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Playlist of the Week – Best of Maroon 5

Friday, February 28th, 2020

So here’s the thing about Maroon 5. Literally no one you know would ever list them as their favourite band. No one. Doesn’t matter what kind of music they like to listen to. Try it, test it, ask away. However, every single soul who’s listened to English music would not only know who they are, but also be a able to sing several of their songs. The thing about Maroon 5 is that while no one really admits to outright liking them, every single person loves their songs. We’re still trying to figure out why this weird love-hate relationship exists in the universe (seriously, why though).

So, obviously, it’s impossible to select just 5 songs of theirs that peaked in popularity, because that is literally their whole existence, isn’t it? Look at any album, and there are more chartbusters than not. But anyways, we tried. And we get it, there’s too many good songs to put here, so we probably missed a few of your favourites too. Forgive us.

 

1. Girls Like You (ft. Cardi B)

If the song wasn’t catchy enough, the phenomenal level of cameos kinda blew this video up. Who didn’t it have? The only one missing is Beyonce.

Girls Like You

 

2. Memories

A surprising one to come out of their latest album, this one was an unexpected tear-jerker. While we’re used to professions of love on popping beats, and loud frustrations, the absolute sentimental writing on this track resonated with absolutely everyone. We’ve all lost someone along the way that we sometimes sit back and miss in our happiest moments.

Memories

 

3. Moves Like Jagger (ft. Christina Aguilera)

You know it. You danced to it. In fact, you wiggled and jiggled to it. There’s no use denying it. We know.

Moves Like Jagger

 

4. Sugar

Yup, it’s true. They genuinely did crash and perform at all those weddings. Those are real weddings, where the grooms and brides had no clue they were gonna be there. That’s how amazing these guys are.

Sugar

 

5. She Will Be Loved

Because what’s a Maroon 5 list without a little throwback. A decade old, and this song (the album in fact) is still so beautiful.

She Will Be Loved

 

Happy Listening!

Playlist of the Week – Saying I Love You

Friday, February 7th, 2020

It’s not always easy to find the right words to say just how we feel. That’s why we love music. There’s a song for every shade of emotion you could be feeling, for every thought you might wish to convey, to share in whatever you are going through. It’s magic, isn’t it? And when you need to show that special someone how you feel about them, finding the right song to dedicate makes it that much easier to convey what’s in your heart. Here’s a list of tracks to help you tell your story a little bit better.

 

1. I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston

It’s not just the lyrics with this song that make it special. The rise of emotion that builds with the song’s progression is perfect to show that your love won’t diminish, but rather grow stronger and bolder with each passing day.

I Will Always Love You

 

2. Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

If there was ever a song version to the age-old thought of “I want to grow old with you”, this would have to be it. The song tells a story, and reminds us that while each of our love stories are different, the underlying hope to live out our lives together is ever eternal and common, and all the more special because of it.

Thinking Out Loud

 

3. A Thousand Years by Christina Perry

Want to say that your love is gonna last forever? There isn’t a more perfect song than this one for that. Because your love existed long before you did, and will continue to do so long after you’re gone.

A Thousand Years

 

4. Unchained Melody by Righteous Brothers

Arguably one of the most romantic songs out there, you can’t possibly go wrong with this one. It even worked for Patrick Swayze, and he was a ghost.

Unchained Melody

 

5. My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion

The eternal love song for an entire generation, this song is the epitome of romance and ever-lasting love. There is really not much more to be said, is there?

My Heart Will Go On

 

Happy Listening!

