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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Real Worst Song, and bad songs redeemed....

So, returning to my normal topics, you all know Rebecca Black, right?
Well I'm here to tell you that "Friday" is not the worst song in the world. That's right, it's not.
Well then, what is?
Haha....You've probably never heard of this, but it's "Pardon Me" by Maxine Swaby.
Check it out, if you dare. This will instil you with a proper fear for humanity. And for those of you who haven't seen it yet, here's "Friday" by Rebecca Black.

And, for all of you who think that "Friday" is irredeemable, I have for you a cover of it that will prove you wrong.
This actually, despite how stupid the lyrics are, sounded amazing. Oh, and the guy who did it, Nicepeter, also does loads upon loads of other stuff. All of it is hilarious, but a word of warning: NOT INTENDED FOR THOSE BELOW FOURTEEN!!!! LANGUAGE!!! CRUDE REFERECES!!! MORE LANGUAGE!!! CRUDER REFERENCES!!!!!!!!

Oh, and speaking of irredeemable songs being saved, I happened to run into a cover of "Oops I did it Again" by Britney Spears that was absolutely amazing! Check it out for a laugh!

Totally amazing, right?

Well, anyway, I have two more weeks and then I'm done with the spring symester. I can't wait until vacation! I'll have more time for my band, more time for my music writing, more time for my novel writing....
It'll be awesome.
That's all folks!
P.S. What's your opinion? Vote on my poll, or comment what you think the worst song is!

Friday, April 22, 2011


Okay, this is quite a different topic for my blog, but I'm doing it anyway.
Well, here goes.

As you all know, I do karate. I'm cho dan (black belt) #177 in Tang Soo Do, and I have a black belt in american kenpo. And for the most part, I am crazy about karate. I mean nuts. I loved working out, I loved doing all the push-ups, I loved pushing myself to the point where I felt like I couldn't go on.

Loved. Key word.

I don't remember exactly when this started happening, but I started to lose the enjoyment that I got out of working out. I started trying to do other things rather than take class. I started training less often. I didn't have nearly as much endurance as I used to. And I couldn't figure out why, but then, it wasn't as important to me.

Now as many of you know, I am also a Catholic Christian. A devout Catholic Christian. Crazy about Jesus type Catholic Christian. Starting early this year, I started experiencing a dry spell. For those who don't know what I mean, a dry spell is one of those times when you struggle with your faith and have a hard time finding God.

Anyway, I started finding it much harder to follow God. I had alot less will to follow God. And I didn't know why. And every day I would find myself saying "I wish I was strong enough to follow God."

Karate wasn't going much better. I wasn't feeling like I was accomplishing anything. Sure, my teaching was doing fine, but as for my actual performance.... I felt like crud, and I found myself wishing that I had the strength I used to have.

Now, connecting the dots here, along rolls April. And with it came two important things: 1 Lent. 2 New teaching curriculum.

Again, I'm assuming the majority of you aren't Catholic, so let me explain. Lent is a period of abstinence and devotion in preparation for Easter. It goes on for 40 days, and usually, Catholics will give up something to show their devotion to God. I was finding this quite difficult, and through this and the new teaching curriculum, God showed me why.

Now as for the teaching curriculum, we were, no are (until May) working on self-image. For all you who don't know, karate isn't just about learning how to hurt people. It helps build good character, and positive traits, such as humility, integrity, and respect. Every month we have one quality like this that we teach the students. This month it was self image.
Every class I taught, I would ask the students the same thing:
"What are we working on this month?"
"Self image, sir."
"What is self-image?"
"How you view yourself, sir."
One of the things that was in the lesson plan was a story about this guy named Victor. I don't remember his last name, but that's irrelevant. Anyway, this Victor dude was told by his teachers that he was stupid. I mean really stupid. As in, scrubbing-toilets-is-all-you'll-ever-amount-to stupid. And he believed them. He dropped out of school, and worked at cruddy jobs.
Then, during an interveiw for a new job, he was required to take an IQ test. His score was a whopping 168!
A [expletive] 168! This guy was a genius! As soon as he learned his IQ score, he finished his education, started a business, and wrote two books.
Heres the part where I always ask "What changed?"
"His self image, sir," someone will respond.

