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Ah, the Days of Fall

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Well, here is original song #2! I just wrote the music and lyrics for it today. I am not a good guitar player though, so the music is pretty simple, but it’s an upbeat jam…and everyone loves those. Tell me what you think of them:

You know the days
When the sun peeks in through the clouds
The wind picks up
And everything falls down

Well I saw you standing across the street
You were staring at me while picking apples from a tree
The wind picked up as you fell to the grass
I stared in awe as you smiled and started to laugh

I thought, “This is the kind of girl I need
The kind who looks at everything with positivity
The kind who loves to look at me
The kind who smiles while falling from an apple tree”

So I crossed the street in hopes that we’ll get to meet
I put out my hand to help you up to your feet
But that’s when the wind had different plans for me and you
For I landed on my knees and fell down too

We didn’t say much because we were laughing too hard
We continued to laugh as we let down our guard
Some clouds came through and covered up the sun
But we didn’t care because we were having too much fun

Everything felt right as we lay there
Until I saw something I could not bear
The clouds that were covering up the sun
Turned to rain and that’s when she got up to run

The damn wind kept blowing me down
I saw everyone on the street running around
It was the biggest rain storm to hit this fall
Too bad on this court, I can’t keep the damn ball

I never did see her again after that day
The winter came through and the wind always stayed
In the spring, I moved back to my home state of PA
And I’ll always remember what happened on that Minnesota Fall day

Feedback would be much appreciated. Thanks for reading. Cheers!

A woman picking from an apple tree

A woman picking from an apple tree

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August 14, 2009 at 12:58 pm

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Still Water

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I have noticed that there is nothing more peaceful than sitting by a body of still water like a lake when there are no boats. I think that if I were to write a book or an album of some sort, it would be mostly written near a lake. There is nothing better than watching the ducks floating by and hearing the chirping birds. The problem is when I would write my book, I would get distracted by the floating ducks and chirping birds, so my writing would look something like this: “Todd Schluber woke up from his annoying alarm clock to tell him it’s AHHHHHH DUCKS! 7 AM and it was time for work. As he got out of his bed, he had this look on his face that would scare AHHHHH DUCKS! demons back to Hell. Luckily for him, this would be his last of AHHH CHIRPING BIRDS AND FLOATING DUCKS! work for good.” That book would get real annoying fast. I guess that’s why there is such a thing as editing though. But I don’t know if I would want my book edited because it wouldn’t authentic anymore. It wouldn’t be the words straight from my head, but I guess it would be correctly written, grammatically speaking that is. I would that if I wrote a book, I would be good enough with grammar and word structure that when I went to edit it, nothing would be changed…that would be real nice. I hope one day to have the time to write an outstanding novel that would make the angriest man in the world, the happiest he has ever been. We’ll see.

On a separate note, summer is reaching its final days which means back to school. Usually, I would dread that day, but I really do like it at Kent State, so I am pretty excited to get back in the groove of things. Besides, this summer has been the coldest and wettest yet and I am not a fan. Summer should be a time of warmth, but this summer has been anything but. The one cool thing about this time of the year is I can really get into Death Cab for Cutie’s “Plans.” For some reason, this CD, to me, is best played in the transition period from summer to fall. It might have something to do with the song, “Summer Skin.” But it is such a Fall CD for me. And on that note, I guess I should sign off before I get too talky-talky.

I promise that part II is coming, I’m just trying to make it awesome. Not like this entry, so stay tuned. Cheers!

This is one heck of a peaceful lake!

This is one heck of a peaceful lake!

