Music Obsessions [August 2017]

Music Obsessions

And we’re in August!

I survived the incredibly crazy July and while I was out a lot and took a lot of other stuff a little easier on the blog (as you might have realized), I was doing quite a bit of stuff on the side and really having fun discovering new stuff. One of those main things is finding a Chinese singing show called Come Sing With Me where fans can interact with specific stars each week chosen by the show online, like live online karaoke and then the best ones are chosen to go to the show and then selected 3 or 4 are chosen to sing on stage with that artist and then eventually the artist will choose one fan to do a duet with. That is amazing, isn’t it? What I love most is that I can find all the episodes on Youtube so I’ve been catching up on it. While I’m not familiar with mainland China artists for the most part, they do invite Hong Kong and Taiwan singers and those were like a trip back in time to when music was almost the most important part of my life and it got me through some tough(ish) times. This show also introduced me to some cool songs and artists and a part of it will be snippets from that as well as other songs.

Let’s get started!

Kepler – Stefanie Sun

Stefanie Sun is a singer that I love singing to. A lot of her songs were my fave whenever I go to karaoke. It just connects on so many levels. This is a newer one and I’m glad that the song had a snippet that brought this to my attention. Love it!

S.O.S. – Dimash Kudaibergenov

This snippet is from a singing competition run by the same channel that airs the Come Sing With Me. This guy has a phenomenally beautiful voice. He kind of butchers the French and sings the wrong lyrics here in parts but on the Come Sing With Me show, he has improved on all of it. Regardless, I think just the way he can control his voice and the range he has is so great. I can’t wait to see what else he sings in the future. So far we’ve really only heard covers.

好心分手 (Set Me Free) – Candy Lo feat. Leehom Wang

The translation of this is Set Me Free. Now, I love Candy Lo, she’s amazing and I love the texture of her voice. Actually, this is a super cool combination of Mandarin and Cantonese together. I like fun songs like that which mix things up, plus I’m a huge fan of Leehom Wang. Yes, Leehom Wang is a singer before he was an actor. For those interested, he was in Lust, Caution and Blackhat.

Haze – Tessa Violet

I’ve been listening to Tessa Violet for a few years. She’s had some great covers and she’s been singing a lot more original songs and they’ve been all pretty good. I like this one the most so far.

妳太善良 (You’re Too Kind) – Chilam Cheung

One of the singers that I’ve loved since I was like twelve or something is Chilam Cheung. I go back to his songs every once in a while. It was actually through a video  when he was a guest on Come Sing With Me that got be back to listening so I figured that I’d share of his somewhat newer songs that I’ve enjoyed.

Come Sing With Me duet Single for Han Lei

I’ve actually only heard of this singer, Han Lei before but never heard anything until this episode. This duet he does with his fan that he chose is amazing. The fan he chose has an amazing voice and actually matches his song in this duet incredibly well. Plus, this song has beautiful lyrics. I actually had one day that I translated it to my husband. He doesn’t understand Mandarin at all but its just so romantic.

I’ve bombarded you all with enough songs!
Music has been my companion while lining up and writing up reviews the past few weeks!

What have you been listening to?

Music Obsessions [November 2016]

Music is my fuel this month. It is right now and it is going to be the biggest fuel to keep up the motivation and energy as I power through to try and get more than my daily word count to stay on top of my game. I’m hoping to have one year where its not a ridiculous sprint in the last week full of tea and stress and confusion and self-doubt about the whole story falling apart of how I envisioned it. We’re only a few days in so crossing my fingers that it’ll stay rather on course.

This month is all about any music that isn’t in English or without lyrics even if possible. I’ve been building up some inventory for sure.

Let’s check it out! 🙂

Aura -StoneOcean

Run For Cover – Cazzette

Wolves – Snavs and Fabien Mazur

CIAO – Merk & Kremont

Short but sweet this round. I have a ton of other music lined up but I’ve covered a lot of them in previous Music Obsessions. Head on previous posts and check it out. It’ll be a lot more electronic music ranging from all sorts of moods I need.

What music do you listen to to feel inspired? What music are you into now?

