First Impressions On Some New Music

The two albums I ordered came in today! Kaleidoscope Heart by Sara Bareilles, and Teenage Dream by Katy Perry.

From what I’ve heard upon first listen of Kaleidoscope Heart, it’s really good. Better than Little Voice even. It’s just really well produced, Sara and her piano are still usually at the heart of the songs, but there’s more involved. Altogether, the new album sounds more complex, and a lot of the melodies are just really catchy and good. There are even a few slow songs with the heart of her first album’s final track, Gravity. The album also begins with a really pretty acapella piece that has like 10 Sara’s harmonizing with one another.

On top of the music just being good, the album is beautiful! I thought I liked double-CD jewel cases. Then I thought I liked digipaks. Well, this album is technically a digipak, but it’s made on that seemingly recycled carboard that just feels so good in your hands and has a real heart to it, and on top of that you can’t get fingerprints all over it like you do regular albums. The booklet and CD both slide out from the inside in the fashion of the double-disc edition of Little Voice, which is a little hard to do for me because I like everything to stay in perfect pristine condition, and it’s hard to get a CD out that way without putting your fingers on both side or bending the case too much. But at any rate, it’s a wonderfully formatted album with pretty pictures, and really cool music.

Teenage Dream is another interestingly packaged album. I made a point of finding the digipak with Parental Advisory on it, because edited albums are just annoying. This is also from the first batch of albums, all of which are made using an ink that smells like cotton candy. And it’s true, that case and the booklet do smell like cotton candy. The cover is actually a painting of Katy, which is really surprising because it’s so detailed that it’s hard to believe it isn’t a photo. As for the musical content itself, I couldn’t listen to too much in the car with my mother, because of the swearing and the potentially awkward songs like Peacock, a spunky little superficial diddy about the size of a boy’s penis. Altogether, I want to have some faith in Katy Perry, but she continously makes herself look unintelligent and superficial, and her new songs tend to be of the party girl variety, but not really in the honest down-to-Earth way Kesha does it, more of a vague applies-to-all-drunken-people sort of way.

That being said, I was so impressed with the title track that it pursuaded me to buy the album, and it’s one of my favorite songs to cover on piano, I’m not sure why but Teenage Dream just gets me emotional, and the video is really sweet. It reminds me of having sex for the first time, and falling in love. It’s a song that has brought me to the point of tears and caused me to smile uncontrollably. In general, Katy Perry isn’t superpop like, say, The Fame Monster,  her songs are more of an acoustic rock-pop. I still enjoyed the feel of One of the Boys, and this album seems to communicate the Katy Perry-ness of the first album pretty well, and her thank-you liner notes were very sweet.

I know I’m usually hard on Katy Perry, but she’s one of those take her or leave her pop stars. She doesn’t claim to be a master of all things art and music, she just makes music, and you can take it or leave it. I don’t exactly think she’s one of the most brillaint modern day singer-songwriters, but her music isn’t bad.

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The Number of Limbs on A Starfish

So today we’re going to try something new; I’m going to try my own adaptation of a friend’s weekly feature, the Friday 5. Here are 5 things that are just at the forefront of my mind right now.

1: The Ting Ting’s

The Ting Ting’s are a British indie pop duo, Jules DeMartino, age 36, and Katie White, age 26. I actually have known about The Ting Ting’s for a long time, I’m even going to say probably long than some of you have. I used to spend a lot of time on playlist.com back in 2008, and at that time it actually worked pretty well. Often when a new album came out, the whole thing would be available to listen to for free on Playlist, and I heard a few things before everyone else this way. I actually heard most of Britney Spears’ album Circus this way, but everyone knew about Britney’s new release, they didn’t know The Ting Ting’s so well.

Their album We Started Nothing was on the front page for about a week, and I listened to a couple of songs. My favorite was called We Walk, a song which I just listened to again for the first time in a while, and was really really impressed with. I didn’t even remember there being an awesome piano intro. The Ting Ting’s sound is really cool, it’s just a mix of all kinds of different things that sound good.

So of course, about a year later, when I saw We Started Nothing in stores, and their number 1 UK single That’s Not My Name started playing on the radio, I had the familiar notion that I always know about things before everyone else. I actually didn’t like That’s Not My Name very much, however, nor did I remember being very impressed with their albm when it was streamed on Playlist, so I had little interest.

Last night, I listened to We Walk again, and I was really surprised. I now have this feeling that they might become my new favorite band. Either way, I want to get their album. The only problem is, as usual, I can’t decide between the regular edition and the deluxe edition. I just like the regular edition’s cover, and I could probably get it in stores. Also, the regular edition of the album apparently comes in different colors, but so far I’ve just seen two different covers, both red, one of which involved the two bandmates being black and white.

