My Favorites from 2016


I did this last year and I really wanna do it for last year too, even though it’s already mid-Feb. ๐Ÿ˜„ What were your favorites this year? These are mine!

Favorite Movie

My favorite movie from the whole year was Captain America: Civil War. It’s probably been the biggest payoff movie to a film franchise that I’ve followed or watched in my life. All those superheroes all coming together like that, for one of biggest most enjoyable fight scenes ever…plus all the emotional punches and clashes…it was perfect. As a Marvel fan who’s invested money and time to follow this series, I felt very much rewarded!

Runners Up: Deadpool, Passengers, Finding Dory, Arrival, Doctor Strange, Zootopia.

Favorite Music

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Susumu Hirasawa, Sia, Lindsey Stirling, Odesza just scratch the surface of all the music that became my new favorite this year; I introduced myself to Madonna too, and select pop songs throughout the year.

In the playlist below, I compiled 30 songs that I keenly remember listening to this past year,or that remind me of something that was going on when I discovered it. There’s a strong memory imprinted on each of them. You can read about them on the playlist on YouTube if you’d like. Feel free to scroll through it and help yourself to maybe some new music (there’s soundtracks and all sorts of songs sprinkled in there!)

Favorite Anime

I began watching JoJo way back at the beginning of the year. I watched three full seasons by April to watch the new season weekly with James (it was one of his favorite stories and I said as a Christmas present I would catch up and watch with him.) Wow, was it worth it. I watched this show weekly from April alllllll the way to December and it was flipping awesome. Brilliant genre twists, creativity out of this world, with truly lovable, quirky characters who sneaked into my heart: it was anime of the year for me and James for sure!

Runners Up: Mob Psycho 100, KonoSuba, Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinju, The Diasterous Life of Saiki K., Flip Flappers, Sweetness and Lightning, Orange, ReLife.

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Dramatic black lighting made this photo actually awesome. ๐Ÿ˜„ #nofilter

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Last night's finale!

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Cozy cozy.

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Fastest blanket I've ever crocheted. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ž

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Bought myself an after work treat; candy cane Oreo blizzards are actually really awesome. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป

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Thank goodness I instagramed my shopping list, because I forgot it at home. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚

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And that awful space on my wall is filled!! WITH JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE AWESOMENESS. #jojosbizarreadventure

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These are some of my favorite Instagram posts; they capture someย big moments, as well as some small ones that I’d nearly forgotten!

PINTEREST

I love my “Me” Pinterest board; I’ve been art, quotes, and images that I feel truly capture an esences of who I am. It’s been wonderful for self-exploration and identifying with my core personality and how I process or think of things! โค

I made this to collect all the reasons why distance doesn’t matter when it comes to love. โค

This is of a story I want to write one day; scraps of the plot are scrapping together, and I have magazine clippings from ages ago that have the same vibe for the same story. I decided to make a board for it. โค

Final Thoughts

This year I did so much! I’ll be recapping some of the things I accomplished in an upcoming post soon in that regard. But looking back over this post, I already really appreciate all the little memories social media saved for me. Plus, I discovered some of the best music ever this past year, and CIVIL WAR WAS JUST AMAZING. xD So, what were your favorite things this year?

~Jamie

Open Letters and Lyrics to the Men Who Influenced My Life


I originally posted this on my quiet music blog, but I was told I needed to share it here too and I agree. โค I hope the music can touch you too. โค

These are open letters (certain identities hidden for privacy) to four men who’ve affected my life in ways that have shaped me into who I am today. I say goodbye, I say I miss you, and I say I love you. I’ve had these words and lyrics on my heart for a long time…it felt good to express like this.


