My Idea of A Perfect Summer Concert

Coming to an area near you: Summer! And what do we enjoy during the summer? Beaches, travel, picnics, and the summer concerts. Depending on where you live, you can easily reach some of the huge summer concerts out there, like (and I’m taking this from Yahoo) Outside Lands or Burning Man. Burning Man is, actually, on my bucket list. One day, I’m dragging my friends out to the middle of the summer to experience this mysterious festival for myself.

Every year, I manage to find a music festival somewhere near me (as in a few states away) that I wish with a burning passion that I could make it to, especially if there are musicians and bands I’m dying to see live. This year, the three on Yahoo’s list that I’d be willing to spend cash on are Outside Lands, Hard Summer, and Bumbershoot. Why? Because they all have artists that I love listening to: Between the three of them, they have Gotye, Justice, Chromeo, Keane, the Wombats, Passion Pit, M83, Miike Snow, Digitalism, and Deadmau5 lined up. Really, who doesn’t want to see them live?! Oh, I’m probably the only one who actually does.

The three biggest names there that I desperately want to see made me shriek aloud with excitement, and get this: They’re all in the same show, the Bumbershoot. Keane, Gotye, and the Wombats. I’m drooling, I am. But knowing me, I’ll be stuck at home during this concert, doing something boring like yard work. All’s good and well, yard work can be entertaining, but to see Keane live… My heart dies a little more with the thought of missing them. As does Gotye; he came to Oregon! Oregon! And I missed him!

So I’m going to make my own concert. Yeah, that’s right. My own concert, with all the artists I wish I could see live. My line up (or playlist) will include as follows:

  • Keane
  • The Wombats
  • Passion Pit
  • Gotye
  • Justice
  • Chromeo
  • Deadmau5
  • Miike Snow
  • Sneaky Sound System
  • M83
  • Above & Beyond
  • Above & Beyond Presents: OceanLab (I’m hoping for another album, even if it won’t happen; I love Justine Suissa’s voice)
  • Kaskade
  • David Guetta
  • Morgan Page
  • DJ Tiësto
  • Unicorn Kid
  • Apple & Stone
  • Anberlin
  • Gold Panda
  • Does It Offend You, Yeah?
  • Rock Kills Kid
  • Foster the People
  • And so many more.

I can totally see driving down the highway this summer listening to this. My ‘summer concert’ has begun.


Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before

Q. Quick, before I dive in, without using the internet, just that random knowledge generator we call a brain, NAME! THAT! BAND!

Anyway, while I realize that the people who have actually listened to this song knows the general gist of the song. I immediately think of several excuses that I’ve used and heard that are clearly overused: The <random animal, typically a dog> ate my homework; I was sick so I didn’t know, etc, etc. (I never had the privilege to use the dog excuse). But yeah, we’re talking excuses here, people.

My latest excuse for not doing something has been “Oh, sorry, I was in the middle of a boss fight. What do you want?” Truth be told, I most likely was in a boss fight. Or I was blatantly ignoring you. Sorry. But my attention to the outside world has come to a halt, and I think we all know why:

Last week, the long anticipated game, Diablo 3, was released. And while I know I’m late to the party in celebrating its release (almost a week, I’m bad, I know), it’s been a bit hard to tear my face away from the world of Sanctuary, where the whole  lot of Supernatural has been cast. Yeah, I just did that. I was playing my Demon Hunter when it hit me: “Holy shiznit, if I had made her male, I could have named her Sam or Dean Winchester!” I’m bad, I know, but I absolutely love that show. It doesn’t hurt that I share a birthday with Jensen Ackles. No, really, I do. The other celebrity that I share it with is Ronald Bilius Weasley (and Justin Bieber. But Ron and Jensen totally factor him out).

So, yep, I’ve finally defeated Diablo myself and am headed through Nightmare mode on my wizard, Clarice. I won’t lie, that’s what’s been keeping me from posting, or writing, or anything else that could be mildly important.

I feel like such a nerd now.

A. I have the feeling that most of you readers used our second random knowledge generator, Google, but for those that could honestly answer, you are one step closer to becoming your own Google! Soon, you’ll be able to answer really random questions like “What is linseed oil made from?” (my personal favorite; I have no idea how the hell I know that one, but I do) or “What is one of the longest words in the English language?” Okay, I lied on that second one. I can’t even pronounce this stupid thing: pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. It’s now my mission to find some way to use this word.

Quick, Someone, Bring Me Coffee!

For the past few days, there has been no such thing as sleep in my life. Except for today, when my body decided that since my lack of sleep wasn’t doing me any good, it thought I should become sick. Thanks for that, body, you’re so helpful as always. Also not on my agenda has been this thing called “school work” as well as “food”.

“Hey, you, don’t stop eating and do your homework!” someone yells from somewhere. “You’re screwing yourself over either way, so quit it!”

Fine. Whatever.

See, for the past few days, I’ve had the most amazing experience I’ve ever had and have always dreamed of having: Having just an idea after idea after idea for this story I began months ago. I have no clue where this sudden inspiration has come from, but in the last… Oh, I dunno, 80+ hours, I went from four pages to over twenty. Yes, this is an accomplishment for me because I get bored with my own stories. I mean, after a while, you just… get the same ones over and over again that you’ve read over and over again. After all, really, each story becomes a variation of another and that one a variation of a previous one. It’s a never ending cycle. It helped, too, that the immediate response I got from my friend was “Oh my god, give me more.” She never does that!

That sounds like I’m writing for her. I’m not. Well, kind of. Every writer has an audience and whether you tell me that “I should write for myself, not other people” or not, I still have to at least show it to an audience. And feedback from that audience is great! GREAT!

It’s a start, that’s for sure. I’ll probably end up showing it to someone else and they’ll ruin my self-esteem in it and I’ll scrap it. But hey, at least I have a start.