The Top 5 Songs In My Music Library

The Top 5 Songs In My Music Library

Have you ever listened to a song and completely related to it on deep, heartfelt level? These are exactly those songs for me.
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I love music. No really, I LOVE music. I feel like there's something so "freeing" and "rejuvenating" about certain music and It's one of the many creative outlets that I have a strong adoration for an I appreciate those that continue to bless my ears with their amazing vocals and powerful lyrics that I can feel on a spiritual level. Over the years I have acquired quite a diverse love for the craft, I'll listen to just about any genre and when a song really touches my heart and moves from deep within, I can't let that go unrecognized without sharing what I've had on repeat for the past couple of hours (sometimes even the whole day) with those around me. Let's take a look at my top 5 all-time favorite songs in my library at the moment, shall we?

1. "Too Good at Goodbyes" & "Nothing Left For You" by Sam Smith

Both of these songs are off of his newly entitled The Thrill of It All album that just recently peeked it's way onto the charts, and I have to say that i am once again in such awe at his work. I honestly couldn't even narrow it down to one of these songs for this spot, but I feel as if both songs go hand in hand in regards to where I'm at in my so called "love life"; I love how in both of these songs there's pure, raw, and undeniable emotional appeal with every lyric he speaks---completely relate-able, well to me at least. I'm loving the album as a whole, but I've connected my own personal stories to these two songs in particular and as I sit and listen to them I can't help but feel everything that's being said in them, but in a good way.

2. "Praying" Kesha

I find something so inspiring and empowering when a song is based off of personal experiences and the artist is able to commit to every word being sang and tell that story, no matter how hard it is. And I must say, Kesha does just that with this piece right here; she's able to convey that in a matter of lyrics and gut-wrenching emotion, thus resulting in something magical. This song hits hard for me because at one point in my life I went through a very dark time and it definitely felt like I was living in my own personal "hell" like she talks about in the song. I listen to this song and it reminds me how far I've come since that period in my life, the strength I managed to relinquish from that situation, and just how proud of myself I should be, just as her lyrics clearly state.

3. "My Kind of Love" Emeli Sande

Ms. Sande, my hat is off to you for this powerhouse of a song. She sings on feeling "my kind of love" and when I translate just what that phrase means to me, "my kind of love" means hurt, pain, betrayal, disappointment, defeat---all of which I've felt at some point in my life. I can't even begin to count how many times I've cried to this song, but again, the emotional appeal that this song has to me allows for me to feel every aspect of it on a deep, spiritual level; every phrase speaks truth in regards to things I have personally felt.

4. "Heartbreaker" Justin Bieber

Have you ever come across a new song and something just awakens inside of you when you hear it? That's exactly how it was for me when I first heard this song back in 2014 on my Pandora; I just love how he's giving of this pop/r&b vibe with this song, and can't forget to mention that I think the whole "Journals" album is AH-MAZING in it's entirety. Here I am 3 years later, still gushing over this song like it's the first time I've ever heard it; it just gives me this good vibe, honestly a feeling I can't quite put into words. The hook, the chorus, the vocals, the melody, basically every single little aspect of the song---say it with me, AH-MAZING.

And of course, you already know I've saved the best for last. The fact that it's the #1 most played song in my music library speaks volumes on just how perfectly engineered I think this song is. Last but not least:

5. "Funny" (Live) Tori Kelly

The second I heard this song and I heard those few guitar chords played at the beginning, something just told me that this song was definitely going to be "something." In all honesty, this is just one of many pieces on the songstresses "Unbreakable Smile" album that I absolutely ADORE with every fiber in my entire body. Her voice is so soothing and angelic, and every lyric she sings speaks absolute truth to majority of the things I've ever felt and didn't know how to put into words---this does just that and I don't think there's any song out there I've ever related to quite like I do this one. I feel the message she's trying to get across plain and clear, and the fact that it's completely acoustic allows for the song to give off that passionate, intimate yet undeniable emotional appeal. Ugh, it's so perfect in every way and I strongly recommend everyone listen to this song at least once in their life, trust me you won't regret it! This is a beautiful song sung by an even more beautiful soul.

So there you have it, my love for music will only continue to flourish as I come across the songs that make me feel something from deep, deep within. Songs that can take me back to a precise point in my life and allow me to not only feel the emotion that the artist is trying to transcend, but also the emotion from within in me that allows me to relate the song to my own personal life experiences, struggles,etc and that doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing. Sometimes music speaks for us when our own words fail; let's face it we've all come across that ONE song that just seems to fit our current life situation(s) perfectly, and is oh-so relateable.

