Monday, March 31, 2014

30 Days of Music: Day 8

Songs That Make You Want to Dance

Originally I was just suppose to pick one song that makes me want to dance.  Seriously?  Just one?  Nope, don't think so.  First off, I don't dance.   But there are many songs that make me want to tap my feet.  Below are a few of those songs.  Get ready:  my love for music from the 1970s will be seen here!

The very first song that came to mind when I thought about what songs make me want to dance was "Billy Jean" by Michael Jackson.  If you're not wanting to dance within the first 30 seconds, then I don't know any song that will make you feel that way!!

I was introduced to this song when I was watching a figure skating show on TV back in 1996.  Those were the "golden years" of figure skating, when Scott Hamilton led the tours of all the famous names at the time.  Kurt Browning, one of those skaters, did a routine to this song, and I've loved it ever since.

Now for a little female inspiration.  ABBA did a song called "Dancing Queen" that gets people up off their feet each time they hear it.

A party favorite, YMCA always gets a crowd jumping.

(admit it, you did the YMCA movements with your arms, didn't you?!?)

And now for a trip into the early Whitney Houston.  How could I do a post about dancing songs and not put "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" in it?  I hadn't watched this video in a long time before writing this post.  Holy cow....the pink/purple/blue eyeshadow!  We look back now and wonder what we were thinking, but her look was so popular in the 1980s!!!

Finally, the song that got an entire room dancing...and won a Grammy.  If the final scene from Dirty Dancing doesn't inspire you to at least pretend that you know how to dance, I don't think there is hope for you!  If anything, every girl wanted to learn this dance, wanted Baby's dress, and to dance (and kiss) Johnny!!!  Patrick Swayze, you are so missed!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

30 Days of Music: Day 7

A Song That Means A lot to You

When I was younger my family would travel to the Bay Area in California to visit my grandparents.  Every time we would cross over the mountains and change the radio station, my favorite song (at that time) would play at one point during the last hour of the drive.  It was really strange because it would happen every single time we went.  It became something to look forward to during the trip.

This song also holds a lot of meaning to me because it was my very first favorite song.  I have loved it since the first moment I heard it.  What girl doesn't want a man who will fight for her honor, or be the hero she's been dreaming of?  Goosebumps are coming!  From the soundtrack of the movie Karate Kid:  Part II, here is "Glory of Love" by Peter Cetera.

The next song that means a lot to me is "November Rain", by Guns N' Roses.  This has more of a sentimental meaning for me.  When I was in high school, my friends and I would go to church dances.  "November Rain" was a VERY popular song and was usually played at each dance.

During this time, one of my oldest friends had a crush on me.  At 9 minutes long, this was the song where he would ask me to dance with him....because it was so long!  (He was always really clever that way!)  It became almost a routine because at each dance, this song would play, and over to me he would walk asking me to dance.  I'd hear the first 3 notes and know that he was on his way over.  And when most people would stop dancing around the 8 minute mark because it sounds like it's over, he knew it wasn't and would keep me until the song truly was over.  I hadn't listened to this song in a REALLY long time, and when I heard it a few days ago, I smiled as the memories came flooding back.  Good times, and a great song!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

30 Days of Music: Day 6

Guilty Pleasure Songs

So, I was a teenager when New Kids On The Block were popular.  They were, and still are, my first loves!!  By the time these groups/artists came around, I was nearing the end of high school and not really interested in boy bands and young female pop artists.

That being said, I do have 4 guilty pleasure songs from the 4 main groups/artists in the industry during that time:  NSync, The Backstreet Boys, Christina Aguilera, and Britney Spears.  And I'm guessing that many of the people who read this post will also secretly like these songs!!

By the way, in the battle of NSync vs Backstreet Boys, I always liked The Backstreet Boys better.  I also like "I Want It That Way" better!

Friday, March 28, 2014

30 Days of Music: Day 5

An Acoustic Song You Love

I have been a Bryan Adams fan for many, many years.  MTV began a show in the 1990s titled "Unplugged" where different musical artists would come and perform their greatest hits "stripped" down, using the least amount of instruments, and using different instruments from the original songs.  The show was a great success, and many artists came and participated on the show.

Bryan Adams "unplugged" version of "Heaven" is one of my favorite versions of an acoustic song.  Below you'll find both; the unplugged version, followed by the original.


I love the vulnerability that an acoustic song creates.  It feels like I'm right there with the artist when they were first writing the song.  It's raw, and full of emotion.  And hey, it's Bryan Adams, so there's another plus!

I've also always loved this version, even though the video is a little ridiculous.  The acoustic version wins for me though.

Which version do you prefer?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

30 Days of Music: Day 4

Rock Anthems

Growing up, I was NOT a fan of heavy metal groups.  Guns N Roses, Def Leppard, Aerosmith, Poison...these groups just weren't on my radar.  I give credit to my little sister for changing my mind about these groups.

Think about songs that have survived through the decades.  Songs that are continually played on radio stations, and passed on from one generation to the next.  Songs that you find yourself randomly singing without even realizing it.  Chances are a few of them are from "Heavy Metal" bands from the 1980s and 1990s.

It wasn't easy to choose, but below are a few of my favorite "rock anthems" from the 1980s and 1990s.

When this next video was released, MTV, and the world went crazy.  It was very graphic for the time, and dealt with a very serious, unpleasant issue.  However, this song did go on to win a Grammy and has stood the test of time.

No list would be complete without a little Guns N' Roses.

The hair, the good looks, the AWESOME songs; Bon Jovi is next.

