My Top 5 Favorite Songs of The Year (So Far)

It’s been quite some time since I’ve actually posted about the songs I’ve enjoyed and didn’t enjoy this year. At any rate, these songs span a few genres of songs I enjoyed this year. So without further ado I’ll go into my conquest of Walgreens, I mean, my favorite songs this year.

5. Sia “Chandelier”-

I don’t normally go for these type of late 2000’s club dance songs, but the chorus in this song is pretty damn majestic. I love how well Sia emotes how she wants to live a free live and soar like a bird, even though the song describes the burnout life style of a party girl. I first heard of Sia  when she performed “Titanium” with David Guetta, and needless to say “Chandelier” blows “Titanium” straight out of the water.

4. Charli XCX- “Boom Clap”

The only part of this song I dislike is the opening with “boom boom clap” with the synth bass that sounds like a hovercraft, but as soon as Charli enters with the vocals it turns into a very enjoyable song. Judging by the video it looks like this song was written for The Fault in Our Stars OST, which is interesting since I didn’t bother watching the film yet since I don’t bother with what I deem to be “chick-flicks”. That said, the song also has a really great chorus to it that I enjoy due to the accented bass and the chorus of background voices. It seems like most pop songs of the decade save the “money hook” for the chorus in each piece, which gets old fast, but can work if it sound awesome. If any of you think I should check the Fault in Our Stars then I will, but I will probably need to read the book first.

3. Nico & Vinz “Am I Wrong”

Unlike the two previous titles, I enjoy this song all the way through because it’s down tempo and very laid back despite how the song is about a man pleading his lover to stay with him. I enjoy the singing in the chorus, the steady beat, the bridge toward the middle of the song, and the overall feel of the song. Not bad at all, I might award this top pop song in December on my third “Fill in the Blank” music awards blog.

2. Lacuna Coil “I Forgive (But I Won’t Forget Your Name)”

A big contrast to the previous three songs, it’s only natural for me to include at least one hard rock song on my list. I’ve always loved Lacuna Coil since for Christina Sacbbia’s haunting contralto vocals, and their songs really fit the spirit of Halloween (seeing as this IS October). The song from what I can gather is about forgiving an aggressor, but not forgetting what they did to you. It’s pretty badass overall since it sounds very haunting and builds to a great climax in the chorus.

1. Five Finger Death Punch “The Wrong Side of Heaven”

The biggest contrast to the previous four, this song hits me right in the gut with its amazing instrumentation and it’s PSA style music video about displaced and mistreated veterans. The intro grabs you, the chorus packs a great punch, the solo is trippy and saddening at the same, and the screams are used for dramatic tension. I’ve loved this song since it came out last year,and I think it has a lot of replay value to it. And as the kids from my generation say, it hits me with “DEM FEELS.”

So there is my list for today, I’ll write a list of my least favorite songs this year so far tomorrow. If there are any songs that you would like for me to check out for my awards blog in December, then leave a request in the comments!


On Why I Chose Music Criticism over Movie and Sports Writing

I love to write about the things I’m passionate about, not the things I know barely anything about.

My whole life sports never really did it for me as I never did well at sports when I was younger, and some of the people who bullied me were the “jock” types. I’m glad sports culture as a whole can give people a greater sense of unity and belonging though.

Speaking of people that seek belonging, as a video gamer and comic book fan my expectations have constantly been betrayed by the money hungry story butchering giant known as Hollywood. The Resident Evil films were unfaithful to the game (as are most video game based movies). However, I will say comic book.movies have gotten much better.

I will always love basketball and a great Simon Pegg comedy, but I will be the guy making sarcastic commentaries on the Billboard Top 100 songs as those songs are never repetitive and totally have great lyrical depth to their meaning.


On Hiatus for the Time Being

My blogs lately haven’t been that consistent with their release times. I’ve recently acquired a full time job and joined a band as an electric bassist and part time vocalist. You could say that since I haven’t written about music in a long time that I am now living it again, and I couldn’t be happier.

I can’t say WHEN I shall return, but when I do my blogs will be more in the style of social and political commentaries as well as music and TV reviews, with some amateur poetry on the side.

As a word of warning: I’ve held back my views as a Liberal and a supporter of Feminism in the past, but when I return I’m removing my gentlemen gloves and holding back nothing aside from morbidly offensive statements (key word morbidly). 

I would just like to take the time to thank all of my fans and subscribers, you guys are the reason I keep on writing.


Life Reflections on a Saturday Evening

In New England, the days grow shorter and the warmth of the sun fades to the cruel cold of winter. Many of my friends are blinded by the majesty of Pumpkin flavored everything, the spirit of Halloween, and the historical significance Thanks Giving can hold for people from New England (Mass especially). People from out of the area love the scenery and the tourism that Autumn offers, but don’t know it as well as those who were raised here. Personally, my favorite season is Summer and I’d love to move to a state where it’s above 70 degrees year round because I can’t stand cold weather.

