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Friday, December 23, 2011

School is OVER!

Hey everyone!
School is over!
I'm so psyched!
I've gotten an A in all four of my classes!
I'm so happy!
Yeah, I was determined to keep my GPA up this year. And why? Well, it started when I met with the honors coordinator last spring.
We talked about my joining the honors program, and she looked over my mid-terms for that semester. I had all A's for midterms, and she made a comment about my GPA to the effect of "Well, that's not going to last long."
With those words, she unknowingly issued me a challenge. I decided that, for the next semester, I would maintain a high GPA, aka, get all A's. And I would. I knew I would. And I did. And I'm doing it next semester too. I'll see how long I can prove her wrong, one semester at a time.

So, that's been what's going on.
Oh, and in relation to my last post, I am slowly but surely recovering. I am getting better, and I'm starting to get everything back on track. It's a slow process, but I'm getting better.
It's weird. I've found that I have good days, and then I have depressed days. And for the most part, they're good, unless something triggers me, and then I'm depressed. That's another weird thing. It always requires a trigger. I'll never just wake up depressed. Something will have to trigger its onset.
But I'll be fine. Like I said, I am getting better. And I will make myself better, simply because I have the power to choose to make myself better.
One of the most important things that I have learned is that God isn't going to force himself on you. He's always there, you just have to choose him.
I have the power to choose to let God in, to choose to let Him heal me. And no matter how much it hurts, He gave me the strength to choose Him.
He gave me the strength that I need for anything He wants me to.
And I am choosing to let him in, and to let him heal me.

And speaking of such things....
I'm gonna have to pray about it more, but all of a sudden within the past few months, I've wanted nothing more than to get out of the house. I've set my eye on a college called Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. It's an aeronautical engineering school, and that's the field that I wanna get into. It doesn't have a music program, but there's a community college nearby that offers a music program, and if I can graduate from there and get a bachelor's in aeronautical engineering at the same time, I should be able to go into a graduate program at Embry Riddle, and then, if I have time, I should be able to get a scholarship to a music college, and then get a music degree. That would be so cool.
I have no idea how I'm gonna do it, but I'm gonna do it in some way. I don't care what it takes, if it's God's will, it's gonna happen.
Anyway, Embry Riddle is all the way out in Arizona.
That's right, Arizona.
Kinda far away, and I would miss everyone I met here. I grew up here for most of my life.

On a happier note, I listened to Imaginaerum by Nightwish! It's their new album that's being released in the U.S. on January 10th (I think), 2012. I am so going to buy it on it's release date. It is AMAZING!
The diversity, the orchestration, everything about it is RIGHTEOUS!
Here's one of my personal favorites (if I can choose one):
I will say, there is a little bit of iffy lyrical content (not profane, but iffy).
And I'm normally not a fan of screaming, but in this song, it really enhances the feel and the emotion that is being communicated. It's awesome.

Oh, and I've started to learn "Lost In Paradise" by Evanescence on the piano. I'm pretty much learning it by ear, since there is no sheet music. In the beginning, it's pretty simple, though towards the middle, it gets hard to hear the piano over the other instruments.

Oh, and I've also started playing World Of Warcraft! Since it's free to play until level 20, I decided to try it out. It's pretty cool. The score for it is amazing.
There were two problems I found, however.
1. The clock was an hour behind. So, when it said that it was 11:00, I thought "Okay, time to shut it off." Little did I realize that it was 12:00, meaning that I had stayed up an hour later than I meant to. And that brings us to....
2. I spent half an hour looking for the "logout" button. I honestly clicked every icon I could find, and would have asked other players for help, had I been able to find them. Finally, I pressed the ESC key, and that brought up the menu. Of course, by then it was 12:30, an hour and a half later than I had meant to be up.

Anyway, it's Boo's birthday tomorrow. For those of you who don't know, Boo is the younger of my two sisters, and she will be turning 12. I'm really psyched!
Yes, I use different names for my siblings. Because I am a paranoid lunatic and don't want you to know their names, just like I don't want you to know mine. But most of you already do, so it's kinda dumb to take that precaution....
For those of you who don't know, here's my family:

Banana: The oldest of my younger siblings, 15 years old, and one of my best friends on the planet. She pretty much likes exactly the same music that I do, and that is so cool.
Boo: The next oldest, soon to be 12. She's either an angel or a devil (that's right, no in between), she loves randomly hugging people, and basically, the our house could explode, and she'd still be sitting there doodling.
The Bruiser: The next oldest, turning 11 in February. He's your typical rough-and-tumble boy, but with a talent for music. He only started flute lessons a few months ago, and already he's figuring out how to play various songs that he's heard. He does amaze me.
Patar: The youngest, age seven. Also really talented with music. He'll watch me play something on the piano with my right hand, I'll leave the room, and by the time I get back, he'll have figured it out from what he saw me do. He also has my musical tastes, and is a huge fan of Nightwish. It's funny, when I was his age, I was listening to kids music and classical. He's listening to metal and rock.
And finally....
"What?" you say. "I thought there was only four of them!"
Some of you already know this, but my mom's pregnant, and we have a new baby due in May!
I am so happy!
I'll have to figure out a name for him/her too....

Anyway, it's really late, and after last night, which was spent largely killing Wreched Urchins, Arcane Guardians, and some kind of weird hideous treebeast, I need to get to bed.
Oh, and since I probably won't be posting for a while....


Thank you, thank you, I can see you appreciated my oh-so-generic christmas greeting.
Life is good.

See you all later,

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


Hey, all.

.... I've changed. Plain and simple. Not gonna beat around the bush, not gonna say something humorous. Yet, anyway.
But I've changed.
And one of my close friends helped me realize exactly how drastic this change was today. You know who you are, and I can't even begin to describe how much this has done for me.

Alot's happened lately.
Between school, my social life, and everything else.
To put it bluntly, I hurt.

It's kinda funny, when I look back at myself at the beginning of this semester, I see a happy, random, crazy, rather opinionated, loving person. But most of all, I see a child. Yeah, I'm seventeen. My age hasn't changed since then. But I was a child, taking the last few steps into adulthood.
I'm not a child anymore. I'm not an adult yet, but I'm not a child anymore.
I've borne witness to suffering and pain. I've borne witness to affliction and the costs of nievity. I've tried to give of myself to end it, and that has caused me to slowly begin to break.
I don't know what's going on, and I don't understand at all. And it's upsetting to see the effects it's been having on those I love. My mother has been very worried. The music I've been writing has been dissonant.

But I'm getting better. Slowly and surely, I'm getting better. Some of my very close friends (again, you know who you are) are helping me through this. My family is helping me through this. God is helping me through this.
Because I know that this is only temporary. It's not going to be permanent. I'm going to rise and fight. Because it's what I was born to do. I was not born to be incapacitated by sorrow and depression. I was born to live, to love. Because God never abandons his lost sheep.

"For even as I walk through the valley of death, I shall fear no evil." Or something like that. It's from psalm 23. Probably my favorite psalm.

Yeah, where I am right now is pretty Valley-Of-Death-Esque right now. I look in the mirror, into my eyes, and I see darkness. I found it curious, a few weeks ago, when I first noticed it. I found it odd, even intriguing. Yet now I recognize it as the same darkness I've seen in the eyes of many.

But I know that I'm never gonna give up. I'm not going to let myself die. If I were, I'd be letting my family, my friends, and my students down. But most of all, I'd be letting myself down. And that's ultimately the most important, because God gave me my person. And I'm not about to neglect my charge. This is my Lord's gift to me; my life, my health, my sanity.

All who suffer, all who hurt, stand with me, and we will conquer the dark together. We fight! This is not madness! THIS IS SPARTA!
Well, at least some of me is still intact. Inserting something completely random, yet related, into the sentence.

Okay, so brief synopsis: I hurt, I'm recovering, I'm not giving up.
I'd just like to ask all of you who are so inclined to please keep me in your prayers, 'cause God's the one who's gonna make the change in me.
He's the only one who can heal my soul.
He has blessed me with so much. So many wonderful friends, my family, my gifts and talents....

