Very Specific Pt. 19

Very Specific Pt. 19

Hello hello and welcome back!

So today’s post is another Very Specific post!

I had a goal for 2019, which was to read 50 books. Looking back, it was pretty ambitious, and I’m nowhere near even 20. What made me think that in my third year of uni, the busiest year of life in terms of work, studies and music, I’d be able to smash out 50 books?

My to-be-read piles continue growing, and I say ‘piles’ as in plural because it’s gotten to the point where I’ve run out of surfaces to put my books and am now stacking new ones on the floor, much to my mother’s dismay.

So with that in mind, this very specific playlist, is a playlist for having in the background, while you’re reading. I’ve done one for studying before, and I will argue that they’re two very different things. The music I listen to when I study and the music I listen to when I read, do not in any way come from the same playlist.

Hopefully you find some tunes to throw on in the background when you pick your next book up – I’d also love to know what you’re reading at the moment! Let me know in the comments! 

tick tock – Nohidea
slow it down – Guru Griff
Journey – Flavors, Two Sleepy
coco – Oatmello
Hello, Is This Your House? – Explosions In The Sky, David Wingo
Flowers – The Deli
You – Petit Biscuit
Keep On – Alfa Mist
Amsterdam in the Spring – Simon Jefferis
Man Like You – Tom Misch
Affection – Jinsang
Intro (Santa Barbara) – Box Dreams
tuscano – tides.
Recovery – Jon Hopkins
Again – Wun Two
When Sunny Gets Blue – McCoy Tyner
by my side – Flavors, Two Sleepy

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Priya

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Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 17

Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 17

Hey team! Hope you’re all enjoying the first few weeks of 2020! I know I am, though we’ve mainly been working and trying to find some spare time to…chill? I haven’t done these in a while and December was a huge month of discovery for me in terms of music, so I thought it was fitting that I started the year off with some more new music for you to discover too!! Hopefully you find something you like within this list, let me know if you do! 

Subside – Eloise
Once Upon A Time – Jeff Bernat
Cigar – Tamino
Knowledge of Selfie – Jay Daniel
Bad Guy – Niykee Heaton
Good Company – KYE

Sweet Soul – alayna
Goldchains – Tyde Levi
Me & You – HONNE, Tom Misch
You Ain’t The Problem – Michael Kiwanuka
Under Your Skin – Sasha Keable
Wild Girl – Kito, Empress Of
Summa – Peach Tree Rascals
I Don’t Wanna Be Okay Without You – Charlie Burg
Add The Bassline – Jordan Rakei
Where Do You Go – Yebba
Simple Love – Lindsey Lomis
Have Mercy – Eryn Allen Kane 
Try A Little Tenderness – Pip Milett
Rocket – Elli Ingram
Livid – ELIZA 

There you go! What do you think? There are some super beautiful songs on this list, and I’ve had most of these on replay since the end of November, so hopefully you find a few to add to your playlists.

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Priya

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Artists Who Raised Me

Hello everyone! Today’s post is a lil sentimental one. I’m going to be touching on a few of the artists who helped raise me. These are artists I was exposed to as a young child, artists I listened to and learned from growing up, singers who inspired me and shaped the way I listen and interact with music today! Hopefully you enjoy it 🙂

Michael Jackson: I feel like I’ve droned on and on and on about how much of an impact Michael Jackson has had in my life. I was fed a healthy dose of MJ tunes and music videos, nearly every weekend my dad and I would watch a DVD with a collection of all his best music videos, and regardless of the fact that I’d hide behind the kitchen counter for when Thriller came on the screen, he’s been one of the most influential musicians in my life. I can pinpoint exact moments and memories for particular songs within his catalogue, songs like The Way You Make Me Feel, Bad, Thriller, Smooth Criminal, PYT and plenty, plenty more.

Alicia Keys: Alicia Keys was one of the first vocalists I turned to when I began singing. I was infamous for singing her songs and my dad only encouraged this, burning backing tracks for songs like Karma, No One and If I Ain’t Got You onto CD’s for me to sing along to. I can’t find it in my heart to skip any of this woman’s songs when they come on shuffle and her voice is still one of my favourites to listen to. I could listen to Alicia Keys all day.

Norah Jones: I think there’s only so much I can go on about Norah Jones. I think she was a pivotal person in me branching out with the music I listened to as a little kid, and my mum played a huge part in introducing me to her songs.

