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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A+ Dropouts: A Rising Band

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A+ Dropouts is a pop rock band formed in 2009 led by Cheska Zaide along with her bandmates Evan, Lucas and Liam; originally from Huntington Beach, California. They are middle school rockers, ages 14-15, and are already rocking out big stages. Cheska; the lead vocalist and guitarist of the band jams hard on the electric guitar throughout their performances. Moreover, she is multi talented; she's a singer, song writer and showcased her talent at her early age. The A+ Dropouts toured throughout Virginia, DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Wisconson while working on their self titled EP featuring their incredible hit single “On Your Own”. In 2010, the band has been voted one of the top 12 bands in America. Influenced by Green Day, No Doubt, Blink 182 and Paramore, the band has produced a song with punk and rock elements that exhibits their own kind of sound. Their charm and extraordinary talent has caught the eyes of thousands of music lovers. 

Watch and listen to the video to convince you with how amazing their band is .

On Your Own by A+ Dropouts:

More information on the A+ Dropouts can be found at: www.aplusdropouts.com.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

My Favorite "Nerve-Wrecking" Bands

As what I've used to; I listen to a song depending on my mood, when I'm upset then I listen to an hardcore song when I'm in a good mood and it seems that I love to see everything then I eavesdrop to something mellow or happy songs. Listening to my favorite songs is my past time (sometimes when I'm not busy) and i can't help myself to sing it loud!

Here is a list of my favorite "nerve-wrecking" bands:

Simple Plan 
       SP's type of music has been described as "pop punk". This band has had no lineup changes since their instigation in 1999.
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The band members are: Jeff Stinco; lead guitar, Chuck Comeau; drums, percussion, Pierre Bouvier; lead vocals, bass, S├ębastien Lefebvre; rhythm guitar, backing vocals, David Desrosiers; bass, backing vocals.

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Secondhand Serenade 
       Secondhand Serenade is an "acoustic rock" band led by John Vesely; vocalist and guitarist.
secondhand serenade
The nom de plume Secondhand Serenade is a reference to the way in which his songs were sung to his wife Candice, with whom he has two young sons. All of his songs were devoted to his wife as he loves to “serenade” her. Unfortunately, the couple broke up in 2008. Vesely was heartbroken as can be seen in many of his songs.

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 A Rocket to the Moon
       A Rocket to the Moon is an American rock band founded during 2006 by Nick Santino, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist. Sooner or later guitarist and backup vocalist Justin Richards, bassist and backup vocalist Eric Halvorsen, and drummer Andrew Coo joined.

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 Mayday Parade
      Mayday Parade is also an American rock band with a debut EP released in 2006.The band is composed of: Brook Betts; rhythm guitarist, Jake Bundrick; vocalist, drummer, percussionist, Alex Garcia; lead guitarist, Jeremy Lenzo; for bass guitar and vocals, Derek Sanders; the lead vocalist also for the keyboards and acoustic guitar. Moreover; their type of genres are emo, pop punk and alternative rock.

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Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
       Red Jumpsuit Apparatus is an American rock band that was formed in the year 2003. The name of the band was chosen through band voting from different random words. The current band members are:  Ronnie Winter; lead vocals, Joey Westwood; bass, Josh Burke; lead guitar, Randy Winter; rhythm guitar, and Kristopher Comeaux; drums. They sing various genres such as alternative rock, punk rock, rock, pop, pop-punk, metal, and screamo.

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Linkin Park 
 
       This American rock band formed in 1996 rose to international fame with their debut album "Hybrid Theory". The band combined the alternative metal, nu metal, and rap rock sound with influences and elements from hip-hop, alternative rock,and electronica which led them to success. The band is consist of:     Rob Bourdon – drums, percussion, Brad Delson – lead guitar, Dave "Phoenix" Farrell – bass guitar, Joe Hahn – turntables, keyboard, sampling, Mike Shinoda – vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboard and Chester Bennington – vocals.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Get to Know More About Bruno Mars

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Peter Gene Hernandez (born October 8, 1985),  better known as Bruno Mars, is one of the most remarkable voices of today's music industry. He began making music at his early age. He's been raised in the Waikiki neighborhood of Honolulu by a Puerto Rican descent father; Pete Hernandez (a percussionist) and a Filipina blooded mother Bernadette "Bernie" (a hula dancer); the couple have a passion in music where greatly influenced Mars musical expertise.In addition, at his young age he was exposed to different music genres which later on honed his skills in diverse mix of reggae, rock, hip-hop and R&B. Mars' uncle was an Elvis Presley impersonator. By the age of three his uncle had him up on the stage performing. At the age of four Mars began performing daily with their family band, The Love Notes. He performed on various venues in his hometown, finished high school and later on moved to LA to pursue his career. His musical family greatly impacted on what he was now. He's been known not only by his music but also with how he passionately reached his success.

