5 songs everyone should listen to

I have very strong opinions about what people should do, especially when it comes to music and movies. So, below is a list of five songs I think that everyone should listen to at least once.

“Human Nature” Michael Jackson
I know we all know the King of Pop and his greatest hits, but a song that I usually see missing from that list is this song. With its smooth, soft melody and Micheal’s beautiful, ageless voice this song is everything one needs for a relaxing day. “When they say why, tell them that it’s human nature.”

2.  “Silver Springs” Fleetwood Mac
An iconic song from the iconic “Rumors” era. But it wasn’t on the original release of the album because of time. Stevie Nicks wrote this song about her then ex-boyfriend and Fleetwood Mac’s very own guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. Her voice increasing with urgency and frustration and the fact that she sings this on stage with him, looking him straight in the eye makes it all the more powerful. “Time casts a spell on you but you wont forget me.”

3. “This River is Wild” The Killers
From the worldwide known album Sam’s Town, this song tends to be forgotten… at least so I thought. On Jan. 30, 2018 I had the pleasure of seeing them live here in San Diego. Before they played this song (I was surprised that they even had it on the set list) Brandon Flowers said “we played this whole album in Sam’s Town for the 10 year anniversary and this song surprising had the most hype, so here is ‘This River is Wild’.” I was thrilled because this song is my favorite on the album. This song actually feels like a river. Rushing downstream. “I just wanna to show you what I know and catch when the current lets you go.”

4. “Silly” Deniece Williams
Now I couldn’t let y’all go without some soul and r&b. This song can be felt by everyone. Everyone has felt foolish loving someone who didn’t love you back. Willaim’s childlike voice, sounding innocent and silly makes the song really embody its title. “Silly of me to think that you could ever really want me too how I love you.”

5. “F*** With Myself” Banks
If you want to feel like the baddest in the land listen to this song. This song is for looking in the mirror, getting ready for the club, and just really feeling yourself. When Banks released this song a new level of confidence was unlocked within my soul. Her sultry voice and haunting beats makes this song of legendary status in my mind. “ I used to care what you think about me. Cause my love so good. So I f*** with myself more than anybody else.”

All of these songs and more are available in a playlist on spotify called “Songs that everyone should listen to”  I made of all the songs I think everyone should know.


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Coachella: Weekend One

On April 13, Coachella music festival began in the desert of Indio, California, for weekend number one.  There were plenty of groundbreaking and iconic performances, along with many celebrity cameos in the crowd.  The Weeknd was the headliner on the first night, performing right after SZA on the main stage. SZA brought out Kendrick Lamar as a special guest, and closed her set with their collaboration from “The Black Panther,” “All the Stars.”  Fans were hoping that Lamar would accompany The Weeknd  on “Pray for Me” from the the same film, however The Weeknd did not have any special guests for his hour and a half set, which is surprising considering his many recent and past musical collaborations.  The Weeknd performed songs from his new EP, “My Dear Melancholy,” and also songs from his previous album, “Starboy.”

On Saturday night, Beyonce took the stage as the headliner with a two hour show.  She began by singing her older anthems and then proceeded by inviting her husband, hip-hop artist Jay-Z, onto the stage for a preview of their tour this summer, “On The Run II.” Beyonce later brought out her ex-band members from Destiny’s Child, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland, and they sang their early hits.  Solange additionally made an appearance during the set, as yet another guest. Beyonce set the stage, literally, as a star example for upcoming artists of Coachella and also managed to make music history for legendary performances.

The last performance of Coachella was none other than Detroit rap legend, Eminem.  He entered on the stage dressed to look like a Detroit factory worker, with the “313” Detroit area code plastered on a water tower.  There was a full band and strings set in the back, sitting along the urban themed scene. Skylar Grey made a guest appearance to accompany Eminem on “Stan” and “Love the Way You Lie.”  50 Cent also rushed the stage to sing “In Da Club,” “I Get Money” and “Patiently Waiting,” before Dr. Dre walked onto the stage to join Eminem. Dr. Dre paved the way for Marshall Mathers’ career, which made the Coachella set even more special with a producer-rapper collaboration.   

