Music Monday:

First, let me take a #SELFIE.


Alright, now that that’s all taken care of we can get on with the post!  Call me “out of the loop” but for the first time ever I both heard the song Selfie and witnessed the affect it has on white girls at the bar.  The second the beat hit my eardrum I knew I was missing out on something fantastic because everyone’s hands immediately hit the sky and the awkward dancing bouncing began.  Catchy – yes; accurate – yes; a brilliant composition – I think not, but who am I to judge.


In my opinion, the “Selfie” has become a real art for active smartphone users, and I know from experience that capturing the perfect selfie takes lots of practice because of the angle, light, and proximity to the lens.  I personally love the selfie trend because I don’t like bothering others to take my picture, and this way I can take as many as I want (as frequently as I want) without having to call the amateur photographer back to when I’m not crazy about their work.  Selfies have revolutionized the world of apps, photo editing programs, and cell phones in general because now nearly every phone is equipped with a forward facing camera.  Even though some people still need to use a mirror apparently…


The song #SELFIE is mostly an EDM song but it also features verses spoken by a narcissistic woman in the bathroom of a club.  I, like most other 20-something females, can highly relate to this song and I love that everyone has their own interpretation of the lyrics.  In a nutshell, Alexis Killacam is in the bathroom criticizing other club goers, explaining her love/hate relationship with a man named Jason, fixing her makeup (multiple times), and taking selfies to upload to Instagram.  Now, for those who are reading this post and are NOT active club goers, this pretty much happens on an hourly basis.   Also, let’s be real, the most difficult part about Instragram is finding the PERFECT filter (which is also addressed in this song).


Although #SELFIE has received many negative reviews, it hit the top of the charts in countries such as Finland, Sweden, Australia, Norway, and of course the United States.  Whether you love it or hate it, #Selfie by The Chainsmokers is all over social media right now.  In fact, some have compared it to the Harlem Shake, Valley Girl, or The Fox.  The Chainsmokers released #SELFIE four months ago today and stated the following in a recent interview:

“Honestly, “Selfie” is kind of a phenomenon for us. We made it and thought it was funny and put it out as an edit. Then Dim Mak wanted to buy it, and they bought it from us and put it out officially and we made a video for it. This was all just because we thought it was fun. And then the song just kind of took on a life of its own. Which is honestly really great because it’s brought in a new audience of people that listen to music that we’ve made that we’re more passionate about.”


Even though my first reaction to this song was “OMG what the heck is going on here?” due to the immediate arm waving, bouncing, spilling drinks, flashing iPhones, and smiles – my overall feeling at the end of the song was “Woah, that was kinda fun!”

Check out the Official Video below:

So, what’s your opinion?  Do you remember your first reaction to the song #SELFIE, and could you relate to the lyrics?

Also, here are some of MY recent selfies because, well, why not?! 😉


Here’s to a New Beginning!

Music Monday:

Have you ever wanted to just pack your bags, top off your gas tank, and leave everything behind?  I can’t say that I’ve never quite gotten to this point but I know many people who have, and of all the individuals I know who left the old behind and began their search for something new, some were successful and others ended up back in the parent’s basement a mere 2 months later.


Today is my first day not ‘on the job’ and I couldn’t be more excited to start the next chapter in my life!  I’ve definitely gotten mixed reactions after telling people that I quit my job as a glorified tele-sales rep to become a volunteer intern and pursue my dream of being a psychologist.  Some hugged me and told me how much of an inspiration I was for pursuing my passions, where others suddenly got wide-eyed and simply waited for an explanation.


I wouldn’t say that my parents have always been the most easy going of them all, but in the end they always come around and realize that I’m hard headed and I’ll live my life as I please.  Before quitting my day job, I was in constant communication with my mom about how unhappy I was in the career that I chose and that I needed out.  She completely understood because, let’s be real, pretty much all of us have been there before.  My dad – on the other hand – couldn’t sleep.


I’ve never had good two-way communication with my father because, in my opinion, we’re so much a like that we simply clash.  This morning my mom called me up, and in the warmest of tones said, “your father is completely beside himself due to the fact that you quit your job and he simply cannot sleep.”  Well, she understood my reasoning for taking the leap but my dad has always been a person that although he has made mistakes in his past he wants the best for his daughters.  This I can understand.

I also understand how hard it would be to hear that your daughter quit a job that she got right out of college and that offered decent pay and great benefits.  Aaaaand…now she wants to VOLUNTEER?!  Now she wants to go BACK to school?!  Yes, Dad.  The typical 2 years you’re supposed to have in a profession before finding a new job does not quite work when switching from corporate to non-profit.  Sales to psychology.  Furniture to well, helping people.  Even if I’m not making the big bucks at first.


On a side note: What I don’t understand is why people can’t always be happy for others.  (((Easier said than done…I know, I know)))  But it’s their life, so let them live it as they wish, and if they end up falling flat on their face don’t say you told them so.  Help them up, dust them off, then assist them by pointing them in a different direction.  If you don’t approve, feel free to voice your opinion and move on.  If you end up losing a friend over it, that’s the way things were supposed to pan out.  Everything happens for a reason, right?


