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)
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