Music Obsessions – January 2019

Music Obsessions 2019

2019 is here! A new background for the banner of this segment as well. I think it matches well for it and adds a little change. I shared a lot of music last month for Christmas and for normal stuff. We are continuing on now into January. I’m going to be honest that my listening habits haven’t really changed much. I’m still very much into the An Oriental Odyssey soundtrack with a few other songs that I’ve found here and there.

Aside from that, I posted on Instagram that I did cleaning and dug out all my music albums and found all my Nicholas Tse albums, which is quite numerous so I’ve been going through the albums again. I’ll share some of the music for next Music Obsessions.

Its a more balanced mix this time around between Chinese music and other stuff. Let’s check it out!

有點甜 – 汪蘇瀧

I first heard this song in Love O2O and its a catchy and cute song. It reminded me a lot of this year’s Learn to Meow that I had shared a few months ago. This one might actually be a little more cute especially since the lyrics are very sweet. Match the title of the song which translates to “A Little Sweet”.

叹相思-阿兰
(An Oriental Odyssey Ending Theme)

I’m still getting over An Oriental Odyssey ending and slowly rewatching it but then I’m focusing my efforts on a lot of backlog thats been so long that I need to rewatch to be able to write about. However, its soundtrack is just so fantastic that I keep listening to it. My last two weeks have been a true obsession with listening to the ending theme (as well as the opening theme since I love that one the most and shared it last month). It has a very oriental feeling with some traditional music bits to it.

Wait Another Day – Mike Williams x Mesto

Mike Williams has been fire this year. He has dropped a lot of music that I’ve liked a lot in 2018. Most of them end up in my faves. I liked it before but I feel like he is really finding his space and getting better at making some very coherent music, at least matches my tastes in electronic music.

No.23 Paris 巴黎23号 – Yoja Jiang 蒋瑶佳

One of the guests that landed on The Inn, which I’m currently watching was Yoja Jiang who talked about her struggles as a musician. Because of that I started looking up her music and found this single. I love her style of music and the way she sings. It is unique to her and I guess that is why it might be harder to yield a fanbase. Either way, this one has been playing on repeat for a while. I like the rhythm and the lyrics quite a bit.

Don’t Sleep – Chromeo (feat. French Montana & Stefflon Don)

Its been a while since I’ve listened to Chromeo. They had some huge hits and then kind of fell of my map at least for a while. I’m not sure how I found this one, maybe through looking at other music or listening to their previous hit on the radio or something and went looking for some new stuff. Chromeo has a very unique style, a little nostalgic and slightly funky. I like this one quite a bit.

That’s it for January 2019 Music Obsessions!
What have you been listening to?

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Christmas 2018: Music Obsessions Special

Christmas is just around the corner! I promised you all a Christmas Special. After searching up a little bit of some new covers of songs, these have been my faves! Hope you enjoy it!

Rockin’ Around the Christmas – Pentatonix

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Peter Hollens feat. The Hound + The Fox

Where Are You, Christmas? – Pentatonix

This Christmas – VoicePlay

And for a little random fun…

I’m keeping things short and sweet for this post. Its all about Christmas and holidays and the joy from it all!

What Christmas songs have you been listening to?

Music Obsessions – December 2018

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A bit of a change this December. While I usually have this month’s Music Obsessions completely dedicated to holiday music but I decided to do a separate post for it closer to Christmas since I have some other stuff I’ve been listening to. So here we are!

Like a Boss – KURA

We’re back to some more hardcore music than the last two months. KURA’s latest track is absolutely catchy and I’m loving it so much.

謝霆鋒 Nicholas Tse – 青空 Clear Sky

I’ve been a fan of Nicholas Tse’s since a long time. While he hasn’t been doing much in the past few years, its nice to see that the past year or so, he has been getting back to his roots and making some really meaningful stuff. This song gives tribute to Hong Kong. Its absolutely fantastic.

Pin Zhou 周品 – Angels & Demons 天使與惡魔

All Out of Love has ended as this post goes up. A little near the end was when we started looking back at another plot line and that is when this song showed up. I honestly think its a great song on how its performed and the lyrics and just everything about it.

