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Let It Be…or Let It Go! (Professor Choice Posts #1)

For people that know me, they know that I’m a fan of mostly all kinds of music. One thing that they might know about me is that I love country music the most. The music in The Beatles Let It Be album are far from any Tim Mcgraw or Rascall Flatts song. It’s not like I don’t know who The Beatles are but I’ve never been a fan. It’s like that feeling you get when you want to be that person that likes mustard but you just can’t help yourself to. That’s how I feel about The Beatles! I want to like them. I want to be able to listen to them because I love their music. I want to say to people ”The Beatles, I have no words for that band because they are just too good”. I’m actually really excited that the band for my last blog assignment is The Beatles and the album is Let It Be. One of the famous tracks off this album is called ”Let It Be” and the fact that I’m not a Beatles fan and I know the lyrics ”Whisper words of wisdom Let it be” at the top of my head just comes to show how powerful and great The Beatles were. I just never acknowledged that. This band is worshipped by so many and I want to know why? Although they were huge in the 60’s, they still play a huge role in music in today’s society. I could be on a train and I see a little fifteen year old little rebel wearing a Beatles tee and I think to myself ”Really? This kid’s parent’s were probably two years old when The Beatles had their first hit”. Okay, I’m just over exaggerating  but you get the point!

As I was listening to this album for the first time, I thought to myself ”This isn’t too bad”. The first two tracks were really soothing and nice to listen to as I was preparing myself for my usual social networking time on the internet. As the album went on, I found myself getting into it until the end and then it just felt like the songs were dragging on. The album would not end. When you listen to something new for the first time, you’re automatically like ”Nope, don’t like it. Not my cup of tea, sorry!” and that’s how I kind of felt about it. It’s not like my ears were bleeding, some of the songs were nice but I don’t know. Do I see myself in the future telling my friends about a Beatles song that changed my life? Am I going to post a Beatles song off this album on my Facebook to show the world ”Hey! This song is so good. Listen to it!” I mean that’s what people usually do on Facebook when they post a song up on their wall. It’s a way of expressing their feelings or just telling their friends what their listening to or what their into at the moment, kind of like what Professor Dunphry does when he sends out those random/funny e-mails about songs he discovered in a bar in NYC!

We’re living in a world without The Beatles. I wonder what it would be like if their music was first coming out in today’s world. Would they have been that powerful? Would they have been as big as they were? You always hear someone saying ”They’ll never be another ”Beatles” ever”. The Jonas Brothers were trying but that didn’t last long. Even as a newbie, I even know they’ll never be another “Beatles” and that no one can compare to what they brought to our ears. The album, Let It Be, reminds me of a time long ago because this album came out over forty years ago! About the age of my mother. It’s crazy that they still have that ”ooomph” to them. As I listened to this album, it reminded me of a really relaxing bike ride. Kind of like an escape from the world. The music is meaningful and peaceful. I mean that’s what The Beatles were all about right? Love and Peace. Music forms who we are. In the 60’s music was all about rebelling, anti-war and no rules. I was born in the 90’s and we’re all about angst, sadness and frustration. I couldn’t agree anymore because all I want to do is cry and listen to sad songs all the time, even when I’m not sad! It’s an emotional world we live in, isn’t it? As I get to know this album and keep listening I feel like I will connect to some of the songs once I get a clearer image of the lyrics and what The Beatles were trying to say in this album. I am very into meaning, quotes and lyrics and that’s what I love about music. I feel like there’s great ones to come in this album. I hate to be a critic but as the saying goes ”You can’t judge someone unless you walked in their shoes” I’m going to be walking through the Let It Be album with wide open ears!

Album Rating: 4 ( I don’t know much but I do know that they’re going to be worth listening to so I won’t Let It Go… I’ll just Let It Be and we’ll see what happens!)

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Makes my heart melt every single time…

Commercials are made in a short duration of time so that the viewer remembers the key points through that ten or twenty seconds it has to offer. The one commercial that makes my heart melt every time I watch it has to be the Baby Driver commercial. When I read our assignment for this week’s class post, I knew exactly which commercial I wanted to post. That’s how you know it’s one of my faves! The father is talking to his daughter and is seeing her off for the first time in a brand new car. His daughter will always be his little girl in his eyes even as she grows older and has children of her own one day. This commercial is so creative and so amazing because the little girl who can barely get on a ride at Six Flags due to her height is sitting in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. It’s a moment in our lives our parents go through and that we will go through one day when we have children of our own. It’s that moment of letting go and accepting that your child is growing up and is no longer your little baby. We’ll always remember the drives we have with our parents and we’ll always remember our first drive without them. We watch a beautiful moment unfold in this commercial where the father gives last minute advice or pointers to her daughter before she sets off in her new car. One of my favorites! I ignore the remote every time this one comes on.

