Song of the Day

DRUMROLL PLEASE!!!  Today’s song of the day is…….  You’re So Vain by Carly Simon.

I bet pretty much everyone has heard this classic, which is a blunt and honest song about a guy who is the center of his own world.  I think everyone has someone that they could sing this song to.  I have, like, a gazillion.  It is just so perfect because it is so honest, and very emotional too.  You might not be able to hear at first under the pop polish, but there, in my very humble opinion, is some true heartbreak here.  You give all of yourself to this person who would rather look at themselves than be with you.  That feeling sucks.  That feeling is what is being portrayed in the song.

That is why is it the song of the day.

 

Why Taylor Swift’s Red Should Win Album of the Year

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As everyone who has read my blog before knows that I LOVE Taylor Swift with a passion.  I believe she is one the most talented people on the planet and I also think that she is a genuinely great human being.  So it probably doesn’t come as a surprise for most when I say that I am rooting for her to win Album of the Year for her fourth album Red at tomorrow night’s Grammy Awards.  But there is much more than my love for her that is making me root for her to win.

You see, for years my Taylor had been the sweet girl next door, and beautifully so, but with Red, for the first time, she was a full-on superstar.  She had confidence that she could go from the chaotic-EDM ending of I Knew You Were Trouble to the gentle guitar strumming that starts the powerhouse of emotion that is All Too Well.  And it was wonderful.  That is one of the things I love most about this record, it’s courage to take risks and the beautiful payoffs it has.

The huge drum beats, the dub-step, the pianos, the guitars, the mandolins, and the poppy bubblegum happiness that is 22 makes this album exciting.  The lyrics are a huge part of that as well.  She is one of, if not the best, songwriter of her generation, and her lyrics have always shown that.  She can take a state of mind, for example what it is like to be young, and turn it into the complex and slightly heartbreaking line “We’re happy, free, confused and lonely in the best way.”  I mean, how does she do it?  How does she wrestle with so many emotions to make a single, shattering line that explains your youth.  Pretty brilliant if you ask me.

One of the biggest accomplishments, however, is how good her voice is.  She surprised critics with her growth on Speak Now, her last record, but she shocked me here.  In the first song, State of Grace, she reaches the highest note she has ever sung and sounds amazing.  Not only because of her actual voice, but the emotion behind it.  That is what sells her songs.  The delivery.  The passion.  The frustration.  The feeling of falling love before the first word.  That is what draws us in. And that is why she should win Album of the Year

The Liebster Award!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was on my blog yesterday and this amazing blogger Peter nominated me for a Liebster Award! (You can find his fantastic blog at http://peterisms.com)  This is what the award is (I’m stealing this from him)  The Liebster Award is a way to get bloggers to interact with each other and to help lesser known blogs, like my poor pitiful self, to be seen! The person nominated answers 10 questions they received from the person who nominated them.  Then they, in turn, nominate 10 new people and ask them 10 questions!!!! Then those people do the same thing basically causing a mirror to infinity effect of blogging!

So, here are my answers to his 10 questions!

1.What are 3 things I wouldn’t know by looking at you?

I am VERY LOUD, I am a Meryl worshipper and I am oh-so fabulous!

2. If you could listen to one CD for the rest of your life and it couldn’t be mixed, what would it be?

I know this is very cliché, but Taylor’s RED is truly spectacular.  She just went for it with this album, and I believe it shows.  Also, there is so much raw emotion in it in my own very humble opinion.  For example, at the end of I Knew You Were Trouble there is so much chaos happening sonically and that is exactly how she felt.  In All Too Well, the bridge is worth a Grammy alone.  She took accepted things (like breaking promises) and made them heart wrenching.  Also, there is so much range on the album and I would never ever ever (Like ever!) get tired of it.  Her songwriting is as amazing as ever, and her voice is the strongest on this album.  Runner-Ups would be: Into the Woods (Original Broadway Cast Recording), Speak Now by Taylor Swift, Tapestry by Carole King, Beyoncé by Beyoncé, Frozen (Movie Soundtrack).

3.Love at first site, true love, soul mates or none of the above?

I believe any of these could happen for I believe everything happens for a reason.  True love? Absolutely.  Soul mates?  Of course.  And I believe love and first sight can happen.  If you see this smoking hot guy across the room and your eyes meet and your insides flutter like butterflies and you can see your life with him before your eyes, then yes.  I do believe.  I am a believer.  NOT A BELIEBER!  HUGE difference.

