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Alessia Cara - Hannah Hart Beat

Alessia Cara

Ugg, Hart Beat. I have something horrible to admit. I have a new musician crush (not the horrible part) and I found them via an ad on Twitter (that’s said horrible part). A sponsored Spotify ad keeps being served to me and this morning I finally broke down to watch it. Here’s the ad:

Let’s admit it, Hart Beat. That song is CATCHY AS HELL. I had to stop what I was doing (standing in my kitchen waiting for Mr. Coffee to do his thing) to immediately search out Alessia Cara. And thank you Spotify, because I love her. Alessia Cara is a (relatively) new addition to the pop music scene. She got her start on YouTube like a true millennial and has now performed around the U.S. in addition to an appearance on SNL this past February.

Not surprisingly, all of Alessia Cara’s songs are on Spotify. My favorite (in the last four hours that I’ve known of Cara’s existence) is Wild Things. Am I late or what to the party, Hart Beat?

P.S. Find and subscribe to the rest of my music picks on the Official Hart Beat playlist on Spotify.

Women's March on Washington

I Can’t Keep Quiet

Women's March on Washington

Hi Hart Beat. This past weekend has been so well documented and commented on that it’s hard to think I have anything to add to the conversation. Yes, I went down to Washington on Saturday and yes, I marched alongside hundreds and thousands of men, women, and children to show that we are here and dedicated to fighting President Trump if (when) he tries to take our civil rights out from under us.

It was such an emotional day on the National Mall and I’m honored to have been part of one of the largest organized protests across the United States. Riding the bus back from D.C. all I could do was to keep scrolling through my Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook feeds seeing all the photos, memories, and comments on that peaceful day. I can’t by any means list them all here but one video that I saw and now can’t get out of my head was this:

The Los Angeles-based singer known as MILCK knew she wanted to do something memorable for the Women’s March in Washington, D.C on Saturday. So she contacted a small group of other singers from across the country to coordinate a flash mob performance of MILCK’s song “Quiet,” an emotional rallying cry for self-empowerment and unity. The group of women rehearsed together via Skype and rendezvoused in D.C., where they performed a capella versions of “Quiet” several times during the march.

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Heart-wrenching, right Hart Beat? The singer MILCK now has my ears and I can’t quite listen to anything other than both the acapella and the original version of “Quiet.” Here’s the original with a beautiful video,

And, in case all of this isn’t enough, are the lyrics to the song so that you too can learn it. We can sing it at the next march together, Hart Beat.

Put on your face, know your place
Shut up and smile, don’t spread your legs
I could do that

But no one knows me no one ever will
If I don’t say something, if I just lie still
Would I be that monster, scare them all away
If I let the-em hear what I have to say

I can’t keep quiet, no oh-oh
I can’t keep quiet, no oh-oh
A one woman riot, oh-oh

I can’t keep quiet
For anyone

Cuz no one knows me no one ever will
if I don’t say something, take that dry blue pill
they may see that monster, they may run away
But I have to do this, do it anyway
I can’t keep quiet, no oh-oh
I can’t keep quiet, no oh-oh
A one woman riot, oh-oh
Oh I can’t keep quiet


Hannah Hart Beat

Look at Miss Ohio

Hannah Hart Beat

Hi Hart Beat. How’s your Monday night going? It’s a rough week in the world so I think we all might need a little music to help us through the week. Lucky for me (and you!) the weekly Spotify Discover playlist came out today. If you haven’t taken advantage of this playlist on Spotify then stop right here and go find it! Every week the app will pull together a playlist of recommended songs based off of what you listened to the week before. This week a song that I wish I had known about years ago was on it. Do you know “Look at Miss Ohio” by Gillian Welch? If you don’t listen here,

If you want more music follow the Official Hart Beat playlist here or go back into the archives here.

Photo of Gillian Welch by 91.9 WFPK.


L.A. L.A.

La La Land

Oh, Hart Beat. It’s cold here. It’s so cold here. It’s so so so cold and miserable here in New York that even The New York Times is writing about how today was one of the worst Monday’s. But, instead of complaining about how frozen my toes are and how slow the subway was this morning, let’s dream about L.A. instead, okay?

Because, have you seen La La Land!?! If there ever was a movie made for Hart Beat this would be it. The entire time I was watching it I felt like every scene was specially made for me. The music, the costumes, the light, the people… I can’t even. It was magical. Just watch this clip from the movie here. Ryan Gossling and Emma Stone sing the main theme from the movie.

Through the whole movie, I kept forgetting where I was and what time period the movie was supposed to be in. They would walk down the street and then Emma Stone would get in a Prius and I’d be all Ohhhhhh, right right right. This is happening now, not in the 1920’s. And the music! Lucky for you and me both the soundtrack version and the official movie score are both on Spotify so we can all pretend we live in the magical world of La La Land.

Have you seen the movie? If you haven’t run/walk/dance/tap dance there asap.

P.S. I forgive the Times because they published an article about all the classic dance moves that La La Land has in it. Definitely worth a read!

An August Playlist for you

Pink Ladies

Hi Hart Beat. How’s your August going so far? I feel like mine’s off to a good start. we’ve already had a full moon, it’s been as hot as I want it to be in the city, and I’ve already had so many great summer nights. Fingers crossed things keep up. One thing I’ve been working on this week is pulling together an ENTIRE August playlist just for you readers. I think I’m going to start doing this monthly (please hold me to it) and I’m pretty proud of this first one. It has a mix of music, some old and some new, but mostly the entire thing plays like you could be playing it in your car driving to the beach or having a glass of rosé with your crush out on the fire escape. Or, dare I say, even if you’re out singing along to Grease (as one is want to do). Anyway, subscribe on Spotify or listen to it here. Either way you need Spotify and if you don’t have it I can’t think of a better reason to sign up.

