February 27, 2011 § 1 Comment
Song Mix Sundays took a hiatus last week as I was busy being a bridesmaid in my brother’s wedding. This cell phone snapshot taken at 7 a.m. the morning of the wedding captures my memory how the whole weekend felt:
Lots of crazy family fun. Congratulations to my brother and sister-in-law for finally having the ceremony they wanted, and safe wishes for my brother as he just deployed for a tour of duty in Iraq this weekend.
After spending a weekend in Houston, Texas where the daytime highs reached 75 degrees and the nighttime lows never dipped below 60, I came home to more snow and grey skies in Philadelphia. All of this gloomy February weather calls for something bright and cheerful. I present to you this weekend a collection of songs all about color – 14 songs in my library with colors in the song title. Less commentary on individual tracks this week, since the theme is pretty straight-forward. Without further ado:
February 14, 2011 § Leave a comment
Looks like WordPress published this week’s mix before I was done editing it! Oops! Thanks to a weekend filled with taxes, paying attention to the Grammy’s, and taking care of a sick Boy, this week’s Song Mix Sunday faced a few delays. Nevertheless, in honor of Valentine’s Day, I present several mini-mixes representing various stages of love. Whether you’re looking, mourning, or in it for the long-haul, there’s a mix in here for you. So enjoy, and happy Valentine’s Day.
February 7, 2011 § Leave a comment
As a writer, I’m a sucker for songs that tell a good story. From vibrant characters to imaginative narratives, I love it when lyrics engage my literary senses. Here are 10 songs from my library that tell stories about people, times, and relationships that inspire my writing soul.
January 30, 2011 § Leave a comment
Despite my good intentions last summer, it’s been a long time since I’ve compiled my last themed Sunday mix. To compensate for lapsed time, here is a mix 2.6 times longer than my usual 10 track selections, an alphabetical compilation of some of my favorite songs and artists.
August 1, 2010 § Leave a comment
I first discovered Japanese pop/rock in high school when I downloaded an mp3 of Ayumi Hamasaki’s “Forgiveness” from a random music blog. I turned into a Japanophile and never looked back – I started watching anime, I studied the language for 3 semesters in college, and I built a rather impressive personal catalogue of J-pop and J-rock.
While a lot of J-pop sounds as bland as mainstream US radio, there are certian artists that stand out with a unique style, even some of the Western mainstream copy-cat ones. These are 10 of my favorite artists and songs from Japan that I think every music fan should check out:
July 25, 2010 § 1 Comment
I have two music-related addictions: Discovering new artists and sharing the songs that I love with my friends. Since I love sharing music so much, I’ve decided to start a weekly post of some of my favorites, focusing on a new theme each week. Some you might already know, others you may not. This Sunday, it’s my Top 10 Summer Songs.
I tend to associate certain songs and artists with certain seasons. Sometimes it depends on the style of music, sometimes it depends on when I first heard the song or artist, and sometimes a specific memory ties the song to the season. These are 10 songs that remind me of the summer, based a little bit on style and a little bit on memory.