Unnamed Project (For Now)

Hi Guys!

I know if you are on Twitter you know that I am doing a project right now. Facebook friends, you have seen a bit of it. I would like to explain my idea.

I have decided to challenge my writing skills by combining poetry and articles with music. What does that mean? It means that I have chosen four albums already (3 followers and oe of my own choices). These include

  • Ten- Pearl Jam (11 songs)
  • Aja-Steely Dan (7 songs)
  • New Surrender- Anberlin (12 songs)
  • Vessel- twenty one pilots

 

I’ll tell you what I am going to do. I am going to do these three over the rest of May and most of June. I will write some of my own ideas throughout out this process, so with 32 songs and my own ideas, it will take a while.  This is going to be difficult, but like I said, I want to challenge myself.

 

This is where you all come in. I’m going to give a list of albums. Then, if I’m lucky, I’d like you all to pick either a few songs that speak to you on that album or even the full album.

Here are some ideas

  • +-Ed Sheeran (12 Songs)
  • Fleetwood Mac- Fleetwood Mac (12 song)
  • A Dotted Line- Nickel Creek (11 songs)
  • Nevermind-Nirvana (13 songs)
  • Death Of A Bachelor- Panic! At The Disco (11 songs)
  • Riot-Paramore (11 songs)
  • Collide With The Sky- Pierce The Veil (13 songs)
  • 1989- Taylor Swift (13 songs)
  • Wildfire- Rachel Platten (12 songs)
  • One X- Three Days Grace

If you have a suggestion, run them by me. I literally went through my music playlist choosing albums  I liked. I know we all have different tastes in music.

I don’t have a prize for it (yet), and I know that will probably make me lose potential writers.

I did have an idea though.

1.) We try to get the person/people who’s wrote the poems for the album seen by the band/artist who released the album

2.) I have an idea, but Ill let you know more once I see if it is possible. I hope it is!

Thank you so much for reading this, I hope you decide to join in. I think this is a really cool idea.

If you have any questions, DM me on Twitter, shoot me a message from Facebook, or email me at notmydisabilities@gmail.com

Jump in and write on,

AJH

 

 

 

Deep Down In My Heart

I mostly go for well known bands, at least in their genre of music. Sometimes though, I discover a smaller band and fall in love. The one that has happened the most with is Liberty Deep Down. They never fail to make me happy when I listen to them. Made up of Dominic Frissora (vocals and guitar) Halen Bouhadana (guitar and keys), his twin Noah Bouhadana (drums), Dalton Dye (bass), and Tyler Scott Rose (I believe he plays guitar, don’t kill me if i’m wrong), they are a mix of pop and alternative, always a fun combination. They have done nothing but grow with each release, and I am so proud of them. These next 5 songs are going to be my favorites (that I could find online) by them, counting down from 5 to 1. After this go to http://www.libertydeepdownband.com/ and read everything about them. You will not be disappointed. I wish that there were studio versions on YouTube for all of these, but the live videos do show how great they are. I apologize that they are not the best quality. They are not mine.


5.) Tonight I’m Going Home

This song is about wanting to take a girl home, and it gets you wishing that girl was you. The runs Dom does make this song a winner.

4.) Something More

This song has a bouncy guitar and fun “nanana”s in it. I love Dom’s voice and this song showcases it perfectly

3.) Somehow

The drums in this songs are in the spotlight ( So good job Noah) and the lyrics are pretty awesome (Sometimes I look in the mirror/ And don’t know who I see/ Just a broken reflection/ Of who I thought I’d be). There are some talented songwriters in this band.

2.) Heartbeat

The keyboard plays a crucial role in this song, and adds a more electronic feel to the song. The background vocals are also excellent, adding the right amount of edge to the song

1.) Away We Go

I am so glad I found this on YouTube. This is my all time favorite LDD song. It has the whole package deal, lyrics, music, vocals. I just love it and it is always my go to song from this band.

So there you have it. Go listen to their EPs, either on Spotify or buy them on iTunes (support the artist!) I am eagerly awaiting a.) a full length album and b.) a tour date close enough to me I can see them. Go see them if you can and give them all the love they deserve.

Doctor Brixx-Recovery

You might have never heard if Doctor Brixx. If you have, good for you, but otherwise, check him out NOW. A while back, he put out a mashup of Bulls In The Bronx by Pierce The Veil and Come and Get IT by Selena Gomez, and it almost broke the alternative music scene. It had a mixed reaction, with some people hating the fact that he mixed a pop song with PTV. If you were one of the many who did like it, or you haven’t heard it yet, check it out here:

This album is like a monster truck version of everything else you have ever heard by Doctor Brixx.  It is so pumped up, that you can’t help but like it. Clocking in at 1:00:15, Recovery continuously plays your favorite songs in a weird and wonderful way. It starts out with Michael Buffer getting you “ready to rumble”, which is the perfect intro to what comes next. There are 12 different compilations, each with a unique setlist, ranging from Matchbox Twenty’s “How Far We’ve Come” with a backing taken from Panic! At The Disco’s “I Write Sins, Not Tragedies”, which is one of the best combinations on the album (starting at 5:03) and the whole “Ready To Let Go” mashup at 25:02.

