Edel Grace

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My Week in Music #3: 2018/10/19 - 2018/10/26

Oct 30, 2018 | Comments

Last.fm is a website that can keep track of users and their listening habits. I’ve been listening to music with Last.fm since 2010 and am slightly obsessive over my music stats. These stats are for my listening from the past week.

My week for October 19, 2018 to October 26, 2018

Top 10 Artists

Top 10 Artists

  1. Coheed and Cambria (-) Even though I’ve been making a conscious decision to not listen to as much Coheed and Cambria, I’m still listening to them quite a lot. They’re too good!

  2. Vitamin String Quartet (*) This came totally left field. I was looking for In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 on Spotify and then I found that this group covered the entire album. When I looked through their discography, they covered a lot of cool alternative/rock/indie bands from the early to mid 2000’s and I went on a huge nostalgia trip. It’s a shame they’re only a quartet, I feel like a lot of the songs would have benefited from an entire orchestra. But yeah. Would recommend.

  3. Green Day (+6) I have so much Green Day in my library, I never really noticed. Lately I’ve been putting my library on shuffle and just letting it ride out. Some songs don’t have a lot of draw for me anymore. But similar to last week, I am still rocking out to those American Idiot and Nimrod tunes.

  4. Thrice (*) Thrice is a long time favourite of mine. I saw one of my friends listening to them on Spotify one day and I just went back and listened to them on repeat for a couple of hours.

  5. Amy Winehouse (+2) I don’t know how I overlooked some of Amy’s songs. I still need to listen to her discography.

  6. My Chemical Romance (*) This is another case of putting my library on shuffle, I feel. I have so much My Chemical Romance. I’m like 99% sure I have their entire discography, bar B-sides and demos and concert versions.

  7. Eminem (*) This week has just been pure nostalgia. With Kamikaze coming out, I went on Spotify and saved all the Eminem songs I listened to back in the day. A lot of them from Encore. This was another case of library shuffle and the Spotify algorithm probably picking more Eminem songs because he’s popular.

  8. Alexisonfire (*) More nostalgia and more library shuffle! I didn’t notice a lot of Alexisonfire this week. But I do recall rocking out to We Are the Sound a couple of times whenever it came on. It’s hard not to.

  9. Joanna Newsom (*) The nostalgia trip never ends. It’s a shame that Joanna doesn’t put her music on Spotify. I have most of her discography anyway (Divers was the last album I bought) and I can listen to it offline on Spotify but it’s still a barrier.

  10. Mashrou’ Leila (*) Wow, more nostalgia. Mashrou’ Leila is definitely more recent in my music history but I haven’t picked them up in a couple of months and I totally forgot how they have a bunch of great bops.

Top 10 Albums

Top 10 Albums

  1. Coheed and Cambria — Vaxis I: The Unheavenly Creatures (-) I told myself not to overplay this album but I just can’t stay away from it. It’s a little weird how no tracks made it into my top 10 songs for this week but that might be a good thing.

  2. Coheed and Cambria — The Afterman: Ascension (+1) Domino never gets old for me. Every time I listen to it, I can see the music video play so clearly in my head.

  3. Thrice — Vheissu (*) Vheissu is easily my number one or number two favourite album of all time. There is no track in this album that I don’t like or will ever skip. It’s great from start to finish.

  4. Amy Winehouse — Back to Black (+2) Not much to say about this one. Just been listening to a couple of tracks on repeat.

  5. Coheed and Cambria — In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 (-3) Definitely slowly winding down on the Coheed. Mostly just listening to A Favor House Atlantic.

  6. Coheed and Cambria — Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV: Volume 1 (-2) Why is this album so good? Like, seriously. So many good songs on this album. But, still toning it down with the Coheed.

  7. Joanna Newsom — Ys (*) The only reason why Vheissu might be number two instead of number one is because of this album. I love this album. I think it is probably Joanna’s best album. It is a beautifull crafted piece of art. I love it.

  8. Coheed and Cambria — Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV: Volume 2 (*) Was talking to my friend about a couple tracks from this album. It’s pretty underrated, I’m not sure why so many fans are “meh” about it.

