30DSC Day 29: Song I would recommend to everyone

Hey guys!

Slightly recharged, but not really ’cause it’s late at night. I actually wanted to write this post earlier but I realised I had no idea what to put for today’s post. What would I recommend to others? Honestly, it would entirely depend on who they are. I would recommend different songs depending on the person.

But I guess the kind of songs I like to share – and I love to share songs – are ones that put well-known singers in a different light, i.e. ones that really showcase how amazing they are. So, I guess today that’s what I’m going to do. Prepare to look at them in a new perspective …

“Riptide” by Vance Joy covered by Taylor Swift

“In Case” by Demi Lovato

“Pretty Hurts” by Beyonce covered by Jacquie Lee

So, we’re reaching the end of this challenge. Tomorrow’s the last song and I’ll be sharing with you my absolute favourite. Well … do check out Rhey of Sunshine. And I’ll see you tomorrow.

Till then,

cumuloq <3

30DSC Day 28: Favourite song to dance to

Hey guys …

Okay, I’m absolutely exhausted right now. And just done with this week. So let me just share with you my favourite song to dance to and just end it here.

“Here (In Your Arms)” by Hellogoodbye

Okay, I need sleep. Goodnight, guys. Go check out Rhey of Sunshine’s blog for more stimulating commentary.

Zzz

Cumuloq <3

30DSC Day 27: Favourite pick-me-up song

Hello everyone,

So today’s challenge is all about my favourite pick-me-up song. To be honest, I really don’t turn to music lately to ‘pick-me-up’, which is quite harrowing considering that music was my go-to when I was a teenager whenever I felt really alone in the world. It is even more disconcerting considering that I was in choir for two years of my life in which singing with my friends was one thing that just kept me going in life – yes, my own glee club. So you should expect that I knew all the songs that made me feel instantly better. But that’s just not the case. Nowadays whenever I need to de-stress and snub my baking insecurities I usually just turn to Let’s Plays on Youtube or watch another video of the Sacconejolys where Emilia tries to avoid naptime or a bath again.

Because of all these reasons, it was pretty trying to select a song that would pick-me-up in today’s context. What song would be equivalent to a shot of serotonin from seeing another Town of Salem video from ChilledChaos or ZeRoyalViking in my subscription feed? Or skyrocket me to cloud nine as much as a McDonald’s McFlurry delivery straight to my house at 11pm on a Friday night (maybe with a side of nuggets and fries)?

Well, I guess these four songs could probably do the trick …

“I Wanna Get Better” by Against the Current and The Ready Set (originally by The Bleachers)

I really like the original, but I love this cover. And it really does make me feel better listening to it. Maybe because of the repetition of the refrain “I wanna get better”. Even though the actual lyrics and the content, if you scrutinise them, is actually really depressing, it just has a catchy beat that overrides it. Plus, the realism kind of makes you feel okay about listening to it when you’re sad. You can be angry but this song makes you want to “get better”.

“Good Time” by Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City

This song genuinely just puts me in a carefree mood. It makes me think of Friday nights, having nothing more to worry about, sleeping late or sleeping too much and waking up the next morning not caring about anything. Plus, so many Youtubers have either covered this song or lipsynched in it and I honestly have never seen them look happier singing any other song than this. It just has the feel good vibes!

“Brave” by Sara Bareilles

I feel like if anyone I know is feeling down, this is probably the song that I’ll send them immediately. The video itself is all about self-expression and courage, something that sadly individuals in today’s world sometimes feel they’re not entitled to. To which I quote …

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”

― J.K. Rowling

“Top of the World” by The Carpenters

Yup, an absolutely corny and somewhat contrived song. But you have to admit that if you just lose yourself to the melody and sing along you’re just going to instantly feel ridiculously better – how? Carpenters, how? 

So, thank you for reading today’s post if you made it all the way through! Thank you honestly for just making it through the challenge, whether you were considering your own songs along the way, or you just came to check out what songs I’d put down. The last three songs are on their way. If you can’t wait for them, and want to check out some more song, go over to Rhey of Sunshine’s blog as she’s accomplishing the challenge alongside me.

I’ll catch you tomorrow for my favourite song to dance to – which is difficult cause I don’t dance. :)

Till then!

cumuloq <3

30DSC Day 26: Favourite sad song

Hey everyone,

I should be asleep now. I really should, writing this. But I felt this was the perfect time to write this post. Because I am so nervous and I am so worried and I am so openly terrified and I am so absolutely not brave. And I feel like all I can occupy myself with is writing and doing something and – not sleeping. Which I know I will regret when I wake up come tomorrow.

