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Songs stuck in my head lately..

June 24, 2008

This past year has been really stressful for me. I’ve been getting tons and tons of migraines, but that a whole different chapter. Music heals the soul. At least I’d like to think that it does. Lately I have been listening to all sorts of crazy tunes during my time spent awake. Which is all the time because of this stupid writer’s block. So I can’t sleep, tragic migraines, but I’ve been eating more, and false hope of anything improving. So anyway, I turn to music to find inspiration that I’m looking for. Here are some songs that have helped me out.

‘Move Along’ by All American Rejects. I’ve heard tons of comments about this band being ‘lame’ or ‘posers’. Who cares. I know they don’t with their big bucks in the bank. I just like this song because it doesn’t try too hard to be something.

‘A Day Late’ by Anberlin. I never knew who they were until about six or seven months ago. I’ve checked out most of their stuff, but this one stays with me the most. The chorus is pretty awesome.

‘It Hurts’ by Angels & Airwaves. There’s something about this song that I can relate to on a weird level. I can’t explain it. Maybe I don’t have to. It has a nice intro and the song starts off really strong.

‘Come Together’ by The Beatles. This song is awesome. Well, so are The Beatles. Although recently this song has been played the most on my Ipod. I’ve tried looking for other songs that are similar in mood and I’ve failed. There simply isn’t anything else out there like ‘Come Together’.

‘I Would Hurt A Fly’ by Built To Spill. This band is completely unique. An indie group with a clear sense of direction is like a writer’s fantasy. Well, this writer. I get a lot of inspiration from songs like this.

‘Transatlanticism’ by Death Cab For Cutie. Okay this band is being so overexposed at the moment. That’s great for them, but I just hope that they don’t change their sound. That would ruin my day if they became more ‘commercial’. You know that usually happens when bands gain more attention. It’s really only a matter of time.

‘Naked As We Came’ by Iron & Wine. This is one of my favorite songs of all time. This song really does speak for itself. I often use this when I’m typing. Although, I’m not listening to it now..”starts Itunes*.

‘Big Casino’ by Jimmy Eat World. Another great album from the awesome band from Arizona. This song is classic Jimmy Eat World. And when I say that I mean the reason why they’re so popular.

‘Say’ by John Mayer. Slow Dancing In A Burnign Room was my favorite until I heard this song. Okay I wasn’t a Mayer fan until two years ago when he put out his cd Continuum. And then I was hooked. Is this the same dude that was playing songs for twelve year old girls? Thankfully he branched out a bit and now I see him as a talented guitar player.

‘Shake It’ by Metro Station. I like when songs cross genre lines and come up with something different. Because frankly, I’m tired of listening to a lot of the newer rock bands because they all sound the same. It’s very techno-ish. I’m not even a techno fan, but I like this mixture.

‘That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed)’ by Panic! At The Disco. I just got into this group a few months ago. I feel like I had missed out on so much. They really are unique. And I would classify the singer’s voice with the singer from Fall Out Boy. They both can reach near falsetto and bring it home in a clever rendition.

‘Ready’ by The Starting Line. When i first heard there song ‘Best of Me’ back in 2003, I wanted to strangle someone, mainly the singer. Now five years later, my mind has changed and I’ve grown attached to the song. Weird, I know. But the song ‘Ready’ surprised me because it doesn’t sound like any of their other songs, luckily.

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A cardboard chair?

June 24, 2008

This video is sick. And I mean that in the best way possible. Who comes up with stuff like this? I guess this guy does. I think it’s pretty cool.

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‘Pushing Danger’

June 20, 2008
Ever wondered how a story you’ve written would end if it were in the hands of other people? I often do.
And StoryMash.com is the perfect website for this little experiment. It’s a pretty neat site that allows you to create a starter chapter and let others add to it.
‘Pushing Danger’ Chapter One
Max sat in discomfort at a booth furthest from the front door of the diner. Beads of sweat pour from his forehead, slightly stinging his eyes. And his pulse quickens with every second. The fluorescent lights flicker over him and only him, as if they are trying to send him a message in code. He often chose this seating arrangement because he preferred to stay away from the nightly crowd.

