*Magnify*
    April     ►
SMTWTFS
   
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
Archive RSS
SPONSORED LINKS
Creative fun in
the palm of your hand.
Printed from https://www.Writing.Com/view/2004507
Rated: 13+ · Book · Experience · #2004507
This is my blog for junior year!

Thanks to Legerdemain for the image and divider. Check out more of her work at "Leger's Shop [18+].
CounterCulture!

"Rebel against this culture that sees everything as temporary and that ultimately believes that you are incapable of responsibility, that you are incapable of true love." - Pope Francis

CounterCulture!

Welcome to my blog for junior year!

CounterCulture!

I was going to have this be really long and explanatory but that would be a waste of time. So, I'll keep it to a point. Teen culture is currently screwed up. I'm going to resist the temptation to join and see if I can turn things around for the better. How? Beats me.

CounterCulture!

"Love like I'm not scared"

CounterCulture!

That's a song lyric but I think it's a good place to start. I think that's what I'll try my best to do. Be the example. Try my best to be kind and loving to everyone. Do my best to not hate people mean to me. Maybe I'll make a difference.

CounterCulture!

This IS NOT a promise to be perfect. I'm a teenager, and I'm human. I'm not perfect. I will screw up. This IS a promise to try my best.

CounterCulture!

*Cross1*If you are offended by talk of faith in God you probably don't want to read this. I've given you fair warning.*Cross1*

CounterCulture!

BCOF Insignia

CounterCulture!

Blog City image small

CounterCulture!
Previous ... 1 -2- 3 4 5 6 7 8 ... Next
February 23, 2016 at 10:22pm
February 23, 2016 at 10:22pm
#874771

Emperor's New Clothes
Panic! at the Disco

CounterCulture!
** Image ID #2070673 Unavailable **

I will get caught up eventually, just not tonight. Way too tired. I literally just sat at the computer doing nothing for half an hour thinking "I need to start my blog entry." I will complete this challenge if it kills me.
So this is the song I listen to when I'm angry. It's a pretty harsh song, I guess, and it sounds very angry to me. Angry at hypocrisy, angry at lies, angry at unfairness. Whenever I'm mad about something that's not my fault, the line "I am so much more than royal" makes me feel better. That's probably not healthy.
I think the time I've used this song the most was while waiting for everyone to come back from All State. It was a Saturday night, and I was home. ALL of my friends had been gone ALL weekend and I hadn't been able to text any of them. I was dying for them to come back. I texted like three different people "Is All State over yet?" and none of them were responding.
This, of course, aggravated my unresolved (never-resolved) feelings about not making All State again. This time, I didn't have the "you just learned how to play" excuse cause Jay made it. So, I'm getting angrier and angrier, thinking about what went wrong at my audition. I still don't know, because we don't get the evaluation forms or anything. This angered me, because there were some people that I thought didn't deserve to make it. So, of course, when this song comes on, I hear "sycophants on velvet sofas" and I think of whoever shot me down and the people who made it who I thought didn't deserve to and it just kinda put into words whatever I was thinking. So, I put it on repeat for the next half hour or so.
The music video itself helps sometimes too. That jerky movement he does is pretty similar to my physical expression of anger (which is why I don't get physically angry very often).
Well, now whenever I'm feeling angry and need to calm down, I just listen to this song. I can make my voice almost match Brendon Urie's exactly, so I just sing this to myself and pretend it's me singing the song to whatever I'm pissed about and it helps me express my anger in a non-harmful way, and once it's out of my system, I'm calmed down.
So, I'm guessing two tomorrow, but IDK really. Two in one day by Monday.
CounterCulture!

