From time to time we all get caught up in a particular song or two that for some reason or another seems to stand out a bit from the rest. It might not be the best piece of music but it has something about it that just makes your day or causes it to become an “earworm” if you will.
Here are a few that have had that impact on me recently that I would like to share.
There is no doubt that the long-running series American Idol has launched the careers of many aspiring musical artists.
Here are a few of my favorites from this year’s competition.
For a complete look at this season’t Top 24 contestants, check out this Hollywood Reporter Article. But for this post, I just wanted to go over the ones I consider a few of my favorites.
As a creative individual, I am often impressed with the ingenuity involved in the creation of mobile applications. this is especially true of those that are also very practical in nature.
This being the case, I’ve decided to start of this new year with a list of a few high quality applications that you might find useful.
– Uses your phone’s flash as a flashlight for time when you need a little extra light.
– If you’re a little down or stressed, this app provides simple words of encouragement with stunning photos.
– Want to know what that song is you hear playing on the radio, in the store or pretty much anywhere? This app will help you find out the artist, song title and even album it comes from.
MP3 Ringtone Maker
– Customize your own ring tones from ANY song and any part of it.
– Uses your camera as a quick and easy portable scanner to send documents and store them for your records.
I recently got this young lay’s debut album (a protege of the multi-talented Justin Timberlake) and while it was OK, I can assure you this girl has pipes. Just to show you, I thought I’d include a few of her Youtube videos. After all, that was the way she was discovered if you will.
Album cover courtesy of Wikipedia
Taylor Swift has always been a mature young woman. But, with the release of her latest album “1989” it is clear that the young lady is growing up into a full fledged woman. This is reflected in her artistic interest in venturing into other music genres, namely pop.
While most of her albums have had some crossover appeal, she acknowledged that she was intentionally trying to branch out with this one. Mission accomplished.
It is likely that some of her fans may have some trouble digesting this experimental sound. But at the same time, it is likely that she will gain some new fans as well.
Personally, my favorite songs on the album are probably “I Wish You Would,” “Blank Space,” “Wildest Dreams” and “This Love.”
The least impressive tracks are probably the first single “Shake It Off” and “Welcome to New York” and “I Know Places.”
The remaining songs are in the average to slightly above category.
Overall I’d give it a 3.5.
If you are a true Taylor fan, I’d certainly recommend this album.
From bands, to solo act to songs…
I’m willing to bet that each and every one of us has a bit of a guilty pleasure. For example, maybe it’s the boy band that a 4o year old guy who likes to rock out to One Direction behind the comfort of his headphones while working out at the gym. Or, maybe it’s the teenage girl who wasn’t even a thought in her parent’s yet when the song came out belting out the lyrics of the 1971 hit “Brand New Key” in the shower.
I’m doing to dare to share a few of mine with the Creative Dreamers readers. If you’re so inclined, I’d love to hear a few of yours.
From the love song category:
Eternal Flame by the Bengals
Heaven Is a Place on Earth by Belinda Carlisle
From the rap/hip-hop category:
I Like Big Butts by Sir Mix-A-Lot
From the boy band category:
You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful by One Direction
From the teenie-bopper pop category:
Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen
From the general pop category:
Come and Get It by Selena Gomez