The Playlist: April 2017

April is almost over, you guys. We made it! I don’t know about any of you, but April was a super challenging month for me. Come to think of it, all of 2017 has been rather “interesting” so far, but April probably took the cake as far as frustrating months go. Thank goodness I had a good playlist to listen to or I just may have pulled all of my hair out. At least there’s always wigs to turn to if I do decide to stress myself bald. Let’s try to avoid that though.

If you’re familiar with me, you already know just how obsessed with music I am. If you’re not so familiar with me, I am the biggest music junkie. I have over six days worth of music on iTunes alone and hundreds of CDs. Remember those? I’ve recently gotten into collecting vinyl records as well, which I’m loving. My musical tastes are as random and diverse as they come, so you never know what I have blaring in my headphones. It might be Dolly Parton, Tupac, Selena Gomez or Bach. We really can’t predict such things.

Starting today, I will be bringing you a compilation and mini review of my most listened to songs of each month. Whether it is brand spanking new or something I had to dust off, I’ll be sharing all of my favorite tracks. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find a new favorite artist or album along the way. Let’s go!


Halsey Now Or Never

I am absolutely loving this song right now. I’m not that familiar with Halsey overall, but I have heard some of the songs off of her previous album. Though I’ve always liked the sound of her voice, none of the songs actually grabbed me until this one. I’ll be honest, when I very first heard a snippet of it I wasn’t thrilled. Something about it spoke to me though, so I gave it a second try. By the time my second listen was over I knew this track was going to remain on repeat for a good long while.

Off of the album entitled, “hopeless fountain kingdom”, this song is my 2017 relationship anthem (for now). It has a sexy, dark beat that is exactly what I look for in a song (think The Weeknd or Jaymes Young), but the lyrics are what really spoke to me. They are so accurate to my oh-so-peculiar current relationship status that I swear my brain’s been hacked.

If you’re currently in or trying to be in a relationship with someone who clearly can’t get themselves together enough to make it happen, this song may be what you need in your life. Often, we wait on people we love hoping that things will get better opposed to moving on to someone new. However, there is usually a breaking point at which we need to finally deliver an ultimatum: Show you’re down for me or go away—forever. If any song properly communicates the frustration of hanging on to a romantic interest who is emotionally unavailable, it’s this one.

The chorus is purposely repetitive, but its truly the most addictive part for me. If you’re like me and enjoy singing, this is a fun song for that—even if your stage is only the shower.

Line(s) I Love: We’ve been through it all, but you could never spit it out for me. Trying to talk to wall, but you could never tear it down for me.

Available on Amazon

Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE.

This track off of Kendrick Lamar’s latest album entitled, “DAMN” is so catchy—I can’t even. Be warned though: The explicit version of this song is so full of expletives that even I would think twice before playing this in front of certain company. Despite the popularity of this song upon its release, there was apparently some backlash from women across social media over Kendrick’s lyrics, but not due to his “creative” language.

He makes his distaste for today’s standard of beauty very clear: He’s over all the editing and filters. Though I admit that I love myself a good Photoshopped photo, I do understand what he was trying to say when he expressed a desire to see something natural for once, whatever that may be. I guess some women felt that he was putting down one group of women in order to uplift another group. Maybe so. I didn’t take this personally the way others did, but then again, he wasn’t talking to me anyway.

I don’t listen to rap or hip-hop that much anymore (outside of a handful of favorites), but I love Kendrick’s style and honest approach to various topics. He’s extremely consistent as an artist and never disappoints when it comes to having good beats and memorable lyrics (however profanity-laden).

Line(s) I Love: This that Grey Poupon, that Evian, that Ted Talk, aye. Watch my soul speak, you let the meds talk, aye.

Available on Amazon – (Explicit Version)
Available on Amazon – (Clean Version)

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Rat Race

I’ve been listening to Bob Marley since I was a fetus. No. Seriously. My mother listened to him all the time while she was pregnant with me. Even so, this particular song somehow avoided my radar until I recently replayed GTA IV (it was one of the songs used in the game). I was immediately hooked; I have been listening to it so much over the last few weeks. This has quickly become one of my favorite Marley songs. I downloaded the live version from the album, “Live At the Roxy: The Complete Concert” because it was longer than the original, and I’m all for a lengthy song.

