Hey guys! I know it’s been a long while since I’ve last posted on my blog, but I figured that I would start it up again with another post about *Music*! Also, I feel inclined to let you into some of the stuff that’s going on in my life right now that might prohibit me from posting every. single. day. from now on. First off, softball conditioning is starting up! (hence the swing pun in the title) I now also have a job, though because of my age and busy schedule I can only work for 3 hours a day and like, 2 days a week. Marching season just ended here recently, and I am proud to say that we made it to state! Performing in Indie was such an incredible experience, I really hope it’ll happen again sometime in the next 2 years. We didn’t win, but we got our highest score there of a 69.00. School has been hard here recently. I’ve been finding my AP course a little hard to understand, but I’m getting by. Anyway, maybe now I can start talking about music. 😛

I’ve recently been listening to a lot of composition and orchestral covers by a guy named Sam Yung on YouTube. If you haven’t heard any of his music I definitely suggest it to anyone who is a fan of modern music and orchestras. He makes some amazing paramour covers, and covers for other, newer songs as well. But, the thing I like most about his music is his original pieces. Whether it’s a piece for a piano or for a whole orchestra, he never ceases to amaze me. His music is always so graceful, elegant, and heartfelt. One of my favorite songs that he has composed is titled “Echoes”. He has just recently posted it on YouTube, but he says that it is actually one of his older pieces. If I had to pick a second favorite, I would say it was a tie between his cover for Sia’s “Chandelier” or Lana Del Ray’s “Young and Beautiful”. He makes every song sad and haunting. Every. Single. One. Even Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball”! Now, I suck at conclusions, but if I could write a good one, it would be something along the lines of you should definitely check him out, you won’t be sorry.

Hey guys, it’s been a long time since I’ve been on my wordpress, I know. I have had a lot on my plate recently, but it’s getting better. But hey, good news! This is another song review! *dances on the inside* It’s actually kind of a review for two songs, so it’s even better. First, since you guys know I’m just full of stories, let me tell you why these are the songs I chose to review. It’s because no one sends me any suggestions. My band class has been invited to join “Legends of Liverpool”, a Beatles tribute band, to play at a concert to raise funds for my school corporation. I have always loved The Beatles, and we’re playing a lot of my favorite songs, and a lot of new ones too! One of my favorite songs that we’re playing (that I hadn’t heard before) is “Eleanor Rigby” (even if the clarinet melody is kind of boring). While I wouldn’t say it has a beautiful message or instrumentation, it did impact the listeners of that time period, even though it wasn’t the only song out there about depression, loneliness, and (spoiler alert) death. I guess they just weren’t expecting to hear such a dark song come from The Beatles, who were more known for their love songs and stuff. Many people see this song as a big step forward in their career, which I agree with entirely.

The other song I was going to talk about, though, sort of takes a lighter spin (or a darker, haven’t really figured it out altogether yet) on Eleanor Rigby’s story. It was on Paul McCartney’s album, and film, “Give my Regards to Broad Street”. It’s almost purely symphonic, and starts in a very light tone, but at some points, and forgive me for sounding oldish, it gave me the willies. Many of the turning points had graceful, legato violins quickly becoming creepy, staccato cellos and violas, paired with disoriented-sounding opera voices. At one point in the song the music ceases entirely, but only for a few seconds. Evil laughter soon emerges, and loudly, too. I almost broke out in a cold sweat with all the unexpected turns this song took! At the end, you faintly hear a woman’s voice singing “Ah, look at all the lonely people.” which is a call-back to the main song. Overall, while the song did creep me out, I did like the tone of it and how Paul McCartney kind of continued Eleanor’s story, showing what her dream was like at first and what it turned into. My complaints happen to be very few. I only wish that they had made some of the parts sound a bit more like the original’s instrumentation. But hey, that’s only my opinion. I’d love to hear yours! Please, comments will be extremely appreciated, and so will recommendations of songs you would like to hear my opinion on!

(Eleanor Rigby and Eleanor’s Dream, in the style of Paul McCartney)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcjqSkAr2cY

Tom Attwater Is Dying. His Daughter Might Die, Too. The Letter He Left For Her Is Unforgettable..

 

This is a must read! It’s both inspiring and sad at the same time 😦

Well guys, my costume contest was a bust, but whatever. But that’s not what this entry is for. If you’ve read most of my past entries, you know that I’m in my school’s band and that I love music, and recently I’ve been listening to music that I would love to talk to people about, and talking to my best friend about it, to tell the truth, has been getting kind of boring. So I’m going to start “reviewing” music.

I’m a huge Fall Out Boy fan, and their newest album was the best album I’ve ever heard. While many of my friends are in love with “The Pheonix” and “Alone Together” my favorite song on the album is “Save Rock and Roll” (which is also the name of the album itself) It’s a beautiful song, and Elton John, who is a big inspiration to me, is featured on the song. My favorite line in the whole song is “you are what you love, not who loves you” Which most likely means, from the way I interpreted it, is to be what you want, and not to live to please others. Unless of course you want to do that, in that case I want a foot massage go ahead. In the words of Bob Marley, Don’t worry, be happy. (Great, now I’ve gotten that song stuck in my head -_-) But anyways, if you haven’t listened to this song, I strongly encourage you to. IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE. lol jk.  I do need ideas for more songs, so if you have one in mind, comment it and I’ll listen to it and write a blog about it. If I like it, I’ll most likely thank you profusely for introducing me to it, If I don’t, then I’ll still be respectful and acknowledge that, even if I don’t like it, there are people who do and that everyone has their own opinion. Thanks for reading my blog guys!

I love Halloween, it’s my favorite holiday. And yes I will argue that it’s a holiday. Anyways, this is today’s daily prompt : http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/10/31/daily-prompt-treat/ It basically says if bloggers had their own trick or treat, what would your blog hand out? Mine would probably hand out really bad jokes and puns (what do you call a seagull that lands on a beach? A bagel!) and candy, you can’t forget the candy. 🙂 Happy Halloween Guys! Actually I do have something else that I want to do here. I will be hosting a costume contest here on my blog! Just send in some pictures of you in your Halloween costume 😉 contact information is on my about page, if there’s any other way to send in pictures other than email and twitter (I don’t get on tumblr very much so it’d probably be a bad idea to send one to me there) then I’ll find out.

I felt like writing today, but didn’t really have anything going on, so I looked to the dailypost.wordpress.com for some ideas. The daily prompt for today is “Seven Wonders”. I have to say seven words, which would be my whole language. I guess that my seven words would be, “Food, education, fuck, shit, flamingo, idk, funny.”

Remember that band competition I was talking about last time? Yeah, we rocked at the band competition. That was one of our best performances, if I say so myself. But what did we get? Silver. We got silver. And, this competition was regionals so if we didn’t get into the top 10 bands we wouldn’t be able to go to semi-state. Needless to say, we were only 0.15 points away from being in the top 10. We were so close, yet so far away. There were tears, especially from our seniors. A lot of them thought this would be the year we would make it, as, counting this year, we haven’t made it to semi-state in 3 years. So our marching season is over. Well, we thought it was. The football team coach has said that he would greatly appreciate it if we marched one last time during half-time at this Friday’s game.  That’ll be fun, but for now we’re just working on concert music and getting ready for concert band. We won’t give up so easily on that. We’ve also counted up what points we have so far towards our band letter. We need 120, but I only have 30. Good thing I have like 3 years ahead of me :D.