Archive | June, 2013

Music Maddie at the MET :D

28 Jun

One of my absolute favorite things to do ov the summer is to take trips into the world’s best city… New York! (Cue Frank Sinatra music ๐Ÿ™‚ ) So, seeing as it is summer, my family and I took a day trip into the magical world of concrete, music, bright lights, individuality, fashion, and dreams coming true. First stop of the day?

The Metropolitan Museum of Art!

Now, in this article, part of my inner band geek will submerge, because one exhibit at the museum was all about musical instruments! And let me just say, it was AMAZING. I saw so many cool instruments, like the virginal (it’s like a tiny, portable, foldable, only-like-2-octaves-long piano) and the double chromatic harp! Here’s a picture of one super cool instrument that I never knew existed: the sea dragon!! (sorry for the horrible picture quality)

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That was a really great experience for me, to see all of those rare instruments!

Well anyway, enough about instruments. (I deeply apologize for that section if you do not care for instruments. Tee hee ๐Ÿ™‚ ) BUT- An extremely exciting exhibit lies ahead! Fashion your seat belts (pun intended) as we trek through the music selection and style preferences of…

PUNK!

There was a HUMONGOUS exhibition centered on the unique style of punk, cleverly titled “PUNK: Chaos to Couture.” It was filled to the brim with plastic models sporting spunky outfits and huge wigs that reminded me a lot of Lady Gaga, actually! I was exposed to a lot of new styles and designs from this. It was so cool! Here are some pictures from the exhibition (I didn’t take them, though).

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If you guys have time this summer, you should definitely check out the MET’s exhibits! Not only do they have cool music displays,but they have the most beautiful works of art all throughout the museum. Give it a try… You won’t be disappointed!

Have you guys ever been? What are your favorite exhibits? Let me know in the comments!

Adios for now, amigos!

Musically yours,

-Maddie

10 Artists to Watch

25 Jun

In the music industry, there are so many talented artists… But there are even more auto-tuned, only-famous-because-I’m-rich musical wannabes. Unfortunately, the latter of the two has a large population that is slowly taking over the music world! Oh no! Somebody save us!

But wait! Look up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s…

drumroll please

10 ARTISTS TO WATCH!

The 10 artists I’m going to list below aren’t your average musicians… They’re the diamonds in the rough, just waitingtobediscovered. So sit back, relax,and look them up on iTunes or on google as soon as you’re finished reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

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1) Lana Del Rey
You may know her from: “Young And Beautiful”
Albums: “Born To Die” and “Paradise”

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2) Marina & The Diamonds
You may know them from: “How To Be A Heartbreaker” and “Oh No!”
Albums: “Family Jewels” and “Electra Heart”

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3) Kerli
You may know her from: “Walking On Air”
Albums: “Love Is Dead” and “Utopia”

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4) Lindsey Stirling
You may know her from: “Crystallize”
Album: “Lindsey Stirling”

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5) Emeli Sandรฉ
You may know her from: “Next To Me”
Album: “Our Version Of Events”

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6) Sara Bareilles
You may know her from: “Love Song”
Albums and EPs: “Careful Confessions” , “Little Voice” , “Kaleidescope Heart”, “Once Upon Another Time” , and “The Blessed Unrest”

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7) MIKA
You may know him from: “Lollipop” , “Grace Kelly” , “Popular Song”
Albums: “Life In Cartoon Motion” , “The Boy Who Knew Too Much” , and “The Origin Of Love”

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8) Elizaveta
You may know her from: “Meant”
Album: “Beatrix Runs”

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9) Lorde
You may know her from: “Royals”
EP: “The Love Club”

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10) Bridgit Mendler
You may know her from: “Ready or Not”
Album: “Hello My Name Is…”

So remember!: if you ever have a burning desire for a new artist to latch yourself onto, you are always welcome to refer to this list. Although these are mainly pop artists, I will post other artists to watch for different genres soon.

Thank you for reading! Happy listening!

-Maddie

I am in musical heaven right now.

23 Jun

One of the best ways to find new music, I have found, is to go to a dance recital or to watch dance routines online. Not only are the songs almost always amazing, but they are also almost never popular songs. This is great because it’s an easy way to listen to new music that you never would have heard any other way!

After following this method above, I am happy to say that I ha e found some new tunes that I am absolutely in love with. Here they are!

(note: some songs may have explicit forms, so if you re interested in looking them up, keep that in mind. most have clean versions as well.)

