Irish traditional singer Iarla Ó Lionáird has one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard, and he can do some amazing things with just his (magical) vocal cords. All three of his albums are getting heavy play as part of my "Study Music" playlist, but this is probably my favorite song of his...
Thanks for listening, and I hope you enjoyed as much as I did!
If they're members of Trinity College Boat Club (read: crew/rowing team), anyway. For the past three years, the men's First VIII at the winter boat race (called Torpids) has produced a fantastically cheesy, blatantly lip-synced boy-band pop video. The result is pure... something. Gold, cheese, drool-worthy goodness... take your pick! I couldn't, in good conscience, keep them all to myself anymore - this is one secret that's gotta be shared! Enjoy responsibly, and make sure to drool-proof your keyboard before watching :-)
Torpids 2009: "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Westlife
Torpids 2008: "I Want It That Way" by Backstreet Boys
As you might have guessed, language is really not a factor when it comes to the music that I like. It's rather a point of pride, actually - although I think it might also have to do with the fact that I'm a linguist (or at least, that's my excuse!). Most of what I listen to is in Spanish, but my iPod has a decent selection of various kinds of folk music, too - and Altan is high on my list of favorites. Lead singer Mairéad ni Mhaonaigh has one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard, and anything she sings, whether in Irish or in English, is magical.
This song, "Dúlamán," is a traditional Irish tune, very upbeat and cheerful and perfect for singing along. And Mairéad gets serious props in my book for being able to sound exactly as awesome live as she does in recordings.
Unfortunately, I don't speak any Celtic languages (yet!), so I can't translate; I only know that "dúlamán" means seaweed. But there's a good explanation and translation to English here, as well as the Irish lyrics should you want them.
Anyway, hope you enjoyed the song, and thanks for listening!
If you love Latin pop even half as much as I do, you will understand the sheer awesomeness that is this song. Lyrics- and music-wise, it's fairly standard, yes, but the real genius is in bringing together Luis Fonsi (Puerto Rico), Aleks Syntek (Mexico), Noel Schajris (Argentina), and David Bisbal (Spain), four of the best (and best-known!) popsters in the Spanish language. The result is a beautiful, beautiful love song.
Even if you've never heard of Tarkan, if you're older than 10, I guarantee you are familiar with this song. Because once it gets in your head, you will never, ever get it out. Also, I don't speak Turkish, so I have no idea what he's saying, but it sounds awesome anyway.
And yeah, I'm attempting to compensate for the overload of makeup lately. Although I know that's why you really come here, so there will be more makeup soon :-)
French is a language known for its beauty, expressivity, and artistic merit - but not for its pop music. (Name a recent French pop song which is a) good and b) well-known and c) actually by a French person. I'll wait.) This tune, however, has been taking La France by storm - it's catchy, cute, and you can't get it out of your head! Simply put, it's a song about love - clichéd, but done SO well in this song.
Another installment in my series of seriously catchy música, this time from Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram. The title means "yes and a half," but that's unimportant - what really matters is that this song makes you wanna DANCE! As a bonus, Nancy's makeup is pretty fantabulous too, and I adore the gypsy-chic look she has going in the video! Unfortunately, I don't know enough Arabic (yet!) to translate for you - but I have found a video with English subtitles, if you're interested. If you prefer to focus on the tune (or just get up and dance, which is my typical response to the song), just watch this:
I'm thinking I might attempt to duplicate her look in this, because she's just absolutely gorgeous... but we'll see how that turns out. (Probably badly.)
I know you guys are probably like "Stop with the d@mn Spanish music already, talk about makeup!". But this is seriously a fantastic song and I just want to spread the Juanes love! Also, I like sappy love songs in almost any language. This is one of the best.
"Quiero llevar el ritmo de tu corazón/ para bailar entre los dos esta canción,/ la verdad, me estoy volviendo a enamorar,/ la verdad, quiero que sepas que...." ----> "I want to carry the beat of your heart/ so that we two can dance to this song,/ the truth is, I'm falling in love again,/ the truth is, I want you to know that..."
"Lo que yo siento por ti, es amor,/ ya lo es que me hace nutrir, el corazón,/ droga que me hace inmune, ante el dolor,/ gotas de agua dulce, rayo de sol..."
----> "What I feel for you is love,/ which nourishes my heart,/ a drug that makes me immune to pain,/ drops of sweet water, rays of sunlight..."
So it doesn't translate so hot into English, but it's still a lovely sentiment. And that rhythm...
Anyway, I promise a makeup post soon. (I seem to have lost my camera... hmm...) In the meantime, stay fabulous!
