Mar 09 2017

No. That band did not “save your life”

Published by under Mood

I would first like to apologize for both of my posts this week to be extremely down, I know that’s not really ~my thing~ and I tend to be a sarcastic little shit, but we’re just going to deal with this alright?

So one thing that makes me angry when it comes to music and bands, is when certain people say that a band “saved their life.” Now let me explain if you don’t understand what I’m saying.

Some bands, specifically in the alternative genre, tend to write songs about mental health, which I touched on in my last post. People who are also going through mental health issues, specifically ones that are serious enough that one considers taking their own life, will lean towards music as a way of coping. They often times will connect with a certain song or lyrics that touch them enough that they are ~suddenly cured~ (there’s the asshole).

Now here’s my point. Music cannot cure you. Bands cannot cure you. Songs cannot cure you. And lyrics cannot cure you. You can definitely use music as a way for coping, there’s no doubt about that. I’ve done that myself. But, here’s the kicker: I believe that you saved yourself.

Sure music can give you the strength and the will to live. But unless that musician physically stopped you. You did it all yourself. I believe that people just don’t want to give themselves credit where credit is due. I think that people in that state of mind are so self-deprecating, that they won’t take credit for anything good that they’ve done, even if it’s something good to themselves.

Some music that I’ve been listening to lately is extremely moody. I’ve been listening to this playlist on Spotify called “Emo Night Master List” by Matthew Colwell. Emo Night is basically a night where people go to a club and listen to alternative music from the early 2000’s, when that scene was in it’s ~prime~

Here’s the playlist:

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Mar 07 2017

Music and mental health

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Mental health is something that is important to me. Having dealt with certain mental health issues throughout my life, I’ve always turned towards music as a form of coping.

Music can help, not only because you can relate to it, but sometimes music can say what you can’t. Expressing yourself through music is something that many people do, whether it is listening to music, playing music, performing, or even just learning about music.

Artists will often times get letters from their fans with them describing how their music has helped them. There are many people which believe that their music has “saved them,” which I believe isn’t the case, but I will go into some point later (insert shameless plug here). I think that it’s so cool to have such an influence on such a great number of people who all can take one song and relate it back to their lives. Everyone goes through different experiences and music can help people understand others better.

I’ve been to countless concerts, and the one thing that always stands out to me is how emotional some people can get during certain songs. I believe that one of the hardest things to do is to be empathetic and compassionate with others. Writing music and showing those who may be going through similar situations that they aren’t alone through their dream is something that one could only imagine doing.

A playlist for this week that I have is a playlist that I like to listen to whenever I’m feeling particularly down. It doesn’t really help that the majority of the songs are moody as hell. The majority of these songs are pop punk, which is one of my favorite genres of music.

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Mar 02 2017

Let’s get ~one with nature~

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WOW!!!!!!!!!!!

I’ve posted four times in one day. People LISTEN TO ME. I’ve never done this before. Let’s have a round of applause. Sometimes I don’t know what I’m doing, but that’s also most of the time. Sorry, I don’t know what’s been going on with this blog. I’ve been super stressed with school; things have just not been coming together.

Today, I want to talk about how certain topic can bring you into a certain mood. For example, I love camping, but my last blog post I talked about Little Mix and Fifth Harmony, which are not necessarily bands that you listen to while camping.

At the end of this blog I’ll post some artists and songs that I like to listen to while I camp. Camping is fun to me because it lets you become ~one with nature~ which is something I’ve been trying to achieve.

Normally when I go camping, I like to listen to folk music and sort of indie music. There are many things that I like to listen to, but I specifically like to listen to classic rock and indie music because for SOME reason that reminds me of camping, and whenever I think of camping, I think of the things that I did, and my other experiences that I had while I was camping.

Some songs that I like to listen to while I’m camping is Bon Iver’s soundtrack. He is originally from Wisconsin, where I’m from, so listening to his music almost brings me back home.

I also have an entire playlist which you can listen to RIGHT NOW if you want.

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Mar 02 2017

Soundtracks are frickin sweet

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Soundtracks right? They’re pretty cool. Someone wrote whatever music is playing specifically for that movie. Which is frickin radical. They wrote music JUST FOR THAT MOVIE. Can you imagine? someone writing music just for a certain scene that’s only going to last about thirty seconds?