#1: Roadrunner by M.I.A.
#2: Victim by The Golden Palominos
#3: Suitcase by Emeli Sandรฉ
#4: I Who Have Nothing by Haley Reinhart
#5: One Night in Bangkok (Vinylshakerz Screen Cut) by Vinylshakerz
#6: Internet Friends (clean version) by Knife Party
#7: In The Sea by Ingrid Michaelson
#8: Heavy in your Arms by Florence + The Machine
#9: Ride (edited version) by The Golden Palominos

So if you want some new songs, feel free to look these up! And remember the trick- dance recitals or competitions are always jam packed with awesome music.

See ya guys later!

-Maddie

Answers to Makeup-Free Musicians

22 Jun

Here are the answers to my previous entry, “Makeup-Free Musicians!” Let me know what you guys thought about this game; if you liked it, I’ll make more, if not, I won’t! So, without further adieu, here are your makeup free musicians!!

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Answer #1: Nicki Minaj!
Trivia: Did you know? Nicki’s real name is Onika Tanya Maraj.

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Answer #2: Lady Gaga
Trivia: Mother Monster began composing piano ballads at age thirteen.

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Answer #3: Katy Perry
Trivia: Her cat’s name is Kitty Purry.

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Answer #4: Ariana Grande
Trivia: Ariana is a pescetarian!

Well, guys, that’s the end of my first game! Hope y’all liked it. ๐Ÿ™‚

I shall see you guys soon!

Bye for now,

-Maddie

You’ve Got to Try This!

21 Jun

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This is the perfect game for any music lover. It’s free, and you can buy it on the App Store! It is so fun it’s crazy. Bottom line, if you like music, you NEED the “Icon Pop Song” app.

Here’s how it works!

For each round, a digital guitar will strum out the basic melody of a song. You will either have to type in the song title or its artist depending on what the directions for that round say. Not only is it super fun to play when you’re bored, but it’s also a good challenge and will strengthen your music detection skills!

(Not to mention, the guitar is ADORABLE. ๐Ÿ˜€ )

In case you guys aren’t techie gurus (don’t worry, I’m not one either), here’s a tip. Turn on the little slidy-button-thingy on the side of your iPhone/Pad/Pod (above the volume) before playing. Otherwise, you can’t hear the songs!

And if you’re stuck on a level or two, here’s a secret…
If you look up Icon Pop Song Answers on Google, it’ll help you out. But you didn’t hear it from me! ๐Ÿ™‚

So that’s the lo-down on Icon Pop Song! I highly recommend that you go get it for free right this very second.

Au revoir, mes amis!

-Maddie

Makeup-Free Musicians!

21 Jun

Music artists these days have millions of fans worldwide who swear that they can recognize them just by hearing their voice. But what about seeing their picture… Without makeup? Here’s just a little game I made- try to guess who these singers are when they’re fresh faced! Answers will be posted tomorrow or Monday.

***WARNING***
Extremely cheesy hints lie beyond each picture… Don’t judge! Haha but seriously they are cheesier than a box of Cheez-It’s… They’re cheesier than that joke, too…
Anyway!
Hasta la pasta!
-Maddie

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Hint: Forget about Super Bass- she’s got a super face- even without makeup!

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Hint: She was Born This Way- makeup free!

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Hint: Even without makeup, she looks like a teenage dream!

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Hint: She knows The Way to looking good without makeup!

A Not So Victorious Debut

21 Jun

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As some of you may know, Victoria Justice has been in the process of making her first solo album! ( She played Tori Vega on Victorious, for those of you who don’t know ) After what seemed like forever, she has finally released her first single (which contains a sing and a B-side). It’s called “Gold” and It includes “Gold” and “Shake.” And to be honest, if I were her, I would have called the single “Silver”… or “Bronze”… Or even “Tinfoil”… (well just kidding about the tinfoil one though๐Ÿ˜) Here’s why…

“Gold” is your typical I-have-everything-you-will-ever-need-so-come-a-little-closer song, in which Victoria sings about how she is ‘gold’ ( hence the name ) and how her dream guy would be perfect for her. Well. What more can I say. It’s so cliche and the instrument aspect is really boring, too… This is such a let down track. Sorry, Vic!

Unfortunately, “Shake” isn’t that much different. It’s actually quite strange at some points, for example- persuading listeners to ‘shake what their momma gave them’ even if they’re in the supermarket, if they’re six or sixty, or if they’re rich or ‘thrifty.’ The song actually sounds a lot like “Gold,” too… Another frownyface find. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

This single was a big letdown for me, and I hope the rest of her album (out late summer-early fall) is different. Victoria has such an astounding talent, and it’d be a shame to let it all go to waste.

Let me know your opinions about the single in the comment box, and take the poll to express your thoughts on her latest songs!

Bye for now,

-Maddie