4. If you become any character in any book or movie, who would you be and why? 

Solely from a book I think I would be Tiny from Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan.  First of all, that book is so amazeballs.  READ IT!  Also, Tiny is just so fabulous and is a man-eater.  That’s me in a nutshell!  From a movie I would be Tiffany from Silver Linings Playbook because I am not afraid of emotion, I think the more you deal with your emotions the better of a person you are, and she certainly doesn’t.  She also is amazeballs and I would be honored to be her.

5. How do you define sexy?

In my opinion there are a lot of different ways to be sexy.  First of course is physically.  Abs are well-appreciated, and is an attractive face.  I can also find people with hair attractive, too.  Secondly, there is on the inside.  I believe confidence is sexy, as is an awesome personality.

6. What are your 3 simple luxuries?

Friends/Family, iPod, Tyler Oakley.  Done.

7. What are 3 book everyone should read before they’re 40?

I am going to answer this question from the point of view that people should be shunned if they haven’t read these books by they are 40. First is The Fault of Our Stars by John Green.  This is the best book I have ever read.  A love story between to teenagers who have cancer, this book will make you laugh and cry on the very same page.  John Green’s and Young Adult’s best. Second is The Giver by Lois Lowry.  This is, like, one of the first post-apocalyptic ever written.  The innocence she infuses in her characters is outstanding and the world she made enthralling. Also, the movie is coming out in August with Meryl AND Taylor!  YYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSS!  Lastly is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  Such a creative way to present the Holocaust and it is so honest in a way I have never experienced.  Life-changing book.

8. If you were on death row and could order anything for your last meal, with no price or amount limit, what would your order be?

It would be pizza, cupcakes, cheese cakes, mac and cheese, gourmet pasta, gnocchi, and a loaded bake potato with no bacon.  I wouldn’t be scared of getting fat, after all.

9. Why would you be on death row?

I would be framed for a mass murder of some kind.  Wrongfully accused!

10. Biggest regret?

I think my biggest regretS would be not coming out in places that would have been the perfect moment.

You have now seen my answers.  I need some time coming up with some nominees and questions, so stay tuned and wait to see who and what they are! 

 

 

 

Suffocated

When you were a kid, or if you are still a kid, did you ever try to breathe underwater?  Just sitting on the pool floor and trying to become a mermaid so you can breathe longer than all your friends.  That’s how I feel now.  Like I am breathing underwater and I can’t get my head up.  I can’t experience oxygen.  All because of the secret I carry on my shoulders.

I am gay, as I stated a couple posts back.  But only friends that I feel like I trust no that.  The other kids at school don’t know.  My own family doesn’t know, and every time I try to speak out I’m either too nervous or they go on to something else that wouldn’t be the right place.  Not the right moment.  It seems like in everything, timing is crucial. 

So, I walk around school, carrying a boulder on my back, trying to be the perfect All-American boy that everyone wants me to be.  But, I tried that for SO long.  I tried to be the boy who was turned on by boobs, loved sports and had a whole bunch of guy friends.  To me, the only friends I could make were girls.  To me, they are easier to talk to and understand.  I have guy friends, yet they were harder to make. 

I have wanted to come out on Facebook for a LONG time, but I am petrified.  Petrified that I will be tormented. I third and fourth grade, I was bullied to the point of contemplating taking the knife in my kitchen drawer and end it all.  I didn’t, obviously.  I get bullied now.  Just yesterday, some a**hole said that I need to change everything about myself so people wouldn’t get the “wrong idea.”  I just don’t know if I can face that every day.  I live in a very Republican, conservative area.  I am scared to do either thing.  If I speak, I could face the torment I was received, but worse.  If I stay quiet, I will lose my mind. 

I will continue to suffocate.

I don’t know what I am going to know, let you guys know soon.

Love,Levi

American Hustle- Review

I loved Silver Linings Playbook last year.  I thought it was the best film of the year because it  had the most emotion behind it, and the most honesty.  David O. Russell’s direction was perfectly fit for the material because he handled the story with so much care so it didn’t turn into something it was not.  Bradley Cooper became a respected actor with that film because he was so good as Pat, he let you know everything he was feeling.  Jennifer Lawrence gave my favorite performance of 2012 because she was a live wire, her character was feeling every single emotion available and it all showed on her face.

