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RENEÉ RAPP ANNOUNCES FIRST-EVER TOUR

RENEÉ RAPP ANNOUNCES FIRST-EVER HEADLINING TOUR KICKING OFF DECEMBER 6TH IN LOS ANGELES

  • EMOTIONAL DEBUT EP EVERYTHING TO EVERYONE OUT NOW – LISTEN HERE

Reneé Rapp announces first-ever headlining tour in support of debut EP, Everything to Everyone. Kicking off on December 6th in Los Angeles, this tour will be an opportunity for fans to experience the emotional project in an intimate setting that highlights Rapp’s raw vocal talent. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, November 18th at 10 AM local time. More information can be found HERE.

EVERYTHING TO EVERYONE TOUR DATES:

December 6th   Los Angeles, CA   Troubadour

December 13th  New York, NY      Bowery Electric

December 15th  Boston, MA          Sonia’s

December 18th  Atlanta, GA          Vinyl

Today’s announcement arrives on the heels of Reneé’s debut EP Everything To Everyone, an emotional 7-track project which highlights her vocal prowess and versatility as she shifts from soaring emotional ballads to polished pop anthems. The stripped-back title track and EP opener explores Rapp’s desire to show up for the important people in her life. Next up is the multi-hyphenate’s breakout single “In the Kitchen,” which reflects on a doomed relationship, and a brand new track titled “Colorado” that expresses her desire to leave Los Angeles behind. It’s the kind of unfiltered anthem that made her most recent release, “Don’t Tell My Mom,” so gut-wrenching. On the track, Rapp details her tumultuous, tight knit relationship with her mother. Don’t tell my mom, I’m fallin’ apart,” she belts over minimal synths. “She hurts when I hurt, my scars are her scars.” The EP is rounded out by the songs “What Can I Do,” “Too Well,” and “Moon,” each of which showcases a slightly different shade of Rapp’s musical palate. It’s the kind of collection with a song for every mood or emotional state. 

The EP follows the singles “Don’t Tell My Mom,” “In the Kitchen,” and “Tattoos,” which have amassed more than 22 million combined streams. Throughout her career, Rapp has displayed a knack for captivating audiences with vibrant performances and unbridled energy. Outside of music, she stars in the hit HBO Max series The Sex Lives of College Girls, which has its season 2 premiere next week. It’s a role that calls for brilliant comedic timing and dramatic prowess, both of which the newcomer has in spades. With Everything to Everyone, Rapp underlines the breadth and depth of her talent, veering from soaring ballads to uptempo pop anthems without missing a beat. 

ABOUT RENEÉ RAPP:

Reneé Rapp knew she was born to perform ever since she was a child. Even in her earliest memories, her love of music was always present. “I couldn’t sit still in the car unless there was music,” she says. “Otherwise, I would cry the entire time.” The North Carolina native began harnessing her natural creativity by writing and recording songs when she was just a teenager. Eventually, her career took off when she landed the coveted role of Regina George in the Tony-nominated Mean Girls musical on Broadway. Shortly after, she found widespread recognition and praise—from the likes of W, Harper’s Bazaar, and The Hollywood Report for her performance as “Leighton” on the HBO Max series “The Sex Lives of College Girls” written by Mindy Kaling. Now, more empowered than ever, Rapp turns her attention back to music, where sharing threadbare insecurities on “Tattoos” is just the beginning. “I was called ‘crazy’ a lot growing up because I didn’t know what was going on with me,” she says. “As I got older and started going to therapy, I reclaimed the word in a way that feels good to me.” In this song and in the rest of her music to come Rapp leans into a uniquely bold showcase of vulnerability to connect with her ever-growing fandom. Eager to continue to share her emotions with the world, Reneé has much more music on the way under her recent signing to Interscope Records

Credit Erica Hernandez

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Joan Armatrading "Already There" image shot by Laura Bruneau (BMG) via Leo Lavoro (BMG) for use by 360 Magazine

JOAN ARMATRADING – ALREADY THERE

Celebrated singer/songwriter Joan Armatrading has released a stunning video for her new single “Already There,” directed by David Lopez-Edwards. 

