A New Year, According to Paramore!

2015 is quickly approaching so I thought it would be fitting to provide you with some nuggets of wisdom to help you start a beautiful new year! As you know, my favorite band is Paramore and with them comes brilliant lyrics. I picked out various lyrics from all four of their albums to give you life knowledge as told from the flaming mouth of Hayley Williams.

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“Some things I’ll never know, and I had to let them go.”

-“Pressure”, All We Know Is Falling

“And when all security fails, Will you be there to help me through.”

-“Conspiracy”, All We Know Is Falling

“I am finding out that maybe I was wrong, that I’ve fallen down and I can’t do this alone, stay with me, this is what I need, please?”

-“My Heart”, All We Know Is Falling

“Somehow, everything’s gonna fall right into place, if we only had a way to make it all fall faster every day.”

-“Hallelujah”, Riot!

“Take these chances to turn it around, yeah take these chances and make it somehow.”

-“When It Rains”, Riot!

“Somewhere weakness is our strength, and I’ll die searching for it.”

-“Let the Flames Begin”, Riot!

“Now, we’ve learned to run from anything uncomfortable, we’ve tied our pain below and no one ever has to know that inside we’re broken.”

-“Miracle”, Riot!

“When all that is waiting for you won’t come any closer, you’ve got to reach out a little more.”

-“Careful”, Brand New Eyes

“You don’t deserve a point of view if the only thing you see is you.”

-“Playing God”, Brand New Eyes

“If it’s not real you can’t hold it in your hands, you can’t feel it with your heart…but if it’s true you can see it with your eyes, even in the dark.”

-“Brick By Boring Brick”, Brand New Eyes

“See I’m trying to find my place and it might not be here where I feel safe, we all learn to make mistakes and run from them.”

-“Misguided Ghosts”, Brand New Eyes

“I could follow you to the beginning, just to relive the start, maybe then we’d remember to slow down, at all of our favorite parts.”

-“All I Wanted”, Brand New Eyes

“No one’s the same as they used to be, much as we try to pretend, no one’s as innocent as they could be, we all fall short, we all sin.”

-“Fast In My Car”, Paramore

“Some of us have to grow up sometimes, and so, if I have to I’m gonna leave you behind.”

-“Grow Up”, Paramore

“But the more I try to push it I realize, gotta let go of control.”

-“Last Hope”, Paramore

“Why you wanna please the world and leave yourself to drop dead? Someday you’re gonna be the only one you’ve got.”

-“Anklebiters”, Paramore

“For all the things you’re alive to feel, let the pain remind you hearts can heal.”

-“Hate to See Your Heart Break”, Paramore

“Just think of the future and think of your dreams, you’ll get away from here, you’ll get away eventually…don’t get lost in the memories, keep your eyes on a new prize.”

-“Future”, Paramore

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Rock on in 2015!

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday with loving family and friends!

XoXo,

Abbey 🙂

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Thirty Seconds to Mars’ “Artifact”

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“Artifact” is a documentary put out by the rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars in 2012. This documentary directed by Jared Leto himself, a.k.a. Bartholomew Cubbins, deals with the ins and outs of the music business. It shows the band’s struggle to fight for their album, their band, and their lives. Featured interviews from journalists, lawyers, artists, and music executives direct viewers into a world beyond what we see on TV, hear on the radio, or click on while scrolling through iTunes.

Within the first few minutes, lead singer Jared Leto says, “This record is about overcoming challenges” The plan for Thirty Seconds to Mars was to film the writing/recording process of their album This Is War, but after being served with a 30 million dollar lawsuit from record company EMI, the documentary quickly shifted into something much deeper. “Artifact” became exactly that. “An object (“This Is War”) made by human beings, especially with a view to subsequent use.” We see the band’s turmoil as they struggle to make their art without having any support from a record label.

One quickly learns that Jared Leto is the man behind it all. He is described by many as a mastermind, artist, and a true music titan. Leto and brother Shannon were raised by their young single mother. Jared and Shannon were spilling over the top with music and creativity throughout their lives further foreshadowing their future in music. The brotherly bond between Jared and Shannon is the most heartwarming element of this documentary. They understand and work with each other so incredibly well. Jared mentions that he wouldn’t have done any of this without his brother. Jared is a perfectionist, but for all the right reasons. He was fighting for his band, his life, and his art. Thirty Seconds to Mars had no choice, but to be great. So, that’s what they did.

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Many raw emotional moments are shown in this 103 minute long story. Heated phone calls littered with angst-y f-bombs, the Leto’s meeting with the lawyer asking the big question of, “What do we do?”, we see the band creating a studio and putting in their talents day after day to make every single song stand out, and several enlightening moments where you can’t help but want to enlist yourself in the fight for them. Leto mentions in the beginning of the film, “Sometimes you have to fight in order to be free.”

The record deal process is explained in great detail by Jared in the documentary. It is somewhat depressing and expressive of our generation now, which is the digital age. Album sales are decreasing every year, which puts added pressure on record labels, which then pressures the artist. Everything starts to become a well-oiled machine and the art quickly loses its value. Creativity shouldn’t be measured in numbers and time. Thirty Seconds to Mars proves this by venturing on their own and proving that they can create this album, without anyone’s thick packet of paper filled with restrictions.

