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Bad Habits

I just got back yesterday from another amazing SBL weekend in Madison, and I couldn’t be happier. It was great! Better than great, it was amazing! Not only because of the music and of meeting again with old friends, but also because of the news one I met.

Coming back was the hardest part. Saying ‘goodbye’ is too hard, so we just say ‘see you soon’ and pray that ‘soon’ won’t take too long.

Then on my way back home from the airport I started listening to Johnson‘s album Bad Habits and I just couldn’t stop smiling. Anyway, here’s one of my favorites. But I do recommend you go check out his website and full album–you can get it from either Amazon or iTunes, although Amazon is cheaper.

Enjoy!

 

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I’m back!

I’m back! I know, I know, I’ve been absent for a while, but I did have a reason. Or maybe it was just an excuse, but in any case it was something that kept me really busy and didn’t exactly leave me with a lot of time to come here. But now I’m back. I know I’ll have more time to write, so expect a few posts about writing and a few reviews of some of the books I’ve been reading. And if you know of a good book on the craft of writing and you want to share with me, please, feel free to send me your ideas. I’ll read the book and talk about it here.

Right now let’s just celebrate with a little music. And what better to say “I’m back” than a video with movie villains? So here’s a Movie Villain Medley by Jon Cozart. Yes, the same Jon Cozart I talked about here and here.

If you want to follow the villains and songs used in the video, they are:

0:03 The Joker from The Dark Knight (Poker Face)
0:32 Darth Vader from Star Wars (Bad Romance)
1:01 Hans Landa from Inglourious Basterds (Paparazzi)
1:38 Fox from Wanted (Just Dance)

Have a great Monday!

 

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Harry Potter in 99 seconds

Another video by Jon Cozart, but this time he’s singing about Harry Potter. And no, I don’t know the kid. Just happened to see one of his videos and thought I’d share them with you.

The best thing in this video, in my opinion, is the way he ends the song. I’ve read all the books and I’ve seen all the movies, but I do know of people who have yet to read and/or watch them (I know, it comes as a shock to me, too).

 

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Here’s what happened after all their dreams came true

Just saw this today and couldn’t resist. I had to post it.

This video, made by the talented Jon Cozart, went viral, with almost 8 million views already. Whether or not you agree with the political views expressed in the song, it’s hard not to be impressed by what he’s doing.

Warning: Not for children! At least not for little ones. After all, he starts by saying, “If you’ve ever wondered why Disney’s tales all end in lies, here’s what happened after all their dreams came true.”

 

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Christmas is just around the corner

And what is Christmas with a bit of music?

Remember when I talked about The Doo Wop Shop? Well, here’s another one of their videos.

Enjoy!

 

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2012 in Music Time

 

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Spencer Bell Legacy (in Madison)

Today I’m in Madison, WI for another great time with friends, remembering and honoring Spencer Bell and his art at the Spencer Bell Legacy, or SBL.

Spencer Bell was a poet, a musician, an artist. In November 2006, suffering from stomach and back pains that almost incapacitated him, 20 year-old Spencer was convinced by his younger brother, Brady, (16yo at the time, who had just arrived to spend Thanksgiving with his brother) to go to the hospital. He was then diagnosed with Adrenal Cancer and passed away only 11 days later, in December 3rd, 2006. The SBL project has been happening every year ever since to keep his artistic legacy alive as well as to help raise money and awareness to Adrenal Cancer.

When I heard Tourist I just fell in love with his music. There was something about that guy, the guy in the song, that I had to know more about. I recommend to anyone to listen to this song.

Then I heard Beautiful More So and just couldn’t stop listening to him. His voice and lyrics were captivating.

Spencer kept many journals. In one of them, in September 2003, he wrote:

I’m honestly not sure where this life is going
And I just as honestly do not care
So long as I can love
And be loved
So long as I can inspire
And be inspired
So long as the sun keeps sliding through the sky,
And the rain still falls on occasion,
I’m sure that whatever supremely awaits me
Shall come
And when finality brings itself to me
I will not run and vainly avoid the inevitable
I will cast my arms out and blindly
Embrace my end
Just as I have always embraced whatever
Has come with the wind

And this is what his family wrote about him:

Every one of these words is true. Spencer did not worry about the future. He was a big fan of right now, this moment. He was inspired and is inspirational. He did love and is indeed, loved beyond measure.

And when the end came, he absolutely did not run. On the contrary, Spencer was our hero and our strength as he faced his own dire circumstances with uncommon courage and grace.

– Spencer’s Family

Today I thank Spencer, for being such an inspiration to many. For teaching us to live in the moment. For teaching us to embrace life and make every moment count, because there’s no plan B.

And I also thank Spencer’s family, for keeping his memory alive. For sharing him with us. For your kindness in sharing his legacy with strangers like me.

P.S.: You can watch the livestream of today’s SBL and be part of this great project that has inspired and continues to inspire many people. It starts at 1:45pm EST.

 

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Now you’re just somebody that I used to know

Somebody That I Used To Know is a song by Belgian-Australian singer and songwriter Gotye. It’s part of his third studio album Making Mirrors, and features New Zealand singer Kimbra. The song, written by Gotye, talks about his experiences with relationships.