Bruno Mars' Type of Music

Mars is a multifaceted singer, songwriter, producer and musician who feels "performing" makes him at home. Music aficionados notice the versatility of Mars' voice and music. His music is noted for showing broad variety of styles and holds elements of different music genres. His music versatility as he acknowledged is influenced by assortment of artists from diverse genres. At his early age, he kicked off his talent in music and eventually incorporates reggae, rock, pop, soul, hip hop and R&B . 

Leap of his career:

At the year 2004 Mars signed a contract to Motown Records which "gone nowhere" and later on met Philip Lawrence who greatly influenced him in song writing and labeled themselves as The Smeezingtons. They co-wrote the song Long Distance, which was recorded in 2008 by R&B singer Brandy. It wasn't an easy start in his career, although his ultimate goal is to be a successful solo artist still he was willing to write and produce for other artists, both to help improve his songwriting and help him discover the type of artist he ultimately wanted to be. He was an acknowledged music producer, composing songs for Alexandra Burke, Travie McCoy, Adam Levine, Brandy, Sean Kingston, and Flo Rida. He also co-wrote the Sugababes' hit song "Get Sexy" and provided backing vocals on their album Sweet 7. His first musical appearance as a singer was in Far East Movement's second studio album Animal, featured on the track "3D".He was also featured on pastor and hip hop artist Jaeson Ma's debut single "Love" in August 2009. He reached fame as a solo artist after being featured on and co-writing B.o.B's "Nothin' on You" and Travie McCoy's "Billionaire"; both songs reached within the top ten of charts worldwide. Following this success, on May 11, 2010 Bruno released his debut extended play, titled “It's Better If You Don't Understand”. The EP reached at the 99th position on the Billboard 200 and produced one single, "The Other Side", featuring singers Cee Lo Green and B.o.B. He again collaborated with Green in August 2010 by co-writing his single "Fuck You!". He performed a medley of "Nothin' on You" and "Airplanes" with B.o.B and Hayley Williams at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on September 12, 2010.
2010 to present has been the "big-bang" in his career. Bruno Mars' debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, was released on October 5, 2010. The lead single, "Just the Way You Are", was released on July 19, 2010, and has reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 as well as several other charts worldwide.  The second single, "Grenade", was released September 28, 2010, and has also seen successful international chart performance.  In the United States, Doo-Wops & Hooligans debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 for the week of October 13, 2010 also the album received generally positive reviews from critics.

Mars won his first Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, having received six nominations; Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Nothin' on You", Record of the Year for "Nothin' on You" and "Fuck You", Song of the Year for "Fuck You", and Producer of the Year, Non-Classical at the 53rd Grammy Awards, On February 13, 2011.

On September 16, 2011, Bad Meets Evil released their single, "Lighters", which featured Mars in the song. The song was met with mixed reviews from critics. His new song "It Will Rain"; released on November 8, 2011 became the The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. On October 30, 2011, Mars gave an exclusive performance of "Runaway Baby" on the results show of The X Factor UK, the same day that Mars received six nominations for a Grammy Award; Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for Doo-Wops & Hooligans, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for "Grenade", and Producer of the Year, Non-Classical at the 54th Grammy Awards. During the ceremony, Mars performed "Runaway Baby" but he did not win any awards as Adele won in all the categories he was nominated in and also defeated by Paul Epworth for Producer of the Year.

Mostly, he had reached his zenith of success at his age of 26 and he humbly says: “This is just the beginning for me, and I know that. But I have so much more to go and so much more to show.” 

Best Songs of Bruno Mars:

Grenade
This song is just amazing. It shows the true love which a man has for his girl. The song just depicts the reality any love stories.

Just the Way You Are
A song that any girl would love to hear from their loved ones. It truly makes you feel special.

The Lazy Song
This song is great indeed; sounds like funny but its the reality!

It Will Rain
This song is mind-blowing and has an awesome meaning.

Marry You
Another great song of Bruno Mars. It'll make LSS!

Talking to the Moon
An awesome yet emotional song by Bruno Mars. Another best song!

Today My Life Begins
Personally, I really love this song. It gives me inspiration at the same time gives me reason to keep moving forward.

Billionaire
Another captivating song so far; awesome rapping and fantastic music.

Count On Me
This song really touches my heart. A song about friendship and I remember that I even sing this song to my special friend. Another work of art by Bruno Mars.

Nothing On You
This one is superb! Such a beautiful song and really does make us girls feel special and not just something that you can replace.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Tears of a Broken Heart

a tear fell

"Try to say its over, 
                           say the word goodbye..."


