? Any cool songs to share?

Skinny Love by Birdy

This song is just too pretty. Her voice does something… Like wakes my bones and/or raises hair on my neck… Or something.

I was reminded of it when I was looking up a few singers a good friend, Vanessa, recommended. She has great taste in music. Basically, it’s the same as mine. Lol. Anyway, she told me to look up Bon Iver. I listened to a few of his (amazing!) songs, and when I heard “Skinny Love,” I KNEW I’d heard it before. By a female. I looked into it and found Birdy.

Bon Iver’s version:

Music: Fidelity – Regina Spektor

A pretty little ditty song I just had to share with you. It just makes me smile, and feel a certain sort of way about life and love. I look at the past in a funny sort of way. I tilt my head a bit to the right, and go, “Huh!” It’s like the present is showing me the rhyme and reason of the past. And instead of breaking my heart, it kind of makes my heart sing. Like, now I know why love was the way it was. Because it wasn’t what it is now. And that could never break my heart. It’s a-okay. Better than okay. Because I’m laughing and smiling and living and loving every day. You know?

I never loved nobody fully
Always one foot on the ground
And by protecting my heart truly
I got lost in the sounds

I hear in my mind all of these voices
I hear in my mind all of these words
I hear in my mind all of this music

And it breaks my heart
And it breaks my heart
And it breaks my heart
When it breaks my heart

And suppose I never ever met you
Suppose we never fell in love
Suppose I never ever let you
Kiss me so sweet and so soft

Suppose I never ever saw you
Suppose we never ever called
Suppose I kept on singing love songs
Just to break my own fall

Just to break my fall
Just to break my fall
Just to break my fall
Break my fall
Break my fall

All my friends say that of course
It’s gonna get better
Gonna get better
Better better better better
Better better better!

I never love nobody fully
Always one foot on the ground
And by protecting my heart truly
I got lost in the sounds

I hear in my mind all of these voices
I hear in my mind all of these words
I hear in my mind all of this music

And it breaks my heart
And it breaks my heart

I hear in my mind all of these voices
I hear in my mind all of these words
I hear in my mind all of this music

And it breaks my heart
And it breaks my heart
It breaks my heart

When it breaks my heart
When it breaks my heart
When it breaks my heart
Breaks my heart

When it breaks my heart
When it breaks my heart
When it breaks my heart
When it breaks my heart

You With Me?

Today, I feel some sort of way. This week, really. I’m fighting it pretty steadily. Though I can’t define it, I know that it isn’t good. Little things make me want to cry, or swear, or tell someone off. And this morning, I sort of felt like I should never have gotten out of bed. Bleh. I haaate that feeling. I keep shaking my booty. You know… To shake it off. We can’t have that attitude [DMX voice] UP IN HERE, UP IN HERE!

SELF, errr, BLOG MOTIVATED

I decided that I don’t want to talk to anyone in my real life about my physical activities. I get better support from the blogosphere or whatever. People in my real life have ancient thoughts, opinion, and expectations of me. I don’t need the extra weight. I don’t intend to impress anyone. I’m not on a mission to change any minds. I just want to continue to do what I want to do. Regardless. When I feel like cycling, I will. When I feel like running, I will. When I’m ready to do my first 5k, I will. If, after that, I want to do more, I will. Yeah, it sucks that there won’t be anyone cycling with me, or cheering me on as I run, but whatever. It’s probably better that way.

RIDING SOLO VS. DOING IT TOGETHER

At some point in my life, I did EVERYthing alone. I didn’t see the need for the “buddy system” in every little thing. If I felt like going to the club and dancing, I got dolled up, and walked – yes, by myself – to the club. I bought my own drinks, danced by myself (or with random, fun people I met there), and left when I was good and ready. I saw LOTS of movies by myself. I made meals and enjoyed them alone. No big deal.

Now, there’s someone super special in my life. I like to call that special someone my SupaSupa (and sometimes “Babe”). Because everything is super, really. It’s kind of like having my own superhero. Anyway, a lot of the things I’m used to doing on my own, or by myself, I sort of factor my SupaSupa into. Sometimes, I stop myself because I think it’s unfair. There are things I like that she really doesn’t. She’s not into the whole get-active thing. At all. It bothers me a little, I have to admit. I feel like it’s very important to break out of sedentary lifestyles. We weren’t made to just sit around all the time. We need to walk. Get fresh air. Kick balls around. Whatever. DO things. REAL things. Not just play with iPhones and eat ice cream all the time. It scares me, actually. I wonder what kind of condition she’ll be in 10 or 20 years from now. I’m absolutely positive that more active people live healthier, happier, longer lives, and are much better with keeping up with children and grandchildren. Maybe this is selfish of me. I want her to keep up, be healthy, and love life. Even if she doesn’t want to run. Hahaha.