Then, Canadian indie band Walk off the Earth made this cover of Gotye’s song:

Update: Ellen found out they all had only one guitar and gave each of them their very own.

 

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Music Time with Kate Micucci

Maybe to you she’s Sabrina’s cousin, Shelly. Maybe she’s Stephanie Gooch. Or maybe she’s Oates. But now I want to talk about Kate Micucci and her music.

Micucci not only plays the ukulele, but also builds sand castles. Not kidding, they pay her to do that. Who’d have guessed you can make money building sand castles? Not me. But her comedic vein, apparent in her lyrics, is what draws me to her. She lives in L.A., so I haven’t had a chance to see her perform live, but thanks to technology, and YouTube, I’ve had plenty of opportunities to enjoy her shows.

Some of the songs I enjoy the most are Dear Deer (a letter to the deer in Pennsylvania to stay away from the woods or her dad will kill them), Walking in Los Angeles, Only Begun, and Out the door. They are the kind of songs that can put a smile on your face. Unless you’re picturing the dead deer, then you better not be smiling. That’d be wrong. Anyway, so here’s one of my favorites, Taking Chances:

People are weird,
They’re getting weirder
Look in the mirror-
It’s not much clearer.
Try to be good in the end.
Find your reflection, my friend,
And soon you will see it’s a good day for you

‘Cause it’s time for taking chances,
Whatever may be.
Find out what romance is,
And in the end you’ll see…

The video is from her show, Playing with Micucci. Amit Itelman is the guy playing with her.

P.S.: Okay, I just read that last line and I can see where I went wrong, but it’s a comedy show. Seriously. As serious as you can be when talking about a comedy show called Playing with Micucci anyway.

 

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Music Time with Plastique

It’s music time! Oh, yeah!

The band from today’s post is a rock band from London called Plastique. They describe themselves as two Brazilians and a Brit who got together to make music.

Fabio Couto, Anelise Kunz, and Gabriel Ralls

Their sound is pretty cool. I like Stand Still, Heaven Falls, Butterflies, and so on. Girl of Prey it’s pretty awesome, and it’s one of my favorites, but my number one is still A Paper Cut From A Paper Kiss. Maybe because it was the first one I’ve listened to, I don’t know. In any case, here’s the song. Enjoy.

I’m not getting younger
I’m twenty-nine and I’m full of shit
Did you expect some kind of remorse?
A paper cut from a paper kiss
I’d say we’re more than even

P.S.: Right now they have a competition called The Plastique Butterflies Easter Egg Hunt and you can win a free album, you should check it out.

 

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The Trip, Side 3: Watching the World End, by Dr. Pants

Remember when I said I couldn’t wait to listen to Dr. Pants’ new EP? Well, I can’t say that anymore, because I just listened to the whole EP! They sent it to me (for free y’all) so I could listen to and review it. They had no idea who I was or if I’d ever give them a good review. What can I say? They have good hearts and an inexplicable faith in others.

Well, let me introduce you the band first. Ta-da:

Dr. Pants. Caught with their pants on.

Dr. Pants is David Broyles, Dustin Ragland, Kenneth Murray, and Devin Donaldson. They’re an Oklahoma City-based band, and they describe their sound as Nerd Power Groove Rock. In their words: “Weezer and Beck made a baby with Phish, and that baby is Dr. Pants.” Watching the World End is the third EP of a four-part series entitled THE TRIP. The first two ones are The Trip, Side 1: Illusion & Truth (2011), and The Trip, Side 2: Breaking the Feel (2011). And hopefully won’t be long till they’re able to give us the fourth part.

But let’s talk music. I caught myself singing Robot Spiders‘ chorus yesterday in front of little kids who were eyeing me like I had grown a third head or something. Yes, third, because the second I’ve grown a long time ago, apparently. But what can I say? That song has a catchy chorus. However, that’s not what I like about their sound. What I like the most are their lyrics. They are witty and just fun to listen to. Now, although you can’t let you listen to all of the songs in the new EP yet, I can give you clues to what you’ll encounter.

Imagine a world where Tattoo Ted builds Robot Spiders, engineered to kill and replace the human race. He enjoys his instrumental Collections and doesn’t want No Funkies in here, because they smell really bad and drink all your beer. He wonders why Natalie, the girl he passes in the hallway, wants to be so mean to him. And when a hurricane starts, he makes the connection Dog -> Hurricane and wonders if his dog’s tail is the cause of it. But in the end, all he wants is someone to say “Baby, I Am Yours,” to and have her sit with him to watch the world end.

And I know, it will make a lot more sense after you have a chance to actually listen to the songs. So don’t fret, because April 28th, the EP’s release date, is just around the corner, and then you won’t feel as lost. For now I leave you with Sarsaparilla Girl. Enjoy.

Fun fact: The music video for their song Sarsaparilla Girl was one of the world’s first shot entirely on the iPhone 4, and has been viewed more than 61,000 times on YouTube.

P.S.: You can buy their music directly from their website. But I can offer you, thanks to Dr. Pants, a free download of Robot Spiders. How cool is that?

 
 

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