{For The Childhood Best Friend}

Dear B,

You were my first best friend, my playpen buddy, my childhood friend, the one I always knew would be my partner in crime in all our games. You were one of the best parts of my whole kid world. You’ve inspired some of my best fictional characters by leaving such an impression of the ideal childhood friend. I’m sorry our families fell apart like they did; I’m sorry we drifted. But thank you for being a part of what gave me a happy childhood. You will always be my first best friend. โค This song makes me think of you and miss you as we leave childhood behind us. Thank you for all the memories, and I wish you the greatest luck in your future. I’ll always be in your corner, ok? โค

So Long by Zooey Deschanel.
“Hate to say goodbye, goodbye and I hate to see the end, the end.
‘Cause it’s been so long since I’ve made a friend like you.”

{For The Friend Who Disappeared}

Dear D,

When my whole world was crashing, you entered my life…you were like a life preserver…you noticed me, wanted to be my friend, entered worlds with me, made me laugh and forget my pain, my depression, my fear. I liked you. I’m sorry our families fell apart….I’m so sorry that I lost contact with you. I’m so sorry that you never came to see me, that you never responded to my note, that I’m not yet brave enough to come find you myself to say thank you and goodbye. While things have worked out in my life, I still consider you disappearing from my life as one of my biggest regrets and personal losses. I grieved your loss to this song for years: I listened to its chorus a thousand times because it matched how my heart hurt, and sometimes still does. I do thank you for being the friend I so desperately needed at that time in my life, for helping me feel special; I miss you when I see Willy Wonka,ย vampires, and Sherlock Holmes. You deserve the best of luck, wherever you are. Just please don’t live in fear for the rest of your life, ok? Please don’t live in fear.

Habits by Tove Lo.
“You’re gone and I gotta stay high all the time to keep you off my mind ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh.
High all the time to keep you off my mind, ooh-oh, ooh-ooh.
Spending my days locked in a haze, trying to forget you, babe, I fall back down.
Gotta stay high all my life to forget I’m missing you, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh.”

{For The Unsafe Father}

Dear Dad,

I really miss you: the youย I thought I knew when I was a little girl. I’m sad that you didn’t want me to become my own person, that you believed I didn’t have a mind of my own, that you couldn’t just love me enough to let me be free. But I’m not sorry I don’t see you anymore. You played too many mind games, your words never added up, you made me feel like dirt. I won’t accept being treated that way again for the rest of my life. I do hope you will change one day. This song has been my anthem of freedom from your treatment since I first heard it, because even though you kept me down for a long time, I’m standing up now. I’m becoming that ball of fire again, and I’m finding emotional and mental freedom and happiness.

Roar by Katy Perry.
“You held me down but I got up, already brushing off the dust.
You hear my voice, you hear that sound like thunder gonna shake the ground.
You held me down, but I got up, get ready ’cause I”ve had enough.
I see it all, I see it now; I’ve got the eye of the tiger, the fighter, dancing through the fire, cause I am a champion and you’re going to hear my roar louder, louder than a ย lion ’cause I am a champion, and you’re going to hear me roar.”

{For The One I Love, the One Who is There}

Dear James,

You’re incredible. You’re the man who loved me for three years and was too scared to tell me for fear of losing our friendship…the man who has given his everything to win my heart, to be there for me…. You are the one who helped me grow despite my hurts; who helped me feel safe; who made me feel funny and happy; who told me I was gorgeous the way I was, to embrace my flaws; who told me I had a voice, that I had value, that I was worth more than gold…. thank you. Thank you for over a year of dedication as my romantic partnerย and for five whole years of being there. For just not leaving or disappearing like everyone else has.ย Thank you for loving me so unconditionally and for telling me you’ll always be there. Thank you. I have a dozen romantic songs that make me think of you, but you are more than just my boyfriend; you are my best friend, the seashore to my rocky waves, my home and happy place, my joy. I am full of gratitude for you and for everything you’ve given me. This song is my heart to you; because every lyric rings true. Thank you for changing my life for the better andย I love you!ย โค

Thank You by MoZella.
“Mixed up and lost, you showed me love at no cost, and when nobody else cared you were there….

