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Music Friday: March

Look, I remembered to do the Best of Music Friday on the right day this month! And this is despite being ridiculously busy and far past my bedtime. ::gives self a high-five::

Music was strange for me this month. At moments I clung to one individual song or artist and listened to nothing else for a week straight. Typically I have several artists to post on Friday, but this wasn't the case for most of March. I spent a great deal of time revisiting bands I've already posted before and a surprising amount of time listening to nothing at all. Anyway, most notable this month is as follows!

Fall Out Boy – "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light 'em Up)"

I heard this on the way to church one Sunday and sort of loved that it sounded like Fall Out Boy, but didn't at the same time. I've enjoyed some of their music in the past, but I'm actually looking forward to this new album if it's more like this.

The Kills – "Cheap and Cheerful"

My friend Heather () got me into this band a while back, but I sort of forgot to give the album she'd shared with me a shot. I finally rectified that this month and while doing so had a brain-fart moment. I'd been listening to this song on repeat for a week when I watched the movie Project X for the third time and wondered once again about a song I liked on the soundtrack that actually wasn't part of the soundtrack. After some small research, I realized the reason I liked the song so much was because it was the remix of the song I was already listening to on repeat. I swear, I'm a genius sometimes. ::sarcasm::

Mindless Self Indulgence – "It Gets Worse"

I'd been looking forward to this album coming out since Christmas. While there are plenty of great tracks, I have to admit I don't love it as much as I did previous albums, but that's totally okay. Still a great band that I'm happy to have new music from finally, especially when songs like this will help me with Dreamsters! :)

Nico Vega – "Million Years"

I got into Nico Vega in early 2012 with the track "Iron Man" but once again forgot I had the album and never gave it a second listen. For the past few weeks though the commercial for BioShock Infinite has been using their track "Beast" and not only is it making me want to play this game something fierce, it finally encouraged me to check out the album. I regret not doing it sooner it's that good.

Other tracks that lived on repeat:

Macklemore – "Can't Hold Us"
Korn – "Throw Me Away"
Marilyn Manson – "Devour"
Black Light Burns – "Lucretia My Reflection"

What held your ears attention in March? I'm always on the hunt for new tunes so please share!

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Music Friday: February Edition

It just occurred to me that I forgot to post this last Friday, which was technically the last Friday of the month. Oops. But it's not too late because it's still February and even though it's Monday, just pretend it's Friday (because you know Friday's are better than Monday's anyway). On with the music!

Local Natives – "Black Balloons"

I'd been looking forward to a new Local Natives album for well over a year now so there was no holding back on buying it the second it was released at the end of January. In comparison to their debut album, it rocks just as hard. I've found that it's more common for great indie artists to change their sound on their second album into something more mainstream, which can be disappointing. I'm happy to report Local Natives stayed true to their indie sound and I can guarantee this album will get just as much play as it's predecessor for me.

RED – "If we only"

This is easily one of my favorite Christian rock bands so obviously I was crazy excited for this new album this month. It has all the qualities I love about their other albums, a healthy does of heavy music made better with Michael Barnes perfect voice. Admittedly, I was skeptical about the dubstep remixes on the deluxe version of this album, but they turned out awesome as well. See!

Secret & Whisper – "Warrior"

I finally found a purpose for my tablet this month while cleaning the house. I always listen to music when I'm cleaning, but typically my iPods die out halfway through and even if they last, I'm just listening to music I already own. But I've heard lots of good things about this app Songza and so I gave it a shot. I found a channel called Christian artists for Hardcore kids that listed a bunch of bands I know I love like Underoath and He Is Legend, and discovered several bands I'd never heard of before but fell instantly in-love with, like Secret & Whisper. Sadly, this band is on a indefinite hiatus, which sucks, but at least I can enjoy the two album they'd released previously and keep hoping they get back together one day.

