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"Heard melodies are sweet , but those unheard are sweeter."
John Keats

Friday, April 30, 2010

Videos to Check Out

Here are two videos that I think are pretty cool. I watch a lot of MTV, which sometimes drives my mom crazy, and when I watch MTV I usually remember songs by their videos. So the two videos I show here today are kind of old but they are really good.

Sum 41 is one of my favorite bands ever. I find that their songs are very catchy and after listening to their songs you become obsessed with them. In Too Deep is a fun video and somehow whenever I listen to the song I feel the urge to go swim. The whole idea of the video is humorous and it can brighten someone who is watching it.

Yes for those of you who didn't know, Shakira had black hair. But even though she has black hair in this really old video you see she could rock any look she wanted. This is one of my favorite Shakira songs because its part of her roots. There is no pop sounds in this song its just a personal beautiful song that wasn't touched by other sounds. This is truly Shakira but like any other artist adapting to new things is essential for that stars survival. Even though her old sound was great, her new sound is still hers.

I hope you liked the videos!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

10 Songs With the Letter U

I was just resting and relaxing watching some T.V when it hit me: Make a playlist out of a random letter! So for today I chose 10 songs that I like that start with the letter U. I don't know why I chose the letter U. Maybe it was because I was thinking about the word you but then there are lots of songs that start with the word you so I rather do it with the letter for now. So without further ado here are my 10 songs with the letter U.

  1. Utopía by Belinda

  2. Ultraviolet by The Stiff Dylan's

  3. Untouchable by Taylor Swift

  4. Una Obra de Arte by Final y Shako ft Balvin

  5. Una Cancion by Los de Adentro

  6. Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield

  7. U Cant Touch This by MC Hammer

  8. U and Ur Hand by Pink

  9. Una Noche en La Playa by Big Yamo

  10. Unbeautiful by Leslie Roy

These songs are completely random. I literally put U on YouTube and picked some that came out. Others were in my own music and picked them because I like them but its still a crazy remix of songs.

  1. A friend of mine showed me this song a while ago but I never really had time to listen to this song but now that I have I can´t stop. The rhythm of the song is amazing because the chorus is slow but then it speeds up in the verses. The lyrics are also pretty good. My favorite lyric part is the chorus because she talks about how she feels love but her love is about finding herself as she discovers the other person.

  2. I know I have talked about this movie like a million times, I even talked about it in my reading blog but its just so great! This song is really cool and trust me it is really catchy especially the chorus.

  3. I think I had already posted this song in another occasion but if I had to choose my favorite song that starts with the letter u it would definitely be this one. Its just so sweet and deep, very Taylor.

  4. A clean reggaeton song crosses our path again. Instead of being sexual its all about how the girl is beautiful like a painting which is a nice reference. Its all about how the guy likes the girl for different things, even though they mention her body alot.

  5. I hadn't heard this song in years! The great thing about this song is that its the type of song you can stop listening to but then you go back to and captures you completely again. Its just so beautiful and so many artist have covered it but Los de Adentro are definitely the best. The singers voice is just so beautiful and deep.

  6. Do you need a song to get your spirits up? This is definitely it! Its all about being unique and being your own person and finding out who you are. Its all about the journey you take in life and how to enjoy every moment in it. It reminds you that your life is your own and that you make your own destiny.

  7. This is one of the first YouTube video to pop up under the letter U. When I was in middle school,the computer lab teacher would always play this song while we worked. The beat is great to work to and the song is so catchy. Its the type of song that pushes you to get up and dance.

  8. Pink is women power personified. She is so tough and is a great example of being strong and successful. What I like about this song is that its all about how a woman doesn't need a guy to be happy. We can take care of ourselves and aren't here to be treated badly just because we are females.

  9. Such a danceable song. It has this fun drum beat that keeps it upbeat all the time and like the MC Hammer song it pushes you to get up and dance.

  10. I love this girls voice. The song is a bit tragic but it talks about something important. How you are who you are and how break ups are hard. The first one is probably a bit more important than the second one.

Well I hope you enjoyed this playlist and if anyone has any letter request for another playlist like this one, just comment. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Hey Bonita: Song of the Week

Its almost the end of April and to finish up this month I would like to make the song of the week a Latin one. This song is very popular here in Colombia because the group that sings it is from here. Dragon y Caballero are two reggaeton singers that came up with this brilliant song "Hey Bonita" for all of us to enjoy.

