Archive for August, 2013

I know my last post was about music, but hey, why not post another one?

I’ve been highly influenced by metalcore and the like lately… mainly Underoath. Only the Lord knows how much I love them so much. Lost in the Sound of Separation is actually influencing my whole novel that I’m working on right now. Seriously, it’s like listening to an apocalypse novel (well, for me.) I know it’s mostly about drug addiction and stuff, but I interpret it in a deeper fashion. They almost have parts of my plot in their songs. It’s crazy.

“I was too scared to show what I am… bear with me, bear with me, this is all I have left.” (I’ll post the YouTube song link at the end.)

Those words are just so moving to me that those are the very words that my character cries out almost throughout the story. (Not literally, of course.) The whole album exemplifies the events in my story.  Sometimes, part of it, and sometimes all of it. I try to give a song to one of my characters, sometimes taking from other Underoath albums.

Music is such a dramatically large part of our life whether we realize it or not. I think I cannot go on for a day without listening to at least one song from one of my favorite bands.

So if you’re trying to come up with an awesome idea for a story if you’re a writer like me, try listening to your favorite song. Oh, and just a tip, don’t try to get it from a worthless pop song (sorry pop lovers). Try Death Cab for Cutie, Blink-182, Thriving Ivory, Coldplay… bands like those. If you’d like to add any band suggestions, feel free to do so. Or ask me for others if you like what you hear. (Those bands are, by the way, bands that everyone can listen to. Don’t worry, no screamo.)

I hope that as you go about your week, you will find a song to inspire you.

(Maybe it’ll be this one!)

A Tribute to the Best Band Ever

Over this past month, I have realized that I love my favorite band more than ever! What is my favorite band?

None other than the incredible…

UNDEROATH!!

Yeah, yeah, I know. You probably don’t know who they are. Or if you do, you may be asking, “They already broke up, why obsess over them?” They’re a metalcore/screamo band who have released some of the best albums I have ever heard in my life. They recently broke up early this year. It’s a bummer I didn’t get to go to one of their final concerts. (The tickets were sold out fast! But I got some band merch off the site so that makes up for it, I guess.)

Anyway, stripped of the amazing vocals, insane drumming, and awesome guitar playing, Underoath has some of the most meaningful lyrics out there in the metalcore world. Yes, I do love metalcore/screamo, but I love it even more when bands come out with lyrics that are not just covered by great instruments and screaming. Lyrics that actually have a meaning behind them make a better song than one that’s filled with endless screaming to no end.

Here’s some lyrics to my favorite songs (well, they’re all my favorite songs, but I’ll put up the ones that I think are the most beautiful):

You always amazed me
But thats the past
I kept silent and it rained for days
My inside were drenched
But I guess that’s the part of growing up
I never wanted to learn
And I grew into the man
That you never knew
But I wouldn’t be this way
If it wasn’t for you
100 thank you’s
It this is love
Fairy tales never came true
Judies are black in full bloom
And I died in the womb
Take it back, all that’s gone
It’s all still there like you left it
December stayed the same
Nothing ever changed but you
Every little dream covered in dents
Love can’t fly tonight
Couples will rest, I’ll be sleepless
So cry yourself to sleep
This is about broken hearts
This is about me
Bending again for nothing
I’d run to you but pain awaits
I’m coming home
But I’ll be late
No deeper than imagination can be
Sight with nothing to see
What’s faith if I can’t believe
It’s everything
A cure, but I make it a disease

God take me because I hate me

-From Changing of Times, “Alone in December”

Carry out the sound
Past our eyes horizon
I’m standing still, I’m standing still
Waiting for this all to change
Now my hands are up.
I’m walking out, I’m walking out
What do you expect of me?

