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Artist of the Week: The 1975

So even though this band has been a ground for the past 10 years and they also happen to be British, it only makes sense that I just found out about them last week, and let me just say, I have no idea how I have lived my life without them.

Now, I like a lot of different types of music. However, a lot of the stuff I listen to seems to encompass the alternative/ indie genre. But I’m in no way averse to Top 40 hits. I am after all a big supporter of z 104. But there comes a moment, just a few lifetime moments, where you’re listening to a song and within the first few seconds, you say to yourself, in the most Blaine Anderson way possible, “oh there you are. I’ve been looking for you forever.” And that’s how I felt the first time I heard the first 10 seconds of The 1975’s song “Chocolate”. I knew immediately that this band was for me (and that’s why a minute later as I was listening to the rest of the song, I bought the entire album) and they will always have an effect on my heart and my loins.

If you haven’t found it already, keep looking and you’ll be sure to find your musical soul mate. Image

 

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Artist of the Week: Justin Timberlake

So for the past week now I’ve been listening to the Principal of Pop’s 2nd part of The 20/20 Experience and it’s only right that as I’m listening and going weak at the knees from his silky voice to blog about it.

It’s no secret that JT is one of my favorite artists and the past 7 years without his voice has just been so empty and lonely and frankly really hard on the ears. But not anymore. This year has been a great one for music and it only continues to get better and better and Justin is a huge part of that.

Now part 1/2 was spectacular and I adore every single song on that album and I had no idea whether or not part 2 would be just as good, better or worse. And I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s better. It’s not a “so much better” in a way that sounds like the first part wasn’t worth our time. That’s not it at all. It’s an “it’s better” in the sense that Justin knows what the hell he’s doing when it comes to music and specifically his music. He knows what he wants his sound to be, he knows what he wants his image to be and he knows what he wants to sing about. This album just shows us music lovers that artists can and do get better with age. I love every single song on this album and I won’t be putting these headphones down anytime soon.

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Writer of the Week: J.K. Rowling

Now even though Harry Potter is my life and the world we be so much better if it were the Wizarding World, I’m not here to talk about magic. I’m here to talk about life and the trials and tribulations…blah blah blah…that comes along with living.

So I’ve finally gotten around to reading Rowling’s first novel written after Harry Potter, The Casual Vacancy, and I honestly don’t know what to say about it. What’s more, is I haven’t finished yet and I’m not even half way through but let’s just say that the book is a bit much. The writing it wonderful, or course, because Rowling is a phenomenal writer and knows how to write the hell out of story. However, this novel has a little too much of everything you can possibly imagine jam packed into one book. There are a ton of characters (multiple husbands, wives, children) and I always get confused as to who belongs to who. There is also pretty much every social issue being dealt with in one book (physical abuse, violence, death, drug/alcohol abuse, bullying, self-harm, rape, pedophilia, molestation, child abuse), basically anything you can think of. These issues obviously need to be dealt with but it’s hard to see every single one of these things talk about in just one single town in one single book. Also the book is quite long and I think it could have been shortened by at least 200 pages.

But then again, I haven’t finished it so I might change my opinion of it later. I hope so. I don’t dislike the book, by any means, but It’s still a bit of a struggle. Honestly.

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Artist(s) of the Week: Corey Gray and Jake Coco

So since this video came out this very day, I thought it only right to blog about it. Royals by Lorde is one of my favorite songs. Admittedly, it took me a while to get into it and then one day the genius of it just took me like a slap in the face. From then on it was a happy marriage.

And since I happen to spend a lot of time on youtube, I always like to promote my favorite youtube artists because they deserve daily buzz and love because they are amazing and yeah, just amazing.

So here’s Corey Gray and Jake Coco singing a glorious cover of Royals. I seriously can’t get over how amazing their harmonies are. Perfection. So go check out their youtube channels, show them some love and be blown away by their talent.

“We’ll never be royals. It don’t run in our blood. That kinda lux just ain’t for us. We crave a different kind of buzz.”

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Writer of the Week: M.K. Asante

So since technically it’s Sunday, it’s a new week and of course time to mention another writer.

As of this moment, I’m reading the memoir, Buck, by M.K. Asante. I first came across Asante last year when he came to speak at the annual retreat that my college scholarship program, PEOPLE, puts on every year. He came to speak to us about his life, his struggles, his childhood, growing up in the ghetto, his changes he made and his new lease on life. Not only is Asante a best selling author, he is also an award-winning film maker and a professor. His memoir, which came out last month, is about his life growing up in Philadelphia and how he has overcome his surroundings and found success and happiness doing what he loves.

This memoir shows that where you come from does not have to determine where you go. It shows that even if you grow up in the ghetto you do not have to end up only one of two ways: in jail or six feet under. You can make your own choices and overcome what you see as a personal obstacle. You can change your circumstances if you choose to. It’s all about choice and we all have our own choices to make in order to live the life that we want.

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Writer of the Week: John Green

So since I finished The Maze Runner Trilogy a few days ago (which I loved by the way. It ended in a very spectacularly intriguing and surprising way), it’s now time to mention another author: John Green.

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So I’m now on to reading my 2nd John Green novel, Looking for Alaska (The Fault in our Stars was the first and utterly fabulous) and I just have to say that John Green is one hell of a writer. He keeps you laughing, crying, in touch with yourself and your feelings and makes you empathize with completely made up people who you secretly wish you knew and could spend every waking moment with. And Looking for Alaska is no exception. I’m about half way through and I absolutely adore the life at Culver Creek. It reminds me of college and all of the crazy shenanigans I never had the guts to actually go through with or even possibly think of.

I hope one day to be as good a writer as John Green, but until then I’ll just continue to read his novels and maybe one day, just one day I will find my own Great Perhaps. I’m also, just because I’m a nice person, am going to plug his youtube channel, Vlogbrothers, because him and his brother, Hank, make awesome videos and watching them are a great way to spend your time.

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Writer of the Week: James Dashner

This week I’m reading The Scorch Trials by James Dashner. It’s the 2nd book in The Maze Runner trilogy.

It’s a very interesting book and so far I’m liking it more than first one. That could also be because it’s always much nicer to already be in the middle of the story and not have to worry about how people met and how they got to where they were. I like being in the middle of the chaos. Which is just what this sequel gives you. Chaos, chaos and more chaos. Now don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed The Maze Runner. I mean after all it’s the first book in a very interesting dystopian story (which is admittedly a favorite genre of mine) and if I didn’t like the first one I wouldn’t have bothered to read the other 2.

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So since I’m only about 30 pages in, I don’t really have all that much to say about the book other than the fact that I’m enjoying it immensely.