I really hate country music.

Now, I live in Nashville, Tennessee, so I don’t admit this fact about my distaste for the genre all that often. But now my secret is out; I hate it.

But here’s the thing: I know plenty of people who hate indie, alternative, folk, electronic, rap, hip hop, r&b, microhouse, kpop, etc.–all the music I live by. And while I can’t wrap my head around why they wouldn’t like some of the music I love, I respect their opinions, and they respect mine, for the most part.

Something I just cannot understand nor excuse is the elitist opinion on music. We all know that one guy who thinks that “real” music died after 1978, or the guy who believes that if a song’s not complete with a “dope” beat, it’s not worth anyone’s attention. Is music not a personal journey? To produce ANY type of music takes an enormous amount of work, so why would you rip on a music genre as a whole?

The Modern Ape explains that whether or not an individual likes a certain type of music depends on the amount of dopamine his or her brain produces when listening to a song. This is how we judge our like or dislike of a song within its first 30 seconds; some people will immediately skip a song that someone else will put on repeat for five days straight, simply because the responses in their brains differed from one another.

Extended exposure to a certain genre of music and those who enjoy it will create a “musical template” in the mind for that general sound. In other words, if I were to spend a lot of time listening to country music with people who greatly enjoyed country music, I theoretically should develop a deeper understanding and a greater tolerance for the genre at the very least.

I’m very cautious when I say I hate things because my opinion changes nine times out of ten. When I do venture to say that I hate something, I always add a disclaimer. So yeah, I hate country music, BUT: I might love it next year. And I love Brett Dennen. So.

Some people like indie, and that’s okay. Some people like prog, and that’s okay. Some people like thrash, and that’s okay.

Some people like to voice their opinion on the music they don’t like, and that’s okay.

But some people think that because a genre isn’t their favorite, it’s automatically trash and the people who find an escape and joy in that music are tasteless. And that is not okay.

Music is everything to so many people, so why hate on any aspect of it? Liking hip hop instead of classic rock doesn’t make someone a tool. Liking classic rock instead of jazz doesn’t make someone a druggie. Liking jazz instead of dubstep doesn’t make someone outdated, and liking dubstep instead of folk doesn’t make someone shallow. (I have literally heard people make these exact generalizations, so I’m not making up crap. This stuff happens.)

It’s perfectly okay to love the music you love. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. But at the same time, don’t you dare make someone else feel ashamed for loving the music they love. Be unapologetic in your presence and judicial in your opinions. Respect ALL music, because that’s the least it deserves.

Much love,

Erin

 

OK Go just came out with a new album, and it’s pretty awesome.

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I’ve been a big fan of OK Go since their 2002 self titled album, and I’ve watched them evolve from dirty guitar riffs to treadmill dances to Rube Goldberg machines to choreographed dog shows to musical driving tests to (now) warehouses full of optical illusions. To say the least, OK Go consists of some of the most innovative minds in the Alt-Indie scene. But now, the four piece band seems to be inching towards a new sound–one with airy vocals, stripped down melodies, and farting bass notes. In other words–they’re not only a rock-turned-alt-indie band, they’re an rock-turned-electro-alt-indie band. And I can’t get enough of it. Welcome to Hungry Ghosts.

I love how you hear hints of what they used to put out in their earlier years (Of the Blue Colour of the Sky era). For the most part, they’ve kept the blown-out speaker feel and the major chord progressions accented by bell tolls–but they’ve also added darkened verses and deep, blasting electronic pulses. Needless to say, it’s mind blowingly epic.

So far, Hungry Ghosts has received a lot of love from the community. But there are a ton of long-time fans who argue that OK Go has “sold out” into the electronic obsession and want the band to return to their old rock vibe. I personally appreciate that they’re branching out: I consider it an evolution of the band rather than a sell-out. I mean, isn’t it silly to think that a band’s style wouldn’t change as their personalities and experiences do? We don’t have the same style of clothing even in a year sometimes, and music should be no different.

Listen to the album in Playlist mode here.

What do you think? Has OK Go lost their luster, or do you like seeing this new side of the band?

For updates on new blog posts, follow PM on Facebook, and check me out on Twitter @ProjectMaganda and Instagram, Pinterest, etc. @ErinKaelie.

New outfit coming up, so keep an eye out.

Much love,

Erin

Cropped Hoodie--Target. Track Pants--F21. KORG Denim Jacket--Antique Store. Leather Backpack--Hand-me-down. Nike Air--Nordstrom Rack.

Cropped Hoodie–Target. Track Pants–F21. KORG Denim Jacket–Antique Store. Leather Backpack–Hand-me-down. Nike Air–Nordstrom Rack.

WYSLTWRT: Metronomy: “The Bay”

Last month, my family and I took a trip to Michigan to be in my aunt’s wedding (SO to Tita Rocel and Tito Pat!) and I wore this denim/track suit combo on the way home and put a picture of it on my Instagram.

 

I got a ton of DMs of people asking me to do a blog post on it, so I modified the outfit a bit and came up with this.

