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Aug. 9th, 2010

moonlight

Style Statement

I've been hearing about this Style Statement thing from Kendra and Anna, and it got me curious. Two words that describe your style, they said - one is 80% of you, your core, and the other is 20%. I said Lifehouse, but Kendra protested. When I actually read the materials, I realized it was deeper than just physical style - it's supposed to describe your whole approach to life and help you accomplish your goals or something. I like the idea of trying to sum up my whole self with two words. I'll have to read the whole book someday.

What I've come up with so far is essential, and I'm searching for some word that means idealistically creative.

Jul. 29th, 2010

pink

Switchfoot in the Live Lounge

So, Katelyn texted me at like 5:30 this afternoon saying she won passes to the Switchfoot thing tonight and her guest bailed, so I could come! That was unexpected. We were supposed to get to the place at 7:30, so it was all so quick. This was the same place I saw Lifehouse at PST. I've never seen them before today, so it was pretty exciting. I expected them to do 2 songs like Lifehouse did, but they played 5 songs and did some questions and answers. I didn't ask them anything. It was pretty fun, though. Afterwards we did a meet & greet and we got a picture with them and a signed photo. Oh, I should probably mention that it was just Jon and Drew, not the whole band. I introduced myself to them. You know, I know it's strange for me to say this, but it's weird meeting a band I love and feeling like I know them when they don't even know who I am. This is the first time it's happened that way. I told them I loved their video blogs and their music, and then we left. I don't know when they headline again, but I definitely want to see a real concert from them. The live lounge is such a stifling environment for a band like Switchfoot.

Jul. 15th, 2010

Lifehouse

Lifehouse Box

I painted this box to keep my little Lifehouse things in, in case you didn't think I was crazy enough already.













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Jul. 13th, 2010

peconic

Awkward Switchfoot Dream

yes, this is another very awkward dream. Click to readCollapse )
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Jul. 7th, 2010

broken

Lifehouse Dreams

I've been having consecutive Lifehouse dreams lately. Most of them are pretty boring, but I posted these two on a forum, and I thought I'd document them here:

I had a dream this morning that I was hanging out after a concert looking for Lifehouse, and I saw Rick and Bryce coming out of the bathroom. It was kind of weird, because I think it was one of those single-room bathrooms. Anyway, I was really excited, and I started talking to them. Bryce mentioned my comic book because he hadn't seen me since he got it. I thought I'd see if I could find Jason. We were inside some building, and I found him sitting down on the floor of a hallway having a serious conversation with a fan, who was also sitting on the floor. I thought, "oh, he's busy." But I still wanted to say hi to him, so.. (and I have no idea why I did this) ...I asked him if I could touch his head. I think he said yes, and I just put my hand in his hair and then walked away. I came back later and I actually talked to him.

Next day:
I just had another dream this morning that I got to go to another acoustic Lifehouse event with Karen and Marcia. We were there talking about some contest they were having, and you had to e-mail in. Then I looked over and Jason and Rick were already ready to perform, and there were about 3 people standing in front of him watching. I don't know why I didn't notice them before. I looked over and Jason and waved at him, and he said, "Hey, Sylvia! Are you gonna enter the contest?" I was like "not right now" or something. I didn't have any way of accessing my e-mail. He was like, "aw, why not?" and he started saying things I didn't really hear about how to enter the contest. I wanted to respond positively, but I didn't know what to say. I looked back at the people I was with, and then I decided to go up to the stage (or floor in front of them). It turns out Marcia was the winner of the contest, so they took her backstage, and I think the prize was to act out some sort of peter pan scene with the band. So Jason started picking her up and flying her around. It was really weird.

Jul. 2nd, 2010

Lifehouse

Lifehouse Lost Theme

I was trying to count how many songs mention the theme of being lost. Many of these lyrics are disputable. You can tell me what you think.


"How did I end up here? Closer to nowhere in the middle of nothing." -What's Wrong With That
"At the end of the day, I can make my way out of here." -Better Part of Me
"Every time I lost my way, you were there to break my fall." -Running Away
"I am running, not sure where I'm going" -May
"I'm running and not quite sure where to go." -Hanging By a Moment
"I'm just trying to find my way." -Trying
"Would someone tell me how did I get here?" -Anchor
"Now I feel lost inside of my own name." -Out of Breath
"I tried to make my way to you, but still I feel so lost." -Take Me Away
"Where do I go from here? I guess I'll find out as I go." -Empty Space
"You say you feel lost, can I help you find it?" -Come Back Down
"You got my head spinning, I don't know where to go from here." -You and Me
"So you lost your way." -All In All
"All this time we're going nowhere and we know it." -Into the Sun
"Do you feel lost inside of someone else's life?" -We'll Never Know
"Tell me where to go from here, tell me how to find another way." -Through These Times
"I woke up this morning, don't know where I'm going." -Disarray
"We're lost in this but it feels like home." -First Time
"I'd be lost without you and never find myself." -Whatever It Takes
"I may have lost my way now, haven't forgotten my way home." -Broken
"There's stop signs on the wrong highway and it's so dark looking for answers but your headlights already gone out, you're looking for a spark" -Signs of Life
"I was only looking for a shortcut home, but it's complicated." -It Is What It Is
"Without you I'm just lost." -Falling In
"When I feel lost and I can't find my way" -By Your Side
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Jul. 1st, 2010

ESU

How to Embrace Music - Again

I don't know how long ago I wrote a post called "How to embrace music." Well, I could go back and look for it, but I don't think I will. I wanted to write more about some of the things I wrote about then, but I don't remember what I wrote exactly. Oh, well. Forgive me if I say some things I said before.

