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:

Download the full song here.

Taylor Swift - Blank Space - Romantic Version by TaraElla

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

Download the full song here.

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.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Don't Think Anna Kendrick is Pretty? You May Not Be Alone.

Apparently some people think that Anna Kendrick is not pretty. I'm surprised, really, but it's true.

She won't be upset by that, though.

"The most common thing that I get is, 'Am I the only one who doesn't think that Anna Kendrick is pretty?' And you're like, 'No, you're not the only one. Arguably, all of the boys in my high school agree with you'," she recently told Marie Claire.

What a great answer!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Secret to Taylor Swift's Success?

What is Taylor Swift's secret for success? I'm pretty sure many would like to know, seeing that she is probably the most successful pop singer right now. Recent comments by her friend Selena Gomez may have shed some light on that.

"She was actually at my house the other day and we were sitting by the fire and I was talking about relationships and business in my life and she just kind of looked at me and was like, 'Selena, if you’re the smartest person in the room, I think you’re going to be in the wrong room'," Selena Gomez told The Talk Friday recently.

"She thinks I should constantly surround myself with people who are going to make me better, that are going to challenge and motive me," Selena added.

I think that's a good approach to life. We all need role models, people who we can look up to, people who can make us better. Learning to emulate the best in other people is a big factor in success indeed.

TaraElla's Latest Single Not That Kind of Retro

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