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Lindsey Stirling: Brave Enough #YouTube #Movie #Review

YouTube Red presents Lindsey Stirling: Brave Enough, a look inside the emotional journey and roller coaster ride of Lindsey’s recent album and tour.

Turning 30 and recently losing her best friend, all while dealing with family problems, Lindsey takes you behind the scenes as her tour gets underway, as well as playing at the famous Dolby Theatre, home of The Oscars.

From the age of five, she has played the violin and it hasn’t always been fun and games. She played on the streets and in the subways after college, as well as going to LA on America’s Got Talents before getting chewed out and eliminated, which only made her want it more. So she turned things around and started experimenting with dubstep and EDM, and her quickly growing YouTube view count took off.

Lindsey shares so much more with the viewers, as her journey and story are worth the watch. Watching it makes you feel the emotion that went into the album, something usually only the band members know about and understand. It also lets you hear how she got where she is today and what drives her to keep carrying on.

One other interesting part is hearing the backstories to some songs, including one of my favorites in Shatter Me, which is one giant metaphor for her fight with anorexia.

For those with a subscription to YouTube Red, give this one a watch, and I’ll give it a 7.5 out of 10.

YouTube Red and Google Play Music

I am in the midst of changing over from Spotify (which I’ve been a big fan of over the years) to Google Music, and while only a day or two in I already have some thoughts on it.

While Google Play Music is the same price as Spotify, the benefits are seemingly much greater…the only downside I can see is the “Discover Weekly” playlist that Spotify offers which gives a great view into new songs similar to those I already like.

Google Music gives a lot of the same features, such as a large library of music, no advertisements, and the familiar ability to download songs for offline play.
On top of this Google also allows you to upload 50,000 of your own clips to the library, which in my case means a resting place for the tens of hours of “Abbott and Costello” that I have saved on a hard drive.

But the real deal is that Google Music also gives access to YouTube Red (which if revenue is Google’s goal (it is) will get split off at some point) and a variety of perks including:

  • Offline Playback: You can download movies for offline viewing, which when riding the subway or just being in places with no Internet, and watch it as you’d like. Yesterday I absorbed some music videos and sports talk TV while drowning out the NYC dregs of the subway.
  • Minimizing YouTube on a phone: So you’re watching a music video and you get a WhatsApp message…the ultimate dilemma…do I go respond to the message, or do I stay here and finish my video?
    Well, on Android Nougat you can just reply from the notification bar…but putting that aside for a second, you can now switch to another app or even shut off your screen entirely and you’re watching videos on YouTube.
  • Exclusives: YouTube has signed some of its top stars to make content just for them, as well as some of YouTube’s own content…one example that I am looking forward to?
    Today’s release of “Lindsey Stirling: Brave Enough”, a look into Lindsey’s life as she prepares for shows, battles through tough times off the stage, and of course the electricity that flows when she is performing on stage.

Top Songs of 2016 – #SOTD

Here is my list of Top Songs of 2016.
Thanks to all those that played our guessing game, with the winner correctly identifying 9 songs!! I can safely say that most people had a lot of fun with it (and the notes that came out of it are cool).
The list is simple enough…the only restriction is that it needed to be released in 2016 and I generally won’t repeat an artist twice in the Top 10.

This year was a fairly poor year for music, with no Song of the Summer and a lot of terrible music put out, but we filled out our list of 10.

10. Dangerous Woman by Ariana Grande

Nothing to prove and
I’m bulletproof and
Know what I’m doing

9. This One’s For You by David Guetta feat. Zara Larsson

We’re in this together
Hear our hearts beat together
We stand strong together
We’re in this forever
This one’s for you

8. Closer by The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey

Hey, I was doing just fine before I met you
But I’m OK
Hey, you tell your friends it was nice to meet them
But I hope I never see them

7. Can’t Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake

Ooh, it’s something magical
It’s in the air, it’s in my blood, it’s rushing on
Don’t need no reason, don’t need control
I fly so high, no ceiling, when I’m in my zone

6. Something Wild by Lindsey Stirling feat. Andrew McMahon

You’ve got a big heart
The way you see the world
It got you this far
You might have some bruises
And a few of scars
But you know you’re gonna be okay

