Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack Review


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It’s been a while since I’ve written a music post on my blog.  I figured I would discuss my thoughts on the Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack.  I have the standard edition, but I have listened to the deluxe edition on Spotify.  I’ve been listening to the soundtrack non-stop, and I love the updates on some of the classic songs.  I also love the new songs.  Below are my thoughts on every song.

“Overture”- This is the first of five new songs on the album as there wasn’t an overture on the original soundtrack.  I love how this is an instrumental mashup of all the songs on the album.

“Main Title: Prologue, Pt. 1”- This is just the opening monolog set to music.  The music makes the spoken words more ominous.

“Aria”- This is the second new song, it’s a short, fun opera.

“Main Title: Prologue, Pt. 2”- This is the second part of the opening monolog.
Belle and Belle (Reprise)- I am very impressed by Emma Watson’s singing on these, and yes I know some vocal editing was done, but I love that I could still tell that it’s her singing.

“How Does a Moment Last Forever (Music Box)”- This is the third new song, and I really like it.  The instrumentation is really pretty, like a music box!

“Gaston”- I love the music breaks in this song, they’re fun and make me want to dance the Can-Can.

“Be Our Guest”- This is just as fun and epic as the original.  It really doesn’t seem like any changes were made to this song.

“Days in the Sun”- This is the fourth new song and I really like it.  It’s a little sad, but it’s also about finding hope in breaking the curse.

“Something There”- I always loved this song, and I love the updated ending with Mrs. Potts and Chip.

“How Does a Moment Last Forever (Montmartre)” Emma Watson- This is the second out of three renditions of this song.  There’s a sadness to this song, as it’s about moving on, yet still remembering the past.

“Beauty and the Beast” Emma Thompson (1 of 3)- Yes, there are three different renditions of “Beauty and the Beast” on the soundtrack.  While I still prefer Angel Lansbury, Emma Thompson does a really good job with this song.

“Evermore (Dan Stevens)”- This is the fifth new song and this is the first rendition of it.  I really love this song, I saw a minor spoiler of when this song plays in the movie and I think it will fit the scene perfectly!  If you’ve watched the 1991 movie, you’ll notice that instrumental is the same as the one that plays during the opening monolog.

“The Mob Song”- This is still as dark and angry, and is the same as the original with the exception of the actors who are singing it.  At least, I didn’t hear anything different.

“Beauty and the Beast (Finale)”- This is the second rendition and there are two new verses in this one that wasn’t in the original and they really add to the song.

“How Does a Moment Last Forever” (Celine Dion)- This is much different than the first two renditions, as it has additional lyrics.  I’m really happy that Celine was able to have a song on the soundtrack and in the movie.

“Beauty and the Beas”t (3 of 3) John Legend and Ariana Grande- I love their rendition of this song.  Their voices blend really well together,  and I couldn’t think of two artists other than them to sing the duet version.

“Evermore” (Josh Groban)- I really feel like this is the perfect song to close out the album, and if you listen to it, you’ll understand why.

While I love this soundtrack, there is one thing that I would change.  I don’t think it was necessary to break the “Main Title: Prologue” into two parts.  There is nothing achieved by having it in two parts, I think it actually takes away from how melancholy the prolog really is.

#T5W Book Theme Songs


1.) “The Entertainer”- Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet by H.P. Wood

The cover reminds me of a circus and whenever I hear “The Entertainer” I think of a circus.


2.) Independent Woman by Destiny’s Child- Zodiac by Romina Russell

I always felt that the main character Rho was independent.


3.) “Paris Holds the Key to your Heart” from the Anastasia Soundtrack- A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

“Paris hold the key to her past.
Yes, Princess, I’ve found you at last.
No more pretend,
You’ll be gone,
That’s the end.”- This part of the song reminds me of when Sara and her father are reunited.


4.) “Flawless” by Beyonce- The Heir by Keira Cass

I don’t know why, but I just feel like these two go very well together.


5.) “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”- The Distance to Home by Jenn Bishop

A book about baseball and one of the most baseball songs ever are a match made in heaven.


Cover images are from Goodreads.


I am obsessed with making playlists in my iTunes and Spotify libraries. It’s how I keep my music organized, and how I decide what I want to listen to. I get bored of music pretty easily, so I’m always rotating what playlists I put on my iPod.  I also have playlists for certain artists. I have a playlist that is just for Beyoncé, organized by album release date. I also organize my iTunes library by date added, meaning the most recently added songs are always at the top of my library, and yes my playlists are organized the same way. And if I wanted to fit my entire library on my iPod, I would need a bigger one, my entire library is over 32 gigs and I have at least 30 playlists. I also don’t have all my music in my iTunes library either, a lot of music is on CDs from what seems like forever ago. And no, I won’t give up making playlists. 

