the lego movie

To make up for The Lego Movie being robbed at the Oscars this year, “Everything Is Awesome!!!” by Tegan And Sara featuring The Lonely Island is earning itself a spot on my blog. It really is a grand honor. Much better than an actual Oscar.

If you’ve seen this absolutely wonderful movie, you’ve probably been granted the opportunity to have “Everything Is Awesome!!!” on a loop in your head for an absurd amount of time. It’s horrifying and completely awesome ( 😉 ) at the same time.

If not, I’ll give you the opportunity! Don’t pass it up.

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Soundtrack Review: Fifty Shades of Grey

fifty shades of grey

Fifty Shades of Grey was released this past weekend, and Entertainment Weekly just reported that the accompanying soundtrack had the biggest debut since Michael Jackson’s This Is It back in 2009. So, without further ado, here’s a track-by-track review of the album:

1) I Put a Spell On You – Annie Lennox: This cover of the Screamin’ Jay Hawkins original provides a really solid start to this soundtrack. If this is the sound the movie is aiming for, the rest of this album should be pretty good. Lennox’s version is more toned down as compared to Hawkins’s, but the raw vocal performance is still there and still engaging. 5/5

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Help me, I’m poor.

bridesmaidsBridesmaids is somewhat iconic for my best friend and I. Considering she’s engaged now and I’m still floating around not knowing what I’m doing with my life like a typical 20-year-old, the main characters Annie and Lillian are basically us. I am not ashamed to be Annie. Not in the slightest.

In the name of mushy friendships and drunken plane adventures, this week’s song is “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips.

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Yo listen up, here’s a story.

iron man 3

In honor of the brand new Iron Man travel mug I just bought, I’m featuring a song from Iron Man 3 this week. If you’ve kept up with my blog thus far, you know very well of my love for Tony Stark, and this post will be no different. It’s a Robert Downey Jr. love fest, y’all.

In all seriousness, Iron Man 3 is an entirely different movie from its predecessors. The film takes place after the events of The Avengers, bringing us an oddly self-aware and caring Tony Stark. If you remember, the first two Iron Man movies both begin with AC/DC songs — “Back in Black” and “Shoot to Thrill,” respectively. My post on Iron Man 2 discusses these choices further (Please excuse my self-promotion). In Iron Man 3, however, we’ve been cut off from the classic rock and thrown a curve ball from the ’90s.

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So no one told you life was gonna be this way…

friends photoshoot 2

So, Netflix FINALLY added Friends to their streaming service, and people of the ’90s rejoiced all over America. Including myself.

Since the theme song is kind of a classic among TV themes, I figured it would be the perfect candidate for my first music discussion post of the year. “I’ll Be There For You” by The Rembrandts is, in a nutshell, a song about being there for your friends when they’re going through a rough time. Spot-on for a show so creatively titled.

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I’m back!

jimmy fallon thank you

I want to start off this post by saying (well, yelling) THANK YOU. The amount of kindness and love I’ve received from those who read my last post has been unreal. I sat down and tried to work out my thoughts about three times before I was actually able to get something out that felt right, and the process was incredibly cathartic for me. Helping myself was just a bonus, though. Writing has been near and dear to my heart for a while, and I’m so grateful to be able to touch others’ lives with my words. As I previously mentioned, if I can help one person find comfort amidst pain, I’ve completed my mission. So, to everyone out there who’s looked at my blog and even read a post or two, thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Now, I’d like to officially announce the return of Reel vs. Record. I’ll be back next Thursday, 1/29 at 7 p.m. with a new post! A little reminder of what’s ahead:

With that, I bid you adieu. See you next week!

Edited 1/22: Apostrophe mistake! The day I catch all these little mistakes before I post will be magical.

For Mom

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As cliché as this is going to sound, music is my salvation. I have Spotify playlists for everything — waking up in the morning, boosting confidence, lifting the mood, road trips, throwing it back to the ’90s/’00s, even sleeping. Music makes everyday life a little more joyful and gets me through seemingly impassible obstacles.

So when my mom very suddenly passed away from a pulmonary embolism on New Year’s Day, I turned to music. That very night I created my newest Spotify playlist: For Mom. I loaded it with songs about coping with loss in an attempt to ease some of the pain. See, when I was going through heartbreak, all I needed was a good, old-fashioned revenge song to lift my spirits, make me laugh a bit and validate my thoughts. Throw a little Taylor Swift (the clichés are really in full force tonight) into the mix and I was good to go. Music eased the pain. Now, things are different. I’m struggling with the fact that even my musical salvation isn’t really helping.

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