Family Force 5 – "D-I-E 4 Y-O-U"

This is another band I stumbled on via Songza and I didn't think I'd like more than the song I'd heard, but when I snagged the album that featured it from the library, I found myself falling harder for the rest of the album than just that song. Sadly, after acquiring a second album, I'm nowhere near as impressed with their music. But I'll just stick to loving that first album and pretend the second one never happened.

Fireflight – "Unbreakable"

My mom can take credit for my interest in this band (which I just think makes her even cooler). She sent me a bunch of artists wondering if I had anything else by them so she could update her iPod, but surprisingly I'd never even heard of some of them, like Fireflight, which is sort of funny because I'm huge fan of female fronted rock bands. Three albums later and I'm hooked. Thanks, Mom!

Aside from all of these "new" artists, I spent a great deal of time listening to my Dreamsters playlist since I've been writing so much this month for Grapemo. It's a strange sort of playlist (maybe the strangest I've ever had for one of my novels) because it varies from the heaviest of sounds like Underaoth to rap like Busta Rhymes and there's an in between of soft sweet soft, too.

What are you listening to these days?

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January: In Review

This month has managed to feel both long and short at the same time, which really shouldn't be possible. For the most part I've started off my 2013 resolutions pretty well, with the exception of weight loss – that's at a standstill at the moment, but I've tackled some other things worth being proud of like….

Writing

I had started a short story two years ago for Valentine's Day, but for one reason or another abandoned it a few hundred words into it (this happens a lot unfortunately). I suddenly got the urge to work on it again at the start of the month and finally finished it! I'm excited to share it once Valentine's Day is here. Keep an eye out for it! 😀

In addition to writing a short story, I've been plotting for Dreamsters. I'm not sure if it will be the book I aim to actually complete this year, but it's the one demanding the most attention at the moment (which I guess makes sense since I started it around this time last year). In February, I plan to participate in author Jeannine Garsee's GRAPEMO (which is like NanoWrimo, but cooler). My personal goal is to add 5K to Dreamsters. Even though I can change that goal as the month progresses, I really hope they remain chatty enough to actually complete or surpass 5K in February. I came somewhat close this month, so I really hope I've set a reasonable goal. Wish me luck! 

January Word Count: 4,201

Reading

Somehow I ended up reading a heck of a lot more this month than I set out to, but I'm not complaining. Getting a good jump start on my TBR pile for the year is A-OKAY with me. Most of the titles below the picture are links to the reviews I wrote for them on GoodReads. 

Books Read in January

Touched by Cyn Balog
Red Run: A Short Story by Kami Garcia (not pictured, e-book)
Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles, Book 1) by Gena Showalter
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Jinx by J. Torres
Easy by Tammara Webber
The Archived (The Archived, Book 1) by Victoria Schwab

Photography

I did my first little mini shoot with myself to test out my new lights finally. You can read about that HERE. Outside of that, I only photographed Gideon once this month, but boy did it yield some cute pictures. So cute that Sock Dreams posted this photo on their social networking sites because he's wearing their socks! 

Gideon - Sock Dreams

On this day, probably the biggest highlight of my month occurred. Gideon's been addicted to phones for as long as he could get his grubby hands on them. He has several of his own "play" phones, but still fights to play with real ones. While shooting him in the socks, he started playing with the house phone – making it ring, playing the saved messages, etc… when suddenly he said, "HELLO!" It sounded a little more like "herro" but it was obvious what he was trying to say. It's the first full word I've heard him say and it totally made my day. I'm not sure if this link will work, but we got him to say it a few more times and recorded him. Click HERE if you want to hear it. 

Usually this would be the point where I'd review my favorite music of the month, but to not make this post as terribly long as it's been in the past, I've decided to make the music part of my monthly review it's own thing on the last Friday of the month called, "Music Friday" which is sort of a 'Best Of' of the weekly Music Friday posts I make on tumblr and FB all month. If you were reading this for the music and missed last Friday's post click HERE

Overall, January was pretty decent for me. How about you? 

