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DJ martina on the ones & twos

I’m probably not someone who should give musical recommendations but guess what I’m here today with. Well, maybe not recommendations, per say. More like what I have on repeat lately. I feel like I should put it out there from the get-go: As of late, I can’t handle the regular radio. I like to listen to my local morning show  when I can, but that’s about it. I just can’t take the playlists of the same 5 or so songs constantly. That being said, I have about 5 songs that I rotate on my Spotify constantly that I’m going to share with you right now. #irony.

I Can Hear the Bells – Surprisingly, I haven’t heard much about NBC’s latest live production. Personally, I loved it. I like the story of Hairspray – the chubby girl gets the heartthrob (swoon), the desegregation of music and basically working together to do the right thing. Anyway, I didn’t know if it was more of a there’s nothing nice to say about it kind of thing or if it was more of a low viewership kind of thing. Either way, I thoroughly enjoyed it. That Jennifer Hudson, man. That girl is going places. (seriously though, for those who watched- did you see everyone in tears when she san I Know Where I’ve Been? woof.) This will be the song I walk down the aisle to at my wedding, should it happen in this century.

Million Reasons – I’m so happy Mother Monster has started to really showcase the talent God gave her. She was always good and we all knew the talent was there (hello, Tisch graduate!) but the meat dresses and the egg suits were not doing her justice. The song is raw, emotional and perfect for getting my diva on. This song makes me question my life. Do I want to stay where I am? I have nothing keeping me here. Maybe I should just go elsewhere. Start over. Then I remember that my mom does my laundry and I sit my ass down. It’s the thought that counts though, right?

Perm – I mentioned in one of my last posts that the new Bruno Mars album took a little while to grow on me. This song was one of those that I was iffy about in the beginning but now it’s one of my favorites. I would love to incorporate “throw some perm on that attitude!” into my daily vocabulary but somehow, I don’t think that would go over too well. Bruno is probably the only one who could actually get away with it.

Fall For You- I know I mentioned this song in a recent post but I’m still loving it. Another one perfect for diva-ing out, I love pretending I’m filming my very own music video when I sing lip-synch this gem. I kind of reminds me of a grown up version of songs I would like as an angsty teen. You know, the one who liked the boy and was toootally ready for a “real” relationship but didn’t want to get hurt because she’s been through that too many times. My advice for that version of me is to listen to this song and to get a life.

Mercy – Watching Shawn Mendes perform this on SNL two weeks ago was what did it for me. I love when singers get so impassioned and into the performance that their voice goes raspy (see: harry styles, drag me down – carpool karaoke). That’s what happened for Shawny boy and it gave me the feels.

So, what have you been listening to lately? I’m always looking for songs to add to my rotation!

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bedroom concerts

I can’t dance. I mean, I can, but I suck. Except when I’m home, alone in my room. Then, I’m JLo.

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My best performances come when I’m supposed to be getting ready. For work, for play – doesn’t really matter. As long as I have music and a makeup brush microphone, I am invincible.

When we were little, Lisa and I used to pretend we were Mariah Carey in my living room. One side of my couch was Italy, where Lisa used to perform. The other side was France, where I put on my show, complete with a jaunty beret. We would each grab a remote control, crank up Dreamlover, and sing our little hearts out.

That was the mid-90’s, when apps were things that we talked our parents into ordering at TGIFriday’s. Now, instead of potato skins, we can share music. The people over at Airtime* introduced me to their app, with the app Lisa and I don’t even need to put on pants or leave our respective houses to live out out Mariah Carey tour fantasies, or Fantasy tour.    *The nice people at Airtime contacted me and asked me to write this post, but I am not getting paid to mention them.

Since Friendship Day is this week, and my friends and I all have such different music tastes, I have asked Lisa, Nicole and Jessica what songs keep them moving. What do they sing into their hairbrushes when they’re supposed to be getting ready? Here’s what we came up with.

Martina:

Ok, so you can’t necessarily dance to this, but it makes me feel so bad ass.

Lisa:

Jessica:

Nicole: 

When I asked them for their input, I got so many answers, I put together a Spotify playlist. Enjoy!

I’m probably missing tons and I’ll probably hear about it later, but for now, Happy Friendship Day to my three whack jobs.

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What are some songs that keep you and your friends moving? I’m always looking for new tunes!

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NOLA in a nutshell: the finale!

The third (and final!) part of this recap series is going to be all about what I wish I would have done and some other photos that I wanted to share but didn’t have a place for.

Part one was all about food and part two was all about activities. Catch up first!

