A to Z in April 2018

T is for Take a Hint from Victorious

Victorious was one of those shows I’d end up watching on Nickleodeon when I was home from Uni for the holidays and my mum was at work. I was so lazy when I returned home for the holidays.

I remember watching this episode and being like “Wow!” I’d not seen anything like it in a kids/teen show before. A couple of girls getting fed up with boys who won’t leave them alone, who kept flirting with them and not taking no for an answer, and then these girls called them out on it and showed everyone, the boys, other characters and the viewers that these boys were harassing them, and it was not ok.

Take a Hint is such a catchy, yet powerful song and I love how Victoria Justice’s and Elizabeth Giles’ voices work together. This is another song that features on my Kick-Ass Inspirational Songs playlist and it well deserves a place there as it’s a song that unconsciously gets me to stand taller and be more confident in myself. As I’ve mentioned this playlist so much during this challenge, it’s here on Spotify if you’re interested.

“You asked me what my sign is, and I told you it was stop!” is a fantastic line and it’s my favourite from a song with so many great moments.

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S is for See You Again by Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth

This song gives me goosebumps every time I hear it. It’s an emotional song that combines a ballad with rap and it’s incredible.

I cried in the cinema when I first heard See You Again as it played at the end of Fast & Furious 7, giving Paul Walker (and his character Brian O’Connor) an unexpectedly wonderful send off. I adore the Fast and Furious films (they have my favourite trope, family of choice) and Paul Walker’s death hit me hard so to have this song that’s so heartfelt and well suited to the franchise, but is also universal, is just perfect.

I’m not someone who gets too into the Oscars but if there’s one song that should’ve at least been nominated, it’s See You Again. Basically I just wanted to get all the accolades it deserved, and for everyone else to love it as much as I did.

I love See You Again but it’s a song I can’t listen to repeatedly. I love it but the emotion in it gets to me and if I listen to it too many times in a short space of time I know I’ll end up crying.

R is for Revolution by The Veronicas

I first heard this song when watching Sydney White (a great Snow White retelling set in college with Amanda Bynes, definitely check it out) and immediately had to get it on my iPod.

Revolution is the only song by The Veronicas I own, and I couldn’t name any of their other songs if I tried. I’m so bad at keeping up with music and learning more about artists, even when I discover one song of theirs I love. It’s a problem.

Revolution is on my Kick-Ass Inspirational playlist because it gets me pumped up and it’s like a confidence boost every time I hear it. I love the message behind Revolution, that someone is who they are and won’t be stopped. Plus, the guitars and pop-rocky-ness of it is just my sort of thing.

Q is for Qué Caro Es el Tiempo by El Canto del Loco

Now while I have a basic understanding of Spanish, so I can pick up the odd word when I listen to pop rock band El Canto del Loco, what I really love about their music is the sound.

I took part in a foreign exchange when I was in high school, and the Spanish girl I was partnered with gave me a CD with some of her favourite music on it, one of the artists on there was El Canto del Loco. While I couldn’t really understand the songs, it was definitely my kind of music. I love this sort of pop, punk, indie rock music.

Qué Caro Es el Tiempo is one of my favourite songs on the CD I was given. It’s a bit slower than El Canto del Loco’s other stuff, but it’s heartfelt and I love how it builds, bringing the piano, drums and more guitars as the song progresses.

I often find myself listening to El Canto del Loco’s music when I’m writing as I don’t understand the words I don’t get distracted from writing. Instead, I get lost in the music which is a lovely feeling. I’d definitely recommend listening to songs that aren’t in your own language.

P is for Praying by Kesha

Every time I listen to this song I get chills. Praying is such an emotional and powerful song that at times it’s almost like a punch in the gut.

Praying’s lyrics are just so touching and thought-provoking. It’s a song about healing, finding your inner-strength and leaving toxic people behind. It’s a really important message and hear the lyrics while watching the music video makes it even more passionate and striking.

I really like the way the music is secondary to Kesha’s incredible vocals. It’s easy to think of Kesha’s early dance music that had a lot of production to it, with Praying you really get to hear how talented of a singer she is. This video of people reacting to Kesha hitting that high note with a scream, always puts a smile on my face and makes me feel irrational proud of a woman I have never met.

Praying is an inspiring and powerful song and I love it. Whenever I listen to it I feel stronger and more confident in who I am. It’s an emotional song but also a motivating one.

Praying is one of my favourite songs from last year. I’m someone who very rarely actually buys songs or albums, but I bought Praying, and the album it’s a part of, on the day of its release and I’m so glad I did because the whole album is brilliant.

O is for The Other Side from The Greatest Showman

I adore The Greatest Showman and all its songs. It’s such a feel-good film (I know it seriously glosses over the fact that P.T. Barnum wasn’t a good guy) and I was dancing in my seat in the cinema by the end of it.

I like all of the songs – This is Me is a worthy Oscar nominee – but my favourite song from the film is The Other Side. I think the reason I love it so much is because it feels like a proper musical song. While some of the other songs from the film feel like an interlude, The Other Side actually moves the plot of the film forward and you get an insight into these two characters.

You have Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron singing together, with Jackman trying to convince Efron to join his circus and Efron saying he’s fine as he is. The scene in the film is brilliant as the two of them dance around a bar together with the choreography being some of the best in the film.

I was impressed with myself when I learnt all the words to The Other Side because some of it is a bit of a tongue twister. It’s a really fun, fast-paced song that I can’t help but tap my foot along to. I also enjoy belting out the chorus at the top of my lungs!

I can’t wait till The Greatest Showman is out on DVD so I can watch it repeatedly – this song and the dance that accompanies it will be a part a watch over and over.

M is for Mr. Brightside by The Killers

There was no other possible choice when it came to my favourite song beginning with M.

I am trash for Mr. Brightside. If there’s any kind of meme on Twitter that’s somehow referencing Mr. Brightside I will retweet it. One of my oldest friends is getting married next month and with the wedding invitation, when you RSVP’d, you could also suggest a song to play at the reception, and I of course suggested Mr. Brightside. Can you imagine a bunch of wedding guests jumping and screaming along to this song?! To be honest, I don’t have to as the last wedding I went to the band there played Mr. Brightside and we did all shout along enthusiastically with overly dramatic gesturing.

I really don’t know what it is about this song that makes me love it so much, and how it’s become “that song” for me and so many other people of my generation. It was released when I was 13 so I’ve probably been dancing along to it and screaming the words from school discos, to night clubs, and to weddings.

It’s a song that has definitely been a part of my formative years and one that I have so many vivid memories of. With different friends, at different points of my life, I have sung along to this song – in a friend’s kitchen, in a piano bar with new work colleagues, and in my uni nightclub.

Mr. Brightside is a song that brings people together, especially millennials I feel. I don’t know what makes it so special, but it has some magical quality to it that makes it a song I can never get tired of.