Melanie Martinez (Artist Spotlight)

In 2012, Melanie was a contestant on Season 3 of The Voice. She chose Adam Levine to be her coach and made it to the Top 6. After the show she released her debut single, Dollhouse on April 22, 2014. Her EP Dollhouse, was released on May 19, 2014 which included the song “Carousel.” The song was featured in a preview for American Horror Story: Freak Show. Her newest album Cry Baby was released August 14, 2015. The album debuted at number 6 on the Billboard 200.

I first discovered Melanie after I found a music video of hers while looking for some new music on Youtube. It was the video for Dollhouse. It captured my attention very quickly because it opens with a young girl in her bedroom reading, with creepy scary movie sounds. Within the first minute I found out the song wasn’t as sweet as the music video made it look. The dollhouse isn’t exactly what it seems. That is my favourite thing about her. Throughout her music she uses very conceptual ideas. Her album art work and music videos use imagery of children and family, toys and the innocence of a child. The tracklist sounds like a nursery rhyme, but its more like a nightmare. She uses the character Cry Baby to tackle emotional abuse, romances and their struggles, and family issues. She is the perfect balance of light and dark.


On a lighter note, she is also just so fucking cool. Ever since she was on the voice she has stayed consistent with her look and aesthetic. If her youthful, colourful tattoos, her two-toned hair and her tooth gap doesn’t make her unique than I don’t know what will. Her voice is something that makes her stand out as well. She has the voice where she can sound emotional, whispery, quirky and alternative all in one song. She has a very electronic pop sound that appeals to everyone.


Its a dark album wrapped up in a pink bow.

Cry Baby

Cry Baby is the album’s opening song and is an introduction to the character Cry Baby. The character comes from Melanie and how sensitive she is, and how she can cry at simple little things. The track is very important for setting up the childlike ideology for the album. The character is a young girl who has to deal with many adult situations.

“Tears fall to the ground, I just let them drown”

The character is seen as having a heart too big for her body that it doesn’t even fit inside. She seems to be hurt by the name calling and gets defensive and even says she doesn’t “fucking care.” You find out throughout the story how Cry Baby does with pretending not to care.

This is Cry Baby. She is a child who experiences adult things. She is a very emotional and love sick girl.



This song and video use the young child, adult themes. It is a look into Cry Baby’s home life. Its an easy message, you never know what happens behind closed doors.

“Everyone thinks that we’re perfect, Please don’t let them look through the curtain”

As she plays with her dolls, the dollhouse is all a façade. The dollhouse looks perfect and put together on the outside, but as you open it up there are more problems visible.

Cry Baby’s mother is an alcoholic, her father is a cheater and the brother smokes weed in his bedroom. Cry Baby’s family is perfect on the outside, but behind the walls they aren’t.


Training Wheels

Training Wheels is a love song off the album. Not only is the song beautiful and gorgeously sung, but the song is a metaphor about building a relationship. He is riding a bike but she is ready to go to the next step. She wants to take off his training wheels and ride a two-wheeler with him.

“I’ll carry band-aids on me now, for when your soft hands hit the jagged ground” 

When you take the training wheels off it runs the risk of falling and hurting yourself. Much like falling in love. Cry Baby promises the boy that she will be there for him, by carrying band-aids.

Cry Baby meets a boy who she really likes. She wants to take it to the next level and remove his training wheels.


Pity Party

Pity Party is the most main stream sounding song. It includes a sample from Lesley Gore’s song, “It’s My Party.”  The song is an emotional outburst from Cry Baby. She put herself out there by inviting a boy she likes to her party, and he doesn’t show up, no one does. This hurts her so bad that she almost goes insane as you can see in the music video. The lyrics start out with doubt. Cry Baby wants to know why this happened, and if she should blame herself.

“Did my invitations disappear? Why’d I put my heart on every cursive letter?”

She then tries to justify why they didn’t come and cheer herself up by saying at least theres more cake for her. Cry Baby decides its okay to cry and by the bridge of the song she is at full rage.

It’s her birthday, and she invited her friends and her crush. No one showed up, so she is having a pity party for one.


