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30-Day Song Challenge: Day 29

Today’s challenge is a song that reminds you of your childhood. I think of a lot of kid films, musicals, and sing-a-longs. 🙂

The music from the “Sound of Music” was a staple in my childhood. Edelweiss, sang by Christopher Plummer, is very touching. I played this on the piano often.

I sang a lot of Vietnamese karaoke songs for kids. My dad bought us a set of discs with karaoke tracks for us to sing along. It was my favorite stuff to sing on the weekends with my siblings. One of the lines is loosely translated, “Open the doors and let the sunshine in so we can dance and play.”

Sang “Tomorrow” from Annie for a school play when I was a child.

Really loved Disney’s Anastasia’s “Once Upon a December” and still enjoy it.

I sang Zippety Doo Dah for another school play when I was 8 years old.

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30-Day Song Challenge: Day 28

Hello and good morning! Hope you enjoyed your holiday so far! Today’s challenge is an artist whose voice you love. I love Jackie Evancho’s angelic soprano voice! I can listen to her all day. Perhaps, it’s because I wish I had a soprano voice to be with the rest of the girls in my choir group, but I’m a mezzo-soprano. 😉 Anyway, enjoy! ❤

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30-Day Song Challenge: Day 27

This song challenge is quite the emotional roller coaster! Next up is a song that is detrimental to your heart if you understand the context. I will keep this to a bare minimum because I need to go yet again for more festivities! My relaxation for the day is in enjoying the wonderful food and activities with family. 🙂

The soundtrack from the movie, Schindler’s List, will always break my heart. I watched it in my first year of college and cried on the bus ride home visiting my family for Christmas. ❤

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30-Day Song Challenge: Day 25

“There’s always haters, no matter what you’re doing. Whether they’re complaining that everything you do sounds the same, or it’s too different. I love DJing, I do. I love everything that comes with it; it’s fun and it’s kind of glamorous. I’m a DJ. I get the party started.”

Avicii

Merry Christmas to my blogging family! Hope you are enjoying your day! Thank you for joining me on my blogging journey! Taking a breath of air before I return to more festivities with family and friends! Nothing like the gift of the present! Today’s challenge is to post a song you like by an artist no longer living! I think about how the love of Jesus Christ has influenced many musicians in unexpected ways.

Photo Credit: art-soulworks.com
Akiane Kramarik’s painting of Jesus Christ, “Prince of Peace

Clifford Stumme, the Pop Song Professor, explores more about the meaning and background behind the song I’m about to share, “Sunset Jesus”:

“…he [Avicii] meets “Sunset Jesus,” an interesting character dressed as Jesus who spends his time on Sunset Blvd with street performers and tourists…. the fact that Jesus came to him could also be a “sign”–a mystical symbol that Avicii’s in the right place. He decides that it’s a good thing he met Sunset Jesus.”

Clifford Stumme, The Pop Song Professor

I LOVE YOU AVICII (Tim Bergling)!!! 😀 I danced to your music at pool parties while hanging out with friends. You left a legacy in the EDM music industry. I will miss your incredible spirit and will continue to love your inspirational melodies and beats! You were an awesome DJ! The crowds you draw at every concert is a formidable accomplishment. Rest in peace! ❤

Photo Credit: Brandnite – Avicii at Ushuaia Ibiza 2016
Avicii – Sunset Jesus
Enjoyed the lighted visual Mashup Tribute Ananta!

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30-Day Song Challenge: Day 24

When we suffer a loss, a break up, a painful change in our lives, we need to remember to take all the time we need to heal emotionally. Moving forward and getting back on track with our lives doesn’t take a day. It takes a lot of small steps to allow us to break free from our broken self and move on.

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Good morning everyone! For those of you who celebrate Christmas, hope you are enjoying Christmas Eve! For those of you who don’t, hope you are enjoying the season! I’m about to head out for more festivities, but before I go, today’s musical challenge is a song by a band that I wish would stay together!

There’s a few that I grew up with. When these bands broke up, I wondered how each of the members would grow from the experience. I also wondered what that would mean for me as an active listener. It might be a bit of a stretch to think a band’s breakup would hit me hard, and yet part of my identity is found in the music I listen to. As a group, they empowered me. Going solo, what does that mean? In a way, it meant that I was growing along with them and transitioning to a new stage in my life.

