Music of 2014

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This year I decided to do a top 50 of my favourite songs, and yes there are top 40 songs in here so judge me all you want! Now this is not a “Best of 2014” list it’s just a list of songs I enjoyed in 2014 hopefully you find something you like, they are alphabetical because this list is all over the place (and not very comparable) much like my taste in music.

England alt-J – Left Hand Free
alt-J


Canada Alvvays – Adult Diversion

Alvvays


USA Ariana Grande – Love Me Harder feat. The Weekend

Ariana Grande


Canada Arkells – 11:11
Arkells


Sweden Baskery – The Shadow
Baskery


England Bear’s Den – Agape
Bear's Den


USA Beck – Blue Moon

Beck


USA The Belle Brigade – When Everything Was What It Was
The Belle Brigade


Australia Betty Who – Somebody Loves You

Betty Who


USA Beyoncé – Ring Off

Beyoncé


USA Big Data – Dangerous feat. Joywave
Big Data


England Charli XCX – Boom Clap
Charli XCX


Canada Chromeo – Jealous (I Ain’t With It)
Chromeo


England Coasts – Oceans

Coasts


England Coldplay – A Sky Full of Stars
Coldplay


Canada Dan Mangan + Blacksmith – Kitsch
Dan Mangan + Blacksmith


England Daughter – Youth
Daughter


USA Echosmith – Cool Kids
Echosmith


England Ed Sheeran – Don’t
Ed Sheeran


Australia Elliot The Bull – Colourblind
Elliot The Bull


Sweden First Aid Kit – My Silver Lining
First Aid Kit


USA Foster The People – Are You What You Want to Be?
Foster The People


Ireland Hozier – Take Me to Church
Hozier


England Hunter and the Bear – Pick Me Up
Hunter and the Bear


Australia Iggy Azalea – Walk the Line
Iggy Azalea


USA Imagine Dragons – I Bet My Life
Imagine Dragons


USA Ingrid Michaelson – Girls Chase Boys
Ingrid Michaelson


England James Bay – Hold Back the River
James Bay


USA Jazmine Sullivan – Dumb feat. Meek Mill
Jazmine Sullivan


USA Lissie – Shameless
Lissie


Australia Little May – Hide
Little May


USA Maroon 5 – Maps
Maroon 5


USA MisterWives – Twisted Tongue
MisterWives


USA The Mowgli’s – Through the Dark
The Mowgli's


USA Neon Trees – Sleeping With A Friend
Neon Trees


England USA The New Basement Tapes – Kansas City
The New Basement Tapes


Trinidad and Tobago Nicki Minaj – Bed of Lies feat. Skylar Grey
Nicki Minaj


USA Oh Honey – Don’t You Worry, Love
Oh Honey


England Passenger – Heart’s on Fire
Passenger


USA Pharrell Williams – Happy
Pharrell Williams


Australia Playwrite – Whittaker
Playwrite


Sweden The Royal Concept – D-D-Dance
The Royal Concept


USA Shakey Graves – Dearly Departed feat. Esmé Patterson
Shakey Graves


Canada-small Shawn Hook – Million Ways

Shawn Hook


Australia Sia – Chandelier
Sia


USA Taylor Swift – Style
Taylor Swift


USA Trampled By Turtles – Are You Behind the Shining Star?
Trampled By Turtles


Australia Vance Joy – Riptide
Vance Joy


USA Walk the Moon – Different Colours
Walk the Moon


Canada USA You+Me – Capsized
You+Me


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Fierce Females: Danielle

Danielle

What is it that empowers you most?
Being onstage. There’s nothing in the world I love more than running out to a cheering crowd and getting to perform for new people and share our music. I feel the best when I’m singing, like I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.

What is it that you love most about yourself?
When I was in elementary school, people used to make fun of my huge eyes. One kid called me “owl eyes.” It’s funny how something I hated is probably my favorite thing about myself now. My eyes are huge, yeah, but they’re unique and usually the first thing people notice. I’m also extremely persevering– you can tell me “no” or “you’ll never be able to do that,” but if I feel strongly about something, I’ll keep working for it. Life’s too short not to fight every single day for what you want.

What makes you feel most beautiful?
Gel eyeliner! I always do the “cat eye” look, and I like to play around and add dots near the wings. It makes me feel very put together and sort of… fierce! For some reason makeup gets a bad reputation– it was created to enhance natural beauty, but it can also be an amazing way to express yourself. As long as you aren’t hiding behind it, and it makes you feel beautiful, then wear it however you want!