WHAT I WISH I DID

Ride the St. Charles trolley through the Garden District – I was hellbent on getting to see the huge houses in the Garden District. After the swamp tour, we had a little while before dinner so my mom and I decided to Uber over to the Garden District. Our driver was so nice and chatty. She recommended that we take the trolley from the start to the end and then at the end, we would find the big houses. It’s a nice ride and the trolley is cheap. It’s like $1.25 a ride. take a hint, MTA. We didn’t have time for that so we just picked a block, got out and walked around. I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get to see Sandra Bullock’s (or any NOLA celebrity) house and that I didn’t get to see the house covered in Mardi Gras beads but, there’s always next time.

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Have a drink at the Carousel bar – I heard about this bar through one of those links on Facebook. “10 coolest bars to get shitfaced in the US”, or whatever. The bar itself rotates, like a carousel. We passed it in the Uber, on the way to the Garden District. It was in the nice part of town and much more my speed. Not that I need some fancy-schmancy bar to get drunk in, but Bourbon Street is a mess. And I say that in the most loving way possible.

Get read by Otis at Bottom of the Cup – I know I mentioned him before but I really think Otis is legit. He was featured on The Little Couple when Bill and Jen first went to New Orleans. He predicted kids and all of that. Time passed, they adopted Will and Zoey, and then went back to see Otis the next time they were in NOLA. Everything he told them came to be. So, #realdeal.

Experience a real New Orleans wedding parade – I found out on the walking tour that you are allowed to hop on to the back of a wedding parade, but not a funeral one. For obvious reasons. I would have loved to see either of them, but right place, wrong time.

New Orleans is a very spiritual city. I believe there’s ghosts all over the place down there. The city had its fair share of tragedies in its history so it’s not so far off that people would hang around. Before we got our tarot read, my aunt asked the reader if she knew of any mediums. The reader said that she was one, but she couldn’t open the door to spirits when she was near Jackson Sqaure because there are too many souls around and they all try to come across. She explained that she can’t even go into the square because she gets anxiety attacks. She told us that back in the day, the gallows stood where the statue of Andrew Jackson is now and she feels that the souls of the family members who watched their loved ones die come to her because she that’s how she feels, like she’s watching a loved one die/be killed. I, of course, was fascinated by this but I kind of filed it under a cool story and moved on.

When I got home and started to look at the pictures on the computer, I noticed an orb on the Andrew Jackson statue. I posted this already on Instagram, so if you’ve seen it already, move along.

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See the red circle on the back of the horse? Maybe it’s a sun spot, maybe it’s a convicted felon of yesteryear. I’m going with felon and don’t tell me different.

My friend Nicole asked me to find the mansion from American Horror Story. Delphine LaLaurie’s manison, to be exact. Look her up. bitch was crazy. One of the legends around town about her was that she would have these lavish parties and right in the middle, she would leave and come back with a whole new outfit on. Her guests assumed that she was just trying to show off her wealth or whatever but the truth was that she got an itch to kill/maim someone so she went to her basement or the attic, did the deed and then changed out of the bloody garments. A fire burned the house down and exposed Delphine’s secret. i told you, she was crazy. I’m not sure what happened after that, but fast foward to today and the house is privately owned by, in my opinion, a very brave soul.

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The other legend is that Nicholas Cage owned her mansion but lost it to tax evasion. He owned another house in NOLA and lost it the same way. He also has a crypt in St. Louis Cemetery, but it’s highly doubted that he’ll be buried there because he hasn’t been back to New Orleans. Apparently, the celebrities who live there are seen there. Like, at the local grocery store and stuff.

My final thoughts on New Orleans: It is a beautiful, old, history rich city. Although it is 2016, I was almost surprised to see people in normal clothes and not 1800’s garb. It just has a very old feeling to it, which I love. It’s got charm. It also needs a shower. I was warned of the filthiness of NOLA but I really didn’t believe it. To clarify, the streets are clean. It’s not a garbage-ridden dump. Sure, the streets could be fixed and the buildings could use a power wash and a paint job, but it’s no dump. It’s just that I’ve never in my life have seen so many homeless people. No judgement, just an observation. Just like my mom and my aunt observed a cop discovering a dead man on St. Ann Street. I mean, yea. I’m from New York, homeless people are nothing new; this is just different. There was no shortage of art and music in New Orleans, the Quarter, especially. It gave the city life.

And that’s about it! I hope you have enjoyed New Orleans as much as I did!

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the art of the music video

Being a child of the 90’s, I have a special place in my heart for music videos. They were a big deal back in the day, just ask Carson Daly. Remember Pop Up Video on VH1 and Making the Video on MTV? Those were my jams. Nothing better on a Saturday than reading all about who was coming to Melissa Ethridge’s window. It was a simpler time.

