Album Review: “Church Of Scars” by Bishop Briggs

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Today I will be talking about an artist that like Scrvina and VÉRITÉ , that have basically only released singles and EPs since starting their music careers. I’m happy to say that Bishop Briggs has finally released her debut album! Of course, “Bishop Briggs” is not her real name! It’s actually Sarah, but I find the stage name to be really unique and seems to be a special to her as she is honoring her Scottish roots! Everybody that’s not familiar with that sentence is scratching their heads right now! Look at a map of Scotland and get back to me!

I’ve actually only listened to like three of her songs in the past. She’s had two EPs out, first in 2016 and the other came out in the middle of last year. I’ve been kind of excited to review this record for a while. I’d say her music is like indie pop, it’s light but not as obnoxious. The album was released on  April 20th!

So we start with “Tempt My Trouble” and I liked the pop-rock sound of the song itself, however, I felt as though I have heard the same guitar introduction before and unfortunately, I was a bit distracted by that similarity, but the song itself is really good! I had a hard time keeping myself from dancing to the beat on my bed. I’ve grown to love her voice, it has a deep quality but it’s also very cheery at the same time. Second is a song that might sound familiar with people as it’s been featured on different TV shows for promos, for me it was used as part of a dance on Dancing With The Stars in 2016 with actress Heather Morris and the other female dancers. “River” has an unique beat to it, it’s pop-y, but also has an urban vibe to it so I really love it. Next is “Lyin” and this has a sultry beat, kind of mimics “River” in a way, but it’s much softer compared to it.

We move on to “White Flag” and weirdly enough, this was the song that made me realize that we might have ourselves a new song out, and then I found out that not only did we get a new song but a whole album too! YouTube has its perks sometimes! I really like this track too! I like the sassy beat, and it showcases Bishop’s low and taunting kind of tone in her voice. I have heard this song over a hundred times and I really want her and ZZ Ward to do a song together! It has that western, but bluesy-soulful type of sound that ZZ brings out in her music too! Next there’s “Dream” and finally we have slower song. It’s not a full ballad, but if she did an acoustic version, it would sound so beautiful! It’s pretty like this too, but I’m really curious to hear it like that or just stripped of everything, and maybe add a louder choir in the background? I’m giving myself too many ideas!

The sixth song is “Wild Horses” and I like the acoustic beginning before the drum kicks in, and then all of a sudden before the choruses end, we have a small bass drop! And of course, that kind of helps seal the deal for me! We have “Hallowed Ground” next and I like the fun, quirky beat we have with this one. One thing that I’m starting to notice is that every song is meshing into one another, a part of me likes it, but then I also think there’s no room for individuality. If it wasn’t one little element that’s different in each song, the whole album would be the same! So next, we have “Water” and finally we have the kind of song I’ve wanted since I started this review. A ballad. I think Bishop has a real unique voice, she has a lot of range that I feel kind of gets lost in these cool beats, and this one you can really hear her at every angle, when she goes to do high notes, she has that old school, soulful tone that should be highlighted more often.

These are the last two songs off of the album, starting with “The Fire” and again, we go back on the uptempo train. I like it, but the longer I continue to listen to the album, the less of the difference of the sound in each song, but it’s still good nevertheless. And finally we have “Hi-Lo (Hollow)” and I’m glad it’s another slower, ballad-y type of track. You still have the soulful vibe, but you can hear more emotion coming out of your voice, because you can tell she’s kind of straining a bit, but I really love it. And the mild bass drop is nice too, it doesn’t take over to the slowness of the beat overall, but it’s a good balance.

I didn’t have any expectations with this album, but I hoped for more as far as changing up the beat of the songs. I know I said that basically every song sounds like the other, except for the occasional ballad, but I actually liked the album. It just had some little things that just bugged me. I’ve already recommended it to a couple of people already, so maybe they’ll agree or disagree with me.

What are your thoughts to “Church Of Scars” as a whole? Did you think it lacked individuality with each song or did you like the songs for what they were anyways? Do you have any favorites yet?

snowflake

 

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EP Review: “Sick Boy” by The Chainsmokers

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It’s crazy to think that last year The Chainsmokers finally released their debut album to the world! It was a long time coming for not only Alex and Drew, but for their entire fanbase, myself included of course. Now we move on to 2018, where the guys are still in fact touring all over the world, but now they’ve been slowly but surely putting out new music. This EP was released on the 20th of April and is properly titled “Sick Boy” and it has four tracks. So let’s get on with the review, shall we?

