3.7. 15 | Talk to Me, Dance with Me – Hot Hot Heat

Stand-out Lyric/s – So safe and comforting… this doesn’t feel like flirting. / So fun I’m distracted… forgot you keep track of it.

I feel like I start every blog by saying I worked most of the day so I’ll try not to do that, but you get it. ::wink wink:: After I was done with the “festivities” of my day, my fiancé and I went to old chicago to grab some food. While we were there, we heard this song. I have not listened to Hot Hot Heat in a long minute, but I do remember being OBSESSED with them.
I used to go to a National Guard Youth Camp every summer when I was younger. I remember having such a great time and making some of the best memories there, like having a full clothed shower in the rain with 2 other girls and getting the most sit-ups for a female in 60 seconds! I also remember the people and the friends that I made there. One of them, I still keep up with on Facebook and she was the one to introduce me to Hot Hot Heat. She was a counselor the last year that I was a camper and every morning while everyone was getting ready, she would play their CD. It was a very dance-y type of CD and got everyone excited for the day even if we were just going to PT. The first thing I did when I got back from camp was buy their CD. I remember trying to introduce everyone I came in contact with to this band thinking I was the absolute coolest.
This CD brings back all the memories of me getting ready when I was younger, which meant the tinniest bit of makeup(lots of eyeliner), brushing my hair, and lots of dancing. It makes me smile and want to dance like an idiot. What better music is there?

Yours for the listening,
Kelly

3.5.15 | Bruises – Chairlift

Stand-out Lyric/s – I tried to do handstands for you / But every time I fell for you / I’m permanently black and blue, permanently blue / For you

This is another song that I classify as an upbeat song that has depressing undertones to it.
This song also holds a really fond memory for me. In my last relationship, my brother became pretty close with the guy that I was with. I remember spending the summer in New Jersey with them, and they would always go off on their own and go fishing or go to the mall, and just be completely comfortable with one another.
When we were celebrating our 2 year anniversary, my brother sent me a link on my Facebook page. It was a video of my brother congratulating us on our anniversary and what he thought of us! It also had him dancing to this song as well, if I remember correctly.
It was such a happy video and a funny one too. So now, every time I hear this song, I just feel happy and I think of my brother and how silly he is. I also think of how compassionate he is for the people that he loves, and thats something that I deeply admire about him.

Yours for the listening,
Kelly

2.25.15 | Outside – Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding

Stand-out Lyric/sGotta be so strong / There’s a power in what you do / Now every other day I’ll be watching you / I’ll show you what it feels like / Now I’m on the outside / We did everything right /Now I’m on the outside

I don’t know what it is about Ellie Goulding lately. I can sit through a whole day of nothing but her songs and still be content with listening to more. I know that this is technically Calvin Harris’ song but Ellie steals the show for me. I watched the music video for this song about 2 weeks ago and its imagery is still with me.
I remember being in an unhealthy relationship and never really knowing what was going to come next with him. In addition to that feeling, I also didn’t know how to get out of the relationship. I felt the internal ticking clock of our relationship and I tried to fight it, thinking that it would get better or thinking that I’d just learn to deal with it. Of course, it wasn’t always that way, so that’s why I had hope that it would sort itself out.
When you’re in that kind of relationship whether it be physically or emotionally abusive, you make up all the excuses in the world to not leave and you defend you and your partners obnoxious and insane behavior to the very end. It’s not until you finally make the big decision to leave that you see how messed up everything was. When you are on the outside.
He came back for me, and continued trying for about a year after I had ended things. He kept saying how perfect we were and how much he loved me. I wanted him so badly to see the things that I was finally seeing. I wanted him to be on the outside with me looking in at what once was our relationship and see how toxic it was, for both of us.

Yours for the listening,
Kelly

2.19.15 | One Time – Marian Hill

Stand-out Lyric/s – I know I’ve got that sway that makes the boys all stay / I know the way that men can be / I like it smooth and slow / Give it some time to grow / That’s something you should know about me

I only worked in the morning today, and my fiancé, asked me to go to dinner with him and his mom after. So of course, I said yes. I never really get to go do anything with them because I’m always working so I jump at the chance when I get it.
When we got home, I was pretty discouraged because I hadn’t found a song for the day yet. Nothing really caught my attention or drew me in at all. Maybe I wasn’t really listening or maybe I was just excited at the events of the day that I let that feeling take over instead. Which isn’t a bad thing. Since I was feeling uninspired, I went to Spotify and picked a playlist I had never listened to before. (I do this a lot when I feel uninspired) Still nothing, UNTIL this song. The beat was upper catchy from the get-go and it pulled my body in. I started doing a really silly dance while sitting on my bed and had my fiancé giggling too. This song is pretty raunchy to be honest. Which I have no problem with, it’s a female who knows what she wants, and I can always support that! The beat reminded me of Royals by Lorde. That makes me think of my friend Shawna, who is freakin’ awesome! So this song, all around, gave me good vibes, and had me dancing. It beat anything else that went through the speakers today and I think I’ll really grow into it.
If you are stuck in a certain music genre or scene, I challenge you to go out of your box today and really look into other music and artists. You can always find something that will make you feel.. It’s not gonna happen in the first song that you try but you have to be patient.

Yours for the listening,
Kelly

2.5.15 | Dancing in the Corner – Monarchy

Standout Lyric/s Not gonna give in / Not gonna give in to the law / Just keep on movin’ on / Just keep on movin’ on / Follow the bright stars / Follow the bright stars at our tears / Just keep on movin’ on

Today was a day where I worked all day but I got a small break in where I got to come home and spend some time with my headphones. I’m not really sure what kind of list this song was on, but the beat was so catchy and I immediately found myself humming along.
The message of this song is to “turn your back against the world” and “dance in a corner” by yourself. Even if you are dancing all alone in a corner, you should always stand up for what you believe in, even if no one else believes it. Should you question it? Eh, maybe. If you feel in the bottom of your heart that what you are doing is right, you should have no other response to this world then to dance and enjoy it.
I believe it’s very hard to live in today’s world and believe in something that everyone else is so against. I mean, to be perfectly honest, half the time, I’m afraid to write a status update on Facebook because of any type of backlash I will get on it. And those are my “friends”! Imagine going against people who aren’t even in your friend circle. Super scary. But I think more people need to think like Monarchy and say “Fuck it, we don’t need them.” You’re voice is too powerful to be shushed and to be squandered. If you believe in it, that all the magic it takes!

Yours for the listening,
Kelly