February 22, 2016 at 9:06pm
February 22, 2016 at 9:06pm
#874669

Life on Mars?
Jessica Lange
American Horror Story: Freak Show

CounterCulture!
** Image ID #2070673 Unavailable **

Okay, so I don't know who watches AHS, but it's a pretty good show. Well, good is a relative term. If you're offended by crudeness or lewdness, probably not your slice of pie. Also if you're one of those faint-at-the-sight-of-blood people, probably not for you. Am I missing anything Beth ?
So, watching this music video, it's actually a pretty good summary of the season. I've only just started season five, but, thus far, season four (this one) has been my favorite. This is followed by Asylum (the second) and then Coven (the third) and then Murder House (first). It's really well written, and Jessica Lange is an amazing actress, and I'm guessing it's probably not a coincidence that she's at the front and center of both Freak Show and Asylum.
I've only seen the first episode of Hotel (the fifth season), but I already have a general idea of what happens, and it looks like it's gonna fall somewhere in the bottom three. Oh well.
Hey, I don't know who here is the praying type, but could you guys send your thoughts, prayers, well wishes or whatever, towards my sophomore Jalen? Me and Jay taught him how to play flute, but he's also a swimmer. I just got a text message that he broke his collarbone today, has to have surgery tomorrow, and probably won't be able to go to state swimming anymore. I imagine this will also affect his ability to play flute and, if it's that bad, he probably won't be able to play for our Chicago trip either. I don't know very much at this point, but I'm concerned. I found out from Jay and I'm trying to get more details now but this is bad, real bad.
CounterCulture!

"Oh No!" Veggietales
February 21, 2016 at 9:41pm
February 21, 2016 at 9:41pm
#874555

Gabriel's Oboe
Ennio Morricone
The Mission

CounterCulture!
** Image ID #2070673 Unavailable **

So, rewind to sophomore year. I have to take zero hour band, which means that, during the regular band period, I have to take Church History. Naturally, I hated this course because it took me away from band, but, also, I had a horrible teacher.
This man, nicknamed "the Peanut" due to his oddly shaped, shaven head, thought that teaching would work best if he spent the entirety of class showing us movies that may or may not relate to what we were reading about in our book. He would assign reading, quiz us over it at the beginning of the period, and then have us watch a movie for the rest of the class. He told us every class period (literally every single one) about how he was from NYC and hated our city because it was too small and there was nothing to do, and how he couldn't wait to get out of it. I was surprised that he lasted a full year to be honest. But, true to his word, he left after that year.
Some other stuff about him. He was a Jesuit novitiate (like petitioning to be in the Jesuits), but decided he didn't want to do it. I guess considering that he cheated on his spiritual exercises (where you're supposed to survive for 30 days on $35), by calling his friend, who rented the both of them a luxurious lakeside cabin to stay in, it wasn't a great fit for him. But then again, his dream was to work in Africa. If he hated our middle-sized city so much, I feel like he would've killed himself in Africa. He did say he was leaving to rejoin the Jesuits. I wonder if he's still alive...
And he is! He is a Jesuit novitiate again, and at a seminary in Chicago. He's written one article for the seminary since he's been there. Huh.
Also, when he was young, he drove a car straight into a White Castle just because he and his friends were having a competition to see who could do the stupidest thing.
Anyways, The Mission was one of the movies that he showed us. It's about Jesuits establishing a mission in South America. The leader of the mission, Father Gabriel, plays the oboe in order to calm down the natives, and they don't kill him because of the music, allowing him to establish a mission. That's the little oboe lick at the beginning. The rest of it is the movie's theme, which I hadn't heard fully before. It's pretty awesome actually, especially at the end when the drums come in.
This would've been just another movie that we watched in a class, if not for this song, though. I don't know if anyone who was reading my blog freshman year still remembers, but one of my friends, Sam, plays the oboe. He was taking this class at the same time as me, but in a different movie. So, of course, I walk into band one day, and he's playing it off of some sheet music he downloaded. Well, Jay, the other flute in my grade, was also in Sam's class, so he recognized it too. Eventually, we all learned how to play it, at least that one "buh-bah-dah-dah-dah-dah" like the part where it starts high and the goes down. It's such a beautiful piece. I had forgotten about it until a couple weeks ago, and I relearned how to play it. It's like A F# E E D D. Anyways, this song just makes me really happy.
CounterCulture!

"Memories" by Panic! at the Disco
February 21, 2016 at 7:34pm
February 21, 2016 at 7:34pm
#874533

My Heart Will Go On
Celine Dion
Titanic

CounterCulture!
** Image ID #2070673 Unavailable **

Okay, so it's time for speed round again 'cause I have homework I need to do, but I'm gonna need my mom to help me (outlining a 10-page paper) so I'll do that before she gets home.
So, basically, I have never heard this song fully. See, I think up until now I've seen like every scene in Titanic, just not ever all together at once. Well, thanks to HBO, and a much-needed night of relaxation in a hotel room in Wisconsin, that is no longer the case. And, man, is it good.
I didn't realize how good it was. My mom told me that if it was a novel, it would be taught in an AP Literature class because of all the different themes. Now, it's one of my favorite movies and I feel an unexplainable urge to go watch it again.
Eh, I don't like the song that much except for the flute parts. Oh well.
CounterCulture!

