Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Cait Fairbanks When I See You review

When I See You is a single by Cait Fairbanks that was released on April 17, 2019, through CatBeach Music. The track was written by Fairbanks, Daena Wienand and Robert Hartry.
 
Lyrically, When I See You is a guitar-driven song that talks about the singer unleashing her sensual side with her lover.
 
On the first verse, she sings,
 
It's like I woke up
Out of body
 In your bed
 
Trace the shadow
Dancing on your skin
Slowly rising
Coming into view
 
She continues on the chorus with,
 
Oh, it all
 It all made sense when I see you
And it all
it all made sense when I see you
 
Inside of me
Oh, the edge of disbelief
This feeling that you give to me
 How I feel so safe
I don't wanna to break the silence of a sweet escape
The peaceful looks upon your face
Oh, it's everything
 
 
I love how Cait's guitar fits the theme of this song. The lyrics are so relatable and, in my opinion, this is the perfect love song for anyone who is in love with the special someone in your life.
 
I definitely recommend that you give this song a listen for yourself. If you don't, then you're going to regret it.
 
Buy or stream When I See You on Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music and more:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, April 21, 2019

SZA, The Weeknd & Travis Scott Power Is Power review

 
Power Is Power is the third single from the Game of Thrones album For The Throne that was released on April 18, 2019. The track features R&B singer SZA and rappers The Weeknd and Travis Scott.
 
Lyrically, the title is a reference to a scene that took place in the first episode of the show's second season. It starts off with Littlefinger telling Cersei Lannister "Knowledge is power", which she responds to him with the saying "Power is power".
 
The Weeknd opens up the song by making a reference to the Game of Thrones character Jon Snow with the lyrics,
 
I was born of the ice and snow
With the winter wolves, in the dark, alone
The wildest night, I became the one
And you'll know you're mine when the silence calls

Heavy is the crown only for the weak
 
Then, he continues on to the chorus with,
 
A knife in my heart couldn't slow me down
'Cause power is power, the fire never goes out
I rise from my scars, nothing hurts me now
'Cause power is power
Now watch me burn it down
 
Afterwards, SZA exchanges her own verse singing,
 
I went down for the coldest one
And I know I'll win 'cause I played before, yeah
I don't know with whatever you say
I don't know if we need it your way
You wouldn't take my place
Put me away, I die lookin' up at your face
How do I ever know? Who can I trust?
Feelings of emptiness
Only love could kill me, God bless
 
 
Before her and The Weeknd come together and sing on the chorus with the lyrics,
 
A knife in my heart
Couldn't slow me down (Couldn't slow me down)
'Cause power is power ('Cause power is power)
The fire never goes out
I rise from my scars
Nothing hurts me now (Nothing hurts me now)
'Cause power is power ('Cause power is power)
Now watch me burn it down
 
There is also a possible reference to the motto of House Stark of Winterfell, one of the Westeros' main families on the show by Travis Scott.
 
On the third verse, he sings,
 
Hit as well, it's way colder, by the day, we count it down
Been around, just been waitin' up, she gon' come around
I took a drag, bust it out the gate, smile lil baby, slay
I wore a flag, put that on my face, ain't nobody safe
Lift the mask, they gon' have to see what they can't erase
 
SZA ends the pre-chorus with this saying,
 
Heavy is the crown, but never for a queen (Oh yeah)
 
 
Here is my take on Power Is Power. This song was surprisingly good when I first listened to it on Spotify. I love that the theme centers around the characters' perspective from each artist.
 
The Weeknd singing about Jon Show's point of view growing up with the winter wolves, SZA singing from Cersei's perspective and Travis ending the track with his take on the role of the Night King.
 
If you have been a fan of Game of Thrones for about eight years now, then you definitely check out the final season of the show. But, if you haven't watched the show from the beginning, then I suggest that you binge-watch every season of Game of Thrones.
 
That's if your eyes can handle watching all of those episode within so many hours at a time. So, if you miss out on Game of Thrones, then it's on you.
 
Anyways, don't miss the final episodes of Game of Thrones on Sunday at 9pm on HBO.
 
Buy, listen or stream Power Is Power on all music platforms:
 

https://open.spotify.com/album/7BwM7gyMP3LUOmU6MOTuyF

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/power-is-power/1458925215?i=1458925223

https://www.amazon.com/Power-is/dp/B07QFHB2KM

You can also pre-order the Game of Thrones soundtrack For The Throne, which is expected to be released on April 26th.

Where to pre-order:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07QBDP5ZB/ref=dm_ws_sp_ps_dp

https://columbia.fttalbum.store/

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/for-throne-music-inspired-by-hbo-series-game-thrones/1458925215




Saturday, April 20, 2019

Ariana Grande: 1 Year of No Tears Left To Cry

 
On April 20, 2018, Ariana Grande released her comeback single No Tears Left To Cry from her then upcoming fourth studio album, which was later revealed to be Sweetener.
 
