As I was scrolling through the trending tags, I saw that Ukraine was trending. I soon found out that there’s riots going on in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev. To say the least, they’re far from peaceful. There are pictures of burning barricades, police forces beating people, and people injured. The people of Ukraine are fighting against their government. Living in the USA, I feel lucky. So many people are out there risking their lives, because they believe their government is treating them unfairly. In the US, we are blessed with a government where everyone gets a say, and nothing is one person’s decision. We haven’t had a war within our country since the civil war. Right now 43 athletes from Ukraine are competing at the Sochi Winter Olympics. I can’t imagine what they are feeling right now. The team requested to wear black arm bands in honor of those who have died in Kiev, but were denied. I wish everyone in Kiev at the moment to stay safe. I would usually root for my country in the Olympics, but right now I’m rooting for Ukraine. Don’t just compete for yourself, compete for Kiev.
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1. Paris, France
I went to Paris in June 2013, and instantly fell in love with the city. We stayed in a small apartment with 2 bedrooms. In the living room we had a view over the street below. The room I stayed in had two beds. One was a loft with small stairs leading up to it, and the other was a single tucked into a corner. My brother claimed the loft and I reluctantly took the single. We stayed for a week and I have to say I loved every second of it. Everyone in Paris is so relaxed, and so calm. On our first day, we decided to go see the Eiffel Tower. In pictures, it’s beautiful, but in real life, it’s just stunning. Also, on one of our last days, we went to Chateau Versailles. Chateau Versailles in a palace. We had to wait an hour and a half in line, but when you get inside, it’s so beautiful. The detail in all the artwork is just amazing. On our last day, we decided to go back to the Eiffel Tower at nine o’clock to see the light show. We had no idea what to expect. The Tower lit up and sparkled for five minutes, and it was the most beautiful thing in the world. I could’ve watched for hours.
2. New York City, New York
I live in a small town, where nothing much happens. You see the same people, go to the same restaurants and do the same things. In NYC, it’s completely the opposite. You look up and the buildings seem to never end. The chances of seeing someone you know in NYC by chance is almost zero. I just feel alive there. Times Square is probably my favorite place in NYC. The lights and the billboards just make it seem so surreal. Last year I went to ground zero, the 9/11 memorial. We had to wait in a super long line and go through so much security, but it was worth it. The waterfalls were amazing. They seemed to never end. I thought it was a beautiful way to remember the people we lost.
3. Playa Negra, Costa Rica
My family goes here almost every year, and I love it. Playa Negra is a hotel. It’s not a high rise, but a collection of houses and bungalows right on the beach. There is a restaurant right there with great food and pool tables. It is also right next to a pool. In the mornings, we walk down to the restaurant, and get some breakfast. This includes french toast, pancakes, fresh fruit platters and delicious smoothies. Then, we get our bathing suits on and go to the beach for a few hours. The beach there is absolutely beautiful. Then, we grab lunch and go back to the house for a nap. Then, in the afternoon we go to the pool, swim, read, and drink smoothies. Then we go back and get ready for dinner. We usually go to the nearby town, Los Pargos, for dinner. It is so beautiful in Costa Rica, I love it.
4. Camden, Maine
I went here a few years ago with my dad, and I loved it. The town is small, but full of cool stuff. We went to a lighthouse that was a mile out in the ocean. The town was charming and really cute. At one point we found a little rocky beach, and we spent about an hour just sitting there and reading. We stayed in a motel, and when you think motel you think old, broken down, and kinda gross. But, this motel was really nice. An old couple ran it, and they were so nice! The lady made countless muffins, sausages and eggs for breakfast everyday. The rooms were comfy and just big enough. We only stayed for 3 days, but I loved it.
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Album Of The Year
"The Blessed Unrest" — Sara Bareilles
"Random Access Memories" — Daft Punk
"Good Kid, M.A.A.D City" — Kendrick Lamar
"The Heist" — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
"Red" — Taylor Swift
Record Of The Year
"Get Lucky" — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
"Radioactive" — Imagine Dragons
"Royals" — Lorde
"Locked Out Of Heaven" — Bruno Mars
"Blurred Lines" — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams
Song Of The Year
"Just Give Me A Reason" — Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Pink Featuring Nate Ruess)
"Locked Out Of Heaven" — Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
"Roar" — Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry & Henry Walter, songwriters (Katy Perry)
"Royals" — Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor, songwriters (Lorde)
"Same Love" — Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Mary Lambert)
Best New Artist
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
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Song Of The Month: Still Into You - Paramore
This song is definitely one of my most played songs for November. The vocals in this are not just plain, autotuned vocals you get on every pop song. They really show off the extent of the lead singers vocal ability, without sounding like they’re trying to show off. The lyrics are sweet, but the song is upbeat and fun.
Artist Of The Month: Matchbox Twenty
I’ve listened to three of Matchbox Twenty’s songs in particular in November. They were “Unwell”, “She’s So Mean”, and “How Far We’ve Come.” The dark, but country theme in Unwell got me hooked. Great lyrics and very catchy, though not being “too mainstream.” In She’s So Mean, it’s overall just a get up and dance kinda of song. The pre-chorus is definitely the hook. The repeated guitar keeps it constant and not too all over the place as it could easily become. Also, How Far We’ve Come is just a classic Matchbox Twenty rock song.
Album Of The Month: Midnight Memories - One Direction
Crap, looks like our boys have finally grown out of corny lyrics and normal pop tunes. When I first listened to this I wasn’t totally into it. I wasn’t used to 1D singing country/pop, and rock. It starts out with “Best Song Ever”, which is normal enough. Then we get to “Diana” and “Midnight Memories”, which are rock based. Then we get to the ballad “You & I”, with stunning vocals and well-written lyrics. “Don’t Forget Where You Belong” is a semi-normal pop song, with good lyrics, and a catchy chorus. “Strong” starts out with a country/pop first verse, and then goes into a catchy pop chorus. “Happily” is a country/pop song with well-written lyrics and a good hook. It has a catchy chorus, and is my favorite on the album. “Through The Dark” is a country-based song, with good lyrics. This is probably the most different song. “Little White Lies” is a pop song, with a kick drum through the verse, and a catchy chorus. “Better Than Words” is a pop song, with some country in the guitar, with well-written lyrics. Then theres “Alive” with a rock influence, and ok lyrics. The last song on the album “Half a Heart” is a love song with good lyrics and a good chorus. Overall, this is very different from their hits “What Makes You Beautiful” and “Kiss You.” They wrote most of the album.
Indie Song Of The Month: The Mother We Share - CHVRCHES
This indie-pop song starts out with “ohs” and a synth. The lyrics are very well written, and have meaning. The song is very catchy, but different. It’s upbeat and has a fun vibe, while the lyrics are deep. Well produced, good vocals, and an over all good song.