Monday, April 6, 2015

Mood Music of the Week: Beauty

When it feels like everything in the world has fallen into place in an exactly right way, and everything looks so beautiful at once. This was how I felt this week.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

I was just Asking for Equality with Miley and Rihanna, Actually

About a year ago I wrote a short article titled 'Freedom is a Two Way Street', which was controversial with some readers. Specifically, it dealt with the idea that whilst I believe people should have freedom under the law to choose whatever way they want to live as long as it does not hurt others, other people (like myself) should be similarly entitled to promote a different lifestyle, and people should not be offended because of this. Maybe the tone of what I wrote sounded harsh. But I still think it's a very valid point to make. Let me explain further here.

People are entitled to their own beliefs, and are entitled to share them with the world as long as it doesn't hurt anybody else. People like me will generally share with the world what we believe to be great lifestyle choices, because we want to enable more people to live happier lives. It should be seen as a noble intention, I think you would agree. It is my strong belief that it's very unwise to use drugs 'recreationally', whether it's marijuana or something else. Therefore, it's my strong passion to share this idea with others. What I was frustrated about (and still am somewhat frustrated about) is how some celebrities go out and promote the opposite of this (e.g. Miley Cyrus, Rihanna) and people think it's cool, but how my ideas seem so much more controversial, when freedom of speech should dictate that we have equal rights to speak out on any given topic. It's not like I'm judgemental or something like that, right?

Freedom of speech should mean that we don't shout down others for whatever ideas they promote, whether you like the idea in question or not. Peer pressure to make certain ideas taboo is a very dangerous idea. Society should never go there, really.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Mood Music of the Week: Owl City - Shine Your Way

When you suddenly feel a wave of positivity all over you, and you see a potential exit to something that has been a long fight all this time. This was how I felt this week. And I dedicate this song, to remember this mood.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey - Or Is It Fifty Shades of Scary?

Fifty Shades of Grey is one recent cultural phenomenon I really don't understand. Although I have never read the book, I had heard of it, and knowing what it is about, I have always had no intention of reading it. I mean, it isn't something that would make me happy or excited in any way, right? Anyway, I really never understood why anyone would want to read something like that.

Fast forward to 2015, when the movie came out. Some of my friends wanted to go and see it, because it was such a 'phenomenon', so I went along. And the theatre was packed, too. But after three hours, I still don't know why anyone would love this movie or book. I mean, it may as well be called fifty shades of scary. All the way through the movie, I kept thinking, please don't ever let me meet a man like that.

So what is it that has caused so many people to fall in love with such a scary book and movie? I don't know. Maybe you can tell me.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

It Looks Like Meghan Trainor has Redeemed Herself in My Books

Remember my critique of Meghan Trainor's All About That Base about half a year ago? I know it was harsh, but I stand by what I have said. And I still don't know why something like that became a hit.

But anyway, it looks like Meghan has redeemed herself this time around. Her new hit Lips Are Movin' looks much more like what a 'normal' hit song should be. It actually sounds pretty good. Maybe she will have a great career after all.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

John Legend's Inspiring Speech at the Oscars

The Oscars have often been a place where inspirational speeches are given. This year, it was Common and John Legend's turn.

"Nina Simone said it's an artists duty to reflect the times in which we live," he said. "We wrote this song for a film that was based on events that were 50 years ago but we say that Selma is now, because the struggle for justice is right now. We know that the voting rights act that they fought for 50 years ago is being compromised now in this country today. Right now the struggle for freedom and justice is real. We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850."

"When people are marching with our song, we want to tell you we are with you, we see you, we love you, and march on," he added.

Something for us to think more deeply about, I think.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Angelle's Three Questions: Ryan Murphy and the Glee Team

Glee is back on TV for a final season, and this week's Three Questions is for the people behind Glee.

1) Glee has been successful in exploring a host of issues, and has maintained an objective and balanced stance in most of these issues. The religion vs atheism issue was a great example of this. However, at the start of season one, I think the show took sides AGAINST the abstinence movement. As the abstinence movement never harmed anyone ever, why did you decide to do that?

2) Most shows have a positive main character people can identify with, yet I think your show lacked one until Marley arrived in season four. Why was that the case?

3) Is the decision to put Glee to an end after six seasons one that was decided long ago, or has it only been made recently? If so, was it because of the recent drop in ratings? (That would be a shame, I should add.)

Monday, January 12, 2015

Selena Gomez - The Heart Wants What It Wants - Impact Version by TaraElla

By the way, if you liked this cover, you should check out this TaraElla original:

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Taylor Swift - Blank Space - Romantic Version by TaraElla

By the way, if you liked this cover, you should check out this TaraElla original:

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Maybe This is the Appeal of 'Awkward' Taylor Swift?

I had this discussion with a friend the other day - and we came to agree that Taylor Swift likes to do things she is not particularly good at. Like dancing - which we saw a lot in her recent Shake It Off video. Or even pop music - we think she did country better. And that style in the We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together video - it REALLY doesn't suit her at all. There's one word to describe all of the above: awkward.

But in all of that is a common theme - Taylor likes to try new things, even things she may not be good at, things that may not make her look picture perfect. Taylor has been hugely popular for more than seven or eight years now, which is much more success than what many other chart topping musicians have had. Maybe this is her appeal, after all.

Therefore, maybe we should all try to step outside of our comfort zone every now and then. It may pay off very well, even if we look awkward in the process. After all, Taylor Swift has made awkward look cool, so it's OK to be awkward nowadays.

TaraElla's Latest Single Not That Kind of Retro

This song is now available at the TaraElla Google Play shop.