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August 13, 2009 at 6:35 pm

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Like Something From a Movie

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So I lied, part II is coming later tonight, but I just wrote some lyrics an hour earlier so I thought I would post them up here. I am currently working on writing the music for it now so we’ll see how that goes, but feel free to give me some feedback on these. It would be most appreciated. Here they are:

This feeling was like a sinking ship
Until the day we made eye contact
I lost all my blues because of you
Like something from a movie

But the unexpected turned to the expected
As we exchanged goodbye’s and what nots
All I had to say was “goodbye”
And nothing more, nothing more

And now the feeling is coming back
Like the Andrea Doria
But there are no survivors
Only a lonesome sinking ship

What am I to do now?
This feeling has had me trapped from the start
I was out of the dog house for a night
And I thought things would change

But because sitting and waiting gets me no where
It looks like I won’t be needing a map
Because I can’t cut loose from this routine
Where I can’t find the right words to say

How can I have this feeling
When all we shared was a gaze?
It was the most surreal experience
Felt like something from a movie.

Part II will be here later. That is it for now. Cheers!

P.S. Enjoy this picture of a lemon goat!

Now thats a nice lemon goat!

Now that's a nice lemon goat!

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August 12, 2009 at 6:13 pm

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Long Overdue

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So I have decided to reboot this blog of mine. I don’t have much now because I want to get outside to enjoy this wonderful weather, but look for part II later tonight or early tomorrow morning.

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August 12, 2009 at 10:45 am

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A Surreal Adventure Part I

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December 10, 2005…a day I will remember for years to come for this was the first time I saw U2 in concert…and one for the books. I would not be giving this adventure the credit it’s due with a few lines, so excuse me if this gets a little long, I’ll make sure it’s interesting enough. The day started like every other, I woke up to the kind of alarm clock that makes you want to throw it against the wall, but luckily, I was able to hold on to this temptation and not fall victim to the alarm clock boogey, as I like to call it. After a very enjoyable breakfast, which consisted of the usual Life cereal and banana, I got ready for the big day. Not only was I going to the concert, but I had band practice hours previous to the departure for the said concert. A few good friends of mine, Everett Lasher, Jason Hipwell and Andrew Zimmerman ventured to my humble home and we tuned up the guitars and drums and jammed. We attempted to reproduce a U2 song in light of the concert, but alas, we were young and naive and realized most of their songs consist of only one guitar, while we had two. After playing our own songs and working on some new stuff, we got some snacks and were on our way.

My brother, Jamisen, drove us four to the magical city of Cleveland. But first, we had to make a pit stop to McKean to grab some money. What we thought¬† would be an easy task, ended up being a little bit of a panic attack because we lost the car keys for a few minutes. After the misplaced car keys were found, by Andrew Zimmerman if I recall, we drove onto I-79 to I-90 which would take us straight to Cleveland. On the way, Everett had the idea of playing one of those crazy alphabet car games, where you pick a theme, say for example, movies…and for each letter of the alphabet, you come up with a movie that starts with that letter. This game would entertain us all the way to Cleveland…or as I like to call, Crazy Cleveland (like the alliteration?).

Ah, Cleveland…the city where heroes are born and dreams come true and yadda yadda yadda. It took us quite some time to find a parking place, but we had plenty of time to kill. After driving past the Gund Arena multiple times, where U2 would be playing, we finally found a parking garage that would fit a red expedition. We parked the car, locked it up and we went on our way. The distance from the parking garage to the Gund was not far, but due to the excitement levels I maxed out on, it seemed like a mile away. I felt like Marty McFly when he first traveled into the future. There it was…glowing like a firefly in the mid-winter night, the Gund Arena.

And that’s where I will leave you for now, stay tuned in the days to come to find out what happens at this incredible concert…and if it was, in fact, a great concert. Cheers!

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February 24, 2009 at 3:02 am

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New Album Releases

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Keep a look out for these new albums, sure to be a good listen:

1. Saves the Day – Daybreak – 2009 – The third Saves the Day album in the trilogy Chris Conley put together. It’s sure to please new and old Saves the Day fans.

2. Muse – TBA – 2009/2010 – This fifth Muse album is sure to not disappoint if it sticks to Black Holes and Revelations and Absolution material.

3. Brand New – TBA – Summer 2009 – Jesse Lacey and his thugs are back from The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me. Their music seems to be getting better and better as the years go by. Let’s hope this trend continues.