Stevie Wonder: Sometimes you might read my blogs and think, ‘man, Priya really over uses the words ‘funky’ and ‘groovy’ and it’s all down to this guy. Any single soulful fibre in in my body is thanks to the literal hours I’ve accumulated listening to his music.

Bob Marley: My family, both immediate and extended, have a deep rooted love for reggae, and the king of reggae, Bob Marley, is a sure fire way to get us all up and dancing or bopping. I can’t recall a single family party or event that didn’t end with all of us on the dance floor screaming/singing Buffalo Soldier or Could You Be Loved.

Ne-Yo: Ne-Yo. He’s an artist who seems like he’s been around for every year of my life in some form. Whether he was on MTV Hits, releasing RnB tunes that hit every heart string perfectly, dancing in Stomp The Yard or more recently, judging on World of Dance, he’s always been around. He’s one of the singers I regularly cover when I play gigs, purely cos we’re guaranteed to have people singing along. He’s such a loved musician and singer, and to me, Ne-Yo is absolutely timeless. Like, listen to So Sick, Miss Independent or All Because of You, and tell me they don’t hit just as hard as they did when they first came out? You can’t.

Rihanna: Take everything I said about Ne-Yo. Now apply it to this woman and multiply it infinitely. From her music, which assisted in really getting me into RnB and pop RnB, her business/es to her influence over popular culture, you have the recipe for one of the most successful women of the decade. I literally wrote one of my second year final assignments on Rihanna and her influence, and I don’t regret a single thing. Her music has developed and shifted so much over her career, she’s really done it all and she’s done it so well.

Whitney Houston: So, low-key, when I was a youngin, I was a belter. Like sang ballads, big numbers, long and high notes. And that’s partially thanks to Whitney Houston. Such a timeless, classic woman. Very little to say about this woman.

Christina Aguilera: Okay, so when I said ‘partially’, above, for Whitney, it’s because a large majority of my influence when I was a young kid was Christina Aguilera. Her singing is off the charts. To this day, she is one of the greatest singers of the last two decades and I’ll fight anyone on that. I mean, look at TikTok. We still have 15 and 16 year old’s trynna nail the crazy run in Show Me How You Burlesque, and as perfect as some of them may be pulling it off, it’s just not the same as the queen herself. I’ll throw hands for this woman. No lie.

Mariah Carey: I can’t say Mariah Carey was a big of an influence as Christina, but, she’s definitely up there. She was one of the singers I’d listen to over and over again, painstakingly going over every line she sang, in attempts to achieve those levels of greatness. Tbh, we’re still giving it a crack. It’s an everlasting challenge. Such a legend.

There you go!! Hopefully you guys found that interesting? I really pulled this out of the archives, from right at the bottom of my drafts, and I don’t know why I never finished it! I really enjoyed reflecting on each of these artists and how much they impacted me not only as a little gal wanting to be a singer, but as a general music fan as well! Obviously, my taste and what I listen to and draw inspiration from now has vastly shifted, maybe I’ll do a post on that soon, but these artists got me to where I am now.

Which artists raised you? I’d love to know, leave me a comment! 

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Priya

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Sri Lanka // Some Film and Some Music

Hello friends!

Happy New Year!! I hope you all had an amazing few last days of 2019, and are having an amazing first few days of 2020. I know I’m aiming to make 2020 a year of experiences and growth, if those can be classified as very broadly defined resolutions??

I’m huge on experiencing stuff, and one of my favourite things is experiencing new places, or just something different to the norm. I love going away whether it’s with my family or my friends, and I’m hoping to do heaps more in 2020. Fingers crossed.

In line with that, I thought I’d share some of my favourite film shots I took on my Pentax on the last holiday I went on, to Sri Lanka with my family over November and December. It was a short one for our standards, just over two weeks, but we saw and did so much in those two weeks, that Sri Lanka is easily up there with one of my favourite places in the world. It’s one of the few places I’ve traveled that I can see myself moving to or spending a couple of months living. I also thought, as this is a music blog, I’d share with you a playlist of some songs I listened during the drives around the beautiful, tiny little country.