First we have “Somebody” which has two Drews in it. The other singer is Drew Love of the R&B duo THEY. He brought in some soulful elements, to an already chill beat. I really like it for the quietness, it’s the ideal song for those gloomy days. One thing that I’m learning to love is the fact that The Chainsmokers are sort of growing out of the EDM (electronic dance music) standard. They have a more mainstream sound, but it still has that dance-y feel to it. This track itself is very mellow, but it’s still dance worthy!  Next we have “Everybody Hates Me” and this one has a summer vibe. It might’ve been the fact they say “tequila” a few times, but I think it’s more upbeat; where you feel like you feel the need to jump up and down to it, even though it’s a little slowed down on tempo. It’s good!

We move to “You Own Me” and this is another unique track. The first thing that it made me think of was driving around in a small town. I know it’s completely random, but that’s just what popped up first and I ran with it! You definitely hear an overwhelming low horn sound in the background of this one. It’s very chill and different, but in a good way! And finally, we have “Sick Boy” and from the moment I heard this on the radio, I instantly fell in love with it. I don’t know what the term “Sick Boy” means, but I’m not asking so I’ll just assume it’s a good thing, possibly?

I like the fact that the guys have added two really, chill and slowed and two upbeat and dance-y tracks onto this EP! It’s a good introduction, if we are getting ready for another big release in the next coming months! I want the songs to be as unique like these were on this effort. I don’t want to assume the rumors are true, and I don’t want to be a pest and ask anybody, so we’ll just have to see.

Are you a fan of The Chainsmokers too? Would you like to hear another record soon? If you’ve listened to their “Sick Boy” EP, were you happy with the tracks they included or not? Let me know below!

snowflake

Album Review: “Awake” by Alison Wonderland

27867580_10157216706016562_560513093906138311_nI found today’s artist back in the summer of 2016, I really wanted to find more female DJs, as I was getting to the bottom of Krewella’s music library on Spotify and I basically made it my mission to find more female based music, and with that I found Jes, Brooklyn, Helena, NERVO, Anna Lunoe, Magda, Gina Turner and finally Alison Wonderland. Apparently Australia has a fairly large selection of female DJs because half of that list above, is made up of Australian women!

Alison Wonderland, whose real name is Alex, released her debut album “Run” back in 2015. I’ve been loving the crap out of it since I discovered it, truth be told, out of all the albums I put into my female DJs playlist on Spotify, it’s the most played and no, I’m not joking! So when I found out that she was releasing a new album, I was so excited! It’s hard to describe her music in general. I’d say it’s trap mixed in with some chill music too. It’s been a nice balance so hopefully this album, titled “Awake” will be somewhat of the same of her last record, but I’m also hoping for something different too.

We start off with “Good Enough” and already we have this like circus-y type of sound in the introduction, and then we have this very orchestral element added on top of it. If you didn’t know, she was trained playing the cello, so this could very well be her in these moments. I actually love it, because for one it’s short and sweet, but it keeps you entertained and wondering else is coming. Second is “No” and something else you’ll notice with her music is that these are sung by her unless told otherwise. This song is very different, besides sounding like a regular EDM song, I kind of get this vibe that it’s ideal for the summer that’s fast approaching here! It’s fairly mellow and surprisingly, I really like it too.

“Okay” is the third track and we have a totally different sound, it has this out of the box quality that I’m always looking for, but it’s also quiet in a way. The beat and lyrics don’t sound too crazy, you still get a nice groove and it’s well-balanced. It’s good. We move onto “Easy” and without playing into the actual word too much, it’s a nice easy going type of song. I like the fact that you can actually hear the lyrics in this song, because the beat itself is very laid back, more like pop oriented. I’d consider that a good thing to all of my hardcore EDM fans out there! If it’s released as a single, it could do well on mainstream radio stations. Next we have “High” and it features Trippie Redd. I vaguely remember listening to this once when it first came out, but I quickly turned it off because I wanted to save it for this review! This is a little cukoo, and I say that in the nicest way possible! It’s very chill, synthpop-ish too. It’s very bass-y though and I really enjoy that, everybody loves a good bass drop and this has it, but the entire track has this ominous vibe that adds an edger element that I also love too.

