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?! 😉


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?


Look at the Stars, Look How They Shine for You 🌟

Music Monday:

Song: Yellow by Coldplay

The video is one continuous shot of Chris Martin walking on a beach in England. The plan was to shoot the band walking along a sunny beach with lots of people lying around, but Coldplay drummer Will Champion’s mother died shortly before the shoot. The film crew and extras were already hired, so with the band’s blessing, Martin went by himself while the other members attended the funeral. It was raining that day, so instead of using the extras, they had Martin alone on the beach.Parachutes is dedicated to Champion’s mother.” – Songfacts


Even though I’ve been an on-and-off Coldplay fan since I discovered them back in middle school, I never spent much time listening to their Parachutes album until my trip to Europe during the summer of 2012.  Most of the time when I’m listening to tunes on my iPhone the music is simply used as extra noise to drown out the hectic lives of others around me.  Since it’s used as a buffer, I rarely listen to the lyrics of a song or even the same song more than once.  This all changed the first time I heard the song ‘Yellow’ by Coldplay.  Now, I wasn’t really sure what the lyrics of this song meant but I did know that something about the melody resonated with me.  To this day, Yellow is one of my favorite songs and every time it randomly blasts from my Pandora I take a couple minutes to sing along and enjoy the art.


Once I started researching this song I learned that the lyrics were developed during a little field trip outside at night after recording “Shiver.”  The song’s co-producer asked the band to look up at the sky and it was noted that the stars were absolutely stunning in the clear England night.


As the lyrics began to develop, the band’s lead singer Martin realized that there was a keyword missing and looked around the room for inspiration.  The song was titled Yellow after a Yellow Pages phone book that was sitting close by!  Martin went on to further explain that the word “yellow” has absolutely no meaning whatsoever and while writing the rest of the song he tried his best to change yellow to something else since every lyric before yellow made no sense, but in the end the word “yellow” just sounded right.


The color yellow can have many negative implications (“Yellow Journalism,” “Yellow Fever,” a “Yellow Card” for a foul in soccer), but for Coldplay, it is a beautiful color. According to lead singer Chris Martin, “It was simply because that word sounded nice, it just seemed to fit, no other reason. None of the other colors would have sounded right really!” The Beatles were kind to the color when they used it in their song “Yellow Submarine.” – Songfacts


Look at the stars,
Look how they shine for you,
And everything you do,
Yeah, they were all yellow.

I came along,
I wrote a song for you,
And all the things you do,
And it was called “Yellow”.So then I took my turn,
Oh what a thing to have done,
And it was all yellow.

Your skin,
Oh yeah your skin and bones,
Turn into
Something beautiful,
You know,
You know I love you so,
You know I love you so.

I swam across,
I jumped across for you,
Oh what a thing to do.
‘Cause you were all yellow,

I drew a line,
I drew a line for you,
Oh what a thing to do,
And it was all yellow.

Your skin,
Oh yeah your skin and bones,
Turn into
Something beautiful,
And you know,
For you I’d bleed myself dry,
For you I’d bleed myself dry.

It’s true,
Look how they shine for you,

Look at the stars,
Look how they shine for you,
And all the things that you do.

Learn how to play “Yellow” on the guitar HERE!