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Music Monday: Fooling Around

Morning everyone! Long time no see etc. I’m really becoming slack with some things, and while I may have a full time job right now, I need to learn how to balance everything so I don’t let anything slide.

Today however, it is cool and rainy outside, after a weekend with Perth’s hottest August day on record and some awesome sports. My “current mood” is quite melancholy though chilled, almost as if I’m having my own day inside reading and listening to music instead of battling to sit through a thousand and one oral presentations (because yes, I planned so well as to have two classes doing presentations on the same days, so smart!).

This week’s music, and really this month’s music, starts with Elvin Bishop’s Fooled Around And Fell In Love and throws in a little bit of The Runaways, David Bowie and Marvin Gaye among other awesome tracks. One of my favourite movies ever and my favourite album at the moment – Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1. 

My favourite songs on this album are I’m Not In Love, Fooled Around and Fell In Love and Spirit In The Sky, though that is changing daily and depending on my life events. What I love about this soundtrack is that It’s throwback music which I have always been a fan of (ask my dad!) but for some reason goes hand in hand with intergalactic adventurers. The movie is one I watch when I can’t sleep or need a cheer up (thanks Netflix!) and this album is quickly becoming one that instantly relaxes me. Admittedly a lot of albums can do that, but rarely ones from multiple artists. One of the main reasons I am looking forward to the next Guardians movie is seeing what they do with Awesome Mix Vol 2. 

Off to mark some student work, or continue reading Invasion of the Tearling. I feel like we all know which one will end up happening…

Happy Monday!

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PS: Happy birthday to my Galentine’s date Rachael! xox

Music Monday: The Cup of Life

I am a soccer (football, shush!) obsessive, and even though the Socceroos are going to have it so rough this year (there’s a line of betting of them not scoring a single goal all tournament), I am still so so excited for this Thursday! I have been listening to these three songs repeatedly all this week, and I think they are the perfect tracks to inspire that sporting passion, that national pride and absolute wonder that comes with the World Cup.

The Cup of Life – Ricky Martin (1998)

 

 

Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) – Shakira (2010)
(This song gives me goosebumps every time I hear it, and even though I have not lived in South Africa for 23 years, I still have such pride at being Saf and having had the biggest event in the world held in South Africa four years ago)

 

 

La La La (Brazil 2014) – Shakira featuring Carlinhos Brown (2014)
(Yes, I know that this is not the offical World Cup song for this year, but I’m not really a fan of that on as much as I worship at the altar of Jennifer Lopez)

Here is the official 2014 World Cup song, by Pitbull featuring Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte:

 

Hope your team does well this World Cup! My money this year is on the host nation (Brazil) or the Dutch, though I think the African nations can pull off a few surprise results too.

Love,
Andrea

Pumped for Game Four (Music Monday: NBA Edition)

So I just came across this amazing song on a Chicago Bulls Tumblr page, and I may have already played it 33 times pumping myself up for Game Four. For those who don’t know, I am a massive Chicago Bulls fan, have been ever since my uncle let me play his NBA ’96 Playstation 1 game and all the way through the Andres Nocioni/PJ Brown/Chris Duhon days right up to the saga of Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose and the championship that could (should/will) be.

However living as I do all the way in little ol’ Perth, I have to stay up for a 1am tip off. Okay, I probably don’t have to stay up, but my love for this team makes it impossible for me not to. I am after all the same girl who stayed up until 6am from a 2am tip off last year against the Nets in double overtime.

So dear friends, I will apologise ahead of time if you happen to hear me yelling all the way from wherever in the world you are. Goodnight and go Bulls!
Love,
Andrea

Music Monday: Dame Del Rey

I still have this issue of Vogue, because of the amazing editorial and feature on her.
I still have this issue of Vogue, because of the amazing editorial and feature on her.

I can’t quite recall where or when I first came across Lana Del Rey, but when I did I was entranced. Not only is she a stunningly beautiful human being but her voice is phenomenal. Something about it is so hauntingly beautiful, and the songs themselves express such longing, nostalgia and individuality that I just adore. I find myself weirdly identifying with the themes in some of her songs, which just serves to make me long to be like her even more. I will admit to not having watched many of her music videos and short films (more out of the fact that I don’t really watch music videos or spend hours on YouTube) but the ones that I have seen paint an almost idealistic picture of Del Rey and her life and love, adding even more to this sense of unattainable beauty and spirit that she posesses.

So to brighten up your Monday (or depress you, depending on your reaction to Lana), here are a handful of Lana Del Rey songs that are on high rotation for me at the moment.

