Archive for May, 2012


Lately, I’ve been letting myself fall into moments where I don’t think about the practical goals I have set before me. I refer to just brief moments when I let the world around me slow down and speed up at the same time. In this blur of a pause, I look back at the past 5 months (can you believe it’s already May?) and I’m often surprised at where I am now. There is a lot I’ve enjoyed and there is even more I am grateful for: I have met new, amazing people; I have explored and strengthened some unbelievable, existing friendships; I have learned so much about myself and my goals at my current job; I have had the freedom to explore my passion and interests- and now it is time to begin a new chapter as I move back to New York.

Sometimes when you strip away the gilded details, you realize what is worthy of appreciation. It took me 3 and a half years to discover the beauty of Chicago, and to see the people who really mattered, and to do the things I wanted to do – yes, overwhelming, but I needed this.

On this note, I present to you a song by English Singer-Songwriter Ben Howard – ‘Only Love’ from his album ‘Every Kingdom’. The single was released May 4. It is a simple song – conveying a simple message with simple words and, well, a simple melody. Perhaps you can fill in the gaps with thoughts of your own memories and images from past, present, or future relationships. For me, this track resonates with my sentiments at this moment – life doesn’t have to be filled with unnecessary complications. Allow yourself to embrace a dose of the primal and the quiet once in awhile.

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It’s here! Kelly Clarkson’s new music video for her latest single ‘Dark Side’ to be released June 5, 2012. I am crazy about this song (and the album and Kelly Clarkson for that matter) – her vocals are slamming, it’s catchy, and it’s a mid-tempo ballad. Done deal for me. There’s no story line in this video, just clips of Kelly singing interspersed with clips of people going through difficult times. And at the end of the video, she hugs all these people (I want a hug from Kelly Clarkson!). It’s a fitting video, one that isn’t over the top or dramatic. Also – how good does Kelly look?

So, without further ado, here it is. What do you guys think? Leave a comment!

Yes. Apparently when she’s not killing zombies, she sings too…and hey her voice is pretty nice. She debuted the song at the 2012 Life Ball AIDS charity event (video’s on youtube). It’s a cool electro track, doesn’t try to be anything bigger than what it is, which I appreciate. It has a cool vibe. Think male fragrance ad.

For those of you who still watch Idol (I do not), he appeared and performed his latest single ‘The Last Song I’ll Write For You’. I’ve always thought that he’s had a really great voice, so curiosity led me to Youtube. The song song is all right. But, it isn’t terribly memorable: It wants to go somewhere, but doesn’t build enough momentum. Think Nickelback, but less melodramatic. What are your thoughts? Leave a comment!

I’ve been anticipating the new Snow White movie (‘Snow White & the Huntsman’, not the one with Julia Roberts). If you haven’t seen the trailer, you should check it out! If the movie is just as cool as the trailer makes it out to be, it should be a hit in the theaters. What’s more exciting is that Florence + the Machine have created a single titled ‘Breath of Life’ for the soundtrack. Apparently inspired by Charlize Theron’s character in the movie, the song is epic and ceremonial sounding, complete with orchestra and Gothic sound effects. So check it out, and leave your thoughts below!

Cheryl!!! I was so excited to see this video….and it kind of lived up to my expectations. She looks AMAZING and I love that it was filmed at the same place as Grease. The mirror scenes are awesome and she has a great energy when she dances. But I really wish she had a different choreographer – this song has so much more potential than just doing the shuffle in twenty different directions. I do still love the song though and I hope it helps get her more attention around the world! She seriously just oozes star quality and I’m excited to see her perform the song.

The British trio StooShe, have great vocals. Let me just get that out of the way. Their first single ‘Love Me’ featuring Travie McCoy generated some buzz in the UK. It was catchy, but the personality was perhaps a bit overdone. But their tight harmonies immediately caught my attention (Check out their acapella version of the song). In any case, their second single ‘Black Heart’, off their album ‘Swings and Roundabouts’ coming June 10th, is a really strong Motown infused ballad. I have a feeling this song will help them win new fans. It’s not overwhelming and shows a different side to the trio – one that is both classy and real. Check out the video for it below.