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“Lights”- Ellie Goulding

It has been awhile hasn’t it? I have an excuse: I have been too busy. But who isn’t really. So, an update on my life since my last blog post in APRIL!!

1. Ran a triathlon
Got fourth place for women. Not as good as I wanted but my bike sucks.

2. Graduated from College

I don’t know why I look so solemn here, but there really aren’t a lot of pictures of me during the ceremony so I went with this one.

This is a way better picture of me with one of my favorite professors on graduation day.

3. Went to London with my mom as a graduation gift

Not my picture since my mom has all of those still. But the British Museum with the Parthenon marbles was my favorite museum/site that we visited.

4. Moved to a new apartment with my best friend

5. Started Graduate/Medical School at U of Iowa
I am in the MD/PhD program, meaning that in 8ish years, I will have both my MD (needed to practice medicine) and PhD (probably in biochem or cell bio or something like that). I did my first research rotation this summer and am starting medical school classes next Monday. Less than a week! I am a bit nervous.

So yes, I have been busy. But I have still been listening to tons of music and have been wanting to blog about it. I have a list about a page long of new (or new to me) songs that I want to feature. Now I can’t promise anything since I am starting med school soon, and I have heard that it can been pretty difficult, but I would like to update more often than in the past. I am thinking about once a week (probably on Saturday), but we will see how it goes.

For now I leave you with a song that is very popular right now, but that I am obsessed with. “Lights” by Ellie Goulding. I probably should have picked something less “mainstream” or with more substance or at least something that wasn’t in Billboards Top 10. But I really, really like this song. Unlike the hard-core electronic songs by Skrillex or deadmau5, Goulding’s works combine her beautiful voice with an electronic landscape that truly compliments the lyrics.

Plus, I really like Goulding as an artist. She comes across as someone who is really down to earth and not caught up in her rapid rise to fame. She is also gorgeous without conforming to the super skinny, super made-up pop star. Instead, she is athletic and simplistically beautiful (in a good way). Apparently, she had a contest where her fans could register to run with her before a show. That would have been amazing to win.

Okay, I will stop gushing about Ellie. Here is the music video (also good). Side note: I really dislike the Bassnectar remix of this song. Don’t mess with perfection! Same with Skrillex ruining Benny Benassi’s “Cinema” (but that is another post).

And yeah, hang in there with me on the updates. I am sorry that I haven’t posted in awhile and I am really going to try to post more regularly. Also, I will probably be posting about my life/school more too since I already have some great anecdotes about grad school.

What has been keeping you busy this summer?

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“Dance on Vaseline”- David Byrne and Thievery Corporation

Auggg! I got so much new music when I was home that I am having a hard time figuring what to feature. So I just sort of picked today’s song randomly.

Thievery Corporation is a new band to me and I obtained their whole discography when I was home. They are an interesting group consisting of two guys, Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, that create the background music and get other performers to sing. So the album that I was listening to first, Abductions and Reconstructions, literally has a new collaborated artist for each song. The song that I have been listen to lately is actually the first song on the album, “Dance on Vaseline.” David Byrne from Talking Head (a new wave, funk rock band in the early 90s) sings the lyrics. Both his voice and the background beats are hypnotic and trippy, which can be good music for a variety of things ;). But in all truth, I find this to be good study music since it is not obtrusive and the lyrics, though prominently heard, don’t seem to fit together so I am not thinking about them as much. In fact, Thievery Corporation has a lot of these types of songs, which is a good thing since school is starting soon.

Ever heard of Thievery Corporation? Ever hear of Talking Heads? At my school we have a Talking Heads dance party every year so any Grinnellians better have heard of them 🙂

Thievery Corporation's Eric Hilton and Rob Garza

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“I’m Not Your Toy”- La Roux

I have been working on my research paper all day so I need a break ie POST TIME!

One of the songs I was obsessed with last summer was “Bulletproof” by La Roux. Something about Elly Jackson’s  unique voice, the beat, the emotions behind the lyrics. Whenever the song was played on the radio, I would stick my hand out the window (no air… my car is a ’93 Buick LeSabre), turn up the volume really loud, and sing along. Which really isn’t a lot different from what I do when I am alone in my car but I did it extra loud when “Bulletproof” came on.

My love affair with “Bulletproof” turned to a whole relationship with La Roux. Like Little Boots, I can listen to La Roux’s whole album and not find a song I dislike. But my favorite, probably in part because of the awesome music video, is “I’m Not Your Toy.”

After watching the video, I had the  biggest girl crush on Elly. Her voice is beautiful, she is gorgeous and sexy in a subtle way (not like Katy Perry, Rihanna etc), her hair is amazing, and she seems so happy during the video aka actually smiling and laughing.

I could post more pictures but I will reign in my crush. And go back to my paper 😦

Do you have any big projects that are seemingly dominating your life right now?  