“Ready To Let Go” contains the backing from “Numb” by Linkin Park for several songs and then goes to a marvelous mix of “My Own Worst Enemy” by Lit music with “Teenage Dirtbag” by Wheatus and “Tonight Tonight” from Hot Chelle Rae. If there was ever a stroke of genius, it is in those three songs being combined together. It has other songs, but those are the standouts.

The songs somehow fit perfectly together, no matter how different they are. It is hard to imagine “Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)” from the Offspring backed up by Panic! At the Disco, but it works, and it works well.

“Prayer and Meditation”, ( 50:04) another compilation, contains two twenty one pilots songs, both with a song that does not seem to fit the feel of 21P. “Blackout” from Breathe Carolina with “Trees” makes for a bouncy mix, as both songs are club ready by themselves. They work perfectly together, as does “Guns For Hands” with “21st Century Breakdown” by Green Day. You can make most things work with 21P, but this works extremely well. If you can throw a Nirvana and All Time Low song in the same mix, as Doctor Brixx does, you can make the writer happy. “Prayer and Meditation” is one of the extreme high points of this album.

Remember, there are ten other mixes that were not discussed, but there are not enough words in the world to describe them. You will have to listen for yourself.

Doctor Brixx is going places. There are no other mashups like his, and turning anywhere else for them would be a huge mistake. The video that contains Recovery in its entirety. Listen, take your time, and absorb the awesomeness that is Doctor Brixx.

Give It a Chance

The alternative music scene is often looked at in a bad light. No matter the causes the musicians stand for, no matter the fan’s good deeds, there is a negative connotation with the type of music so many people love.

I was going to a concert with my father. He was worried that the crowd was going to be a bad group of people. As much as I tried to convince him, he remained convinced that the crowd of people who listen to Pierce the Veil and Sleeping With Sirens were unruly and wild. Let me repeat that. I said PIERCE THE VEIL and SLEEPING WITH SIRENS. Two bands that, out of all of the music in this scene, are not nearly as heavy as a lot of bands I like.

One thing I do not like is when people say “It’s just screaming. How do you understand them?” In my opinion, even if you don’t understand the words, the meaning is still there. Musicians in this style of music often have a way to convey feelings with their instruments. This is not easy, but it happens with ease for many of these bands. That is what I love about this music. The screaming adds to the feel of the songs, making you feel what they feel. It does not take away from the lyrics at all for them to be screamed.

People outside of the scene have this assumption that if you listen to these bands, you will either be out-of-control, taking drugs, torturing animals, all of that evil stuff or you will be depressed. I am here to tell you that they are wrong. The people I know who partake in this certain style of music are all great students and have a bright future ahead of them.  Those who are depressed often use the music as an escape, not an enabler. This is definitely not true for everybody, but that is also not true in life. Just because you listen to rap, that doesn’t mean you are in a gang. If you listen to country, that does not make you a “redneck”. Classical music doesn’t make you a goody-goody. EDM does not mean that you take drugs. Your type of music does not define you.

While some subject matter in harder songs might not be happy and all about love, love, love, that does not make it any less of a genre. The topics these songs are about true and real things. These songs are about how people live, love, lose, and survive. Not much music can do this. I’m not against pop at all. In fact, I am a huge fan of many artists that fall under the category. The thing I don’t like about it is that it lacks substance. Many songs these days are about sex, drugs, and other stupid subjects. People should not want to listen to that, me included, but yet we do. I was wondering why we like pop music. It turns out that repeated exposure to music can cause you to like it, no matter how god-awful it is. Heavier and other alternative music is not played as much. This could be why it is so good, but not looked at that way. People are not as exposed to it, are not used to it, and end up thinking they don’t like it.

If more people listened to alternative music, it would not be looked down upon as much. People would not think that it’s listeners are bad people. Think about it. Nobody says that those listening to pop music are evil, Satan-worshipping folks. Alternative music deserves a chance.

New To Me

I discover new music all of the time. Most of the time, it is not really new. I have never heard it, or have listened very few times to it. I’d like to share some of my favorite music I have been finding recently.

1. Jonathan (Acoustic Version)- ICE NINE KILLS

This video is a masterpiece. Not just because of the song itself, which by the way, is spectacular.The proceeds from this version of the song on iTunes go to fight mitochondrial disease. The video has a person, the song’s namesake, talking about his struggle with the disease. It is heartwarming. Even fi you don’t like the song, you will still want to buy the song to help find a cure.