Celebrate This V-Day with More Than Just Your Partner

Wednesday, February 5th, 2020

Tis the season of love. And while we cannot obviously contend against the pure commercialization of Valentine’s Day, that doesn’t mean that you can’t celebrate it nonetheless. But we do have a contention – why is Valentine’s Day only about our romantic partners? Isn’t love just love? And don’t all loving relationships need to be celebrated just as much? Here’s who all we think you should consider celebrating with:

 

1. Your Parents

The very first relationship most of us had. And possibly also the one we overlook the most, especially as we get older, and find ourselves more and more caught up in our own work problems, personal lives, and social drama. Take some time and make a little bit of an extra effort to reach out this year. If you live in the same city, why not take them out for a meal? If not, why not send a gift or flowers over and surprise them. Just let them know that you’re thinking of them, and that you miss them. It’ll make their year, trust us.

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Image Source – the box is there for a reason

 

2. Your Siblings

No one really understands the term “love-hate relationship” like siblings do. They’re both your best friends and your worst enemies, all in one package. They know all your worst stories, and every single achievement you’ve made. Why not be the bigger person and show a little affection this year? If nothing else, you could do it just to shock them into numbness (and isn’t that a great return gift?).

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Image Source – Lifehack

 

3. Your Friends

Your buddies, your pals, your friends. They’ve been with you through singlehood, falling in love, and even heartache. How about taking some time to treat them to something special? After all, when you really think about it, aren’t friends the greatest thing ever? They are not genetically predisposed to love, yet still do. They chose you, and actively chose to stick around all these years. They’ve seen you at your worst and did not abandon you. And they seem to be sticking around for more. If that isn’t true love, we don’t know what is.

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Image Source – My Be-loving Friends

 

4. Your Pets

Let’s face it. Do any of us really need a reason or date to love our pets a little extra? Not really, no. But why not? Take ‘em to the beach, or to the park, or even bake them a cake. Whatever they love doing or eating. Just take a little extra effort and make the day special not just for them, but for you too!

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Image Source – Home Maids in Dubai

 

5. Yourself

They say that all you truly have at the end of the day is you, yourself. In acknowledging all those we love, and who love us back, don’t ever forget that one special someone – you. Not only is self-love and self-appreciation a must in today’s stress-centered world, it’s also a great way to stay happy and balanced. Because you can’t truly love others if you can’t even love yourself, nor can you expect that of them. As one great person said, “How can you expect others to love you, when you can’t find it in you to love yourself?” There’s something unique and special about you – time to celebrate it.

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Image Source – Heartki

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

DIY of the Week – Jar of Love Notes

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

Tis the season of love, and as such, how can we not take part! This week’s DIY is all about putting thought and effort into making your significant other feel special and loved. And the best part about it? It’s especially perfect for those of who forgot that it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow and need to put together a romantic gift on the fly! Why? Because you can keep jotting notes all throughout the day, and just decorate a mason jar once home and you’re done! So let’s get started

 

What You Need:

1. Mason Jar

2. Strips of paper (colored paper works best, but plain is fine too)

3. A few colored pens

4. Paint and paintbrush, or sharpies, to decorate the mason jar

5. Ribbon

 

What To Do:

Step 1

If you don’t have paper strips, cut regular size A4 paper into strips (If you have a paper slicer, this will be really quick work).

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Image source – Ahem, it’s Emme

 

Step 2

Jot down a different reason why you love your partner on each strip. Do as many of these as you possibly can. And no reason is too small or silly. Remember, this is about the two of you. Everything from they way their hair smells after a shampoo, to their bad off-tune singing, to how they watch your favourite sport with you (even though they hate it), counts!

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Image source – Paper and Landscapes

 

Step 3

Fold the paper strips into little chits. And remember, try to make as many as you can! Even the smallest of reasons, and silliest of reasons, is a reason.

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Image source – About What Blog

 

Step 4

Decorate the mason jar. You can paint it over with designs, or keep it plain with a label reading “Reasons Why I Love You”. Finish off with a ribbon along the neck, pop in all the chits of reasons, and close it off.

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Image source – Etsy

 

While this is simple to assemble, the thought you put into each of those notes is what will be the real gift, and a truly thoughtful one. Don’t be surprised if you get a few happy tears in response! (We’ll agree to blame it on onions).

