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Favorite Christmas Music

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Hello Happy December 17th! Today’s post is music, so I’m just gonna list a bunch of links. I hope you listen to one or two (or all) and maybe find one that you like. 😀

Christmas Eve/Sarajevo by Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Little Drummer Boy by Pentatonix

Carol of the Bells by Piano Guys

Raskasta Joulua Heinillä härkien kaukalon Akustisesti
(Finnish Christmas song)

Celtic Carol by Lindsay Stirling


And that’s it! I tried to go for songs that (hopefully) you haven’t heard to death.  I hope.

See you tomorrow!

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Posted by on 12/17/2017 in Blogmas, Music

 

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One Lovely Blogger Award | Metal Edition

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Hello! A tag today. I was tagged by The Orangutan Librarian, so thanks friend! 😀

The Rules

  1. Each nominee must thank the person who nominated them and link their blog in the post.
  2. They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image.
  3. Must add 7 facts about themselves and then nominate 15 people.

I think I’m going to take a leaf out of Orangutan’s book and do a music-oriented 7 facts. SO PREPARE FOR A BUNCH OF METAL.

Also, if you’ve ever been curious about metal or never understood what people saw in it, I suggest giving these a listen. Everything I list will be good ‘gateway’ songs, I think. I’ll list other genres or associated things that if you like those ones, you might like the song I’ve posted, too.

(I’m forever trying to get people into metal. It’s so fun :”D)

1 – I grew up listening to Iron Maiden and Guns N Roses

At the time, I didn’t know it was considered metal or what metal even was. I just knew it was the music my dad and uncle listened to. So picture ten year old me singing ‘Hallowed by Thy Name’ with my uncle and cousins, haha.

Example: Hallowed By Thy Name by Iron Maiden

You should listen to this song if you like classic hard rock music

When the priest comes to read me the last rites
I take a look through the bars at the last sights
Of a world that has gone very wrong for me

2 – The first metal band that I discovered by my own accord was Nightwish

There are a lot of Nightwish songs and the band has had three singers at this point (the current one is amazing, imho). I first discovered them because they were in a music video at the end of a movie I was watching. I remember liking them and then forgetting they existed until I randomly came across them again on youtube a year or two later. Been listening ever since. They range from very flowery symphonic metal to heavier stuff. The song I’m listing is somewhere in the middle and almost has a pop-rock-like sound to it.

Example: Amaranth by Nightwish

You should listen to this if you like pop rock, high female voices, angels

Reaching, searching
For something untouched
Hearing voices of the never-fading calling

3 – The band I feel puts on the best live show is Sonata Arctica

I feel like there are certain bands that even if you don’t care for their music, you go to see them perform because they’re just so much fun. This is one of those bands. And by far, the most fun song to listen to by them is FullMoon. There’s just so much audience participation!

Example: FullMoon by Sonata Arctica

You should listen to this if you like rock music, werewolves, happy crowds at concerts

She should not lock the open door
(run away, run away, run way)
Fullmoon is on the sky and he’s not a man anymore
See the change in him but can’t
(run away, run away, run away)
See what became out of her man…
Fullmoon

4 – Every time I hear a band collaborate with a movie or video game, it makes me want to watch or play it

I feel like this doesn’t happen nearly enough!! If you know of any games/movies with metal soundtracks, do tell me

Example: Children of the Smith by Blind Guardian (Dwarves soundtrack)

You should listen to this if you like video game sound tracks and music videos

The old rhymes, they’re on my mind
We’re one tribe
We share our memories, clear and bright
We walk as one, our lives are bound together
We share a fate, we share one fate
We share a fate

5 – I don’t like music with a lot of growling or screaming, so pretty much every band I listen to has clean, well-sung lyrics in their songs

I feel like there’s this misconception outside the metal community that all metal is nothing but growling, walls of sounds and demonic screaming. I mean, sure there is some of that: It’s called black metal, thrash music, death metal, etc etc. There are a bunch of subgenres though that don’t have these features. So getting into the metal genre, you can purposely avoid listening to those or purposely go after those to listen to, depending on your tastes!

Example: Memories by Within Temptation

You should listen to this song if you like singer-songwriter songs, melodic female voices, easy-listening music

All of my memories keep you near.
In silent moments imagine you here.

6 – My favorite kind of metal is the kind with a full-orchestra backing it.

I absolutely love being surrounded by a wall of music while I’m listening. My favorite way to do that is get the metal-sound of the guitars and bass… and then a whole bunch of orchestral music to boot!