I think I approach music differently from most people. Maybe when you hear a song, it's just a song to you, and what you know about it doesn't affect how much you like it. Not so with me. When I hear a song, everything I know about the artist and all their other music is tied up in that song along with whatever meaning and emotions I get from it. When those things seem to clash with each other, I feel conflicted when I hear the song. For instance, if I hear a nice, heartwarming song by an artist who I know is a terrible person, I just can't enjoy the song, no matter how much I want to like it. That never happens, though - that's only an extreme example. Most often, I just don't know much about the artist or their other music, especially when I'm listening to the radio. So I hear a song and think I'm getting something out of it, but I have no idea whether that meaning was intended or what. So I hear a song I like and I think, "If only the songwriter really meant that. But I'll never know." and it leaves me feeling empty or uncertain. When I should LIKE a song, it just leaves a hole - it leaves me longing for some kind of certainty I don't have. At least it used to... before I learned how to embrace music and found fulfillment in it. This is starting to sound like the introduction to one of those self-help books. Haha. But really it's just about my obsession with Lifehouse. Surprise, surprise.

A Lifehouse song never leaves me feeling empty or uncertain about the sincerity of its truth. I've learned enough about Jason Wade and all of his songwriting to know where it all comes from and what he means by it. When I first listened to all the songs from albums 3 and 4, what struck me the most was the consistency - the way every song seemed to hold all the truth and compassion of every other song - and that fit perfectly with the way I've always wanted to hear music but never been able to before. And it was also true about the first two albums, but I had heard them at different times and not noticed as much. Now I can be sure of it. I can love it just as much as I've ever wanted to, and I can't describe how amazing that is. I'm trying not to sound too insane, but I don't know if it's working.

Jun. 29th, 2010

peconic

A Timeline of Jason Wade's Hair

I was told this had to be done:


2000 - 2001 (No Name Face era)


2002 - 2003 (Stanley Climbfall era)


2003


2004


2005 - 2006 (Lifehouse era)


2007 - 2009 (Who We Are era)


2009


2009 - 2010 (Smoke & Mirrors era)


2010
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Jun. 22nd, 2010

peconic

The Comic Book

I posted this on facebook in the photo captions, so it has some things I already posted on here.

I wanted to remember the Lifehouse comic book. I only made one, and it belongs to Lifehouse now. So I took pictures. The only reason I was attached to the book itself is because I knew Lifehouse would own it eventually. Kind of like when you get a pick and it's special because it used to belong to them. This is the same, except backwards in time. I met Jason and gave him the book. Then I met him two days later and he said he loved it and he showed it to the others and the whole band loved it. Rick was there too. He asked me if I made the whole thing. He said he loved how the book was stitched together, and I told him I sewed it together myself. I think he was impressed. Goodbye, book. You're going to a good home now.








Lifehouse

Lifehouse Concert #16: WSTW

So when I woke up yesterday I got an e-mail that said I won passes to this WSTW private performance and meet & greet today! Since my friends all won passes too, I gave my guest pass to Karen so that she, Marcia, and her mom could all get in. Then last night I realized there was a problem with the car, so I started freaking out on facebook, and I got a call from Karen's mom saying that she'd drive me to the thing today! Amazing how everything works out. So, they were really nice people and I got to hang out with them the whole time.

The whole event was pretty short. Jason and Rick only played 2 songs and then they did a photo line. During the 2nd song there was this whistling sound like a teapot, and Jason and Rick started cracking up. Jason was like, "I think the water's ready." So then I got in line for a photo. When it was my turn Jason said "Hi Sylvia!" and he hugged me. I said "It's been a while" or something. (because it had been two whole days) He said he loved the comic book, and Rick said he loved it too. I said "Thanks!" I said, "Did you show it to.." and they said "Yeah, they loved it too." Talking about Ben and Bryce. While we were posing for the photo, Rick said "So you made the whole thing yourself?" and he loved how it was sewn together. I said I sewed it together myself, and he said, "Really?" Then I said it was nice to see them or something, and went off, and they gave me an autographed photo exactly like the one they gave me on Sunday. It was even signed in the same places. So, that was it. I guess now I can't pretend anymore that Jason hates the comics.

Edit: Photos from the website! Haha - I forgot to take ANY photos with my phone, I was so caught up in the moment.



Jun. 21st, 2010

Lifehouse

Lifehouse Concerts 14 and 15

Edit: I didn't include this in the original post, but after the Smoke & Mirrors release event, I put together a comic book of all my Lifehouse comics to give to the band at my next opportunity.
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I was debating whether this counts as two separate concerts since it happened in one day, but everyone I talked to agreed that it did. Anyway, concert 15 is the Trenton concert of Lifehouse opening for Daughtry, which I bought a ticket to a few weeks ago. Concert 14 is PST's Live Lounge, which I just found out I was going to this past week.

