Music Monday: “The Worst of Them” by Issues

“The Worst of Them” by Issues 

Funny how every time you push me away, order you turn around and you beg me to stay
Cut down by the things you say, it’s the beating of a broken drum
One of these days you’ll push me away, turn around it’ll be too late

Your love is addictive, trying hard just to quit it
But you’re drowning yourself you won’t catch a breath until you admit it
Is anybody out there, I’m dying in a nightmare
You got third degree burns and now it’s your turn to feel what I feel
And if it don’t hurt then you know what we got ain’t real

This love is a monster, it’s eating me alive
Let go of my hand you don’t give a damn and it’s killing me inside
You show me no mercy, did God make a mistake?
Put a hole in your heart and then you can start to feel what I feel
And if it don’t hurt then you know what we got ain’t real

Where will you go when you’ve refused my benevolence

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Music Monday: “Kids in the Dark” by All Time Low

YES! A new All Time Low song. I can’t WAIT until this album comes out! There’s no video link for it yet, cheapest but you can download it off iTunes, for sale so check it out there. I’m massively in love with it already!

“Kids in the Dark” by All Time Low 

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(The kids in the dark, the kids in the dark)
(The kids in the dark, the kids in the dark)

Here we are at the end of the road
A road that’s quietly caving in
Come too far to pretend that we don’t
We don’t miss where we started
Looking back, I see a setting sun
And watch my shadow fade into the floor
I am left standing on the edge
Wondering how we got this far
How we got this far

They left us alone, the kids in the dark
To burn out forever or light up a spark
We come together, state of the art
We’ll never surrender the kids in the dark
So let the world sing

What a shame, what a shame
Beautiful scars on critical veins
Come together, state of the art
We’ll never surrender the kids in the dark
The kids in the dark

(The kids in the dark, the kids in the dark)

Here we are at the top of a hill
A hill that’s quietly crumbling
It’s been awhile since you’ve dressed for the kill
The kill that sent me tumbling

Looking up, I see a falling star
And watch its fire burn into the floor
And I am left standing on the edge
Wondering why we fall so hard
Why we fall so hard

They left us alone, the kids in the dark
To burn out forever or light up a spark
We come together, state of the art
We’ll never surrender the kids in the dark
So let the world sing

What a shame, what a shame
Beautiful scars on critical veins
Come together, state of the art
We’ll never surrender the kids in the dark
The kids in the dark

Wooohh
Wooahh (The kids in the dark, the kids in the dark)
Wooahh
Wooahh

They left us alone, the kids in the dark
To burn out forever or light up a spark
We come together, state of the art
We’ll never surrender the kids in the dark
So let the world sing

What a shame, what a shame
Beautiful scars on critical veins
Come together, state of the art
We’ll never surrender the kids in the dark
The kids in the dark

The kids in the dark, the kids in the dark)
We’ll never surrender the kids in the dark
The kids in the dark

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Music Monday: “Stingray Affliction” by Issues

“Stingyray Affliction” by Issues 

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Show me what you’re worth
Get up
Facedown, thinking out loud
He’s so hardcore when he’s running his mouth
There’s always gonna be that fucking guy
You got a few things bottled up
Jump on a couple bottles like double dutch
Jager got you faded when society’s got you jaded
How do you expect to grow
When all you wanna do is break
It’s time to let shit go
And let the chorus play

No I don’t wanna be tough
I wanna make sure they can see me cry sure enough
Don’t wanna bottle this up
The way you make me feel when you’re around
Tough guy dies a little inside
This town might show no love
But kid you gotta wake up

This is the real world
And you’re only hurting yourself
When you spend every waking moment
With your fingers crossed
I don’t think you can afford
To set karma further in motion
Go ahead
No one cares
Talk shit you mean nothing
Talk shit you mean nothing

No I don’t wanna be tough
I wanna make sure they can see me cry sure enough
Don’t wanna bottle this up
The way you make me feel when you’re around
Tough guy dies a little inside
This town might show no love
I don’t wanna be tough