I read an interesting article about The Ting Ting’s, describing their music as being whatever they like it to be, rather than going for any certain sound. They also have their own tradition called “paint parties,” where they invite people to come to a show, at which everyone paints blank canvases along the walls, and one another as well. This actually leads nicely into my second topic.

2: Paper Magazine

I haven’t heard of it before, but I read their article about The Ting Ting’s online, and there’s a pretty awesome picture of Kesha on their “music issue.” For those two reasons alone, I want to subscribe to this magazine. It’s only 10 dollars for a year subscription! I’d like to have an awesome magazine coming in the mail and telling me what’s up with all my musicians, and perhaps teaching me about art and fashion.

3: Good Music Returns!

Speaking of music, there have been some interesting musical developments for me lately. First of all, has anyone noticed a significant increase in the quality of pop music lately? Apart from Eminem and his awful, bigotted cheauvanistic, homophobic, self-absorbed, whiney “music,” I’ve really been pleased with the radio of late. Dance seems to be making a legitimate comeback, and between Enrique Iglasias’ new song, Teenage Dream being on the radio, and an increase in dance-oriented hip hop, things seem to be improving quite nicely in my opinion.

And on the subject of music, a couple of days ago I ordered two albums from Best Buy’s website (after ordering a Tori Amos CD from Barens and Noble and waiting about a week for it, I’m not quite as trusting of them anymore when it comes to quick delivery): Sara Bareilles’ new album (in digipak!), Kaleidoscope Heart, and Katy Perry’s new album (also in digipak!), Teenage Dream. I’d been debating with myself on whether or not to buy Katy’s new album, but finally I decided to go ahead and do it, I’d probably regret it if I didn’t.

Which reminds me, about a week ago I found the California Gurls single in Walmart! Now, I know I’ve had some nasty things to say about Katy Perry, and that song in particular, but that was mostly in defence of Gaga. Besides, I’ve had negative opinions on pretty much all of my favorite musicians at some point, and now I’ve just given up on it. Nobody’s really doing any harm, it’s all fun and musical, so why fight it? Anyway, when I found the California Gulrs single (for only 2 dollars by the way), I decided not to get it, but for the next week, it just wouldn’t leave me alone: “It was a single! In America! You never see singles in America! It was only two dollars, if you didn’t like it you could have just tucked it away or given it to someone else!” So when we stopped by Walmart yesterday and the California Gurls single was still there, I of course grabbed it instantly. Not to imply I just happened across it, I’d been premeditating buying it for days.

Sara Bareilles’ new album has been out for a few days and it’s already number one on the iTunes album charts. Sara is really thrilled about this, and she should be, she’s a great musician. During my uncreative phase, I listened to The Fame by Lady Gaga, and Sara’s first album, Little Voice, constantly, and I was surprised when I wasn’t finding myself inspired by either, because I was listening to nothing else, and not really enjoying myself. So basically, I shoved Little Voice down my own throat so much that I stopped liking it, but after having some time away from it, I’ve come to see it’s a really good album, and the reviews of Kaleidoscope Heart are very favorable. There were actually quite a few chances to get a little spoiler of the album, two different songs were made available for listening on different websites, and Sara streamed the entire album a couple of days before it’s released, but I’ve been vigilant in waiting to actually have the album in my hands before listening to it.

The only song I have heard from the new album is King of Anything, which I enjoy, and I’ve heard a thirsty second clip of the “Strings Version” from an EP that Sara released digitally on the same day as the new album, the Kaelidoscope EP. I was tempted to buy this yesterday, but I decided I’ll wait until I’ve had some time with the album to get the EP.

4: An Old Pasttime Resurfaces?

When I was about 11, my favorite game in the world was Sonic Adventure, on Sega Dreamcast. When my cousin brought home Sonic Adventure 2, I’d already been psyched up from all of the ads I’d seen in video game magazines showing a dark, evil version of Sonic known as Shadow. When we played the game, I was crazy about this character, a black hedgehog with red stripes, whose general shape is similar to Sonic’s superpowered Super Sonic form, who matches Sonic perfectly in speed without running, but using a pair of rocket-powered futuristic skate-shoes. I loved watching Shadow skate around so much that I actually decided to learn to skate on a pair of inline roller blades.

So now picture this: me in 2001, walking through the grass in skates to an empty basketball court, and slowly coaxing myself into rolling, and eventually learning that to skate, you put one foot out digonally, rather than directly in front of you. Yep, I didn’t know how to skate, and all my experience so far had been on quads, those skates with four wheels arranged in a square, and I still can’t skate on those. So I taught myself to skate, using Shadow as an example, on inlines.

