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Karen’s Music Feed 1

I said a couple (or few) months back that I wanted to start blogging about music that caught my ear. Some of it may be new music, new to me music (aka it’s been around but I’m just now hearing it), or some throwback jams. Considering how long it take for me to get around to writing an update post, I have no clue why I am even attempting to post now, but, well, here it goes anyways.

Kiiara – Feels (Hotel Garuda Remix)

This song has probably been the biggest ear catch for me recently. While this song isn’t new at all (released back in 2015), I heard it recently on a mix not too long ago and instantly fell in love. (The mix will probably be posted later in this post actually.) Kiiara has consistently provided amazing vocals and songs that are transformed even better by Hotel Garuda’s smooth touch (amongst other amazing artists). I’m sad I didn’t see Hotel Garuda live in DFW a couple weeks ago. Had I known, I would’ve jumped at the chance to hear them live.

Portugal the Man – Feel It Still (Medasin remix)

This is actually a relatively new release from Medasin from my understanding. I first heard Medasin live as an opener for Snakehips at Kingdom in Austin last year. I was impressed at his live set/music and quickly seeked his music out more online aka via SoundCloud. I haven’t been disappointed yet, and this lo-fi almost jazzy song is keeping me excited for his next release as well.

Lea Rue – Sleep / For The Weak (Lost Frequencies Remix)

I went to a free pool party with Lost Frequencies as the main DJ, but sadly had to leave before he got on stage. Nevertheless, I did check out his music before deciding to attend (and the DJ before him was a champ, playing for 4+ hours) and really enjoyed many of his songs, this one being one of them. If he’s ever got another (free!) concert in DFW (or Austin if it’s before the fall) then I’ll probably try him live once again.

Two Feet – Love Is A Bitch

This popped up on my Soundcloud feed from someone that I was following (who knows who) and I was caught. While I wouldn’t say it’s amazingly unique, it was refreshing to hear some more bluesy tunes once in awhile from my typically sea of EDM/hip-hop music (at least from Soundcloud). Even without being refreshing to the feed, it’s a great song on its own.

Porter Robinson – Divinity (Odesza Remix)

Again, definitely not a new song at all, but still worth the mention. I’m not even sure it’s new to me, but it recently caught my ear (again?) and I decided to add it to this post. Porter is an amazing artist, as is Odesza, and them two combining would be an incredible match. I wouldn’t mind a collab from them in the future. I wouldn’t mind at all.

Seven Lions – Where I Won’t Be Found (feat. NÉONHÈART)

Alright, so if you’ve known my music desires for the past year (or read my last post), you’ll know that I love Seven Lions. While I admit, I’m not a from the beginning follower nor am I absolutely familiar with all of his music, I would still follow him to any concerts within reason (aka within Texas + 5 hours from where ever I am, including some Oklahoma I guess). When I heard this song on his Middlelands set, I definitely fell in love. I spent a solid 20-30 minutes trying to find the track, later posting on a Youtube video of the set for help, only to find out it was an ID. I was incredibly happy once it released (only a couple weeks ago!), though I did then somewhat realize that I liked it in the mix more than I liked it solo. Still, great song and great artist that I am forever grateful for releasing the song I was looking forward to hearing in full and now have. :)

6LACK – Prblms (it’s different x Kivnon Remix)

Another random, but gratefully received, pop up song on my Soundcloud feed, I am always loving the chill hip-hop beats. There is so much right with this tune, I don’t have the words to really explain. I may have to start search for each of these artists and exploring their music more.

Grandtheft & Delaney Jane – Easy Go (Shaun Frank Remix)

I’m not familiar with either artists (original or remixer), but they came together for a great song. There was actually a night where I replayed this and about 80% of this posts’ songs over and over again, just feeling the amazing vibes. This is just the perfect mix of chill that makes me still wanna get up and dance. Head bobbing, commence!

I could probably find a few other songs, but these are on my immediate mind. If I had anything to say, it would be that I’m in desperate need of some new alternative/rock songs. I just haven’t really found any new bands, not that they aren’t there anymore (I highly doubt people aren’t still playing in their garage or something), but it’s just become a bit harder to find a less available. So many hip-hop, pop, or DJ artists now instead. Not that I’m complaining about that, I just miss my old rock music. So if any of you guys have some recommendations, let me know!

