Here’s my sixth entry for Laura’s Weekly Song Challenge. Here’s a link to Laura’s blog

This week Laura has given us these three topics to find songs for. We have to post a song that is about getting spiffied up, post a video of a song that is a great work out song, and sandwiched in between is a song that makes you cry for no particular reason.


Copy rules and add to your own post, pinging back to this post.
Post music videos for your answers to the musical questions.
Tag two people to participate!

1. Post a video of a song that is about getting spiffied up.

”Man I Feel Like A Woman” by Shania Twain

Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” is a song recorded by Canadian singer-songwriter Shania Twain taken from her third studio album, Come On Over (1997). Written by Twain with her longtime collaborator and then-husband Robert John “Mutt” Lange, who also produced the track, the song was released first to North American country radio stations in March 1999 as the eighth single from the album, and later it was released worldwide in September 1999. “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” is a country pop song with lyrics about female empowerment. The song received generally favorable reviews from music critics, who praised the song’s attitude and hook as well as Twain’s vocals. Commercially, the song was also successful, reaching the top-ten in six countries, while reaching the top-twenty in Canada and number 23 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was even more successful on the Hot Country Songs chart, reaching the top-five and was certified Platinum by the RIAA for 1,000,000 digital downloads. The song also won a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 2000. I chose this song because I have always loved listening to this beautiful song. I have always been a fan of Shania Twain. I have always loved songs that have to do with female empowerment as well.

2. Post a video of a song that makes you cry for no particular reason.

“Far Over the Misty Mountains Cold” from The Hobbit

“Far Over the Misty Mountains Cold” is a song sung by Thorin II Oakenshield and Company in J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel The Hobbit. As Tolkien left no title for the song, “Far Over The Misty Mountains Cold” is sometimes referred to as The Dwarf Song, Thorin’s Song, The Song of The Lonely Mountain, or shortened to simply “The Misty Mountains”. The song explains the backstory of Thorin and Company, and foreshadows the adventure to come for the group. It also helps lead to the large development of Bilbo from his often quiet and calm “Baggins” nature, to the more adventurous and outgoing “Tookish” side of his heritage, an evolution that takes most of the novel. The song is first heard at the assembly in Bag End. While the dwarves sing, Tolkien describes how something Tookish and adventurous wakes up inside Bilbo. In the film, the song is sung without instrumental accompaniment, whereas in the book it was sung to music. The song is featured on the film’s soundtrack, titled “Misty Mountains”. The tune of the song is crafted into Thorin and Company’s main musical theme. The song is composed and conducted by Plan 9 and David Long. This song has always made me cry because I read The Hobbit before I watched the movie I knew that because of the quest that Bilbo and the Company go on, my favorite dwarf Thorin Oakenshield and his sweet nephews Fili and Kili will die. Also it doesn’t hurt that the actor playing Thorin is my beloved eye candy Richard Armitage.

3. Post a video of a song that is a great work out song.

“Say Na Say Na” from Bluffmaster and “Breathless”  by Shankar Mahadevan

“Say Na Say Na” is a song sung by Aneela Mirza in the 2005 Bollywood movie Bluffmaster!, the release of which shot Mirza to fame, and was a chart hit in India. Say Na Say Na was sung by Aneela, Robert Uhlmann and Arash. Bluffmaster is a 2005 Indian Hindi-language romantic comedy film directed by Rohan Sippy and produced by Ramesh Sippy. The film stars Abhishek Bachchan, Ritesh Deshmukh, Priyanka Chopra, Boman Irani and Nana Patekar.  Bluffmaster released on 16 December 2005, and received positive response from critics. The film became a moderate box office success earning a “hit” verdict, as well as being the 17th highest-grossing Bollywood film of the year 2005. Vishal-Shekhar is the music director. This song was a part of the SaReGaMa Music Label. According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 14,00,000 units sold, this film’s soundtrack album was the year’s tenth highest-selling. “Say Na Say Na” was one of the first songs that I did Zumba to in my first ever Zumba class with my first teacher Mary Ann. My friend Christine was my Zumba Teacher for two years and “Say Na Say Na” was one of her favorite Bollywood songs to have in her Zumba routine every day or every week. When my new Zumba teacher Michelle realized that I was an Indian girl who loved Bollywood music she played her “Say Na Say Na” remix for our Zumba class workouts.

Breathless is the 1998 Indi-pop album by Indian singer-composer Shankar Mahadevan featuring lyricist Javed Akhtar. Shankar Mahadevan is an Indian singer and composer who is part of the Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy composing trio team for Bollywood Indian films. It was the album that first made Mahadevan famous. The title track, “Breathless,” is a steady stream of a song that goes on not without a break, stanzas, verse or apparently even a pause for breath. The length of the part of the song which is ‘breathless’ is about three minutes. Mahadevan made the album in collaboration with Akhtar, a reputed lyricist in the Indian music industry. The music video of the title song “Breathless” was directed by Farhan Akhtar and his sister Zoya Akhtar. This was the beginning of a long association, as Shankar, along with Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa (as Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy), went on to score music for all of the films directed by Farhan and Zoya Akhtar. The music album was a huge success, selling over 300,000 copies and topped all major music charts in India for about 10 straight weeks. In some of my Zumba classes we have had dance moves for “Breathless” and in some other Zumba classes we have used “Breathless” as our cool down stretching song. 

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