Friday, April 22, 2016

Musical Emotions

Think about it.  What is the soundtrack of your life?  What songs inspire you?  Enrage you?  Comfort you?  Allow you to be yourself?  Release you?  Allow you to cry?  
I could go on, but I think you get the picture.  I want the bloggers and readers to think about the following emotions:

Anger/ Rage








Think about how you deal with each emotion, or a moment in time where you felt this emotion.  What was that moment?  What were you going through?  How old?  
Many deal with life and emotions through music: an artist/ song/ album.  For this post please take each of the emotions listed above (or others, if you want to talk about them) and write a little blurb about each one.  What was your experience with this emotion?  I then would like you to tag a musical piece to the emotion.  At least one song or artist.  Briefly explain why the song/ artist fits with your particular emotion, then please either attach the music video (through a link) or attach a picture that show this song/ artist that is related to the emotion.

READERS and BLOGGERS: This is a multiple week project.  We will tackle one of the emotions each week on our blog.  The posts will reflect the emotion of the week.  Thanks for reading.

This week it pained me to learn that a musical genius passed away.  He was an inspiration to me during all emotional phases of my life.  I was introduced to him by a very good friend of mine, named Kevin.  I met him my freshman year at Penn State.  Kevin had a giant wall poster of this musical artist and how I knew the artist, I never really paid much attention to this artist.  Kevin played the music in his room and often talked about how influential this artist was to him.  I had a lot of respect for Kevin and appreciated his kindness, wisdom and time he took to get to know me, a freshman.  I was lonely and missing my family and had a hard time making friends (first time in my life) and this sophomore took the time to get to know me and help me out (in a time when I was really struggling).  First of all, thank you Kevin for that.  Secondly, thank you for introducing me to this icon in music, that I never gave a chance of liking.  It was through Kevin's kindness that I became introduced to this artist and have enjoyed his music ever since that lonely fall in 1993, my freshman year at PSU.  I have listened to this artist's music during all phases of emotions listed above.  I will be dedicating this blog to my friend Kevin, but also to the artist Kevin introduced me too.  The artist I am speaking of is none other than Prince.  The loss of a true legend.  For the final emotion listed above (loss), I will be doing a multiple song example.  This truly is an emotion I am feeling at this time.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

What is your Theme Song?

Theme Song Assignment
How many of you put on your favorite song to pump you up?  Or maybe it is a song you bring out for special occasions, just for the right moment?  What's the occasion?  A game you want to win.  A test you want to ace.  A moment in time you want to capture through a song.  A memory you want to mark with a song.  Whatever the reason for the song, it has meaning to you and you play it for a specific meaning and feeling. 
Please take some time to think about your theme song.  What's the occasion?  Who is the artist?  What does the song mean to you?  Why is this your theme song?  Please find the lyrics to the song and put them on a document.  Please find a You Tube clip of the song/ video and put it on your document.  Then talk about the song.  Describe to our blog readers why this is your theme song.  I look forward to hearing, reading and viewing all your theme songs.  Please make sure they are school appropriate.

Mr. Epple's Theme Song:
Megadeth: Rust in Peace (Album)
I am picking an entire album as my theme song, or rather theme album.  I got this album when I was in high school and played the tape till it ran out.  I played it for the love of the music at first, then it turned into something else.  I played it before a game.  When I was sad, angry, happy.  I played it at parties, by myself, in my car, while washing my car, when I was studying (occasionally), actually anytime.  This is my album I listen to for all occasions.  I listen to it, to this day.  Now, I own a copy in a CD version.  Actually, I own 2 copies.  The songs all have political meaning, and I agree with some.  There is a story behind each song, which I learned later in life.  I took time to read the lyrics and read articles about what the songs originally meant.  They are well thought out and intelligent.  Regardless, the songs on Rust in Peace are my theme songs.  Here is a link to the album and songs.  Here is also a playlist of the songs.

1. Holy Wars.... The Punishment Due
2. Hangar 18
3. Take No Prisoners
4. Five Magics
5. Poison Was the Cure
6. Lucretia
7. Tornado of Souls
8. Dawn Patrol
9. Rust in Peace....Polaris

Megadeth: Rust in Peace full album link

Brett Moore
Brett Moore’s Theme Song
The Eye Of The Tiger
I listen to this song before my baseball and basketball games to motivate me. The name of the band who writes this song is named “Survivor”. The meaning of this song to me is about rising to the challenge no matter who your opponent is. It is my theme song because it pumps me up, and it also motivates me. I have watched all of the Rocky movies with my dad, and heard many songs. This one stands out the most to me, the beat of the song gets me going. This song is also my theme song because it gets me excited, I can also picture myself of being Rocky. I also like listening to this song because it reminds me of watching all of the Rocky movies with my dad. We have all of the movies, it has become one of my favorite movies just like my dad. This song will always remind me of my dad.

