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Guilty Pleasure: Romanian Dance Music

I did one of these guilty pleasure posts a few weeks ago, and I really enjoyed opening up to you (my readers) a little bit more. Of course I’m not one of those bloggers that exposes every aspect of my life, but I do make it a mission to express myself on any subject that I feel is worth being personally attached to. But when I’m not writing about serious social issues or my opinions on dates I go on (I have a date tomorrow lol,) then I like to let you guys get a sense of the quirky things that make me who I am.

So, let’s talk about those guilty pleasures. I already admitted I have a huge passion for singing 80s and 90s love ballads, but I also have another passion of mine worth mentioning; I love Romanian dance music. I’ve never been over to Romania, but I first fell in love with their dance music in my freshmen year of high school. I attended four different high schools in a period of my 3 year early graduation track, but I briefly attended Washington & Lee High School in Arlington, Virgina.

I hated every moment of being at that school, mainly because all the girls that emotionally tormented me in middle school ended up going to the same high school. Remind you, I’m 6ft tall and could easily do some heavy damage if I wanted to, but it wasn’t worth it. Instead I ended up chasing the girl down the hall, cussing her out, and putting a great fear in her. But I still had to face them everyday at that high school and I barely had any friends; it was a miserable time, but it was also a time in my life in which I found another guilty pleasure. Even in the midst of horrible times, I still always find a sense of peace.But for more on that story and how I detest bullying, watch my video vlogs here ———>ThinkSoul25 Discusses Bullying

So back to Romanian dance music. I first fell in love with it when I met this Romanian student in one of my science classes. Till this day I can’t remember his name, but I remember he was one of the coolest kids I’ve ever met. A lot of the kids didn’t talk to him and thought his accent was weird, but I loved how vibrant his personality was. Come to think of it, I slightly had a little crush on him. He was so rough and jagged on the edges, but I found it sexy in this exotic way; so I ended up spending every lunch break hanging out with him. We’d peruse around the school and then go to our science teacher’s classroom to watch YouTube videos.

I learned some pretty neat things about Romanian culture from that guy, and I also learned that O-Zone was one of the coolest Romanian boy bands ever! Everyday at lunch my friend would sing me their song “Dragostea Din Tei,” followed by a series of flirtatious laughs and hugs. At first I had no idea what he was talking about, but then he started showing me more Romanian music and the language. I don’t know Romanian, but I know what it sounds like when it’s being spoken. It’s a pretty interesting language and their culture is fascinating, so if I could remember that guy’s name then I would truly thank him for flirting with me, being my only true friend at that school, and showing me how awesome Romanian dance music is.

I may not know a lot of great Romanian dance music, but when I hear it I love it. The Romanian “sound” is one that is hard to miss. It has this pop vibe, but the beat always has some high pitched repetition that may be annoying to some, but I like it. If you’ve listened to Edward Maya and Vika Jigulina’s “Stereo Love,” and you liked it, then you will probably like a lot of other Romanian dance music. It’s one of those things that is kind of a guilty pleasure. I didn’t want to admit I love the sound and sometimes the cheesy factor, but I can’t help it! That guy in high school really turned me on (interest wise, not physical) to the Romanian dance music and overall vibe.

Dance music is such a massive industry that has a variety of sounds, but the Romanian artists stand out amongst the masses. Their accents can easily be heard on every lyric and the beats stay true to that Romanian “sound.” You might love it or you might hate it, but at least check out some Romanian music and give it a shot. Who knows, it could end up being a guilty pleasure for you as well. :)

Radio Killer – Lonely Heart TETA

Romanian “sound” takes over dance music scene

O-Zone – Dragostea Din Tei

Deepcentral – Cry It Away (Official Video)

Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina – Stereo Love (Official Music Video)

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

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A Life Lesson From Steve Jobs: Connect the Dots

I’ve never been big on memorizing quotes and devoting myself to any daily mantras, but there are some memorable quotes by Steve Jobs that are worth having as daily mantras. His above speech is one of his most iconic speeches ever given, and I’m sure the 2005 class of Stanford University would agree. Steve Jobs was truly a revolutionary figure in the history of technological innovation, and he did all that without even having a college degree. Even though I’m graduating in less than a year, his speech reminded me that college isn’t everything. For those of us who are in college, it shouldn’t be the only thing that we strive to excel in.

One thing I’ve done so far in my life, is to strive for my dreams and unleash my creative passion. I never take no for an answer, which is why I’ve accomplished a great deal of tasks in my writing career thus far. I’ve never been one to tread lightly on this journey of life. Each day I wake up with a desire to fulfill a creative task, and hopefully become closer to making my dream come true. But I do find myself sometimes worried/concerned about what the future holds and where I will end up once I graduate.

But after watching Steve Jobs’ commencement speech, I’m filled with an intoxicating sense of peace. He said a lot of beautiful sentences that spoke to everyone on a different level, but the quote that stood out to me the most was his theory on connecting the dots. Around 4:50 in the video, Steve discusses how dropping out of college, taking a calligraphy class, and finding what he truly loved would have never happened if he would have connected the dots looking forward. In his speech he said, “You can only connect the dots in your life by looking back—not forward…Connect the dots and find what you love.”

That is one of the best quotes I’ve ever heard in my life. It truly speaks to the essence of every moment of discovery we embark on as human beings; each day we are learning something new about ourselves and getting closer to finding a purpose. We may not know how everything is going to come together in the end, but you can at least keep doing what you love. When you’re lost and not sure which path to head down, then you can look back and connect the dots. I may not know where I’m going to end up once I graduate, but I know that I’ll keep writing and shooting for my dreams. As long as I keep pushing forward and doing what I love, one day I’ll look back and be able to connect all the dots. As long as I keep believing in my dreams, never stop moving, and doing anything I put my mind to, then I can look back and not have any regrets in my life.

If we can learn anything from Steve Jobs and his iconic journey as CEO of Apple, we can learn that you can truly do anything you put your mind to. No matter your level of education, background, or circumstance in life; you can be anybody you want to be. All you have to do is write the book, write the script, and make it a reality. So in the words of Steve Jobs, “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”

RIP Steve Jobs…..

Livin Joy – Don`t Stop Movin

Since it’s Friday and the weekend is about to begin, here is some classic 90s dance inspiration. Don’t stop movin and live your dreams!

 

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com