100* This Love

We’ve hit 100 posts about 100 songs in this blog!

And after writing about a hundred songs, all from different artists and from a wide range of music genres, times and backgrounds, I was wondering what have changed for me, in this blog but also in my life…

 

I started writing posts about music two years ago and the first song I wrote about was Wild Heart by The Vamps just after I listened to it for the first time. The beginning of that post reads:

This week one of my best friends –with the best music taste– shared with me a song from a british boyband. I felt surprised when I saw it wasn’t One Direction nor The Wanted but a not so popular band with one less singer “The Vamps”.

At the time I was fully a Directioner, previously I had been fan of all Disney artists from Miley to the Jonas Brothers. I could sing to every song in the radio as if I had studied the lyrics before, actually, and the people who know me won’t let me lie about this, I could sing to almost every song including Guns and Roses, Bon Jovi or Bryan Adams (all time favs). Well, I still do…

However by the end of that post I also mentioned something about road trips, friends and running away… Luckily for me I’ve made lots of road trips with friends already and in some way I’m always on the run. But also, two years later, The Vamps has turned out to be one of my favorite bands ever; I love their covers, video blogs, new album and, simply, I love them!

While realizing that I didn’t know anything about them before I wrote that post and the fact that I didn’t imagined I would become so obsessed with their sound after I published it, I’ve realized that life resembles a lot to music in the way that at first we are all strangers but you never now who might end up being your boyfriend, your best friend or even your hero.

This love for music unites. For me, it’s fascinating to see the way music brings together a variety of people that otherwise would hardly meet. For instance, take concerts: kids, teenagers, young adults, ADULTS and everyone there is enjoying the same moment together and singing along to the power of music regardless of their differences!

Ultimately that’s what I love about music; it’s an experience that’s better if shared because it connects you with those you have around and also the ones who are far away and at times even with those who have long left…

Weird thing is that I started this part of my blog by writing about some random band I didn’t know and today I’m celebrating with this classic band I’ve always adore. I guess, it’s just the habit; to always come back home. But if there’s something else I’ve learned through this blog-experience is that even though first impressions matter, you can always take a second look at the situation/person/song because at the end, changing your mind isn’t as bad as it may seem. And sometimes accepting that you were wrong is just as right as being right. Did that make sense? I hope it did.

So back to the point of what has changed… Certainly lots of little things most of them for the best, some hard to forget but the vast majority glad to remember. Overall I’m happy to see that I’m still that girl who appreciates her friends, life surprises and good music taste!

And that’s the reason why I made the following video for you to enoy.😉

This month I had the opportunity to watch Maroon V playing live in Mexico City. I went to their concert with an amazing friend of mine; we sang out loud, danced a lot (as you can tell while watching the not-so-steady shots on the video #sorrynotsorry) and once again I remembered why I’m so so so in love with music, trips and experiences like this.

I also included a short tribute to one of my best friends, Fer Alemán, who saddly is no longer with us but who I remember dearly. Hoping that through out this compilation of Maroon V hits you can feel the emotion and excitement I felt while listening to such good music with someone really special.

Thanks for reading, watching and sharing the love for music always.

*The lyrics to This Love by Maroon V are on the video.

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99* The one

How do you know when a song is “The One”?

When you listen to it for the first time but still feel like you have always known the lyrics. You get butterflies in your stomach. The beautiful kind. Is love at first heard.

The strong piano chords to begin with, the ballad rhythm and the lyrics make this song from Kodaline such a wedding worthy song!

It makes me cry. For real. And I’m not even the crying-type.

Plus I just love this video so much. From beginning to end, the way the camera slides, the screen divided in two and the substance, the story, everytime love was so close and yet so far…

Tell me,
Tell me that you want me,
And I’ll be yours completely
For better or for worse.

I know,
We’ll have our disagreements,
Be fighting for no reason.
I wouldn’t change it for the world.

‘Cause I knew
The first day that I met you
I was never gonna let you,
Let you slip away.

And I
Still remember feeling nervous
Trying to find the words to
Get you here today.

You make my heart feel like it’s summer
When the rain is pouring down.
You make my whole world feel so right when it’s wrong.
That’s how I know you are the one.
(…)

Life
It’s easy to be scared of.
With you I am prepared for
What is yet to come.

‘Cause our two
Hearts will make it easy
Joining up the pieces
Together making one.

(…)

When we are together you make me feel like my mind is free and my dreams are reachable
You know I never ever believed in love,
I believed one day that you would come along
and free me

(…)

98* I am woman

A woman reminding us since 1975 that women rock.

YES, I AM WOMAN. But more over did you know that 1975 was declared the International Women’s Year by the United Nations?

And this song by the australian singer, Helen Reddy,was chosen as the official theme. #wow #fact #girlpower

Something interesting of this song is that it acknowledged that there still was a “long way to go” in female empowerment in 1975 but I wonder if that way has shorten satisfactorily over time. I’m positive it has at least in a wide range of contexts nevertheless the way to go still remains long and it’s uncertain how far do we need to keep pushing.

Surely evolution of this topic has been faster for some countries but hasn’t evolved equally in other cultures. For example, I was recently watching Sex and The City 2 and besides all the expected sex, fun and friends, the cultural differences between american and arab women are nicely exposed in this film.

Anywho I got to accept that one of my favorite scenes of the movie was watching Carrie, Samatha, Miranda and Charlotte singing “I am woman” at a karoke in Middle East… truly priceless.