Next we move on to our first of a matchup with another fellow DJ, this one is “Here 4 U” and it has BLESSUS in it. Honestly, I thought it was “High” because in the beginning of this track, it continues that same chill beat, so I thought we were still going but then I noticed that the male vocals had changed and I realized we had really moved onto another track entirely! I really like this one, it’s more upbeat and has this trance-like sound to it, which is interesting because this isn’t her style at all, so maybe this is BLESSUS added twist to it. It’s really good though. We now have the song that signaled that she was releasing new music, “Church” and at first, I didn’t like it because of the light sound she was going for with this track, but as I’ve been listening to the others, I actually like it a little bit more. Since the beat is so dimmed, you can really hear the lyrics and possibly the meaning behind it, so I’m glad I’ve changed my mind about it.

The eigth track is “Cry” and again, I am loving the lyrics and I have to say there’s nothing wrong with men crying! Anyways, this has summer-y based vibe, at least when we entered the choruses, it was the first thing that popped into my head. I don’t usually like music that is released close to or in the middle of summer that sounds like the season, that was one of the reasons why I didn’t really like Imagine Dragons’s new album! Since this is like the second track that is giving me that type of vibe, I don’t necessarily hate it too much! Now we go into one of my favorite tracks ever! “Happy Place” is next and weirdly enough, I’ve been listening to it so much that I think it’s inspiring me to write about my happy place on here. This track is everything that got me interested in Alison Wonderland in the first place. The bass, air-y vocals, and just fun atmosphere while listening to it. It’s awesome!

Tenth is “Good Girls Bad Boys” and when I saw this title, I was very intrigued on what this would sound like, especially after such a banger like the last one. I actually like the pop-y beginning and the slow build to the actual beat itself. It kind of has this urban feel to it, with the usage of record scratches, to be quite honest, it just brought me back to what dance music used to sound like, which was a little weird at first, because it actually starts off sort of modern, and then ends in this backspin of elements of hip hop and techno. I thought it was cool! Next we have “Dreamy Dragon” – I love how DJs title their songs. You can never really know what you’re getting after reading something like that, but this features rapper Chief Keef in it. Again, we have a very modern, light take to this track. I had a hard time not dancing to it, that’s all I can say about it!

We’re almost done, we’ve entered the last three songs, while one being an interlude called “Hope” and the best way I can explain interludes is that they can be an extra introduction to the next song or a short track in general; they’re usually under a minute long. Next we have another matchup track called, “Sometimes Love” this has SLUMBERJACK on it. This one is kind of milder compared to the other one. The bass drops are nice and it keeps me dancing and in a good mood all throughout, so that’s a plus! I didn’t really mesh with it the first time I heard it, but the second time around was better! Lastly, there’s “Awake” and this starts off very chill and I thought this would be a good idea to end the album like this, but then I started to realize in a way I was eating my words in a way because usually I enjoy bangers in the beginning and ending, but maybe my tastes are changing the longer I do this? I don’t know, but I really liked the gentleness of this song.

So now that we’re finished, I have to say I was fairly surprised with this record. It wasn’t anything that I thought it would, but honestly I liked being proved wrong. I like surprises when it comes to some of my favorite artists and bands. I will admit though, I actually haven’t listened to “Run” all the way through, I’ve always made plans of doing it, but something was there to distract me so thankfully I decided to put it on review list so I can finally say I’ve listened to an Alison Wonderland album! I know I’m a sad individual, but it’s a proud moment for me!

Have you listened to Alison Wonderland’s new album “Awake” yet? What did you initially think about the record as a whole? If you enjoyed it, do you have any favorite songs yet?

snowflake

The Disabled Blogger Tag

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Howdy!

Today I have another tag for you! I found this while on the #DisabledBloggers Twitter account, it was by Elin of My Blurred World. I will admit it’s a little different compared to the others I’ve done in the past. If you have a disability of some sort, you might enjoy doing the tag, and honestly everybody can possibly learn more about me as a disability blogger.

When and why did you start your blog?