I edited out some things here, but me and my friends met at the radio station for the performance.

So we all filed into the Live Lounge, this little room with these couch-bench thingies. As we were going in and taking our seats, Jason and Rick were already sitting there, and Jason was talking to us. I think he was talking to Mandi and Yuliya when they came in, and then he recognized Kramer and he said something to him and then he saw me and he was like "Hi Sylvia!" and I said hi to him. They only played two songs, and during the performance, Jason didn't look at us at all. It was weird to be in such an intimate space with them. They had no escape. They couldn't leave until the rest of us left. So after the concert, they said we could come out and stand in a line for the meet and greet thing. "Why would we want to leave?" I thought. "They're right HERE!" But I didn't say that. I knew we'd get to meet them, so we went out and went to the end of the line. Yuliya had put together this gift basket of stuff for all of the band members and we all signed our names to it. So when it was our turn to meet Jason and Rick, she gave them the gift, and they seemed really happy to see us again. And then "I was I have a gift too," because I still had the comic book. I gave it to Jason and I said, "Here, it's a comic book," He said "Thank you!" and gave me a hug, and then I said, "Make sure Bryce and Ben get to see it too." He said "I definitely will." One thing I noticed is he didn't mention anything about the comics themselves, like he wasn't like "Oh I love these comics!" So, for all I know, he still could hate them, like he does in the comics. Then we were talking about how to get photos. We were like, should we do it in one big group? Since we were the last ones in line and we weren't delaying anyone, we decided to get them individually. This is actually the first time I've gotten a posed picture with Jason. Katelyn took it for me. Oh, Jason asked us if we were all going to the concert tonight, and we said everyone except Mandi. So yeah, it's a good thing I bought that ticket. So after we all got photos with them - oh, I don't know what order this came in, but they signed a bunch of band pictures for us. I guess it was just part of the deal. Then we said goodbye and left. The whole experience just seemed so unreal. I could barely speak, my voice was all shaky. Then in the parking lot we saw them coming out and they waved to us as they headed toward their van. They took a while to get into their van and I kept looking at them and they just kept waving, so I kept waving back. It was kind of funny. Then I think their driver backed into a parked car and drove away. And that concluded Lifehouse concert #14. We went to Panera and hung out for a while before heading to the Sun National Bank Center.





Although it was much longer, I don't have much to say about concert #15. It was another opening concert, and my seat was further back than it was the first time. Although I did move forward about 3 rows because there was an empty aisle seat. It was nice. They played their usual set, I think. But they played Broken and Chris Daughtry came out to sing on that one. And since this was the last night of the tour (prank night), at the end of their set a whole bunch of orange ping-pong balls fell from the ceiling right onto the center of the stage. I think Bryce was crossing the stage and Jason said something like "watch out" into the microphone - maybe I'll see a video of it and see what actually happened. So, I left during Daughtry's set, but I stayed in the building so I could come back for the encore and see if anything interesting happened. I bought a T-shirt. I happened to check on Daughtry's performance from the back entrance, and I saw Lifehouse coming back onto the stage in costumes. So I zipped down the stairs and back to the aisle where I was before to get a better view of what was going on. Lifehouse and Cavo were all in Batman character costumes dancing around. I was glad I stuck around. Then I got to see Jason sing Home with Daughtry while I was down there (which he didn't do the first time I saw them). All In All, a great day. I was so happy I got to meet Jason and give him the comic book. I want to ask Bryce whether he actually did get to see it, though.

Jun. 12th, 2010

reach

The Killers

This is gonna sound odd, but I'm getting a weird crush on the Killers. I don't know if it has anything to do with the fact that Brandon Flowers is the most attractive lead singer I've ever seen, but that might be part of it, and it would definitely contribute to the shallowness of this strange attraction. But it's mostly the music. I can't describe what I like about it, maybe partly the fact that it doesn't make any sense, so it sneaks into my subconscious mind and brings up all these dream-like vivid, indescribable emotions. And the quality of the music itself adds a lot of emotional impact to the lyrics.

"Saw Cinderella in a party dress, but she was looking for a nightgown."
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May. 29th, 2010

broken

All In All

I must have written about this before at some point, but I was just thinking about my favorite song, All In All by Lifehouse. Why do I love it so much, you ask? Well, for one thing, it has some really nice musical qualities, but it's mostly because of the lyrics. It's a comfort song, but it doesn't make any false promises - like a lot of songs have lyrics like "I'll be there for you" or "I will be the one who's waiting anytime you fall," or stuff like that. And not to say that those kinds of lyrics make a song false, in fact they're lyrics to other Lifehouse songs that I also love. But they make it so that the song can't be from the writer to the listener, because a musician can't make promises like that to everyone. But All In All is different. It's exactly what I'd want to hear from a friend if I was going through a hard time, but without any strings attached. It's the heart itself. It's as far as someone can go to actually reach out to the listener directly, understand them, and reassure them, without actually hearing anything back. I think it's just amazing that Jason can do this with a song.