So, my favourite sad song. When I am feeling sad, whether it be about not being understood – which happens a lot, me being misunderstood, or whether I feel distant, or whether it be the time of the month, there is one song that I turn to that seems like sanctuary to me.

“All Too Well” by Taylor Swift

This is the kind of song which starts off sympathising with you. It starts off saying that they are in the wrong and that you are better off and it lets you wallow in your pain. Yes, you knew all too well that this would happen. That you were trying to be strong but now you’re just broken down and hurt and if you want to cry you can and if you want to curl into a ball and hide in a corner, that’s okay.

But it’s also the kind of song that doesn’t let you stay at that point of wallowing. It makes you sing along, out loud – or in your head. And you forgive yourself and you forgive them and you realise how stupid it is and you realise that to be strong and be a better person you don’t shrink away but you reconcile and work through your pain.

And these are the verses where the volta is present, when I realise that self-loathing or hating or depression is just not worth it. And that things that happen are experiences meant for learning and that you can’t self-destruct cause everything about who you are and what you do and who you care about is “rare” and you need to hold onto that belief:

Hey, you call me up again just to break me like a promise.
So casually cruel in the name of being honest.
I’m a crumpled up piece of paper lying here
‘Cause I remember it all, all, all… too well.

Time won’t fly, it’s like I’m paralyzed by it
I’d like to be my old self again, but I’m still trying to find it
After plaid shirt days and nights when you made me your own
Now you mail back my things and I walk home alone

But you keep my old scarf from that very first week
‘Cause it reminds you of innocence and it smells like me
You can’t get rid of it ’cause you remember it all too well, yeah

‘Cause there we are again, when I loved you so
Back before you lost the one real thing you’ve ever known
It was rare, I was there, I remember it all too well

I also love the fact that it is a pretty long song. It’s five and a half minutes long. And everything can change after five and a half minutes, and if it doesn’t, then you rinse and repeat until everything becomes clean again.

So yep, that’s my sad song. Go check out Rhey of Sunshine’s blog for her sad song and I will catch you tomorrow for a pick-me-up song. If you’re feeling way too sad and the song I just shared just makes you sadder, come back tomorrow for a pick-me-up. :)

Till then!

cumuloq <3

30DSC Day 25: Favourite foreign language song

Hi everyone!

So we’re in the last few days of the 30 Day Song Challenge and I really hope that you have enjoyed it so far – me taking you on my music journey. It’s really been a long trek, riddled with ignominy. Today’s challenge really does push the geographical boundaries of my musical tastes. Thankfully I had a phase in which I was absolutely in love with this Canadian singer, Cœur de pirate or Béatrice Martin.

I think I’ve actually shared her songs before on this blog or in my previous outdated blog.

My favourite foreign language song comes from them …

“Comme Des Enfants”

Honestly, I love lyrics in French. I don’t know why. I feel like I’ve heard too much of the same monotonous lyrics in love songs in English again and again that French is suddenly refreshing.

Alors tu vois, comme tout se mêle
Et du cœur à tes lèvres, je deviens ton casse-tête
Ton rire me crie, de te lâcher
Avant de perdre prise, et d’abandonner
Car je ne t’en demanderai jamais autant
Déjà que tu me traites, comme un grand enfant
Et nous n’avons plus rien, à risquer
À part nos vies qu’on laisse de coté

Roughly translated to …

So you see, as everything gets mixed
And from the heart to your lips, I become your puzzle
Your laughing screams I should let you go
Before losing grip and giving up
’cause I will never ask that much of you
You already treat me like a big child
And we don’t have anything left to risk
Apart from our lives we leave beside

Plus, Béatrice’s voice is just heaven, especially when it’s just her singing with her piano, and I feel like even though she is singing in French I can feel the emotions she’s trying to communicate. And now I feel like I’m hijacking this post with my favourite foreign singer rather than foreign song. But you just listen to her singing, Francis (embedding disabled) and you can just hear how wonderfully melodic her voice is.

Another French song I want to share, that comes from a beautifully crafted movie, Jack et la mécanique du coeur (Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart), is “Flamme À Lunettes” (Flame With Glasses) by Dionysos (again embedding disabled).

The English version goes like this … and you can already see how much more poetic these lyrics appear to me than Disney songs.

Acacia: My vision’s not quite right
but glasses make me look a sight
Enough to give the world a fright
Like a sprite
Wearing specs

Jack: oh, fiery little sprite
Conflagration in the night
Don’t play games with your sights
If it leaves you in the dark

Acacia: I prefer life all a blur
I forget to wear my glasses
When I sing or share caresses
It feels good to close my eyes

So, there, I’ve shared my unpublished love for French songs. I think my second favourite foreign language for songs is possibly Japanese. Again, it’s because of how gorgeous it sounds.

