The Greatest by Sia

Wow.I just flipping love it; the rhythm and beat and lyrics and dancing and instruments and emotion are just all too perfect for me. I love it.

I freaking love Sia so much; her music the past three years has really touched me; I’ve found a lot of emotional connection in her lyrics and melodies. I just feel really at home when I listen to her music. There’s room for me; I’m understood I guess. And Maddie’s modern dancing and ability for expression are incredible too. I was so happy when I saw this new music video a week ago!! ❤

The extra level eeiry-ness is incredible too, considering in many ways this feels like aa tribute to the Orlando shooting. So, just wow.

~Jamie

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ABC Challenge || “B”

pop/contemporary

Blank Space by Taylor Swift. It was a toss up between this and Bad Blood, but I’m going to share this song because one of the lyrics.  “Got a long list of ex-lovers, they’ll tell you I’m insane, cause you know I love the players and you love the game.” Taylor Swift is one of the first pop stars I’ve heard to actually address both sides of chaotic relationships. People always focus on how girls fall for players, and yet no one ever points out how much guys love playing the game too.

soundtrack

Battle Training from Hero Acadamia. This sounds much more like crazy romp through the countryside then superhero battling, thanks to the incredible banjo and tempo! This is such an amazing blend of instruments, from the horns, electric guitar, modern percussion, banjo and electro sounds!

classical

Beautiful Memories by Adrian Von Ziegler. UGH THE PURE EMOTION IN THIS SONG. It’s so delicate and wistful and full of longing. To me this song is the embodiment of the emotions of love and long distance, which is no surprise as the composer wrote this for his long distance girlfriend (now beautiful wife. <3) Knowing the joys and aches of long distance love myself, I can hear and feel this song’s emotions within myself. It hurts so badly yet is worth every moment for the sheer beauty of knowing and waiting for true love.

independent

Bushido by Adrian von Ziegler. A world music piece, also by Adrian von Ziegler. I LOVE the percussion work in this piece. It’s one of my work out songs because the tempo and beat is perfection.

alternative

Begin Again by Purity Ring. I have a soft spot for electropop. I love haunting, angsty songs in general, especially if they can loop brilliantly like this.

musicals

Be Our Guest from Beauty and the Beast. Alongside The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast is a personal favorite Disney film for me. I love every moment of this film, but amongst all the perfection, this is truly one of the most magical songs (and animated spectacles) of the film. ❤

~Jamie

ABC Challenge || “A”

Anna Elizabeth on Facebook invited me to share in her ABC music challenge and I’m totally game to join in when I can. It’ll be a great way to help me find something post as I settle into my new job too. Today’s letter is A, so I’ll be posting songs that start with A below according to genre categories as I can find them. ❤

pop/contemporary

Alive by Sia. This song is incredibly personal to me. There have been so many points in my life when I’ve felt beat tp the pulp and left for dead emotionally, mentally, spiritually. But I’ve always tried to keep fighting. So Sia’s lyrics in “Alive” really connected with me. Its a really fight song; fantastic percussion and tempo that makes you want to take up kick-boxing, with delicate piano blended with electropop. And Sia’ voice is just amazing. “I’m still breathing. I’m still breathing. I’m still breathing. I’m alive. I’m alive. I’m alive. I’m alive.”

soundtrack

Almost Home from Finding Dory. I’m obsessed with the Finding Dory soundtrack right now. It stands up well with my long time favorite from Finding Nemo (as does the movie itself.) This is a softer, quiet song with some brief moments of suspense.

classical

Adiemus. I’m going to classify this as classical. XD This is a long time favorite of mine, I remember stumbling over a piece of it as a teenager while on one of those bunny trail-trips through Wikipedia links. The few moments of vocal work stunned me and a few years later I was able to find the full song. It’s very otherworldly and heavenly, tinged with a bittersweetness that’s incredible to listen too.

country instrumental

Autumn Love by Thomas Bergerson. I don’t listen to much country, so I thought I’d make this genre a personal change: either fpr another soundtrack or an independent’s work! I had several candidates for this song, but I chose this one because it’s so sweetly romantic. It’s quiet and blossoming and warm, like the beginning of a new season.

alternative

Always with Me from Spirited Away. This is kind of a freebie genre, so today I’m sharing the peaceful, incredibly memorable and moving song from the end of Spirited Away. It’s far from being my favorite Studio Ghibli movie, but this song as

musicals

The Aristocats from The Aristocats. MY CHILDHOOD. MY CHILDHOOD. MY CHILDHOOD. MY CHILDHOOD. MY CHILDHOOD. I JUST FEEL SO HAPPY LISTENING TO THIS. ❤

~Jamie

Good for You by Selena Gomez

I’m head over heels IN LOVE with Selena’s latest album from last year. I love so many songs, so many are full of encouraging messages too (I’ll be sharing more of my favorites in the future!) But today I wanna share the first that I heard and loved, “Good for You.” This is one of those songs that I madly wrote one of my novels to all last summer; sensual, airy, warm, the hip-hop/electro vibe is incredibly up my alley. I also just recently clicked with even the lyrics, so I love this song a lot!

If There’s Time || Electropop by Odesza

I listen to electropop when I’m craving a surreal high that makes me think I could ride my bike up into the clouds. Odesza introduced me to the genre, and this is one of my favorites songs of theirs. It’s light and hypnotic; the female vocals and deep bass beat completely sold me. I turn to this song when I feel like being lost and floating away in my head. ❤

~Jamie