一笑傾城 – Love O2O Main Theme

Netflix just picked up Love O2O, which is a 2016 Chinese TV series which I binged in the most epic way. Its fun and awesome and sweet and just all the best adjectives I have of it. With that said, the soundtrack is also fantastic. This one is awesome and is sung by a few of the supporting actors and its so fun and matches the TV series tone so much.

Tangled Love – Theway Zhang [An Oriental Odyssey Opening Theme]

Hands down my obsession for the second half of November in terms of TV series. I usually avoid TV series set in ancient China unless it has some historical drama value because those ones done by China is really good and mostly accurate, except for a few dramatization. However, this one is based on a fantasy novel. As you all know by now, my TV series are chosen based on some kind of link of the previous TV series that I watched so I started to watch this because its main lead (who I never thought was the main lead since his parts are fairly sparse) Yecheng Zheng that I liked in Love O2O as a supporting role is here. Its pretty lighthearted and quirky for the most part.

This wraps up this month’s Music Obsessions!
Before we hit 2019, look out for the music obsessions special for Christmas Music soon-ish!

Music Obsessions – September 2018

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Another month has gone by in 2018! Time for the monthly dose of music obsessions! A lot of random spontaneity this time around!

Lie A Little Better – Lucy Hale

If you did catch up with my last What’s Up episode, I talked about revisiting Pretty Little Liars. Which isn’t weird because as I was putting together posts and searching up some names and whatnot for Pretty Little Liars, I came across an article about Lucy Hale talking about how she wrote this song with Drew Van Acker on her mind which for those who don’t know plays a role in Pretty Little Liars and is a gorgeous guy who she has some romance/connection with and well, I personally ship them super hard. Either way, since I hadn’t heard this song or any of Lucy Hale’s songs, I decided to give it a go. Its not the best country music I’ve heard but I think its a cute and fun one. Its growing on me quite a bit.

Dear God – Hunter Hayes

I’m a huge fan of Hunter Hayes and its been a few years since he’s had music (or so it would seem for myself) but this year has seen him popping up again. I love the lyrics and the rhythm of this song as a whole. Really good stuff!

Spark – F.I.R.

If you follow me the Facebook page (you can check it out here), I wrote an extensive post about this one. The Outsiders was a breakout hit for Taiwanese TV series like maybe 10+ years ago and saw the rising of some big Taiwanese stars who went on to make some other movies and progress in their career paths with Blue Lan (I reviewed Easy Fortune Happy Life series HERE) and Dylan Kuo for starters and then also gave the rising of this 3 person rock band called F.I.R. They are honestly the real deal with great vocals and amazing composition talent for all their songs. Unfortunately, it almost felt like their fame came as quick as it left sadly. But now, its nice to see a revival of sorts for The Outsiders in movie form  and they got back F.I.R. to do the main theme song called Spark. I love it so much and have to find some way to see this movie eventually!

我在呢 (I’m Here) – Tank

A complete coincidence that we land on back to back songs for TV series. I’ve actually never heard of this one (as I don’t follow it as much as I did when I was in CEGEP (our 2 years between high school and university)). Tank doesn’t seem to make so much music anymore but I’ve always loved his stuff so I love the fact that this one is a slower, more romantic song and I still like it a lot. Reason being, I’m usually more captivated by his faster songs.

Rumors – R3HAB & Sofia Carson

Freshly released selection right here! Rumors was released this week. If you’ve been following this segment, you know that I love R3HAB. He is a great DJ producer or whatever you call it. It took a little moment to get used to Sofia Carson’s vocals here however, it kind of grew on me as the beat and rhythm went along and it just jived together awesomely.

Tribute to my Dad
Classic Cantonese Pop

80s Canto Pop is really awesome. Well, look past the really cheesy music videos, they still hold so much beauty in both the music and lyrics together. Lisa Wang is a significant pillar in the Hong Kong landscape and she’s done some great music. This is honestly just an example. Either way, if my dad was alive, he’d be celebrating his birthday tomorrow and while I’ve dialed back on getting these posts too personal, I’ve been thinking about things a lot and really wanted to share one of the many 80s classic songs that we used to listen to on car rides and that I still love to listen to and sing to every once in a while. I mean, I could’ve used Cantonese Opera but I’m sparing everyone a long video and their eardrums especially if you aren’t accustomed to it.

That’s it for this Music Obsessions!
What have you been listening to (preferably on repeat)?

