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

 

 

 

 

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New tunes!

Obviously, “MmmBop” isn’t new, but this version is!

Unrequited.

A list of beautiful-yet-sad songs for those times when the music is the only proof that you’re not the only sucker in the world who loves someone who doesn’t love you back.

Getting Personal

My favorite thing about music is when you “meet” a song that just gets you – deep, down to the core of who you are and what you’ve experienced. It’s a real kind of magic; a type of audible medicine. The following songs speak to me on a personal level for various reasons during various times.

 

 

 

Hello Summer

Since we are celebrating the unofficial start of summer, here’s some tunes that remind me of sunshine, family bbq’s, pina colada’s, ocean waves, lounging on the beach and vacation. Enjoy!

 

 

 

In Honor Of *NSYNC

The boys of *NSYNC – JC, Justin, Joey, Chris and Lance – will always hold a special place in my 90’s teen-girl heart. I can’t believe they are only today just getting their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. That being said, in honor of this fun and well-deserved occasion, here’s a list of some of my favorite *NSYNC songs.

“I Want You Back”: Of course I have to start this list off with the band’s debut single (circa 1998) that starts with young, blond, curly-haired JT’s sexy-ass voice. Oh what that voice (and hair) did to teenage girls across the world in the late ’90s…

“Tearin’ Up My Heart”: I always loved the lyrics and chorus to this pop banger from the quintet.

“Thinking Of You (I Drive Myself Crazy)”: I was OBSESSED with this music video of the boys going crazy in a mental hospital over some (lame) chicks. While ridiculous, it was a lot of fun to watch. And nothing beats JC Chasez belting “Crazy Crazy” while donning a straight jacket. Everything about this song was CRAZY GOOD.

“Bye Bye Bye”: This is the song that everyone knew the dance moves to. And to this day, I still perform (yes, perform) some of the hand motions when this song comes on in my car. It’s the best form of muscle memory.

“It’s Gonna Be Me”: Another fantastic gem of a pop song.

“This I Promise You”: My favorite *NSYNC ballad, but probably the worst music video of all time (sorry boys.)

“Pop”: The best “FUCK YOU” to the pop haters out there that I’ve ever heard. The boys didn’t get nearly enough credit as they should have for sticking it to their critics and coming out on top.

“The Two Of Us”: I was always partial to this song. It’s probably in my top 3.

“Are You Gonna Be There”: A lesser known song for sure, as it was never released on one of their albums (which always surprised me), but still a FANTASTIC song. I love when JC goes all high and falsetto and he does it beautifully here in the bridge.

“If I’m Not the One”: Another lesser known song that wasn’t on any of their albums. BUT one of my all-time favorites nonetheless.

 

 

Listen 2

Here’s some new tunes I came across this past week that I recommend checking out.

A very different sound from the lads of Kodaline. It’s more pop-leaning, instead of their usual rock sound. I’m partial to the rock, but I still like this.

Olly Alexander has one of the sexiest voices out there today.

Some Latin flair from the vocal genius.

I wish I was strong enough to say these words to a few people in my life.

Slowing things down a bit with this lovely, reflective track by England’s Lucy Rose.

A fun, upbeat, rock jam from the English singer-songwriter.

 

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