My Top 10 Songs of the Week “Dot Com Period” : MYFAVORITES

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This weeks Top 10 list was almost a photo finish, because I couldn’t decide which of two songs should get the coveted #1 spot. At the beginning of the week, I synced new albums to listen to (because I had been seriously stuck on Sia, Beyonce and Rihanna for the past few months). Karen O, Jhene Aiko, Interpol, and a few others including Chris Brown’s “X”. I got stuck on a few songs on “X” and I was certain one of the songs would be my #1 pick this week, until Wednesday when I was working and found myself craving the Neo-Soul sounds of the likes of Maxwell, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Anthony Hamilton and Chrisette Michele. That altered things a lot, and makes for a pretty interesting Top 10 this week. Enjoy, and have a great weekend.

 

10. Jhene Aiko “W.A.Y.S.”

W.A.Y.S. = Why Aren’t You Smiling. I love Jhene and her acronyms (“W.T.H.” still cracks me up). I didn’t get too far into her solo debut, but this song stuck to me for a few reasons. It’s really inspiring, and I really related to the struggle she talks about in the song. Also, it’s just a nice song overall, I’m really digging this girl and her style.

 

9. Chrisette Michele “Epiphany (I’m Leaving)”

I LOVE CHRISETTE MICHELE. I don’t know how many of you watch “R&B Divas LA”, but she’s a part of it this season, and though I liked her before, I was really surprised that the reality show made me like her even more. So much so I finally decided to give her back catalogue a listen. This of course was a big hit, so I was most familiar with it and I played it out a bit this week. Great song.

 

8. Chris Brown featuring Brandy “Do Better”

That Brandy sure can sang! This is an awesome song.

 

7. Jill Scott “He Loves Me (Lyzel in E Flat)”

This has always been a favorite of mine, it’s so pretty and poetic. No shade, but I don’t think Jill ever topped her debut album, simply because her style was so unique. This song, among others, is a testament that she brought something really new and completely HERS to the industry. Classic shizz!

 

6. Maxwell “Pretty Wings”

I do. I love me some Maxwell, and even though I didn’t fully get into this song as much as his others it’s definitely an excellent song. Melodies, Instrumentation, Lyrics and Vocals are ALL on point.

 

5. Anthony Hamilton “I’m A Mess”

“CALL ME. WRITE ME. LOVE ME. COME HOME.” I LOVE a good majority of Hamilton’s soulful debut album, but this one takes the cake. The lyrics are so intense, the instrumentation is dripping with that old school soul-stank, and that ending choir and the pitch effects… AMAZING!

 

4. Jill Scott “A Long Walk”

Again, Jill and her debut album are so frikkin unique. I was into this massive hit this week and marvelled at her flawless ability to mix soul, poetry and hip hop into such a lovely song. I was actually surprised I remembered most of the lyrics, and how much the song made me smile.

 

3. Chris BrownLost in Ya Love

I like “X” a lot, but DAMN… 22 songs! It took me pretty much ALL of Monday to finally get through the album and before this song I was getting bored of the album. This hit, with such a lovely beat and sweet harmonies and lyrics, I fell in love.

(I see Breezy is on his PRINCE-game, because I can’t find the audio to this song anywhere on YouTube. I’m not sure how to Embed shit from Tumblr so I’ll just link it… click on the song title above to hear the track)

 

2. Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga “Loyal”

“Just got rich. Took a broke nigga’s bitch. I can make a broke bitch rich. But I don’t fuck with broke bitches.” I swear I never got into this song until this week (I had heard of it, but never heard it until the BET Awards), because it’s MAD Nigger-ish and Ignorant and Misogynistic and all’a’dat! But that beat is sick, I hella wanna go out to a club and get my dance on to it. Thus all the plays this week, I was working on my moves!!

 

1. Chrisette Michele “Charades”

THIS SONG IS SO GOOD “dot com period” !!! Yeah, I don’t even have anything else to say, it’s just a perfect flow and perfect mood. I was WAY into it this week. LOVE YA CHRISETTE.

My Top 10 Songs of the Week “Put it All on Me” : MYFAVORITES

Yup. Back again. Enjoy.

