Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Recent Songs I’ve Loved

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Photo of a rainbow audio spectrum capturing the sounds of various notes that are being played. The colours are, from left to right, purple, red, orange, yellow, green, and blue, and each colour is at a slightly different height against the black background. In addition, the colours have dim reflections of themselves in the shiny black but dimmer floor of this image as well. I know this week’s prompt only asked for one answer, but I’m going to give four because I couldn’t narrow them down any more and, just like I do with books, I also jump around between musical genres.

As I’m a pretty new listener to three of my four answers, I had to make a guess as to what genre some of them best fit into.

Brutal by Olivia Rodrigo

Genre: Punk Rock

Why I Like It: This is something I discovered while watching the first episode of the science fiction television show The Power. I like the way it captures the angst of being a teenager who is still figuring themselves out and doesn’t know how to respond to adults who romanticize that stage of life. This is great for when you’re maybe a little grumpy and need to vent your frustrations through music.


When We Were Kings by The Temptations

Genre: R&B

Why I Like It: It tells the 60-year story of how the Temptations came to be and what they’ve done over their incredibly long music career. How cool is that? I’ve slowly been going back and listening to their entire catalogue. They’ve made so many beautiful and uplifting songs, many of which are about how love can enrich your life.


Opera #2 by Vitas (Go here for an English translation of lyrics)

Genre: A fun mashup of Opera, Classical, and maybe a little Folk music thrown in there, too?

Why I Like It: Vitas has an amazing voice, and his music videos are like little works of art with the stories they tell. I can’t help but to wonder what encouraged him to write such a sad song, though.



Gambia by Sona Jobarteh (Go here for an English translation of lyrics)

Genre: A contemporary spin on traditional Gambian music.

Why I Like It: This is a joyful song about Sona’s love for her people and her country. The music video is a beautiful tribute to the peaceful daily lives of people in Gambia as well.


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16 Responses to Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Recent Songs I’ve Loved

  1. When I have time I’ll take a listen.

  2. I like Brutal, too. It’s a great song.

  3. I found that Vitas piece in college and was blown away. He’s incredible. Like you, I also couldn’t restrain myself and did 4…

  4. That’s quite a selection! I love the variety, and I love that the Temptations did a retrospective of their musical career… in a song.

  5. That Temptations song! Something new after such a long time. Good for them. Did you see the musical about them?

    • No, I haven’t yet. I’ve heard it’s really good, though.

      I tried to leave a comment on your post today but wasn’t able to. I’ll try again later.

  6. Thanks for the suggestions… I’ll have to check them out. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. I have not heard brutal before now but I love others by Olivia, good 4 u is a favorite in my car.

    All of them on your list were good. And you can never go wrong with the Temptations.

  8. Cool list – I like how varied it is! It’s always so interesting to see what other people like to listen to.

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