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Missing Dierks

August 14, 2015

Dierks Bently is about to hit the stage in Albuquerque tonight. Wishing I was there even though his music brings a tear to my eye. This is a photo I took of his CD cover when I bought it in Match of 2014. One song breaks my heart and I love the music video. It seems like I bought this so long ago. Before you know it… time passes… things change… and moments slip away into oblivion. To all who are listening to Dierks tonight, spark your lighter for me.


The French Tongue: Straight Fire

February 20, 2015


The 50 Shades of Grey movie soundtrack is hot, hands down… but The Weeknd brings it on Earned It. This is some straight fire whipped out by that French tongue. Thanks to Mar for getting me the soundtrack! She knew I would love it. Anastasia (Dakota J.) is in the video, making it even better!! Where You Belong by The Weeknd is also a hot track.


Me in my red boots with the tix!

I saw the movie with the gals the day after Valentine’s Day. By the way… 50 Shades of Grey isn’t just a story about sex and bondage. There is symbolism and allusion in the books by James as well as in the movie. Authors always deliver more than meets the eye. That’s a given. Yes… the sex scenes were sweet, but meaning is there for those who can understand deeper things. I’ll explore that in a later post.

This movie was a perfect fit for The Weeknd’s sultry sound. I must say it was! I will also say that I discovered and fell in love with his music long before many had even heard of him. (see A French Tongue on The Weeknd). He is an amazing songwriter with a flawless voice. Check out his lyrics to Earned It below the embedded video. Maybe this song is just another story about tragic love? Tragically…

Lyrics to
Earned It” by The Weeknd
50 Shades of Grey Soundtrack

You make it look like it’s magic, Cause I see nobody, nobody but you, you, you. I’m never confused
Hey, hey…I’m so used to being used. So I love when you call unexpected, cause I hate when the moment’s expected…

So I’ma care for you, you, you. I’ma care for you, you, you, you, yeah. Cause girl you’re perfect. You’re always worth it and you deserve it, the way you work it. Cause girl you earned it. Girl you earned it.

You know our love would be tragic, so you don’t pay it, don’t pay it no mind. We live with no lies. Hey, hey. You’re my favorite kind of night. I’m so used to being used. So I love when you call unexpected, cause I hate when the moment’s expected.

So I’ma care for you, you, you. I’ma care for you, you, you, you, yeah. Cause girl you’re perfect. You’re always worth it and you deserve it, the way you work it. Cause girl you earned it. Girl you earned it.

On that lonely night you said it wouldn’t be love…but we felt the rush. It made us believe that it was only us. Convinced we were broken inside, inside. I’m so used to being used. So I love when you call unexpected, cause I hate when the moment’s expected.

So I’ma care for you, you, you. I’ma care for you, you, you, you, yeah. Cause girl you’re perfect. You’re always worth it and you deserve it, the way you work it. Cause girl you earned it. Girl you earned it.

J.E. …Where have you been?

January 24, 2015


I love how some of my favorite old school R&B and soul classics are coming back strong. They are older now, but sexy as ever and their unique talent I have missed. Jagged Edge is one group of men bringing it back and showing these young gunz what real sex music is all about. Their discography includes 8 releases since 1997 and of course I have every single one.

I picked up JE Heartbreak II last week and it is indeed hawwwwwt! Not a surprise. I love the twinz. Brandon and Brian Casey have a way of giving ears and bodies sugar laced tracks. From A Jagged Era (1997) to J.E. Heartbreak (2000) to Jagged Little Thrill (2001) to Hard (2003) to Jagged Edge (2006) to the Baby Making Project (2007) to The Remedy (2011) to J.E. Heartbreak II (2014), these guys have had me on lock. I didn’t realize they had a new release and was actually looking for D’Angelo’s new disc.

There are five tracks that I think are straight fire. My favorite track is “Love Come Down.” With lyrics like “I can’t control my hands love. ‘Cause every time that I’m around you girl my body goes bananas. It’s like it’s got a mind all of it’s own. So baby excuse my manners. I don’t know but you make me feel like an animal…” What’s not to love? This song runs a close first with “Wanna Be (Romeo).” Also smokin’ is “Make it Clear,” along with “Future” and “It’s Been You.”

I’ve really missed you J.E. I have been fiending for music like this. Welcome back!! 💗

Inducing Strength: The Musical Drug

January 15, 2015

I’m ten minutes away from driving into the gym parking lot. The music is pushing through my overly used iPod connector, through my overly used car stereo, into my soon to be deaf ears, and then into my hell bent mind. Lucky the windows on my runner are tinted because anybody who saw me on my way to the gym would surely think I have lost it! This week, all I needed to hear from the time I left work until the time I left the gym floor was “All is Fair in Love and Brostep.” Skrillex did the trick…flipping me out…getting me loc…putting me into that fiery zone.