 

 

The next outrageous political ad on you tube I found was one that sort of relates to the West Wing episode that was assigned in class last week. My thoughts and views on this have been expressed in the previous class work post but I think this is just cruel and plain ignorance. People are just MEAN and will never stop pointing fingers. Thing to remember is if someone points a finger there’s always 3 pointing right back at you!

 

 

 

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DS + West Wing

”A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing” is one of the quotes in the episode that intrigued me. What I love about this class is that I am open to so many different views on things and I learn so much. I’m not one to pay attention to the news or pick up a newspaper. I usually find out information from friends or off the internet from a Facebook status, sad I know but that is the world we live in! I was a little nervous about watching this episode because the subject of government is just not my cup of tea. It’s like someone speaking Latin to me. Deep down I knew that I was going to appreciate this assignment and once again learn something new as I always do in this class. This episode was nothing new to me but I got to see it with my own eyes. People always judge you and we are all stereotypes whether we like it or not. It’s just the way the society works. It’s not right but that’s what the reality is.

In the episode, the highschool students asked questions about the government and why we are always the target? ”Why is everyone trying to kill us?” asked one of the students in the episode. Well I’ll tell you why? ” Because we’re Americans”. I stole that answer from one of the students in the episode. Those questions and answers both came from students in the show. When asked ”Why are we targets of war?” a student responded saying ”Because we’re Americans”. Well I can agree with that because if our government was a feature on a face it would be the ”nose” because our nose is in everyone’s business! Who doesn’t like us? According to the episode, ”It’s the Arabs” ”Not just the Arabs, the Islamics”. But it’s not them that hate us. It’s the klan that they belong to. The klans or groups that they create have gone mid evil and global. According to the episode,” Islamic to Extremist is to Islamic as ______ is to Christianity”. The Ku Klux Klan is the answer to the blank. I believe that was a great religious analogy. I couldn’t help but laugh when the kid said the reason others want to kill us. The students said Islamics are the ones that want to kill us and the reason is cause we’re Americans. I am a muslim American and found that extremely funny and ironic. The reason they don’t see eye to eye with us is because we are a very diverse and open-minded society. We are a ”plural” society, that means we have more than one idea. Women in America are allowed to vote, are free to express themselves, get an education and wear what they’d like unlike certain women in other countries such as Islamic countries.”Muslims defend our country” was a quote from the episode and I agree, they do. Not all Muslims are bad people, it’s the stereotype that’s gone bad.

”The Taliban isn’t the recognized government in Afghanistan. The Taliban took over the recognized government. There’s your political analogy. When you think of Afghanistan think of Poland. When you think of the Taliban think of the Nazis. When you think of the citizens of Afghanistan think of the Jews in the concentration camps.” was one of the quotes that got me thinking clearer about the whole situation. I’ve never compared this to anything before and that analogy was perfect. When the man was telling the story about how his dad’s friends experience in the concentration camp and how he once saw a guy kneeling down and praying. The man said he was ”thanking God”. His dad’s friend asked the guy ”What could you possibly thanking God for?” and the man said ”I’m thanking God for not making me like them”. When I was hearing that story I thought to myself ”Wow, that was awesome”. Even at his lowest point, he was still thanking God because he wasn’t like the evil people. I think that’s a beautiful thing when you can still be in touch with God and at peace with him when all is going wrong.

Another quote that got me was when a student asked ”What do you call a society that has to just live everyday with the idea that the pizza place their eating could just blow up without any warning?” and the man said ”Israel”. I was just like ”Wow”. It just reminded me of all of the terrible things that’s going on in the world today that I keep avoiding or ignoring. I don’t read about these things because I know that they’re sad and nothing good is coming out of it. I thought of my friend Sharon who is Jewish and has family from Israel and how we never talk about that topic when we get together. There goes ”the Filter Bubble” working it’s magic because I don’t see any source of world issues that pop up on my Internet.

In the episode, an Arab man was being questioned because his name was the used as an alias. I am beyond angry at the fact that the head whatever he is in charge interrogating the innocent Arab employee said that because he’s Arab ”That’s the price you pay” in regards to always being questioned first when something bad happens. He totally ignores when the Arab man says ”The price I pay for what?!” No answer.  I am so angry because it’s so true. American Arabs get blamed for what others do, it’s a stereotype that will never go away. I have blonde hair and hazel green eyes, most people would never think that I am Muslim. They hardly ever believe that I am. But I am. I don’t eat pork and I celebrate all of the muslim holidays with my family. If I were interrogated the way this innocent Arab man was I would be so hurt and upset. I would quit my job that instant! I would make that person who interrogated me feel so bad about himself. The way the Arab handled himself was so amazing. I wanted to give him a hug at the end.

