Personal Thoughts, Selected Photos, and Culture Revelations shared by Odile

December 2012

Before 2012 ends : December Recently Added Songs to iPod

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*** All these songs may be listened on Spotify free of charge***

  1. ‘Diamonds’ by Rihanna

    music1I recall the period when Rihanna was just a mere rookie/newbie debuting with her “Good Girl” album about 6 years ago, if I am correct. Back then, I had grown to like her as well as her style of music. After that one album, I began to notice that she was straying away from that “Good Girl” road. I stopped following her then. However, her new album released just a few months ago followed by her hit ‘Diamonds’ has caught my attention. This song is a ballad about having confidence and being positive. It is an uplifting tune with an encouraging message.

  2. ‘Catch My Breath’ by Kelly Clarkson

  3. Like ‘Diamonds’, this is another uplifting and inspiring song. The chorus, and essence of this song is about being independent, strong-willed, and confident. Also, Clarkson is a very talented singer, with vocals that are pleasing to the ear. There are many artists that don’t deserve to be seen live at a concert due to studio auto-tuning, however Kelly Clarkson is an artist whose vocals are pure, real, strong, and original that deserves to be heard live. It is a recently released song from Clarkson’s new album.    music2

  4. When I Was Your Man’ by Bruno Mars

YES!! Bruno Mars has done it again! He has grabbed my attention since his release of ‘Just the

Way You Are’ due to his wonderful love lyrics and his musical talent. He released his highly

anticipated album- “Unorthodox Jukebox” just a few weeks ago and he shows a different style

than his debut album of “Doowops and Hooligans”. ‘When I was Your Man’ is definitely a

ballad without much background instruments and acoustic. It is close to an acapella. If you

would like to listen to a heartfelt and strong vocalized ballad, this is the one!

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  1. Locked Out of Heaven’ by Bruno Mars

    Yeah…I do like Bruno Mars. So again… this starts out as a blues and upbeat song, but the more I listened to it, the more heartfelt, deep, and sad the tune became. If you would like a tearful yet sort-of upbeat song, this is it! There are quite a few dirty words, but it’s just a matter of ignoring them.

    This song, within a few days, has topped many of the international charts, as well as the American one. According to the Spotify chart, it is number 6 on most popular song in the ‘world’.

  2. ‘Radioactive’ by Imagine Dragons

     

  3. Recently, there has been quite a load of hype around ‘Indie’ pop, rock bands. Imagine Dragons has been successful in gaining a large audience for the genre of music it belongs to. This song is about the same music style as Alex Clare’s ‘Too Close’. It has a strong percussion for the background and it is fun to listen as well as to sing-along. I am a newbie when it comes to being familiar with Imagine Dragons, so there isn’t much I can say more about them.

  1. ‘Amazing’ by Danny Saucedo     music7

Previous to downloading this song by Saucedo, I had already been familiar with him. I had already listened to a popular song of his, and was not impressed. This song is an exception..I guess ;) He is a well-known Swedish Pop singer and is famous for his dance and great looks. As a person, he seems on the ‘dirty’ and ‘shady’ side which is also why I was turned away from his songs. I did discover this song through Spotify and it has a really upbeat beat to it with an uplifting message! It is a feel-good and a PARTY song! YAY!

      1. ‘Skyfall’ by Adele

        music8ADELE!! This song has been nominated for the Golden Globes for best movie soundtrack from James Bond’s “Skyfall”. As usual, her talent never fails, which is why it should not be underestimated. She has co-written a wonderfully composed song with an orchestra as the background instrument. Looking for a dramatic sound, this is it!


Rafael Nadal and Tennis


Ever since I was a child, my parents influenced me by having tennis channel on for many hours a day. Watching tennis being played on the terre battu (clay court) would probably have to be my favorite. Therefore, my preferred

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grand slam would also be Roland Garros held in Paris, France, every May. umm..As yo

u may infer, that opinion is super biased. I enjoy watching tennis and playing the sport. I played it for about 4 years and previous to that, I played badminton and won several awards for the primary school team. Thanks to my parents, they have pushed me to always remember to follow an active lifestyle.

I have ‘followed’ Rafael Nadal since the start of his early professional tennis career. I have seen him grow from an amateur to the King of Clay, and to the #1 player in the world, which means I saw him through the ups and downs.

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What has always impressed me about Nadal is his surrounding of a lovely and supportive family. I know that his Dad and Mom divorced, but no matter what happened between the couple, both parents know that Nadal is ‘their’ son, which is why both try to attend their son’s tennis matches. Also, his Uncle Tony has been coaching him from the ripe age of 6, and Nadal has never changed coaches. *loyal student*

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Nadal says his family and support team cocoons him from distracting mud that comes with money and fame. According to Nadal’s mother, Nadal is a very sensitive boy who has full of fears. As an example, he dislikes the dark, and he prefers to sleep with the light turned on. He also isn’t safe around lightnings; when he was a child, he’d hide under the cushions.

As for food preferences, he hates cheese tomato, and ham- which is the national dish of Spain…

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Nadal’s girlfriend is very down-to-earth and hides in the limelight. She believes that traveling everywhere with her boyfriend would not be healthy for either party. She has a degree in business administration and a full time job with an insurance company in Mallorca. If she were to follow him, she imagines that there would be a risk that they might stop

Maria Francesca Perello, aka Xisca, girlfriend of tennis champ Rafael Nadal, takes pics during the 2010 US Open

getting along. She isn’t looking to be on headlines and seen around with her beau. She chooses to remain the ‘earthly’ girl that she has always been.

She says, “Even if my family asks me about Rafael, I prefer not to say much. The fact is that I don’t feel comfortable talking about these things in private. It’s what works for me, and what works for Rafael and me as a couple.”

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Merry Christmas WordPress!

Odile


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