Gallery Mondays: #CreekLove

#creeklove

It’s finally back to feeling like spring again, and Earth Day is coming up, so I’ve decided to feature this artwork I found while visiting Austin, Texas in March.

The piece was created by Lucas Aoki as part of SPRATX‘s #CreekLove Storm Drain Project to promote keeping the creeks and lakes of Austin free from pollution. All of the art created for the project a painted over a storm drain.

I think it’s a pretty cool way to remind people to take care of their city. I was also quite odd but very pleasant to find art like this on the ground instead of on a wall.

See more of the art created for #CreekLove.

 

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Spring 2015 Rainy Day Playlist

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Spring is here, and if you live in New York then that means you’re still seeing bits of snow from the first day of spring’s snowfall.

Unbelievable. Come on, Mother Nature. Cut us some slack here.

We all know that the coming weeks will bring us tons of rain in exchange for some beautiful May flowers. I can live with that.

Here are 17 songs to help you through the rainy days this spring.

1. Thunder, Gold Fields: Just the right mix of melancholy and perfect bliss for the spring season.

2. California Rain, Betty Who: Let the sweet voice of Betty Who soothe your soul as the rain beats on your window pane.

3. Rain, MIKA: We all hate days like this.

 4. Right As Rain, Adele: Who can resist a little bit of Adele on a rainy day?

5. Rainy Zurich, The Fray: This is the song you make out in the rain to. (You’re welcome)

6. Rainy Taxi, Spoon: Give the rain a bit of mischief with this cowboy espionage induced track.

7. It Will Rain, Bruno Mars: Don’t worry, the rain will never leave us. Not sure if that’s a good thing or not but hey, the plants gotta drink too, right?

8. Netzwerk (Falls Like Rain), Klangkarussell: “You only see the stars when they fall like rain.”

9. Umbrella, Rihanna feat. Jay Z: This is the one and only rainy day classic you’ll ever need.

10. When It Rains, Paramore: I present to you the tearjerker on this playlist, courtesy of the members of Paramore.

11. Raindrops (Radio Edit), SNBRN feat. Kerli: Any rainy day’s a party with this one.

12. Before The Storm, Jonas Brothers feat. Miley Cyrus: Let’s relive some Jonas Brothers magic and Miley Cyrus sanity, shall we?

13. Thunder, Boys Like Girls: Will this always be your thunder?

14. Rainy Girl, Andrew McMahon In the Wilderness: What girl wouldn’t want to get stuck in the rain with a guy this romantic?

15. Come Clean, Hilary Duff: Oh, you’ll definitely be clean by the time summer comes.

16. Rain, Astronaut: Are you gonna wait for the rain to come?

17. A Year Without Rain, Selena Gomez: We’re all gonna feel like we’ve gone through a drought once the temperatures get hot, dry and unbearable in June!

 

Happy spring 2015!

 

Hofstra Spring Music Fest 2014

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Hofstra University’s Spring Music Fest 2014 did not fail to bring out the dancing fool in me.

If you follow me on Spotify, you’ll notice that I listen to a lot of alternative rock and pop music. Hence, this year’s lineup of ASTR, Vic Mensa, SZA, and Young the Giant made me extremely excited.

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The only rides this year were inflatable, so I didn’t really go on anything except the slide with my friend Aja. My jeans weren’t slippery enough to go down, so Aja’s satin-like romper wasted no time pulling me down. If we weren’t holding hands, I would have been stuck there for a bit!

Aja and I at the Hofstra Music Fest

We also got some really cool free stuff, including sunglasses, beach balls and airbrush tattoos!

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First up was pop/rock duo Zoe and Adam of ASTR. They performed a few songs from their new EP Varsity including my favorites, “Blue Hawaii” and “Operate.”

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Might I add that Zoe sure knows how to move those hips! Dayum girl!

Next up was Vic Mensa from Chicago. If you learn anything from Mr. Mensa it’s, “Make money, but the money you make don’t make you.”

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I can’t stop dancing to his new single “Down on My Luck.” It’s so good!

Sub-headliner SZA put us all in a mellow state of mind with her beautiful R&B vocals. She sang crowd-pleasers “Babylon” and “Child’s Play.”

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At one point during her performance she told us she was self-conscious because her clothes kept falling off. She still looked cute!

Then came the moment we’d all been waiting for: Young the Giant.

They opened with “Anagram,” one of my favorites off their new album Mind Over Matter.

Lead singer Sameer Ghadia explained to us that the guitarist traded pants with someone for inexplicable reasons. I gotta say, he worked those baggy floral pants!

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After singing some of my all-time favorites, including “Cough Syrup” and “Eros,” Ghadia did the unthinkable:

He came off the stage and into the crowd during their closing performance of “My Body”!

I was standing against the gate, so I got to touch his armpit! AHHHHH!

I can’t believe this was my last Spring Music Fest as a Hofstra student. Hopefully next year someone can bring me as a guest?