"Rat-A-Tat" by Fall Out Boy
February 18, 2016 at 6:34pm
February 18, 2016 at 6:34pm
#874267

Dude Looks Like A Lady
Aerosmith
Mrs. Doubtfire

CounterCulture!
** Image ID #2070673 Unavailable **

This is my favorite Aerosmith song, and it's conveniently tied to my second-favorite Robin Williams movie (it was my favorite, but then I saw Dead Poets' Society). This movie was actually one of my childhood movies. I used to love to watch it with my mom, although I don't think I really understood what was happening at the time. I just remember watching it. I guess it kinda has some not-so-appropriate implications, but at least it isn't Grease (which, every time my mother watches now, she is shocked that her parents let her watch it as a toddler). I was sad when Robin Williams died. Actually, I found out about it on WDC from SMs's post, before I found out on the news. I went downstairs and flipped on the news and he was dead.
It really is a tragedy. It's also mildly ironic given Dead Poets' Society. But, all in all, sad to see him dead.
Gosh, it's been a year and a half since he died. I think I understand lizco252's sentiment now.
My third favorite Robin Williams movie is Jumanji. And then all the Night at the Museums (although I haven't seen the last one-- and heard it sucked too). I would watch The Fisher King but I think I'd be happier not knowing what Robin Williams looked like without clothes, so I'll leave that on the "not and say I didn't" list.
Lyric taken from "Crazy=Genius" by Panic! at the Disco.
February 18, 2016 at 6:12pm
February 18, 2016 at 6:12pm
#874266

New Perspective
Panic! at the Disco
Jennifer's Body

CounterCulture!
** Image ID #2070673 Unavailable **

So, like I said, I'm going to be slipping Panic! at the Disco songs in at any given opportunity. Well, here's one now.
This one was released in 2009, and it's kind of awkward. It was the first song released after the band split into two groups. So, if you can't tell, it's kind of reflecting how Brendon (the writer) feels after the split. There's an alternative interpretation which I won't explain here, but it's only there if you're looking for it. Anyways, I haven't actually seen the movie, but I know this song was written specifically for the movie Jennifer's Body which stars some famous actresses whose names I can't remember and don't feel like looking up, and it was about succubi, so it's classified as a horror movie. The song doesn't really fit the theme of the movie, because Panic! was literally given no hints about the plot. They literally just said "write a song for our movie" and they didn't give any specific information. But, given that it was only played in one scene, I guess they didn't find it that important. But it's a great song anyways. It was one of the first twelve Panic! at the Disco songs I had on my phone. At first I had five, and then four, and then I decided to add eight more. This was one of them. I've recently downloaded enough songs to start arranging them by album instead of artist, and I've found that the album this one is from is my favorite album. I have all of the songs (except for one) from this album. That's eleven songs, which is more than twice as many as the next highest number in an album (which is five). Okay, I feel like I'm explaining this poorly, so let me just write it out.
Albums
A Fever You Can't Sweat Out! ~ 3 songs
Pretty. Odd. ~ 3 songs
Vices & Virtues ~ 11 songs
Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! ~ 2 songs
Death of a Bachelor ~ 5 songs
Make sense now? Hope so. Let's see that's... 24 songs. Huh, that's not as many as I thought. Well, how many have they released?
Let's assume 12 per album. 12x5=60. 25/60<50%
So I have less than half of their songs. That's probably cause I haven't heard all of them. And I don't like some of them. Interesting.
Lyric taken from "But It's Better If You Do" by (who else?) Panic! at the Disco.


