Foreign Female Singers: Part 2

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A while back I did a post on some of my favorite foreign female singers. I love music from all over the world and I’m always on the hunt for new music outside of the U.S. I have this fascination with foreign stuff. It’s just infinitely cooler to me. So, I decided to share some more foreign female singers that I really enjoy.

Iiris – Estonia

I end up loving pretty much anything that’s associated with Estonia. Iiris describes herself as a weirdo, which I think is accurate. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Her sound and visuals are magical. A lot of her song titles reference mythical creatures and her music videos are like dark fairy tales. The music itself blends pop, electronic, and alternative elements, creating a one-of-a-kind sound. Iiris comes off as very innocent and sweet with an angelic voice, but she’s got a creep factor going on, too. Just how I like it.

Anjulie – Canada

Anjulie is like a chameleon. She’s taken on almost every music genre with ease. She can even rap! I think it’s important to be ever-evolving when you’re a musician. Sticking with the same sound won’t necessarily keep fans interested. Anjulie’s older stuff was quirkier and more original than what she’s recently put out. “Stand Behind The Music” has a great message and Anjulie could break into the mainstream with her new dance sound.

Robyn – Sweden

I’ve been a Robyn fan since I was 8 years old. Her song “Show Me Love” became a big hit in the 90’s and I remember singing that song all the time with my cousin. It’s just a great pop song. Robyn is still going strong and she’s a very successful dance artist today. I really love her look as well. Robyn is pretty androgynous with her awesome hair and unique fashion sense. She just oozes cool.

Jem – Wales

Jem has a lot of interesting things to say. I picked one of her albums up on a whim because it was dirt cheap and I’d heard of her before. I ended up loving her music and getting tons of inspiration from her lyrics. Jem has no interest in fame and creates positive, uplifting music that also makes you think. Jem’s “They” is a creepy trip hop song with ethereal vocals and a sick beat. So good.

Cascada – Germany

Natalie Horler is the singer of Eurodance act Cascada. I discovered them when their song “Everytime We Touch” blew up on the radio in 2006. It was completely different from everything else on the radio at the time and that intrigued me. Dance music wasn’t as popular then as it is today and “Everytime We Touch” stood out from the hip hop dominated charts. That song was definitely the start of my love for dance music. I always thought Natalie was a great role model for fans. She’s not super thin like most pop stars and doesn’t dress like a slut. That’s why I was shocked when I found out she posed for Playboy in 2011. It just didn’t seem like something she would do. But, it’s her body and I still respect and love her.

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Change

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I hate feeling complacent and stuck in a rut. Lately I have been craving change. I’m bored with my daily routine. I see the same people and do the same things day after day. There are no surprises. I have decided that the boredom needs to change. I figured I would think about some changes I want to make and write them down. That way they won’t be forgotten.

Change #1: Acquire better eating habits/start an exercise routine

I’m not thrilled about my weight right now. I’ve just been eating whatever I want with no moderation. I also don’t eat enough food a lot of the time (usually one meal a day). My body has taken notice and I’ve gained some weight. I just don’t feel healthy. I have completely stopped exercising, too. I have noticed a loss of energy from my inactivity. I felt great when I was working out and now I just feel crappy.

I want to start monitoring what I’m eating. I definitely need to cut out the processed foods. I want to try and eat three meals a day as well. It will be hard for me because of my vampire sleep schedule, but I think it’s important. I’ve got to become more active, too. It’s time to bust out the workout DVDs! I’m going to devote a half hour a day to exercise. No more laziness.

Change #2: Make more music

I love to sing and program beats. I just get lost in the process and dive into another world. I haven’t been making much music lately, though. I got busy with work, school, and this blog, so my music just sort of fell to the side. I was really into making music for awhile, but then I gave up. It wasn’t sounding perfect and I was getting frustrated. Perfectionism is one of my best AND worst qualities.

I really want to start singing again. It is so freeing to express oneself through such a creative medium as music. While I love blogging and don’t see it stopping anytime soon, I have to remember that my first love is music. I really want to get my stuff out there and become a better musician. I’m still going to do song covers, but my own creations are going to be the focus now. And they don’t have to be perfect (but damn close!). ๐Ÿ˜‰

Change #3: Meet new people

I’m very socially awkward and I have a hard time connecting with people. I tend to stay home a lot and work on various projects rather than socialize with friends. I’m just so cool like that. haha It’s like a comfort zone in which I don’t have to deal with the world.

