Vlogmas, Cat Edition #2

In this installment, Mocha checks out my Peanuts figures.

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Songs I’m Binging This Week #4

Happy December! Can you believe it’s December? I’m in denial.

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Anyways, it’s been a minute since I’ve made a music post beyond Breaking Benjamin, so I figured I’d share a few songs I’ve been repeating lately. Here we go!

Snuff – Slipknot

Again. Yes, I know. I have a problem.

At this point, I have to laugh. I mean, what, is this like the twenty-seventh time I’ve mentioned this one? But this song. I can’t with this song. I had this on loop for a solid hour while I cleaned my house. It never gets old. And I can now, without a doubt, crown this my number 3 favorite song of all time. That is an honor, let me tell you. Continue reading

Happy Halloween 2019!

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Hope everyone has an awesome Halloween this year. Just some news I spotted on Twitter…

My Chemical Romance is getting back together. So, that’s happening. Unless they’re releasing a new album, I’m not all that interested.

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Anyway, here’s some of my Halloween tips:

Don’t eat too much candy.

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Take advantage of the opportunity to wear more black than is socially acceptable.

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Or, if it’s more your speed, take this opportunity to dress like a whore without anyone questioning it.

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Don’t watch “In the Tall Grass.”

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Do watch “The Great Pumpkin.”

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Till next time.

The Breaking Benjamin Acoustic Album is Coming!

On Friday or Saturday, the boys teased us with an announcement coming Monday. Most people figured it was about the acoustic album, so it wasn’t much of a surprise. But I’m so ready.

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I’ve been waiting on an acoustic album for literally years. Can’t wait. Come to think of it…did they give us a date? Let me check… January 24?!?! Why announce this so early? Geez.

They’ve also announced they’re going on tour with Korn starting in January. I doubt I can make it to any of those. Time will tell.

Anyway, here’s the track list:

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My Top 20 Breaking Benjamin Songs

I’m not sure what possessed me, but I thought I’d attempt to compile my twenty favorite Breaking Benjamin songs. I’ve been wanting to make a playlist for when I can’t listen to all their songs in one go, so this just gave me the excuse to sort them as well. The top 5 were easy to rank, and everything after took way longer than it should’ve.

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I put a lot of time and thought into this, probably too much. For whatever reason, I wanted to get it right and really looked at each song as it’s own work and not in the context of the album. It’s not about which song sounds the best. Yes, I’m an adult and this is how I spend my time.

At first, I tried to choose a selection of songs from each album, but that’s not accurate. I like certain albums more than others, so I chose accordingly. Sorry, Saturate. So read on if you’d like my commentary. If you’re just here for the list, then check out the titles and see if you agree with my brilliance. And if you don’t like Breaking Benjamin, what are you even doing here?

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Here are some stats, if that’s your jam. My Top 20 is comprised of this many songs from each album:
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1                     3                      4                     6                       3                       3

On to the list already!

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20. Away

So fly away and leave it behind / Return some day with red in your eyes

Listen. This will sound crazy, but my favorite part of this song are the three drum beats right at the start. Why? I don’t know. I wish I could explain it.

Ben’s voice sounds so amazing on these verses. The feels. I love his voice on this whole album. It sounds richer, for lack of a better word. I hope they do more songs like this on future albums.

19. Hollow

Close your eyes, drive away the cloud that hides the light

Can we talk about that breath in the intro for a second? I mean, who decides to include that breath? Does Ben say, “Hey, guys, I’m thinking about breathing here. What do you think?” Does the manager say, “You know what, Ben? The intro is missing something. How about a single breath?” I want to thank whoever had the idea because I’m a big fan of Ben’s breathing.

Anyway.

I also love how it starts soft. Love. Lyrically, the first verse is amazing Ben must have been reading a self-help book when he was writing this. “Love left me hollow” is a pretty awesome line as well.

The guitar solo is exceptionally good. This is the first album with the current line-up, and I think Ben definitely upgraded.

18. Shallow Bay

I’m so inclined to make you mine / You’re out of line and out of time

I first heard this song on their concert DVD for Phobia, and I liked it the first time I heard it–which I can honestly say is not true for all Breaking Benjamin songs. I know, right? This may seem silly, but I remember loving the way Ben’s fingers looked when he played the riff before every line in the verse.

Saturate is my least favorite album, so this is actually the only song to make the cut. It’s not a bad album; it’s just their other songs are so far and above. That’s natural for a band as they progress. Though some bands get worse as they go. I’m rambling now.

For me, this is the kind of song you play when you want to feel tougher than you really are. Since I’m not tough at all, this is pretty effective.

Just a tiny detail, but for headphone users, I like how it starts only on the right side. #itsthelittlethings

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This Week in Querying…

Well, if you’re looking for good news, go to Twitter, but if you’re in search of a realistic view of a querying writer, you’re in the right place.

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I’ve been querying the same novel for a long time. Perhaps too long. But I’m not giving up on it because I still stand by it and believe that some day, maybe, possibility, it’ll happen.

In the past few days, I’ve sent new queries, and I’ve received…

  • a 638 day rejection. Yeah, you read that right. I’d written this off over a year ago. I mean, I sent the query in January of 08. As in, 2018! 18!
  • a personalized rejection on a partial request that stings more than any other. This agent is so awesome and it would’ve been a dream to work with her. And while I’m still proud of myself for getting past the querying stage, I’m beyond disappointed.
  • a form rejection received within 3 hours of sending the query

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The Best Halloween Movie You’ve *Probably* Never Seen

There are certain movies I watch every year, usually during a specific season. I always watch When Harry Met Sally around New Years, Groundhog Day on Groundhog Day, Fight Club on Valentine’s Day, and It’s a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, Christmas Vacation and a dozen others around Christmas.

Halloween is no exception. And while The Great Pumpkin is a must-watch and House on Haunted Hill (the OG Vinny Price version) is a beloved classic, my favorite Halloween movie is The Ghost and Mr. Chicken from 1966.

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Starring The Andy Griffith Show’s Don Knotts, Mr. Chicken is the story of a pipsqueak type setter of a small town newspaper who is offered his first story if he spends the night in the town’s most notorious haunted house–on the 20th anniversary of the murder-suicide that happened there. Continue reading