What I’ve been listening to lately (Spring 2015)

This is what I’ve been listening to lately, this is what I have in my spring 2015 playlist so far.  I pretty much update this playlist every week when new music gets released to iTunes. It’s pretty much a mix of pop and country, with a little R&B mixed in too!

“Flower” Cody Simpson

“New Problems” Cody Simpson

“Dance Like We’re Making” Love Ciara

“4th Street Sevyn” Streeter

“Unbreakable” Smile Tori Kelly

“Cheyenne” Jason Derulo

“Loving You Easy” Zac Brown Band

“Castaway” Zac Brown Band

“Young and Wild” Zac Brown Band

“Wildfire” Zac Brown Band

“Do What You Like” Taio Cruz

“Vintage” High Dive Heart

“Radio” Jessica Williams

“Into the Fire” Erin McCarley

“Creek Don’t Rise” William Clark Green

“Ringling Road” William Clark Green

“Next Big Thing” William Clark Green

“Sticks and Stones” William Clark Green

“Lose My Mind” Brett Eldredge

“Livin’ the Good Life” Matt Kimbrow Band

“Young Heart” Vanessa Carlton

“Star In Your Own Life” Nia Sioux

“Snake Eyes” Mumford & Sons

“American Oxygen” Rihanna

“Sparks” Hilary Duff

“Get Ugly” Jason Derulo

“The Real Thing” (feat. Christina Aguilera) Nashville Cast

“The Wolf” Mumford & Sons

“Thotful” Cody Simpson

“Lighter Up” Darius Rucker

“Good For a Good Time” Darius Rucker

“Bitch Better Have My Money” Rihanna

“Young Blood” Bea Miller

“Fire N Gold” Bea Miller

“Enemy Fire” Bea Miller

“Dracula” Bea Miller

“Can’t Blame a Girl for Trying” Sabrina Carpenter

“The Middle of Starting Over” Sabrina Carpenter

“We’ll Be the Stars” Sabrina Carpenter

“White Flag” Sabrina Carpenter

“Ya Neck” Lauriana Mae

“NYPD Blues” Lauriana Mae

“This Pain (feat. B.o.B)” Lauriana Mae

“Marvelous” Lauriana Mae

“City of Diamonds” Lauriana Mae

“Dreams Are Real” Tinashe

“Just the Way I Like You” Tinashe

“Looking 4 It” Tinashe

“Something To Feel” Tinashe

“Wanderer” Tinashe

“Worth It” Feat. Iamsu Tinashe

“Wrong” Tinashe

“Biscuits Kacey” Musgraves

“Believe” Mumford & Sons

“No Woman No Cry” Cody Simpson

“Heavy Is the Head (feat. Chris Cornell)” Zac Brown Band

“Want to Want Me” Jason Derulo

“Dress Blues”  Zac Brown Band

“You and the Beach” Luke Bryan

“Checkin’ Out” Luke Bryan

“For a Boy” RaeLynn

“My Ol’ Bronco” Luke Bryan

“Double Tap” Jordin Sparks

“I Want You to Know (feat. Selena Gomez)” Zedd

“How Bad Do You Want It (Oh Yeah)” Sevyn Streeter

“Sandwich and a Soda” Tamia

“On to Something Good” Ashley Monroe

“Towards the Sun (From The “Home” Soundtrack)” Rihanna

“All the Way” Megan & Liz

“Games” Luke Bryan

“Spring Breakdown” Luke Bryan

“Always Sing” RaeLynn

“Nobody Love” Tori Kelly

Danity Kane DK3 Album Review

Viewers of Making The Band 3 will remember when Danity Kane was put together by P. Diddy eight years ago.  They released two number one albums before Diddy broke the group up.  Last year four out of the original five, Aubrey O’Day, Shannon Bex, Aundrea Fimbres and Dawn Richard announced that they were re-uniting, going on tour and recording an album.  DK4 soon became DK3 with the departure of Aundrea.  However things happened and the reunion was short lived, but Danity Kane still released their third and final album, titled DK3.  This is my review of the album.