WATCH THE “ALREADY THERE” VIDEO HERE, LISTEN TO “ALREADY THERE” HERE

STREAM/DOWNLOAD THE SINGLE HERE 

NEW ALBUM CONSEQUENCES OUT JUNE 18, PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE NOW

The song deals with the familiar concept of two lovers– one has already fallen in love and is waiting for the other lover to catch up. As David Lopez-Edwards says: Joan is a great story teller through her music, and when I first heard the track I had this image of her sat in an old armchair telling the beautiful love story that is ‘Already There.’

I really wanted to be able to convey the emotion of the song in the video. I thought the best way of achieving that was to tell the story was through contemporary dance and have a dance couple interpret Joan’s lyrics, and tell what is essentially a very emotional narrative through their movement, expression and interaction. We were all blown away by the routine our choreographer Ainsley created, and it was truly magical seeing it brought to life by our two incredible dancers Zhané and Jared.”

Joan concurs: “The dance interpretation of my song ‘Already There’ is perfect.”

David Lopez-Edwards is well known for his creative videos and has previously worked with Kylie, Pet Shop Boys, Emeli Sande, KT Tunstall, Natalie Imbruglia, and Culture Club.

Joan‘s 22nd studio album to date, Consequences, is scheduled for release June 18th (Digital) and August 13 (CD/LP) via BMG. Consequences ably illustrates the fact that Joan Armatrading never likes to repeat herself. It is a very different follow up to 2018’s UK’s Top 30 hit album Not Too Far Away.

Of course, the change of musical pace will come as no surprise to Joan‘s many legions of world-wide fans. She has always been a pioneer in what she does, ever since the release of her first album in 1972 when her then record company, by their own admission, had little idea of how to present her, as Joan was so outside the norm. It should also be remembered that Joan Armatrading was the very first female singer/songwriter from the UK to have international success with the songs she wrote and performed.

Whether she’s playing a blinding electric guitar solo that would put many of the recognized  ‘Guitar Heroes’ in the shade, or focusing on specific genres like jazz or blues, Joan has always gone where the muse takes her with no predictability attached.  Repetition isn’t in her lexicon, even when composing the music for The Tempest and as demonstrated on the recently screened documentary about her career, “Me, Myself, I.” With her heartfelt, direct and melodic trademark vocal style, lyrics that tell it exactly how it is, and strong rhythmic flow throughout, Consequences is an album of some surprises. The album is couched in a passionate intensity that benefits from listening to it from start to finish. Consequences is a complete aural experience and an uncompromising tour de force that engages and gets better with every listen. The subject matter of the album is an intrinsically intimate topic –love in its many guises. This is not an album about Joan herself, but rather one written from observation. Joan has created songs that people can make their own, applying the lyrics to whatever their own particular circumstances might be.

The single, “Already There” is a perfect example of this as it details the common experience of one person in a couple already in love, while the other lover hasn’t emotionally arrived there yet.

Consequences in CD, vinyl and digital format is comprised of 10 tracks in total. All of the tracks are written, performed and produced by Armatrading.

Consequences Track listing:

1.Natural Rhythm

2.Already There

3.To Be Loved

4.Better Life

5.Glorious Madness

6.Like

7.Consequences

8.Sunrise (instrumental)

9.Think About Me

10.To Anyone Who Will Listen

Pre-order Consequences HERE

Since the release of her last album, Joan has been made a CBE (from an MBE), Trustee of The Princes Trust, Ivor Novello Fellow, Americana Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and a Lifetime Achievement Award winner from Women of the Year. Joan completed a major sold-out UK and American tour in 2018 following a massive 235 date world tour in 2014/15.

