Analysis on Two Versions of “See You Again”: Charlie Puth v. Wiz Khalifa

So you’re looking at the title and you’re probably thinking, “Wait a minute, aren’t these guys on the same song?”

Well, yes. That’s obvious. But what most listeners have not realized was that there was a demo version that Charlie Puth had originally submitted (this was before the addition of Wiz Khalifa). I happened to stumble upon it when I was browsing YouTube for a piano version of “See You Again.” Boy, am I glad I did. Puth’s version has a exceptional beauty to it, but I’m not saying that Wiz ruins the song. I mean, he flows into the song tremendously well.

So I decided to do some research on the reasons how this came to be. Continue reading

Fullmetal Alchemist: There’s No Such Thing As A Painless Lesson

“There’s no such thing as a painless lesson—they just don’t exist. Sacrifices are necessary. You can’t gain anything without losing something first. Although if you can endure that pain and walk away from it, you’ll find that you now have a heart strong enough to overcome any obstacle. Yeah… a heart made Fullmetal.”
Edward Elric, Fullmetal Alchemist

No one likes pain. No one likes to make sacrifices, but when it comes down to it, we realize that they are a necessity in achieving our goals. Recently, I just suddenly started thinking about Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, one of the best anime that I’ve ever watched (Fullmetal Alchemist would be the manga equivalent). I think about all the sacrifices and struggles that Edward and Alphonse Elric suffered throughout the course of the series in order to reach their goal: getting Al’s body back. How did this all happen?

Young Continue reading

Students Need Less Homework (well, at least for math…and maybe even history)

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I remember back in my Precalculus class during my sophomore year, my teacher often inundated my life with loads of math homework. It made me absolutely dread Precalculus. However, homework was due the day after our test, and me, being in the school’s band (more than 20 hours of my life were taken away each week) and extremely lazy, never finished any of the homework (I had like less than a quarter of it done before the test) until the day of the test (I did it after), pulling all-nighter

Ever heard of the saying, “Due tomorrow, do tomorrow”?

That was me. Continue reading

Double-Reeded Warrior’s Oboe Origin

I still remember that week before a Thanksgiving break in which I asked the assistant band director if I could take home an oboe to learn it, simply because I was very interested in learning how to play the instrument (I had already played flute and saxophone).

“I seriously don’t think that you’re dedicated enough to play oboe, Dennis,” the evil assistant band director growled in a very, very condescending tone. (Background: Evil assistant band director hates the tenor saxes and also the saxes in general) Continue reading