After I met my boyfriend, who has a job, I found myself alone at his house because I didn’t have a job and he had to go to work. Without any real access to the internet, my activites four the 8 hours he worked were limited to his Playstation, DirectTV, and anything else I could find to do. So one day I brought my inlines (a different pair than the one’s I learned to skate on) over and on a few different occassions, went skating around the block, but eventually my inlines ended up in his closet, not touched again for a while. I pulled them out last time I came back to my mom’s house, and apart from my sister equipping them and rolling around on the carpet, they still haven’t gotten any use, but I’m thinking it might be fun to start skating again, especially with weather cooling down.

The only thing is, our neighborhood has a few hills that are very, very steep. I mean when you stand at the top, the hill just goes down as far as you can see and eventually turns, still sloping downward. I actually used to skate down it a few years ago, and if I got scared I would just bail into someone’s grass, but a few times I made it down all the way. The hill is so huge and I ended up going so fast, though, that I had to take them off whenever I got to the bottom, because the wheels would be so hot that they were burning my feet.

At any rate, I’ve always liked skating, and I think it’s a fun little thing that adds to my personality. I like books and video games and music, I don’t really seem like an extreme sports kind of person, and while I’m still a ‘fraidy cat who doesn’t particularly like hills, I do enjoy skating. And I feel cool because I always use inlines.

5: You Can Touch My Hair, Undress Me Everywhere

I need new clothes! I need a new haircut! I need to get my eyebrows done! I need new shoes! Basically, I’m a fashion disaster, because I love clothes, and I don’t really have any of the stuff that I love to wear. I love boots and beanies and gloves and all sort of accessories, but I have very few. Oh, and you know that saying about how being gay doubles your wardrobe? It’s true. Though it’s kind of embarassing, I’ve pretty much been wearing the clothes I already had, and my boyfriend’s clothes, for almost two years now. Isn’t that horrible? He buys new clothes, I claim them. He spends so much time working that he’s constantly in uniform, and the only other thing he wears is casual layaround clothes, he rarely gets a real oppurtunity to wear any of his other clothes, so I always wind up wearing them.

So yeah, I need some new clothes. There are a few tee shirts I’ve wanted for a while, but never really ordered, and I need to find a jean size that fits my waist without being too long. Apart from that, I still don’t own a single pair of boots, and that’s just sad because I love boots. They make me feel taller and more confident.

Apart from clothes, I also need to start furnishing my room. My room is a disaster. Even when it’s cleaned. I have a leaning shelf that I keep my books and DVDs and games on that is not only falling apart, but isn’t really made to be a bookshelf. I have a dresser that used to be part of a bedroom suit, but now the dresser is the only thing I still have. My TV is so blurry that you can watch television on it, but playing video games is pretty much out of the question. I have a random shelf with wallpaper attached to the wood that’s peeling up, a huge elctric piano that doesn’t have speakers and so must be plugged into an amplifier, and finally my bed is squeaky  and my bedside table barely has a function other than holding my lamp, my alarm clock, my picture of my boyfriend, and all the water bottles that accumulate.

Oh, and there is one another thing. MY WALLS ARE YELLOW. Yep, yellow. Not some kind of elegant, beautiful yellow, but the color of pee, or the color your hair might turn if it’s naturally very dark and you try dying it blonde. They’re almost orange. To make it worse, when we moved in there were holes and dents in the wall, which were spackled and then painted over. Only, they weren’t painted over with yellow paint, they were painted over with WHITE paint. So my walls are yellow with random splotches of white all over them.

There are also curtain rods, but no curtains. My room is a mess. What I want to do is find a good color to paint the walls and get some good furniture, maybe even throw a couch in there, but I don’t know where to begin. I’m not good with this kind of stuff, nor do I have money, the furniture part will have to come when I get a real paying job, but I think I can afford curtains and furnishings and maybe paint for the walls. A few of those orb thingies here, an oil burner there, some paintings on the walls; my room is workable, I just don’t know exactly what to do with it.

So those are my thoughts today. I believe this Friday 5 feature might actually be a pretty good prompt. Thoughts on my thoughts, anyone?

I’m Getting Out There! World, Here I Come!

I am just never happy with the way the blog is going. That’s a big aspect of my personality: jumping from one extreme to another. Anyway, it’s high time I just did one talking about my life. Which is appropriate, because it’s getting kind of exciting.

I have spent my whole life living like a child. I’ve grown up a lot, and matured, but I still live like a teenager. I live between my mom’s house and my boyfriend’s house, I spent days at a time with him, and the rest of the time here with my mother. I don’t pay anyone rent, and I don’t have a job other than helping my mom with her job and watching my sister, for which I’m currently getting 20 dollars a week. I’m 20 years old! So, for the last couple of months, things have been kind of sucky for me. I just plunged into this anxiety-filled state of mind, I wouldn’t call it a complete depression, but it was really hard.