Anyway, I'll be back to my crazy self soon.
I just thought that I should post about the state I've been in, cause it is, after all, my blog.
And I needed to get it out anyway. I feel better now that I've put it all down in words.

There's this song that I heard a while back. It's not like me to post something like this, but it's a good song. I remember one of my mom's friends gave my mom a CD with this on it. I loved it because it was probably the coolest rock that I'd heard at the time.

Yes, I am posting something by BarlowGirl. And you know what? I don't care. It's a good song, and I just felt like posting it. Because I can.

Anyway, I'd better be getting back to my homework.
Adios, amigos!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Survey for psychology class

I can't believe I didn't think of this before!
I know that some of my readers are over eighteen.
I have a survey for my psychology class, and the data's kinda due tomorrow.
It's for my class project, and if I do a good job on it, I get an A.
Only people 18 or older can take it, so, if you are eighteen or older, I'd like to ask you to take 5-15 minutes to fill out this questionaire.
Here's the link:
Thanks again!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Almost over!

It's almost over!
School is almost over!
As much as I love it, I'm really happy that it's almost over.

Okay, I'm done. Well, the Advent season has begun again. And I'm piled really high with homework. And I'm barely awake. Yes, it's only eight-thirty PM, but I've been falling asleep all day.
And quite frankly, that has been annoying me quite a bit.
Because, trust me, there is nothing more scary than falling asleep on public transportation.
Allow me to elaborate.
You're getting on the bus, with a few bags in hand, and you put them down on the seat next to yours as you sit down. Soon your eyes start to droop. You fight to keep them open, but you unwittingly close them, and you're soon off to dream land. You jolt back to life as the bus stops, and someone gets off, but then you fall into your fatigue-induced coma once again. Think about that. You're sleeping with your bag on the bus. Do you know what kind of creeps use public transportation? You have no idea what they'll do. I mean, they might be digging around in your bag, for all you know. And what if you miss your stop? Thankfully, I have yet to do that, but I've come close. I woke up at one point in a state of panic with no idea where I was. That is, until I remembered that this was a different bus than I usually took, and thus, it took a different route.

Anyway, life's been pretty hectic for me. I sometimes find myself missing the days when everything was so simple, when I was still sane. That's right folks, the days before I hit puberty. I didn't have to deal with all of the emotional crap back then. But, on the bright side, I'm doing much better. I'm learning how to deal with it. And I'm feeling happier. That's generally a good thing.

OH MY GOSH, RANDOM TOPIC SWITCH! NIGHTWISH IS COMING OUT WITH A NEW ALBUM! That's right. The album is called "Imaginaerum", and I believe it's released in the USA on January 10th. I don't really recall. All I know is that I'm gonna buy it on the day it hits stores. I've already heard two of the songs, and they're both really, really amazing.
Here's one of them, their new single known as "Storytime." Yes, it's a really odd name for a symphonic metal song. But it's Nightwish. They can get away with that.

I'd highly discourage watching if you are afraid of random clowns and rock bands and singers who wear too much makeup. But it's an AMAZING song.
The other song that I've heard from their album is "The Crow, The Owl, and The Dove". Which is a really, really good song. But it technically hasn't been released yet. So I can't post any videos for it because of the stupid copyright claims.

Anyway, I should probably do homework/go to sleep now. But I want to tell all of you that I've not forgotten you. I'm just kind of busy because of school.
Be back soon (hopefully)!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

I really love growing up....

This is the best time of my life!
All of a sudden, I'm being thrown (metaphorically, mind you) into shark-infested waters of adulthood!
I get to deal with all sorts of emotional stuff that I've never gotten to deal with before, I get to realize that every mistake I make will affect someone's life! So, here I am, tiptoeing through this treacherous field of poppies, trying not to botch up, keep my grades up, and manage my relationships!
I love this!

I hope you all realize that I am being rather fecicious. I'm sure you all do.
Yeah, I tend to cycle through extatic and depressed phases, and right now, I'm in one of my depressed phases.
Since the beginning of this year, everything's just been insane. A brief list of things that have happened over the past ten months:
I started college
I started teaching
I started dating again
I started learning just how hard relationships are
I started learning that there are billions of girls out there, and only one for me, so I'm going to have to wait a while before anything happens
I started taking my second semester of college
I started socializing with my peers
I started meeting people who have completely different beliefs, and people who have an almost identical creed to my own
I started having a hard time with my faith
I started a band
I started understanding what it truly means to love someone
I started understanding how important my family is to me
Yeah, alot has happened over the past few months. Some good, some bad.
And I should be going to bed now, because I am extremely tired, and I want to be able to teach/do homework tomorrow.
Oh, I got my midterm grades: two A's, an A- and a B+. Not the best for a perfectionist like me, but I still have the rest of the semester. It should be pretty easy to get my B+ up, and I need to work just a bit harder for my A-. I just hope I can end with all A's. But that's just me being a perfectionist.
So, anyway, sorry I haven't posted in a while. Alot of crazy stuff going on.
But I'm confident that I'll feel better soon.
I mean, a depressed phase can't last forever, right?


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Hello again.

Hello everyone! How've you all been doing? I know I haven't posted in a while, but school is a priority right now.
I've been going absolutely nuts! All of a sudden, I've been piled with more homework than I thought was possible. Papers, tests, all sorts of crazy stuff.
I suppose that some of you may have noticed my discontinuation of the song challenge. Well, I am going to finish it. Eventually. Right now, I don't even know why I'm blogging. I should be working on other stuff.
Well, anyway, I'll post again sometime soon.
Hasta la vista.

Monday, September 26, 2011

I am the epic pokemon!

Hello everyone!
I'm posting again, mostly because I'm too tired to do my homework (a likely excuse!).
I also figured that you all should know something:
Please allow me to explain. You see, The Bruiser has an obsession with video games, and he wanted to figure out which Pokemon each of us would be, if we were pokemon. His manner of doing this was simply by asking us for two random letters, and then he would find a pokemon who's name begins with the those two letters. So he asked me. "J," I responded, and he made note of that and inquired about the second letter. "X," I responded. For those of you who don't know, there are no pokemon who's names begin with Jx, so The Bruiser tried to change the rules, and have me select another letter.
I refused, because, well, he did say that he needed the FIRST two letters I gave him. He tried to choose one letter over the other, but no, I would not allow it. I concluded that I was a new species of pokemon, whose name is Jxothy (the Jx is pronounced as one would pronounce t-i-m.). Yes that defies grammatical rules. But it doesn't matter, for I am Jxothy, the epic pokemon.
Now I just need to come up with a pokedex description.
As for the rest of my life, I'm doing pretty well.
School's going great, though I wish my engineering graphics professer would be just a tad bit more clear on what he wants from us. He's an intelligent guy, but it gets annoying sometimes.
Oh, and remember that girl I talked about last post?
I am happy to say that there are no romantic desires between us, and that we are platonic friends.
Not exactly the happily ever after material we all crave, but I'm happy with it right now.
For once, I'm actually happy to be single. Now I'm really just going to wait for that special girl to walk into my life and flip my world over and all that crap. To be perfectly frank about it.
Well, thinking about it, I really want to get married. So that probably means that I'll be stuck in some monestary in the near future, LOL. And my sister, who never wants to get married? She'll be at home with eight or nine kids. That's the way it works. Neither of my parents wanted to get married or have kids. And now there are five of us in the house. Pretty funny, LOL!
Anyway, I'm falling asleep at the keyboard right now.
Goodnight everyone.
Oh, before I go, I turned seventeen at the end of last month! I'm really psyched!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Hello everyone! Once again, apologizing for the extended absense.
I just wanted to assure you that I'm not dead. I'm just back in school.
I'm taking four classes this semester, and so far, it's going great. I've really opened up, talked to a bunch of people, and even met a girl who I kinda, well, like. Unfortunately, due to complex circumstances, it's not one of those "and they lived happily ever after in each other's arms" type things. Things get very complex, and unfortunately, I don't know if our story's gonna have a happy ending. Sigh.... Whatever happened to those old days where it was so innocent, when we could hold eachother's hands and forget the rest of the world.... I never would have thought that such a wonderful, beautiful feeling could have such dire consequences if it dies.
I honestly hate romance sometimes, and I'm sure that at least some of you who have had similar experiences know that feeling.
Anyway, on a happier note, unlike last semester, I'm not procrastinating anymore, which is definitely making it much easier to keep up with. Honors classes are amazing, and I feel like I'm with people who are similar to me, and who like to think. It's really awesome.
I've been introduced so far to the author Raymond Carver, whom I like very much.
Anyway, it's really late, I'm really tired, and I just might write some new lyrics tonight, I really don't know. Getting up at six in the morning really gets to you after a while.
Until next time,