  9. Protest the Hero — Fortress (*) I was looking for good study music but I didn’t want like strings or lo-fi beats so I tried looking up metal/rock study music. Thank god Protest the Hero released instrumentals for their songs. Surprisingly, a lot of them definitely sound a lot less energetic without vocals. What a difference it makes!

  10. Jeff Williams — RWBY Volume 1 Soundtrack (*) RWBY Volume 1 has arguably the best soundtrack in the entire series. This Will Be the Day, Gold, From Shadow, Mirror Mirror, Red Like Roses, I Burn, I May Fall, Wings,… There are way too many good songs on it. The only song that I don’t like from the soundtrack is probably Red Like Roses Part II (just kidding as I’m writing this I’m listening to it now and I like it).

Top 10 Songs

Top 10 songs

  1. Amy Winehouse — Tears Dry on Their Own (*) He walks away, the sun goes down, he takes the day but I’m grown. Oh Amy, thank you for gracing the world with your music. I really think this is a nice and hopeful song.

  2. Thank you Scientist — Feed the Horses (+7) Wow, this song went up from last week. It’s a good song but I’m not entirely sure why I keep listening to it as much as I have.

  3. Coheed and Cambria — Domino the Destitute (-1) This song is a banger. That is all.

  4. Coheed and Cambria — No World for Tomorrow (*) Probably the best song off of the album. Curse us, as god has. Amazing. I would love to hear this song live one day. There’s no world for tomorrow, if we wait for today. I remember talking about how In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 made me feel like a soldier marching into battle, this definitely takes that concept and amps it up a hundred times.

  5. Kero Kero Bonito — Only Acting (-5) Still a good song, just haven’t been listening to it as much. Time to queue it up.

  6. Sharon Van Etten — A Crime (+1) I hope I never grow tired of this song because it is beautiful.

  7. Coheed and Cambria — A Favor House Atlantic (-2) The other day I looked up the music video for this song. It is so ridiculous but hilarious. They definitely take a jab at Green Day with Claudio dressing up in Billie Joe’s trademark black button up and red tie, it’s so funny.

  8. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes — Neon Rust (*) I really need to listen to more of their songs because this is a really good song. I just love the atmosphere of the song. The melody in the beginning is really soothing and then it builds up to the chorus. It feels a little empty until the climax but it really releases all the tension in the song. So good.

  9. Joji — SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK (-5) Joji. Who hurt youuuuuuu??

  10. Coheed and Cambria — Crossing the Frame (*) Good jam. I’m spying on you Newoooo.

Seriously Can’t Get Over “Gold”

Nov 5, 2013 | Comments

I have been listening to “Gold” by Jeff & Casey Lee Williams nonstop all day. I just love it. It makes me want to dance around and sing. It also makes me feel very warm and fuzzy inside. It’s been a while since I’ve listened to a song that makes me that gushy. I just can’t get over the funky discos vibe. Those guitar licks and the strings and Casey’s voice… It’s seriously too much to love!

On another note, man, I’m already finding that writing a blog post everyday is hard. I don’t have any topics! I guess I could do a reflection each day and record what happened explicitly. I’ve always loved reading diaries that recounted events. In fact, that’s mostly what I’ve been defining a blog as: recounting my days.

This morning, I had to write a midterm in my Russian course. It was really brutal, I think. I wish I had studied a little bit more. I think I did okay but definitely not as good as I wanted. Fingers crossed that I passed!

For the next three hours (I have a three hour break between lectures) I worked on my thesis and outline on my Heart of a Dog paper. It was a painful three hours.

Then I had computer science lecture. I found myself falling asleep almost. I need more sleep. We learned more about GUIs and my mind just shut down. My TA walked over and told us that we didn’t do so well on our last exercise. News I didn’t want to hear. In the words of my fellow group member, “We have to step up our game for next time!” Ughh.

Bad news after bad news. I went to my ADS to go over my outline for a paper and I just complete missed the mark on everything. I’m really struggling with the assignment and I feel like I’m grasping at straws right now. I don’t know how to read a book in order to do a literary critique. He said not to panic but I am totally panicking. He gave me a lot of good starting points but I still don’t know where to go from there. Curse my mostly logical mind.

