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:

 

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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

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

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