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Day 23 of the thirty-day song challenge

Hey everyone!
Sorry about the lack of posts.
I can't believe that summer's almost over! Well, back to school really isn't such a bad thing for me. The sooner I get my associate's degree, the sooner I can transfer to an accredited engineering school, and the sooner I do that, the sooner I can take singing lessons for a third of a credit per semester. Woohoo!
I finally got my tape recorder to work, and I recorded myself singing. Unfortunately, SOMEONE, I won't mention any names *cough cough Shannon cough cough*, kept interrupting me while she was talking on the phone.
Anyway, I recorded myself playing on the piano and singing "Friday" by Rebecca Black, yes, you heard right, I wrote an accompaniment for Friday, and then I recorded myself singing "My Immortal" by Evanescence. Or at least, the first verse, before I was interrupted for the fourth time.
And you know what's really weird? Well, "Friday", in C, is at the top of my vocal range, the highest note being a G, and "My Immortal", which I sing an octave down because I'm a guy, is at the low end of my vocal range, the lowest note being a low A. And, because I was stupid and didn't warm up, I ended up flat on half of the Gs in "Friday", and was completely off key singing "My Immortal".
But I found it so weird that I did better on a song at the top of my range than one at the bottom. Well, I am a tenor. But I also learned that, no matter how easy a song feels to sing, if you don't practice it, you'll sound like a mutilated porpoise. But I do practice! It's just that I only practice... when there's no one home....
And that's probably once every, oh, I don't know, two months.
So I guess I'm just gonna have to suck it up and practice with my family home. That means that my brothers will have to suck it up when I a) won't let them in the room for half an hour, and b) sound like a mutilated porpoise when I try to learn new stuff, or hit that high A. Honestly, if I can manage to hit a high A, and do it well, the possibilities are almost limitless! I will be able to sing some Nickelback, some Three Days Grace, and "Forget You" by Cee Lo Green without having to go into falsetto! Not that there's anything wrong with falsetto. I use it to freak out my friends all the time!
Okay, so back to the song challenge. I'm actually looking forward to getting back to regular posts again. I mean, listing a song for every occasion is cool, but it's demanding. Meaning that I actually have to think about it. Lazy, I know.
And today is day 23, a song I want to play at my wedding! I don't even know whether I'm getting married, much less the song I want to play at my wedding! But there is one that I know of that is pretty good. And that's "Hold My Hand" by Sean Paul.
Okay, for those of you who know Sean Paul, he's a bit of a misogynist.
"Sexy gal drop it pon de floor," "She want me deal wit her body," "Five-million-and-forty top cuties be shakin' up dem booties".... These are all lines that frequent Sean Paul's Reggae-Hip-Hop beats. And multiple variations of these lines. But I only know most of that because of the liner notes on his CDs. The guy raps so fast, and then uses a combination of Jamaican Pigeon and English that sometimes sounds almost unintelligeble. It's actually quite funny, and often makes me laugh. His new album was more clear, though, which meant that I could actually tell what he was saying, and, coincidentally, the lyrics were much more dirty as well. I didn't really care for it for this reason. However, he does have a few heartwarming ballads about love and dedication to more than just the body of his lover. This is one of them. Here it is:
I hope this is the one with just Sean Paul. I didn't care for the version that featured Kerri Hilson (please tell me I spelled that right).

Well, next time is a song that I want to play at my funeral. That one's wicked easy.
So that should be an incentive for me to post agai-
OH MY GOSH, I got my learner's permit on Friday! Since then, I have been taught in my church parking lot for an hour, have driven to a friend's house, and have driven to and from karate! Winning! But not in a Charlie Sheen sort of way.
Oh, and I'm turning seventeen in a week! I'm so excited! I'm still debating whether to have my friends over like I did last year.
Anyway, see you sometime in the near future.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Day 22 of the thirty-day song challenge

Hey everyone!
As you can probably tell, I'm feeling much better now. Yeah, breaking up kinda depressed me a bit, but we both thought it was for the best, so I'm fine now. It's looking like everythings going to be getting back to normal soon, and we'll be getting back to being friends like we were before.
Oh, and I actually have an excuse for why I haven't posted in a while. I just got home from a trip to North Carolina where I visited my aunt and uncle.
It was alot of fun. After a hellish car-ride, we settled in for the first day, then, on the second day, we went to an amusement park. At this park, they had a roller coaster called "The Intimidator", and my, was it intimidating! Since everyone else chickened out, and my uncle was putting our stuff in a locker on the other side of the park, Banana and I were the only ones who rode it. Now, the last time I had ridden a real roller coaster was nine years ago. I went on one at an amusement park once, and never went back. So this was my first roller coaster in nine years. And what a way to jump back in the water! "The Intimidator" was probably the tallest ride in the whole park, taller even than the skyview tower. Yeah. Pretty doggoned tall. Needless to say, Shannon and I were both quite nervous. After waiting in a decent-sized line, we finally got on the roller coaster, and it slowly began climbing uphill. Now, when things like that happen, I have a tendency to dwell only in the present moment. So I'm not even thinking about what happens next. So I went the hole ride up to the top without panicking. Now, those of you who know me know that I rarely, if ever, swear, and if I do, I use the mildest profanities available. Well let me tell you, the second that coaster started going over the top and I had a glimpse of the bottom, two words escaped my lips: "Holy sh[expletive]!"
The thing went down, and I felt like I was going to fly out of my seat and land on the inviting sylvan turf below the coaster, effectively snapping my neck. And that feeling, along with said two words, accompanied every drop in the track. After the longest roller coaster ride I had ever been on, the car pulled to a stop at the boarding area, and shakily, we disembarked. My face was extremely pale, and Shannon and I grasped each other's hands as we awkwardly stumbled back to the rest of our party. After a few minutes, I reallized exactly what had been flying unchecked out of my mouth, and I felt a terrible sense of guilt, given that I had taught a few seven-to-eleven-year-old children a new word, and one way to use it.
None of the other coasters came close to the magnitude of "The Intimidator", and quite frankly, I think that's a good thing. The rides were thrilling, yes, but I enjoyed them for the speed and the movement rather than the danger of flying upside-down several times.
Then we went to the water park for a while, and took home some free souveniers, courtesy of our dear solar ally. Or oppressor, depending on how you look at it.
My mom bought me a hilarious shirt that I can't wait to show off, and then we left.
The next day, we took a trip to a science museum, and then went to the bookstore, where my uncle bought us all a book. I chose "Empire" by Orson Scott Card, who happens to be the author of "Ender's Game", and "Ender's Shadow", which are two of my favorite books. I guess I wanted to see if he was as good an author without superintelligent children involved. I haven't started reading it yet, but it looks very interesting. Then we went to see "Captain America" at the movie theater. Now, I'm not big into superheroes (unless it's the epic version of the song by Edguy), but this was an amazing movie. And then, last, but not least, we went to "Buffalo Wild Wings Bar and Grill".
Will all of my fellow New-Englanders please stand up. How many of you have tasted the hot salsa around here? Well, our hot is a little bit less than medium in the south.
I'm Colorado born, so I don't have wimpy New-Englander taste buds. We got the hot wings with a side of the hottest sauce in the place. I tried it, and it was amazingly hot. So hot I almost couldn't eat it. Almost. It was one of those times where you look up to heaven during grace, and, as an afterthought, add, "....and thank you God for bleu cheese dressing and celery. Amen."
After the meal was done, Mom bought me some of the hot sauce they used! I am so excited! I can't wait to try it on our next meal with chicken! I got Spicy Garlic, Wild (normal buffalo sauce -- hotter than hot), and Blazin' (the hottest stuff in the place).
When we were ordering, the woman double, triple, and quadruple checked to make sure that I wanted Blazin'. And when I said yes, she just sighed and shook her head as she put it in the box for me to take home. Yes. It is THAT spicy. Lovin' the Habaneros!
Today, after another hellish car-ride, we got home, and that leads us to where we are now, doesn't it?
Where are we now?
AH YES, the song challenge!
Okay, so today is day 22, a song that I listen to when I'm sad. Even more irony! I do a song I listen to when I'm happy when I'm sad, and a song that I listen to when I'm sad when I'm no longer sad.
That's kinda hard, given that I don't tend to listen to music when I'm sad. But there is one. After the first breakup I ever had, now this is years ago, I was absolutely miserable. Because that's what breakups do. They make you miserable. And I had my favorite tape playing, and suddenly, this song came on. And I just started singing along to it at the top of my lungs with all of the passion I could muster. It's an awful song really, and I didn't mean a word of it, but it felt so good to let out the feelings that were bottled up inside me.
What was the song? You're not going to believe this.
I'm sure you've heard of "Weird Al" Yankovic.
Yes, I know that's really weird. You'd expect someone like, oh, I don't know, "Boys Like Girls" or "Mary Chapin Carpenter" or some other artist who sings about breakups, but no, "Weird Al" Yankovic. Unexpected indeed.
Back then, those years ago, he was my favorite singer, and I would listen to his tapes over and over and over and over and over again. This song was one of my favorites, and it's called "One More Minute".

