Tag Archives: Music

Saturday’s Song: Duffy – Syrup & Honey

Not Loving The Way You Lie

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The first time I heard Love The Way You Lie, I turned it off. It went like that for the 2nd, 3rd and probably 4th time. At first, the song was just annoying. I don’t listen to the radio unless I am in my car and I don’t use my car much.  Anytime I drove somewhere, this song was on . Fine. I’ll listen. And I did listen. I was confused. I felt weird. I didn’t know what or if they were trying to tell me something. 

Here’s what I like about it: The song gives insight into violent and abusive relationships. Awareness. It brings awareness. Kind of. There should be more. At the end of the video there should be a number for a domestic violence hotline. Or a disclaimer: domestic violence is bad! Something. Just something.

I expect this type of song from Eminem, but not from Rihanna. This isn’t because of double standards, but because he has built his career rapping about abuse, murder or harming someone (this still does not make it okay, it’s just a fact).  I know, I know, they were both in abusive relationships. They both have domestic violence street cred. Nonetheless, I expect more from Rihanna because of statements she’s made about her situation with Chris Brown. Quoting her interview with Diane Sawyer:

“When I realized that my selfish decision for love could result into some young girl getting killed, I could not be easy with that part. I couldn’t be responsible … If Chris never hit me again, who’s to say that their boyfriend won’t … kill these girls? These are young girls. I just didn’t realize how much of an impact I had on these girls until that happened. It was a wake-up call for me, big time, especially when I took myself out of the situation,” Rihanna says emotionally. A  synopsis of the interview is here.

I understand she’s in the music business to make money, BUT, given her statements on her specific situation, and the concern she expressed for her female fans, I thought there could have been a positive spin somewhere. I’m not implying that she is forever obligated to be the poster child for anti-domestic violence. However, with the rawness of this song/video, I think there was a missed opportunity. A public service announcement at the end of the video: “Call this number if you or someone you know needs help” would have sufficed for me.

What do you think?

Power Songs: The OOMPH! For Any Workout!

Popeye has spinach, Goku has senzu beans, Kanye West has his ego, and I have power songs! What are they, you ask? Power songs are songs that give the extra oomph! you need to get through your workout.

Fact: Music makes you want to move. Fact: Music makes working out more fun. Fact: Music will distract you from your heavy breathing or any other sign that lets you know you’re heart rate is 160 and your lungs are on fire.

The facts just mentioned may or may not be opinions.

Below, are five power songs and how I like to use them. Enjoy!

Twerk – Basement Jaxx

I like this song more for running or cycling than weightlifting. It’s fun, upbeat and gets the job done.

Cascada – Evacuate the Dance Floor

Love, love, love this song! It’s perfect for everything: cleaning, running, baking, bench pressing. Although this song is one of my favorite workout songs, I do not support evacuating any dance floor. Everyone should dance!

Avril Lavigne – Girlfriend

It doesn’t get more bubblegum pop than this, but the tempo in the song is perfect! This song is great for circuit training!

Disturbed – The Night

This song rocks! Really, it does. I love this song for explosive exercises or circuit training workouts!

Sleigh Bells – Run the Heart
If you’ve never heard of Sleigh Bells, consider yourself unlucky! This song is perfect for less intense exercises. I like it when I’m cycling at a low pace, warming up, stretching or as a song between sets. It’s also great for  one person spontaneous dance parties. I like the siren noise in the beginning because it resembles a fast pulse. When the bass drops, I can’t help but to dance!

Power songs aren’t just for working out. I have power songs for when I’m doing laundry, baking, relaxing, procrastinating, etc.

What are your power songs?

Saturday’s Song: Queen – Bicycle Race

Today’s first ever Saturday’s Song is Bicycle Race by Queen. I’ve yet to hear a song by Queen that I don’t like and this song is no exception. Queen is quite possibly the only band that could make a song about a bike, and make it cool! Enjoy!

2GE+HER: The Best Fake Band Ever!

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On Wednesday, this post was Freshly Pressed.  I anticipated the ending of the story and thought of the perfect anthem for that post. It turns out, what I anticipated was wrong, because unlike my ending, she got her CD back . In my version of the story, the ex-boyfriend refused to give it back, making the theme song for her post this great classic (OK , so classic in this sense of the word classic is a very  loose interpretation):

This brings me to the real topic of my post. I am officially proclaiming 2GE+HER the BEST FAKE BAND EVER!

When I was a sophomore in high school, MTV released 2GE+HER, a made-for-tv movie that spoofed boy bands such as N’SYNC, New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys, etc. I will admit, this movie absolutely ROCKED my world! I thought it was THE funniest movie I had ever seen. I remember going to basketball practice and raving to my teammates about it. I watched it as many times as MTV replayed it. Judge me not, WordPress community.  I know I’m not the only one who enjoyed it , because I have an awesome friend that didn’t enter my life until 3 years ago and she loved it as much as I did. Because I’m such a good friend, I bought her the first 2GE+HER CD for her birthday 2 years ago. I’d be a terrible friend if that was the only thing I got her, but it wasn’t.  I diverge.

Let’s face the facts here people. The movie was quite possibly, indefinitely, without a doubt, hands down, maybe the best parody ever. I think I just made another proclamation,  albeit an unofficial one. As one who lived through the Boy Band era, I have to say this movie was spot on. They had all the stereotypical boy band characters filled: The heart-throb, the cute one, the shy one, the bad boy and the older one (this character doubled as the older brother). Now I ask you, think back to all the boy bands that you listened to and I guarantee there is a person to fill that role.

The movie and spin-off series was great.  The music was catchy and cheesy and I daresay good. Good as in, could it be played on your local top 40 station? I think so! Dancing? Check! Stereotypical boy band characters? You betcha! The stamp of my approval? Two stamps of my approval!! Thus, BEST FAKE BAND EVER!!!

You may disagree, but I will doubt you as a person if you do. Just kidding. Maybe. If you disagree with my proclamation: 2GE+HER is the BEST FAKE BAND EVER, than which fake band gets your stamp of approval? Inquiring minds would love to know 🙂

I’ll leave you with a music video to feast your eyes and ears upon.