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Reggaeton

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So a few weeks ago a friend of mine introduced me to Reggaeton and I literally can’t stop listening to it. He shared a playlist with me, which I’ve been playing on repeat ever since. Among the many catchy tunes on the playlist, this one is one of my favs. I have no idea what the lyrics are saying because I don’t know Spanish, so I may be unknowingly offending a lot of people right now. From the music video I can gather that a couple is having a fight, they go their separate ways for a bit, and then somehow run into each other on the street in the middle of a dance party and make up? Can  someone who speaks Spanish please tell me what’s going on?? I don’t know how I lived my life before discovering Reggaeton.

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Nothing’s Gonna Change That Girl

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I went to see Hurray for the Riff Raff this past weekend with a friend at Thalia Hall in Pilsen, and we actually saw them at the same venue last Spring about this same time. They were just as good as last year, and their performance of this song particularly spoke to me. I like the idea of a woman being in command of herself, standing her ground, and sticking to her guns! It’s a practice I’m trying to be more mindful of.

I love going to concerts but they can be an isolating experience…you’re surrounded by a crowd of people, so in some ways it’s a collective experience. But each person in the audience is also having a unique experience because the way that music makes us feel is so personal. Whatever thoughts or emotions music elicits in us is specific to us, so in this sense it’s a totally individual experience…it’s a bit sad that you’re with so many people, yet alone. But of course it’s still fun to experience the music, nonetheless.

Lorde is a queen

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I went to see Lorde in concert the other night in Chicago with some friends, and she was incredible. Even from far away up in the stands, we could feel her humility, genuine spirit, and wisdom. Her energy permeated the building. She spoke with such poise about what this album means to her and where it came from. As often happens at concerts, artists like to share a bit about what they’ve been through that influenced their music. And often these moments are inspiring. I think that warm, energized feeling elicited by these personal stories is magnified because it is connected to music and music always brings out all the feels (at least for me). If these stories weren’t told through music, they wouldn’t be nearly as powerful.

Lorde’s dynamism lies in her lyrics and her melodies of course, but also in her presence and performance. And her dance moves because they are just real and amazing. Her new album is a breakup album, so we cried, we laughed, and we danced. Because what else are you supposed to do in the face of heartbreak…

I like this performance of “Supercut”, because while it doesn’t show her explosive energy, it’s like a spiritual ode to an elusive memory of the past. Lucky for us, she sang this song at the concert and ran all over the stage in an happy/melancholic frenzy. It was definitely one of those experiences that I never wanted to end.

Ashley Stevenson – Slim Freedom

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This girl mesmerizes crowds at L stations in Chicago. I have only ever seen her at the Washington blue line stop, but I think she plays at others as well. I’m always happy when I see her because her voice is so beautiful, it brings tears to my eyes. I especially like her cover of Landslide. One can’t help but think of Tracy Chapman in comparison (a likening she may or may not be in favor of). She definitely makes waiting for the L more enjoyable. Her name is Ashley Stevenson and she goes by Slim Freedom. If you ever have the pleasure of seeing her while waiting for the L, you might want to skip your train and wait for the next one so you can listen a little longer, as I sometimes do 🙂

Ed Sheeran & Andrea Bocelli – “Perfect”

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Having recently seen Andrea Bocelli in concert, I was so happy and surprised to come across this collaboration with Ed Sheeran on “Perfect.” I have a lot of respect for Andrea Bocelli and he was absolutely amazing in concert. What a powerful voice! And a fun little duo here with Ed Sheeran. I have a special place in my heart for Italian because I was born in Rome and lived there for the first few years of my life. Not that I don’t think the song is beautiful in English when Sheeran sings it, but it takes on a whole new dimensions when Bocelli opens his mouth and starts belting it in Italian. I have to say I’m impressed with Sheeran’s Italian though 🙂

This jam

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The art of dancing

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It’s no secret to those who know me that I don’t like dancing. For whatever reason it’s just never been something I’ve felt comfortable with or enjoyed. Perhaps the fact that my parents had no dancing at their wedding reception could explain it… (sounds like a boring reception). I randomly came across this girl on YouTube when I was looking for music videos of Despacito (definitely a guilty pleasure and yes I have looked up a translation of the lyrics) and I can’t stop watching her videos! She and her brother have a strong YouTube presence with millions of views and followers. I think this mashup is one of their best!

If only I had an older brother like this to teach me how to dance!

I know I’m obsessed, but just one more…

 

Ibexx – “Static”

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I recently randomly came across this video by Ibexx through a friend in my Facebook newsfeed and I have had it stuck in my head ever since I first watched it! As far as I can tell, this is the only solo song she currently has out, but I CANNOT wait for more from where this came from. She is featured on “Uneven Ground” by Winnetka on the EP entitled This Place (which I also just randomly discovered by looking this girl up and recommend you check out). Her voice is angelic and soothing, and I love the way this beat and melody work together. Not to mention the interesting artistic direction of the video…let’s hope there’s more coming our way!

Hurray for the Riff Raff

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I recently saw Hurray for the Riff Raff perform at Thalia Hall in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago and it was such a treat. I went because my friend had an extra ticket and I decided to go after watching 5 minutes of a YouTube video of one of their performances. I wasn’t too familiar with their music but I wanted to go with my friend and I really didn’t know what I was in for. It was one of those things that you don’t expect anything from and then it surprises you with an amazing experience that just makes you feel connected to yourself. Not to mention how hot the lead singer, Alynda Segarra, of Puerto Rican roots is…and I don’t mean just physically – I mean certainly, that’s a given; but she has a presence on stage that commands the attention and respect of the audience and connects with them through her voice, which is perfect for the bluesy, old school sound of the band. Their new album, The Navigator, has a political message that is all too crucial right now given our political climate. If you don’t know Hurray for the Riff Raff, you should absolutely give them a listen if you want something inspiring and soothing.

The venue, Thalia Hall, has a very cool hipster, vintage vibe complete with a a restaurant and separate bar. Originally built as an opera house, it now hosts concerts and events.

After the concert we went to La Vaca, which is just down a little ways from Thalia Hall, which has a very lively atmosphere and some seriously tasty margaritas!

The sweetest voice

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I went to see a Mexican/American movie recently, Everybody Loves Somebody, and this song was playing at the end during the credits and I just couldn’t get over the sweetness of her voice. I wish I knew what she was saying, but nevertheless, I am loving this song 🙂