All in All

Standing on top of the edge it feels like it's going down
Everything stays in my mind feeling in a daze on the ground
Feels like it's gonna give, life's to hard to live anymore
I think I've had enough things too tough, I'm out the door

All in all it's just another day now
You're falling down
Whatcha gonna do
Standing on top of the world tonight
No one's looking back at you

Stand tall
It's going on, it's going on
It's gonna be just fine
You're holding on
Holding on today

Things don't stop and the others announced they're moving on
Salt and tears in the minds in the mouths of a bad decision
Too late for another mistake it's bringing you down
With all your faults it isn't your fault what's going on

All in all it's just another day now
You're falling down
Whatcha gonna do
Standing on top of the world tonight
No one's looking back at you

Stand tall
It's going on, it's going on
It's gonna be just fine
You're holding on
Holding on today

So you lost yourself
So you lost your way
Found life through someone else
But you threw it all away

All in all it's just another day now
You're falling down
Whatcha gonna do
Standing on top of the world tonight
No one's looking back at you

Stand tall
It's going on, it's going on
It's gonna be just fine
You're holding on
Holding on today

Time's rolling on
Rolling on today
It's going on
Going on today

May. 26th, 2010

peconic

A Changing Realm of Momentary Uses

It all started when I was drinking a drink of some kind, and as my drink was almost empty, I thought, this glass is way too big for the amount of drink I have left. It would be so much better if the glass were smaller now. And then I thought, wouldn't it be cool if the glass shrunk as the drink disappeared? Then when the drink was gone, the glass would disappear too. In fact, wouldn't it be cool if everything only existed while it was fulfilling its purpose? You would never have to find a place to park. Of course, then things would have to come into existence as much as they disappeared. I was talking about this last night with Anna and Kendra. And what exactly would you have access to? At first I figured you could have whatever you thought of, but that defeats the purpose of making anything, so then I said, you can have anything that someone made at some point. Now as I'm thinking about it, it doesn't make sense anymore, because if things are changing size all the time, how does that work? I mean, not everyone can make four-dimensional objects. But now that I'm thinking back on it, the original concept I had way back when I first thought of it was a less conscious one - based more on uses rather than intentions. For instance, things would come into existence as needed, you wouldn't always have to think of them. The only things that exist in a room when you walk in are the things that are there for aesthetic purposes. As soon as you sit down, there's a chair. You put down your glass, and there's a table. And no, there are no tragic accidents. Accidents happen, but something is always there to prevent damage.

...and then I went off on a wild tangent of nonsense and discovery. Mostly the former.Collapse )

...and then I said, "I should write a book. Or at least a blog post." Done.

May. 19th, 2010

reach

Jon Foreman on Suffering



Of all the people in the world, Jon Foreman is one of the ones I respect the most. When I saw this video, it bothered me, because it makes so much sense. But then I realized that I disagree with his point.

"Any nation that makes it their point to avoid suffering is already past their prime."

It's true that suffering is an inevitable and necessary part of growth, and great things can come out of it, but in itself, suffering is a bad thing. If we can make it our point to avoid it, what's wrong with that? I mean I understand where he's coming from - some of the methods people use to avoid suffering are more harmful than the suffering itself - they make us numb so we can't feel anything. But there are ways to alleviate suffering that are good and helpful. It's not the suffering we should aim for, it's the growth. Imagine what would happen if we as a society said to ourselves, "we're not suffering enough," and then we started doing everything we could to torture ourselves and everyone around us. Please comment.

May. 17th, 2010

peconic

Stages of Census Work

I started working for the census at the beginning of May. The job is to go from door to door collecting information from people who supposedly didn't turn in their census forms. At first it was very stressful, then it was less stressful, then it was more stressful because of added tedium, but now it's not so bad anymore. I think the worst part is sitting at home wondering when I should start, which is funny, because that part could be easily eliminated if I just started as soon as I started wondering when I should start. But then I would be working when no one was home, and I'd be tired by peak enumerating hours.

May. 9th, 2010

ESU

Some Moments Last a Lifetime (not from Hallmark)

Do you ever have a moment in your life that's so exciting that you don't think you'll ever get over it? This is me obsessingCollapse )
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Apr. 25th, 2010

peconic

Married

I'm going to be married for all of eternity. Why not enjoy single life for the little time I still have it? Woohoo!

Apr. 11th, 2010

Lifehouse

Following (Lifehouse Parody)

(original song - falling in)

Every time I see your plates
My car takes off on a high-speed chase, yeah
Stop the car, it's only you
That we're following.

I can't wait 'till I've got you
Your speeding has taken your soul
And I know that you've lost control
This car that I've followed
Has left me to stall out
Yet again, and again
Now you've broken every law.

Every time I see your plates
My car takes off on a high-speed chase, yeah
Stop the car, it's only you
That we're following.
I will always find you gone
And chase you down and cut you off.
Just slow down, it's only you
That we're following.

I'm standing in your driveway
It's midnight, blinking lights stay
I have to find out if you are inside.
Should be easy, have my cops, too,
And it's over, we've got you cornered now,
Can't compete.
Yeah, we found your home, home to seek.

