Music Monday

Now that I’m getting back into my regular blogging routine, here are a few tunes that have caught my ears over these last couple of weeks. Some aren’t necessarily new, but they’re still worth a listen. 

Waves-Mr. Probz

-I’m surprised that this didn’t get much radio airplay in 2014. I’ve always pictured dancing to it in some kind of funky nightclub, and on New Years Eve I actually got to do just that.

Love-Jana Kramer

Take Your Time-Sam Hunt

-This one grew on me, and I love how vulnerable the overall meaning is.

Talladega-Eric Church

Uptown Funk-Mark Ronson (feat. Bruno Mars) 

-Part of me wonders if this will get overplayed and eventually hated, but for now I’m going to enjoy it. And I would like to thank my sister for getting this stuck in my head!

Have a great week!!

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Music Monday

After a brief hiatus, I’m slowly trying to get back into the swing of things. Here are a few tunes that have either been played repeatedly (thank you, Spotify), or at least have been stuck in my head this past month. 

More Than Miles-Brantley Gilbert

I’m well aware of the various adages that pertain to moving on to bigger and better things, but right now I miss my friends. A lot. 

Sing-Ed Sheeran 

Dirt-Florida Georgia Line

There’s just something about this song that’s poignant and beautiful. It has helped me to appreciate where I come from (literally and figuratively). 

Am I Wrong-Nico and Vinz 

You Can’t Make Old Friends-Dolly Parton and Kenny Rodgers 

-That’s the thing about country music…there is a good chance that it will make you cry. In this case, I bawl my eyes out every time. 

Small-Town Throwdown-Brantley Gilbert, Thomas Rhett, and Justin Moore

Invisible Touch-Genesis 

-Yes it’s a throwback (one that I wasn’t even around for), and kind of weird in context. But it has sentimental value from the last two months, so that’s why I’m including it. 

Have a great week!

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Music Lovin Monday

Yeah-Joe Nichols 

This guy is easily becoming one of my favorite artists!

Cop Car-Keith Urban

I didn’t know how I felt about this at first because there’s another one by the same name out there, albeit by a different artist and a lot more risque. However, it grew on me and I’ve learned to appreciate it.

This Is How We Roll-Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan

Ok, I just absolutely love this song. On that note, I saw both of these guys back in June and they were amazing!

Not A Bad Thing-Justin Timberlake

If there’s ever a song on how to pursue a woman, this would be one of them. And I thought “Mirrors” was my favorite….

Rascal Flatts-Rewind

This one came on my country Pandora station when I was in Arizona, and given that I had a tiny smirk on my face, my mom asked me if this reminds me of someone. I denied it, but it turns out that she was right.

Gimme Some of That-Thomas Rhett

This song reminds me of someone as well, but for different reasons.

Have a great week!
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Music Lovin’….Tuesday!

Yes I’m a day late, but it happens. 

Happy-Pharrell Williams 

-C’mon, how can you listen to this and not be happy?!

Play It Again-Luke Bryan

Invisible-Hunter Hayes

-Unfortunately, I can’t find the actual performance from the Grammys, but this one still makes me cry. It brings back a lot of old memories, but not-so-old emotions.


-This makes me giggle. And dance. I think you could call this my new theme song!

All Of Me-John Legend 

-I’m such a SAP, but this might be one of the best love songs of 2014 (so far!)

Have a great week!!!

Music Lovin’ Monday

Yes it is Valentine’s Day week; for many it brings joy, and others complete dread. I would like to share some of my personal favorite love songs, but in the hopes that it can remind people of how precious of a gift it really is. And most importantly, that you shouldn’t have to depend on a holiday to let someone know how much you love and care about them! 

Making Memories of Us-Keith Urban

Just The Way You Are-Billy Joel

I kind of want this song played at my wedding…it’s so simple, yet beautiful

Love Me Tender-Elvis Presley

-Cliche? Sure. But it’s short and sweet and still makes me cry. Whenever I hear it I think of my grandparents on both sides. 