The location of the diner itself was perfect. All of his past business meetings took place here, at this very booth. This diner is all that he knows. Now if he could only control this sickening sensation in his stomach. He had already done this many times before. Why is he so nervous now? He stares down at his plate. “Damnit,” he mutters to himself. He can’t even remember when he finished eating. He pushes his cup of coffee to the edge of the table, signaling the waitress for a refill. She comes over a few minutes later and gives him a fresh cup and an orange juice. She said the juice was on her, as she grinned flirtatiously. All he can conjure up is a smile, mostly for him because of the unfortunate timing.

He wipes his forehead and glances at the clock; it reads 10 pm.

This isn’t the full effect, people. You can find the link to the StoryMash website on this page to continue reading. If you like this, at all, please let me know. And please give me a rating. And to all of you writers out there, don’t be afraid to sign up. I’m currently working on adding another chapter to it, but I’m kind of stuck right now. Writer’s block..
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Sleep..

June 20, 2008

Ah, sleep. Everybody needs it, right? Well this little number was written one afternoon when I woke up. I was getting ready to start another eventful day of procrastinating when it hit me. So I grabbed my guitar and wrote this in like ten minutes.

‘Dreaming of Sleep’

Verse
I woke up this morning with mixed expectations
Turned the radio on to my favorite station
Had breakfast in bed; the cereal was outdated
A blatant expression, the new face of indifference
I’m not one to greet the morning with a smile
I might move an inch, but it could take awhile
So, I hummed to myself as the music kept playing
The voice of the singer calmed all of my senses

Pre Chorus
Don’t try so hard
Don’t try so hard
You need to get it out of your system
Sound the alarms
Sound the alarms
So sound asleep and I guess I missed them

Chorus
A good heart is hard to find
And the meaning is never clear
Abandon those you’ve left behind
Creating the right atmosphere
Sleep has qualities I want in a friend
I promise it will all work out
It’ll turn out all right in the end
In my heart there is no doubt

Verse
A hopeless desire to call into action
A turn of events, a positive reaction
From the depths of my sleep, past the point of turning back
The same old excuses coming back into life
I’m no longer fighting my eyes with indifference
With my head on the pillow it won’t make a dent
And I’ll enter a room with no windows or doors
I’ll quietly sit and wait until closing time

Pre Chorus
Don’t try so hard
Don’t try so hard
You need to get it out of your system
Sound the alarms
Sound the alarms
So sound asleep and I guess I missed them

Chorus
A good heart is hard to find
And the meaning is never clear
Abandon those you’ve left behind
Creating the right atmosphere
Sleep has qualities I want in a friend
I promise it will all work out
It’ll turn out all right in the end
In my heart there is no doubt

Bridge
Music is the food of love
So, play on, play on, play on
Don’t be so hard on yourself
Breathe new life into an old dream (play on, play on, play on)
They’re for you and you alone
Don’t feel so alone and empty (play on, play on, play on)
I’m in a sentimental mood
In complete solitude
Which comes with complimentary mixed feelings (play on, play on, play on)
Don’t pass up the chance
I won’t pass up this chance
I won’t let life pass me by

Outro
Collecting my thoughts
Weighing down my head
Forcing me into a restless state again
No, they won’t be ignored
They can’t be ignored
I’d rather make memories by preserving them
And another thing before I go
The smile has returned to my face
And I’ll dream the hours away
Which I’ve left by the means of escape

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Sunday Driving On A Thursday

June 20, 2008

I wrote this song a few months ago. It’s probably one of my favorites. I actually took my time with it and had fun. And I’ve yet to arrange some music for it. Acoustic, maybe?

‘Sunday Driving On A Thursday’

Verse

A painfully honest turn of events
An unfair and fitting ending
I didn’t mean to build up my hopes
Colliding with second guesses
Disguised as secrets and stress
And I, I’ll take my leave
I still believe in happy endings
But, this complex case of clever and wit
I’ve been on my own forever
And it’s all caught up with me
If you think you can have it both ways
You’ve got another thing coming
Well, it doesn’t matter now
Because I’m well on my way
To nowhere fighting feelings
That don’t carry any weight with me

