A reason to go on

Sometimes, life gets so hard that you don’t want to go on anymore. You get so beaten down that you don’t want to get back up. The daily grind crushes your spirits until you’re nothing more than a mobile flesh puppet.
Then every once in a while, something gets your blood pumping and makes you feel alive again:

This song makes me feel drunk and powerful, as though I could crush the world with my bare hands!
Once again, Fall Out Boy has saved my sanity.
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FALL OUT BOY IS BACK

AND I CANNOT BE HAPPIER. THIS IS TRULY ONE OF THE BEST THINGS THAT HAS HAPPENED IN MY LIFE. SO MUCH SO THAT I NEED TO BLOG ABOUT IT IN ALL CAPS…

…okay fine, so maybe I do have some consideration for my readers who might find the all caps hard to read. Still, FALL OUT FRICKING BOY IS ONCE AGAIN MAKING MUSIC! Sweet, beautiful music that make me happy in ways that very few people ever can! God save us all from the feels I am sending out into the world!!!

LOOK AT THAT CAPTION. ♄

They have a single out now, will be releasing a new album in May, and will be touring again for the first time since 2009. PLEASE HIT MANILA! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE! Make my life complete!

You all know the story of how I started crying when I found out FOB was going on indefinite hiatus. Well, it was deja vu last night when I almost started crying again, this time out of happiness and gratitude. I’ve been sort of in a down mood lately but this is definitely one of the top reasons on “why I should keep living”.

I can now say, “I SURVIVED THE FALL OUT BOY HIATUS!” 😀 ♄ :* :”>

Some songs for the brokenhearted this Christmas

Can you believe that just last December I was curled up under a blanket, sobbing while listening to these songs on repeat? Now I’m happy with ~teh lovelyf~, thankyouverymuch, but I still empathize with the brokenhearted this Christmas. God knows how much it sucks to feel lonely and pathetic when everyone else seems so stoked for the holidays.
So in the spirit of grieving giving and with my belief in the healing power of music, I’m sharing my Christmas 2010 (I feel so miserable and alone) soundtrack:

Ingrid Michaelson – When the Leaves


“On Christmas evenings like this, I wonder if it’s me you’ll miss.”

I don’t know what it is with this girl and the holidays, but she has a lot of songs about being heartbroken during Christmastime.

Ingrid Michaelson – December Baby

“You have had your fill of me.”Damn, it doesn’t even need to be December for this song to bring tears to my eyes. Disgusting emotional confession of the day: I cried myself to sleep to this song in the last quarter of 2010.

Weezer – The Christmas Song


“You told me you would be here by my side
Warming my heart on this cold winter’s night
Here I sit, waiting beside the tree, all by myself.”

Fall Out Boy – Yule Shoot Your Eye Out

“Don’t come home for Christmas
You’re the last thing I wanna see underneath the tree
Merry Christmas, I could care less.”
Feel free to scream/sing/sob along to this bitter song while ripping apart pictures of your ex-lover. It’s extremely cathartic (not that I would know from experience, mehehe).

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Hopefully, none of us would need these songs anytime soon!

Soul Punk = eargasm

After announcing their indefinite hiatus, the members of Fall Out Boy took on separate music projects: Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley started The Damned Things and Pete Wentz started Black Cards. Only Patrick Stump went solo, a decision that I was anxious about (what if he makes terrible music?!) until I heard his debut album.

Soul Punk, released on October 2011, is an almost entirely solo effort by Stump. The eleven-track album—sixteen-track for the deluxe edition—only has one song, This City, that features a guest artist, Lupe Fiasco. The rest of the tracks were exclusively written and produced by Stump, who also played all the instruments. Soul Punk is a testament to how un-frickin-believably talented he is.

He really was holding the boxes!

It’s also a testament to how dedicated he is to music. In an interview on The Horn (where I found out that he and the rest of FOB still talks to each other and watches each other’s gigs :”> ), when asked what motivated him to do everything by himself, Stump said,

“I wanted to play all the instruments because it means so much more. Punk rock means something different to everybody. It always comes down to some sort of DIY ethic, some sort of operating outside of the machine […] I wanted to prove that an artist can care about pop music, that it’s not pop-music’s fault for bad pop-music. Doing it by myself was a strong statement because then it meant I had something vested in it.”

The album’s catchy R&B-pop beats combined with Stump’s signature silky-smooth vocals make for a seriously eargasmic experience. I swear, I got a little weak-kneed from listening to this. So far, my personal favorites are Allie, This City, Everybody Wants Somebody, and Run Dry (X Heart X Fingers).
His voice is still amazing even when performing live! Pure talent.

Personally, it annoys me so much when people compare this album to FOB’s. They are totally different genres, and Patrick’s incredibly brave to step out of his comfort zone and explore different styles. Soul Punk is a labor of love and an expression of him—purely him, no one else—as an artist, and I love him even more for that. Great, now I’m getting a little teary-eyed.

Since this post has been really coherent so far, let me add this incoherent fangirl babble:
oh my god Patrick Stump Patrick Stump unffff you sexy beast you crazy talented person you you adorable cutie patootie kitty pie I love you I love you whether you’re chubby or skinny or blonde or a redhead I love your music so much your voice is amazing let’s run away together hngggg!!111!!!1


Images taken from: http://nervousbreakdance.com/post/10139685098/soulpunk