Get to You

Cannot get over this '80s-tastic new music video from Matt Wertz.

Also cannot get over the song.

Also cannot get over the cameos by Ben Rector and Steve Moakler.

Just cannot get over any of it.

More posts on the docket, people!

Birdy

I've been listening to this Birdy CD on repeat for the last several days while finishing up end-of-semester papers and projects. (And, let's face it, sometimes I've been listening to it while starting end-of-semester papers and projects.) This girl's voice is unreal. Her music is almost haunting. (Seriously, listen to number eight.) I cannot believe that she is only 15. Take a listen. If you don't have Spotify, you can also listen to her here.

I've been painfully absent from this blog as of late. Things have been kind of crazy here at the University of Missouri. Only two weeks (and said projects and papers) stand between me and a summer in Kentucky. I hate to say goodbye to everyone here, but I can't wait to see my Kentucky loves. What have you been listening to lately?

Vote for Abe!

So my friend Abe — I have to say that as much as possible now so that when he gets famous, people will know that I knew him when — is in the semi-finals of a TopBlip contest whose winner gets to open for Andy Grammer. (♫ But you gotta keep your head up, oh oh / And you can let your hair down, eh eh ♪) If you don't know Abe in real life, you may remember him from this video that I posted in October.

He is super talented, he looks weirdly like Mr. Bingley, and the song he sings in this video is totes adorbs. So watch it and then go vote (every day)!

Top 5 Friday: Guilty pleasure music

I'm following Annie's lead and posting my top five guilty pleasure songs — songs I'm slightly embarrassed to love but love anyway. Before I begin, let me tell you that close runners-up included everything Justin Bieber, old school Goo-Goo Dolls, "Breathless" by The Corrs, "When I Look at You" by Miley Cyrus and several songs from Britney Spears's glory days. In the end, however, these five prevailed:

5. "Real World" by Matchbox 20 | Best part: intro notes

No words adequately describe how much I love this song and how thrilling I find the little five- and three-note motifs that repeat throughout it. NO WORDS. p.s. Had to embed this song from MySpace because YouTube wouldn't let me. What year is it again? 

4. "Lullaby" by Shawn Mullins | Best part: 3:20 (He goes all de-crescendo, re-crescendo on you.)

When he sings "everything's gonna be alright," I believe him. I did in third grade, and I still do. Forewarning: Video is sort of questionable right around the aforementioned best part of the song.

3. "Kiss Me" by Sixpence None the Richer | Best part: chorus

Earlier this semester I watched this music video in my apartment like six times in a row. Also, I will watch She's All That repeatedly just for the moment when this song plays as Rachael Leigh Cook walks down the stairs post-makeover and Freddie Prinze Jr. realizes how beautiful she is. (I'll also watch it repeatedly because FPJ is totes adorbs. I believe I've mentioned this before.)

2. "I Want It That Way" by the Backstreet Boys | Best part: 2:22-2:32

This spot could really go to any of BSB's numerous hits. There's just something about a man in all white ... surrounded by slash harmonizing with four other men in all white.

1. "My Heart Will Go On" by the Céline Dion | Best part: note at 3:22

I was like 8 when Titanic came out — too young to see/appreciate Jack and Rose's PG-13 romance but not too young to appreciate the soundtrack to their romance. Also, I one time scored a 100 on this song while playing Karaoke Revolution. (The only other song I ever scored a 100 on was "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith. What can I say? Wide range.)

What are some of your guilty pleasure songs?

A Christmas Eve Message

From me and Clay Aiken (who will always have part of my heart).

Listen to the note he holds at 2:07. LISTEN TO IT.