Music Monday: Happiness – Token

So Token is young rapper out of Boston, and he is about to put Boston on the map, I think that it is evident with all of his music, but his newest release “Happiness”, my jaw dropped. I love a song with a story and this is exactly what “Happiness” is. Everyone can relate to this song.

To be honest, Token has a ton of great music, this song was just released today so I thought it was perfect for Music Monday.

Check out his Facebook and Twitter. I promise you that Token has a really bright future ahead of him and we will be hearing from him for a long time coming. Remember Token is only 17 and already has this kind of insight? Pretty impressive if you ask me.

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Nick Jonas & Demi Lovato Sing ‘Close’ For Boston’s Fourth of July Celebration!

Last night I was lucky enough to be able to go into Boston to watch the rehearsals for the Boston Fourth of July spectacular. The performers were, The Boston Pops, Little Big Town, Demi Lovato, and Nick Jonas, which was a pretty impressive lineup. The whole night was basically one big dress rehearsal, minus the fireworks but it was pretty epic if I do say so myself.

Demi and Nick both sang their own hits, and did two duets, one of them was for America the Beautiful and then they came together again for Nick’s smash hit ‘Close’.

You have to check out the video, they sang so well together. For the record, I am a terrible videographer and can barely keep my hands steady. So keep that in mind.

I must say both Nick and Demi’s vocals were on point the entire night. Little Big Town also sounded incredible, all in all, it will be a night with great vocals!

On another note, happy Fourth of July! May your day be incredible!

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Justin Bieber Walks Around Boston Barefoot


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Now there have been a lot of things that Bieber has done to make me dislike him, I won’t list everything but walking around barefoot in a city is probably one of the grossest things he could do. I mean I have been to Boston plenty and I promise you that is not somewhere any sane person would want to walk around without shoes.

Bieber is currently in town because he is playing back to back sold out shows at the TD Garden, so today he made the most of his day off by strolling around the Boston Commons and removing his shoes as he did so.

I have a theory that Bieber is heading to a Britney Spears circa 2007 meltdown and I think this confirms it. Remember how it all started for her? She was walking around barefoot at gas stations and other places.

This is clearly a cry for help! No one should ever walk around any city without shoes, between the needles and the old gum glued to the cement, its disgusting.

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Exclusive Interview With Boston’s Melissa Jane!

On Saturday April 30th, I was lucky enough to be invited to Melissa Jane’s show before the Tori Kelly concert that was happening at the House of Blues. Melissa was performing in the Foundation Room, which is for VIP club members.

Now I wasn’t sure what to expect but when Melissa Jane walked into the room there was a star presence. She walked in wearing a white corset and as she set up she has everyone’s attention, by the time she started to sing, all eyes were on her. Melissa’s voice was absolutely out of the world and it made sense why she was paired up with a Tori Kelly concert. Both of their voices are absolute power houses, and they are talented, something that in my opinion many artists lack.

After Melissa Jane finished her set, I was able to ask her a few questions after she made her rounds.

“Mariah Carey, she is one of my idols”, of course I wasn’t surprised by the statement considering the style of music that Melissa sings, plus Mariah is a legend, so there is that.

One thing that did surprise me was when I asked who she would do a duet with. Of course I was going to assume that it was going to be an artist like Mariah or Whitney but she said D’Angelo. He of course has one of the best vocal ranges in any male vocalists. Melissa went on to explain that during her time at Berkeley, she was exposed to many different types of music but the one that stuck with her was R&B, the soulful sounds of the genre spoke to her. Which is why she tends to focus on that style of music.

“I do, I write all of my own music.” Considering I have zero music ability, again I was stunned by the raw talent that was sitting in front of me.

Of course I had to ask why she never tried out for American Idol, The Voice, or any of the other million singing competitions that seemed to be out there. It was a simple answer. She did’t want to sign any contracts. I learned that the shows basically own you even if you are voted off or if you win. Melissa just didn’t think it was the right business choice for her.

Melissa has been the GRAMMYs, she has sang the National Anthem at stadiums, yet she was sitting here so humble as I did my interview with her. In reality there is no way that this woman can’t make it. With her voice, her looks, and her personality, it is only a matter of time until Melissa Jane is a household name.

Be sure to stream her new EP ‘The Butterfly’ on Spotify, buy it on ITunes , and like her Facebook page. Be sure to get to know her before the entire world knows her name, so you can say you listened to her when.

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Jake Gyllenhaal Throws First Pitch With Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor Jeff Bauman

Many people are aware that three years ago there was an act of terrorism on the beloved Boston Marathon, also known as Patriot’s Day in Massachusetts. Two brothers set down bombs and well, chaos followed. Hundreds of people hurt, three dead, and so many emotional scars that not many people can understand. Now, one of the bombing survivors Jeff Bauman is making his book ‘Stronger’ into a film and Jake Gyllenhaal will be playing Jeff.

Most people are getting confused, saying that Jake is starring in the ‘Patriot’s Day’ movie that Mark Wahlberg is filming but he isn’t. This movie is different. This movie Jake is working next to Jeff to make sure that the movie is coming from the right place. Mark’s movie has already been said to be released early for award season, very rushed, all for an Oscar. No talk about that with Jake and Jeff’s movie.

