5 Songs You Should Listen to This Week

My first five songs that I gave you were a fun mix of a lot of genres and artist. I wanted to introduce why music was so great by showing you how unique every song is and yet they are all so enjoyable. This week I wanted to focus on the romantic side of music. I have tons of playlist on my phone depending on the mood I am in, so this week I am giving you a peep of what is inside. These are the songs that tug my heart strings (in a good way) by giving my chills and making me feel a whole rush of emotions at once.

1. You There by Aquilo

I recently, in which I totally mean today, just heard this gem and I already have it on repeat. It is the reason why the theme this week is focused on the lovelier things in life. I think this song makes you feel surrounded, like being safely wrapped up in a warm, cozy blanket. It has a very haunted and delicate sound that you can easily get lost in.

2. Open Your Eyes by Snow Patrol

I remember when this CD first came out, because I did buy it on CD and still proudly own it (I jam out to it all the time in my car). I wasn’t a big fan of Chasing Cars, but I was super pumped to buy this album. This is one of my favorite albums and Open You Eyes is one of my favorite songs. It starts off soft, matching the video by moving around at a normal pace, but it picks up and goes full blast hitting a climatic point of pure passion (which is what you truly hear and feel when you listen to this song).

3. My Heart With You by The Rescues

It starts out with all these voices hitting you, pure harmony, before adding slight musical effects here and there. The echoing in the background of their voices always gives me chills. It sets up a high stakes feeling, matching it with increased sounds and heightened pitches, but always brings it back to the poignant chorus.

4. Best Friend by Jason Mraz

This song carries significant meaning with me. This summer I got married to my love of six years and when we were asking for songs for our wedding, his best friend suggested this song because he said every time he heard it he thought of us. Double bonus, Jason Mraz is one of our favorite artists. This is probably the lightest song in the bunch, in terms of sound, but it is one that makes you just smile and feel good all over. Sometimes all  you need is a simple beat and a happy reminder of what you have in front of you.

5. Happiness by The Fray

For a song that features such a cheerful word, this song does not start off so happy. It follows the saying ‘if you love something, set it free. If it comes back, it’s yours. If it doesn’t, it never was’ (Richard Bach). The song tells a story: it is slow at first establishing what it lost, but it finds a way to keep going and in the end it pays off.

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Top Ten Shows To Binge Watch on Netflix

Warning: Before we get started down this dangerous road, you should watch this first (for your own safety, of course). Now, lets begin.

Since Netflix has become this black hole of awesomeness, we need to set up the hierarchy of what you should be watching. These are ten of the most enjoyable series on Netflix right now and I can only hope that you enjoy them as much as I have. So sit back and relax (but remember only 13 episodes in one sitting).

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10. Pretty Little Liars (First four seasons are on Netflix)

This show has the everything a great TV show needs: mystery, drama and romance. While it might seem like a fluff teenage piece, PLL is actually a show that deals with a lot of mature topics. It is constantly pushing the limits of teenage dramas, and while it might seem like it is jumping the shark with a few story lines, it always finds a way to draw you back in. It uses subtle references to some of the greats (including Hitchcock), and it has a whole episode dedicated to the wonderful noir style that is delivered beautifully. Just because it seems young for your tastes doesn’t mean you should give it the short stick. 

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9. Scandal (First three seasons are on Netflix)

Right off the bat this show was doing everything right: it came from the brilliant mind of Shonda Rhimes, Kerry Washington was the lead character and it revolved around the white house. The writing on the show is flat out amazing (and sometimes outlandish), and Kerry Washington delivers each scene with such confidence that it literally oozes off the screen. This political drama follows POTUS and the scandals around the white house as Olivia Pope (Washington) and her group of gladiators as they try to fix each problem before it leaks. If you don’t fall in love after the first season, something is clearly wrong with you.

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8. The Walking Dead (First three seasons are on Netflix)

While the zombie apocalypse might seem like a turn off for some, it’s the character driven stories that leaves them hooked. The series follows around a group of survivors led by Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) as they find a way to co-exist in a zombie ridden world. It is based off the comic series by Robert Kirkman, who has a large hand in the television series as well. The story differs here and there, but big picture wise I feel like they are on par with one another. The series may never get noticed by the Emmys for the performances it churns out, but the series viewership has continuously increased each year and that has to count for something, right?

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7. Lost (All six seasons are on Netflix)

To even begin to explain this series, I feel like I wouldn’t be doing it justice. It will keep you on your toes the whole time, and just when you think you might have it figured it out it introduces another plot twist. For me, this is one of the most satisfying series on Netflix. It takes you on a journey with these characters, as you root for them to find a way home. Ultimately, after you finish the series you might find yourself saying “We have to go back!”.