10. Deniece Williams “Lets Hear it for the Boy”

I was at the Dentist office yesterday, and he loves having KISSFM playing. Lots of 80’s R&B and Pop, and it was really taking me back to my childhood. THIS song came on and I was like 4 years old again in my brain.

9. Michael Buble “Home”

Was thinking about this song yesterday, it’s really one of those Instant Vintage songs. Always classic and always satisfying.

8. Calvin Harris “Summer”

I was ALL excited when I saw the “Summer, The Remixes” EP on iTunes. Specifically the Diplo (and some other person) remix. It kinda sucked, and I didn’t even listen to the other remixes. So I’ll settle for the original.

7. Sia “Chandelier”

I’ll get over this song at some point, I’m sure of it. Just not right now.

6. Jessie J “Thunder”

Such a great song.

5. Tamar Braxton “All The Way Home”

Well, we can get into why I got into a Tamar kick this week a bit later. Needless to say, this song is the shit.

4. Sia “Big Girls Cry”

I’ll also get over Sia’s album at some point, just not this week.

3. Maroon 5 “Feelings”

So I listened to Maroon 5’s new album “V”, and it’s just alright. I mean, the songs are good enough for me to NOT skip over, but it’s slightly generic. Anyhoo, this song is just fun, even if it DOES sound like a Jamiroquai rip off. (i LOVE the way he sings “feeeeeeeeeeeelings” lol)

2. Tamar Braxton “Black Tears”

Bonus track from Tamar’s amazing album, must have listened to this like 6 times today. (“little tears that you crying now/ain’t got nothing on these black tears”).

1. Tamar Braxton “The One”

So yeah, one day after work this past week I had this song running through my head. I have NEVER taken Tamar’s “Love and War” album off my iPhone, so it wasn’t an issue to listen to the song. I intended on listening to that ONE song and for the next few days I was stuck on the whole thing, which one year later is still amazing!!

My Top 10 Songs of the Week “…Or Nah!?” : MYFAVORITES

Hey folks. Well it was a busy busy busy week at work last week, so I didn’t get my Top 10 Songs of the Week up on Friday. Alas, here it is. No need for descriptions or anything, just enjoy!

 

10. Mariah Carey “Meteorite”

 

9. Maroon 5 “Animals”

 

8. tUnE-yArDs “Water Fountain”

 

7. Sia “Hostage”

 

6. Sia “Eye of the Needle”

 

5. Usher “Good Kisser”

 

4. Beyoncé “Blue”

 

3. Ty Dolla $ign featuring Wiz Khalifa and DJ Mustard “Or Nah”

 

2. Justin Timberlake “Spaceship Coupe”

 

1. Rich Gang featuring Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan “Lifestyle”

My Top 10 Songs of the Week “Enjoy Your 5″ : MYFAVORITES

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Alright, so we’re back on track with my weekly list on Fridays. I’m not going to write any descriptions though, just enjoy!

10. Rihanna “We Found Love”

 

9. Sia “Eye of the Needle”

 

8. Maroon 5 “One More Night”

 

7. Disclosure featuring Sam Smith “Latch”

 

6. Sia “Hostage”

 

5. Sia “Chandelier”

 

4. Danity Kane featuring Tyga “Lemonade”

 

3. Maroon 5 “Animals”

 

2. Beyoncé “Blow”

 

1. Maroon 5 “Maps”

My Top 10 Songs of (Last) Week “LADIES ROCK” : MYFAVORITES

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I didn’t update the blog at all last week, Sorry. You know I go back and forth about if I really want to continue this blog, and last week I was definitely not feeling it. It has been incredibly busy for me this week at work, but I decided to do this while I have a short little breather. First off, here is what probably would have made the list last week. I downloaded Sia‘s album “1000 Forms of Fear” and completely fell in love with it, and was pretty much obsessed with it the whole week which would explain her dominance. Other than Sia, enjoy the rest of the list. Oh and apparently LADIES ROCK because this entire list is comprised of womenz!

