Don’t Wanna Cry by SEVENTEEN

My latest music obsession.

~Jamie

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ABC Challenge || “M”

pop/contemporary

Move Your Body by Sia. I just love Sia so much; her songs are just so memorable and powerful to me. This is another one of my biking songs, too. Such a great tempo and beat!! ❤

Me & My Girls by Selena Gomez. This is such a unique song from Selena Gomez and it sounds so raw and teasing and fun. I love her Spanish origins coming through in this song; it makes me want to go wild with a bunch of a good girlfriends for the night.

Magnets by Lorde. At one point I couldn’t stop listening to this song; the beat and tempo are RIDICULOUSLY AMAZING. I absolutely love beats Lorde can create in her songs.

soundtrack

A Man For All Seasons Theme from A Man For All Seasons. This is actually a really good film and I remember being really spellbound by the music a child for whatever the reason. I just really love this theme; the harpsichord is just beautiful; it’s so haunting and medieval.

Mirror’s Edge Theme from Solar Fields. I WROTE A SHORT STORY TO THIS SOUNDTRACK. I love it so much. It really gave me the underwater vibe I was needing to immerse myself into the dreamscape setting I was writing. Just so beautiful and airy!

Makoto Kowata from Flying Witch. Screw this anime for actually being so enjoyable. This has become one of my favorite relaxing, comfort songs! Beautiful piano, guitar, and flute! ❤

independent/instrumental

Merchant Prince by Thomas Bergerson. Hands down one of my favorite songs of all time. I generally don’t care of slow songs, but this one builds up to a epic finale and I’ve never grown tired of it in over five years of listening to it. Just a pure epicness.

Morrigan by Adrian von Ziegler. I love how this song starts off more steady and soft, and then swells into more rhythm adventure/quest/mountain conquering like music with the swell in tempo and instrument usage. Such a rich, dark celtic song. Also the bird cry throughout is a fantastic addition and adds excellent atmosphere.

alternative

Misbehavin’ by Pentatonix. This song is actually very personal to me; the words hold a lot of meaning to my personal life and my personality and stance on loyalty. Besides this just being a really enjoyable song by PTX, its just a incredibly relevant song to me. I love songs like that! <3<3<3

Meadowland by Amethystium. I remember the first time I heard this when it began on Pandora and I loved it immediately! Just UGH. I LOVE IT.

Mama by EXO. Hands down on the best KPop songs ever, at least in my book. Everything about this music video and song is stellar. I love the unique monk-like chanting throughout especially. This is such a powerful song with POWERFUL vocal work and it’s just amazing to listen to. Everything else is just fantastic: sets, costumes, dancing, special effects, power. Just wow. ❤ In so many ways, Kpop blows western music videos WAY out of the water.

musicals

Maria from The Sound of Music. Classic. Classic. Classic. My childhood. Ugh. I can still sing this without missing a beat. Ugh. Just classic.

Marian the Librarian from The Music Man. Ahhhhh this musical. And this song is great; sadly I can’t find a good full version; in its entirety there is some AMAZING choreography with the dance number, but the song by itself is almost just as good.

~Jamie

 

ABC Challenge || “I”

pop/contemporary

I’ll Show You by Justin Bieber. I knew immediately this would be top pop song for I. In the past I never dug Justin Bieber very much, but his new album is actually genuinely good and full of more uplifting messages. And after honestly giving it try, I’ve grown to love his new sound. But this song really struck a chord with me. It’s incredibly humanizing and I really connect with both the lyrics and the emotion. Just wow. I love a Justin Beiber song. LOL ❤

I Took A Pill In Ibiza by Mike Posner. I just love the sound of this song. It’s incredibly addicting and I love all the instruments usages and claps.

soundtrack

Is She With You? from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Not seen the movie yet but a friend made me immediately listen to this after he saw it. It’s Wonder Woman’s theme and it’s just kinda legit awesome. LOL But listen to that guitar!

