Ariana Grande “NASA”

There’s no question who the best pop artist is right now. Because this is who it is. No contest.

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human KIND.

It’s no secret – planet earth is not a very kind place these days. That’s not to say there’s not plenty of good lurking around, but it’s been so outweighed by all the bad shit out there that it’s often hard to see. From morning to night, we’re inundated with an increasing amount of heartbreaking news that’s not only sickening but numbing – mentally, physically, emotionally. I, for one, am not okay with this being the norm and all I have to say is – what the f**k is going on?!?

To all my fellow warmhearted humans, keep doing you – continue to be kind and spread your light. The world needs people like us. Here’s a playlist of hopeful, positive songs that remind me of the goodness of the human endeavor:

 

JoJo

Couldn’t be happier that JoJo re-recorded her fabulous music and that it’s finally available to stream! She’s always been an underrated, pop artist with strong vocals that could rival Mariah. Here are some of my favorite JoJo jams:

 

My Year in Music According to Spotify: 2018

Another year, another music wrap-up from Spotify. Without further ado, my streaming trends for 2018:

Minutes listened: 19,893

This was 50% more than last year, which is insane. I spent 8 hours alone listening to my number 1 artist once again, *NSYNC! (as the saying goes, you can take the girl out of the 90’s but….)

My other top artists included: John Mayer, Twin Shadow, Years & Years, Charli XCX

Top song: I pride myself in keeping up with music and listening to a variety of different genres. However, at the end of the day, I listen to what makes me happy and I guess you couldn’t call my music tastes exactly “cool.” And with that, I’m proud to announce that my top streamed song of 2018 was…drum roll please…Epic Goofy Medley by Peter Hollens!!!

My other top songs included: Tearin’ Up My Heart (*NSYNC), The Motown Song (Rod Stewart), Miss You (Cashmere Cat), and I Was Made For Loving You (Tori Kelly f/ Ed Sheeran)

Top genres: Pop (no surprise there!), Indie (really?), Rock, Dance and R&B (again, really?)

Top sub-genre: Dance Pop (ala Dua Lipa)

Fun fact that Spotify thought I needed to know!?!… I listen to more music by artists who are Libra’s (John Mayer, Hugh Jackman) than anyone else. Yay?

Oh Spotify!

They also kindly put together a list of My Top Songs of 2018, which I’ve included here for your listening pleasure.

Happy Holidays all!

-Ashes

 

winter.

Oh December, the most bittersweet time of the year. Bitter, because of the snow, the frigid temperatures, the stress placed upon the buying of the presents, and the sad notion of time flying by too soon. Sweet, because of the Christmas lights, the hot chocolate, the family traditions, and all the food and cookies. And bittersweet, because while it marks the end of something, it also signifies the beginning of something else.

This time of year is especially hard for many people, myself included. It’s as if the harshness of the cold weather and the bleakness of the grey skies emphasize the cloudiness of our own lives. Whether by broken heart, empty bank account, fragile body, or sick mind, whatever cloud hovers over your life, I hope you find some sense of peace this holiday and winter season. I hope I do, too.

Here’s some songs that sound like winter to me – both the bitterness and the sweetness of it all.

**Alison Krauss & Union Station

 

 

 

 

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

I (luckily) stumbled upon the cinematic masterpiece that is Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri one night about a month or so ago… and it’s now one of my all-time favorite movies. As someone who stays on top of pop culture, I was aware this movie and the actors were nominated for Oscar’s but was indifferent to seeing it, which is how I usually feel about Oscar nominees. Side note: how that DISASTER of a movie, The Shape of Water, won top honors is beyond me. Waaaaay beyond me.

Anyways, now, having seen TBOEM, I have to say that both actors – Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell – highly(!!!) deserved their awards. Frances McDormand, in particular, was so freaking phenomenal as the fierce, grieving Mildred Hayes that I often found myself clapping along to all of her memorable quips. Woody Harrelson, Peter Dinklage and Caleb Landry Jones were all excellent as well.

Aside from the acting, what really set the tone for me (as it always does when it’s right) is the music and original score. Carter Burwell’s work for this movie has an appropriate underlying theme of solemnity to it, yet beautiful twinges of hope and bad-assery seep through to highlight various characters at various times. It’s all just so fucking fantastic.

In addition to the phenomenal instrumental music,  both versions of the song “Buckskin Stallion Blues,” as well as “His Master’s Voice” by Monsters Of Folk were perfectly suited for the movie. TBOEM is a stunning work of art all around that I’m fortunate enough to have seen by chance. So, if you happened upon my blog by chance, I highly recommend checking out the movie for yourself.

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