I Wanna Dance With Somebody

Day twenty-eight of my February Music Challenge: A song that makes you want to dance

So when the night falls,
My lonely heart calls…
-Whitney Houston, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”

Today is the last day of my Daily Music Challenge! Wow, this month flew by. It has been fun sharing some of my favorite songs with you all, and although I was hoping for more people to join me, posting a song a day really helped me get out of the writer’s block funk I’ve been in. This challenge also made me realize how much I love talking about music. It is a universal language that everyone enjoys and can bond over. All this said, I wanted to send a farewell to February with a fun prompt, and welcome March with a positive outlook.

Opening  with claps, a groovy bass line, and the iconic interjection of “Wooo!”, Whitney Houston introduces the ultimate dance song, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” After that first note, listeners know they are in for a treat. Released at Whitney’s prime in 1987, she showcases incredible vocal abilities with ease; especially upon hearing her sing this song live. Her breathing technique, vibrato, and seemingly infinite vocal range go unmatched, making her (in my opinion) one of the greatest vocalists in history. When I’m in need of a pick-me-up or just find myself in a great mood, I turn to this song, knowing it will make me want to move. Not only that, but the catchy and well-known chorus will make anyone want to sing along. Three decades later, we continue to blast this classic song at weddings or proms, and it just shows the legacy that Whitney Houston has left behind.

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February Music Challenge: Day Twenty-Eight

2/28/2019

Today’s Daily Music Challenge is: a song that makes you want to dance. Feel free to share a little back story, a link to the song, or anything else you’d like to add. Most of all, have fun with it! If you’d like to participate, create a pingback to this post.

Sincerity Is Scary

Day twenty-seven of my February Music Challenge: A song to drive along to

You try and mask your pain in the most postmodern way…
-The 1975, “Sincerity Is Scary”

Similar to yesterday’s daily music prompt, the music I like to drive along to will vary depending on my mood. Lately, I feel like I’ve been posting a lot of R&B / Soul music, but that doesn’t mean I don’t listen to other genres. Like I’ve mentioned before, I am very open-minded when it comes to music, and I will listen to pretty much anything I am introduced to. I’ve just been gravitating more toward R&B lately, so forgive me if it seems like I’ve only been one-sided. This being said, I am in the mood for more Pop / Rock / Indie music today. On long drives, I always favor listening to something more up-tempo / something I can sing along to, to avoid falling asleep at the wheel.

The 1975 is currently one of my favorite Pop bands. I know there has been a love/hate relationship when it comes to The 1975, but what can I say? Their self-titled debut album, full of synth-rock sounds and rather nostalgic beats, swayed me in to loving them. They remind me of a more Pop-based Phoenix (another favorite band of mine). Over the years, The 1975 has evolved their sound while still remaining true to the music that placed them on the map. You can hear it in their 2016 sophomore album, I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it (long titles to songs are one of their signatures) and most notably in their most recent album, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. Specifically, the song “Sincerity Is Scary” carries a more Jazzy / playful tone to the band than I’m used to, but I’m not complaining. I love the use of horns and keys throughout the song. Not to mention, frontman Matthew Healy’s laid back vocals always contribute so well to the band’s sound.

Piece Of Mind

Day twenty-six of my February Music Challenge: A song to sing in the shower

Tryna get back to all my old ways,
Tryna get back to all the hobbies from my old days…
-Kehlani, “Piece Of Mind”

Another tough one. The song(s) I sing in the shower vary, depending on my mood, whatever is stuck in my head, or what I heard last on Spotify. My head is filled with so many song lyrics, I wish my ability to memorize lyrics carried on when I had to study for tests in school. While I like to pretend that I can sing, I know I don’t have the voice to do so. It’s all in good fun; whether singing as loud as I can in the car, or just belting lyrics in the shower, singing is one of my favorite things to do.

