3 Songs I Relate To On A Deep Level

Do you ever hear a song and the lyrics just speak to you? Like the songwriter reached into your specific soul and then wrote a song? I know a lot of songs are purposely general so many people can connect to them, or connect to parts at least, but once in a while I find a song that could have been written by me because it’s just so…perfectly perfect.

I think it’s brilliant that I can find songs that really define me. So here are three songs in no particular order that I relate to on another level.

1. ‘Here’ by Alessia Cara

I like going to parties. I have one friend who is great about inviting me out when he can and I always have a good time, but really, it’s not my scene. Those parties are always too loud and I hate the EDM music and I never drink enough to really have fun. I’m always Party Mom, but I’m okay with that. So the fact that a young, up and coming artist like Alessia Cara would release a song about not liking such a huge part of youth culture is really cool. She expresses herself honestly but not rudely. Really, I’m just glad to get an invite, so I’ll go and play Kings Cup and make small talk with randos, but it’s not what I’d rather be doing.

2. ‘When He Sees Me’ from Waitress The Musical

This is my favourite song from this show, which by the way has an amazing soundtrack, so huge shoutout to Sara Bareilles for her fantastic music ability. But this song! I totally understand Dawn’s fear of putting herself out there and her fear of rejection as well as love. Do you ever really know a person? I’ve seen enough episodes of Who The Bleep Did I Marry? to know that you really can’t be too careful. But this song is just so beautiful and fun and deep and hopeful and real. This expression of emotions is so fresh and relatable. There needs to be more characters like Dawn out there.

3. ‘As Long As There’s Christmas’ by Aselin Debison

I love Christmas. I love everything about it. That will never change. I love Christmas music and this song is such a fun, sweet song that really sums up how much this holiday means to me and how I’ll always look forward to it with a childlike glee. She mentions so many lovely and heartwarming parts of the season and they’re all parts I and surely many others love too. This isn’t my favourite Christmas song, but it speaks to me the most and I always turn up the volume each time it comes on. It’s a happy song and I love that.

What songs speak to you? Feel free to send me a link so I can hear them and get to know you better. Songs are able to express feelings and notions in such a unique way, so I think it lucky to be able to find a few gems that you really identify with.

That’s all for now!

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Help! I’m Looking For A Christmas Song!

Here I am, a lowly blogger, trying to harness any readers and the internet to help me with a mission that I’ve been on for years. I’m at the point where a part of me believes the song I’ve been looking for never existed.

Here’s the story:

I remember sitting on my bed listening to the radio on my purple stereo and hearing a Christmas song that I fell in love with. I remember finding it on iTunes, but I never bought it. That is my biggest regret in life.

At some point, maybe a year or two later, I tried to find that song again. Only I never could. I’ve scoured the internet, used every song search engine, made pleas on Yahoo Answers, emailed radio stations and much more. I still can’t find the song. It doesn’t help that I remember very little about the song, and as years go on I probably forget more. Either way, I’ve spent hours and hours looking for this song. This paragraph doesn’t even come close to explaining what I’ve done in my searches or how dedicated I’ve been every holiday season. Just trust that the struggle has been real.

This year, I’ve reached my limit. My breaking point. I’m going to give up. This post is my last shot in the dark to finding the song and if this fails then I’m going to live my life pretending that the magical missing song never existed. A minor Matrix flaw, perhaps.

But here’s what I remember of the song, and if you know it, or know of a way to find it, please please please leave a comment or contact me.

  • I heard it in either 2008 or 2009.
  • It was upbeat, but not a dance song. Pop-ish genre.
  • I’m pretty sure it had male and female vocals, but I don’t know if it was a duet, or a male band featuring a female or vise versa.
  • It was an original song.
  • It was a happy Christmas song.
  • There was a lyric that was sort of like “why is it only once a year that the family gathers” but that is likely off a bit. I’ve searched for variations and had no luck.
  • I want to say that the iTunes album art had a picture of a fireplace but I think I may have made that up.
  • I heard it on a Canadian radio station so it may be a Canadian song, which may explain why the general Internet hasn’t heard of it.

That’s literally all I remember. It’s not a lot, but it’s all I have. There are eight billion people on this planet, so someone’s got to know.

It’s been six or seven years that I’ve been hunting for this song, so please help me if you can. Sharing this post with others can also help, so please do so.

Thank you in advance for your help. Even reading this post is helping, and I am grateful for that much.

 

20 Amazing Non-Traditional Christmas Songs

We’ve all heard ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ and ‘White Christmas’ and ‘Silent Night’. They’re Christmas staples. Every time a singer/band makes a Christmas album, staples like those are guaranteed to be on there, so we’ve all heard numerous covers of them. And if not from there then from years and years of elementary school Christmas concerts. Not that I don’t appreciate those traditional songs and all their versions, because I really do, but I always get a little more excited every time I see and hear original Christmas songs. In fact, the other night at dinner my parents and I were talking and we all agreed that it should be a rule that if a Christmas album is released there should be at least two original songs.