10. Rihanna “Roc Me Out”

I got back into my Rihanna Playlist a bit last week (she’s a great remedy for a busy work day), and yeah this is an underrated song with hella swag that is so much fun to sing (“real hush-a boy don’t you speak it”).

 

9. Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball”

Good song.

 

8. Alicia Keys featuring John Mayer “Lesson Learned”

This song like, ALWAYS breaks my heart. I feel her pain. This is really an excellent song. So a little back story, because Alicia is well represented on this countdown as well. Remember that post about Artists who should release “Greatest Hits” albums, well I’m trying to decide if I want to do a bigger project with that – but I started out by making the tracklistings and testing them out. I started with Alicia, and I must say, the playlist I made is EX-CE-LLENT!!!! I added this song, though it wasn’t a single, because I think it’s one of those album cuts that most people really enjoy and it shows more diversity to her.

 

7. Miley Cyrus featuring Britney Spears “SMS (Bangerz)”

Ionlike the Britney part, but this song is ridiculously cute.

 

6. Rihanna featuring Eminem “Numb”

I LOVELOVELOVELOVE this song, never get tired of it, so obviously when I broke out that Rihanna playlist this was on repeat for a minute.

 

5. Alicia Keys “You Don’t Know My Name”

This is probably (well not probably, it IS) my favorite Alicia song. I love that Kanye track, it’s so smooth and has that rock to it. And the “milk and cream” part always makes me smile. Classic.

 

4. Alicia Keys “Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart”

I’m telling you guys, my Alicia Playlist is off the hook, and I tend to always get really excited when this song comes on. It might actually become one of my Top favorites by her.

 

3. Sia “Big Girls Cry”

Let’s just say the next 3 songs are tied, because I love Sia’s album so much. THIS song is actually the one that made me say “hey, this might actually be a really cool album”. I love the way Sia plays with her voice and phrasing, so that it’s almost very mumble-y but she still has a really strong voice and the emotions she puts on these songs is always on point and appropriate for the songs.

 

2. Sia featuring The Weeknd and Diplo “Elastic Heart”

Wow! The production on this track KILLS. The lyrics KILL. And this might be the only instance where The Weeknd was singing and his falsetto “voice” didn’t annoy the shit out of me. GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT SONG!

 

1. Sia “Chandelier”

It’s funny, because I feel like this song has been out for a minute. I remember seeing people post it on Facebook but I never listened. I like Sia and everything, but I just wasn’t ready to join a Sia-bandwagon. PLUS, unless it’s one of my favorite artists, I prefer to listen to the whole album instead of isolated singles. This song is nothing short of amazing, and definitely deserving of the hit status it’s received.

Music that Defined my NY Journey, Part 2 : IMO

oh New York, I miss you so much!

oh New York, I miss you so much!

So the last time we left, I moved three times from Hell’s Kitchen Manhattan to Brooklyn back to Manhattan in the Washington Heights area. At that point, I felt a little more settled into the NYC life. I had a steady temp job, and was starting to plan my future there hoping I’d get that job permanently. Such is life, things don’t always work out the way you hope so this next crop of songs helped me cope with those bouts of depression I experienced over the uncertainty of my life on the east coast, but this set will also provide some fun because at this point I had met my besties and was out nearly all the time.

Miguel “Kaleidoscope Dream” – Album

This probably should have been in the last group, because I remember getting into “Candles in the Sun” during the time I was living in Brooklyn. However, I LOVE this album so much and it was always on rotation.

Lady GaGa “Fashion”

I was already OVER “ARTPOP”, but I saw a clip of GaGa’s Muppet Thanksgiving Special and the performance of this song with the Godess Ru Paul and I totally fell in love with the song. “SLAAAAY”

Usher “What’s Your Name”

This 2007 album track was oddly very popular to me during my evening Subway trips back home. I have no idea why, but I know it made me happy on days when I was annoyed or tired or whatever. I had to even make myself a new Usher playlist.

