Kelly’s Thoughts

Summer Fruits

Summer is by far the best time for fruit. We got watermelon, peaches, all the berries, cherries, passion fruit, apricots, and so much more just sitting perfectly to be harvested and eaten right away. As someone who’s kind of enamored with idea of eating seasonally, it totally makes sense why … Continue reading “Summer Fruits”

SOUNDS LIKE: Summer 2017

Panic! At the Disco coming out of the woodworks with new music since 2018 has me feeling particularly feral and nostalgic for the summer I fell in love them. And it’s funny how life that summer and life right now feel energetically similar. Let’s go back to Summer 2017 to … Continue reading “SOUNDS LIKE: Summer 2017”

Hot Girl Bass Grooves

Look, I’m not saying the new Harry Styles album had everything to do with this week’s playlist…but he had at least something to do with this week’s playlist. The clear influence of slinky disco over a few Harry’s House tracks got me realizing that I’ve really been vibing with what … Continue reading “Hot Girl Bass Grooves”

I Listened To From Under the Cork Tree By Fall Out Boy As A Kid And Developed A Lifelong Love For Emo and Pop Punk

Please excuse the Buzzfeed-esque post title, I was trying to mimic the song title length of this week’s subject lol. I’ve been listening to a lot of pop punk lately and it’s got me thinking about the album that started it all for me, Fall Out Boy’s From Under the … Continue reading “I Listened To From Under the Cork Tree By Fall Out Boy As A Kid And Developed A Lifelong Love For Emo and Pop Punk”

Can’t Get You Out of My Head: “Head On Fire” by Griff, Sigrid, MØ, and King Princess

Folks 👏🔊 What the fuck is going on these days? There is so much happening and I’m feeling overwhelmed! I don’t think I’m fully aware of all that’s happening. Also I feel like I can’t even begin to sort through how I feel about it. Only two things have helped … Continue reading “Can’t Get You Out of My Head: “Head On Fire” by Griff, Sigrid, MØ, and King Princess”

FEELS LIKE: Spectre Jones

Y’all, I’ve been wanting to start this series since the beginning of this blog. I’m PUMPED. Welcome to FEELS LIKE, our artist spotlight series where we introduce you to artists we love and talk about the way they process life through music, just like we do here! And we’re starting … Continue reading “FEELS LIKE: Spectre Jones”

SOUNDS LIKE: January Sucks

Once upon a time in January 2020, I made a playlist called “A Little January Optimism” with the intention of trying to break my longstanding curse of something going wrong every January since 2012. And well, we all know what ensued in 2020…thanks Corona. The fact that Miss Rona is … Continue reading “SOUNDS LIKE: January Sucks”

The Ethereal Femme Fatale

A woman who is intelligent and also knows how to weaponize her beauty: there’s nothing more dangerous than that. There’s nothing more powerful than that. – Megan Fox I recently talked with my close friend Megan (not Fox) about Marilyn Monroe. Megan told me this story of how Marilyn was … Continue reading “The Ethereal Femme Fatale”

Spooky Songs Vol. 2

You’ve heard of bad and bougie, now get ready for sad and spooky. Halloween is here and idk about y’all but I feel like I’m pulling teeth to try to rally the festive spirit. Like I’m literally hopping on a plane this weekend to visit my niece and nephew with … Continue reading “Spooky Songs Vol. 2”

New Music Crush: Samia

“I only write songs about things that I’m scared of, so here, now you’re deathless in art…” – Is There Something in the Movies?, Samia Ok, not gonna lie…I saw this one coming. I’ll explain exactly what I mean. Today, I’m talking about my latest new music crush, Samia. Samia, … Continue reading “New Music Crush: Samia”

Summer Dream Pop

Don’t wake me, I’m living in a goddamn day dream, nothing ever lasts as long as you want it to, as long as I’m next to you. I’m feeling like the sun never sets, that summer was endless… – Heaven is a Place in My Head, Bad Suns Guess who … Continue reading “Summer Dream Pop”

New Music Crush: Arlo Parks

“Suddenly he started screaming, Caroline, I swear to God I’ve tried, I swear to God I’ve tried…” – Caroline, Arlo Parks Oh man, I have been waiting to talk about this New Music Crush. Arlo Parks is the musical poet I’ve been looking for and honestly aspire to be. Please … Continue reading “New Music Crush: Arlo Parks”

AAPI Excellence Vol. 1

Happy AAPI Heritage Month! If you didn’t know, May is Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. Especially with the rise in violence against AAPI people in America, it is important to learn about the complicated history of AAPI people in America and highlight their contributions to food, culture, and more. … Continue reading “AAPI Excellence Vol. 1”