5. Perfect Illusion by Lady Gaga

My guessing game is strong
Way too real to be wrong
Caught up in your show
Yeah, at least now I know

4. i hate u, i love u by Gnash feat. Olivia O’Brien

Got attached to you
Friends can break your heart too,
And I’m always tired but never of you
If I pulled a you on you, you wouldn’t like that sh!t

3. Ain’t Your Mama by Jennifer Lopez

We used to be crazy in love
Can we go back to how it was?
When did you get too comfortable?
Cause I’m too good for that
Just remember that

2. Cheap Thrills by Sia

Baby I don’t need dollar bills to have fun tonight
(I love cheap thrills!)
I don’t need no money
As long as I can feel the beat

1. Just Like Fire by P!nk

Just like fire, burning up the way
If I can light the world up for just one day
Watch this madness, colorful charade
No one can be just like me any way
Just like magic, I’ll be flying free
I’mma disappear when they come for me
I kick that ceiling, what you gonna say?
No one can be just like me any way

Pete’s Dragon vs. The Jungle Book (2016)

Pete’s Dragon and The Jungle Book are so similar, yet surprisingly so different, as both are live-action remakes of many peoples childhood favorites.

Pete’s Dragon starts off with Pete’s parents getting in a car accident, leaving him stranded in the forest, and ala Beauty and the Beast is surrounded by wolves and saved by the beast of the forest, this time a Dragon, who he names Elliott.
Pete then goes ahead and lives in the wilds of the jungle for six years, until deforestation hits his area, and he is discovered by people who try and bring him back to the real world (and steal Elliott away from him).

The Jungle Book is the story a lot of us grew up with, as Mowgli is raised by wolves after his father was killed by Shere Khan, a lion and King of the Jungle.
As Khan tries to hunt down Mowgli for revenge, after his father left Khan scarred and blinded, Mowgli stumbles through adventures and characters throughout the wilderness.

Pete’s Dragon features a fantastic soundtrack, including Lindsey Stirling’s end credit song Something Wild, while The Jungle Book tries to reimagine the songs of our childhood and fails miserably as Christopher Walken gives children nightmares with his croaking.

The dialogue in Pete’s Dragon is minimal at times, letting the music and visuals tell the tale, while The Jungle Book is slow paced and clunky at times.

Robert Redford and Bryce Dallas Howard bring the star power to Dragon while Walken and Bill Murray play roles in Jungle Book.

Pete’s Dragon gets a 9 out of 10 while The Jungle Book gets a 6 out of 10.

Petes Dragon

The Jungle Book

Songs of the Day

A regular part of this site, my song of the day posts. Strangely Summer 2016 has yet to have a “Song of the Summer”, but that doesn’t stop me from finding needles in a haystack.

What’s that? New Green Day album? Yes, please. Here’s the first single.

Bang Bang – Green Day

I want to be a celebrity martyr
The leading man in my own private drama
The hero of the hour
Daddy’s little psycho and Mommy’s little soldier

Recently discovered Lindsey Stirling due to her single to headline Pete’s Dragon, but while listening to her works, I came across this gem, with Lzzy Hale from Halestorm

Lindsey’s new album Brave Enough drops tomorrow, August 19th.

Shatter Me – Lindsey Stirling ft. Lzzy Hale

Somebody shine a light
I’m frozen by the fear in me
Somebody make me feel alive
And shatter me
So cut me from the line
Dizzy, spinning endlessly
Somebody make me feel alive
And shatter me

I Hate U, I Love U – Gnash ft. Olivia O’Brien

You ever wonder what we could have been?
You said you wouldn’t and you did
Lie to me, lie with me, get your fix
Now all my drinks and all my feelings are all mixed
Always missing people that I shouldn’t be missing

Once In A While – Timeflies

From Brooklyn to New York, then off to the West
In Cali, no Khaled, but fuck, we the best
My stripes, stay American, lemme express
And I keep it as live as a Total Request

But once in a while, I catch myself
Once in a while, I ask myself
What am I doing?
Once in a while, I need your help