Whole Damn Mess: Album Review



This post is sponsored by One2One Network. All opinions are my own.

It's a gift to be able to experience music the way we do, and then feel from it, learn from it, and share it. This is my album review of Whole Damn Mess: The Queen and The Outcast, out TODAY, 1/12/18! Don't wait to download it! #wholedamnmess #ad

I love how music transports you to another place in your head and heart. It’s as powerful as smell for memories.

The first time I knew I could feel music strongly was in high school Music Theory class. Despite having zero musical training like my classmates, I still aced the class. It’s because I could feel it and translate it into feelings and theories. My teacher played a classical piece and asked us what we thought it was about. I raised my hand and said, “It’s running feet. It’s heartbeats.” My teacher got so excited he broke his chalk saying, “YES!” It’s a gift (to us) to experience music like this.

And that’s where Whole Damn Mess comes in. There’s something so familiar about their sound, and it’s not because it’s anything but unique, but it’s because it reminds me of something inside myself. I can see it as GREAT driving music, but also just sitting down. For example, I was able to listen to their new album and it was while we were having our floors refinished in the house. So while the chaos and the noise took over the whole house, I was sitting in the back room listening to The Queen and the Outcast. And a few songs really stood out for me. I LOVE “We Don’t Need a Reason” because of lyrics. I love “a letter and a leap of faith.”

That’s my weakness:

We Don’t Need A Reason by Whole Damn Mess on VEVO.

And you can’t miss “Be Good to Yourself” because the lead singer, Don Miggs, wrote it in response to his wife Lisa’s postpartum depression. Definitely don’t miss it. And I was drawn to the touching and raw emotions of the song, as I have worked with postpartum depression in my early professional life. Probably my favorite song is “Anywhere Without You.” It has a peaceful sound and mentions his wife, Lisa, again! It’s a romantic song about how he doesn’t want go anywhere but with her, and there’s a lyric video to watch too! It’s that great kind of love of someone who completes you and makes you better and is there for you, and makes you want to be there for them too. I liked the lyrics, “She’s Grace” because it gives you a picture of the relationship and how he views her.

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And you can buy the album now! Link, HERE!

TRACKLISTING:

1) And Then They Were
2) We Don’t Need A Reason
3) Be Good To Yourself
4) Anywhere Without You
5) That’s Just How It Goes
6) Maybe We Should Do It
7) Helium
8) Summer Under Covers
9) When She Says
10) Got You Stuck in My Head

Enjoy!

Ready to find out more? Check Whole Damn Mess out on their website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Instagram.

5 Reasons You Should Listen to Music Together



This is a sponsored post for Now That’s What I Call Music. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Here's 5 reasons you should listen to music together. It's beneficial! And enjoy Now That's What I Call Music 64 today! We LOVE it #AD #NowThatsMusic #Now64

I am having so much trouble writing this, because I’m totally dancing in my desk chair!

In case you’re wondering, the song in question is “Feels” by Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean. Guys, I am in SHOCK that the NOW brand is releasing Now That’s What I call Music 64 today! 64! Can you believe it? This has been such a part of my youth, and now it’s part of my kids’ youth too. Music is.. everything. It’s how we bond. Our bodies and our minds are meant to seek out rhythm – whether to create music ourselves – or to just sit back and enjoy it. We start playing music for our children when they’re still in the womb, and we “try” to at least somewhat influence their music selections while we can. And if not influence, we strive to make an impact. We sing. We dance. And we laugh. While we dream.

Do you remember mix tapes the way I do? Not only do I remember mix tapes, and sitting in front of my little bedroom radio for HOURS just to record part of one song, I remember mix CDs even more. Music has changed so much since I changed from child to adult to parent. The way we listen to music has changed so much, it’s almost dizzying. It’s comforting, though, that Now That’s What I Call Music is still picking and packing the biggest and latest hits into perfectly poppy compilations.

It’s more than that, though. It runs deep. This mix is possibly my favorite one yet. I can’t stop listening!

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I’m not surprised that the NOW brand has sold 100M records and has had a record 19 #1 albums. Crazy, right? And not so crazy. Now 64 is their latest release and you can get it today! This mix features 22 of today’s most popular songs and is available everywhere starting November 3rd (TODAY). I love looking back at all 64 (!!) albums because it’s like a mix tape in a time capsule of what’s cool RIGHT NOW, and it will be a record of this time in our lives. That’s my #1 reason, in fact.

5 Reasons You Should Listen to Music Together:

1 – Music makes memories. The strongest ways to jog memories are smells (like perfume/cologne, summer nights, wood smoke, coffee, etc.) and music. These songs you’re listening to with loved ones? They will always make you think of NOW.

2 – Music brings people together. Live music has been around since.. forever.. and hasn’t died down. Even with our abilities to listen to music that’s not live, we still mostly choose to appreciate it with someone else. It creates cohesion.

3 – Music helps us better understand the world and the different cultures in it.

4 – Music helps us be happier and more social.

5 – Music is good for the growing brain, and that includes you too, adults!

It’s been a nutty few weeks lately, with work, home renovations, and days off from school – for various holidays, conferences, etc. It’s so much fun to blast music when my kids have friends over, and I even played Now That’s What I call Music 64 over FaceTime with my nephew. We were all dancing together! Our kids – the new generation – are getting to experience a whole new generation of pop stars dominating the airwaves. This album absolutely helps me understand what music is hot right now. I love that it’s edited to be family-friendly AND parent-friendly. I didn’t know all of the songs..

..but I’m learning fast!

In fact, this compilation already had two of my favorite songs ever! And that’s Kesha “Praying” and P!nk “What About Us.” And now I have new favorites. I adore Sia, so hearing her in ZAYN f/Sia “Dusk to Dawn” was awesome! Scarlet loves Katy Perry which is why I was dancing like crazy to “Feels.” I’m intrigued by “1-800-273-8255” by Logic featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid. Ah, they’re all so catchy! I love each song for its own unique reasons. What a mix! Just look at this wonder:

  1. Charlie Puth “Attention” (ATL)
  2. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber “Despacito” (Remix) (Rep/UMLE)
  3. Shawn Mendes “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” (ISL)
  4. Sam Hunt “Body Like A Back Road” (UMG-Nash)
  5. Liam Payne ft. Quavo “Strip It Down” (REP)
  6. Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean “Feels” (COL)
  7. Maroon 5 ft. SZA “What Lovers Do” (IGA)
  8. French Montana ft. Swae Lee “Unforgettable” (Epic)
  9. Childish Gambino “Redbone” (GN)
  10. Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid “1-800-273-8255” (DJ)
  11. Sam Smith “Too Good At Goodbyes” (CAP)
  12. Kesha “Praying” (RCA)
  13. P!nk “What About Us” (RCA)
  14. Bruno Mars “Versace On The Floor” (ATL)
  15. ZAYN f/Sia “Dusk To Dawn” (RCA)
  16. Imagine Dragons “Thunder” (IGA)


NOW Presents What’s Next:

  1. Barns Courtney Golden Dandelions (Capitol)
  2. DaniLeigh Play (DJ)
  3. Moon Taxi Two High (RCA)
  4. The Accidentals Odyssey (Sony Masterworks)
  5. Billie Ellish Ocean Eyes (IGA)
  6. Molly Kate Footprints (ATL)


Are you excited? I’m still dancing. Now 64 has 22 of today’s biggest and latest hits and makes a perfect gift during this season of gratitude and then giving. Show someone you care about just how much you care about them, because Now 64 is available everywhere you are! This link right here will take you where you want to go. What are you waiting for?

What’s your favorite song on this track list?