Songs I’m Binging This Week #2

“There’s A Place” All American Rejects

If I find the strength to write a post I’ve been thinking about writing, you’ll see this song again. Short version: My novel’s main character looks 98% like Tyson Ritter–but like “Dirty Little Secret” era Tyson Ritter. But then I saw this video, and I couldn’t stop watching it. I mean, it’s Tyler. He’s real, and it’s just so weird to me. Surreal, actually. The whole vibe of the song and everything. I can’t. I. can’t. The thumbnail alone. It’s too much. Gah, I’m insane. Moving on.


“This is the Time” Nothing More

This is one of the first songs I featured when I started writing music posts. I listened to this on a loop for about twenty-five minutes the other night. I think I’m so stuck on this song because it came out during a time in my life where I needed a song to cling to. My job was a nightmare, and I remember coming home and just cranking this up and forgetting how horrible my day was.

I’m still in love with this line:

We always start with good intentions but lose ourselves along the way.

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When You Discover the Repeat Button

It’s pretty simple, folks.

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This sounds like I’m making it up, and perhaps it exposes my stupidity, but here’s my story.

I’ve had the same car for probably ten years (honestly, I have no idea. It’s been a long time though.) And in the past week or two, I discovered there’s a repeat button for CDs. My life will never be the same.

Yes, CDs. Get on my level.

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My Currents: March 2019

My Currents: January 2019

My Currents: February 2019

Time for an update.

A List of Currents and Lasts

Current Album in My Car

Dear Agony Breaking Benjamin

Same as February. What can I say? I love them.

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Current Album in My Stereo

Ember Breaking Benjamin

I may have a problem, but holy holy, I love this album.

 

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Last Song Played on Spotify

“Best Deceptions” Dashboard Confessional

Technically, it was YouTube. I haven’t used Spotify lately. Anyway, I had a random line in my head, remembered this song, looked it up, and was amazed by the angst. It didn’t seem as angsty in high school–probably because everything was. 🙂

 

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Last Netflix Binge

Nate Bargatze

Not a binge.

And I haven’t watched this yet, so I don’t know if it’s any good.

But I saw this guy on a different comedy show on Netflix last year and some random YouTube clips. I’ll be checking this special out asap. Comedy is so subjective, but I love this guy.

 


Current YouTube Obsession

Insane Reader

He’s just a kid. Well, I think he’s 18? So it’s a little weird. But, all the same, he cracks me up. This video showed up in my recommended list, and I was sold. What I love about him is that he isn’t trying too hard. He doesn’t feel the need to be extreme–or drop F bombs every 3 seconds like some other BookTubers I’ve seen. That doesn’t make you edgy. It makes you sound like you don’t have a decent vocabulary.–so he comes across as natural. His innocence is adorable.

 


Last Movie Watched

I honestly can’t remember.

But I’m looking forward to the next Avengers flick. If Bucky doesn’t return, I’m done with Marvel.

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Current Read

NOTHING!

 

I’ve been focused on writing some short stories and querying my novel.

On the 24th, I submitted two short stories to the same publication that found me worthy last year. 😀 Here’s hoping I haven’t lost my touch. By this time next month, I’ll know.

As far as the novel, no news to share, but I’m staying hopeful.


Thanks for spending some time here! 

Need Some Tunes for Valentine’s Day? I’ve Got You

Well, folks. It’s that time of year again. Not to worry. I have some tunes for you. Here’s your 2019 Anti-Valentine Day’s Playlist. No commentary with these. Just my favorite lyrics.

If You’re Feeling Sad

“The Night We Met” Lord Huron

I had all and then most of you/Some and now none of you


“Last to Know” Three Days Grace

And when she left me for you, I was the last to know


And when she leaves you for dead, you’ll be the last to know

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Random Songs of Awesomeness

Part One

Why say awesome songs when you can say songs of awesomeness? Exactly.

