Leave Out All The Rest – A Cover of Tribute

Thank you for your talent, Chester. May you rest in peace. You certainly have reasons to be missed.


13 Things To Do When You Are Having a Rough Day

What a week. It has been a very difficult time, but we cannot lose hope! Remember to do the things that make you happy or make you feel at peace. I understand there are certain issues, especially right now, that won’t go away overnight, but you must think of your present self. Soothe every part of your being; mentally, physically, spiritually and socially . Here are a few things I like to do to keep myself sane:

  1. Walk on the sunny side of the street. The vitamin D will do you all sorts of good!  http://www.self.com/story/sunlight-benefits
  2. Remember that you are a winner…In the very beginning of your days, you were the one that won the race. You are here on purpose.
  3. Scream. My friends and I find scream therapy very helpful. Scream into a pillow if that’s all you can do, but there’s something about just letting it out. Just don’t scare your neighbors.photo-1472414113715-7cc07153bd86
  4. Sing. In the shower, in the car, while cooking, while walking down the street, in front of an audience at your local karaoke bar…sing, like nobody’s there but you.
  5. Listen to music that reminds you of a good day. The beauty of sense memory. Everyone has a song that they associate to a happy memory, here is mine from Europe.
  6. Run, Dance, Exercise. Endorphins are wonderful, the only addiction you need.
  7. Stretch, do yoga. Try not to think, just focus on your body.photo-1473088555253-cc83bbc5dae3
  8. Read or watch a movie. Put yourself in a different world. We must always face reality but it’s okay to take a small vacation from it.
  9. Write. Put your thoughts on paper. Read them back. Discover how the weight of your problems change over time.
  10. Blog. Put your thoughts out there for the world, within reason 🙂 Ask for feedback if you feel like you want it.
  11. Call your mom or your best friend.
  12. Breathe. In through your nose, out through your mouth.
  13. Be in the present. Nothing matters except for right now. Just be, for a while. Recognize the natural beauty of our planet.


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Musical Monday: Instrumental Break

There have been times in my life where I’ve hated instrumental breaks…especially in karaoke! But in past few years, I have had a growing love for instrumental and orchestral music. Part of the reason I enjoy it is because, even though I love to sing, I can’t sing along…there are no words. I can listen to this music and focus on something without getting distracted by the words. This was mostly when I was reading or studying for school. I enjoyed background music but if I was reading the lyrics would mess me up, so this was my solution! And now, I listen to it just because I like it!
Titanium/Pavane by The Piano Guys

Children by Escala

My Immortal by Lindsey Stirling

Sweet Child of Mine by Dallas String Quartet

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Musical Monday: The Walker

Fitz and the Tantrums
Have you ever heard a song on the radio and within seconds you remember a time in your life; because consciously or unconsciously you have associated that song with a particular moment, event, or person? This can be a powerful experience, why do you think people come up with engagement songs, wedding songs, class songs, etc. …because now whenever you hear that song you are reminded of the day you got married, the people you graduated with or the great memories you have from that time in your life!
It really is a brilliant idea, especially if you are a very music inspired person like myself. Say you have a project you’re working on or a 30 day challenge or maybe a week of vacation, why not pick a song to start your day with? Relate that song to what you’re doing some how or at least make it a song you like and after that period of time is up, every time you hear that song, it will remind you the success you had, the memories you made or the people you met.
I am lucky enough to have a song that will always remind me of my 12 days on a European Discovery! On my trip with Contiki Holidays, my awesome Tour Manager chose a song for our group of 49 travelers to associate with our incredible trip. She called it our “Day Song.” Each day, even if it was 7:00am, the first song we listened to on the coach was “The Walker” by Fits and the Tantrums. Which really was perfect for us because not many could keep up with our rhythm during those 12 days! As days passed we began to memorize the words, sing loudly along and even dance along. There were nights we would be out dancing at a club or at a bar and the song would come on, all of us would just go crazy! Every time we hear that song a variety of memories will rush through our brain…
Our adventure through the Red Light District, during a power outage in Amsterdam
The Beer Steins and Cuckoo clocks of St. Goar
Mike’s Bike Tour of Munich with Matt and Chris
White Water Rafting through the mountains in Austria
The Gondola’s of Venice
Exploring the ruins of Rome
Dancing the night away at the Space Electronic Disco in Florence
Travelling to the top of Mount Stanserhorn in Switzerland
Drinking wine and gazing at the beautiful lights of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
and the list goes on!
At first it was just a song, but by the end of the trip it was a part of us. It was, and will now always be, a series of unforgettable memories and moments with a group of incredibly unique and amazing people.

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Musical Monday: My Current Top 10 Shower Songs

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 Universethey 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!


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