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True Blue

Posted in music by Dani on January 5, 2010

Bluey Robinson, preparing for his new music video shoot, "I Know." (Source: blueyrobinson.com)

OMgosh! Mammoth apologies are in order for the week five-day two-week hiatus, muffins! Recently, I have been on the lookout for good music to tally to my collection, including loads of funk as well as eighties R&B/pop/reggae/ska. (Stevie Wonder‘s “Master Blaster” (Jammin’)? Hotter than July. Haha.) In addition to the aforementioned genres, I cannot get enough of British soul. Amy, Duffy, & ADELE? Love, love, love their music.

Another musical artist to add to my list of It Brits? Bluey Robinson. I just knew this vocalist was super cool when I saw the extensive variety of influences on his MySpace music page. (Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Jamiroquai, Andre 3000, David Bowie, Marvin Gaye, Gnarls Barkley, N.E.R.D., the Black Eyed Peas, ABBA, Kanye West, [and] Coldplay, just to name a few.) There is no denying that his voice brims with both warmth and conviction. Soul and funk. The best of both worlds. I haven’t heard of him crossing over the Atlantic to perform in the States, but with his talent it shouldn’t be long until he does. Below is a music video that he features in. Enjoy, loves!

Wasn’t he terrific?

Hasta pronto,

Dani

P.S. It seems that Mr. Robinson has a tendency to jam in undergrounds in various hot spots, including London, New York, and Paris. Here are several videos of him singing live in the Parisian subway. The second vid is my favorite. Too hilarious. I love the reactions of the onlookers–especially towards the end.

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A Whimsical Wonderland

Posted in fashion, literature, more, music by Dani on December 18, 2009

"Alice in Wonderland"-inspired scene was auctioned at Bonhams from the Fortnum & Mason store in London, England. Very whimsical. (Photo: Sebastian Meyer/Getty Images)

Good evening, honey bees! I hope that your week went incredibly well and that your weekend is going to go even better! Movie reviews on television are putting me in the mood for some cinema sighting. While I do have several motion pictures in mind for the holiday season, I am super ecstatic to watch Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland next spring.

I have a thing for film adaptations of literature. A definite impetus for enrolling in my nineteenth century British Literature class next year is the reading list, including Alice Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.  From dolls to dressmaking, with such a tremendous influence in pop culture, this literary classic must be  worth reading at least once (although I haven’t read it… yet. Haha.).

One of my favorite Alice-inspired creations is Gwen Stefani’s “What You Waiting For?” (Love her!) Not only is it fantastically fun, but the music video is also light and chic, bursting at the seams with pastel ruffles and Vivienne Westwood-esque heels. Speaking of fashion, Vogue published an absolutely fabulous spread on Wonderland wear several years ago. I think you’d like it.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was great, so I cannot wait to see Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (especially in 3-D). Haha.

What is your favorite film adaptation? Do tell!

Again, have a wonderful weekend!

Good night,

Dani

BTW: If you have any post requests, please let me know with a comment. Don’t be shy, I would love to hear from you!

Music Soul Child

Posted in music by Dani on December 14, 2009

Hell0, darlings! Yesterday, my friend and I drove around the city together in search of vintage sweaters as well as mouth-watering yet affordable food. While in

 her car, she played her brand new Priscilla Renae album entitled, “Jukebox.”

With catchy pop and techno beats along with Priscilla’s oftentimes hopelessly romantic sonnet-like lyrics, a music listener cannot help but bob his or her head and sing along to the tunes. This YouTube-based starlet reminds me of a cross between Corinne Bailey Rae and Ingrid Michaelson with a dash of Salt n’ Pepa and sass. In addition to Corinne Bailey Rae and Salt n’ Pepa,  I just love Ingrid’s music. Very Vh1. Haha.

Not only does she have an absolutely gorgeous voice brimming with charm, but she also: 1) writes her own songs and 2) plays the guitar! How cool is she?

