Creative juices flowing

I am so excited! For the past couple of days story ideas have just been hitting me out of nowhere and at the most random times. So yesterday I was driving to work and I was behind somebody and I thought to myself, “what if the person in front of me looked in their rear view mirror and could look right at me?” It kind of gave me a Twilight Zone feel and I love the old 50s/60s Twilight Zone series with Rod Sterling and then today I thought of another story idea. It was a murder mystery. So I’m a janitor and I was cleaning the bathroom today and I just wondered to myself, “what if I was to find someone dead in one of these bathroom stalls?” I know I have a very morbid mind sometimes, but it has helped me come up with these great story ideas lately. I love when I’m on a roll like this and when I have these creative ideas. I have bits and pieces of my stories, but I still have to flesh some things out to make them coherent. I look forward to sharing my writing with you and the writing process.

Music with meaning

So I was listening to my Pandora today and the song “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” by The Script comes on. Because of this that song has been in my head all day and I have been singing it out loud. The crazy thing is that you may think you know a song until you REALLY listen and that has happened to me a lot. I just happened to look it up on YouTube so I could listen to it again and I really paid attention this time and the song has a beautiful message. It’s basically about this guy who is looking for this girl that he was in a relationship with and he’s still in love with her, so he’s telling her that he’s waiting for her to come back to him. He waiting on the corner of the street where they first met. I love songs that have such a beautiful message.

Bookstores

Wouldn’t it be absolutely wonderful to be able to work in a bookstore? Right now I am sitting in Books-A-Million getting ready to fill out my third (I think) application with them. Today I needed a place where I could escape for a couple of hours and get out of my house. At first I was going to go to the library, but then I remembered that we do have a Books-A-Million in town that I never go to and I’m glad I did come here but also regretting it at the same time seeing as I don’t have any money but that’s another story. After being here for awhile I asked the lady are they hiring and she said that they are always taking applications. I know I’ve filled out an application at least three time here, but this would seriously be my dream job and I have so many ideas that I would want to implement already. I don’t this BAM does any kind of events to get more people coming to their store. I think they should be doing open mic nights, poetry readings, hosting local book authors or something to get more traffic coming to their store. I’ve applied multiple times before so it kind of makes me discouraged to try again but I’m going to anyway. Being surrounded by books is my happy place, quite literally and I know I would be the right employee. I love the thought of talking with customers about one of my favorite things or recommending certain books. It sounds like utter bliss! Well, I’m going to fill out this application while I sit in the store that holds my job seeking fate in their hands. Send me good vibes!

Lukas Graham “Funeral”

Well, in an earlier blog I talked about Lukas Graham and how I am a big fan. He is definitely a gem in the music industry. I believe he gained notoriety in the States from his single “7 years,” which is absolutely one of my favorite songs by the band. I should add here that Lukas Graham is a band and not just one person, although the front man of the group is Lukas Graham and they are from Denmark. In this blog I really wanted to talk about another one of Lukas Graham’s songs which is “Funeral.” The moment I heard it on YouTube I instantly fell in love with it. You know the moment you hear a good song and you have to cock your head a little bit and say “oh my goodness..this is pure genius!” Yeah, that was basically me in a nutshell. So the song is basically about this guy who dies but he doesn’t want his friends to be sad about. There’s a line towards the beginning of the song that says, “Everyone welcome to my funeral, everyone I know better be wasted…” It’s like he saying to just celebrate his life and have a few drinks. It’s really supposed to be an uplifting song in my opinion because not only are the lyrics somewhat encouraging but the whole vibe of the song really has a spiritual/gospel like, almost soulful quality about it. That is one thing about Lukas Graham though. He is a very soulful singer and to be who is that is amazing and I thoroughly enjoy his music. I would definitely love to see him in concert.

 

John Cusack’s The Raven

I am a huge Edgar Allan Poe fan, and the other day I came across the movie “The Raven” starring John Cusack who played the role of the famous Edgar Allan Poe. I thought the plot of the story was extremely interesting and it was a nice twist/interpretation of the last days of Poe’s life. So the story basically goes that someone in town is committing murders using inspiration from Poe’s famous works. The stories that are used are “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Masque of the Red Death,” “Murders in the Rue Morgue,” and “The Mystery of Marie Roget.” The detective on the case enlists Poe to help him solve these murders and Poe finally figures out who it is and of course it’s someone who no one expects and then the movie ends with a scene that is documented in history that says that the “Poe was found delirious on the streets of Baltimore…He is said to have repeatedly called out the name “Reynolds” on the night before his death, though it is unclear to whom he was referring. Some sources say that Poe’s final words were ‘Lord help my poor soul.'” This is basically how the movie ends and we see Poe in the morgue, nobody knowing exactly his cause of death. I really enjoyed the movie for a couple of reasons. One, I really am a big Poe fan so I thought this was an interesting perspective to take with the movie. Two, this movie made me want to read more Poe. For example, I’ve never read the story “The Mystery of Marie Roget” but just from watching this it made me want to read it. You should check it out if you love mystery, thriller, and Poe.

Lukas Graham

As you may have figured out, I love music. Hence, part of the title of my blog and I just love discovering new music and talent. Lukas Graham became one of my favorite artists over the past year. The first song that I remember from him and a song that really made him a success was the song “7 Years.” I absolutely love this song, but have you ever been in a situation when you get stuck on just one song by an artists so you can’t really call yourself a fan of a musician if you just know only one of their popular songs, so for me I thought it was important to go on YouTube and listen to some more of his music and what I found out is that Lukas Graham is a rare talent. He may be a white boy from Denmark, but one thing is for sure: That boy has soul. For me, I like unique, soulful, and different music. Don’t get me wrong, I also love music that doesn’t really have a meaning but is fun to listen to but Lukas Graham is just plain awesome. Since I discovered him there hasn’t really been a song that I disliked. I would have to say that my favorites though are “7 Years,” “Mama Said,” “Red Wine,” and “Funeral.” In a later blog I’ll have to go into a deeper analysis of  some of these songs and what I find intriguing about them. Don’t be hesitant to discover new artists and new music. It’s well worth it!

The benefits of being in the band

I have a deep appreciation for the band. I was in the band throughout middle school, high school, and college. I played the clarinet, bass clarinet, and I also played the tenor sax when I was in 8th grade jazz band. Needless to say music has always played a major role in my life. I was truly a band geek, but I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world. Being in the band provided me with a lot of experiences and just gave me a sense of belonging. Being in the band is about being a part of something bigger than yourself because when one person messes up it affects the whole unit and one person’s success again affects the whole band. We all had to work together. That’s one benefit of being in then band. You learn about true teamwork. Teamwork is one of the most important things about being in the band. Also, going back to what I said earlier I’ve also been able to experience I never would have if it wasn’t for being in band. Being a part of my high school marching band I was able to perform in the Georgia Dome (home of the Atlanta Falcons) TWICE. I have been in numerous parades and more importantly being in the band gives you that sense of family. If you’re going to be in the band you’re most likely going to spend more time with your band mates than your actual family because you have after school practices, weekend competitions, and fundraisers but it was the most fun that I ever had. One of the things I do credit towards the band is my appreciation for all types of music. I have such a love for music and I really believe that being in the band for all of my school career has helped with that because being in the band you’re exposed to different types of music. Band will always hold a special place in my heart.