A Little Space

In the throes of the pandemic, everyone has looked for some sort of escapism. Whether it was getting the lost in the world of movies or television/streaming shows, regressing to nostalgic obsessions, or just dissociating from reality while in lockdown, we all had our choice to cope. I’ve been particularly … Continue reading “A Little Space”

It’s The Freakin’ Weeknd

I don’t really care for big sports games. But I do like celebrating the Super Bowl. I love the ‘let’s throw the diet out the window’ snacks, friends and family coming together to pretend to care about American football, the outrageous commericals…but mostly, the halftime show. Honestly, the halftime show … Continue reading “It’s The Freakin’ Weeknd”

New Music Crush: The Aces

“I’m stuck, babe, stuck with nowhere to go…” – Stuck, The Aces Yeah, ok I’m SUPER late with posting about this new music crush. Why? Do I even have to say it? We’re all thinking it. Ugh, well, 2020 sucked. I’m done sugar coating it or pretending it wasn’t terrible … Continue reading “New Music Crush: The Aces”

Dancing Through Pain

So LA has been hitting rock bottom when it comes to COVID cases. One out of every six people in LA is dying from COVID. I am absolutely terrified. I do not want to leave my house for anything, even though I committed to volunteering somewhere every Saturday. Literally, my … Continue reading “Dancing Through Pain”

this is america

A revolution is upon us. And it is long overdue. America loves Black culture — music, fashion, slang, comedy, food, the list goes on. But at the same time, racially motivated violence and acts of hate continue after generations of abuse. How many more times must a Black person in … Continue reading “this is america”

SOUNDS LIKE: Shanghai 2015

Five years ago today, I boarded a plane for the very first time to Shanghai, China for the most memorable summer I’ve ever had. That summer in Shanghai was magical, full of adventure, and my first taste of real independence. I’m gonna reminisce a little here. To prepare for the … Continue reading “SOUNDS LIKE: Shanghai 2015”

Lonely Songs for Lonely People

So, I guess we’re all (unofficially) in quarantine now here in the US. For the record, we’ve already known that there’s a loneliness epidemic but it’s very possible that it’ll be exacerbated by ol’ Corona. As someone who’s struggled with loneliness, now more than ever do I find it important to reach … Continue reading “Lonely Songs for Lonely People”

ew it’s valentine’s day

For the record, I’ve always had the mentality that Valentine’s Day should celebrate more than romantic love. Like, I once hosted a live radio show in high school where I took requests and dedications on Valentine’s Day. It was fun, and further proof that I’ve been brimming with the need … Continue reading “ew it’s valentine’s day”

24 Kelly Magic

It’s my blog and I’ll make a playlist if I want to. Instead of getting all nostalgic (aka how I always live my life), I’ve decided to make a playlist that explains how I want to live my life as a 24 year old. I’ve been really good at getting … Continue reading “24 Kelly Magic”

A Little January Optimism

Idk about you all but historically, my Januaries have been trash. I love the energy of a new year but there’s always something that puts a damper on my mood midway through the month. Well you know what January? Not this year!!! Anyways, I made this playlist so we can … Continue reading “A Little January Optimism”

Thanksgiving Songs

I know everyone’s debating whether or not to listen to Christmas music already, but I am NOT HERE FOR THIS SO-CALLED THANKSGIVING ERASURE. Food, people you love, food, and just time to be thankful for what you’ve got. Why erase that? Did I mention the food?? There’s Halloween songs, there’s … Continue reading “Thanksgiving Songs”

The Comeback Kids

Ok, people who know me personally: No, this is not only gonna be about the Jonas Brothers. (I will put forth my declaration of love to them later because I’m still processing, hold please.) Their comeback was a personal thing for me, however, they’re not the only kids that came back into … Continue reading “The Comeback Kids”

Spooky Songs

Fear is a funny thing because it’s both something that can paralyze you and motivate you. Halloween and the spooky transitional season that it exists in (autumn in lay men’s terms) are a time to reflect on things that scare you, whether you’re going through a tough time or you’re … Continue reading “Spooky Songs”

80s inspired Alfie Templeman alternative pop alternative rock Ariana Grande bad suns Billie Eilish bleachers Carly Rae Jepsen chvrches COIN fall out boy female singer-songwriters fleetwood mac Halsey Harry Styles Hayley Williams indie pop indie rock Jonas Brothers Joseph Sedarski kacey musgraves lauv Lizzo Maggie Rogers MARINA MUNA nick jonas Olivia Rodrigo pandemic mental health Panic! At the Disco paramore paul mccartney phoebe bridgers Rina Sawayama sad music Saint Motel Stevie Nicks Taylor Swift The 1975 the aces the beatles The Killers the marias The Regrettes