Music That Gets Me | Love Song – Sara Bareilles

Whoa. How long has it been since my last post? šŸ˜¦ Sorry dudes, I’ve been a combination of lazy and busy lately. Maybe even uninspired, but I’ll try to be more frequent with the posts.
This song is a song close to my heart, and so is this artist. I first heard this song when I was 12 or 13. This was Sara’s breakout song, which started this unbelievable journey into the industry. So my young self heard this song and fell in love with it. It was the piano part that got me hooked. The intro has a bass, and chords all integrated into one to create the base of this song. Then her vocals came in, and my initial first thoughts were, “Wow. What a voice.” At first listen, you can tell that Sara’s voice is strong and versatile, and we can see that throughout the albums that she has put out. Since I always payed attention to the instrumentals in this song, the lyrics only started to hit me as I grew older. Probably 2-3 years ago, I realized that this is actually not a love song, more so a breakup song.Ā Thanks to this song, I learned how to improvise/groove/create a different dynamic of chords on the piano. I took five years of piano then stopped because the costs started to increase. Anywho, the song helped me to become the player that I am today. I’ve kind of adapted some of Sara’s playing styles. Since I’m a keyboardist at my church, I’m required to carry the music that we play. Sara’s style of music and her songwriting is heavily influenced on me. I strive to be a musician like Sara is, and this is why her music isĀ Music that Gets Me.

Below is Love Song by Sara Bareilles. Check out her most recent albumĀ The Blessed UnrestĀ that features her hit singleĀ Brave. I really wish I could have been a part of the music video for Brave. haha. Have an awesome day. Be happy, be awesome, be you. ā¤

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Sochi 2014 Olympics

I am a HUGE fan of the Olympics. What is about the Olympics that I love? I become Patriotic. I get to cheer for some of my favourite athletes. I get to see growth for our Canadian athletes. I get to see their inspiring stories. I get to watch amazing moments happen. I get to make new memories. The Olympics have always meant something to me, and I don’t really know why that is. I’m just a big sports fan like any other person in this world that we live in. I have this tendency to obsess over things that inspire me, and the Olympics was always an event that I obsessed over. I was always into events like the Pan Am Games, the X Games, the World Cup and so on, but nothing was as big as the Olympics.

It’s now day six of the Olympics in Sochi. I can’t be more proud to be Canadian. My favourite events are all in Freestyle Skiing/Snowboarding, and this is where a lot of our Canadians have excelled so far. Moguls Skiing is probably my favourite sport to watch. I’ll give my reason later. We got four medals alone in Moguls skiing. I am so proud of the La-Pointe sisters. I’ve been supporting Justine since she started competing on the world stage, and I’ve been supporting Chloe and Maxine since 2010. I was crying when I watched the Justine and Chloe go for Gold, and I was bawling my eyes out when Justine won the Gold medal. As for Slopestyle events, Mark McMorris is my new Olympic crush, and Dara Howell and Kim Lamarre are such huge inspirations to me. Charles Hamelin already added a Gold medal to his collection this week and I’m excited to see him compete for more. Our figure skating team did a great job competing in the new Team Event. I look forward to the individual competitions.

Okay so here’s my reason for loving Moguls Skiing so much. I found out about it when I was 12, it was the first event I saw on TV when I came home that day, and I witnessed Jennifer Heil win the Gold medal for Canada. Since then, I’ve looked up to Jenn and supported her and the sport. Her commentary during the Moguls event at the Olympics had me in laughter and wonder. Most of the time I had to ask myself if it was really her because it sounded nothing like her. Her commentary was informative and innovative, but sometimes very repetitive because of the repetitive jumps for the ladies event. There a lot of BEEEAUTIFUL and HUUUUGE in her commentary, which had me laughing near the end. I love Jenn, she’ll always be my favourite athlete, and she is one of my biggest role models. She actually replied to one of my messages and saw a video I made for her back in the day, so naturally I cried when I found out. haha.