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I wanted something that I could fall asleep in and not feel restricted on a long car ride, but also not have to worry about how I looked when I got out of the car. If you’re worried about looking put-together during long trips, an all black look is always a great option. No matter what crap you’ve spilled on yourself or if you’ve wrinkled everything to high heaven, the black streamlines the body and still makes you look effortlessly cool.

yeah, the jacket has mud on it, I know.

yeah, the jacket has mud on it, I know.

I am unhealthily in love with this jacket. It’s huge, has this awesome logo and lettering on the back, and is unbelievably soft and in great condition. One of my new favorite thrifted pieces I got in Indiana on the way back.

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I’ve been wanting to get black and white Nikes forEVER and I jumped on these babies when my town opened up a new Nordstrom Rack. Not crazy about the place in general, but I got these shoes for a crazy low price. Very happy with my purchase.

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As always, I have to give a quick shoutout to Sunglass Spot, for landing me these Wildfox knockoffs for only $10.

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The necklace is technically backwards, but I liked the cross effect the metal had, so I flipped the stone to add interest. Also wearing my lightning bolt chain because it was raining that day, and I always wear my lightning bolt necklace on rainy days for luck, or something.

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I went for no eyeshadow and just a simple berry tone on my lips so I don’t have to bother with worrying about my eyeliner smudging in my car. Also, according to Marc Jacobs and Francois Nars, wearing makeup is totally not cool anymore. So.

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The hood helps a lot when it gets cold or noisy in the car–just pop in your earbuds, throw up your hoodie, and forget everything else.

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The entire outfit is extremely forgiving, so there’s plenty of room for you to lounge around and stuff yourself with road trip snacks and the like. Elastic waistlines are your best friends when traveling.

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I found this backpack in the back of my mom’s closet and couldn’t help but steal it. It has the perfect size mini pockets for my phone and a pack of mints (all the easy-access stuff). There’s ample room in the main compartment for my wallet and a novel. Having the backpack keeps my hands free for whatever and prevents me from over-packing.

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That’s all for today’s look! Let me know what else you’d like to see or if you want tips on how to dress for specific occasions. Ask me on my instagram @ErinKaelie or tweet me at @ProjectMaganda.

A music spotlight will probably come up within the next week or so, so be prepared for that. Thanks for your patience these past months! Really appreciate all your support.

Much love,

Erin

I’ve contracted a terrible illness that I seem to get every few months, and I just can’t seem to beat it: I have blogger’s block. I haven’t taken any pictures like I promised, my outfits have been sub-meh at school and elsewhere, and I just haven’t been feeling it lately. Hopefully, I’m nearing the end of this sickness, but yeah. That’s what’s been up, if you’ve been wondering.

Despite my fashion sense being bedridden for an indefinite amount of time, I didn’t stop loving random crap last month. Here are my September Faves!

1. Stromae

Stromae has been on repeat for almost a week now. He’s a French alternative pop artist who’s crazy big in Europe right now. His voice is arrogantly seductive and confident, commanding my attention. Even though I don’t speak a lick of French (despite my three years of French classes…thanks private school!!1!11!1!) I find myself often just stopping and focusing intently on what he’s saying. I am consequently able to sing along to the basic syllables in most of his songs.

Check out his music videos here. Keep an eye out for “Papaoutai” and “Tous le Memes”.

2. Franco Sarto Tuxedo Leather Oxfords

Franco Sarto Oxfords--$35, TjMaxx.

Franco Sarto Oxfords–$35, TjMaxx.

Ever since I bought these shoes last week, I have worn them every single day. I’m really horrible at buying basic shoes, because the platforms just grab  my attention and never let go, but I made it my mission to find the perfect plain black oxfords this time. My efforts definitely payed off–the shoes are nice and lightweight, comfortable, and low maintenance. Sorry about the crap photo, but, as I said, I have no pictures for you guys. Again, sorry.

3. Almay Concealer

Almay Clear Complexion Concealer--Walgreens.

Almay Clear Complexion Concealer–Walgreens.

I’m so happy that the weather shows signs of an impending cool-down, but the afternoons are still up in the mid-80′s which means that I’m still on my summer foundation routine. I highly recommend having a BB or CC cream based foundation routine for the warmer months and a full-on liquid foundation routine for the winter. Your summer skin will thank you for the break. But on to the concealer! This Almay wand application is one of the best concealers I have used–I put this under my eyes and on any blemishes and skin discolorations I may have that day. In using this along with other concealers, I find that my use of CC cream has gone down significantly because this concealer has such good coverage.

pssst: may do a makeup routine post in the future. Ya?

4. TEDxYouth@Franklin

I just want to take a minute to thank everyone involved in making TEDxYouth@Franklin happen, Ema for asking me to speak, and for my family, friends, and readers for supporting me in the writing and rehearsal process in the months before the event. All our hard work payed off, and I would have never had such an amazing opportunity without your support and encouragement. I love you guys :)

TED will post the videos of the talks in a few weeks, so I’ll definitely let you all know once that is up.

Those are all my September Faves! Be sure to like the Facebook page, check me out on Twitter @ProjectMaganda, Instagram, Pinterest, and wherever else @ErinKaelie.

Thanks for your patience and your time! New looks soon. PROMISE.

Much love,

Erin

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