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Playlist of the Week – Classical Classics (Part 1)

Friday, November 8th, 2019

Sometimes you just need to zone out, and we totally feel you. And you know what is the perfect accompaniment to zoning out? Western Classical music. The intricacies, the haunting beauty, the highs and lows, and the fact that there is absolutely no pressure to sing along, because well, there are no lyrics.

 

1. Swan Lake – Tchaikovsky

Sweeping motions, and the pure bliss that is Tchaikovsky.

Swan Lake

 

2. Fur Elise – Beethoven

Classical classic is a bit of an understatement with this one. EVERYONE knows it.

Fur Elise

 

3. Four Seasons – Vivaldi

Though technically these are four separate songs that have been combined, one for each season, each is a delight to listen to on its own. But if you’re looking for a bright happy tune, start with Spring.

Four Seasons

 

4. Waltz Of The Flowers – Tchaikovsky

From the famous Nutcracker Suite, this one is also an eternal favorite.

Waltz of the Flowers

 

5. Polka Italienna – Rachmaninoff

Fun to listen to, and fun to watch. Definitely one to tap your feet to.

Polka Italienne

 

Happy Listening!

 

Playlist of the Week – Best of Linkin Park

Friday, November 1st, 2019

Linkin Park will always hold a special place for many millennials. With Chester’s soaring vocals, Mike’s rap, and the incredible lyrics that couldn’t possibly not touch a chord with every angsty teen listening to it, the music encompassed both the rage and confusion everyone goes through at some point or another. Here’s a list of our favs to headbang to. (Though it is extremely hard to pick just five).

 

1. Numb

Probably one of their biggest hits, it immediately struck a chord with every single listener and cemented the band as a clear favorite.

Numb

 

2. In The End

Any list of LP songs is incomplete without this one. You probably can rap right alongside Mike even if you are not a hip hop or rap fan. Because in the end, it doesn’t even matter.

In The End

 

3. Crawling

The perfect song to scream along to when you’re feeling hurt and frustrated. And strangely enough, a couple of listens, and you might just feel better, and strong enough to face off with whatever it was that’s bothering you. Give it a go.

Crawling

 

4. One Step Closer

Relentless pace, frustrated lyrics, and you know it’s a song that you will love. Another class piece by the band, guaranteed not to disappoint.

One Step Closer

 

5. One More Light

Because if you’re truly a fan, this song will probably mean a little something extra. And will probably make you tear up a bit too. But then again, we’re not crying, you are. We just have dust in our eyes.

One More Light

 

Happy Listening!

Playlist of the Week – Celebration Time

Friday, October 25th, 2019

It’s Diwali time, and that means family, friends, laughter, sweets, and of course, music and dancing! To get you in the mood, here are some songs to set the tone. So put on those dancing shoes and dance the blues away!

 

1. Celebration by Kool & The Gang

Because it should be impossible to think of the word ‘celebration’ and not start humming this track.

Celebration

 

2. Firework by Katy Perry

Why should you be buying fireworks when you can just be one?

Firework

 

3. I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston

Hello! Did you already forget to put on those dancing shoes?

I Wanna Dance With Somebody

 

4. We Are Family by Sister Sledge

Because isn’t that what it’s all about? Bear hug everyone!

We Are Family

 

5. Happy by Pharrell

Clap along!

Happy

 

Now start dancing!

 

Happy Diwali!

Playlist of the Week – Best of The Beatles

Friday, October 11th, 2019

If your initiation into English music did not include the Beatles, you definitely need to change that now. Considered one of the most influential music groups of all time, the four-member Beatles changed the landscape of music, becoming more and more popular with each new release. Here are some of our favourites, to help you take a walk down memory lane.

 

1. Hey Jude

Do we need to say anything else? Na na na na na na na na na!

Hey Jude

 

2. Yesterday

Possibly one of the most haunting set of lyrics.

Yesterday

 

3. Come Together

Time to get united!

Come Together

 

4. Strawberry Fields Forever

Forever and ever.

Strawberry Fields Forever

 

5. Let It Be

Whispering words of wisdom to us always.

Let It Be

 

Have a great week!

Playlist of the Week – Best of Nirvana

Friday, October 4th, 2019

Every once in a while, nostalgia will strike hard, and you will head back into your memories (sometimes fond, sometimes not). And one thing that is indisputable is that nothing brings a memory into sharp focus as much as a song. Sometimes a memory attached to a particular song is so strong that hearing just a few notes can give you a surreal sense of deja vu.

