Music ABC 2.0

Music ABC 2.0

Since October was one of the worst months for reading again this year, I figured than instead of a post about books, I could share some music with you again. The other week I finally went through my playlists and added tons of new songs, which inspired me to create a new Music ABC playlist. I made one a few years ago, but that was more than 2 years ago and was a playlist I made based on my all time favorite songs mostly. But I figured I could also share a playlist with some of my more recent favorites and some more all time favorites thrown in the mix. So that’s what this is, I hope you enjoy!

music abc 2.0

Music ABC 2.0
(Picture is of Bloc Party’s most recent show in AFAS Live)

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R&B tunes that melt my heart

R&B tunes that melt my heart

It’s been ages since I last posted a blog on music, but my love for music has never wavered. I have just felt greatly uninspired by what’s out there. I am still trying to find new music, but pickings are scarce and it feels like I have heard everything before. Which is why, recently, I have been going over some old favorites. And today I figured I could inform you of some of my favorite R&B tracks. A style of music I have not written much about, so it was about time I changed that. Here are 10 of my favorite R&B tracks.

Babyface – Never Keeping Secrets

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Bands @ Best Kept Secret I hope to see

Bands @ Best Kept Secret I hope to see

Tomorrow will see the beginning of Best Kept Secret festival. And I’m going! It will be my second time and I’m fully prepared. I have a tent, a matte and a sleeping bag, so I’m all set for 3 days of sun, fun and music. Because music is the reason I’m going. Here are my top 10 bands I hope to see at Best Kept Secret

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Flashback to Best Kept Secret 2015!!

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Tuned up Thursday: Music ABC – G

Tuned up Thursday: Music ABC – G

Remember that I like an array of different music? Well today’s post will proof just that. From a golden oldie, to elektro house, commercial dance, singer songwriter and one of the best tracks from one of the best albums ever made, this post showcases a neat division of the type of music I listen to. Move over indie music, today we’ll be delving into my musical catalogue and have a look at my favorite songs starting with the letter G.

1.) Georgia on my Mind – Ray Charles

The master of soul and R&B: that’s Ray Charles. His music is amazing and this song always gives me goosebumps. It’s just so beautiful, raw and filled with emotion. A classic that everyone should know.

2.) Ghosts n Stuff – Deadmau5

When listening to this song you need the full 6 min album version. I only one dance album. And it’s Deadmau5′ Random Album Title. It doesn’t feature this song per se, but because of that unique feature, I knew I had to include a Deadmau5 song in my Music ABC series. This is my favorite track by him. If you like a bit of elektro and a bit of house, then you’ll like this one.

3.) Golden Train – Justin Nozuka

How Justin Nozuka isn’t super duper famous yet is beyond me. His music is divine. Especially his first album. I saw him live 3 times and I’d go see him again at the drop of a hat. His music falls into the singer songwriter category and this song in particular is soothing, a tad sad and oh so beautiful. I love how it picks up half way through to give it a bit more oomph. He just released a new record not too long ago and I haven’t heard it yet, will have to some time soon.

4.) The Great Gig in the Sky – Pink Floyd

If you’d ask me what’s the best album ever made, I’d tell you Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd within the blink of an eye. I’ve been listening to it since I was 14 years old (as per my mother’s recommendation) and I’m still listening to it. My favorite track on it, is this one. It’s instrumental mostly, with vocals just singing a melody line, no words. I love listening to this late at night and just let it transport me wherever it takes me. For those moments where you don’t want to think of anything, but just let the music take you for a ride.

5.) Greyhound (Original Mix) – Swedish House Mafia

Gym classes can also give you some inspiration for your music playlist. I know this song through my spinning classes. And I love it. Super commercial but oh so fun dance track that I’m will get all the crowds jumping. It’s got the pounding rhythm, the repetitive build up: in short anything that makes a crowd pleasing dance track. I love listening to this when I work out in the gym still.

What songs starting with the letter G do you like?

Music ABC – B

Music ABC – B

To get through the entire alphabet (and numbers) I’m gonna have to make 27 of these posts. That means, that even if I were to post one of these every single week, it would take me at least 6 months to get through. And since I also want to do my songs of the week and music of theĀ  moment posts, where I can show you some more recent songs, I thought it’d be best to have the alphabet posts take up all other weeks. Else you, my dear reader, will have to hold out for too long. Since I don’t want to stall the Music ABC for too long, I’m bringing you the letter B today.