When I came across the song “Better Things” by The Kinks I was so excited because the lyrics to this classic perfectly represents what I went through last week and how I felt when I woke up this morning.  When I was unhappily following the motions of my 7-4 day job I was full of doubt and sadness, but now that I’m following my dreams and starting over I’m becoming more of an optimist and having more fun already!

The Fam!

The Fam!

Have you ever picked up and started new?  How did you find support and guidance throughout your journey?

“Better Things”

Here’s wishing you the bluest sky,
And hoping something better comes tomorrow.
Hoping all the verses rhyme,
And the very best of choruses to
Follow all the doubt and sadness.
I know that better things are on the way.

Here’s hoping all the days ahead
Won’t be as bitter as the ones behind you.
Be an optimist instead,
And somehow happiness will find you.
Forget what happened yesterday,
I know that better things are on the way.

It’s really good to see you rocking out
And having fun,
Living like you just begun.
Accept your life and what it brings.
I hope tomorrow you’ll find better things.
I know tomorrow you’ll find better things.

Here’s wishing you the bluest sky,
And hoping something better comes tomorrow.
Hoping all the verses rhyme,
And the very best of choruses to
Follow all the drudge and sadness.
I know that better things are on the way.

I know you’ve got a lot of good things happening up ahead.
The past is gone it’s all been said.
So here’s to what the future brings,
I know tomorrow you’ll find better things.
I know tomorrow you’ll find better things.


Is it Lovesong or Love Song?

Music Monday:


This week I turned to Tyler while debating which song to write about for today’s Music Monday post and I’m so happy I did!  Until recently, I never realized that very little of our time together was spent listening to music, and I didn’t even know what his favorite song was.  Back in middle school (and even high school) the type of music that my boyfriend listened to was really important to me and told me a lot about them as a person.  But, as I began to grow up I started focusing on other big-picture qualities instead of obsessing over their favorite band, song, or album.  I knew that Tyler and I both loved the alternative rock genre, and that my 90s station was always the first to play on Pandora, but we’ve never really connected through music as much as I had with others in the past.


This was a huge change for me after being such a music geek all the way through middle school and high school.  I started playing the piano in second grade and the flute a few years later.  In middle school my love for classical music really developed, and by the time I was in high school I began playing in youth symphonies across Milwaukee, being active in dozens of music events at school, and planning for my future as a music educator.  I went to the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire with the hopes of graduating 5 years later with a dual degree in Education and Music, and even though I shifted my efforts towards Psychology I still studied flute, piano, and organ on the side as a minor.


I discovered the alternative rock genre as a pre-teen and was entranced by bands such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and The Cure.  My all time favorite band, Muse, was introduced to me in 8th grade by my ‘boyfriend’ at the time.


Muse, an English alternative rock band, wrote lyrics that would bring me to tears and make me laugh all at the same time, and wrote melodies that would force me to ponder their complexity while also promoting easy listening.  Before I knew it, I had collected all of their albums and had all of the words to every song memorized.  To this day – their music never gets old.


When I asked Tyler what his favorite song was he was instantly overwhelmed by his hundreds of options and insisted that he have a day to think about it.  The next day I sent him an email, and a couple hours later he responded with Lovesong by The Cure.  This response reinforced my love for him and I immediately pulled up YouTube to reflect on this tune’s brilliance.

Listen Here:

The Cure is also a rock band from England, but in my opinion their genre is aligned with more of a Gothic or punk rock style instead of alternative.  This may be because of the time period they were formed in, 1976, than the actual genre though because there is a lot of overlap between styles.


In 1989 The Cure released Lovesong as the third single from their eighth studio album Disintegration.  The song was much more successful in America than it was in England, but it was still the band’s only Top 10 Entry on the Billboard Hot 100 list.  But never the less, Lovesong is still their most successful song in the United States to date!


Over the years there has been much debate about whether the title is spelled “Love Song” or “Lovesong” and it doesn’t seem like there has ever been a definite answer to this question.  The original 1989 artwork for the album Disintegration uses “Love Song” on the track-listing and “Lovesong” on the lyrics sheet, and the revised art for the 2010 remaster of the album consistently uses “Lovesong”.   Also, when released as a single in 1989 the cover artwork displayed the title as“Lovesong”, while the printing on the disc itself read “Love Song” all three times (source).


In 2004, the band 311 revamped and rerecorded the song for the movie 50 First Dates and I’ve found that many listeners actually prefer the new version to the original!    Some may say that 311’s version was more successful, but in my opinion it was was just successful in different ways than the original Lovesong.  Which version do you prefer?


I also learned that Tyler had never been to Summerfest in Milwaukee!  Well – It’s looking like we’re going to take a little trip 🙂

Have you ever been to Summerfest?  What was the best band you ever saw perform live?