My Spotify Wrapped 2018

Spotify Wrapped is one of the best ideas to every come about. I love seeing the songs and artists I listened to the most during the year. It is sort of like a walk down memory lane from 2018. I can remember certain songs and albums and different moments that I associate with them.

 

So to start out the year, I was supposedly listening to Not My Type by s. lyre which I don’t recall ever hearing. I assume it was on one of the Discover Weekly playlists I always have playing throughout the day. I’m kind of into it though now that I go back and listen.

allys top 18 artists

My top song is Just The Same, and I am not one bit shocked. It’s one of those songs I just can’t skip when it comes on. It is such a tune. You have to listen to it if you haven’t already.

The first artist I discovered was Tablo, and I can remember the exact song it was too.

My favorite part of Spotify Wrapped is probably the fact that they make a playlist of your top 100 songs. I will listen to this playlist well into the new year, especially when I’m driving.

Apparently, my favorite musical subgenera is “dance pop” - not sure what that means, but I guess I like it!

I spent 50,035 minutes listening to music. This doesn’t surprise me though, and honestly I thought it would be more. I am constantly listening to music on Spotify.

 

What does your Spotify Wrapped look like? Let me know in the comments - I love listening to new artists!

10 Covers You Didn't Know You Needed

I don’t know if I am the only one, but I feel like song covers have seriously stepped up their game. They used to sound the exact same as the original but with a different voice. Now people are putting their own twist on the songs and I am here for it. These are my top 10 covers you MUST listen to. (Check out my Spotify playlist HERE where I will most likely add even more than are listed here.)

(Be sure to click on each image to be taken to the cover! All photos/album artwork are borrowed and do not belong to me.)

Somebody Else - VÉRITÉ

I love love love The 1975 and never thought I would say this, but I think I might like the cover better than the original.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

This cover is so laid back and cool compared to the original. I love the upbeat lyrics with the slowed down melody.

Ultralight Beam - Harry Styles

Ok. This is one of my all time favorite covers. Of course I like Kanye’s version, but this version is so different from the original. Plus, it was performed at Harry’s secret show in London.

That Don’t Impress Me Much - HAIM

Effortlessly cool as always. This cover makes me want to roll my windows down and cruise down PCH.

Hey Ya! - Sweater Beats and KAMAU

Who doesn't love the original of this song? The cover is really just an updated sound, but it is still just as catchy.

…Baby One More Time - Ed Sheeran

One of the first albums I remember having was a Britney album, so it’s no wonder I love this Ed cover.

Hard To Handle - Courtney Hadwin

If you haven’t seen Courtney Hadwin’s audition for America’s Got Talent you are seriously missing out. My mind was blown. Her cover of this classic song was out of this world.

Buy U A Drank - MAX w/ Gnash

Funny enough, T-Pain’s version of this song was the first song I listened to when I got my first iPhone. The cover is super upbeat and poppy and so good.

My Heart Will Go On - Jessie J

I will admit I’ve never seen Titanic before, but that doesn’t stop me from appreciating how insane this rendition is.

Sorry - Gavin James

I could listen to Gavin James’ voice all day. He is so talented and this cover is a fabulous take on Bieber’s hit.

Let me know what your favorite song covers are. I am always looking for more! Don’t forget to check out my last post by clicking the button below!

We Can Survive

I love benefit concerts for two reasons - the proceeds go towards a charitable cause, and there are typically multiple big artists. We Can Survive was no different. 

A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales went to Young Survival Coalition, which supports young women diagnosed with breast cancer. With a sold out show, the fundraising efforts were most definitely a success.

The artists that performed at this show ranged from Khalid to Sam Smith to Harry Styles. Oh, and I can't forget to mention that Niall Horan surprised everyone and did a spontaneous set. Every artist that performed was phenomenal, and it made me remember how fun some of the artists were. 

In the future I will definitely try and attend more benefit concerts, because they never fail! What benefit concerts do you suggest? Leave a comment below!

 

Summer 17 Playlist

Summer is the time to have fun with friends and take much needed time to sit back and relax. It is the perfect time to go on road trips or travel the world. It can also be the best time to sit by the pool and soak up some rays. No matter the occasion, a killer summer playlist is very important. 

With all the new music coming out this time of year, it was hard to narrow it down to just a few songs, but below you can find my Summer 17 playlist. These are some of my current favorites, so be sure to follow my playlist to stay updated with my summer picks! 

You - Charlie Who? 

