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Ten most important albums in my life so far

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in Life in Writing | 0 comments

Ten most important albums in my life so far

Everyone who enjoys music has at least one album that is THE album for them. I have ten of them–at least. One of the side effects of having too many interests and an intense love for music makes this the case for me. Rather than trying to just say “I like a bunch of stuff”, I’ve embraced my diverse tastes.  The ten albums in this list are important to me in some way. They might not be my favourite albums necessarily or even albums that I deem are the best for the artist, but they may have helped me through a difficult time in my life, or may remind me of a happy time. It may even define an entire era of my life for me. Music has a deep impact on how I live my life–it always has.  With each album on the list I have included either my favourite song on the album, or the song that got me interested in the album in the first place. I tried to rank this but it was very difficult, other than the top three.  So, here you are. 10. The Days of Grays – Sonata Arctica I don’t really have a reason for this one in particular. I preferred Unia as an album on the whole, but this album in particular reminds me of cool autumn mornings, gaming before dawn and taking long walks through fallen leaves while sipping coffee. I love this album and there’s something really magical about it that I can’t put my finger on. While Flag in the Ground may be the single from the album that initially got my attention, Deathaura really sets the tone and prepares you for a mysterious journey. When I listen to this album, I want to write. Or go on an adventure. Or… both. 9. Hot Show – Prozzäk When I was 13, I couldn’t get this album out of my head. It was the first time I’d ever really listened to an album and thought “this is what I want out of music”. While it was often blown off as silly pop, something about it made me see more. I saw past the cartoon pair of Simon and Milo and felt like I understood what Jason and James, the real musicians behind it all, we’re trying to say. My prepubescent fawning over the Backstreet Boys and the Spice Girls aside, Prozzäk was my first foray into the world of following bands. I still regret that I never got to see them live. My fondest memory is having one of their questions answered enthusiastically by them on a live chat. For the record, I asked them if they were influenced in any way by the Buggles’ Video Killed the Radio Star. They were. 8. The Sticks – Mother Mother At the end of last summer, this album appeared. I was already a Mother Mother fan, particularly of their masterful O My Heart. I’d seen them live twice. I still wasn’t expecting the haunting surprise that awaited me with The Sticks. This is one of the few albums that I can listen to the lyrics and really get them. It’s all about packing up your stuff, getting away from all the crap in the world and moving out to the boonies–the sticks, if you will–with the animals. Wow, is that ever something I can get behind. 7. Oceanborn – NightwishI’ve mentioned my love for Nightwish before–in fact, it can be hard to get me to shut up about my love for Nightwish. I first heard of them upon stumbling across Sacrament of Wilderness before their music was even available on North American shores over ten years ago, and I’ve been happily hooked ever since. Oceanborn was the first metal album I ever listened to in full. Kind of like a gateway drug. I found myself instantly wanting more. 6. Discovery – Daft PunkEver heard a commercial and had an urge to know what the song playing in the background was? That happened to me when I was 15. I’m sitting...

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The world would be a better place if it were more like Animal Crossing

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in Life in Writing | 0 comments

The world would be a better place if it were more like Animal Crossing

Here’s why. And don’t you dare judge me. 10. Renewable resources You can fish all day without a license. You can catch rare butterflies without the fear of airport security hunting you down when you try to smuggle them out of the country. Rare fossils can be found every day. Guess who doesn’t care that you just caught a half dozen whale sharks? The DFO.  9. Your pockets are freaking amazing This is the 27th one today. Fish and bugs can live harmoniously in your pocket without being crushed or killed, even when buried under 4 furniture items. You can store an entire week’s worth of clothing. In your pockets.  8. Storing furniture in handy leaflets There would be a lot more trips to IKEA in my future, let me tell you.  7. Everybody gets a mansion It’s like The Invention of Lying, only true. 6. You can choose your neighbours Don’t like one of your animal friend townies? Kick em out! Fascist. 5. Gardening is stupid easyYou can seriously grow a fruit tree in like 3 days. And then you can chop it down and grow another one in another 3 days. Also, these trees bear fruit every three days. Who needs seasons when you can grow fruit all the time?! Solving world hunger faster than you can count to 72. 4. Your tropical island destination is just a song awayLiterally. 3. Make your first million in a dayGo to the island. Catch beetles. Return to land to sell. Repeat ad nauseum. 2. Get your furniture upholstered in 30 minutesor your Bells back. Seriously though I’d get my furniture re-done every single day if it was as cheap and quick as Cyrus does it. Also if I could store it in a handy leaflet. (See point 8.) 1. Money grows on treesNo, really. Sweet, sweet Bells. My other blog, thisindiegameblog, is typically home to all kinds of other game writings, though they’re typically independent games. Check me out over there, too!Also my Dream Suite address is...

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