This song has helped Grande get come back into the music again especially after the rough year that she had in 2017 with the Manchester bombing for her Dangerous Woman Tour.
 
 Then, Ariana went back to Manchester and held a benefit concert titled One Love Manchester for the victims and the lives that was gone too soon from that fateful night at her concert.
 
Once the Dangerous Woman tour has wrapped up, Grande decided not to record any new music. She instead wanted to spend more time with her family and friends after the emotional impact that the tour had on her. But after several months of silence on social media, Grande unveiled the cover art and snippets of her new single titled No Tears Left To Cry that would be released on April 20th.
 
And of course, the rest is history.
 
The song peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and make Grande the first artist to have the first singles from each of her albums reached the top ten.
 
The music video was released on the same day and has since received over 780 million views on YouTube.
 
You can watch the video for No Tears Left To Cry below:
 
 
Every time that I listen to No Tears Left To Cry, it gets to me because I feel like I can hear Ariana's personal story in this song and how she was able to live her best life after that. It is one of my favorite songs by her so far.
 
Make sure that you go and read some of my previous blog posts on Ariana Grande. Here are the links for you:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, April 19, 2019

Kira Kosarin Off Brand album review



Off Brand is the debut album by singer and songwriter Kira Kosarin that was released on April 10, 2019, through AWAL. 

You may know Kira as Phoebe Thunderman from Nickelodeon's The Thundermans, but she would prefer that you forget that she was a teenage star on a kid's TV show and just simply listen.

Off Brand is an R&B album mixed with hip-hop music. This is where Kira finally lets loose and ready to show the world a different side of her.




Crazy's Your Type talks about a guy who always keeps picking the wrong girl every time. She opens up the track with the lyrics,

I see you out with her
Looking like some déjà vu
You always pick the girl
That’s always gonna play with you

On the chorus, she continues to remind him of his choice in crazy girls singing,

Don’t you act surprised
This happens to you every time
Don’t come asking why
We all know that crazy’s your type
 

 
Lyrically, 47 Hours is about an ex who is trying to win back Kira's heart, but she turns him down each chance that he gets.
 
On the pre-chorus, she sings,
 
Much, too much
Blame your insecurity
This isn’t gonna work for me
No, like no
I bet that you would disagree, ayy
 
Afterwards, she goes to the chorus with the lyrics,
 
Why you sending flowers?
It’s been 47 hours
It’s just too much
Much too soon
Don’t try to protect me
'Cause the pressure gets too heavy
It’s just too much
Much too soon
After 47 hours
 
 
Click here to listen to Area Code
 
 
Area Code finds Kira wanting to meet her love interest for the first time face to face as she sings,
 
So why you go askin for pics?
You know that you could come through
And be gettin your fix in person
But personally
I don’t think you live up to your name
I think you’re the best at runnin' games
Baby, won’t you say it to my face?
 
She continues on the chorus with,
 
Distance gives you confidence
But you can’t back up none of it
Showed up in your area code
And where did you go?
You can’t back it up
I came to your continent
What happened to your confidence?
Showed up in your area code
Now you can’t back it up
You can’t back it up
 
 
Click here to listen to Wandering Eyes
 
 
Wandering Eyes is about a guy that the singer sees as her guilt pleasure with the lyrics,
 
It's been two years since I fell into your arms
You picked me up with that perfect charm
You gave me everything that I ever wanted
So someone tell me why I'm still so haunted by him
And how he's built
Yes, you're my baby
But he's my guilty little pleasure and
I got no I reason I shouldn't wanna stay
But I can't help the things in my brain, so
Somebody tell me what's wrong with me and my
 
Kira continues on the chorus with,
 
My wandering eyes
Woah, woah
My wandering eyes
Woah, woah


 
 
 
Love Me Like You Hate Me is where the singer explores her sensual side with her man on the pre-chorus with.
 
Put your hands around my neck
And tell me what you dreamed about last night
Then do it right
'Cause I’m not lookin for forever, just tonight
 
 
She continues on the chorus with the lyrics,
 
Oh, don’t treat me like I’m fragile
I’m not a piece of glass, you’ll never break me if you tried, no
Don’t touch me like I’m fragile
You’ll only get me back if you can wake me up tonight
Know you don’t wanna make a wrong move
No, you don’t wanna lose me
I ain’t even mad if you bruise me
You ain’t even gotta say "Excuse me"
Don’t be scared, come pull my hair
Why you still standing there?
 