The song is very clean, and actually, very funny hilarious!

Oh my gosh, another random tangent here, Evanescence has returned with a new single entitled "What You Want". One word description: amazing!
You can hear the song here:

Awesomeness, right?
I just heard it today, and already I'm thinking of covering it. I mean, it would be the most recent cover the band has done. Speaking of the band, Josh and Ture are healing nicely, and hopefully we'll be able to get working on my finished song, and whichever ones the rest of our band have finished, as well as our covers of "Everdream" and "My Immortal". I want to get together with our other vocalist and work on the vocals for the two covers for a little bit before working on it with the rest of the band.
Well, anyway, it's getting late, and I've been up since 4:30 this morning, so I think it's best that I go pass out on my bed until morning.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Day 21 of the thirty-day song challenge

"Love's the devil counting teardrops in the rain to the sound of a chalkboard symphony played with nails." -- "Love, The Hardest Way" by H.I.M.

It's unusual for me to begin a post with such a fatalistic quote. I'm sad to say, I'm feeling very fatalistic right now.
I just had a break-up. I'm sure most of you know what that feels like to an extent. So, I really don't have to explain the quote at all.

And, whadda ya know, today's day 21, ironically, a song I listen to when I'm happy. You can probably tell that I'm absolutely thrilled to be doing this day, given the circumstances.
Well, *sigh*, you know the band "Tears for Fears"? They had a few hits in the 80s. Well, they've released music since then, throughout the 90s, and even into the 2000s. One of these songs, from 2006 is one that I always listen to while I'm happy. I actually didn't like it until a few weeks ago. It's called "Floating Down the River (Once Again)".

So, tomorrow's day 22. Sorry for the short post. My brain's about to shut off, and I've written about as much as I can right now.
See you next time.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Day 20 of the thirty-day song challenge

ARGH!!! Epic blogging fail!
Haven't posted in how long!
Anyway, I'm here now. And it's day 20. A song that I listen to when I'm angry. That's pretty hard. I don't tend to listen to music when I'm angry. I do, however, listen to music when I'm frustrated. Not just listen. If there's no one else home, I sing, even scream along with it. I just have to get that frustration out. One of these songs is "Bleed It Out" by Linkin Park. Why do I sing along to this song when I'm frustrated?
I have no clue, but these factors probably come into play at some point:
1. It's an aggressive song.
2. There doesn't seem to be any real meaning to the lyrics. "Half the words don't mean a thing, and I know that I won't be satisfied...."
3. The arrangements are somewhat complex, but it's not as lush and epic as most of the music I listen to. In short, it's more simple.
So anyway, here's the video:
They bleep out the few swears in the video, which is also pretty clean. All I have to say is that this has to be the weirdest barroom brawl I've ever seen.
Anyway, I've been out of the loop for so long that I don't remember what day comes next. Well, actually, day 21 comes next. I assure you, I am an educated individual. And counting is only the least of my abilities.
Well, see you next time, when, depending on cercumstances, I may or may not explain my extended absense. Well, I probably will. The only question is into how much detail I will go.
I am extremely exhausted right now, and I'm going to drop into my bed and fall asleep shortly, so I'm in no state to decide whether to type which reason for absense, much less actually type the reasons out.
Once again, I apologize for the absense. Hopefully I will be back soon.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Day 19 of the thirty day song challenge

Hey, yo!
How was your Independance day weekend? Mine was absolutely awesome! I started off marching in the Fourth-Of-July parade, which, oddly, happened on the second. After that, I performed in a karate demo with my demo team. And broke my Bo staff mid-demo. That's right, broke it. In half. Snap. Two pieces barely connected to each other. So what did I do? I did my best to finish the form with a broken Bo. Fortunately, my friend's cousin, who was watching me perform, said that the way I did the form, it looked like the Bo was supposed to break. That means I did a good job.
Anyway, we went home, ate lunch, then Shannon and I went to our town's fourth of July celebration. It was alot of fun. Some of our friends were there, so we hung out with them. We danced like fools for most of the time, until they had live music by local bands. Most of them were absolutely amazing. My sister and one of my friends entered a pie eating contest, and my friend won first, while my sister was content to enjoy every bite of the pie, finishing long after everyone else had finished. I didn't enter. Pie eating contests, in my big, fat, ugly opinion (BFUO from now on), are absolutely revolting. I did enter a water-balloon throwing contest, however, and won second place twice, and third once. Not first, but oh well.
Later, something very strange happened. A friend of mine and I... well, we became more than just friends. I'm still trying to comprehend the fact that my friend, whom I've known for almost four years, is now the first girlfriend I've had in almost five years. I mean, it's crazy.
Anyway, later I watched the fireworks with my family, my aunt and uncle, my friends, and my cousins. It was amazing, as always. Then my friend and I sang along with the national anthem, and then, after the fireworks were done, well, we left.
And that was just the first day. Yesterday, I sang at mass at my church, and met the new pastor, priest, and deacon, and then went to pick up my sister at her friends house and spent the day there.
Today, we went to my Aunt and Uncle's new house for lunch, and we saw "How To Train Your Dragon". Now, I'm not a huge fan of movies like that, but I liked this one. The main character, Hiccup, instead of being a perfect carbon copy of every other kid who isn't accepted for who he is, actually had a personality. He was different. He reacted differently to those oh-so-cliche things, such as dissappointing his father, and being looked down upon by his peers. The supporting female character, Astrid, was just like most other female characters in that type of movie: determined, independent, daring, bold, and destined to become the main character's girlfriend for no particular reason. But, because of Hiccup's personality, Astrid had to act different from the normal mold of the female character in order to make the story progress. If you've seen the movie, you know what I mean. I thought it was a good change, and quite frankly, it's nice to see originality in a world which (BFUO alert) pretty much feeds kids the same crap over and over again, but makes enough changes so that people don't necessarily see through it. Anyway, though it did have it's share of cliches, the originality did end up shining through in the end.
And so concludes my long off-topic paragraphs and my unprecedented movie review. And now for our feature presentation.
Today is day 19, a song from my favorite album. Well, let's see.... My favorite album, right now anyway, has to be "Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice, Chapters 1-13" by HIM.
It's an amazing album, one of my favorites to sing along to. And best of all, it's actually mostly in my vocal range, so I can sing along!
So which song should I post.... Hmm....
Y'know, I think that I should post two, because I can't figure out which I want to post.
The first one is "Dying Song".

