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Current Mood: tired
Current Music: "Avenue Q Theme"
31 December 2014 @ 11:59 pm

So now, I don’t negotiate with insecurities / They’re gonna have to take a backseat / I know I have to love myself the way I want you to … love me / No more second guessing / No there’s no more questioning / I’ll be the one defining who I’m gonna be / No concealing feelings or changing seasonally / I’m gonna love myself the way I want you to … love me - Katy Perry, "Love Me"

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31 December 2013 @ 11:59 pm

No one can hold me back; I ain’t got time for that… - Kelly Clarkson, "Catch My Breath"

*Warning: This will become a very image heavy post.*

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Current Music: Drake - The Language | Powered by
31 December 2013 @ 06:52 pm
What year would be complete for me without the annual mixtape? I’ve done this for a few years now, and over time it’s evolved. In its latest form, I create a Spotify playlist. This is my longest mixtape with 70 total songs this year.

Now, these songs are, for the most part, from this year. Actually, the only exception may be Josh Groban’s “Brave,” which was actually released December 18, 2012. I put it in the same boat I did as Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” last year. It came out in December of the previous year when we’re paying more attention to Christmas music, so I’ll excuse that.

How did these songs make the list? They’re a sampling of 2013 with my own personal bias. As such, I left out a lot of country and younger artists that I don’t really care for. So, I’d rather not hear I’m wrong about something or have left something out. If I left out your favorite, I suggest you make your own list because there is no way I could ever please everyone.

As a forewarning, there may be some offensive language in these songs, and I cannot be held responsible for the content of the songs or music videos. I’m not a fan of censorship in any form (though, this is a discussion and a half that goes beyond cursing in music).

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Current Music: Robbie Williams - I Wan'na Be Like You | Powered by
31 December 2012 @ 11:59 pm

It's gonna get better before it gets worse; We never have to come back to Earth 'cause it's gonna get better, better... - Patrick Stump, "Coast (It's Gonna Get Better)"

*Warning: This will become a very image heavy post.*

Meeting place this year is 2012scrapbook.

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31 December 2012 @ 07:42 pm
As some of you know, every New Year’s Eve I post a playlist of songs from the past year that have been significant or just damn good. A few of these songs were released last year but exploded this year. Usually there is some bias (I know, where is the country?), but I try to include some different genres to mix things up. I don’t try to justify any of my choices, and I don’t make apologies for leaving off certain songs. At the end of the day, it’s just supposed to be a fun little set of songs for people to listen to.

This was the year of …infectious pop, shall we say? I believe that we generally get one pop album each year that blows everything else out of the water. This year? If I had said anything other than fun., you’d think I’d been living under a rock. OK, I kind of was, but it was a small rock. In any case, again, this list is not meant to be taken seriously or as a “Best of” list. It’s just 40 songs that were perhaps significant to the year or I just liked.

There are two playlists. One is created for Spotify, and the other is through Youtube, so if you want to watch the videos or don’t have access to Spotify, that’s there for you. Oh, and I’m not at all responsible for the content or language in any of these songs or videos. Some of these have the parental advisory label slapped on them in the store. Be aware of this. Um, and consider the last two songs on there sort of like bonus tracks. It officially ends with "We Are Young" (I thought it was only right to allow fun. to be the bookends to this playlist).

The Spotify Playlist
The Youtube Playlist

“Some Nights” by fun.
“Good Time” by Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson
“Thinkin’ ‘Bout You” by Frank Ocean
“Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen
“Payphone” by Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa
“Good Girl” by Carrie Underwood
“Wide Awake” by Katy Perry
“Try” by P!nk
“Burn It Down” by Linkin Park
“Home” by Phillip Phillips
“Runaways” by The Killers
“Everybody Talks” by Neon Trees
“Sixteen Saltines” by Jack White
“Madness” by Muse
“Mercy” by Kanye West feat. Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz
“Climax” by Usher
“Locked Out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars
“Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” by P!nk
“That’s Why God Made the Radio” by the Beach Boys
“Every Single Night” by Fiona Apple
“She’s So Mean” by Matchbox Twenty
“Skyfall” by Adele (Not available in Spotify playlist—because Spotify clearly doesn’t want us to be happy*)
“Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye feat. Kimbra
“Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)” by Ne-Yo
“When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars
“Going Home” by Leonard Cohen
“Ho Hey” by the Lumineers
“Doom and Gloom” by the Rolling Stones (Spotify playlist features the Jeff Bhasker remix)
“Stay Frosty” by Van Halen
“Duquesne Whistle” by Bob Dylan
“We Take Care of Our Own” by Bruce Springsteen
“Girl on Fire – Inferno Version” by Alicia Keys feat. Nicki Minaj
“Hall of Fame” by The Script feat.
“Feel Again” by OneRepublic
“Catch My Breath” by Kelly Clarkson
“We Are Young” by fun. feat. Janelle Monae
“Gangnam Style” by Psy
“Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys

*Actually, I had a similar problem last year with the songs from 21. I think they just have some trouble getting Adele’s music cleared for Spotify.
31 December 2011 @ 11:59 pm

Let's start this from the happy ending... - Bon Jovi, "No Apologies"

As a work in progress for the entire year, the 2011scrapbook is my space to post anything and everything to document my year online.

