Rise Up

Hello again, blogosphere 🙂

What a few months it’s been!  I hope you all enjoyed the end of the summer and are starting to feel the wonderful fall weather.

When I saw this video a couple days ago, I knew it was the perfect re-entry into Tiaraland.  Andra Day’s song “Rise Up” has long been one of my favorites for some very personal reasons.  But to hear a middle-school choir singing this song at a time where many communities, individuals, and heck even entire nations are hurting was crazy powerful.  Whether it’s natural disasters, political distress, personal challenges, or family hardships, I think one of the kiddo’s fathers put it best in this article from the Washington Post:

“This song, it resonates so much because of the times we’re in right now,” he said. “There’s a lot of pain going on. … When you have a group of kids, innocent kids singing ‘Rise Up,’ the message is mind blowing, how such a simple phrase can impact so many people. … The kids are trying to show us there’s another way than what we’re experiencing.”   

Check out the video below to hear these powerful voices.  And consider having a tissue or two ready.  Because, all the freaking feels.

And oh by the way, this was only their second rehearsal of the school year.  Let that sink in for just a minute….

Have a lovely day, friends!

Cheers,

SMR

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Sway

Totally digging Danielle Bradbery’s “Sway” right now.

Chill melody, lyrics that I agree with and enjoy, and just an overall good vibe.  She won NBC’s The Voice a few years ago, and I honestly can’t remember if she’s had any other songs released that I like, but I’m definitely a fan of this one 🙂

Lyrics and music below.  Enjoy!

Sway

Hey, we’re all in the same boat
Life can really suck sometimes
But hey, can’t live in a shadow
So here’s a little piece of advice

Start by kicking off your shoes
Leave ’em right by the door
Then you call a couple friends
And you call a few more
Put a drink into your glass
That will make you let go
Then you find something smooth on the radio

That makes you wanna sway to the left
And sway to the right
Get lost in a groove that will make your lose you mind
Put a smile on your face and you ride into a daze
No there ain’t nothing wrong when a song comes on that makes you wanna
Sway, ay ay ayyyy, ay ay ayyyy, oh oh

Hey, world’s kinda messed up
We got no time for sitting around
Wait for it to let up
Let’s break some rules and figure it out

Start by kicking off your shoes
Leave ’em right by the door
Then you call a couple friends
And you call a few more
Put a drink into your glass
That will make you let go
Then you find something smooth on the radio

That makes you wanna sway to the left
And sway to the right
Get lost in a groove that will make your lose you mind
Put a smile on your face and you ride into a daze
No there ain’t nothing wrong when a song comes on that makes you wanna
Sway, ay ay ayyyy, ay ay ayyyy, oh oh
That makes you wanna
Sway, ay ay ayyyy, ay ay ayyyy, oh oh

Start by kicking off your shoes
And you find something smooth

Something that makes you wanna swaaaay to the left
And swaaaay to the right
Get lost in a groove that will make your lose you mind
Put a smile on your face and you ride into a daze
No there ain’t nothing wrong when a song comes on that makes you wanna
Sway, ay ay ayyyy, ay ay ayyyy, oh oh
That makes you wanna
Sway, ay ay ayyyy, ay ay ayyyy, oh oh

All On Me

For a number of reasons – some I’m aware of and some I’m sure are buried in my subconscious – I’ve found myself evaluating most of the relationships I have with people in my life over the last nine months or so.

I’m SO lucky to have some of the very best guys and gals around me.  I heard this newly-released song over the weekend when I was in the car for several hours, and despite its romantic undertone, it made me reflect on the people who I can hear saying, “put it all on me”.  Admittedly, I don’t do well with this – sharing my own issues, needs, troubles with others.  But I know that when I DO get to that point, they’ll be there 🙂

Thank you, Devin Dawson, for a sweet new tune – “All On Me”.  Lyrics and music video below!

(Verse 1)
Yeah I know that the woes and the weight of the world can get inside our minds and be too much sometimes I know
But baby don’t let the no’s and the ups and the downs from the rollercoaster ride beat you up inside…baby don’t
But if you ever feel that way, don’t you ever hesitate, ’cause

(Chorus)
You got my number, you can call on me
If you’re in trouble, put the fall on me
When you’re mad, you can take it out on me
When it don’t add up, you can count on me
When you’re low, come get high on me
Make it slow, take your time on me
Settle in, let it out, come and lay on me
When it gets heavy, put the weight on me
Baby, put it all on me
Put it all on me

(Verse 2)
Wanna take you out on the town on my dime anytime, tell me when you’re free
We can do anything and everything you want, yeah
Oh I wanna hear all your fears and your troubles
Strip it down, really get to know one another
When it’s nobody but you and me, just us
Girl you know I’m here for you
You can lean on me anytime you need to

(Chorus)
You got my number, you can call on me
If you’re in trouble, put the fall on me
When you’re mad, you can take it out on me
When it don’t add up, you can count on me
When you’re low, come get high on me
Make it slow, take your time on me
Settle in, let it out, come and lay on me
When it gets heavy, put the weight on me
Baby, put it all on me
Girl, put it all on me

(Bridge)
C’mon, relax your mind on me
When you need a shoulder, you can cry on me
Baby you can bet your life on me
Put it all on me

(Chorus)
You got my number, you can call on me
If you’re in trouble, put the fall on me
When you’re mad, you can take it out on me
When it don’t add up, you can count on me
When you’re low, come get high on me
Make it slow, take your time on me
Settle in, let it out, come and lay on me
When it gets heavy, put the weight on me
Baby, put it all on me
Yeah, baby put it all on me, yeah

 

Cheers!