Iyanayokan from Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace. THIS MAKES ME WANT TO BE A DETECTIVE. I just love how sneaky, playful and mysterious this is!! The violin is wonderful; it reminds me of Sherlock Holmes in a sense. I love all the different instruments you can pick out as it goes on. jaskldfjaklsdjf I just really love this track. ^_^

Intermission-Entr’acte Music from Ben-Hur. This is an all time favorite movie, a must-see epic, with one of the most powerful soundtracks of all time. This begins very dark and serious, and then about 40 seconds in the classic opening from the Overture begins and we get to hear all the beautiful themes. I love all the light plucking, followed by the tragic-sounding strings. Then we get 2:20 mark we get the romance theme with some wonderful brass and string work together. Then we get the epic finale again at 3:50 as the movie gets ready to begin playing. Just ugh. What a wonderful score for such a stunning movie.

classical

In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edward Grieg. I have a for real classical song today LOL! But I love this song so much! It’s so much fun to play on the piano too!! And just wow, it’s so crazy at the end!! XD

independent/instrumental

Into the Wild Chapter 1 by Axl Rosenberg. This is the 2-minute version to a very emotional, powerful instrumental peiece. When those percussions and the strong violin come in…I get chills. I’ve written powerful book scenes to this piece and it’s longer 6-minute sibling.

I Can Feel It Humming by The Flashbulb. This is an instrumental piece from my writing playlist and I love it. I love the tempo and play of instruments. It’s an almost anxious song, with gentle piano and then urgent guitar work and soft violin. Then that piano bit at the end. ❤

alternative

I Want You by Savage Garden. I heard this in the credits of an anime set in the 90s and just fell for this song immediately. I’ve yet to get tired of listening to it. I love the tune and the tempo a lot. Just, the 90s had some good songs. XD

I’m in Control from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. This is actually a song off the soundtrack and I’m really quite addicted to it. I love how it opens up; strong percussion, amazing middle eastern influence, excellent beat. Then at the minute mark we get the song and it’s strong electronic influence. I love that the singer actually sings in English (this is from a Japanese anime) so it’s really fun getting to sing along with such a kick-butt song.

It’s You by Super Junior. This is a softer more romantic song for the first part with a great tempo; the chorus is my favorite part, otherwise I would probably get bored with it. But it’s truly one of my favorite KPop songs. I love all the vocal work in the chorus and the melody and beat. And then some English to sing along with!! ^_^

I Want It That Way by Backstreet Boys. Please ignore how EVERYTHING IS SO RIDICULOUSLY CHEESY IN THIS HILARIOUS 90’s MUSIC VIDEO. XD No, actually, enjoy it and a get a good laugh out of it. ANYWHO as to the song itself…I love it. It’s almost embarrassing how much I love this song. I just….I just really like this song. XD

musicals

I Wan’na Be Like You sung by Fall Out Boy. My friend Grace turned me on to this song and I’ve loved it ever since. I don’t generally like Disney songs when they’re re-recorded by bands, but wow. This is the exception to the rule because dang. It’s SO ADDICTING AND FUN. I kinda loose it at 2:05 for the rest of the song.

If I Were A Rich Man from Fiddler on the Roof. This movie is actually almost like a family treasure to me and it has some wonderful songs! I especially love this song; singing with Tevye is just one of the most enjoyable things to do. ❤ And I totally feel the song LOL. Don’t we all wish we had a little bit more money. XD

I Could Have Danced All Night from My Fair Lady. I’ve only seen this film once and it wasn’t a favorite of mine. But. BUT. I’ve never been able to forget this song. If I was going to share one song from this musical, it would be this. Just, so so beautiful. ❤

Dang, I think this was my longest post yet. If anything, it just really shows how wide my tastes are. XD

~Jamie

ABC Challenge || “G”

pop/contemporary

Glory and Gore by Lorde. UGH I love this song. It’s so dark and hypnotic. I really love the bridge, too.

soundtrack

Guts from Berserk. One of my favorite soundtracks of all time!! The theme for the lead characters, Guts, is surprisingly relaxing and otherworldly and intimate. The use of the synthesizer is wonderful.

independent/instrumental

Gore’s Theme by Two Steps From Hell. I don’t often listen to slower songs like this, but I wrote many scenes for my book to this because of its emotional elements of nostalgia. It’s a song that I can see playing during those silent moments before the dawn. The violin is just gorgeous.

alternative

Good Luck by Beast. I almost didn’t give this song a full listen through, but thankfully I waited till the chorus. That’s when the song sold itself to me. “Good luck, baby, good luck to you.” Love those moments of English when I can sing along. XD

musicals

Good Morning from Singin’ In the Rain. This could very easily be my favorite song and dance number from Singin’ in the Rain! Just wow, such a chirpy energized song! It’s just one of those instant feel-good songs! And you got a love those dance moves!

~Jamie