”That’s the price you pay for having the same physical features as criminals” was what the head man in charge said to the Arab employee after finding him at his desk after their interrogation. I love how it ended with the head man in charge telling the Arab employee ”Hey kid, way to be back at your desk”. I think that’s what he says but I said ”Wow” out loud when I saw that. It’s crazy how fast we are quick to judge and put the blame on the person that ”fits” the part.  In the end, it’s the government and it’s pressures that makes a person go crazy. You never really know what’s happening and whose scheming who?

I love how the episode ended and what the man said to the kids at the end about not worrying too much about what’s going on in the government world. He basically said along the lines ” Go out. Have fun. Live your life!” ”I think death is too simple” when referring to the death penalty. You really want to kill these people (The people who hate us/attack us)? In other words, hurt them then keep accepting more than one idea because it’ll make them go crazy and I believe that.

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I’ve never watched an episode or clip of the Daily Show until this class. I think this is the greatest thing that has ever happened to the fifth estate. This show. I feel like the Daily Show is like the magic help book of that subject you’re learning in school that you just can not get but you understand it so much better because of the ”magic help book”. The Daily Show is that for me. I wanted to choose an extended interview that I was familiar with or was acquainted with at some point in my life. As I was looking through the different interviews I came across a Jay-Z extended interview from November 17, 2010. Who doesn’t know who Jay Z is?  I chose Jay-Z’s interview because truthfully I wanted to watch something ”fun” but also I wanted to see the difference between an interview with a rapper and a serious correspondent.

During this interview, Jay-Z is talking about his new book called Decoded. Jon Stewart automatically starts off with questioning the books cover. Jay-Z explains it’s about different meanings. What I love about Jon Stewart is that he asked questions and gets straight to the point! Jay-Z talks about his book and how it’s about the culture of rap. He grew up around and with rap. He says ”it’s basically a story behind those songs” and that’s what the book is about. I know Professor Dunphry, you will love this interview because you grew up with rap as well. I was thinking of you the whole time! This interview is pretty funny when put in a rap analogy because it went from rapper saying ”F**k the police” to today’s generation saying ”Where’s the f**k is the police?!” They spoke about how rap became a mediated message and how there’s good rap and there’s ”sh*t rap.

I love how Jon made fun and said that rap took away the heat from Jews about being the scapegoat! I don’t know what he meant by that but I thought it was pretty funny. This interview is just as funny and effective as any other interview Jon has done. I chose this interview because I thought it would be a fun interview to watch. I never heard Jay-Z actually talk, I’ve only listened to him on the radio.

The second interview I watched was a Brad Pitt extended interview that was on February 1, 2012. I chose this interview because it’s Brad Pitt! I wanted to watch someone I was familiar with. Usually on the Daily Show, I have no idea who the person being interviewed is. Brad Pitt talks about his new movie with Jon and how this movie was not going to be made but it ended up being made. The movie was called Moneyball. I never saw the movie and I probably won’t watch it just because I’m not a big fan of Brad Pitt, he left Jennifer Aniston! Like who does that? But that’s beside the point. I love how Jon curses and just talks and talks. He’s so great. He makes the serious celebrities let loose a little bit. I love how they ended up talking about the Oscars and how there are no negatives on other movies at the Oscars.  I love how it’s so real and they talk about real stuff that goes on in our lives and in celebrity lives.

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The soundtrack to my life….(Personal Album Post #7)

The love I have for Taylor Swift will never die. The love I have for music will never die either. Music makes me feel alive and gives me strength everyday. I don’t think I could ever give up music, especially Taylor Swift. Country music to me is more real than any other genre music. Country is about love, break-ups, and feeling alone. We’ve all experienced those emotions or will one day. From the day we’re born it’s installed in us that we’re going to find true love, have a big beautiful wedding and live “happily ever after.” I guess that can be true but even then there’s still an ending. Although it is a taboo subject, we are all guaranteed one thing in this life and that’s death. Listening to music makes me love being alive. It’s a great thing being human you know? We laugh, we cry, and we remember when we listen to that one song that touches your heart. Taylor Swift’s Speak Now album does that for me.

This album was the soundtrack to my life for a year and a half. Everything I needed to hear and know was in this album. Whether you’re the one breaking someones heart or the one with the broken heart Taylor Swift sings about it. I hope one day when I’m eighty years old that I’ll be listening to Taylor Swift riding in a red Chevy pick up truck with my husband. One of my favorite songs that Taylor Swift covered at one of her concerts was ”Cowboy Take Me Away” by the Dixie Chicks. It is my absolute favorite country song and it makes me want to stop what I’m doing and go for a walk in the middle of a field and enjoy life.

