Let me just put it out there: I'm a worrier, which, in turn, turns me into a grumpy old fart. We've all been there. Luckily for me, a friend posted this link on Facebook today about taking the 100 Happy Days Challenge and I signed up so fast! You should too! Here's why:
- Noticing the little things in life can change your life in a tremendous way.
- Your overall happiness shouldn't depend on how busy you are. Taking the time to realize how lucky we are without those things is a gift.
- You'll spread joy throughout your social networks and might even get others to follow suit! There's enough negativity on social media. Let's not add to it.
- Taking pictures is fun, especially if it's for a good cause!
- You just might become more optimistic!
I'll be sharing my photos on my Instagram with the hashtags #100HappyDays and #TinaIsHappy starting today, no matter how silly they are. (I realize that most of my pictures will involve music or food) Follow me on my journey @tinaroum and let me know when you sign up! :P
Go HERE to sign up now!
C'mon, get HAPPY! :D
1998 was the year it all started to happen. TRL made it's big debut, NSYNC wanted us back, the Backstreet Boys were intent on telling us that they were back even though they had only released one album, Savage Garden made it cool to stand on mountains and bathe in the sea, Five gave 6th graders naughty thoughts whenever the lights went out, Brandy and Monica had an epic fight over the same boy and Alanis thanked India. Phew!
Let's go back to 1998 on this Throwback Thursday! :P
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Welcome to Put Your Records On, where music enthusiasts dive in to the stories behind the records that have shaped them into the people they are today. Join the group here and tell us your story!
When I call myself a music nerd, I mean it in the most literal sense. I can tell you when every album in my music collection was released, where I bought it and how I was feeling at the time. After hearing Natalie Imbruglia's "Wrong Impression" in late 2001, I couldn't wait to get my hands on her sophomore album, White Lilies Island. The internet wasn't established enough in 2002 to allow me to stream it in all it's glory, so I had to wait until it's US release date. March 5 has turned into a White Lilies Island listening party tradition for me for the past 12 years and every time I listen to it, I find new things I never discovered before, not only in myself but in an album as a whole.
Written while Imbruglia was battling depression, White Lilies Island continues to show me that storms do indeed come to pass and it doesn't hurt to use those storms to spark your creativity. When I bought this album, I had no idea what depression felt like. I was one year away from finding out, and I thank Natalie for giving me a heads up and something to cling to at night when I felt like I was the only one.
The album starts off with my favorite track, "That Day." I seem to go back to this song every time I'm pulling myself out of a rut. Originally titled "Moment of Clarity," Imbruglia touches on the subject of having that one day when it all just starts to make sense, and how it's okay to feel and crave everything at once. "I accept everything. It's supposed to be like this." "Craving purity, a fragile mind and a gentle spirit." "That Day" sets the tone for the entire record by expressing the notion of 'okay, this is how I feel at the moment, but keep listening as I hash out everything I've been through to get here.'
"Beauty On The Fire" has always held a special place in my heart. I never quite grasped the concept of the song at 14, but now I can't seem to escape it. "Tonight, could I be lost forever? To drown my soul in sensory pleasure."
"Do You Love?," "Goodbye," and "Butterflies" pour on the haunting melodies and ever-flowing sadness. I think "Goodbye" and "Butterflies" were over-played a bit too much for me in my teens. Their themes always seem to come crawling back, which make them timeless. "But I'll probably be fine, as long as I keep moving." "Sickened by the wanting and drowning from the need." "My heart will be the bridge that you walk over."
"Hurricane" explains everything that has happened to me over the past three and a half years so perfectly. "It picked me like a cherry, and I don't understand." We often ask, "why me?" but sometimes it's better to just go with it and pray for the best. "Everything Goes" reminds me of a special person who sees the world through diamond eyes and has made mine a whole lot brighter thanks to divine intervention. "I bet you smile in your sleep. Are you smiling at me?"
"Sunlight," like "That Day," is WLI's breakthrough song. "Have you ever felt sunlight on your face? Did you ever truly live?"