Example: Ghost Love Score by Nightwish

You should listen to this if you like orchestra music, classical music, opera, complex sound combinations, chorus music

A siren from the deep came to me
Sang my name my longing
Still I write my songs about that dream of mine
Worth everything I may ever be

7 – I’ve been listening to metal all my life and I feel like it’ll stay that way. My future children will likely grow up as little metalheads, and I’m looking forward to it. :”D

There are certain songs that when I listen to them, I know they’re ones I want to keep with me and teach my kids the lyrics so they can sing them with me flying down the highway like my dad did with me. This is one of those songs.

Example: The Scarecrow by Avantasia

You should listen to this if you like classic rock music, powerful lyrics, AC-DC, inspirational music

So you’re an angel meant to walk down here
And you believe it’s all divine
And you don’t play by all those temporal rules
You watch the world begin to die


And that’s it! I hope you decided to listen to one or two (or all…) of the songs above. If you decide you like metal and want to hear more, ask me for recs! If you already like metal, let me know some of your favorites! I’m always lookin’ for new music.

I tag:

ZezeeWithBooks
AllBoutThemBooksandStuff
ReadingExperienceswithNora
MetalPhantasmReads (hey friend I think you should do metal things. :”D)
DragonsandZombies
HadeerWrites
CaptainsQuarters
ThoughtsonFantasy

Happy reading!

 

 
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Posted by on 09/24/2017 in Book Tag, Books

 

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Favorite Christmas Movies, Songs and Books – Blogmas 12/18

Hello! Still in Malaysia, therefore this is pre-written. :”D Today is actually the 12th.


Books:

I have three books that I try to read every year (though this year I’m probably not going to get to any, unfortunately). They are The Greatest Christmas Pageant Ever, A Christmas Carol and Santa and Pete. All three fill my brain with warm fuzzys and my heart with warmer fuzziers. ❤ All are age-appropriate for anyone and I recommend reading them to youngens if you’ve got any floating around. :”D

Best Christmas Pageant EverA Christmas CarolSanta and Pete: A Novel of Christmas Present and Past

Movies:

I like a lot of Christmas movies and ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas helps me watch a lot of them. I probably watch more cable tv in December watching these movies than I do the rest of the year combined. My favorites are A Christmas Story, A Christmas Carol (particularly the Patrick Stewart one), Elf and Jingle All The Way. :”D

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Songs:

So, I’m one of those people who starts listening to Christmas songs a couple days before Thanksgiving and annoys everyone else with them. :”D These are my personal favorites:

And that’s it! :”D

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Posted by on 12/18/2016 in Blogmas

 

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The Playlist Shuffle Tag

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A tag day! I was tagged by Orang-utan Librarian, and though this isn’t book related, it looked super fun. :”D So I’m going to do it!

The Rules are to put your music on shuffle and link the first 15 songs that get spit out. This will either be a really good representation of what I listen to or a really bad one. I have a lot of music, though it’s music I’ve collected for over fifteen years. I am going to add one caveat to these rules: I’m going to skip the song if I’ve never actually listened to it before. This way, I can at least talk a little bit about the thing whether it currently suits my tastes or not. So here we go!

Song: Funny Bunny
Artist: The Pillows (from the anime FLCL)
Genre: Alt Rock
If you’ve never seen FLCL, this music video I feel sums it up really well. It’s super weird but super great.

Song: American Idiot
Artist: Green Day
Genre: Punk rock
I used to listen to this a lot when I was 15, and then Green Day became ‘weird’… and now I totally listen to it a lot again. :”D GREEN DAY FOREVER, MAN.

Song: Don’t Stop Believing
Artist: Northern Kings (cover)
Genre: Symphonic metal
This is a cover of Boston’s song. The Northern Kings are a group of singers made up of the main vocalists from four different big Scandinavian metal bands. They go around doing metal covers of popular songs. Some are awesome, some are not. This one is.

Song: Florence Tarantella
Artist: Jesper Kyd (from the game Assassin’s Creed)
Genre: Orchestral
Haven’t play (all of) the games yet, but its music.

Song: Away
Artist: Nightwish
Genre: Symphonic metal
This song is a nice, slower song from the band, featuring their original singer. It’s lovely.

Song:  Cyanide Sweet Tooth Suicide
Artist: Shinedown
Genre: Hard rock
Whenever I listen to this one, I think of driving to work over and over again. Association, dammit.

