Hello, I’m Back!: A Timeline of the Happenings During My 1.5 Years of Absence, and the UPDATE of NOW // New Music

Hello, I’m back! From the dead? Haha yes, I pulled a Jason Todd on all of you guys (no, I actually did not die).

Looking back, I haven’t touched this blog since like 2015. And from 2014-15, that was, like, my sophomore year of high school. For those of you who never realized my age, I am now a freshman at UCLA. I honestly wonder if any of my followers will actually remember that I used to use this blog to post one and a half years ago. [NOTE: Also, if anyone’s looking to check out the music I’ve been making, as indicated by the title, and not at all interested in reading my interesting blog post, scroll all the way down. But for everyone else, please keep on reading].

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What I look like right now!

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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.

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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

Three Songs That Deserve A Lot More Recognition

Usually, the most popular songs off albums tend to be the songs that were released as singles, or songs that are soon made into music videos. You probably won’t see a song that wasn’t given promotion end up topping charts. That’s not likely at all. For example, Maroon 5’s “Sugar,” released off their album, (2014), became a huge hit only after the release of their music video. As a major fan, I already knew of “Sugar” long before it hit the charts. So, because of this, there are clearly many songs out there without enough recognition. I’m gonna give y’all three songs that are just amazing.

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Ed Sheeran, (2014): “Afire Love”

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I Prefer to Listen to Japanese Music While Working

I’m a man of all different types of music. Pop, hip-hop, rap, R&B, soul, and occasionally even country. You name it. And as a budding otaku, I am also into calmer modern Japanese music (not classical, that’s probably the one genre—I can’t even—). So I find myself listening to anime OPs and EDs and various other J-music while working, whether it’d be homework or paperwork or among other stuff. But why?

Japanese music is not only actual quality music, but I also usually don’t understand a single word of it. And how is that in any way good?

It’s common to hear that listening to music with lyrics while doing another assignment is not efficient because the assignment that you’re doing will likely have words as well, meaning that the probability of you taking in that info while listening to that song wouldn’t be very high. Although, that is when you listen to a song with lyrics you understand. Japanese music, however, has lyrics that I can not understand, so then it basically becomes a part of the instrumental to me. Continue reading

Review and Analysis: “Immortals” by Fall Out Boy

So as most of y’all know, Big Hero 6 is coming out this Friday. So much hype is surrounding this movie, and I’m so gonna go watch this movie, and likely with the homies Alan and Martini.

Specifically for this movie, Fall Out Boy released a song called “Immortals.” Last week I decided to analyze a book, and this week I’d like to do a song.

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