In November I made a list of songs for my life’s soundtrack, you can find it here. Most of those songs remain in my life but of course there are more to add! Here we go, The Soundtrack of My Life: Volume 2.
Again, these are songs based on past events, feelings, and people in my life.
You and I by Lady Gaga
Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon
And We Danced by Macklemore
You Go Down Smooth by Lake Street Dive
Slow and Steady by Of Monsters and Men
Happiness by The Fray
Comptine d’un autre été, L’après-midi by Yann Tiersen
Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen
Save Rock and Roll by Fall Out Boy
I Don’t Want to Wait by Paula Cole
I’ll be there for you by The Rembrandts
Mr. Roboto by Styx
You Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd by Roger Miller
Twenty-one days doesn’t guarantee the make or break of a habit, it takes a lot of effort to keep at it during the twenty-one days and beyond. And apparently the “21 day myth” was a disproved theory and a habit is actually better formed after sixty-six days. I believe twenty-one days will still test my ability to commit to something, and really push myself to do more or less of certain things. This is all a part of my plan to become the ultimate me. Some of these things aren’t necessarily habits I plan to keep either, like 21 days without makeup for example, this is just to test myself and learn from the experience.
Twenty-one is also just a much more interesting number, than say…thirty, there are so many 30 day challenges, and then sixty-six, that is just too long, for tracking purposes anyway…I’m going to track (publicly on twitter @kellitynan) for twenty-one days and, for the challenges like 21 days of working out, I hope that I have it in me to continue to sixty-six. Two days ago, I hit my 66 day mark for recording my food intake on MyFitnessPal! I am confident, for a lot of these challenges, I can do this!
My first challenge is to reach my Fitbit goal of 10,000 steps a day, every day for 21 days. Today is Day 3.
Future Challenges might include:
21 days of working out
21 days of french practice
21 days of guitar practice
21 days of wearing my hair in different ways
21 days of meeting someone new
21 days of film watching
21 days of Lynda videos
21 days of learning something new and blogging about it
21 days of keeping my room clean
21 days of poems
21 days without sweets
21 days without alcohol
21 days without makeup
21 days of learning new songs to sing
21 days of cooking new meals
21 days of waking up at 6:00 a.m.
21 days without watching TV shows
21 days of reading a newspaper
21 days of vocabulary enrichment
21 days of not pressing snooze
21 days of portrait drawing
21 days of making my bed
21 days of Yoga
And the list could go on but I’ll start with these and keep you updated!
1. European lifts (or elevators) use 0 as the ground floor, anything above is a positive number, anything below is a negative number…makes more sense than G and B, really.
2. Coffee Shops in Amsterdam do not sell coffee…
3. In Germany, particularly Munich, when ordering a beer, 1 liter is a normal serving.
4. …Where you should also never order a Radler (a shandy), unless you want to be made fun of, especially you men, sorry.
5. The word pickpocket is the same in every language. Wallets in front pockets, hands on your purses!
6. Tequila is much better with cinnamon and an orange slice, as opposed to salt and a lime.
7. Always have your hotel address written down to show a taxi driver.
8. Sometimes…you must pay to use the public toilet.
9. Sometimes…there are Italian men outside the restroom taking money for you to use the toilet when it should actually be a free toilet experience…beware of these tricky people.
10. Austrian Schnapps are not like the Schnapps in the States…they’re stronger.
11. White Water Rafting is an amazing experience, even if there is a torrential downpour.
12. Think of yourself as a traveler, not a tourist.
13. If you need a masquerade mask, go to Venice.
14. Learn to say “Thank you,” “Please,” “Cheers” and other basic phrases in the local language…especially, “Do you speak English?”
15. There are lots of people who sell fake bags, glasses, and other products randomly on the street.
16. A coach is more than just a bus.
17. There are Australians…everywhere.
18. Bread, slices of assorted meats and cheeses…classic breakfast.
19. Italian rap karaoke is super entertaining.
20. The game “every time you see someone riding a bike, take a drink” in Amsterdam, is a death sentence.
21. Service stops in Europe are much more elaborate that the ones in the U.S.
22. You want leather? Florence is your answer.
23. On occasion, a seagull will attack and kill a pigeon in Rome…or maybe that was just a one time thing…
24. There are gypsies…there will always be gypsies.
25. Europeans listen to a wide variety of American music.
26. You will stay up late and you will get up early because you only have so much time in each place!
27. Validate your subway ticket to avoid falling up a down escalator.
29. Don’t think too much, experience and embrace every taste, smell, sound, touch and sight!
30. 12 days is not enough time in Europe!