Among many other accolades, she is the first female British artist to debut at number 1 in the Billboard Blues chart–where she stayed for 12 weeks and was the first ever female UK artist to be nominated for a Grammy in the blues category. Although touring is off the table for the immediate future, Joan will be giving a special, digitally streamed concert in support of the album later this year in September. Details of this are to be announced nearer the time of the concert.

Joan Armatrading "Consequences" signed album image shot by Laura Bruneau (BMG) via Leo Lavoro (BMG) for use by 360 Magazine

Long distance Relationship illustration byRita Azar for 360 Magazine

What Are the 5 Love Languages? Discover Yours

Expressing Love in the 5 Languages

People in relationships have different ways of showing their affection. The way someone shows love is often a sign of the way they would like to receive it. For instance, someone who likes writing romantic messages often expects to get the same.

Most people in relationships don’t have the same language. Knowing your love language as well as that of your partner can have many benefits. It helps you to explain what you consider most important for meeting your emotional needs.

Also, by understanding your partner’s language, you are better able to satisfy them emotionally.

What Are the Five Love Languages and What Does Love Language Mean?

The idea of love languages can be traced to the works of Gary Chapman, a professional marriage counselor. Based on his anecdotal research, Chapman discovered there are 5 basic emotional love languages. These are the five different ways through which people communicate and understand affection.

The most important thing is to learn how you can speak the love language preferred by your spouse. This will enhance your communication and strengthen your relationship.

Now that we have considered the love language meaning, let us delve deeper into the issue.

Explaining the Five Love Languages

When two people understand how to show affection according to their partner’s love language, they stand a better chance of enjoying a happier and stronger relationship.

On the contrary, when partners allow each other’s love tank to run dry, misunderstandings are bound to occur. In this case, online therapy can help save your relationship.

Here are the five languages to help you unlock profound levels of love.

Quality Time

As a love language, quality time means that period during which a person receives undivided attention in a way likely to make the relationship stronger. In this sense, quality time relates to being together, not distracted by technology or other people.

Your entire focus should be on your partner.

People who prefer this language of love understand that time spent together is important in making a person feel special and loved. To show affection to them, you need to intentionally set aside some time just to be together with your spouse.

The main challenge is that thanks to technology, spending quality time with those we love is becoming more difficult. Even when we are close to each other, numerous distractions make us be easily carried to somewhere else within cyberspace.

Being nearby without connectedness can leave our partners feeling alone and empty.

Here are some tips on how to show affection using this language of love:

  • Make eye contact when engaged in a conversation
  • Make use of active listening skills
  • Keep technology away when having time together
  • Take time to enjoy each other’s company, focusing on quality
  • Plan something to enjoy together
  • Create a routine of small ways to enjoy each other’s company
  • Be present

Words of Affirmation

Another category in the five languages of love is words of affirmation. People who prefer this love language want to see through words or text that they are cherished. It will be even better if you tell about the reasons behind your affection, too.

For instance, you can leave random written notes of love or voice messages. You could also create time to talk to the person directly, using sincere words showing kindness and affirmation.

If words of affirmation are not your preferred way to receive love but it’s your partner’s preferred love language, follow these steps to keep their love tank full:

  • Be empathetic and encouraging during conversations, consistently sharing sentiments
  • Express your admiration using words
  • Leave notes and written reminders expressing your affection
  • Send texts regularly when not together
  • Create and share a custom playlist, reminding your partner of your feelings
  • Tell your partner how good they make you feel

Receiving Gifts

Of the 5 love languages in relationships, receiving gifts remains one of the most misunderstood. Often, and unfairly, people who speak this language are considered frivolous, materialistic, or shallow.

However, this is not always the case since what matters to these people is the thought and care that goes towards selecting the gift, rather than the price tag.

Such a person feels appreciated, understood, and loved thought presenting the gifts. So, don’t rush to purchase a fancy dress just because it comes with a hefty price tag. The truly valuable gift is not prized because of the cost, but rather because of what it symbolizes.

