“PRAY FOR THE WICKED” Snap Judgments

My friends, in just a few short weeks I will be going to my FIRST EVER Panic! At the Disco concert. And I will be likely going alone because apparently playing kickball is more important than Brendon Freaking Urie. Whatever. More space for my joy. #DontKillMyVibe

Panic released their sixth studio album, “Pray for the Wicked,” today and although I still miss the brilliance of the “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out” era—I’m still a diehard fan and I am so excited to see them live. I was lucky enough to see Brendon last year when he was on broadway with “Kinky Boots” and I’m sure seeing him in his alt-rock element is going to be a highlight of my life.

I know I will be abusing the replay button on Spotify for this album, but here are my first impression, snap judgments upon first listen…

  1. (Fuck A) Silver Lining

To be honest, I haven’t been a huge fan of this song since it was released a few months ago…I’m warming up to it, but I still think there HAD to be a stronger album opener.

2. Say Amen (Saturday Night)

I am still shamelessly in love with this song. And that high note *heart eyes* AND the fact that the video is the prequel to “This is Gospel” and “The Emperor’s New Clothes”…*bows down*

3. Hey Look Ma, I Made It

This is the “Death of a Bachelor” of this album. Heavy on the strings, a tad more lighthearted than their typical fare.

4. High Hopes

Tied for my favorite song on this album. I’m SO pumped to see this live.

5. Roaring 20s

I have a feeling this will be awesome live.

6. Dancing’s Not a Crime

A super fun song, I just have a feeling I’m going to forget about it as soon as it’s over…

7. One of the Drunks

Meh. Probably won’t purchase.

8. The Overpass

Another meh. Probably won’t purchase either.

9. King of the Clouds

This song literally makes me feel like the king of the clouds. It’s so light and airy and what I imagine it would be like being high in song form.

10. Old Fashioned

Another super fun song, but Old Fashioneds are gross. Sometimes I forget how young he was when their first album was released…

11. Dying in LA

This is what my family and friends would refer to as “Kate Music.” Lyrically depressing, acoustic-y piano goodness. If this song is autobiographical, I’m super sad: “Every face along the boulevard is a dreamer just like you. You looked at death in a tarot card and you saw what you had to do…But nobody knows you now, when you’re dying in LA.” Tied with “High Hopes” for my fave song of the album.

This entire album feels a little like Britney Spears’ “Lucky.” Someone goes to LA looking for fame and fortune. They make it big and live a life of luxury. But you don’t know that they cry, cry, cry in their lonely heart THINKING IF THERE’S NOTHING MISSING IN MY LIFE, THEN WHY DO THESE TEARS COME AT NIGHT?!

…excuse me now while I go stream Britney all afternoon.

17 Favorite Songs of 2017

Best of 2017: Music

I went through my iTunes and grabbed my top played songs of 2017. I limited this list to songs released in 2017 to make it easier, or else this list would have been made completely of Dashboard Confessional, My Chemical Romance, and Panic! At the Disco, because my ears still live in the early 2000s. These are also not listed in order of play count.

Things I noticed…

I am still a One Direction super-fan and all five of them deserved spots on this list—but it’s not surprise to me that my Number 1 and Number 2 aka Louis and Harry made the top 17. I also love the trend of Spanish/English songs and I hope this continues into 2018.

  1. Waving Through a Window, Dear Evan Hansen Cast
  2. Perfect, Ed Sheeran
  3. Two Ghosts, Harry Styles
  4. Heavy, LINKIN PARK feat. Kiiara
  5. Reggaeton Lento (Remix), CNCO & Little Mix
  6. The Cure, Lady Gaga
  7. Praying, Kesha
  8. Mi Gente, J Balvin
  9. Miss You, Louis Tomlinson
  10. Despacito (Remix), Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee (feat. Justin Bieber)
  11. Most Girls, Hailee Steinfeld
  12. Getaway Car, Taylor Swift
  13. Believer, Imagine Dragons
  14. Lemon, N.E.R.D. & Rihanna
  15. Meant to Be, Bebe Rexha (feat. Florida Georgia Line)
  16. Wolves, Selena Gomez
  17. Cut to the Feeling, Carly Rae Jepsen


Broadway Solos to Belt Out Alone in Your Cube at Work

So, today sucks, right? JK Rowling defended the casting of Johnny Depp, another school shooting, and Franken’s whelming resignation speech. It’s time to put in your earbuds and zone out.