Music for a Rainy Saturday

Hannah Hart Beat

Heyyyy Hart Beat. It’s supposed to SNOW IN BROOKLYN TODAY. Just, no. It’s April 9th. Brooklyn needs to think about what it’s about to do and change direction. To forget about this incoming winter weather, I thought I’d share a few songs that I’ve been listening to a lot lately. They’re all on Spotify so if you want these plus all the other songs I’ve recommended over the years, check out the official Hannah Hart Beat playlist on Spotify.

I know “Famous” by Kanye on his latest album The Life of Pablo is controversial. I even hate the line at the beginning when he says something blatantly untrue about our girl Taylor Swift. (Sorry Kanye but you did not make Miss Swift famous.) That line aside, this song is perfect in my opinion. I mean, the entire album is amazing but between Rihanna’s rift, the Nina Simone song inclusion and the Bom Bom Bom bit at the end, I can’t get enough of this song. If you haven’t yet, just listen to The Life of Pablo (I mean, it’s on Spotify now).

I don’t know how “Hands Down” or The Greeting Committee came into my life (Spotify Discovery maybe?) but I can’t get enough. It’s a #typical Hart Beat song about love with a strong indie vibe but whatever, female singers rule my world. “Baby,  you’re hands down the best thing about me.” 💞💞💞

Bless Willie Nelson and all the feelings he’s brought to me. A few weeks ago riding the R train home some guy was playing guitar on the train and when he started playing “Funny How Time Slips Away” I almost stood up and asked the stranger next to me to dance. If I ever did Karaoke, other than Madonna, this is the song I would sing. I just can’t with the lyrics. “How’s your new love? I hope that he’s doin fine. I heard you told him, that you’d love him till the end of time. Now, that’s the same thing that you told me seems like just the other day. Gee, ain’t it funny, how time slips away.” You like, Hart Beat?

Top photo of Etta James.

You’re Just My Type

Hannah Hart Beat

ITS THURSDAY AFTERNOON and it’s so nice in New York I’m getting that antsy feeling when all the windows at work are open and your legs are itching to move. You feeling it too, Hart Beat? To help us all get through the next few hours, here’s a song that I’ve been listening to a lot lately. It’s bouncy and fun and makes me want the whole world to break out into a synchronized dance. If that’s not happening to you (sad times here) then there’s the great music video for the song. It feels like a great James Bond scene and I love the focusing on all the eyes.

Anyway, hope you enjoy “Just My Type” by Saint Motel tonight. Listen to it while you finish those last emails. Listen to it while you ride down on the elevator and walk onto the street. I know I will be.

Hannah Hart Beat

No. 2: Happy Music Friday

Hannah Hart Beat

Hey Hart Beat. HAPPY FRIDAY. We did it. And to celebrate, here are some of the songs that got me through the entire week. As I mentioned last week, this is a new Friday installment of Hart Beat. I hope you liked last week’s songs and find these others help you with your commute home from work. Cheers to that, Hart Beat.

  1. A preciously undiscovered track (at least to me) from the Alabama Shake’s Sound & Color, “Over My Head.”
  2. “More Than Enough” by Elizabeth & the Catapult. Because ladies rule.
  3. Ratata’s song “Cream on Chrome” has me DANCING ON THE SUBWAY. And I like it.

P.S. Subscribe on Spotify so you can follow along every week.

Hannah Hart Beat

Happy MUSIC Friday

Diana Ross

Hey Hart Beat! It’s a new year, let’s try something new. One thing that I love sharing with you lovely readers are new music finds that I come across. I feel like it’s something special about Hart Beat that not many other “lifestyle blogs” (ugg whatever that means) have. So, on this cold Friday, let’s welcome the first bunch!

To go along with this new thing, I’ve started a new playlist called Hart Beat’s Music Friday’s with just these new songs. Don’t worry, the tried and true original Hart Beat playlist still exists but this new one will be a little shorter and maybe snappier? Let me know what you think about it. And, without further ado, here are the couple of songs that I’ve been listening to all week!

  1. Sia’s (new) track, Unstoppable
  2. Kanye and Kendrick Lamar’s new track (not on Spotify 😞) “No More Parties in L.A.”
  3. Justin Bieber’s HIT BECAUSE I DON’T CARE. It’s amazing, Hart Beat. Just face it. (Also, side note here but whatevs, the dance in this song makes me love the song 100x more. I want to live in this video.)

Top photo of Diana Ross dancing like the queen she is.

Christmas Music for you

Hey Hart Beat. Long time no see! These last few weeks have been beyond busy at work and I hate to say it but ye old blog has suffered the consequences. I promise to be better this week. I am starting to hate all the excuses that begin every blog post (I’m sure you are too).

Tonight let’s talk about something holiday because it’s THE HOLIDAY SEASON LALALALALALALALA. Other than watching some of my favorite Christmas movies, I’ve been also listening to some great holiday music. We all love the tried and true holiday songs (hey Mariah hey) but I’ve also put a list together of some of the other indie Christmas songs that might not be in your rotation but should be added right now.

#1. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) from Slow Club

#2. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? from The Head and the Heart

#3. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas from Cat Power

#4. Jingle Bell Rock from Rogue Wave

#5. I’ll Be Home for Christmas from She & Him

P.S. If you’re looking for more take a look at the new Spotify Indie Christmas.

P.P.S. The wreath from the photo up top comes from a little shop at Food52. It smells amazing and you can buy it here.