Taylor Swift is a big part of my life. I listen to her music whenever I can. Sometimes at work I’d be so bored that I’d write out her name in pretzel dough and take silly pictures of it and send it to my friends. When I’m working a Radio Disney event with my best friend Keri we dance and sing along to ”Sparks Fly” as if we were actually performing. Taylor Swift is more than an artist to me, she’s family. I’d give her a hug if I saw in her in the street. It would feel so normal to me, maybe not to her but you know what I mean.

Taylor Swift’s music reminds me of a beautiful spring day where children are laughing and people are happy. I wish happiness to everyone in the world and I know there’s someone out there for all of us. Maybe Amel isn’t the one for me. Maybe he’s just a lesson learned. I know that I deserve so much better and that I will find my Prince Charming one day. Taylor Swift will too. When we meet someone and we fall in love we don’t ever imagine that it’s going to end but it does. Thing to remember is if we’re all alone, than we’re all together in that too. Until then happy listening! I hope Taylor Swift holds a special place in your heart like she does in mine. Everybody needs a friend, sometimes a superstar can be that friend.

 

Album Rating: Always and Forever a 5! I love you Taylor Swift my BFF!

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I don’t know how to be something you miss…(Personal Album Post #6)

When you love someone with all of your heart you never imagine that you would have a last kiss. You never imagine that you would lose the one you love the most. You’ll never imagine when all of your hopes and dreams suddenly disappear into thin air. Musicians make music so that people can relate to them and I absolutely love the song ”Last Kiss” off of Taylor’s album ”Speak Now”. This is a typical Taylor Swift song with soft melodies and tons of meaning behind it. I enjoy listening to music that tell stories. I like picturing a scene in my mind and I always envision a romantic scenario while listening to a Taylor Swift song. There a two sides of Taylor Swift music, sad and happy. ”Last Kiss” is one of the slow sad songs on this album.  Taylor Swift expresses the realities of love in her songs. Her heart breaks lead to so many beautiful ballads that everyone can relate to. When you love someone you never ”want” there to be a last kiss. You want the kisses to go on forever, but nothing lasts forever.

This whole album is basically the soundtrack to my love life for the last year and a half. It’s hard letting go and being left behind. Some days I just want to cry and listen to all of the saddest Taylor Swift songs and some days I listen to them because I don’t want to cry. Knowing that someone else out there has been through what I’m going through makes me feel better because I know that it’s normal to be sad or heart broken. This song is depressing but so beautiful. My favorite line in this song is ”All that I know is I don’t know how to be something you miss”. Everyday when I’m not texting Amel I’m hoping he’s missing me or thinking about me. I honestly think that guys drive girls crazy. They make them go crazy because they feed us these fairytale lines and make us believe that the relationship will grow and then suddenly have a change of heart. Oh, now you don’t want to get serious when you’ve made me fallen for you? I feel like Taylor Swift went through something bigger than what I’ve gone through cause she’s actually had a boyfriend. Amel was just my ”almost” boyfriend/guy I really really liked and thought was going to be my boyfriend. When she sings ”You told me you loved me so why did you go away?” it stings my heart because I’ve had Amel say that he loved me. Love is a tricky word. It could mean anything. I love you as a ”friend”, as a ”sister”, and the one that stung me the most as a ”person”.

Taylor and I have a lot in common. We like to express our feelings by writing. She likes to write songs and I like to write blogs about the guy that keeps breaking my heart. I guess it’s a way of therapy for the both of us. We could probably go insane by keeping all of our emotions inside. The song ”Last Kiss” is so real to me. It’s about falling in love and breaking up. How real is that? Isn’t that what most of us go through? We think love lasts forever but these days it comes and goes as the minutes pass by. Sometimes we forget what we’re worth and that we deserve better. If you’re giving all of your love and that other person doesn’t appreciate it how come we don’t realize it soon enough? Love is what the world revolves around. You see love from your parents, siblings, grandparents, even teachers. Love is what keeps us strong or at least gives us hope to move on. This song really moves me and it makes me sad to think that we all are going to have a ”last kiss” one day. W are even taught from a young age that ”all good things come to an end”. I really believe as people we have to learn to let go and accept things as they are. This song makes it easier for me to slowly move on from this guy. When Taylor Swift writes her music she writes about her own personal relationships. Everyone knows that. Be ware! The girl does not have no shame in putting your name in her future hits but you’re lucky if she doesn’t. This song was written for Joe Jonas. The guy that broke her heart through a text message. Nothing hurts more than being crushed by a guy that you love and not being worth a decent break up.