Every day I sit in my little cube and have epic singalongs in my head <— this is what you’re forced to do after a few awkward run-ins with floor mates and custodial staff who catch you rocking out in your cube. And if you have an office with a door, you better be doing this already. Complete with grandiose arm movements and faces of exertion.

My band of choice is typically One Direction, because…come on. But, as of late, it’s been broadway hits. Enjoy this playlist of full-band and quiet, acoustic broadway solos that I love to perform in my head.

“reputation” Snap Judgments

Taylor Swift – Reputation
Credit: Mert & Marcus, PEOPLE magazine

TS6 is officially here, folks. For me, the best part of any new TSwizz album is trying to figure out who each song is about. (PS, Remember when getting a song devoted to you was special? Especially when the singer is saying how you’re THE ONE and there’s NO ONE else? Lol.)

“Red” remains my all-time favorite Taylor album and while “reputation” is by no means bad, it makes me really miss old school Tay. She sings: “My reputation’s never been worse, so, you must like me for me.” And that statement is completely true.

Also, kind of wish there was a version of “Better Man” on here too…

I listened to the album straight thru once and here are my snap judgments:

1. …Ready for It?

Am I ready for the rest of the album after hearing this song? Lukewarm feelings.

2. End Game (feat. Ed Sheeran & Future)

Ed and Future make this track. You could probably switch Taylor out for somebody else and it wouldn’t matter. But still, it’s catchy and I assume it’ll be a single at some point.

3. I Did Something Bad

Basically, “Bad Blood”‘s even edgier cousin. It’s petty. It’s bitchy. It’s near-perfect.

4. Don’t Blame Me

Meh. Definitely not my favorite on the album and I tend to like Tay’s slower ballads over the high energy ones…

5. Delicate

Another one that’s kind of unremarkable for me.

6. Look What You Made Me Do

After streaming this damn song for several months trying to get on the priority list for concert tickets, I can safely say I am sick of this song and if I don’t hear it until the concert (if I even get to go…) that would be fine.

7. So It Goes…

Really like the beat, but that’s kind of it for the moment…

8. Gorgeous

It’s catchy, good reading background music.

9. Getaway Car

I really like this, and I have a feeling it will continue to grow on me even more. Poor Tom Hiddleston.
✰✰✰✰✰ [my favorite on the album]

10. King of My Heart

(See Don’t Blame Me and Delicate)

11. Dancing With Our Hands Tied

Another one where I feel like I’ll like it after a few more listens.

12. Dress

Hi YouTube, somebody please mash this with Liam’s “Bedroom Floor.”

13. This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Oh God. This is deliciously immature, but it’s wonderful.

14. Call It What You Want

I love this song—but the line, “I want to wear his chain around my neck, not because he owns me but because he really knows me” rubs me the wrong way for some reason…

15. New Year’s Day

THIS is the Taylor that I miss and love.


  • Download: End Game, I Did Something Bad, Getaway Car, This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, Call It What You Want, New Year’s Day
  • Stream: Gorgeous, Dancing With Our Hands Tied, Dress, …Ready For It, Look What You Made Me Do, …So It Goes
  • Skip: Don’t Blame Me, Delicate, King of My Heart




TSwizz, look what you made me do

Dear Taylor Swift,

I have a bone to pick with you.

I am a longtime fan who was excited to finally buy tickets for your upcoming reputation. tour. But the hoops that I (and all your fans) are jumping through to get on the waiting list are kind of ridic.

First, I know a lot of artists these days are using Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan program to ensure that ticket scalpers don’t scam actual interested parties in getting tickets. That’s understandable. That’s perfectly fine. But never have I had to purchase merchandise, stream videos 10 times a day, and spam my social media accounts with promo to prove myself as a fan.