This should be setting off bells and whistles here. A week ago, I realized what was wrong with my karate, and more importantly, my faith. I was saying "I wish I were strong enough." Now, take those words and rephrase them and you come out with "I'm too weak to do this." So my self image was of someone who was too weak to succeed. Let me tell you, the night I realized this, I got ticked. Beyond ticked. I couldn't believe that I had let myself succumb to something so pathetic. I opened up my notebook and wrote down EXACTLY how sick I was of living like this. After that I vowed to change the way I thought, the way I felt about myself.

Now I knew why I had been succeeding academically and musically, but not physically or spiritually.

The results were immediate. As soon as I descided that I was going to succeed, I succeeded. God told me what was wrong with my life through what I was teaching. And once I decided that I was strong enough, I was.
I am not mentally or spiritually able to choose Jesus. I am not strong enough. But if I believe I am, I can. It's that simple. I'm still recovering, but life has been so much better since I just started telling myself that I am strong enough.

Now, I know I'll probably sound like I'm preaching, but you can do anything you set your mind to. Never underestimate the power of self image. Don't make the same mistake I did.

I was teaching the adult class yesterday, and I split the class up in half, and then had both halves on different sides in a horse stance. A horse stance is basically when you spread your legs like you're riding a horse, and you bend your knees. It is an excellent stance in karate, but it also hurts the legs like crazy if you do it long enough. Some of the kids and the young teens complain about holding it for a minute. Even more for two minutes. But in the drill, everyone had to stay in a horse stance until they felt like they couldn't go on, when they were allowed to sit down. the last team left standing won.
I had a few 40-somodd-year-old women who held the horse stance for almost twenty minutes straight. And they won. It was not because they were stronger than everyone else. I mean, they were, after all, fourty-someodd-year-old women. The difference was that they saw themselves winning. And because of that, they won. And every one of them said that they had no idea that they could hold the horse stance for that long.

Now, if those women were able to do that, imagine how much you can do if you start telling yourself that you can. Because your potential is quadrupled when you tell yourself that you can. Trust me. I know.

Anyway, that's all, folks!

Monday, April 18, 2011


Oh. My. Gosh. Today I found a video on youtube that just put me in my happy place.
It's a piano tutorial for Cee Lo Green's "Forget You!"
I'm so [expletive] happy!

Now, for those of you who don't know what being in my "happy place" means, I'll offer a brief explanation. Basically it means that it makes me grin stupidly, laugh mindlessly, and dance like a fool with a braindead smile on my face. There are three songs that do this to me:
1. Loser by Beck.
2. Freak on a Leash by Korn (weird, I know)
3. Forget You by Cee Lo Green

Now I am playing piano to my heart's content.
Oh, I'm so excited, cause I can hit the G above middle C now! And sometimes I can hit an Ab! My goal is a high A right now, but I want to work on my Ab before pushing my voice any farther. Now, for those who don't know me, I love singing. I mean LOVE singing. As in, singing to myself on the bus ride home from school. I'm crazy about it. I'm also one of the lead singers in a band, but I'm sure most of you have seen my band blog. For those of you who haven't, you can check it out here.

Anyway, I just finished my persuasive essay, so I'm wicked happy. It was a research paper, and i got to choose a topic. I chose abortion, and had to write five to seven pages on what my standing on the issue was, and why it was right. And quite honestly, I found some pro choice arguments that were so ridiculous that it made me laugh out loud. I mean "the real purpose of the pro life movement is to punish women"? Seriously. And the sad thing is, some people actually believe that!

Anyway, no offence to you pro-choice people out there. Even if you saw these arguments, you'de probably laugh your butts off.

Anyway, I've got to go. I've been getting to bed really late lately and....
Oh, one more thing!
We're working on film music in music class! And guess who appeared on our list of composers to look up! None other than Danny Elfman! I know some of you (particularly Cassidy) are big Tim Burton fans, and Danny Elfman does alot of the music for his movies. But you all probably knew that.

Anyway, until next time,

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Yes! More news from Evanescence!