I know that one day all of the guys that broke our hearts are going to come back and wish they hadn’t. Good girls finish last too but sometimes that’s okay because something better will come along for all of us. One of the lyrics in this song I dedicate to Amel and it says ”I hope the sun shines, and it’s a beautiful day And something reminds you, you wish you had stayed”. He lives in a beautiful southern town with fresh air and flowers. The atmosphere is totally different from here and I hope he looks around one day remembers me. I visited him last spring and last summer both times when the weather was beautiful. He might get those feelings again of the memories we shared and realize that I’m not around because he didn’t want me around. He’ll always a hold a deep place in my heart, every boy that breaks your heart does. It’s not his fault he lives nine hours away and I live in a city that everyone dreams of living in. His home is Tennessee and mine is New York. Taylor Swift music can heal your broken heart in ways you probably couldn’t. She has the ability to open my eyes and accept that some things in life don’t always happen the way you want them to.

 

 

 

Album Rating: 5!! Because she knows how to make me cry and make me smile at the same time!

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Turn around and make it aright… (Personal Album Post #5)

In Taylor Swift’s album Speak Now track number 3, “Back to December” is about a time in Taylor’s life where she finds herself in a regretful situation. While this song maybe dedicated to someone in Taylor’s life, I believe we can all relate to this song quite a bit. Have you ever had that moment in your life when you learned a lesson a little too late? Didn’t realize how much someone meant to you until they were gone? or even messed up somehow and couldn’t find the right words to fix everything? I found myself in this situation and boy is it a tough one. In one verse Taylor sings:

“We small talk, work and the weather, Your guard is up and I know why. Because the last time you saw me Is still burned in the back of your mind. You gave me roses and I left them there to die. So this is me swallowing my pride, Standing in front of you saying, “I’m sorry for that night,”

I can truly relate to this song and I even feel a little bit of a sting reading those lyrics. It takes me back to a night I truly regret. Amel was in NYC visiting family, friends and me for the week so I had invited him out to a friend’s birthday party in the city. As the night went on I began to feel as if he was being distant that particular night and began to pull myself away from him as well. Not realizing that I had invited him out with my friends and that maybe he had felt a little comfortable I took it a personal issue directed towards our relationship. I ignored him for most of the night and proceeded to enjoy my friend’s birthday or at least pretend to while I secretly hoped we would make up sometime during the night. As the night continued we got into  a terrible argument, I had some pretty awful things to him out of anger.

The day after the party I realized I had over reacted, instead of appreciating the fact that he came out to see me and spend some time with me I made him feel even more uncomfortable than he was. Instead I should’ve been comforting him and trying to get him to lighten up to my group of friends he had never met before. I felt terrible and tried to reach out to him after sending him an apology text message. While I patiently waited for an answer back I found myself listening to this song a few times. Although the text message didn’t work at first he later lightened up and accepted my apology and thought we should meet in person to discuss what had happened.

Most people believe and know that this song was written for her ex-boyfriend Taylor Lautner. According to an article I read online, ” in describing the meaning behind the “Back To December” lyrics, Taylor says that the person she wrote the song for “deserved” it, because he deserved an apology from her. She adds that this person was “perfect” to her in every way, and that she was very “careless” with the relationship”. This song is very personal and is directed towards Lautner without putting his name in it. I love when she says ”It turns out freedom ain’t nothin but missing you”. I think that line is so great because you really never know what you have until it’s gone. We can all learn from our mistakes and grow from them in future relationships. This time around Taylor was basically the ”bad” guy. She broke someone elses heart instead of someone breaking hers. Back to December Taylor realizes how wrong she had treated someone after it was all over and found the best way to apologize, through a song.

 

 

Sources:

http://thewire.sheknows.com/2010/10/12/did-taylor-swift-write-back-to-december-for-that-other-taylor-she-used-to-date/

 

Album Rating: Always a 5!! Even though she was the ”bad” guy this time around she knew she was wrong and apologized beautifully ❤

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Something keeps me holding on to nothing…(Personal Album Post #4)

”Haunted”, is not like any other Taylor Swift songs its dark and loud. Usually, when you think of a Taylor Swift song you think of butterflies, rainbows and soft melodies that play in the background of her soothing voice. This song is different and shows a different side of her. I’ve been through my share of heartaches and this song is another one I can relate to. It’s crazy to think that an artist can write a song about every emotion you’re feeling. Often I find myself screaming “how does she know!?”. It’s an awesome feeling to be able to express your feelings through a song. You don’t have to give an answer, all you have to do is say ”listen to this” and then you’ll know.