Ask what I see in you
I don’t see nothing, I see right through
You’re transparent I know you don’t wanna hear it
And I don’t wanna be the person to slip up and hurt your feelings
I guess they don’t wanna say it to your face but I will cause somebody’s gotta put you in your place
I’m not afraid to scream and shout
And freak out and throw my hands up
And let it out
Punk bitch walking tall like you got something to prove
Nah man, cause deep down you know it sucks to be you
Stingray Affliction
Making small stabs in passing
But the pain is bigger than it seems
Stop holding me under and let me breathe…
Just let me breathe
The pain is bigger than it seems
A tough guy dies a little inside
Just let me breathe
The pain is bigger than it seems
Stop holding me under and let me breathe

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Tuesday Top Ten: Songs that Are Stuck In My Head!

I’m really excited to do this post. One, viagra sale I said I would post more than just books on this blog. And two, visit music has been really huge for me the past few months. I mean, viagra don’t get me wrong. Music has always been incredibly important to me. But lately, its even more. Every moment that I start to feel sad or down or discouraged, I immediately put on my iPod and I feel much better.

So I decided I would share my top ten songs of the moment with you guys. They aren’t in any particular order or anything, its just all the songs that I literally can’t get out of my head. I hope you can check them out and I hope you can share some of your favorite songs with me!

Click on the song title for the YouTube video and click the band name to check out their website, and enjoy some lyrics as well!

The Langdon House” by Issues 

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Did I fail to mention, it’s all part of my imagination
I could actually pick and choose my loose ends
And tie a knot, but all I do is
Run and hide, it’ll get ya boy
Run and hide, all I need is a friend
My whole life has been a war, so I battle myself until I
Run and hide

Bleak December” by Set it Off

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In that bleak December,
You’re just too cold,
But I need the answer,
Before you’d fold,
You would hold your cards inside your chest,
I think I drove too far,
For that bleak December and how full of shit you are.

Rainy Girl” by Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

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Rainy girl
I can’t wait to meet you
And I can’t wait to hear your name
And sing it to the skies above

Remembering Sunday” by All Time Low

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Forgive me, I’m trying to find
My calling, I’m calling at night
I don’t mean to be a bother, but have you seen this girl?
She’s been running through my dreams
And it’s driving me crazy, it seems
I’m gonna ask her to marry me

Sad Ghost” by Issues

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Why do I do the things that I do
And they blind you
Yet you are the only one who can see what I’ve done

Guess I’ll never know what I meant to you
This year’s been lonely but at least it’s through
I’ll write a letter to my former self
Dear sad ghost, why’d you put your heart on the shelf

Same Old War” by Our Last Night

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Should I run away, and change my name?
or Should I, stay and fight through the night, and never close my eyes?
I’ll never close my eyes!

Seven Years” by Saosin

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That mistake was gold
I know that without you
is something that I could never do
That was why staple the eyes and
seven dates for me to sell machines
and tear on

I’ve Never Felt This Way Before” by Our Last Night 

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Feet on the ground, I was lost, now I’m found
I took cover from the rain, ‘cause it was pouring down
You held me back, and now I’m on the right track
You couldn’t stop me if you wanted, ‘cause I’m never coming back

The Haunting” by Set It Off

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All I could find was an acoustic video, but check out this song. Literally, I can’t handle how much I love this song.

No one will love you like I did, will treat you like I did
So go on, wear that scarlet letter
No one will love you like I did, will you fuck you like I did
So good luck finding something better

Sidewalks” by Story of the Year 

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Out on the front porch,
watching the cars as they go by
(Eighteen blue, twenty one grey)
Looking ahead for the first time that we could drive,
Out on our own,
To speed away

From the sidewalks,
Running away from the streets we knew,
Sidewalks,
Like the time we thought was made for you.