But today, let’s go back to basics and enjoy the #vintage and original video of this song…

I am woman, hear me roar
In numbers too big to ignore
And I know too much to go back an’ pretend
’cause I’ve heard it all before
And I’ve been down there on the floor
No one’s ever gonna keep me down again

Oh yes I am wise
But it’s wisdom born of pain
Yes, I’ve paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to, I can do anything
I am strong (strong)
I am invincible (invincible)
I am woman

You can bend but never break me
’cause it only serves to make me
More determined to achieve my final goal
And I come back even stronger
Not a novice any longer
’cause you’ve deepened the conviction in my soul

(…)

I am woman watch me grow

See me standing toe to toe
As I spread my lovin’ arms across the land
But I’m still an embryo
With a long long way to go
Until I make my brother understand

Oh yes I am wise
But it’s wisdom born of pain
Yes, I’ve paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to I can face anything
I am strong (strong)
I am invincible (invincible)
I am woman
Oh, I am woman
I am invincible
I am strong

(…)

97* Tonight tonight

HALF TRUE: It has been a really messed up week.

And I just realized it’s saturday night!

Honestly this week wasn’t “seven days of bitter” like others might have been before. Actually I had an amazing experience… anyhow  I’m sooo tired and I spent my friday studying and at an afternoon extra-course at Uni. Later on I had dinner with some friends but went to bed early and everything else was going on as I explained on my last post… but NOT tonight. Oh no. Hell no.

I may not going to party hard but I’m going to party. And while I party I’m going to leave you here enjoying your night to the rhythm of #cool music…

BTW after listening to Hot Chelle Rae just one question remains unsolved… Where are they now?!

It’s been a really really messed up week

Seven days of torture, seven days of bitter
And my girlfriend went and cheated on me
She’s a California dime but it’s time for me to quit her

La la la, whatever, la la la, it doesn’t matter, la la la, oh, well, la la la

We’re going at it tonight tonight
There’s a party on the rooftop top of the world
Tonight tonight and we’re dancing on the edge of the Hollywood sign
I don’t know if I’ll make it but watch how good I’ll fake it
It’s all right, all right, tonight, tonight

I woke up with a strange tattoo
Not sure how I got it, not a dollar in my pocket
And it kinda looks just like you
Mixed with Zach Galifianakis (Huh!)

(…)

You got me singing like, whoa,
Come on, oh,
It doesn’t matter, whoa,
Everybody now, oh

Just don’t stop let’s keep the beat pumpin’
Keep the beat up, let’s drop the beat down
It’s my party dance if I want to
We can get crazy let it all out

(…)

It’s you and me and we’re running this town
And it’s me and you and we’re shaking the ground
And ain’t nobody gonna tell us to go cause this is our show

Everybody, whoa,
Come on, oh,
All you animals, whoa,
Let me hear you now, oh

(…)

Just singing like, whoa,
Come on, oh,
All you party people, whoa,
All you singletons, oh
Even the white kids

 

(…)

Dang it, they were hot.

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But not in the photo below, of course! WHAT THE Hot Chelle Rae…!?

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96* Hotline Bling

Sunday is my new Saturday.

Could it be possible? Am I entering a new stage of my life in which my “social day” has changed? Am I a grown up now!?

Yeah, I didn’t think so either. Problem is I’m having classes on saturdays so if you’ve ever been on my place, probably you’ll pretty much agree that it messes up the natural week-cycle in which you are ready to party by saturday because now instead I have to sleep early on fridays so I can get up earlier on saturdays and then be way too tired that night to go out so rather stay home until I somehow regain energy -too late- on sundays…

All this previous rambling about my weekends has a point: It was exactly what I was -saddly- thinking about this sunday night while I was driving to hangout with a friend when suddenly a mysterious yet juvenil tune came on the radio.

Now guess the song😉

Yes, you’re right!

Totally!

It was Drake’s Hotline Bling!

 

LOL I just have such a good time listening, writing or talking about this song. It really improves my mood and has the power to turn a lazy sunday night into the beginning of a fun adventure…

And is not that the original official music video isn’t funny enough but I found something funnier (if possible) and you might be surprised that it has to do with marketing efforts but honestly T-mobile just pushed the joke further! LOOK:

This is gonna mark our generation. Life changing music, I’m telling ya!

Going back to the original music video… I know it’s weird with the box, the moves, the chicks, it’s all just so confusing and though its astethic might be clear it’s questionable… but I can’t deny that I actually liked the beginning and the end of the vid with the old-style girls wearing high wasted jeans and pale pink t-shirts but I guess we can agree that their poses throughout this music video and the rest of girls’ appareances wouldn’t be that much appealing to feminists to say the least.

Anyhow if you ever want to feel better about your -possibly non-existent- dancing talent… let’s watch Drake’s dance moves which demonstrate that anybody can dance anyway!

 

You used to call me on my
You used to, you used to
Yeah

You used to call me on my cell phone
Late night when you need my love
Call me on my cell phone
Late night when you need my love
And I know when that hotline bling
That can only mean one thing
I know when that hotline bling
That can only mean one thing

Ever since I left the city,
You got a reputation for yourself now
Everybody knows and I feel left out
Girl you got me down, you got me stressed out
‘Cause ever since I left the city,
you started wearing less and goin’ out more
Glasses of champagne out on the dance floor
Hangin’ with some girls I’ve never seen before

(…)

Ever since I left the city, you, you, you
You and me we just don’t get along
You make me feel like I did you wrong
Going places where you don’t belong
Ever since I left the city,
you, you got exactly what you asked for
Running out of pages in your passport
Hanging with some girls I’ve never seen before

(…)

These days, all I do is
Wonder if you bendin’ over backwards for someone else
Wonder if you’re rollin’ up a backwoods for someone else
Doing things I taught you, gettin’ nasty for someone else
You don’t need no one else
You don’t need nobody else, no
Why you never alone
Why you always touching road
Used to always stay at home, be a good girl
You was in a zone, yeah
You should just be yourself
Right now, you’re someone else

(…)