Believing they were inspired by their home town, Cartagena, Dragon y Caballero created a brand new, unique sound in reggaeton. Armando Paez and Donny Caballero are the two guys behind Dragon y Caballero, a unique duo that mixes the tropical rhythms with the beat of reggaeton. They try to create a unique sound for every one of their songs and want to cross limits in the music industry. The two young men came from different music projects but decided to come together to create music they were both comfortable with and to create history. They describe their music as small dosis of "sabor" that can later become a total addiction. They moved to Bogotá (my home town) to have a bigger range for their music and right now are preparing to go on tour outside of Colombia. You can only expect new yet consistent music from Dragon y Caballero that connects their audience to them in a deeper level.

What I most enjoy about the music of Dragon y Caballero is the fact that it mixes tropical rhythms with modern ones. The music changes consistently and every time you listen to a new song you find they have somehow reinvented themselves without changing their style. Another thing that is great about this duo is the fact that they don't sing any nasty lyrics even though they sing one of the dirties genres in the world. This song for example is about a girl that a guy wants, but instead of talking about her butt, they mention her beauty in a nice way. Here is an example:
"A mi me encanta tu sonrisa y tu mirada
Tu piel tan blanca y delicada
Cuando me hablas o cuando no dices nada
Seguramente es que tienes que estar cansada
(De tanto dar vueltas en mi cabeza)
Dando un nuevo significado a la belleza
Quiero un beso tuyo nena a la francesa
Dime que tengo que hacer, princesa."

In this verse they mention how delicate the girl is and how her smile and her eyes are beautiful. See? No reference whatsoever to her butt. My favorite instrument in this song is the guitar because it is always there in the background and what it plays sounds really pretty with the song. It also seems to be the "typical" sound of the song which is surrounded by the modern part of the song.

I encourage everyone to check out this amazing duo and listen to more of their music like "Fruta Prohibida" and "Tengo Prisa". I hope you like them as much as I do.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Soccer and Music

Don't you just love soccer? Don't you just love music? Well I have great news the new World Cup Hymn "Waka Waka:Esto Es Africa" is out. What better way to advertise the world cup than with Shakira and some of the best soccer players out there.

We all remember Shakira did the hit "Hips Don't Lie" for the 2006 World Cup. She is back with this years song. I like that it is Shakira again because besides the fact that she is from my same country, she is an artist that anyone can relate to. She is the type of singer that doesn't have any scandals and can truly be appreciated as an artist.

Shakira wrote and produced the song herself and the FIFA chose it to be the hymn of the World Cup. Shakira is accompanied in the song by a group called Freshlyground and will present the hit on July 11 in the closing ceremony of the tournament. The money made by downloads of the song is destined to go to the FIFAs projects. The song will be included in ‘Listen Up: The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album’ and like I said before for downloads.

The song has typical African instruments as well as pop drums in the background. Its a mixture of the old with the new that ads up to be an explosion of rhythms. You feel the essence of Africa as you listen to the song but you also get the traditional rhythms Shakira uses in all her songs. The song is going to be released in both English and in Spanish.

I don't know about you but I am pretty excited about the World Cup. Its not only the soccer but the fact that the whole world unites to watch it and well all the music that comes out is also a plus. So I hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Wait Is Over

Playlist Day!! Yes I know I have gotten a bit behind with all the playlist but I have just been reading the Bible a lot ( seriously) and taking care of my academic life. It turns out that after you read the Bible you get this energy that screams “Make a Playlist!” and no I am not making a gospel song playlist, not yet anyway.

1. Break Your Heart by Taio Cruz ft Ludacris
2. Airplanes by B.o.B ft Haley Williams and Eminem
3. Cry For You by September
4. In the Ayer by Flo Rida ft Will. I. Am
5. Prrrum by Cosculluela Ft Wisin & Yandel
6. Desafio by Daddy Yankee ft Don Omar
7. Somebody to Love by Justin Bieber
8. Back Against the Wall by Cage the Elephant
9. Seras Mia by Khriz y Angel
10. Shut Your Eyes by Snow Patrol
11. Party Up by Stubbly
12. Call to Arms by Angel and Airwaves
13. Here We Go Again by Demi Lovato
14. Tied Together With a Smile by Taylor Swift
15. Say What You Need to Say by John Mayer

Yes lots of songs to make it up to you, people who read this blog. So these are all songs that Ive found recently and like 2 that are old.
1. I really enjoy how danceable this song is. The lyrics aren’t very inspiring but at least the guy admits he is a jerk before he leads anyone on. Taio Cruz´s voice is very soft but it gains lots of strength in the chorus which is definitely very catchy. Ludacris as usual is very amusing with his rapping ways.

