A music collection? Yes, a music collection. Before makeup, before shoes, before books, my first love was and has always been music. It is my longest running collection and I thought it would be fun (and definitely something different!) to share it with you. So that is what today’s video is all about. A bit unusual perhaps, but who doesn’t like music? Below the video I have linked some of my homemade playlists that I swear by in case you are curious what I like listening to.Read more
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
(Picture is of Bloc Party’s most recent show in AFAS Live)
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
It’s spring! And with that comes music! I selected 10 songs that completely give me that spring time feeling. Most of these I’ve already featured on here before, but it doesn’t hurt to share your favorites now does it?! Leave a comment down below with your favorite spring songs!
Janelle Monae – Dance Apocalyptic
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
Flashback to Best Kept Secret 2015!!
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?
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 the 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?