I started this blog in 2011, and I don’t really remember having a good reason to creating this blog. I think I was really bored with my first blog, there was only so much I was taught about it, and for some odd reason I decided I needed a change and decided to abandon that one and move on to this platform. I actually had help with getting up and running, thanks to another fellow WordPress blogger, but it was also easier to figure out compared to Blogger.

Did you intend to talk about your disability online in the beginning?

I think a part of me wanted to at least keep it at a minimum but something happened in the very beginning that I decided that I can’t hide my disability. I always like seeing and reading people’s reactions after finding out that I do things with my feet but I was fairly cautious on what I was comfortable with talking about in the beginning.

Have you ever been skeptical about talking about your disability online?

I have a few different disabilities, I have my main condition Arthrogryposis, that by itself is difficult to explain to people, but the fact that I have add the reasons why I only use my feet and then eventually explain the names of them, because leave it to me to have two different foot conditions! And then finally talk about the Scoliosis and why I had three surgeries on my upper body when I was 10 years old.

Once you get everything out, people kind of give you this look like they just can’t think that can happen to a person, so talking about it online, does make it somewhat better, because you don’t have that eye-to-eye contact, but you’re still familiar with the expressions and if you’re like me, you’d kind of like to see what their faces do. Unfortunately, one of the downsides of this is that people are generally too afraid to ask you anything else because they don’t know if they’d be able to handle it and they want to redeem themselves by not being a pest. Personally, I’m fine with the questions. I’d rather a person ask me all of the questions they want, then assume what I can do on a daily basis.

What kind of response have you/do you receive in terms of your disability related posts?

In the beginning, everybody was fairly supportive and really shocked too! I also never posted pictures of myself in the first five years I blogged, it wasn’t until I started doing outfit posts that I literally started seeing a change in people that read my blog–like she’s being serious, she’s in a wheelchair and her arms are bent! Now that I’ve kind of gotten myself deeper into the blogging community, I hardly ever get to see people be really curious about my disability.

Do you write/talk about other topics apart from your disability?

I don’t talk about my disability as much, I feel because I’ve lost my ability to upload photos and of course, winter came around that I had to stop doing outfit of the day posts, but as the weather warms up, I’m hoping to bringing those back to my blog. I also think that after my nephew, Nolan arrives, I’ll bring back my disability posts because I’ll be learning on how to do things for this little baby.

I am mostly a lifestyle and music blogger. I remember somebody describing the word “lifestyle” as anything goes, because it can be a mixture of different topics. As far as the music goes, I started writing reviews since I created this blog, but I didn’t really do it full-time until 2015 and you can usually find those on Thursdays and I like building a good, strong friendship with artists and brands. It’s fun too!

What steps do you take to make your blog accessible to yourself as well as other people?

One thing that makes really mad, especially whenever I go on other blogs, is that the font is really small or light in color. I’ve actually been known to tell a few bloggers about it after they’ve redone their site as a whole. I’ve been both supported and called out for saying it too! For some odd reason, nobody likes being told that their font is too small to read! I shouldn’t have to make the font size over 200% because you think it’s pretty or fine the way it is!

So with that being said, I try to keep the font size and format easy to read for everybody. I tend to like the Century or anything else in that type. I feel like this is the only thing I can physically, and personally can do at the moment, If I ever decide to have a more professional looking layout, I’ll still keep this in mind, because I want to be a good example to other bloggers and my readers..

What is your favorite thing about blogging about your disability?

One of the things that I like doing, is coming up with crafts or basic things to do, and write about them. Even though my nana and I are not around each other as much right now, we still have a lot of different posts where she just let me do anything I wanted to do. Some of them were about learning how to do them with my feet, those were hand chosen by me to try to recreate and some of them went smoother than others. They’re also favorites among my readers too! I think they enjoy seeing me do different things that they wouldn’t expect me to do either.

What are your top three favorite disability related blog posts that you’re ever published?

  1. Blog Post Ideas for Disabled & Chronic Illness Bloggers 
  2. Photography 101 | How To Hold Your Camera
  3. Why You Should Do OOTD Posts 

Do you think that the disabled blogger/YouTuber community is overlooked?

It’s strange, five years ago, it was so difficult to find anybody on both Twitter and YouTube that talked about their disability. I would seriously try to find others like me every few months just to see if anybody had created an account, but now that both blogging and making vlogs have become so popular, it’s like we are EVERYWHERE! I like it, but in a way I feel we are overlooked by brands, most are looking for a specific person, so they’re not open enough to help or work with you like other people.

