Monday, July 18, 2011

If I Go, Who Could Blame Me?

Okay, so along with my Top 5 Blog for this week-ish, here is my actual blog.

Some interesting things have been happening here in the Asylum.

Here are just a few of the things that have happened recently.

We had a temporary new member… let’s call her Barron. Sadly, though I’m not to choked up about it, it was decided that she was too insane, even for the asylum. So she was booted out. We’ll miss you Barron… *cough cough*

The Asylum will also be doing some relocation and renovations, expanding and thinking of a color change. I’m thinking red walls. *evil smile* Everyone has been pretty frantic packing and getting ready for the change. We’re also still waiting on the arrival of our soon-to-be newest member Jellybean. No to much longer now. :D

We’re also celebrating another birthday this month in the Asylum. My own Parental will be celebrating a birthday… right about now actually.

Happy Birthday Parental!!! :D

More ever-so-interesting things, I’ve had a visitor for the last few days, someone who isn’t at this present moment in the introduction package (Apologies, Dude) but mostly that’s because she is my sparring partner in the Asylum. I’ve had more fights with this girl in the 10+ years that I’ve known her than I’ve had… umm… little multi-colored pills, or something. Basically, we fight, a lot. But we’re always friends at the end of the day… week… month… year… my birthday *evil smile*

She’s joining the Asylum for a while, testing it out. Seeing how insane she can be.
It’ll be good to have some new blood around here… it’ll give a nice shade to the walls. Moi ha ha.

Anyways, other things have probably happened since the last time I blogged about me, but I can never remember them… my bad.

^^This is Dude. Read more about her in the introduction package... coming soon.
Or you can also catch her over at TheBookMystress

"One is very crazy when in love."
--Sigmund Freud

This Week/Fortnight's Really Really Late Top 5 Songs

1) Jar of Hearts – Christina Perri

Okay, my reason for loving this song… Well, it’s pretty fucking awesome. Christina Perri has an amazing voice, and the song is beautiful. It’s so full of emotion and pain. I’m not usually into ‘mainstream’ music, but I honestly think this song has indie roots. It’s not as… clean as your typical pop song. Lyrics that speak to me the most… No, I can't take one more step towards you, ‘Cause all that's waiting is regret .Don't you know I'm not your ghost anymore, you lost the love I loved the most. I learned to live, half alive, and now you want me one more time.

2) Inventing Shadows – Dia Frampton

So this is not the first time Dia Frampton has appeared on this blog, and I guarantee it will not be the last. She has an amazing voice, and is so original. I love everything she’s done, from Dia & Ian, to Meg & Dia and now her solo career too. I’m so glad she got as far as she did on ‘The Voice’ she deserves all the success she will gain from the show. She writes amazing lyrics and sings with an honesty worthy of Suzie Quatro. Lyrics that speak to me… And you stare out the window at the passing cars, and you look at the sky, thank your unlucky stars. No you're never quite happy right where you are.

3) Scars – Papa Roach

Hmm, I can’t think of one particular reason why I love this song. It is one of those songs that will always be a favorite of mine, for so many reasons. This week I’ve been listening to this song because… well, because it was a nice change, for a little while to remember some of the music that I spent my teenage angst-ridden years listening to. It was really hard to pick out the lines that speak to me the most because the whole song speaks to me, but here are the lines that stood out the most to me when I revisited Papa Roach… I'm drunk and I'm feeling down and I just wanna be alone, you shouldn't ever come around why don't you just go home? I tear my heart open, I sew myself shut, my weakness is that I care too much and our scars remind us that the past is real, I tear my heart open just to feel.

4) Outside – Staind

This song kind of reflects a situation that is going on in the Asylum at the moment. It’s an amazing song, by an amazing band. I had heard it years ago, but came across it only a few days ago as a recommendation on iTunes. The lead singer, Aaron Lewis, has an amazing vocal range, and writes amazing lyrics. Lyrics that speak to me… But I'm on the outside and I'm looking in, I can see through you, see your true colors 'cause inside you're ugly, you're ugly like me I can see through you, see to the real you.

