Timeflies at Purdue

OK, so a few things… 1) Timeflies is an American music duo of producer Rob Resnick (Rez) and vocalist Cal Shapiro. 2) The title of this blog is a pun. It’s “punny,” kind of. 3) Today is the first time I listened to some of their songs, and they are GOOD (in my opinion.)

Meet Timeflies: Rob and Cal

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Timeflies with Truslow

March 7th

Purdue University, Elliott Hall of Music

8 p.m.

So what type of music does this duo produce? They call it “Electro Hip Hop Dub-Something.” Descriptive, right? But it mostly sums it up nicely. Here’s what they do with their Electro Hip Hop Dub-Something: release new remixes, perform live covers, and freestyle over original beats. They get creative, they have fun, and they sound great. This is just my opinion, so what do you think?

Original music: 

Their original music is “music to my ears,” but their freestyles and covers are just as wonderful. Timeflies has a Youtube channel called “Timeflies Tuesday” that is dedicated to covers and freestyles.

(This song is unedited and therefore may be inapropriate for some listeners.)

Freestlye/Cover: 

I think this sums up the personality of the duo so well. You can see they have fun, they’re creative and Cal is impressive in his ability to incorporate these random words into his lyrics.

If you’re as impressed as I am, you should get your tickets soon. Really soon. I hear they’re almost gone. You can get them through Purdue Convocations or Ticketmaster.

Do We Like Covers?

Yes, of course, to keep us warm, but those aren’t the covers I’m talking about.

Cover song, or simply a cover refers to an original song that is sung by the original artist or band that is remade/sang by a different artist or band. It sounds confusing, but it’s really simple.

It’s hard for me to decide if I like covers or not. Some are better than others, of course, but can you beat the original? I think the answer is yes… especially if you don’t like the original artist and the cover is done by an artist you enjoy. I’m sure there are other reasons as well.

Every artist or band has their own style and sound. They can slow a song down or speed it up. They can add more spunk or emotion to a song. Different can be good, but it’s all up to the listener.

Let me show you what I mean with these examples.

The song “Riptide” by Vance Joy….

…is covered by Taylor Swift…

What did you think? Did you like the original? Did you like the cover? What about these two songs? Personally, I enjoyed them both because I like the fast-paced original as well as the slower remake. Do you see how they are different?

The song “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman…

…is covered by Sam Smith

This duo is similar in pace. Do you like one more than the other? Did your decision have something to do with the artists or the song in general? A variety of things can affect our reasoning, but there’s nothing wrong with this. That’s why there is so much music out there for us to explore. Songs, artists, bands, playlists, and concerts for every mood, every feeling, and every emotion you can imagine.

Do we like covers? Sometimes I do. Do YOU like covers?

Lady Gaga Brought “The Sound of Music” to the Oscars…? Yes, yes she did.

Happy 50th Anniversary to the award-winning film, “The Sound of Music.” If you didn’t see the Oscars last night, you missed one heck of a performance by Lady Gaga. Now, I’ve never been a huge fan of Lady Gaga’s style, though some of her songs are catchy, but her tribute to “The Sound of Music” took my breath away. Almost a 5 minute performance, but it is worth your time.

Reasons why?

1. Lady Gaga looked and performed so elegantly, it was impossible to tear my eyes from the TV screen.

2. Her voice never faltered, she hit every high note and she met ever low note without hesitation.

3. Julia Andrews, the actress who originally sang these beautiful songs, joined Lady Gaga on stage after the performance and embraced her. What could have been a better thank you? Nothing.

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Music is Everywhere.

How far can you walk across campus without seeing someone with headphones on? How long do you think it would take you to hear music on any given day? I guarantee it wouldn’t take long. Whether it’s a background activity or the main event, music has a place in our lives and has been around for much longer than we can fathom.

I think I’ve said this before, but just so you don’t forget… I can’t go a day without listening to music. On average, a person will listen to several hours of music a day. You don’t have to look very hard to find music… because Music is Everywhere.