Anyway, I’m not sure how I got to be rambling, but listen. I’m starting a new blog. I’ll use it to track my progress with various things. I think the focus will largely be on running. There’ll be a little cycling in there too, some healthy-ish (because you know I like my chocolates and cheeses) recipes, pictures of random things I come across, etc. Don’t worry. Conchsaladeque is staying the same. I won’t bore you with my distances, times, and fruit smoothies. So stick around. Deal?

BOOKS

Remember that wish list I posted the other day? Got started on it. My wishlist on F21 is super long. I’ll probably order 25% of the stuff on the weekend. MUST look good for work. Annnnnd, we ordered NookBooks this morning! Here’s what we got:

Lullabies for Little Criminals – One of my favourite books EVER. Heartbreakingly hilarious. Wait. That’s weird. But that’s what it is. *shrugs* Babe has to read it, and I need to read it again. And again.)

Catching Fire (Hunger Games #2) – Read #1. Really liked it when I was completely prepared (and expecting) to hate it. Had Babe read it last week. She REALLY liked it. Round 2, comin’ up!

Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester At America’s Holiest University – Got the free sample on my Nook. Read it. It’s exactly what the titles says. Hooked. Need the whole thing.

Mayhem in High Heels – Okay. So I got hooked on these short, girly novels by Gemma Halliday. Not my style at all, but so fitting for the lunch hour. Like a guilty pleasure. Reminds me of my Desperate Housewives stint. I think the first ones I got were $1.99 or something, so I figured I couldn’t lose. I didn’t.

Hollywood Headlines Mysteries (3 books) – Um, more Gemma?! Another series of mindless lunch-hour reads? Yes, please.

Shoot Me – Another of my faves. By an Atlantic Canadian author. I saw a little selection of books by Lesley Crewe in Bookmark, the bookstore on Spring Garden Road, in Halifax. (I’ve been WAITING for her books to be available for Nooks!) I bought two of them. LOVED them both. This is one of them. Another must-read for Babe.

Relative Happiness – By Lesley Crewe. I just had to.

Lots of reading, coming right up!

MUSIC

In her Sunday Songs post this week, Vix shared a song that I REALLY like, so I’m sharing it with you.

And since I referenced the song and everything, here’s a lil [insert DMX dog bark here] DMX.

And a lil something from Cher Lloyd, ’cause I think she’s cool, and I’m still not over yesterday’s discovery.

 

How’s your week going? Did you make any fun purchases? Would you rather take on a challenge by yourself, or with a buddy?

Cher Lloyd, You Rock!

After seeing this post over at The Music Oracle, I HAD to look this girl up. She’s freaking AMAZING. I loved the songs he posted of hers, but seeing her first audition for the X-Factor made me love HER. I watched a few more of her performances. Some, I didn’t love. Others, I REALLY liked and was impressed by. To me, she’s some sort of Katy Perry – Amy Winehouse – Lily Allen – Nicki Minaj  – Amy (from Karmin) concoction that I really like. That’s a lot of names/people, I know, but it. is. no. lie. Check out her audition:

Awesome, right?!

I have more music to share with you tomorrow. Right now, I have to get a bit more work done, and drink more water. Must. Hydrate. Before. Run. Did I mention that I’ve done two runs so far? Not bad at all. I actually feel great after I run. I had a little moment last night that I won’t completely rehash. I’m just going to say that a comment was made that I really didn’t appreciate it. It was pretty disheartening, hurtful, and discouraging. For a moment, I felt like throwing in the towel. Then, I decided that NO ONE and NOTHING would steal my joy. If I want to do something, I WILL do it. It doesn’t matter who laughs, or thinks I’m stupid, or says I look funny. People are allowed to say and think what they want. They just aren’t allowed to stop me from DOING what I want. *I* have the power! So THERE! 🙂

Hope you’re having a great week. If you haven’t had a really great deep-belly laugh for the week, please call up your most hilarious friend and talk about nothing. That should do it.

A Favourite Song: After Tonight

This is one of those songs that is so honest and pure and true. You feel it. When he gets to the chorus, it’s like every word tugs at your heart a little more than the one before it. You can see it playing out. Like she’s been hoping and praying and wishing on stars… And he’s promising her that if she’d just give herself to him, he’d take her away, beyond the stars she’s been wishing on… And she’d never have a wish to make again. *sighs* Listen to it…

Did you feel it?

I also really like Be Back Soon.

Melanie’s Audition: Listen

Crazy, crazy, crazy.

Do you ever wonder about the talent that’s hidden in the people you walk by on the street? In the mall? The cashier at your neighbourhood grocery store?

Feel Good Friday

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY!

Look in the mirror. Smile. Acknowledge the beauty that is in you. Shining through. Be happy.