5) Grenade – Bruno Mars

Okay, not a song you would expect me to like, huh? Well truth is, I really didn’t like this song, until a member of the Asylum had me listen to it a few times, and now I have to say… it’s growing on me. I mean, it isn’t my typical style of music, but I’m open to anything. Plus, the lyrics are pretty good. They have a lot of meaning, and a really sweet nature. I also had to sit through the Music Video Clip *shoots eye daggers across the room at evil Bruno Mars fan* but it was actually pretty good. Lyrics that speak to me… If my body was on fire you would watch me burn down in flames. You said you loved me, you're a liar ‘cause you never ever ever did, baby.

"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."
-- Aldous Huxley

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Okay, so here are my top 5 songs for this week’s soundtrack.

1) New Found Glory - Familiar Landscapes

This is one of those songs, bands actually, that you can never get sick of listening to. To me, they have an amazing sound, and a talent for writing lyrics that can reach the world. So many of their songs have deep meaning, but an amazing thing is they can mean a million different things. Every line can be a different interpretation. I love that about NFG. This week I’ve been revisiting some old bands that really taught me about music and what it means to me. This band was one of the big influences. This particular song speaks to me at this moment in my life, so here are the lyrics that grab me. “What do you want from me? What do you want from my life? What do you want from me? ‘Cause my heart can't take it. My heart can't take this anymore.”

2) The Offspring – Denial, Revisited

This has been a favorite song of mine since that fateful day, so long ago when I picked up the ‘Conspiracy of One’ album. I fell in love that day, not for the first time, but the love was no less strong. I fell in love with music, a different style of music than what I was used to, but so powerful in its melodies and lyrics. So beautiful. My love of music genres has been at every end of the spectrum. A few favorite musicians of mine include, Beethoven, Mozart, Cradle of Filth, Good Charlotte, Mest, New Found Glory, KISS and many more. I love Classical music, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Death Metal, Indie, Punk, Pop and again, many more. And that day I fell in love with Punk Rock. “But she stands softly, tears down her face hitting me, Oh god this is the end, I'd wait here for you, but there's nothing more now I can do. How did you know? How did you know? How did you know? Finally…”

3) Saliva – Rest In Pieces

This song means a lot to me, and not just because it’s an amazing song. But because it reminds me of someone, someone I am… was really close to. It would take me too long to explain how any of that makes sense, but to me is does. So this song holds a place in my heart. To most people, this is not one of Saliva’s stand out songs, but to me, this song is their best to date. “Look at me, my depth perception must be off again. You got much closer than I thought you did. I'm in your reach. You held me in your hands but could you find it in your heart to make this go away and let me rest in pieces…”

4) Schuyler Fisk & Joshua Radin – Paperweight

There is nothing about this song that I don’t love. It’s one of the only songs that I can listen to on repeat without having to change the song. I love Schuyler’s voice, her tone, her melody. I love the way her voice blends with Joshua’s. I love everything. It has amazing lyrics, but that isn’t what draws me to the song. It goes so much deeper than lyrics. It’s beauty, in a song. This is one song that will always be on my favorite’s playlist. If you do one thing from reading this blog, let it be to download this song. I promise you, it’s worth it. “Been up all night staring at you wondering what's on your mind, but I've been this way with so many before but this feels like the first time. You want the sunrise, go back to bed I want to make you laugh.”

5) The Spill Canvas – Appreciation and the Bomb

The Spill Canvas is my all-time-fav-band. I don’t foresee a time in the future when they are not my favourite band, and it is songs like this one that make that so. Is this my favorite song by The Spill Canvas? I’m not sure… probably, and, strange as it is, it’s one line in this song that makes it my favorite. There are so many reasons to love this song, but here is just one reason. “Dad, you were there when nobody was. I followed your lead, now I'm proud of what I've become. Brittney, you never cease to amaze me. Maybe someday we'll get another chance to be. Mom, I wished you would try a little harder. Maybe catch a show or two, would that be such a bother?
To all my friends, where do I start? I know I'd be dead without you in my heart.”
Now, I know I may as well have put the whole song here, but… these lines… “To all my friends, where do I start? I know I'd be dead without you in my heart.” That speaks to me. All I know, is that this band will forever hold a place in my heart, and not just for this song, but for so many of their songs.

So, I hope you enjoyed this week’s Top 5 songs. :)

"A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence." ~Leopold Stokowski