I want to go out more and visit places I have never been before. I plan on challenging myself to enter into social situations that I would normally avoid. I’m sure there are awesome people to meet out in the world. I’m open to new relationships and energies. I may feel uncomfortable putting myself out there, but change isn’t supposed to be easy.

Hopefully I am motivated to take action now. I’m happy with my life, but change is a necessary component of happiness. I never want to remain stagnant. I’d rather do exciting new things everyday. Life should be unpredictable. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lene Lovich

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Yep, it’s about to get weird. I recently discovered New Wave singer Lene Lovich and fell in love instantly. How could anyone not love that face? lol

Lene was born in 1949 and raised in Detroit, but moved to England as a teenager due to family problems. She had a rough childhood and music comforted her. Lene started to use her voice to escape her reality and through practice she was able to hone it into something otherworldly. She also learned how to play the saxophone and it became her favorite instrument alongside her own voice.

Strangely enough, Lene got a record deal in 1978 with her version of the song “I Think We’re Alone Now”. Teen icon Tiffany re-made the song in the 80s and most people are familiar with her version, but the song actually dates back to the 60s. Song recycling at its finest!

Lene’s biggest hit was “Lucky Number” and some consider her a one-hit wonder. Her music is definitely Pop, but it’s quirky and odd, too. Lene was a part of the New Wave music scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s. New Wave was all about eccentricity, deep lyrics, and strange rhythms incorporating synths. And Lene’s voice is like no other. A lot of her songs contain vocal noises mixed with actual words. This is clear on Lene’s “Bird Song”. She literally sounds like a bird. I seriously want to learn how to make my voice sound like hers.

Along with her strange music, Lene’s appearance is also odd. Her signature long hair braids, head scarves, and striking eyes certainly grab your attention. Lene’s style was ahead of its time and pretty dark and mysterious. I don’t think she tries to be different, though. Lene is just naturally unique and everything about her seems very organic.

I can’t believe Lene isn’t more well-known. She’s one of the most original musicians I’ve ever come across and she has both mainstream and underground appeal. I know I would have absolutely adored her if I was alive at the time she was popular. It’s sad that talented musicians from the past fade away when they should be cherished and remembered in the present. A Lene Lovich revival is vital!

Motor City Pride

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This past weekend I went to Motor City Pride in Detroit. I haven’t had so much fun in a long time.

It may (or may not) come as a surprise that I am gay. It’s not something that I talk about a lot simply because I think there are more interesting things to discuss. I feel compelled to bring it up after my trip to Pride, though. I’m proud to be gay and this weekend was a celebration of that. Love is love.

Motor City Pride began in Detroit as a gay and lesbian civil rights march in the 1980’s. It has grown a lot over the years and is now composed of many different events celebrating GLBT communities. There is a parade, family picnic, commitment ceremony, and tons of live music. It’s a two-day festival with plenty of things to do and see.

I went to Motor City Pride with my best friend Alexis for the first time this year and it definitely won’t be the last. We both wanted to meet a drag queen because they are the best. I really respect the art of drag and I would love to participate in a drag show at some point. I met a couple fierce queens. Work it!

A major reason I went to Pride this year was because my favorite singer and biggest life inspiration would be performing. I know I blog about Kerli ALL the time, but she is a huge part of my life. I can’t help it. ๐Ÿ˜› Kerli’s performance was amazing and I even got to meet her! My life was made. I still can’t process what actually happened. ๐Ÿ˜€ BubbleGoth overload!

My friend Alexis and I also played with puppies and posed with random statues in front of the Detroit River. We’ve known each other almost our entire lives and I was so happy to share the experience with her. Thank you for standing by my side no matter what, Alexis. I love you. โค

I also have to talk about my outfit and how popular it was among passersby. I wore my personalized Demonia 7 inch platform boots and I may have stood out a bit. haha So many people asked to take pictures with me and complimented me on my boots. I’m quite the attention whore, so I didn’t mind one bit. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have no idea how many pictures of me are floating around the web after this past weekend. Pretty rad.


I’m still smiling from the good times. It was wonderful to feel complete acceptance and love all around me. I met so many beautiful, inspiring people that I will never forget. Love wins. ๐Ÿ™‚