3.6.15 | Summertime – Bridget Mendler

Stand-out Lyric/s – Stars Are Bright Outside My Window / Wake Up This Song Echoes Off My Pillow / And I Remember, Oh I Remember / I Remember My Summer With You

When I got home from work, my boyfriend was waiting, with The Secret World of Arriety ready to go. I had told him previously that I hadn’t seen the movie and was really wanting to. My fiancé and I have a love for children’s movies in the fact that they are silly, touching, and interesting. We are also huge Disney fans, so we are game to always see something that Disney puts out.
Last year, for our summer vacation, we went to Disney World. It was a long time in the making, but we finally did it, and I know we shouldn’t be, but we were pretty proud of ourselves. This song not only set a good pace for the movie but it reminded me of being away with John-Mark and escaping our crazy, hectic work schedules. We woke up every morning in Disney World with a full itinerary and our hearts ready for just one another. Spending the time with him in DIsney was so special because we were just with each other and no one else in the world mattered at the moment. We were genuinely happy being there and holding each other the whole time and just having an experience together. I can’t wait for our many other adventures to come, no matter what they may be.

Yours for the listening,


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,

3.4.15 | Turn It Off – The Book Of Mormon Cast

Stand-out Lyric/s – Turn it off like a light switch / Just go, click / It’s a cool little Mormon trick / We do it all the time / When you’re feeling certain feelings / That just don’t seem right / Treat those pesky feelings like a reading light

So last night, I went to go see The Book of Mormon. It has been such a long time since I’ve seen anything in a theatre and to see a touring show was quite the treat! I went into Book of Mormon with not a clue of what it was about or anything at all. The ONLY thing I knew, was that the creators of South Park had made this musical. That got me excited for some comedy for sure!
I walked out absolutely loving this show! It was great! Just the right mix of tongue-in-cheek comedy with a sense of sincerity as well. I went with two of my girlfriends and we all had a blast. After the show, I had a burst of energy and could not stop singing Turn It Off, a song that was in the show. I felt the urge to perform again, and to get on a stage. Of course I know I’d have to find something that I’m interested in, and then audition, and then get on the stage. But that night just being a goof in my room with my fiancé looking on and giggling at me was enough. It just made me happy! So I decided that I at least have to see 2 touring shows every year. Just to remind why I love performing and why it became such a big part of my life.
When the cast had ended the show, the girl who played Nabulungi, spoke about her experience being on tour and performing the show every night and it almost made me well up. I remember being a part of a theatre community and how strong they were. Yes, they might have been a little clique -y but all in all, I always came out with some of the best friends and memories.
It was a great night being one with the theatre again and I can not wait to go back.

Yours for the listening,

3.2.15 | Stolen Dance – Milky Chance

Stand-out Lyric/s – I hope they didn’t get your mind / Your heart is too strong, anyway / We need to fetch back the time / They have stolen from us

A friend of mine at work seems to always have this song stuck in his head and like anyone who loves a good tune, he sings it out loud a lot. So naturally, it then gets stuck in my head and I start singing/dancing. It is really one of the most catchy songs I’ve heard this year. Even after writing the lyrics down, I had to turn on the song and groove along.
Songs that are upbeat and catchy, but still hold a deeper meaning in them that is in some ways almost depressing are always very interesting to me. Any time that I have ever tried to write something, I’ve been very direct in what I was feeling. If I was writing something sad, Id put it to a sad tune, if it was happy, it would go with a happy tune. I guess thats why none of my ideas have gone anywhere but the paper they were written on. But still, it’s hard for me to disguise my feelings, which gets me in trouble a lot. I act on everything that I feel, even if it seems temporary. I’ve been trying to work on this but sometimes it feels like if I don’t get it out, it’ll eat me alive.
The lyrics that I posted above are relevant to my life in the fact that I want people to know what is truly important in their lives. I want them to prioritize based on their feelings, not on what is going to get them up the ladder of success or gain them the most amount of money. If they wanna spend time with people, I hope they get to do that, and I hope this world hasn’t stolen their mind that is capable and willing to see through all the wrong stuff that this world teaches us.

Yours for the listening,

2.26.15 | Piece by Piece – Kelly Clarkson

Stand-out Lyric/s – He never walks away / He never asks for money / He takes care of me / He loves me / Piece by piece / He restored my faith / That a man can be kind

I have definitely stayed away from Kelly Clarkson’s music in the last couple of years. It hasn’t really been my style and I felt as if she was trying too hard to be mainstream that everything seemed very dull. Her new song “Heartbeat Song”, is a testament to that statement.
I decided to try this song last week and the chorus that I mentioned above, has been stuck in my head since then. In the way that I interpret this song, I see it as being about God and being about a man that takes care of you and your family while comparing the two to a father figure who has left you on your own.
Theres not much I have to say about the way I feel when I hear this song, except that it makes me smile and makes me happy that I have found my someone. That I don’t have to worry about being left stranded or having to do anything fully alone. I have found a man that supports me no matter what and he has given me a relationship with God that I never thought I could achieve. I also have an amazing father and mother, who have guided me through life with love and acceptance. Who taught me to reach for the stars but to always keep both feet on the ground, and finding the perfect balance is the key to life. With those people in my life, I have nothing to worry about.

Yours for the listening,

2.18.15 | Marian, The Librarian – Music Man (Musical)

Stand-out Lyric/s – But when I try in here to tell you, dear  / I love you madly, madly,  / Madam Librarian…Marian!

I had a mini flashback today. A flashback of when I went to Community College in Kansas. I remembered life being so simple and care-free. While I was in good ole Iola, Kansas for college, I would wake up at 4:45 for Cheerleading practice at 5, then start classes at 8, go to Dance practice at 3, eat dinner, and go to Theatre rehearsal from 7-11. Afterwards, I would try to get in some homework as well. It’s safe to say, I stayed pretty busy.
My favorite part of the day, had to be when I went to Theatre rehearsal. My first musical I did in Iola, was The Music Man. To be honest, I had heard of the show, but didn’t really care for it. I was cast as a River City teen dancer! There was a group of us all cast as that part and it was the best group I could’ve asked for and I made lasting friendships in that group. I thought of the song “Shepoopi” from The Music Man and all of the memories came flooding back. I remember this song especially because it was one of the bigger dance numbers that we did. I also remember suffering a mild concussion from one of the other dancers hitting me on the head. Thinking of that, makes me smile and laugh a little.
I miss being in that little town, and making memories there. There wasn’t too much to do in the town but you learned how to make your own fun. I had never had to do that in my life before so it was challenging in the beginning, but that town changed my thinking on a lot of things.

Yours for the listening,

2.15.15 | Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding

Stand-out Lyric/sYeah, I’ll let you set the pace / Cause I’m not thinking straight / My head spinning around I can’t see clear no more / What are you waiting for?

I heard this song a few times on the radio but it didn’t catch my attention until today. I think because my head is still filled with clouds and my stomach still with butterflies from getting a ring from my man.
I can literally say that I have never felt more loved then when he looks at me or touches me. Everything he does, is for God and for me, and I could not be more thankful. I know sometimes I get on him about going out more but I just want us to both take on this crazy world together and try new things together. Even if he is the biggest homebody in the world, I’m so glad that I can come home to him. And that he’ll be there.
Also, I’ve recently become obsessed with Ellie Goulding. I used to really hate her voice but the more I listen to it, the more I see how unique and cool it is. There are certain songs of hers that I still can’t really listen to because they annoy me, but this one is definitely not one. It will hold a special place in my heart for a very long time, because it was released around the same time that good things happened to me. 🙂

Yours for the listening,