While she currently has a hit music video out called, Dollhouse (The music video is super cute… totally digging the bright colors and Barbie-esque theme.), I really love her acoustic sets, like the video below, which is a segment of a mini-concert from a song off of her actual album, one of my faves, “Lovesick.” It is too adorable for words.

…and voilà! Isn’t she fabulous? Enough said posted?

Have a superb day evening, muffins! Write to you tomorrow! Haha.

Peace,

Dani

Snap, Crackle, Pop

Posted in music by Dani on December 11, 2009

Good afternoon, muffins! As I surfed YouTube key terms in search of new music yesterday afternoon, I began to become rather nostalgic of my favorite music video genre: teen pop circa 1997-2004. With all of those pop princesses and boy bands, who could resist? Aah… good times. Below are some of my fave of all time:

Backstreet Boys – “I Want It That Way”

Who can say no to an airport and matching white outfits? Haha.

Britney Spears – “Oops!… I Did It Again”

You know I just had to include Britney Spears’s instant-hit, “Oops!… I Did It Again.” Astronaut suits. Spewing fire flames. Titanic references. Gotta love it. Haha.

Christina Aguilera – “Genie In A Bottle”

Who could forget Christina’s first hit, “Genie In A Bottle”? I’m a genie in a bottle, baby! Haha.

NSYNC – “It’s Gonna Be Me”

I just can’t help laughing hysterically when I watch this music video. From the unforgettable choreography to the Ken-like features and epic brawl with the military action figures, this music video is hilariously entertaining from start to finish.

What was your favorite nineties teen pop musical artist or music video? I would love to know!

Happy Friday,

Dani

Write On!

Posted in literature, music by Dani on December 2, 2009

Good evening, lovelies! Please forgive me for the one-day hiatus. Due to oodles of final papers, projects, and exams, I am super busy this week. Before I begin on another assignment, I wanted to prescribe you with a dose of terrific tunes. Yesterday, I stopped by the NaNoWriMo  (National Novel Writing Month) closing. (Not only did they have amazing attendees, but they generously provided vanilla mango cake too! Yum. Who could resist? Haha.) During my not-so brief stay, I bumped into a new, talented friend of mine named, Tally.

During that time, we talked about her super cool baby blue ukulele named, Kaylee. Cutest name ever, right?  She told me that they (she & Kaylee) post original songs on YouTube. She is simply splendid! They are simply splendid. Below is an absolutely adorable melody about “The Haunted Ukulele.” I wish I posted this video over a month ago, so then it would be holiday-relevant (Halloween), but no worries! …and then again I didn’t have a blog in October. Haha. 

Wasn’t it great? I truly hope you enjoyed it. Have a wonderful evening! You so deserve it.

Good night,

Dani

Ukuleles Make Me (Very, Very) Happy

Posted in literature, music by Dani on November 6, 2009

Happy, happy Friday! For the past few weeks, my English Lit. class has been reading and discussing the Shakespearian play, “The Tempest” along with a series of casebooks in response to the piece of literature. After much contemplation,

I have decided to write my five-page essay on the character, Caliban in connection with “The Case of Feminism Criticism” by Ania Loomba, specifically referring to Angela Davis’ “The Myth of the Black Rapist.” I have several pages of muddled notes already, so hopefully that will make my paper easier to write.

Although I am not writing about the cheeriest topic, I hope to hammer away at the keyboard with Ingrid Michaelson’s album, “Be OK,” comprised of sweet-sounding voices, guitars, and ukuleles (!), in my ear. My favorite song is  “You and I.” It is too adorable. Yesterday, one of my classmates said, “Ukuleles are the happiest instruments ever.” I definitely agree. Speaking of ukuleles, you should check out Julia Nunes. I met her last year (and helped her assistant sell her tee shirts) at her concert.  She is simply splendid!  I really wish I could play the ukulele now…

“Dani, get thee in Shakespeare mode!” (To myself.)

I will be sure to let you know how my writing process for this assignment goes after I turn it in (with any luck, by tomorrow morning afternoon).

Until then, have an amazing weekend! I am sure that you totally deserve it.

One  (very, very) happy blogger,

Dani