Saturday, February 19, 2011

Words And Sentences

You know, looking at all the activities I do in school, I'm pretty much the pinnacle of nerdiness. I'm captain of the Quiz Bowl team, I'm a lawyer in Mock Trials, I'm doing the Math Club activities this year, I do technical stuff in Drama Club, and all my varsity medals are either from band, Quiz Bowl, or academics. Also, I own a pin that says "Alpha Nerd," for what it's worth.

The snow is melting outside! The sun has been shining! The days are getting longer! ...And there's a snow storm headed my way...arggg. Hey, at least the worst of winter is over!

So...I've had so much Pepsi Max today I'm actually enjoying, craving water. I need to cut back on that stuff. I don't know if you know, but that's my one vice...

Friday, February 11, 2011

Blog, Or Memoir?

Hey there, blog fans! How have things been? Actually, that's a redundant question; I've been reading your posts, so I already know.

Thanks for giving some feedback on those videos - hopefully, I'll soon be able to post some better versions. Oh, by the way, in response to your question That Blond Guy, Bobby and I are the only two in the band. We're hoping to go for a White Stripes- or Black Keys- type thing. Of course, when we record our fancy little E.P. - coming soon - we're going to use the wonders of technology to record more tracks than we have people for.

This blog is coming in handy for me - we have an assignment in English class to write a memoir about ourselves concerning a relationship that has been important to our lives. I've decided to write about my trip to Western Michigan University my freshman year, and the group of friends I met on that trip. I've written multiple blog posts about the trip, and the memoir is basically going to be an expanded, cleaned up version of those. Isn't a blog basically an online memoir, sort of, not really? That's what I thought.

So, I'm going to go get on that. That, and watching old Mock Trial videos - the team is having a court house practice on Sunday, and I need to get a feel for how lawyers need to act. Until next time - stay golden, blog-friends!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

So Many Videos... asked, so I've linked to all the videos we currently have on Youtube. Hopefully you enjoy!

As you may hear me say at the end of this video, this was the first time I ever sang in front of anyone other than Bobby. It was pretty awesome to do, and I loved the rush. I definitely want to be a rockstar!

This is based on lyrics from the book "John Dies At The End" by David Wong. It's a favourite book of ours, and I thought it would be totally awesome to show up to a practice with a song written around it. So, I did. The band that plays it in the book is supposed to be incredibly bad, but hopefully we gave it a bit of life. As a YouTube commenter pointed out, the sound quality is pretty horrid. Fortunately, long-time COS helper Stephen is going to record a better version, and make an actual music video to go with it. More on that later...

This is another video from my party, of us pretending to be Sex Bob-Omb from Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. As you can see, I'm totally Scott (despite the fact I'm not playing bass). Stephen is drumming, our good friend Tanner, from the band I Eat Stickfigures, is rocking bass and vocals, and a dude named Damien is (badly) pretending to play keyboards. I tried dancing like Scott Pilgrim while playing, which pretty much messed up my playing.

Last one from the party. This is an awesome song Bobby wrote, although I helped brainstorm additional lyrics. Steve's on drums again, despite the fact he'd only played with us on this song once before. the drums were really necessary, because the song sounds oddly empty without them. Also, Bobby's new 12-string adds a really great sound to the song, and his (improvised) solo is very fitting with the rest of the song.

This is a song we haven't worked on much yet. I wrote it a while ago, but I only really presented it two practices ago. I'm not terribly happy with this video, because for some reason I sound bored in it, and I slightly messed up the solo. However, I'm hoping to work with it a lot more, and I'll keep you informed about that!

This is a song that I wrote lyrics to about 2 years ago, and Bobby found in my lyric book. He recently wrote a guitar part, and gave life to what was previously a crappy poem. The two acoustics sound good in this video, but I'm hoping when we work with Stephen we can add the usuals, bass and drums, and a piano track.

Wow...mad props to anyone who has scrolled down this far, regardless of whether or not you've actually watched the videos. I'll probably post further concerning Steve's recording of our music, but for now I'll let you go, and recover from the length of this post.