I absolutely live for the mellow beat and empowering lyrics. The overall message really speaks to me because I believe it is critical for people to always maintain a healthy perspective of life and what is truly important. I see so many people missing out on priceless quality time with their loved ones all in the name of chasing after money aka “security”. Still, others are wrecking their health and sense of well being due to excessive stress and the drive to keep up with the Joneses.

Balance is key. This song serves as a reminder that not all that appears to be a source of security really is.

Line(s) I Love: Don’t forget your history. Know your destiny. In the abundance of water, the fool is thirsty. 

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The Outlaws – Green Grass and High Tides

I’ll be honest. I haven’t the slightest clue what this song is about. But isn’t that the way sometimes? Some songs are awesome because of the instrumentals or the beat. Some songs have an amazing singer or gut-wrenching lyrics. Some are blessed enough to walk on water and have all of these attributes. But when it comes to this song, the highlight has got to be the guitar playing. I’m telling you, it’s epic.

I came across this while listening to different 70s themed playlists on YouTube. I was sort of tired of everything else and wanted to explore that particular decade since I’ve never been too keen on music from the 70s or 80s. Despite being recorded back in 1975, this song sounds so amazing still. It is so rare to find popular music featuring real live instruments anymore, which I think is a real shame. Heck, it’s hard to get someone to leave auto tune off their track…who knows what all these people of today really sound like!

Off the album, “The Outlaws”, this song delivers the most melodic and beautiful guitar solos. And weren’t we just talking about long songs? Well, this one is nearly ten minutes long! It never has a dull moment though. If you’re into Country-Rock, this will take you on a journey you’ll be sure to go on time and time again. It starts off really slow and lilting, but don’t be fooled. By the time you hit the halfway point it speeds up considerably, giving you a strong dose of frantic guitar goodness. Overall, this song makes me want to take a road trip in a convertible with the top down on a warm summer day. It doesn’t get anymore carefree than that.

Available on Amazon

Ariana Grande – I Don’t Care

Though I’ve had the “Dangerous Woman” album for a good while and love some of the tracks off of it, I’ve still not heard the majority of it. I randomly decided to listen to this particular song one night and I have been playing it ever since. It’s an extremely simple song. Simple lyrics. Simple beat. And for Ariana, the vocals are nothing dramatic and overdone (for a change). The overall beat is slow and chill, which always appeals to me, but the lyrics are what hooked me.

This was an awesome song for me to come across in April because I’ve recently developed a new, dismissive attitude toward the people and things that previously made me feel inferior, unworthy and downright unhappy. The song definitely promotes the idea of being yourself, loving yourself and not allowing people to make you feel as though doing those two things isn’t good enough. Amen to that, Ariana. Preach.

Available on Amazon

Drake – Fake Love

This. song. stays. on. repeat. As April comes to a close, I am finally starting to get low-key tired of playing it. Very low-key though. In fact, I should play it right now. So I am. Ah, I’ll never recover. I am such a Drake fan, it’s rather sad. To my ears, his voice is literally everything.

And his face.

Wait, what?

Ahem.

*Awkward Silence*

It’s often hard for me to tell which I like more though: his face or his music. Hmm. Both?

All jokes aside, this song is easily one of my favorite Drake songs (among twenty others) and I do know that it’s my favorite off the album, “More Life”.

It’s a very typical Drizzy song, but it’s good, which is also typical for him. I identified with the lyrics way more than I feel comfortable with, but his swag about it has me thinking I don’t care as much about the phony people in my life. I think there are times in everyone’s life when you wake up and realize that not all who smile in your face are truly happy for you. Does anyone else get comfort from the fact that celebrities go through this just as much (if not more) than us regular folks?

Line(s) I Love: I came up. You changed up. I caught that whole play. Since then, things never been the same.

Available on Amazon – (Explicit Version)
Available on Amazon – (Clean Version)

 

Well, that’s it for April, guys! I actually had a few other songs that could have made the lineup, but they may pop up in May’s post, so stay tuned for that. Hopefully, I’m not still listening to “Fake Love” all day by then. We’ll see. Nah. Who am I fooling? I will be.

If you’ve got any suggestion for songs, artists or albums I should check out, feel free to let me know in the comment box below. ‘Til next time… -XO

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