Eye of the Tiger

By Survivor
Risin' up, back on the street
Did my time, took my chances
Went the distance
Now I'm back on my feet
Just a man and his will to survive
So many times, it happens too fast
You trade your passion for glory
Don't lose your grip on the dreams of the past
You must fight just to keep them alive
It's the eye of the tiger
It's the thrill of the fight
Risin' up to the challenge
Of our rival
And the last known survivor
Stalks his prey in the night
And he's watching us all with the
Eye of the tiger
Face to face, out in the heat
Hangin' tough, stayin' hungry
They stack the odds
Still we take to the street
For the kill with the skill to survive
It's the eye of the tiger
It's the thrill of the fight
Risin' up to the challenge
Of our rival
And the last known survivor
Stalks his prey in the night
And he's watching us all with the
Eye of the tiger
Risin' up straight to the top
Had the guts, got the glory
Went the distance
Now I'm not gonna stop
Just a man and his will to survive
It's the eye of the tiger
It's the thrill of the fight
Risin' up to the challenge
Of our rival
And the last known survivor
Stalks his prey in the night
And he's watching us all with the
Eye of the tiger
The eye of the tiger
The eye of the tiger
The eye of the tiger
The eye of the tiger

Eye of the Tiger - Music Cover by MarieCummins

Zachary Oliver
My favorite song is animals by martin garrix because when I hear the cores part I jam out and I fell infiguated. When ever I am sad or sterest I lessen to the song and if you listen to it once too you will fall in love! Lets see if feel the same about the song so here you go.
Warning!!! This clip may have a bad word in the middle of it so be carfull!

Daniel Hafey
  Theme Song

   My theme song is Shipping of to Boston by the Dropkick Murphys. This is my theme song because the beat of it just pumps me up. I listen to it if I am on my way to a game or if I just lost a game. It reminds my of my greatest moments in my sports career. One of them was when on my little league team we went undefeated and in the first world series game i pumped everyone up with a single up the middle. Another moment was when I pitched my team into the state finals of williamsport.

Brady Lattanzi

Theme song:


I think the song it explains itself with its name (i'd love to change the world). It  is refreshing it is fun not just one but all to me. It reminds me of moments in history that have change all of us for ever and good moments in my sports career. For eg. one sunday i had a soccer game i scored a hattrick and one was the winning goal(we won 6-5) which i listened to this song before. It explains me and what i do.  

Nicholas Rapchuck
My Theme Song
Nicholas Rapchuck
The song I chose to be my theme song is “Hall of Fame” by The reason I chose this song because it makes me feel like I can do anything. It makes me feel good about myself and I can do anything if I try. This song theme is if you put effort into something you want to do you can end up in the hall of fame. I listen to this song when i am sad or need a little emotional boost.

Here is the lyrics to my song:
Yeah, You could be the greatest
You can be the best
You can be the King Kong banging on your chest
You could beat the world
You could beat the war
You could talk to God, go banging on his door
You can throw your hands up
You can beat the clock
You can move a mountain
You can break rocks
You can be a master
Don't wait for luck
Dedicate yourself and you can find yourself
Standing in the hall of fame
And the world's gonna know your name
'Cause you burn with the brightest flame
And the world's gonna know your name
And you'll be on the walls of the hall of fame
You could go the distance
You could run the mile
You could walk straight through hell with a smile
You could be the hero
You could get the gold
Breaking all the records that thought, never could be broke

Jasper Rose
My theme song is two songs first, being the rocky theme song, the next being the finale countdown. Why? Because when I was young I loved music like that but one day I had I soccer game and my first youth Major league Gaming CounterStrike:Global offensive. I listened to both and got hyped! I won my soccer game with 3 goals (hattrick) also I top fragged that csgo match. I remember it like yesterday I got on GPS ( soccer club ) plus got on splyce! Thats why its my theme song. I still love that song.  

Rocky Balboa by czardisoma

Mason Klyce
Theme Song
My favorite song is not afraid because when i’m feeling down I listen to that. Because it inspires me to be the best i can be even if someone picks on me and puts me down. Also it’s my theme song because i really like that song and i have listened to eminem for a really long time he is my favorite rapper out of all the rappers in the world. He is a really inspiring singer he sings songs like
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