Did you think that this was all an excuse for hospitality?
I know you think its all because of me
At first glance, I’ll breathe in
Leaving myself no room to move, at all
My mind is so flooded and I’m drunk with regret
Swimming in a sea of hope tonight
I find your hand and trace it with mine
As we push away with everything we have
With everything we have left

Oh you’re acting on my words
We can start the fire, that will light up the night
No I wouldn’t be too sure of you at all
We’ll watch it burn together on respective sides
We look so good, as we fall

I’ll go ahead and re-elect perfection
Its never looked as good as it does on you right now
I’ll go ahead and make an incision
Doubt you’ll feel anything at all
A fake, a fraud, forked tongue and I am nervous
At least I can say I made it out this time
I am just fine where you have left me
As for you be sure to cover up your mouth

I don’t know how to say this
My thoughts have just run out

-From They’re Only Chasing Safety, “I’ve Got Ten Friends and a Crowbar That Says You Ain’t Gonna Do Jack”

So hold your head up high and know it’s not the end of the road

Walk down this beaten path before you pack your things and head home
At the end of the road you’ll find what you’ve been longing for

I know ’cause my feet have the scars to show
I was lost with vague direction and no place to call home

It’s time for you to press on
This is not your war
Set your sights to North and press on
This is not your escape
Wash way what they thought of you
Because in this place, we’re all as good as dead
…end cycle…

Behind the mask you’ll find yourself alone
It’s not the end of road for you

-From Define the Great Line, “To Whom It May Concern”

At the end of it all
We will be sold for parts
We will try to rebuild
But we ate it all away
All ambitions now run dry
Someone stop this thing, turn it off
In search of new life
Nothing will be left to walk this earth again
Turn it off…
Our hopes and dreams
Will be swallowed
We always said it wouldn’t end up like this
We will be the new ice age
We will be the new plague
Disguised as a colony
We will wipe them all away
Feast your eyes
Or just rip ’em out
This is it for us
It’s time to panic
We always said it wouldn’t end
It wouldn’t end up like this
We are the cancer
We are the virus
Tell me it’s not too late

-From Lost in the Sound of Separation, “Emergency Broadcast… The End Is Near”

You said there was nothing left down here

Well I roamed around the wasteland
And I swear I found something
I found hope, I found God
I found the dreams of the believers

Oh, God! Save us all

-From Lost in the Sound of Separation, “Desolate Earth… The End Is Here”

I would recommend Define the Great Line for what I think are the best lyrics from all their albums. If you decide to check them out, I’d recommend They’re Only Chasing Safety for starters. If you do not like screamo at all, “Some Will Seek Forgiveness, Others Escape” is a wonderful song to listen to. I hope I haven’t disturbed you all too much with my Underoath obsession, and I hope you all check them out because they are amazing!

If you have anything on your mind regarding this post, feel free to post a comment! Have a great rest of your day, everyone.

Before or After?

Posted: August 14, 2013 in Uncategorized
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(Prepare for one of my random ramblings. Starting… now!) Today, a random thought hit me as I was thinking. What’s better? Before or after? 

Were things better ten years ago? How about a year ago? Five minutes ago? Or are things better now? How about five years from now? Twenty? Who’s to say, right?

Well, I thought about all the good and bad things from before and the same for after. It all ultimately depends on the individual to judge for themselves. For instance, five years ago, I wasn’t as good at drawing as I am now. And I am glad I don’t draw the way I did five years ago. Time and practice have allowed me to improve. But three years ago, I wasn’t fifteen pounds heavier than I am now, which sucks. See the pros and cons? 

But I ultimately summed it up this way: The outcome of before is always after. 

No brainer, huh?

Because I kept drawing and practicing, I got better. I was able to use the past as fuel for the future so that I can be a better artist than I am now. Regarding the weight gain, I’m working on losing those pounds by exercising and eating healthy. Those factors will definitely change what my after will look like. (I hope.)

Many times I regret saying things that I said or not saying things that I said. The immediate aftermath remains the same because it’s in the past. But you can always look forward to fix what happened before. Before remains unchangeable unless we have a time machine. Which, unfortunately, we don’t. I’d have a totally different post if that were the case. 

You can never change the before, but you can change the after. Before is a constant. After is a variable. 

At the end of the day, before and after don’t matter so much. It’s the way we react to the before and after that matters. Because we cannot change the past, doesn’t mean we can’t change the future. We can strive to pursue a different outcome. That bad season in soccer will never go away, but if your team keeps going for it and wins the next three championships, will the bad season matter as much? Maybe a little, but the three championships will make up for it. People will overlook that bad season because it’s the past. Three great seasons against one bad one. 

So I think I’ve answered my question while typing this out. It’s not “Before or after?” I believe it’s “What will you do to change your after?”