I’m in my first “legit” big girl job. I can’t be buying multiple copies of your new album (which I haven’t even heard in its entirety yet…) or buying overpriced and *cough* ugly snake-shaped rings to get boosts. And even if I COULD, I shouldn’t have to give you more money, on top of the $150 I’m expecting to pay for even the crappiest seats at the stadium.

Ok and sure, there are options without spending money aka streaming the videos and posting on social media. I’m not going to spam all my Facebook friends, Twitter followers, etc. with Taylor Swift promo. I’m not going to change my photo to your truly unflattering album cover. That means that I’m left to streaming your videos every day to get my points. And let’s not pretend all these video view records you’re shattering are organic. It’s because all your fans are streaming them repeatedly to get the chance to go to your concert.

I broke the 1,050 boost mark this week and JUST moved into the Priority section and even then I’m not guaranteed to get tickets. And we all have to do this until November 28? I’m already tired, but I’m already too far in and I have a roommate relying on me for tickets.

To be fair, your marketing team is A+. This is a brilliant way to get albums sold before it’s even released and break Vevo records all while claiming to be “for the fans.” But let’s not kid ourselves. Lastly, I obviously don’t know you personally, so I’m not going to make assumptions about your character, but this false advertising as a fan service? Well, “I don’t like your little games.”

5 Things: Taylor Swift Edition

I used to be embarrassed to say that I like TSwizz. But 1989-era Taylor has completely changed my views on her. I freely admit that I bought into the press’ presentation of her as some sort of needy, lovesick and relaysh-obsessed girl and I always felt like I had to justify buying her music. No more. Girl knows how to make an album. Red is still my favorite as a whole, but 1989 is quickly climbing the ranks. I’d totally invest in concert tix if I had the money.

I’m glad Taylor’s representation in the media is evolving and she’s gaining new fans. I’m glad she’s being seen as a positive role model and a face for feminism. I’m glad she found friends and has surrounded herself with support. I’m glad she feels comfortable enough now to go public with her new boyfriend and the whole “Ooh, watch out, Calvin, she’ll be writing a song about you” thing hasn’t been happening. But most of all, I’m glad that Taylor has found a confidence in herself that isn’t tied to a guy. I think that’s something we should all aspire to.



  1. I’d Lie: “He stands there, then walks away. My God, if I could only say, “I’m holding every breath for you.”
  2. Enchanted: “Please don’t be in love with someone else. Please don’t have somebody waiting on you”
  3. Back to December: “I’d go back in time and change it, but I can’t. So if the chain is on your door, I understand. But this is me swallowing my pride.”
  4. Mean: “All you are is mean and a liar and pathetic and alone in life, and mean.”
  5. Out of the Woods: “Remember when we couldn’t take the heat? I walked out, said, ‘I’m setting you free.’ But the monsters turned out to be just trees.”



While I’m not a huge fan of Taylor’s current obsession with two-pieces, I’m generally lusting over her outfits. I’d be more than glad to take a shopping trip through her closet. I’m a sucker for flowy sundresses and overalls (grade-school, holla!) These aren’t my top five, but just five that I’m loving at the moment.

taylor swift fashion


  1. “Hang on. It gets easier, and then it gets ok, and then it feels like freedom.”
  2. “You are not damaged goods just because you made a few mistakes.”
  3. “When I tell people how happy I am to be alone and to be living my life on my own terms and to be free and independent and empowered, the first thing they say to me is, ‘Oh, don’t worry. You’ll find someone.’ And that is so not the point. What if your life complete itself?
  4. “Self doubt can be like falling down a rabbit hole and it’s hard to tell whether it will end in some new epiphany or in feeling lost and defeated. You have to be the judge of when to just take it easy on yourself. Taking things one step at a time is an exhausting process for impatient people like you and me, but I think one day you’ll look up and look around and see that finding yourself wasn’t as terrifying as you thought it would be.
  5. “People can say whatever they want about us at any time and we cannot control that. The only thing we can control is our reaction to it. You can either let it get to you, change you, make you bitter, descend into insanity—or just shake it off.”



Since she has five albums, I’m cheating aka they all make the list.

  1. Red
  2. 1989
  3. Speak Now
  4. Taylor Swift
  5. Fearless