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What are some of the songs you can’t get out of your head right now? Share them in the comments and link them so I can listen too!

Music Monday: “Sad Ghost” by Issues

“Sad Ghost” by Issues

Standing in front of this bed with some matches watch it burn
I pray my body burns too

Why do I do the things that I do
And they blind you
Yet you are the only one who can see what I’ve done

Laying here doesn’t feel the same
I need to get up and make a change
Get up and get over this
My voice it echoes my thoughts collide
You said I’m dead to you I bled for you
Now your dreams can come true
There’s a place in my bed where you rested your head
Now I’m resting alone in this bed and it’s cold
I feel like a ghost, viagra 60mg these memories go up in smoke
You didn’t want serious and It made me delirious
2:40 AM all I wrote was

Why do I do the things that I do
And they blind you
Yet you are the only one who can see what I’ve done

Guess I’ll never know what I meant to you
This year’s been lonely but at least it’s through
I’ll write a letter to my former self
Dear sad ghost, medications why’d you put your heart on the shelf

You took the fun out of living
When you took the life out of me

Take a look into the mirror
But you don’t see yourself inside
Watch it crack
You’re bad luck started with me
And my good luck ended with you

I know you’re drunk again, order and not thinking clear
But when you write this down, at least try and sound
A bit more sincere

Guess I’ll never know what I meant to you
This year’s been lonely but at least its through
I’ll write a letter to my former self
Dear sad ghost, why’d you put your heart on the shelf

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YA Literature: To Be or Not to Be

Today, symptoms I took my final examination for my children’s literature class. I know, I’m really sad about it. I am definitely going to miss this class. Its crazy how I took this class on a whim and it has been one of my favorite clases that I’ve ever taken.

But anyway, one of the questions on the final was to discuss the two different views on using young adult literature in the high school curriculum. Which got me thinking of course.

I know, more posts about young adult literature. Its something that I feel passionately about. I read a ton of young adult literature and I honestly do think that the high school curriculum could be improved by integrating contemporary young adult fiction.

I mean, don’t get me wrong: there are books in high school that I enjoyed and definitely should be read: The Joy Luck Club, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, Brave New World, etc. There are a lot that I didn’t enjoy as well like Of Mice and Men (or anything John Steinbeck to be quite honest…can’t believe I share a birthday with that guy…), The Scarlet Letter…and Shakespeare. Oh god Shakespeare. No offense, Will, I understand what you did for the English language and writing and all that but no thanks.

Those books just didn’t make an impact on me at all. I didn’t learn anything and I didn’t gain anything.

Those who are against using young adult lit in schools fear that it is lowering the bar on literature standards. Young adult lit is often times used with remedial readers to help them understand themes and ideas and things like that. However, they are afraid of dumbing things down for the more sophisticated readers.

And I personally disagree with it. I feel as if these critics think we are going to be introducing books like Twilight and Hush, Hush or Gossip Girls and books of that kind of caliber. Now, I’m not hating on those books or anything; they are enjoyed by many people and they can be entertaining or whatnot but they are not of academic caliber. No way. I mean, I ADORE Cassandra Clare but I wouldn’t bring her books into the classroom, most likely. Unless I had an entire classroom of girls…anyway. These are the kinds of books that I believe critics are thinking of.

But think about this: we are in a golden age of young adult literature. Yes there is bad stuff, but there is bad stuff in regular literature as well. And there is so much GOOD young adult literature out there. Have you read John Green? Meg Cabot? Sarah Dessen? Tamora Pierce? Rick Riordan? Suzanne Collins? Libba Bray? Cinda Williams Chima? Stephen Chobsky? Deb Caletti? Morgan Matson? Kristin Cashore? Douglas Adam? I mean, I could go on and on and on. These books are written for adolescents in the voice of adolescents. These books are funny and engaging and entertaining and contemporary. They tell you great stories that are easy to understand and fun to read.