The zone. It’s that place where I become unapproachable. It’s the place where music makes chills course through my body and mind like one thousand steeds. I feel powerful and in complete control. I feel strong. I look angry, but it is the happiest time of my day. If there was a hidden camera in my vehicle, you could see me making tough faces and roaring to psych myself out for the iron. It works. I actually don’t need pre-workout supps. Only music. Tonight I discovered that it is indeed a biochemical reaction that I’ve been using to my advantage for years. The reactive chills make me push it harder.

For several years, scientists have published papers in scholarly journals such as Current Biology and Nature Neuroscience on this very topic. Why am I not surprised that there is science behind my reaction to sound? MasHerrero, Zatorre, Rodriguez-Fornells, Marco-Pallares, and Salimpoor have been studying the heck out of music. I wonder what they actually listen to? They are researching the effects of music on our bodies and minds. Their latest studies are reward based, but these researchers have actually documented and graphed how music can change us in mysteriously scientific ways!


The biochemical mechanisms at play (no pun intended) really trigger a curious high with a release of dopamine. Dopamine is the lovely neurotransmitter which is pleasure based and is associated with food, drugs and sexual arousal. Salimpoor says that “dopamine is important because it makes us want to repeat behaviors. It’s the reason why addictions exist, whether positive or negative.” No wonder I keep on wanting to bench press a car ha!? Haha… He also said “it’s not the music that is giving us the ‘rush.’ It’s the way we’re interpreting it.” I love music and can’t live without it!!

And so…I leave you with this tune that gets me super pumped. “All Is Fair in Love and Brostep” features the Ragga Twins. The song was produced by Skrillex and was written by Sonny Moore, Trevor Destouche and David Destouche. Pure awesomeness!!! It’s all about “da energy an de powa.” Turn it up and feel it!

Gym Swag and Some Freakshow

January 20, 2014

I have been jamming out to Hinder more than usual! I decided it was time to see if the man with great lyrics and a deliciously smokey voice had a new album out. It turned out the latest Hinder album was Welcome to the Freakshow. This was the fourth studio album put out by Hinder in December of 2012. I bought the disc on Saturday, and is indeed awesome! I worked out hard to Freakshow and See You in Hell in the gym today.

The fast songs were good to hit the weights to, but I gotta love me some Hinder slow jams like~ Should Have Known Better, Get Me Away From You, Is It Just Me, I Don’t Wanna Believe, and Anyone But You. This disc is really good. I regret not picking it up sooner! Only the breathy, raspy voice of Austin Winkler’s lead vocals can pull off the pain in these lyrics. His voice stands out just as much as my new PowerBait colored Under Armour hoodie does! Love locking down new gym swag!!! 😉


**********My new Under Armour hoodie! Nice!!!*********

“Light ‘Em Up”

December 1, 2013

This weekend I bought the new CD “Save Rock and Roll” by Fall Out Boy. I had been loving the new video for “Alone Together,” which I’m over. It’s been on a few countdowns. Figured the CD would be good since my hero Jimmy Kimmel likes them and since these singles mark the official return of Fall Out Boy after a brief hiatus.
These men do write some awesome lyrics. The beats are great for working out. “The Phoenix” and “Where Did the Party Go” are good songs, but “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ‘Em Up)” rocks!! Those lyrics were flawlessly written by mad lyricists. The lyrics are absolutely perfect. I love words!
Now I gotta track down the remix with 2Chainz. I am sure that remix is smokin’ for sure! Wish I had that one when I hit some chest, back n bi today. Who doesn’t wanna “Light ‘Em Up?”

Emeli Sandé: A Real Woman

September 28, 2013

Emeli has blessed my mind and heart with lyrical emotion. The Scottish artist has a powerful and beautiful voice. I adore this highly symbolic music video, though I see something much different in my mind associated with these lyrics. This is the second music video for the song “My Kind of Love” released by Sandé. It was released on September 5th. If you haven’t heard this song, prepare for a heartfelt journey and a million thoughts.     ~~~~F

Off to Sleep with an Awesome Hunter Hayes Song

September 18, 2013

Over a Rainbow

September 12, 2013


°°°°°Santa Fe Rainbow°°°°°
Photograph by Felicia Lujan
September 12, 2013

Color fills my heart and eyes with passion. My mind feeds on vibrance. When Harburg and Arlen wrote the now infamous song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” their creative minds had visited another land. Their minds had been to a place so close, but very far away. The songwriters had likely visited their own symbolic Oz. Today when I took this picture of a lovely rainbow, I knew it was the perfect symbol of fantasy lands and happy places.

Harburg and Arlen wrote about a place “somewhere over the rainbow way up high.” Maybe this place “way up high” was symbolic of emotional and spiritual highs we get when we visit far off places we can only reach with the power of our thoughts or dreams? The writers do say that they had heard of the land “once in a lullaby.” Our ears would absorb a lullaby right before our eyes close and the mind swiftly whisks us off to a place made of dreams.

What is it that you see when you go somewhere over a rainbow? What do you feel? In thoughts and dreams splashed by each vivid color of the magical spectrum we feel alive. I am moved and inspired. I may be fast asleep yet completely awake. In thoughts I am invigorated by what my mind fancies. I feel a reciprocated touch by those things which once seemed distantly impossible to touch. As Harburg and Arlen said… here “the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.”