Isn't it funny that one time in your life you’ve dreamed of a happy ever after, you thought that things will get better as time passed by; everything will be going so perfectly and will never get hurt but in the end you’ll find yourself broken? You spend time to figure it out what really went wrong and obviously its too late to undo things.

We love. We admire. Then we cry. What is a tear? Is it just a drop of water which comes out from our eyes? Is it just a drop of water that seeks freedom and fiercely wanted to escape? Or is it something else that even words can not explain? Tear, a powerful element of life that can never be replaced by any thing. In times of joy, sorrow excitement and for all of the instances in life tears take the center stage. It is an extreme feeling; an undeniable emotion. It is not released by our eyes nor by our mind. It came from somewhere much stronger yet too sensitive, our hearts.

Why tears always associated to a broken heart?

It's amazing how you build things with someone whom you believed will stay with you as long as you want to; lots of promises, plans and breath you shared then one day you'll find yourself awaken because it was just a fairy tale. Maybe all of us believes in a fairytale; a happy ever after; a wonderland; a place where both worlds collide but at some point of our lives we still got hurt then eventually end up with "lies". Its good to fantasize things however it is better to face the reality. Love as everyone know is one of the main reasons why people find their happiness but on the other hand this is one of the main reasons why most of us end up miserable. We always begin with "once upon a time" then end up crying. Now, what I'm trying to say is, face the reality and move on.  We are sometimes forced to say goodbye to people we love and care about not because we want a revenge, but we're trying to save the good old times and the little feelings that have left. 
But, what causes our heart to release these tears? The broken promises? The lies? The reality? or is it the broken heart itself? The moment we cry is the moment our heart releases its tears. It does not mean that we're weak but its a way of saying that we've been strong enough and struggled for too long and it is time to let go.

We love. We laugh. We cry. We let go. We move on. We just have to bear in mind that nothing's permanent, its up to you nor to the person you love whether both of you will stay longer. We just need to learn the art of letting go...:) Here is a song by Mikaila which will help you a lot during a tough time of your life:
The Art of Letting Go by Mikaila
Some people believe that holding on is a great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go. Let the past be the past and let the present guide you to a better future. I once got hurt then I moved on...I found no harm by doing it, I faced the reality and luckily I've found someone better, someone who I considered the BEST...

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Music as Self Expression


Music as Self Expression
Expression is the acme of all arts. A language that anyone will or will never understand. A data entry stored in one’s memory that is ready to explode any time. Now, turn your radio on and you will hear different kinds of music; from country to classical, oldies to hard rock and mellow to punk, they all have something notable to offer you.
Music is more than just head-banging and singing in front of the crowd. Its deeper, it lets people say things that even themselves can't utter.  Any music has a versatile way of expression which brings a variety of emotions onto people; expressing themselves through music is a way of escaping from a certain feeling of depression or uttering special sentiment to people. The genres of songs that we used to listen is a way of expressing what kind of mood we have for example listening to hard rock; a form of loud and aggressive music, the riffs of the guitar accompanied by drums in high range and its raspy vocals can release you're anger, mellow musics means that you're in sorrow or sometimes people eavesdrop to this kind of song for relaxation and reflecting life, rap is a vehicle of expression and various rappers have their unique idea on sharing how they really feel and alternative love songs is a mode of expressing feelings to loved ones. There are still many genres of music but the focal point of which is "self-expression".
People listen to music based on their moods and also how the lyrics affect them; what kind of emotion they get and how it'll make a better perspective on their thoughts.

angry music for angry people

Why People Listen to Angry music?


It’s not always the song that upsets you but the emotions that it whips out. Songs about break ups, being cheated, lied to etc. gives you an outlook on something happened in your life it’s not the sense of “coincidence” but rather you've got hit by the lyrics and you can relate from one way or another. It gets you thinking about an incident happened to you, the things you regret or things that you don’t want to happen in your life. The feelings of indifference and guilt that makes you wanna scream is lightened by relating it to the meaning of the song.

Here are list of songs for people who is pissed off but at the same time...these would be a "burden-lightener":

My top 10 songs for upset:

Over You by Daughtry
 
"You're with somebody for a really long time, and you pretty much think that this is the person you're gonna spend the rest of your life with, and then they drop the ball on you. Then you think it's over, your life is done, and then somebody better walks in." - Chris Daughtry

Actually, this break up song has no particular impact on me in the sense that I haven't yet engaged in so serious relationship but as I digest every thought of its lyrics I knew that the incidents happened particularly in the "song-story" are the things that I don't want to happen in my life. Though this song discloses anger, war of feelings and extreme sorrow that any listener can be upset (if they got hit by its lyrics) still it has a positive notion; it is finding strength and courage to move on even though someone left you hanging out of the blue.
Gone Forever  by Three Days Grace
This really is a beautiful song based on a relationship that didn't turn out best. It may hit a personal chord to a listener with a relationship that didn't end in the best way …and at the end of the horizon…
"I feel so much better
Now that you're gone forever
I tell myself that I don't miss you at all
I'm not lying, denying that I feel so much better now"

