After being on a hiatus since 2009, one of my all-time favorite bands, Fall Out Boy is finally reuniting.
This won’t be a long post as there isn’t a whole lot to say on the subject but I am overjoyed. Their new song was released today and their new CD and tour will come later on this year. Many people on the internet seem to have mixed opinions on the subject but after listening to their new song, “My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light ‘Em Up), I think it’s perfect. Patrick Stump’s vocals are better than ever and it has their old sound to it which is what I’ve always loved.
I. Can’t. Wait.
For a while now I’ve been obsessed with Mumford & Sons and all the songs I could possibly find by them and yesterday their new CD, Babel was FINALLY released, making me of course beyond thrilled.
As someone who loves music and listens to it all the time, I really enjoy musicians that write their own songs and I am especially appreciative of bands who write meaningful, beautiful songs. For those of you that haven’t heard any songs by Mumford & Sons (First of all where have you been? Go listen to them now!), they are definitely a band that does just that. Every song they have is beautifully written in a meaningful, poetic way that makes me happy to listen to.
I really got into their music about two years ago and have been anxiously awaiting their second CD since then and Babel did not disappoint. At this present moment, I can’t afford to buy their album so until I can I have been listening to their new songs every moment I’m able to be on my computer. Fortunately all the songs are now on both Grooveshark and YouTube and I have definitely been taking advantage of those services until I have money to spare.
Sigh No More, the first CD by Mumford & Sons, which was released in 2009 is quite honestly in my top 5 albums of all times and I believe in the last day Babel has made its way in that list too. It’s very rare in this day to have a whole album that I genuinely enjoy all of the songs equally and don’t feel at least on occasion that I want to skip a few songs. Both of these CDs are flawless, I love every song on both albums and could honestly listen to only them for probably the rest of my life.
Not only are their songs poetic and gorgeous, but their talent is impeccable. The instruments are played flawlessly and Marcus Mumford has one of the most unique and faultless voices I’ve ever heard. It’s a voice that makes me feel happy and warm and safe and content all at the same time.
So, in conclusion, this new CD has every bit of amazingness that their first CD had and you should all at least go listen to it (If not buy it) immediately!
Well, since today is now officially my last day of summer before tomorrow when I move into my dorm and go home to my college town and have all kinds of crazy awesome adventures, it’s about dang time I share with you guys my summer playlist. It’s not like I at first just sat down and was like, these songs will be the soundtrack to Summer 2012 but these ended up being almost the only songs I listened to all summer, they’re just the happy, summer kind of song that is exciting to listen to as one bikes to and from work each morning in the heat and needs to get pumped up! :)
So yeah, if anyone cares (Well, it’ll be here whether you care or not actually) here is my Summer 2012 Playlist!
(These are in absolutely no order by the way.)
1. Fluorescent Adolescent – Arctic Monkeys
2. I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor – Arctic Monkeys
3. Sail – AWOLNATION
4. You are So Beautiful – Escape the Fate
5. Mushaboom – Feist
6. The entire “Torches” CD by Foster the People
7. The entire “Some Nights” CD by fun. AH. I’m obsessed with them right now.
8. All The Pretty Girls – fun.
9. The entire “Never Trust a Happy Song” CD by Grouplove. (Ironically most of the songs are quite happy.)
10. Ooh La – The Kooks
11. Love Me Dead – Ludo
12. Midnight City – M83
13. The entire “Overexposed” CD by Maroon 5. (I’ve never been a huge Maroon 5 CD but I’m in love with this album!!)
14. Daylight – Matt and Kim
15. Electric Feel – MGMT
16. She’s Got You High – Mumm-ra
17. Little Talks – Of Monsters and Men
18. Sleepyhead – Passion Pit
19. Lisztomania – Phoenix
20. The Way We Get By – Spoon
21. Chelsea Dagger – The Fratellis
22. Kill the Director – The Wombats
23. Vagabond – Wolfmother
24. Not exactly upbeat but the entire “Sigh No More” CD by Mumford & Sons has been on my list of always listen to for over a year now. My all time favorite CD ever.
25. I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons (Admittedly not on my list all summer because it just came out but I can’t stop listening to it!!)
Come Thou Fount is a super well known hymn and is without a doubt one of my all time favorite songs. It seems like for each situation in my life, I can always apply at least one of the lines to my life and it touches me and always draws me closer to God.
