January Thoughts

Decided that the blog will have fewer hip-hop songs in the playlist, in order to reach more people. I haven’t been the best lately but want to keep a blog going. I stopped reading and stopped lifting, waiting for a new book to get here in the mail and will start that book. I am excited to re-read the book that’s coming in the mail. It has the word secret in the title of the book but it’s just esoteric stuff that is known already but the book just collections it all in one book. I already read most of the book with the softcopy cover I have, back in 2013 when I lived In Saint Cloud, Minnesota. That small city was one of the coldest places I ever lived.

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Another Man’s Treasure in Salem, Connecticut across the street from Dollar General is my family's store. They have lots of interesting items, lots of books, and plus tons of Christmas items. The place has lots of pictures on the walls and older antiques all over the place. We brought in a big shelving thing and we weren’t completely sure how it would get maneuvered into one of the back rooms but with some on the fly engineering by someone helping us, it got back there. There are 8 different rooms in the store and if you love thrift and antique shopping stores, this store is worth a visit. Lots of garage items, like beer signs and just lots of signs to hang on the wall.

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“Synchronicity…means a ‘meaningful coincidence’ of outer and inner events that are not themselves causally connected. The emphasis lies on the word ‘meaningful’.” - Marie Louise Von Franz

“Synchronicity is God sending us messages anonymously” - Deepak Chopra

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I was given a new keyboard that lights up, it’s really cool. The delete key is fast, that makes a difference in my world. I like seeing the letters delete fast plus have the key not stick, I bet that’s how it felt when typewriter keys would not pop up. The quality of this keyboard is just overall better than the previous $20 one I had from Dollar General. The Dollar General one was supposed to light up my typing, but it didn’t work and my mother finding out about that, bought me this fancy one for Christmas.

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I have been spending more time at City-data.com, that is where information is, it’s literally in the name. I was banned from their website in 2019 for being too awesome, but once I got a new laptop; I was able to create a new name. There political forum is crazy opinionated, but it’s organized really well and it’s a vBulletin style of website. My grandfather had a computer down in his basement and when I would come over, I would type out my little league stats onto a word document and print them out. I kept track of all my hits each game all season long, plus how many strikeouts I had when I pitched. I would write a “K” under my hats bill; I was a good pitcher.  My other grandfather on my mom’s side always had a computer also and over at his house I would spend time downloading mp3’s from P2P networks onto CDs for my Walkman.

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My hardcover copy of Manly P. Hall’s “The Secret Teachings of all ages” is on its way here, and I am planning on knocking this book out again for the second time. It’s on CIA’s website for a mysterious reason but I feel it is because of how much information is condensed into the book. I read to page 379 back when I lived in Saint Cloud, Minnesota but that was an audiobook version, this time I am reading the hardcover copy without audio. The first chapter I picked to read was ‘The Hiramic Legend’, and then going further just read what chapter I am attracted to until they are all read. The book isn’t set up to read like a novel anyways, so it won’t matter jumping from chapter to chapter.

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Be a nice human.

Folk-rock Album Highlight

Of Monsters And Men - My Head Is An Animal

When I first heard of this album, it was their single “Dirty Paws” back in Davenport, Iowa in 2013. I didn’t really listen to the whole album until I got to Saint Cloud, Minnesota. I like the refreshing sound of the songs on this album. It’s sort of folk-rock and that type of music was popular in the few years this album was released. This album was the band’s debut album, and every song is awesome, it does need sort of a vibe to jam with it though. Some songs are fast tempo, and some are more relaxed. “Yellow Light” from the album is one of my favorite songs of all time because of how chill it is. “My Head Is An Animal” was released in 2011 but internationally in 2012 once it topped the Icelandic charts. The album cover is even cool with how it’s just a guy on the beach.

This album was so good in my opinion that I even went down to Ragged Records in downtown Davenport to buy the vinyl. The vinyl is all pink and matches the font on the cover, I like how it’s pink and just sticks out. The Icelandic release of the album has a couple of different songs, but I downloaded those from YouTube way back when mp3’s was still a thing before Spotify. The album sold a lot of units also in many countries, plus the whole album vibes well going from track to track. Some of them on this album are fast tempo and could be considered dance music I think, just not techno dance type style of music. “Little Talks” has a great sound to it, and gives some energy to the album, along with “Mountain Sound”. Those two songs sound similar but at the same time also have distinctive differences. With the album having slower songs also, like “Yellow Light” & “Slow And Steady”, it gives off a diverse selection of songs.