Whitney, Miley, Spice Girls and other random oldies at the Gay Bars

Some of the most fun I’ve had at the Gay Bars was dancing to either super-corny Pop, like the time at Bartini when they started playing “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus. At POSH one night, they played a big block of Spice Girls and I smiled so incredibly hard the whole time. Vintage Whitney was a mainstay at all those Bars though; Boxers HK, Boxers Chelsea, Bartini and one of our favorites The Ritz. Nostalgia and cheesy Pop does wonders for your woes.

I’m kind of skipping months, but I have to add that on my birthday after Karaoke we went to a few East Village spots (err, I’m pretty sure it was the East Village) and Boiler Room had THE cheesiest, corniest, TRL-iest music and me and my crew (well one in particular who was right there with me dancing his butt off with me) were LIVING for the vintage N Sync, Britney, TLC, Backstreet Boys nostalgia. It was so much fun.

Kanye West “Hold My Liquor”

I love my Kanye, but it took me a minute to really get into that “Yeezus”. I remember my night walks in the little park near my Washington Heights place and really, really, REALLY getting into the vibe of this song. It’s pretty dark tonally, his lyrics and delivery sort of mimicked my feelings of desperation, anger, sadness and wanting to do something (or someone) to give yourself some power. I fell completely in love with it, and now I’ll always remember this as a Washington Heights song.

The Drums “Money”

This is slightly Arcadius related, but yeah I got RE-Obsessed with this song during my Washington Heights stay.

Red Hot Chili Peppers “Dosed”

Truth be told, I was all into the “Californication” and “By The Way” albums and a number of the songs. But I think this song matches the tone and vibe I was at back then. Kind of a melancholy, somewhat upbeat, but overall kind of sad vibe.

Beyonce “BEYONCE” – Album

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I’m REALLY Happy I was in New York when Beyonce dropped the bomb. It was great to experience the impact while I was actually out and being social. And I LOVED how all the bars and clubs were playing it. G Lounge in Chelsea and No Parking in Washington Heights played the entire album during Happy Hour, and “Blow” was a favorite at The Ritz and Berlin (yuck, hated that club). And of course… “Drunk in Love” was a favorite of bars, clubs and cars! It was just really fun to hear people on December 13th and on saying “did you get the Beyoncé album” “what do you think of the Beyoncé album” “where were you when the Beyoncé album dropped”. Definitely an iconic moment I was happy to share with a bunch of people, like the Pizza joint we went to during a Boxers HK night and they were playing the album out loud on their iPhone and we turned that little place into a little party. Good Times.

Sade “The Ultimate Collection” – ALBUM

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Never been a HUGE Sade fan. You know, I loved “Love Deluxe”, but other than that I have only liked a few songs from each album. One day, I was checking out that artist Rhye and she reminded me so much of Sade that I had to dig deeper into their collection. “Love is Stronger Than Pride” started it off, I was obsessed with that song for a while and than I started listening to everything I could from Spotify and landed on “The Ultimate Collection”. It’s a two-disc set that includes some previously unreleased songs, but it’s just fantastic. And that “Love is Found” song is EXCELLENT!!!

M.I.A. “Bad Girls”

So now I’m in another spot in Washington Heights. I was let go of my temporary assignment with no prospects of another job. I hung out in my room a lot, I had lots of random sex, and walked around a lot. With nowhere really to go. Anyway, I remember watching this video finally and loving it, and I also remember walking around NYC on Valentine’s Day listening to it back to back.

Pitbull & Ke$ha “Timber”

I’m gonna close out with this little piece of pop goodness. Me and my friends would get so silly when it would come on that it just leaves me with great memories of smiling and laughing and being happy.

 

Additionally, I should add that Janelle Monae‘s “Q.U.E.E.N.” and “Primetime” would always pop back into rotation at random moments. I got into a Maxwell kick early in the year, as well as going back to that good Chaka Khan from the late 70’s and early 80’s. Chairlift (“Planet Health” in particular) and Twin Sister were some of my favorite Indie discoveries. The Killers‘ “Shot at the Night” became a favorite. Katy Perry‘s “International Smile” was one of my favorite songs when I had a big project at work. AND… that’s all I got right now.

Overall, I had a GREAT TIME in New York and I gotta get back there. In the mean time, I’ll always have the music!