Well that was a lot of writing. This isn’t a music post, but I’ll get on that soon. Have an awesome day. Go Team Canada! #WeAreWinter

Music That Gets Me | Undone – Luke Lalonde

I feel like poop. This whole week has been disastrous hence the lack of posts on my blog and everywhere else. I don’t want to get into details about what has been going on, but just know that I feel like poop right now. :):)

So with all of the poop talk aside, let’s talk about this song I’m introducing today. Undone is a song that features a super catchy melody that’ll have you hooked right away on the first listen. It starts with a soft folkish acoustic plucking together when the vocals come in. Luke’s voice is quite unique. It’s not your typical male pop voice, but I see Luke’s voice as a versatile one. As the song progresses, it turns into a pop tune, with synths and a steady drum beat. I have the biggest crush on him (don’t tell him), and the lyric “I always said I’d be your boyfriend” always hits me because naturally my fangirl reaction is “YES. BOYFRIEND. HI.”. haha. Everything about this song defines all of my tastes in music; rock, alternative, pop, folk. This is music that gets me.

If you are from Toronto, good news! He is from Toronto! His band the Born Ruffians is from Toronto, and they’ve been nominated for a Juno this year which is really exciting! They share the same label Paper Bag Records as another one of my favourite Toronto bands, DIANA.

Check out the music video forĀ Undone (which was filmed in Toronto) below, and make sure you check out his album RhythmnalsĀ as well as his band the Born Ruffians. Have fun! Be Happy, Be Awesome and Be You. šŸ™‚

Music That Gets Me | Let Me Go – HAIM

These girls are incredible. I’ve been following them for so long, and when they debuted last year, I felt nothing but pride for them. They are young women, making 80s influenced music, and it’s a fresh new sound that you don’t hear everyday. They’ve broken into the music industry, and they are doing incredibly well.

The first time I heard this song, I went crazy. I loved everything about it. The synths, the guitar riffs, the vocals by both Danielle and Este, the lyrics, the melody, the staccato bass and the drums were all done beautifully. It makes me as a listener thrilled to be fans of this band. The instrumental break near the end always makes me want to do an air guitar solo. The song makes you go through a bunch of emotions; calm then transcends to climatic, to crazy. These lyrics really hit me when I heard the song, “You know I’m not one for leaving”. I think anyone can relate to this. I’m not the type to just leave and do nothing. There are people who do let go of people easily as if they meant nothing not them.Ā This is music that gets me.

I just found out that if you text Este Haim, she responds to you. Yes, text. She gave her number out to the fans. Also, I want to be Danielle Haim when I’m older. I’ve tweeted that so many times. (shameless plug. Follow me @EuniceHilario ! )

You can watch a live version performance of “Let Me Go” from SXSW 2012 down below. You can also buy their album “Days Are Gone” on iTunes. Be Happy, Be Awesome, Be You! Have an awesome day loves!

Music That Gets Me | Don’t Find Another Love – Tegan and Sara

I know… I’ve made multiple posts on this band already, but I really can’t help it. They make great music.

Yesterday, January 28, 2014, Tegan and Sara released a new song entitled “Don’t Find Another Love” for the movie “Endless Love” which is set to be released this Valentines Day.

My reaction to this song was “This. Is. So. Good.”. It may sound like I’m biased and whatnot, but really, it’s a good song. It starts off with a folk-ish guitar riff, almost Western like, and on top are layers of vocals humming a catchy melody. The drums come in; they aren’t complicated, it’s simple and sweet. In the chorus, all hell breaks loose. The mix of the synths, the piano, the strings, the hint of guitar and the drums create the perfect dynamic that the message portrays. I love the touch of clapping sounds in the second part of the verses as well. Classy. The lyrics are quite cliche and cheesy, but it’s tailored to the plot of the movie. I like cliche. Tegan’s falsetto in the bridge was surprising. Ā A great surprise full of intimacy, raspiness and purity. Ā Both of them have grown so much vocally and I’m glad to see them pushing themselves harder as singers. Bless their souls. This song is catchy, so beware. It will be in your head forever. I see this as a good thing. This is music that gets me.

Until I get an official link to the song, you can hear it here:Ā http://www.justjared.com/2014/01/28/tegan-sara-dont-find-another-love-exclusive-premiere-listen-now/

Or here:

Have a great day! Be Happy, Be Awesome, Be You.

Grammys 2014

This year’s Grammys was Ā a riveting one. Here were some of the highlights for me.

1. John Legend

John Legend’s performance of All of Me was the first performance that got me bawling in tears. His voice was full of emotional clarity, intimacy and purity. His soulfulness and genuine emotion transcended to the audience making him a highlight for me.

