If you were to look at my Spotify activity over the past month, you’ll notice the ridiculous amount of times that the name Rhye shows up. This dou’s 2013 release, Woman, has been my go-to nighttime soundtrack (because, yes, I even fall asleep to music, you all know I have a problem), and every…
Did everyone catch my latest review of the sensual masterpiece that is Woman by Rhye? With Valentine’s Day slowly but surly beginning to creep upon us, I figured I’d help you all slip into the spirit a little. You know me, always the romantic :P
Happy New Year to you all! Looking back on 2013, I learned so much in that past year and grew immensely. As a person, a friend, a daughter, a college student, and as a young adult living on her own. I cannot stress how good 2013 was to me. I certainly had my setbacks and difficulties, but I took them in stride as best as I could. In the end, none of the setbacks are half as important as the positive things in life and I’m learning that keeping your mind in the positive is a much better place to be than dwelling over all the “bad” that occurs. Life is too short not to be optimistic and ambitious. The best things that happened to me last year happened because I kept my hopes up high and let myself be open to whatever came my way.
Now that the final days of 2013 have come to a close and we have begun a whole new year of adventures and lessons learned, it is time to kick things off with the right attitude and the right perspective. My new year’s resolutions are often more like reminders than fixed goals, but I aim to keep them all the same. Some have been carried over from last year and some are new additions. However, all of them are exactly what I need to think about and adopt as I gear up for what looks like is going to be whole new territory for me. 2013 was filled with wisdom, excitement, and life-altering experiences. 2014 is now my time to put everything to work and continue on my path of growing, changing, discovering, and having a great time along the way.
New Year’s Resolutions 1) Speak dangerously; stand up for my opinions and feelings with confidence and ask questions 2) Take more risks and leaps of faith 3) Stay optimistic; focus on the positives and accomplishments in life instead of dwelling on the negatives and setbacks 4) Learn how to put myself first from time to time 5) Immerse myself in all I do 6) Value the friends and family members in my life and show them that 7) Exercise and eat more 8) Trust in my own abilities and potential 9) Take things one day at a time 10) Do what feels right to me
Anyone else with New Year’s resolutions or hopes for 2014? We can help each other keep our goals this year. What do you want to do this year?
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY! A couple years ago I started a tradition of making New Year playlists. It was a way to sort of get myself into the right mindset at the start of the year and, surprisingly, it has actually had a rather positive effect on how my year ends up going. Anyway, I’ll stop myself before I hope up on a soap box and start preaching about how incredibly influential music is. Check out my 2014 playlist on Spotify. Plus while you’e there, consider following me on Spotify to see what I’m listening to 24/7 and see some of my other playlists. Or you can not do that and just celebrate the start of a whole new set of adventures with 14 great songs to start off the New Year with a smile… and spastic dance moves!
New year, new playlist! It’s gonna be a great year :)
Out of all the game changing, brilliant, epic, creative, visionary music to come out of 2013, none hit me quite as hard as The 1975 and their self titled debut album. Since the album dropped September 3rd, I have listened to it at least once a day. I fell asleep to it, I woke up to it, I strutted…
I had a really great year. Like so great I can’t even believe a lot of the great stuff that happened in 2013. I don’t know if it’s because my perspective on life has changed or if the universe is on my side or what, but for whatever reason, looking on back on 2013 makes me smile, despite the setbacs that came up along the way. Last year, I said that it was important to take a look back on all the positive accomplishments in the past year on New Years Eve and so I am going to uphold that statement and make another list for this year of all the positive things about this past 365 days.
I finished my first year of college!
I finally accepted my nerdy math loving self and changed my major to Economics
I didn’t fail my Calc 3 class even though it had been almost a year since I had been in a math class
I forged some amazing new friendships and strengthened some old ones
I hit on some guy that was COMPLETELY out of my league just because I could
I went to New York for the first time
I started my own music blog
I started writing for a legit music website.magazine!