Bird Song – Florence And The Machine

Let’s start off this letter with my favorite song by Florence and the Machine. Well one of my favorites. Back when her debut album Lungs launched a few years ago I was one of the first to hop on that bandwagon. I believe I even had a few of her songs floating around my playlists before she even released an EP. I kinda liked her second album, but since that is in the vein of songs loved by the masses, I didn’t love it as much as her first one. What I loved about that first album is that it is so versatile and has so many different flavors and sounds. To me, Bird Song is a quintessential early Florence + The Machine song: it has her amazing voice, a harp, drums and eerie lyrics.

Blue Monday – New Order

An older song, yet nonetheless a gem in any music collection. This 80s track by New Order is what I would call THE New Wave track. And if you don’t know what New Wave is, then certainly give this a listen. In the age of the computer becoming more of a standard for creating music, this song is a pioneering track, not just for electronic music, but also for any type of dance music that was to come in decades after. In fact, lots of 80s electronic tracks sound like early versions of much later house, trance and other dance songs out there. The song was remade by the band in 1988.

Box – Johnny Flynn, The

Johnny Flynn has been one of my favorite artists ever since I saw him sing this song in the Takeaway Shows by La Blogoteque. He walks the streets in Argentina and into a bodega while playing his guitar singing this song all by himself. I fell in love with his voice and bought his first album A Larum. And what’s not to love?! This man not only plays guitar and sings, but also plays the violin and can pretty much do a whole song by himself. I finally managed to see him live and this song sounded even better in real life than I had imagined. This is folky, bluesy type stuff with catchy lyrics and he’s played with Mumford & Sons before.

Bread And Butter – Newbeats

On to some 60s beat music. In the 60s, many bands started adopting the ‘beat’ sound which was firstly promoted by early Beatles music. Many of those bands didn’t necessarily cross the pond, nor stood the test of time and have been forgotten. Since I have a weakness for this type of music, I came across this live version of the Newbeats’ Bread and Butter one afternoon. It’s catchy (Sesame Street tune anyone?), a bit cheek in tongue and of course the song is made by the falsetto by the lead singer.

Breathe On Me – Britney Spears

On to the last song, which is straight up pop. This song was never a single, but it’s on Britney’s album In the Zone. The video is from the accompanying world tour and it shows Britney in her heyday: before the craziness. I don’t even really know why I love this song in particular, but it’s always stood out to me and this was out when I was in my hardcore Britney loving phase. I still love her, I have all her albums and I love her music most for dancing along to, so that’s what I usually do with this song mostly. Now all I need is myself a hot male dancer to make out with in the instrumental section.

What letter B song is your favorite?

Music ABC – A

Music ABC – A

I had been considering sharing my all time favorite songs with you, but since there are so many, I never knew how to format it. Then, I came across a blog randomly (I forgot which one) where the owner went through her favorite music according to the alphabet. Not by artist, no by song. And I thought that was such a nifty idea! So this isn’t an original idea and if you read this and came up with this, then I hope you don’t mind that I took your idea and went with it. So the concept is simple: in the next couple of months I will be sharing my favorite songs in alphabetical order. Every time I’ll share 5 songs with you and explain a bit why I like a song or how I came across it. Let’s start at the beginning: with the letter A!

A Sunday Kind of Love – Etta James

Oh Etta! If you could fall in love with a voice, I’d fall in love with Etta James’. The warm, soulful voice combined with the early R&B sounds of this song just make it magnificent. Factor in the fact that it has slightly lazy feel to it and you instantly understand the title.

Addicted – Kelly Clarkson

I had a major Kelly Clarksom phase back in 2005 – 2006 and this song (and a few others, but mostly this one) has stuck with me ever since. Not a cheerful song, but so powerful. One of those: I’m stuck in a rut and I need a song to pick me up type of song.

Ain’t That Peculiar – Marvin Gaye

If you’d ask me what is my favorite song of all time, I’d have several options. One of them is this one. With a hint of swing, this song is an upbeat song but with a not so upbeat message. In addition Marvin Gaye was a musical genius, so if you don’t know this one yet, definitely check it out.

American Boy – Estelle ft. Kanye West

This song was on repeat constantly when I first heard came it. It’s catchy, it’s fun, and a tad cheeky at times. Yup, a fun little modern day R&B track. (I just noticed that there are 3 R&B songs in this post. It’s not as if that’s the only thing I listen to).

And If My Heart Should Somehow Stop – James Vincent McMorrow

I remember vividly when I first listened to this song with all of my attention: while lounging underneath a tree on Center Island in Toronto. So for me, this song is summer vacations in foreign countries while doing absolutely nothing. When I hear this, I instantly relive my 2012 vacation. And really, what’s better than that?

Share your favorite songs starting with ‘A’ in the comments below!