10 Reasons to Love Bruce Springsteen

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I’ve always liked Bruce Springsteen, but it wasn’t until my junior year of high school that I started to listen to his music seriously. Everyone had their own way of dealing with the inherent drama and stress of their teenage years, and mine was Bruce. There was just something about putting headphones on, closing my eyes and feeling the power behind his voice that made me feel like the world wasn’t such a bad place. He just has that effect on people.

Although the reasons are virtually endless and different for every fan, here are my 10 Reasons to Love Bruce Springsteen. ☺ Continue reading

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What’s Ska Music Anyway?

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If you were involved in a high school pep band, you’re most-likely familiar with Europe’s Final Countdown, the Rolling Stones’ Paint It Black, and Chicago’s 25 or 6 to 4. What about Reel Big Fish’s Sell Out or the Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ Impression That I Get? If so…

CONGRATULATIONS! YOU’VE LISTENED TO [THIRD WAVE] SKA MUSIC! ☺

Okay… but what is it exactly?

“Ska” is a genre of music that is best described as jazz and reggae music’s hip, obnoxious cousin from 1960s Jamaica. Walking bass lines, accented upbeats, and a horn section are typical characteristics of the genre. There are three distinct periods, which include Jamaican ska, 2-tone, and third wave. The main differences between each period are simply the addition of instruments, lyrical content, and location.

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What’s in a Name?

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If you’re a fisherman, you’re probably scratching your head trying to remember if you’ve ever heard of this aquatic being. If you’re a musician, you’re probably wondering if it’s some sort of widget for the instrument. If you’re just curious, you’re probably going to continue reading.

It all started with a birthday. I *heavily* implied to my then-friend, now-boyfriend Anthony that I was going to get him three darling little goldfish for his 19th birthday, which happened to fall on Super [Fish?-]Bowl Sunday last year. We decided that Edward (named after Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes) would be a white fish, Cat would be an orange fish, and her bright blue twin would be Stevens (clearly a tribute to Cat Stevens). I also promised to make him a marble cake so that his first birthday “away from home” didn’t feel so nostalgic. However, sometimes things don’t exactly go according to plan… Continue reading