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Let It Go! (again and again and again)

19 Feb

In case you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about Disney’s newest hit movie “Frozen” – if nothing else, you’ve heard the song “Let it Go”… aka Winter’s newest anthem.

My family was kind enough to go see Frozen the day before I came back home for Christmas, and honestly I haven’t seen a movie in theaters since. However, I utilized the $5 Movie Monday deal at a local theater when I went home for the long weekend, and finally had the chance to see what all the fuss was about.

I haven’t been able to get the song out of my head since.

Not that I’m complaining! It’s a brilliantly catchy tune, and Idina Menzel’s vocals are rockin’. I’ve heard that if you listen to a song that’s stuck on replay in your brain, it can help it go away. This is not, however, the case for “Let It Go”. So I figured, why suffer alone? I’ll just make sure that everyone reading this post gets a taste as well.

Maybe we can have a sing-a-long??

Frozen hasn’t been out for that long, but even so, plenty of awesome covers have already been done of Let It Go. So I’m happy to present to you my favorites.

The Original. (In case you’re a crazy person and have somehow avoided hearing this song by any number of friends and family).

 

Alex Boyé and the One Voice Children’s Choir. Oh. My. Gosh. You have not heard insane child-star-status vocals until you have heard Lexi Walker belt out this song. Just incredible! Girl can SANNNGGGG!

 

Let It Go/Let Her Go (Passenger) cover. Bro needs a new shirt, but I kinda like what he did to mashup these two songs!

 

Christina Bianco sings as Idina Menzel, Demi Lovato, Brittany Spears, Julie Andrews, Liza Minelli, and others, as she performs this song as famous female singers… and nails it.

 

I’m sure there are plenty more where that came from, but for now, I hope you all enjoy this song on repeat for the next 48-72 hours!

Happy Singing!

Belle

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Queen Bey and Wannabeys

20 Dec

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past 7 days, you know at least two things:

1) Beyonce gave us all an early Christmas present, not to mention set yet another precedent for other artists to live up to (LOL), with her surprise iTunes only visual album.

2) Bey played the Verizon Center for the third time this year (I shamelessly went to dinner and a movie at Gallery Place on Wednesday because I’m a masochist and I wanted to see if I could score some last minute tix for cheap, I also called 95.5 like, 900 times trying to win tickets).

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my queen.

So, as a worshipper at the Bey throne, how do I love Beyonce, the album, by Beyonce, the Queen? Let me count the ways.

ps can Beyonce gifs animate my life please?

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This whole album makes even the most subdued, lazy, boring human want to do several things:  get DOWN. AND. DIRTY in bed, dance with your best friends, dance in the shower, take a spin class (WHO KNEW SUCH A DESIRE WAS POSSIBLE?) dance in your underwear around your apartment, basically do anything ever. I felt all the feelings after my first listen.

Grown Woman has been one of my favorite songs for the past 6 days  months, it’s a serious empowering chick anthem. I’m actually really sad that Bey changed some of the lyrics. The previous version included this gem which makes me, again, feel all the feelings (mostly, ALIVE):

“I’m a grown woman/so I know how to ride it/I’m a grown woman and I’m so erotic/I’m a grown woman/look down gotcha so excited/I’m a grown woman/look at my body.”

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yaaaasssss

Glamour named “The Sexiest Lyrics from Beyonce’s New Album”, and they pretty much nailed it.  Both “Partition” and “Blow” had me crawling out of my god damn skin, and “Partition” included a zinger of a Monica Lewinsky line, which I’m always a fan of. If you’re ever feeling not in the mood (again, LOL), just take a listen and I promise you, you’ll be good to go in t minus five minutes, especially if you add in a glass or seven of wine (I may be talking about myself on Saturday night…). Please trust me when I tell you this Beyonce obsession is one your boyfriend/brofriend will fully support if you act even one ounce like Bey does in any of the aforementioned songs.