Song: Drunken Lullabies
Artist: Flogging Molly
Genre: Irish Rock
I’ve seen this band live twice now. They’re a bunch of fun. 😀

Song: Rider of the Last Day
Artist: Tarot
Genre: Power metal
If you know Nightwish at all, this is the band that Marco’s been in even longer. I dig it.

Song: Active Imagination
Artist: Molice
Genre: New Wave Alternative
This is a band my SO got me into. He’s really into Japanese music since he speaks it (intermediate level) and this is one of the bands that really stuck with me.

Song: Robbery, Assault and Battery
Artist: Genesis
Genre: Progressive Rock
This is one of my childhood songs. My mom’s a big fan and because of her I’ll forever have a crush on Phil Collins

Song: Battle of One
Artist: 30 Seconds to Mars
Genre: Alternative Rock
I didn’t care for this band much until the last couple years or so. I know, I know, I missed out on prime teenage-angst music as a teenager. But whatever. I’ll angst now. Quarter-life crises are real things.

Song: Smoke and Mirrors
Artist: Bee Gees
Genre: Pop Disco
Everyone loves the Bee Gees, don’t lie to yourself.

Song: The Islander
Artist: Nightwish
Genre: Symphonic metalI saw these guys live last year and Marco played this song as a solo acoustic. The audience died. And I’m seeing them again TONIGGHTTTTT!!!!!!

Song: Best of You
Artist: Foo Fighters
Genre: Rock
I LOVE this band. It’s one of my favorites. Dave Grohl Dave Grooooohlll. ❤

Song: Hand of Sorrow
Artist: Within Temptation
Genre: Symphonic Metal
This is the one band I haven’t seen come near me in tours yet. Hopefully they’ll get here. Or I’ll get there. Wherever.


And that’s it! 15 songs. They mostly represent my music tastes. There are a couple odd balls, but that’s okay.

 

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Posted by on 02/24/2016 in Music

 

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30 Days of Music: 25,26,27 – Blogmas 12/19

Feel free to join if you’d like!

25 – Your favorite song from a game

Bolero of Fire from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. This is a fan version of it that I think turned out really, really nice. This song is one that Link learns in the fire temple after warping to the future. It’s lovely. 🙂

26 – A song that reminds you of your family

Summer’s End by Foo Fighters. This is one of my mom’s favorite songs and I can’t listen to it without thinking of her.

27 – A song that reminds you of your friends

Joker and the Thief by Wolfmother. Before I could drive, during the summer, my father would drive all us neighbor kids to get ice cream once or twice a week. We’d always listen to the same CD on the way, which was a mix with this song on it. So I suppose any of those songs would do, but this is the one I thought of first. Can’t listen now without thinking of shoving more kids than we were supposed to into a car and driving off for ice cream.

And that’s it for the prompts today!

But! I recently found a Finnish Christmas Carol that was covered by a few of my favorite singers!  (Namely Marco from Nightwish – the 4th singer in the vid, and Tony from Sonata Arctica – the 1st singer). It was so good and so pretty that I kinda went gaga and couldn’t resist posting it here. Ever heard a Finnish Christmas Carol? Now’s your chance.

 


Full List of Prompts:

Day 1: The last song you listened to.
Day 2: Your favorite song of all.
Day 3: Your favorite love song.
Day 4: Your favorite humorous song.
Day 5: Your favorite dark (or macabre) song.
Day 6: A song that’s special to you and someone else.
Day 7: A song you like to listen to on max volume.
Day 8: Your favorite metal song.
Day 9: A song that inspires you.
Day 10: A song that makes you feel better when you’re down.
Day 11: Your favorite instrumental song.
Day 12: A song you’re ashamed to admit you like.
Day 13: A song you like from a genre you don’t.
Day 14: Your favorite song from a musical (or opera.)
Day 15: A song you like to dance to (or makes you want to dance.)
Day 16: A song you like from a hobbyist. (IE, not a signed band/artist.)
Day 17: A song you and your mom/dad both like.
Day 18: Your favorite angry song.
Day 19: A song you like that isn’t in English.
Day 20: A song that makes you change the station.
Day 21: Your favorite TV theme song.
Day 22: A song you like to sing along to.
Day 23: A song from one of your favorite bands
Day 24: Your favorite holiday-themed song.
Day 25: Your favorite song from a game
Day 26: A song that reminds you of your family.
Day 27: A song that reminds you of your friends.
Day 28: A song from a fictional band or artist
Day 29: Your favorite ballad.
Day 30: Your favorite sad song.
 
