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Finally, I Listen to Good Music?

It’s been a while since I last published an update and now I think its time for one. I’ve been working on a few short stories lately for Publish Your Mind and have written a couple of history posts over at History Republic. As for Scarlett, it’s on a hiatus for now as soon as I can find the time to further plot/plan it. After I finish, Scarlett, however, I’ll be keeping my distance from novels for a while until I can arrive upon a plot that suffices for my next novel, apparently going through my mundane process of brainstorming.

Mostly, whenever I write (and I’ve said this countless times), I always suffer from writers’ block and it has become more frequent now, but there’s nothing I can do about it except refrain from getting distracted easily! Simultaneously, schoolwork is provided in heaps and it’s time-consuming too since on top of it, there are so many tests to prepare for and out of the blue, projects – this is the life of a student!

Anyways, let me ramble unnecessarily on my music taste and how I’ve begun listening to new and better music, as some say.

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

My music taste is unusual – not many people who I know actually listen to those who I enjoy listening to. My music taste ranges from pop, R & B, country and rock and their respective branches, most of the time. If someone asks me about the artists or bands I frequently listen to, it’s limited: Michael Jackson, Shania Twain, Sara Bareilles, Lana Del Rey and The Wanted – pretty odd, ain’t it?

However, recently, I finally decided to listen to some other bands and artists and I’ll surely say, they’re not that bad. I admit that I criticize the artists and bands of today needlessly, regardless of my belief that they deserve it – but if you examine it from another perspective, the common theme nowadays is party and love, nothing else. In addition, everyone’s voice sounds the same and the derived meaning (or message) behind each lyric is identical - I love you or Let’s party the whole night - and auto-tune, something so mind-grueling.

Music is supposed to come from the heart and not from today’s buzz – it’s supposed to be something which explains your emotions or regarding tragic events in the world; however, not many people understand that. If you look at Justin Bieber, for example, people have begun to call him the next King of Pop - well not on my watch! To be bestowed such a title, you need to have worked hard, touched the hearts and minds of thousands and millions and to have changed the face of music, along with writing music with meaning, not trash and I don’t mean to offend anyone or anything (I don’t usually state my harsh opinion on my blog that much) but Justin Bieber is trash. He’s a nobody – all he’s done is write music and then venture out into nightclubs etc, thinking himself highly and perform all sorts of things – and yet people like him (teenage girls). To be called an honorific nickname, you need to have proven yourself to not only be a great artist or band but someone whom people can look up to as an inspiration.

I think I’ve been sidetracked – sorry about that. I would have continued my rant but that’s not what you’re reading this for; let’s talk about some new bands and artists I recently listened to.

The Killers

The Killers are an American rock band (yes, I love rock music) formed in Las Vegas. The band consists of  Brandon Flowers, Dave Keuning, Mark Stoermer and Ronnie Vannucci Jr. Out of their few albums, the one of I’ve listened to (nearly completed) is Hot Fuss, released in 2004, their first album. Some of my favorites from the album include All These Things I’ve DoneMr. Brightside, Somebody Told Me and Andy, You’re A Star. The intro of Andy, You’re A Star is simply attractive and brings you right into the action of the song. As for Somebody Told Me, the fast-paced electronic intro is what lured me into listening to the album. The blend of guitars and synthesizers builds the anticipation of the main line: Somebody told me you had a boyfriend who looked like a girlfriend I had in February of last yearMr. Brightside, the best track from the album in my opinion, features a mixture of drums and guitars, topping it off with lyrics regarding jealousy and duplicity. Finally, All These Things That I’ve Done features my favorite line from the aforementioned songs: I got soul, but I’m not a soldier. The song refers to a person who has passion for something but knows no general direction where to head. The person is determined to do something but doesn’t because he feels that he’s been pulled into different direction and doesn’t join the struggle to accomplish something – isn’t this something we can all relate to?

In short, for this band, I’ll say that they are ranked as one of my favorite bands. Their lyrics are relatable and the blend of the instruments is amazing – that’s what I love about them.

Lorde

Lorde, who comes for New Zealand, is a music prodigy – it took her to dethrone Miley Cyrus from the top of the charts with her hit single, Royals. It’s about how today’s music is all about what is considered the good life, filled with riches and fame, but not everyone can live that life, and so the average person is desperately reaching out for that kind of life, but perhaps this life isn’t always how it should be seen. Team, which is not as well-known as Royals, is another song regarding her upbringing in New Zealand and how she felt a certain unity between everyone who experiences what she experienced there. Her ending line speaks that together as a team, people can accomplish what they want to. In short, I’ll admit these are the only two songs I’ve listened to but they’ve changed the way I look at today’s music – she really is something and her recent victories at the Grammys and the Brtis prove that she’s on a roll – Lorde is definitely someone to follow.

Arctic Monkeys

The Arctic Monkeys are an indie rock band, currently consisting of  Alex Turner, Jamie Cook, Nick O’Malley and Matt Helders. Their songs ArabellaR U MineDo I Wanna Know and Fluorescent Adolescent are the songs I’ve listened to and they’re amazing. For these few songs, I’ll talk about them collectively (in a summary): the instruments playing in the background and their lead singer’s (Alex) voice is what brings life to the lyrics and overall, the songs seem pretty good. My favorite has ought to be Arabella. Recently, they won an award over at the Brits and for Turner, he faces criticism for what people call an arrogant acceptance speech.

In short, I’m very picky and selective about what I listen to – that including the genre and bands or artists because why listen to music you don’t like instead of listening to music you like and is actually impressive, somewhat of a reminiscent of the past? Music of the past, by far, is evergreen, especially of the 20th century. Not trying to be biased or stupid here but today’s music still isn’t comparable or rather, even near to the beauty of the 20th century music – but that’s my opinion.

Before I sign off, I’d like to mention something else. How many of you have listened to some of Miley Cyrus’ recent releases? Wrecking Ball is a good song and I love the main line but if you view Miley from her personality, I wouldn’t like her as much as I did before.

What do YOU listen to? Have you any suggestions? I’d love to know!

Ifrah A.

Thanks for dropping by!

The Origins of Valentine’s Day

Ifrah A.:

A post regarding the origins of Valentine’s Day for you to enjoy.

Originally posted on History Republic:

Every February 14th, across the United States and many other parts of the world, candies, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones in the name of St. Valentine. But many may ask who is this saint and where does he come from?

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What was the Armenian Genocide?

Ifrah A.:

Here’s a nice walkthrough regarding the Armenian Genocide.

Originally posted on History Republic:

Armenians escorted by Turkish soldiers

In 1915, leaders of the Turkish Government, known as the Young Turks organized a plan to expel and massacre Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire. While reports may vary, most argue that there were approximately two million Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire at the time of the massacre. Anyways, by the early 1920s, after the massacres and deportations subsided, it is said around 1.5 million of Turkey’s Armenians were dead, with an increased number of them removed from the country. Today, the majority of historians consider this event as a genocide, which is the deliberate killing of a large group of people especially those of a particular ethnicity. What’s surprising to note is that the Turkish government does not acknowledge the enormity or scope of these events, despite constant talks from Armenians and social justice advocates throughout the world and to an…

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