2. Crazies mix of people ever! But the song is great. It’s the first time Hayley sings outside of her rocky self and Eminem sounds great as usual. I don’t really know who B.o.B is but he has a song in the top 10 of ITunes so I guess he’s gaining lots of popularity. The song is really good and inspiring in a way.

3. I really like September’s voice. I am usually not into electronic music but I guess her music could also be considered pop. I really like the lyrics of this song and how her voice can reach that high note in the chorus that kind of breaks her voice.

4. I am doing a dance to this song with some friends and every time we finish dancing the song is stuck in my head. It’s a fun party song that really gets everyone’s spirits up. Flo Rida´s voice is very capturing when he raps and the fact that the chorus is sung by Will.I.Am definitely lets you know it will be catchy.

5. No I am not perverted but it’s just so catchy. Don’t get any ideas from this song either. I am a female and can tell you for sure we don’t walk around the street and the disco saying prrum like car/cat. The reason I like this song is because it’s catchy. Sure it’s not the cleanest song ever but it’s great for dancing. And Wisin y Yandel are in it which is a major plus.

6. Da-ddy Yan-Kee (he separates his name as an introduction to his songs)! Don Omar and Daddy Yankee in one song is like Superman and Batman working together, you know it will be great. They are two of my favorite reggaeton artist and when they work together it’s like an explosion of creativity has taken over. My favorite part of the song is in 0:31 when he says “se puso a bailar” not exactly because of the lyrics but because of the sound in the background.

7. JB! No one start crying! This is definitely my favorite song by this guy who is older than me (I look older though). Personally I believe it’s hard to take out a song with this title because one of the greatest hits of the world by Queen has the same name. You must have a really good follow up act to be able to name a song after an already existing hit. Sure Queens’s song and this one are very different but now JB brought something new to the table that definitely deserves recognition and not just a comparison to an old hit. This song makes a name for itself.

8. I really like the voice of the singer of this band. It’s one of the songs that you know you will listen to when you are down just to cheer up somehow. I´d describe it as a break out song.

9. I know lots of reggaeton but there are so many cool songs. Khriz y Angel have a gift to create really sweet reggaeton songs or just plain perverted ones. No matter how dirty or clean the song is, it will always be danceable and catchy.

10. This is another band I really have to find more music by. The pace of the song is great to run to in the gym. The lyrics of the song are witty and you have to listen closely to really understand them. It’s all about closing your eyes and escaping for a moment and acknowledging things around you. Sometimes it’s crazy but it’s just plain old fun.

11. I have to admit for being a Disney song this is definitely one of the best rap songs I have heard. The guys got talent and let’s hope he can leave Disney to expand his music carrier. This song is in the soundtrack of the movie “Stars Struck”. No need to judge just because its Disney, trust me it’s a good song just enjoy the music.

12. A close friend of mine showed me this song and I became obsessed over Angels and Airwaves. The singer sounds exactly like the guy from Blink-182. Their music is a bit more relaxed than Blink-182 but maybe that’s just this song.

13. I love Demi Lovato! She is coming to my city for a concert but unfortunately I can’t attend seeing how money doesn’t grow in trees. This song is not her best but I just love how her voice sounds soft in parts but then she takes out her powerful voice and you are stunned. She is definitely one of the most powerful female voices I have ever heard.

14. Not my favorite Swift song but I just love the story behind it. One of Taylor´s friends in high school went through an eating disorder and to give her strength Taylor made her this song. I just love how outer events become songs.

15. This is such a sweet song. I use it to calm down or get pumped inside. I love John´s voice and how soft and gentle it is. He is also has some of the sweetest songs out there. I find it cool that his reputation is based on cute sentimental lyrics and not on nasty ones.

I hope you like this playlist I put together!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Death= Song of the Week

You know how they say a picture is worth a thousand words? Well in my case right now a song is word a thousand words and emotions. Death has hit my family many times and in all of them I find myself only being able to express some sort of emotion at the worst or last moment. Ive been to more funerals than my friends and possibly more than the average teenager should attend. But it is imminent for death to not strike and I would like to dedicate this post to someone Ive known since I was very young, my dog Milton. I know its like really corny but it is hurtful that a being that was there all your life suddenly vanishes and you feel empty inside. I don't know if anyone out there knows what its like to lose a life time companion that wasn't of your same specie. Anyway I would like to make the song of the week Here Without You by 3 Doors Down in honor of my dog.