Nsync- Tearin’ Up My Heart
Backstreet Boys – Chances
They were broken up, but I think they’re back together again? I love their new song!
Spice Girls – 2 Become 1
Oasis – Wonder Wall
Destiny’s Child – Stand Up For Love
One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
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30-Day Song Challenge: Day 23

Today’s challenge is a song I think everyone should hear at least once. What a challenge since everyone has such different tastes! So keep that in mind as I share my humble collection. Enjoy! 🙂

A beautiful moment in animation! The soothing voice of a sweet child in Saoirse Song…

Saoirse Song

A soft lullaby to help you sleep and take you to magical places by the sea…

Song of the Sea

The soft tunes of the Orient…

Healing Chinese Zen Music

Mandisa’s inspirational & motivational music- Whatever difficulty you’re going through right now, you can get through it!

Mandisa – Overcomer

Amadeus Electric Quartet is a blessing in the instrumental world. Hope you enjoy the majestic scenery they take you through as you listen to their wonderful melodies!

Earth Song – Amadeus Electric Quartet
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30-Day Song Challenge: Day 22

“The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.” 

Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

At different points in my life, I’ve listened to a variety of music whenever I felt stuck: on a person, in the past, in a place, in a particular mindset. There is music out there that speaks to your experiences and your life and helps you overcome many challenges. Anyway, here’s some of songs throughout my life when I needed an extra push! As usual, it’s an eclectic playlist! 🙂

Idina Menzel has a unique voice and is so passionate as she is singing “Defying Gravity” from the musical Wicked. These lyrics have a way of describing my inner state at times and makes me want to propel forward in life. Stephen Schwartz won a Grammy award as a composer and lyricist for Wicked which came out in 2003.

Photo Credit: Advocate.com – Stephen Schwartz is banning theatres in North Carolina from producing Wicked after the state passed an anti-LGBT bill. 
Photo Credit: Simon Paris
CLOC Musical Theatre troupe looks incredibly festive after performance of Wicked.
Defying Gravity – Idina Menzel

I also like to listen to a lot of powerful instrumental music. Bond is an all female musical string quartet. This song is absolutely explosive as the title suggests! It pushes me outside of what I think my limitations might be. It reinvigorates my spirits by providing this metaphorical strong gust of wind beneath my wings.

Explosive – Bond

There’s something about this beautiful humble song by Hillsong United that makes me feel whole again and at peace with my soul so that I can move forward with my life.

Oceans – Hillsong United

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30-Day Song Challenge: Day 21

The song, “Stacie’s Mom”, was very popular during the time I was in high school. It’s about a young boy’s infatuation with his girlfriend’s mother which obviously isn’t going anywhere. I first heard of the song on a Dr.Pepper commercial. A few of my friends would create parodies of the song when someone’s mom does something awesome like “Colin’s Mom”.

Here is the funny Dr.Pepper commercial with the incredible soccer mom and her mini-van! 🙂

Calculus took up a chunk of my high school life! It’s where most of us learned the various types of infinity and its uses in limits and continuity. The Mathematics Stack Exchange explores more about infinity in its forums. When most of us were struggling with the process of learning calculus, our mothers intervened and offered support. Some of the moms got together and baked cookies for our weekend group studies so that we would pass our tests. 😀

The original video is meant for mature audiences. 😉

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30-Day Song Challenge: Day 20

Today’s challenge was not easy for me today! Mainly, it’s because I generally listen to music for enjoyment rather than scanning for different meanings of a song. So, I asked for some help. It’s not against the rule book! 😉 Like looking at a work of art, I think any person can listen to the same song and gather different interpretations.

So, I found this interesting article called The Hidden Meaning of these 8 Most Popular Christmas Songs. This was the excerpt for “Carol of the Bells”

This song originally wasn’t about Christmas at all. It was a Ukrainian folk chant called “Shchedryk” that welcomed the spring and described a bird flying into someone’s house to tweet about good fortune. Composer Peter Wilhousky heard the chant performed and wrote the English lyrics to the popular, fast-paced “Carol of the Bells.” 

Carol of the Bells, Mic.com

Lindsey Stirling performs an amazing Carol of the Bells and takes us on a wintry adventure!

My roommate shared with me “Casser La Voix” by Maxime Landry showing the range of the French language. Many French words can take on various interpretations in music.

A friend recently shared with me “Trampoline” by Shaed. I felt like trampoline was a metaphor the subconscious or a dream world.

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