We Can Live Like This

“Fuck yeah, we can live like this.”

Sure, it ain’t good, but this is what life is.

I had hope and dreams and I already started looking to buy my own bed, a bookshelf, and a desk. Thank God I didn’t yet spend my money. The guy who said he’d rent a room to me just backed out of the deal. I was gonna move out of home and finally get on with my life, but now this ideal of mine is stalled by the death of an agreement made between mortals. I’m glad we never shook on it; I’d hate to lose any more faith in deals made “solid as oak” by the temporary joining of hands.

Humanity blows. All that humanistic junk about the betterment of human souls and the intrinsic goodness of humankind left to its own devices… yeah, that stuff is all lies. People fail you. The best of people fail you. Everyone fails everyone else despite best intentions.

Jack’s Mannequin – “I’m Ready”:

I need caffeine in my bloodstream
I take caffeine to my bloodstream
I grip the wheel and all at once I realize
My life has become a boring pop song and
everyone is singing along.

The Excursion

The excursion is a vehicle. No, I don’t mean a vehicle produced by a car company, but instead a vehicle for adventure, excitement, and thrills. I’m going on an excursion.

Tomorrow, I will wake up, get in a car, drive to the mountains, and then climb through them for five or six miles with my father. I’ve got plenty of food; indeed, it’s almost too much to fit in my backpack. I look forward to eating some of it so as to reduce the amount of weight I’m carrying.

I will savor the gorp. Good old raisins and peanuts, and of course M&M’s have been added. Sprayable cheese as well. It’s actually quite nasty compared to legit cheese, but it’s convenient because it doesn’t melt.

I’m taking my camera, too, so I’ll try to get some good pictures. It’s been a while since I’ve taken an opportunity to take pictures. Some of my most recent shots are from Rocky Mountain National Park last Thanksgiving when Allie was in town. It’s about time I get some fresh pictures of fresh scenery.

Hell, I could post some good lyrics right now. The new Emery album and the new Paramore album (I finally picked up my copy tonight) have plenty of songs about hearts breaking. Alkaline Trio has a good single out right now “Time to Waste” that I’d recommend as well. I digress.

I’m gonna head out on this excursion and for the first time in a while I won’t have any music with me, so we’ll see how I do listening to the trees, nature, and all of creation. I’m actually looking forward to it.

I haven’t been backpacking since I was a kid.

Emery – The Question

Where were you when I was listening to The Question — Emery’s newest album? It just came out today in stores everywhere and I’ve got to say, it’s pretty good. If you liked their first album you’ll definitely like this one, too. It’s full of amazing melodies and harmonization with emphasis brought about using screams (can you say “screamo?”).

So, what is the question? It’s actually quite an interesting setup for the album. The question is “Where were you when I was…” and the remainder of the question is each song’s title. For example, the lyrics I have below are from the song “Listening to Freddie Mercury.” i.e. the question is “Where were you when I was listening to Freddie Mercury?”

I’ve only listened to the album through once so I can’t say how I’ll feel about this in the long run, but I have a feeling it’ll be in heavy rotation on my car stereo over the coming weeks. Songs like “Returning the Smile You Have Had from the Start” and “Studying Politics” will grab you if you give ’em a chance. And I have every intention of letting that happen over and over again.

Below, I’ve included some lyrics from one of the songs that may be of interest to Christians. It’s more or less a critique of many Christians judgement of people and the attitude that “Somehow, someone is more equal than others.” Read on below.

Band: Emery (PV)
Album: The Question
Song: Listening to Freddie Mercury

Every once in a while I think I’m lying.
Take it to the bank,
I believe every word I say.
Then again this is when you start your prying.
But there’s a thought it could be true.
But this just isn’t how I imagined it would be.

Albums Worth Noticing

  • out now 7/19 – Number One Gun – “Promises for the Imperfect,” Thousand Foot Krutch – “The Art of Breaking”
  • 7/26 – Daphne Loves Derby – “On the Strength of All Convinced,” *Paramore* – “All We Know is Falling,” and The Rocket Summer – “Hello Good Friend”
  • 8/02 – Blindside – “The Great Depression,” Emery – “The Question”
  • 8/27 – Jack’s Mannequin – “Everything in Transit”
  • 9/13 – The Juliana Theory – “Deadbeat Sweetheartbeat,” Switchfoot – “Nothing is Sound”
  • 9/20 – Coheed and Cambria – “Dear Apollo I’m Burning Star IV Volume I…”

Albums marked bold are albums I will likely purchase