Ariana Grande – 7 Rings
She’s the female anthem queen of our time. And while this is not even remotely close to being a favorite song for me, we still find ourselves loving it.
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There’s something more appealing about younger music festivals than ones that have been around for awhile isn’t there? They’re still figuring out their own identities and audience, but you get the people there that are supposed to be there. Maybe I’m biased because I’m a huge fan of Boston. Or maybe I find that the ones in the Bay Area don’t speak to me the same way. I wish I could spend a full calendar year traveling and reviewing each one.
Kehlani, Ty Dolla $ign – Nights Like This
Honestly, if I had to pick a major music festival out of Coachella, Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, I would pick Bonnaroo! It’s such a great opportunity to travel to a very different city than what I’m used to – a major city. I also always find that the lineups are incredibly diverse. By the way, I spot a wild “Girl Talk” in this lineup! It has been so long since I’ve heard of Gregg Gillis returning to the festival stage. I did, however, just listen to all of “Feed the Animals” the other day at work and felt like I predicted this brewing.
There’s always just a handful of artists and bands that I’d be willing to see at BottleRock, but I never make it up there. Part of the appeal for me is that it’s so close though! Napa is just a quick road trip (if you can call it that) away, but a nice getaway. I also love that the festival pens itself as a food and wine fest too. I’m not opposed to an all day music festival, but it’s nice to experience some other activities throughout the day as well.
I heard this song for the first time yesterday on my Spotify Release Radar and posted it here the same day. The original is more upbeat, but I liked this slowed down version of it and it included Miguel. I remembered seeing this and thinking that the title was different. This version was titled / Nilda’s Story. Not knowing who she was or what that meant, I posted it anyways.
When I woke this morning, I finally learned the backstory. This song accompanied a video. And Nilda is the name of the woman who’s story is featured in this short doc style video above. Her story follows her as she details how she immigrated from Honduras to the United States with her son Keydan. While it hasn’t been an easy journey for her, there’s some hope at the end of it. The context of this song now means so much more than just a slowed turn version of what I thought it was before.
Every day that I have to read another story about parents and their children being separated while trying to immigrate is heartbreaking. There are strong assumptions being made about the people that try and this video for the [While They Wait] campaign shows another side. It’s the side should everyone should see and believe in. This campaign is meant to “help raise awareness and support for immigrants, particularly those seeking asylum and/or facing family separation.”
Directed by Jake Schreier
Benny Blanco, Miguel, Calvin Harris – I Found You / Nilda’s Story
There are so many great artists and bands a part of this lineup, but I know myself and I wouldn’t last one day in that desert.