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The Best of Cory Monteith

Many hearts were crushed yesterday when news broke that Glee star Cory Monteith was found dead in a hotel in Vancouver. As a fellow gleek, I know how heartbroken I am! An exceptional talent, the 31 year old actor will certainly not be forgotten. To honor his legacy on GLEE, I’ve comprised a list of some of his best hits on the series.

The Best of Cory Monteith:

Season 1:

  1. Don’t Stop Believin’: Who could forget the song that made us fall in love with Finn Hudson?
  2. Can’t Fight this Feeling: Originally debuted in the shower, this song won Hudson a spot in the glee club.
  3. I’ll Stand by You: Probably one of Finn’s most memorable songs. Even if the baby wasn’t his!
  4. You’re Having My Baby: Remember when Quinn was pregnant? Good times. This was the precious song that both gave comfort to Quinn AND got her kicked out of her house. Nice one, Finn.
  5. Hello, I Love You: Ah Yes. The Hello assignment.
  6. No Air: (Duet with Rachel) Probably my favorite Jordin Sparks cover of all time, this song was one of the original glee ballads!

Season 2:

  1. I’ve Gotta Be Me: This song HAD to be on this list. Monteith does Sammy some jazzy justice.
  2. Losing My Religion: As doubtful as we were about glee performing an REM song, it certainly worked in the plot line and won our hearts.
  3. Just the Way You Are: Simply beautiful. Dedicated to Kurt, this is the song that made Finn Hudson a man.
  4. She’s Not There:  Who has the power to unite a football team a bunch of loser singers? Finn Hudson, that’s who! (Oh and don’t worry, I love those geeky singers. DUH.)
  5. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart: (Duet with Rachel) Dangerously amazing harmonies.
  6. Damnit, Janet: ROCKY HORROR. Need I say more?
  7. I Don’t Want to Know: (Duet with Quinn) Rumours episode. I don’t know if it was the fact that the episode revolved around one of my favorite albums or if it was the fact that I was dying for Quinn and Finn duet that made this episode so special.
  8. Pretending: (Duet with Rachel) An original song, written by Finn himself, featuring the kiss that lost the New Directions nationals, but won the hearts of Finchel fans everywhere!

Season 3:

  1. More Than a Woman: Honestly, there aren’t many disco songs that I can say I truly enjoy. But look at Monteith hit those high notes! Exceptional.
  2. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: A slow and beautiful ballad song for Santana.
  3. Hit Me With Your Best Shot/One Way Or Another: Speaking of Santana, this duet is AWESOME. The dodgeball game is just icing.
  4. Santa Claus is Coming to Town: Who would have thought a traditional Christmas song could be turned into a rock anthem? Finn and Puck apparently.
  5. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You: (Duet with Rachel). Can we talk about how long I waited for Glee to give a tribute to Michael? SO LONG. Pure perfection.
  6. Glory Days: (Duet with Puck). The perfect anthem for graduation.

Season 4:

  1. Barely Breathing: (Duet with Blaine). FINALLY. A duet between Finn and Blaine.
  2. Juke Box Hero: (Duet with Ryder) It was only fitting for Finn to instill the confidence in Ryder, Will had instilled in him.
  3. Bye Bye Bye/ I Want it That Way: Probably the most amazing mash up of all time. As a child of the 1990s, I have no words. JUST SO GOOD. As for the feud between Will and Finn, thank goodness that didn’t last long.
  4. Fight for your Right to Party: (Duet with Puck) This song marked Monteith’s last appearance on glee. At least he ended on the same alternative rock vibe he started with.

It truly is a tragedy to see someone with so much talent be taken so young. Cory Monteith inspired millions of individuals and he was so much more than his addiction. I can’t even imagine Glee continuing without him. (Almost as much as I can’t imagine my life without Glee!!) My prayers go out to his co-stars, friends, family, and especially Lea. His legacy will continue forever. He really was the “glue of Glee.” He took that midnight train going straight to heaven. RIP.

The lights of the world are a little dimmer today.

10 of the Cutest Television Couples of All Time

One of the most glorious things about starting off summer vacation is the freedom to do absolutely nothing. After spending an academic year stressing about lab reports, essays, meetings, and problem sets, it’s nice to spend some quality time on the couch. (Be sure to do some miles on the treadmill…) For many of us college students, that means a whole lot of Netflix. When else do we have the time to watch an entire series within a few weeks? We can’t be curing cancer 365 days a year now can we?