I would love to travel around like my friends Laura, Lucy, and Julia but like I said, when you have a physical disability, opportunities like the ones they’re given are harder to find. I still love the crap out of these girls, but I would like to have the same offers like them despite my disability, you know? Us, in wheelchairs want to learn, discover and travel our butts off too.

Do you find it difficult to think of new disability related content to publish?

Yes and no, well I guess it all depends on your situation.

When I was around my nana and at my grandparent’s house, we did a lot of different things. She taught me a lot of basic things that a normal person should know how to do, we didn’t do anything too big, but I know a lot more than I did beforehand. And everything that we were doing, I would blog about it. I wanted to show everybody that I could do this and that, this includes opening a can of soda, putting the trash bag on the can, etc.

Now that I’m not doing those things on a weekly basis, I feel both useless and stuck because why did I learn all of these things, if I can’t put them into good use? And then the blogging part is there like, what am I going to talk about now? I feel bad that I’m having to wait for a baby to arrive and using him to kind of go back into those posts, because that’s not fair to the two of us.

One thing that it does create is another journey into something new!

Do you think that blogging about your disability helps to change people’s perceptions?

I really hope so. I mean, I think it’s cool that I don’t have a condition that people are kind of used to hearing, which I have to say, there’s nothing wrong with it. I just think it makes me more unique to have something completely different. Even though, I feel like it wouldn’t feel like ages talking about the other things included with Arthrogryposis! I like being able to do things with my feet and proving people wrong.

Well that was fun! It was a different little tag to do. Hopefully you enjoyed it and thought it was informative too! If you know of any other cool tags you’d like for me to do, send them over in the comments section! I may not do every single one, but I’ll think about it and maybe surprise you at a later time.

snowflake

Album Review: “America” by Thirty Seconds To Mars

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Today I am reviewing an album, that surprisingly, I’ve been looking forward to for a while. I wouldn’t say that I’m like a big Thirty Seconds To Mars fan, but I’m like right in the middle of it. The songs that I’ve listened to, are really good and “Love, Lust, Faith, and Dreams” is probably one of my favorite albums to date, but I still don’t consider myself a really big fan of theirs. Maybe after doing this review, that’ll change, huh?

Thirty Seconds To Mars is a rock band coming out of California. It still surprises me that there are only three guys in it and roughly two of its members play instruments live. What I mean is that, Tomo and Shannon play the guitar and drums respectively and they’re the ones who play the most while on stage. Jared has played guitar live on several songs, but majority of the time he just stands there. This is the reason why I’ve always been amazed in a way, because they always sound like a six piece band since their songs are so jam packed, it doesn’t seem like it was made with only three people! Anyways, their brand new album is called “America” and it was released on the 6th of April.

We start the album off with their first single release, “Walk On Water” and this song was EVERYWHERE after it came out! I’ve seen it on different commercials, mostly on sporting events, which I thought was nice! It has a nice light, but energetic feel to it to match that kind of vibe you’d expect for those types of advertisements. I actually like the song a lot, it’s a nice opening to the album and this cycle! Second is “Dangerous Night” and I have to say, I was less than pleased with this one when I first listened to it. I go back and forth if I really like it, because I liked how it started with only Jared’s very seductive voice. Yes, that’s the word I’m using for this! It’s very mellow, and the tempo and sound changes a bit towards the end, but I’m not meshing with it as I thought I would and I’ve heard it a few times since it came out. Next is “Rescue Me” and even though 30STM are a rock band, they have sort of a pop vibe going on with this album. I have to say, I like this song, it has a soft California rock n roll vibe to it, but it also has this quirky sound on top of it, so it makes it really unique.

Fourth track is “One Track Mind” and I thought this was really great. The beat makes it really sexy and I thought Jared’s low and slow voice makes it that much better! This features rapper A$AP Rocky in it, and I thought he gave it a different edge that in a way, it didn’t need, but I’m glad he was added to the ending result. Plus, can we just talk about the guitar solo at the last too? Good god. I seriously thought it couldn’t get any better, but I guess I was wrong? Next we have an instrumental called “Monolith” and they are kind of known to have a little break in their albums, a breathing and thinking time in between the songs. This one very in your face, cinematic worthy track! You know how I am. It also conducts as an intro to the song behind it, which is titled “Love Is Madness” and it features Halsey in it. The song has a bit of a drumline vibe going on, but it’s sexy and smooth too. I really wasn’t expecting it to be like that, but I love it anyways!