In the song ”Haunted” she sings ”Come on, come on, don’t leave me like this I thought I had you figured out Can’t breathe whenever you’re gone Can’t turn back now, I’m haunted”. This my favorite part of the song, I think what she’s trying to say is ”What happened? What went wrong? I thought I knew you and I thought I was what you wanted”. Basically, I thought I had Amel figured out because he lead me on for so long and I thought he wanted the same things I did. I didn’t want to pursue a relationship with a guy at the time especially a guy that lived nine hours away. I disregarded all that and still fell for a guy that I thought was ready to catch me. After exchanging Facebook’s and numbers with Amel we began ”talking” and getting to know each other through phone conversations and text messages. It was starting to feel like a ”long distance” relationship, if you will. I thought we were both on the same level with where we stood with one another. I was the one that was willing to make it work and sadly I found out he wasn’t ready for that commitment. I tried so hard to make him happy and I put in so much effort. I took two road trips to Tennessee to see him last year and I sent him little gifts in the mail too. I was getting nothing in return. The sparks were there but I guess they just weren’t as bright for him to notice.

Letting go of someone is probably one of the hardest things a person can do. Swift opens the song up with these lines ”You and I walk a fragile line I have known it all this time But I never though I’d live to see it break”. That line really gets to me, I thought I wouldn’t see the day that me and Amel weren’t speaking. I always had hope that one day he would realize that we’re good together. The old saying “love is blind” I get it now! I completely understand that saying. I’ll never forget the conversation I had with a friend when I was seventeen years old. She told me that the first guy I ever fall in love with, my first real love is going to break my heart and is going to be the hardest to get over and she was so right. As  the sky begins to clear I realize I’m doing too much for nothing. I thought i was doing it for love but in reality this is nothing but a dream. I should let go and move and live my life for me and not to live in hope that one day he’ll realize how much I cared. ”Something keeps me holding on to nothing”.

 

 

 

 

Album Rating: 5!!! My girl knows what I’m going through.

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‘Cause I see sparks fly whenever you smile (Personal Album Post #3)

There’s always that one song that can take you back to a happy place that slipped your mind. Taylor Swift’s album ”Speak Now” is an album that I can relate to, and that is why I chose to use speak now as my personal album. Track number 2 titled “Sparks Fly” is the one song that can turn my frowns upside down. This song reminds me of good times I’ve had with friends and family. Counting down the days until Taylor’s songs would be playing on the radio, my friends and I patiently waited. As each song began to play on the radio my friends and I decided we have to go see her live. We couldn’t possibly miss the opportunity to see her in action for the Speak Now tour. As we awaited the sale of her concert tickets we knew we had to act fast, saving up our money to buy the tickets we checked ticket master everyday. Unfortunately, we lucked out at her concert here in Madison Square Garden because it had sold out in seconds. Feeling as if we had lost the chance to see her live we decided we would even travel to see her. So we checked for available seats in the nearest state, Pennsylvania. Next thing I knew were all packed into a rental car driving seven hours to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Driving down a road singing Taylor Swift’s songs with all my best friends was probably one of the greatest experiences of all time. I got to see her live in concert, spend time with my best friends, visit a city I’ve never visited before and get a weekend vacation out of it! Little did I know the love I had for Taylor Swift would only grow stronger as I realized we had so much more in common.

A year ago I was introduced to my best friends cousin who was visiting from Tennessee, Amel. He was in town for two weeks just visiting family and friends. The night we met I awkwardly sat across him eating my salad while everyone else’s food was covered in melted cheese, mouth-watering sauces’ and butter. During the time that we met, I was in the middle of my big transformation and well on my way to being the skinnier version of myself. I used to refer to the gym as my “boyfriend”. Was I about to find a real one? We spoke almost everyday after his visit to NYC and really hit it off. I was beginning to question myself ”Was I really going to pursue a relationship with a guy that lived 9 hours away?” Sparks Fly can take me back to the countless memories I’ve had with him. Then again almost every song on her album can take me to place and time that I had shared with this boy. When we first met, the first date, the first time I missed him, when things began to get a little blurry for us and especially the heartbreak. As I make the connection between my life and Taylor’s music you will have a better understanding of my situation with Amel.

”Sparks Fly” was the opening number for her tour. As soon as the music started playing, the crowd and all of my best friends as well as myself began to scream and dance. It’s just a feel good song and it makes you want to dance and act silly. What I like about Taylor Swift music is that you don’t have to be the greatest singer in the world to sing along, it just makes you feel good to shout those lyrics out! Taylor’s voice is more so soothing and soft rather than a high-pitched voice much like Mariah Carey’s, that what I enjoy most about her singing. I feel as if I don’t have to have that amazing voice to sing a long to her songs. While others beg to differ and claim Taylor cannot sing labeling her as another untalented pop artist I highly disagree. She writes her own music and sings, that’s talent in my eyes. Talent is the ability to make you feel something you’ve never felt before or the ability to take you to a place you had once forgotten about with a simple song.