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Posted by on 12/19/2015 in Blogmas, Music

 

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30 Days of Music: 19,20,21 – Blogmas 12/12

2/3 done with the Music! If you’d like to join in, go for it!

19 – A song you like that isn’t in English

Lucero by Avalanch. His voice, man. Hnnng

20 – A song that makes you change the station

Drain You by Nirvana. Which is weird because generally I like Nirvana. I just, beh, don’t care for this one.

21 – Your favorite TV theme song

The Fringe opening sequence. It does a really good job of setting the mood for the show. Also, if you haven’t watched it, WATCH IT DAMMIT.

Bonus season 1 trailer WATCH IT.

Ta da. :”D


 

Full List of Prompts:

Day 1: The last song you listened to.
Day 2: Your favorite song of all.
Day 3: Your favorite love song.
Day 4: Your favorite humorous song.
Day 5: Your favorite dark (or macabre) song.
Day 6: A song that’s special to you and someone else.
Day 7: A song you like to listen to on max volume.
Day 8: Your favorite metal song.
Day 9: A song that inspires you.
Day 10: A song that makes you feel better when you’re down.
Day 11: Your favorite instrumental song.
Day 12: A song you’re ashamed to admit you like.
Day 13: A song you like from a genre you don’t.
Day 14: Your favorite song from a musical (or opera.)
Day 15: A song you like to dance to (or makes you want to dance.)
Day 16: A song you like from a hobbyist. (IE, not a signed band/artist.)
Day 17: A song you and your mom/dad both like.
Day 18: Your favorite angry song.
Day 19: A song you like that isn’t in English.
Day 20: A song that makes you change the station.
Day 21: Your favorite TV theme song.
Day 22: A song you like to sing along to.
Day 23: A song from one of your favorite bands
Day 24: Your favorite holiday-themed song.
Day 25: Your favorite song from a game
Day 26: A song that reminds you of your family.
Day 27: A song that reminds you of your friends.
Day 28: A song from a fictional band or artist
Day 29: Your favorite ballad.
Day 30: Your favorite sad song.
 
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Posted by on 12/12/2015 in Blogmas, Music, Television

 

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30 Days of Music: 13,14,15 – Blogmas 12/3

Day 13: A song you like from a genre you don’t.

Kiss Me in the Dark by Randy Rogers band. Guys, I hate country music. I haaaaaaaate country music. By all logic, I should hate this song. But for some reason that I cannot fathom, I do not hate it. I actually kinda like it. No idea, don’t ask me.

Day 14: Your favorite song from a musical (or opera.)

So something else I typically don’t like aside from country music is musicals. Moulin Rouge is the only one I like. And it happens to be my all time favorite movie ever. I LOVE this movie. And this scene. The choreography alone makes it dazzling, the gravely voice combined with the clean one make it chill-inducing. Bwaaaah. ❤ El Tango De Roxanne from Moulin Rouge

Day 15: A song you like to dance to (or makes you want to dance.)

Saeed by Infected Mushroom. This song makes me wanna wiggle around a bunch. I can’t dance, but that doesn’t stop me from doing it anyway!


That’s all for today! If you’d like to join it, feel welcome to!

Full List of Prompts:

Day 1: The last song you listened to.
Day 2: Your favorite song of all.
Day 3: Your favorite love song.
Day 4: Your favorite humorous song.
Day 5: Your favorite dark (or macabre) song.
Day 6: A song that’s special to you and someone else.
Day 7: A song you like to listen to on max volume.
Day 8: Your favorite metal song.
Day 9: A song that inspires you.
Day 10: A song that makes you feel better when you’re down.
Day 11: Your favorite instrumental song.
Day 12: A song you’re ashamed to admit you like.
Day 13: A song you like from a genre you don’t.
Day 14: Your favorite song from a musical (or opera.)
Day 15: A song you like to dance to (or makes you want to dance.)
Day 16: A song you like from a hobbyist. (IE, not a signed band/artist.)
Day 17: A song you and your mom/dad both like.
Day 18: Your favorite angry song.
Day 19: A song you like that isn’t in English.
Day 20: A song that makes you change the station.
Day 21: Your favorite TV theme song.
Day 22: A song you like to sing along to.
Day 23: A song from one of your favorite bands
Day 24: Your favorite holiday-themed song.
Day 25: Your favorite song from a game
Day 26: A song that reminds you of your family.
Day 27: A song that reminds you of your friends.
Day 28: A song from a fictional band or artist
Day 29: Your favorite ballad.
Day 30: Your favorite sad song.
 
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Posted by on 12/03/2015 in Music

 

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