Music Monday: #MotivationMonday Remix Edition

Happy Monday!  It’s official, I have two work weeks left before I do my first sprint triathlon.  I am nervous, excited, and having all the feels that one can have for not being very athletic to begin with and attempting a very athletic feet.

Along with running, I have been swimming and biking as well to prepare, because #Tri.  So, today’s #MotivationMonday playlist was inspired by a recent spin class I took at Lincoln Square Athletic Club, because I was feelin’ the vibes of stellar remixes that the instructor was playing.  So I thought, why not share some of my favorite workout remixes that are great for anyone’s ride whether you’re in a class or not.

Get out on that trail or keep turnin’ up on your own stationary bike to this pumpin’ list.  What do you jam out to on your rides?  Comment below!
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Music Monday: Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!  I know everyone is probably out there firing up the barbecue, mixing that potato salad and making a mad dash to the store for more booze, so here’s a quick #MotivationMonday update!

Today’s #MondayMotivation playlist has a patriotic theme, so I encourage you to jump on your bike, get out there for a run or go do something active even if it’s just for a little bit to celebrate FREEDOM.

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Lurie Cancer Survivors’ Celebration 5k, June 2016

Last year I ran my first 5k run.  This year I ran two in the span of a few weeks and even shaved off 2 minutes on my time!

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Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation 5k Run, June 2016

I’m 6 weeks away from doing my first sprint triathlon and every day counts.  I’ll be bustin’ a move to these jams today and I hope you get out there and do something to burn off all those weekend calories too!

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Music Monday: #MondayMotivation Hipster Edition

My first #MondayMotivation post in May featured my super duper #GirlPower playlist to get you on the road to summer bod training season.  I was jammin’ out with myself walkin’ down the street the other day when it hit me.  I realized that hipsters have to work out too, right?! I don’t know about you, but some of the hipsters I know are in seriously good shape to fit into their tight ass skinny pants.

Today’s playlist features a few of my favorite “hipster”-ish bands to change up your workout routine.

~M~ Tip: This is a great work out mix for rainy or cold days!

What tunes do you work out too?  Girl Power?  Hipster?  Metal?  Comment below and let me know what jams keep you motivated!

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Music Monday: #MondayMotivation

Happy May!  I’m super excited about today’s Music Monday post, because not only is it a brand new month, it’s also my half birthday!

For me this is that time of year when I think about what I’ve accomplished at <Insert Age>.  Since my birthday last November, I have undergone a lot of changes.  And although I don’t always notice it on a daily basis, I do feel that I have grown a lot.  With that said, today I’m super excited to kick off May with a #MotivationMonday #MusicMonday Playlist!

One of the things I struggle to stay motivated with is working out.  Last year at this time I started preparing to run my very first 5k run ever.  How does someone that doesn’t like running get motivated to run a 5k you ask?  With amazing tunes to keep me pumped and a handy dandy iphone app called 5k Runner Pro ($2.99 at the itunes and android app stores).

Over the course of this 8 week program (3 days a week) of runs, you can literally go from not having run in years to being able to run a 5k!  I am NOT a runner, but this was an easy to follow program that you listen to while you’re exercising instructing you to run and walk in intervals.  This process of upping the intervals over the 6 weeks is so gradual and doable that by the end, you’re ready for race day!

In addition to getting your interval instructions, you can play your own music in the background and still get your walking/running instructions.  Today’s #MusicMonday list is perfect for training, because I have curated this list to be 45 minutes with a  warm up and cool down built into the mix, so you can have a great work out!

~M~ Tip: Thinking about doing a run or walk/run… here’s a link to find one near you!  Sometimes just setting a date to do a race is the motivation you need to start training!  GO FOR IT!

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PS This list is all about Female Empowerment, but that’s not to say there aren’t some serious jams by some dudes out there! So there will be more #MotivationMonday lists to come. I Promise!

Music Monday: Prince

Another great loss for music this year…. Prince.

As I sat at my temp job last week scrolling through social media feeds, I was struck and put into immediate shock by this news.

The outpouring of support, posts, and articles since the news broke is a tribute to the person that he was and the kind of impact he had, not only in the music industry, but for our culture.  And, in a world that is so caught up with defining race, separating genders and making us decide who we are and who we can love, everyone loved him for exactly who he was.

“Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can’t be good for you.” – Prince

The irony here is that I am posting this into the digital media space, but I wanted to point out that one of my favorite reactions to his passing was MTV’s.  By going back to where it all began, airing his music videos.

Growing up that’s where I learned about what music was, by seeing artists like Prince through this creative lens that was like nothing else in our daily lives through the television.  In a world where we are constantly bombarded with content, sometimes I am not as inspired as I once was.  Through his and other great artists passing, I realize that no one is invincible and you should live for today.