The next is "Heartkiller", which was the first song by HIM I ever heard. When I discovered it, I listened to it ten times without getting sick of it. It is a good song. Here's the video:

There is nothing wrong with this video, unless of course, you find a creepy man taking off his shirt and showing off his more-than-ample supply of tatoos offensive.

Anyway, I have no idea what's coming tomorrow. A song I listen to when I'm mad maybe? I know I thought that was today, but then I checked and it wasn't.
Oh well.
It's late and I'm really tired right now.
Until next time,

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Day 18 of the thirty day song challenge

Hey everyone! I'm actually posting the day after my last post! Wow!
So today is Day 18, a song I wish I heard often on the radio. Too easy. "Tear The World Down" by We Are The Fallen. Back when I did day 1, my favorite song, I was debating between this and "The Poet And The Pendulum" by Nightwish. Eventually, I chose "The Poet And The Pendulum", but their both favorites of mine. "Tear The World Down" is, for those of you who don't know, the newest single from We Are The Fallen, who are no longer pulling a disappearing act. As it turns out, their record company pushed them to the back burner for a while, and they decided to leave it. So now they're unsigned, and looking for another record company, and in the meantime, they're coming out with 1) a live album and DVD, 2) an EP of covers of 80's songs, and 3) an original EP. The founder/guitarist Ben Moody says that everythings supposed to be in stores by christmas, so I'm pretty excited.
Anyway, here's the video:

I'm still bummed that they don't have a video for this, but oh well. The song's wickedly epic anyway.
Soooooo..... tomorrow is......
I think it's a song that I listen to when I'm angry.
What song will it be? You'll know tomorrow..... or whenever I remember to post.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Day 17 of the thirty day song challenge

Hello everyone! I've been getting lazy about posting again, but I'm here. Before I begin, I would like to say that I've been looking into colleges, and I've found one that I think fits me almost perfectly. Well, I've been looking for a good college that A) has a worthy reputation for the sciences, and B) has an excellent music program. I was planning on double-majoring in a science, either physics or engineering, and music. I've found a good college that gives me both in the same degree. It's called Carnegie Mellon University. The good news: from what I've read, it's an excellent, prestigeous school, and their BSA (Bachelor of Science and Arts) program is exactly the music/science combination I've been looking for. The bad news: it's all the way out in Pennsylvania for one, and for two, I'd be paying $58,000 a year. Well, the tuition's only $43,000, but adding in the cost of living there and everything, it would clock in at $58,000. There's only one person who will help me find a way to pay for that, and that person is God. If it is His will, He'll help me find a way to pay for it. And get over the dreadful student loan debt afterwards.
Well, anyway, back to topic, today is day 17, a song that I hear often on the radio. That's pretty easy. Everyone knows "Forget You" by Cee Lo Green, correct? Yes, this song puts me in my happy place. But there's a story behind how I first heard it. There's a radio station I know of and listen to, and I won't say what it's called, because I'm paranoid that someone is reading this blog and phishing for information on where I am, so they can come to my house and kill me in the middle of the night.
No, I'm just kidding. Sorta.
Anyway, they have a countdown of greatest hits on this station's website, like most stations do. And I happened to see the title "Forget You", and I was thinking, "Oh, this looks like another one of those breakup songs. 'How could I ever forget you,' right?"
Next day, my dad comes home and tells me of an interesting song that he heard on the radio. He told me of how, I don't know, strange the lyrics were: "I see you driving around town with the girl I love, and I'm like, forget you!"
I later learned that "Forget You" is the euphamized title. The actual title contains a word that also begins with F, but is much less pleasent than forget.
But the song is so jovial sounding, you'd never expect it to be so profane.
Anyway, here's the video (which I believe I posted a few months ago, before I started this song challenge):

There's nothing wrong with the video, and it's actually pretty funny. It's the clean version, of course.

Oh, speaking of Cee Lo Green, I was watching "The Voice" the other night, and I heard him performing his new single "Bright Lights, Bigger City." It's a really awesome song, and believe me, for me to be saying that about something that might get on top 40 radio, it must be pretty impressive.
Here's the video:

Anyway, what's next? I guess I'll just keep you guys in suspense until the next time that I post! MUHUHAHAHAHAHAH!
Okay, evil laugh over.
Until next time,

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Day 16 of the thirty day song challenge

Hello everyone!
First off, I want to let you all know something. Do any of you read my sister's blog? Well, a few days ago, she posted about a problem on her computer that was preventing her from commenting by logging her out everytime she tried to. Well, the same thing has afflicted me, so I'm afraid I'll be unable to comment on your blogs for a while. By the way, my sister's blog can be found here.
Second, I went to a Catholic retreat for people in the music ministry yesterday. IT WAS AMAZING!
Okay, in my experience, church music is usually comprised of durge-like songs backed by a droning organ. If we're lucky, a piano. Well, at this place there were, oh, lets see, two violinists, an oboist, a cellist, a floutist, a pianist, a xylophonist, and a percussionist, not to mention the choir, and the two choir members who played bells. And the percussionist not only played on the traditional drum set, but he also played the chimes (you know, those things that make the mystical magic-fairy-dust sound?), and the timpani. For those of you who don't know, timpani are HUGE drums that make an absolutely brobdingnagian sound when you hit them. And I don't mean just loud. I mean big.
And surprisingly, everyone sang along with the hymns! Now, for those of you who don't know, Catholics in Massachusetts are generally not the most devout. Church is pretty much a half-hour a week obligation for most of them, unfortunately. Out in Colorado,  the Catholics are generally really enthused about their faith. In fact, pretty much everywhere but Massachusetts, Catholics are enthused about their faith. Anyway, Catholics around here don't usually sing with the hymns, but at this retreat, everyone not only sang the hymns, but enjoyed them! It was amazing. And the priest had a very good sense of humor, too.
Okay, that was way off topic, so, getting back to business, today is day 16, a song that I used to love, but now hate. That's not easy at all. There are not many songs that I've come to hate after liking them. There are songs that I've liked, and then hated when they were overplayed, but then liked again once I hadn't heard them in a while. One of those songs, oddly enough, is "Disturbia" by Rihanna. I've always liked the uniqueness of Rihanna's voice (even though it is autotuned to heck [euphamism]). And I was hooked on this song. Until I heard it one-hundred-sexdecilion times (yes, sexdecilion is actually a number). And then I hated it. I hadn't heard it for probably six months, until now. And I still don't like it as much as I originally did. So I think that counts. Here it is.


No seriously, it's really messed up and not at all for those under thirteen. For all of you who want to hear the song anyway, here's the lyric vid.
Okay, well, maybe the lyrics aren't in the video. For those who must know, they're in the DESCRIPTION, thank you very much. Now, in my big, fat, ugly, opinion, if you're going to call something a lyric video, you'd darned well put the lyrics IN THE VIDEO, because it's not a lyric video if the only thing on the screen is the artists name and the song's title. There's a reason it's called a LYRIC video. A LYRIC VIDEO! Go down to the nearest Walmart and buy yourself some brains. Wait a minute... don't go to Walmart. Intelligence not included.

Okay, so what's next? I have absolutely no idea. All I know is that I can barely keep my eyes open right now. So hopefully I'll be posting again sometime soon when I'm more awake.
Until next time,

Monday, June 13, 2011

Day 15 of the thirty day song challenge

Yo everyone! Again, with the late posting!
So, today is day 15, a song that describes me. That's probably the hardest one to figure out. A song that really describes my life. Hmmmm.....
Y'know, there's only one song I can think of. Most of you are probably going to be very surprised at what I choose. Well, metal isn't all I listen to.
The song that best describes me has to be "We Are Not As Strong As We Think We Are" by Rich Mullins. Yes, I know. Rich Mullins of all people. For those of you who don't know who he is, he's a Christian singer who was killed in a car crash in the early 90s. But there's a reason I picked him.
I'm sure some of you have listened to Christian music before. Most of the Christian stuff I've heard is pretty much "I praise my Redeemer," and "I worship the God who loves me," and a great manner of adaptations of the psalms in the Bible. And there's nothing wrong with that. Praise is amazing.
The thing is, though, sometimes I listen to this music and think "Oh God, what am I doing wrong?"
That's where Rich Mullins comes in. Sure he sang the praise and worship songs, but he sang a whole bunch about his struggles with his faith. And I tend to struggle alot. Of course, so does everyone. But that's besides the point. I think this song most describes me right now.
Here it is.
Anyway, what's tomorrow?
A song that I used to love, but now hate! Hmm..... I'll have to think about that one.....