Music Obsessions [October 2016]

Halloween music? I’m sorry! The Halloween month here starts very soon. Announcement coming up! However, I had to get some music out of my system! This week has gone by just way too slow.

Let’s just jump right in!! 🙂

OKAY – The Piano Guys

Better When I’m Dancin’ – Meghan Trainor

Hamilton – An Acappella Medley – Peter Hollens & co.

She Wants Me Dead – CAZZETTE

AND…because its October…let’s just find the first Halloween song that comes to my mind.

MONSTER MASH

That’s it for this month’s Music Obsessions!
Have an awesome weekend! 🙂

Music Obsessions [June 2016]

This month’s Music Obsessions definitely were quite a struggle to work out.  There’s been a lot of obsessions but I think these take the front mostly because I just love how fun it is to listen to.  They make me super happy.  Some nice beats and good lyrics and fun times! Not to mention, the YouTube videos are pretty awesome (and entertaining) for most of them also.

Are you ready? Let’s check it out! 🙂

Sweet Love (Calling Out  Your Name) – Bolier

This might be one of the more unexpected choices. Sweet Love grew on me day by day. Its been on my Favorites for a while and one day, I realized that I just started loving it and then played it every evening. The video is hilarious and a little bizarre, but still, absolutely entertaining.

Evolution of Sinatra – Citizen Shade

I raved about Citizen Shade’s talent in last month’s Music Obsessions. While I do enjoy Frank Sinatra, its not my go-to music frequently.  This medley of Frank Sinatra songs by Citizen Shade is all sorts of classy. I love it so much!

Electric Elephants-Jay Hardway

We’re picking back up the pace a little with Electric Elephants. It starts up with a really energetic beat and that’s what caught me to it. I’ve returned in the last few months back to electronic music and I realized that the way it starts is what determines whether it’ll keep me listening. Its probably the most hit and miss genre so props to the DJ/producers that make this work out. There’s been some awesome finds.

Underground Bakery- CastNowski

Also a new discovery for me since the last post or two, CastNowski have had some really strong music. I like the style quite a bit. Definitely someone to look out for!

Heaven [Live Session] – Shaun Frank & KSHMR (feat. Delaney Jane)

Are you ready for my current huge obsession? I don’t like to play favorites but this one just landed two days ago on YouTube for this live session of Heaven. Delaney Jane has such a beautiful voice and then Shaun Frank on piano. I like their original mix but this live session is so great! I’m totally in love with it! 🙂

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

Music Obsessions [May 2016]

This month’s Music Obsessions is a group of really all genres of music! The last few weeks have been full of really fun music finds and it was a no-brainer to put together! It was a massive headache to put in what order though.  Every single one of them have been cycling around my head and the replay tendencies are super high! Promise me that you’ll try to get through all of them before lingering on the first one for a long time 😉

Let’s talk more music! Are you ready to check it out? 🙂

If I Ever Fall in Love – Pentatonix feat Jason Derulo

This one is the cream of the crop.  Pentatonix always does a great job on their songs but this one is collaborated with Jason Derulo and it is amazing and awesome! I have no words to say how much I love this and just often I play it over and over and over again. I just can’t stop…

But, I have to move on with this and go on to the next song!

Uncontainable – Set It Off

Stepping it up with the newest Set It Off music! Still a really fun song to listen to! I just love the style of their music.

Fearless – Matt Nash x Carta

Call me clueless but I was reading up some info on these two artists and man, I did not know that Carta is a Chinese DJ/Producer from Shanghai.  This is a joint effort Matt Nash but man, the beats are awesome in this one! I always play this when I need to get charged up to write up posts.  It hasn’t failed once this past month.  Obviously, sometimes I just get up and bust some stupid moves in my office but hey, its all in the heart of enjoying the music! Definitely looking out for more of both of their work!

Andas en Mi Cabeza – Chino y Nacho feat Daddy Yankee

We’re dialing it down just a little in intensity into a more lighthearted fun time.  Extra points to this song for not only being a great song but the video is so romantic and cute.  I swear it hit me pretty hard and I started getting all misty.  Its nice to know the romantic in me is still around.  Sometimes, I feel like I’ve lost it. 😉

Better Place – Rachel Platten

And finally to calm things down to something sweet, its the lyric video of Rachel Platten’s Better Place.   The lyrics are adorable! Love it! 🙂

The Hardest Thing -Tyler Ward

The newest selection in this Music Obsessions was just released yesterday.  I fell in love with the song RIGHT AWAY! Tyler Ward is such an great artist.  His voice and his songs are awesome! 🙂 This one has to be one of my favorite.