Released in 1975, and introduced to a new generation thanks to the movie Wayne's World, the last song is the greatest anthem of all.  "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen.

Which anthem would you include?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

30 Days of Music: Day 3

A Song That Makes You Happy

I'm a HUGE fan of music from the 1960s.  You'll see many of the songs from that decade during the next 27 days of this challenge.

First off today, the song "Joy to the World", by Three Dog Night.  With the word joy in the title, and lyrics talking about a bullfrog, how could this song not make you smile?

Next off, a song from the early 1990s.  "Shiny Happy People", by R.E.M.  If the song doesn't make you happy, the video will.  They are having so much fun, it's hard not to smile.

And finally, back to the 1960s, with a twist.  The Turtles did a song called "Happy Together", and The Piano Guys did a cover of it.  The song has always made me smile, but this video, watching Steve and his Cello, is simply hilarious!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

30 Days of Music: Day 2

A Song That Helps You Clear Your Head

Rascal Flatts is one of my favorite groups.  Whenever life gets to be a little too much for me, "Stand" is the song I listen to.  It helps me vent, get all the garbage out of my system, and then refocus again on life.  It was especially significant for me when I was fired a few years back.

You feel like a candle in a hurricane
Just like a picture with a broken frame
Alone and helpless
Like you've lost your fight
But you'll be alright, you'll be alright

'Cause when push comes to shove
You taste what you're made of
You might bend, 'til you break
'Cause it's all you can take
On your knees you look up
Decide you've had enough
You get mad, you get strong
Wipe your hands, shake it off
Then you stand,
Then you stand

Life's like a novel
With the end ripped out
The edge of a canyon
With only one way down
Take what you're given before it's gone
And start holding on, keep holding on

'Cause when push comes to shove
You taste what you're made of
You might bend 'til you break
'Cause it's all you can take
On your knees you look up
Decide you've had enough
You get mad, you get strong
Wipe your hands, shake it off
Then you stand,
Yeah, then you stand

Every time you get up
And get back in the race
One more small piece of you
Starts to fall into place


Yeah, then you stand,
Yeah, yeah, baby
Woo hoo, woo hoo, woo hoo

Then you stand, yeah, yeah

Monday, March 24, 2014

30 Days of Music: Day 1

A Song That Annoys You

I don't keep up with most movies that are currently popular.  So when I started to hear about this movie Frozen, I wasn't really interested in it.  And then I began to hear all about a song from the movie titled "Let it Go".  It was suddenly ALL OVER THE INTERNET.  People were making their own versions of it, and EVERY CHILD ON THE PLANET was having their version posted to Facebook.  It has become the equivalent of "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion, only 17 years later.....WAY OVER DONE!  And that says a lot, because I happen to really love that song!

Until today, I had never heard this song.  I knew that John Travolta apparently butchered the name of the singer when he introduced her at the Academy Awards, but that's really all I knew about it.  So I decided to finally figure out what the heck has the whole world so obsessed with this song.

First, I listened to the version from the movie.

Really?  This is the song that currently has the world going crazy?  155 MILLION hits on YouTube? I'm sorry, but this so is SOOOO ANNOYING!  I don't know what the movie is about, maybe that would help put the song into context, but her voice is obnoxious and completely kills it for me.  The melody is great, but I was about ready to turn it off half way through.  So I tried to find another version.  I listened to the Demi Lovato better.

Then I found a version by Alex Boye, a musician who has worked with The Piano Guys.  I was hopeful that I would like this version.

I liked this version MUCH better, but there wasn't enough of Alex in it for me.  Lexi Walker's voice was much easier to listen to, and didn't annoy me nearly as much as the original version.  So it was once again back to YouTube to discover if there was ANY version of this song that I liked.

The Piano Guys have also done this song.

FINALLY, a version I can get behind!  Maybe it was just getting rid of the singing; I don't know what it is, but this version didn't make me want to puke, and I enjoyed listening to it.

What I do know is this:  It's time for the world to LET IT GO when it comes to this's annoying!!!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

30 Days of TV Recap

I just finished my latest blog challenge:  30 Days of TV.  I had so much fun doing this, and sharing my favorite shows with you.  In case you missed any of it, here it is one more time!

I'm trying to decide which challenge to do next.  If you have any ideas, I'd love to hear them.

Day 2:  A Show That Should Have Never Been Cancelled

Day 3:  My Favorite New Show

Day 4:  My Favorite Show Ever

Day 5:  A TV Show I Hate

Day 6:  My Favorite Episode of My Favorite TV Show

Day 7:  Least Favorite Episode of My Favorite Show

Day 8:  A TV Show Everyone Should Watch

Day 9:  A TV Show I Used to Watch, but Don't Anymore....and Why

Day 10:  A Show You Didn't Think You Would Like, but Ended Up Loving

Day 11:  A TV Show That Disappointed Me

Day 12:  An Episode You've Watched More Than 5 Times

Day 13:  My Favorite Childhood Show

Day 14:  My Favorite Male Character

Day 15:  My Favorite Female Character

Day 16:  My Guilty Pleasure Show

Day 17: Favorite TV Bloopers!

Day 18: Favorite Title Sequence

Day 19: A Show That Will ALWAYS Make You Laugh

Day 20:  Favorite TV Kiss

Day 22:  Favorite Series Finale

Day 23:  The Most Annoying TV Character

Day 24:  Best TV Quotes

Day 25:  Best TV Villains

Day 27:  Best TV Pilot

Day 28:  First TV Show Obsession

Day 29:  Current TV Show Obsession

Day 30:  Saddest Character Death