The Return: Satellite Maps Song Review

Hello guys,

It’s been so long, and I hate saying that I’m busy because that’s never an excuse. There’s just so much to do at school this year, and the motivation for posting has gone unfortunately. But lately, it’s been coming back. I miss this safe space to write my reviews. There are amazing opportunities I want to take advantage of. That’s the quick update as to what’s been going on with me. To kick things back up slowly, here’s a quick music review I wrote a long time ago. Around a year ago exactly. It’s interesting to see how not just how my musical tastes have changed over a year, but how my horizons have opened to more genres, and inspirations. So here’s what Phyllis from a year ago was obsessed with. I still love Satellite Maps, but now when I listen to it, it’s less emotional, and more a quick tune. A 5/10 from a year ago, but now I think I’d give it a 7? The aspect with how the song is captivating with such an easy beat, never ceases to amaze me. Enjoy!

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Artist: Montgomery

Song: Satellite Maps

Album: New Clear War EP

Genre: Indie/Alternative

Release Date: Oct. 24, 2014

Rating: 5.0 Continue reading

Bette Davis Eyes Song (Music Week #6)

Sorry guys I was on vacation where I couldn’t keep posting! Here goes!

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Artist: Kim Carnes

Album: Gypsy Honeymoon, Bette Davis Eyes

Genre: Rock

Release Date: July 12, 1993

Record Label: Captiol Records

Rating: 7.0

Kim Carnes is a name that you bring up, and everybody nods in approval or recognition. Her reputation has been built up after her success from “Bette Davis Eyes”. There is no denying the boost the song gave to her brand name, after winning the Grammys for Record of the year and Song of the Year. Kim is also known for her rock, country experience and blue eye soul background. She has a distinct raspy voice and throughout this compiled album, it is heard well. Bette Davis Eyes is perhaps the best song on Gypsy Honeymoon. Written by Donna Weiss and Jackie DeShannon, and receiving praise from the Bette Davis herself, this already gave a good impression to listeners. When listening to it, we are introduced to the famous tune and it carried an odd feeling that makes you want to move around and dance. Continue reading

Fangirl

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Title: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Release Date: Septemeber 10th, 2015

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Number of Pages: 445

Summary: Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind? Continue reading

Emmylou Song (Music Week #2)

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Artist: Vance Joy

Song: Emmylou

Album: God Loves You When You’re Dancing

Genre: Alternative Folk

Record Label: Atlantic Records

Release Date: March 22, 2013

Rating: 10.0

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1989 Album (Music Week #1)

Here goes the first review on the fantastic album from 2 years ago! All ratings are out of 10 and below are some bits of polaroid pictures from the album.

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Artist: Taylor Swift

Album: 1989

Genre: Pop

Type: Deluxe

Release Date: October 27, 2014

Record Label: Big Machine

Rating: 9.0 Continue reading

Music Week+Reviews

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Hey everyone,

Exciting news! This year I started a music blog, and I wrote around 10 music reviews with a collection of random drafts. I’ve decided to re-post the music reviews on this blog. The truth is I love to read while listening to music (that’s why I have playlists). Music can enhance emotions, something I’ve further learned this past month. The blog is about what I enjoy, but at the end of the day, I do want you guys to like reading it too. I want you guys to take something out of it, so I do think music reviews will be a nice addition. Starting today on a random Wednesday, I will be posting music reviews everyday for approximately a week. Hopefully, there will be an amalgamation of songs and albums of all genres that you guys can enjoy. Without further to do, open your eyes to a world of music!

Phyllis 🙂 (Side note: I took this photo myself!)

Around the World in Eighty Days+Tea

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My tbr list is getting quite ridiculous at this point. This time, instead of a review (since I haven’t finished reading this novel-guilty of all charges), I will be telling a little story. For old times sake, as a child we always have a classic story that we know by heart. For me, the novel was Around the World in Eighty Days. I heard the abbreviated version from my mom in a local library. If memory serves me correctly, she read a translated version to me too, in Mandarin. Even in another language, the action was incredibly captivating.

7 or 8 year old me, on the edge of my seat (or a tiny stool) keen to listen to the next crazy situation. My lovely mom willing to sit on a tiny stool too to read to me :). Is the train going to fall off the bridge? Will Phileas be captured by the police? They did not back it back time! My dramatic sighs that were too loud for the library could be heard clearly. Or with the time difference, they did make it back in time? Anyhow, only pleasant memories are entailed with the adventures around the world.  Continue reading