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Subside – Eloise
Morning Dew – Matthew Quinten
Show Me How – gem
Gloria – The Lumineers
CYH – Audrey Mika
Sweet Time – Raveena

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Where Do You Go – Yebba
Easy – Mac Ayres
Let’s Fall In Love for the Night – FINNEAS
Ice Cream Sundae – Inhaler
Fool For You – Snoh Aalegra
You, Dear – Eloise

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Like Someone In Love – Bruno Major
It Runs Through Me – Tom Misch, De La Soul
How Deep Is Your Love – PJ Morton

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Have Mercy – Eryn Allen Kane
Watermelon Sugar – Harry Styles
Frozen – Sabrina Claudio

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Y U Gotta Be Like That – Audrey Mika
Peach Pit – Peach Pit
Castles – Freya Ridings
Solita – Kali Uchis
Vain – KIRBY

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Priya

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December Tunes

December Tunes

Okay, so here’s the deal. It got to the 25th of December and I realised…’hmm. should probably finish off my December Tunes post before 2019 really, truly vanishes. that’s an idea’.

So here we are.

The last one for 2019. I’ve been the first one to admit, time and time again, that I’ve fallen of the horse this year when it comes to blogging. I’ve really just decided not to. Not intentionally. But it just gets to a moment during the week when I realised I haven’t looked at the blog in a while. Like a decent while.

However, the shining light at the end of that tunnel is that, while I’ve not been on top of my blogging game in the slightest, the one thing I have remained consistent with, remained faithful to, is bringing you a playlist of all the songs I listened to on repeat each month.

It’s like my narcissism truly shines here, because no matter how little I blog during the month, I never fail to ambush you with a playlist of my personal monthly favourite songs that you probably never ask for.

So, for the final time in 2019 – here’s what I was listening to this month.

John Redcorn – SiR: SiR really took 2019 by the neck. Like, made it his year. I’ve yet to find a song of his that I don’t like or vibe with, and this is the latest conquest. The guitar in this, paired with how mellow and smooth his voice is, is pure magic.

Paradise – Bazzi: I don’t know why I suddenly decided that I loved this song this month, but I did and thus it’s featuring on this playlist. I’m not mad. I don’t think you should be either. The chorus in this is so nostalgic, it’s like the perfect song fur a YA novel. If that’s a thing. I don’t know, Bazzi is really great at capturing what it’s like to be a young adult or a teenager sonically. Great job. A+.

Simma – Marc E. Bassy, Guapdad 4000: Again. Marc E. Bassy is someone I really only vibe with seasonally. I never really jump to throw on his music during the winter, but then November rolls around and it starts warming up a little, December hits and we get into full blown summer and it’s like Marc E. Bassy is all I’m listening to. This song just has such a consistent, reliable bass line. Highly recommend listening to this in a car with a decent system.

How Many Drinks – Miguel, Kendrick Lamar: An oldie. But such a goodie. Miguel is the king of smooth, smooth vocals. I can never get enough of his voice. Paired with how quintessentially RnB all his songs are, like old school RnB that takes me back to my childhood, it’s just always great listening to Miguel, from any era.

Show Me How – gem: Yo. YO. If you listen to anything from this playlist, make sure it’s this one. One of my best friends Gemma released this absolute banger at the start of the month and I’ve been waiting since literally October for it to be out on streaming services. It’s such a beautiful song. Again, something about Gem’s music is so bloody nostalgic, she has the perfect music for throwing on repeat during a long car ride or just vibing out in your room, and I can never get enough. I was in Sri Lanka when this song came out but I still blasted it all through the hotel room.

Cloud – Emmett Young, Priya Francis, Declan Florez: Okay. Maybe also listen to this one too. I was super keen to get onto this track when Emmett messaged me and asked if I’d be interested, and hearing it blew my mind. It was such a quick process, recording my verse and sending it through, and in a matter of weeks we had a finished product. Emmett Young is such a talented producer, plus having Declan on the other verse was the cherry on top honestly. Let me know what you think if you give it a listen!!

Adore You – Harry Styles: Come on. I mean. Come on. It’s offensive how good this song is. I’m gonna be honest, I think all the singles are some of the best songs from the album, and I think this song in particular, is one of my favourites. I love the way Harry’s going with this album, I feel like it’s one of those ones that will only get better with age. The chorus structure and the backing vocals in the hook are amongst the many things in this song that made my jaw drop.

Drink from the Water – Mako Road: Another one from the New Zealand band that I’ve been loving recently. I feel like Mako Road are steadily on their way to getting to Sticky Fingers or Ocean Alley level and I’m so keen for it. They’re gonna be on heavy rotation during this summer for me, I already know.