Once Upon A Dream (From the upcoming Malificent soundtrack)

 

Young and Beautiful (From The Great Gatsby soundtrack)

(and the Lana video)

 

Dark Paradise (Born To Die)

 

Blue Jeans (Born To Die)

 

I will love you ’til the end of time!

Love,

Andrea

10 Things

Today I was browsing through a friend’s fabulous second hand lifestyle blog and I came across her little tribute to Ten Things I Hate About You. Which I have now decided to appropriate for myself, as I am a fan of lists! This one was ten about her, I have kept her sentence starters because I quite liked them.

  1. Collecting Perth Wildcats memorabilia, Audrey Hepburn memorabilia and my newest one is scarves. Started as a necessity for what I thought would be my new job but now is just a bunch of scarves.
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  2. Wishing for some fun time with my number one. Tonight is their first night off in more than a week and they want a night to themselves (being a very individual, independent person). However since I so rarely get to see them I am struggling to keep myself from sending them twenty “what are you up to,” “how is your night,” “wanna hang out” messages. Sigh.
  3. Feeling antsy for some reason. It’s been a tiring and emotional week and my sleep schedule is so out of whack that I no longer know when I am actually tired or not.
  4. Watching season one of Friends. Funniest show of all time!!
  5. Smiling whenever my dad tells me to, even in text. This goes back to my child modelling days when I was taught smile number one (big smile with teeth) and smile number two (little smile, no teeth). My whole life whenever I have been upset or angry my dad will ask me to show him “number one” and no matter how old I am (as in how old I was last week when I called him upset about something. Also on Monday when I sent him a message saying “No job L” and he replied with “No worries SMILE, and think of the positives LOVE YOU!!” I smiled even though I was crying at he time) it makes me smile. Without fail. Gosh my dad is pretty amazing.
  6. Thinking that I really wanna see my number one, that I should have saved half my Turkish bread and fish melt for later instead of having it all for dinner, and that I should really clean up my room.
  7. Recently enjoyed how many gripes I have with episode two of the new season of Game of Thrones as a fan of the book series. For example, when Brienne and Cersei were chatting this is what was happening in my head: “WTF BRIENNE ALWAYS LOVES RENLY NOT JAMIE YOU TWAT! SHE IS LOYAL AND TRUE TO HER WORD BECAUSE SHE HAS A KNIGHT’S HONOUR AND FOLLOWS THROUGH ON HER PROMISES TO EVERYONE, NOT BECAUSE SHE WANTS JAMIE IN HER BREECHES! ARGH!!
  8. Totally Addicted to bass? It’s okay if you don’t get the reference, I listen to some obscure music sometimes. Probably more TV show and books, to the detriment of almost two university degrees, one hot body, one body image and almost two whole years of my life..
  9. Craving a hug from my number one. They have a way of making me feel safe and home and excited and loved all at the same time. Plus it’s been a rough week and I would really like some level of comfort beyond “something will come up eventually, keep applying.”
  10. Looking forward to the start of the Bulls’ off season in the wee hours of Monday, the Wildcats’ Ball next Saturday, the new X Men movie and Game of Thrones. And of course The Winds of Winter. But I have a feeling that the more people complain about it, the longer it will take to reach our Jon Snow deprived hands.

So that’s ten things about me, hopefully you don’t hate them!

Love,
Andrea

Monday Music: Bump and Grind

The kind of music that I like and dance around and sing along to always seems to have rather explicit undertones, for whatever reason! perhaps it is due to a mood I’m in, or that I’m just in a 90s R&B/Rap/Hip Hop funk, so with so many of them stuck in my head I thought I would share a few here, as well as more on a Spotify playlist.