Now that I’ve officially sunk into my summer vacation, I’ve been enjoying some me time, which basically means staying up until 3am and waking up at 1pm on a daily basis. Translation: I’ve had a lot of TV time.

With that being said, I bestow upon you the list of the 20 cutest television couples in hopes of soliciting some sort of productivity before the couch permanantly consumes me.

10 of the Cutest Television Couples of All Time

  1. Seth Cohen and Summer Roberts,  The O.C.

Source: Fox

2. Marshall and Lily, How I Met Your Mother

CBS

3. Kurt Hummel and Blaine Anderson, Glee

FOX

4. Temperance Brennan and Seeley Booth, Bones

FOX

5. Leonard and Penny, The Big Bang Theory 

CBS

6. Nick and Jess, New Girl

FOX

7. Dan and Serena, Gossip Girl

The CW

8. Cory and Topanga, Boy Meets World

American Broadcasting Company

9. Ross and Rachel, Friends

NBC

10. Charming and Snow, Once Upon a Time

ABC

xoxo,

Imagine Dragons in Concert, Raleigh, NC

Tonight (technically last night) I had the opportunity to see Imagine Dragons live  in concert at the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, NC. Needless to say, it was definitely worth it waiting in the rain for 4 hours. They’re currently on tour for their album “Night Visions.” 

For those unfamiliar with Imagine Dragons, their music is an acoustic “straight ahead rock.” They do a lot of experimenting with synthetic sounds, and this sound becomes an electric shade over the chordal undertones.

Based out of Las Vegas, Nevada, they have grown from an act in casinos to a touring worldwide sensation. It is clear that they have mastered the emotional art of song writing- each song is an anthem of their collective struggles. It’s part of what makes the album so extraordinary.

Though it was one of the shortest concerts I’ve ever been to, it was certainly one of the most entertaining. The rain might have delayed their performance, but it didn’t hinder their energy whatsoever.

Oddly, I did not recognize  their opener. I had listened to this CD thoroughly, and I was confident that I knew every word on that album. I was dumbfounded. Apparently, I only owned the regular version of the CD. After searching Spotify, I discovered that there are 6 additional tracks, including a medley of “Nothing Left to Say Now/Rocks Medley.” Regardless, it was impressive.

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The Red Hat Amphitheater

They put a unique touch on each one of their songs with an extended instrumental introduction. It was unexpected but remarkable. It almost gave the audience a sense of suspense as we waited to recognize the familiar openings of each song. It was definitely unique, something that I had never seen a band do before. From the band ‘s perspective, it was smart too, especially since a majority of the fans were presumably very familiar with the CD.

There are few concerts I’ve attended where the lead singer will sound familiar to his or her recordings. This was unquestionably one of them. Scratch that. It was even better. Their energy went a long way in delivering their music. They were interactive with the crowd, and  lead singer Daniel Reynolds even flew. There was a drum hanging from the top of the amphitheater, and little did we expect to see him get lifted through the air to play it. It was CRAZY.

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And the lights go down in the city…!

Meanwhile, while his feet were on the stage, he was surrounding by a cascade of lights. It was absolutely breathtaking. The colors alternated between a cool and misty blue pallet  during sensitive tunes like “Demons,” and became  a bright, strong red orange for the harder anthems like “Radioactive.” There was a spinning disk on the stage that flashed colors too. While  he was in the air, the disk became a sun, and he literally was, “On Top of the World.”

If you have not heard of Imagine Dragons, I would greatly suggest that you do. “Night Visions” is truly a masterpiece. Unlike many other one hit wonder albums, this album is made up of 11 outstanding and relatable tracks, and believe me when I say, you’re not going to want to miss it.

xoxo,

 

Sources:

“Imagine Dragons.” : Biography. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 May 2013.

 

 

The O.C. Mixes: A Review

On a whim, we decide to start a new series on Netflix. Why not? There’s not much else to do, and you don’t feel like studying.

It is pretty decent, so you watch another episode.