I think I’ve come to realize that the only way to really heal myself of this anxiety is to start living my life. I’ve been afriad for months now about going out into the world, getting my license and driving, and getting a job. Well now I’m done being afraid. Yesterday I just felt so useless, in this house where I live, and feeling like I’ve accomplished nothing. Today, I’ve spent the day fluctuating between periods of depression, during which I just tell myself “It’s okay, I’m depressed, but I’m not stopping, I’m going to live my life.” and periods of excitement where I think about how I might soon have my life in my own hands.

So here are my goals: I want to have my license, and a car to drive. Tomorrow morning, I’m going to get my driving permit renewed, so I can have some practice and then take my driving test again. As for a vehicle, we literally have a total of 5 vehicles between everyone in this house, and two of which could possibly become mine. So that shouldn’t be a huge issue. Driving is what I want to focus on first, but eventually I need a job, and I need college. As much as I might like online college, I feel like it’d be a cop-out if I did that, because it’d be an excuse to ignore the public. If I can overcome my fear of being in public, which I will not allow to rule my life, then maybe I’ll consider it. But first, before anything else, is license. That’s a simple goal, and the more of I accept the fear of getting a job and going to school, the more excited I become about them. Also, I’m feeling very physically active, and the more I work out and do things, the less afraid I am of aches and pains, and honestly the less I have them. So things are getting a lot better.

I’m tired of this blog being a place where I sarcastically discuss “news,” which is just whatever I’m interested in that has to do with musicians. So, I’m being informal, because I can. It’s the only way this blog can continue.

So, I did something I thought I’d never do. I started listening to Kesha. Gasp! Back at the beginning of the year, I seriously considered buying her album, because despite myself I’ve always liked Tik Tok, and I downloaded her album maybe a couple months ago, but I haven’t listened to it much. I’m kind of hooked on it. It’s been a while since I’ve listened to a pop album, it’s refreshing to hear something that’s pleasing and isn’t too challenging. I mean, Tori Amos and Imogen Heap are fine and all, but you have to get so invested in the music to listen to it. Well, I do. Someone once told me that when it comes to listening to alternative music, I’m jaded by the very pop culture I despise. That’s somewhat true. I like a good pop hook, and even if it isn’t pushing the envelope entirely, it still feels solid. It’s like how a lot of electric guitar makes feel like an album has a solid background. Pop sounds and guitar riffs and even solid piano pieces give an album a good canvas on which to paint.

Oh Sara, just as cocky as when we left you.

Piano albums? That brings me right into my next artist into today’s music chat. You probably remember Sara Bareilles from her top 10 hit Love Song back in 2008, which I used to violently jam out to. It’s one of those songs that just makes me feel happy. Well, it did, until I heard it ten thousand times. Now it’s just kind of annoying to me. I got her album, Little Voice, about a year ago, and that album, along with Lady Gaga’s debut, The Fame, were my summer listening music for ’09. After hearing both of those for long enough, I got seriously burnt out on them, and though Sara Bareilles has a style that I liked a lot upon first listen, I soon found it constraining and uninspiring, but this I attribute to the fact that I wasn’t doing much with my life at that time, and having a hard time composing new music. After having some time away from the album, I’ve looked back at it and it makes me remember those times with joy, and I’m appreciating it more than when I was just listening to get my money’s worth. So, I’m not sure how I feel about Little Voice, but Sara’s new album, Kaleidoscope Heart, has been finished and will be released early in September, so I’m looking forward to that, and I plan on picking up a copy. Her new single, King of Anything, is pretty interesting, and her second album sounds fun, like she dressed up the songs a little more rather than just keeping the meat and not doing much else.

There are a couple of other albums coming out soon, too. KT Tunstall, who reached fame in America with her singles Black Horse and the Cherry Tree, as well as Suddenly I See (at least these are the two I remember hearing on the radio), has a new album coming out in October, called Tiger Suit. I don’t know what a Tiger Suit is, but I’m willing to pick it up and see if I like it. I didn’t really dig her album Eye to the Telescope too much, it was just a little too slow for me, but I’ve heard a single from this new album and I’m hoping things have gotten more fast-paced. Acoustic guitar is not generally my favorite instrument to played completely by itself, and an album of mostly slow acoustic guitar songs doesn’t do much for me, so I may pick this album up.

Finally, Katy Perry’s second album, Teenage Dream, will be out in September. I know I’ve been pretty hard on Katy Perry, but her first album, One of the Boys, wasn’t too bad. It made me think she had a brain, as oppose to her newer hit single California Gurls (and her behavior in at least one interview I’ve seen), and while I’m so far not very impressed with her new material, I’m going to at least give the album a chance.

Of course, all of these things are albums I MAY get. I find it very entertaining to pretend I’m spending money, and just plan out all the CDs I’d like to buy.