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Apps and MORE apps: Which Music App is for you?

If you’re like me, you can’t leave the house without music, which means my phone (the magical little device that carries all of my music for me). Don’t even get me started on forgetting my earbuds, that’s just asking for a bad day. But I don’t just plug my earbuds into my phone and.. BAM! music. No, no. I have to decide on an app for the day, which can be a struggle.

If you have this struggle also, this post is for you. I would like to introduce you to my app list. Say hello.

(This won’t be in any particular order, you can decide for yourself what you like best. Also, Andriod vs. Apple may prohibit some apps from being used. Beware: the phone brand battle rages on. The first four apps can be free or upgraded, the last app will cost you.)

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Pandora: One of my top used apps. Input a song or artist and Pandora compiles a playlist of similar songs and artists. Liking or disliking songs will alter the playlist, as will adding new artists or songs. Minimum commercials are key and unlimited playlists are great for every mood.

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Spotify: It lets you create your own playlists or search for pre-made playlists or playlists friends have made. From sharing playlists to sending songs, Spotify is ready for you. As far as I’ve noticed, you have to make your playlists on a computer before you can listen to it on a mobile device.

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Songza: Oh Songza, how you have saved me. I must say, the workout playlists offered are wonderful. Songza is the app that lets you pick your current activity, your mood, and gives you about 6 genre options followed by various playlists. Based on your selections, Songza hands you a playlist which you can favorite for later if it’s your style. (I have… “Drop A Beat Workout” is perfect for running at the COREC.)

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Music: If you don’t like leaving your music (I understand… radios are the worst sometimes) this app is for you. Guess what! It should already be on your phone. Upload music from a computer, buy it from a music store, or download it from the internet and this is where you can listen to those beautiful songs you selected. It allows you to make playlists, repeat your favorite songs as much as you want, and there are NO COMMERCIALS.

Last, but most certainly not least…

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Beats Music: Though I have yet to personally experience this app, a trusted source informs me that it is well worth the price. Why you ask? Have you ever felt like you didn’t know what you wanted to listen to? Say you “feel like you need some positive vibes.” Type a sentence into The Sentence feature and Beats Music listens and responds, making a playlist catering to your sentence. Pretty cool, huh?

If you don’t trust my opinion, like to figure things out on your own, etc. Itunes App Store has a database of Popular Music Apps that you can search through to investigate. The apps listed aren’t specific to Apple products. Be warned, the list is extremely vast. Digital Trends also has a nice list of the Best Music Apps for Your Smartphone that offers more information.

I think I’ll download Beats Music today and give it a try. What music app are you going to be listening to?

Beats for Your Brain.

Did you know that some people believe that different kinds of music can make them smarter, work harder, and focus on a task better?  Why do parents play classic music, such as Mozart, for their infants? Why do certain songs “kill the mood” or liven up the party?

Many studies have been conducted, many books have been written, and many articles have been published (CNN & Huff Post each have great articles on the subject) in the hopes of understanding the effect listening to music/sounds has on a person’s brain. Though no definite answer has been unearthed, there are many connections that have been made.

Personally, I believe music has a major effect on my mood, it helps me sleep more sound, and can give me some much-needed energy on those dreary Monday mornings.

Musical  Minds, a study done by Neurologist Oliver Sacks, deals with the brain while listening to music. I find this study very interesting and I’m hoping you will too. It gives us a view of what takes place when we listen to music, in this case, classical music. I also find Sachs views interesting in a Q&A he did with random participants.

Interesting study, right? But it’s more than just that. When I listen to different songs, different genres, I feel as if they define me, show a part of me that I can’t express without it. My mood predicts what I listen to that day, but if my mood changes, so does my playlist. Even my actions can be a factor in what music I listen to.. (work, studying, writing a blog, taking a shower.)