We move on to the seventh song, “Great Wide Open” and this starts off really slow and you kind of get that it’s going to sound maybe like a 80’s ballad, they’re not acoustic enough to be a straight slow song, but they’re not so upbeat where you feel like jumping up and down a thousand times, it’s the perfect medium. I really like it. After that, we have “Hail To The Victor” and I’m happy to say this one is very different, I had seen that it was produced by Yellow Claw, but didn’t think it would sound like that! However, I don’t hate it. The song has a nice, dark, but mellow bass drop to it. It’s very unique and I really enjoy it! Ninth track is “Dawn Will Rise” and since I try to guess how a song will sound whenever I see the title of it, I was thinking that it would be really out of the box vibe and I wasn’t wrong with my guess. I don’t really like the autotone of Jared’s voice, but overall I like the exotic/electronica sound to it!

We’re almost done, “Remedy” is next and this is definitely considered an acoustic ballad, but I am confused because that doesn’t sound like Jared at all. I really like it, but I would like to know who the vocalist is, Shannon or Tomo? If anybody knows, please comment below with the answer! Thank you in advance. Next is “Live Like A Dream” and again, it has this sort of soft rock but climbing introduction that I feel like 30STM are getting better at producing with the more songs they include it in, so thank you Shannon for that build up! This song in general has another feature that they’re kind of known for, they like to add choirs into their songs, but this one is giving me “Closer To The Edge” vibes. I don’t consider it a bad thing, but that’s what I keep thinking of while listening to it. Last song is “Rider” and we have another slow beginning, but the sound does kind of “explode” in a way. If you’re going to end an album, you should always leave with a bang and I think it is a good song to use.

You’re probably thinking about why I said that they have a pop sound going on, like that they’re sounding like Maroon 5, but I’m not saying that by any means. The band is taking a gentle approach to it, and they’re not going too far with it. To be quite honest, I really don’t care if they want to incorporate some of the mainstream music into their stuff. I just want to hear something different from those pop-rock bands and right now, Thirty Seconds are doing a good job at keeping themselves separate from the pack. Overall, I thought this was a really good album. I’m not really surprised by the songs itself, because I know they make good music, I’m more shocked that I ended up liking almost every track. I think I will grow into “Dangerous Night” the more I listen to it, so don’t worry about it.

Have you listened to Thirty Seconds To Mars’s new album? If you have, what were some of your thoughts that you had? Do you have any favorites yet?

snowflake

EP Review: “Ledger” by Ledger

30688228_929567243880109_6462951484328771584_nI know I don’t usually publish a review on Tuesdays anymore, but I didn’t have any other ideas for today so I decided on scheduling this for today since it would be somewhat shorter compared to the other reviews. Now that we have that out of the way, we can discuss everything about LEDGER!

If you read my four songs that got me through high school post I put up last month, you already know the story of how I got into the band Skillet. Well, I have to say finding out that their drummer Jen Ledger was breaking out a bit and releasing a solo record didn’t surprise me one bit, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t nervous though. Skillet is a big rock band, so I didn’t know what kind of direction she was going with her music. I was open to it, but like I said, a bit nervous too! The EP was released on the 6th of April and it has six songs on it.

We start with “Not Dead Yet” and from the start of it, I knew that I would like it. It’s kind of different to only her voice on entire song. Since she joined Skillet, she’s only been a very noticeable background singer, so it’s something to get used to, but it’s really nice though! The song itself has a very pop-rock vibe going on, I really like it. Second is “Warrior” and you instantly hear this static-y, but jam packed introduction. I really like the lighter notes, but it is definitely a mood booster, I will say that! This actually features John Cooper, the lead vocalist of Skillet. I feel like this is kind of like payback, but in a good way! He gives it an added edge to it.