Who is your biggest role model and why?
My mama. I’m really lucky that I had extremely supportive parents growing up– they let me move to New York City and study acting in college, knowing I would come out with a performance degree and a whoooole lot of loans, but they wanted me to follow my dreams. My mom has been at every single performance, play, talent show, concert– always there to cheer me on. She has taught me to be patient and to always give people second chances. I have been through a lot of disappointment and heartbreak, but she will listen to me cry to her on the phone for two hours if that’s what I need to do, and then she’ll tell me that I have to keep going, no matter what. She sees the best in everyone and it’s something I hope I can someday pass on to my kids too. If I can be half the woman she is then I will have lived a really good life. I’m blessed to have her.

Who are your favourite cultural heroines and why?
I LOVE Stevie Nicks. I think she has an incredible voice, she’s a brilliant songwriter, musician, performer. I grew up listening to Fleetwood Mac with my parents– I remember hearing “Landslide” in the car when I was really young and being like mom, her voice is so cool! Stevie has been through some crazy life experiences, but has always emerged stronger. Plus she’s a total badass and has killer style. She’s truly inspiring to me!

 

“I would want to give up because I was so frustrated or heartbroken, but I didn’t.”

 

If you could pick one fictional female character to be for a day who would it be and why?
Hermione Granger. I’m the nerdiest when it comes to Harry Potter (before I was doing music, I worked at the Harry Potter exhibit in Times Square and essentially got to dress up as a witch every day), and I think she is such a crucial part to the story. Harry is awesome, but he wouldn’t be half as successful without Hermione to think everything through beforehand or bail them out when they’re in trouble. She makes being smart cool, and I love that.

What is your biggest life goal?
To win a Grammy, and to have a #1 song on the pop chart.

What is your biggest accomplishment?
Probably watching our song being performed on Glee. I grew up a theatre kid, and Lea Michele is a legend in the musical theatre world, so the fact that she was covering our song on national television was such an incredible feeling. We didn’t know if the song was actually going to be in the episode until the day before– they really kept the suspense going! When the episode aired, I remember kind of just staring at the screen thinking, there are millions of people watching this right now, hearing our song. It was so crazy.

What is your favourite quote?
I have two. The first one is an Emily Dickinson quote my mom always says to me, and I ended up getting it tattooed on my leg. “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul.” I went through some dark times in college, and she would send me these little cards with that quote written in it. Hope is always alive within us, and it’s easy to lose sight of that sometimes.
The second one is (obviously) from Harry Potter. Dumbledore says it to Harry in the Prisoner of Azkaban. “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

If you could tell your 12 year old self one thing what would it be?
To keep going, that the hours I spent every day practicing were worth it. There were so many times when it took me forever to nail a particular chord on the guitar or I didn’t get the role I desperately wanted in the musical, and I would want to give up because I was so frustrated or heartbroken, but I didn’t. I would tell my 6th grade self that someday, it would all pay off.

What does feminism mean to you?
To me, feminism means loving and accepting yourself as a woman. I’m a girl in a boy-dominated industry, and I just lived in a van on tour for six months with dudes, sharing beds with them, hearing their gross jokes, listening to them fart. It was so important to me to go get my nails done or online shop just to remember that even though I’m surrounded by guys, and sometimes I act like a guy, it’s totally okay that I’m a girl. I think feminism is also about supporting other women, finding reasons to love yourself and your body, celebrating who you are, and doing things to make you happy. It has a bad reputation because guys think women just want to kill all the men and take over the world, but to me, feminism is about accepting everyone, regardless of gender, and celebrating why we’re alike, why we’re different, and realizing that no one is better than anyone else.​

Danielle is a vocalist in the band Oh Honey from Brooklyn, New York.
Connect with Danielle: Website, Facebook and Twitter.

Fierce Females: Danielle

Oh Honey

Oh Honey

Well, I was going to blog about another band but then I happened upon these beauties! I follow Hillary Duff on Instagram because who didn’t love Lizzie McGuire? Anyway, she was taking in a concert last night and tagged this band in an Instagram photo so I decided to check them out on SoundCloud. A good 10 seconds in to the first song and I was sold!

Oh Honey is an indie folk band from Brooklyn, NY made up of Mitchy Collins and Danielle Bouchard. Danielle shows great vocal talent and the music is extremely catchy and very summery. They just released their first EP With Love in November 2013. Their Facebook page says they have some big news to announce soon… Maybe a full length album just in time for the summer?

Website / Facebook / Twitter / SoundCloud / Instagram

Oh Honey