  1. Next – Too Close
    Not looking to offer fans a sensual, explicit sex track, Next gave them the next best thing: a song all about the three-letter word without actually mentioning it. With verses full of metaphors, the three-person group uses an upbeat club cut to illustrate the happy process of a man’s favorite extremity. Offering up a good double entendre, Next shows women why hard isn’t always a bad thing. “Baby, when we’re grindin’, I get so excited / How I like it, I try but I can’t fight it / You’re dancin’ real close, ’cause it’s real, real slow / You’re makin’ it hard for me.”
  2. BLACKstreet featuring Dr Dre and Queen Pen
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    Really all that needs to be said!
  3. R Kelly – Bump and Grind
    There are two things R. Kelly doesn’t see anything wrong with — one of them is bumping and the other is grinding. The baddest boy of R&B puts his sexual desires on front street on this steamy track, as he lets the woman of his desire know that he can bust her pipes better — and more often — than her current man can.
  4. Ginuwine – Pony
    There’s something about a man that can compare sex to a pony ride and sing about it, but it’s something else when he can show you what it looks like. And there’s only one thing sexier to women than watching Ginuwine “send chills up and down your spine;” Magic Mike showing new ways to feel the sensation.
  5. Salt ‘n’ Pepa – Push It
    Salt-n-Pepa’s breakout single is a real lesson in motivation. What exactly needs to be pushed, you ask? What is “it?” Even if you’re not sure, that massive, pumping, throbbing synthesizer sample is really inspirational. As are all those “ooh baby baby” cheers of support. Yeah, hopefully you’ll figure out what you’re supposed to be pushing soon, or these girls are going to get pissed. Still struggling to see where the whole sexual thing comes in? Still unclear on the pushing? Can’t you hear the music pumping? It is hard, like… something.
  6. Silk – Freak Me
    If half the R&B ladies’ man stereotype can be credited to Barry White, the other half is surely the product of Keith Sweat. Sweat discovered Silk and wrote this track for them, and if you had to describe what a sex jam was to someone who had never seen a ruffled shirt or a velvet-covered wall before, this would be the song for the job. The chorus is direct and over-the-top without being obscene, there are baritone spoken word breaks describing putting whipped cream on your lover and, wow, the harmonies!

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Hope you all enjoy, and are not too disapproving at my taste in music at the moment!
Love,
Andrea

A Southern Hemisphere Christmas (Day 25)

I have been terribly lax with my blogging aims, but it’s been a busy time of year so I’ll use that as an excuse. But today is Christmas Day, so it’s all downhill and holiday fun filled from here!

Although I know Rolf Harris isn’t exactly in public favour at the moment, I still love this song around Christmas time. One of my earliest memories is listening and singing along to this in kindy, and it’s impact was so much so that even now it is still one of my favourites.

This song was written in Perth, Western Australia, in 1960. Rolf Harris was working at a television station with an American named John D. Brown and, thinking it was crazy to be singing Christmas songs about snow and ice when the temperature was around 40 degrees (Celsius, so about 100 F), they wrote this song. And I think that it is a wonderful story of the generosity that should be embraced at Christmas time.

Merry Christmas to you all! (Or Merry Christmas Eve if you’re not on the 25th yet)
Love,
Andrea

Music Monday: Hip Hop Hooray for Summer (Day 16)

Drums please!

I love a good summer playlist, and today’s music is in that vein, however instead of the usual Jack Johnson, Sublime and Bruce Springsteen I have decided to go in a different direction. I am a child of the golden age of rap, hip hop and R&B, so much so that I listen to those songs way more than any recent music, and when a friend recently asked me to think of a better rapper than Drake and Kendrick Lamar (both of whom I will freely admit I barely listen to) I immediately replied with “Did you not live through the last decade of the the century? I could press shuffle on my itunes and come up with a better rapper than those two.”

Needless to say my friend and I will never agree. But I am very happy to present my summer list for this week, starring (in my opinion) some of the best rap, hip hop and R&B artists ever.

  1. California Love – 2pac
  2. Summertime – Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
  3. Regulate – Warren G
  4. Hey Lover – LL Cool J
  5. Beautiful – Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams
  6. Hot in HerreNelly
  7. Runaway – Janet Jackson
  8. Ride Wit Me – Nelly
  9. Dreamlover – Mariah Carey
  10. It Was A Good Day – Ice Cube
  11. Pimpin’ All Over The World – Ludacris

Hope you have a great Monday, and remember that: ain’t no need of even askin’ brah, the best women are reside in Africa, and that’s real.

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Love,
Andrea

 

Wicked Perfect (Day 10)

Browsing along on the internet and found this gem.
This song is the very one that i will sing/say at my best friend’s wedding. It’s just such a phenomenally powerful song about forgiveness and friendship and how much one person can profoundly affect your life. Wicked to me was always a love story, but not between lovers but between best friends, Elphaba and Galinda. And this song epitomises that relationship, and what every relationship between two close friends should be. It never fails to make me tear up whether hearing the original recording, live (seen the show four times and counting, hopefully) or singing along to it in the car.

Music Monday: The Boys Of Summer (Day 9)

One of my all time favourite songs of summer comes from Don Henley of the Eagles. “The Boys of Summer” is just the right combination of happy and wistful, not too heavy but with enough beat and impossible to not singalong to!

And because it is an awesome song, there are two awesome covers that I love just as much as the original. The DJ Sammy version seems more hopeful and peppy and excited, while the Ataris version is a little more rock, but still just as catchy and summery.

Don Henley – The Boys of Summer

The Ataris

DJ Sammy

Hope you are having a great summer and remember, I can tell you my love for you will still be strong, after the boys of summer have gone!

Love,
Andrea