To commemorate those old beloved memories, we’re taking a trip down memory lane with a band that defined grunge for so many. Here’s our pick for our most loved Nirvana tracks.

 

1. Smells Like Teen Spirit

The quintessential Nirvana song. Probably their most popular track, it pretty much defined an entire generation.

Smells Like Teen Spirit

 

2. Lithium

I’m so ugly, that’s ok cuz so are you.

Lithium

 

3. The Man Who Sold The World

It may be a cover, but man was it one heck of a tribute to the original!

The Man Who Sold the World

 

4. Lake of Fire

If you didn’t croak along to this one, you weren’t really a Cobain fan. Please note, the key word here is croak.

Lake of Fire

 

5. Come As You Are

A known enemy.

Come As You Are

 

6. Where Did You Sleep Last Night

Because we couldn’t figure out which song to leave out of the list.

Where Did You Sleep Last Night

 

Have a great week!

 

 

 

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Playlist of the Week – Happy Dance!

Friday, September 27th, 2019

This weekend, we want you to put on your dancing shoes and your brightest smile and just dance away! And to make sure you are hop-skip-and-jumping your way through the weekend, we have put together a playlist of the happiest songs we could find. Because every single day can be the best day of your life!

 

1. Happy – Pharrell Williams

Because what’s a playlist about happy dancing that doesn’t start with this song? We practically dare you to NOT tap your foot along to this ditty. (It’s impossible. Seriously.)

Happy

 

2. Hakuna Matata – The Lion King OST

Because it’s way too hard to dance holding onto your worries. So put them down and do the boogie.

Hakuna Matata

 

3. Walking on Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves

And don’t it feel good!

Walking on Sunshine

 

4. Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake

Nor should you want to stop it. Being happy is the best!

Can’t Stop the Feeling

 

5. Best Day of My Life – American Authors

#DailyGoals

Best Day of My Life

 

Have a super fantastic week!

Playlist of the Week – Break Up? Better Off!

Friday, September 20th, 2019

Everyone has been through at least one really bad break-up. If not your own, then your best friend’s. The point is, it gets overly dramatic really fast. And though we may now look back and shake our heads, it was probably really tough to get through. So this week’s playlist is dedicated to those who got back up, dusted themselves off, and made their lives better and brighter. Because sometimes, a break up just leaves you better off.

 

1. Since You’ve Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson

If the powerful vocals don’t make your spirit soar, the lyrics definitely will. Let Kelly work her magic and just go with it.

Since You’ve Been Gone

 

2. Irreplaceable – Beyonce

To the left, to the left. Everything you own in a box to the left.

Irreplaceable

 

3. Forget You – Cee Lo Green

Get your groove back with this number bound to make you shake it off.

Forget You

 

4. Tainted Love – Soft Cell

Take some inspiration from the good old 80s and break free.

Tainted Love

 

5. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift

Because you know you’re better off.

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

 

Have a great week!

Playlist of the Week – Chasing the Dream

Saturday, September 14th, 2019

This week’s playlist is all about believing in your dreams and going for it full steam ahead! While it’s easy enough to have a dream, the work it takes to achieve it is no small feat, and it’s quite common to feel like giving up. But as long as we remember that it gets darkest right before the sunrise, we’ll be fine. And if you find yourself losing focus, here are some songs to help motivate you to not lose sight of your ultimate goal!

 

1. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

If the mental image of Rocky Balboa doesn’t hit you right in the face as soon as the first bar of this song plays, what rock have you been hiding under? The scene of Sylvester running up those steps is still considered one of the most inspiring scenes, and if that doesn’t help you get fired up, well, it’s a good thing we’ve got four more songs.

Eye of the Tiger

 

2. Hall of Fame – The Script

A heartfelt song about overcoming everyday struggles to go for your dreams, this one hits the right spot as we struggle to remember why we’re doing it all in the first place.

Hall of Fame

 

3. Remember the Name – Fort Minor

Just to remind you that it’s 10% luck, 20% skill, 15% concentrated power of will, 5% pleasure, 50% pain, and 100% reason to remember the name!

Remember the Name

 

4. Fight Song – Rachel Platten

Because even if no one else has your back, you have to remember that you have the best secret weapon of all – YOU!

Fight Song

 

5. The Greatest – Sia

Because that’s what our final aim is – to be the greatest at whatever we can do. So let’s go for it.

The Greatest

 

Have an inspiring week!

Playlist of the Week – Body Positivity

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

Living in a society that is constantly telling us what is wrong with us can be tough on everyone. So every now and then, we need a little reminder that we are great just the way we are, and that our differences are actually what make us special, and the world a truly great place.