Mrs. Potato Head

The song Mrs. Potato Head, focuses on how hard it is to grow up with self-acceptance in a society that is so judgemental.

“Don’t be dramatic it’s only some plastic, no one will love you if you’re unattractive”

This line is repeated lots in the song. In a passive aggressive, kind of sarcastic way, talks about the insane lengths that people go for beauty. She asks “does a new face come with a warranty?” She uses the theme of toys, as Mrs. Potato Head can easily be fixed or changed easily to look different. She is also referencing how society can change a child’s innocence once they have pressure to look or act a certain way.

Cry Baby meets Mrs. Potato Head, a woman with a plastic face. Cry Baby is asking if the money and surgery makes all the compliments and attention worth it.


I picked only 5 songs to share, but I highly recommend listening to the whole album. I cannot stress how amazing she is. This whole record is solid. If you appreciate good lyric writing then you will love listening to this album as a story. If you like alternative or an electronic sound than there is something here for you as well. If you are a person you will love this album. There are so many stories and topics covered that there will be things that you relate to and connect with.

She is playing Osheaga and I really want to get my back better so I can go!

‘Cry Baby’ Album:

Cry Baby Storybook:


♫I see things that nobody else sees♫

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– Jordan❤

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10 Things Late 90s Kids Will Remember

Nostalgia! Good ol’ nostalgia will put a smile on anyone’s face. As you start to remember the things that were a part of your life that you loved and lived, you can’t help but just want to return to the past and party it up. While browsing through reddit, I came across a post about peoples favourite things in the late 90’s and 2000’s and I was instantly brought down memory lane. Here is a Throwback to my childhood.


1. High School Musical

You can admit it… you’ve seen High School Musical. Maybe you’ve seen all three. Maybe you still know all the words to all the songs. You have the CD’s in your car and sometimes jam out to them? You learned all the dance moves when they aired the Dance Along versions? You sometimes really want to watch it for old times sake? No? Just me? giphy (7)

The phenomenon known as High School Musical first came out in 2006! 10 years ago! It was the place we met this beautiful specimen, Zac Efron. We thought high school was a place of basketball jocks who bake, crazy theatre kids who rule the school, nerds who love hip hop and skateboarder cellists. We thought high school was a place where you would just break out into song if anything notable happened. I thought we wgiphy (8)ere supposed to all come together in the school gym and perform a choreographed number spontaneously. Newsflash kids, that sadly doesn’t happen. I remember teaching all of the girls in my class the choreography to “We’re All in this Together” during lunch recess. And I do admit while playing a softball game I was singing “I Don’t Dance” in my head. I pulled out some of my moves when I played outfield. I wasn’t very good so the coach put me on the field in the place where least balls go to. More time to live out my fantasy of dancing with Ryan and Chad.


2. Young Justin Bieber

Whether you logiphy (5).gifved him or hated him, Justin’s side swoop hair and high-pitched voice went straight to my heart. The song that made him famous, One Time, came out in 2009. Feel old yet? I do. My goal in grade 8 was to be the One Less Lonely Girl at Justin’s concert. I could’ve gone on stage in my Justin Bieber t-shirt, with Justin Bieber face tattoos on my cheeks, Justin Bieber sunglasses, a Justin Bieber necklace and 7 Justin Bieber rubber wristbands and cried while Justin sang to me and thousands of girls screamed in jealousy at me. A true fact about me is that while in grade 7 I had a whole wall filled with posters of the Biebs. No wall space was bare. I woke up to lots of Justin’s smiling at me. Which also sounds like the plot to a horror movie starring a 13 year old boy in 2010. Regardless, I will never forget my first celeb crush, JB. Maybe one day Justin will claim his love for me, I mean… Never Say Never. 

3. Claire’s

FAO_Schwarz1Claire’s is a store I’m sure many of us girls are familiar with. It was the store you always hit up while you were walking around the mall with your friends and your mom shopped in a different store. But yet, we still felt totally cool and mature as we went shopping “by ourselves.” For many girls it was the place to get your ears pierced. For me it was the place where you could buy tons of squishy bright earrings that were shaped as various animals and desserts. Did I need an 8 pack of cupcake earrings in lots of fun colours? Hell yes I didI still go in there occasionally just to breathe in all that nostalgia and cheap- ass-products-marked-up to-ridiculous-prices smell.