Sitting on Stacy at Soma

The existence of software programs, music sharing sites and social media has encouraged the growth of independent music production. These opportunities allow for complete creative liberty and control, invigorating a movement of aspiring DJs, producers and musicians. Sitting on Stacy is no exception. They wrote, recorded and produced the music found on their debut album, “Obsessed.” Their DIY music has led them to play at venues like Rocky City Studios and most recently, Soma, alongside Mt. Eddy.

I had the pleasure of attending their show on Sat. March 31 where they put on a stellar, high-energy performance. This Venture County-based band has developed a sound comparable to those of Green Day, Nirvana and even the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Guitarist and vocalist Hoyt Yeatman, bassist Kyle Hart and drummer Jeff Demorest owned the stage and drew the crowd in with their blaring instruments.

The trio’s performance of “Mailman” livened the audience and was a personal favorite. The intensity of the music paired with the crowd’s upbeat attitude electrified Soma’s sidestage venue. The technicolored lights, as well as the tiny mosh pit, made the experience an even better time. Other performances like “Apple Pie” and “Piece of Me” showcased the band’s dynamism and ability to blend genres. “Apple Pie” is reminiscent of the Red Hot Chili pepper’s distinctive rock sound, especially Hoyt’s mellowed vocals. On the other hand, the guitar intro and upbeat rhythm heard throughout “Piece of Me” is comparable to the surf rock/ska music scene. Finally, their closing song “I Can’t F—” is a perfect mixture of both. The rhythmic verses and punching chorus were enthralling to watch.

Local bands like Sitting on Stacy deserve a platform to express their creativity. Through SDSU and organizations, the trio has played at open mic nights, backyard shows, fraternity events, a Nooner and even a KCR gig in Montezuma Hall.

Social media, music sites and open-minded audiences have made it easier to share music created by aspiring musicians. I hope the SDSU community and the rest of southern California will continue to give Sitting on Stacy a chance to bring back an edge to modern music.

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Why I love Birkenstocks

Birkenstocks- the sandal for the hipster, granola loving hippy, has now turned into an everyday fashion accessory. I have been wearing Birkenstocks since high school, and love them. I go for the original slip on sandal with two straps. I actually wore my first pair completely to shreds, and got a second pair in the exact same style because I could not go a day without my Birkenstocks.

What I did not realize is how much my boyfriend sees me wearing them. I have known him for three years and I would say 90 percent of the time he has seen me I was wearing them….and he doesn’t even like them! Let’s go into a brief reason as to why they should be loved by all.

Birkenstocks have history. They started being sold in San Francisco in the 1970s and were picked up by the cultural revolution. Our parents and grandparents were wearing them – and were probably wearing them to Woodstock. The nice thing about that pair they were wearing in the 1970s is that they are probably still wearing the same pair today.

That brings me to another point– they are timeless. Yes, they went out of style for a long period of time, but if you want that grandma aesthetic (like I do) at the age of 21, this look is for you. Trends are bound to come around again, and I will have my Birkenstocks ready every single time that happens.

And think about this – Birkenstocks can go with any look. Want to wear a cute dress to the farmer’s market? Pair it with Birks. Going to visit the spring flower festival in Carlsbad and rocking the overalls I recommended to you in a previous post? Pair them with Birks. Going for a casual and laid back look with yoga pants and your favorite tee? Pair it with Birks!

And that pair that will last you for years is so incredibly comfortable. The material actually forms to your foot, so the more you wear them, the more they are made for you. I have worn them for full days of walking in Disneyland, for a day in Seattle, and my feet hold up every time!

So, to my boyfriend that hates my Birkenstocks, sorry, they will not be going away anytime soon. From 21 and dressing like a grandma, to being a grandma, you will find me in my favorite shoes.