I’d also like to have A Fine Frenzy’s first album, One Cell in the Sea. It’s so nicely packaged, and it would go well on my shelf next to the second album. The same thing kind of goes for Evanescence’s second album, The Open Door. On both of these accounts, I’ve heard the albums extensively, but I’ve never actually owned them. They also both happen to be packaged in paperback cases, which is always visually appealing.

Sorry, I’m getting distracted. There’s a documentary on the History Channel called The History of Sex. I mean, come on, how can I ignore that? And by the way, I never knew that the Epic of Gilgamesh involved sex! You learn something new every day.

Where was I? Oh yes, CDs. I honestly haven’t spent a cent on CDs, or on anything, I’ve saved everything for two weeks, I haven’t even bought any more of Imogen Heap’s charity improvisations. I just don’t have the money for any of it right now, and I tend to waste money on CDs.

This entry is getting a little lazy. Well, I’m tired. Oh, I’ve also learned that I get to go alone tomorrow to the DMV. While this at first scared me, I’m actually really excited about it now. The chance to conquer fear, to experience being out there, alone, strong, in public, perfectly fine. I will of course be bringing my Jane Austen novel. Pride and Prejudice has an odd calming effect on me, I actually forget about my situation and read, which doesn’t happen often with books.

I don't need to get drunk, she's intoxicated enough for the two of us.

I really am wanting that Kesha CD though. It also reminds me of earlier in the year, when me and my boyfriend went on a nice trip to Virginia, during which I decided I liked Tik Tok, and shortly thereafter considered buying the CD. My mind salivates for it now… well, sort of.

So, wish me luck on my trip out into the world tomorrow. I’m going to shower and brush my teeth, and soon thereafter get into bed. I’m finally tired at decent hours, it’s a miracle.

Summer Is On The Way!

I forgot how much I love Spring and Summer, the smell of the air, the bright sun, the air of happiness that permeates throughout. I used to be a Winter person, I loved the mysterious cold night air, I loved the cool breeze and the yellow leaves lying all over the ground during the Autumn, the excitement for Christmas and the mystery that seems to surround the two end-year seasons, but now I think I’ve become more of a Summer person. I’ve just been remembering Spring and Summer of last year, and I didn’t realize then how much I would come to look upon those times with joy. One thing is certain: this will not be a year of confusion and doubt as last year was, but of hope and happiness.

Today is lazy day, but that’s alright. I’ve had a wonderful weekend with my boyfriend and I’m very much enjoying this work-free week with him. Well, work-free for me at least. I got a bit of exercise to day, I walked around the block a few times, which is really more an excuse for me to listen to music than it is to get exercise. I ended up peforming a pretty cool concert in my mind, made up completely of cover songs (which is something that I want to do one day), and it got really good.

It started to materialize around the “rock section”, and Jimmy Eat World turned into Paramore, which then turned into MIKA. During one of the songs, I think Crushcrushcrush (aforementioned Paramore song), the band all changed on stage, which I thought made a much more interesting outfit change during a show then leaving the stage, but it was kind of incorporated into the music. I also thought of perhaps there being a break in the show where I sing a song acapella (Bus Stop by The Hollies) to give everyone else a chance to set up for the next section. I was also imagining the show as an album, and there was an Act I and an Act II, which I thought seemed pretty cool.

So back to the description of the show: I will at this point have already done my (or our, I can’t figure out if in the fantasy I’m a solo artist or a part of a band) first album, and my hair will be somewhat lengthy as it is now. So, during Happy Ending, which is the above mentioned MIKA song, I’ll be playing a keyboard while someone is slowly shaving my head during the performance. I like this because it’s very symbolic and goes well with the song, it’s a metaphor for losing your dignity and a part of yourself. During the head-shaving, the barber will accidentally cut me (and since it’s planned now, it isn’t an accident anymore) and cause a line of blood to be going down my face while I’m singing, which I like even more. Then, at the end of the song, during the choir section, I’ll stand a gospel choir clad in blue robes will come out onto the stage and I’ll sort of be swallowed into the choir as they walk past me, dissapearing and holding my hand in the air while singing. And during the final section, two people will be grabbing me within the choir, and throw me on the ground in front of them while they’re singing, and rip my clothes off while I struggle, and finally during the last moments of the song, a white sheet will be placed over my body but not my face, and I’ll have this generally dead expression on and the lights go out.