While the album, entirely produced by the Stereotypes, in my opinion is solid, something is lacking.  At only 10 songs and just under 40 minutes, there could be more.  Unlike the previous two Danity Kane releases there are no interludes on this album, which is extremely disappointing, considering that Danity Kane was known for their interludes.  If you follow Aubrey, Shannon or Dawn on Instagram, they posted videos and clips of songs that they had recorded with various producers,  it would have been nice if these songs had be included on the album.  While there could have been more, this was a solid effort from the remaining girls of Danity Kane.

How do I decide which blogs I’m going to read and follow

Something that I love is blogging, but I also love reading blogs of others too.  Sometimes it can be a challenge finding blogs to follow.  What I have found that helps me in deciding which blogs I want to read and follow depends on content, subject matter and whether it relates to my interest or not.  I like to read blogs that have content of substance.  What I mean by that is, something that is readable.  If I come across a blog that just promotes things, doesn’t have any real substantial content, is filled with advertisements and contests I’m not going to waste my time and energy reading it.  Blogs like these don’t have much thought put into them.  I’ve come across some of these blogs and I just can’t bring myself to follow them.  I have also come across blogs that do have readable content, and someone put thought into what they were writing.  However, those blogs weren’t about a subject matter of my personal interest and I couldn’t relate to the content.

Sometimes I come across blogs that are about a subject that I have interest in, I just don’t like the way things are written.  For example, I can’t stand reading anything on Barstool Sports.  I don’t like the way the content is written.  Some people find Barstool Sports funny, but I don’t find anything about that blog funny at all.

One of my favorite blogs to follow and read is Grantland.  It’s Bill Simmons blog, it’s the perfect mix of sports and pop culture.  The content is well written and pertains to something that I’m interested in, which is sports and pop culture.  Grantland incorporates these two subjects seamlessly.  Another one of my favorite blogs to read is the Red Sox Full Count Blog on  It has a lot of good information, and even posts about what is going on in the minor leagues.  I love the blogs on NESN and ESPN Boston too.  Some of those blogs are updated live, which is really helpful if you can’t get to a tv or radio to listen to the games, you’r still in the loop as to what is going on with the games.

Another interest of mine is music.  It has been a struggle for me to find a really good music blog.  I don’t listen to the radio, so I rely on music blogs to discover new artists.  My favorite music blogs are on  Billboard always knows what’s up in the music industry and is a reliable source for all things music.

Outside of these subject areas I don’t really read too many other blogs, and I’m always on the lookout for new blogs to follow.

My review of the Grammy Awards

Overall I felt like this years Grammy’s were really good. There were some performances that I enjoyed and some that I could have easily done without.
Disclaimer: there were some performances that I was not able to watch.

Favorite performances:

Beyonce and Jay-Z- I always love when Bey and Jay perform at awards shows. I feel they always bring something different and exciting.

Hunter Hayes- I’ve never really listened to his music before. I loved the positive message in his performance. And I also loved the empowering quotes being displayed in the background.

Katy Perry- I love Dark Horse, and I loved how dark and eerie her performance was. It was unique and different.

Keith Urban- his performance was really good. I liked his choice of song.

John Legend- the simplicity of his performance was just what the show needed. He proved that an artist can still be entertaining without all the bells, whistles and over the top production.

Taylor Swift- I was really happy to see a more stripped down and raw performance from her. I really loved that she was playing the piano and kept production minimal.

Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr- there are really no words. Everything about them performing together was perfect in every way.

Least Favorite Performances:

Pink- don’t get me wrong, I do like pink. However the flying thing at every award show is getting a little old and expected. It’s gotten to the point that the flying parts of her performances are boring.

Lorde- I was never a fan of her music to begin with. Her performance was extremely awkward and although she was singing live, it was the least live performance of the show. She heavily relied on the backing track and looked possessed.

Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons- I have nothing against Kendrick Lamar or Imagine Dragons. I would have preferred if Kendrick Lamar performed solo. I felt like the mashup was kind of messy and the two songs didn’t fit well together. I love both songs on their own, but mashed up tougher I didn’t like it.

Kacey Musgraves- I do like her and her music, but I’ve watched other awards shows that she has performed at, and feel like she can deliver a much better performance of her Grammy performance. Vocally she sounded amazing, but as far as the whole performance it could have been better.