Anyway, today Jeff and Jake took the mound to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. They walked out together and threw the ball together, truly incredible stuff. The two have reportedly grown very close during the filming.

All that I can say is thank you to Jeff for being such a symbol of strength and hope. During a time when the city of Boston needed hope, you and hundreds of other survivors showed us that acts of kindness can always silence the screams of hatred.

Happy Patriot’s Day Boston, and I am glad that we can all run again.

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Charlie Puth Offers To Play At Fan’s Wedding

To be honest, I haven’t had much of an opinion on Charlie Puth until now. I mean I always thought that his voice was alright, but he was a talented song writer. Charlie actually writes all of his own songs, plays piano, and is a pretty talented guy. After doing a bit of research he definitely isn’t your average typical pop star. He went to Berkley college of music, so he is actually educated when it comes to music, very impressive.

Last night he performed at Brighton Music Hall in Brighton, MA and during his show he played a fan favorite “Then There’s You” a fan in the crowd yelled out how that was giong to be his wedding song. Charlie immediately acknowledged the fan and started to talk to him saying that he would actually perform the song at their wedding. He even told them to go and talk to his tour manager and they would work something out.

Can you even imagine that? Seeing one of your favorite artists live and having a moment to be able to yell out how their song is going to be your wedding song, them hearing you and agreeing to play at your wedding? Maybe next time I am at a concert I will just yell that out, then let them know that they just agreed to play something that will most likely be ten years in the future, but they still agreed.

Unfortunately I couldn’t find a full video but here is just a clip where you see Charlie’s reaction after he hears the fan!
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Music Monday: ‘Red Line Love’ Jenna Lotti

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Have you ever heard a voice that is so beautiful it is almost haunting? My lord that is how I felt when I first heard Jenna Lotti‘s voice. Her voice is so original and incredible, I genuinely got chills when I heard it.

Now I have a feeling that eventually we have to hear more from Jenna Lotti, she is absolutely incredible. Apparently she writes her own music too so that is pretty amazing, right? Anyone who can sing and write their own music. I automatically have respect for them.

I posted her video for ‘Red Line Love’ because again it is haunting. The song is so incredible I don’t know how she hasn’t blown up yet. When she does though, remember you heard it here first!

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I had to post ‘Medicine’ too. I think we can all relate to it in some way, the lyrics are beautifully written.

Man Crush Monday: Matt Damon

Ever since I can remember I have had a huge crush on Matt Damon. I mean seriously, look at the man. He is just so damn handsome! Lately he has been all over everywhere because of his new movie coming out called “The Martian” which looks pretty good. In reality anything with Matt Damon is usually a pretty solid movie.

Through out the years I feel like Matt has always been compared to Ben, and I have come up with a solution. They are both pretty great. I mean let’s be real, they wouldn’t be around Hollywood if they weren’t great. Matt is the better actor and Ben is the better director, boom! The end! End the fighting!

Matt Damon is serious like a fine glass of wine, he just gets better with age!

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Tom Brady Brings Son Benjamin To Patriots Super Bowl Parade!

Tom Brady and Benjamin

Maybe my page has been a little bit too pro Patriots lately but I really do not care. Today the Patriots went through Boston on duck boats to celebrate their most recent Super Bowl victory. Of course this was Tom’s fourth win so it was a pretty big deal. Only him and two other quarterbacks have ever achieved that.

Brady made it clear that this parade he wanted to do something a little bit different, so he brought his adorable son Benjamin along for the ride. This is his son with Giselle, not Bridget, so this little guy is only five years old and he totally stole the show.

Benjamin was acting like a little pro up there sitting on the roof of the boat as he pumped his fist in the air, gave kisses to the trophy, he knew exactly what he was doing. I mean, I am just saying he looked pretty comfortable holding the Lombardi trophy, maybe he will win one? Yeah that is a look into the future but I don’t care! I said it!

Not much more to say other than it is awesome Tom brought his son along for the ride, clearly something that little Benjamin will remember for the rest of his life!

Enjoy the pictures! Go Patriots!

Tom Brady and Benjamin

5 Reasons Why JoJo Needs To Come Back To Music

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So if you don’t know who JoJo is then you are probably too young to be reading this blog to begin with. JoJo is the person who paved the way for singers like Selena, Miley, and Demi but guess what, she didn’t need Disney to back her up! Nope, JoJo just went out there and did the damn thing. She came out with the song “Leave, Get Out” and blew everyone away with her vocals. Just a girl from the small town of Foxboro, MA making things happen for herself.

Reason 5.

Just listen and totally soak it all in. Yeah, now you know how bad you want her to come back. This music will be back but it would probably be even better than before!

Reason 4.

JoJo always had the voice. When JoJo was coming up she was against say Hilary Duff, who didn’t have a strong voice at all. At age 12 JoJo could belt it out with the best of them, so can you even imagine what the voice is like now? We don’t know so we must hear it!

Reason 3.

JoJo is an actual role model, she left the Hollywood life to get her degree from North Eastern University, so she has a good head on her shoulders. Now she is finished though so she needs to go back to music!

Reason 2.

She is beautiful. That is that. She is a beautiful healthy girl, something that not many people are in music any more.

Reason 1.

Listen to her version on Marvin’s Room and tell me you don’t want to hear more. If you do, then you are a liar.

So yeah I think that 2014 should be the year that JoJo comes back!