Persuasion – Jane Austen

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Mansfield Park was a test in perseverance. Emma was an enjoyable read, and revived my faith in Jane Austen.

But Persuasion blows them out of the water. It’s the story of the noble Anne Elliott and the dashing Frederick Wentworth, who were engaged to each other eight years previously. But Anne’s godmother convinced her to break off the engagement because of Wentworth’s lack of wealth and connections, so a heartbroken Wentworth left to make his fortune at sea.

Now he comes back a high-ranking officer, rich from his success in the war. Anne, meanwhile, is living in reduced circumstances because her careless baron father has incurred so many debts that he has to rent out the family estate. The tenants turn out to be Admiral Croft and his wife, who happens to be Captain Wentworth’s sister. So Anne and Frederick are thrown into each other’s company again, but they have both grown older…

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The Shawshank Redemption (1994) – “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”

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*River Song voice* Spoilers. 

Shawshank Redemption is based on the Stephen King novel Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. Why they removed the gorgeous Rita from their title still baffles me. I decided to see this because it’s widely considered the best movie of all time. Coming into the movie I had a hard time grasping that concept because I’ve seen The Godfather and I can’t imagine anything being better than that. Although I was sure my views won’t change, I was excited to see this classic. I wish I read the book before seeing the movie, but I’m also glad that my views of it were unspoiled.

The movie is narrated by Morgan Freeman (and his beautiful voice), who plays Red. Red has been in Shawshank State Penitentiary for a long time now and it doesn’t seem like he’ll be getting out anytime soon. He’s the guy you go to if you need cigarettes…

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Manic Monday: Carry On My Wayward Son by Kansas

This is one of the most well known songs. I mean, c’mon who hasn’t heard this song at least once in their life? You may have heard it from your mom or dad living up their teenage years, you may have lived these years yourself, Supernatural fans know this for sure, or even rocked out to this song on Rock Band. But one thing is for sure: this song is epic as hellz man!

Lookin' all cool and shit.

Lookin’ all cool and shit.

American rockers who were popular in the ’70’s, Kansas turned into legends after this song. And they only retired last July!

The very first thing you hear in this song is the title itself, then very awesome guitar shit comes on. With lyrics I find deep as holes made by naked mole rats (do they even dig holes?) and the vocals are so great it melts your ears off , where can you go wrong?

Masquerading as a man with a reason is a lyric that truly resonates with me. Why? I suppose because I like to believe that I do have a purpose, that I do have a reason for all the things I’ve done in the past. Even though deep inside I don’t even know what yet. That just maybe, it was a mistake. Maybe I was wrong. Too late for that though.

Not to mention I totally love Panic! At The Disco’s cover of this song! They didn’t change it much, I mean why would you have to? It’s pretty much perfect as it is. And it didn’t hurt that Brendon Urie, Panic’s lead singer, looked totally hot while performing it. If you wanna see it, just watch it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiUweukGkxw <— there.

And I believe that I’m still earning my right to lay my weary head to rest and I don’t claim to be a wise man but I think it would be very wise to listen to this song all day, erryday.

If only rock songs today were still as cool, my generation would be in a much more better place. Like, world peace better (haha). And I can’t deny it, I want to experience this kind of music in concert. Head banging and yelling out the song. Feeling like you are a part of something much larger than yourself. Nothing can equal the splendor of this song. So if you wanna give it a listen, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X_2IdybTV0 <—there it is.

All in all, this is a song I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER!!!

Toodaloo,
Cloudy Skies

How to Fix Doctor Who

I totally agree!!!

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It’ll come as a surprise to many when I say Doctor Who needs fixing. No, no – the show will go on. And on. That’s not in question. Even if the series takes an extended hiatus again, it’ll be sure to come back all the stronger. But that hiatus won’t happen for a few years yet, so there’s no need to worry. Still, the series has a lot of shaking up to do if it’s ever to attain its true and full potential. Change needs to take place on a far deeper level than merely the face of the Doctor and Companion.

As the visual quality of the series increases, it becomes ever more apparent that it’s true strengths as a program are being put on the back burner. This is not to say that I didn’t enjoy Series 8. While a large portion of it was stellar in my…

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Manic Monday: If You Could See Me Now by The Script

I decided to write this a week ago and then I was even more inspired to do so when I found out three days ago they were having a concert here in the Philippines. It’s pretty safe to say I’m excited! They are one of my favorite bands and this is one of my favorite songs.

This song is just so beautifully written and it’s definitely a tear-jerker. Though their third album is filled with amazing songs, this one stands out for me. It’s about the grief of losing a parent or both and how to cope with the emotions it brings.

Lead singer Danny O’Donoghue lost his father on Valenine’s Day five years ago. Which inspired the very first line of the song:
It was February 14 Valentine’s Day
The roses came but they took you away
Tattooed on my arm is a charm to disarm all the harm
Gotta keep myself calm but the truth is you’re gone

The piano is the first thing you hear and then Danny raps his heartache away. He had a rose tattooed on his arm to disarm all the harm as a tribute to his father. And the other writer of the song, guitarist Mark Sheehan, also lost his parents but at a very young age and only months from each other.

Every single line in this song is full of heart and is very personal. This is basically what the song is about:
Beacuse the man wasn’t good he was great
I’m tryna make you proud
Do everything you did
I hope you’re up there with God
Saying that’s my kid

This is where I pretty much started crying in a corner. And let’s face it, this song will make you want to do so every time you listen to it.

But these lines from the song is my all time favorite:
He’d say “Music was your home for your pain”
And explained I was young, he would say
Take that rage, put it on a page
Take the page to the stage
Blow the roof off the place

Underlined are the lines I want to get tattooed someday. It’s probably because I definitely do have  a lot of rage (angst?) and I’m still looking for a proper outlet for it. I’m still looking for my stage, but wether or not it’s gonna be singing (most probably not) or writing or anything in this world, I decided a long time ago that I’m not gonna live my life doing something I don’t wanna do. It may sound a bit idealistic but I’ve been miserable for about half of my life so I’m not wasting the rest of it the same way.

“If You Could See Me Now” is the perfect song for anyone who has lost someone near and dear to them. If you wanna give it a listen here’s the link.

Toodaloo,
Cloudy Skies

Manic Monday: Comeback by Ella Eyre

My first Manic Monday post! Weewoo!

My latest musical obsession comes from a recent hit by British singer-songwiter Ella Eyre. The twenty year old, curly haired songbird has recently released a new single.

Her song called “Comeback” has a very nice and catchy chorus.With lyrics talking about a guy who obviousy cheated on her (douchebag right?) and according to the music video wants her to forgive him (douche move right there), it’s definitely gonna be an anthem for the ladies who are going through the same thing.

With lyrics like letting that motherf*cker burn, you know you gotta love the song (if you’re a person like me that is). Her sexy new song has me dancing to it on a daily basis. It premiered on August sixth of this year and it has become my nightly go-to song. With an R&B vibe to it, it definitely has the soul of a very bitter vengeful and strong woman who you do not want as an enemy.

It already is or will be the ultimate break-up song of the year! That’s only my opinion though. And, from my non-professional opinion, her amazing and sultry voice definitely gets you in the right mood for revenge.

The music video is also another reason why I love this song. I mean, we’ve all been there. Fantasizing about ruining something valuable to someone you despise. I’m not saying I’ve done it, but I’ve certainly thought about it.

If you want to watch the music video I’ve put the link here. Hope you enjoy!

Toodaloo,
Cloudy Skies