However, New England is where I’ve lived my whole life and probably where I want to go when I get buried many decades from now. I still need to travel to many other majestic locations around the US and around the world. But for right now, I am happy to have a full-time job and to be alive. I still feel a lot of angst over being single, but I think I’ve accepted my plight in that I just should be patient, meet new people, and see what happens. My FB friends would know I’ve been complaining a lot about my personal life as of late because I was loosing patience, but thanks to their help I’ve found my center again and I will continue to see how things go.

A few hours ago I was playing my bass along to the isolated bass track to “Schism” by Tool, and I put my bass down feeling depressed. I was depressed that I’ve spent a year learning a song that I don’t even care much about anymore (there are many BETTER songs by Tool). A little bit later as I was waiting for my small pizza to be delivered for dinner, I went on Facebook and found this video on the Breaking Benjamin FB page:

It’s a solo guitar and vocal video of Ben Burnley playing the single “Dear Agony” from their 2009 album of the same name. I hated the song when it first came out, but in retrospect the lyrics speak to my inner pain that I’ve experienced over the last eight months. This performance moved me very heavily as I just want to sing in unison with the singer and express my feelings to the world. And as that vision occurs to me, I also realize that I have the dual gifts of my words and my voice to express how I feel, and who I am to everyone.

I love music, and it loves me. Though the days grow shorter and colder, I know that music will always be there for me; for it is the only art medium that I know that can appeal to multiple human senses and emotions.


Quick Update

I’ve recently found a full time job (FINALLY!) so I won’t be posting that much original content for the time being. I could always express my views on politics and how I’m a male supporter of Feminism (notice how I didn’t say “male feminist”), but instead I’m going to start re-posting all of my older blog entries from when I started doing Music reviews three years ago (I’m a Musician first, and a disgruntled Democrat second. lol). I’m going to polish up the grammar mistakes on the blogs, and add some retrospective commentaries. 

Thank you for reading and have a nice weekend. 


First World Musician Problems

Being a musician, I feel that music is an incredibly spiritual force in my life that has been there for me through thick and thin. And as a Musician I listen to most forms of music much differently than other people. I live a different sort of life style which can bring great experiences, but also minor inconveniences (hence the tittle).

First World Problem Number 1: Hatred of Top 10 Songs

In my late teenage years (I turn 24 this November), I was head over heels obsessed with hard rock and Metal, and as such I hated pop music. My favorite bands were Rammstein, Metallica, Tool, and Iron Maiden. Being of the hard-rock background is probably half the reason I always seek out unique types of music to play and listen too instead of just listening to top 10 songs. I’ve always despised the idea of being in a top 10 cover band. Other musicians continue to tell me that playing pop music’s easy money (and how “that’s just how the biz works”), but until now I wasn’t willing to acknowledge the idea that crappy music would allow me to pay the rent. I’m not running out to play bass guitar or sing in a Top 40 band anytime soon, but I’ll do it if I have too (or have a change of heart).

F.W.P. Number 2: Gear Acquisition Syndrome

Yes it’s abbreviated GAS, laugh if you must.

Anyways, have you ever had that friend with a hobby who just buys endless amounts of merchandise for said hobby? Well, I’m one of those people who likes to buy a lot of guitars. The only problem is that as a starving artist type I have no spare money to purchase said guitars, so I often frequent places like Guitar Center or online outlets like Sweetwater to look at the new toy(s) I so deeply desire. My inability to acquire these guitars has caused me great frustration and sadness in the past. My biggest goal at the moment is to get a steady day job, then when I get off of my feet I can build my dream collection and personal recording studio.

F.W.P. Number 3: Not Having the Vocal Range I Desire

For those who don’t know me, I’ve always been a capable low Baritone and Bass vocalist in the quires I’ve joined in the past, and I’ve mostly been happy with having a lower vocal tone. However, a lot of my favorite musicians are all Tenors that often sing the notes that soar above my bass voice and it’s angered me many times that I can’t hit said higher notes. It’s hard to get gigs as a lead vocalist being a bass. But, at the same time there are many fascinating pieces and songs for people with lower pitched voices (Johnny Cash anybody?) So it could always be worse.

F.W.P. Number 4: Not Having Enough Time for Piano

Now I’m not saying that I’m a slouch when it comes to building my chops on bass guitar or vocals, but I’m referring to a personal lack of devotion to re-learning how to play piano. Five years ago I stopped taking lessons, but continued playing at an intermediate skill level (just above child’s level) for a few years. I’ve since stopped playing piano to focus primarily on electric bass and I’ve had anxiety of playing piano again, but I still want to play it. For now the job hunt prevents me from taking lessons once more, but YouTube is an amazing resource for learning music so I just need to find the time to get on the horse and eventually become excellent at all three musical pursuits.

So just like with everything else, I need to learn to take the good with the bad and continue onward into the sunset of someday performing music for money no matter how big or small the venue (or paycheck).

P.S. Now for those who wondering if I’m any good as a musician or singer, I’d reluctantly say yes. Here are some videos of my self that I’ve put on YouTube to prove it: