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16 Jan

I put together a playlist for you guys. It’s kind of an I’m sorry playlist for being such a crappy blogger. Yes, I said it. I’ve been a crappy blogger lately. With all of these promises I’ve been making of keeping up a constant schedule of posts each day (besides Saturdays) I’ve done the opposite. The one thing I have been doing is finding lots of new music!

Another bit of news for you: I just started writing my third book! It’s in the very beginning stages and I’m incredibly excited about sharing a piece of myself with the world again. The title of my new book is… “I’m Sorry, You’re Not the One.” It’s based on my own personal dating experiences from the past year. More news to come on this, but let’s get back to the music…the real reason you’re reading this.

The mix is titled after my favorite song on it. Be sure to play that one on repeat.


I’ll be back on Sunday and I’ll get better at this blogging thing!


Saturday Beats

25 Oct

You’re either just now waking up, maybe a bit hungover, or you’ve been up for awhile and you’re planning your Saturday activities. It’s a gorgeous day here in Chicago and that means one thing: You’re in need of some great music to accompany you on this beautiful fall day. I’ve got just the thing.

Sounds That Matter does have a new calendar. No, I won’t typically be posting on Saturday’s, but I figured you might want some good tunes that help aid in your Saturday happiness.

Enjoy the playlist. Listen to it on the way to brunch. On the way to yoga. On the way to wherever the hell you’re going today.

This is a Spotify playlist. If you don’t have Spotify yet, get it. It’ll be the smartest decision you’ve ever made.

Holley Maher

15 Aug


Not only is Holley Maher uber-adorable, but she’s also extremely talented. Among her many talents, she’s a singer-songwriter. Recently, she released a brand new EP titled “Euphorics” and each song is as good as a tall glass of ice cold water on a scorching hot day.

Take a peek at her new video!

I asked what Holley’s current favorites songs are and she created a special playlist filled with ten of her faves.

Be sure to check out more from Holley. She’s a doll and her music deserves to be heard!

Avoiding Responsibility

6 Dec

Avoiding Responsibility

I don’t know about you, but when I come across a great book or series, I have to read it more than once. K.A. Linde’s newest book, Avoiding Responsibility, is the second book in the series, and it’s one that I still think about to this day. TEAM JACK.

Brief Synopsis:

Lexi has finally given up her once destructive relationships and moved onto bigger and better things with a sexy new man in town. Just when she is starting to figure it out with him, her world is tilted once again with a phone call from none other than Ramsey Bridges. A year after his entrance into her life, Ramsey is trying to make amends and does the one thing she never expects—invites her to Jack’s wedding.
The wedding she had evaded at all costs. But no matter what she does, Lexi can’t seem to escape her past with Jack. But does she really want to?
Despite the explosive chemistry between Lexi and Ramsey, she is skeptical about trusting him after everything that has happened. When things are amiss with him, she starts questioning his motives. Can Ramsey be the one to remove Jack from Lexi’s life permanently or should she move on with her blossoming new life?

Read this book, but read Avoiding Commitment first. You can purchase both books here.

As you know, when I love a book, I have to create a playlist based off of it. I did it with Avoiding Commitment (click here to view) and I’m doing it again with this book. Enjoy.

ZZ Ward – Lil Darlin

Sara Bareilles – Gravity

Straylight Run – Mistakes We Knew We Were Making

Dinner and a Suit – Where We Started

Ellie Goulding – This Love

Eisley – Mr.Moon

Lana Del Rey – Diet Mt. Dew

The Strange Familiar – Unwanted

P!NK – Just Give Me a Reason

Between the Trees – We Can Try

Cover Up, It’s Chilly Outside

2 Dec

Cover Up, It's Chilly Outside

I love covers. If a cover is done well, it can be such a beautiful thing. I’ve made plenty of ‘favorite covers’ mixes in the past, but never one that I loved more than this one. It’s short, only 12 tracks, but each one is done so well. I mean, they’re just as good as the originals and that’s saying a lot. Leave a comment and let me know which of the covers you like the best. If you love the mix, please subscribe to playlist via Spotify.

