Tuesday Tunes: Anthems for Women

March is National Women’s History Month. So to kick off the month check out my playlist below, filled with empowering anthems for women. Lots of Bey and Christina.

Favorites: “Salute” by Little Mix, “Independent Women, Pt. 1” by Destiny’s Child, “Flawless” by Beyoncé, “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor, and “One Girl Revolution” by Superchick

Let me know your favorite track in the comments!

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Tuesday Tunes: The Lumineers With “Ophelia”

I’ve been big on The Lumineers ever since “Ho Hey” dropped in 2012, followed by their first album. This being said I’ve been patiently—read eagerly—awaiting new music from them.

The band recently announced their second studio album, entitled Cleopatra. The album will be released in the United States on April 8, 2016.

As a teaser The Lumineers debuted their new single “Ophelia” on February 5. The sound is upbeat and folksy, very similar to the band’s first album, which I really appreciate and enjoy.

favorite lyric:

OH, OPHELIA
YOU’VE BEEN ON MY MIND, GIRL, SINCE THE FLOOD
OH, OPHELIA
HEAVEN HELP THE FOOL WHO FALLS IN LOVE

Give “Ophelia” a listen below and let me know what you think in the comments!

Tuesday Tunes: Acoustic Sam Hunt

I’ve been a huge fan of Sam Hunt since the first time I heard “Leave the Night On” play on the radio.

Recently I’ve been listening to his acoustic mixtape Between The Pines nonstop. It has the hits from his first album, such as “House Party” and “Ex to See,” mixed in with songs he wrote for other artists, like “Come Over,” and some new jams.

Favorites: “I Met A Girl,” “Speakers,” “Vandalizer,” “Make You Miss Me,” “Bottle It Up” and “Raised On It”

Check out the mixtape below and let me know what you think in the comments!

Tuesday Tunes: Hailey Steele & “Diamonds”

Just the other week I went to see country singer Kelsea Ballerini in concert at Boston’s Royale. I’ve been playing Ballerini’s album The First Time on repeat for months, her singles “Dibs” and “Love Me Like You Mean It” are two of my go-to jams. And let me tell you she’s just as good live as she is on the radio.

Country singer-songwriter Hailey Steele opened for Ballerini. To be honest I had never heard of Steele before she walked onto the stage, but I was pleasantly surprised.

On the songwriting front—if you’re a country fan—you may know Steele as the writer behind RaeLynn’s single “Boyfriend.” Steele has an alternative version of the single on her EP.

But the song I think you should give a listen to is Steele’s “Diamonds.” It’s super relatable to anyone who’s ever felt like they weren’t where they wanted to be.

Favorite lyrics: “Cause diamonds take patience, and pressure, and time.”

Give the song and Steele’s EP a listen below and let me know what you think in the comments!

Tuesday Tunes: A Very She & Him Christmas

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The holiday season is here.

And one of my favorite things to do this time of year is listen to Christmas music, like 24/7. My go-to album is A Very She & Him Christmas. The She & Him duo, comprised of doe-eyed Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, take on 12 holiday classics: “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “The Christmas Waltz” and “Silver Bells” just to name a few.

The album has a softer and folksier feel than most Christmas albums do, but it works. Check below for a rundown of my favorites from the album.

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

She & Him’s rendition of this classic Christmas duet is perfect. They really make the song their own: changing up the tempo and melody. Additionally, they completely gender swap the lyrics. Instead of the song being about a woman on her way out, Deschanel tries her best to persuade her beau to stay the night.

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas”

This was the song that first attracted me to the album. It popped up on my Pandora playlist, and I just couldn’t help wanting to hear more. lt’s slow, almost trance-like, and completely beautiful.

“Blue Christmas” 

“Blue Christmas” has always been one of my favorite holiday songs, partially because I associate it with my favorite Christmas movies The Year Without A Santa Clause. 

What’s your favorite carol off the album?

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Tuesday Tunes: One Direction’s Made in the A.M. (Deluxe Edition)

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I’ve never been a die-hard directioner (aka One Direction fan). I’m more of a casual listener. I don’t change the station when their songs come on the radio and I can sing along to top singles like “What Makes You Beautiful” and “Story of My Life,” but that’s about it.

That being said, I’ve surprised myself in the past couple days by listening to their album Made in the A.M. almost nonstop.  

The boy band, now down a member, released their new album this past Friday, November 13th. Here are some of my top singles:

“Perfect”

Four cute guys telling me I’m perfect? Yes please. Claimed to be a response to Taylor Swifts single “Style,” the 1D boys talk about how they might not be the cookie-cutter good guys but they’re perfect for the following: “causing trouble in hotel rooms,” “secret little rendezvous,” and “midnight driving with the windows down.” 

“Olivia” 

When I heard “Olivia” I was surprised to say the least. It has an upbeat sound that I can only describe as somewhat doo-wop and barbershop quartet-esq. Or maybe that’s just me. Either way it’s on point.

“End of the Day”

“All I know at the end of the day/Is you want what you want and you say what you say/And you’ll follow your heart even though it’ll break/Sometimes.”

“A.M.”

The album’s somewhat title track revolves around the lyric “won’t you stay ’til the A.M.?”

Give the album a listen below and let me know your favorite tracks in the comments!

Tuesday Tunes: “Better When I’m Dancin'”

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This past weekend I went to the movies with my mom and brother, and as we walked into the theater a crowd of kids exited. My mom joked, “why don’t you ask them how the movie was?” We were on our way to see The Peanuts Movie and she’d been giving me crap about it since I mentioned wanting to go.

Anyway, I loved the movie, my mom fell asleep in the theater. One of my favorite sequences in the movie was when Charlie Brown was learning to dance, in order to win a trophy at the school dance and impress the little red head girl. This scene was set to Meghan Trainor’s original song for the soundtrack,  “Better When I’m Dancin’.”

The song, which has already gotten stuck in my head on multiple occasions, is upbeat, fun, and well makes you want to dance. Below you can check out the Peanuts lyric video!

Let me know what you think of “Better When I’m Dancin'” in the comments!