Spring 2014 Workout Playlist

Spring is finally here, and it’s time to shed all the blubber you gained during the winter to keep you warm! Getting toned and fit for the summer months could be quite the challenge, but bringing some music along might make your workout more enjoyable.

Whether you’re jogging, lifting weights, running on a treadmill, or just doing some old fashioned push ups, these 10 hard hitting tracks will keep pushing you closer to your workout goals!

1. Glasgow, David Guetta: This fast paced electronic beat will have you working up a sweat at the gym in no time. Try lifting weights to the beat of this one!

2. Ground Shake, DiRTY RADiO: That’s right, keep on running! Don’t be afraid to make the “ground shake, baby!”

3. Autosave, Fedde Le Grand and Patric la Funk: Keep a steady pace on the treadmill with this electronic beat. Perfect track to warm up to.

4. Natural Disaster, Laidback Luke and Example: You’re definitely going to “need some air” when you’re done with this track!

5. Shave It Up, Zedd: Get a little groovy on the exercise bike with this track. Put your back into it!

6. Suspension, LIGHTS: “You’re not close enough”! Keep pumping!

7. Work, Work, Britney Spears: Don’t you wanna “look hot in a bikini”? Then you “better work, work”!

8. Burnin, Gum Me: Feel the burn in your muscles. Own the burn.

9. Can’t Hold Us, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Ray Dalton: Nobody can stop you now. The ceiling can’t even hold you back. Just make sure to stay on the treadmill…

10. Modern Hearts, The Knocks ft. St. Lucia: This song is perfect for a cool down before leaving the gym. Or, the dramatic synth could make you feel like you’re taking the lead in race, slow-mo style. Either one works.

Happy spring, and enjoy your workout!

 

Holi Spring Festival of Colors

ImageMy buddy Sauani (you may have read about her in my ceramics post) invited me to play Holi at Hofstra today. I had a blast, got really dirty and in between all the fun I managed to get some footage of the event. The Holi Festival of Colors was held in the intramural fields on the North side of campus from noon until about 3pm this Saturday April 6th, 2013.

Holi is a religious spring festival observed by Hindus. It is called the Festival of Colors because you basically throw Holi colors (dyed powder) and water at your friends. It’s so much fun! Although, at one point they started throwing Pepsi, but I don’t think that’s part of the tradition so I politely scooted over and out of the war zone whilst that ensued. The festival originated from the Hindu Legend of Holika and Prahlad. Click here to read the legend.

Enjoy some of the pictures I took while getting Holi color thrown all over me!

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Happy Holi!

Spring 2013 Playlist

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Spring is finally here! Time for some spring cleaning, and what better thing to do while cleaning? Blast some music! Here are 10 songs you can clean-up, or embellish, your playlist with, just in time for spring:

1. Hummingbird Heartbeat, Katy Perry: What’s spring without the birds? Katy Perry gives us the birds, the bees, and a little bit of romance in this track from her album Teenage Dream. It’ll make you feel rejuvenated, I assure you!

2. Climbing Walls, Strange Talk: This Australian band will get you in the swing of spring with this danceable tune. The music video is amazing as well. I urge you to check it out. The bright colors and energetic dancers are sure to get you in the mood for the good weather!

3. Birds, Emiliana Torrini: I heard this song for the first time in the commercial for Azzaro Chrome. Her voice is amazing! She’ll capture you with the first line “Let’s stay awake/ And listen to the dark”. Perfect for those spring nights when you can’t seem to fall asleep.

4. The Suburbs, Mr. Little Jeans: This song is originally by Arcade Fire, but Mr. Little Jean’s version of it is so much better for it’s spring-like, fluttering vibe. The lyrics are a bit dark, though, if you’re into that kind of thing.

5. Maldita Primavera, Yuridia: This Hispanic song is about falling in love in the spring, with a twist. It happens every spring, making it a “Damned Spring”, as the title would translate to in English.

6. Sweater Weather, The Neighbourhood: Sweater weather indeed! This song is a bit sensual, adding to the coziness of spring weather.

7. Big Jet Plane, Angus and Julia Stone: This song by Australian sibling duo Angus and Julia Stone will get you in the mood for some long car rides with the top down, wind in your hair and all.

8. Burn, Madi Diaz: I heard this song in the Pretty Little Liars episode “Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Inferno”. This heartfelt ballad is full of longing and passion. Madi’s voice is just perfect.

9. All Eyes on You, St. Lucia: This song hit my ear for the first time when I saw the Victoria’s Secret commercial it was featured in. The beat of this song is an amazing combination of sweet guitar chords and subtle drums.

10. Walking on a Dream, Empire of the Sun: Saving the best for last, this song is just amazing beyond words. If you have a convertible, please blast this song with the top down as you cruise down the road. It’ll change your life, I swear!

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I hope you have a Happy First Day of Spring! Enjoy the wonderful weather in the weeks to come!