My Top Five Favorite Albums of 2017

A lot of amazing music came out this year and narrowing it down to just 5 albums was very hard but I did it! I listed albums that I not only listened to but devoured. Every song, every lyric, affected me in different ways. I am very diverse in my listening tastes so there’s a couple of different genres on my list. So here it goes!

5. Big Mess by Grouplove
I’ve been fan of Grouplove for awhile because their music is fun. It makes you want to jump up and down and scream the lyrics as loud as you can. And this album delivered that same carefree vibe. I often played it while driving in the miserable Atlanta traffic. I recommend this lighthearted listen to fans of indie rock who just want to feel good.
Fave tracks: Do you love someone, Traumatized, Good Morning

4. The Thrill of it All by Sam Smith
Sam Smith is the male Adele, he specializes in ballads about heartbreak. And I love it. Give me heavy piano and lyrics about a man who done you wrong and I am there. His unique voice is raw, honest, and it pulls at your heartstrings. You’ll be staring longingly into the horizon recalling all your relationships. Top 40 radio will play his singles 5 times an hour, but don’t let that lead you away from the album, it’s most definitely worth a listen.
Face tracks: No peace, Nothing left for you, Say it first

3. The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone by Lee Ann Womack
After listening to this album my first question was: Who hurt you Lee Ann?? These 14 tracks are all heavy, gritty, blues. Lee Ann is one of my favorite voices in country music but I don’t think I’ve ever heard her quite like this. I like dark Lee Ann, she seen some things, been through some things and she knows how to convey those experiences into a cohesive album. The first track All the trouble pretty much sets the tone. It’s an anthem for times when life is throwing everything at you at once. I recommend this album for those days when you are pissed off at the world, mama Lee Ann will let you know that you are not alone.
Fave tracks: All the trouble, Wicked, Someone else’s heartache

2. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
I would’ve been crazy to not add Kendrick’s newest on this list. He’s killing it right now. Rap music isn’t my favorite genre I’ll admit, but there’s no denying how good Lamar’s music is. It’s innovative, relevant, and unafraid. The album is an intimate journey into his personal struggles. Some of the tracks are hard, songs that you’ll turn the bass all the way up for, while others are subdued songs that will make you sway. I applaud Lamar for his willingness to be transparent, that’s what make his art so amazing. He puts his blood, sweat, and tears into it and comes out as this beautiful piece of rap history.
Fave Tracks: ELEMENT, DNA, PRIDE

1. Ctrl by SZA 
This album spoke to me the most this year. Ctrl is basically the experience of being 20 something wrapped up in 14 tracks with a bow on top. Self-doubt, lack of direction, crappy decisions and all that other madness that comes with not being a girl, but not yet a woman. As a 20 something myself I heard a lot of my own thoughts in her lyrics. There’s a pendulum in my mind, some days I feel confident, sexy, and ready to break some hearts. And other days I feel like I am going nowhere, and don’t know what the hell I’m doing. Both of these attitudes are represented in the album. In the song The Weekend, she asserts her sexy in being the confident side chick. But in the song Drew Barrymore she presents a less assured SZA who struggles with loneliness and self-worth.  So thank you Ms. SZA for providing a voice to the 20 something gals out here trying to live their best life.
Fave Tracks: Drew Barrymore, The Weekend, 20 Something

 

So that’s it! What were your favorite album releases this year??

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Everyday Inspiration, Day Nine: Writing and Not Writing

What do you do when you’re not writing? How do you reset and return to the dashboard, refreshed?

-WordPress, Blogging University
Two words and two words only answer that question. Live music.

 

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What do you do when you’re not writing? How do you reset and return to the dashboard, refreshed?

-WordPress, Blogging University

Two words and two words only answer that question. Live music.

Next to Jesus and writing, music is one of my great loves. There’s nothing like an amazing piece of music to stir you up. Music can transport you back in time, make you wonder, make you dream. Music is the musicians heart, live music is that heart on display.  The artist will tell you why he or she wrote that song, what inspired it, and the music will take on new meaning. Maybe it was deep deep love, or ugly heartbreak, or the miracle of new life.
I live for that, I live for the story of how the music came to be, because it inspires me to take the stories of my life and create something with it.

