2016 you were an absolute dick this year. I look back on this year and there’s not much I actually want to remember. I get that I’m lucky, that some have it worse, but this isn’t a contest for whose life sucks the most. I’ve struggled with mental health, work/life balance, living after a sexual assault, and deciding that I’m most likely an alcoholic and need to work on sobriety. No joke, all of this sucked. All of it. I’m sure I’ll get to a place where I’m ready to talk about the good things that happened in this year but right now it’s 4 in the morning of New Year’s Eve and I’m feeling the nasty parts of this year pretty hard.
So this is obviously late but this is the music from January. Some of it’s a holdover from 2014’s playlist but there’s a bunch new in there. Phil and I took a trip up to Ann Arbor to see a movie and he shared some new music so that’s in here. (Tracks 5, 6, 11, and 14) It’s amazing what you don’t actually hear when you don’t listen to the radio all that much.
Spoiler Free… for the most part:
I’m going to get into some spoiler-type talk later in this review but they will be labeled. First off, general impressions and such. My expectations of this movie were from the preview I saw on IMDB and knowing nothing else, so I really didn’t know anything about it except that it was a movie about spies or some such. Going in with that expectation, there’s a different color to the movie than for those who are going in expecting graphic novel level violence. That said, my first note about this movie is that there was one notable section that could have been 2/3rds shorter with the amount of violence it contained and could have been just as effective. If you jump down to the spoiler section I’ll discuss that scene then.
It also happens to be one of my favorite videos right now. It’s one of the things I play when I’m having a bad day. It makes me feel empowered and awesome. It’s how I found the song in the first place. The song is awesome in its own right but I know some of my kickass feelings while listening to it stem from the mental pictures of the video. Continue reading Be Your Own Badass
This year has been about a lot of changes. My Uncle died this fall. I’ve moved back to Ohio. I’ve gotten really involved in hockey. I’ve started co-leading Wincon. I’m preparing to move to Chicago and to start a new position at work.
As in everything in my life, music remains the glue. Here’s this year’s mix of things I listened to over the course of the year. I am constantly in the process of making an On the Go mix during the year and these songs are in order of when they were added to that mix. So Arctic Monkeys were put in there on 2/11/2014 and Hozier on 5/20… and so on. You get the idea.
Whatever the idea, this is just some of the 200+ songs that made it into the 12 On the Go mixes I made over the year, one for each month. It’s a really nice autobiography of the year, what I was going through, and what music shaped that year. For this year’s mix I decided to only post music that was new to me, or music that I only really got into this year. Some of these were one hit wonders for me where I just got obsessed with the one song (Ruen Brothers) and some of them are just the one song I pulled off of an album I loved from beginning to end (Taylor Swift and Arctic Monkeys).
I hope you find something you like, some new album to download, or some jams to get you through today. And on that note… we cue the music. Continue reading 2014’s End of the Year Mix!
I found out that I lost a friend yesterday. She was one of my first friends in the BtVS online fandom and she’s the first online friend I’ve ever lost. I don’t even know how to explain the feelings I’m having right now. She was a lovely, talented, wonderful human and I feel like I was blessed with her as a friend. She’d just given birth to a baby girl, her third child, the week before and I can’t even imagine what her family is going through.
As we, her internet family, also grieve I can’t really figure out what to do with these feelings. I’ve never met her in person. I’ve never hugged her with my arms. I’ve never sat down and had a cup of coffee or physically been in a room with her… but I have sent hugs across the internet to this person and she to me. We have shared stories and fandoms and our triumphs and losses. Continue reading Rest in Peace Sounds Dumb Even to My Ears
You ever have one of those songs that just keeps coming back to knock you in the teeth at intervals? It’s like an evil awesome boomerang. Today’s song is like that for me. I was doing work at Starbucks because my internet is down at the house and the song came on.Now I’ve heard this song like eleventy million times. My friend Justin is the one singing so I find his voice pretty comforting. I’ve got a few cover songs by him, but this is the only one he’s written that I have.
So, anyway tra la la I’m working along, sending items to people for approval and suddenly I start listening to the words again because I’m like “Somebody should vid this… I wonder what to?” Still no big deal. That ALSO happens to me all of the time.
Well my boys didn’t do so well last night and I’m doing okay with that… kind of. Mostly I’m just kind of in love with this team. I’ve never been a sports fan before so this whole love of hockey and more specifically the Blackhawks has taken my family by surprise and has taken me over. I’ve seen two games already this season and we don’t even have an NHL hockey team here in Atlanta.
It’s hilarious to me how far I’ve come from the 2012 Stanley Cup which I watched out of vague curiosity. The Devils and Kings were playing and I wanted the Devils to win because My Chemical Romance were from New Jersey and that’s as complex as it got. I really didn’t care about either team, I just wanted the boys from my favorite band to be happy. So I cheered for the Devils…
They lost. I was sad for my band but then hockey didn’t come back. The lockout happened and I was confused because I’d never had one of those before and I had no idea what was going on. I just knew that my twitter feed was PISSED OFF and waiting for people to get their thumbs out of their butts and get the boys back on the ice. I kind of figured I’d follow New Jersey the next year but I didn’t really care about them one way or the other so I kind of decided that when hockey came back I would just watch a bunch of games and choose a team based on how they played.
Hockey came back. I watched like two weeks of games, started with Pittsburgh, and then latched on to Chicago and haven’t let go since. It was almost immediate. My friend Lum and I started watching hockey at the same time and we share a birthday. When the boys were doing SO well, our friend Belinda, who has been a forever Chicago fan, was like “You guys can watch ALL of my sports!! It must be a May birthday thing!” Okay I’m rambling. Hockey has infected my life. They got to the playoffs, they won the Stanley Cup, and I have made some awesome friends because of hockey including changing some of the relationships I already have with people I already love. New roads into great places. So here’s an awesome video by my chief enabler, Belinda. It’s an ode to last season. It makes me smile and tear up every single time I watch it. :) GO HAWKS!!
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EDIT: 1/21/2014 So now MCR have broken up and Gerard has just posted about the last MCR song being written during the Kings/Devils series. *wibble* Sometimes I’m not mature enough for adulthood.
I have the great luck to know a large number of really talented people. Today I’d like to tell you about one of them. My friend Juliana Pamcakes Finch has an album available for preorder. Her voice is amazing. Her songwriting is stunning. She’s a kickass human and a wonderful geek. If you’d like to order her album you can do that at the above link. OOOOOR you can click over to her Live at Red Clay Theatre Album and have an immediate album to listen to. She’s just awesome. I promise you, you won’t be disappointed.
You can also check her out at her website http://julianafinch.com/
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