31 Top Songs, Artists, And Albums Of 2017

31 Top Songs, Artists, And Albums Of 2017

"I like my music volume high enough to not hear you"

For those of you who know me, I’m a big music playlist maker. New music Fridays on Spotify brightens up my week more than much else. Here are a few of favorites:

1. Bartender: James Blunt

This song is beyond catchy, you won't be able to resist.

2. Burn Fast: Bryan Fox

This song makes you feel all the feels.

3. Quinn XCII

That instrumental talent though. Here's a rhyme for ya: If you haven't heard of Quinn, where have you been?

4. Demi Lovato: Tell Me You Love Me

Do yourself a favor and youtube her documentary Simply Complicated. You will be left with goosebumps and the inability to form words.

5. Hallelujah: Noah Kahan

Thank you, Spotify for your great suggestions.

6. Never on the day you leave: John Mayer

If you have ever been in a relationship, you need to sit down, listen to this song and have a good cry.

7. Firestone: Kygo

This is my Kygo jam currently. But every Kygo song ends up being my jam. I’m embarrassed for you if you don’t like Kygo.

8. Truth to Power: One Republic

The most truthful and powerful song you will hear all year.

9. River: Leon Bridges

I found this gem while watching Big Little Lies. Great series, even better soundtrack.

10. Help me out: Maroon 5

Julia Michaels is my queen and Adam is my king.

11. OK: Robin Schultz

EDM/Tropical house mixed in James Blunt? Roll a blunt while you’re at it. Sit back relax and try to stop tapping your feet.

12. Low life: X Ambassadors

Thank you, Shazam for coming in clutch.

13. Whiskey: Maroon 5

I didn’t think I needed an ASAP Rocky and Maroon 5 song until this lyrical masterpiece hit my ears.

14. Cross My Mind Part 2

If you haven’t heard part one, what music do you even listen to?

15. Good Old Days: Macklemore and Kesha

If this song hasn’t been on repeat at least once since it has been debuted, I’m sorry but I don’t think we can be friends.

16. If you’re hearing this: Hook and Sling

They really hooked me in.

17. Lady Gaga: Joanne

Lady Gaga is a musical icon. And this song about her late aunt who passed away from Lyme's diseased decades ago will make you feel some type of way.

18. Leon: Surround Me EP

A voice of an angel and an EP sent by the gods.

19. Dua Lipa

Every song on her album is amazing. You may know her from the Martin Garrix song, Scared to be Lonely.

20. Flower Line: Om Shankar

A slow, melodic and soulful song to put you in a calming mood

21. Location: AJR or Khalid

These lyrics though.

22. JP Cooper

The indie rock soul music you didn't know you needed.

23. Week Without You: Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus continues to thrive and her Younger Now album only proves it.

24. Lewis Capaldi

I just keep listening to his songs that pop up on my recommended feed and...I have nothing to say other than every song you listen to of his is extremely moving and beyond fantastic.

25. Parson James

He sang Stole the Show by Kygo. Enough said.

26. Bishop Briggs

Who is Bishop Briggs? Is a question you will kick yourself for not knowing sooner.

27. Pink: Beautiful Trauma

Pink just keeps killin' it with her inspirational ballads and duets with Eminem. No one can do it better.

28. If I’m Lucky: Jason Derulo

Get up off your feet and dance to this god damn fantastic song.

29. Moonlight: Grace Vanderwaal

How is this girl so intuitive at 13 years old?

30. Cheat codes

Always making the best remixes to the best songs. I have no complaints.

31. Hailee Steinfeld

What can she not do?

Now, leaf me alone and listen

(Aka the title of one of my Spotify playlists).

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To the guy that shot my brother...


To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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