Welcome to another edition of monthly music and the first monthly music post of 2019!
Some songs I chose this month were really related to new interests I’ve developed, or memories of older ones. So let’s get to it.
5. Kendrick Lamar, SZA – All The Stars
What could have possibly possessed me to choose a song with rap in it? I don’t particularly like the genre, frankly I find it annoying, especially in high school, but on occasion there might be a song that I might think actually sounds good. This is a good one.
I first heard it when I watched Black Panther last year. I had heard so many good things about that movie, how there were so many strong black characters, especially the women. My chance to watch the movie came by surprise. My mom and I were on our flight back home from Punta Cana last year and just as we were ascending, one of the attendants announced on the intercom that Black Panther would be the featured film for the duration of our flight. I think about half of the passengers on the plane, including myself, pulled out their headphones so they could watch it. So I was watching it on this tiny little screen during the flight and loved the movie.
I’ll be honest, there are a lot of movies I enjoy that star mainly African-Americans and they do such a good job in their roles.
So yeah, there’s not much to say but for a song that falls under a genre that I’m not particularly fond of, it’s better than I thought. No need to say what it makes me think of. Wakanda forever!
4. Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone
I would actually hear this at work sometimes and I would have to resist the urge to sing along. It even played once before Katy Perry’s gig I was at in 2017. My mom and I were singing it as loud as possible.
The first time I heard this song was when I watched Top Gun, I was watching it with my family and my dad would turn up the volume during the opening music and when it transitioned to this song, I understand now why he felt the need to crank it up. This song is epic! All I can picture is those fighter planes taking off from the carrier as that awesome riff plays.
3. Jennifer Lopez ft. Lil Wayne – I’m Into You
Wait, what’s this doing here?
Well, I’ll tell you. I actually do enjoy a few of J. Lo’s songs, this being one of them. A lot of people say that she’s more of a dancer than singer. In a way, she kind of is, because her voice is far from perfect.
I first used this song when I was falling for Marcus Fenix back when I used to play the crap out of Gears of War in my teen years. Once again, I find myself playing this again for another video character I’m falling for. I tried to resist him as I currently play through the games, but those good looks, protective nature, kind-hearted, and sense of wanting to find himself made me succumb. The moment I looked into his eyes and saw him in that bath surrounded by roses, all I could do was break down the walls of my heart and slip myself into the girl who was with him during that scene.
Who is this character? Here’s a hint, he has long milk-white hair and amber eyes. Let’s see if you can figure it out!
2. Megadeth – Symphony of Destruction
When was the last time I picked a Megadeth song? But this was the first song I ever heard that made me a fan of the band. This is a classic that I never get tired of listening to, it’s timeless to me and many other fans. I didn’t have to pray that they would play it live when I saw them nearly two years ago, because I knew that they would.
I realized the more I got into them, that Megadeth is very political with their songs. This actually reminds me of what’s in store for 2019, we have a federal election coming up in Canada this year. This song makes me think of the person who might be in power. Although it’s still early to determine who’s running, and I’m not going to share here where my loyalty lies, but all I want is for someone to run my country who is willing to put the rights of all Canadians, no matter their ethnicity or gender a priority, as well as take action for protection of the environment.
So anyone who disagrees and wants to be all racist or economics-first-only with me, please leave.
1. Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water
Avril is back! I loved her when I was in middle school, I would listen to her music all the time, but after The Best Damn Thing I ended up crawling under a rock as I started discovering other artists and bands. The only thing I heard between then and now was that she was briefly married to Chad Kroeger of Nickleback, and then one of her songs Hello Kitty sparked controversy that she was racist. That was when I stopped paying attention because I thought she was ditching her traditional sound for what that song presented.
I heard about this song on Instagram, but didn’t start listening to it until I would overhear it on the radio at work. Only today was I able to sit down and listen to it in full without any distractions and I realized how powerful it was. It tells her story about her struggle with Lyme disease. I feel like this can relate to me as I feel my future is hanging over a dark cloud with this big qualifying exam I have to write in two months, I get so anxious that I feel I am drowning in that anxiety and have to find away to keep my head above the water and keep pushing forward.
Yes, I know, not 100% equivalent to her experience but you get what I mean right?
I almost didn’t write this today because of my anxiety was having an impact on me bigger than it should of been, but I’m alright now, no need to worry.
I need to stop saving these for the last minute and plan ahead what songs I want to choose.