"You're not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on." – Dean Martin

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All the Stars by Kendrick Lamar with SZA: I am always a sucker for rap verses and vocal chorus’. It has a pretty nice beat going through it. I really like the croaked out hook before the chorus and the lyrics in that part.

The Middle by Zedd and Maren Morris: A simple song about people just compromising after an argument. I think the chorus sells it. If anything, it feels a bit overproduced, with one too many beat and background changes. But I like it, and feel like the through beat is nice.

Love Lies by Khalid and Normani: I find the back and forth on this track between the two singers quite interesting. I think having just one person sing it would make it infinitely less interesting.

Dirty Sexy Money by David Guetta, Afrojack, and Charli XCX: I’m sure I have forgotten a few of the artists on this simple track. It just a simple, upbeat track full of confidence. It has become a bit of a guilty favorite of me.

These Days by Rudimental, Macklemore and Jess Glynn: Another song with another hundred people contributing to it. I like the message, I like the chorus, and I like Macklemore. This song is a hit.


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So after a few quiet months I have updated my playlist with some new songs (and also got rid of some old songs to make room). So without further ado, here is my non-expert opinion on what caught me on each song:

Edge of the World by Miracle of Sound and Lisa Foiles: A nice song. I like the melody, although I have never played the new Tomb Raider games. Also a good theme that runs through it. I like how it ramps up in the chorus. Fairly by the numbers structure but that is okay.

IDGAF by Dua Lipa: A cool song with a cool beat that runs through the song. A better comeback song compared to the Kelly Clarkson Stronger song, and it seems to be quite popular. Also the lyrics are a bit meta.

Mo Money Mo Probelms by Notorious BIG: This song is a but funny. I really just like the chorus lyrics and the contrast to the rap with the more chorus-type singing throughout. However, I never knew the name of it and never heard it at a convenient place to look it up. I finally heard it and remembered enough of it to look it up and add it to my playlist.

Youth by Troye Sivan: I’m not sure why this song has caught me. Maybe it is because I am getting older and like the general message. Maybe because the weird sounding instruments that it is based on are a change from the rest of the songs. I know I don’t like the lyrics too much so it probably won’t stay in too long.

Mr Jones by Counting Crowes: An old song but a good song that I just felt like listening to. I like the mini-story that this song tells through-out. Otherwise just a classic pop-rock pub song.

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Here are some recent songs that I have added onto my playlist:

All of the Lights (Kayne West)- I generally like duets and I like the powerful beat on this one. I also love the part where he just starts listing off different types of lights, although it has nothing to do with anything.

Green Light (Lorde)- I remember this song being everywhere and I really liked it. THen I kind-of forgot about it. Now it is definitely on my list and benefits greatly from the hiatus.

Whatever it Takes (Imagine Dragons)- They added some rap verses to there main songs. Although the lyrics are a bit preachy, it still is a song that hits the right notes for me.

Dusk Til Dawn (Zayn and Sia)- Sia adds just enough flavor to Zayn to make it feel much better than his normal songs. Otherwise this feels like just another love song, except when it jumps between genres (pop-opera, soprano, etc.) in the chorus’.

I Want You Back (Jackson 5)- An oldie but a goodie. I think this is the only song of the Jackson 5 that I like. A catchy tune with some good vocals means this comes back onto my list.

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So I figured I would write about some of the new music on my playlist:

FEELS by CALVIN HARRIS, PHARRELL WILLIAMS, KATY PERY AND BIG SEAN: If you get over the fact that they keep trying to push that this is a Swift/Harris/Perry revenge song, this is another hit by Pharrell. It just seems to move from bridges to chorus and lyrics pretty good, and Big Sean has some good lines.

ATTENTION by CHARLIE PUTH: After his creepy and stupid One-Call-Away, Charlie writes a song that kind-of embraces his inner nice-guy/creep. He is singing about a creepy stalker-type woman and how she finally got him. But it really should be about him (and that is how I like to imagine it).

