Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

I usually don’t write to music because I find it distracting, even when it doesn’t contain words. Lately, however, I’ve been finding myself needing a little something else to get into the mood.

I only listen to soundtracks when I’m writing because if the song has words, I’ll start singing along to it and be way too distracted. And, inevitably, that just leads to me going to Twitter or Tumblr and distracting myself further.

Frozen SoundtrackSo, I stick to the soundtracks.

Right now I’ll admit I have mostly Disney soundtracks because I find those to be the most familiar and soothing. Plus they just make me happy. I do have Lindsey Stirling‘s CD on there, though, and that makes a great background for action scenes because her violin work is usually enhanced by dubstep. But I have Pocahontas, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Frozen, too.

But I need more. And I need more variety. So, I’d like to know what you guys are listening to while you write. What really speaks to you? Which tracks do you find are good for the slow scenes versus the fast ones, or the romantic scenes versus the violent ones? I’d like to try writing to music more in order to see if it positively affects me.

In other words, help a girl out! I’ll be taking your recommendations and adding them to my writing playlist in the hopes my Muse is further inspired.

I feel the need to preface this with the fact that this is not a sarcastic article. There were a few things I really loved during the VMAs, and I’m not going to mention that other stuff that happened because it’s been done to death over the past few days. Just go to Tumblr if you want to laugh at pictures like this.

1. Lady Gaga’s performance. I’ve liked Lady Gaga for a long time. I’ve liked most of her performances even though they’re over the top and sometimes actually quite frightening. Despite some crazy eyes in the beginning, I really enjoyed her performance at the 2013 VMAs. It was well done, with some seamless outfit changes. Plus it was just really nice to see her back in her “Poker Face” wig.


 

2. Macklemore performing “Same Love.” This song is just incredible. I love the message it carries, and I love everything that Macklemore did when he was on stage. He deserved to win that award for Best Video with a Social Message.

You can click here to watch the performance.

3. Lady Gaga gives a pep talk to One Direction. I don’t know a whole lot about 1D, but I’m getting to the point where a few of my friends just won’t let me ignore them anymore. Still, I feel horrible they were booed at when they accepted their award for Best Song of the Summer. But Gaga gave them an amazing pep talk afterwards. Love her.


 

4. NSync reunited on stage. I’m sad that it was about 10 minutes of Justin Timberlake and 30 seconds of NSync, but it was still nice to see the boys back together again. I hope the response they got for the reunion at the VMAs gets their attentions and makes them realize that tons of people would be invested if they did a reunion tour. Because I would be there in a heartbeat.

You can click here to watch the performance.

5. Eminem announces his new album. I AM ACTUALLY INCAPABLE OF TALKING ABOUT THIS WITHOUT USING CAPSLOCK, SO I’M JUST GOING TO SHOW YOU THE VIDEO NOW.


 

What were the highlights of the VMAs for you? (If you watched, that is. I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t.)

I’ve found a new favorite comedian/singer, and her name is Christina Bianco. She has the unique talent of having perfect comedic timing, and gorgeous voice, and a terrifyingly accurate ability to sing like some of the greats.

I’m talking Christina Aguilera, Bernadette Peters, and Kristen Chenowith, just to name a few. And it’s not just her voice. She’s got those mannerisms down pat.

My two favorite videos are below:

In the first one, she sings “O Holy Night.” It really shows off her vocal talents, and the crowd is quiet enough that you can actually hear every note.


 
This video really shows how easily she can jump back and forth between different voices. And that Kristen Chenowith, man. It’s so spot on.


 
My favorite voices are Beradette Peters, Kristen Chenowith, and Julie Andrews. Which are yours?

You can watch more videos of her on her YouTube channel.

I know not all of you guys are into rap music, but this comes off much more like spoken word. It’s a beautiful song with a beautiful message. A friend sent this to me and I just had to share.


 
Same love. <3

Anna Christine made her debut on America’s Got Talent, and I think it’s safe to say she blew EVERYONE away.


 

How’s that for a big voice, huh??? I can’t wait to hear more from her!

You might recall that one of my all-time favorite videos on YouTube is Heather Traska’s “One Woman A Capella Disney Medley.” It’s quite possibly the most intricate and well put together video I’ve ever seen.

And guess what? She just released her second one! It features a lot more villains, including a quick cameo of her as Hades. If you know anything about me, you’ll know my love for Disney’s Hercules has no bounds.

Check out part two right here!


 
Which was your favorite part?

What I wouldn’t give to play ONE of these instruments HALF as well as she does.

Do you ever feel like some people are just too talented for their own good?