This concludes my first real music post (the other one, we’ll call it patient zero, or well if I’m matching the title, Karen’s Music Feed 0 or something, whatever makes you happy). Hopefully you find some of the songs to your liking, and if not I really don’t care since I like them. :D

Cheers!

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I wanted to write another blog post to update like I said I would, but I found that I wasn’t sure what to write about at this current time. So please bear with me as I try to come up with something witty, or whatever. =)

Normally I add in a currently jammin’ to song from Soundcloud, but as Soundcloud has started to try to increase profit margin rather than stick true to their original ideology, it’s become more difficult sometimes to get the song I want on there. I still chose one this time, but it may be time to change to another site to stream music on here… Sigh.

Currently jammin’ to:

This jam is a bit long since it’s a long mix rather than an individual song, but definitely worth it. Additionally, I recently saw Ekali live at The Kingdom in Austin a couple weekends ago. The openers were so-so, but when Ekali took the stage it definitely was pretty awesome. I will say that the lights were a bit blinding for such a small space. I literally felt blind at times and had to step back further from the stage at times in order to reorient myself because of how blinding the laser lights were at times. I think some of it was due to the size of the room though, being so small allowed for so much reflection. At least it wasn’t stuffy and hot. So glad I got to check out Ekali.

Summer finale

Summer is coming to a close, surprisingly fast. I can’t believe it’s already August. I have so much I need to get together, start to do. I feel like I’m so behind. And yet there’s so much that I’ve also already done. It’s crazy. It’s also amazing to realize that I only have one more semester left of my current classes before I enter (hopefully) into my Master’s program. As I write this, I think “shouldn’t I be working on my statement instead?” considering that I have to have one by September 15th for UT Dallas… umm, yeah whoops.

And what a summer it has been. Lots of ups, lots of downs. Not quite what I imagined it would be, and still not where I want it to be, but hopefully with some luck, some talks, and some work it will get to where I want it. I will say this much, I have learned and experienced a lot this summer. This year overall, really. I am looking forward to continuing to learn more and experience many wonderful things. It feels fitting to reflect on some of the new things I’ve gotten to experience, but I think I’d rather just focus on the recent things that have occurred since I last posted.

My final summer class is winding down, ending next week! Eek, that is incredibly soon. I have no idea where the time went in this class. Least to say I did not enjoy it as much as my previous class, but I am glad for the grades I’ve been getting (somehow keeping my 4.0 GPA) and I greatly appreciate having taken this class with a friend. It definitely made the whole experience more bearable and easier.

Recently, I returned back from attending a wedding in California for my boyfriend’s cousin. It involved my boyfriend’s whole immediate family, so needless to say it was not like our Mexico trip together, but we still had fun and he finally got to visit Disneyland for the first time, something his father promised him a long time ago when he was still young. The wedding itself was also something wonderful as well. Even though I hardly knew the couple and was only there politely as one of the distant cousin’s girlfriend, I still really took the experience to heart. I think I was just feeling quite emotional that day, but I had lots of feelings listening to the ceremony/speeches and watching the whole thing. I think love is a wonderful thing. Something to cherish greatly, and something to hold onto as best as possible when you can. I know it’s also hard work, to create happiness all the time and always feel grateful for everything you have. We take for granted so much all the time, I feel. And just the same, love is easily taken for granted. Whether it comes from our parents, from our friends, or our significant other, it’s easy to lose sight of how significant it is to have someone love you. Watching the wedding, it really made me consider my own personal values and personal goals for the future. I am definitely not ready to be married, but perhaps because of age or whatever it is, I know I’m looking forward to settling. Kids, however, that’s a completely different situation, one I am absolutely not ready to even consider. ANYWAYS!

Normally I would write a whole bunch more, but honestly I am realizing how much work I have to get done and I also lack much to say right now. So with that in mind, I end this very short post and update. I’ll try to give this more thought later. :D

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Time Resumes, Commence Rebuilding of Life!

Okay, if I have to pay a nickel for the amount of times I end up saying “it’s been awhile since I made a post” (and granted, this would be the first time for this blog), I would probably be at least $100 richer. So in lieu of the usual “hisashiburi”ness that I’d have, onward!