Thanks,

Calvin Reddick Signature
Officially approved Writing.Com Preferred Author logo.
Merit Badge in Leadership
[Click For More Info]

For your wonderful spirit of enthusiasm and leadership qualities that you've given to the  [Link To Item #1901868] . Great work! *^*ThumbsUp*^*
February 18, 2016 at 5:37pm
February 18, 2016 at 5:37pm
#874255

Rock Monster
Veggietales Cast
The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything

CounterCulture!
** Image ID #2070673 Unavailable **

Okay, so this is a given. I can't get through a Soundtracker Challenge without doing a Veggietales song. After all, I was a true Veggietales kid   (literally all 21 one of those things are true about me.) This movie came out when I was ten, and I saw it for the first time at a church that wasn't mine. I remember we were going to a free screening of it, since I imagine my parents didn't feel like seeing it in theatres. But, the best part about the movie was this song.
And, you can laugh at me, but I literally didn't know this was a parody of "Rock Lobster" until like December 2015. That's seven years of me thinking that "Rock Monster" was the only version of this song.
Rather than including the audio, I've also included the video, so the lyrics make a little more sense. But, anyways, yeah, so I thought about doing "Rock Lobster" for one of the one-hit wonders, but here's why I didn't.
I actually like this version better. I don't really know why, but it just seems cleaner and less dissonant. I know dissonance is a particular music style, but I just really don't like it.
CounterCulture!

So, yesterday the hours without sleep I'd had caught up with me, so I spent all afternoon sleeping and woke up to "CJ, come on! We're going out to eat!" which is why I didn't have time to do a blog entry yesterday. Now I'm gonna be playing catch up. I'm planning on shelling out three entries today, because I'm going to miss tomorrow and Saturday and possibly Sunday, too. I have another scholarship competition in Kenosha, Wisconsin, which means I have to be at the airport at 430 AM tomorrow. Yay. *Rolleyes* More on that in next entry.
Title taken from "Stressed Out" by Twenty One Pilots.
February 16, 2016 at 11:33pm
February 16, 2016 at 11:33pm
#874072