Mirrors-Justin Timberlake 

Wonderful Tonight-Eric Clapton

I See The Light (from Tangled)-Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi
-It’s a Disney song, and I absolutely love it

There are so many others, a mixture of both classics and modern hits that either I couldn’t find  or feared making this post too long! Other mentions include “Everything I Do” (Celtic Thunder…I like their version as opposed to Bryan Adams), “Maybe I’m Amazed” (Paul McCartney and Wings), “Drowning” (The Backstreet Boys), and “A Whole New World” (from Aladdin).

Have a wonderful week, everyone!

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Music Lovin’ Monday

Whether you’re going back to school, riding out the brutal winter weather, or trying to figure out exactly what direction your life is headed in, I think we’re all in need of a little motivation this week. That being said, here’s a selection that has always given me a boost, whether it be recent or from a past decade. Enjoy!

My Songs Know What You Did in The Dark-Fall Out Boy

-This reminds me of when the Blackhawks were playing for the Stanley Cup over the summer; it was always on during the promo commercials. 


-I love the message of this: that risk is always followed by the possibility of getting hurt, but pain doesn’t have to mean that something (or life entirely) is over.

Fighter-Christina Aguilera

-Even though this is more about a relationship, it still makes my adrenaline go up.

People Like Us-Kelly Clarkson

-A reminder that while we all have different experiences, everyone does struggle and starts at the bottom at some point.

Dream On-Aerosmith 

-This one is often at the top of my workout playlist and gives me the chills every time it plays at the end of the movie, Miracle.

Roar-Katy Perry

-Admittedly I was not a huge fan of hers until recently, and though it came out in the last year, I think this will end up being my anthem for a lot of different reasons. I have to start looking at myself in a way that I don’t usually do, which is scary and empowering at the same time. Overall, I’ll probably surprise myself in the process!

Counting Stars-OneRepublic

-Yes this is a repeat, but I thought it was appropriate for those of us of are currently or have been looking for a job, particularly those of us who are graduating this spring. In this economy, there’s always the question of how (and when) you’ll be able to fully support yourself, and what a relief it will be when you can.

While there’s plenty more to choose from, these are the ones that come to mind. Have an amazing week, and be safe if you have to endure the painfully cold temperatures or snow!

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Music Lovin’ Monday

This is going to be a busy and somewhat stressful week, so I thought I might include some some tunes for anyone in the same boat!

Counting Stars-OneRepublic  
-The desire of any aspiring artist (or person, for that matter); that they may go to sleep one day not having to worry about paying the bills or putting food on the table. 

I’d Rather Be With You-Josh Radin
-Oh, the wonders of Pandora!

Why Don’t We Just Dance-Josh Turner
-When life is overwhelming or tough to deal with, sometimes you just have to put the bad stuff aside and make the most of it!

Loves Gonna Make It Alright-George Strait 
-An oldie-but-goodie; one of those songs that will automatically make you start dancing around like it’s nobody’s business, particularly if you’re cooking in the kitchen! (Again, thank you, Pandora!)

Eric Church-Drink In My Hand
-Let’s be honest, sometimes a good beer or a glass of wine comes before a good night’s sleep by the time Friday rolls around!

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Music Lovin’ Monday

Keith Urban-Little Bit of Everything

-One of my current feel-good songs right now!

Wrecking Ball-Miley Cyrus and Mumford and Sons mash-up

-I’m definitely not a fan of the original “Wrecking Ball” but my friend showed me this at a party; personally, I think it’s a genius version. 

Best I Ever Had-Gavin DeGraw

-Although he has become synonomous with a variety of songs from One Tree Hill, this is fresh and very catchy. 

Sheryl Crow-Homesick

-I’m torn in regards to how I feel about her suddenly “going country” as people like to call it. However, I read about this song in an issue of Country Weekly and when she described it, it seemed like something I could relate to. When I heard it my eyes started to water, because it was spot on. 

Wake Me Up-Avicci 

-This might just be the defining song of the semester, if not my senior year of college. 

