what’s on my playlist?

One’s a Kiwi. The others are Brits.

I won’t overthink nor oversimplify the songs. But the first time I hear these, I was drawn to the lyrical content synced with (mostly) electronic pop sounds. One word: brilliant.

Lorde and Bastille are great artists making great music.

Lorde is gaining international recognition, much more than Bastille. Google Lorde and see her music top international charts in less than two years. Now, how’s that for a (nearly) 17-year old?! Anyway, I do hope fame doesn’t get in her head and she continues to do good music.

On to Bastille. Seriously, they remind me of the 80s. I like it. Led by frontman Dan Smith, they are a British indie rock band formed in London. However, with them receiving four nominations at the 2014 Brit Awards, they have officially gone mainstream. No problem with me, as long as they grow with their music style without compromise.

Enjoy the playlist!

a rainy season song

I had the blues once. Okay, maybe I still do sometimes.

But not the kind of blues the song, I Can’t Make You Love Me, tells about (& hoping I won’t feel anymore!). Obviously, it is a break-up song —every lyric, every note and every key summarizes the pain. It is about a romantic story gone awry, with one of the parties falling out of love.

And the pain comes in many versions, if I may add.

Since rainy days remind me of this song more frequent than usual, allow me to indulge on this track and share it with you. Below are my top three favorite renditions of the song. Each has a different take (on the song); yet, notice how each singer expresses their own personal pain through it.

Gets me everytime.

Listen:

3rd. Bon Iver:

2nd. George Michael:

AND the 1st place goes to…

Bonnie Raitt. No less than. Her version is a classic, an all-time favorite.

Yes. She had the pain that started it all.

i think that possibly, maybe i’m falling for you

Guilty as charged, I have “contaminated” my friend with a Landon Pigg song. Poetic, light and catchy, this track has gotten me through one hectic work week.

It’s time to share it to the rest of the world:

If I didn’t know you, I’d rather not know
If I couldn’t have you, I’d rather be alone
I never knew just what it was
About this old coffee shop I love so much
All of the while, I never knew.

Landon Pigg, Falling In Love at a Coffee Shop

J’ai deux amours

Mon pays et Paris.

I won’t deny it: I have been hooked over Carpe Diem’s playlist of 8tracks.com. I have been incessantly playing the list both at home and at the office. The playlist mostly contains french music, with this jazzy tune as one of my favorites (a rendition by Madeleine Peyroux).

Listening to the playlist, in particular to this song, has a sentimental reason connected to it. To me, the song has a therapeutic way of facing life’s music (no pun intended!)… To welcome change and hope for the better.

I always have Paris on my bucket list. Maybe someday, God-willing, I will chance upon Paris on a whole new level: not as a tourist, but as a traveler meeting old friends and gaining new ones.

Mon pays et Paris, mon ami… Mon pays et Paris. Les rêves deviennent réalité.