2. Beyonce

QUEEN B. Remember when Beyonce released her self-titled album by surprise? The world was shocked. Last night Beyonce opened the show with a sexy rendition of Drunk In Love, with her husband Jay-Z. (There was a butt grab… just a thought.) I was looking forward to seeing her perform, and she slayed it with her powerful vocals.

3. Lorde

What can I say. I envy her, and I’m so proud of her. What a year it has been for this 17-year old. Royals won two Grammys last night and each time, Lorde’s speeches were awkward, displaying me in everyday life. She performed a stripped down version of Royals last night. The lack of the layering and singling out the drums, a synth line and her vocals created a perfect harmony, resulting in a fantastic rendition of Royals.

4. Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar

In my opinion, this turned out to be a great collaboration. I’ll admit, I was looking forward to Dan ripping out some mad vocals, but the combination of rap and the percussion done by the band was unbelievably incredible. That performance was the definition of hype.

5. The Beatles

I was on the verge of crying. Seeing Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr together on the same stage once again after five years, had me feeling nostalgic and sentimental. They performed Queenie Eye on the Grammys to commemorate the 50th anniversary of them arriving in America. I also can’t forget to mention that a very stunning Julia Roberts introduced them.

6. Sara Bareilles and Carole King

Sara Bareilles is a personal favourite of mine. When I heard she would be performing with Carole King, I freaked out. Carole King is a legend. I couldn’t have been more proud of Sara at that very moment. They both performed on pianos (it looked like there would be a piano duel), and sang a medley of Beautiful and Brave. I loved every moment of it. Carole still has it! Also, I very much enjoyed that piano version of Brave.

7. 33 Weddings

I would be a fool not to include this as a highlight. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ft. Mary Lambert, Queen Latifah and Madonna. One word. Iconic. The song Same Love is an iconic song itself; the fact that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have achieved this much success without the support of a record label is iconic. However, having a variety of couples get married in one night to the song Same Love to promote equality is ICONIC. Queen Latifah officiated the wedding, Madonna later joined the performance with Open Your Heart. I might have cried. This shows how powerful music is. It broke down the walls of racism, and it is now starting to open up the world to equality.

These were some of my highlights from the Grammys last night. There were numerous let downs last night like, a performance of Blurred Lines, Pharrell’s fashion choices, award disagreements and how there might have been too many performances. Regardless of the length of the show, I did enjoy it. Congratulations to all of the Grammy winners and nominees!

Music That Gets Me | Hey Baby – That Girl With Dark Eyes

Hi. Hey. Yeah, you. I’m talking to you. What’s up? That’s good. I like your shirt. Suits you well.

Haha, what was up with that intro though? Actually, I wouldn’t even call that an intro. I wasn’t introducing anything, therefore I can’t call that an intro. LOL, I dug myself into a hole I can’t get out…

ANYWAY. Hi (again). I’m in a particularly moody and weird mood today. This song I’m introducing today had me jumping and busting out my killer breaking moves today. Just kidding, I can’t break. I can pop and lock though. The song is an unreleased demo of ‘Hey Baby’ by ‘That Girl With Dark Eyes’. I’d say that this song is a funk/electro-funk/80s pop style. AKA, awesomeness. The song has a Chromeo-esque style to it, which is the lead synth riff in the intro and the breaks. The melody of the song is ridiculously catchy, I memorized the whole song in probably three listens. The arrangement of the song was well prepared. The intro starts off with a solid beat, and then builds up into the synths which was bang on. I am addicted. Props to TGWDE on creating this jam. I see a bright future for her. This is music that gets me.

I found out about “That Girl With Dark Eyes” from twitter. One day, this lovely individual followed me on twitter. The music junkie that I am checked out her music and instantly fell in love with her sound. So we started talking and stuff, one thing led to another, and guess what? I’m getting new pants. Dance pants. For her upcoming EP. She hasn’t announced a release date yet, but I am certain soon is probably within the next month or so. As I’m writing this post, I am finding out so many facts about her. For example, she’s big in Spain. She’s redefining the world of synth-pop in Spain. I also found out that she was in a Vancouver based band. She’s originally from SF. Also, she is a multi-instrumentalist. (Hi Tiffany. If you ever read this, don’t kill me for stalking you.)

You can check out “Hey Baby” below, and you can follow That Girl With Dark Eyes on twitter (@TGWDE) for updates on her upcoming self-titled debut EP. Have an awesome day!