The bus route I take home stops at another university. Some people got on and it turns out two friends of high school got on as well! It was a pleasant surprise because I haven’t seen anyone from outside of university in a very long time. Talking to someone on the bus for once was really nice. Ideally, I would have wanted to work on this blog post but it turns out that worked in my favour since I have more to talk about!

On the second bus home, I slipped on the wet floor and landed on my butt/black. My butt is slightly sore now and I scraped my elbow. It was embarrassing. Hopefully no one saw other than the bus driver. I like to sit near the front and don’t look behind me to see if there are other people still on the bus.

By the time I got home, it was already way past dinner time. I ate and then it was already 8:30pm. Then my computer refused to turn on. So I just planned out my week and did some homework that I could do on my iPod. So much for no digital dependence tho semester. I swear I’ll do better next time!

Now I’m listening to Hitomi no Junnin by L’Arc~en~Ciel and having major L’Arc~en~Ciel feels. I will go to bed as soon as I post this. Hopefully my thing will be ~500 words. There’s no word count in the WordPress app. ;A;

“Gold” and School

Nov 4, 2013 | Comments

Two posts in a row about Rooster Teeth. No regrets. I’ve been hanging around the Rooster Teeth website1 and just browsing around.

Now, Rooster Teeth has this original animated series called RWBY. Long story short, it’s about a group of exceptional warrior youths training to fight against creatures and terrorist groups. Cool, I know. One of the major strengths of the series is it’s soundtrack. The soundtrack is absolutely phenomenal. The producer of the series has stated that music is a big inspiration for his work and it totally shows. They did not cheap out on the music! It really shone in the trailers, with the trailers being basically short music videos. Each main character (Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang) had their own trailer, with the music for each being distinctive and revealing some hints about their personality. I personally love each and everyone and my “favourite” largely depends on my mood. I will say that Weiss’ trailer (set to the song “Mirror, Mirror ft. Casey Lee” by Jeff Williams) is my favourite a lot of the times.

Enough about the trailers! The soundtrack in the series itself2 is great as well. The opening theme is pretty top. It has great energy and wonderful riffs. Combined with the actual video… It’s pretty cool to watch. I even feel proud of RT producing something as cool as that3. That kinda says a lot, I think.

However, with the Extra Life event wrapping up, the main composer decided to treat us for our generosity. He released one of the RWBY songs early: Gold. I’m honestly super in love with it! It has a funky disco vibe. Lately I’ve been grooving to Bruno Mars’ “Treasure” and have been craving for similar sounding songs. Gold is reminiscent of that sound. The bass has a very cool melody. The strings just add to the atmosphere. Don’t event get me started with the upbeat piano bits. I like it all! One of my favourite things is when it diverges back to the very typical “Jeff Williams sound,” a very warm and almost folk-like twang of a guitar. It’s just an A+ song.

In other news, I’m slowly slipping in terms of school. I just don’t feel motivation anymore. I just want everything to end. I keep telling myself that I won’t be hirable if I’m being like this but it’s hard. I think I’m losing focus again and it’s scary because I want to stick to my goal but I keep on second guessing that goal. I don’t know what to do with myself. I don’t know what will happen to me in the future. I keep feeling like there’s going to be an inevitable mishap and that I shouldn’t try to put any effort in anyway if things are going to turn the way I think they are. It’s going to sound weird but I think “Gold” kind of triggered these feelings in me. It’s a great song but listening to those lyrics carefully, I strangely feel horribly empty and lost. I feel tears welling up in me when I listen to Casey’s beautiful voice promising her everlasting loyalty. It’s beautiful but at the same time, I can’t help but think, I don’t even have a friendship that closely resembles that. I’m just being really weird right now. I don’t know what to do. I need someone more than ever but I don’t even know who to go to.

_Don’t you worry about the dark

I will light up the night

With the love in my heart

I will burn like the sun

I will keep you safe and warm

Like the smell of a rose on a summer day

I will be there to take all your fears away

With a touch of my hand

I will turn your life to gold_

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  • I almost said in game music, whoops. You can see where my mind is right now. Games.  
  • However, I am not without complaints about RWBY. A post will come soon.  
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    My name is Edel Grace Altares. My programming interests include full stack development and back end development. My languages of choice are Python and Java. Outside of programming I enjoy crocheting, video games, cats, historical fiction, and reading.