Sometimes… I sing. I sing in my room, in the car, at work, when I walk to class, when I ride my bike, when I’m at the bar, when I’m at a concert and also, like many, I sing in the shower. Music is a huge part of my life, I was around thirteen when I realized how much I loved to sing. My mom got a karaoke machine that I slowly began to take over. When I was in eighth grade I sang in the talent show and performed “How do I live” by LeAnn Rimes, I won second place! In twelfth grade I finally had to the time in my schedule to join choir, where I developed my skills as an alto singer. My freshman year at Purdue I performed “Beautiful Disaster” by Kelly Clarkson in Residence Hall’s Got Talent. My sophomore year at Purdue I was in the All Campus and Community Choir.
Though I am not a part of a choir right now, my love of singing has only grown since then. Whenever karaoke is available I will participate. I know the lyrics to an uncountable amount of songs but I have a few favorites I like to sing. Songs make the favorite list for a few reasons, either I like the meaning of the lyrics, the song fits my range, the song pushes my range, I like how the song makes me feel, the song reminds of something or someone or it is just a cool or fun melody to sing.
I have this speaker, the HMDX – Jam Wireless Portable Speaker, that as you can see here is a little smaller than a squirrel (ha..don’t ask me why that was a chosen comparison) it connects to your phone’s Bluetooth and you can listen to any music that comes from your phone. It works very well for parties, barbecues outside, tanning on the beach, and well, the shower! So here are the top 10 songs I’ve been singing and that my roommates are probably tired of hearing:
1. I Was Here by Beyonce
Best line: “I wanna leave my footprints on the sands of time”
Why this song: This is on Beyonce’s album called 4 that I had purchased because of the song “1+1”, one day I listened to the whole album and this song stuck out, I was inspired by the lyrics, so I then listened to it on repeat until I knew all of them.
2. Burning Bridges by OneRepublic
Best line: “There’s no filling up your spaces with fictionary places, Imaginary faces they don’t work at all”
Why this song: This was another accidental discovery. I bought OneRepublic’s album, Native because of “Counting Stars” and “Feel Again” but I heard “Burning Bridges” and became addicted to it.
3. The Great Escape by Pink
Best Line: “‘Cause the passion and pain, Are gonna keep us alive someday”
Why this song: Once again, I bought an album for one song and was pleasantly surprised to find another. “The Great Escape” has quite the message.
4. Oh Darling! -Across the Universe Soundtrack
Best Line: “Believe me when I tell you, I’ll never do you no harm”
Why this song: I absolutely love the movie Across the Universe, they definitely put a twist on The Beatles’ music.
5. Let Me Be Your Star – Smash Soundtrack
Best Line: “The music starts playing, It’s the beat of her heart saying…Let me be your star.” Why this song: I’ve always been intrigued by musicals and what it would be like to perform on Broadway, this is why I liked the show Smash. Smash aired for two seasons on NBC with Megan Hilty and Katherine McPhee, who performed this beautiful song that was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media.
6. Save Rock and Roll by Fall Out Boy feat. Elton John
Best Line: “I will defend the faith, Going down swinging, I will save the songs, That we can’t stop singing”
Why this song: When Fall Out Boy came out with a new album I was ecstatic, then I saw Fall Out Boy and Elton John…how can you not be intrigued by that?! I was again, pleasantly surprised.
7. Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’ by Journey
Why this song: I love me some Journey. I can’t say I really relate to the lyrics but it’s a fun song to sing with some attitude. I sing this on Karaoke a lot…and maybe once on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIGiGam9IlE
8. 1+1 by Beyonce
Why this song: I heard a girl audition for a talent show with this song and thought it was a really beautiful song so I looked it up and added it to my repertoire.
9. Don’t Rain On My Parade – Glee Soundtrack by Lea Michele
Best Line: “But whether I’m the rose of sheer perfection, Or freckle on the nose of life’s complexion…”
Why this song: When I heard Lea Michele sing this song on Glee I just fell in love with it!
10. Hand in My Pocket by Alanis Morissette
Best Line: “I’m brave but I’m chickenshit”
Why this song: This was the first song I sang at Purdue, they had karaoke at the Purdue Memorial Union during Boiler Gold Rush (our freshmen orientation week). I love Alanis’ lyrics.
Have a Musical Monday! Don’t be afraid to sing out loud!