Monday, June 6, 2011

Day 14 of the thirty day song challenge

Hey everyone!
So, today's day 14, a song no one would expect me to love.
After the last one I posted, you're probably going to wonder what I could post that you wouldn't expect.
Well, this one isn't going to be nearly as wierd. You guys know I'm a complete metalhead, right? And that I am not a fan of don't care for don't like HATE most top 40. Let me rephrase that. I hate most pop. Alot of top 40 isn't all that bad, though most of it I wouldn't think of downloading. It's the pop stuff that's the most obnoxious. Well, once in a blue moon, when the stars all come into alignment, and exactly seven days before a major tragedy, I hear a top 40 song that I absolutely love. And usually I can't stop listening to it. In this case, it's "Closer" by Ne-Yo.
I don't know exactly what got me hooked on this song. It is a bit haunting (are you all noticing a pattern here?), and it sounds really nice, and also has some cool guitar. But other than that, I have no clue. Anyway, here's the video.
It gets a little, how should I put this, weird in some places, so proceed with caution. Nothing really explicit, just a little, well, strange.

So, tomorrow is day 15, a song that describes me. Gasp. That'll take a while to figure out.
See you sometime soon!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Day 13 of the thirty day song challenge

Hello everyone!
Welcome to day 13, a song that is a guilty pleasure.
First off, I want to state that you shouldn't feel guilty about listening to anything. If you like the music, then listen to it. Of course, there are certain songs that you start listening to that make people look at you like you have three heads. Some of you will look at me like I have three heads when you hear that I actually like this song. Okay, so you guys all know "Everytime" by Britney Spears, right?
....... cricket...... cricket...... cricket......
Yes, I actually enjoy that song sometimes. But there are a few just reasons for this.
1. There's some very beautiful (albiet simple) piano.
2. Britney actually sounds like she's a human being singing, and not a computer making sounds.
3. While it can't compare to Evanescence or Lacuna Coil, it's haunting and a little bit eerie.
4. It was well arranged.
For those of you who are not still staring at your computer screen in shock and horror, or have never heard the song, here it is.
I have never seen the whole music video. I've only seen bits and pieces of it, including Britney laying in a hot-tub (naked, of course, but nothing was exposed, thank God). So I have no idea what else will be in this video. You have been warned.

Anyway, tomorrow's a song that no one would expect me to love. Hmm..... That'll be hard. I hope I'll be able to figure it out by the next time I post. I'm going to be busy over the weekend, so I may or may not post over the next few days.
See you all whenever!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Day 12 of the thirty day song challenge.

Sorry I haven't been posting in a while. Things have just been crazy over here.
By the way, happy memorial day, everyone.
Oh, my gosh, we had the craziest storm yesterday! We had heavy rain, at some points, non-stop lightning, and even tornadoes! It was nuts.

Okay, enough with the random tangents.

So, today is day 12 of the thirty day song challenge, a song from my least favorite band. That was way harder than finding my favorite band. But I'm stuck between two right now: Miley Cyrus, and anything that comes out of that heck (euphamism) hole called Ark Music Factory (which is, by the way, the home of the musical geniuses who brought you "Friday" by Rebecca Black). This may surprise you, but "Friday" is not the worst of their frankenstienian works. They have several others with worse lyrics. And all of them are autotuned to heck (another euphamism). But if you are interested in a healthy fear for humanity, the youtube channel for Ark can be found here.
But I can't give this to them because they are a collection of artists (mostly young teenage girls, ranging from ages 9 to 16), and not a single band. So I guess Miley Cyrus is my least favorite artist. And why would that be? Because she has an obnoxious voice, used to be Hannah Montana, sang tweenage bubblegum pop, and then started dressing like... well, you know. You've seen pictures. Her music now is even more stupid than before.
Okay, so it all comes down to the biggest question: what song of hers do I hate the most? "Party in the USA" wins, hands down. Sure, "7 Things" was a hurricane of obnoxious, and "Can't Be Tamed" makes me want to shoot someone (usually the owner of the Ipod that has it playing), "Party in the USA" is by far the most obnoxious of them all.
Here's the video.
I have never seen this video, but I highly doubt there's anything wrong with it. This is before Miley became the new Britney Spears. She was a Disney artist. They bleach the Disney artists so clean that you can see through them by the time they're done.

Okay, so tomorrow is......
Day 13. And that's all I know.
If I can, I'll post tomorrow so you can find out. Until then....

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Day 11 of the thirty day song challenge

Hey everyone!
For those of you who haven't read the title, this is day 11 of the thirty day song challenge.
And what's today? A song from my favorite band. I've been looking forward to this one for a while now. For those of you who don't know, my favorite band is Nightwish. Some of you probably never heard of them. They're basically a symphonic power metal band from Finland. They are one of the most awesome bands ever. And dare I say it, they are epic. They're coming out with a new album soon called "Imaginarium." I'm wicked bummed, though, because apparently, the world's supposed to end in October, and it's probably not going to be released until later this year. So I won't get to hear that awesome 20 minute song that they're planning on putting in the album.
Anyway, on to one song by them. I'd have to choose "Everdream" for two reasons: first because it's an amazing song, and second, because my band and I are covering it. For all of you who haven't seen it yet, we have a blog that can be found here.
Anyway, here's the video of the studio version.
Well, not exactly a video, but at least it plays the song.
Now here's the totally awesome (and much cooler) live version.
Oh, and while we're on the topic, I was looking at different blogs, and I happened by one called Heavy Metal FTW. This blog tends to post about the more epic metal bands (like Nightwish, Within Temptation, Tarja Turenen, Leaves Eyes, Sonata Arctica). You know, the good stuff. Nothing like the noise crud from us Americans. Well, then again, not all American stuff is bad, but alot of these artists who are obscure in the US have way more talent than some of our most popular artists, like, say, Britney Spears or The Black-Eyed Peas. In my opinion, Nightwish should be winning the grammy for best record, or song of the year, or whatever, rather than The Black-Eyed Peas, who seem to be good at sedating the masses with heavy basslines, and not much else.
That went way off topic, but returning now, on the Heavy Metal FTW blog, which can be found here, I happened to find a video from a French rapper who sampled from "Everdream". Now have you ever heard the French rap. Oh my gosh, it's absolutely hilarious. Here's the video:

Anyway, tomorrow's a song by my least favorite band. Let me tell you, the band has to be pretty bad for it to be my least favorite. I'll listen to just about everything.
Until tomorrow (hopefully),

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Day 10 of the thirty day song challenge

Yo, everyone!
I am wicked happy because I just finished reading "Ender's Shadow" by Orson Scott Card. It was an amazing book. It's the companion novel to "Ender's Game," which is also amazing.
Anyway, today is a song that makes me fall asleep. That's a very difficult thing to think of. The only times that I fall asleep to any music is when I'm really tired. It doesn't matter what the music is. It could be anything from Beethoven to We Came As Romans, and I'll be out like a light either way.
So there is no song that makes me fall asleep. But there are many songs that I've fallen asleep to. One album I've fallen asleep to is "Hey, You, I Love Your Soul" by Skillet. It was extremely different from the later Skillet albums like "Comatose," or "Awake," so I didn't have my interest sparked enough to keep me awake.
I just remember waking up very briefly during "Scarecrow," the last song on the album, before falling back asleep. So that's the one that I'm going to post today.
Here it is.
So, tomorrow is.... um..... I have no idea. I knew them up until day 7, and from there I have no idea what's next.
Anyway, adios, mi amigos y amigas!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Day 9 of the thirty day song challenge

Well, hello again!
Good news! The end of the world has been postponed until October 21st, 2011! But I'm still mad. If the world's going to end that early, I'm not going to be able to hear any of the new Nightwish album. Blaugh.
Oh well. I hope that they postpone it back to December 21st, 2012. I mean, that's when the apocalypse was supposed to happen, right?
Okay, back to the post topic. Today is day 9, a song I can dance to. That's tough. I'll pretty much dance to anything. Everything from reggae to Korn (yes, Korn). So I'll just name one: "When They Come For Me" by Linkin Park. Yes, one doesn't think of Linkin Park as music to dance to. But, like I said, I'll dance to anything. I could have said "Yeah" by Usher, but how original is that? That is a dance song.
Anyway, here's "When They Come For Me". (This version is nonexplicit, don't worry)
And here's the studio version. (Warning, explicit lyrics!)