After a few minutes, I’ll begin playing Jewel’s Foolish Games and the lights will come back on [note: candle light!], revealing me seated at the piano (not the aforementioned keyboard, but a grand piano) in a white sheet; I’m thinking about the sheet being large enough to cover most of the stage. This section isn’t as clear in my mind, but the violin and cello players are wearing red and green ornamented kind of marhcing band uniforms, and there are white clad women who are laying on the floor when the lights hit them, and throughout the song a sort of performance happens, where the women hold the one in the center up, with the help of a male dancer in white, and while she’s lifted people will come and begin putting makeup on her and dressing her, so that she is being dressed as a geisha. In the final moments of the performance, she will be on her own feet and walk toward the crowd, and she’ll be crying, and she will turn and exit the stage, the dancers following her.

After this I finished the concert off with Lady Gaga’s Telephone, and it was more or less a stage version of the music video I have in my mind for the song. After it was over, though, I wasn’t done walking around the block so I kept adding some extra songs, in the next one me and MIKA (who did Beyonce’s part during Telephone) are sitting at the grand piano along with my boyfriend and some woman, and we’re all singing and playing Queen’s Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy, and my band mates appear on the side of the stage and sing during the bridge.

There was a song somewhere where I crowd surfed, I think it was Jimmy Eat World’s Bleed American, and I involved the audience during Fall Out Boy’s I’ve Got All This Ringing In My Ears And None On My Fingers. Oh yes, and I also performed Golden right before that one, which is another Fall Out Boy song. After everything’s done, I sort of did this thing where I was running through the crowd and singing Charlotte Sometimes’ AEIOU, and the crowd follows me out into the lobby area of the building and we go up the stairs, and I interact with various people in crowd, at one point I crowd surf my way back down a winding staircase, which I found to be the coolest part.

I do quite enjoy my imagination.

So now, the video for Telephone. It’s got a few key bits in it that haven’t been arranged perfectly yet, but here goes. The beginning features me laying on a bar with other people all around me on the barstools, I think they’re asleep, as I seem to be (except for the fact that I’m singing), and then a huge barrel of alcohol is poured all over me, and perhaps other people, but one of the bits involves me having some kind of water or something poured all over me. Another bit is the “cell phone pool”, it’s like a ball pit except that it’s filled with all kinds of different cell phones, and a lot of them are all going off, so there’ll be lights all inside of it (the calls are all coming from Lady Gaga, when there’s a closeup on some of the phones). In the next section of the first chorus, I walk in a straight line with people lined up in pair on either side of me, snapping my fingers to the music, and every time I snap, the couples on both sides of me grab onto one another, kissing, holding, etc. And at the end of my runway walk I smile and then you only see me from the side with my back to the camera as I grab onto something and am pulled up out of view.

During the next section, whoever is being Beyonce in the video will come in through a side door and do their part, I haven’t got too much planned for this yet except that Beyonce Person may have a person on either side of them, kind of like a mini posse. After Beyonce Person’s section, I begin singing again (Gaga’s next part in the song, “Not that I don’t like you I’m just a party…”), and everyone is looking around to see where my voice is coming from, while Beyonce Person looks up into the incredibly high ceiling (which you cannot see an end to) and sings back to me their part. The dancers all begin dancing toward the camera while Beyonce Person keeps their back turned, and then finally I emerge by falling on bungee chords out of the ceiling in a magnificently high fall, and when the chorus begins the bungee chord reaches it’s limits and starts pulling me back up, so that I’m swaying like a pendulum, and when I begin to move back up I spin and make some kind of pose while I’m flying through the air. During this section I’m up on the bungee chords dancing in the air while Beyonce Person (now facing the camera) is dancing with the other dancers and I’m flying around above them doing aerial dances.

When this section is over, me and the bungee chord drop from the ceiling again, and this time the camera comes with us, and on the way down to the bottom, I’m doing more aerial dancing, but I’m upside down and headed for the ground, and I haven’t decided how to the landing will go, but in one idea I was cut loose from the bungee chords and caught myself on a pole by the legs (which is very unlikely), but I may also just be close to the ground and be kind of jerked around before cut loose, and then crawling dramatically for the door (because the dancers and Beyonce Person have all walked out the front door).

In the final section, we’re outside, and it will cut to Beyonce Person or myself standing in a round stone area with people in positions like roman numerals and me or Beyonce Person in the center, cutting to different shots of whoever is in the center standing in different positions, their shadow being cast onto different numbers (which are the people posing as numbers), making a human sun dial.