(Chorus)

All those nights I've stayed awake,
Thinking of ways that you've committed crimes.
All those miles we're on the chase,
You never run out of ways to get more fines.

(Chorus)
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Apr. 10th, 2010

bryce

Really Big Cake

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Apr. 9th, 2010

reach

Really Big Biscuit

Apr. 4th, 2010

Lifehouse

Annoying Lifehouse Dream

So, you know how I have this comic book for Lifehouse that I'm planning to give to them? Well, I had a dream this morning that I was at the Trenton concert, and I saw Lifehouse standing around because they weren't performing at the moment, so I thought "This is my chance!" I went up to Jason and I tapped him on the shoulder and sort of whispered to him, because I couldn't really speak. I said, "I have a gift for you," and I pulled out what I thought was my comic book. I gave it to him and he sort of stared at it for a second and he said, "What IS this??" I looked at it again and it wasn't the comic book, it was some old journal. So I said, "Oh, wait, that's the wrong thing!" I looked in my bag and I realized I didn't have the comic book, so I told him I have to give it to him another time. Then I went home and looked for it, and I found it under this pile of stuff all crumpled and dusty and the cover had worn down - it looked like it had been sitting in a puddle of water. Then I remembered the real place it was, and I knew it was safe. I think I was starting to wake up at that point. Thank goodness it wasn't real! That's how I feel about a lot of my dream Lifehouse encounters. The real ones are usually much better.

Mar. 27th, 2010

broken

In Your Skin Animation

Yes, it's finally done:

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Mar. 22nd, 2010

ESU

Lifehouse Concert #13: Opening for Daughtry



This concert was nothing to sneeze at, I'd say. It's the first time I've been to an arena, the first time I've seen Lifehouse open, and the first time I've seen them perform a hand full of new songs. The arena is pretty exciting, but I like the club shows better. There are just so many people, that there isn't very much opportunity for the band to interact. Although during Nerve Damage, Jason went into the stands, which I thought was pretty cool. He went almost all the way up to the edge of the stadium, while singing. I really liked seeing the new songs, but I wish I had been closer. I know I shouldn't be complaining, because I had one of the best seats there, but I'm not used to stadium seating - I usually get the first couple of rows. Anyway, I did stick around for Daughtry, and if I go to any more concerts on this tour, I'm not going to do that again. One Daughtry performance is enough for me, just so I know what it's like. Jason didn't come out at the end this time. I called Yuliya afterwards and she said she had already left. Since I was by myself in Newark, and I didn't know where to meet Lifehouse (that's another thing I don't like about arenas - too many exits), I decided to go home. The comic book can wait.

Oh, I forgot to add something. I was talking to a couple on the train on the way home, who came to the concert to see Daughtry, and they said they were really impressed by Lifehouse's performance, and they kept playing songs they knew, but didn't know were Lifehouse. That was nice. Lifehouse is already making new fans on this tour. Lifehouse is gonna kick butt with this album. I'm so proud of them.

Mar. 5th, 2010

pink

Halfway Gone Parody

This burrito's hard to hold
And it's really cheesy.
As time goes on it's getting cold
Don't think it's worth eating.
Taco Bell's cheap.
Give me a sandwitch I can eat.

'Cause I'm halfway gone,
And I'm at Subway
And I'm feelin', feelin' hungry today.
So I'll order in,
I'll take two foot-longs
'Cause I'm halfway gone
Yeah, I'm halfway gone.

I dropped one sub on the floor
While choking down the other.
Now I'm wanting something more
And just around the corner
Taco Bell's cheap.
Give me a sandwitch I can eat.

'Cause it's halfway gone
And I'm at Subway
And I'm feelin', feelin' hungry today.
So I'll order in,
I'll take one foot-long
'Cause it's halfway gone
Yeah, it's halfway gone.
Can I just pig out
'Cause I'm at Subway
And I'm feelin', feelin' hungry today.
So I'll order in,
I'll take one foot-long
'Cause it's halfway gone
Yeah, it's halfway gone.

Don't take too long,
Don't take too long.
'Cause I'll waste away
If you take too long.

'Cause it's halfway gone
And I'm at Subway
And I'm feelin', feelin' hungry today.
So I'll order in,
I'll take one foot-long
'Cause it's halfway gone
Yeah, it's halfway gone.
Can I just pig out
'Cause I'm at Subway
And I'm feelin', feelin' hungry today.
So I'll order in,
I'll take one foot-long
'Cause it's halfway gone
Yeah, it's halfway gone.
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Mar. 4th, 2010