 The reviews for this album are interesting; Rolling Stone only gave the album 3 out of 5 stars. If I were rating on that system, I would give this album a 5 out of 5 stars. I wouldn’t choose an album to review on my blog if the album weren’t perfect. The iTunes bonus track is titled “Numb Bears” and it’s good, but I wouldn’t have chosen it to make my 7 song album but would still vibe well with the rest of the album and should be on Spotify. This album is far different then the albums the band did after it. “Beneath the skin” has harder and deeper sounding drums and then “Fever Dream” after that had a soft-rock vibe to it. ‘Sinking Man” a hidden track after “Yellow Light” isn’t on Spotify also but is on YouTube; it’s great and should have been added to the Spotify album link.

7 song album:
  • Dirty Paws
  • Mountain Sound
  • Yellow Light
  • Little Talks
  • Six Weeks
  • From Finner
  • Slow And Steady

Brit-pop Album Highlight

Coldplay - Ghost Stories

“Ghost Stories” by Coldplay is an amazing album of just 9 songs. Every song is great, and the album flows well. So great that I also purchased this vinyl album which has really cool artwork, and that is what draws me towards an album, the visual arts. “A Sky Full of Stars” is probably the best song on the album and has a faster tempo. This album has a mix of slow tempo plus some faster tempo songs. “O” has a really awesome piano in it and the whole album just has a feel to it that was worth getting the vinyl from Barnes And Nobles bookstore.

According to Chris Martin in an interview with Zane Lowe, the singer describes the album “The idea of Ghost Stories, for me, was "how do you let the things that happen to you in the past – your ghosts – how do you let them affect your present and your future?" Because there was a time when I was feeling like they were going to drag me down and ruin my life, and the lives of those around me. I was very lucky to meet a very good Sufi teacher who started to introduce the idea of "if you sit with your experiences and the things you've been through, they alchemize." At the time he said that, I didn't really know what that meant, but I trusted that it would work, and the more that I was learning about that, the more music just started flowing through.”

What is great about Coldplay is the sounds they choose for the drum patterns, some songs slap with some bass, and some songs at dance type of music. I listen to dance music because of the chemicals it releases into the brain, it’s music that’s hard to not like, it's literally made to dance to. The Target Deluxe edition for this album has 3 additional songs that would have been nice to hear but not on the vinyl or Spotify. Timbaland added extra drums to one of the best songs on the album, “True Love” and by listening to it, it’s defiantly a drum pattern he uses. The song “Midnight” has techno and dance feel to it that starts out simple but speeds up towards the end of the song. The vinyl album I own of this album has really cool artwork, of constellations and just space/universe theme.

The Target bonus songs are on YouTube, so I am listening now and this “All Your Friends” track is really good. It has an older war theme for the actual music video on Coldplay’s YouTube page. “All Your Friends” has a sound that is similar to the rest of the songs they chose for the album on Spotify. If Spotify could get these on their platform, that would be great. Coldplay is one of my favorite bands, so liking the album is easy. “Ghost Story”, the second Target bonus song is also really awesome, it stays on the theme of the album but also not on Spotify, so I won’t be able to listen unless I especially want to research it on YouTube. Timbaland only added to one song on the album and would have been a better album if he added to like three or four songs on the album.

7 song album:

  • Always In My Head
  • True Love
  • Midnight
  • Magic
  • A Sky Full of Stars
  • Another’s Arms
  • Ink

 

Songs of the Weeks:

  • David Guetta – Memories (Ft. Kid Cudi)
  • Diplo – Get It Right
  • alt-J – Deadcrush
  • Bastille – World Gone Mad
  • Benny Benassi – Cinema (Ft. Gary Go) (Skrillex Remix)
  • OneRepublic – Counting Stars
  • The xx – Intro
  • Florence + The Machine – What The Water Gave Me
  • Of Monsters And Men – Yellow Light
  • John Newman – Love Me Again
  • Linkin Park – CASTLE OF GLASS (Mike Shinoda Remix)
  • Calvin Harris – Pray To God (Ft. HAIM)
  • Kim Dracula – Paparazzi

 

Podcasts: 

Heros For Sale Podcast: Sports Card News & Info

The GaryVee Audio Experience

 Lupe Fiasco & Royce Da 5'9 Podcast

 The Dave Portnoy Show with Eddie & Co

Whitney Cummings Good For You Podcast

The Joe Budden Podcast

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