Lovin’ These Lyrics and This Video~ Wish You Were the One…

August 23, 2013

The Civil Wars~ The One The Got Away

Feelin’ Krewella

July 20, 2013

~Cover art on my iPod Touch for “Come and Get It”~ A Series of Krewella Remixes~

As it turns out, the new machine I told you about yesterday works awesome. I never would have thought so if I hadn’t tried it for myself. I got a great workout this afternoon while I watched music videos by Krewella. A friend of mine recently introduced me to Krewella and I have been hooked ever since. I like them even more now that I took some time to learn about the trio.

I do love me some talented writers. Krewella consists of two singing/songwriting sisters named Jahan and Yasmine, and their producer the “Rain Man.” The beats are indeed hard hitting and motivational. The lyrics these ladies write are laced with hot sexual innuendos which works to their advantage. The self-produced group has been around since 2007.

I’m actually kind of surprised that I hadn’t heard of them before. I do have a music archive with close to 15,000 songs and thousands of music videos. It is true that I am constantly looking for artists who satisfy my insatiable need for ear candy. Krewella was missing from that and I’m glad I learned of them. The trio has been pegged in the genres of dance, dubstep, synthpop, electro house, and progressive house, though their sound stands apart from others in these genres.

I look forward to hearing Krewella’s first full-length studio album. It is set for release this year in the month I was born by Columbia Records. Now that a major label has wittingly picked Krewella up, hopefully they will stay true to the sounds that have apparently set them on fire. I can’t wait to “Get Wet” in September!

Discovering… Kill Paradise

July 15, 2013
~•» My new, yet old Kill Paradise CDs. «•~

~•» My new, yet old Kill Paradise CDs. «•~

Most of you know that I’m an absolute music fiend. If I was stranded on an island off the coast of nowhere and I had to choose only one tool, it would be my iPod. Yes~ to me it is indeed a tool! I could not function without it and I’ve killed or lost many. I know I could choose a smart phone to “do it all,” but I prefer to have one tool devoted to my seriously addictive consumption of music.

That said, the genres in my music library are extensive. I have such a wide array of music, that most people would think I’m confused! If something makes me move, feel, sweat, breathe, fight, cry, taste, push, and dance, it’s a must have. I don’t really care what anyone thinks about what I like, as long as my music makes me feel something.

Not long ago I came across a video on YouTube which featured a song I really liked. I had no clue who the artist was or what the song title was, but I knew I had to have it! I employed the use of good ole Google. By searching for the lyrics, I discovered a duo calling themselves Kill Paradise. Because I liked one particular song off of their 2009 album, I decided to look into these artists. Of course I loved it when I saw that the lead man not only writes his lyrics, he also writes and produces the music. I admire that versatility!

Kill Paradise is comprised of two men. Even though I listen to all kinds of music, I had never heard of them? When I realized they were independent artists for a long time, I wanted to support them. Support the arts people! 🙂 You have to appreciate artists who stay true with regard to the music business. The men are from Colorado and their music is categorized as electronic, powerpop, indie, electronica, dancepop, and even rock (ha?).

The song that I absolutely love is from their 2009 CD~ The Second Effect. It’s called Fall From a Star and it’s awesome! After I heard that song, I supported the artists and ordered two CDs. They came in today and I picked ’em up right quick. It’s good “cool down” cardio music. The 2011 CD~ The Glitch has a few songs I liked so far. That title rocks by the way!! I’ll give ’em more of a listen tomorrow. I like Higher, Dreamwork, and Singing Into Summer’s Eyes.

Nick Cocozzella and Bryce Hoops are different and interesting to check out. Sometimes it’s nice to step out of the imaginary box. There are artists out there yet to be discovered by people who don’t just listen to who the industry deems good.

Anticipation of Lyrical Candy

March 25, 2013

I have been waiting since 2012 for the release of Native, the third studio album of OneRepublic. Ryan Tedder is such an awesome songwriter. He is also the lead singer and a producer with skills. The new album was officially released last week in Germany. It is finally scheduled for release here in the US tomorrow! I can’t wait to hear the acoustic versions of a few songs. I have heard Feel Again and snippets of Counting Stars, What You Wanted, If I Lose Myself, and Burning Bridges. Love-love-love them all! Tedder and the other writers seem to pluck some of the lyrics right out of my mind!! What the?? I can’t wait to hear the full album. If you support these boys– trust me– you will not be disappointed.


February 12, 2013

I have been waiting for this video.
The fact that she is naked is symbolic.
Being weak, helpless, exposed,
and vulnerable is always painful.

Spiff Society

Rihanna goes ahead and premieres the official video for her new single ‘Stay’ featuring Mikky Ekko. The simple visual features RiRi naked in a tub and is directed by Sophie Muller. “Unapologetic” is in stores now.

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The Hard Way

February 7, 2013

Wish Miguel’s 2013 Grammy performance would be Hard Way.

One of his best! This is an awesome, awesome, simply awesome song.

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