And so today I am here to list you 20 of my favourite non-traditional Christmas songs so everyone can jam out to some great new tunes! These are all songs that I’ve only ever heard one version of (the original) and maybe you’ve never heard before. There are some Canadian artists here that maybe don’t get airtime outside out Canada, so I’m glad I can help spread the awesomeness.

1. ‘I Wanna Be Your Christmas’ by Andrew Allen

I adore this song so much. It’s so cute and Christmassy and fun! This song is definitely in my top three Christmas songs ever. Plus, this song introduced me to the awesome singer that is Andrew Allen.

2. ‘Step Into Christmas’ by Elton John

This is a fun, funky song by the wonderful Elton John. He’s such a good songwriter and this song is unlike any other Christmas song out there!

3. ‘Underneath The Tree’ by Kelly Clarkson

This track from Kelly Clarkson is amazing. I’m so glad it was the album’s single. At first listen I fell in love. It’s such a great upbeat song and her vocals sound awesome!

4. ‘Wish List’ by Neon Trees

I never expected to hear a song from this pop band that I love, but when I stumbled across it, I was pleasantly surprised. More pop/rock bands from this era need to release Christmas songs.

5. ‘Cold December Night’ by Michael Buble

Fact: Michael Buble is the king of Christmas music. He has a voice of gold and his songs are always* so great. This was an original on his album and I love it!

6. ‘Christmas Is Coming’ by R5

I’ve blogged about R5 before, so it’s no surprise that their one Christmas song (which happens to be awesome!) makes this list.

7. ‘New York City Christmas’ by Rob Thomas

I’ve been to NYC once. But that doesn’t change the fact that this song, though over a decade old, is amazing and powerful. One day I want to go back to NYC at Christmas time and see everything all decorated.

8. ‘Mittens’ by Carly Rae Jepson

This is such a cute song. I feel things in my heart when I hear it. Carly has such a lovely and unique voice and this song deserves more love.

9. ‘Elf’s Lament’ by The Bare Naked Ladies (feat. Michael Buble)

If Michael Buble is the King solo singer of Christmas, The Bare Naked Ladies are the King band of Christmas. They have so many great Christmas songs and covers, but this one is a particular favourite of mine as it’s about elves, as not many songs are, it’s hilarious, and it features Michael Buble, which is a nice bonus.

10. ‘As Long As There’s Christmas’ by Aselin Debison

This song perfectly sums up my feelings about Christmas. I will still be the biggest Christmas nerd when I’m an old lady because Christmas is cool and so is this amazing song.

11. ‘It Ain’t Christmas’ by Autumn Hill

This is a very new song but it’s so sweet! Christmas traditions are always unique and fun. I like the country vibe it has.

12. ‘Christmas All Over Again’ by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers

This is an old song but I only just kind of found it last year. It’s different and catchy and funky and I really like it. It’s not even a good song to dance to but I keep wanting to dance when I hear it!

13. ‘Home This Christmas’ by Justin Bieber (feat. The Band Perry)

Okay, don’t judge me because of JB. I’m not fond of him as a person, and though I like a few of his old songs, I really don’t care much for him. BUT this song is really cute and The Band Perry are great and so I had to include it on this list.

14. ‘Christmas Eve With You’ by Glee Cast

Glee covered many Christmas songs that I happily listen to year round. But they had a few original holiday ones, and this is one of them. It’s so cute and I really wish it was in an episode and not just on the album.

15. ‘I Wish Everyday Could Be Like Christmas’ by Bon Jovi

I do wish everyday was like Christmas. But this song has the nice rock vibe and a great message so I adore it.

16. ‘Calling To Say’ by Serena Ryder

My father likes Serena Ryder a whole lot more than I do, but I really like this song. It stood out to me even before I knew who Serena Ryder was.

17. ‘Driving Home For Christmas’ by Chris Rea

This is a classic for me. The lyrics are pretty repetitive but his voice is really nice and the song is nice as well.

18. ‘The Magic Of Christmas Day’ by Celine Dion

Celine has vocals like no other and this song showcases them so as well as brings the fun Christmas vibes. This song is so catchy, and my favourite holiday song by Celine.

19. ‘Text Me Merry Christmas’ by Straight No Chaser (feat. Kristen Bell)

This song is hilarious. It’s only a year or so old but it’s super catchy. What I dig most about it is how modern it is. It mentions Snapchat! In a few years, people may have to stop and explain to a kid hearing this song what Snapchat is. This song screams non-traditional and I love it.

20. ‘My Only Wish (This Year)’ by Britney Spears

No matter what you think about Britney Spears or her music, there’s no denying that this song is great and timeless.