Listen people who write soundtracks, personally, I think care more about music than actually bands and musicians do. They’re the ones that are specifically writing music for whatever storyline that they are given. TAKE MOANA FOR EXAMPLE. Moana is one of my favorite movies even though it only came out awhile ago.

Moana is all about finding yourself and realizing your value without even being of legal age. Moana in the movie is 16, which is an important age for most teenagers because that is when they become “adults” as most people would say. Even though Moana is 16, she saves her entire island because of Maui since he’s kind of the reason they’re having trouble in the first place. She saves the day, not only as a Disney hero, but as someone who cares about her family and what happens to her people who she is in charge of.

Some of my favorite songs from the movie Moana are How Far I’ll Go because it’s about achieving your dreams no matter what the circumstance. Moana had parents that would not let her leave the island, but she decided to anyway because she knew what was right for her people, and technically what was right for her. Another song that I love from that album is I Am Moana because that is apart of the song where she knows who she is and what her purpose is in life.

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Mar 02 2017

Let’s talk about how awesome girls are

Published by under Motivation

So girls.

They’re pretty awesome.

Especially when it comes to empowering other girls.

I have always thought that music from women that empowers other women is absolutely spectacular. Especially while we live in a patriarchal society. We need music that can affect others because of who they are and what they strive to be.

There are plenty of women who sing about empowering other women whether it being them singing by themselves, or them singing together.

Honestly, I love it when women form groups and sing together because then it shows them empowering each other rather than just singing by themselves. I think that when people are working together they can accomplish anything that they put their mind to. Especially since they are working together rather than working by themselves.

There are some bands that I love that sing together and they basically just sing about how awesome girls are, which is the point of this blog post. The bands that I want to talk about are Little Mix and Fifth Harmony. Although Fifth Harmony is now Fourth Harmony (sorry to anyone that is a huge fan), I still think that they can have some empowering music together rather than separately.

Some music that I enjoy from both of those bands (which you should check out by the way) are Salute off of their album titled Salute, as well as their song named Grown off of their album titled Get Weird. I also really like Fifth Harmony’s song Brave Honest Beautiful off of their album Reflection, and their song I Lied off of their album 7/27.

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Mar 02 2017

What’s consistency????

Published by under Influences,Mood

Hi I’m dumb, haven’t posted in a week so I’m probably going to get docked points because apparently I’m not supposed to miss a week and then post four times in one?? But you know whatever. What’s grammar?? Who knows.

LET’S TALK ABOUT HOW MUCH AFFECTS MOOD.

Isn’t it crazy how music can affect your mood? Like you listen to happy music and you’re happy?? And then you listen to sad music and you’re sad??? WHAT?

When I was in high school I was super depressed because ~life sux~ but you know, who cares, I was a “rebellious” teenager. ANYWAYS. So I would listen to sad music whenever I was sad, and guess what? It made it worse. BECAUSE sad music makes you sad.

But I got tired of being sad, so I tried my best to be happy, and I’m kind of happy now so that’s all that matters right? BUT, when I was happy, I would listen to happy music that made me smile, and want to dance.

I really liked to listen to songs from One Direction because I’m ~that bitch~. I also really liked to listen to songs by Walk The Moon because they always make me smile and they always have happy music.

A couple of songs from One Direction that I like are No Control off of their album FOUR, and their song Little White Lies off of their album Midnight Memories. The songs from Walk The Moon that are my favorite are Jenny from their self-titled album, and I also really like Different Colors from their album Talking Is Hard.

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Feb 18 2017

Why the scene needs twenty one pilots

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I’ve been a fan of twenty one pilots for a couple of years now. I saw them live in October of 2015. It was a LIFE CHANGING experience. They are definitely one of my favorite bands almost ever, so I may be a bit biased.

BUT, I do believe that other than me being a fan of their music, they are doing great things. Not only are they just trying to make music, but they’re trying to make music about things that actually matter.

Tyler Joseph, the singer and writer of all of their music wants to influence people by writing things about things like mental health, and daily struggles. They never had a song about love until their most recent album Blurryface, and it just so happened to be post Tyler’s own engagement.

Their music is also something that needs to be talked about. Often times when asked what genre they are, they just shrug their shoulders. Not because they don’t care, but because they’re just trying to make music that appeals to them. iTunes would classify them as Alternative, but they are a mixture of just about every genre there is.