*Warning: This will become a very image heavy post.*

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Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: "I Slept with Someone in Fall Out Boy..." - Fall Out Boy
31 December 2011 @ 07:29 pm

2011 brought us songs of pain, empowerment, hope, love, and that one about not doing anything at all.  This is a very pop heavy list, as you can see.  I actually liked a lot of pop this year.  Keep in mind this list is incredibly biased, filled with hits, favorites, guilty pleasures, and songs I felt deserved some love and recognition.  However, I did have a couple of rules when making this list: 1) It had to be a single (Which leaves a lot of good songs out, but if I started covering songs that were on the albums only, I would have a massive list…that or the half the list would be made up of Soul Punk—I just really like this record).  2) The single had to be released in 2011.

I checked around for songs that I liked (because it’s just a silly list I came up with after all) and the songs that the music community believed were some of the best of 2011.  In total, I came up with 35 songs.  There really is no true method here.  I just like all of the songs here.  Many are mainstream, and some are gems that some people may not be familiar with.  This is not a list of the best songs of the year, just songs we found ourselves playing nonstop.  The real challenge turned out to be trying to order the songs.  Yes, I included a joke song this year.  No, it isn’t as bad as “Pants on the Ground” last year.

Instead of building the 2011 mixtape using this year, I’ve chosen to use Spotify since this is more stable ( tracks have a habit of disappearing on you).  For those of you who don’t have Spotify or don’t want it, good news!  I’ve also created a visual playlist on Youtube, so you have two options.  As usual, please don’t tell me I’ve left something out.  I can’t please everyone, but you’re more than welcome to comment with which songs you loved this year.

If a song doesn’t work on either Spotify or Youtube, please let me know.

Click here for the Spotify playlist

Click here for the Youtube music video playlist

The song list:
“Tonight Tonight” by Hot Chelle Rae

“Faster” by Matt Nathanson
“Never Gonna Leave This Bed” by Maroon 5
“Run the World (Girls)” by Beyoncé
“Rope” by the Foo Fighters
“E.T.” by Katy Perry feat. Kanye West
“I Might” by Wilco (Youtube is audio only)
“Lighters” by Bad Meets Evil feat. Bruno Mars
“Science & Faith” by the Script (Youtube is audio only)
“You Make Me Feel…” by Cobra Starship feat. Sabi
“Someone Like You” by Adele (Youtube only—21 and its tracks are not available on Spotify)
“Mr. Know It All” by Kelly Clarkson
“Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall” by Coldplay
“Otis” by Jay-Z and Kanye West
“Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People
“Stereo Hearts” by Gym Class Heroes feat. Adam Levine
“Price Tag” by Jesse J feat. B.o.B.
“Just a Kiss” by Lady Antebellum
“Countdown” by Beyoncé
“Brighter Than the Sun” by Colbie Caillat
“It Girl” by Jason Derulo
“Ni**as in Paris” by Jay-Z and Kanye West (Youtube is audio only)
“Super Bass” by Nicki Minaj
“Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera
“Ass Back Home” by Gym Class Heroes feat. Neon Hitch
“The Last Goodbye” by David Cook
“The Afterlife” by Paul Simon
“Lights” by Ellie Goulding
“The Edge of Glory” by Lady Gaga
“Bad as Me” by Tom Waits (Youtube is audio only)
“Not Over You” by Gavin DeGraw
“This City” by Patrick Stump feat. Lupe Fiasco
“The Lazy Song” by Bruno Mars
“Uncharted” by Sara Bareilles
“Jack Sparrow” by the Lonely Island feat. Michael Bolton (Sorry, guys, I couldn’t help myself.)

Current Mood: accomplished
11 March 2011 @ 08:50 pm

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So new LJ updates in news today:
- We've made it so only one person in a community can add and remove maintainers and delete the entire thing to avoid power trips and comm deletion if one happens to have a hissy fit.
- We've also added games, but the only way you'll know if your friends are playing them are if you visit the profile page and scroll all the way to the bottom.



I found out yesterday after believing for years I was born in the Year of the Rabbit that I'm actually a Tiger. I missed the Rabbit by, like, 20-some days? Mainly because most sources classify 1987 as just the Year of the Rabbit and fail to mention that January 29, 1987 actually began it. Apparently I'm a Fire Tiger, if you're going for precision. I'm not one for astrology, but it's fairly interesting anyway, especially after I read a couple of personality summaries and noticed I had more Fire Tiger traits than Fire Rabbit.

Thinking about doing a love song playlist for Valentine's Day. Any song suggestions?

And I've so fallen hard for the Script, it's not even funny. I spent the last couple of weeks gushing about them on my blog, and I really can't get over them.

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Gotta love how serious but awestruck I start to sound when I'm talking about music.
Current Mood: cheerful
Current Music: "Exit Wounds" - The Script