Music Obsessions – July 2018

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Its time for the next Music Obsessions!

This month has been a hot hot month in the music department. I found lots of great music but here are the top selections!

Lose It – Kane Brown

I think the past year’s most surprising and spontaneous find is Kane Brown. This guy has this uniquely deep voice and then delivers these really cool songs. Lose It is honestly one of my favorite. Its lighthearted and fun. Sometimes, country music is what pairs up well with the summer season and this one definitely makes me all warm and fuzzy.

Don’t Let Me Forget – Catherine McGrath feat Hunter Hayes

I love Hunter Hayes. I’ve probably talked about it before. This duet is quite good. There’s some beautiful lyrics and music. Both of their voices work together really well also. It took a while to warm up to the song but now, I feel so fantastic whenever I hear it go on on my playlist.

Polar – Curbi

Nothing rings in summer quite like electronic music. My absolute fave in a really long time is this one. I’ve never heard of Curbi before so it was just a random song I was checking out on Spinnin’ Records and what a pleasant surprise. Its energizing and mechanical and its exactly the style that I love.

Unlovely – Jason Mraz

I’ve loved Jason Mraz for a long time. His music is so upbeat and fun and just simply positive. Its what I love to listen to a lot in the summer (and all the time) because its so carefree. And Unlonely seriously gives me some of the vibes from his earlier music that had that really fun vibe like I’m Yours, for example.

The Other Side – Ruelle

Hurricane – Fleurie

Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments TV series is kind of ruling my life of late. I’m all behind the #SaveShadowhunters thing and I feel bad that I never actually watched it when it was airing episode by episode but then I also don’t have TV so I’m not sure how much the Netflix factors in. Either way, with that said, other than a ton of stuff that I love about it and I’ll talk about it in an upcoming TV Binge soon. I can literally run TV Binge posts for 2 weeks straight right now with all the backlog. Anyways, the soundtrack for Shadowhunters is really awesome. I almost did a full Music Obsessions special just for it (might still happen) but for now, lets start with these two songs.

That’s it for this Music Obsessions!
What have you been listening to?

Music Obsessions – May 2018

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I can’t believe that the weekend is about to end. And then it hit me that I actually never posted up this post…well..actually it was never finished. So, that’s a problem..haha! Either way, here we go! Better late than never, right? I have been still going through somewhat of a nostalgic phase but I have also found some cool new music particularly from TV show soundtrack and movie. I’ll talk more about it in the descriptions below the songs.

Hope you enjoy!

Duelling Pianos: Why I’m Talking to You/Till You’re Gone – Jon McLaughlin feat Gabe Dixon

I love Jon McLaughlin ever since I heard ‘So Close’ from Enchanted and he’s always been on my radar. This popped up on my feed the other day from his Duelling Pianos series and I love this mash-up so much with Gabe Dixon as they sing each other’s song, ‘Till You’re Gone’ and ‘Why I’m Talking To You’. Its a ton of fun. Plus, I do play the piano and since I played mostly classical stuff, I’m less fluent in these groovy bluesy style of free-style piano. Habits are quite hard to break but these songs always give me something to motivate me to spend more time trying to get to a place where I’m comfortable with playing songs like this.

Killing Strangers – Marilyn Manson feat Tyler Bates (John Wick Soundtrack)

My husband was making lots of comments about how many times I played this song after I saw John Wick. Either way, its a fantastic song. It has a ton of mood and matches the movie so well. The song is great but its also nice to remind me of how great John Wick is.

Sweetest Life – KWAYE

So..if you didn’t know, I binge-watched the Netflix Original series On My Block about 3 times and one of the opening of the episodes was with this song by KWAYE called Sweetest Life. There is so much I love about that series and I’m so happy that they got green-lit for a second season. Can’t wait! In the mean time, I’ll probably binge-watch it again sometime in the next few months and listen to this really fun song. Actually, the soundtrack for the entire season is great so check it out if you have time!

You Are The Reason – Calum Scott

A very slow song compared to the other choices but I love the lyrics of it and Calum Scott has a beautiful voice. I actually hadn’t listened to the radio for months and then turned it on right when they switched to this song. Its quite full of emotion, which is a good thing.

