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TORC 5: The Happiest “Sad Song” – Lenka

Track on Repeat Craze #5: LenkaSad Song / Two album.

Every time I listen to Lenka, I find my feet tapping, my head bobbing and my body beginning to bounce. She’s just one of those musicians that lifts your mood when you hear her music. Happy, happy, joy, joy.

Most well known for her song, The Show, which was featured in an Old Navy commercial and on Ugly Betty promos, Lenka‘s second album resonates the same sort of pop-gaiety flavor. However, Two builds upon the first album by adding heavier backbone and stronger, bolder beats. It’s obvious that she’s grown as an artist. And drummer, Fernando Sanchez, beats the *oomph* out of the songs – it’s fucking sweet watching them play live.

Anyway… “Sad Song“! As ironic as the lyrics may sound, they make complete sense to me – “sing me a sad song and make me feel better; sing me a happy song and I might start to cry.” You know how sometimes folks get philosophical or sentimental when something strikes a familiar chord?

Why do sad songs make us feel better when we are down?! I think it’s because we don’t want to elate in other people’s success when we are depressed. Yeah? Well, it is still sort of a happy song… but sad at the same time… So, where does that go in the scale of things?! Ai-ya.

Spinning in the 6-disc player:

1. Lenka – Two
2. Kristinia DeBargeExposed
3. Sandi ThomThe Pink and the Lily
4. Missy HigginsThe Sound of White
5. Lady AntebellumNeed You Now
6. Sara Bareilles – Kaleidoscope Heart

Follow Lenka on Facebook or Twitter – like her music, her personality is just as uplifting. Oh hey, she’s also Australian which makes her just the more cooler! Yeah!!

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TORC 4: The “King of Anything” – Sara Bareilles

Track on Repeat Craze #4: Sara BareillesKing of Anything / Kaleidoscope Heart album.
Kaleidoscope Heart album
This song is sooooo overplayed on the radio, but I’m loving it! Just sitting in front of the computer at work, I probably hear this song at least 3-4 times an hour on the radio. It wakes me up, gets my toes taping, energizes me for the minutes it plays and then some.

Sara Bareilles is one of those rare artists that comes along with what you think is a one-hit wonder… but springs forth into an incredible musician. Long past the days of “Love Song,” she has evolved more and more. And. I. Love. It. Of course, it doesn’t hurt how So You Think You Can Dance‘s Mia Michaels choreographed one of my favorite dances to Sara’s “Gravity” — yes, I do love that show and am not ashamed to admit it. The emotional bonds between song and dance just make me teary-eyed every time I hear it… *ahem ahem* (end of emotional share)

Spinning in the 6-disc player:

1. Various Artists from Wicked: The MusicalWicked: The Musical
2. Kristinia DeBargeExposed
3. Sandi ThomThe Pink and the Lily
4. Missy HigginsOn a Clear Night
5. Lady AntebellumNeed You Now
6. BoAMade in Twenty

PS: Umm hmm. Missy. Still. Yeah. Hey, I did rotate out the album!

TORC 3: Waka Waka Groove Groovin’

Track on Repeat Craze #3: ShakiraWaka Waka (This Time for Africa) / the FIFA World Cup 2010 Official Anthem.

Yes, I am very behind. Yes, the World Cup is long over. Yes, I still love this song! It was during a cruel, cruel talk about hitting up the beach with my friend Heather (Utah is so dry!). That’s when it happened. I heard “Waka Waka.” And… it made me want to go to the beach even more! Damn this beautiful red rock desert that is Utah!

The song just made me want to groove and cheer along in Fang, a language from Cameroon — even awkwardly at my office desk in front of the computer. And hell no! Who cares if the words, waka waka, made no sense to me — it was just fun to say… even if there was no one to rally along with… *aw, sad…

Spinning in the 6-disc player (and in the Amazon MP3 widget):

1. Various Artists from Wicked: The MusicalWicked: The Musical
2. Kristinia DeBargeExposed
3. CascadaEvacuate the Dancefloor
4. Missy HigginsThe Sound of White
5. Lady AntebellumNeed You Now
6. BoAMade in Twenty

PS: Yes, Missy is still in the six-disc… She just played Lilith too (with Jill Hennessy, Courtyard Hounds, and many more awesome musicians)! I’m totally sad I missed it…

TORC #2: Dancin’ in the Car, Spinnin’ in the Six-Disc CD Changer

Track on Repeat Craze #2 (FINALLY!): Cascada – Hold Your Hands Up / from the album Evacuate the Dancefloor.

Actually, the entire CD is AWESOME. It’s like a never-ending dance track pumping the beat in my car. Just listening to the CD makes me happy! Hold Your Hands Up is a bit more ballad-y than the rest of the album. And Natalie (lead singer of Cascada) has such a powerful voice that it commands a listen. If you haven’t heard of them yet, they’re huge across seas — most everywhere, but they are from Germany. Give them a listen!

Spinning in the 6-disc player:
1. Various Artists from Wicked: The MusicalWicked: The Musical
2. The GratesTeeth Lost, Hearts Won
3. CascadaEvacuate the Dancefloor
4. Missy HigginsThe Sound of White
5. Lady AntebellumNeed You Now
6. The GratesGravity Won’t Get You High

PS: Yes, I always have Missy in my player! Did I not mention that I love.. LOVE… her stuff?