There ya have it, folks. 20 amazing, powerful songs that scream Christmas and fun and magic. I know most songs here are upbeat here but I guess that’s because some of the most traditional Christmas songs are slower and these days, fun sells…well, they sell with me. And I am the biggest Christmas music connoisseur there is, so…
I hope you all like these songs, and I’m interested to hear which ones you like the most or if I’ve introduced you to any new artists, or other non-traditional songs you love. I also want y’all to note that I do love several other Christmas songs so if you want me to make a post on Christmas songs that I love in general (including traditional), let me know because I am always eager to share Christmas music with those who appreciate it too!

That’s all for now!

* I’m gonna be honest, ‘Santa Buddy’ grinds my gears. It’s so weird and unnecessary and I’d prefer to live without it.

A Great Big World’s ‘When The Morning Comes’ Album

A while ago there was this song called ‘Say Something’ that got very popular. You must have heard it. It was a dang good song.

Musical duo A Great World seems to specialize in dang good songs. I could go on and on about their first album ‘Is Anybody Out There’ but this post is dedicated to their most second and most recent album that came out a few days ago. It’s called ‘When The Morning Comes’.

What I love about AGBW is that their music is very versatile. They can go from the most emotional and deep ballads to very fun, funky upbeat songs. And the thing about their upbeat songs is that they’re not really fit for dancing at a party or something (though I totes would dance to them!) but the songs are, in my mind, ideal to be on a movie soundtrack, playing in the background right during the fun montage of events leading up to the climax, ya know? They make you feel things in your soul and I adore that.

Not to mention that these songs are ridiculously catchy. And they’re so dang good that I don’t mind!

‘When The Morning Comes’ has 11 songs (technically 12 if you count a double) and they’re all good songs. Of course I like some more than others, but I don’t hate any songs, which is great. I personally like the upbeat ones more, but that’s just me. I’ve linked my faves below. Give them a listen now!

All I Want Is Love

End Of The World

Kaleidoscope

The Future’s Right In Front Of Me

Aren’t these songs so great? Their voices blend so well together! I gotta say, the album’s cover art is a little underwhelming, but the amazing songs make up for it! And my only other complaint is that ‘When The Morning Comes’ came out just as Christmas music started, so unfortunately I won’t be able to fully appreciate these songs until January. But I do really love A Great Big World and this album, so maybe I’ll squeeze them in sooner! 😛

But if you want to appreciate these songs right now, you can listen to  all the songs on AGBW’s YouTube channel here or buy the songs on iTunes here!

That’s all for now! 🙂

P.S. They have a single out called ‘Hold Each Other’ and that song has female and male pronouns, which is basically never used on mainstream music, so that’s awesome! I have so much respect for them just from that!

 

R5’s ‘Sometime Last Night’ Album

For several years (almost five-ish) I’ve been loving a band called R5. I had seen this band namedropped all over and I got curious. I looked them up and fell in love with their awesome, fun pop sound. Just recently, on the 10th of July, this band dropped their second full length album and I’m digging it!

Some band backstory as I doubt many of you have heard of them: R5 is composed of four siblings (Rocky, Riker, Rydel and Ross Lynch) and their best friend Ellington Ratliff, hence the R. Perhaps you recognize the Riker or Ross’ names because they’ve done the most noticeable things outside of the band. Riker was runner up in the most recent season of Dancing With The Stars, and Ross starred on Disney show Austin And Ally.

Though R5 has many amazing songs that I highly suggest you check out, this post is specifically about their new album entitled ‘Sometime Last Night’. The album was supposed to come out late last year (or early this year, I forget), but it got pushed back. I absolutely loved every song on their previous album ‘Louder’ (which is rare for me) so I had high hopes for their new one. I was not disappointed.

‘Sometime Last Night’ is awesome. It’s got the band’s perfect mix of upbeat, great-for-jamming songs with some slower songs that still make you groove. Filled with wicked guitar riffs and perfect harmonies, this is a great album for the summer. The more I listen to it, the more I love it and the more I want to blast the songs and have a big pool party…I don’t even have a pool!

While R5 for the most part didn’t change their style for this album (not that I’m complaining, don’t mess with perfection!), I did notice a new funkier edge to a few songs, and I didn’t mind that. It made me really enjoy those songs when they came on.

My favourites on the album are:

Like I said, I enjoyed all the songs on the album. They’re all so talented. I like how Rydel’s voice is still highlighted, despite being bombarded by (lovely) male voices, and I like how she gets her solo song on every album. I’m waiting to hear Ellington sing on an album, though!

I can’t wait to see what R5 comes out with in the future. Currently they’re on tour, so they won’t be putting out new music soon. But right now I’m content listening to ‘Sometime Last Night’ on repeat because it’s so good!

If you want to hear more R5 (and who wouldn’t, with their music being so dang great), check out their YouTube page, and here is ‘Sometime Last Night’ on iTunes.

Enjoy!