Since I am such an aficionado of these mini masterpieces, this week’s Friday Five Favorites (oh, whatever.) is going to be dedicated to my favorite music videos. spoiler alert: there will probably be more than five. you’ve been warned.

So in no particular order…


One Sweet Day – Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men: Does it get any better? I don’t see how it can. The jorts, the snap clips, the sunglasses – YAASS. Also, Mariah & Wanya 4eva.


Fantasy – Mariah Carey: Beyonce, I’mma let you finish but Mariah had the best amusement park video of all time.

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Seriously though, Mariah was the QWEEN of the 90’s. I used to watch this video and dream of the day when I could rollerblade around an amusement park singing my number one hit, just like MC. Maybe I should learn to rollerblade.
Honorable Mentions: Always Be My Baby, Forever, Heartbreaker


Bigger – Backstreet Boys: You thought I was going to go for I Want It That Way, right? While I certainly do enjoy the Boys dancing around an airport, there’s something about this video that I love. Maybe because it’s the first one I’ve seen from them since 2001? Maybe I just like the song? Whatevs.
Honorable Mentions: Everybody (Backstreet’s Back), Shape of My Heart, Just Want You To Know, basically all of them.


It’s All Coming Back To Me Now – Celine Dion: I was OB-SESSED with this video. The romance! The drama! The ghost! My tiny 10 year old heart couldn’t deal. Pepperidge Farm couldn’t make a bigger cheese ball.
Honorable Mentions: None. I think this one takes the cake.


Night Changes – One Direction: I’ve gushed about this video before. Not much has changed.
Honorable Mentions: One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks), Best Song Ever, Story of My Life.


Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran: Oh, Eddie.

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And finally…since I have six already, what’s one more?


All I Have – JLo & LL Cool J: Holy early 2000’s, Batman! This video isn’t exactly a favorite of mine but the song and the Coach luggage holds a ton of memories for me. It reeks of Glow by JLo.

What are your favorite music videos? Do you wish Making of the Video would get revived?

Let’s discuss!

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who is paul mccartney?

You guys, we live in a world where people actually think Kayne West is going to make Paul McCartney famous.

KAYNE . WEST

IS GOING TO MAKE SIR PAUL McCARTNEY FAMOUS.

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I really can’t deal with this right now.

I could understand if it were a child asking his/her parent who Paul McCartney is. But these are teenagers and probably some adults. I also understand that not everyone listens to his genre of music but doesn’t his name sound familiar? Just a little?

HE WAS KNIGHTED FOR GODSAKE!

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as a heart attack, kanye

Maybe because I was raised by parents who listened to that music. Especially my mom who, when she couldn’t deal with whatever was on my radio stations anymore, put on either a CD of The Beatles or Billy Joel or the Temptations or Diana Ross. Or changed the channel to one that might play these types of people. I don’t know. It’s just mind boggling to me.

Maybe it’s also because I don’t particularly care for Kayne West. Yea, at first it was because of the whole Taylor Swift/Beyonce debacle but, at that point, I still felt bad for him a little. His mom had just passed away, he was drunk (although, I HATE that excuse). Then, he started his antics on Twitter and where ever else he deemed appropriate and I just lost any kind of anything for him.

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – I’m glad Biggie isn’t around to see this because none of this nonsense would be going on in the rap world if he were still here. i don’t care if you’re going up, down, sideways on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. all i care about is who is paging me at 5:46 in the morning.

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Ok, that veered a little off course. I just needed to get it all off my chest.

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swooniest swoonfest

One Direction released their video for Night Changes today and it.is.perfect.

I can’t even think of what else to say. It is the cutest, most wonderful, swooniest swoonfest ever.

I’m 27 years old. I should not be sitting here with the goofiest smile on my face and my heart exploding all over the place. But I am. thanks a lot, one direction.

I wonder how much inspiration they pulled from fanfics for this… Hmmm.

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One Direction, a little BSB, and Band Aid

So, One Direction’s new album, Four, was released on Monday and it is AWESOME! It isn’t like anything they’ve released before. All of the boys have had a hand in writing the songs on this one. Most of all, Louis and Liam. I don’t know how to even begin to review the album, as this is not Rolling Stone. Luckily, they have released all of the songs on their Vevo page on Youtube. So, I’ll post my favorites here.

Where Do Broken Hearts Go?

Supposedly, this one was written by Harry to Taylor Swift. He’s sorry, Taylor. He knows what he’s done and wants to fix it. Come out of hiding. Because if you don’t, I’m buying a blonde wig and some red lipstick. Also, it’s been reported that he sent her 1,989 roses for the release of her album last month. swoon.