4. MSN Messenger

MSN-FEATUREWhen I made my MSN account, my life became school… then hours of messenger. We all made stupid email names that we regretted as we got older, had the short “sup” and “nothing much” conversations, and customized your page with different colours and emoticons. Fun story, I was talking to a boy I really liked from school on msn. As I asked him “whats up” he responded with “nm jc”. In my head I was thinking “OMG, he just gave me the nickname JC. He must really like me.” (My initials are JC) I went on with the conversation for a while, sending cute messages until my best friend logged in. I messaged her instantly as I was so excited to update her on my progress with my crush. I shared my good news that he had been using a cute nickname for me, my best friend sadly informed me that “jc” was ‘just chilling’ in text talk. In that moment I learned that this boy may not like me back and also that I wasn’t cool and trendy as I thought.

5. The Cheetah Girls

They call themselves the Cheetah Girls because “the cheetah is the fastest, fiercest feline in the jungle.” The Cheetah Girls taught us to be unique, different and ourselves. And also taught me lots of dance steps. It also made giphy (6).gifme want to wear colour coordinated Juicy couture tracksuits with my squad. The empowering songs, fun fashion and sassy dance moves aren’t the only great parts of this movie. It also tackles more serious issues like different economic backgrounds, identity, race and the negative sides of the entertainment indsutry. Their song Cinderella changed the way we thought about fairytales. It stressed the idea of girl power. As the lyrics say “I’d rather rescue myself.” The Cheetah Girls will always have a special place in my heart. Shoutout to my ♬amigas, cheetahs, friends for life♬ 

6. The Lizzie McGuire Movie

Hilary Duff was my queen in elementary school. I wanted to be just like Lizzie. Then the giphy (2)movie came out. This is when my parents made Disney a lot richer. I alone probably helped their box office numbers significantly. I needed to see Lizzie and Gordo travel to Rome on the big screen multiple times. The Lizzie McGuire movie taught me class trips are an awesome place to meet your doppelgänger, impersonate them during a performance in front of thousands and be swooned by a handsome random man you meet. giphy (1) copyI found out this is not exactly true on my trip to New York with school. I did not perform at Radio City Music Hall as my long lost identical twin. That sucks. However, I did learn to not always trust a handsome face and most importantly learnt what dreams are made of!

7. After School Cartoons

The cartoons on Teletoon and Family Channel were the best. They were especially great when you could sit down and relax after your walk home from school.

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I always caught ‘Dave the Barbarian’ right as I got home after walking from school. Other shows that I lived by were Kim Possible, Totally Spies and Proud Family.

8. Dunk-A-Roos


When watching those cartoons, these bad boys were a great snack.

More importantly, if you had these at recess you were ruling that playground.




9. Flip Phones

giphy (1).gifI got my very first phone in grade five when I started walking home from school. It was a small pink Virgin Mobile flip phone that I absolutely adored. While it would be cool to have my flip phone back, I think I will stick with our phones now. I do not miss the way you had to double or triple click for other letters while texting. I could never reach the number of texts I send a day now with those buttons. Other kids had the phones with the slide out keyboard. But the one thing I had over them is that I could always look important when I ended a call on my flip.

10. Classic Youtube

Before all of the internet trolls existed, Youtube was just full of classic and weird videos that are now in the hall of fame of internet videos. When I had a friend over we would just play on the family computer and watch fgiphy (4).gifunny videos. Then at recess we would all share what we watched and come home with a list of things to go look for on Youtube. Now a days you can easily share things with just a tap of a button. In under a minute your friend can be watching what you just watched via text or the various social media apps. I hate to sound like those mad hipsters but we are the ones who organically used Youtube to share things with our friends. Kids will never know the struggle now if they can just pull out their new iPhone from their pocket at recess.

Some of my favourite’s were Fred, Charlie the Unicorn, The Duck Song, and most importantly, the iconic song Shoes.
Share with me some of your favourite throwbacks!


G2G now guys, brb with another post. ttyl

– Jordan❤

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