Therefore, the secret lies in choosing something that your partner will interpret as signifying your affection. Consider gifting something that your partner has been asking for or would find useful.

Acts of Service

When it comes to intimate relationships, the language of acts of service means doing things that you know your spouse will enjoy. This could be as simple as feeding the dog, filling up their gas, preparing dinner for them, or watering their plants.

Acts of service as a love language mean that you give up your time and put effort, which can be demanding. However, if it is what is needed to spice up your relationship, the returns will be worth it.

Consider anything that you can do, which will ease the burden of responsibility on your partner. You can also ask them for ideas for those things they would like you to do for them to make their life easier.

If you have determined that your spouse prefers acts of service, then there are tips that you can use to make them feel loved.

Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Focus on those small things and details like what the person likes. How much sugar is in their coffee? What are their favorite programs?
  • Consider those routine tasks that your partner doesn’t like doing and help them
  • Pay attention to those acts that can be easily accommodated in your schedule
  • Choose acts that work to your strengths

Physical Touch

Although sex is an important aspect of romantic relationships, physical touch as a love language goes way beyond it.

Given the physical nature of this language, many people assume that it’s only intended for the satisfaction of sexual desires. In truth, physical touch is more related to making your partner feel seen and safe.

This love language can include hugs, holding hands, or even a pat on the back from time to time. Cuddling up when watching a movie can be a great way to show affection to someone who likes physical touch.

Yes, for certain couples, physical touch may not be possible because of distance. Maybe your partner traveled on a business trip or to study abroad. Or, you’re practicing a long distance relationship because of the lockdown.

In such a case, video chats can help you to remain close. You can also share personal items or synchronized experiences.

Important Takeaways

Here, we have presented information to help you discover your love language. Knowing the differences can have a great impact on how you relate with your partner, enhancing empathy and attention.

However, some challenges in relationships may not be solved just by understanding your partner’s love language alone.

If you are having some emotional problems in the relationship, consider getting counseling help. As an example, you may consider starting therapy on Calmerry. It’s a teletherapy platform that offers affordable and convenient access to licensed therapists and the support you need.

Take care of your partner, yourself, and your relationships. Give love and feel loved!

relationship illustration by Rita Azar

Revitalizing Your Relationship

When you have been in a relationship for a long time, you may find that the romance starts to wane. While you may both still love each other, your time is taken up by other things and this leaves little time for romance. Many couples enjoy a lot of romance at the start of the relationship but once they have been together for a long time, this part of the relationship starts to fizzle away. However, it is important to try and keep the romance alive.

When couples want to add fresh life to their physical relationship, they often invest in things such as intimate products. However, when it comes to injecting more romance into the relationship, you need to do things that are from the heart and meaningful. The good news is that you do not have to spend a fortune when it comes to being romantic and showing your partner how much you care. There are various things you can do, some of which we will look at in this article.

Some Romantic Ways to Show You Care

Being romantic with your partner from time to time is important – even though they may know you love them it is nice to show it as well. There are some simple and effective ways in which you can inject a little more romance into your relationship.

One thing you can do is to whisk your partner off for an impromptu romantic picnic one afternoon. You can get some delicious picnic food in, get a cool bag for chilled wine and drinks, and then head to a local park or beach where you can both relax. This is a great way for you both to unwind, spend some quality time together, and enjoy the great outdoors.

Another thing you may want to consider is rustling up a fabulous romantic meal for your partner at home. If the weather is nice, you can even set up your table on the patio and have romantic twinkling fairy lights. While this might sound daunting, you don’t have to have superb culinary skills to cook for your significant other! Just simply follow an online recipes and you will be sure to impress your partner.

Romance can also be about having some fun, so another thing you can do is arrange a fun day out as a couple. You could go to an exciting theme park where you can stroll hand in hand and enjoy the excitement of the rides. Or you may want to go on a fun date to a place you used to go to when you first met such as going to the movies or a favorite restaurant.

These are all great ways of bringing back a little romance into your relationship while also having a little fun.