“When you lick my skittles/it’s sweetest in the middle”

lanactrlaltdelrey:JESUS FUCKING CHRIST

***Flawless is another one of my favorites, it makes me want to conquer the world in a matter of seconds. It’s hard for me to put into words the feels that Bey makes me feel during ***Flawless. It’s another anthem complete with encouraging words from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie where they instruct us to take no shit, to be all that we can be, and to fuck the haters. #girlpower

“Bow down bitches/…./Momma taught me good home training/My Daddy taught me how to love my haters/My sister taught me I should speak my mind/My man made me feel so God damn fine”

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A few more quick notes:

1) Blue Ivy is old enough to speak? Okay.

2) Saying “Le Sex” in a french accent is my new thing.

3) Superpower is not my favorite, but it’s still FINE.

4) Despite my sadness over the changed “Grown Woman” lyrics, it’s still my alarm every morning (bye).

From “Blue” to “XO” to “Partition” to “Grown Woman”, Beyonce is so much more than just music, it’s Beyonce’s textbook to life. Bey is proof that we really can have it all, she’s an intelligent, hard working mother and wife, a superstar, and, an apparent dominatrix.

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Ultimate Boning Jamz: Part 1

15 Oct

***Warning: you want headphones if you’re in public***
This is a multi-part analysis by the SR ladies.
Part 1: by Stacie Smack

I went to see Don Jon today. OOOOF. We could deconstruct that for days. But we won’t. Instead…

JGL plays a character who has a system: go to the club, find the girl, make eye contact, grind up on her, take a cab home, and do her. Unfortunately, she always wants to do it missionary style. Up until that point, he and I could be the same person. His moves are my moves. But missionary, really? That sir, I disagree with.

Ladies, I like to spice things up. I am pro knee burns and definitely count a small bruise or two as victory points. And what better way to be inspired than with the perfect Smack-approved playlist for ultimate boning? You can welcome me later*.

1. Bow Chicka Wow Wow – Mike Posner

This song is good for setting the tone not too blatantly, plus it goes well with the tequila shots that you and him will share under the moonlight from your window (or the christmas lights you still haven’t taken down).

2. Let’s Leave on The Lights – Ne-Yo

I am not of a fan of subtlety. This song makes two things obvious: sex will certainly happen, and it will happen not in the dark. Invest in a lamp with a dimmer.

3. Bump and Grind – R Kelly

Your body is telling you YES. It’s the same bumping and grinding you do at Wonderland on Saturday night, but you just do it with less clothes on and a little more panting.

4. Hey Daddy (Daddys Home) – Usher

“You know your daddy’s home and it’s time to play”. Enough said. Get down on your knees and show him how you play. Also this song deserves so much more credit than it ever got. Think about it.

5. Motivation – Kelly Rowland

I get that this a totally male-dominated playlist. But honestly, I don’t care. HOWEVER. This song. Stacie’s Anthem since 2011.

6. Pony – Ginuwine

His saddle is waiting. Please will you ride his pony?

7. Wayne on Me – Lil Wayne

There are not enough words in the English language to describe how much I LOVE this song. It is SO dirty, you’ll want to shower after the first minute. But just go with it. And then ask him to smack you harder. I strongly suggest a set up that allows for that sort of activity. And that you spend a Sunday afternoon deconstructing every song by Lil Wayne – lyrical genius of our generation.

8. Venus vs. Mars – Jay Z

Jay Z makes every man feel inspired to achieve greatness. Plus it’s a total surprise move. Which is what you should be doing right now. When you’re not at a work computer, go buy this book for great suggestions (and illustrations!) and perhaps these.

9. Wet the Bed – Chris Brown

You thought it couldn’t get any filthier? It just did. Also note the constant dripping sound throughout the song while you closely listen to the lyrics. Match, set, came.

10. Top of the World – Trey Songz

That’s how you both should feel. Every time. Anytime.

Honorable Mentions:

Wait (The Whisper Song) by the Ying Yang Twins is probably the original King of Filth. I prefer to keep that one to myself.

Pregnant by R Kelly. Keep this one in your back pocket. Play it after it’s all said and done, and he’ll be out of your apartment within 5 minutes. Also definitely listen to it because it is the original romance ballad. Maybe.

* When was the last time you listened to music while having sex?