I promise another makeup blog soon, but today I'd like to introduce you to another of my (fantasy) harem of lovely long-locked lads!
This is David Bisbal, who came second in the Spanish version of American Idol (called "Operación Triunfo") back in 2001. Usually being runner-up doesn't get you further than a few minutes of fame and a mediocre pop album, but for David, it was enough to win a massive following all over the Spanish-speaking world. His looks certainly didn't hinder that, I'm sure.
What's not to love? Plus, he sings beautiful ballads and outrageously catchy pop songs. His first hit was "Ave María" - not to be confused with the religious song - and six years later, it's still awesome.
"Ave María, ¿cuándo serás mía?/ Si me quisieras, todo te daría.../ Ave María, ¿cuándo serás mía?/ Al mismo cielo, yo te llevaría..."
----> "Ave Maria, when will you be mine?/ If you would love me, I would give you everything!/ Ave Maria, when will you be mine?/ I would take you to heaven.."
It's ridiculously catchy, even if you don't speak Spanish. And he's soooo prettttyyyyy... *sigh* Anyway, hope you've enjoyed this, feel free to laugh at my taste in men, but thanks for reading, regardless! And there will be another makeup post soon!
The tagline of my blog promises musings about music and makeup, and while I've talked lots about makeup, I haven't really addressed the issue of music (except as makeup music or the product of pretty boys!). So I thought I'd share a song with a bit of a message, by a singer who is neither male nor long-haired (shocker, I know!). It's still catchy, though. And in Spanish - I haven't really listened to any new English music since Avril Lavigne became popular. I just kind of gave up on it :-p
Anyway, this particular tune is performed by a group called Chambao, whose style is described as "flamenco chill" because a lot of their rhythms and vocal qualities derive from flamenco; this song is also quite Arabic in its influences. The song is called "Papeles mojados," or "Wet Papers." It's about North African immigrants who try to cross from Morocco into Spain, usually at night and in poorly-crafted boats or rafts, and end up sinking. It seems like it happens almost every day, and there's a lot of popular music in the south of Spain that deals with the subject - this is one of the best-known of those songs. The title refers to the papers that are left floating on the water's surface after the papers' owners have drowned. I'll give a (somewhat loosely rendered) translation of the lyrics below the video, so you can follow along if you don't speak Spanish. (If you do, please forgive me for butchering the language.)
(You can also get a better-quality video here, but all the good ones are embedding-disabled!)
"Miles de sombras cada noche trae la marea,/ navegan cargaos de ilusiones que en la orilla se quedan./ Historias del día a día, historias de buena gente./ Se juegan la vida cansaos, con hambre y un frío que pela./ Ahogan sus penas con una candela, ponte tú en su lugar,/ el miedo que en sus ojos reflejan, la mar se echó a llorar."
----> "The tide brings thousands of shadows every night,/ they sail burdened with illusions that stay on the shore./ Everyday stories, stories of good people./ They gamble their lives, tired, hungry, bitterly cold./ They drown their sorrows with a candle, put yourself in their place,/ the fear reflected in their eyes, the sea begins to weep."
"Muchos no llegan, se hunden sus sueños,/ papeles mojados, papeles sin dueño..."
----> "Many never arrive, their dreams sink,/ wet papers, papers with no owner..."
"Fragiles recuerdos a la deriva degarran el alma,/ cala to los huesos, el agua los arrastra sin esperanza./ La impotencia en su garganta con sabor a sal,/ una bocanada de aire le da otra oportunidad./ Tanta noticia me desespera, ponte tú en su lugar,/ el miedo que en sus ojos reflejan, la mar se echó a llorar."
----> "Fragile memories drifiting, tear at the soul,/ soaking all the bones, the water drags them with no hope./ The powerlessness in their throats tastes of salt,/ a gulp of air brings another opportunity./ All this news makes me despair, put yourself in their place,/ the fear reflected in their eyes, the sea begins to weep."
So not exactly the most cheerful song ever, but definitely interesting, thought-provoking, and undeniably lovely. Hope you've enjoyed, and thanks for reading/listening. Let me know what you think. I promise makeup soon!
All of the makeup I feature here is stuff I have bought myself or played with, or that has been given to me by friends and family as gifts (perhaps occasionally stuff that belongs to my friends, as well). I'm not a professional makeup artist, I've never worked for any companies that sell makeup, I have no connections to cosmetic companies, other than the standard relationship between junkie and dealer, and all opinions expressed in my posts are my own. Should a company, someday in the future, want to give me money or products, I'll be the first to say so, in nice big bold letters. I'll also let you know if I win products, as from the Sugar giveaways. Otherwise, you can safely assume it's all the result of my incurable addiction to beauty products.