As typical,
Currently jammin’ to: We Own The Night (Chainsmokers Remix) by The Wanted

Soundcloud recently got fancier with their embed option and now allows you to choose your own color for the play button! (As well as choosing if you want the album cover or cover art to show, though that may have always been an option to select/deselect? I never paid enough attention to know.) Pretty nifty if I must say so, even if it is a bit unnecessary, but hey at least they’re looking out for us bloggers who like to link them and use wordpress!

As for the main point of this, I know I said I wasn’t going to, but I’m going to. It’s been awhile! and it’s been awhile because I haven’t been working. Since I haven’t been working, my time on the computer/laptop actually having nothing to do but to read about stuff going on and blog about it has reduced dramatically. Sadly, part of why I started blogging was to record more of my timeline/life, but in the end I have so far relapsed in being capable of doing that consistently. Maybe I’ll make it a New Years Resolution? Too bad I didn’t even consider making any of those in the first place. Then again, if people didn’t ask me in the first place, I probably never would consider making them. If I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it because I’m determined, not because I made it a “new years resolution”. That meaning carries very little weight/significance to me, so why would it help me be more determined? A new year really means a new label of a year. The time it took to get there and the time it’ll take to get to the next is about the same. Yesterday is a little different from today, but not a year’s worth of difference, still only a day’s difference. So when you resolve yourself to change something this year, are you really doing something you couldn’t have done without that resolution two months ago? Or are you just mentally making yourself to do so because of the socially accepted idea of such a concept? In the end, your own resolve has nothing to do with the new year, just your own mental ability to make yourself do something and stick with it. (Also, after a year, does that resolution crumble? Well that is just a silly thought that passed my mind.)

What made me come back and finally write a post (because I’ve been back before and not written anything) was my friend posting on his blog recently (yes you EricShinBlog) as well as the start of my job! I’ve finally landed a potentially decent job in what I sort of avoided trying to do: sales. Granted, it’s not cold calling or door-to-door sales like I’ve seen for other friends, but it’s still sales, direct sales. I’m still mostly paid based on commission, not salary, and my job isn’t even routine in hours, it varies on a 12-days cycle and includes weekends (which I was absolutely trying to avoid having to work on). Yuck. But in the end, a job is a job and experience is to be gained! I’m excited to be trying something new, to be working in a fast paced environment that will force me to kick myself into gear. Yes, of course I’ve had fun not doing anything but have fun and play with friends and go on vacation (though spending all that money with nothing coming in has been a sad, sad negative), but in the end the money don’t come on its own (unless you’re investing in stuff, and even then you have to invest some time and effort), so the job hunt took for a more drastic turn. My mother did offer to pay me to do other work, and I could have worked better hours at the restaurant and made out decent per week, but I didn’t want to do that kind of job forever. I left it for a reason, the reason being I didn’t want those kinds of hours or to work in such an environment long-term. It’s “easy money” sort of, but it’s not getting me very far, so no thanks long term. Once in awhile for a couple hundred bucks and a few hours, heck why not, but as my actual sole income? No thanks.

And so, because my bank account is suffering, because I’m not doing anything in life that is going anywhere, and because I still have loans to pay and people I am in debt to (both monetarily and in other ways :cough parents cough: >___<), the job hunt must get a bit less choosy and more take what you get. And honestly, I’m kind of excited to be trying this out. I feel like I have to dedicated a full year to it though, to really get the satisfaction and experience that is worthy of the job. This is what is causing me to be in dilemma about school. I want to return, I wanted to return this fall, but perhaps it’s still best to hold of one more year? That way I really kick myself into gear for the GRE and preparing to go back into school? Or perhaps I’ll learn that I like sales (ehhh?) and/or working/this job so much I won’t need to. Why go back if there’s no need, I suppose?

In the end, I really don’t have much to say. I lost a job, I did nothing but volleyball, paintball, sort of learn flag football, and spend an absurd amount of money in a couple of months with nothing to show for it except some mediocre volleyball skills, paintball gear, and a bunch of new stuff that hasn’t been useful as of late because of the weather (although I did finally get to use my snowboarding gear that I got a couple years back. First time using it!). So maybe next time I come back with a post, I’ll have more to say, more thoughts, and more to show for myself. C’mon, get driven! Oh, and I’m learning just how old I really am. Damn.

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