With that, I had huge expectations for American Hustle, O. Russell united Lawrence and Cooper with Amy Adams and Christian Bale.  Adams and Bale were in  O. Russell’s 2010 hit, The Fighter.  Bale also won an Oscar for that.  I’m sure you can tell with all of this background that there was a lot of hype for it to live up to.  In my humble opinion, it did.

The story is about Irving Rosenfeld (Bale), a con man, who, with his mistress Sydney Proser (Adams), teams up with the FBI in a sting operation led by Richie DeMasso( (Cooper) to target corrupt politicians.  Their main guy that they want to get is Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner, a newbie to O. Russell), a beloved New Jersey mayor.  The situation is complicated by Rosenfeld’s unpredictable wife, Rosalyn (Lawrence).

From this cast, you are probably guessing that the performances were outstanding.  And you would be right.  Bale is fantastic as Irving, gaining fifty pounds for the role and learning how to do Irving’s signature comb over.  He shows off his range with this part and is very good.  Adam’s performance is what every performance of a con artist should be: sexy, emotional, manipulative and dangerous.  She puts so much raw emotion into it, and she is so good up until the end you don’t really know whose side she is on.  Cooper is also stupendous as Richie, an agent out to prove something.  He is crazy and predictable in the same scene.  And that is not a dig on Cooper’s performance, it is a comment about the character.  Richie thinks he is the best agent ever (that is where he is crazy) but in reality the con artists know exactly what he is thinking and what he is trying to do.  Lawrence blew me away as Rosalyn.  We all knew she could play crazy well, but she went up fifty thousand levels with this performance.  Her Rosalyn is dangerous, she will manipulate you until she thinks you think she is helping you because she is convinced that she has.  Rosalyn also is at the same time smarter than everyone thinks and just as stupid.  Lawrence is perfect as her.  And to those who say she was a cartoon, watch the scene where she and her boyfriend are having lunch.  So much depth.  I honestly think she should win Best Supporting Actress.  I admit I haven’t seen Lupita Nyong’o, her biggest competition, in 12 Years a Slave.  She would have to be pretty extraordinary to top Lawrence.  Meanwhile, Renner is good as Carmine, but doesn’t leave a long impression.

O. Russell’s directing is huge, cinematic and unpredictable, just like it should be.  His script, written with Eric Warren Singer is smart, funny and tragic in one scene.  The costumes are AMAZING.  So is the HAIR, art direction and makeup.  The entire art department in my opinion should win Oscars.  The music is sensational and really lets you get into the era.  (It is set in the late 70’s.  I thought everyone would know that, but better safe the sorry!)

All in all it is sensational.  Some of the best performances of the year, the perfect pairing of director and script, a pretty great script and a terrific art and music department makes this film one of the best of the year.

With every movie review, I plan on ranking the performances of the main actors.  Here it goes:

1. Jennifer Lawrence as Rosalyn Rosenfeld

2.Amy Adams as Sydney Proser

3. Bradley Cooper as Richie DeMasso

4. Christian Bale as Irving Rosenfeld

5. Jeremy Renner as Carmine Polito

 

 

Song of the Day

It’s back! Today’s song of the day is, in my very own humble opinion, is one of the best songs by my favorite artist. You guessed it! All Too Well by Taylor Swift.

All Too Well is the fifth track on Taylor’s fourth album, RED, and is a confessional break-up song that has a LOT of depth. It is about something that had a really promising, beautiful beginning and a hard and bitter end. Taylor presents us with some of her best writing of all time, and her single best line. “Hey you call me up again,just to break me like a promise/So casually cruel in the name of being honest/ I’m a crumpled up piece of paper lying here/ Because I remember it all, all too well.” I mean seriously people! How good is that!!!!!! The entire song is like that. Poetic yet still rooted in reality. That is what makes the song so addictive. You can feel her pain in her voice. Her voice, by the way, is KILLER in this song.

Now please go out and buy this song. But I warn you, bring tissues.

What Bugs Me

Many things annoy me.  MANY THINGS!  Since we are still in the process of getting to know each other, I will tell you some of the things that bug the crap (not literally) out of me.

-Repeating myself.

-Taylor Swift being characterized as a whore.  She has only dated two people since 2010.  There’re girls and guys in my school who date five people a month.

-People who act like they’re better than me.  It is on if you act like that.  Except if you are Meryl.

-Sandra Bullock winning an Oscar over Meryl.

-Ignorant people.

Now, these are just some of a VERY long list.  But I don’t want to be a drag.  😉