Time Alone With You – Jacob Collier, Daniel Caesar: If you wanna learn a thing or two about music theory, music arrangement, just music in general, you gotta get around Jacob Collier. The guy’s a freak of nature, and the longstanding love affair between him and Daniel Caesar has resulted in this gem. You should have seen the obscene amount of stank face present during the first time I listened to this song. So rude.

Mind’s Eye – Jordan Rakei: Another highly underrated musical genius. I can’t get over this song to be honest. It’s got so many little pockets to groove in, I feel like I find a new one each time. Plus, Jordan’s just got this beautiful voice that kinda pours over this track like honey. It’s magical. I highly recommend his entire discography.

No Idea – Don Toliver: Yeah TikTok got me with this one. That’s all I really have to say. It’s a good song, and I can admit that.

T-Shirt Weather – Circa Waves: This song gives me violent flashbacks and nostalgia for the summer of 2015, and that’s on God. Holy heck. This song brings back so many memories, and I was recently in one of my favourite shops when it came on, and I was thrown back in time the way music so often likes to do. This song is so perfect for summer, and I’ll fight anyone on that. There’s something about a sing-a-long chorus with a heavy guitar riff and four to the floor drums that seems the call out the sun.

Energy (Stay Far Away) – Skepta, Wizkid: So, I’d go as far as to say this is the first time Skepta has featured on this blog, ever. But I heard that lo-fi dancehall-esque drum beat and I was hooked. I’m a fan of this one. Jury’s still out on Skepta for me personally, but I can get around this tune. Easily.

Slide- H.E.R, YG: She does no wrong, this girl. I watched the Genius video for this and I was just hooked. The way she talks, explains her lyrics, the process, all of it just made me fall in love with this song even more. But like the switch-up when it gets to the pre-chorus is what I live for and then the chorus and it just resolves itself the way God intended I tell you.

Back Pocket – Vulfpeck: Another musical masterclass. To fully understand the level of awesome-ness in this song, watched the Madison Square Garden performance of it. This song is impressive in it’s studio version form. Watching it live? Even through a laptop screen – wild. Hold your breath for clarinet solo dudes.

Herside Story – Goldlink, Hare Squead: My friend Dan showed me this song, and I was able to pick it as a Goldlink song almost immediately. This song is just my monthly hit of RnB. You all should know by now, we’ve been doing this for three years, there’s just gotta be a little fix of smooth RnB and this hits the spot perfectly.

Future Nostalgia – Dua Lipa: BOY. I have such a bone to pick. Everyone I’ve spoken to about Dua Lipa’s new music (besides Kate because my best friend has refined taste) hasn’t loved Dua’s new music and I can’t understand how?? It’s taken some time, but I’ve finally been brought back on board. After New Rules, I just couldn’t find myself loving any of Dua Lipa’s music, until this song and Don’t Start Now were released. I love this new music. I love her new style. I love the mix of disco and pop, and I’ve forecasting a strong Dua Lipa x Mark Ronson collab. I’m gonna manifest it.

Whoa – Snoh Alaegra: Okay, so Snoh got Michael B Jordan to play the love interest in this music video for this song so the girl already wins. Add in the fact that this song is the definition of a ‘slow jam’ and you have a tasty, tasty cake. It’s so smooth, and her vocals honestly seem to get better and better as the song goes on.

Dancin (Krono Remix) – Aaron Smith, Luvli, Krono: Yeah, again I have no-one to blame but TikTok. I refuse to apologise.

Sleep On It – Ocean Alley: I’d consider myself a fan of Ocean Alley. However, there are just some songs that I vibe with so much more than anything else, and this is one of them. It’s the definition of everything I love about Ocean Alley, all in one perfect song. The vibe change in the chorus and the swing of it has been stuck in my head for possibly this whole month, and I’m not mad at all about it. I can’t wait to play this song at the beach.

Simple Love – Lindsey Lomis: Oh my goodness. Another obsession for me this month has been Lindsey Lomis. I’ve followed her on Instagram for so long, but I’ve never listened to her music off Instagram, and I was in the process of making what’s come to be one of my new favourite playlists, better yourself (click the link to check it out), and it seemed like she’d be perfect, and lo and behold, I was so right. The runs, the guitar, the chorus, the tone of her voice, it’s everything I strive to achieve. Oh. And she’s like 15.