@SS BACK HOME by GYM CLASS HEROES feat. NEON HITCH: A song that only works because it decides to start with a chorus and some vocal sound effects to make up the hook. The contrast about people who love each-other and now want to be back together after growing apart. It is great that it is a male/female dynamic between the chorus and lyrics. It tends to lose steam by the second verse but it was a good ride by then.

DON’T LET ME BE YOURS by ZARA LARSON: A song talking about how she is bad for the guy. I first heard this playing Just Dance and that is how it was good. Blame was the same. Zara Larson seems to go from strength to strength with me.

RENEGADE by JAY-Z feat. EMINEM: Well, featuring Eminem might as well be Eminem featuring Jay-Z. Eminem definitely owns this one. I am glad I can skip it because it could’ve done with 30 seconds to a minute trimmed off it.

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My music list has been updated with a few new songs. Not too many pure new songs have been added, with allot of retro hits being put back into the mix. It should be noted that I keep my playlist to 150 songs roughly, so every song added has to kick one off. However, I am more focused on the songs I like.

IMMIGRANT SONG (LED ZEPPELIN): Well, I imagine I am not the only one who is back in love with this song after the Thor: Ragnarok trailer. Good fun.

BELIEVER (IMAGINE DRAGONS): I watched the music video before I heard the song. I love the song. It is very soft rock.

SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS (CHAINSMOKERS AND COLDPLAY): Although not as good as some other songs in the genre, I like how they sing the different sides of a relationship (i.e. one guy thinks he needs to be Superman while the girl just wants him to take a risk with her).

ALL TIME LOW (JOHN JONES): I am nearly sure this is a flash in the pan because of the electro-drop and the repetitive chorus. It is of note I like the clean version (or PG version) as I feel keeping it more to non-dirty things actually helps the song theme.

BE THE ONE (DUA LIPA): Well, a more upbeat song. Very catchy and fast paced. Once again, I am not sure if this will last the distance or not.

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G.R.L.: From Ugly Heart to Lighthouse

I liked Ugly Heart. I feel that G.R.L. did a good, upbeat song about telling someone to get lost. It was a pleasant change (at the time) from the songs that felt like they were just pining (I believe Sam Smith and John Legend were in their prime at the time). Fun, upbeat songs were in their primacy.

The follow-up, Lighthouse, does away with most of that to join the ranks of the countless other slow ballads on the radio. The first song or two that were slow were good. When 90% of the new pop songs are slow ballads, it becomes quite tedious. Maybe their producer decided to jump G.R.L. on the bandwagon, but Lighthouse is a song I switched from without even listening to the end of it.

It is made even worse my being dedicated to someone. So now I have a song I don’t like, made worse because I really liked the bands first song, and I now feel bad about not liking it. Fantastic.

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Learning Guitar

So I have been slowly learning guitar for a little over 1 month now. It is probably the most major skill I have learnt for quite a bit. So far it is quite enjoyable. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, I can only really practice at lunchtimes every second day. This means I only practice about 3 hours a week.

In order to master something, it is said that you need 10,000 hours. So at 4 hours a week, it will only take me 49 years to master guitar. And judging by the fact that it is going quite slowly (it isn’t something I am particularly talented in naturally), I don’t think I am going to take any shortcuts. This isn’t totally a bad thing for learning.

Learning a totally new skill (a musical instrument in this case) has reminded me that the best skills are learnt slowly through consistency. This also gives a much greater sense of satisfaction when the skill/song is mastered. I can feel myself getting better, and songs and music that felt impossible a couple of weeks ago is getting easier. And as I learn new skills, picking up new music and songs is also getting easier.

I only hope that I get more of a chance to practice in the future and I can stay consistent. Practicing guitar is also quite useful for relaxing and refocusing myself at lunchtimes. It is definitely not something I want to give up anytime soon.