Next we have “Bold” and it has a mellow sound, but on top of that, whereas the first two had a strong rock influence, this one doesn’t. It has a little bit urban flare to it, but it also goes with the meaning of the song, so I really like it for being unique in that way! Fourth is “Foreigner” and if you didn’t know Jen and the rest of the members of Skillet are Christians, the band itself is considered a “Christian rock band,” so I figured she’d speak about different things and incorporate God in some way. This one is very interesting, because I thought it also plays with her heritage too. She’s actually from England, you can kind of hear it in her voice in different songs, I actually like it, because it’s all about perspective, you can say she’s talking about one thing but really it’s about the other.

Last two songs, we have “Ruins” and it’s the only ballad track on the EP. You really get to hear the beauty in her voice. I’ve actually heard her sing a few slower songs on YouTube before, but it’s nice to finally hear her do her own music. And then, we have “Iconic” and we’re back on this pop-rock sound, but thankfully I really like this subgenre anyways. It also plays with some electronica elements too, so it’s like a best of all three worlds! After this one was over, I wish there were more. Hopefully one day, she’ll finally release a full album!

I thought this was a really good release, it wasn’t what I was expecting by any means, but I’m really glad I was wrong! I liked the fact that she didn’t have a full on rock record. People would have probably grilled her for going in that direction. I don’t want to hear Skillet music, I want to hear what she enjoys and basically get a look inside her mind as an individual musician.

Have you heard of Ledger’s first extended play? What did you think of it? Do you have any favorite tracks?

Why You Should Blog Now?

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Howdy!

I may be getting ahead of myself a bit, but on Sunday, I’ll be celebrating seven years of blogging on here! SEVEN! It still shocks me that next year I’ll be blogging as a whole for 10 years! Blogging wasn’t supposed to mean anything to me, other then another outlet to do school assignments in one of my English classes, and yet here I am completing another milestone!

I’ve been trying to rack my brain on what all I could talk about today. I could have ignored the meaning of the day and publish a simple favorite movie post, and in my defense I’m actually having fun coming up with those, so if I annoy you with all of the different types, sorry not sorry!

So the only thing that I thought would be a response post to a swirl of blog posts I’ve been seeing online.

Apparently blogging in general is losing its shine on people. They’d rather watch videos on YouTube then read a bunch of articles on a blog, and in a way I understand because I roughly read four posts a week. I may follow over a ton of sites, but it’s true I don’t read as many of the blogs I used to. I will say this, it’s not smart to read a restaurant review at eight or nine o’clock in the morning without having breakfast first!

What is the point of having a blog, if nobody is going to read it? 

If you created a blog for the sole purpose to share it with strangers on the internet, even maybe make a little money on the side, then yes, this is a question that you’re faced with every single day. For me though, since my views are somewhat low anyways–we’re keeping it real today–I don’t really care. I’m not focused on my stats anymore. I’ve literally switched that section to the bottom of my dashboard, I do enjoy the comments I get from fellow bloggers and some of my readers, it makes everything worthwhile, but when that fades away, would I still blog?

My answer will always be yes and this goes back to the first blog. Despite the fact we made them in school, that didn’t mean that they were all set on private, they were very public, but we got our laptops so late in the semester (it was a one semester class!) that our teacher couldn’t give us the low down of the settings of the site. I actually didn’t know where the stats section was until probably four months prior to creating this one. I hardly ever received a comment on the various things I would talk about there, so I didn’t really care or knew anyone who read my stuff, I  just wondered how that person came across my post in the first place!

If you do decide to create your first blog, here are some most frequently asked questions I’ve been asked in the past. If there is anything else, please ask below and I’ll try to answer it.

How many times should you blog on a daily basis? 

This is your decision. I don’t recommend on blogging 365 days. I actually did that once and even though I only missed four days out of the whole year, I absolutely hated it. You shouldn’t force yourself to talk about something, you won’t produce genuine posts!

I think it is important to come up with some kind of routine. I don’t have a daily routine of when I write my posts, but I usually start in the early mornings when it’s really quiet or past noon, after I’ve eaten lunch. It just depends on how much free time you have, if you’re an early riser or have an afternoon/night to yourself, then I’d use it to your best ability.