Currently, my go-to shower song is Kehlani’s “Piece Of Mind” from her SweetSexySavage album. As a Bay Area native, I am a huge supporter of Kehlani’s music. In fact, she just released a new mixtape, While We Wait, and it has been on repeat in the car the past few days. This being said, while I love her new material, I find myself falling back to her past albums. I love how she is so honest and vulnerable in her song-writing. More specifically, “Piece of Mind” doesn’t sugarcoat any emotions. Just the clever play on words in the song title alone, reveals a personal nature to the song–she is giving us insight in to her mind, while allowing herself to have a peace of mind. It’s a song about the process of healing; a process relatable to any listener. She sings, “I can feel again, won’t be numb again” to express her growth through heartbreak. She addresses that she is not quite where she wants to be, but encourages listeners to hold on to hope. With R&B influences, a mid-tempo melody, and catchy lyrics, this song is a perfect one to sing along to.

February Music Challenge: Day Twenty-Six

2/26/2019

Today’s Daily Music Challenge is: a song you love to sing in the shower. Feel free to share a little back story, a link to the song, or anything else you’d like to add. Most of all, have fun with it! If you’d like to participate, create a pingback to this post.

Three Little Birds

Day twenty-five of my February Music Challenge: A song to cheer up someone else

Every little thing is gonna be alright…
-Bob Marley & The Wailers, “Three Little Birds”

Personally, I think listening to music is one of the most therapeutic activities we can do. Whether you’re feeling anxious, upset, or just want to dance it out, music will always be there, no matter what mood you’re in. Even if you’re not quite sure how to put your feelings in to words, there is a song out there that can do it for you. Today’s daily music challenge is another tough one for me because there are so many songs I can think of that can turn a bad mood around.

Bob Marley & The Wailers’ “Three Little Birds” perfectly delivers a message of hope to any listener. The melody alone contributes to the relaxing nature of this song, and while there aren’t many lyrics, the repetitive “Don’t worry about a thing / ‘Cause every little thing is gonna be alright” allows us to really hear the positive side of life, even if things may not be going the way we want. Everyone goes through difficulties in life, but here, Bob Marley uses birds as a way to symbolize the little things in life. Pay attention to the beauty of nature around you, and know that everything will be okay.

February Music Challenge: Day Twenty-Five

2/25/2019

Today’s Daily Music Challenge is: a song that can cheer up someone else. Feel free to share a little back story, a link to the song, or anything else you’d like to add. Most of all, have fun with it! If you’d like to participate, create a pingback to this post.

The Kids Are Alright

Day twenty-four of my February Music Challenge: A song you wish more people knew

We don’t really care about the trends you like to follow
You know what they say, they here today and gone tomorrow…
-Chloe x Halle, “The Kids Are Alright”

If you happened to watch the pre-Superbowl festivities and caught a wonderful rendition of “America the Beautiful,” or the “Where is the Love” performance / tribute to Donny Hathaway at this year’s Grammy’s, you probably discovered talented R&B sister duo, Chloe x Halle. Primarily posting YouTube videos or starring in the TV show, Grown-ish, I’ll be the first to admit that I was late to the party and discovered them during their Grammy tribute performance. But ever since I heard their incredible harmonies, I haven’t been able to stop playing their music. Upon discovering them, I also realized just how underrated these two are.

At only 19 and 18 years of age, Chloe and Halle Bailey already show an unbelievable amount of maturity with their style, music, and lyrics. Their debut album, The Kids Are Alright earned critical praise, resulting in a Best New Artist nomination at this year’s Grammy’s. I love that they don’t follow typical radio trends and have released music that stay true to their artistry. Although they’ve received praise from critics, the public still has yet to discover them. Their title track, “The Kids Are Alright” serves as a reminder that millennials are continuing the fight for a better future; that the future will be in good hands. They sing, “Turn around and show you, I could bless you with some culture,” as a way of reiterating not to underestimate the youth. With unique beats and gorgeous harmonies and vocals, their debut album also features songs of culture and female empowerment. If they continue to pave the way for the future of music and culture, I’m excited for what’s to come.

February Music Challenge: Day Twenty-Four

2/24/2019

Today’s Daily Music Challenge is: a song you wish more people knew. Feel free to share a little back story, a link to the song, or anything else you’d like to add. Most of all, have fun with it! If you’d like to participate, create a pingback to this post.