So I’m starting a new series, and for this one, I’m trying to broaden the genre. If possible. I do tend to listen to a lot of a similar sound these days. But I love so many random songs that I have yet to feature on my blog. Some are repeats from before because their awesomeness cannot be contained to one post.

Or I’ve forgotten I already posted it.

Assuming I stick with this series, expect a lot of songs. It’s a deep well of tunes in my brain. The order is also random, in the spirit of the theme. Enjoy!


“Dance with the Devil” Breaking Benjamin

Yes, the order is random, but I have to start with my man, Ben Burnley. Love the whisper at the end. Stop it.


“The Pot” Tool

I don’t know what it is about this song. I do not listen to any other Tool song. But I love this one. That. bass. line.


“Stranger” Katie Costello

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Here’s To the Songs That Helped Me Survive Teaching Middle School

Are you new here? This is all you need to know:

  1. Music is life.
  2. Teaching middle school was…well…it was like being underwater. And still being expected to do everything someone with air can do. Good times.

These songs were in heavy rotation while I found my way to higher ground. It’s pretty much a mixture of “I’m angry” and “I’m hopeful.”

Perhaps these can help you too?

Enjoy. 🙂




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Breaking Benjamin’s Ember: An Album Review

Happy Music Monday! I know you’ve been anxiously awaiting this post. My apologies for taking my sweet time.

Part of it is my clinical procrastination issues, but mostly I’ve put this off because I wanted to listen to the album a few more times before trying to write about it.

Had you asked me after my second listen, I would’ve said it was fine. Just fine. Just OK. All the songs sorta blend together. But it’s still Breaking Benjamin, so I’m on board.

But now? I love this album. I just really love this album. Ben and Co. have done it again. Let’s break this thing down track by track. I haven’t read or listened to a single review, so this is my 100% unbiased opinion as a total fan.

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I feel compelled to add: the review that follows is my opinion. You might not agree. You might be wondering if I’m even referring to the right album. Or that I need to get my ears checked. You might not like Breaking Benjamin at all; what are you doing here then? Anyway, this is my take on things. Take from it what you will.

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Don’t Worry. I’m Not Dead.

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I have returned. Please. Contain your excitement.

I’ve been a bit MIA lately. Twitter, this, my writing community… I’m such a routine-oriented person that when something new comes along, it throws me off so much that something’s gotta give. In this case, three somethings.

My cat’s social media presence is still very much alive. Because priorities.

So what’s been going on with me? What is it that has screwed over my precious routine?

I got a job, y’all.

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For that and other randomness, keep reading. 🙂

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Cover Me! My 14 Favorite Cover Songs

 

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Generally speaking, I have mixed feelings about covers. On the one hand, how dare you. That song isn’t yours. What are you doing? On the other hand, I like hearing a different take on a song I’ve heard so many times. So I’ve gathered a list of my favorite covers. Enjoy!

I’ve never been able to rank these kinds of lists, so these covers are in no particular order.

“Nothing Compares 2 U”

Cover: Chris Cornell

Original: Prince

Made Famous by Sinead O’Conner

I don’t think I’d heard this cover until after his passing, but I knew after just one line, it was going to be amazing. What a voice. What a loss.

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The 35 Best Mashups You’ve Never Heard

The amount of talent on YouTube astounds me. You’ve heard of mashups, right? Glee was notorious for them. This collection is better. Sorry, Glee.

These songs should not work. They defy all logic. You read the titles and immediately think, there’s no way. Trust me. They work. Oh, do they work.

I’ve broken down 35 of my favorite mashups into categories for your listening pleasure.

The “Why Does This Work???” Group

I’ll start with the most amazing mashups based solely on their unbelievability factor.

Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” instrumental & Disturbed’s “Down With the Sickness” vocals

Credit: oneboredjeu Mashup

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Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” instrumental/vocals & System of a Down’s “B.Y.O.B” vocals

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Psy’s “Gangnam Style” instrumental/vocals & Slipknot’s “Psychosocial” vocals

* @3:16 is a work of art.

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