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Monday Morning Tunes: Sia

I have been on a total Sia kick lately. Cannot get enough of her.

This is actually the second time I have written about Sia here on Woman Tribune. The first time was back in 2010, when she spoke out about developing a panic disorder after being outed as bisexual by celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton. Losing her privacy at the height of her fame and suddenly inundated by the peering eyes of the public, she suffered panic attacks and ultimately decided to leave the limelight of fame.

After the 2010 release of her fourth album, We Are Born, Sia stopped putting out music under her own name. On top of living with a panic disorder, she had also become addicted to drugs and alcohol and had survived a suicide attempt before entering rehab.

When Sia returned to the music industry, she returned as merely a songwriter. Her writing chops are responsible for chart-topping hits like Rihanna’s “Diamonds”, “Perfume” by Britney Spears, “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)” performed by Ne-Yo, Beyonce’s “Pretty Hurts”, she wrote “Cannonball” for Lea Michele after the untimely death of Cory Monteith, and she even co-wrote the World Cup anthem “We Are One”.

Of course you may have heard Sia before. Her most popular song, “Breathe Me” was what really propelled her popularity for the American audience. It was also featured in the monumental closing sequence of HBO’s award-winning hit show Six Feet Under — only one of the most incredible shows to have ever aired on television.

Last month, Sia released her first album in four years, 1000 Forms Of Fear. It is spectacular. Sia’s personal music comeback has been amazing, and if you’ve turned on the radio at all recently, it’s likely you’ve been hearing a lot of “Chandelier.”

When I looked up the song “Chandelier” on YouTube, I saw that Sara Bareilles covered it during a live show in Charlottesville, Virginia. It’s pretty great, as Sara Bareilles usually is. It also made an appearance on The Voice, sung by kick ass rocker Kat Perkins.

But while it may be the song getting the most attention right now, “Chandelier” is only the tip of the greatness on 1000 Forms Of Fear. I recently went an entire day listening to nothing but “Elastic Heart” on repeat. I’m not even kidding. Then the next day I woke up and put it on again first thing in the morning. I think I’m doing that thing where you listen to a song obsessively until you get so sick of it you never want to hear it again. Except I’m not getting sick of hearing it. Not even a little bit.

An alternate version of “Elastic Heart” was recorded with The Weeknd and Diplo for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack.

I have always appreciated Sia’s ability to put words to the emotional pain she has felt throughout her life. I can always relate to artists who choose to put their pain front-and-center, considering the fact that my pain is what introduced me to writing, and leading with my pain has always been a huge help to my mental stability.

I had given up
I didn’t know who to trust
So I designed a shell
Kept me from Heaven and Hell
And I had hit a low
Was all I let myself know
Yeah I had locked my heart
I was imprisoned by dark

If I had routinely put my most intimate thoughts in writing here, you would easily see why I have connected with Sia’s writing, especially when she comes out with songs like “Dressed in Black” and “Cellophane”, both of which close out 1000 Forms Of Fear. They are raw, emotional, and honest songs that really encompass the journey Sia has been on over the last number of years.

I’m ecstatic that Sia has decided to release a new album. It’s obvious that she has heaps of talent, but even more important than that, it seems that she has found her footing in the public world once again. This time I hope she fits more comfortably in the nook she has successfully carved out for herself.
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6 Spotify Playlists to Wake Up To

Spotify playlists to wake up to

The best thing about Spotify, besides being able to listen to virtually any music that has ever been released to the public and for free no less, is the ability to create and follow playlists. This feature has opened Spotify up to become the newest version of the mix tape; and there isn’t a person out there who doesn’t love a good mix tape.

Here are 6 awesome playlists currently on Spotify perfectly tailored to start your day (and especially your Monday) off right.
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Monday Morning Tunes: Broods

I think it’s pretty safe to say that if you’re looking for some new music to listen to, specifically if you’re into alternative and indie rock and pop, you might want to pay attention to what’s coming out of New Zealand. In just the last couple of years I have heard quite a number of fantastic solo artists, duos, and bands that all have their New Zealand roots in common. Vocalists like Kimbra, Lorde, Ladyhawke, and Hera; bands like The Naked and Famous and influential classics like The Bats and The Clean.

New Zealand’s music culture only continues to flourish, and now we can add Broods to the list of awesome music to come out of NZ.

Broods is a brother-sister electronic pop duo consisting of vocalist Georgia Nott and multi-instrumentalist Caleb Nott. They began making music together when they were children and went on to win the Richmond’s Got Talent talent competition in 2010, were part of the indie rock band The Peasants that won the 2011 Smokefreerockquest music competition, and didn’t pursue Broods until early 2013 when both Nott siblings dropped out of university to focus on their new band — and sacrificing their education for creating music has begun to really pay off for them now.

Broods’ debut single “Bridges” was released online in October 2013. It was immediately picked up by influential music blogs and even MTV, which is actually where I first heard them.

“Bridges” played during an episode of the MTV show Catfish (do not judge, I will debate you into a coma asserting that it is one of the greatest strokes of comedic genius on television). MTV places a small banner at the bottom of the screen during their shows to let you know what artist and song is playing at any moment music is added to their programming (well, during the two shows that I watch anyway, so I’m going to assume they do it for all of their shows). I really liked the song and made it a point to remember the artist’s name so I could look them up.

So far, Broods has only released their self-titled EP, which was released at the end of January of this year. I have listened to it dozens of times now and it’s a really solid 6-track teaser. Their first full-length album is due out this August and I am already so excited for it.
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“The American Bible Challenge” Returns for 3rd Season — #BibleChallenge Prize Pack Giveaway [Closed]

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Love Me Then Love Me More, a Spotify Playlist

For the past two years (and 16 days) my fiance and I have been planning our wedding. Two incredibly indecisive people makes for a particularly long engagement. Not to mention, we have been together for a little over eight years now, and have been discussing the possibility of marriage for three years. Slow and steady wins the race.

Now that we have settled on a location (our backyard), a theme, I think I have the dress (though alterations galore are to come), naturally it is time to start thinking about the music. Like any music-lover, I have been thinking about the music for this shindig for almost as long as I have been thinking about any other aspect of the wedding. The music has to be just right, and that special song that becomes “your song” needs to be perfect.

So what first started as the narrowing down of a rather lengthy list of my personal favorite love songs (because really, I know I have the best taste in music so I should be making this list) ultimately became a Spotify playlist.

Songs that all have the same running theme generally have the same musical properties and sound good together, so why not make a playlist? After adding some classic tunes and love songs I’ve heard throughout my life, I created the Love Me Then Love More Spotify playlist!

Listen, follow, I’ll likely add more songs as I remember/discover them, but right now there are 31 songs that run for 1 hour and 59 minutes (I couldn’t get just one more minute out of it?)

You can follow this playlist here, and if you’re so inclined, follow me on Spotify.

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Corey and Topanga are Back! New “Girl Meets World” Trailer

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