Prince died… and so did another part of our generation

So, another iconic singer of our generation has passed away. And, when I say OUR GENERATION. I say Gen X'ers... those kids of the late 70s and 80s. The kids that grew up on MTV, and mixed tapes, and boomboxes. We are the generation that spent real TIME listening to music, and the music was really GOOD. It was varied, and it stand the test of time. I could still throw a party, to this day, and play all 80s music, and not a soul would bat an eye. Well, first it was Michael Jackson. Then Whitney. Bowie. Now Prince. The day Madonna passes, the world will go into a serious mourning. But, lets face it. The loss of these icons makes us all face the reality, that, hey... death isn't really that far away. It's touching people that we considered to be peers, if you will. These icons were like our big brothers and sisters, and as we near 40, and 50... well, shit. It's a grim reminder that our lives are short, and you better live the best you can, while you can. I don't want to make this all … [Read more...]

The Best Songs of 2015

Lawd have mercy. Every year, this gets later and later and later, but I won't give up! I won't let the procrastination grab hold of me, because it truly is one of my favorite ways of looking back on a year. 2015 was an exceptional year for music. JUST AMAZING! Best in a long time.I curate these songs all year long. So, I keep a running list and rank them all year. As stated before, here are the criteria for making to my list: 1) How many times I listen to them. 2) How many memories they are linked to. 3) The videos (and I mean beautiful videos) 4) How happy they made me To catch up, click on The Best of 2014. That will link you through to the best of 13, 12, 11 and so on. I do this every year, so if you are new to the party, catch up, because it's still a good time.  Sometimes, I still go back, in a quiet moment, a few years back and reminisce. Therefore you should as well. So, without going through a lot of drama, here's my top 20 of the year. For all of you that … [Read more...]

Ah, Sweet Freedom

Every now and again, I run into an intense life situation that I am released from that prompts me to play this song because I love it, and I love Michael McDonald. Today is one of those days. I always play it about 30 minutes after, and immediately feel the biggest sense of relief. I hope that this weekend, you are freed from whatever difficult situation that has been dragging you down, and stopping you from being the best version of you. Stay classy my friends... and find your freedom. … [Read more...]

The BEST songs of 2014

I know you have been asking yourself for the past few weeks... WHERE is Rhea's best of 2014 list? Ideally, this list SHOULD come out in December, but in year's past, I have decided that I need to wait until the year is fully over to decide. Then, I take all the songs I have put on the list of contenders, and rack and stack them from a specially made spotify list. When I make my top 10, I tend to stray pretty far away from mainstream. However, this year, quite a few mainstream songs made it on this list. As stated before, here are the criteria for making to my list: 1) How many times I listen to them. 2) How many memories they are linked to. 3) The videos 4) How happy they made me If you want a refresher of the past lists, feel free to go down these walks down memory lane. Some of the vids may not still be linked (damn vimeo), but the titles and synopsis action of why they were chosen is still there. 2013 Looking back, still wondering about my #1 pick for this year. … [Read more...]

The Best Music of 2013 – My Annual

Hahaha. You thought you were going to get my annual "best of" music list sometime in December 2013, right? After it didn't come in December, you thought, "SURELY, January is our month for sweet relief. Well, no. Sorry, boo. You get FEBRUARY 20 freakin' 14! I wish I had better reason other than I was really conflicted about my list. 2013 had some good ones for me, and it really came down to HOW do I rack and stack the best songs in my world from 2013. There's a ton of Miley on here, and some dubious R.Kelly. Sigh. Let's dig in. If you are new to this list, go get caught up really fast on my recent 2012 and 2011 lists. DISCLAIMER! Okay, this is MY list. There is no room for meaningless debate. I work on this for months. My list will never align with what everyone else loves, and it includes a lot of songs with dubious lyrics, and sketchy beats. I warned you! So, go grab a glass of *something* and enjoy, like I know you do every year for about a 1/2 hour. In mind, I always … [Read more...]