Isn’t that what all art is? Taking the human condition and creating with it.

 

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30 Days of Music: Day 1, Lemolo- We Felt the Fall

I was hunting the web-o-sphere looking for 30 day writing challenges and came across 30 Days of music by tumblr blogger SadisticYellowBird.

30 Days of Music: A Writing Challenge

Rules: For each day, post a piece of writing (short story, poem, etc.) based on a song. In essence, write a story around the feelings/ memories the song evokes, based on the songs concept, or around a line of lyric (if applicable) that really resonates within. For every post, link a YouTube video of the song before the writing.

The list of music given spanned many genres and so it intrigued me. I love discovering new to me music and I had never blogged for 30 days in a row. So here we go, Day 1.



“It was lifelike. It was over me. It was so low. It was so heavy.”

-Lemolo

You were an unexpected storm, forceful and destructive.

I had no time to prepare for the damage left behind.

Your clouds and your power although they were seductive,

had fear and misery made in their design.

You were gone as quickly as you arrived,

gone to another unsuspecting fool.

Despite it all the best parts of me survived.

your deception and lesson are now my fuel.

Love Song of the Week

I decided today I’d do a more upbeat love song “Can’t take my eyes off of you” by Lauryn Hill. It’s a cover of the 1967 Frank Valli song, but to be honest I didn’t realize it was a cover until years after I heard the Hill version, to me it’s always been Hill’s song. What I love about this song is the joyful beat and the sweet lyrics to it. I imagine a newly in love man or woman dancing to this song.

You’re just too good to be true, can’t take my eyes off of you
You’d be like heaven to touch, oh, I wanna hold you so much
At long last love has arrived and I thank God I’m alive
You’re just too good to be true, I can’t take my eyes off of you

This song makes me smile every time I hear it. I just want to dance and twirl as if I was in love. Take a listen, I hope this song brightens your day the way it does mine.

Love Song of the Week

This weeks song is a cover of Whitney Houston’s hit “How will I know”. Sam Smith takes on the song and does something unexpected with it. The original is a dance track but Smith takes it and slows it down into a ballad. If you didn’t know how the original went you’d think that it was his song. Smith gives the song new life, slowed down you can actually focus on the lyrics. It’s a beautiful song! I wonder if it was meant to be a ballad when it was originally written. As I much as I adore Whitney, I got to say that I like Sam Smith’s version better. Maybe it’s because I’m a sucker for a slow, stripped down love song. The video is a live performance of the song for a radio station. I believe this is his first performance of the song. Enjoy!

Love Song of the Week

This weeks song is my first country music post. I wouldn’t say I’m a huge fan of country music. But I have to admit that country music has some of the most beautiful lyrics. In this weeks song “I need you” by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw the lyrics aren’t especially amazing but they’re perfect for a great love song in my opinion, they’re simple and sincere. The song is mostly metaphors of things that go together or need each other, and that’s how they need each over. The video is also simple and sincere. Faith and Tim are sitting in a candlelit room singing while looking into each others eyes. I just swoon everytime I see it. So here’s the video, hope it pulls at your heart strings the way it does for me.

Love Song of the Week

Today’s song is actually a cover of a classic. “Lovesong” by Adele, the original is by the English rock band The Cure. Don’t get me wrong the original captured me the moment I heard it, but Adele brings a jazzy/bluesy element to it that makes it easier to dance to. This would be a very good first dance song at a wedding. It’s so sensual who wouldn’t want to hold someone close while listening to it. Now whether you prefer the original or the covers the lyrics are still the same. With every line the singer is describing how much better he is whenever he is with this person. He’s fun ,clean, whole, free, and young. And then he promises that no matter what happens between them he will always love that person. Check out this great lyric video and let Adele whisk you away.