By the third episode, you’re hooked, and you watch the entire series within a week, but then you remember that you have school work to do.  Regardless, you’re like

After you catch up on Netflix, you go to watch the episodes on live TV, but then you realize that you have to wait a full week between each episode, and you’re like

Then, when that dreaded day of the series finale comes, you’re beyond depressed, and you just don’t know what to do with yourself.

One of the greatest series of all time

Now, to aid to that nostalgia, we have the series’ soundtrack. Of all of the TV soundtracks I’ve heard, The O.C. Mixes are easily some of the best. It’s as if the listener is in New Port, Calif. while listening to the mixes. There are six different mixes, each with 9-13 tracks. The tracks are predominantly indie rock tunes, including artist’s like The Killers, Deathcab for Cutie, and South. There are also alternative tracks, including tracks by Jimmy Eat World and Beck.

“The O.C. Mix 3 Have a Very Merry Chrismakuh” is a special Christmas album, containing famous winter tunes with a dash of Southern California style.

One of the best aspects of these mixes is the track variety. The mixes include both tracks that play during the series among others.This gives each album a full set of tunes. They are practically their own independent CDS, certainly not the usual soundtracks.

Additionally, all of the tracks on The O.C. Mixes are perfectly selected. Just by listening to the soundtrack, it is simple to differentiate which episode it was from because the tracks have been selected so carefully. Listening to these mixes places the listener in the teenage rebellious minds of Ryan, Marissa, Seth, and Summer. While listening to Matt Pond PA’s “Champagne Supernova,” you can just feel yourself amidst Summer and Seth’s kiss, similarly with Ryan and Marrisa’s in South’s “Paint The Silence,” and again in their dance during Youth Group’s “Forever Young,” and so more.

If I had to pick a theme for these mixes, it would undoubtably be live while you’re young; life’s too short to do otherwise.

That manages to sum up the series quite nicely too!

Even if you haven’t seen “The O.C./” have no desire to watch it, I would definitely still recommend these mixes to you. I stand by what I said previously: They are much more like mixes than they are soundtracks.

These have been out for years now, but they are irrevocably timeless, a perfect summer playlist.

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xoxo,

The 20 Best Movie Hits Ever Released on Soundtrack

There a few things more crucial than picking the perfect songs for a film soundtrack. An entire scene can be governed by what song plays in the background. Just think, what would these movies be like without the following hits? Honestly, what’s better than the perfect music and film selection? I’ll tell you what: Nada.

The 20 Best Movie Hits Ever Released on Soundtrack

  1. Hero, Chad Kroeger- Spiderman (2000)
  2. Don’t You Forget About Me, Simple Minds , The Breakfast Club (1985)
  3. (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life, Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes, Dirty Dancing (1987)
  4. War, Edwin Starr, Rush Hour (1998)
  5. I Believe I Can Fly, R. Kelly, Space Jams (1996)
  6. Take my Breath Away, Berlin, Top Gun (1986)
  7. Eve of the Tiger, Survivor, Rocky III (1982)
  8. My Heart Will Go On, Celine Dion, Titanic (1997)
  9. I’m a Believer, Smashmouth, Shrek (2001)
  10. Hedwig’s Theme, John Williams, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
  11. Shout, The Isley Brothers, Wedding Crashers (2005)
  12. Skyfall, Adele, Skyfall (2012)
  13. What I’ve Done, Linkin Park, Transformers (2007)
  14. Keep Holding On, Avril Lavinge, Eragon (2006)
  15. Lose Yourself, Eminem, 8 Mile (2002)
  16. Life is a Highway, Rascal Flatts, Cars (2006)
  17. Broken, Seether feat. Amy Lee, The Punisher (2004)
  18. Bring Me to Life, Evanescence, Daredevil (2003)
  19. Old Time Rock And Roll, Bob Seger and the Big Bullet Band, Risky Business (1983)
  20. A Thousand Years, Christina Perry, Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)

**This list is excluding musicals for obvious reasons.

xoxo,

 

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Sources:

IMDb. IMDb.com, n.d. Web. 07 May 2013.

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15 Timeless Duets

Duets: Two great voices, one great song. What’s not to love? Music comes and goes, but there are those songs the stand the test of time.