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Greasing the Wheels of Love with Words

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Warning: The love we’re talking about here is the fiery and passionate kind, the type proudly labelled ‘Romantic Love.’ No “Love you like a friend” nonsense shall be alluded to. Tread carefully.

After watching the brilliant Marathi movie, Sairat, we were inspired to meditate on this complex and consuming emotion called love. Yes, that all-powerful emotion, notorious for making the wisest man abandon wisdom and imparting, even to the most foolish, a startling amount of insight and understanding. Why does it wield the power it does, making the world go round or stand still as per its whims? More importantly, what exactly is love, or rather, how does one know one is in love? Does it feel like the cold shock of a morning shower, or is it more insidious, creeping up on you when you least expect it? Or perhaps it’s like a Jack-in-the-box, springing out at you with such gusto, it makes you want to scream, or scram. Well, it’s hard to find answers to these questions. Generations of brilliant minds have turned these queries over in their brilliant heads, and yet, have been unable to come up with unanimous answers. If anything, they’ve only been able to give us their understanding of love, which is coloured by their experience of it. Perhaps that is why we find so much matter on this emotion, for by eluding definition, it throws open a plethora of understandings for us to explore. Here are some poems that do their bit to make sense of this mystifying emotion.

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I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart) – E.E Cummings

We might recognize this poem as the one read by Maggie Feller to her sister, Rose, in the movie ‘In Her shoes.’  Because of its depth and lyrical quality, this poem is quite the lover’s favourite. What is also interesting about this poem, however, is the manner in which it is written. The poet deliberately places the sentences with endearments within parenthesis, such that they are carried inside the lines of the poem, much like his lover’s heart!

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in

my heart)i am never without it(anywhere

i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done

by only me is your doing, my darling)

Another Valentine – Wendy Cope

This smartly written poem is perfect for those in long-term relationships. Having felt and done it all before, the poet is quite blasé about Valentine’s Day, But, as she thinks and talk about this day, romantic feelings begin to creep and she can’t help but get mushy and affectionate with her valentine.

Today we are obliged to be romantic

And think of yet another valentine.

We know the rules and we are both pedantic:

Today’s the day we have to be romantic.

Our love is old and sure, not new and frantic.

You know I’m yours and I know you are mine.

And saying that has made me feel romantic,

My dearest love, my darling valentine.

Valentine – Carol Ann Duffy

In this poem, the poet calls a spade a spade. She isn’t starry-eyed about love, for she knows that it can be an incredibly difficult emotion. She also knows that love can hurt and the pain can stay for a long, long time, just like the odour of an onion. If you’re a realist and avoid soppy saying like the plague, this love poem is for you.

Here’s a snippet from the poem-

Not a red rose or a satin heart.

I give you an onion.

It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.

It promises light

like the careful undressing of love.

Here.

It will blind you with tears

like a lover.

It will make your reflection

a wobbling photo of grief.

To his coy mistress – Andrew Marvell

This is probably one of the most flirtatious poems you’ll ever come across. Despite the very overt sexual advances the speaker seems to be making to his mistress, we can still see the truth in his words and this, combined with his wit and directness, make him probably one of the most endearing and persuasive speakers in the history of poems! If you’re trying to win over the affections of a rather shy person, this is the poem to read to him or her.

Read the full poem here: To His Coy Mistress

A Drinking Song – W.B. Yeats

Just six lines long and rather simple in content and form, you might think that the poem cannot take on this weighty and complex emotion. But, it does, simply and beautifully. Just like falling in love.

Wine comes in at the mouth

And love comes in at the eye;

That’s all we shall know for truth

Before we grow old and die.

I lift the glass to my mouth,

I look at you, and I sigh.

Well, we hope these poems help you draw your own understanding of love, well if not, at least you now have some fab lines to use on your next/on going crush.

P.S: Poetry makes good pick up lines.