4. Moneen – TBA – 2009 – After The Red Tree, these Canadian Indie-Rockers are back with vengence. Though their drummer has parted ways, the sound of Moneen will continue to live on.

5. U2 – No Line on the Horizon – February 27, 2009 – These Irish rockers from the 80’s are back after How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, but this time, they’re bringing a different sound than its predecessor.

Albums Recently Released:

1. Two Tongues – Two Tongues – February 3, 2009 – Max Bemis of Say Anything and Chris Conley of Saves the Day team up to bring you one of the most rocking albums to hit 2009 thus far. The voices of Chris and Max clash together so well that it seems like they were destined to work together. If you like Saves the Day or Say Anything then you’re sure to love this debut album from this new band.

2. Thursday – Common Existence – February 17, 2009 – The post-hardcore rockers from New Jersey are back and ready to rock since A City By the Light Divided. They are featured in the February AP magazine and are ready to prove once again why they are the best post-hardcore band today.

With that said, I will be writing another album review on my top ten. So look for that sunday night and thanks for reading. I hope everyone checks out all of this new music and keep it tuned here because who knows, I might write something new tomorrow…we’ll just have to see. Cheers!

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February 23, 2009 at 7:33 pm

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Top Ten Album Reviews…Starting with Number Ten!

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10.  The Flaming Lips РYoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

This futuristic album which leaves the ears stunned beyond belief is nothing short of perfection. Every song flows with such precision and coolness that is almost sounds like one long epic song. The climax of the album, “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 2” shows that words are not always needed to get a point across. This song also shows just how talented these musicians are and how simple screams can be to show an epic battle between a human and a disease. “Do You Realize??” makes one think about life and how life comes and goes within the blink of an eye. Lyrically this song draws you in with the questiong Wayne Coyne askes within the tune. Musically this song draws you in with the acoustic guitar and upbeat drum beat alongside the keyboards. The final song to this album, “Approaching Pavonis Mons By Balloon” feels exactly what it sounds like. The feel of this song makes you feel like you are traveling to the famous mountain atop of Mars with the eerie trumpet and the grooving drum beat. This instrumental masterpiece is the perfect way to end an album with such prowess that it makes you feel as if you accomplished something just by listening to its wonder and magic. This album will surely surpass every expectation you have of a fantastic album and I highly recommend it to anyone who is up for the challenge. The challenge of listening to something so incredible and magical, you can’t help but smile when everything’s all said and done.

Track Listing:

01. Fight Test
02. One More Robot / Sympathy 3000-21
03. Yoshimi Battle The Pink Robots, Pt. 1
04. Yoshimi Battle The Pink Robots, Pt. 2
05. In The Morning Of The Magicians
06. Ego Tripping At The Gates Of Hell
07. Are You A Hypnotist??
08. It’s Summertime (Throbbing Orange Palbearers)
09. Do You Realize??
10. All We Have Is Now
11. Approaching Pavonis Mons By Balloon

Incredible album

Incredible album

This is the first of many album reviews I will be writing in the weeks to come. Please give any feedback, whether positive or negative. I look forward to hearing from you. If you would like me to review an album you love, let me know and I will make sure it gets done. Thank you for reading.

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February 22, 2009 at 3:38 am

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New Start

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Hello, people in the blog world, because of the new year, I thought I’d have a new start on the blog. I will be doing a weekly CD review every sunday night, new and old. I hope to keep up with this and I hope you guys enjoy it. Feel free to give me feedback and let me know how I am progressing in the CD review area. Look for a new review tonight before midnight. Thanks for your time.