That’s it for this month’s Music Obsessions! 🙂
Which one do you like? What have you been listening to a lot? 

Music Obsessions: Christmas Special 2015

Christmas music floods our stores and radios and even our homes.  I know it does.  If I went to my in-laws right now, 24/7 (I exaggerate, maybe like 18/7) Christmas music.  That’s how much they love Christmas.  We love it equally, minus the hardcore music playing. Still, Youtube always has some nice covers and mash-ups and here are a few that I’ve liked a lot in the last few weeks 🙂

Joy to the World-Pentatonix

All I Want For Christmas (in minor key)-Kurt Hugo Schneider ft. Chase Holfelder

This one’s a little different.  My husband isn’t a fan but I think it has a nice eerie twist to it.  It could be that I just saw Krampus and heard it that night.  It had a good atmosphere going on.

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Straight No Chaser

 The More You Give (The More You’ll Have) – Michael Buble

Mary Did You Know? – Peter Hollens

What do you think of these song? Its quite a bit of change with a lot of a cappella covers.  I always like to add in Michael Buble.  Its been a while since I’ve heard his smooth voice.  As for Kurt Hugo Schneider’s covers, he’s done two of these minor key ones and they are a little weird at first but it does grow on me.  A very unique take on the music.

That’s it for Music Obsessions. I’m planning to keep them with 5 song selections from now on.  Its a reasonable amount and won’t be overburdening 😉

What Christmas songs do you like to listen to? 

Music Obsessions!

Its been a while (about 2 months) since I’ve done a Music Obsessions segments!

I just haven’t had much time to go about YouTube other than the random gaming video or whatnot.   Music just hasn’t been all that great also I’ve kind of take a little break.  But its time to do one of these.  After all, NaNoWriMo is among us now and music is my escape or wait, my passage into that world of inspiration.

Plus, I need some easy posts for fillers…let’s just keep this at least partially honest 😉

Songs are repeat in my Youtube playlist right now! Its as always a mixed bag.

Break Up In a Small Town – Sam Hunt

I really like Sam Hunt.  Take Your Time is a beautiful song.  And his style and songs are really great.  This one is very good also. Maybe not as good as his first hit but I just love his voice 🙂

Sing – Pentatonix

Pentatonix is pretty much amazing. They started out as an a capella singing group.  This is their original song and I believe they just released their original album along with having make a documentary on their journey to where they are now.  Its on Netflix in Canada.  I’m not sure if I’ll watch it but I do love their work.

Intoxicated (Original Radio Edit)-Martin Solveig & GTA 

I found this while skimming through the radio station for some Top 40 music for the wedding ceremony. I didn’t end up using this, I think but its got a sick beat.  I love it so much!

No One’s Here to Sleep – Naughty Boy feat. Dan Smith Bastille

All I have to say: How to Get Away with Murder! That’s where I heard this. This song matched with whatever scene it matched with was so great.  This show is something different. The cast is fantastic and the premise had captivated when it started. I just wonder how long this can keep going.  Anyways, captivating song 🙂

Konsey – J.Perry feat. TonyMix

This is my fave Zumba song.  Like, we have this routine that is super high energy.  Its my favorite that I actually know it really well, so I can push really hard when this plays.  Now its on my Youtube playlist and I play it when I need to bring up the energy level! Its pure awesomeness! 🙂

 Hey Jude (in Minor Key) – Tyler Ward & Kurt Hugo Schneider

 Beatles fan anyone? I am! But I’m equally a fan of Tyler Ward and KHS.  They did a fun little cover while singing this song in the minor key. I really like it in the weirdest way. Its a good different. Not sure it’ll work for everyone though. Do you like it?

That’s it for this month’s Music Obsessions!
I’ll be back next month with the Christmas special.
Stay awesome! 🙂