Wednesday, February 25, 2015

They Sing Ed Sheeran & Sam Smith At The Same Time; I Just Lost My Mind (I Love It)

STOP IT! Stop it right now! Whatever you're doing, I promise you, it's not as awesome as this musical mashup. The flawless singing, the perfectly blended lyrics, the gorgeous harmony is tooooooo much! But in the best way possible, like when you "accidentally" check out a shoe sale and leave with a rent's worth of shoes. Overkill? I mean, that's subjective. I call that a possible investment.

Ask me if I love Ed Sheeran. Go ahead. Answer: um, abso-freaking-lutely. How could I not adore that little ginger with a soul? His music is just lovely. And Sam Smith? Hello...probably some of the best pipes to come around in ages. I'm not really sure why I used the vernacular "pipes" to describe Smith's amazing vocals, because I'm pretty sure that's a term my grandparents would use, but I mean, retro is in.

I wrote about Sheeran here and did a review for Smith here, so if you are uber fans, you can read a little extra on our singers. In the meantimeSam Tsui and Casey Breves blend together "Thinking Out Loud" and "I'm Not the Only One" and the internet is kind of losing its mind over how awesome it sounds. I want you to lose your mind too (but, in the best way possible of course), so check out this video.

They Sing Ed Sheeran And Sam Smith At The Same Time. The Result Is Beautiful

Friday, February 13, 2015

Beck Made Me Love Him More

It goes without saying that I love me some Beyonce. She's pretty much everything. I love Sasha Fierce and I love Mrs. Carter, and I personally think Beyonce is an amazing example of a modern woman who juggles being a wife, mom, business woman and performer. And she looks amazing doing it.

Having stated that, I think Beck rightfully won his Grammy for Album of the Year; he was up against the likes of Beyonce and other greats, but his album rocked. His gracious response to Kanye West's COMPLETELY ASSDOUCHE BEHAVIOR was stunningly imperturbable and gracious.

In case you are a few moments behind the life and times of pop culture, Kanye pulled a Kanye (which is officially a synonym for being an overbearing, obnoxious, arrogant, god-complex ridden person with zero sense of propriety) and jumped up on stage to take the mic from Beck when he was accepting his Grammy. He swiped for the mic, seemed to change his mind and walked off the stage. Flashback to infamous Taylor Swift Imma let you finish moment, anyone? Turns out, Kanye wasn't joking around. After the show, he said he refrained out of resepct for his daughter, but he was dead serious, "I just know that the Grammys, if they want real artists, to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain't gonna play with them no more," he exclaimed. "And Beck needs to respect artistry and he should've given his award to Beyonce."  Or not. 

Beck was incredibly chill and kind about the whole thing. After the show, Kanye ranted and raved that Beck, out of respect for the industry, should give his award to Beyonce. HOW IS KANYE ALLOWED IN A ROOM WITH PEOPLE? Ugh. I can't stand that short, arrogant little man.

Why Beck Won Artist of the Year/Most Gracious Winner EVER:

1. Beck wrote, produced, arranged and sang all 13 songs on his album. He played 16 instruments throughout the track. It's a gorgeous, soulful album. The kind you can curl up next to when you're in a true blue mood, or need a moment of introspection and inspiration.

2. Beyonce (nothing but love for that goddess!) plays zero instruments, needed 16 songwriters, producers, and composers to complete her latest album. So yeah, I see Kanye's point about artistry. Not.

3. Beck's music is rich, emotional, and soulful. It's stripped down and deceptively simple, easy to fall into and connect with; it's true music: guitars, singer, songwriter. Beyonce does what Beyonce does so well: a loud and fabulous production of music that predominantly happens in a studio with a lot of assistance of modern technology. Sure, I love it. Yeah, I'd go dance my face off at her concert, but it doesn't equal a superior album.

3. His response was so stellar that it made me respect him not only as an artist, but as a person. Despite the fact that Kanye absolutely dissed him, his response was incredible: "I thought she was going to win. Come on, she's Beyonce!" In response to Kanye's rant, he said, "You can't please everybody. I still love him and think he's genius," he concluded. "I aspire to what he does. How many great records has he put out in the last five years, right?" 

No, no you certainly can't, Beck. But with a response like that, you prove that you are a rebel of the best kind. Beck is a person who is not only true to himself, but does so with humility. I'll endorse and support that ALL OVER THE PLACE. Want to  hear the album that broke the internet? Here it is:



Thursday, February 5, 2015

Get Boho Fabulous with Zella Day

With a name like Zella Day, it should come as no surprise that she's one glorious little Boho chick. If I could pull off full fledged Bohemian, I would probably be decked out in non-stop hippie glory and mala beads every day. Alas, while my yoga loving, tree hugging heart would happily be swathed in tie dye, paisley, floral and drape-like wear, my body does not look particularly lovely in flowing, fringe covered garbs. And by not flattering, I mean I basically look like I rolled around in a linen tent and cinched it with a belt to give a go at fashion. First world problems all the way. Le sigh! Even so, my gypsy soul loves anything that's a tribute to being wild and free, so when I came across Zella Day, her music clicked with me.

A definite Boho-Chic gal, with a lush, modern style that's deeply seeped in Western Bohemian flair. It's fair to compare her to a less depressing version of Lana Del Rey, another singer I just heart all over the place. Their vocals and style have a similar sound, so if you like Lana Del Rey, you'll like Zella Day. Songs like "Compass," "Hypnotic," "Sweet Ophelia" and "East of Eden" are pure winners. I think "1965" might be my favorite of her songs. Hard to say. Totally a moody, fabulous tune though. I love moody. I just love it. I also adored her cover of White Strips "Sever Nation Army." I especially enjoy covers and remixes when they're done well, and she did it well. Some music purists find it annoying to have perfection messed with, but I think it shows the diversity of humanity and how we mentally and emotionally filter and interpret things differently. Mix it up, show me what you feel. That's how I like it. Have a lovely week, and may you listen to many, many new songs:)