There is a danceoff scene outside the front door of the club, for some reason the outside is snowy, but only until you get a few feet away from the club, from there it’s grassy and bright, but that makes this scene work better anyhow (the sun dial section is outside in a grassy, sunny area). Me and Beyonce Person each have dance crews behind us (Beyonce Person may only have his/her original two, I’m not sure), and there will be dancing and choreography as before during the final section, and then at the very last part (“‘Cuz I’m out in the club and I’m sippin’ that bub and you’re not gonna reach my telephone!”) We will do these crazy fast dances against one another an end with our fists up, or arms out, or however our respective dances end, and mirroring the moment in a samurai movie where both opponents slash one another and appear to have done no damage, but then one of them falls over dead, one of us will fall over too, having lost the apparently fatal danceoff. The original idea for the end was just everyone dancing outside in the snow and me falling over into the snow and the camera panning out from me at the end, because the very last word in the song, “telephone,” has an effect on it so that it sounds like someone ripped the power chord out from the song and it just kind of quickly dissipates into nothing. Either way, someone will fall over in the end, whether they actually died from the danceoff is up to the viewer to decide (in Jesse world we all live happily ever after) and there will be panning out from whoever fell into the snow while the harp plays at the end.

Pretty neat, huh?

What else to talk about? I’m looking forward to seeing my boyfriend tonight and having a great night with him. I’m a little ways into Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, it’s taken me so long to read it because I haven’t sat down and devoted a lot of time to reading, and because I got a new book, if you remember me talking about The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor. I’ve made it through Part One of the book, and I’m unimpressed. It reads like a teen fiction novel, and well, it is a teen fiction novel, but I just have a general dislike of teen fiction. Why, you ask? I would be glad to tell you.

Teen fiction novels, along with family movies and television shows that are geared toward a teenage audience, often miss the point. People want to write things that connect with a young audience, but the thing is, teenagers are interested in sex. Lots of it. Teenagers love sex. It’s the number one thing on our minds all the time up until you’ve gotten past about eighteen, and it’s not like it goes away then, we just learn to focus on other things. From ages twelve to eighteen, sex is pretty much the main thing on a teenager’s mind. Now, don’t think I’m saying it’s the ONLY thing on our minds, and it’s always the most predominant, we of course are complex human beings with other things on our minds and in our hearts other than sex, but it is always somewhere on the top five list of things we are concerned with. I know I can only speak for myself, being a teenage male, but teenage males tend to be very interested in sex, as I know from personal experience and the general consensus of people regarding teenage men.

The point I’m trying to make here is that teen fiction books usually do what children’s books do: pretend that sex doesn’t exist. This puts me off from a book more than anything, and it’s primarily the reason why I dislike the Disney Channel and Nickelodean, who makes shows supposedly for teenagers, but really they’re just teenagers acting the parts of ten year olds. Not all teen fiction does this, and in fact, The Looking Glass Wars hasn’t entirely done it from what I’ve seen so far, and of course in Part One the main characters are ages 9 and 12, and slightly sexual things are mentioned.

So, in conclusion of my rant on teenage fiction disregarding sex, by far one of the most important things to a teenager, I would like to say that I’m not throwing The Looking Glass Wars into that category of pretending sex doesn’t exist. However, it does have a very childish feel, and the writing in general isn’t very elegant, it’s too matter-of-fact, it’s a bit like Narnia in that respect, and while the storyline isn’t uninteresting, it all happens way too fast. On top of that, there are the action scenes, which all read like a secene from a kids anime show or a battle from the Power Rangers series. Characters have unrealistic superhman abilities, and even though I like that concept, it’s done in a way we’ve all seen before, and it’s so cliche that it is at times nearly gag-worthy (the captain of the Queen’s guard, Hatter Maddigan, a kung fu version of the Mad Hatter, at one point pins someone to a wall with throwing stars by all ends of their garments. How many times have we seen that done? And furthermore, how unrealistic and unnessessary is it?).

The most interesting point of the story is that it actually plays into reality, Princess Alyss Heart leaves wonderland and is adopted by the Lidell family, becoming Alice Lidell (though she never forgets how properly to spell her name), and eventually meets the Reverend Charles Dodgson, who writes under the pseudonym of Lewis Caroll. I don’t know too much about this, but I’ve that Lewis Caroll was a very odd man (obviously) who had some characteristics not unlike those of a possible pedophile, he supposedly wrote Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for a little girl down the street. The book plays on this and makes it very apparent that the character of Lewis Caroll is more than casually interested in Alyss.

In a ten page long hostile takeover, the valiant Queen Genievie’s wicked sister Redd, who was banished from the kindgom, storms the city, kills almost everyone in the castle, and claims the seat of power. It’s all mildly action-packed and altogether just not for me.

I don’t think this is a bad book, and it’s probably the perfect book for young teenagers, about 13 or 14, but for any reader looking for a thought-provoking and truly gratifying look into an ethereal world like Wonderland, it’s just not very impressive. I should make it known that this is all from my impressions of the book based on Part One, and therefore it not a complete review, but after Part One I basically lost interest in the book. Luckily, the book reads very fast, chapters are only four to nine pages long, and while that isn’t a problem, the last time I tried to read a book like that it was Maximum Ride, and that was just horribly written, it sounded like a more gramatically polished version of something written by a second grader who’d been watching a lot Saturday Morning action shows. In a way, this book reminds me of that kind of imaginative but unelegantly-written written fantasy novel.