One of my favorite moments in the film is when Jared and Tomo are seen on a night hike. They are looking over the city lights and Jared says, “By the way I think I came up with a name for the album…’This Is War.'” The moment is almost too perfect. Through all the turmoil, frustration, and fighting, this band pulled through and made something they can be proud of. They prevailed.

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If anything, “Artifact” makes me look back on This Is War with a new state of mind. It is a concept album about fighting for what you believe in and having the faith in yourself to do it. This documentary is the biggest “Fuck you” to every major record label that made artists feel like their art is worth nothing.

Those people are so wrong.

-Abbey

My Holiday Picks!

It’s that beautiful time of year again friends! Here are some of my favorite holiday songs that I can’t survive the holidays (and crazy relatives) without.

ENJOY!

1.) Sam Smith – “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”

There is not much I can say that I haven’t already said before about the incredible Sam Smith. The first 22 seconds are pure liquid Christmas gold. Smith proves time and time again that his voice is his instrument and he has perfected it to the point of godliness.

2.) Destiny’s Child – “Carol of the Bells”

You guys….. If you have never heard this version of “Carol of the Bells” you are seriously missing out. Not only is it all acapella, but this is DESTINY’S CHILD. Which means endless harmonies and vocal runs up the wazoo. I promise once you listen to this, it will make you listen to no other version of this song. The angelic women of Destiny’s Child deliver a Christmas classic in a compelling over four minute arrangement.

3.) Frank Sinatra – “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town”

I always go back to the Rat Pack around the holidays and anything by Sinatra is an A++ in my book. This man could croon his way into anyone’s heart. Sinatra’s version is also featured on The Polar Express soundtrack…a.k.a just another reason to love it!

4.) Ella Fitzgerald – “Sleigh Ride”

This song is obviously a classic. Fitzgerald’s voice breezes through this song with an incredible amount of ease. Add a couple jazzy solos and a finger pickin’ bass line and I could listen for days. Team Ella for life.

5.) Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga – “Winter Wonderland”

This song was just released last week and I couldn’t be happier. Bennett & Gaga’s duet album titled, Cheek to Cheek dropped this September but I wouldn’t be surprised if a Christmas album is next on the list. These two go together like hot chocolate and mini marshmallows. Bennett’s voice is better than ever and Gaga is the ultimate jazz princess. I am obsessed with everything about these two.

6.) John Lennon & Yoko Ono – “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”

I always forget about this song and then it plays on a commercial or I hear it on the radio and I fall in love with it all over again. Lennon’s voice is so powerful and he used that power to spread positive messages to the world; and the children’s choir really adds to the cheery Christmas vibe of the song.

-Abbey

Talking Is Hard, so just listen

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Walk the Moon’s second full length album just dropped this week. It’s titled, Talking Is Hard and I couldn’t agree more. The guys take a musical journey on this album, venturing out of their usual beach-pop sound to a more sophisticated alt/rock band. There are so many new elements that were tested on this album and Walk the Moon prevailed.

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Songs like “Sidekick,” “Shut Up and Dance,” and “Avalanche” are classic Walk the Moon sounds. This band has mastered the short guitar riffs and have let them infest these tracks in the coolest way. Lead singer, Nicholas Petricca’s vocals are unique, high-pitched at times, and shout-y but in the best way possible. If you’ve ever watched any of the bands Instagram videos you would know that every band member has a fantastic singing voice and they all harmonize together beautifully.

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This band has truly come into their own on this album. The song “Up 2 U” shows WTM fans that they can freaking rock. The song slowly builds up to an absolutely electric chorus, you can’t help but say “No way is that Walk the Moon?” Petricca takes a hint from The Black Keys and belts into a muffled microphone as guitar’s wail violently behind him. Near the end of the song, the band truly goes insane playing a massive guitar solo, including stop-time (an essential rock staple), and making fans drool to hear this song live.

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Petricca and bassist Kevin Ray tear up a live performance.
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“Portugal,” delivers powerful lyrics highlighting the reality of growing up, losing friends, and losing love. Petricca backed by the other men, sings, “You grow up when you’re not looking, we grow up but without knowing, and all of a sudden I’m leaving.” Synthesizers layer on the edge of hidden haunting piano chords. This song in its entirety is trance-like, almost as if you could listen to it all day. The band harmonizes/chants different phrases from the song, which tie the song together to create what is an absolute stand-out track off the album.

Another new sound off this album is heard on, “Come Under the Covers” the boys bring back a solid guitar riff and show off their more alternative side. Petricca’s vocals are smooth to the point where he could melt you into a puddle. Verses seem reminiscent of a soaring guitar U2 vibe, that can make anyone feel enlightened. The song is a masterpiece start to finish. Walk the Moon knows how to use imagery in their lyrics to the point where it’s almost magical; “Tiptoe, down the hall from where you live, these floors are talkative.” “Come Under the Covers,” expresses a passionate love and the physical aspect that comes along with knowing and loving someone so much. The lyrics are modest without going overboard, but gives fans enough of a sultry taste into the story Walk the Moon is trying to tell; “Come under the cover, ’cause I wanna leave you satisfied tonight.” This song makes you want love.

Talking Is Hard is a true passion project. Walk the Moon makes you feel so much in only a matter of 12 songs. I am so proud of this album and the true artistry Walk the Moon has expressed.

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-Abbey