First of all – Happy Friday everyone! Second of all – I apologize for the lack of frequent posts recently. Things have been a little crazy over here, but I have a few things in mind I’d like to share with you. One of them being Kesha’s “Praying.” The whole Rainbow album is hands down – fantastic. But there is something extremely special about this song in particular. “Praying” was released in July, and I’ve been meaning to blog about it for a bit. The first time I heard it, I got chills and started crying. I’ve yet to listen to it, without tears coming to my eyes.My top adjective to describe this song? Powerful. Kesha is a powerful force, as a human, with her art, with her strength. I keep thinking about the metaphor of a Phoenix rising from the ashes. But really…Here we have this woman who has been through the ringer, and a lot of it in the public eye. I read an interview the other day where she talked about her time in in-patient rehab for her eating disorder, and how her time with the piano when she worked on Rainbow, she kept singing it to herself to get her through. I know music has an entertainment value, but it’s also an extremely influential tool in spreading your message. It’s amazing that someone who could’ve let her first single in years be fueled with rage and hate – yet…I think this is a song of grace. This woman has found peace. Can you hear the honesty in her voice? Do you hear the vulnerability? Because I think it’s all there. But I also think this is someone who has been through hell (as the lyrics referenced,) and has come out on the other side…though all of our experiences shape us as people, she seems to have evolved and come out on top despite the ultimate attempts to drag her to to the bottom. “We both know all the truth I could tell” Kesha sings. Light has been shed on parts of her battle, but I’m sure there are countless details we will never know. I just really believe in the raw authenticity of this song. It’s like an anthem – an anthem for those who have struggled with all kinds of traumatic experiences. Abusive relationships, mental illness, assault, the crappy cards we get dealt in life sometimes. I just think the message here can really resonate with listeners, and I have so much respect for Kesha for using her voice, her unmistakable talent to create this. In a time when others create “revenge” songs. Here we have this woman speaking her truth, and she’s doing it with poise. This song in itself shows such an evolution from the artist who brought us “Tik Tok.” When I think of Kesha, and I think of her art, her strength, her courage, her ability to be so real I just feel so proud of her. That probably sounds weird coming from someone who doesn’t personally know her, but she’s shared enough of her story with us to know that she’s come out on the other side of a very dark time, and she is glowing.
Every time Dori Freeman’s “You Say” comes on, I feel like my mind floats away to somewhere else. This song has a feeling to it that makes me want to sink into the covers on a rainy Sunday morning, or pour a hot cup of coffee and spend hours pounding away on the typewriter. There’s something bluesy and achy about it, where it makes you have that feeling in the pit of your stomach like something is missing from you – even if you didn’t feel that before the first chord. It’s Friday of a “short week” when Tuesday is a Monday, and this is one of those songs that quiets my mind a little in the chaos. If you haven’t heard it yet, enjoy below.
“Darling I can’t stop thinking of you
Like a dog in the hot night
I’m howling for you
And I know
It’ll leave me blue
But I’m still
In love with you”
The Neighbourhood’s catchy little song “Sweater Weather” isn’t a very obscure one as the radio tends to play it quite frequently here, but in case this lovely tune hasn’t made its way to your ears yet I wanted to share! I know it’s a little bit…”intense” might be the word for it? But there’s is just something completely alluring about this song to me. I can’t seem to get enough, and I’ve yet to find it possible to be over-played. The song is featured on their album “I Love You” which I also highly recommend checking out.
Maybe it’s because it’s winter, maybe it’s because the chorus is endearing and makes me think of youthfulness, but this is a great song.
‘Cause it’s too cold
For you here and now
So let me hold
Both your hands in the holes of my sweater
It’s Friday. FINALLY. That is not an exaggeration. These days have trickled by, and I am trying to remind myself that each one, is new – with it’s own blank canvas before it. Some days that’s a larger task than others. In general, we could all use a fun song this Friday, right? So! What’s more fun than Matt & Kim? That’s right – not much. I’ve got “Let’s Go” for you, today. This isn’t very obscure, it’s not like you might not have ever heard it, but whether it’s new or old to you, give it a listen today.Plus, hello this video is obviously nothing less than awesome in its weird awkward fabulousness. I can’t wait to walk out into the arms of the weekend, myself. I hope you enjoy yours!
“Shouting out of my windows
Cause I don’t care anymore
Said I don’t care
Say what you wanna say
Make it mean everything
Oh, say what you wanna say
Make it mean everything”
Hello, readers! I hope everyone enjoyed their weekends as much as I did. I spent mine in the panhandle at Mexico Beach with the fam and some friends, and it was a great couple of days. The weather was gorgeous, the food was delicious, and the company was top-notch. (Thankfully, I can say that about the last several weekends in my life this year.) Friday night I can’t remember what we were doing in the living room, the guys were playing Spades and I was probably just sitting on the couch rambling and drinking wine after we re-watched the finale of The Office. Then I saw that I had missed Adam Levine on Jimmy Kimmel and I knew I’d have to look it up later. Saturday night I saw they’d posted videos on their YouTube page, so my mom and I watched them. It’s definitely worth checking out, especially if you’re having a slow day, or need a pick-me-up. I laughed uncontrollably and then yesterday morning I woke up and laughed thinking about it again. We made my dad watch them, and then my bro and the rest of the guys as well because the segment is just dry and hilarious. So, if you missed it or if you saw it already and think it’s as funny as I did and want to watch again – here you go!
Clip One – Adam talks about moving and a little about growing up with Jonah Hill:
Clip Two – Adam talks about him and James Valentine’s drug experience, and opening for Sheryl Crow:
Clip Three – Adam discusses hunting with Blake Shelton: