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Taylor Swift – Shake it Off

Published October 7, 2014 - 0 Comments

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I’ll be the first to admit… I’m one of the people who used to enjoy Taylor Swift’s music, but over the years became quite tired of having her life’s up and downs turned into the latest track from her album. I still think she’s talented.  I just don’t want to hear about every single boy toy that comes into her life.  I suppose this means her current song is directed at me, just as much as anyone else!

But Shake It Off is catchy!  And the video is cute!  I like her self-depreciation, and it almost makes me feel bad for the girl.  Almost.

The video even features past contestants from So You Think You Can Dance, which is always fun to see.  See if you can pick out your favourites!

Sia – Chandelier

Published September 25, 2014 - 2 Comments

This is something a little different for me. I’m showcasing a music video strictly for the video itself. Sure, the song is ok, but it’s not going to end up in my Top 100. But the video… wow… the young girl is 11 year old dancing sensation Maddie Ziegler, from a show called Dancing Moms. I’ve never heard of the show before, and I only know it because I had to look up who she was. The video is shot in one continuous take, and Maddie never stops. I don’t know who choreographed this routine, but it’s amazingly weird, creepy, and genius all at the same time.

“Weird Al” – Word Crimes

Published July 17, 2014 - 0 Comments

Mandatory Fun“Weird Al” is back with a new (and potentially last, due to contractual completeness) album!  The first release from Mandatory Fun pretty much channels everything from my Grammar Snobs, Unite!  post and makes it sound catchy!  🙂  That’s right… Word Crimes takes last summer’s Blurred Lines and spins it into a parody of how sloppy we’ve become in the age of internet writing…  <- WTF?!?  You can’t end a sentence with THREE periods!  That’s sloppy writing!  Yes.  Yes it is…  And if THAT makes you want to cringe uncontrollably and hide behind your Webster’s Dictionary (what’s that?) then I’d love to watch as you listen to this song for the first time!  Try to pick out a few of the no-nos that you probably do.  I know there are a couple of my little gems in there!

I have to admit though – as clever as the video is, I was really hoping to see Emily Ratajkowski make a cameo appearance… even if clothed.

Enjoy!

Nico & Vinz – Am I Wrong

Published June 27, 2014 - 0 Comments
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I love stories like this.  This song was released in their native Norway (Yes… I said Norway.  I know what you’re thinking.  They appear quite un-Viking-like) back in April 2013 and peaked at #2 in Norway, Denmark and Sweden.  After that the song didn’t do much, until it was released in American in April 2014.  Even then it was a slow climb up the charts.  Apparently it’s the #2 song in Canada right now, and I don’t think that I’ve ever heard it on the radio.  What’s up with that?

This video was shot in Botswana with the goal of showing Africa in a positive light because much of what we are shown in media is fairly negative.  Some of the scenery is breath-taking.  Watch it and tell me… Am I wrong?  🙂

Iggy Azalea – Fancy (Explicit) ft. Charli XCX

Published June 9, 2014 - 0 Comments

Look who’s back with another awesome music video! Although this song has been around for a little while, I really haven’t paid it much attention until this weekend after I added the video to my iTunes collection. Now I’m hooked! I changed my ring tone and my text tone. Haha… I’m so fancy! Who dat? Who dat? IGGY.

Imagine Dragons – Demons

Published October 24, 2013 - 3 Comments
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If I was ever going to write a song, this would be it!  It’s been a long time since I’ve listened to a song on straight repeat, but Demons by Imagine Dragons is something that I can’t turn off.  The only thing wrong with this song is that it’s too damn short!  2 minutes and 53 seconds?!  It’s not one of my favourite videos, but that’s ok.  The lyrics pierce through me.

 

 

When you feel my heat
Look into my eyes
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide
Don’t get too close
It’s dark inside
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide

Top 5 Music Videos

Published June 17, 2013 - 0 Comments

I thought that I’d look at something a little different today… everyone knows that I like my music videos.. I’m probably one of the few people reading this who actually buys music videos from iTunes.  Might seem strange to you, but I get far more of my money’s worth from a $2.29 music video than from a $20 movie.

So what have I been watching?  Well.. according to my iTunes Top 5 Music Video playlist…

#5 The Script feat will.i.am – Hall of Fame

I like the message that this song conveys… and the part where the girl puts her hand on the speaker to feel the music because she can’t hear it…

 

#4 Mariana’s Trench – Stutter

I wrote about this one very recently.  This song still makes my foot tap and sing along at home.

 

#3 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – Thrift Shop

This song drive my kids nuts… which of course means that I play it nice loud when they’re visiting!  In fact, I even created a ring tone that says “what what”…   😉

 

#2 Classified featuring David Myles – Inner Ninja

I was a little slow to come around to this song, but once I did, it really connected with me.  Doesn’t hurt that there is some local talent (Halifax and Fredericton are close enough) behind this one.  And they won the award for Best Video last night at the Much Music Video Awards!

 

#1 Jason Mraz – I Won’t Give Up

I listened to this song a lot.  That’s all I’ll say about that.

Hunter Hayes – I Want Crazy … OK, You Got it!

Published May 29, 2013 - 7 Comments

I can’t stand country music.  There, I said it.  OK… I can’t stand 99.9% of country music.  Sometimes something slips through the cracks… I’m ok with most Shania Twain songs that are on the radio, although I can’t get through an entire CD of hers without having to jump to the next track a few times.  Then there’s that infamous Tim McGraw song that would just cut me to pieces… but we won’t go there.  In general though, country music makes me want to jab sharp objects into my ear drums.

So I’m walking home a few months ago, and from a block or two away I can see a large mob of people on Princess Street.  I can’t tell what they’re doing, but they’re basically blocking the intersection.  There’s a truck parked there.  Curious.

Then they start shouting to me.  I have my headphone on, and have no idea what they’re saying, but they’re kinda making me a little nervous now.  I stop, and look at my phone.. make a couple of texts… and I see someone running toward me from a block away.  Finally when he gets close enough he shouts “You’re in our shot!  Would you mind moving?”

Oh.

Why they didn’t have a guy at this end of the street to warn people of that, I have no idea.  But I moved over and watched see what happened.  I saw a guy pushing a girl in a shopping cart…  huh?  Whatever.  I left and walked home a different way.

Flash forward to a few weeks ago and someone sent me a link to the music video below… It’s country music, so I couldn’t listen, but I clicked through it… and then I saw a girl being pushed in a shopping cart!  Wait a minute…

Turns out that this video was shot entirely in Saint John.  There are several shots of Princess Street in there, and you can get an idea of the style of the old uptown core, and the building that I lived in for the last year.

If you dare to watch this video, you may want to turn the speakers down… and hide the scissors…

I so wish that I could have photo bombed the shot….  🙂

STREAKER!!!!

Marianas Trench – Stutter

Published May 24, 2013 - 0 Comments

I don’t know what it is about Marianas Trench, but these guys always seem to crack me up.  I’ll be honest… I don’t really understand what’s going on in this video… but I find the song so damn catchy, especially the chorus…  it makes my feet tap under my desk…   Just seems like a really “fun” song!  I can’t get it out of my head!  I walk around the house singing “Di di did  I stutter.. stutter.. stutter…”  Yup!  🙂

 

Maroon 5 – Daylight

Published April 20, 2013 - 0 Comments

This isn’t one of those videos that you can watch over and over… but chances are pretty good that you’ve felt what at least one of the people in this video is feeling…

There is inspiration and hope all around us… we just have to choose to see it…

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