SMR

How Will I Know

Yesterday, I decided to treat myself to a pedicure before a family wedding.  I was reading a magazine and only kinda hearing the music that was on in the background, but about fifteen minutes in, I put my book down and started really listening.

See, something in my brain triggered that the lyrics flowing into my ears weren’t matching the melody that I knew belonged with those words.  Turns out that it was a Sam Smith cover of Whitney Houston’s hit “How Will I Know” – but a suuuuuper slow and soulful version of it.

LOVE LOVE LOVE.

I mean, besides the fact that he has an incredible voice that just begs you to listen, I couldn’t remember hearing a song turned on its head like that.  I’m not talking about the live or unplugged versions of songs, but to use his words from a Rolling Stone article, “I love the juxtaposition of a melancholy lyric with an upbeat sound. People forget that’s how she rose to fame. The more mature Whitney, like ‘I Will Always Love You,’ came later.”

I’m still in awe almost 24 hours later.  Seriously, take a couple minutes and check it out below.  It’s an absolutely beautiful rendition.

And HELLO, that voice with just a piano backing him up?  Swoon 😀

(And yes, I know this was released almost three years ago, but I swear the first time I heard it was yesterday.  Guess I gotta stay on top of music things a bit better 😉 )

Cheers!

SMR

The Joys of CD Mixes

I can’t begin to count how any CD mixes I have.  Some I made myself, some are from friends, some are from my husband.  I find it hilarious to pop one in a CD player now and just see what comes out of the speakers.

Sometimes, it’s utter and complete randomness.  (You know who you are – hehe 🙂 )  Other times, there’s a theme of some sort – songs about friends, stay awake music, chill, dance party, lovey dovey songs, new music someone wants me to check out, etc.

And even pre-CDs, I very much remember sitting in my room with a blank cassette tape in my stereo, listening to the radio and rushing to hit the the “record” button the instant I recognize a song I like come on.  Anyone else?

I haven’t received any new ones in quite awhile – HINT HINT to any friends who feel like playing DJ for me 😀

But here are a few songs that I’ve been listening to more than a time or two lately.  Some new, some older tunes that I never get sick of.

  1. Ariana Grande, “Into You”
  2. Ben E. King, “Stand By Me”
  3. Brett Young, “In Case You Didn’t Know”
  4. Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”
  5. Christina Aguilera, “I Turn To You”
  6. Demi Lovato, “Confident”
  7. Dierks Bentley, “Somewhere on a Beach”
  8. James Bay, “Let It Go”
  9. Journey, “Don’t Stop Believin”
  10. Justin Timberlake, “Can’t Stop The Feeling”
  11. Luke Bryan, “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)”
  12. Mariah Carey, “Hero”
  13. Mark Ronson, “Uptown Funk”
  14. Meghan Trainor, feat John Legend “Like I’m Gonna Lose You”
  15. Nat King Cole, “When I Fall in Love”
  16. Old Dominion, “Song for Another Time”
  17. Otis Redding, “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay”
  18. Sam Hunt, “Body Like A Back Road”
  19. Vanessa Carlton, “A Thousand Miles”
  20. Wiz Khalifa feat Charlie Puth, “See You Again”

(Goes without saying, but I suppose I fall into more of the randomness camp – LOL.)

If YOU have any new music you think I should check out or random playlists you want to share, comment below or email me at meandmytiara (at) gmail.com

Cheers!

SMR

P.S. – I realize CDs are a tad old school and not used much anymore, but I don’t care. I’m sure there’s some way to share iTunes or Spotify lists or whatever – I’m just not that fancy 🙂 

 

Ludacris & the Llama

A few weeks ago, rapper and movie star Ludacris had an appearance on radio station Power 106 in Los Angeles.  I have no idea how the topic came up (maybe talking about his kids?), but he ended up rapping part of the popular children’s book Llama Llama Red Pajama.  I’d be willing to bet that most of you who have kiddos, nieces/nephews, friends with kids, etc have heard of this book before.

cover_redpajama

The short video clip is kinda awesome 🙂  I find it hysterical to hear the same voice that performs songs such as “How Low”, “Roll Out”, and “Move B***h” rapping a children’s book.  Admittedly, it takes a bit of a left turn at the end, LOL – beware.

Enjoy!

Cheers,

SMR

Happy People

I heard Little Big Town’s song “Happy People” for the first time yesterday, and while I admittedly don’t completely dig the music, I super big puffy heart LOVE LOVE LOVE the lyrics and the message they speak ❤ ❤ ❤

Check them out below and then listen to the song via YouTube.

Little Big Town, “Happy People”

Happy people don’t cheat
Happy people don’t lie
They don’t judge or hold a grudge
They don’t criticize
Happy people don’t hate
Happy people don’t steal
Cause all the hurt sure ain’t worth
All the guilt they’d feel

If you wanna know the secret
Can’t buy it, gotta make it
You ain’t ever gonna be it
By takin’ someone else’s away
Never take it for granted
You don’t have to understand it
Here’s to whatever puts a smile on your face
Whatever makes you happy people

Happy people don’t fail
Happy people just learn
Don’t think they’re above the push and shove
They just wait their turn
They always got a hand
Or a dollar to spare
Know the golden rule what you’re goin’ through
Even if they’ve never been there

If you want to know the secret
Can’t buy it, gotta make it
You ain’t ever gonna be it
By takin’ someone else’s away
Never take it for granted
You don’t have to understand it
Here’s to whatever puts a smile on your face
Whatever makes you happy people

These days it ain’t always easy to find
They’re the ones who you want standing by your side
No time for greed, if they need some, give ’em a slice
And we’ll all be happy people

Well life is short
And love is rare
And we all deserve to be happy while we’re here

To quote the song, here’s to whatever makes you happy, people 🙂  Find it, do it, and be happy.

Cheers!

SMR