Hold My Hand

30 Nov

“Bottom of the River” Delta Rae

I promised I would put together a playlist of newer artists that should be playing on repeat from your music player. Well, here it is. These eleven songs have been playing constantly on my Spotify (today I listened to the Delta Rae song three times in a row). I’m committed to these songs. Hopefully you have Spotify on your computer and are able to play this mix, if not, get the program. It’s worth the two minute it takes to download.


One last thing: I’m doing a giveaway! The first three people to leave a comment with their favorite song from this list, I’ll gift it to you. Make sure you leave me your e-mail address and that’s it. The song will be all yours.

Finding Lucas

17 Oct

If you’ve ever dated a huge asshole, then you’ll definitely relate to Finding Lucas. Jamie Ross has been in a dead-end relationship for five years and has finally decided to regain control of her life and start out on a new path. There were twists and turns, and lots of ooey-gooey love. The writing by Samantha Stroh Bailey is excellent and she created characters that were real and had actual problems. I loved the way I was able to connect to it. When I connect to a book, I immediately place songs with it. After finishing Finding Lucas, I created a playlist inspired by the book filled with some of my personal favorites. Enjoy.

For more information on Finding Lucas, click here.

How to Disappear Completely

13 Oct

Today, I’m feeling rather melancholy. There actually isn’t anything specific that I’m upset about, but as I sit here reflecting on the past month of my life, I realize that I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had a chance to stop and smell the flowers. When I woke up this morning, I immediately went to my music program and started playing sad music to soothe my mood. I thought it would be best to share my emotional playlist with you, in case you’re in the same situation. Whatever you’re going through in life, stop and listen to the music. Music speaks the words we need to hear in order to calm our tormented souls.

Beautiful Disaster

7 Sep

When I first read Beautiful Disaster, it wasn’t as well known as it is now. I found it randomly while scrolling through books that cost less that $5. The popularity of this book skyrocketed and landed the author, Jamie McGuire, a book deal with Simon and Schuster’s Atria Books. Quick summary: Girl goes off to college to escape her past. She meets the bad boy/ladies man on campus, falls for him, but tries her hardest not to. She’s torn between staying on the safe path, or going down the unknown with the bad boy. I truly enjoyed this book, so of course, I had to create a playlist to represent it.

Act As If – Oh My My

He Is We – All About Us

Future of Forestry – You

Mae – My Favorite Dream

The Early November – Close To You

Say Anything – I Want To Know Your Plans

Emarosa – A Toast to the future kids!

Sum 41 – With Me

Hit The Lights – Hey Jealousy

The Rocket Summer – Pull Myself Together (Don’t Hate Me)



That Boy / That Wedding

22 Aug

I tend to read a lot of books that are torture on the heart, so when I came across this series by the fabulous author, Jillian Dodd, I was beyond happy. I devoured it and it left me completely satisfied. I felt giddy while reading the books and it was so refreshing to read a series that wasn’t filled to the brim with drama. A brief summary of the books: Jadyn grows up living next door to Phillip and Danny. The boys look at Jadyn as if she’s just another one of the guys until she starts really growing up. One of them starts up an on again off again fling with her while the other, well let’s just say he plays his cards right and waits until him and Jadyn are truly ready to move from best friends to lovers. In the end, Jadyn and he who shall not be named end up happily ever after. This series is truly a fairy-tale (minus all of the sex, booze, and other adult things). I was excited to finally create a playlist that wasn’t all sad, break-up songs and I got to pick some of my more happier love tunes. If you read the books, then I hope you find these songs fitting. You should be aware, I did focus on the relationship with Jadyn and the mystery man more than anything else.

Sleeping At Last – Next to Me

Mat Kearney – Count On Me

Said The Whale – The Light Is You

JJ Heller – When I’m With You

Charlene Soraia – Wherever You Will Go

Johnny Stimson – A Million Years (Feat. Jillian Edwards)

Brandi Carlile – If There Was No You

Tim McMorris – Overwhelmed

Angus & Julia Stone – You’re the One That I Want

Sleeping At Last – Dear True Love