Smart – Tension

Its been kind of weird because I’ve been seeing ‘NSync pop up on Ellen lately after a few weeks of listening to a few of their music and then some Backstreet Boys medley and other 90s music stuff. It kind of lead me to thinking about some Taiwanese boy bands and then landed on Tension, which was like the 2000s version of Backstreet Boys/’NSync. The similarities of their music videos at least in the vibe of it all kind of gave them an edge. Plus Taiwan went through a phase of having these kinds of boy bands with Energy, 5566, F4 and eventually, Fahrenheit (which are ones I liked). Unfortunately, Tension disbanded when their contract ended due to not agreeing to what they were outlined for the future of their group and limited them creatively (according to some research). Actually, the fun fact here is that the group member, Jimmy Hung is actually one of the sons of Sammo Hung.

Coffee Please – Jay Hardway

What kind of music obsessions would it be without some electronic music, right? Jay Hardway honestly has never disappointed me with any of this music.  I discovered him through Electric Elephants which I think is still my favorite of his but this one is pretty good as well. Great beats in general and gets me into a great mood and energy!

That’s it for this month’s Music Obsessions!
What have you been listening to lately?

Music Obsessions – February 2018

Its February and right in time for the Valentine’s special! So we’re going to do some romantic songs here. Honestly, my past month has been quite reminescent in catching up with Hong Kong pop music from singers that I’ve listened to before. I’ll have some other fun stuff as usual 🙂

Let’s go!

This Girl – Hunter Hayes 

Fun and energetic is what I love about Hunter Hayes’ songs. His love songs are always so positive and its really a nice and happy time to listen to.

真命天子 The One – Sammi Cheng

One of my ultimate favorite singers is Sammi Cheng. To me, she’s quite the queen of 90’s Hong Kong pop music. She is fantastic and within her tons of songs, I remember really love this one because of how happy it is especially when it was the theme of a 20 episode Hong Kong TV series that I really enjoyed a lot. She sings about the feelings of meeting and being with “the one”. I love how she uses heartbeat sounds to start the song.

你的男人 Your Man -Andy Hui

Quite the coincidence that I’ve always recently been listening to Andy Hui and catching up with his music. He also happens to be Sammi Cheng’s husband and their careers started in the 90’s at about the same time and their love story is quite something as they were together for a long time, broke up and then went back together and are married since a few years back. However, this song actually starts at around the 1:30 point as the story here is about a man growing out of his bad habits to be his girlfriend’s man and be able to save up to propose and get married debt-free. Andy Hui sings really  nice love songs and I’ve always been a fan.

最後最後 Last Dance -Fiona Sit

Probably the song that I’ve been listening the most on repeat in this month’s selection and one that is somewhat of a bittersweet story told by this music video about the song Last Dance. I can’t say that Fiona Sit is my favorite singer because she never had this very impressive vocal talents but her music is very catchy especially when one of her breakout songs translated is called Letter to Keanu Reeves and its incredibly cute. I’ve been reminiscing and listening to that one when I saw this song pop up in the recommended and its a newer song but her vocals are really quite good now and the song here is beautiful about the last dance of a couple that broke up over a stupid argument and the guy comes back after a few years for a last dance before he leaves to go back home.

手望 – Hins Cheung & Ivana Wong 

I’ve been a fan of Hins Cheung since the release of his first album. I can’t believe how long its been since he’s been in the business. Time sure does fly by. Before I stopped listening to Cantopop for a while, one of the last songs I listened to a lot was this duet between him and Ivana Wong (who is vouched by Jacky Cheung, who happens to be a king of the industry in 90’s and is one of the best singers ever in my opinion). This song is quite romantic. Unfortunately, there is a pun element to the title so I’m not exactly sure how to translate it. However, their vocals and the tune is just so awesome.

For the additional fun bit:

Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir – Free Dance ‘Moulin Rouge’ Canadian Skating Nationals 2018

I used to watch the Figure Skating Nationals and Olympics and everything all the time with my dad. After he passed, I actually stopped for whatever reason. I saw a post on this on Facebook the other day. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are amazing and got a perfect score for this routine. You could feel the beauty in their dance and coordination and it did feel like they were so in sync. It helps that they chose one of my favorite soundtracks, Moulin Rouge, which I listen to all the time.

That’s it for this February special Romantic Music Obsessions!
What have you been listening to?