country music · Lady Antebellum · Uncategorized

Anna’s Favourites Day 16: Lady Antebellum

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2. Which is my favourite album or EP from this artist?

My favourite album would probably be Own the Night, although Need You Now comes in a close second.

 
3. What is my favourite song from this artist?

“Love Don’t Live Here”“Need You Now”“Hello World”“Wanted You More”  (I would avoid watching the video for certain sections) … “Love I’ve Found in You” … “Goodbye Town” … “All For Love” (below) … “Bartender” (ignore the wacked up bartender haha)

I don’t have too much description for the songs below because I think they’re pretty self-explanatory – since they’re so spot on.

 

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alternative music · Imagine Dragons · music · rock music

Anna’s Favourites Day 13: Imagine Dragons

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1. What draws me to this particular artist’s music? Which is my favourite album or EP from this artist?

I really like the alternative rock sound of Imagine Dragons. While the band has transitioned to more electronic-alternative music recently, I still quite enjoy their music. I’m really enjoying the songs released from Evolve so far, so I think I like it just as equally as Night Visions so far.

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classical crossover · Il Volo · music

Anna’s Favourites Day 12: Il Volo

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1. What draws me to this particular artist’s music?

Ahh. It’s just so beautiful. And *cough* Gianluca’s voice *cough*.

 
2. Which is my favourite album or EP from this artist?

We Are Love. Just from the very first song (an Italian cover of “I Don’t Wan to Miss a Thing”) all the way through, this album is incredible.

 
3. What is my favourite song from this artist?

My favourites are all below, but #5 is my absolute favourite.

 
4a. Which song best describes my past?

Recent past – “This Time,” but before that, it was “Smile.”

I’m waiting for a sign
So tell me that it’s real this time.

 
4b. Which song best describes my life right now?

I think “Grande Amore” could work (and it’s also one of my top favourite songs and music videos of theirs, so that works out perfectly). However, there’s also “I Bring You to My Senses.”

Tell me why when I think, I just think of you
Tell me why when I see, I see only you
Tell me why when I believe, I believe in you only, great love

 
4c. Which song best describes I want my future to be like?

“Un Amore Così Grande”

 
5. Which song best describes my #aesthetic?

L’Immensità (This is the best quality I could get for a video… sad, since it’s my favourite song of theirs.)

country music · Hunter Hayes · music

Anna’s Favourites Day 11: Hunter Hayes

Country and Catholic and some of the best love song lyrics (in my opinion)? Yeahhh that’s Hunter.

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2. Which is my favourite album or EP from this artist?

Hunter Hayes (Encore). (I do like a bunch of songs from Storyline, but I haven’t listened to his newest music.)

 
3. What are my favourite songs from this artist?

I love most of Hunter’s songs, but some of my absolute favourites besides the ones below are “Rainy Season” (I really love the chorus), “More Than I Should” (my 11/River song), “Tattoo,” and “Invisible” (the last song definitely helped during the difficult times – also, the bit about labels makes me really angry for a reason I might need to explain later on in a separate blog post).

Dare to be something more.

 

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alternative music · Halsey · music

Anna’s Favourites Day 10: Halsey

(H will be another letter with at least one more post, if not two.)

 

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1. What draws me to this particular artist’s music?

There’s this sound to Halsey’s music that I don’t know how else to describe but to use the word grunge, since it makes me think of the texture. I just really love her entire sound because it speaks to my soul in a certain way – the #darkaesthetic part of me that likes dystopia, politics, and exploring the psychology of sin (another reason why I’m finally reading The Brothers Karamazov now). Some of her lyrics are a little questionable, she dresses indecently, and she has a music video I don’t approve of (“Ghost”), but I ignore particular songs and salvage the rest.

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alternative music · Florida Georgia Line · music · rock music · The Fray

Anna’s Favourites Day 8: The Fray

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  1. What draws me to this particular artist’s music?

I only have two albums of The Fray in my iTunes library, but I love those albums very much. I like their (softer) rock sound and the fact that they have Christian elements in some of their songs. (Also, thank you, Louis Tomlinson for introducing me to this band. *cringes*)

 

2. Which is my favourite album or EP from this artist?

Probably How to Save a Life, but I also have a soft spot for The Fray.

 

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alternative music · Florence Welch · music · Musicians

Anna’s Favourites Day 7: Florence + the Machine

Florence Welch – her voice is beautiful, powerful, and her lyrics go straight to my soul. Sounds like someone Anna would like, eh?

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2. Which is my favourite album or EP from this artist?

How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. There’s just something really haunting about this album that hits me right where the #aesthetic is. The long video series for this album is also #aestheticgoals. Skip some scenes from the first video, and then then you’ve just got utter beauty. The way she sings and puts her entire body into the singing is just amazing. #goals

 

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alternative music · Anna's Life · Fall Out Boy · music · pop(ular) music · Uncategorized

Anna’s Favourites Day 6: Fall Out Boy

Just for warning, there will be at least two more days with the letter F. (Seems like a lot of my favourite bands start with the letter F.)

Tread carefully now. This is where Anna opens up her heart and talks about the past and gets all poetic.

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1. What draws me to this particular artist’s music?

I discovered Fall Out Boy two years ago during the spring, just in time for tragedy to strike in my own life. I’m not going to go into details, but looking in retrospective, I realize how good God is.  This band grew very close to my heart, the songs sometimes being the only comfort I have. I’ve never met Pete Wentz, but from reading his lyrics and closing my eyes and listening to the words, he really knew just how I was feeling. During the worst times, I imagined Pete and Patrick to be two sides of my guardian angel, being my little cheerleaders. You can do this, Anna, they’d say. You can get up and go to class. or I know it’s cold, but you can get off the train and make it to school. It’s okay. You can do this. (Definitely incorporating this into one of my novels.)

While I don’t listen to this band anywhere as much as I used to, they’re still quite close to my heart. I absolute detest the sound of their latest song, but that’s okay. I’ve moved on from Fall Out Boy and they’ve moved on, too. I still like their older music better than their newer, anyway. Those are the songs that will always stay with me.

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4 stars · 5 stars · Anna's Life · Book Reviews · Books · Maggie Stiefvater · Music Reviews · on writing · The Lumineers · Thoughts · Troye Sivan · TV Shows · Uncategorized

(I’m not gone, I promise.)

I’ve got a bad cold, so it looks like it’s going to be a lazy day. Perfect time for a blog post, eh? I thought so, too.

Reading

I just finished reading The Anatomy of Curiosity by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff. It’s a book that teaches writing by showing examples of writing, a technique of which I most heartily approve. I put this book on hold at the library because after reading The Raven Cycle, I am absolutely spellbound by Maggie Stiefvater. Her writing has such magic to it, and she makes me fall in love with writing in a way that only my friend Gina (author of the recent The Rose and the Sword) has been able to do before.

This was such a great read not only because I got writing advice from my beloved Maggie (if I was born in the time of Homer, I’d probably offer sacrifices to beg her to be my Muse), but because I discovered a new favourite – Brenna Yovanoff (now I have to go look for books she’s written). Not only was her story right up my alley (modern YA with a twist of the Gothic), but she showed her writing process in a very different way from Maggie and Tessa (just the short story with comments here and there). Brenna first told a story from her childhood of a drowning that stuck with her the rest of her life before showing the short story as well as a very different earlier draft. While I wasn’t a big fan of Tessa and her world-building, her story at least kept my interest. The book also had a few sections of words from the author s – for example, how to gain ideas and the overwhelming doubt that plagues readers.

Anna’s rating: 5 stars (note to self: need to buy a copy of this book to have forever)

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