So this week’s playlist is all about reminding us that we’re great just the way we are, and our individuality matters.

 

1. Born This Way – Lady Gaga

The ultimate song that tells you to be proud no matter who you are, no matter what your background, race, color, or gender. It’s who you are, so not only should you accept it, you should be proud of it too.

Born This Way

 

2. Scars to Your Beautiful – Alessia Cara

Harming ourselves to look ‘pretty’ is never a good idea, and Alessia’s song became an instant hit purely because it resonated with so many youngsters fighting body image issues.

Scars to Your Beautiful

 

3. Who Says – Selena Gomez & The Scene

The then teen pop idol posed a very important question asking who exactly says that you aren’t beautiful exactly as you are. Her je-ne-sais-quoi attitude is meant to inspire everyone to shed their fears and own who they are, regardless of what anyone else says.

Who Says

 

4. Most Girls – Hailee Steinfeld

Though the title suggests otherwise, the song is actually an anthem that not only praises every girl for her differences, but also tells them to cherish those differences and celebrate them with others.

Most Girls

 

5. Who You Are – Jessie J

While Jessie herself epitomizes the strong, confident woman, her song is quick to remind everyone that everyone is struggling and that we should all try our hardest to be true to ourselves, and in there lies our beauty.

Who You Are

 

Here’s to you feeling happy and confident in yourself, not only because the mirror tells you so, but because your soul does too!

 

Have a great week!

Gifts from the Heart

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

No matter who you are, or where you are, you definitely have people in your life. Whether it’s family or friends, colleagues or classmates, people play an essential role in your day-to-day living. And with people, of course, come the celebrations.

The more people you have in your life, the more celebrations that you will take part in. Just think about it – for every association you make with another person, that person brings with him or herself a birthday, maybe a wedding anniversary, or even just a friendversary (as Facebook likes to call them) with you. And of course with celebrations, come the gifts. Because let’s admit it, what’s a celebration without a gift?

Now this is great when you’re at the receiving end of this little scenario, but what about all the 364 days when it’s not your birthday, and probably someone else’s? What should you get for you Mom? Or your cubicle buddy at work? Or your gym trainer? What about your significant other?

Here’s a list of ideas for options that aren’t the typical off-to-the-gift-store-to-buy-a-generic-card type. And if you see a trend of make-it-yourself options, that’s because they really are the best options. Not only are they cheaper than buying a random but expensive knick knack from a store, they also make sure that your gift stands out from the rest.

 

1. A card

No, no. Don’t breathe a sigh of relief here. We DO NOT mean go and buy one from a store. We’re talking about making one. You know, like you used to do in school? (But hopefully a bit prettier). Get some handmade paper with a flair of character, dig out those old watercolors (or craft paper and glue, if drawing or painting isn’t your thing), and get going. Make sure to put a nice, personal message inside, and there you have it.

Image source – Handmade Cards

 

2. A handmade gift

Since we’re already on the point of hand making things, this is one to note. Depending on your level of artistry as well as how much of time you are willing to commit, you can make something easy and less time consuming, or something intricate and delicate. It’s entirely up to you. And with easy access to interest and millions of sites and blogs dedicated to do-it-yourself projects and hand made gifts and crafts, the ideas and options are endless. Find something that resonates with the interests of the person you are making the gift for (something music related for a musician or music aficionado, jewelry for your sister or girlfriend,

Image source - Etsy

Image source – Etsy

 

3. A playlist

We know, this one sounds weird, but trust us, it’s a wonderful way to show someone how you think of them. Create a playlist of songs that remind you of that particular person. Seriously, think how jazzed you would feel if someone did this for you? It’s sweet, and completely personal, and the best thing is, if you’re not the crafty type you needn’t worry. There’s no getting your hands dirty with this one!

Image source – iMore

 

4. Coupons

Hilarious though it seems, we’re not talking about coupons from a newspaper, or those you find online for shopping. We’re talking about making your own coupons for a loved one. You could have one offering to make a meal, one for a date or shopping trip, maybe another for taking on a house chore for a week. Use your imagination, and create a set of these that suit your relation, and you have an easy, personalized gift ready that gives them something truly valuable – your time.

Image source - Elle's Studio

Image source – Elle’s Studio

 

 

So you see, it’s not that hard to personalize a gift. And the best thing, you can pretty much guarantee that the person you’re giving the gift will truly treasure it. After all, who doesn’t want to get a gift that is completely unlike anything else in the world!