Down on my luck, you helped my life get unstuck and when the world went away, you stayed…
Thank you for the good times, thank you for your love, thank you for the joy you’ve given me…
You fight off my enemies, you’d take a bullet for me, and you know I’d do the same for you…
‘Cause that’s how we roll, connected at the soul, and I just want you to know how I feel…
Thank you for loving me every day, thank you for showing me the way, thank you for things I never say…
Thank you.”

Dear Men,

You have changed me, shaped me, and influenced my life in so many positive and negative ways, but you have helped me develop into a better person; you have made me feel loss to appreciate love and loyalty when I truly recognize it; you have given me the sweetest memories and most bitter tears. You have even helped me become a better person. Thank you for that. None of it was in vain. I won’t forget any of you… don’t you forget me either.

Don’t You by Simple Minds.
“Won’t you come see about me? I’ll be alone, dancing, you know it, baby.

Tell me your troubles and doubts, giving me everything inside and out, and love’s strange so real in the dark.
Think of the tender things that we were working on.
Slow change may pull us apart, when the light gets into your heart, baby.
Don’t you… forget about me… don’t don’t don’t don’t, don’t you… forget about me.”

Sincerely, your old friend, your daughter, you girlfriend and future,
Jamie โค

For My Fellow Writers


Today I have for you guys a video game soundtrack which I discovered accidentally a couple days ago. The thumbnail made me click it, the magical wispy blue, the adorable fantasy creatures, and the overall atmosphere just grabbed me. The music itself did not disappoint. Take a listen!

This first track blew my mind. The soft piano, the orchestral richness, the angelic voice, the mysteriousness. I was immediately stolen away!

This track captures the darker side of the soundtrack, surging from softness to urgency half way through.

And I just really like this track. It’s sounds like raindrops and spring showers. It’s gentle and soothing and mysterious.

BUT HERE IS THE WHOLE SOUNDTRACK. IT’S ALL AMAZING, I STRONGLY RECOMMEND A LISTEN THROUGH BECAUSE IT’S JUST SO GOOD. โค

What video game soundtracks are your absolute favorites?

~Jamie

 

Soundtrack of my Childhood P2


Todayย I’m again looking at music from my childhood, this time focusing on soundtracks from computer games. I wrote aย Part 1ย awhile ago, which focused onย music from movies and children’s tv, if you missed it. I might follow this post up eventually with songs from musicals and classical music too. ๐Ÿ˜„

So, what computer game soundtracks did you think we might share? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Lego Games

Lego Island.ย Lego Island WAS AMAZING and anybody who’s played it can testify to that LOL. The soundtrack is embedded in my memory because I played it so much. I also spent extra time trying to catch The Brickster just to enjoy the music that played over. ๐Ÿ˜„ย *has an intense nosebleed from the unleasehd due to watching the opening*

Rock Raiders.ย I actually might have spent more time with Rock Raiders because you had to COMPLETE THOSE MISSIONS. CURSE THOSE ROCK MONSTERS AND SLUGS. ๐Ÿ˜„ The music really stood out to me too. I would sit on the menu screens just to enjoy it. (Funny fact: I have written book scenes within the last year to the menu music of Rock Raiders for the AMAZING CREEPY CAVEย AMBIANCE.)

Lego Chess.ย I learned chess because of this game and I loved the music and movies. I WANT AN OLD COMPUTER JUST TO REVISIT THESE VISUALS. WHY WERE THESE GAMES NEVER UPDATED. THE TRAGEDY. ALL I HAVE LEFT IS THE MUSIC. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

The Lost Mind of Dr. Brain

The Lost Mind of Dr. Brain.ย I actually can’t find the music alone, so just click through this video and hear the music of the game that made me smarter. ๐Ÿ˜„ I played this game a lot as a youngย child,ย so I have strong ties to the quirky musical cues. It was the one game I actually completed entirely.ย Not even my parents had been able to finish it as far as I know. So it made me feel smart. ๐Ÿ˜„ Will be forever ticked off that it’s too old to play on any modern computers.

