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It just doesn’t make sense to have two blogs, so I am combining them into one blog. It makes more sense to use the other URL because, well, its my name.
I am going to delete this blog url soon, but all these posts can be found on my other blog, now my only blog:
Phew, I feel like a big load has been lifted off my shoulders. Only one blog to update, I dont know what I am going to do with myself.
So, change any links you may have to this blog to the the address if you would be so kind. Thanks all ye who are so very faithful.
For those who were not aware, Coldplay released a new EP this week entitled, “Prospekt’s March.” Prospekt was actually the rumored title of their newest album which actually released as “Viva la Vida.”
So, as you all have been eagerly anticipating from me, here is a review of the EP in no particular order.
The EP consists of 8 songs and video of Viva la Vida. Several of the songs are remakes of songs already on the latest album with a few twists.
“Lost+” is performed with Jay-Z, definitely a different sound for both Coldplay and Jay-Z. I’m not convinced it’s the best match, but it makes for fun listening, I mean if you’re into rap and all that.
As for the “Lovers in Japan” mix, nothing really new there. Odds are you won’t even notice the difference between the EP version and the album version unless you listen to them back-to-back.
“Life in Technicolor II” is different in that it now has lyrics!!! I love the jam they do for this song on the album, but the lyrics add a whole new dimension to the song. Definitely a great addition.
“Postcards from Far Away” is literally just an interlude; some soft piano for classics lovers. Maybe they are trying to secretly appeal to an older generation, not to say that only old people like classical music.
“Rainy Day” is a different sound for them. The only thing that makes it Coldplayesque is that violin/synth sound they have coined and Chris Martins voice. It actually sounds like a Beck song most of the time.
“Prospekt’s March” overall is a good jam. Real soothing, well produced, and a just plain good sound.
“Now My Feet Won’t Touch the Ground” is very reminiscent of “Kingdom Come” from their X & Y album in 2005. It’s a short song and I think it was intended to add depth to their new version of “Life in Technicolor II” as the lyrics are similar.
Finally, I have to say I lied, kind of. I said that the songs were in no particular order, but I most definitely saved the best for last.
“Glass of Water” may be their best song since 2005. Personally, I might even put it in my top 5. Musically its brilliant. This song is so beautiful that you could turn it up as loud as it could go, and the piercing awesomeness of the notes would cut a hole in the cloud cover above causing a ray of sunshine so pure the angels would bathe in it to shine upon you wherever you may go. Maybe that’s slightly exaggerated, but its a pretty solid song.
All that being said, if you are going to buy just one song, buy “Glass of Water.” If you are going to buy 2 songs, buy the whole album.
This weekend I went and so Twilight. No I had not read the books, no I didn’t go see it to hang out with a thousand screaming teenage girls, and yes I have a man crush on Rob Pattison.
Despite the book snobs (no offense, I’ve said this before) who told me the movie sucked compared to the book, I loved it. What movie really ever lived up to the book when science fiction is involved?
Here’s the thing: don’t go see this movie if you are expecting great CGI effects or outstanding acting. It’s just a captivating story to me and that’s the only way I can describe it. Something about rich, attractive vampires captures my imagination. There was no garlic, no lame excuse for not going in the sun, no coffins, and no bats (sorry if I ruined the movie for anyone).
If that’s not enough, Rob Pattison is an awesome musician and he has a couple songs on the soundtrack.
The end for now…
In a spur of the moment type thing, I wrote and recorded another video earlier tonight. I wanted to do something fun, twangy if possible, almost old country hymn style.
This was the result…
I think this is pretty funny and Im a little sad Leo DeCaprio didn’t come up 😦
After a couple weeks, I decided to finally record another song. So here it is…its called “Hold On (A Greater Hope)” .
Life is full of blessings in disguise
The darkest clouds reveal the bluest sky
He’s wiped away our past and set you free
This is our greater hope
When waters rise and you can barely breathe
And dark surrounds and you can barely see
Hold on, when life begins to slip out of your hands
Hold on, when your world turns to grey
Hold on, a greater hope belongs to those who wait upon the Lord
When you feel like this worlds turned its back on you
Believing that there’s nothing you can do
Our father longs to meet us where we are
This is our greater hope
I decided I am going to do a pre- and post-Bond release blog post. For the pre-post, I have to say that while I think Daniel Craig is a great actor, suited for action films, he doesn’t seem like “Bond” to me. He seems like a high-thrills, well-built, good looking action hero.
I consider myself a huge Bond fan and have seen all the movies more times then I can remember. Based on that, I would say Bond as a character is centered around his ability to be suave. He does not rely on his strength, but rather his wit and his charm. Granted, its nice to watch the pretty stunts, but where is the Bond that used to order the Dom Perignon and caviar, followed by oyster chasers and champagne?
After the movie, I’ll have to write about what I think. Maybe I’ll get to see the suave, easy-going side of James Bond that I have come to miss…
Well, yesterday was an exciting day. It was historic to say the least and I think I experienced a gamit of emotions from spine tingling, to excited, to proud tears, and also a little fear. But come on, who wouldn’t be slightly afraid of what the future holds (Im not talking Nightmare on Elm Street scared).
The thing that frustrates me most now is facebook. I don’t even remember if we had facebook last election, but I can’t even express how dissapointed/frustrated/borderline angry I have gotten (in private of course) due to some of the statements made on facebook by many people I know, or at least thought I knew. From Prop 8 to the Presidency, the ignorance level seemed unmatched at times. No person has the right to fault another person for their beliefs if they are informed.
Most of all, its as if we have forgotten how amazing it is that we even have the chance to vote and live within a democracy. Now we deject people for voting a certain way and discredit their beliefs, I’ve even seen people discount others faiths because of the way they were choosing to vote.
My hope is that this will subside soon. Our President elect has some big promises to make good on, but he recognizes the work that needs to be done which is a perfect start (see Obama’s acceptance speech).
That’s it for now…thanks to everyone for voting, this was an election not to be missed. HISTORY!!!!!