Lorde's 'Melodrama' Is The True 2018 Album Of The Year

Lorde's 'Melodrama' Is The True 2018 Album Of The Year

Lorde was robbed.
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The 60th Annual Grammys just passed, which means it's time to reflect on what the music industry has chosen to highlight as the pinnacle of music in 2017. There's a lot to be said about the night. "Shape of You", a song about a woman's body, took best pop solo performance against a lineup of strong women who wrote about empowerment (don't get me wrong, I love Ed), Bruno Mars, in some ways rightfully so, was basically the star of the entire night. However, out of all of the things that happens at the Grammys that I will never understand, the most important, is Lorde.

Melodrama is album of the year.

Yes, yes it is easy to look at the other nominees in the category and look at who I am and say, "Wow she thinks Lorde should win because she's a girl and that's probably all she listened to." Yes, I am a girl. Yes, I have listened to Lorde's album more than almost any other album in my life. BUT, I am plenty well-versed in the other albums up for the award.

Lorde still should've won.

Congrats Bruno, you did have some nice bops. Jay-Z, almost everything you do will always be culturally relevant and impactful, Childish Gambino, there is no hiding your true talent and not just in your voice and, Kendrick Lamar, your dominance of the Rap category proves that your work is loved.

Lorde was overlooked.

All of the previously mentioned artists were offered a chance for a solo performance, whether they took it or not. Lorde was told she could sing with the tribute for Tom Petty if she wanted. If that wasn't the first sign that the masterpiece of an album was forgotten, I don't know what was.

Not only does the album have the most unique musical production, but it's backed up by more poignant lyrics than my mind could comprehend on the first listen.

"When you've outgrown a lover, the whole world knows but you. It's time to let go of this endless summer afternoon"

"I ride the subway, read the signs, I let the seasons change my mind, I love it here since I've stopped needing you"

"I light all the candles, cut flowers for all my rooms. I care for myself the way I used to care about you"

“But in our darkest hours, I stumbled on a secret power/ I'll find a way to be without you, babe”

I mean, that's all I need. Emotions haven't been captured this well, ever. There's barely a weak song on the album. The singular song that I don't listen to is in a lot of people's favorites. Lorde is pulling us through upbeat songs that make us uncomfortable because the drums kick in halfway through the chorus and the words don't rhyme to ballads that make you want to sob your way through finding your own strength again to glorious, fluorescent visions of every relationship we've ever had flashing before our eyes.

From synths to pianos to drums and everything in between, this album pushes the boundaries of what we know as "pop" music by essentially creating its own genre, unapologetically. Lorde wrote Melodrama for herself, unapologetically.

Long live the true 2018 Album of the Year, the album that brings out the fiercest, strongest version of you, if you only give it a chance.

Cover Image Credit: Chaz McGregor

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To The Girl Who Still Has Her Mom This Christmas

To the girl with who is blessed enough to have her momma this Christmas. 
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     To the girl who is blessed enough to have her momma this Christmas, please remember to soak every last bit of it in. 

      Please remember to hug her so tight, that the way she smells is locked into your nose. Listen to all the stories you've heard a million times, like you've never heard a single one. Help her, even if it seems completely silly to you, help her mix that cake. Laugh, oh please laugh. Laugh at all her corky ways, at the way she mispronounces words, try's to be hip and use new found lingo, or how she cusses when she forgot to get the rolls out of the oven but quickly asks the Lord for forgiveness. Remember her laugh, etch it into your brain. Make her happy, if she wants to go riding around looking at Christmas lights down the same streets you've went for years, do it. Don't fuss, take her advice, agree to just disagree on things. It's not worth it. Most importantly, remind her over and over how much you love her. 

     Because unlike you, I'm not able to see my mom on Christmas. I'm not able to see her on birthdays, Thanksgiving, or any other occasion. My time with her is up. Death is the most permanent heartbreak. 

     How I long to hear her voice, her laugh. To feel her tight embrace. Smell, oh god, what I would give to just be able to smell her. I would absolutely love to go riding around for hours while she ohhs and ahhs at every single house we pass. If I had the opportunity I'd tell her just how much I love her, how I'm so thankful for all the sacrifices she made for me. In fact, I'm not sure I could ever tell her enough. 

      Some days I wake up and it still doesn't feel real. Others, I panic trying to remember exactly how she sounded. Because, I don't want to forget. I don't want to forget a single characteristic about her. Not one. 

     Take time, not just on holidays, or special occasions to be with your mom. Even if it's just you two piled up watching reruns of "The Little House on the Prairie", soak it in. 

    You only get one momma. Nobody could ever take her place. She's your rock. 

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25 Moments Of 'A Christmas Story' You Remember While Watching It 10 Times In A Row On Christmas

"You'll shoot your eye out, kid."

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Let's be real, you can't go through the holiday season without watching "A Christmas Story." It's a classic. I have to watch it at least once around Christmastime. Since it's iconic, it's very easy to remember everything that goes on throughout the film. Here are twenty five of the most memorable moments of the movie.

1. When poor Randy had to bundled up EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. 

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2. And in turn caused a huge problem. 

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3. Oh, and another problem. 

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4. When Ralphie dropped the F-Bomb in front of his father. He didn't say "fudge." 

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5. And he received the classic soap bar punishment. 

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6. When Swartz was persistent on getting what he wanted.

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7. When we realized Ralphie's father had never seen the word "fragile." 

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8. When Ralphie's mother was determined to keep her husband unhappy. 

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9. The one killjoy phrase quoted more than once. 

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10. When Ralphie got ripped off. 

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11. When Randy was picking at his food. 

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12. And his mother insisted on showing her how the piggies ate. 

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13. When the mall Santa got too close and personal. 

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14. Only to be a jerk in the end. 

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15. Let's not forget what Ralphie desperately wanted for Christmas. 

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16. When poor Flick was left to suffer on that pole. 

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17. When the family was forced to eat at a Chinese restaurant after their turkey was ruined. 

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18. And it was devoured by the neighbor's annoying hound dogs. 

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19. When Ralphie and his friends had to deal with this douchebag every time they left their houses. 

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20. It's okay, though. Ralphie eventually decides not to put up with it. 

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21. And let's not forget the pink nightmare Ralphie was given. 

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22. Ralphie's daydreams were interesting, too. 

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23. But some of them were weird. 

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24. When the Red Ryder BB gun ended up being a hazard after all. 

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25. Who am I kidding? The whole movie is memorable. 

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