”Sparks Fly” tells a story of a girl who can’t help but fall for a guy that probably isn’t ready to catch her. I can relate to this because a year ago I met Amel and we both felt a connection but the only problem was that he lives in Tennessee.  In the song she sings, ”You’re the kind of reckless that should send me runnin’ but I kind of know that I won’t get far”, much like the situation I found myself, in Taylor was in the same boat! This is exactly what happened to me, how ironic the guy that I fell for lives in Tennessee? The same exact state that Taylor Swift lives in! Although I always had a thing for guys from the South (well, as far as the ones in the movies), you know the whole “southern charm” saying. He  was something different , something I’m not used  to and that’s what attracted me to him . It wasn’t his beautiful long brown hair which was longer than mine! Or his smile/smirk that sways to the left side of his face when he sees me. As I described him to my friends they gasped at the thought of a guy I like would have long hair! I don’t know what it was about him but I liked it. But back to Taylor Swift, my favorite verse in this song is ”My mind forgets to remind me you’re a bad idea”. My mind always forgets to remind me that Amel is a bad idea. He lives in Tennessee for crying out loud! I live in NYC, long distance does not work in real life.

This song clearly defines the way I feel about Amel, I’m in a situation that I probably shouldnt be in.  This song is a very personal song that shows the uncontrollable and undeniable love she holds for guy that she probably shouldn’t. ”I’m on my guard for the rest of the world But with you, I know it’s no good and I could wait patiently but I really wish you would” is something that I would say to Amel. I really wish he would just give us a chance and let me prove to him that we can work out. I know, I know you must be thinking I’m crazy for thinking that we could possibly work out! Truthfully, Amel has a better grip of reality and the situation we’re in while I like to hope, dream and believe that we would. Everything happens for a reason I guess. I listen to this song and hope that I met Amel for a reason.

”Sparks Fly” is my escape from reality. My best friend says I live in a fantasy world with rainbows, butterflies and red Chevy pick up trucks. I like to think that one day I will live in one. It’s been over a year since I’ve been ”talking” to Amel and no title for us. Maybe one day he’ll ”Drop everything now meet me in the pouring rain Kiss me on the sidewalk take away the pain”, til then I’ll live my life here in NYC and he’ll be in Tennessee.

Album Rating: 5!!!!!! She’s amazing and ”gets” me.

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Who is Taylor Swift? (Personal Album Post #2)

Taylor Alison Swift is a singer, songwriter and musician born on December 13, 1989 in Wyomissing, PA. She began singing at local events, fairs and concerts at the age of ten. She sang the ”Star Spangled Banner” at the Philadelphia 76ers game at age eleven. Swift began writing her own songs and started to learning to play the guitar at age twelve. From the looks of it, she wasn’t like most kids that age. She knew even at a young age that singing was her passion and that singing is what she wanted to pursue. Some people move to New York City to become models. Some people move to Los Angeles to pursue their acting careers. Taylor Swift moved to Nashville, TN to pursue her music career. Nashville is the country music capital! I don’t want to become a country singer but I can’t wait until the day I get to walk the streets of Nashville and feel that country lovin’! In 2006, Taylor Swift released her self-titled debut album at age sixteen. She released her first single off the album, ”Tim Mcgraw”, which became a Top 10 hit on the country charts.

According to a Taylor Swift biography, ”Swift’s debut record made her a queen in the country world, but 2008’s Fearless positioned her as the year’s biggest star of any genre”. In 2008, Swift released her second album ”Fearless” and became the highest selling country artist. She received many awards for the work on ”Fearless” and was the first country artist to win an MTV Video Music Award on September 13, 2009.  I remember watching this award show and going crazy because she won an award. It was as if I was watching my best friend on television winning. Controversy shook when Kanye West  jumped on stage during Swift’s speech after winning the award for ”Best Female Video”’. He rudely interrupted her and took the microphone from her and said that Beyonce should’ve won Swift’s award. She was so excited and so honored to have won that award that I could imagine the sadness she felt at that moment when another super star basically said she didn’t deserve it. That didn’t stop my Tay Tay though. She went on to create her third album which took two years to produce and created her masterpiece ”Speak Now”. She wrote all the songs on her own for this one, with no help from co-writers. Her inspiration for the songs on her ”Speak Now” album came from all of the experiences she faced throughout the two years of writing including the incident with Kanye West. The Kanye West controversy ended up being a good thing for Taylor. She wrote a subliminal song about Kanye West and ended up performing it the following year at the MTV Video Music Awards called ”Innocent”.  I love the part where she sings ” Did some things we can’t speak of but at night you live it all again” because at same time and place they will both be reliving a memory that they both want to erase. Usually when someone upsets another person and emotionally hurts them they become angry or spiteful but not Taylor Swift. In the song ”Innocent” she says ”It’s alright, just wait and see Your string of lights is still bright to me Oh, who you are is not where you’ve been You’re still an innocent It’s okay, life is a tough crowd 32, and still growin’ up now Who you are is not what you did. You’re still an innocent”. She could have easily written a nasty song about him but she didn’t because that’s Taylor Swift for you! ”Speak Now” sold over one million copies in November 2010 and debuted at number one in its first week. Taylor Swift is such a great role model. She handled herself so graciously that September night and because of it good things followed her after it. Now, I hope you know why she holds a dear place in my heart. She reminds me of myself and my friends. She’s just like the rest of us girls, she has feelings too.