Music that Defined my NY Journey, Part 1 : IMO

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centralparkglitch1I’ll be honest, I’m not in the best mood right now and was almost not going to do this post. But hey, I still have over an hour before my class starts and I already promised I would post it… so, this might be a little condensed and not really what I wanted to share, but I’ll try my best.

Basically, my New York journey lasted for about 5 and a half months. I had lots of fun there, lots of frustration, met really amazing people. Even though I had moments of pure irritation, I truly did feel I fit in there as opposed to my Bay Area home. And I also felt like I was growing into the person I’ve always wanted to be.

But enough about all of that, let’s talk about the Music. I’m a music fiend, so the music I listened to and heard while there shaped my NYC Soundtrack. There are certain songs that now whenever I hear them, it always reminds me of a moment in New York.

So here is a chronicle of some of those songs and albums that now have a permanent New York stamp on them.

Jessie J “Wild”

The line “am i asleep, no i’m alive” was one that stuck with me the first day I was in NYC, walking around in Times Square and in disbelief that I actually made it and was there.

Britney Spears “Work Bitch”

I guess this song was a Billboard flop? Who cares, this song is the shit! And I would have never guessed it was a flop because when I finally did start going OUT this was very popular among DJ’s and drunks alike.

Ikona Pop & Charlie XCX “I Love It”

Speaking of going out, I swear it seemed like every time I entered a bar or club (well, the ones that played Pop music) this song was playing. I can’t stand the song, but whenever I hear it I’ll think of that.

Kendrick Lamar “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe”

I think once I switched from tourist to job-seeker, this song helped out a lot.

Tamar Braxton ‘”Love & War” – Album

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And yeah, my very confusing trips on the Subway were almost always accompanied with HER. This album was released only a few weeks before I left for New York so it was still new, but familiar enough so I could zone the fuck out and mime her amazing vocals and great songs. This album was actually the most played my entire trip to NYC … until of course Beyonce came back around, but we’ll get to that later.

Lorde “Royals”

I think Ikona Pop’s song was fading out at the same time this song was blowing up. I have a slight tolerance for this song NOW, but gawd I hated it when it was getting popular and of course all those bars were playing the hell out of this. Actually the night me and my FullBlast buddy went out to Industry I caught a pretty decent drag queen singing (and I mean actually Singing) this song.

Jay-Z & Justin Timberlake “Holy Grail”

Another song I HATE, but this was popular among the cars rolling past. I really cannot get over Timberlake’s screech fest on this song and still hate it, but it will always remind me of New York now.

Drake “Nothing Was the Same” – Album

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Drake’s third album was released maybe a week after I arrived to New York. I wasn’t instantly loving it, but apparently NYC was. “Hold On, We’re Going Home” gave the Urban clubs LIFE nearly every time I went. And I would always hear random songs bleeding out of people’s cars (I guess this album replaced Jay-Z’s that year). One fun memory though, One night (had to be sometime in November) me and my girl -friend were out late hella drunk and we went to Boxer’s HK (one of our favorite spots) and it was empty so I guess the bartender or whoever put on the Drake album and me and my friend were acting mad crazy to “Worst Behaviour”. I should also say towards the end of the trip, I was really connecting with “Connect” (ha! see what I did there)

Eminem & Rihanna “Monster”

I remember getting an email that this song was out, and I just immediately went to iTunes and downloaded. I was suffering a real Rihanna drought and had to have it. I remember the night I did, I was in Brooklyn maybe my first week living there (I moved there late October) and I walked up and down the blocks with this song on repeat.

K Michelle “Rebellious Soul” – Album

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Okay, so K. Michelle did an interview on The Skorpion Show. I liked K before hand, but I was struck by her comments on Tamar (or Ta-Muppet)’s album. Of course the girls were at odds at the time so she wasn’t going to say anything glowing about it, but it just made me interested in finally checking out her album. I’m glad I did because it definitely became a favorite.

James Blake – ALL

James Blake was my first and only New York City concert. I was really excited because I obviously love his music, and I was interested in checking out the NYC concert crowds. So I was getting ready by listening to him almost obsessively. I remember my night walks in the Bushwick area of Brooklyn vibing to his tunes. If I was going to pull one song, it would have to be “To The Last”.