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Music Friday: January

Typically I include the music that made me happy each month in my monthly review posts, but I think this year I’m going to do it a little differently so those posts aren’t so terribly long. Since I always post music on Friday’s on FB, Tumblr, and Twitter, dubbed “Music Friday,” I’m going to pull my absolute favorites from the month and start posting them in their own post here on the last Friday of the month. This way those of you who are only interested in the music aspect of my monthly reviews don’t have to be bored with all my other life achievements (or failures – eh).

So, what exactly graced my ears in January? Too much to share it all, honestly. But I’ll post the top 5 played tracks and link you to some more! ENJOY!

Deftones – “Gauze”
Lindsey Stirling – “Stars Align”
Silversun Pickups – “Simmer”
KB – “Church Clap”
ZZ Ward – “Put the Gun Down”

Other songs that lived on repeat in January include

If you’re really into music like me, and would like to see music related posts more often than a once a month recap here, perhaps you should follow me on Tumblr. There are some Friday’s where Music Friday doesn’t happen, but it’s not often. I also love music suggestions so feel free to send me something you think I might like!

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Music Friday – Christmas Edition

Over on Tumblr, I frequently post songs at the end of the week that lived on repeat. I tag this "Music Friday." With it being December, and me listening to pretty much nothing but Christmas music, I've started tagging them all "Christmas Edition." In the past here on LJ, you know I've done "25 Days of Christmas Music," but there isn't much participation in it (which is true for most of my blog posts these days, eh) and so I decided to skip it this year. But, since I'm still finding new Christmas tracks worth sharing, I figured I'd compile a small list here in case any of you are actually reading and looking for some new Christmas tunes. Ready? :)

This first track comes from what is easily my favorite Christmas album this year, "August Burns Red Presents: Sleddin' Hill, A Holiday Album." I am typically a fan of musicians taking a stab at a Christmas album anyway, but I'm even more delighted when it's a band I really like, putting out an unconventional Christmas album in a style of music I really love. This is totally the case with this album. Now I could really make a post strictly for this album because there are so many great tracks on it, but I won't. Just know that you should seriously consider checking out more than just this track.

August Burns Red – "Flurries"

I'd never heard of this next band until I heard this song and while I've yet to hear anything else by them, I'm really looking forward to it. I don't even think I was much of a fan of this song prior to hearing their rendition of it, but there is just something so mellow and perfect about it and I can't stop listening to it. I'm especially fond of the turn it takes at 2:45 and how it sounds almost nothing in the end like it did when it began. Also, the piano is just… well I mean, come on, if you know me, you should already know I'm drawn to it because of the piano. 

The Head and The Heart – "What Are You Doing New Years Eve?"

I admit I've always really wanted to sing this song with someone, but I doubt that day will ever come. And so, I find enjoyment in other people singing it and what better than the likes of Mindy White (from States) and Anthony Green (from Circa Survive)? Mindy's voice, in particular is perfect for Christmassy tunes. She should totally put out a holiday album. Aside from their voices though, I really enjoy the dips in the music itself. 

Mindy White & Anthony Green – "Baby, It's Cold Outside"

This last song is just one of those feel good songs. The story in it's cute, the video for it's cute. It's sort of what I consider a typical, happy Christmas song. But I thoroughly enjoy typical where Christmas is concerned. I want songs to make me feel cheery, as I want anything that has to do with Christmas to make me feel. 

Train – "Shake Up Christmas"

I've got an enormous Christmas playlist, but I don't want this to get unbarably long. Perhaps I'll do another before the month's end if there's a demand for it. Do you have any newer Christmas song suggestions I might want to check out? I'd love to hear them if you do! 

P.S. I really wanted to post the song I'm currently listening to in this batch too, because it's strings are ridiculously beautiful, but I wasn't able to find it in an embeddable way and so all I can do is link you to it. You should really click HERE to listen to Punch Brother's version of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel."

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