ESU

Smoke & Mirrors

I feel compelled to write a review of Smoke & Mirrors, the new album by Lifehouse. I've never reviewed an album before, but here goes: IT'S AWESOME!!!!! How's that? Pretty good, eh? I just wish the exclusive bonus tracks were on the main track list, or even the common deluxe album, but alas, the best songs are the rarities that you can only get from some foreign country or unless you have connections. The next best songs are the bonus tracks on the deluxe album - the brand new ones, not the ones that were re-recorded. And the worst songs on the album (in my opinion) are the ones that are on the regular 12-track album. Of course there are some amazing songs on it anyway. My new favorite is Smoke & Mirrors (the title track) - it gives me chills whenever I hear the chorus. I'm serious, this never happens to me with a song - the hair on my arms stands up when I listen to it. I'm sure it'll wear off eventually, but I'm just amazed because it's once in a blue moon that a song can affect me like that. My other favorite is Falling In. I'm still getting used to the album, and some songs are still growing on me. I think Nerve Damage will take a while to warm up to me, but I think it's going to be one of my favorites eventually. And of course I love all the bonus songs, but I'll try not to mention ALL of them. One that sticks out to me is Near Life Experience - I think it's the song that goes most in the direction Lifehouse has taken this album where they've never gone before, if that makes any sense. Sort of like The Joke was on Who We Are. This album has a distinct musky feel to it - something I've never heard before from Lifehouse, and I didn't really understand the tone of the album until I heard the bonus songs, but now it all fits together. It's all smoky and mirror-y. The lyrics are a little bit sinister for Lifehouse, but I think they stay within the frame of being warm-hearted with a little bit of an edge. All in all, I think this album, with the bonus songs included, beats Who We Are. If you go with the bare minimum, I'm not sure yet. Lifehouse is still my favorite album and probably always will be, just because of the lyrics. But Smoke & Mirrors seems to be winning second place on my list of albums. Congratulations!
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Mar. 3rd, 2010

Lifehouse

Lifehouse Concert #12: The Release Event

Oh, boy, oh, boy. What a night. Where to begin. So, today (yesterday, actually) I went to Lifehouse's Smoke & Mirrors release event at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square. A concert and then an album signing. I guess I won't post the boring details about how the train got stuck on the way up, but I did get to New York City successfully, and eventually found my way to the Hard Rock Cafe, where I get to hang out with a whole gang of people that I hadn't seen in ages, and meet Skrappy for the first time in real life! (not in my dreams or online) We made it to the front row and there was no barricade - we were up against the stage itself, which made for some pretty up-close and personal views of the band when they came up to the edge of the stage. Sometimes I couldn't even see Jason's face because his arms (below it) were in the way. When they started performing, I was so happy to see them again, I couldn't stop smiling. It was such a fun concert. They only played a few of their new songs. Bryce kept smiling at me and one time he threw me his pick. I'm pretty sure he meant for me to have it because he looked at me before he threw it and then aimed it at me, and it fell onto the stage right in front of me. I was so happy! I was just talking (before the concert) about how I wanted to get a pick from one of them someday. On a side note (and this will become important later in the post), I was talking to Skrappy about how if I had known about this release event earlier, I probably wouldn't have bought a ticket to the Daughtry concert, because it's such a better deal in comparison. But what's done is done.

After the concert we waited for the signing. I wasn't sure how it was going to work, but they said to have our CD notes ready and they lined us up. There were a lot of people, and it looked like they were just going to rush us through the line just long enough to get autographs so we'd barely have enough time to say "hi" to the band. And that was what I had been expecting. I'm going to describe the signing in more detail than the concert because I want to remember what everyone said: There were three band members at the table because Rick was sick. (Poor Rick) It was Jason, then Bryce, then Ben. When I came up to the table in the line, some guy took my CD booklet so he could give it to the band to sign, so I guessed they were trying to be as efficient as possible. I went up the the table and I said "Hi, Jason." Jason said "Hey, Sylvia. How are you?" and he stood up and gave me one of those awkward over-the-table hugs. This was the first time Jason's ever hugged me. I said "good. I love the new album." He said, "Yeah? What's your favorite song on it?" I said "All In," but I meant to say "Falling In." Oops. He said, "You think All In should be the next single?" I said "Yeah." I do really like that song, anyway. I also mentioned that I've only heard the album twice, but I don't remember when. He asked me if I was going on any of the shows on the Daughtry tour, and I said yeah, I was going to the Newark one. He said, "Well, it's good to see you." I said, "Yeah, you too." Moved on. Now, here's where my side note from earlier becomes important: after I talked to Jason I thought, it's a good thing I bought that ticket to the Daughtry concert. If Jason asked me if I was going to any concerts on the Daughtry tour and I had to say no, I'd feel like a failure. Anyway, back to the signing. Next I talked to Bryce. I said, "Hi, Bryce." He said, "Hi." I said, "Thanks for the pick!" He said "I thought I hit you with it," or something weird I don't remember or couldn't hear. Then he said, "You're Sylvia, right? And you do those comics?" (second time Bryce has mentioned them) "Yeah," I said. He said, "I put up a thing on MySpace about them." (referring to the Halloween banner that just got taken off) "I know, but you took it down," I said. "Oh, our label did that," he said. I said, "Well, it was the Halloween banner." Bryce said, "You should send me another one on MySpace, I'll put it back up." "Okay," I said. Then I went to talk to Ben. "Hi Ben," I said. I think he asked me my name, and I said "Sylvia." Bryce was like "She's the one who does those comics." (Bryce must love the comics) Ben was like "Oh, yeah. I know, I'm just not very good with names." I said, "Well, I've never talked to you before." And then some security guy came pulling me away. And that was it.

