The Soundtrack of My Life – Track 6

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This week I’m back and I’m adding one of my favorite all time songs by my all time favorite band. This won’t be last time I feature them, but I chose this song first because it is without a doubt my favorite song of theirs. This band means so much to me and every time I come back to them, there’s a familiarity while at the same time it’s like I’m experiencing their music for the first time. I just love them and I believe that they are the best band of all time. 

Track 6: While My Guitar Gently Weeps by The Beatles

Lyrics

Written by George Harrison

When it came to The Beatles, the stars were John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Nearly every song the Beatles released was written by the songwriting pair Lennon-McCartney. However, George Harrison is absolutely underrated as a singer and writer. Especially when the shadows of John and Paul were so large. They were larger than life personalities and George was “The Quiet One”. 

For those who are unfamiliar with The Beatles, George Harrison often played lead guitar for the band and sung backup. He had two standout songs during his time with The Beatles. Something, which is off of Abbey Road, one of the best love songs ever. And While My Guitar Gently Weeps which is off of The White Album. It stands out especially during a time where the band was already starting to fracture. This song certainly reflects how Harrison felt about that, but I think the lyrics say a lot more than just how he felt about the band. 

When I talk about this song, it’s not just the lyrics or the music. It’s everything. The lyrics fit the song perfectly as they are almost haunting. The Beatles were never shy about writing lyrics that reflected the world they lived in, from Revolution to Blackbird, they wrote about war and racism that was prevalent then and is still prevalent now. While My Guitar Gently Weeps isn’t specifically about a certain event, but it’s a look through at the world through George Harrison’s eyes and how the world could be so much better. In my opinion that will continue to be relevant until there is real change. 

My favorite part of this song is the guitar playing which was performed by Eric Clapton.  I don’t know anything about guitar mechanics, but they did a very good job to make it sound like the guitar is truly weeping. There are two guitar solos in this song and the first blows me away. This song is worth a listen to just to hear the guitar, and honestly, if there was a version without lyrics then I would still listen to it. 

George Harrison died in 2001 from lung cancer and I wish he could’ve known that his music would transcend time. That 50 years later, While My Guitar Gently Weeps would still be as effective as it was then and would go down in history as one of the best songs ever. In my opinion, he truly created a masterpiece that rivals anything John and Paul wrote during the entirety of The Beatles’ career. 

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Gushing with Caidyn and Chantel

Gushing with Caidyn and Chantel

Another couple weeks, another one of these! Let’s just hop right into it, shall we?

The rules are:

  • Pick one thing that you’re really into this week
  • Gush about it

Literally, that’s it. That’s all you have to do for this.

It’s not exactly a tag so there aren’t huge rules. It’s more for Chantel and I to branch out into some new things. This was created as a book blog, but we love music, TV, movies, podcasts, video games, etc. And we want to talk about it more with you.

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Chantel’s Journal Week Two (07/08/18 – 07/14/18)

Thursday, July 12, 2018

So, you know how this is supposed to be a reading journal? Well, it’s Thursday and I haven’t read anything since Saturday. I’m not surprised at all. I went to my mom’s house which ended with me buying a PS4 Pro, then on Sunday, I went to the beach with a coworker and her friends and family. It was a lot of fun and I got sunburnt.

The days this week have been going by like molasses to me. The heat wave of the summer has finally hit and I’m just exhausted. In between keeping caught up with Big Brother, playing with my PS4, and trying to get some sleep, I haven’t carved any time out for reading. At all. If I’m being honest, this is more like a normal week. The days go by slow and the week is over before I know it.

Even now as I’m writing this, I’m playing The Last of Us Remastered. My attention span is incredibly short, which is why reading is difficult for me. I wish it wasn’t that way. I wish I could read as much as Caidyn, but it’s not the way my mind works.

For the record, I did DNF Becoming a Visible Man by Jamison Green. I only DNF a book when the thought of reading it just sounds like a chore. Unfortunately, that was the case here, but Caidyn and I should have a pretty interesting review coming up soon because he has a completely different experience as a transman than I do as a ciswoman.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

So, it’s the end of my week and I still haven’t read at all, but I’d like to talk about something else. Call of Duty. Now, considering this is supposed to be a reading journal (oops), one might find this subject odd. Honestly, I’m playing Call of Duty for the first time on my own and what’s the point of having a journal when I don’t write about what I’m doing. Let me clear though, I suck at this game. I always die from grenades, it takes me multiple times to figure out what my mission is because I don’t look at the mission objectives and my aim is fucking terrible. I am so bad at this game that I wouldn’t dream of doing any online multiplayer.

So why do I keep playing it? Well, it’s a stress reliever. I hate to say it, but shooting at nameless, faceless enemies is relaxing. I am not a violent person. I have only shot guns a few times in my life and frankly, it provided a nice relief as well. CoD isn’t the same as that is at all, but I think I understand the appeal of the franchise. CoD is not the type of game I’d normally play, but I can appreciate the relief it provides after a long week or day at work. That being said, it gets very old and repetitive really quickly. 

Lately, I’ve been gravitating more toward video games for relief instead of books. Sometimes video games don’t require as much concentration. I can zone out while playing CoD or Crash Bandicoot. Or while watching tv. I think that’s why I haven’t been reading a lot lately because I just need to zone out after work. Reading is one of those things that require my full attention. Attention I don’t always have the energy to give.

Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole is a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

IT WORKS LIKE THIS:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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First Lines Friday

First Lines Friday

Hey, everyone! We wanted to remind you as well that we’re now only doing First Lines Friday as a bimonthly tag. We’ve replaced the other weeks with our new feature, Gushing with Caidyn and Chantel! The link will take you to our first week!

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Caidyn will be in blue.
Chantel will be in purple.

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