maddmusic reference

this is what i use, i’m only sharing what i experience as i experience it. it might me different for everyone, but i hope this helps 💙

* paradise / coldplay
* oh ms believer / twenty one pilots
* soon / thumbelina
* astronaut / simple plan

* how does a moment last forever (montmartre)
* shouldn’t come back / demi lovato
* dark paradise / lana del rey [warning: this song tends to trigger extremely depressing daydreams, i only resort to this when i’m already feeling significantly sad)
* colors (stripped) / halsey
* the house that built me / miranda lambert
* danny boy / declan galbraith (can be interpreted as parent and child or separated sweethearts relationship)
* bottom of the ocean / miley cyrus
* talking to the moon / bruno mars
* never grow up / taylor swift

* sorry / halsey
* almost is never enough / ariana grande ft. nathan skyes
* just give me a reason / p!nk and nate ruess
* wildest dreams / taylor swift
* need you now / lady antebellum
* the heart wants what it wants / selena gomez
* she will be loved / maroon 5
* hey there delilah / plain white t’s
* what to do / demi lovato
* the last time / taylor swift ft. gary lightbody
* someone like you / adele
* back to december / taylor swift
* cosmic love / florence and the machine
* heart attack / demi lovato
* daylight / maroon 5

* mirrors / justin timberlake
* summertime sadness / lana del rey
* look at me / carrie underwood
* love alone / katelyn tarver
* if you told me to / hunter hayes
* come on get higher / matt nathanson
* when i look at you / miley cyrus
* wanted / hunter hayes
* everything has changed / taylor swift ft. ed sheeran
* a thousand years / christina perri
* all of me / john legend
* catch me / demi lovato
* fearless / taylor swift
* marry you / bruno mars
* begin again / taylor swift
* i see the light / tangled
* young love / kip moore
* death of a bachelor / panic! at the disco
* ours / taylor swift
* let me be your wings / thumbelina
* more than miles / brantley gilbert
* a year without rain / selena gomez
* bright / echosmith
* state of grace / taylor swift
* without you / lana del rey [warning: comes with feelings of dependence on paras, may break the fourth wall]
* drive / halsey
* starlight / taylor swift
* if i lose myself / onerepublic
* salvatore / lana del rey
* can’t help falling in love / ingrid michaelson or twenty one pilots or céline dion or elvis (the original singer)
* malibu / miley cyrus

* treacherous / taylor swift
* pillowtalk / zayn
* take me to church / hozier (especially sinful vibes with this one, watch out)
* wildfire / demi lovato
* casual affair / panic! at the disco
* lust for life / lana del rey (seriously recommend this song, not only is it aesthetically pleasing and sexy but it’s also full of hope and general positive inspiration)
* miss jackson / panic! at the disco
* criminal / britney spears
* crazy in love / sofia karlburg or beyoncé
* stars dance / selena gomez

* already gone / kelly clarkson
* jar of hearts / christina perri
* paper doll / john mayer
* goodbye / miley cyrus
* mine would be you / blake shelton
* when i was your man / bruno mars

* hold me down / halsey
* ballad of mona lisa / panic! at the disco
* gasoline / halsey
* teen idle / marina and the diamonds
* habits / tove lo
* chandelier / sia

* set fire to the rain / adele
* trouble / halsey
* grenade / bruno mars
* wild one / i am harlequin
* nicotine / panic! at the disco
* dear john / taylor swift
* stay / rihanna ft. mikky ekko
* i’m low on gas and you need a jacket / pierce the veil (super emo, suicidal vibes, highly emotional and poetic lyrics)
* love the way you lie / rihanna (there are 2 parts, i personally prefer part 2)
* teddy bear / melanie martinez (her music generally tends to focus on children’s lifestyle which can be creepy and seem pedophilic and i have mixed feelings about her but this one is kinda okay. just warning you in case you’re sensitive to it)
* dollhouse / melanie martinez (same with this one, i actually really like this one)
* cold as you / taylor swift

* clean / taylor swift
* i’m not a robot / marina and the diamonds
* if i die young / the band perry (it’s a reminder of the aftermath of suicide)
* warrior / demi locator
* human / cher lloyd
* human / christina perri (they’re different songs)
* fight song / rachel platten
* try / colbie caillat (on female body image and standards)
* scars to your beautiful / alessia cara (also female body image and standards)
* wide awake / katy perry
* saturn / sleeping at last
* lovely / twenty one pilots
* carry on / fun

YOU’RE MY HOME + FAMILY OF FRIENDS + PLATONIC ROMANCE + JUST HANGING OUT (with a hint of friends with benefits)
* sweater weather / the neighborhood
* love / lana del rey
* she looks so perfect / 5 seconds of summer
* team / lorde
* we are young / fun
* this is what makes us girls / lana del rey
* tennis court / lorde
* 22 / taylor swift
* LA devotee / panic! at the disco
* holy ground / taylor swift
* forest / twenty one pilots
* royals / lorde
* new romantics / taylor swift
* i’m yours / jason mraz
* house of gold / twenty one pilots
* castle on the hill / ed sheeran