Anyway, tomorrow is day 10, and aside from that, I have no idea. I guess I'll have to find out tomorrow.
Tomorrow, tomorrow, I'll love you tomorrow, it's only a DAAAAAAAYYYYYYY
(random Annie moment)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Day 8 of the thirty day song challenge

Hello everyone!
Man, I've just been getting lazy with these posts!
Anyway, today's day 8, a song I know all of the words to. That's both easy and hard at the same time.
Easy, because there are many songs that I know all of the words to. Hard because I have no idea which to pick.
Well, I've narrowed it down to one album, "Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice, Chapters 1-13" by HIM. This has to be one of my favorite albums of all time. The first five or six songs are amazing, but after that, though the songs are still awesome, they can't compare to the first few songs. This is an album that I sing along with at the top of my lungs regardless of who's listening.
Which song.... Hmm....
Y'know, I think I'll post two for this one. Technically I'm supposed to post one a day, but what the heck.
The two songs are "In Venere Veritas," and "Scared to Death," which happen to be the first two on the album. There's really no profanity in either song, which is good, because I sing them all the time. Well, anyway, here they are.

And here's "Scared to Death."

I find this group kind of funny for a rock group. Their lyrical style is totally different from any other group I've ever heard. All of their stuff is about love, relationships, heartbreak, and other things of the like. Heartbreak is a common theme for rock, but the way HIM speaks about it is totally different.

Oh, random end-of-post topic! The other day, I got to advertise for my karate school by wearing a large fat panda costume made to look like "Po" from Kung Fu Panda. It was quite an experience. First I spent fifteen minutes trying to figure out how to get the costume on, then, when the head instructor and I had finally figured it out, I walked outside and stood by the side of the road, waving, dancing, and doing random karate forms (yes, in a heavy panda costume). Overall, I think it was a good experience, though on two occasions, teenagers felt the need to profanely express with me their desire for me to engage in procreation (if you know what I mean) as they drove by. Finally, after an hour and a half, two of the parents called me inside, and said that I had been working for long enough.
A brief lesson that I learned from that experience: when standing in a costume by the side of the road, do air guitar as the cars pass by. They love it.

Okay, I honestly have no idea what day 9 is. But I will know tomorrow.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Day 7 of the thirty day song challenge

Hello again everyone!
First off, I'd like to apologize for not posting in a while. Things have been very busy here.
Second, the world ended today at six PM. Don't ask me why I just posted! You are forbidden to ask that question!
So, getting back to the point, today is day 7, a song that reminds me of a certain event. This isn't all that easy.
I don't know if this really counts, but there's a song that makes me think of a happy ending I guess. I don't know if that's technically an event, but it works. The song is "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" by Tears For Fears. This song is kind of one of those songs that you can hear playing at the end of a movie when the good guy won and there's no more worries and all that. Well, anyway, at the last phase of my first black belt test, after I was given my black belt, this song was all I could think of. As soon as I got home, I put my Tears For Fears CD into the CD player, and played it. The Bruiser was not terribly happy about me playing it, given that it was past ten when we got home from the karate school, but I didn't really care. So I guess this song makes me think of the final phase of my first black belt test.
Here it is.
Well, anyway, tomorrow is day eight! That might be a song that I know all of the words to. I don't know.
Anyway, we're about to watch "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," so I have to go.
Until next time,

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Day 6 of the thirty-day song challenge

Hello everyone! Sorry I didn't post yesterday. It was just a really busy day yesterday. First there was karate, which started at 9:15 and ended at 12:30. From there, we went directly to a charity event where Mom sewed dresses for homeless people, and then, Banana, Harpo, and I walked to a friends house, and then we all walked to the mall. I bought "Fallen" by Evanescence, one of the best albums of all time, and then bought some candy and italian ice, then walked back to Harpo's house, ate dinner there, and then went home. After that I stayed up until 12:30 AM Sunday morning IMing a few of my friends, then went to bed. I had no time whatsoever to post on my blog.
Now that I've gotten through my mile-long excuse, I should probably get on to the posting. So today is day 6, a song that reminds me of somewhere. This one's pretty easy.
Last year, we had decided to take a trip to cape cod canal with a few friends. It took quite a while to get there, so I brought my mp3 player along for the ride. I had just started listening to Nightwish at that time, and the song "The Islander" had just begun playing when the sea came into view.
So now "The Islander" reminds me of the sea. But then, with the instrumentation and sound effects, I think it's ment to remind you of the sea. Here's the video.

A word of caution, the themes contain suicide. Nothing graphic or anything, though. The worst it gets is the old man smiling with satisfaction and content as he throws the anchor tied to his leg off the side of a cliff. Kinda sick, but the special effects are awesome.

Anyway, what's next? I think it's a song reminding me of a certain event.
Well, see you tomorrow!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Day 5 of the thirty-day song challenge

Hello again!
So today is day 5, a song that reminds me of someone. That's a hard topic. I'll have to think about it.
I know! Okay, this is kinda wierd, and it's not actually a song, but here goes.
You know my friend Harpo, right? We've been buds for probably five years or so. He's extremely negative, sees the worst in everything, and is never satisfied. I'm over-the-top optomistic, and see the best in everything, so we kind of compliment each other in that way. Not to say that he's a bad dude. Of course he isn't. He's got a really good heart. And I think he's more optomistic than he lets on. But on the outside, he's really pessimistic, and my optomism annoys him sometimes. Over the years, Harpo and I have found various pastimes to prevent boredom. Let's see, when we were younger, we had make-believe Naruto/Pokemon/Yu-Gi-Oh!/Dragon Ball Z/any-other-thing-that-we-could-think-of battles, until the neighbors called and complained because we were yelling so much. We played "Tak 3: The Great Juju Challenge" for hours on end, until my mom said that I had to leave. We had a few sleep-overs with a couple of his other friends. Our first one was spent playing some "Sonic" game and watching movies until 6:30 AM. As I recall, we had started around 5:30 PM. Oh, the good old days....
And then when he got the Wii, we played "Super Smash Bros. Brawl" for hours.
As of now, he shows me a few of his game demos, we duel with Yu-Gi-Oh! cards (I win most of the time), share youtube videos, and debate certain subjects, such as the validity of Catholic teachings (he's Lutheran), other Christian controversies, but most often, the logical fallicies of his video games. I state a small detail that's wrong with his game, and he tries to defend it by making another claim, and then we go back and forth for half an hour sometimes, trying to disprove each other. Oh, and then the debates about the need for blood, gore, and violence in games for them to be "good." Those usually last much longer.
But anyway, for a while, he would play some stupid video game and I would watch him, or read one of his mangas. Then once I came over to find him playing "Dragonball Z: Burstlimit."
I had never heard of the game, so he put it in his Xbox 360 and turned it on. I'm sure all of you know those stupid little cut scenes or story thingys that play before the title screen, right? Well, we watched the cut scene for this one. It was nothing special. Just a bunch of flying human-monkey people (apparently called "Saiens") beating the crap out of each other, and hurling crazy energy balls and Kame-Hame-Ha's at each other.
What was special about it was the song that was played during the cut scene thingy. There was some Japanese guy singing in the background in Japanese, and it always made me laugh so hard. Here it is:
Hilarious, right? It made me crack up everytime. This song makes me think of Harpo.
Yeah, some of you are going to look at me like I have three heads, but I find random people singing in Japanese funny. I also find other strange things funny, like the fat man jumping into the pool during the "Freak On A Leash" video two posts back.
Anyway, I need to apply for more scholarships, so check back tomorrow for day 6: a song that reminds me of somewhere.
Goodbye, my human readers.