15 Timeless Duets

  1. Come What May-  Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor from Moulin Rouge
  2.  Broken- Seether feat. Amy Lee
  3.  For Good- Kristen Chenoweth and Idina Menzell, the Original Broadway Cast of WICKED: the Musical.
  4. Endless Love- Diana Ross feat. Lionel Richie
  5. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You- Michael Jackson feat. Siedah Garrett
  6. Islands in the Stream- Kenny Rogers feat. Dolly Parton
  7. No Air- Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown
  8. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart- Elton John feat. Kiki Dee
  9. My Boo- Usher feat. Alecia Keys
  10. You’re the One that I Want-  John Travolta and Olivia- Newton John from Grease
  11. (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life-  Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley Dirty Dancing
  12.  Stereo Hearts- Gym Class Heroes feat. Adam Levigne
  13.  Baby, it’s Cold Outside- Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
  14.  Telephone- Beyonce feat. Lady Gaga
  15.  Whiskey Lullaby- Brad Paisley feat. Allison Krauss*

*Song Contributed by Coworker Andrew Matthews

May the Fourth Be with You,

The City that Never Sleeps

“New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of

There’s nothing you can’t do

Now you’re in New York

These streets will make you feel brand new

Big Lights will Inspire You

Let’s Hear it for New York, New York,

                          

One of my favorite cities on the planet. I may even move back here after college. There is NOTHING about this city that you can’t love: The Broadway Musicals, the shopping, Time Square, Central Park, the music scene, the nightlife, the constant throngs of people, a Starbucks on every corner, and so much more.

 For those of you who have never been, book a flight immediately. It’s called the “City that Never Sleeps” for a reason!

I posted this on another blog the night before I left for New York City for Spring Break! Since it’s both musical and artsy, I’m bringing it back to this blog! So here you have it, fifty of the best songs about New York City.

 

The Top 50 Songs about New York City:

  1. Empire State of Mind – Alecia Keys and Jay Z.
  2. New York State of Mind -Billy Joel
  3. I Love New York – Madonna
  4. New York, New York -On the Town
  5. New York – Ja Rule, Fat Joe, Jadakiss
  6. Theme from New York, New York -Frank Sinatra
  7. Give my Regards to Broadway -James Cagney
  8. New York Groove -Ace Frehley
  9. On Broadway -George Benson
  10. New York Lights -Fort Atlantic
  11. Fairytale of New York – The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl
  12. Moving to New York -The Wombats
  13. New York Minute – Don Henley
  14. Bells of New York City- Josh Groban
  15. The Secret to New York – We the Kings
  16. Big Apple Dreamin’ (Hippo)- Alice Cooper
  17. New York City Cops- The Strokes
  18. Manhattan- Kings of Leon
  19. Manhattan- Ella Fitzgerald
  20. Living for the City – Stevie Wonder
  21. Rhapsody in Blue- Leonard Bernstein with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra
  22. No Sleep Till Brooklyn- Beastie Boys
  23. Brooklyn- Buckcherry
  24. Brooklyn Bound- The Black Keys
  25. Brooklyn Go Hard- Jay Z feat. Santigold
  26. Autumn in New York- Billie Holiday
  27. New York City Serenade- Bruce Springsteen
  28. Across 110th Street -Bobby Womack
  29. Harlem Shuffle- Bob & Earl
  30. I And Love And You- The Avett Brothers
  31. Coney Island-  Death Cab for Cutie
  32. Angel of Harlem- U2
  33. I Love NYC- Andrew W.K.
  34. Let’s Have a Kiki- Scissor Sisters
  35. The Message- Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five feat. Melle mel and Duke Bootee
  36. Subway Train- The New York Dolls
  37. Daddy Don’t Live in the New York City No More- Steely Dan
  38. Anniversary- Suzanne Vega
  39. Englishman in New York- Sting
  40. Gypsy- Fleetwood Mac
  41. Start Me Up- The Rolling Stones
  42. Uptown Girl- Billy Joel
  43. Bitter Sweet Symphony- The Verve
  44. Harlem – Bill Withers
  45. Stayin’ Alive- Bee Gees
  46. Take the A Train- Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
  47. Jenny From the Block- Jennifer Lopez feat. Jadakiss and Styles P.
  48. The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side- The Magnetic Fields
  49. New York- The Sex Pistols
  50. Downtown Train- Tom Waits

 

 

“One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.” -Tom Wolfe

 

 

xoxo,