Thursday, March 27, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Boys vs Girls - Tia


I don't like it when people play with my emotions. Don't tease me. Let your yes be yes and your no be no. That being said, all of these rumors and rumblings of rumors about a Backstreet Boys/Spice Girls tour are starting to make me angry. Don't toy with me! (I'm looking at you Brian Littrell.) I NEED to know if this is happening or not so that I can plan accordingly.

I was and still am a huge Spice Girls fan. When Toya found this out she was COMPLETELY shocked. She told me she would have never pegged me as a Spice Girls fan. But a fan I am. I have all of their music and I have their movie on VHS and DVD. I can't bring myself to give up the VHS tape even though I haven't had a VCR in years.

I never got to see them in concert. I was too broke their first go round. And when they went on tour again 6 or 7 years ago, they didn't do a show anywhere near me. So that's why I'm hoping that all of this "Yes, we are/No we're not" build up is similar to what the New Kids did a few years back. There were rumors of a tour when they appeared on the Grammys (I think it was the Grammys) but they denied it. Then they appeared somewhere else. Still no confirmation of a tour. But we knew something was happening because the Kids were popping up everywhere. And then BAM! they were touring. So my hope is that all of this cryptic talk is leading up to my inner teenager finally getting to scream/sing "Spice Up Your Life." A girl can dream, can't she?

In honor of wishes possibly coming true (yes, I was singing Sweet Sensation as I typed that) here are my top 5 favourite (yes, UK spelling) Spice Girls songs. (I already ranked my top 5 BSB songs here.)

Mama

I've always had a tumultuous relationship with my mother. It's gotten a bit better the older I've gotten but it has never been storybook. But regardless of how rocky things were between us, this song always made me take a moment to appreciate her. You only get one mother.

2 Become 1

I was something of a sheltered teenager. I grew up in church and even went to Christian university. So this song bordered on salacious in my book.
Be a little bit wiser baby/Put it on, put it on
Cause tonight is the night/when two become one
I felt some kind of way singing this. But it was still my jam.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Fun Music Friday: Aloe Blacc - The Man


I've been a fan of Aloe Blacc for a while and didn't know it.

Not too long ago there was a show called How to Make it America and I always loved the show's intro song. Unfortunately, my subscription to HBO ended and I never got around to Shazaming the song. (In fact, I'm not 100% sure I had a phone capable of running Shazam when the show was on.) Every now and then after the show's run I would hear the song here or there and would always sing along. It was catchy and I would make a mental note to find out who sang it, a mental note that I promptly forget.

Last weekend I found myself doing something I often do on rainy Saturday afternoons: watching VH1Soul.  Aloe Blacc's "The Man" was in heavy rotation. The video is both visually compelling and uplifting. It some how manages to be set in the past but be relevant to the now. I thought the concept was genius. So, of course, I had to go find out more about this young man singing his heart out in the middle of a riot. And that is when I discovered that I already knew who he was. (I had that, "Ooooohhhh you're the "I Need a Dollar" guy" epiphany.)


After a little digging, I fell in love with Aloe Blacc's music. His new album Lift Your Spirit is one of current favorites. Soul, pop and lyrics done right. I don't say this lightly but this album is amazing. It's exactly what the music industry needs. But don't just take my word for it...



Lift Your Spirit is Aloe Blacc's third solo album. I genuinely hope that the momentum from "The Man" continues to build and we hear a lot more from Aloe. (The song has already been featured in three Beats commercials, my favorite being the one with Richard Sherman. Haters gonna hate, Richard.) And if I can have all of the wishes, some time this summer Aloe Blacc and Anthony David will go on tour together. Yes, I still believe in wishes.

Happy listening, everyone.