Aside from that, my symester's almost over. I'm so happy! Now don't get me wrong. I love school. It's just that, after an entire symester, I think I'll really enjoy summer vacation.
Oh, and Cassidy, I'm not procrastinating my paper anymore!
A few days ago, we had Cassidy and her sister over. We laughed. We spun in circles. We made videos. I did my female opera singer impersination on multiple occasions! (Hey, all you guys out there! It's easy! All you do sing La Boheme in falsetto with vibrato!)
Okay. I'm done now.
But anyway, like I said, we shot some videos, and for my roles, I pretty much improvised everything.
If you want to see me make a complete and total fool out of myself, go to Cassidy's blog, which can be found here. She hasn't posted the videos yet, but she probably will soon.
Oh, and for all of you who read my band blog, I'm sorry I haven't posted in a while. We're probably not going to be having rehearsals again until my school symester is over. That'll be after Easter.
And speaking of Easter, is everyone having a happy lent?
For those who don't know, lent is the fourty days (not including holy week) before Easter.

If you like crazy, you should see this video. It is so nuts!

Kinda gross, but hilarious!

Anyway, that's all for now!
Until next time,

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

First tag....

Thank you, Cassidy. I finally know what to do with a tag.

Okay, so apparently, I'm supposed to say 12 things I like, one thing I love, and eight things I hate. So.....

I like video games in which one bunch of cutesy little men shoot the heck out of another bunch of cutesy little men. (Aka, Advanced wars, battalion wars)
I like symphonic, gothic, and power metal.
I like singing. Loudly.
I like epic fails!
I like pondering the personalities of the characters in my novel, and why the characters interact the way they do (aside from the fact that I tell them to.)
I like Chinese food.
I like head-banging myself to sleep with Evanescence or We Are The Fallen blaring on my MP3 player.
I like pianos.
I like school.
I like Tang Soo Do.
I like the smell of the salt-water of the ocean that is sort of reminicent of something though I'm not quite sure what....
I like the lingering essence of happiness that happens at the end of a long and fun day....
I love the fellow humans that I associate myself with. (Hi, everyone!)
I hate negativity.
I hate those times when the creative flow just won't come, and I can't write and/or compose anything.
I hate those snobby teenage girls who think that they are too cool to talk to me. Well, I don't hate them, just the superficial mask they hide behind.
I hate having to play by the rules that the corrupt lay down for us. (ever notice how the banks offer us like three percent interest, but they charge much much more for their loans?)
I hate national healthcare.
I hate the lies of the world.
I hate it when people attribute a false position to your side, and then try to convince people that you're wrong based on that.
I hate it when people call you names because they have no better argument against your side, and they don't want to admit that they are wrong.

Well, I think that covers it. Now all that's left is to tag people. So I think I'll tag....
Savanna at "The Insanity of Savanna" (love the blog title, by the way)
Shannon at "1 times 5 equals penguins"
Jennifer at "Queen of February" (Hi, Mom.)

Okay, so think that's it.
Oh my gosh!
I got an A+ on my Gustav Holst paper today! I am so psyched! First A+ in college ever!

Oh, and all of you who are looking foreward to the new Evanescence album, they're going in a more electro-popish direction, according to the interviews with the band. Sure they still have their wickedly dark, gothic stuff, but they're changing their sound AGAIN. Grr. Oh well. I do hope that the music is good. I remember when I listened to "The Open Door," I couldn't believe that this was the same band that had written and performed "Fallen."

That's all folks!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Random topics!

Multi-topic post. Here goes.
(deep breath)

First off, I was tagged by Cassidy. I have no idea what the tag is, much less what to do with it. Cassidy, if you're reading this, could you help me out? You know, explain the concept and whatnot?

OH MY GOSH!!! Evanescence is finally back in the studio!! I am so psyched! Unfortunately, We Are The Fallen has pulled a disappearing act now, and I have no idea where they are. They also released "Tear The World Down" as a single, but they haven't released the video yet! I don't even think that they've started the video yet! They need to make that video! "Tear The World Down" is one of the most epic songs on the planet!

We went to a Sharks game the other day. My karate school had a demo there, one we'd been practicing for for the past couple of weeks. Now, we were performing on the ice in front of a few thousand people. Being a bit of an adrenaline junkie, I didn't mind this. But anyway, because we had no intention of slipping and falling, the staff at the sharks game put mats out on the ice for us to perform on. Unfortunately, the mats they put out were much smaller than we had anticipated, so we ended up performing on one third of the space we had practiced on. Blah! Oh well. It went pretty well anyway.

Well, that concludes my random topic post!
Until next time,


Do Not Eat the Fairy Poodle!

Do Not Eat the Fairy Poodle!