Think!
Aretha Franklin
The Blues Brothers

CounterCulture!
** Image ID #2070673 Unavailable **

So, I'm not entirely sure I understand the movie soundtrack prompt, so I'll lead with the good old (still not dead) Aretha. I mean, if I'm gonna be wrong on a prompt twice, it might as well be with the same song. That way we can blame the song and not my inability to understand directions.
So, I don't know if you've seen the movie, but it's basically this musicomedy with a lot of good covers, including Aretha covering her own song (if you can do that). I first heard this on my trip down to Colorado with my band sophomore year, because this was the movie we watched. It was then that I finally was able to connect the song "Think" the name "Aretha Franklin" and the "short black woman who was popular in the sixties" together.
So, what made me think of this song, of all things?
Well, the reason I'm now a day behind on my entries is because I had a scholarship competition in Denver, Colorado yesterday (more on that later). Well, today, while we were waiting for the plane, I heard this song playing. Except, it must've been the original version, cause it was the same song but slower and not as fun. I think I like this version better.
CounterCulture!
So, yeah, I had a scholarship competition at Regis University yesterday. It was a leadership competition, because I'm apparently a leader, and it was for a full ride. I was super nervous going in, but I actually had a ton of fun!
So, first, I had to write a paper on this reading we had to do, which was really easy for me thanks to AP Lit and writing. That was also where I made my first impression with the other competitors (we were divided into three groups, more on that even later). I get out of the computer lab (we had to type the paper, which I was eternally grateful for) and this guy turns to me after he gets out and goes "You type really fast by the way," and I laughed and explained I had had typing lessons since fifth grade. But, I guess being on here has probably helped me too, and writing. Where's that words per minute thing?
Okay, so I found one, and it said 85 words per minute. That was pro level, but I don't know how I'd compare to other people on here. Here's the link.  . I just used the default (1 minute, Aesop's fables). Let me know what you got in the comments.
Anyways, so after that was lunch, and I ate with some people from my group, and we got to know each other a bit and that was cool (also Regis has a soft serve machine so I'm probably going to get fat if I go there). Then, there was the speech portion, which I was nervous about, but everyone (including me) did a really good job, so that was good. Then there was the interview, which was only ten minutes for each of us, so the rest of us just hung out in a room while others were being interviewed. We played pictionary (try drawing "crossfit" sometime, it's not easy). There, I got to know more people. This one guy did awesome, mind blowing magic tricks. It was crazy. Then we did leadership games, which were with members of the other groups, and I think all of us were surprised to discover that the other two groups hadn't really bonded as well as our group. Then there was a reception, with little reception snacks and all that. Me and a bunch of my friends from my group stood around one of those tiny bar tables that doesn't have chairs, and apparently we were the "cool table." I have literally never been a part of a "cool table." The dean even came over and talked to us.
Also, it was funny, because right before the dean spoke a little bit, these two men came up to me and introduced themselves as the vice president of admissions and his brother. See, I had met someone from my home town, that actually went to one of our sister all girls' schools. Her uncle teaches at my school as an art teacher. Well, apparently, her other uncle is the vice president of admissions at Regis. She casually mentioned that I went to my school, which he and his brothers happen to be graduates of. So I got a card, and I looked good in front of my friends (they were all mock jealous.) But, I don't think I'll win. One of my friends, Sabrina, just blew everyone else away with her speech (I literally wanted to start applauding after her first sentence) and if she did that well on the interview and the essay, then she probably won. Which I'm glad for. We decided we wanted someone in our group (GO ORANGE) to win. But, anyways, Sabrina got pulled aside by her (and my) admissions counselor, who had been with us the whole time, and was told that if he could vote, he'd vote for her.
I was mildly offended for half a second, but, honestly, I would too. That is, if I couldn't vote for myself *Smirk*.
So anyways, the reception was probably the most fun part of the day. I sometimes forget what it's like to be a part of a circle of people talking. I'm always just kind of subconsciously excluded at school, and at church, well I suppose I am a part of the circle, but here's why I found such satisfaction in these people and this group.
I have two friend groups. One, at school, is mean to me and doesn't care about me that much, but has my sense of humor and mindset about life. The group at church is nice to me, has my values, but doesn't have my sense of humor and mindset. Humor is very, very important to me. I love all my friends, but neither group really fulfills exactly what I'm looking for. I don't fit perfectly in either group.
I fit perfectly there. These people had my sense of humor and mindset, and were nice to me, and had my values. It was just awesome.
Also, side note, my mom said that I looked like I was the leader of the table we were at, but that's probably just because when she looked at me I was explaining why two men came up to me and one gave me his business card.
Yesterday was a great lesson, because I learned something I'd kind of known, but never really believed. I'd never thought I'd find a place where I'd fit. I just figured my place was the misfit, and I was okay with that. But now I know that there are people out there like me, I just have to find them.
*Bigsmile*
CounterCulture!

Title taken from "Take On Me" by a-ha.
February 14, 2016 at 11:17am
February 14, 2016 at 11:17am
#873665