Chorus

If I’m such a runaway success
Then why do I feel like a loser?
Trying hard to impress those who will listen
This is me leaving in record time
I’ve been known to lie so convincingly
The irony is not lost on me
I’m not who I pretend to be
A role model finding courage in a bottle
Clean faces hiding dirty secrets
Let’s trade places and see where it gets us
Words said in anger can’t be taken back
There’s nothing to explain because I can’t explain it
I’ll need a point first just to drive it home
Settle into a routine
Settling in too deep now
Don’t settle for anything less than

Verse

I’m forced to hide my head in shame
They’ll say ‘whatever happened to what’s his name?’
And the band will play on in a cynical number
With good reason, but the meaning escapes me
A Hollywood version of love sounds so promising
I’ll need something to take an interest in
May we never pass this way again
That was yesterday and yesterday’s gone to my head
I’ve never been one to say I’m sorry
And it couldn’t have come at a worse time
Don’t worry about the future, it will take care of itself
I worry about myself and it goes like this
I’m a distant liar with a tear-stained past
Actions speak louder than words
But they won’t carry any weight with me
Instead I got carried away

Chorus

If I’m such a runaway success
Then why do I feel like a loser?
Bad press is good press and I’m already late
This is me leaving you in record time
I’ve been known to lie so convincingly
The irony is not wasted on me
I wish I was who I pretend to be
A role model finding courage in a bottle
Clean faces hiding dirty secrets
Let’s trade places and see where it gets us
The understatement of the year
I thought I was making my feelings clear
I’ll need a point first just to drive it home
Settle into a routine
Settling in too deep now
Don’t settle for anything less than

Bridge

Would you care to dance with a bloodstained soul?
Keeping myself under complete control from you
Mistaken for someone you used to know
For once I’m glad to just sleep alone
I’ll drive all night to prove me wrong
A goodbye is the saddest song you’ve ever heard
I’ll be the saddest song

Outro

And the band will play on in a cynical number
I’ll need something just to take an interest
Colliding with second guesses
Disguised as secrets and stress
And I worry about myself and it goes like this
I’m a distant liar with a tear-stained past
And I, I’ll take my leave
I still believe in happy endings

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Top 10 Things I Want To Do In My Life

June 19, 2008

There are many things that one would like to accomplish before their time is up. I’m not even sure where to begin. In life, I’ve only wish to make something of myself. I constantly search for meaning in everything. I wake up every morning wishing I had something great and true to believe in. Mostly, I just need assurance. These ten things mean something to me because it is a part of who I am and want to become.

10.Stay fit and exercise more – I can not ask for anything better than being in great shape. I look at those people in the gym and I secretly envy them. I am not big on weight lifting, training, or moving around in general. I hope this will change with time; I want to change. And I realize that I should eat healthier. I eat tons of fattening garbage, it’s ridiculous. I finally stopped drinking soda after consuming about one gallon a day for the past four years. For me, that was the biggest step I have taken so far, health wise.

9.Break out of my shell – It really should be number one because it has been affecting me more than I want it to. I have always been the quiet weird kid that no one is really interested in talking to. I want to change that. I have a voice and opinions like everyone else. I guess I need to be heard. I want others to know that I am not sitting around brooding; I have just as many thoughts as they do. I rarely say what I feel, unless I am being slightly pressured to. No more of that. I want to be taken more seriously.

8.Record an instrumental rock album – I love ambient sounds, at least when I am not listening to whiny singers playing power chords. I want to be able to play songs that move people. Even if it is just for background listening. I really like sentimental music, instrumental songs are just that. I want to record songs with ethereal, airy backgrounds with smooth jazzy guitar riffs. I love that kind of stuff.

7.Travel more – I am twenty two years old and I have only been up and down the east coast. It’s not fair, if you ask me. I need out, badly. There are so many places I want to visit before I die. The top places on my list are; England, France, Italy, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Japan, and China. These places fascinate me because they are different from my suburban home life. I only wish to proudly say, ‘Yeah, I’ve been there.’

6.Play every instrument well – I am currently known as a guitar player. And I have been since I was fifteen years young. I have currently picked up the bass and I am getting pretty good with that too. I am also learning the keyboard so I can move to the piano. I want to own one of those upper class grand scale pianos for my future dream home. I think it would be cool to learn every instrument. All of those choices and such.

To read my top 5, please take the time to go to this address below.

http://www.helium.com/items/1012743-the-top-10-things-you-want-to-do-in-your-life