Justin Timberlake “You Got It On”

Just dope, love this song.

J. Cole & TLC “Crooked Smile”

Remember when that TLC movie happened, well this (as well as the TLC Playlist I had to make) was because of that. I recall several mornings waiting for that 4, 5 or 6 to my Upper East Side job with this song on repeat.

Lady GaGa & R. Kelly “Do What U Want”

This song was surprisingly popular in NYC. The energy you would feel when it was played was high, like everybody was HERE for GaGa and the just released “ARTPOP” album. Another favorite song that accompanied me on my late night Brooklyn walks.

fun. “Some Nights” – Album

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I honestly don’t know what spurred on my need to purchase this album, but I swear to you THIS album was such a big help for me throughout the last few months of being in NYC. By November I was getting extremely frustrated by not having a full time job, by my living situation at the time, by lots of things, and this album seemed to speak to me in several different songs. “All Alright” was my fave, “Some Nights”, “Stars” and a bunch of songs had lines in there that I related to and felt like “well hey, I’m not alone in this feeling”. I think “Why Am I The One” was especially funny because I was moving from Brooklyn to Washington Heights (my third time moving in three months) and “why am I the one, always packing up my stuff” perfectly fit my mood at the time. Bottom line, this album was my NYC album bar none.

 

So, I have an hour left in class and I won’t have time to finish this. As of now, I’m officially making this Part 1 and Part 2 should be up sometime tomorrow. And I’ll add YouTube clips and more pics and all that as well. The only reason I’m posting this now is because I promised it. It’s already Wednesday in New York and only a few hours left in Tuesday here… but, eh, whatever!

NYC Week?

nycglitch1Tomorrow marks 6 months since I moved away from New York City, and I want to write about it. I’m just not sure if I should commit to a full week of NYC goodness, or just flood WordPress tomorrow with a bunch of different posts.

What do you all think?

What I have in mind is at least one testimonial about New York, about how much I loved it yet at the same time was completely frustrated most of the time I was there. I also wanted to talk about some of the mistakes I made in moving there, as a sort of guide for anyone thinking of taking the leap to the Big Apple.

One thing I definitely want to do is to talk about the Music that truly defined my stay there. I’ve been trying to get that together for a while, and wanted to pick a landmark date to post it.

So, readers you should expect SOMETHING NYC related tomorrow and I’ll be sure to let you know what I decided.

My Top 10 Songs of the Week “Unsung” : MYFAVORITES

No explanation needed, Let’s get into it shall we.

10. Mariah Carey “Meteorite”

Not initially my favorite from Ms. Carey’s latest album, I kinda felt she didn’t give 100% vocally, but it’s such a cute song and like most of the tracks from “Me. I Am Mariah…” it has grown on me considerably.

 

9. Diana Ross “Muscles”

Had this craving to hear this sexy sexy MJ written song about Muscle Men this morning. It’s one of my favorites from her, and I was thinking of trying to remix it with Garage Band lol!! Let’s see how far I get with that.

 

8. The Emotions “Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love”

So, The Emotions were this week’s group on TV1’s “Unsung”. I was watching it like “okay, ‘Best of My Love’ and ‘Don’t Ask My Neighbors’… but what were their other hits, I know that had like 3 or 4″. Can’t believe I had forgotten about this gem (and that B Angie B remake circa 1991 that made me love the song initially). More Emotions coming very soon.

 

7. Ed Sheeran “Lego House”

I LOVE me some Ed Sheeran. I JUST downloaded his latest album “X” but haven’t gotten a chance to listen, but I did have a mini flashback this morning through his “+” album. So this, the next song, and another song further up the list are included this week.

 

6. Ed Sheeran “The A Team”

Yup! Told you!

 

5. Mariah Carey “Supernatural”

Yeah, I hadn’t had a good Mariah-fix until yesterday after work. Love the album, Love this song. Enough said.

 

4. Ed Sheeran “This”

THIS was the one I really wanted to hear this morning. SO GOOD!!