I'd say it was a success, considering that was the first time I actually held a conversation with Jason, the first time he tried to hug me, the second time Bryce brought up my comics when he saw me, the first time I talked to Ben, and I came home with a signed copy of Smoke & Mirrors and a pick from Bryce that he practically GAVE to me. Oh, man, it's already 3 A.M. Good night.

Feb. 19th, 2010

Lifehouse

Lifehouse in NYC

So, I just found out last night that Lifehouse is going to be performing at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York on the album release date (March 2), and signing albums after the concert! Tickets are going for $10, but I managed to get one. Don't know if they're still selling, but I expect them to go fast. And all the cool people are going to be there! This will be quite the event - an album, a concert, and a signing, all in the same day! And it won't be taken over by Daughtry fans. Oh, boy.

On a different Lifehouse note, I meant to write about this before, but I forgot. I had a dream the other night about the Lifehouse/Daughtry comcert. It was before the concert, and we were all in the arena, waiting for the show to start. I noticed that I got a seat right next to the catwalk. For some reason I had a plate of food that was my dinner, and I started eating it on the catwalk, using it as a table. I had silverware and everything. Lifehouse was doing their sound check (even though everyone was already there) and Jason started practicing his rock moves on the catwalk, and (you know where this is going...) HE STEPPED IN MY FOOD!!! Yeah, I guess he just wasn't looking where he was going. And it took him a while to notice he was standing in it. After that the dream shifted settings.

Feb. 14th, 2010

Julia

On Script-Writing

I was just tweeting about this, and I thought I should write a full blog post, because I've never written on this subject before. I just went through an exciting phase of script-writing for Think Before You Think, like happens every so often, about once a month, I guess. I always draw my comics at the last minute, like you might know if you see me coloring them in while watching The Office. But my writing process is unpredictable, and I have to do it whenever I have the inspiration. Every one in a while I can think of one script on its own, but most of my scripts I write during a writing phase, where I get really excited about my comic and write about 6 new scripts and revise some of my already-written (but not drawn) ones. During each writing phase I get more and more excited about my characters, and eventually fall in love with them all over again, to the point where I lose perspective on the humor and lightness of the tone I'm trying to portray in my comic. Then my scripts turn into nothing but fantasy fulfillment, and I start writing and erasing because they're not good anymore. And that's the end of my script-writing streak, but I always feel pretty accomplished by that point, and in love with my characters.

One of the reasons why I don't start drawing until the last minute is that by drawing, I solidify my scripts, and everything gets set in stone. I never go back and re-draw or rewrite an already drawn comic, so I leave my script-editing window until the last minute to give my scripts the longest possible marinading period. Although I would like to leave myself a little more time for drawing.
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Feb. 4th, 2010

gir

TV Tropes

I just discovered the most awesomest website ever! TV Tropes. I've heard it's relatively popular, so you might be a fan already, but if not, here's what it does: It's an index of all the characteristics, cliches, stereotypes, and common instances (all referred to as tropes), from general plot types to specific interactions, of all the TV shows, literature, movies and comics that you can think of.

Here's an example of a trope:
"Seinfeldian Conversation:
A long, rambling, seemly improvised conversation between TV characters about something that is beyond pointless, like loose shirt buttons. Often, the characters will devote as much intellectual effort to it as people in a debating society, making it even more pointless. Prone to sudden, almost transition-less topic-shifts as the characters are basically talking for the sake of talking. Tropes may provide a good topic.
Often happens at a time of awkward tension, like being Locked In A Freezer. Sometimes follows the same beats as a who's on first type sketch.
Named, of course, for Seinfeld, which had this as its signature trope. The characters were always debating things like the opposite of eating tuna (Jerry suggested that eating salmon is the opposite, because they swim in the other direction)."

Feb. 1st, 2010

Lifehouse

The Upcoming Concert

I had a dream about the upcoming Lifehouse concert last night. For some reason, my mom was with me, and right when we were finding our seats, she said that she changed her mind and wanted to go home, so that was kind of stressful. I think she ended up leaving and said she'd be back later to pick me up or something. Anyhow, I was a lot further away than I originally thought I'd be, and during the concert I somehow got moved to one of the side stadium seats, when I was supposed to be on the floor. Jason walked around the audience for a bit and said hi to people. I tried to say hi to him, but I couldn't get him to notice me. When the concert started, I noticed that the band members were completely different people, except for Jason, and Sergio was back. Also Brian Smith was part of the band.

There was something else about this dream, that I've noticed about previous concert dreams. Whenever I have dreams about concerts with seating or steps, the incline in always inverted. The stage is the highest point, and then everything goes down from there. The people in the back have the lowest seats. I have no idea why this happens, but it's happened three times now.

Jan. 26th, 2010

ESU

Band Competition

In the past few days, Switchfoot beat Death Cab For Cutie, wrestled down Mere, and is now competing with The Fray for second place in my book of top bands. Pretty impressive, eh? I was just watching their video blogs and they are just as entertaining as Lifehouse at their best, although they only have four videos on their channel. I haven't absorbed all of their music (and there's so much of it!) but it's the kind of music that you have to get used to. Mostly I just love their personalities, and a few songs really stand out to me. I can't say their music is consistently good like Lifehouse or the Fray, but I don't know it well enough to know. They definitely have more stage presence than The Fray, and I really want to see them sometime.
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Jan. 20th, 2010

bryce

Yippee!!

