If I do not post for the next 9 days, please do not panic.

5 Jul

One of the most wonderful things about summer vacation is, obviously, going on vacations! And I am both happy and sad to say that tomorrow I will be leaving for the beach, not to be seen again (for a week)! Although I might have wifi down there, I’m not sure, but I will definitely continue blogging after my little break has concluded. 🙂

But I, not gone yet, so I shall post yet one more entry on my blog befor I go! 🙂

It’ll be up today!

So, my friends, this is somewhat farewell. Bye until then! Enjoy my next post!

Musically yours,

-Maddie

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The Queen Makes Her Comeback

2 Jul

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After being busy as a mommy with her baby girl, Blue Ivy, for the past two years, Queen Bey is back in business! Several new songs of hers have recently been leaked on the Internet, such as “Grown Woman” (which was in her Pepsi commercial), “Standing On The Sun” (for her H&M campaign) and “Rise” (co-written with Sia for B’s movie, ‘Epic’). Her new album is scheduled to be released later this year. YAY 🙂

I’ve noticed a common thread throughout her newer songs, though, that’s really pleasing to hear- Beyoncé is sticking to her roots, making fiery tunes that could’ve been yanked right from the islands, for all we know! They’re great songs and I highly recommend them to anyone looking for something good to dance to. 🙂

Comment what you think about Mrs. Carter’s new tunes!

Musically yours,

-Maddie

Fourth of July Playlist Ideas

2 Jul

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Marina Diamandis, lead singer of Marina & The Diamonds, sings #2 on this playlist

With our American Independence Day coming up in just two days, some of you may be hosting parties, helping plan them or attending them, watching fireworks, or just staying at home. But no matter what you’ll be doing this FOJ, chances are, there will be music playing to enhance the festivities! Here’s a sample playlist of some upbeat jams that’ll keep you groovin’ all night long. 🙂

1) Firework by Katy Perry

2) How To Be A Heartbreaker by Marina & The Diamonds

3) I Love It by Icona Pop ft. Charli xcx

4) Come & Get It by Selena Gomez

5) We Can’t Stop by Miley Cyrus

6) Glowing by Nikki Williams

7) Let It Go by Dragonette

8) Blow Me One Last Kiss by P!nk

9) Left Too Late by Florrie

10) Treasure by Bruno Mars

11) Live A Little by Florrie

12) Live Your Life by MIKA

13) Made in the USA by Demi Lovato

14) Neon Lights by Demi Lovato

15) Really Don’t Care by Demi Lovato ft. Cher Lloyd

16) Slow Down by Selena Gomez

17) Crank It Up by David Guetta & Akon

18) Power by Kat Graham

Whatever you’re doing this FOJ, make it a great day filled with family, friends, and if course, FREEDOM!

See y’all around!

Musically yours,

-Maddie

FSOTW

1 Jul

One of my all time favorite feelings in the entire history if this great big universe is when I copied a song on iTunes that I love…
And it’s FREE!
If you don’t like that experience, I would kindly suggest visiting a trusted doctor.
No just kidding about the doctor, but I’m serious when I say that iTunes’ “Free Single Of The Week” pretty much changed my musical perspectives. I, as a huge bargain hunter, will take any free music I can get my paws on, whether it’s a popular chart topper or an unknown indie song. Because of this,I’ve been exposed to many different types of music, like alternative, electronic, classical, singer/songwriter, indie rock, and many more.
But the best part about it is that…
Each single is FREEEE!!!
In this picture, you can see all of the wonderful free songs I’ve downloaded… So far! 🙂
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But there’s one last secret…
Even though the FSOTW can easily be seen on the iTunes front page, sometimes, there is ANOTHER free song, hiding in the depths of iTunes, just waiting to be discovered! But how, you ask, can you find it?
Simple!
At the bottom of them tunes home page,there are several “buttons” that you can click on, one of which reading “Free on iTunes.” Click on it, and you can see every single free thing on iTunes! Here’s what it looks like:
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Sometimes, like this week, there is an additional song that is also free! It’s a wonderful way to get as much music as you can, without spending a dime.
I hope you found this tip helpful! Go on iTunes now and see if you can buy anything for free!
Musically yours,
-Maddie

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 🙂 ) 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 🙂 ) 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! 🙂

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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 Sandé
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 Sandé
#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