Music that speaks to me is what I seek, music that's good for the soul is what I crave.

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50 Quotes from the Best Vines

If you're picturing the vines in your head, you're doing it right
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In 2017 we had to say goodbye to one of the best websites to ever roam the internet: Vine. In case you have been living under a rock since 2013, Vine was -(sad face)- a website and app that took the internet and the app store by storm in Winter 2013. It contained 6-second videos that were mostly comedy- but there were other genres including music, sports, cool tricks and different trends. Vine stars would get together and plan out a vine and film it till they got it right.

It was owned by Twitter and it was shut down because of so many reasons; the viners were leaving and making money from Youtube, there was simply no money in it and Twitter wanted us to suffer.

There's been a ton of threads on Twitter of everyone's favorite vines so I thought I'd jump in and share some of my favorites. So without further ado, here are some quotes of vines that most vine fanatics would know.

1. "AHH...Stahhp. I coulda dropped mah croissant"

2. "Nate how are those chicken strips?" "F%#K YA CHICKEN STRIPS.....F%#K ya chicken strips!"

3. "Road work ahead? Uh Yea, I sure hope it does"

4. "Happy Crimus...." "It's crismun..." "Merry crisis" "Merry chrysler"

5. "...Hi Welcome to Chili's"

6. "HoW dO yOu kNoW wHaT's gOoD fOr mE?" "THAT'S MY OPINIONNN!!!.."

7."Welcome to Bible Study. We're all children of Jesus... Kumbaya my looordd"

8. Hi my name's Trey, I have a basketball game tomorrow. Well I'm a point guard, I got shoe game..."

9. "It's a avocadooo...thanks"

10. "Yo how much money do you have?" "69 cents" "AYE you know what that means?" "I don't have enough money for chicken nuggets"

11. "Hurricane Katrina? More like Hurricane Tortilla."

12. "Hey Tara you want some?" "This b*%th empty. YEET!"

13. "Get to Del Taco. They got a new thing called Freesha-- Free-- Freeshavaca do"

14. "Mothertrucker dude that hurt like a buttcheek on a stick"

15. "Two brooss chillin in a hot tub 5 feet apart cuz they're not gay"

16. "Jared can you read number 23 for the class?" "No I cannot.... What up I'm Jared, I'm 19 and I never f#@%in learned how to read."

17. "Not to be racist or anything but Asian people SSUUGHHH"

18. 18. "I wanna be a cowboy baby... I wanna be a cowboy baby"

19. "Hey, I'm lesbian" "I thought you were American"

20. "I spilled lipstick in your Valentino bag" "you spilled- whaghwhha- lipstick in my Valentino White bag?"

21. "What's better than this? Guys bein dudes"

22. "How'd you get these bumps? ya got eggzma?" "I got what?" "You got eggzma?"

23. "WHAT ARE THOSEEEEE?" "THEY are my crocs!"

24. "Can I get a waffle? Can I please get a waffle?"

25. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAVEN!" "I can't sweem"

26. "Say Coloradoo" "I'M A GIRAFFE!!"

27. "How much did you pay for that taco?" Aight yo you know this boys got his free tacoo"

28. *Birds chirping* "Tweekle Tweekle"

29. "Girl, you're thicker than a bowl of oatmeal"

30. "I brought you Frankincense" "Thank you" "I brought you Myrrh" "Thank you" "Mur-dur" "huh...Judas..no"

31. "Sleep? I don't know about sleep...it's summertime" "You ain't go to bed?" "Oh she caught me"

32. "All I wanna tell you is school's not important... Be whatever you wanna be. If you wanna be a dog...RUFF. You know?"33. "Oh I like ya accent where you from?" "I'm Liberian" "Oh, my bad *whispering* I like your accent..."

34. "Next Please" "Hello" "Sir, this is a mug shot" "A mug shot? I don't even drink coffee"


35. "Hey did you happen to go to class last week?" "I have never missed a class"

36. "Go ahead and introduce yourselves" "My name is Michael with a B and I've been afraid of insects my entire-" "Stop, stop, stop. Where?" "Hmm?" "Where's the B?" "There's a bee?"

37. "There's only one thing worse than a rapist...Boom" "A child" "No"

38. "Later mom. What's up me and my boys are going to see Uncle Kracker...GIVE ME MY HAT BACK JORDAN! DO YOU WANNA SEE UNCLE KRACKER OR NO?