“Every day I feel is a blessing from God. And I consider it a new beginning. Yeah, everything is beautiful.” – Prince

What inspires this blog and posting on Music Mondays is amazing artists and people… I only hope to be one of those amazing people that everyone remembers as well someday.

RIP, Prince.

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Music Monday: 2016 Grammys Recap

I used to watch all award shows religiously as a child.  I dreamed of one day gracing the red carpet.  And hey!  It could still happen, so this post is not about what my signature look would be according to my 13 year old self.  I will say that the meaning of the awards has changed for me over the years.  And, in defense of award shows, so have my tastes.  Regardless of my personal views about this year’s nominees here’s some of the best things that happened.

Hamilton took home Best Musical Theater Album and included a rapping thank you speech.

“Uptown Funk” artists Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars took home Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.  Almost better than their win was this car karaoke moment with the Biebs and James Corden paying tribute on the way to the event.

Alabama Shakes took home Best Alternative Music Album and Best Rock Performance for “Don’t Wanna Fight.”

Lady Gaga helped us pay our respects to the late David Bowie.

Taylor Swift opened up the night with her new single “Out of the Woods.” She not only knocked her performance out of the park, but she also took home a three of the seven nominations she had.  One of which was the first time in history for a woman to win Album of the Year more than once in their career #GirlBoss.

On the red Carpet, she channel her retro vibes and although it wasn’t 1989-esque it was definitely circa 1999 Ten Things I Hate About You.

And through it all, Adele was rolling in the deep with some serious sound issues that were of no fault of her own.  #ShitHappens



Music Monday: 2016 Oscars

Last night the 88th Annual Academy Awards aired.  Bravo to Leo and all the winners!

Aside from Chris Rock’s societal commentary about racism and girl scout cookies, other entertaining parts were the performances of some of this year’s best original song for a film nominees.  So, congrats to Sam Smith who looked on fleek, sang like a bird and won his first Oscar!

All of the songs this year were great and totally deserve a listen so be sure to check them out!


Music Monday: Sia

Sia’s last album, 1000 Forms of Fear gained her a much deserved nod from the Grammy Awards with 4 nominations that put her in the popular spotlight.  Although, she prefers for people to not know what she looks like, so she can lead a normal uninterrupted life from the paparazzi, which has the world questioning who is Sia? What’s her deal?

Covered up or not, in real life Sia doesn’t hold back in the studio or in sharing her music.  I have loved her music since her 2008 album, Some People Have REAL Problems.  Her style of composing continues to evolve and she continues to gain relevance in today’s music scene.  The release of her new album This Is Acting is definitely another triumph despite the fact that it’s contents are someone else’s trash.

The past decade has been an interesting time in popular music with a return to earlier days when songwriters are brought in to write hits and songstresses like Bae get fame and glory. So, when I learned that many of the songs on Sia’s new album were the leftovers that were passed up by big artists, you have to wonder, was it ever really meant for those people to sing?

I recently was reminded of the story of Carole King’s claim to fame.  She has a similar story to Sia, where for many years she wrote songs for other artists and not for herself.  When she felt she had an album that had to be in her own voice she did, and won four grammies for it.

I can’t claim to understand or know Sia personally, but her seventh solo album definitely showcases her understanding of her craft and even if the songs were meant for other artists, it doesn’t show, because she owns it like the OG #GirlBoss that she is.

On the first track of her new album you’re drawn in with “Bird Set Free.”  It was the perfect way to set the tone for this album, with lyrics like “And I don’t care if I sing off key, I find myself in my melodies, I sing for love, I sing for me.”  It’s a true testament to how empowered she is to produce these songs and give them life, even if tracks like this were meant for Adele.

Moving into her second track “I’m Alive” I couldn’t imagine anyone else giving a more powerful vocal performance.  Again, written for Adele who could definitely rock this song, however there’s a depth to Sia that is different, raw and totally organic when she sings this track.

The album has variety of feels and voicing, but her identity isn’t lost.  Songs like “Cheap Thrills,” “Sweet Design,” and “House On Fire” could have easily been passed off to some younger pop stars on the scene, but her unique vocals creates a more mature and authentic experience for the listener throughout.


Music Monday: For the Anti-Valentine’s Folks & V-Day Singles

I am not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day.  I am actually a bit of a bah humbugger when it comes to lovey dovey holidays even though deep down I am a hopeless romantic.

So, in honor of my anti-valentine’s day tendencies, this list is suitable for breakups, feeling empowered, and just plain owning your singledom.  Even if you are with someone, but you just like being independent here’s a good way to rock out when you don’t get the flowers and chocolates that you wanted…. because at the end of the day #YouDoYou best.

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