I’ve been a huge fan of twenty one pilots since right after their album Vessel came out in 2013. Seeing them grow into what they’ve become today makes me feel like a proud mom. I really enjoy some of their older music. My favorite song of all time by them is Migraine off of their album Vessel. I also really enjoy the song Addict With a Pen off of their self-titled album, even though that was before Josh Dun even had joined the band.  But they will always be one of my favorites.

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Feb 18 2017

Concerts changed my life

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When I was in high school I spent the majority of my time either at school or working a part time job. When I did end up having free time, I spent my money on concert tickets. My mom had told me once that I was spending too much money on concert tickets, and my response? At least it’s not drugs.

I was almost addicted to going to concerts. There was something about it that made me so incredibly happy. I still can’t figure it out. I don’t know if it’s the anxiousness of waiting before the concert even starts with a bunch of people that share the same passion that you do. Or maybe it was just being in a room full of people where you already knew that you had one thing in common with them all.

When the lights go down, and everyone pushes to the front of the stage, is definitely a one-of-a-kind feeling. I never knew that I could be so addicted to a certain FEELING.

I have been to so many concerts, and spent way too much money on tickets, but I’ll never regret it. It was something that I felt like I was doing with my life and I was finally living it the way that I wanted to. There wasn’t much of a question whether I knew I was spending my money the way I wanted to, but rather if the experiences and memories I was making was going to be worth it. And it definitely was.

Each summer for the past couple of years I go to a music festival called Warped Tour, and I always make a playlist to get myself excited for going, so here is the playlist that I made from 2016.

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Feb 10 2017

How music has influenced me

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I’ve been listening to music for a very long time. I would consider myself a music aficionado, I guess? But that makes me sound a bit pretentious, so let’s just go with a fan of music. There are a bunch of different types of music that I enjoy, but I would say primarily that I enjoy alternative music more than any other type.

Everything pretty much sounds good to me but there still are several different genres of music that I prefer to others. One of the genres that I prefer is alternative music. Specifically I like pop rock, pop punk, and post-hardcore. Honestly, that must sound extremely confusing to anyone who doesn’t listen to the same kind of music I do, but whatever.

I think being interested in music has helped me a lot. Not only through personal things, but music has also helped me make friends. It’s something to bond over, and if you end up going to a concert, there’s already one thing you have in common with the stranger standing next to you.

I’ve met some of my best friends through the bands and the music that I like to listen to, which all that I could have wished for. There isn’t much else that I enjoy that I would go out of my way to try and understand what others like. But with music, there’s a difference between not liking certain types of music, and being open minded when it comes to certain genres.

For example, one genre that I don’t listen to at all is country, but a lot of people that I know really enjoy country music, so I’ll try to listen to it, and see what they like so much about it. And who knows? I might end up finding my new favorite artist.

Recently I’ve been listening to: Lady Gaga’s new album Joanne. Ever since she played the Superbowl, I’ve been extremely interested in her album. I’ve listened to it before, and I was really interested when it first came out, but recently I’ve just been listening to it a lot more. Two songs that I really like off of that album are Million Reasons and Grigio Girls.

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Feb 09 2017

Songs to fight zombies to

Published by under Influences,Mood,Motivation

It’s funny how certain songs can make you feel a certain way. Being motivated by music is something that happens very often. There are definitely some songs that I listen to and I immediately want to do something like fight zombies (Radioactive by Imagine Dragons anyone?) or you know, normal people things like working out.

Listening to music while doing certain activities can inspire many people to work harder and be more motivated. When I get motivated by songs, it’s usually something that can easily get me energized.

When I listen to rock and heavy metal, those songs tend to get me excited, and make it easier to do things that I may need a lot of energy for. I tend to listen to acoustic songs or classical music when I’m trying to sleep.

When you listen to music to try and assist you in doing a certain activity, it’s because it stimulates your brain to tune everything else out but the music and what you’re trying to do. Michael Phelps likes to listen to music whenever he works out because he focuses on his workout more rather than getting distracted by others.

An update on my blog as well:
Once a week I plan on uploading a post with a playlist, and then on the other day that I post, I plan on putting in the songs that I’ve been listening to lately. That way each post, you can get a taste of the type of music that I like.

Here is a playlist that I’ve created that I like to workout to or fight zombies to, you know, whichever you prefer.

 

 

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