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” -Friedrich Nietzsche

Do you know these 8 Surprising Ways Music Affects the Brain:

1. Happy/sad music affects how we see neutral faces

2. Ambient noise can improve creativity

3. Our music choices can predict our personality

4. Music can significantly distract us while driving (contrary to common belief)

5. Music training can significantly improve our motor and reasoning skills

6. Classical music can improve visual attention

7. One-sided phone calls are more distracting than normal conversations

8. Music helps us exercise

Music really does have a large impact in our lives, you just need to listen. 

The Valentine’s Day Playlist

February 14th is a day of candy hearts and fresh roses, but what else can help set that love-dovey mood for couples celebrating Valentine’s Day? You guessed, it’s music. What some can’t express to their significant others in words, they can express through music.

So here’s my list of 5 Valentine Day songs to incorporate into date night this year.

  1. I Will Follow You Into the Dark- Death Cab for Cutie

2. Secret Valentine- We the Kings

3. My Best Friend- Tim McGraw

4. Crazier- Taylor Swift

5. Time After Time- Cyndi Lauper

If you’re expecting your date night to last longer than a five-song playlist, check out TIME’S Valentine’s Day playlist, which will also provide you with some anti-Valentine’s Day songs.

And for those of you who say “It’s just another day,” and have a bitter hatred for those cute couples, here’s a list of anti-Valentine’s Day songs.

1. Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me- Hunter Hayes ft. Jason Mraz

2. Batman’s Song- The Lego Movie

3. Pray for You- Jaron and the Long Road to Love

4. You Give Love a Bad Name- Bon Jovi

5. Gives you Hell- The All-American Rejects

For 24-hours worth of anti-adorable music, check out

SUGARSCAPE’S ULTIMATE ANTI-VALENTINE’S DAY PLAYLIST.

Well, That Sounds Scary.

Dear Friday the 13th,

Why are you so terrifying? Why do countless people gather on this day to watch movies filled with twisted plots and horrifying killers? Why do children intentionally watch things that give them nightmare? I think the answer lies in the thrill, the goosebumps, and the rush we get from seeing things we could not imagine in our own minds.

So now the important question is: what is it that makes scary movies so terrifying? Is it the blood and gore? Is it that high-pitched scream that alerts us to danger? What in the world could it be?

I dare you to watch this video clip with your volume turned off.

Now, watch it again, but this time turn the volume up.

What did you notice?

Beyond the shadows, blood, and screams, there is this thing we call music. Those simple few notes that warn us of the foreshadowed kill that is about to take place; the notes that make the hair on the back of our necks stand with anticipation. In this case it is the movie soundtrack that we hear. And it is terrifying. Now I’m not giving all the credit to the composers who write the scores for movies, nor am I saying that only scary movies have this quality.

I’m saying, “MUSICIS CRUCIAL.”

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Movies weren’t always the way they are now. If you recall, movies started out as silent films, which had only music and subtitles to tell the story. So how did movies evolve to incorporate music, sounds, and conversation? The Power of Film Music has great insight to the importance of music in films. But more importantly than reading this article, watch some scary movies this Friday the 13th and pay close attention to what the music provides for the film.

And the GRAMMY Award Goes To…

This year was the 57th Annual Grammys Award Show. In case you didn’t hear, artist Sam Smith had a fantastic night. Taking home four awards including, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist, and Best Pop Vocal Artist, two of which were for the song, “Stay With Me.”

Although Smith took home the most GRAMMY Awards, he wasn’t the only winner of the night. Eminem took home his sixth Grammy for Best Rap Album. His song “Monster,” featuring Rihanna, from the album “The Marshall Mathers LP2,” sets the record for most awarded and top-selling rapper to date.

The other Grammy winners are equally as impressive as Smith and Eminem, check out this year’s winners.

Twitter comments accompanying this year’s show give us a perspective on the audiences’ view of the 57th Annual Grammy Awards Show.

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These are just a few examples of how Twitter users feel about this year’s Grammys. For more tweets on the Grammys search #Grammys2015, I promise you won’t run out of opinions.