The album's final track, "Come September" has a romantic, brighter-days-are-on-the-horizon feel that we all need sometimes to get by. Being born in September, I can relate tremendously to "everything wrong, gonna be alright, come September." There's just something so comforting about new Septembers on the horizon. Just hold tight and breathe.
Stream White Lilies Island below in all it's glory and create your own story. ♥
Roladex - For fans of: Magic Wands, Sky Ferreira, She Wants Revenge
If you're into infectious electro-pop goodness, Roladex just might be your new favorite duo. Their newly released, Anthems For The Micro-Age, is top notch in the 80's nostalgia department and will most likely cause symptoms of insane synth cravings. You've been warned.
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If you watched the Oscars tonight, maybe you were as captivated by Matthew McConaughey's acceptance speech as I was.
McConaughey's speech may have only lasted about 4 minutes long but it sure had me, and most of America, inspired. He went on to say that there are three things that he needs each day - something to look up to, something to look forward to, and someone to chase. God is the one he looks up to, his family is what he looks forward to, and that someone to chase is himself...in 10 years.
"...my hero is always 10 years away. I'm never gonna be my hero. I'm never gonna attain that...and that's just fine with me because it keeps me with somebody to keep on chasing."
He brings up a valid point: we hold the key to our success, no one else. Why not chase who we aspire to be rather than things that will only break us into pieces? Ten years ago, I was 15 and terrified. 25 seemed so far away and I never imagined I'd be the person that I am today. Who do I want to be at 35? I want to be fearless, strong, authentic and I want to be proud of everything I have accomplished. Will I be satisfied at 35? No clue, but every day is a new beginning to start pushing for who I want to be at 45. I never want to stop learning and by chasing our future selves, we are allowing the challenges of life to keep us on our toes.
Of course, McConaughey ended his thought-provoking speech with a much-anticipated "alright, alright, alright!" :P
Who are you chasing and who do you aspire to be 10 years from now?
Happy March! Are you ready for some new music and a new Artist Of The Month? Awesome!
The Pretty Reckless have been a BUZZNET favorite since frontwoman Taylor Momsen announced the formation of the band sometime in 2009. Since then, TPR have released their 90's-inspired-alt-rock debut, Light Me Up, toured the world, and are now ready to release their second album, Going To Hell, on March 18. I'd say I am excited but that would be an understatement.
If you missed the video for Going To Hell's lead single, "Heaven Knows," check it out below and get ready for one hell of a month. ;)
New Arcades - For fans of: Empire Of The Sun, The New Division, Bearstronaut
London duo New Arcades are right up my alley! With a perfect mixture of dreamwave, 80's cinema and sexy synths, their newly released EP, Scenes, is electro-perfection!
Stream Scenes below and pick up your copy here.
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I think it's safe to say that 2006 was an odd year for music. Personally, looking back, I'm pleased at how things have progressed. Taylor Swift made her big debut, Michelle Branch 'branched' out into the realm of country with The Wreckers, One Tree Hill was at it's height of music awesomeness, Fergie was obsessed with her 'london bridge' and Justin Timberlake brought sexy back.
Let's go back to 2006 on this Throwback Thursday. ;)
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Today's Song of the Day comes from none other than the enigmatic Sky Ferreira. I've been listening to her debut album, Night Time, My Time, on repeat lately, and "I Will" has that 90's Garbage-supervixen grunge punch that we all need more of. I'm sure Ms. Manson is very proud. ;)
Chapel Hill, North Carolina's Lost In The Trees are a real treat to ears craving more indie/folk pop. They just released their third album, Past Life, and are currently in the midst of a nationwide tour! Fans of Snow Patrol and Keane are going to fall head over heels for this foursome.
Check out the video to "Past Life" below and go here for all tour dates!
Past Life is available now HERE.
Check out these other bands & artists to buzz about:
Have any suggestions for Bands To Buzz About this winter? Let me know in the comments below!