 
 
Click here to listen to Take This Outside
 
 
Take This Outside is a fun song tat lyrically talks about wanting to have a guy that you like all to yourself. On the chorus, Kira sings,
 
Meet me in the garden
Tell me if you’re about it
Forget all about the party and
Let’s get our own started
I’m over it inside, so let take this outside
 
 
Click here to listen to Poison
 
 
 
Poison is the final track on Off Brand. Kira talks about wanting to be a man no matter how toxic he is. She sings on the first verse,
 
You’re a bad decision that I wanna make
Oh, your chemicals, so incredible
Messin' up my vision, buzzin' in my brain
Unforgettable, might regret it, though
 
Then, the singer really turns up the heat with the lyrics,
 
You’re poison to the touch
I can’t get enough
I think I can take a little more
Venom in my blood
Dangerous and dumb
I just wanna take a sip of
Poison, poison
 
I just love Kira's album Off Brand. The lyrics, the production and the songs were all certified bops to me. The way that she makes R&B sound so good with her soulful voice is amazing.
 
Buy, listen or stream Off Brand on all music services:
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Ariana Grande 7 Rings review


7 rings (stylized in all lowercase) is the second single from Ariana Grande fifth studio album, Thank U, Next. It was released on January 18, 2019, through Republic Records. 

The song is described by the singer as a "friendship anthem" and that it was inspired by a trip to Tiffany's where Grande bought seven matching rings for her and her friends.

The track also includes an interpolation of My Favorite Things by Julie Andrews as Ariana sings,

Yeah, breakfast at Tiffany's and bottles of bubbles
Girls with tattoos who like getting in trouble
Lashes and diamonds, ATM machines
Buy myself all of my favorite things (Yeah)

Then on the pre-chorus, she boasts about money with the lyrics,

My wrist, stop watchin', my neck is flossy
Make big deposits, my gloss is poppin'
You like my hair? Gee, thanks, just bought it
I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it (Yeah)


She also uses another interpolation in 7 rings, but this time with a song titled Gimme The Loot by The Notorious B.I.G. 

On the third verse, she raps,

Shoot, go from the store to the booth

Make it all back in one loop, gimme the loot

Never mind, I got the juice

Nothing but net when we shoot


Here is my take on 7 rings. I thought Grande did a good job in showing off her rapping skills for this single. I love the fact that she challenged herself into taking on hip-hop and trap music for the track. I also recommend that you watch the music video for 7 rings because it had been described as "colorful" and "super fun".

Listen to 7 rings on all music-streaming platforms available:


Also, check out the remixed version of 7 rings featuring rapper 2 Chainz



Don't forget to check out some of my other blog posts of Ariana's songs from the Thank U, Next era:


Monday, April 8, 2019

Cait Fairbanks Clear My Mind review


Clear My Mind is a song by Cait Fairbanks that was released on April 7, 2019 through CatBeach Music. It was written by Fairbanks, Daena Wienand & Robert Hartry. 

Lyrically, the song is about Cait reliving all of her past mistakes. But then, she realizes that her lover is the only person who can help her "clear her mind". 

She opens up the first verse with the lyrics,

Hold my hands 'cause I can't feel them
Hold on to what you believed in 
If I can't figure it out
If I can't turn it around
If I can't change

Then, she continues on the chorus with,

Smoke on my mirror
Clouds in my head 
How did I get caught up in 
Words that I shouldn't say
I know I hurt you and I don't know why
When you're the one to clear my mind


I absolutely love the emotion of Cait's voice in this song. And the meaning behind it all is so beautiful and touching at the same time.

Please, go and listen Cait's new single Clear My Mind on all music-streaming platforms available:

Friday, April 5, 2019

4 DIY Air Fresheners That You Can Make At Home




Did you know that some air fresheners contain harmful chemicals? Seriously, it's true. When you spray any air fresheners in your home, the harmful chemicals from it can actually enter into your body when you go to breathe.

That's not good. Luckily, I've found 4 Natural Chemical-Free DIY Air Fresheners on FabHow.com that you can make for yourself.

Here they are:


1. Room Air Fresheners Using Herbs and Essential Oils

You'll need:

1/4 cup of Baking soda

2 teaspoons of sandalwood powder

15 drops of sandalwood essential oil

2 Cinnamon Sticks


1. Add all of the ingredients in a glass jar


Put 1/4 cup of Baking soda into a glass jar

Add two teaspoons of sandalwood powder 

Add 15 drops of sandalwood essential oil 

Mix all of the ingredients together

Put 2 medium-sized cinnamon sticks into the jar



Step 2. Cover the mouth of the jar with breathable fabric or mesh


Begin to cover the mouth of the jar with a mesh or breathable fabric

Secure it in place by tying a bright colored ribbon around it

Tip: You can make multiple jars and put one in every room to keep your home smelling fresh, fragrant and inviting. This DIY air freshener will last about 1 month, just shake it up after 10 to 15 days if the aroma is fading.



