Songs of Summer 2014

SONGS OF SUMMER 2014

1. Lana Del Rey – West Coast
2. Haley Reinhart – Show Me Your Moves
3. Sam Smith – Stay With Me
4. Kris Allen – Prove It To You (feat. Lenachka)
5. Phillip Phillips – Raging Fire
6. Paramore – Ain’t It Fun
7. Ed Sheeran – Sing
8. Queen + Adam Lambert – Love Kills (Freddie Mercury)
9. Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood – Somethin’ Bad
10. Didi Benami – Trouble
11. Sara Bareilles – Chandelier (Sia)
12. Gavin DeGraw – Fire
13. Colbie Caillat – Try
14. Blue Swede – Hooked On A Feeling
14. Janelle Monáe – Heroes (David Bowie)
15. Michael Johns – Day Breaks Sun

(For the full playlist, view my list on Quietly)

This mix of fifteen tunes consists of upbeat beats (“Show Me Your Moves”, “Sing”, “Ain’t It Fun”, “Somethin’ Bad”), sensitive ballads (“Stay With Me”, “Prove It To You”, “Love Kills”, “Chandelier”), uplifting tunes (“Raging Fire”, “Fire”, “Day Breaks Sun”), moody beats (“West Coast”, “Trouble”), mood boosters (“Try”, “Heroes”), and some infectious ooga chaka-ing (“Hooked On A Feeling”).

Play on!

Tunesday: The Girls of Summer 2014

Summer solstice is fast approaching, which means it’s almost time to break out the tunes that’ll enliven the atmosphere for the sunny days and summer nights up ahead! Here are some of the female-driven tracks I’m looking forward to playing this Summer 2014…

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Why NBC’s The Sound of Music Live Matters

On December 5th, NBC aired the biggest television event of the holiday season – The Sound of Music Live! This tribute to the beloved stage musical, The Sound of Music, starred Grammy Award-winning recording-artist Carrie Underwood as the iconic Maria and True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer as Captain Von Trapp in the two lead roles, and featured a spectacular supporting cast consisting of Broadway vets Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti, and Christian Borle, and a troupe of young newcomers led by Ariane Rinehart and Michael Campayno.

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Carrie Underwood’s “See You Again”

Carrie Underwood believes in looking for the good after goodbye in her latest single, “See You Again“.

Taking a departure from the darker themes of “Blown Away” and “Two Black Cadillacs“, “See You Again” is a sentimental ballad about the heartache of saying goodbye to someone you care about. The resolve to hold on to those special memories that allow their legacy to carry on with you is echoed in the poignant line, “this is not where it ends”.

The music video features emotional footage of people experiencing life’s most significant moments – from graduations and special celebrations, to death and heartbreaking partings – and dealing with the difficulty of saying goodbye.

The song is very timely and relevant in regards to current events, with tributes to Sandy Hook and returning soldiers within the music video (and also, Carrie’s recent performance of “See You Again” at the 2013 CMT Music Awards in dedication to the tornado victims in Oklahoma).

At the center of it all, Carrie, who sings in the glow of bright lights, is a symbol of  hope and optimism. In the face of loss, “See You Again” reflects on the notion that we must hold on to the memories of the loved ones who are no longer in our presence and look forward to the day when we will be reunited together.

I can hear those echoes in the wind at night
Calling me back in time
Back to you
In a place far away
Where the water meets the sky
The thought of it makes me smile
You are my tomorrow

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Carrie Underwood Closes Her Blown Away Tour in Abbotsford

On May 23rd, Carrie Underwood‘s Blown Away Tour concluded at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre. Her first international tour ran from May 2012 to May 2013 throughout cities in North America, Europe, and Australia, with plenty of sold out shows (100% sold out in 2013 alone!) among the 100+ dates. This is yet another impressive achievement to add to the American Idol turned country music superstar’s incredible resume, which includes sixteen million album sales worldwide, sixteen #1 hit singles, and six Grammy Awards.

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