2. Jersey- Mayday Parade

Mayday Parade is quickly becoming one of my favorite bands. I have been listening to their music for the past couple of days. This song is one the best. I’ve heard that A Lesson In Romantics is their best album. I’ll have to look into that.

3. The Run And Go- twenty one pilots

twenty one pilots has secured a spot as one of the best bands I have heard in a while. Their music is in my head for days, and this song stands out. I love the piano and the “do do do do do do do do”s. IT is such an upbeat sounding song, but does not have the happiest lyrics. Songs like that make me smile.

And one more…

4. Habits (Stay High) -Tove Lo

This is just her most popular song. Do yourself a favor and check out everything this songstress has put out. You will be left in awe at the honesty in the songs. This song is one of the most truthful songs I have heard. She says it like it is, and that is amazing.

Those are a few of my recent favorites. One is new, one a rendition of an older song, and two songs from a while back. This is what I am listening to, and hopefully you will be listening also.

P.S. I need you all to listen to the Mayday Parade album I am listening to. Here is the video of the full album.

Cold War Kids- Hold My Home

Indie music is all the rage now. I’ve heard it described as pop, because it is so common and well, popular. The term is not even used specifically for independently recorded artists. There are many artists out there who have taken indie and made it their own. Vampire Weekend is a good example, as are Fitz and The Tantrums. Another example is the band that is going to be discussed today.

Cold War Kids don’t do many new things for music, but their talent is making what we have better. The album starts out with “All This Could Be Yours”. It begins with a piano riff that drags you in, and there is no getting out. The chorus is repetitive, but it is not so much so that you do not want to listen to it. Guitars are expertly played and vocals are interesting, yet remind you of many other artists. The good thing about it is that I like those artists.

“First”, the second track, pulled me in from the moment I hear the opening. This album was up on the First Play feature on iTunes, and the opening always played when you turned on the album. It got me excited to hear the album, and the song gets an A+ in my book. The lyrics are meaningful and well written, with words such as “Flying like a cannonball, falling to the earth”. You are happy and then you are sad throughout the whole album. There is no one mood ou stay with while listening.

If you don’t listen to anything else on the album, check out “Go Quietly”. The high vocals fit perfectly with the emotion of the song, and there are occasional rougher moments. These rough moments make the album what it is. It shows that no band is perfect, no matter how close they get. Even the lesser moments are good, and that proves a band to be great. This album will have me listening to more Cold War Kids, and I recommend you listen to this album and everything else by them. Their name may say Cold War, but they will warm your heart.

Maroon 5- V

I feel as if I am listening to every other pop album out there today. Maroon 5 does a good job of sounding like they put no originality into their music, while still putting out a so-so song. V, the band’s latest release will make fans of the band happy, but if you are looking for a little substance, you will be deeply disappointed. I shake my head in shame saying that I actually sort of liked the album.

 

Starting off the album is Maps, We have heard on the radio, playing over and over, probably getting sick of it. It makes sense that it got chosen to be the single. It has what every pop fan looks for. Cute lyrics? Check. Catchy chorus? Check, Vocals from the man voted “Sexiest Man Alive”? Check Check Check. It is the product of what fans want today. Maroon 5 knows this, so that is what they are going to deliver.

 

Sugar lives up to it’s name. It is the most sweet bubblegumastic song you could find. It has some of the most puke-invoking lyrics ever, but the song has to be the best on the album. It has a beat that you can dance to. I love a song that can do that, but I’d rather not feel like I am losing brain cells doing so. It contains the lyrics “Ooh, baby, ‘cause I really don’t care where you are, I just want to be there where you are”. Please. Try to be a little more creative with your words. Don’t rhyme the two lines WITH THE SAME WORDS. That can ruin a song for me, but luckily, Maroon 5 must have done some of their magic on me, because  even with all this criticism, I like this song.

 

Have you heard anything from Gwen Stefani lately? Well, I haven’t, but if you have found yourself needing your fix, you are in luck. My Heart Is Open features vocals from Stefani and it is one of the albums higher moments. The lyrics leave something to be desired for, but overall it is a good attempt at a ballad. You feel sort of sorry for the guy, with a broken relationship and all. Then you get into feeling bad for him because his song says that he heard her say “Yeah” 50 billion times, and then a few yesses added in to mix. He really wanted her to agree, but I will agree with one thing. This song has beautiful piano playing and I’ll admit, good vocals on both ends. This will be a song to check out if you listen to this album.

If you want my advice, leave this album behind and stick with some older Maroon 5. With a few exceptions, this album failed at being what it really wanted to be: A pop album worth listening to.