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Fun Friday!

Woah, this week flew by pretty quickly! I guess it is because we had President’s Day off. Actually, only some people had it off. Maybe because it is February, the month is shorter, and moving faster than normal.

Anyway. Happy Friday, my friends! You made it to the weekend and so here is a fun YouTube cover to celebrate! Press play and you will be wow-ed easily in 5 seconds!

Excuse the lyrics but was not her voice powerful or what? Mackenzie Johnson is a YouTube artist who has more than 160,00 subscribers. She does a lot of covers but also has created her own music. You can listen to more of her music through SoundCloud.

I have no idea how I found her but I am sure glad I did! I hope you enjoyed it! Have a fun Friday!

Taylor Swift’s Blank Space & Style Cover

I’ve been addicted to this one song since Taylor Swift tweeted about it. YouTube artists, Louisa Wendorff and Devin Dawson, did a cover mash-up of Taylor Swift’s Blank Space and Style from her latest album, 1989. Watch, listen, and be amazed by this:

Was that beautiful or what? Visually, the simplicity of this music video made it so easy to emotionally connect with the music. Of course, the music itself was flawless especially the harmony and softness of their voices. I loved how these two pop songs turned indie and folk. I’ve literally been listening to this song on repeat for the past few days. I’m not sick of it and probably won’t be for awhile because I love listening to it that much!

 

 

Happy Monday!

I am so sorry if you’re back at work after the Christmas weekend, but I hope you are well rested and ready for a new week! If not, I’ve got something to cheer you up on a Monday!

If you really liked that, then here’s another one:

I’m not sure how I found them but I think it was through Facebook. After hearing one song, I ended up listening to a dozen of their music on repeat!

The husband and wife musical group are called Us The Duo. Michael and Carissa have been singing on YouTube since 2011 and have more than 28 million views. Singing covers of mainstream music in their own version has attracted many fans. Their fame grew drastically through Vine when they hid the upper half of their faces while singing songs. The mysteriousness of their looks made many viewers curious who these talented singers were. They finally revealed themselves after countless medleys produced. As of March 2014, they are the first artists from Vine to have signed a major deal with Republic Records.

 

 

Chandelier Cover by Sara Bareilles

I’ve been in love with Sara Bareilles’ music since I first heard it in high school. She’s one of the few artists where I actually know the lyrics only because I love her voice and her whole style as an artist.

Currently, she’s on tour for her latest album The Blessed Unrest. On her Little Black Dress Tour, she’s been doing a cover of Sia’s newest single, Chandelier. I just found this through Facebook and have been listening to it on repeat for at least an hour or two. No shame at all.

She sings this song with so much emotion that you can almost empathize with her in the lyrics. There’s so much authenticity in the way she sings this song that it gives me the chills. On top of that, it’s acoustic! So more chills!

Here’s the original Chandelier by Sia:

I’ll be listening to the Sara Bareilles’ acoustic version on repeat for awhile. I hope I can buy this online somehow! Thank you Huffington Post for writing an article about how awesome Sara Bareilles is especially live at concerts! She brings a personable character to her shows that makes me feel like I’m actually friends with her!

Fun Friday!

I recently injured my neck pretty badly to the point where I couldn’t get out of my bed and had to call in sick. So I told my friend, Phil, about my neck situation and his response was that I have TNS aka Taco Neck Syndrome. As weird as it may sound, TNS is real, my friend. It’s so real that there’s a commercial about it and therapy for it! But what is TNS? Yeah, that’s what I asked myself when I first heard of it from Phil. Here’s what it is:

Wasn’t that hilarious? I’ve watched it several times by now but it somehow cracks me up every time.

Ok, TNS isn’t that real but I did strain my neck somehow and felt like I had TNS. Luckily, I’m doing a lot better now compared to earlier this week so I’m ready for the weekend!

I hope this commercial starts your weekend off with a good laugh. Have a fun filled weekend and treat yourself to a Big Beef Burrito from Taco Bell!

Sam Smith

In the past week, I’ve been listening to Sam Smith’s music on repeat through Spotify. The addiction all started when I learned a danced to “Dirty Boy” by La La La which featured Sam Smith.

After I learned the dance, I researched the music at home. From Wikipedia, I learned that Sam Smith is from the UK! He was born in 1992, so you know that means he’s one very young talented singer! I then realized that he is the one who also sings “Stay With Me” which is a beautiful song.

After that, I was caught off guard that he also sings “Lay Me Down” which is another beautiful song filled with heavy emotion.

I’ve listened to all of these songs multiple times before especially on the radio but somehow never knew the artist. If TRL still existed on MTV, I would have learned about Sam Smith sooner! Nowadays, I don’t know who sings what until I make the effort to research it or stumble upon it online just like now.

Question. Am I the only one who’s surprised by how his voice doesn’t match his appearance? There’s so much maturity within his lyrics and in his voice for a young adult! That voice of his is one of a kind. It’s soulful, powerful, and simply unique. Perhaps you can compare him to Adele where they’re both honest in their music and actually talented! And the obvious common denominator is that they’re both from the UK.

I feel relieved now that I know Sam Smith at a personal level after all that research. Ok, back to listening to him on repeat!

Thank you Kaba Modern’s dance class for encouraging me to discover new music. Final thanks to YouTube and Wikipedia for helping me with my research on Sam Smith!