Now as far as figuring out a daily schedule. If you want to work on pieces and publish them at a later date, that’s not exactly a bad thing and I don’t know why more bloggers don’t do it. I actually post on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at roughly the same time each day, around seven o’clock in the morning. Whenever I publish my posts on Facebook, they actually have an exact time schedule and that is 8am. Every day has a different topic, such as Monday’s are usually more personal, whereas I leave both Tuesday and Thursday as my entertainment days, this is why you see my movie posts on Tuesdays and music reviews on Thursday!

Should you establish a niche for your blog?

For me, I always knew I was a lifestyle blogger. I wanted to discuss things that went on in my life as a person with a disability. Even while I was still on my first blog, I knew what kind of content I wanted to create on a weekly basis, but I didn’t know there was an actual category until about five years later and found the motherload of fellow bloggers like myself.

To answer the question for you though, no, I don’t think you should. I think it’s fine to play around with different topics at first, but if you are an amateur expert at a certain niche, then go ahead and give it a go! I just don’t think you should close off on other things though. I’ve seen plenty of bloggers who, for years, have only talked about one or two very specific things and literally feel like they’re repeating themselves or notice other people talking about similar things and they want to change things up, but are too afraid that they’ll lose followers in the switch.

Should you buy a domain, professional layout, and/or accept sponsored posts right off the bat?

This one is a difficult one to answer, because you have three different things wrapped into one question, but they all do go together because they all involve money. Now this is purely my opinion, but you shouldn’t buy a domain or template until you’ve at least blogged for a year, for example, say you only use your blog for six months and don’t go back to it until a year later. By that time, you’re going to be kicking yourself because you could’ve used that money for something else.

Now about the sponsored posts part, I’m not the best person to answer that section. I wouldn’t know how to get started on it or do it in general. If you know some bloggers already that have a widget for monthly sponsors or pieces that say that they were sponsored by a certain brand, then you could ask them how they got started with it. However, I will say this as a fair warning, not everybody is as friendly about it as you’d think, especially the ones who work with bigger brands!

When is it time to branch out of your blog though?

When is it time to branch out and do other stuff? Honestly, if I was asked to writing articles for Disability Horizons in either 2012-14, my editor would have hated me, for the fact that I had such horrible writing!

I think being asked in 2016 was the perfect timing because I was starting to really care what I was talking about, and I edited my posts that desperately needed to be taken care of before I officially scheduled it to be published. I don’t think you’re never ready to do something out of your comfort zone. Blogging has become my security blanket, I’ve grown into it, and with that being said, I believe I can grow into writing for other sites too! That’s why I’m building a relationship with the creator of the History Of Royal Women, because as passionate as I am talking about disability issues, I am also a fan of history and the royals!

It’s like what I said before about being open about discussing other topics on your blog, you shouldn’t close your mind from something else you enjoy and have some type of knowledge for it because it doesn’t go with your original blogging plan. It does get boring every once in a while and when I decided to write about my love for Anne Boleyn last year, I literally had the same freeing experience I had whenever I started blogging about music full time. Don’t worry, that post goes up soon!

If you’re asked to work with a site or another blogger that either is similar to what you write about on your blog, go for it! There’s nothing wrong with it, because if you decide one is enough, then at least you can say you were published somewhere!

How to deal with the misconceptions of blogging

Thanks to a recent lifestyle blogger chat on Twitter (hosted by a favorite of mine Amie!) I’ve decided to add a section of it to this post.

Back in January, I was asked by an old friend from school, who was thinking about creating her own blog. She had looked up the different platforms and asked me array of questions about blogging. I actually think she’d do good as a blogger, because she already knows how to promote and I thought she could bring something new to the blogoshere, but ultimately she decided not to go for it. She’s recently had a baby, so she doesn’t have a lot of free time on her hands.

Blogging isn’t for everyone, and I think it’s fair to keep that in mind. I mean, it isn’t easy by any means. People who don’t do it just assume that you are sent things from brands for free all the time but whenever a blogger is being sent things, the blogger has post multiple times on their blog, social media accounts, etc to help promote the brand itself. They may not always get a commission from the brand itself, but there’s a lot of work that goes into it that people just don’t understand!

Should people continue to create blogs if the trend itself is dying?

Again, this is a yes for me!

If you’ve learned anything about this world, nothing really fades away. I mean, just look at MySpace, it’s still holding on with all its might! So who knows, blogging could catch its second wind, but I think I’ll be here anyways.

I know I’ve already said this, but if you have any more questions, send them my way!

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