The Battle of the Songs: A Classic Christmas Battle Between Two Orchestras

Welcome to another round of The Battle of Songs. We are continuing on the theme of Christmas songs. This time, I picked two different covers of a traditional song. These two versions were written in minor keys, which, to people’s surprise, I am a big fan of. I do love songs in minor keys as they are, as I believe, express more deep emotions. 

Enough of my rambling, you are probably asking what the song is? Well, click to find out!

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Pick Me Up Playlist – #MentalHealthAwareness

Hey guys! Mental Health Awareness Day was on October 10. Although, I was busy with work and couldn’t talk about it on that day, I was nominated by Laura Spoonie to talk about how music helps my mental health and what songs helps me to stay positive. See what songs I picked under the cut!

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What Hot Drink Will “Really Get You Goin'” This Fall?

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It is finally fall/autumn! A magical season that is filled with so many things: fleece jackets, pumpkin spice, sweet potatoes, Thanksgiving, and gorgeous autumn scenery.

But, we are missing the most important thing of all: HOT DRINKS!

Yes, ’tis the season for those warm, delicious drinks that fill your insides and soul with warmth. What are your favorite hot drinks? Mine is hot tea, especially chai from Starbucks or flavored tea. Tea is a wonderful drink as it beneficial to our health as we enter the cold and flu season.

If you don’t know the different types of hot drinks, don’t worry. This 80s’ song from a famous American fast food chain got you covered.

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Experiencing Healthy Insanity: “Go Insane” by Lindsey Buckingham

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Many legendary musicians have had excellent albums in today’s modern world. In this age, many would know of the pop-rock band Fleetwood Mac that rose to fame in the late 70s. Some knew the band since their formation in the late 60s. Some, like myself, grew up listening to the band’s songs thanks to their parents playing the songs on the car radio. Recently, a whole new generation was introduced to Fleetwood Mac when the Marvel film Garden of the Galaxy II included their hit song “The Chain” on the movie’s soundtrack. Thanks to Marvel, a new generation would at least know one song from this legendary band.

If I would conduct a poll on the streets of America and ask the question “Who is in Fleetwood Mac?”, many would answer Stevie Nicks. But, how about the other members? Stevie Nicks did have a prolific solo career in the 80s. But what about the other members, do they too have a successful and well-off solo career?

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Get Electrified By Electra’s “AC/DC” from the Musical “Starlight Express”

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I spent the entire Saturday listening to musical soundtracks composed by the great Andrew Lloyd Webber. Perhaps due to the recent news of a live-action film being made that will be based on the 1981 musical Cats. Songs from another Webber musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, also came up on my Spotify playlist at the same time. This prompted me to listen to the entire live recording of the NBC live production that happened this past spring.

Spotify introduced the soundtrack to a 80s’ musical named Starlight Express while listening to various musical soundtracks. I didn’t know that this musical existed until the recommendation popped up. Though, I should have known about it beforehand because I was aiming to be a professional musical theatre actress in high school and tried to be a musical theatre nerd. But, no one mentioned this musical in high school and even in college.

But, what is Starlight Express?

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Drift Away to an Island Paradise with Anri’s “Windy Summer”

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Summer has finally begun here in Japan. “Umi no Hi” Sea Day is the unofficial start of summer as the rainy season is over and it’s time to enjoy the sun. But, unlike the photo above, Japanese summer is nothing like a tropical paradise. We have reached the dog days of summer! Today’s temperature was 40°C (100°F) with humidity levels hanging around 80%. It ‘s a perfect day to hide indoors and dream about a cool tropical paradise with Anri’s “Windy Summer” under the air conditioner.

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Reminiscing About Jem and How the Show’s Songs are Still Catchy

Since last week, I have been watching episodes of the 80s’ cartoon show Jem (and the Holograms) daily. Although I was born about a year after the last episode aired, it wasn’t hard to learn about the show, thanks to Wikipedia and other sources. I have been enjoying the show due to it being a 80s’ cartoon (and I am a huuuuuuuuuuge fan of this decade). But, the characters are also interesting, and the plots are simple to understand yet amusing. However, the best part of Jem is the music.

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