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This song was co-written by One Direction’s bestie Ed Sheeran. I totally hear him on it. It reminds me of “Little Things”, which he also had a hand in.

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I would love to see this one live. It’s definitely the most emotional track on the album. And Harry sings the whole chorus so, how bad could it be?

Act My Age

This one reminds me of, dare I say it, The Beatles. Before you grab your pitchforks and go all “How dare you compare them to the Beatles. They are not The Beatles” on me, listen to it. Like, really listen. It sounds like “I Get By (with a little help)” in the beginning. Also, it’s simple. Just like “I Wanna Hold Your Hand”. And you’re right, they aren’t The Beatles. The Beatles, for one, were not a boy band. Shit, they aren’t even The Backstreet Boys (aka the best-selling boy band of. all. time.) because they don’t incorporate dance routines.

HELLO.

In the behind the scenes video that comes with the album on iTunes, there’s a part near the end where Harry says

It still sounds like One Direction, just One Direction at 21, 22. Not 17, 18

I think that hits it on the head. They’re growing up. Zayn is engaged, for goodness sake.

Is it bad to be excited for the next album already?

I wanted to include the new Band Aid video. WARNING: the first 15 seconds are graphic (remember, this is to raise money for Ebola victims and to help countries where Ebola is an everyday occurrence.)

I love videos and songs like this that round up the biggest music stars of the time in one room for a song. Like the two “We are the World compilations. First, all of that talent in. one. room. Second, it seems that everyone checks their egos at the door. They’re coming together for a good cause, lending their talent to a project that will shed light and bring help to a cause. But then again, that could just be really good editing. Third, it always looks like they’re having a good time. It’s not like you can tell or feel like they’re thinking “Shit, why am I here?” or “I’m too good for this”. I mean, we’ve all heard horror stories about celebrities being divas (or just plain douchebags). And, where else would you find Bono and Sinead O’Connor in one room? Is it me, or do they just seem like they wouldn’t choose each other to hang out with? Maybe it’s the fact that he’s an Irish Catholic and she pulled the whole rip the picture of the Pope on Saturday Night Live stunt. Eh. Maybe it’s me. One last thing – how did I not know that Zoella, Alfie and Joe Sugg from Youtube were involved with this also? Ed Sheeran is standing right next to Zoella! As if I wasn’t jealous enough of her interviewing One Direction, now this. Seriously though, good for them. What an experience!

I still don’t know how to sign off so, BYE.

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martina’s (british invasion) mixtape

This post has nothing to do with Blogtober but I don’t have to be at work until 2pm tomorrow so I have some time to whip up a quick bonus post.

When I’m working on the computer I like to have something playing. I usually have my television on for background noise and then I have my favorite Youtubers to watch. When my subscription box is empty I usually put on some music. I love finding new music so I thought I’d share some songs that I have on repeat lately.

THIS.VIDEO. Holy moly. It’s so simple. I love it. I have to thank my friend, Lisa for introducing me to this one. Even though whenever she would put it on when I was driving, I’d yell at her to change it because it was too sad. Which is a good thing because that means I was paying more attention to the road than the lyrics. *thumbs up*

This song couldn’t be more different from Ed’s. Love it all the same though. Also, HELLO?! Chris Messina is in this video! You know, Dr. Danny Castellano from The Mindy Project? He’s a cheating bastard, but you can’t win them all. This video also leaves me with some questions- Is Dianna Agron really burning Chris Messina’s clothes, or is she just imagining it? How does she look so put together when he comes home? If she did burn his clothes, did she clean up the mess and will make him figure it out in the morning? Because not for anything, I’d be damned if my husband was cheating on me and I knew it, burned everything he owned, and then felt the need to clean it up? He’d be lucky if I’d let him live – Dr. Castellano or not. Lastly, when he leaves in the morning, he’s driving. When he comes home after his rendezvous, he’s walking. Did his mistress steal his car?

Say what you want about One Direction, but I love them. I also love the Backstreet Boys. Got a problem? Anyway, this song and their new album, which comes out next month(!), has been getting really good reviews. Listen, Simon Cowell wouldn’t have backed them if they weren’t good. They might have lost the X-Factor, but they won my heart. (i’m going to look back on that one and cringe. oh, look at that- i already did.)

I know I’ve posted this video before, but this song is adorable. I’m in love. I’m thinking of getting the lyrics on a shirt (not really. maybe. it’s definitely an option), and wear it when I go out. I don’t want to hear how women are so hard to figure out. I mean, really, it’s all right there.

What are some of your go to songs? Do you share my love for boy bands? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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