There we go team. Hopefully you enjoyed that – I’m sure the first one for 2020 will roll around sooner than we expect, I’m crossing my fingers and trying my best to make sure you’ll get some more posts from me before then – I promise.

Let me know what you think of my December Tunes – what were you listening to this month?

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Priya

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Spotify Wrapped: 2019

Spotify Wrapped: 2019

Hello hello!!

I’m sure you all expected this to be popping up on your Readers at one point or another, but I thought I’d drop in (I know, I’m shocked at my presence here as well), to share what I’m sure you’ve already heard all about, my 2019’s Spotify Wrapped.

I think this is the third year that I’m doing this post, if you’d like to check out how my music listening tastes have changed (or haven’t changed *ahem Jon Bellion*) in those three years, you can find the post for 2017 HERE and 2018 HERE.

However, we’re here to talk about Spotify Wrapped for 2019! As is the same since last year, Wrapped was everywhere. I didn’t see anything else for a solid two days since I was in a different time zone than usual when it dropped, and I genuinely loved seeing what people listened to. I also nearly teared up each time someone sent me a screenshot of their Wrapped that somehow managed to include some of my music in it as well.

I loved all the new stats and information they shared in this one, and considering it’s 2019, I was super impressed with the decade wrap up as well!

If you checked out your Spotify Wrapped – let me know!! I’d love to hear how yours panned out, what music you were listening to during the year and some of your impressive stats!

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Honestly. Pretty spot on for my top artists, 2 through 5. Taking any guesses for my number one artist of the year???

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I feel like I could definitely improve here! I sound like I’m marking my own homework, but next year one of my music listening goals is to really branch out geographically with what I listen to.

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comethru – JeremyZucker // Caramelo Duro – Miguel // Audrey – Running Touch // Carried Away – H.E.R // Cautionary Tales – Jon Bellion // Casio – Jungle // Ups & Downs – Shevaun // Softly – Tash // Sea Blue – BLOXX // Crave You – Flight Facilities

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Character development.

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Are we surprised???

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Happy Holidays … Here’s Some Music

Happy Holidays … Here’s Some Music

Hi friends. I hope you’re all well and thriving!

I’ve had a notable absence on here for the last couple of weeks, but I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll find a bit of time to get some of my drafts finessed and cleaned up for you soon.

I can’t believe the end of 2019 is here. Like…how? Why? Where did it go? I’m honestly so confused as to how fast and quick this entire year has gone by. I swear it was February, and I was hanging out in Rye with my friendsand at music festivals literally … last week.

However, I’m super excited for 2020. Probably more excited than I ought to be. That said, I’m trying to have a great December and make the most of what little of 2019 we have left.  My friend and I have been doing heaps of gigs so far this month, we have a few already lined up for January, and our band is moving super well. We’ve got so many new songs, I’m honestly so excited for what’s to come. On top of that, I graduated from university, so there’s that too. Just a lot going on really. I’ve been working and finishing up last minute Christmas shopping. Any spare moment I have, honest to God, is spent taking naps. I pink promise you, that’s all I’ve been doing in my spare time and I’m still exhausted.

Hopefully, a playlist of some Christmas tunes will help out!

This Christmas: Chris Brown
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – U2
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Ella Fitzgerald
All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
8 Days Of Christmas – Destiny’s Child
What Christmas Means To Me – Stevie Wonder
Jingle Bells – Michael Buble, The Puppini Sisters
Christmas in Hollis – Run-DMC
Santa Tell Me – Ariana Grande
Run Rudolph – Chuck Berry
Mistletoe – Justin Bieber
Last Christmas – Wham!
Give Love On Christmas Day – John Legend
Shake Up Christmas – Train
It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas – Michael Buble
It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year – Andy Williams
Rockin Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
One More Sleep – Leona Lewis
Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley, Martina McBride
Holly Jolly Christmas – Michael Buble
Winter Wonderland – Tony Bennet, Lady Gaga

Hopefully I’ve stocked you up with plenty of songs to play on Christmas eve and Christmas day. I know I’m super excited to blast them through the house. It’s always a fun juxtaposition celebrating Christmas in Australia, yet singing along and playing countless Christmas classics that talk about snow and cold weather, yet they never lose their magic or energy. It’s a Christmas thing I guess.

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays everyone!

x

Priya

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