Day 4 of the thirty-day song challenge

Okay, I posted day 4 yesterday, and today it's gone!
Oh well. Luckily, my posts get sent to my gmail account so I was able to rescue it. Here it is.

Day 4 of the thirty-day song challenge
Hello, and welcome to day four! Man, I thought I was going to be getting a vacation this summer! As it turns out, I have to do scholorships! A whole bunch of them! Blaugh! Okay, that was irrelevent to...
Hello, and welcome to day four!
Man, I thought I was going to be getting a vacation this summer! As it turns out, I have to do scholorships! A whole bunch of them! Blaugh!
Okay, that was irrelevent to the topic of the post....
And one more irrelevant comment: I'm listening to the film score from the movie "Eragon." Now, the music is very good. But did any of you see the movie? Or read the book, for that matter? To the movie's credit, the special effects were amazing. I mean, that huge blue-flame explosion that happened when the main character, Eragon, shot the arrow at the urgal was amazing! But other than that, they destroyed the storyline. Characters appeared at times when they shouldn't have, they didn't act the way they did in the book, and some didn't appear at all. And worse, they minced the story into tiny fragments and then cut-and-pasted it together using crappy Elmer's glue. Well, not literally. The point is, they killed the story.
Now, one fact of which I have just become aware is that, at the end of the soundtrack, there are two extra songs, one by Avril Lavigne (Keep Holding On), and one by someone called "Jem."
I have no clue who this Jem person is, but that's beside the point.
Anyway, Jem's song, "Once in Every Lifetime", is one of those songs which basically repeat "you can do anything you set your mind to" and "believe in yourself" and "follow your dreams -- it's your destiny" over and over and over until I'm ready to puke.
I know we've all heard songs like that that they throw into kids movies. Some *cough cough Pokemon cough cough*  are worse than others. But to put this into a movie geared towards teenagers is insane. I know that I just said all the same "believe in yourself" stuff just a few posts back. Cause I've learned that's the only way you'll ever amount to anything in life. But the difference is that it was not with a song with cruddy hooks and lousy instrumentation and loads of cliches that I communicated the message.
Honestly, I cliches are easy to understand, but if you're going to write a song about "believing in yourself" and all of that crap, at least put some talent into it! You know, like good instrumentation ("Once in Every Lifetime" wasn't so bad in this regard), original lyrics, and just maybe communicating the point in some way a little more witty than "your heart will lead you to your destiny?" Come on!
Okay, random tangent there! Back to business.
Today's topic is a song that makes me sad. This one was pretty easy. There are two songs I'm posting here because they both make me equally sad. The first is "Missing" by Evanescence. Amazing song. I don't know why this one didn't become a hit. Then again, it was probably too dark and depressing for top 40 radio. Here it is.

They don't actually have a video for this one, so this is the video with the lyrics. This has to be one of the most depressing songs ever.
The second is, again, by Evanescence. Some of you (Savanna, Shannon) already know this one. It's called "Like You."
In terms of musical composition and lyrical depth, this song exceeds all expectations. It's not outright obvious about it's subject matter, yet it states its point in a way that makes you think a little bit.
This one is also way too depressing for top 40 radio. I listened to this twice in a row and couldn't listen to Evanescence (or anything even somewhat sad) for a week. But it is still, despite how depressing it is, an amazing song.

This one doesn't have a video either, so I found one with the lyrics.
So, what am I doing tomorrow.
I honestly don't remember. It might be a song that reminds me of someone, but I'm not quite sure. I guess I'll find out tomorrow.
That's all for now.... Back to the scholorships!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Day 3 of the thirty-day song challenge

Hello everyone, and welcome to day three, a song that makes me happy!
This one's very hard.
There are a bunch of songs that make me happy. Which one to pick....
Of course! "Freak On A Leash" by Korn!
Why? Well, I really don't know. I guess it's just the super dissonant lead riff, the sound of Johnathan Davis's voice (he sounds pretty funny!), and the breakdown in the middle, in which Davis starts singing random nonsense words! It's awesome!
Anyway, the video's a little bit strange, but it's pretty clean. One thing I do have to say is that kids probably shouldn't sneak out of bed at four in the morning to play hopscotch on a cliff in a restricted area. Their parents should be keeping better watch.
Anyway, here it is.
There's a little bit of iffy lyrical content, but they bleep out all of the swears. So it's, as the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy put it, mostly harmless.

Anyway, as I recall, tomorrow's post is a song that makes me sad.
Just so you all know, even though it's only day three, I'm thouroughly enjoying this already.

Until next time,

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Day 2 of the thirty-day song challenge

Hello everyone, and welcome back!
I just felt like starting my post a little different today, but that's irrelevent.
Today is day 2 of the thirty-day song challenge. Which means I've got to list the song I hate the most.
Now that's hard. Even though I absolutely love music, I have quite a list of songs that I absolutely hate.
So, what to post.....
Ah, yes. "Summertime" by New Kids On The Block. Why?
A. It is the most obnoxious song ever.
B. That stupid synthesizer noise that they use.
C. The subject matter. Lame!
D. The witless lyrics. (I mean, "with your strapless undress kick it back no stress as long as we was together?" Stupid, not to mention wrong!)
Anyway, for those of you who want to experience the disaster firsthand, here's the video.

Please note, I have never actually seen the video, and, given the subject matter of the song (remembering a lover who was met on the beach years ago), it is wise to proceed with caution.

Anyway, check back tomorrow for day three, a song that..... I don't quite remember, I think that it's a song that makes me happy. Ooh, that'll be fun!
That's all, folks!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Day 1 of the thirty-day song challenge

Hello everyone! Sorry it took so long. I've been very busy with finals. But at least school's over now!
Anyway, the list for the 30-day song challenge is here:

Day 01 – Your favorite song
Day 02 – Your least favorite song
Day 03 – A song that makes you happy
Day 04 – A song that makes you sad
Day 05 – A song that reminds you of someone
Day 06 – A song that reminds of you of somewhere
Day 07 – A song that reminds you of a certain event
Day 08 – A song that you know all the words to
Day 09 – A song that you can dance to
Day 10 – A song that makes you fall asleep
Day 11 – A song from your favorite band
Day 12 – A song from a band you hate
Day 13 – A song that is a guilty pleasure
Day 14 – A song that no one would expect you to love
Day 15 – A song that describes you
Day 16 – A song that you used to love but now hate
Day 17 – A song that you hear often on the radio
Day 18 – A song that you wish you heard on the radio
Day 19 – A song from your favorite album
Day 20 – A song that you listen to when you’re angry
Day 21 – A song that you listen to when you’re happy
Day 22 – A song that you listen to when you’re sad
Day 23 – A song that you want to play at your wedding
Day 24 – A song that you want to play at your funeral
Day 25 – A song that makes you laugh
Day 26 – A song that you can play on an instrument
Day 27 – A song that you wish you could play
Day 28 – A song that makes you feel guilty
Day 29 – A song from your childhood
Day 30 – Your favorite song at this time last year
So what's first?
Ah yes, my favorite song.
I have a bunch, but out of all of them, I'd have to say that "The Poet and the Pendulum" by Nightwish is my all-time favorite song. Why? Because:
A. It is so epicly epic (sorry Becky, if you're reading this)
B. It utilizes a full orchestra
C. It is 13:54 long
D. It is a balance between amazing symphonic metal and symphonic ballad

If you haven't heard it yet, here it is:
And here's the totally awesome live version:

So that's it for my favorite song.
And what's tomorrow?
My least favorite song!
Stay tuned!



Do Not Eat the Fairy Poodle!

Do Not Eat the Fairy Poodle!