Music We Love: Recent College Grad, Maria, Shares Her Eclectic Taste In Music
Say hello to Music We Love, a brand new series designed to connect the music community by allowing music lovers all over to share their top 5 favorite songs. Whether you're a student, an avid musician, a shower singer, an electrician, a grandparent, we want to hear about the songs that move you, that make you dance, that inspire you. We'll be posting each list on The Music Mermaid (fill out the form here if you want to contribute!) in an effort to start conversations in the music community and get music lovers connected. We hope you'll join us each week in learning about every special person and the soundtrack to their life.
Meet Maria Perez
Tell us a little about yourself: I've loved listening to music for as long as I can remember. My music tastes is based on what I used to listen to when I was younger combined with whatever I've listened to as I've gotten older. As a child, I would listen to all the CDs my dad had at home -- which made me grow an appreciation for music in Spanish. I've also been obsessed with 80s pop, thanks to my uncle. I listen to literally everything!
1. Coffee Shop Soundtrack by All Time Low: Whenever I listen to this song, it's like I'm going back in time to when I was fourteen years old. I remember I was going through my very first breakup, and for me, it was the end of the world. At the same time, I was beginning my obsession with YouTube. Instead of wasting space on my iPod, I would listen to music via YouTube videos. One night, I was listening to a Mayday Parade song when a suggested video came up. It was the music video for "Coffee Shop Soundtrack" by All Time Low. Being that I had never heard of All Time Low, I decided to give it a shot -- it was as if I had seen the best thing in the entire world, and for some odd reason, I felt so happy listening to it. Looking back at it, the video (and the song) isn't the best thing ever, but just listening to it brings me back to a time where I was beginning to listen to all of these new bands and becoming an individual.
2. No Me Queda Mas by Selena Quintanilla: As a little girl, the only thing that I remember about Selena was that she died the year I was born and that my dad had one of her CDs. I remember always listening to this CD without his permission, dancing to every cumbia song on it. I would listen to this album so often that I would sing all of Selena's songs without missing a word. I was obsessed -- I still am. It's very difficult for me to pick just one song from Selena Quintanilla, but I feel like this is the one I listen to the most. In the mix of uplifting party songs, there was one slow love ballad, and the lyrics are just amazing. The overall message of the song is incredible: I love you, but I have to accept the fact that you're not coming back.
3. Hell's Kitchen Angel by MAX: I always enjoy supporting artists from New York City (where I was born and raised) -- Max Schneider is no exception. I have loved his work for several years now and I immediately fell in love the moment this song came out. The beat was catchy and the lyrics have several references to places in the city. Every single time I ride the train in NYC, I listen to this particular song. I could be having the worst day ever and this song just automatically makes me happy -- it makes me love living in the "city that never sleeps" just a little bit more. Not to mention, this song is pretty great to dance to with a group of friends!
4. iSpy by KYLE feat. Lil Yachty: There's no long explanation for this. The beat always makes me smile- - it doesn't matter what mood I'm in. Whenever this song comes up, I'm always in the mood to dance!
5. How Will I Know by Whitney Houston: This song brings me back to all the drives I would have with my uncle/godfather and mom back when I was a little girl. As cliche as it sounds, it reminds me of a simpler time, of a time where I wasn't so stressed. I remember how my uncle played 80s pop music in the car and this song would always come up -- I always feel very nostalgic whenever I listen to "How Will I Know." Plus, this song was what made me become obsessed with the eighties (fashion, music, history, etc).
Let us know if you have any honorable mentions you'd like to share: "My House" by PVRIS. "Breaking Ground" by State Champs. "COMA" by Issues. "Darte Un Beso" by Prince Royce. "We Be Burning" by Sean Paul. "I Was Here" by Beyoncé. "Limbo" by Daddy Yankee