Top 10 Favorite Songs

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I’m going to share my top ten favorite songs (in no particular order) right now with you guys. I’ve planned to make a habit of doing these, since my favorites change fairly often. I hope you guys take a listen and become as fond of these tracks as I am. Don’t forget to comment below and tell me what your favorite songs currently are!

  1. “Perfect” by BJ The Chicago Kid – This song has grown on me so heavily, because of what it symbolizes to me personally. I’ve dealt with some past insecurities in not feeling slim enough in certain areas, in comparison to my boyfriend who is slim, and naturally, um…carved I guess you can say. This song beautifully depicts how he makes me feel through my “moments” and anytime outside of them: perfect. He 100% loves how I am, whether I’m a little slimmer, or gained some extra stress weight, he loves it, and this song reminds me of that and makes me love my “thickness” even more. (Disclaimer: There is some mild content as it pertains to nudity on the video. Not much, but still…just a warning)
  2. “Sobriety” by SZA – I can relate to certain aspects of this song so much, even though I know I haven’t gone through exactly what she’s gone through. I love it, because it’s kind of my ‘me, myself, and I’ song. I feel like I can be allowed to have down moments and not feel like I’m inhuman because of it. “Sobreity” makes me feel like I can forgive, let things go, and give myself a fresh start.
  3. “Cold Outside” by Ari Lennox – This song really just makes you wanna call “bae” over (it’s what the song suggests after all *insert eye emoji*). It’s so mellow; a song you can visualize yourself dancing to alone in your undies and socks with a drink in hand.
  4. “Memrise” by Frank Ocean – I’m so excited that Frank is coming back that I probably boosted this song from the start. I like it a lot, though. I can appreciate the meaning behind it, and it reminds me of my somewhat “long distance” relationship.
  5. “Yuengling” by Ari Lennox – I absolutely love the vibe of this track. I wasn’t even sure of what her lyrics were at first, but that beat, though…her syncopation to the music “gave me life”, too.
  6. “Twice” (Cover) by Lianne La Havas – I love any track or cover Lianne does, honestly. On top of her just point blank being my favorite vocalist, her voice is absolutely entrancing on this cover. I was immediately in love from my first listen months ago. She never disappoints!
  7. “Backseat” by Ari Lennox – I love this song for the old-school feel, and the lyrics are so fun. I just want to whip my fro back and forth, turn up the volume, and cruise with the sunroof up on this track.
  8. “7/11” by Beyonce – The video. That’s all you need to know…oh, and “don’t you drop that alcohol.”
  9. “One In A Million” by BJ The Chicago Kid – I think this song put a classic, home-grown, sexy twist on a song we all know and love. This is somewhat of a cover to the late Aaliyah’s “One In A Million”. I say somewhat because he added his own lyrics half-way into the song. I honestly got chills once I pressed the play button. Take a listen for yourself.
  10. “FML” by Ari Lennox – In the song, Ari is pretty much bragging on her man, and sharing her woes of how she feel when he can’t stay the night. Being in a semi-LDR and having an awesome boyfriend…well, I can totally relate, so there you go. Also, if you were wondering by now, there’s so many Ari songs on the list because she’s amazing, and her songs give me the neo-soul vibe that I’m often naturally drawn to.
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Artist Spotlight: Lianne Le Havas

Lianna La Havas – Photo from: liannalahavas.com

Ever since I found Lianne La Havas in 2011, I’ve been HOOKED. She has since then become my favorite artist and vocalist. The 25-year-old songstress was born in London, England to a Greek father, and a Jamaican mother. Being from and living in England, she obviously didn’t start out very popular in the states, but as time has gone on, she’s become increasingly popular with both younger and older audiences. Personally, my love for her begins with her sultry voice. The calmness of it in her more dulcet tracks (such as “No Room For Doubt” and “Lost and Found“) is like honey being poured inside of my ears. Her seamless vibrato is enchanting. Not to mention, she really knows how to pull you in and make you feel. Her more upbeat tracks (like (“Is Your Love Big Enough?” and “Au Cinéma“) will have you feeling like you’re in an old-school drop-top, driving down an empty road with your hair kissing the wind.

Lianne has not only slayed her own songs, but has covered and brought her peculiar flair (that I love so much) to the tracks of other artists, my personal favorites being her cover of Rihanna’s “Only Girl in the World” and Little Dragon’s “Twice“.

Check out her website to get her last album, and watch one of my favorite songs from her below. Also, sound off and let me what you think of Lianne in the comments!

“Everything is alright, everything’s in your mind…”

Jhené Aiko – Souled Out (2014)

The way I’ve had Jhene Aiko’s “Souled Out” album on repeat, you would think I’m going through something. I listen in the shower, walking to class, on the shuttle, while studying, in the car, while I cook, etc. It’s not even like it’s just this crazy masterpiece or something. I just really, really like the album. So FYI: if I ever post any lyrics to the songs, chances are I’m not in my “feelings” (or I might be, in a good way), I’m just vibing with a song at the moment. It’s interesting because on my initial listen, I wasn’t so fond of it, but after the second, I was pretty much hooked. It’s been that way for me ever since her first mix-tape, “Sailing Soul(s)“, which came out in 2011, then continued with her EP, “Sail Out” that released last year, and now with “Souled Out”. I can’t quite understand my infatuation with her music, because like I vaguely mentioned, her songs aren’t just incredibly lyrical. Sure, her voice is soothing and melodic, and the beats will put you in a trance, but there’s nothing grand about her lyrics; I guess they’re just so relatable, which is why so many people like her music.  If you’re interested, iTunes has the deluxe edition of her album, which has 14 tracks and is priced at $11.99. Target has an exclusive deluxe edition that includes 2 bonus tracks for $16.99.

Happy listening!

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If you haven’t read my About Me section yet, hi again! My name’s Cassandra. I’m a 21-year-old Public Relations major, Business Administration minor at Texas State University. Through this blog, I plan to share my life, personal musings, inspiration, and my love for music – mostly Neo-Soul, R&B, Christian, and whatever else I like. I think social media is such an excellent way to connect and would love to make this blog interactive, so never hesitate to comment, ask a question, or simply say hi!

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