Be a Girl in a Country Song

I was driving home from school today and I was flipping through the radio channels, and “Girl in a Country Song” by Maddie & Tae came on.  I had heard about the of the duo and their debut single earlier in the year, but this was the real first time I heard the whole song, and it has been stuck in my head and I have it on repeat (#PhillipsSongOfTheDay).

I rather enjoy the sass in the song; I find it empowering.  For the most part, they address the way women are rather negatively portrayed in music and how they will not be that.  For example, they sing “And it’s gettin’ kinda cold in these painted on cut off jeans/ I hate the way this bikini top chafes/Do I really have to wear it all day?”  I find this to be a rather clever way of them telling the world that they are not going to be sexualized and they are not going to sell their bodies.

They sing in the bridge that they “ain’t a cliche,” and they really aren’t.  They aren’t singing about standing by their man; they are independent, strong women, and I think that’s fantastic.

Maddie & Tae’s debut EP is due out November 4th, so keep your ears peeled; I think we can expect some great things from these ladies.

“Brood”-ing for New Music

If you’re like me, you’re obsessed with Lorde’s music and can’t stop listening to Pure Heroine and The Love Club EP.  When she released “Yellow Flicker Beat” from the new Hunger Games Soundtrack, I was overjoyed because we finally had new Lorde music.  BUT IT ISN’T ENOUGH.  I find Lorde’s music irresistible from her clever, deep lyrics to her husky, almost standoffish (I know that’s not the right word, forgive me) voice to the incredible beats made by producer Joel Little.

Then I realized, maybe the key wasn’t waiting for new music by Lorde, but looking for more music produced by Joel Little.  This is not to suggest Lorde could be replaced, but hey if he produced both Pure Heroine and The Love Club EP, he has to hold some of the magic.

So I did some research and stumbled upon this group named Broods, which he also co-wrote and produced the whole album (#yay).  I listened to it on Spotify, and I am an instant fan.  Their music is not the same as Lorde, but it holds the same spirit of just being so insanely clever and incredible.  I think I’m becoming a fan of Joel Little and hope one day to work with him or just be able to see him work because so far his work is outstanding.

Take a listen to Evergreen, the Broods’ new album, you will not be sorry:

Apple Picking Playlist

Whenever my family and I do something and take a road trip, I always make a cd with different songs.  Since we’re going apple picking tomorrow, I made this playlist for our ride, so I thought I’d share…especially because it’s been a long time since I’ve blogged…this semester is legit killing me (#stressed).  Normally I put upbeat/happy songs and a wide range of genres on the playlists for my family so there’s something for everyone, but I think I kind of dropped the ball on this one.  Oh well. I’m an artist.

If you’re wondering why I randomly added “Ew!,” the Jimmy Fallon skit/song, my family like Jimmy Fallon…so it was meant as a joke…although I do think the song is actually quite good because of’s production.  Plus, Jimmy Fallon rapping as a teenage girl is hilarious.


Mean Girls is like the movie of my generation.  It’s just a movie practically everyone my age has seen and has loved.  I don’t know if it’s the fact that we relate to it, but I think it’s darn fun to quote some of the lines. Anyway, there’s a scene in the movie where Cady (played by Lindsay Lohan) does a voice over about her crush, Aaron Samuels.  She says, “On October 3rd, he asked me what day it was,” and then it cuts to him sitting in front of her, turning around, asking the date, and her replying “It’s October 3rd.”  And today is October 3rd….you just got to live for the little things.

Anyway, I compiled some clips from Mean Girls:

If you’d like to reminisce with some of the great lines from some Mean Girls, here’s a link to an article that I thought compiled a good list!