Wildest Dreams
Taylor Swift

CounterCulture!
** Image ID #2070673 Unavailable **

Yeah, this is another one of those songs where I don't really know exactly why I like it. It's actually kind of annoying. I have a love-hate relationship with ah-AH-ahhh. Sometimes I love it, and sometimes I hate it.
I first heard this song on the Top 40 radio station riding in the car with my family. By principle, I really want to hate Taylor Swift, but, honestly, she's a really good singer and writes good songs, even if most of them are about failed romances. But, I have more to say about this song.
Some people were #offended by this music video  . Why? Simple: perceived racism.
Which means, it's time for...
Social Commentary, Part Two!
Okay, so let's look at the facts.
1) This music video is set on a film set in 1950s Africa
2) There are no black people in the music video.
3) This is definitely 1950s Africa, they fly a plane, which wasn't available for commercial use until after World War II.
4) The African set turns out to not even be Africa, but to be a backdrop painted to look like Africa, made more real by Swift's imagination.
So, there are three main complaints the article I listed has against this video-- the things that make it "racist."
1) This video romanticizes white colonialism. Yes, maybe if it was set about sixty years earlier. Colonialism, at least the really brutal part of it, was 1870-1900. Yes, from 1900-1950ish most of Africa was under white control. But, you know what else? Guess what was happening in the 1950s? Decolonization!   Now, of course, it decolonization wasn't really done until like the 1960s, but considering it took thirty years to partition Africa, I imagine it would take just as long to get out of it. So, I'm sorry, I don't think this is about white colonialism at all. Wrong time period.
2) This video shows only white people in Africa. Well, yes, it does. Historical accuracy demands it. Unfortunately, pretty much every American in the 1950s was still racist. So, naturally, there wouldn't really be any black people hired to work on a movie set. And, even if they were, they probably would've done really stupid stuff like cook or something. Something that wouldn't be shown in the music video. It kinda sucks, but that's how it was, so it's an unfortunate side effect of doing something set in the 1950s. But, is it a statement of any kind? No, not really. Just a dedication to historical accuracy.
3) This is a story about white people in Africa. ???? I wouldn't even mention this one if it wasn't in the article I linked, because it has the least amount of logic I've ever seen. You're offended by a story about white people in Africa? Okay, let's use that logic. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Coming to America offend me, because it's about black people in America. You think I don't have a right to be offended, because I, a white person, technically am descended from European nations. Okay, fine. I'm offended on behalf of the Native Americans. I mean, how dare they use the Native Americans' native country for a story about black people?
See? It's kind of ridiculous. I mean, maybe at one point the world was super divided, but, I mean, it's 2016. You can fly around the entire world. Globalization. Woo. Anyone can go anywhere if they have enough money and freedom to. The world is the world's. Continents do not belong to specific people groups anymore. There may be a greater grouping of a certain people in certain countries, but that doesn't mean that there are only those people groups.
Do you see my point?
So, hopefully I haven't offended anyone, I'm trying to balance that line again. Sorry to be overtly political again, but like I said, this stuff drives me insane.
CounterCulture!

Title taken from "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark" by Fall Out Boy.


Thanks,

Calvin Reddick Signature
Officially approved Writing.Com Preferred Author logo.
Merit Badge in BCOF
[Click For More Info]

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to work with you in "Blogging Circle of Friends " I enjoy our friendship immensely and look forward to it lasting a very long time. Blogging Circle of Friends will always be special to me because of you.
Love, Lyn
February 13, 2016 at 11:56pm
February 13, 2016 at 11:56pm
#873635

Stressed Out
Twenty One Pilots

CounterCulture!
** Image ID #2070673 Unavailable **

So, as you may or may not know, I am a big fan of Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco. Well, here's a little band history lesson for you.
Fall Out Boy was started in 2001. Then, in 2005, they took on a bit of a music disciple. Panic! at the Disco. They were signed largely because of Brendon Urie's relationship with Pete Wentz. But, anyways, Fall Out Boy was the catalyst that caused Panic! at the Disco to become famous (that and their talent). And, although Panic! at the Disco didn't really mentor Twenty One Pilots, they're signed to the same record label (Fueled by Ramen, I think) and I think where they became famous was when they toured with Fall Out Boy on the Save Rock and Roll tour. So, I kind of think of Twenty One Pilots as the grandchild of Fall Out Boy, the third generation.
So, in case you didn't figure this out, usually fans of Fall Out Boy are fans of Panic!, and fans of both are fans of Twenty One Pilots.
I am not.
But not because I don't like Twenty One Pilots' music, but because I haven't heard any of it. Except this song.
I explicitly avoid Twenty One Pilots (and My Chemical Romance, the great grandaddy) because I can't afford to be in more bandoms. But then, of course, this song has to be in the Top 40, which is the only thing my family listens to when driving together, because it's kind of a collision of all of our tastes. So I hear this song, and to my horror and expectation, I like it.
I mean, I can identify with it a lot, it's about the transition from teenageness to adulthood. Which I'm kinda going through right now. I do wish I could turn back time a lot. But I can't, and so I move forward.
CounterCulture!

Title taken from Fall Out Boy's "Young Volcanoes"

76 Entries · *Magnify*
Page of 8 · 10 per page   < >
Previous ... 1 -2- 3 4 5 6 7 8 ... Next
© Copyright 2018 CJ Reddick (UN: azulofegypt39 at Writing.Com). All rights reserved.
CJ Reddick has granted Writing.Com, its affiliates and its syndicates non-exclusive rights to display this work.

Log in to Leave Feedback
Username:
Password:
Not a Member?
Signup right now, for free!
All accounts include:
*Bullet* FREE Email @Writing.Com!
*Bullet* FREE Portfolio Services!
Printed from https://www.Writing.Com/view/2004507