Since the beginning of the year, it feels like nearly every weekend has been jam packed. Last weekend, we were in San Diego and next weekend we’re headed to Tahoe. Today, though, is one of those Saturdays that I get to have to myself… until we celebrate our birthday later on this evening. I’m unwinding right now on my couch with Chipotle on my left, Mango Green tea on my right, and with a soundtrack to Quadron. It’s not often that I find myself falling in love with whole albums, but when we do have one of those, we prefer to highlight them in “What We’re Listening to This Weekend.” I can listen to the entire album from start to finish and after it ends, I’ll start it back from the top. Kevin was actually the person that introduced me to Quadron and I had a chance to see her in concert when she opened for Mayer Hawthorne back in 2014. Not much music has been released since this album, but we’re okay with listening to this to hold us over for the time being. She’s also making music under the name Coco O.
Okay, so we’ve actually been listening to this album for two weeks straight. If you’ve been following me across all social media platforms, then you know that I’ve been anticipating this album since before the year even started. I first heard Khalid’s “Location” while watching a choreography piece. Soon after that, my radar was turned on for every single release he had. I couldn’t help, but be impressed by the 19-year old who I knew was just going to blow up. Usually, when we’re doing an album review of some sort, I share with you my favorite songs, but if I’m being super honest here – every song is a gem. Listen to it from start to finish starting with “American Teen” because I think in this order, it really sets you up to get to know who Khalid truly is. Each song goes back and forth between varying tempos and beats as if there’s not a whole lot of consistency. But it’s actually perfect. Every song left me wanting more and when I got to “Shot Down,” which is my favorite song off of the album, I didn’t want it to end. It’s amazing how quickly time passes when you’re listening to this album all the way through.
The other day, I was checking out his tour dates and noticed that Washington State University had booked him for a couple weeks from now. *applause* Whoever is running their events programming there knew what they were doing and it’s likely they booked this nearly six months ago, which means even then they were able to predict how successful Khalid was going to be. Those students are very lucky. This really made me miss what I used to do. I’m so excited for Khalid and can’t wait to follow along on his journey like the little fan girl that I am currently.
Can’t. Stop. Watching. This. Video.
Music videos are so endearing to me these days. They were so under appreciated long ago when you just expected to see them on repeat on MTV. These days, you actually have to look for them! This was probably one of my least favorite songs off of Ariana Grande’s most recent album, but I did find this video to be pretty cheeky and slightly NSFW. Everyone is really getting after it in this! And Ariana is like their biggest cheerleader, which is kind of awesome.