One thing I can say for it, the art is pretty nice, especially the picture of Redd on the cover of the second novel, Seeing Redd. I don’t want to give the impression that the book is just awful, but I don’t think it’s right for me. If somehow the author should ever read this, I wouldn’t him to think I’m encouraging people to hate the book, because I’m not, it’s a good book for younger teens (and I guess that’s why it’s in teen fiction), it is an interesting twist on Wonderland, and it is entertaining, it just doesn’t quite rub me the right way.

Memoirs of a Geisha, however, is coming along quite nicely, and I read a bit of it every day, even though I’m only on Chapter Four or so, but it’s a very interesting story. I’ll let you know more about it as I read.

Wow, this was a long one, huh? I’ve had a few more ideas for things, but the only one coming to mind right now isn’t very good and probably won’t be written, so I’ll leave you with these things to marinate in. Word count made it all the way to 3,000!

Oh yes, I haven’t even talked about music yet! I’ve been looking into a few musicians whose albums I want, and one of the most promising is Rodrigo y Gabriela. They did a cover of Oogie Boogie’s Song on the Nightmare Revisited album, and it was one of my favorite songs on the album. They’re a duo of guitarists who play off of one another, and it’s just really incredible and it’s not something that you hear very often, duo guitars are awesome.

I’m also thinking about buying La Roux’s album, I saw the video for the song Bulletproof and it’s pretty good, not amazing, but I still think I might enjoy the album.

Also, there’s a band called Kiss Kiss, and their song Satelitte was on a bonus disc from Eyeball Records that came with my copy of My Chemical Romance’s first album, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love. Satelitte is my favorite song on the disc, and it makes me hopeful for their album, whose name I do not have on hand.

I also may look into getting an Electric Six album, and on that thought, Tenacious D is a pretty good band but I’ve never gotten one of their albums either. I’ve also never bought Avenged Sevenfold’s first album, even though it had a few songs on it that I liked. Hmm…

MIKA has two live DVD’s, Live in Cartoon Motion and Parc De Princes Paris (which apparently comes in a deluxe harback edition with a lot of art in it), which I think I may get, although the latter DVD takes priority over the former.

In the way of EP’s, Paramore’s Summer Tic EP is impossible to find other than downloading it, and it has the song This Circle on it, which is one of my favorite Paramore songs, just because it has a nostalgic quality for me and reminds of me of my obessive Paramore days. They do however have another live album called Live In The UK, at the Manchester Apollo, which I’ve known about for a while, and may get, it’s a live album of songs from All We Know Is Falling, which a very good album that has a special place in my heart.

MIKA has an EP called Songs For Sorrow, that apparently has a booklet that’s like 73 pages long or something and filled with artwork, and I just think that’s worth getting, I’m glad someone put so much effort into an EP.

I’ve kind of been wanting Sara Bareilles’ first album, Careful Confessions, for a while, but it’s muy expensivo. She also has a live CD/DVD called Between The Lines: Live at the Filmore that’s pretty good, but the thing is, I saw it once in Wal-Mart a couple years ago, and it was in a CD case, not a DVD case, and if you search for it, it’s very hard to figure out which one is the copy in the CD jewel case. To make it more confusing, there’s a Blu-Ray version with a bonus CD, but I don’t want the Blue-Ray with a bonus CD, I want the CD/DVD in a CD jewel case! She also has some other old albums/EP’s, but I haven’t looked into them too much.

I do like singles, and if you type in any of your favorite artists into Amazon.com, you will find a limited selection of a few, or maybe more than a few albums. But if you try Amazon.co.uk, you’ll get all of their singles and some albums that aren’t in America (i.e. Paramore’s Live in the UK), and I saw singles for MIKA and Paramore. Sure it’s like five dollars for a single with a song on it that I already have, but I just enjoy having it in the collection.

And then of course we have DVD’s. My Seventh Season of Will and Grace finally came in the mail and my boyfriend and I been having a great time watching it. Next I want Season Four, and hopefully, all of them some day. I like TV shows on DVD, and I’d like to have Roseanne, That 70’s Show, more of Frasier, possibly some Friends, and I’m sure there are more. I’d also like to get the movie Tin Man, it’d make quite a nice addition to my collection of DVD’s.

Think of all the other things I could be spending money on besides my media collection. But who doesn’t love a good collection of music, movie, and books? It’ll pay off one day when we’ve got a nice living room to stash it all in.

Well, I can’t think of much else, and at this point we’re up to over 3,700 on the word count and rising, so have a great day everyone, be safe, love yourselves and one another, educate yourselves, and tell someone you love them today!