I got the news of the death of my dog as I was coming back from school in one of my eternal bus rides home. I wasn't able to cry do to the fact that I was surrounded by the boys volleyball team of my grade and there was a 4 year old staring at me. I was listening to my ipod and in that moment when I thought I was about to lose it, this song came on. Somehow everything that I was feeling was explained through the beating of a drum and the soft manly voice of Brad Arnold. In a way the song was my way of venting my emotions in that moment ( I did cry) and for that I truly want to acknowledge it.

To learn more about 3 Doors Down click here.
I hope you don't think I am depressed or anything. I will be my chirpy musical self soon and please don't judge this blog because of this pretty sad post.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Artist Profile: Mayday Parade

Mayday Parade is a band i recently found that has funky names for their songs like "Id Hate To Be You When People Find Out What This Song Is About" or "You Be the Anchor that Keeps My Feet on the Ground, Ill Be the Wings That Keep Your Heart In the Clouds". Really long titles but they totally grab your attention.

The band began in Tallahassee, Florida and has been playing for the past 4 years. They have a unique brand of pop-inflected punk rock, that they have been perfecting throughout the years. Their producer, David Bendeth, has worked with bands such as Paramore and Underoath, meshes perfectly with the band members because he understands the type of energy they are looking for and what their goals are. Something else that makes this band unique is that the band as a group works together in the composition of their tracks and chooses which songs go into the record or not. Their most popular albums have been " A Lesson In Romantics" and " Anywhere But Here".

Band Members:
Vocalist/keyboardist: Derek Sanders
Bassist: Jeremy Lezno
Guitarists:Alex Garcia and Brooks Betts
Drummer: Jake Bundrick

I really encourage you to check out this band if you like Paramore, The Maine, or any other punk/pop band. I personally loved them from the moment I first heard "Id Hate to Be You When People Find Out What This Song Is About" and since then have been finding most of their songs like my kind of music. Here's a video of another of their songs, I hope you check them out and enjoy!

Monday, April 12, 2010

A Cool Music Show

If you really enjoy reality shows and like music, you should really check out M.T.V´s Taking The Stage. Ive seen the show several times but don't watch it devotedly as some other t.v shows. Its interesting to see the amount of creative people in the world and how music is truly a form of expression.

The cast of the show goes to the School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati. Each member has their own talents and their own dreams to fulfill. In the second season new faces come into the show along with old ones that return from season one. The show is not only about making your musical dreams come true, it is also about the love lives and relationships among the cast members. Its interesting to see how each character somehow uses music to vent their emotions. A particular example is Emily Sones, the beautiful singer/songwriter, who overcame an eating disorder and uses her compositions to express her feelings. You find dancers, singers, composers, and actors who show you what the fight for your dreams is truly about.

I really recommend this show. It can be truly inspiring for people out there to see others just like them being in an environment where you breath and live music. My personal favorite characters are the singer/songwriters because as the show progresses you see all the things that happen to them and how they turn those moments into notes and melodies.
I hope you check it out! If you click here you can watch the first episode of season 2.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Videos to Check Out

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Song of the Week: A Total Dream!

Hello everyone! I hope everyone had a great spring break or how we Latins call it Semana Santa (Holly Week). I haven't written since Wednesday because I was out of town in the warm weather resting. Anyway this weeks song is called "I Must Be Dreaming" by The Maine. Really sweet song and both the acoustic and the studio version are great. I did an artist profile on The Maine a while back but I recently cant stop listening to this song.

The reason I like this song so much is because of the enrapturing lyrics and the guitar in the acoustic version. Another thing that is great is that this is one of those bands that when they sing live they totally rock. John sings great live and the band is completely in tune. The chorus is completely breath taking:
"Tell me that you love me and it'll be alright.
Are you thinking of me?
Just come with me tonight.
You know I need you.
Just like you need me.
Can't stop, won't stop, I must be dreaming.
Can't stop, won't stop, I must be dreaming."
This part is great because you see that the feelings are mutual and its just so romantic. Then the song changes and its as if the girl had said this part to the guy at some point.
My other favorite part of the lyrics is the first verse:
"She thinks I'm crazy.
Judging by the faces that she's making.
And I think she's pretty.
But pretty's just part of the things she does that amaze me.
And she calls me sweetheart.
I love it when she wakes me when it's still dark.
And she watches the sun.
But she's the only one I have my eyes on."
I just find this verse so realistic. Its true that girls do weird faces when a guy they like or draws their attention does something. I also find it really sweet that the looks of the girl aren't what makes her whole to the guy but how she acts and is.

Well I hope you enjoy this song and if you want to learn a bit more about The Maine click here to view the artist profile I put together.