39. "Dad look, it's the good kush." This is the dollar store, how good can it be?"

40. "Zach stop...Zach stop...You're gonna get in trouble. Zach"

41. "CHRIS! Is that a weed? "No this is a crayon-" I'm calling the police" *puts 911 into microwave* "911 what's your emergency"

42. "WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? "

43. *Blowing vape on table* * cameraman blows it away* "ADAM"

44. "Would you like the spider in your hand?" "Yea" "Say please" "Please" *puts spider in hand* *screams*

45. "Oh hi, thanks for checking in I'm still a piece of garrbaagge"

46. *girl blows vape* "...WoW"

47. *running* "...Daddy?" "Do I look like-?"

48. *Pours water onto girl's face" "Hello?"

49. "Wait oh yes wait a minute Mr. Postman" "HaaaAHH"

50. "...And they were roommates" "Mah God they were roommates"


I could literally go on forever because I just reference vines on a daily basis. Rest in peace Vine

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This Is What You Can Learn About Blame From An Inmate On Death Row

Go out, accept your responsibility, and make your lot better than you found it. And stop whining.

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While the number of murder series available on Netflix may seem mildly worrisome at first glance, such shows have captivated a range of audiences worldwide. I for one have also been a big proponent of crime/mystery/murder docuseries and docudramas, so I was immediately drawn in by Netflix's recent addition I AM A KILLER. Yes, it is in all caps.

The drama of an all-caps-title is rightfully given as it tells the stories of inmates on death row—both from the perspective of the inmate and others involved with their life and/or trial.

While many inmates interviewed attempt to dismiss the accusations afforded them with "It's a blur" or "You have to understand, it wasn't my idea," even more surprising is the degree of accountability many maintain.

The first episode opens on James Robertson, an inmate who after decades in prison purposefully murdered his cellmate (who he claims was a pedophile) in order to be put on death row. As this premeditated murder proved futile in his attempt for the death sentence, he took it to court where he eventually was given capital punishment.

After growing up in a broken home with drug abusing parents, Robertson found himself in and out of state penitentiaries from a very young age. After decades of prison it appeared he would never find himself free again.

Chilling as his interviews were, the viewer can't help but sympathize with Robertson to a certain extent as he appears calm, charismatic, and all-accepting.

Toward the end of the episode, Robertson muses on how he's come to accept his fate. The simple answer? Blame. He no longer blames anyone but himself:

"I was bitter when I was always blaming everybody else for... the way my life turned out and stuff. But I stopped doing that. And as a matter of principle, I gotta—I got to face the music.

I got to man up. I don't like hearing other people whine or talk about blaming the world and everything for all their problems. Life ain't always fair. People always saying, talking about how unfair the world is and stuff, ain't nobody ever said life was meant to be fair, ain't nobody up, up on a cloud wearing a robe and cane...saying 'I'm gonna make everything fair.' They, they ain't like that, man. You know? People just gotta accept that, man. You know? You're always trying to make the world...a better place, you know...ain't nothing perfect."

Although perhaps poorly worded, I found it pretty incredible to hear someone charged with capital murder, awaiting their turn to be executed, so calmly elucidate on blame. Regardless of how you feel about the death penalty, there's something refreshing about hearing a murderer admit his responsibility, rather than find a scapegoat for his past decisions.

Today it appears no one wants to assume onus for anything. There's is a constant game of "he said," "she did," "I don't know," etc… There has become a lack of responsibility in our society that needs to be addressed, whether it be big or small.

I think back on the times I've attempted to place the blame elsewhere, and the times I've owned up to my actions. The latter has always left me feeling better about myself than the prior.

Rightfully accepting one's share in the blame has become an attribute so few adults, young and old, posses in today's society. This bleeds into other necessary aspects such as the ability to apologize and sympathize. So many people complain about life being unfair, blaming everyone and everything but themselves. The fact of the matter is, whining won't change a damn thing, action will.

If someone who committed a heinous crime can accept the blame, why can't you accept your own? As Robertson points out, life isn't always fair, so who are you to curse the world? Go out, accept your responsibility, and make your lot better than you found it.

Pride and respect can be found in one's own acceptance, regardless the magnitude.

As for James Robertson, when asked "How do you want to be remembered?" he replied "Somebody that always speaks the truth."

It would appear we can all learn a little bit about responsibility from this man sentenced to death.

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