 

3. Iggy Azalea featuring Charlie XCX “Fancy”

Ugh, another example of caving to the pressures of catchy-ness. I heard this song a few times and was like “umm, this kinda sucks”… but after hearing it a few more times I couldn’t get it out of my head. So, Yeah!!

 

2. The Emotions “Flowers”

So yeah, when this song came on “Unsung” I was totally like “YES YES YES!!”, I absolutely love this song and think it’s just so pretty with such great harmonies.

 

1. The Emotions “So I Can Love You” / Teams vs. Star Slinger “Say Please”

So, this was The Emotions’ first hit, but I had never heard it. When they started playing the song on “Unsung”, I KNEW I didn’t know it… but it sounded TOO familiar. And I remembered Teams vs. Star Slinger and that album I loved a few years ago, the song “Say Please” used the original in such a beautiful way. At the end of the day, I need to get into The Emotions a little bit more (“aah aah yeah”)

 

 

What I learned from “Drunk History” last night (Hollywood is Racist) : IMO

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Drunk_HistoryWhat I learned from “Drunk History” last night is that Hollywood is racist. I knew this before and have blogged about it before, but last night was a sort of jaw-dropping experience.

I have been meaning to watch “Drunk History” since it first aired on Comedy Central, I want to say over a year ago, but never did. I caught it last week and fell in love with it. I love it because they have good stories, and having the actors mime the narration of the Drunk storytellers is a really funny element of the show.

Last night was a Hawaii theme, and two of the three stories were so heroic and triumphant and inspiring. The first story was about how Captain James Cook and his crew landed on a Hawaiian Island and automatically assumed the native people thought him and his “white” crew were “Gods” and totally took advantage of all of their kindness. Typical History lesson really, because most of historical stories involving Europeans ends with them destroying someone’s culture.

The two stories that struck me the most were of Japanese-American soldier Daniel Inouye and Hawaiian surfer Eddie Aikau. Two incredibly amazing stories that show that Hollywood is only interested in ONE type of perspective.

war hero Daniel Inouye

war hero Daniel Inouye

So from what I gathered, Inouye was a Japanese-American who proudly tried to enlist in the Army after the bombings on Pearl Harbor. There was a ban against Japanese-Americans enlisting, but a few years later he joined the 442nd Combat Team which was a unit made up of mostly Japanese-Americans. He was a true hero during the war, quickly being promoted up in ranks, and he lost his arm and nearly died defending his country. He became a decorated War hero, but got fed up with the racism in the US – his own country – that he decided to get into the senate and try to make a change. Long story short, he became a celebrated congressman and spent most of his life in the senate.

Eddie Aikau was an amazing Hawaiian man, a risk-taking surfer and the first Lifeguard in Hawaii, with an impeccable record of saving hundreds of lives during that time. He became a bit of a living legend on the Islands, and this was before he got lost at sea during a triumphant and heroic mission. His legacy lives on to this day with the popular Hawaiian term “Eddie Would Go”, which speaks to his no-fear attitude, and he continues to inspire natives and tourists alike.

Hawaiian Legend Eddie Aikau

Hawaiian Legend Eddie Aikau

Now what do we have here? A war hero who fought for change in the US, and an adventurous hero of the Islands with a strong legacy. WHY ARE THERE NO MOVIES ABOUT THESE TWO?

And I ask why because, how many lame War movies do we get each year that focus on white guys and their perspective of the war and battle. How many crappy surf movies and shipwreck movies do we get in a decade, again focusing on white guys. Well, because Hollywood is racist. That’s the only thing I can think of. These two men are amazing and so inspiring, but because they aren’t white it feels like their stories have been completely passed over and instead we get these cookie-cutter War and Surfer movies that have predictable scripts and lame love stories, leaving the viewer with nothing really new to learn or to take from it.

The white male perspective seems to be the only thing Hollywood wants to put out. And while I’m tired of being the one who says “HEY! We need diversity on the screen”, after watching “Drunk History” last night it really bears repeating.

You just have to stop and think, how many great stories are we NOT hearing just because they aren’t stories with white men as the focal point?

So that was my rant of the day. What do you guys think?

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