Sources:

http://www.cmt.com/artists/az/swift__taylor/bio.jhtml

Album Rating: Still a 5 !!!! This girl is my role model and never ceases to amaze me!

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Introducing the Queen of my world, Taylor Swift. (Personal Album Post #1)

”Speak now or forever hold your peace”, the words spoken by preachers right before the bride and groom vow to forever love one another. The moment that makes one’s heart race, a moment I’ve always been fascinated by. So many of us fantasize about running into a church, saying what they’d held inside for years like in the movies. In real life, it rarely happens.” said Taylor Swift in the prolouge of her Junior album, Speak Now. Speak Now by Taylor Swift is my favorite album. From the first track to the last I’ve lived through her songs feeling every bit of sadness and happiness in her songs.

Speak Now prolouge

Growing up I always knew I was different from the rest of my peers. Country music was never favored by my peers, everyone was into the lastest hip hop or pop song. Never did I hide my love for country music and still express my love for it. Just last week at work one of the customers I was helping told me I don’t look or sound like I’m from New York. Growing up in Brooklyn my entire life, it’s hard for me to relate to her comment. I love Brooklyn but at times I feel like I don’t belong here. I belong in a red Chevy pick up truck driving down a dirt road blasting Taylor Swift looking at the beautiful greens that go on for miles. One day I’ll leave this city but for now my only way of escaping these tall skyscrapers and busy streets is living vicariously through Taylor’s music. Even a song about a bad break-up can bring me some kind of happiness. Taylor Swift is my favorite artist and Speak Now is my favorite album of all time! It’s hard to think that you can be so passionate about an artist that you’ve never met. Her songs hold so much emotion that I can truly relate to in times of need. She’s kind of like a best friend. Her music gives me the strength and advice I need to grow as a person. Sometimes I find myself listening to a Taylor Swift song off this album and realize I’m not going through heartaches alone. People have been in my shoes and have experienced the same things I’ve experienced.

Through her songs, Taylor Swift and I connect and feel the same emotions about certain things, mostly boys. I feel like I can go up to her and have a two hour conversation just on one song on this album and that’s what’s so great about her music. Instantly through the connection of just one song we’d probably be friends after that but hey a girl can dream! Music should allow us to be able to speak up and ask questions. Music brings people together and that’s what Taylor Swift’s music does. Speak Now is about moments in our lives where we wish we would’ve said what we wanted to say but we didn’t because our lack of courage. I love the title of this album, we all find ourselves in situations where we want to say something but we do not.  I remember listening to this album and falling in love after every track. I couldn’t wait until she went on tour for this album. This album is a reminder of all of the amazing things I’ve experienced since this album came into my life from roadtrips to love: Amel Rugova style (who you will be introduced to in the upcoming posts) and roadtrips to love: Taylor Swift style. My best friends and I took a road trip to Pittsburgh just to see her in concert. If that isn’t love, I don’t know what is.

 I look up to Taylor Swift and I learn from her music. I listen to her music everyday and instantly get a rush of happiness inside of me. Whether I’m bored at work at the Cookie House or working a Radio Disney event, Taylor Swift’s music can change my mood for the better.  Her music can lift my spirits and it’s a beautiful thing when music can do that.  “Speak now or forever hold your peace” makes me want to stop the world and say everything I have to say and not keep any ounce of it inside anymore. The ”what if’s” in life always get to me and I drive myself crazy with ”what if’s”. What if I said something instead of just keeping my mouth shut? What if I said something, maybe I wouldn’t be so miserable? What if I took Taylor Swift’s advice and decided to speak now? We face challenges everyday in life and this album is constant reminder that we should take the chance when its staring at us in the face.

 

Album Rating: 5!!!! because she is the Queen of my emotional world and because this album is perfect for all the boys and girls out there that’s been through the heartache, the tears, the laughter and who’ve had a ”Speak Now” moment.

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