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January 25, 2009 at 6:58 pm

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Hope is the Start of Everything

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As we climb mountains higher and higher, we look towards the sky, only hoping one day we can reach the top with our ambitious hands. We must never look back, for if we do, the possibilty of falling becomes greater and greater. The past is the past and nothing can be done to change that unless we had a DeLorean and even then, we would still need the flux capacitor and we would need to be able to generate up to 1.21 gigawatts of power by using platonium. So for now, time travel is out of the question, but who’s to say we can’t work on it. We’ve put a man on the moon, we were able to come together as a nation to get out of the Great Depression even though it meant going to war. We have overcame so many problems, but while many problems are in the past, there are still problems that we face to this day and that we will face in the future. To overcome these obstacles of life, we need to come together as a nation, no matter what race or sex you are or what religion you believe in. If we can put a man on the moon, then our power to achieve anything is limitless.

We are fighting in two wars, while we are slipping into a recession. We have teachers in schools who don’t teach anything, or they’ll give a grade to a student depending on how that teacher feels about the student. That’s not education, that’s not how it should be. Our teachers should be challenging students everyday, helping students out when asked and not be given a grade on if the teacher likes the student or not. It makes education feel like a game, while instead, it should feel like a crossword puzzle; challenging at some parts, fun at others while feeling a sense of accomplishment when it’s all said and done. Something has to be done about this, whether it’s raising teachers standards, paying them more or giving students a crossword puzzle at the beginning of each school day to stimulate the brain.

Anyways, I think I’ve been watching too much West Wing or too many presidential speeches. While staying on topic of speeches, I think being a speech writer for anyone would be one of the coolest jobs in the world. Words can do so much. Words can bring hope to a sociey of which hope is needed. And we all know hope is the start of everything. Without hope, what do we have? How can change be brought to a country if there is no hope? While hope isn’t everything, it is certainly the start of everything. To those who disagree, please voice your opinion, I would be happy to have a lively discussion.

On a separate note, ninjas are not to be messed with.

Ninja group

Ninja group

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November 14, 2008 at 5:20 am

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All-Nighter

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I’ve come to the conclusion that all-nighters are sweet because it gives you so much more time to accomplish what it is that needs accomplished, such as writing this blog. Sure, I’ll regret it when I am dead in class, but I’ll worry about that when the time comes.

all-nighter

all-nighter

This past weekend I have realized that I am not who I used to be and while sometimes that is a good thing, in this case it is not. I was miserable for undisclosed reasons even though it was a good time and I am sorry to those who had to witness it. It was nice to get away from school work for a weekend even though I regretted it today when I had to write two papers and study for a test later today which is the reason for the all-nighter. I love just putting on some headphones and zoning out, thinking about the future and the present and how I am going to connect the two.

There has been something that’s been eating me up for quite some time and it was part of the reason for my miserableness this past weekend. I’d like to believe I’m over it, but I know that’s not the case. I feel that it has been the reason I haven’t slept well the past two years. I have been wanting to say it for two whole years, but I just haven’t mustered up the courage to do so because of the possible consequences, but hopefully I’ll figure it out. I have been learning guitar for the past couple weeks so I’m hoping I can use that to my advantage to express myself, but we’ll see what happens.

I love a good song that feels the air with happiness like a populated circus filled with happy kids. “You! Me! Dancing!” by Los Campesinos is one of those songs. The intro building up to the guitar riff is just as great as it is suspensful. Once that guitar riff kicks in, there’s no turning down a smile. Another song like that is “Have a Nice Day” by Stereophonics. It just has the ingredients for a bucket full of treats. I highly recommend both of those songs. Believe me, you won’t be disappointed, and if you are, you can have a free punch at my throat. Even though it’s not one of those happy songs, “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley is my favorite song of all time because of how awesome the guitar and his voice go together. I can imagine exactly what is going on in the song because of how descriptive it is. It’s so very haunting and eerie that you can’t help but listen to what’s next in the song.

Well, I should get back to my studying on World War I, the Depression and World War II. Thanks for reading this blog and sorry it took me so long to update it, won’t happen again. Feel free to leave some comments, it would inspire me to write more in here because I would know people are reading this. I’ll leave you with a Mick Jagger quote, “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you just might find you get what you need.”

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November 3, 2008 at 4:53 am

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