Kiwi - Harry Styles

Carolina - Harry Styles 

Mr. Know-It-All - Young the Giant 

The Cure - Lady Gaga

No Promises (feat. Demi Lovato) - Cheat Codes

Obsession (feat. Jon Bellion) - Vice 

Only Angel - Harry Styles

It Ain't Me (with Selena Gomez) - Kygo

Perm - Bruno Mars

Most Girls - Hailee Steinfeld

At My Best (feat. Hailee Steinfeld) - Machine Gun Kelly 

Stay Together - Noah Cyrus 

Slow Hands - Niall Horan

Power - Little Mix

and we're socially relevant..

Look at the title of this post. Now guess the song lyrics. She's American by The 1975. Super catchy, super upbeat, super great. 

As of now, I have seen The 1975 three times, and that is definitely not enough. Each show is so energetic. The crowds at these shows know every single word to every single song, and they definitely have no shyness when it comes to dancing in the aisles. 

The first 1975 show I attended was in 2014, and it was one of my first concerts in LA. The show was at The Palladium, and it was one of the coolest nights. We walked right in and moved our way through the crowd during the two opening acts, and then we noticed the people upstairs were getting a much better view. So, we obviously headed up there to get the full experience of the show. As it turns out, that was the VIP section and we ended up standing next to multiple other musicians, which after living in LA for all of 2 months, I was totally starstruck.

When the band came on, the whole venue screamed and immediately burst into song. Matty Healy has a way about entertaining the crowd with his little head bobs and wild hair swinging around on stage. You never really know what he is going to do next, so each show is entertaining in its own way. 

Since that show, I have seen The 1975 two other times. The second show was in early 2016 in Amsterdam at the Heineken Music Hall. This venue was more like an empty warehouse, but it perfectly fit the vibes of the show. 

The most recent 1975 show I attended was in Birmingham, Alabama at the BJCC. The venue was smaller, but the show was still great. Matty controls the crowd, and I honestly don't think he even realizes he does it. Each show has flown by, and I am always on the lookout for the next tour. (Hopefully it's soon!)

As always, thanks so much for reading and chat soon! -A xx

Dreary Winter Day Playlist

So ask me a few years ago if I like the rain, and I would say no way. Now, after living in SoCal for the past few years, I do not mind the occasional rainfall. Curling up on the couch with a fuzzy blanket and some tea is not all bad every now and then. 

Around the holidays, I am home in Alabama, so I am one hundred percent in the cold weather Christmas spirit. I love the Christmas lights, the trees, the movies, the cookies, the clothes, and pretty much anything else that reminds you of Christmas. One of my favorite things to do, is to sit at home by the fire and look at magazines and cookbooks. Winter is a time for great style and great food, so you always have to be informed. The day of winter research is never complete without the perfect playlist. 

Check out what I have been listening to, and be sure to follow my playlist on Spotify!

As always, thanks so much for reading. Talk soon! xx

It's going down, I'm yelling..

Timber.

Earlier this summer, I had the privilege of seeing Eric Hutchinson live and in person. It was such a cool night, because I can remember getting ready for school most mornings listening to his music. There was something about the vibe his songs gave off that were just perfect for that early morning routine. 

Not only did I see Eric Hutchinson, but I got to see a local band from my original home in Birmingham, AL. The name of the band was Timber, and let me tell you firsthand. They were so SO good. There were no big flashy lights or production behind their set, and I think that is what I liked most about it. They walked on stage, talked a little, sang a little, and that was that. They were there to promote their music, and I can confirm it was working for them.

A few weeks after the show, I wanted to get to know a little bit more about them. Of course I could use Google and probably find their Facebook page, but I wanted to hear it directly from them. So, I did a little interview with them..check it out below!

What is your band name? Timber

How did you come up with this name? We thought it sounded nice. 

How long have you been a band? Almost two years.

What inspires you to make music everyday? Knowing that it is a shield to madness.

What is one place you have always dreamed of performing? On a huge stage in front of the pyramids in Egypt. 

Who are your musical influences? Way too many to list here.

What is your favorite memory from being in the band so far? Our most recent recording session was probably my favorite moment thus far. Everything went very smoothly and the vibe was just right. I think we were really channeling some good karma or something that weekend. Very pleased with what we were able to track. 

hat makes this band unique? Terrible stage banter. We've embraced it, too. Some bands think all they need is a great song to breakthrough, but no. It's terrible stage banter.

Want to see more of Timber? Check them out HERE