But these books aren’t superficial and just for entertainment. They touch on real issues: death, suicide, rape, abuse, relationships, sex, abandonment, family issues, friendships, coping, losing their virginity, peer pressure, drugs, alcohol and more and more and more. And all of these issues and themes…are they not themes that we see in the classics that we already read?

And whether or not the classics should be read or not is not the point. The point is, its hard enough to read the classics when you’re an advanced or competent reader. Imagine how hard it is for a remedial reader, which a lot of kids in high school are. The classics are hard to understand; the language is different and difficult, the issues are outdated (although, not always), etc. In contemporary youg adult fiction, we can have some of the same situations, issues or themes but in a world that these kids can understand. In contemporary YA fiction, we can garner some interest in reading and perhaps start discussions.

Okay, and let’s face it. Kids and teenagers are reading more and more nowadays and what are they reading? Three words: Young. Adult. Literature. They’re already doing it. Go out and look, pay attention. Kids are gobbling up these books because there are so MANY CHOICES. Kids are going nuts for John Green and Suzanne Collins and all those authors. So if they’re already reading it, shouldn’t we try and get something out of it besides just the pleasure of reading the book? Turn it into a dicussion the way you would discuss something in The Great Gatsby or Hamlet. Kids can still exercise their minds, tackle complex ideas and formulate new opinions…but in a way that they can relate to.

Honest, I love young adult fiction; its what I most read. You guys obviously know this by reading my blog…and you may have noticed it from my Stop Picking On YA! post a few weeks back. I am a firm believer in it. I feel like it can accomplish so much.

One, it can get kids to read. I’ve seen it happen! I’ve seen kids pick up Harry Potter or Percy Jackson or Hunger Games or John Green or whatever and they start to read…they keep reading. Kids who didn’t use to read, kids who never enjoyed it or had a desire to read…they’re suddenly reading! Who cares what they are reading? They’re reading and even if what they’re reading isn’t the most fantastically written stuff, they are still getting something out of it…and it often leads them to better written books. They are improving their reading and comprehension skills…which is wonderful because these are SO essential to being successful in your education.

Two, I feel like we can learn a lot from it. Any success I’ve had in my reading, or comprehension or even my writing skills have come from my nonstop reading. People tell you all the time: READ, READ, READ. Reading gives you better knowledge, better skills…so much. And there is so much good young adult fiction out there. Instead of using the same novels over and over again with limited success, we should try something new! Let’s discuss the theme of death, but instead of Hamlet or The Scarlet Letter, lets use The Fault in Our Stars or Hunger Games or Harry Potter. We can learn so much and accomplish so much more if we adjust to for the times.

Third, and last, the classics weren’t always accepted. I mean, a good share of them were but not always. And they had to go through all kinds of scrutiny and process to get into the high school curriculum. I mean, look at The Outsiders. That was one of the first real young adult novels and most kids read it in late middle school/early high school. And there is still controversy, so to speak, about the books that are already learned in school. There always will be. No one is ever going to completely agree…but I’d hope that we could agree on the advancement of our education…because come on, there a ton of kids out there that still lack basic reading comprehension and understanding of themes and such.

I know some of you may get tired of me defending young adult literature, or talking about young adult literature…and honestly, if that’s the way you feel, maybe this blog isn’t really meant for you. Like I said before, its something that I feel passionately about. I was lucky enough to have a natural love for reading…I’ve ALWAYS loved it and I’ve always had the ability to understand it and take away from it. Not everyone has that. And everyone should. Reading has benefitted me in so many ways: in my life, in my morals and views, in my education, in my relationships with people and on and on and on. I feel like everyone should have the chance to enjoy reading.

In the words of my queen, J.K. Rowling, “If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.”

The books we’re using now? They aren’t working. They just aren’t. I think its about time that we start finding more options and more books…finding those right books for every kid out there. Maybe its Great Gatsby…and maybe its Looking for Alaska. Either way, that’s my plan and that’s what I think.

What about you?

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