Part of any long weekend must involve laying on the couch watching a movie. Lately, my cinematic choices have been of the musical variety. Pitch Perfect, anyone? Stop pretending you don’t love coming of age comedies, an acapella No Diggity riff-off and the comedic stylings of Rebel Wilson. But I majorly digress…
A few months ago, I went to the movies with my good friend J and we were going to spontaneously choose a film upon arrival. She felt too guilty to watch the new Batman without her husband (such loyalty!), Katy Perry Part of Me was on too late (teenage hearts), so we opted for the reboot of Total Recall (last resort). A complete waste of Colin Farrell and 2 hours of my life, which I will never, ever get back, ever (to the tune of a Taylor Swift breakup song). Another digression…
So now that Katy Perry: Part of Me is available to watch from the comfort of my living room, I decided to continue on this musical love affair. First I would like to say, I am not a die-hard Katy Perry fan. I think she’s quite likeable, she has a Betty Boop thing going and I think she has a unique voice. Nonetheless, I found myself shedding a few tears watching this documentary shot during her 2011 World Tour.
The film is a revealing portrait of a singer who struggled to find her place in pop music and ultimately became hugely success. The movie also shows very personal moments as Katy spends time with her family, has professional high’s achieving many #1 singles, she also goes through depression with the breakup of her marriage to Russell Brand. Music and drrrrrama! Whoa, it was more teardrop than I expected.
My final tangent…I like singing Wide Awake in the car. Excellent driving tune. THE END.
October 7, 2012 No Comments
Let’s talk a stroll down Spice Girl memory lane. Let’s dust off our 90′s memorabilia and pop our cd into the ghettoblaster. Remember when you “chaperoned” your tween niece and her friends during the Spice concert? They were so embarrassed when you made them stand on their seats and sing along to “Stop right now, thank you very much, I need somebody with a human touch…” (and do the actions). How about the heartbreak you felt when you saw the news headlines that Geri left the band in the middle of her North American tour? Devastated, right?
Remember when you voted for your city to become a stop for the Spice reunion tour? Then got your friend’s husband to dial incessantly for 2 hours to get ‘Front of the Line’ tickets? Or maybe that was just moi? Whatever, you were obsessed too.
Watch these awesome classic Spice Girl videos – some my favourite spice tracks:
August 13, 2012 No Comments
Life has been hectic and come to think of it, I have been missing one of my favourite past times — attending rock concerts. I went through a phase where I went ALL the time with my friend H. On a Thursday, we would have cocktails at her bachelorette pad then take in a live show at a sketchy bar or concert venue. The next day, we would drag our tired selves into work, the aftersmell of smoke masked by extra hair conditioner and dark eye circles disguised with a heavy-handed application of concealer. Ahhhh, those were the days! And such fond memories. Methinks I will bring it back.
Here are a few alterna-pop rock songs, I obsess over listen to on repeat:
- Miike Snow – Paddling
- TV On The Radio – Will Do
- Kele – Everything You Wanted (RAC Remix)
- Florence + The Machine – Shake It Out
March 9, 2012 No Comments
Music is my life. My life is a dance song. When I am in a crap mood, I blast the music and sing along. And when I stop at a red light, I sing to my neighbour. Don’t judge meeeaahh!
This playlist is alternately titled Botox and Hip Hop. I didn’t want to name the post that because let’s not get it twisted – I don’t love botulism but I do love hip hop. Alas, to each their own. Driving bumper to bumper on the 10 West freeway takes a zen attitude, the ability to merge aggressively (yet safely) and solid tunes to enjoy the late afternoon sunset. Being on the West Coast always reignites my love for Hip Hop. The proximity to the beach and salty air remind me of old copies of Seventeen magazine featuring a fresh faced Cameron Diaz.
Here are some tunes that remind me of California:
Lana Del Rey (aka Lizzie Grant) posters are plastered on every corner. A young songstress who was recently remarketed to appeal to the blogosphere and Silverlake hipster set with her plumped up lips (not pumped up kicks) and 60′s styling. Her music is a melange of heartbreak ballads (of the ‘I love bad boys but they don’t love me’ variety) and uptempo alterna-pop. There is a lot of controversy surrounding her imminent rise to superstardom but I still dig her music.
Oh boy, do I love me some hip hop! Listening to the radio in LA, they always play the best old school R&B and Hip Hop. You definitely have the chance to discover new tracks. A dance-y hip hop song is better than a shot of espresso in the morning. I love the melange of genres when a hip hop artist does an alternative mashup.
February 11, 2012 No Comments
“Trying hard to control my heart
I walk over to where you are
Eye to eye we need no words at all”
Lordy. There’s something about a 1980′s Madonna ballad that takes you out of time and space. Singing along to the lyrics sucks you back into your tween self swaying dramatically whilst emoting in your pink acid-wash. I love this early Madonna era with her round face, lace lingerie, plastic bracelets, rosaries, untouched roots and oversized hair accessories. Sometimes I forget how amazing old school Madge songs are, then I hear one and remember…
Here are my top choices for early Madonna karaoke songs. Please take a few moments to savour the videos. And for you kids born after 1990, please don’t talk to me. Just kidding. I love you *insert tickle-tickle
Crazy For You - Madonna croons in a smoky bar wearing a pretty major bow.
True Blue – Red lipstick, beach blonde pixie cut and culottes. This song would be good for sassy dance moves with your girlfriends.
La Isla Bonita - Make sure you memorize the Spanish lyrics because it’s really embarrassing to mumble made up words over a loud speaker.
Borderline – Dancing under the bridge, neon green socks, boyfriend jeans and a cheesy faux fashion shoot!
August 25, 2011 No Comments
I haven’t written a music post in a while yet like so many of my diversions, it truly is a passion. This playlist is a compilation of songs inspired by Seth & Summer. Songs they would play on the beach while roasting marshmallows to the view of the setting sun and sounds of crashing waves, her clad in her bikini and Juicy hoodie and him in his Penguin shirt and plaid boardshorts. Is it weird that I’m nostalgic for 2005? I dated a lot of cute skinny boys that summer, rode around my car Habeebs with my sunroof open, danced under the stars and tanned on the beach. Good times.
Some sweet sounds. Dream on young lovers…
- Summer Camp – I Want You
- Air – Playground Love
- Conner Youngblood – A Summer Song
- Foster the People – Helena Beat
- Phoenix – Love Like a Sunset
- Tokyo Police Club – Bambi
- Young the Giant – Strings
- Death Cab For Cutie – You Are A Tourist (Seth Cohen’s favourite band)
August 6, 2011 No Comments