Instrumental music, Thanksgiving and an apology

Hello everyone! Hope all you Canadians out there had a wonderful thanksgiving and for all you Americans, sucks that you have to wait another month for that Butterball turkey! Last week was a toughie for Kvitka and myself because we were swamped with commitments: work, university, family and social life, which meant we took a blog vacation. This weekend we realised how grateful we were to this blog and all our readers. We’re back and we’d like to thank you for sticking with us! We hope you understand how much A Lipstick Trilogy means to us. 


My favourite music has always been instrumental music and movie soundtracks. The drama, the emotion, the intensity–all helps me focus. Today I’d like to shine the spotlight on my most played track on my Focus playlist: La valse d’Amélie by Yann Tiersen. It’s absolutely calming and contemplative. I love working to it. The version below is by Mike Lew. Have a listen:

Do you have any favourite focus tracks? Share below in the comments! 


Until next time,

Rochelle

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This Week on Spotify…

Sometimes I feel so ‘basic’, most especially when I love songs that are currently playing on the radio. Pop music is often regarded as the least creative genre on the planet but honestly? Forget the snobbish-ness for a little while and take a minute to listen to what you actually like: good music in all its genres. This week, my favorite song also happens to be a well played track on the radio. Give it a listen below:


Until next time,

Rochelle

Music is not a chore

I must admit that I do not listen to music very often [cue a shocked expression]. Although there are resources for a fulfilling listening experience, you will not find me listening to music on the bus, while working, or reading. However, it is a ritual to dedicate some time every week to just sitting back and embracing music. 


This week, I hope you will try this meditative exercise of sitting back and just listening to music. You will begin to hear sounds and instruments you never noticed before and the lyrics will grow in meaning. Here is what I am listening to right now (video suitable for mature audience):

What are you listening to right now?


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~ Kisses, Kvitka ~

Music Videos Faux Pas

In recent years I have completely dismissed music videos. With such a revelation, here is an explanation. Often times, watching a music video changes the meaning of the song I have envisioned or quite the contrary, I find that they seem to have no meaning. Although I’m sparing myself the potential disappointment, I have noticed that I have been missing on quite a few gossiping pieces like, “Wrecking Ball” or “Anaconda.”

All jokes aside, my perception was challenged when I was introduced to something new, a music video which was secretly endorsed with symbolism and strong thematic development. Please keep in mind that this video is only suited for older and mature audiences, watch at your own discretion.

My first thoughts were, “Is this a humans vs. robots plot line”, what a classic move for the 21st century. However, it turned out to hold many symbolic references to loyalty, greed, riches, and thirst for power, providing a deeper, more sentimental meaning. Take a look again and keep these themes in mind, the plot line will come alive.


Thank you for tuning in this Tuesday. Have you seen our food post? Keep your eyes open for a new café review. Stay in touch by following us on Twitter, Instagram @lipstick_trilogy and Pinterest for more on our adventures and interests. 

Until next time,

~ Kisses, Kvitka ~

Have You Heard?

This week my most played song on my Spotify playlist was Phoebe Ryan’s Ignition/Do You (Mashup)! It’s a beautiful song that was coincidentally first sung by R. Kelly in 2003. Both versions are fun and addictive so take your pick below:


Until next time,

Rochelle

Voice of the Week

A few weeks ago, while I spent a day at Osheaga, I finally saw one of my favourite singers George Ezra. He gave an amazing live performance and his voice is second to none. Unfortunately, there were many in the crowd who did not recognise him and some even left because they didn’t really appreciate his eclectic mix of rock, country and je ne sais quoi! I thought we could all use some of Ezra soul on this dreary Tuesday morning so here’s some music from the singer of Budapest.


Enjoy!

Rochelle

Acapella the New Favorite

“Pitch Perfect” converted me into a loyal acapella fan and ever since then I have been trying to endorse myself in this genre. Just my luck, a few years back I discovered Pentatonix on Youtube, and every weekend was spent checking for new uploads.

Give these artists a try, I can guarantee that you will find them intriguing and will totally attempt to beat-box alone in your room. One of my personal favorites:

You may be wondering why Ariana Grande’s hit, well, the sounds they produce make you question how no instruments were involved in this production. Trust us, its worth a listen.


Will you be giving this single a try? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. To stay in touch, follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest for more on our (mis)adventures and interests.

Until next time,

~Kisses, Kvitka~ 

Eurovision Fandom 

Growing up, Eurovision was the music event of the year. Countries compete for the title and honour of hosting next year’s Eurovision, some friendly competition to unify European countries for the night. The lyrics to some of the songs can be considered “cheesy” and translations into English can get, let’s just say– creative but we still have some favorites up our sleeves. 

Here is a taste of Eurovision, enjoy: http://youtu.be/Pfo-8z86x80

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Until next time,

~Kisses, Kvitka~ 

Jukeboxes vs. the radio

There comes a time when one gets weary of whatever is playing on the radio and when that happens, Youtube is the haven to which we all turn. This week I’d like to recommend a newly discovered gem–Postmodern Jukebox. I’m sure most of you have already heard their covers but for the few that haven’t, PJ essentially covers modern music with the flare and styles of different eras. Take a listen below and if you don’t love it by the end then the world’s gone topsy turvy!


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Until next time,

Rochelle

Laid Back Feels

This week we are recommending “Lean On” by Major Lazer & DJ Snake. Quite an unexpected choice for us but this is the perfect,upbeat summer tune to include in your playlist. The beat has a laid back feel while dancing along is inevitable during the chorus.

Give it a listen, you will not be disappointed (we hope):


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Until next time,

Rochelle & Kvitka

‘Unique’ Taste

Recently, I have been informed that I am very picky when it comes to music, with a taste that is nearly impossible to pinpoint. Although I disagree, the criteria is simple– I must hear the real, organic sound of instruments. To give you a little preview, here is my current favourite: “Edge of Something” by Jamie Cullum. 

The beat is uplifting and energetic while the piano and the violin in the background are heavenly.


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Until next time,

Rochelle & Kvitka

Radio Gem

Just heard Rachel Platten sing Fight Song on the radio in the car and after jamming to it with the windows rolled down, we simply had to add it to our Upbeat Spotify playlist! It’s a great, catchy and positive song. Give it a listen if you haven’t heard it already! It’ll be on repeat this whole week–don’t say we didn’t warn ya!


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Xoxo,

Rochelle & Kvitka