Numb by Linkin Park
This song is awesome and really explains parent-child relationship. Sometimes children are sick of living up to the extreme expectations their parents set to them. Just what like the song is trying to emphasize; it really sucks to make your parents disappointed and at the same time it takes a long time to make them proud, the feeling of imperfection and the sense of being who you really are, are just some of the things that is hard to explain towards your parents. However, parents should realize how desperate their children are just to satisfy their expectations also they should accept every bit of reality of what their progeny wanted to be.

Down With a Sickness by Disturbed
With my personal view, this song accentuate extreme anger and at the same time cruelty towards someone. I got hooked with its "oh! aahhhh, aaaahhhh, aaaaahhhh, ah" lyrics but I can't relate to its full story. But for the sake of music I think this band really expressed who they really are.

Pardon Me by Incubus
This is a great song about dealing with all of the crap and dim-witted things people do in life and the want of literally exploding at some time. Life has so many to offer both ups and downs but no matter how sick you may become by the shits and craps in vivacity still think of the positive sides always. Remember, problems make you stronger.

Riot by Three Days Grace
Awesome song for pissed people. It releases anger indeed. The story behind this song is about political power controlling the people thus, result to a chaotic storm that causes death and destruction. Moreover, it also deals with people who think life is full of shit and their emotions are bottled only on themselves and they're thinking of an "escape" from horrendous feeling. Thus, every individual should try to express how they really feel all the time because the more you hide the pain the more hurtful it is until you can't escape from it anymore and you wanna end up to a "riot".

Shut Up by Simple Plan
SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!! YEAH I'M PISSED OUT AS I'M WRITING THIS POST! HAHAHAHA. Seriously, this song is about someone whose always been pushed on something he don't want to be and always been criticized because of his mistakes. But, who cares if you committed mistakes? its your life, be what you want to be!

Vindicated by Dashboard Confessionals
Vindicated, as what the song is trying to impart the listener. This song has an contradicting thoughts: being right and at the same time being wrong towards something. Same with dealing through reality, sometimes right decisions are not right at all especially when there's someone hurt and left hanging.

Losing Grip by Avril Lavigne
Do you know the feeling of being ignored, left out, confused and alone? Well, you should listen to this music. Digest everything behind the lyrics and later on you'll realize how painful it is to be ignored and left hanging with bewilderment. Well, just MOVE ON!

Let the Flames Begin by Paramore
An emotional song. Cynical. The song lay emphasis on giving up of a flawed individual because of his weak personality,sense of despair and the feeling of being miserable. Though bowing out is pretty near still faith paved strength and a burning passion to prove to others that giving up is not a solution. Basically, every person has their own dance and its up to us how well we bop on its perfect tune. Always bear in mind that, misery loves company, so be strong.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Why I am passionate about music?

“I have my own particular sorrows, loves, delights; and you have yours.  But sorrow, gladness, yearning, hope, love, belong to all of us, in all times and in all places.  Music is the only means whereby we feel these emotions in their universality. “ ~H.A. Overstreet

Passion is an extreme feeling towards something. A desire. A motivation. A fervor. An enthusiasm. A place where you can find yourself beyond limitations. In my realizations passion is something that brings me an outlook between realities and envisage of life. Moreover passion doesn’t only tackles about the things you’re good at but it is about how powerful that thing influences your life.   Actually, I never dreamed to be a singer nor a composer or maybe a guitar player but every time I hear music; my soul is awaken and there’s a driving force that boosts my system. Music in my ears is like the sound of life. Why do I say so? Well, every time I hear a song and as soon as I memorized its lyrics there’s something in me that I can’t explain; it seems that my experiences are reflected from what its notes are trying to say. I love listening to a song when it feels like its lyrics were written for me.
Music is considered as one of the most influential forms of pleasure. For me life without music is boring or let’s says music without life is not music at all. Kinda ironic right? A thought entered my mind, music is what life sounds like because we cannot refute from the fact that we're getting hit and beaten by our own experiences whenever we hear a song that is somewhat related from our own self. I'm fond of listening to different music genre and every song I've heard is another dose of lesson that I can link to a specific feeling that I had before. Every song that is saved to my gadgets has different meanings from various stories of my existence.
I’m not and will never be a good singer that’s why I’m a frustrated music aficionado. I’m not also a perfect guitar player that’s why it’s been one of the things in my wish list. If you’ll come to think of it I’m not gifted in music that’s why relating every notes, melodies and harmony from different genres of music to my life is a reward that I think music had offered me.