So, Lifehouse is opening for Daughtry this spring, and Daughtry is really big so I was worried that I'd be spending loads of money and not be able to get a good seat. Lo and behold, I got ahold of the Daughtry fans' special pre-sale code, and bought a ticket to Newark, March 21st, as soon as the pre-sale started this morning. I checked my receipt and the ticket is in the front secton, 8th row! For only $58. Haha. Anyhow, now that everything's set, I'm getting really excited about this show, since I haven't seen Lifehouse in ages, and this will be the first time I see them after their NEW ALBUM comes out!!! And they'll be performing songs I've yet to hear and will have never seen live before! The last 11 times I saw them they played all the same songs.
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Jan. 13th, 2010

broken

Step 1: You're going to disappoint your fans

The road to fame, a step-by-step tutorial.

So, I know I'm far from a successful web-cartoonist, but small bit of sudden popularity that I do have is starting to worry me. I know it's just from advertising, mostly, but why do I even want lots of fans? I started doing this project because I thought it would be fun, and I want as many people to enjoy it as possible, and I sort of have this idea that it would be really fun to have a popular comic. The main thing that makes me uneasy is that I can't help thinking about what people expect from me. It's the thing that paralyzes me the most. I just want to do it the way I want and I don't want other people's expectations to get in the way of my fun when I'm writing scripts. Partly because I know that the only way to get the desired effect for my comic is by having things happen that people DON'T expect. So I can't really think about what all my fans want me to do. I really do want lots of fans, though. I just have to accept the fact that I might disappoint them. And then they'll all go away and it won't be a problem anymore. And then I'll have different fans who like the next phase of my comic, and I'll get to disappoint them all over again.
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Jan. 10th, 2010

Julia

Things are changing.

Some interesting facts about Think Before You Think:

- In the past week (and altogether) I've spent about $1.80 on advertising.
- Think Before You Think is now on page 6 of Smack Jeeves' 281 pages of comics, ranked by popularity.
- Had more than 4,000 page views yesterday.
- Has earned back all domain & advertising expenses and more just with donations.
- Is earning ad revenue at an average rate of 30 cents a day.

Woohoo!
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Jan. 8th, 2010

peconic

Halo - Beyonce

I love this song:

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Dec. 15th, 2009

bryce

Stifled

I can't write like I used to. I've linked to my blog from everywhere and I keep being afraid that someone from a certain group is going to come read what I wrote and think it's either a stereotyped and simplified version of something obvious, or think I'm completely crazy for thinking so thoroughly about such a pointless subject. For instance, I was just about to write a blurb analyzing the different kinds of Lifehouse fans, but I decided against it.

Dec. 6th, 2009

Julia

Project Wonderful

So, I've been advertising Think Before You Think on Project Wonderful without spending any money. I was skeptical at first, but my stats have more than doubled since I started, and are still climbing even though I think I've been putting in about the same number of bids every couple of days ($0 bids expire after 2 days). I've been wondering, if this is such an effective method of advertising for free, why don't more people use it? I guess it's probably because it takes a lot of time to constantly place bids that only last 2 days and individually don't steer much traffic. Oh, well. More empty ad boxes for me. I'm going to stop bidding for a few days and see if my stats drop again. This is like a fun internet game. I can't wait to see what happens when I start putting money in.

So I was thinking, if I can increase my traffic by this much without spending a cent, then imagine what I can do when I start selling ad space (which I plan to do in about 4 weeks). I predict my ad space would sell for a couple of cents a day at first. I put all my funds back into advertising, and let the delicious cycle begin! Money for ads = more page views = higher price for my ad space = more money for ads, and so on to infinity. BWAHAHAHAHA! I mean...

Nov. 12th, 2009

gir

Fall Out Boy

Fall Out Boy has the most amusing song titles. Some examples From Under the Cork Tree:

- Champagne For My Real Friends, Real Pain For My Sham Friends
- Our Lawyer Made Us Change the Name of This Song So We Wouldn't Get Sued
- I Slept With Someone In Fall Out Boy And All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me
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Nov. 10th, 2009

moonlight

More about Mere

I started having this frustrating obsession with Mere yesterday. I like their music more than Death Cab For Cutie now, and they look like an amazing live band. The problem is I've never seen any tour dates on their website or myspace page. I thought since they're from New Jersey it would be easy for me to see them, but I guess they either haven't been performing, or they've been keeping their concerts secret. The most frustrating thing is that I can't find anything out about them. The only thing on their website is a short bio and some albums to buy. They don't respond to my MySpace posts. I can't even find out the last name of the lead singer. And the worst part is, what kind of a name is Mere? How can I search for any information about them without finding several billion irrelevant search results? I tried searching "Switches & Dials," but that doesn't get far. For the quality of their music, there should be so much more hype about them.

Mere
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