As I was listening to this song the other day, as I often do, I was particularly struck with the lyrics, “Jesus sought me when a stranger”, now, normally when I listen to it, the phrases “Prone to wander, Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love” or “Take my heart, Lord, take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above” are usually the lines that stick out but this time I was struck with wonder and awe at the thought that Jesus sought me. That means He took time to find me, to woo me and to beg for my attention, all because He thinks I’m important enough to have His attention. I know I’ve posted similar things before but it never fails to just blow my mind how the Creator of the entire universe thinks I’m worthy of attention, it means the world to me to know that and I feel so blessed to know that He thinks that highly of me, of all of us!
Many different people through the years have done covers of this song of course, in churches and for the radio or concerts, though I love them all of course, my personal favorite is the cover by Mumford & Sons. Enjoy!
On an unrelated note: My laptop just got back and it’s fixed and I’ve never been so excited! I feel like I had a long-lost child who ran away and just got back! :D
Ok, so by now I’m sure it is quite apparent to all of you, my lovely readers that I am quite into fiction and fantasy. Along with that sometimes comes deep feelings and love towards different fictional characters, some of these I’ve mentioned before, my love of Harry Potter, Severus Snape, the Doctor and many other characters that I’ve known and loved for years through books, movies and TV shows. I know it sounds pathetic but the stories these characters come from are so well written and believable that often times one has real feelings and emotions towards the characters where it’s possible to love and empathize with them. To people who haven’t experienced these emotions for a fictional character it probably seems very silly but honestly, though it’s sometimes quite trying emotionally, it’s one of the best things there is, being able to love characters and get to know them, even if they don’t really exist. I will possibly concede though that sometimes my feelings towards these characters can be quite intense and at times I get to know so much about them, especially if they are a tragic character that I can feel extremely sad and attached to said characters.
Currently the character I’m having such feelings about is Loki, the God of Mischief, most recently seen in the movies Thor and the Avengers. For those of you who’ve seen these movies (And for any of you who haven’t you might want to skip this because there are spoilers ahead!), especially in Thor, you can tell that Loki is really just hurting. Yes, he is the villain, yes he is wanting to cause terrible destruction but if you look deeper into his thoughts and actions, you can tell that really he just wants to be accepted by Odin and loved. He mentions these feelings a little bit several times in Thor. Once when he’s talking to Odin and finds out that he was adopted, that he’s actually a Laufeyson, a frost giant, not originally from Asgard, he says, quite emotionally, “Because as much as you claim to love me you could never have a Frost Giant sitting on the throne of Asgard.” How sad is that? He says, truthfully that basically Odin doesn’t love him as he claims because he’s just an adopted child. Odin has never truly acted like Loki was as good as Thor and I honestly believe that’s why Loki turns bad. Loki also says, possibly in the same scene even, when he finds out that he’s a frost giant, something about how he’s the monster people tell their children about, this is the line that truly breaks my heart for Loki, because he realizes in this moment that he’s truly a frost giant, and frost giants have been considered monsters by the Asgardians for years, for possibly all time. Another part in the movie, Thor asks Loki, “Why have you done this?”, Loki’s response is quite telling in showing that all he wants is his father’s approval, he wants to be good enough for Odin which is proven when he answers. “I wanted to prove to father that I am a worthy son.” Doesn’t that just break your heart? All the things Loki did, no matter how evil they were, he did them all just to prove that he could be as good as Thor, that he could be a warrior, a king, that he deserved to be loved as well.
There are so many other scenes and lines that convey these deeply emotional feelings that Loki has, that he just for once wants to be accepted but Odin just won’t. It’s really sad to me to think about, yes, I know, I realize it’s all fiction but there’s so much truth behind this feeling, there are so many people in our world who would do anything to feel loved and accepted by their parents. They just want to prove their worth, to be worthy of love. It breaks my heart, yes for Loki, the fictional character, but also for people who are really feeling that way.
I just have a lot of feels… Mostly Loki related as of late.
Hopefully you got something out of this though, and if you’re interested, this post I found on Tumblr is quite relevant to this topic as well: http://acciotardistohogwarts.tumblr.com/post/24294786867/vaniirox-sevendevil-s-you-can-delete-this
For other thoughts there are also these links here about my Loki feels: http://acciotardistohogwarts.tumblr.com/tagged/loki+feels
Loki Fanmix (For even more Loki Feels)
– How to Save a Life by the Fray
“Where did I go wrong? … Somewhere along in the bitterness.”
– Little Lion Man by Mumford & Sons
“Weep for yourself my man you’ll never be what is in your heart.”
– Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day
“I’m walking down the line that divides me somewhere in my mind”
– Breath by Breaking Benjamin
“I will be the death of you.”
– Dance With The Devil by Breaking Benjamin
“Don’t you dare look at him in the eye.”
