[POEM] pub

To twang of banjo

and penny whistle squeal,

the belting of an Irish dream.

The drums in rhythm

to the cracking of heals

and clanking of whiskey glasses;

what melody and melancholy

found in this pulsing reel

of Irish sweat and pub smoke.

[MUSIC] The Most Truthful Song Ever Written

This is an installment of my series My Life’s Playlist.

Today’s feature is the most truthful song ever written: From God’s Perspective by Bo Burnham.

I have nothing more to say besides what I’ve already said. This is the most truthful song ever written. Bo Burnham is George Carlin’s replacement in the world, and although I appreciate Carlin’s genius, I’m extremely happy that I am living the time of Burnham.

[MUSIC] My Life’s Playlist: Counting Stars

This is an installment of my series My Life’s Playlist.

Today’s feature is a new release, OneRepublic’s Counting Stars.

Wow! Didn’t think I’d ever remember this little series, did you? Well, I haven’t forgotten, just been caught up in other thoughts lately. Expect more of these coming.

Now to the main attraction: OneRepublic! I can’t say I’ve always been a fan of OneRepublic, really. I don’t think they’ve ever really sparked my interest enough, and consistently enough, to make me remember that a certain song was theirs. This song, however, has caught my ear.

Surprisingly, I had no idea the purpose of the song (and really still don’t), which seems to becoming a new trend for me. You’ll remember one of my favorite gems and one of my last Playlist songs, Somewhere Only We Know. The same can be said of those lyrics, with no particular meaning revealed through the song itself. The lyrics can be taken by the listener as they like to take them, and make them into what they need or want for that moment.

And honestly, I can’t think of what these lyrics mean to me, anyway. The music video I believe hints a touch at the artists’ intent for the lyrics’ meaning, but I can’t make the proper connections to really figure it out. I don’t think the meaning of the words is what matters for me in this piece. It’s the beat, that rhythmic, soulful beat which grabs me here. There’s something enchanting, and honest, about this song, both the music and the lyrics.

And I suppose the lyrics touch me with the reality of them. The idea of feeling bad about doing something said to be good, or feel good about doing something said to be bad. The idea of letting money burn, without regard for its value, knowing that you have something far more valuable to cherish. That those things you value most are also less safe than the life of money and comfort, but that risk of discomfort is what makes you feel the most alive in your life, and that is what ought to matter. I wish I had more in my life that I felt that way about. I wish there were more things that were a risk which I loved more than anything to do for myself. I hope to be given those kind of challenging opportunities in the future, and know that is what they are, and grab onto them. I hope I’m given the money to burn without regret. I want to count the stars and feel like I’m counting the wealth of my life.

Huh, I guess I do have a meaning for this song after all. 🙂 Cheers all.

My Life’s Playlist Quickie: Song of the Lonely Mountain (A cover this time…)

This is an installment of my series My Life’s Playlist.

Today and quick and enjoyable feature, a cover of Song of the Lonely Mountain, performed by the multi-talented Scott Dion Brown.

I saw this featured on The Hobbit Facebook site and had to share. This is a cover of Song of the Lonely Mountain, originally played by Neil Finn (you can see my original review of the performance from the movie as well as Neil’s full version here), redone solo by the very talented Scott Dion Brown. I can’t decide what I love most, his singing, his fantastic job with all the accent sounds to the song, or those awesome costumes! XD So I thought I would share. Hope you all are doing well. I’ve been better, but the world will keep on spinning. 🙂 Until next time!

A Purposeful Haitus

Hello all! If you haven’t noticed, I haven’t been around much. I have a big post brewing, but I can’t seem to get it completely finished. It was originally a My Life’s Playlist piece, which turned into a flaming hell-rant, which I have lost the flames for at the moment. It will be posted some day, just not tonight.

On to the main point. I’m going on haitus for a while. I have a trip to the beach coming up, Otakon is on its way, and frankly, I’ve been wasting far too much time on here. I greatly enjoy my discussions with people on my blog on whatever subject (although sometimes those discussions turn into a circle of, “My logic is better than your logic. I win! Admit it!” and I grow very tired of re-explaining my views for the ump-teenth time). If you still wish to comment or put in a request for a post in the future when my little blog-cation is over, go for it! I’m still watching, don’t worry! 🙂

But I do need a break. My biggest reason isn’t even the vacations upcoming. It is my novel. My lovely, beautiful Elaseim have been neglected for far too long now. My blog has flourished at the expense of my book’s progress, and that needs to change. So for the next few weeks you may get a little poem here and there, and I will try to keep My Life’s Playlist going, but other than that you will see little of me, my friends. Keep in touch. I will try to at least browse your own posts as much as I can. I want to get at least to a halfway mark in my book before I return with a bang, and that bang will certainly include chapters for your enjoyment and hopefully your constructive criticism as well. Until then, I leave you with Rana and Taren, whom you will all come to love as much as I have as soon as I return.


A commission of my two main characters, Rana the Elaseim and Taren the Mongolin, done by the incredibly talented c3rmen. You can see more of c3rmen’s work at c3rmen.deviantart.com, or just click the picture!