Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Upbeat Mix II

Since we're on the subject of music, I have a grievous error to correct. In a previous post, I told you about my re-starting a CD series of mine called Upbeat Mix. However, despite my promise in the debut post, I haven't posted the track lists for any of the other CDs in the series! I hope you understand, my dear readers, that there were reasons for this travesty. And I hope you can forgive me. I can assure you that the tracklists do exist. My cruelty in not releasing them to you ends now!!! Without further ado, I give you, in all its glory,  the full tracklist for Upbeat Mix 2nd Series Disc 2:

01) Chica - Viene Mi Gente
02) Jennifer Lopez - Let's Get Loud
03) Will Smith - Miami (Miami Mix)
04) MDO - Groove With Me Tonight (Pablo Flores Spanglish Remix)
05) Gloria Estefan - Oye
06) Robert Randolph & The Family Band - Ain't Nothing Wrong With That
07) Daniella Cotton - Rare Child
08) Nickelback - Something In Your Mouth
09) Rihanna - Shut Up & Drive
10) Kelly Rowland - Work (Steve Pitron & Max Sanna Radio Edit)
11) Lasgo - Gone
12) Cascada - Fever
13) Christina Aguilera - Ain't No Other Man (Ospina Sullivan Radio Mix)
14) Rihanna - S&M
15) David Guetta ft Kelly Rowland - It's The Way You Love Me
16) David Guetta ft Nicki Minaj - Turn Me On
17) Velvet - Chemistry (Radio Edit)
18) Bardot - A.S.A.P (KCB KlubbMix)
19) Girls Aloud - Jump
20) Milk Inc - Ouch Damn

If you don't get up and dance during THAT track list, then you should check your pulse, you might be dead!! (Which would be awesome! Having my blog read by the Dead, Undead or any other supernatural beings is pretty cool!) I have also completed disc 3 in the series (I'm currently working on disc 4) and will post that tracklist soon. Until then, enjoy!!!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Surprising Musical Find...

When it comes to music, there are some artists that I'm just never going to find interesting: Justin Bieber, N'Sync, Ke$ha, Nicki Minaj, etc. They aren't creating music for people like me, and that is fine. Until recently, I counted Taylor Swift firmly on that list. I would have never thought in a million years she would come up with a single song that I liked in any way, shape, or form. Well, it turns out, I was mistaken. Her latest song (which I first heard on one of the rare moments that I listen to broadcast radio) is not only interesting, but actually enjoyable!! You may have seen it, if not, here's the video for it.

Most of the people I know are women, as such, I've heard a lot more of Taylor Swift's music than I care to admit to. But this particular track is a major step forward for Swift. One good song doesn't make me a fan, or even a follower of hers. But there is hope for the future.What about you, dear readers? Do you have any surprising musical finds??

The Awesomeness of Autumn...

A couple years ago on this blog, I posted about my favorite season of the year: Fall. (And honestly, that post wasn't my best writing. Forget I mentioned it.) Well, it's that time of year again, and despite all the issues I'm currently having, I'm still taking the time to enjoy Autumn in New England. In my previous post, I spoke about the perfection of the weather during Fall (not too cold, not too hot, and not too rainy), but that's not the only reason I enjoy this season more than any other. There are many other reasons.

I've spent the bulk of my life in cities and other urban areas. This gives me a unique appreciation for nature, both its savagery and it's beauty, which forms the core of my admiration for the Fall. Just look at the trademark sign of the Fall: the turning of the leaves. It looks so beautiful, watching as the leaves transition from green to red to yellow, and then finally to brown. But, what's happening is the tree's leaves are all dying. What looks so beautiful to the human eye is the signal for the leaves internal systems shutting down and dying off as the trees that used to harbor and sustain these leaves cut them off and hunker down for the winter.

Kind of messed up, right?

Now, I know the cycle doesn't end there: the leaves fall to the earth below, and then add essential nutrients to the soil which keeps the tree alive for next year as well as spread seeds for more trees to grow. I know that. Currently, I'm living in a more rural area of New England, which gets me up close and personal with the cycles of Fall. So, I know that the cycle doesn't stop. But, right now, in this moment, people are commenting on the beauty of death and destruction. And I have to say, it is beautiful. It really is. Beautiful and savage. But that seems to be Mother Nature's gig. With the Fall, she just does it with more subtlety and finesse.

As a closing note, I just recently found another reason why I like the Fall. Due to the necessities of modern life, I find it essential to have certain items with me all the time: keys, wallet, mobile phone, etc. Given the intense heat of summer, it's extremely uncomfortable to accomodate those items the way I normally do: in the pockets of my jacket. But now, as the temperatures drop, I can wear my jacket again!! I have multiple POCKETS again!!! I can carry stuff easily again!!