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“Digital Love”- Daft Punk

I needed to feature a happy song today. It just seemed like everything went wrong today–lab, weather, friends, and even food. RAAAAAAGGGGGEEEE.

Okay, Im done now. On to a song that has never failed to make me happy. Well, Daft Punk rarely fails in making me happy. And “Digital Love” is probably their cutest song; it is like happiness on steroids.

It sort of a sad song actually but it is so upbeat that you don’t think about the lyrics (aka about the girl of his dreams leaving him). But whatever. Im taking all the happiness I can get. And so I am leaving with a few cute/happy/adorable pictures. Enjoy!

Flying Squirrel!

How do you deal with a bad day? Ice cream? Puppy Cam? Punching Bag?

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“Turn Me Up”- Benassi Bros and Hello My Name is Charlotte and I am a Nerd.

I like love club music. Maybe it comes from my love of dancing, my obsession with feeling the bass throughout my body, or the memories I associate with club music. Whatever the reason, I know I didn’t get enough of it this weekend. Normally, my friends and I find somewhere to dance whether at a club or at someone’s room/house during the weekend. But unfortunately that didn’t happen.

So in honor of it being Monday, I thought I would feature one of my favorite dance songs that probably will never be played in a club because it is not really well-known. Its sort of underground so you might not know about it (okay, end of me being a hipster). Also, it is one of my favorite work-out songs because, like so many club songs, it has a great driving beat.

Benassi Bros, a Italian dance group with two cousins as the sole members (don’t ask why they are called Bros), started off as dee-jays and then started recording and producing music for other groups. My favorite song of theirs is “Turn Me Up.” It starts with over a minute of driving bass, adding in scratchy synth, a main repeating rhythm , and more and more. I can just imagine dancing in the club, the music getting louder and louder, the tension building… and then the lyrics. This happens a few times throughout the song. And yes, it is kind of repetitive, but that is what club music is. Plus, if I was the dee-jay at a party, I would totally mix this song with some of my other Benassi Bros favorites like “Don’t Touch Too Much,” “Blackbird,” and “Illusion.” Check them out.

So yeah, love it or don’t. Which ever way you swing, I will now be commencing a lab dance party. Yes, this is what I do when I am waiting for my cell to transform and my DNA to digest– have dance parties by myself. I am a nerd.

Okay, maybe I am not as much of a nerd as Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory... but close.

Are you a nerd? Divulge the nerdiest thing you have ever done!! Solo-dance parties don’t even graze the surface of my nerdiness so don’t worry, I have tons more geeky stories to tell. 

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“The Time (Dirty Bit)”- Black Eyed Peas

I feel like everyone likes at least one Black Eyed Peas song. I mean, “I Got a Feeling” is the quintessential party song, proclaiming that the night ahead is full of possibilities and going to be awesome. Although I didn’t know/listen to the Black Eyed Peas before Fergie, I think she really makes the group what it is with her vocals, her popularity, and her dancing.

One of the few pictures where she is not covered in make-up. Surprise, she is still pretty!

Probably one of the reasons I love their songs is the heavy bass (perfect to dance to) and the techno beat. One song that highlights these characteristics is “The Time (Dirty Bit).” I love how they took a preexisting song “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” and created a techno/hip-hop version of the classical song from Dirty Dancing.

The video is sort of weird. It is like your computer is in the process of a total meltdown. The pixels go from small to large, the action is not fluid, the color spin together. And their is some crazy dancing, making me wish I could move my body like that but unfortunately, I just look weird when I dance.

Like the Black Eyed Peas? Did you listen to them before Fergie?

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“Cascade”- Hyper

Some people that I am working with have been discussion their back-up plans  if they fail at their science career (doctor, researcher, etc). I decided that mine would be along the lines of working in an art museum since I have always had a fascination with paintings, sculpture, and other works of art especially from the Renaissance Period. However, my dream job would be something completely different. I would love to be paid to listen to music from random, upcoming artists and sort of “discover” them. This dream comes from the fact that I love the feeling of finding a new artist. An artist so good that you just want to listen to all of their songs. A song so amazing that you want to listen to on repeat, and even that is not enough. You literally want to immerse your whole body in the music to feel the bass in your fingertips and see the sound waves.

Well, I wanted to be immersed today. By this song:

I don’t know how many times I have listened to it today. It is just so amazing. The beat, the calm speed at the beginning, the gradual change to a frenzied pace. I even love the lack of words since you can really focus on the purity of the “instruments.” I CANNOT STOP LISTENING. And the best thing is that I have never heard of Hyper before so hopefully they made more songs of this quality so I can enjoy them as much as “Cascade”.

The Man Behind Hyper. Very British.

Has anyone else heard of Hyper before? Or do you have songs that you just want to immerse yourself into?

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