* castle / halsey
* how to be a heartbreaker / marina + the diamonds
* heathens / twenty one pilots
* blank space / taylor swift
* dangerous woman / ariana grande
* control / halsey
* can’t be tamed / miley cyrus
* national anthem / lana del rey
* primadonna girl / marina and the diamonds
* centuries / fall out boy
* emperor’s new clothes / panic at the disco
* circus / britney spears
* music to watch boys to / lana del rey
* defying gravity / idina menzel
* homewrecker / marina and the diamonds
* off to the races / lana del rey

an extra bit of advice:

-follow up a series of dark/sad themes with a few happier themes
-try not to engage in the violent/depressing themes, but i know sometimes it’s just too hard to resist, so when you just *have* to daydream violence and the like, if it gets too intense for your health, cut off the music, take a little break, put on a happier song even if you don’t feel like listening to one yet
-please turn the volume down, darling
-drink water!! take breaks
-if you cry, it’s okay

i hope this helps!! sorry to the boys, these are mostly directed @ girls cause i’m a girl and so is my parame :// if you’d like to request more themes, drop them in my inbox or leave a comment and i’ll see what i can do for you!!

anonymous asked:

How can I go about making a character of color, particularly an Asian male influenced by African-American culture like rap, slang (not the n word, of course!) And clothing style, is this something that is acceptable?

Asians influenced by African-American culture

Isn’t this the entire Korean/Japanese Hip-Hop community? Just kidding (but seriously). I think one of the appeals of African-American culture such as rap is that its relatively low powered. Anyone can rap, all you need is a beat and a story to tell. There is a right way and a wrong way to do this that borders on cultural appropriation vs. cultural appreciation. One thing that I’ve noticed that is happening with African-American culture is that when it’s “time to be Black”(i.e. care about injustices against Black people), all the people who are using African-American culture for their own personal gain are nowhere to be found. Where were Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, and Iggy when everything was happening in Ferguson during the summer? I digress, but it’s something to think about.

As for your character, the way to do this appropriately without appropriating or fetishizing Black culture is to have your character not only participate in Black culture, but to be aware of his experiences as an Asian man that are vastly different than being a Black man. This can be balanced by highlighting the similarities as well. When it’s “time to be Black”, your character should be fighting against the injustices that his Black male counterparts have to face. There might not ever be an opportunity to do this within the narrative of the story, but it’s important to know that his participation in Black culture is more than just superficial or edgy.

One of the things to learn from the Asian Hip Hop community is that while they might have borrowed some aesthetics, slang and musical styles from Black hip-hop culture, they are distinctly Asian values, beliefs, and sensibilities. There are things that Black rappers rap about that Asian people have no experience with and vice versa. I’m not sure to what extent your character is steeped in Black culture or the reasoning behind it, but there are going to be some aspects of his expression of Black culture that are uniquely Asian, mainly other Asian characters reactions to him. There might be some people in his community that understand his expression of Black culture and their might be some that do not. You can create a well rounded picture by showing both aspects and how it affects your character.     

~ Mod Najela

Seconding everything Najela has said! And please be careful as you create this character not to make a person who solely mimics Black people (or if they do, that it’s clear that this is not appropriate/accepted behavior). Najela’s point that assimilation is NOT the same as appropriation/fetishization and how to avoid that cannot be overstated enough! 

There’s also sometimes a pervasive anti-Black sentiment within many Asian/Asian-American communities (e.g., blackface in kpop, lateral racism, etc) that you should be aware of. There are definitely instances where Asians/Asian-Americans who are into Black culture or hip-hop culture participate in lateral racism or microaggressions towards Black people. 

Sometimes, Asian-Americans get asked why they “act so black” or “act so white,” when in reality, they’ve simply assimilated into the culture of their neighborhood and immediate surroundings. Because Asian-Americans are always considered the “perpetual foreigner,” regardless of how long they’ve been here, whenever they assimilate into a culture that doesn’t read as stereotypically Asian, they’re often accused of acting like another race.

There are plenty of prominent Asian American males who are into/participate in hip-hop culture, including comedian/rapper Timothy DeLaGhetto, chef/author Eddie Huang, rapper Dumbfoundead, and the dance crew Jabbawockeez. 

Good luck writing your character, Anon!

~mod Stella

Grammys 2015: And the Nominees Are…

Record of the Year

“Fancy,” Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX

“Chandelier,” Sia

“Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith

“Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift

“All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor

Best Pop Vocal Album

Ghost Stories, Coldplay

Bangerz, Miley Cyrus

My Everything, Ariana Grande

Prism, Katy Perry

x, Ed Sheeran

In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith

Best Rock Song

“Ain’t It Fun,” Paramore

“Blue Moon,” Beck

“Fever,” The Black Keys

“Gimme Something Good,” Ryan Adams

“Lazaretto,” Jack White