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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!


Monday, May 2, 2011

School's almost over!

I'm so excited! Finals are this week!
....that shouldn't sound terribly exciting. But next week school will be out! Oh! First semester gone! And how should I celebrate? I don't know. Play video games for four hours straight, maybe. Walk to the mall with my homies. Buy some of the bleeding gummis, and some nerds jellybeans. Buy myself a copy of "Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice Chapters 1-13" by HIM. Sing along to Disarm Me With Your Loneliness at the top of my lungs.
Disarm me.... with your loneliness..... just like always be-
Okay. I'm done. Anyway, bleeding gummis are basically gummies filled with a jelly-ish substance that tastes really good. And nerds jellybeans are basically jelly beans with a nerds coating. Delicious.
I swear, they must put something into nerds that make them so addictive. I mean, once I start eating them, I can't stop. It's ludicrous!
Anyway, remember how I said a bunch of posts ago how I was ticked with Evanescence? Well, now I'm ticked at We Are The Fallen. They've been updating their twitter, but nothing else. I'm so ticked. I'm looking forward to their "Tear The World Down" video, but they haven't said anything about it yet! Grr!
Yes, I know I'm probably too obsessed with music. But in the words of that dude from gone with the wind,
"frankly, my dear, I don't give a [expletive]."
Not to be offensive or anything.
Oh! One more thing! I got an A on my research paper! Though I did make a bunch of little mistakes, my professor says that it was well written, and he said that my grade had nothing to do with the fact that he feels the same way on the issue I presented. Imagine that! A pro-life professor in college!
Okay, I lied. Just one more thing. I've seen this thirty day music challenge a few places on blogspot, so I figured I should try it out. With how obsessed with music I am, this will be a blast! I will probably start it soon, maybe tomorrow if I have time.
Anyway, that's all folks.


Do Not Eat the Fairy Poodle!

Do Not Eat the Fairy Poodle!