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Music Lovin’ Monday

Better-Maggie Rose

If there’s one song that sums up every emotion, feeling, and thought that I’ve experienced this past summer, it’s this one. I plan on writing a post on it at some point, perhaps in a few weeks. If you’ve ever lost somebody, I’m sure you’ll be able to relate to this. I love how simple and honest it is, so I’ll let the music do the talking for now.

Take Back The Night-Justin Timberlake 

When I first heard about the N’Sync reunion on the MTV Video Music Awards, the inner teeny-bopper in me gave a little bit of a squeal, but at the same time 1.) I’m more partial to the Backstreet Boys, and 2.) I more of a fan of Justin as a solo artist rather than as a member of a boy-band. And after watching him last night, I have to say that he gave a phenomenal performance! After Miley Cyrus left made face-palming and wondering what popular music is coming to, he certainly made up for it.  In regards to this song in particular, he could have been a little bit more sensitive with the song title. But I love the overall city-vibe of it, given that I’m very much a downtown girl myself. It might be just another substitute for carpe diem, but it’s a funkier (and classier) version of that other one. 

Heart of Life-John Mayer

An oldie-but-goodie; I was making dinner the other night when this came on my easy-listening Pandora station. I love the message of it, and the way the guitar sounds is so calming.

Light Me Up-Hunter Hayes

This one is less popular and slightly different, but still good. I wish he had played it at Country Thunder, but unfortunately he had to cut the show short due to the rain. 

Days of Gold-Jake Owen
I want to end this on a positive note, so I will say that this one is just awesome! I can bet that this will be one of the defining songs of my senior year of college. And if I ever do make a playlist describing these last four years, this one will definitely be on it!

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What I’m Loving Right Now: Music Edition

In terms of blogging, these last couple of months have been pretty deep and heavy; not to say that I won’t continue writing in that regard, but I wanted to give myself (and readers) a bit of a break. For future reference, I will call this Music Lovin’ Monday, but for now I’ll just give you a taste of what’s been on heavy Spotify, Pandora, and Ipod rotation.

Sunny and 75-Joe Nichols 
I fell in love with this song the first time I heard it, and stood out in the pouring rain to hear him sing it at Country Thunder! It reminds me of being on vacation in Wisconsin, specifically when I used to go there as a kid. It has become one of my favorites, along with him as an artist. I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing him again one day!

Runnin’ Outta Moonlight-Randy Houser
-This always comes on when I’m cleaning my apartment, and I tend to get the urge to use my counter top as a drum set! It’s also fun for a car ride when you’re sitting in traffic. 
Robin Thicke-Blurred Lines 

-With questionable lyrics and a bit of risque music video, it’s no wonder this song has taken a lot of heat. Next to Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” it will probably become one of the most overplayed songs on the radio by the time the summer is over. Yet if it comes on when my girlfriends and I go out, I have no choice but to drop whatever I’m doing and just dance! It’s that catchy. 

Cruise Remix-Florida Georgia Line and Nelly
-fans will complain that this is awful and in no way resembles real country music, but I think it’s actually pretty neat. Initially I hated it, but then it grew on me; at the end of junior year I went out to eat with two of my guy friends, and when this song came out we all start singing it really loud and just had a good time. I guess you could say it reminds me of them now! 
Drink A Beer-Luke Bryan
-In honor of the fact that his new album is now out! It’s very different from what he usually does, but still incredibly honest and I like it a lot. It’s something to relate to and sums up a lot of what I’ve been feeling lately. When you don’t know what to say or how to express yourself, it’s just easier to do what you know. Sometimes it’s crying until you can’t cry anymore. Other times it’s  just getting away for a little while…and having a drink while you’re at it. Either way, Luke is one of my favorite artists and I have some incredible memories from the times I’ve seen him live. I would go every year if I could, and would love for him to be at Country Thunder again! He’s so darn good with a crowd, and I love the way he says “Twin Lakes.” *begins to giggle like a little girl*
I have quite a list, but would like to split it up as time goes on. As of right now, I will try to do this every other week, so that way I don’t give an entire selection over the course of a month. Overall, it was refreshing to do something like this for the first time. Tell me, what do you think of this list so far? What have you been listening to?

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