– Blood (Empty Promises) by Papa Roach
“I will forgive but I won’t forget.”
– E.T. by Katy Perry
“They don’t understand you.”
– From Now On We are Enemies by Fall Out Boy
“I only want what I can’t have.”
– Good Girls Go Bad by Cobra Starship
“I’m gonna make you lose control.”
– I Don’t Care by Fall Out Boy
“The best of us can find happiness in your misery”
– Monster by Skillet
“I hate what I’ve become, the dark has just begun.”
– I Hate Everything about You by Three Days Grace
“I hate everything about you. Why do I love you?”
– Prayer of the Refugee by Rise Against
” We have a place that we could call home, and a life no one could touch.”
– Running Up That Hill by Placebo
“So much hate for the ones we love? Tell me, we both matter, don’t we?”
– Dustbowl Dance by Mumford & Sons
” I’ve been kicked off my land at the age of sixteen,
And I have no idea where else my heart could have been,
I placed all my trust at the foot of this hill,
And now I am sure my heart can never be still,
So collect your courage and collect your horse,
And pray you never feel this same kind of remorse.
Seal my heart and break my pride,
I’ve nowhere to stand and now nowhere to hide,
Align my heart, my body, my mind,
To face what I’ve done and do my time.”
– I’m Not Okay (I Promise) by My Chemical Romance
” Well if you wanted honesty, that’s all you had to say.
I never want to let you down or have you go, it’s better off this way.”
– Animal I Have Become by Three Days Grace
“So what if you can see the darkest side of me, No one will ever change this animal I have become.”
– Poison by the Prodigy (Suggested by Tom Hiddleston as Loki’s theme)
“I got the poison, I got the remedy”
– I’ll Try by Jesse McCartney (Off of Peter Pan)
– Flawed Design by Stabilo (Completely perfect for Loki in every way)
“Cause I lie Not because I want to But I seem to need to all the time”
I know I said I probably wouldn’t update this week but I have a few spare seconds to write while Erin is finishing getting ready for the day.
Obviously I made it to Georgia ok and it has been absolutely brilliant being back! I can’t really describe how great it is to be back with my best friend, it’s been 5 years and some friendships wouldn’t last through that but we’ve kept in touch and now that we’re back together things are just like old times, except now with a whole lot more fangirling over attractive actors. :) We still have so much in common and honestly she’s more like me than almost anyone I’ve ever met, and she’s definitely the only person I know in real life and not through Tumblr that we can obsessively talk about movies, TV shows and actors in such a fangirl-ish way without me just getting strange looks because I’m the only one who feels that way. :)
So far we’ve watched Thor (I hadn’t seen it yet, it’s great!), went and shopped a bit, went to IHOP (International House of Pancakes), played around on the internet, had a random guy stop me in Wal-Mart to tell me that I had wonderful facial expressions and that I should join a theatre troupe if I wasn’t part of one (Yeah, that was random, and hilarious), played with hair and makeup and then she had an impromptu photo-shoot with me. Oh yeah, then we made this delicious dessert that is chocolate chip cookies, with Oreos on top with brownies on top. To say it’s amazing would be an understatement.
Anyways, we’re about to leave to go start our day but I thought I would leave you all with a quick update. I love you all! :)
Obviously the above statement is pretty much the biggest understatement there is but really, God is so cool. Last night Jared and I started talking like we often do and we talked a bit about our struggles and fears and then about how awesome God is and then we started listening to amazing worship music and we literally just layed there, on the floor at the end of the hallway praising God until 3 in the morning. It was absolutely incredible, there is nothing better in this world than praising God fully, with your whole body and mind, completely consumed by His glory and beauty. Then this morning, instead of going to church like I do every week, I decided it would be a better use of my time to wake up at almost the same time and go outside by myself and listen to more worship music, read my Bible and just pray. Being outside and reading my Bible is literally my favorite thing ever, I never feel as close to God as when I’m worshiping Him outside. It’s brilliant and I love it.
Needless to say, I’m just completely in love with God right now and I never want to lose this feeling, I’ve been doing a lot better recently of just keeping Him foremost in my mind and focusing on loving Him.
Our God is amazing.
My God’s not dead, He’s surely alive. He’s living on the inside, roaring like a lion. ~ God’s Not Dead (Like a Lion) ~ Newsboys
You have called us loved
And you have called us wanted
One time we were bruised
We were bankrupt and haunted
~ Seen a Darkness – John Mark McMillan
“Unless I believe in God, I can’t believe in thought; so I can never use thought to disbelieve in God.” ~ C.S. Lewis