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6. Parks and Recreation (First five seasons are on Netflix)

First and foremost, there is not a single character in this show who is not simply the most magical things in the world. Greg Daniels (The Office, King of the Hill) created this beautiful piece of comedy that is a mockumentary of everyday local politics. We watch the journey of Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), one of my many soul sisters, as she battles each obstacle that holds her back. Most episodes will have you on the floor laughing so hard you are in tears, whether it is because of little treasures like Little Sebastian or one of the many guests stars (like Paul Rudd). Plus, that guy from that blockbuster, you know Guardians of the Galaxy, yea he is in this show too (it’s whatever though).

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5. House of Cards (First two seasons are on Netflix)

For those of you who are fans of BBC’s miniseries, I’m sorry but this is not what you are looking for. I am talking about the Netflix original series which was inspired by the BBC series and the novel. The show centers around one of the finest antiheroes on television and for some reason our culture has been eating that up lately. Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) charms you with his breaking of the fourth wall, but you should worry because he is likely stabbing you in the back at the same time. While the story thrives on Frank’s conniving tactics, the show finds life in its supporting and guest characters. There is a reason why political thrillers are so delicious.

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4. Fringe (All six seasons are on Netflix) 

I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with this sci-fi series, but it had me hooked on the first episode; maybe it was the superb cast or maybe it was the allure of a mystery (I cannot resist a good mystery). Alas whatever it was, it had me hooked. It also possesses one of my all time favorite characters, Dr. Walter Bishop, who is portrayed by the equally amazing John Noble. This is another one of the shows where I don’t want to say too much, because I feel like I would give it all away. I wouldn’t want to deny you of that pleasure.

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3. The Office (All nine seasons are on Netflix)

Once again, I am not referring to the BBC version, but you might have figured that out with the drastic difference in seasons. The series was developed by the Greg Daniels and him having two series on this list proves his brilliance (even if I am proving this to myself). This is one of the few series that I would have been okay if it decided to keep on going. I enjoyed all of the little episodes and the different special episodes (Christmas time was always the best). I love this show so much, I just finished re-watching the whole series for a second time on Netflix.

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2. Supernatural (First eight seasons are on Netflix)

This is the little show that could. I remember growing up watching this show and no one else knowing what I was talking about when I would bring it up. Now it is like the shows that runs the internet, or maybe just Tumblr. For some the first two seasons are just okay television, but it is in its third season the series really finds its groove. Also, the definitely listens to what the fan base wants, dedicating certain episodes to them just for their enjoyment (like the episode where Dean (Ackles) and Sam (Padalecki) go to an alternative universe where they are Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki who are staring in a show called Supernatural). It’s the little things that make this show such a pleasure.

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1. Breaking Bad (All five seasons are on Netflix)

I can honestly say that I have not talked to a single person who didn’t like this show, it’s just that good. Breaking Bad was constantly resetting the standard for great television. Out of all the shows on this list, this is the one I think you will have the hardest time putting down. I think the show is at its best when it centers on Walt (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul), but all of the characters play a role that could not be erased. Unfortunately, you will never be able to view any show the same after you watch Breaking Bad

5 Songs You Should Listen To This Week

Music is the universal tether that holds this world together.  Okay, maybe that was a bit dramatic, but it does bring a lot of people together whether it is for a simple karaoke night or a full blown out music festival (think Coachella or Austin City Limits). Well, to get you ready for the weekend I have complied a short list of songs you should be jamming out to right this second.

1. Come and Get Your Love by Redbone

While this may not be an obvious choice, it is definitely something you should turn up when it pops on the radio. But do you know how the best way to listen to it is? By buying the whole Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack. It is titled Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 for a reason. It is the feel good album of the summer, so turn off your local station (which is likely playing Ariana Grande on repeat) and get yours hands on something worth listening to. 

2. Jolene by Lucy Hale

You are probably saying, “psh, country music isn’t my cup of tea,” or “No one can top Dolly Parton’s verision,” but I think you might be wrong. I am not really a huge fan of country music myself, but Lucy Hale‘s debut album Road Between made me reconsider my view on the genre. I dipped even deeper when she performed this classic live at the Honda Stage. While she has just broke into the country music scene, I see her being there for a long time.

3. Save Room by John Legend 

This little diddy has been out for awhile, but it definitely gets your toes tapping. For those of you who recognize the song, you either love John Legend or you heard it in the opening scene for Crazy, Stupid, Love. Either way, it is the perfect song to set a romantic mood or to simply have going on in the background while you are cleaning the house. The choice is yours, just remember to give it a listen.

4. Ticking Bomb by Aloe Blacc

If you haven’t listened to Aloe Blacc by now, I am deeply disappointed in you. While I love most of his music, his newest album, Lift Your Spirit, took his talent to the next level. It is hard not to get lost in his songs because his voice carries so much soul and passion. And while I love Sam Smith as well, this is really who you should be checking out if you want a voice that can move you.

5. Lucky Strike by Maroon 5

I first heard this song when I was getting my hair done last week, which is a surprise because I love Maroon 5. During that time I couldn’t stop bobbing my head, much to my hair dresser’s dismay. The point is, this song has an infectious sound that is great for crazy dancing around the room or for a high intensity work out. My only advice is to play it wisely, or your hair might pay the ultimate price.