Lemon Room Air Freshener 


Things You'll Need:

1/4 cup of Baking soda

Lemon zest - 1 to 2 medium-sized lemons

15 drops of lemon essential oil



1. Combine all ingredients in a small, glass jar

Put 1/4 cup of Baking soda in a small, glass jar. It should fill the jar, leaving just 1/2 inch from the neck

Add lemon zest from 1 to 2 medium-sized lemons

Add 15 drops of lemon essential oil

Mix well using a wooden stick

Cover the mouth of the jar with a small piece of mesh or breathable cloth

Secure it with a brightly colored ribbon


Tip: Place it in any room of your choice to give it a tangy, tropical scent. This DIY air freshener will last about 1 month, just shake it up after 10 to 15 days when its intensity fades.

2. Air Freshener Spray




Things You'll Need:

10 to 15 drops of lavender essential oil

1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol 

1/2 cup of distilled water



Single-Step Method: Combine all of the ingredients in a clear spray bottle & spray it when needed

Pour 1/2 cup of distilled water into a empty spray bottle. Using a medium-sized bottle, fill it about halfway.

Add 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol. If you don't have rubbing alcohol, you can use vodka instead.

Add 10 to 15 drops of lavender essential oil

Shake well to mix all of the ingredients thoroughly before spraying it

Tip: You can spritz this air-freshener spray where needed to banish foul or musty odors from your home.

3. Air Freshener Gel


Items You'll Need:

1 tablespoon of salt

1 tablespoon of unflavored gelatin 

15 drops of rose essential oil

1 or 2 drops of food coloring (optional)

Artificial flowers (optional)




Step 1. Dissolve the salt in hot water

Heat 1 cup of water in a pan

Add 1 tablespoon of salt, and mix well until it dissolves completely



Step 2. Mix in unflavored gelatin & pour the mixture into a glass jar

Remove the pan from the heat and let the water cool down a bit

Add 1 tablespoon of unflavored gelatin crystals

Stir well with a wooden stick or spoon, until the gelatin crystals dissolve completely

Let it cool down, then pour the mixture into a glass jar


Step 3. Add food coloring, rose oil and artificial flowers

After pouring the gelatin solution into the glass jar, add 1 to 2 drops of food coloring, You can use any color of your choice, just start with a small amount and add more if you want a deeper shade.

Add 10 to 15 drops of rose essential oil and mix well

Let it solidify a little before adding any decorative items to prevent them from sinking all the way to the bottom

You can then add artificial flowers or any other adornments that you desire

Now, let the gel further solidify. You can put in the fridge for 1 to 2 hours to speed up the process


Step 4. Prepare a perforated lid to finish off your gel air freshener

Last but not least, prepare a perforated lid for the gel air freshener to diffuse the fragrance and prevent the gel from drying up too quickly

Just take a jar lid with its center removed and cut out a lid top from a thick piece of colored paper

Screw the lid with the paper center onto the jar

Use a toothpick or any sharp object to pierce holes in the paper lid

Your DIY gel-based air freshener is ready for use. It will last you an entire month.



4. DIY Potpourri

Things You'll Need:

Dried flowers and leaves – enough to fill a jar

Rose essential oil – 10 drops

Lavender essential oil – 10 drops

Whole cloves (optional) – 10 to 15

Marbles – as needed



Step 1. Combine dried flowers and essential oils in a jar and seal it shut


Dry the flowers of your choice for at least 1 week to eliminate all moisture.

Fill an airtight jar with the dried leaves, flowers, and petals.

Add 10 drops each of rose and lavender essential oils.

Screw on the lid and leave the jar alone for 7 days. This will allow the dried flowers and leaves time to absorb and infuse the scent of rose and lavender with their own.



Step 2. Arrange your potpourri to keep your home smelling nice

After 7 days, remove the scented dried flowers from the jar.

Depending on the size of bowl you’re using, you can put marbles at the bottom so that the potpourri sits nicely on top.

Arrange your potpourri to create a beautiful display.

Optionally, add 10 to 15 whole cloves to add a sharp, spicy edge to the floral potpourri.

Place it in the room of your choice to keep it smelling fresh, floral and fragrant. This DIY homemade potpourri will last at least 2 to 3 weeks. You can keep adding the fragrant essential oils to make it last longer.

Additional Tips: 

Another simple way to keep your home smelling great is by burning fragrant incense sticks. Just be sure to keep them away from flammable materials.

You can eliminate musty odor from an unused room by opening up all the windows and doors to let fresh air and sunlight in.

Apart from making DIY air fresheners, you can also use baking soda to get rid of odor from your refrigerator.

Cait Fairbanks When I See You review

When I See You is a single by Cait Fairbanks that was released on April 17, 2019, through CatBeach Music. The track was written by Fairba...