It`s your life
Thing may not always go right, for you
In those times
Just leave it behind, Cause
Sometimes you gotta play the game
Just to survive
Without losing yourself
It`s a fight, it`s true
It takes time
Don`t have all the answers
No matter how hard it gets
Hold on to what`s inside

Don`t never let nobody bring you down girl
Don`t never let nobody tear your world apart
Look in the mirrow and see who you are
Beautiful U R

In the dark (in the dark, in the dark)
The paint chips have waited your heart
So deep
Can`t you see (can’t you see)
See the light in the distance
Open up your eye, look, look to the sky
And believe (and believe, and believe, and believe)
There`s much more to life when you free
That`s the key
And in time (and in time)
You will find all the answers
Don`t have to loose your pride
Wondering what`s inside

Don`t never let nobody bring you down girl
Don`t never let nobody tear your world apart
Look in the mirrow and see who you are
Beautiful U R

Don`t never let nobody bring you down girl
Don`t never let nobody tear your world apart
Look in the mirrow and see who you are
Beautiful U R

Don`t care what they say anymore
(Don’t care what they say anymore)
There`s no time to be insecure
(There’s no time to be insecure)
I leave it all at the door

She stearing at him in the face
(She stearing at him in the face)
She`s taking it day by day
(She’s taking it day by day)
I`m finally on my way

Don`t never let nobody bring you down girl
Don`t never let nobody tear your world apart
Look in the mirrow and see who you are
Beautiful U R

Don`t never let nobody bring you down girl
Don`t never let nobody tear your world apart
Look in the mirrow and see who you are
Beautiful U R
Beautiful U R
Beautidul U R
Beautiful U R.

Cycling/Running Playlist

This is a work in progress, and will double as a running playlist (since I randomly decided that I’m going to start running now too). I’ll be needing more music. As I hear songs that would get me pumped up, I’ll add them to this list.

Slow Ride – Foghat

Deceptacon – Le Tigre

Like a G6 – Far East Movement, The Cataracts & Dev

Switch – Will Smith

Tonight Tonight – Hot Chelle Rae

I Can’t Go For That – The Bird and The Bee

Pumped Up Kicks – Foster The People

A Milli – Lil Wayne

Rehab – Amy Winehouse

Stronger – Kanye West

Livin’ On a Prayer – Bon Jovi

My Body – Young the Giant

Fly Away – Lenny Kravitz

Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera

Only Girl – Rihanna

Carry Out – Timbaland ft. Justin Timberlake

Bottoms Up – Trey Songz ft. Nicki Minaj

Start It Up – Lloyd Banks + 1million others

All I Do Is Win – DJ Khaled + 1million others

Super Bass – Nicki Minaj

Going The Distance – Cake

You Really Got Me – Van Halen

Dog Days Are Over – Florence + the Machine

Bullterproof – La Roux

This Is How a Heart Breaks – Rob Thomas

Suggestions? They’re very welcome!

Naturally 7

Day 25 – The reason you believe you’re still alive today.

GRACE. That’s all I can really say on that. Grace. And mercy.

I’m glad this came up. Seems like the perfect time to introduce one of my FAVOURITE bands. They are AWESOME. We all know about acapella. We’ve seen and heard it done a million times. Yes, it can be great. It can be brilliant. But WAIT. There is something MUCH GREATER.

VOCAL PLAY.

This group. Is. AMAZING. They do VOCAL PLAY. Don’t know what that is? Believe me when I tell you that your life is about to get waaayyy better. And your mind may be blown. Actually, I’m pretty sure it will be. And I’m smart. So you’dbetter wear a helmet before you go any further.

The group is called Naturally 7. 7 guys. 7 very good looking guys, by the way. *whistles* They sing with no musical instruments like drums, bass, guitars, pianos, etc. But there IS music. And the instruments are their voices. YES. They MAKE THE SOUNDS OF OTHER INSTRUMENTS. WITH THEIR VOICES. I know you don’t believe. So I’m going to give it to you on a platter. Right now. Taste and see. Well… Watch and listen. Whatever.

My FAVOURITE of the songs they sing is Say You Love Me. This one doesn’t showcase all that they can do, but it’s my favourite, so it has to be the first (with vocal play).

I should have also mentioned by this point that this is a gospel group. The guys are all Christians. None of their music is secular.

This is where your mind will be blown. Please. Take a moment to click (to fasten) the little strappy thing under your chin. I don’t want brain matter splattering everywhere.

Yeah. That’s real. No faking. I saw them in concert TWICE. I kept looking for the hidden stuff. Nothing. It’s all them. I promise you.

Check this out. They really saaaaang this popular song, Broken Wings.

This is another of my favourites. It really shows what they can do. Remind yourself as you listen to this that everything you hear is made up of the voices of 7 guys. That’s it.

Sometimes, they kinda stick to acapella. Like in this song:

Still amazing, right? Yeah, I know. I wish I could take credit for it.

Now, I have to highlight the skills of my personal favourites, because I’m biased like that.

Yeaaaah! Happy Sunday!