After what has happened to Justin Bieber recently, I couldn’t help  but write a blog post about his recent antics.  Justin Bieber has talent, but with the way that he has been behaving lately, he might just be throwing his talent and career out the window.  Allegedly he’s been sippin on some sizzurp, and taking prescription drugs.  But his most recent method of acting out, drag racing a Lamborghini down some Miami highway while drunk, and high.  He is 19 years old, however his age is no excuse for his behavior.  His behavior is inexcusable.  What is odd about all of Bieber’s bad boy antics, is there really is no clear cut answer as to why he is acting this way.  One possibility could be the company that he is keeping around him, they are a bad influence and are keeping him from focusing on what he really needs to be focused on, and that is his music.  Music, not the partying and drinking is what he should be focused on.

Grammy performances I’m excited to watch.

With the Grammy Awards coming up in a few weeks, I thought it would be fun to do a blog about what Grammy performances will be worth watching.  One of my favorite parts of watching the Grammy Awards is watching the performances.  When the Grammy’s are over, I will do a full review of the show.

Daft Punk, Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder- This one will be exciting to watch for the simple fact that it’s Daft Punk.  Does anyone remember in 2008 when Daft Punk performed with Kanye West?

Imagine Dragons– I love their songs “Radioactive,” and “Demons.”  I’m excited for their performance and to see what they will perform, I think that their performance will be interesting and worth watching.

Katy Perry– I’m always interested to see what Katy Perry is going to do when it comes to her performances, she always seems to do something exciting.  I still don’t know what she will be performing but I always look forward to her performances.

Kendrick Lamar- This is one that I’m indifferent towards.

Lorde- I honestly don’t think her performance will be worth watching at all, I find her and her music extremely boring.  I’m not excited for her performance at all.  I’ve seen some of her performances from late night tv shows on youtube, and they were just boring.

Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Blake Shelton

Metallica and Lang Lang – Eh I’m not into heavy metal at all, so I’m indifferent towards this performance.

Pink featuring Nate Ruess- To be honest, if they are performing “Just Give Me A Reason” the song is getting old and tired, but Pink always brings it when it comes to her performances.  I’m really tired of this song, so I’m not really excited for this performance at all.

Robin Thicke and Chicago-I’m excited to watch this performance, and seeing as how the Grammys are a classy awards show, unlike the VMA’s, I’m pretty sure there won’t be a repeat of his VMA performance with Miley Cyurs.

Taylor Swift- Depending on what she is planning on performing, I may or may not be excited to watch her performance.  Don’t get me wrong, I like Taylor Swift but a lot of her singles are already getting annoying and overplayed.  She has been performing the songs since 2012.

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr- I think this one is one that people are a bit surprised about.  The Grammy’s are known as musics biggest stage, and they are the two surviving members of the Beatles.  It will be exciting to see them perform together.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis- I’m expecting this performance to be fun and exciting, seeing as how these two’s performances that I’ve seen were different and really fun to watch.

Kacey Musgraves– I’ve watched a few of Kacey’s performances from other award shows that she’s performed at, and she’s an excellent performer.  I’m excited to see her performance, and I’m excited to see what she will be performing.

John Legend- I’ve always like John Legend, so that fact that he’s performing at the Grammy’s makes me really happy.  When he takes the stage, it will most likely be without a lot of the bells and whistles that other performers rely on.

Keith Urban, and Sara Bareilles with Carole King- This is an interesting combination to say the least.  Three artists from three different genres.  I wouldn’t be surprised if this was a tribute performance of some sort, therefore I’m excited to see what this performance brings.


It is possible that more performers could be added to the lineup.

What I’ve been listening to

In the past few days new music has been released.  Lucy Hale released her debut single, earlier today Shakira and Lily Allen both released their new singles.

I listened to all three of the newly released singles, and I can honestly say only two of them are going on my iPod.  One of them isn’t even available for purchase in the United States yet.

The two new singles that will be making it on two my iPod are Lucy Hale’s “You Sound Good To Me,” and Lily Allen’s “Air Balloon.”  I love how Lucy Hale’s single is a fusion of country and pop, and not the Taylor Swift country/pop type fusion either.  Lucy Hale’s debut song is fresh and new.  Lily Allen’s “Air Balloon” is fun and tongue and cheeky.  It’s also really catchy and radio friendly, I can’t get enough of these two songs.

As for Shakira’s new single with Rihanna, I hate it.  The beat is okay, but the entire song itself sounds extremely generic and dated.  It sounds like everything else that’s on the radio right now.  And for people wondering, I rarely listen to top 40 radio, I just don’t like it anymore.

What else have I been listening to:

Beyonce’s new album

What Little Mix has released as singles from their new album (It hasn’t been released in the US yet)

Seeing as how the new year just started, there hasn’t really been too much new music released yet, and I can not wait to see what else is to come for new music.