Lastly, do check out Rhey of Sunshine’s blog for her favourite foreign language song. I’m sure she’ll have some lovely other language to introduce you to! And I’ll catch you tomorrow for my favourite sad song.

Till next time,

cumuloq <3

30DSC Day 24: Favourite funny song

Hi everyone!

Now we get to that time when it’s so awkward for me to start an introduction because I’ve been doing so many I have nothing to say but to bring factual awareness of how awkward it is. But, hey, at least I didn’t do anything contrived like blatantly state what this challenge is about, right? And at this point I’m thinking I still should …

So, for those who haven’t been following, this is the 30 Day Song Challenge. DSC stands for Day Song Challenge. And we’re at day 24. ‘Cause, you know, people can’t read titles …

Today’s challenge is my favourite funny song! Yay!

My favourite funny song is …

“Why I Cry” by Ninja Sex Party

I remember when I first saw this video, it was after a whole sleuth of Ninja Sex Party and Egoraptor videos. I didn’t really expect much out of this one because the past few NSP videos were not really my cup of comedy.

This one just really got me ’cause I first saw Barry in a unicorn onesie and I found that really amusing. But then I lost it when I saw Ross (from Game Grumps) in a fawn (or should I say faun?) get-up twerking against Ninja Brian. I think that’s the icing on the cake for me.

After watching it several times there were just so many other hidden gems in this song that just kept me smiling. Some of them most people probably won’t get though, I realise now, if they’re not in the loop with Game Grumps. One of my favourite verses is:

Watch a film with me
I love boring romantic comedies
Hop in my carriage, this is like your dream
Any movie we see can be a drive-in movie
If we build up enough speed

Nothing Happens the Movie

On the screen is “Nothing Happens: The Movie” Starring Ross & Arin, which to me feels like a jab at their show “Steam Train” which fans always compare is not as good as their main videos because there’s only Ross & Arin there and some of the videos they play are considered “sub-par”. Also, Danny, who’s the singer in this video is not in it.

The other reason why I like the above lyrics is because the line “Any movie we see can be a drive-in movie / If we build up enough speed” is such a classic Danny and Arin line.

So, yeah, it’s just a video I watch when I just want to laugh – and then I’ll go on to watch my next two favourite silly comedy videos “Attitude City” and “Luigi’s Ballad“. I kind of wonder what it was like when they were storyboarding all these videos. I imagine Danny and Arin sitting down on a couch and saying “Okay, then we’ll have Ninja Brian behind me eating popcorn – but, but, get this – since he has a mask on, it just cascades down his chin!” And they’ll do their classic laughter.

Um, yeah, okay, so the truth is out. My sense of humor is that of a thirteen-year-old boy’s.

So last but not least go check out Rhey of Sunshine’s blog for her favourite funny song. It’ll probably (hopefully) be less embarrassing than mine. And I’ll catch you tomorrow for my favourite foreign language song.

Till then!

cumuloq <3

30DSC Day 23: Favourite mainstream song

Hi everyone,

So it’s only a week more of the 30 Day Song Challenge left. How time has passed! I remember I was in the middle of this, stuck on day 13 of my favourite song from a TV series, and thinking how gruelling it was. But I really felt like I’ve learnt a lot about my musical tastes through this. Once again, go check out Rhey of Sunshine’s blog for her side of the challenge. I’ve really liked some of her choices so far and am learning a lot more of what type of music she goes for.

So today is for my favourite mainstream song. I have a lot really. So this is my current favourite one that I’ve been listening to on repeat …

“Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon

The first time I listened to it was through a cover done by Devin and Kyle a la Kurt Hugo Schneider and at first I just considered it an ordinary cover of a song I’ve never heard of before. But for some reason there was something absolutely catchy about the chorus that made me replay it again – and again. And I think the next time I heard the song was on the Ellen show and then I had to look up the music video – and then I was in love. The girl they cast for it was perfect, the ridiculous dance moves and awkward moments were perfect. It was just a really really catchy song.

This band reminds me of Hellogoodbye meets Cobra Starships meets The Academy Is. And this is such a feel good song. If I could drive, I’d have it playing constantly in my stereos. Plus I can’t pass up a singer with amazing dimples. I just have to say that.

So yeah, honestly when it comes to favourite mainstream song it changes all the time. And this is my current favourite one. I don’t think I have an all-time favourite .. it would just end up being a long list of songs “during that moment”.

So I’ll catch you tomorrow for a real fun challenge.

Till then!

cumuloq <3