I did phone interviews with some really cool artists
I talked to people on the phone (which is a big deal because I never do that)
I am writing regularly, I’m a freelance music journalist
I met PATRICK STUMP
I MET MATTY HEALY, GEORGE DANIEL, AND ROSS MACDONALD OF THE 1975
MATTY HEALY LOVES MY BRAIDS
I am passionate about learning and work again
I am honestly beginning to really love the person I am
That’s all I can think of now, so much has happened since last New Years Eve. 2013, thanks for the memories! Time to get ready to go into 2014 with a positive attitude. Here’s hoping 2014’s good things list is even longer than this one!
Let’s be real, Fall Out Boy hands down orchestrated one of the best musical comebacks I’ve ever witnessed. They had me and my friends dancing and screaming their songs so loud, we woke our neighbors. Incredible live shows, solid TV performances, cinematic and symbolic music videos; everything Fall…
As soon as the first single of this record, “Miss Jackson,” dropped, I was almost 100% positive that the new Panic! At the Disco album was probably going to make quite a lot of people angry. Well, I was right. When Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die went up for streaming on YouTube, haters…
Oh, I spent way too much time singing and moving to this record when I should have been studying for exams. Ra Ra Riot’s Beta Love was an indie pop delight that completely consumed my thoughts for a solid month after it came out because it’s just pure fun. The title track on the album is the…
If you thought I could do a countdown of my favorite musical anything without mentioning 30 Seconds to Mars, then you are absolutely out of your mind. There has been a 30 Seconds to Mars Triad around my neck for the past three or four years now, so you can bet that I lost my mind when I found out…
OH MY GOD, BIG SHOCKER, 30 SECONDS TO MARS MADE MY TOP FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2013! NO ONE SAW THAT COMING RIGHT?!
I couldn’t leave this one off the list considering all the ceiling staring I did while listening to the second single “Love and Drugs.” The Maine is such a solid band. They are one of those bands that I can go months without listening to and then, out of the blue, I’ll stumble across one of their…
Kicking off the countdown are alternative rockers New Politics with their album, A Bad Girl in Harlem. So many great new artists and bands broke out into the mainstream this year and New Politics is definitely one of my favorites. Now, they have put out an album before and “Yeah Yeah Yeah,” the…
So, 2013 was a crazy year. Mentally, emotionally, politically, economically, (insert your choice of adverb here), but most importantly musically. The amount of mind blowing new music that came out this year literally overwhelmed me to the point of dysfunction (as evidenced by my lack of posts over…
Hey guys, I’m alive! And I’m coming back swinging over on my music blog! Follow it por favor?
When you talk about music as much as I do, eventually someone gives you the opportunity to do it to an audience. Happy to be a part of the Broken Records Magazine team as a writer for their pop music section! Head over there for loads of good content, and stay tuned here for more of my thoughts on everything else I listen to that’s not so “pop.”
1) Writing an essay called “My Life as a French Prostitute”
2) Turning in to my professor an essay called “My Life as a French Prostitute”
3) Getting an A on an essay called “My Life as a French Prostitute”
“I suppose with me and (drummer George Daniel), we’re an extension of one another. So there’s never been a time where we’ve disagreed on whether a song is good or not or whether we should carry on and work on it. It’s a very subconscious understanding, a very mutual understanding. It’s just one of things. You’ve been together for 10 years and growing up in the same room, you kind of become one-in-the-same.”—Matt Healy (via nienna-maria)
“After a long day, you just want to go home and shove the closest edible thing into your mouth and watch whatever is on Netflix instant. And on weekends, you try to psych yourself up to go out at night but then you realize you are just so damn tired and Netflix instant sounds awesome. And there’s all that driving and like, having to wear pants.”—“TOP TEN SIGNS YOU’RE AN ADULT” by Almie Rose (via fuckyeahawesomechicks)
“Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”—Ernest Hemingway (via ohlady)