Pro-Pinball Games

Pro-pinball Timeshock.ย I really liked this game and its music. Track Sixย actually got my twelve-year-old writer’s brain churning a few times: I remember triggering the music within game and then just sitting there to process the music to the story in my head. You guys, I’m realizing I did that A LOT as a kid. ๐Ÿ˜„

Big Race USA. Ahhhhh memories…. just, great memories! There’s actually not much to say to this game except that I REALLY reminds me of playing at the huge wooden computer desk in the front living room switching seats with my sister while we took turns playing. And I thought the Speedbump theme was awesome. ๐Ÿ˜„

Happily, these games manage to run on Windows 10! So I still revisit them sometimes! โค

War Games

People’s General.ย Ok, this maybe tops the cake. Because I never actually learned how to play this game.ย Literally, I ONLY EVER POPPED IT INTO THE COMPUTER TO LISTEN TO THE FREAKING MUSIC BECAUSE IT WAS EPIC AND AWESOME AND I LOVED IT. I still love it actually. It’s got some pretty epic war themes whichย kept my young writer’s mind very happy.

Army Men II.ย Ok, I actually did play this game growing up, maybe as young as nine? I can still remember army men melting on the stove, killing cockroaches, trying to run my guys across a garden, and learning the word bazooka. I liked this game very much, although I never beat the final bedroom level. But I’ll never forget the “You Loose” montage videos, or all the very classy classical music that played in the background. ๐Ÿ˜„ *thinks William Tell while racing across a kitchen counter top looking for mysterious blue portal.*

Arcade Games

Mappy.ย MAPPY. I WAS MASTER OF THIS GAME. I LOVED THIS GAME SO MUCH.


Well, do we share any computer game soundtracks? Anybody else play other games like Oregon Trail games? Motocross Madness? SOME OF YOU MUST HAVE PLAYED THE LEGO GAMES. What do we have in common?! โค

~Jamie

The Soundtrack of my Childhood P1


I thought I’d blog purely for myself tonight. And myself wants to do some heavy tripping on the music/theme songs/sounds of my early childhood and youth. I’ve always loved music, especially the songs that help me retreat to ย And how many childhood sounds do you and Iย possibly share?

One Radio Theme

Rush Limbaugh’s Theme. My parents were listening to Rush everyday even before I was born: so my lunches growing up in the kitchen was to Rush Limbaugh’s voice and theme with peanut butter and jelly. Mom and my sister and I would head bob to this song at the table while we ate. And I remember when I was older, like eight or nine, often holding the kitchen broom like a guitar and air strumming the bristles instead of sweeping. I don’t care if you’re conservative or liberal, but y’all gotta admit thatย this is an epic themeย to hear growing up EVERY DAY. ๐Ÿ˜„

VeggieTales

VeggieTales. My childhood was awesome because of VeggieTales. We sang the songs all the time when I was just three and my sister a year old; I have specific vivid memories connected to the songs above. I love all the old silly songs, you guys. And the stuff mart rap was like pure dope. ๐Ÿ˜„ And LarryBoy was my first superhero. Since the entire show is strong in music, it makes sense that many of the early episodes were the background of my entire childhood.

The Busy World of Richard Scarry.

The Busy World of Richard Scarry songs.ย OH MY GOSH. THIS WAS MY EARLY CHILDHOOD. I WAS TWO OR THREE WHEN I WAS GIVEN VHS TAPES. AND HUCKLE AND LOWLY WHERE THE BROS AND I WILL NEVER HAVE ANYTHING BUT HAPPY FEELS. *pauses to take a chill pill.*ย But yes, childhood, the happy memories, the many songs: This was my Zootopia, guys.

Disney Songs/Musical Scores

Disneyย soundtracks.ย I have very distinct memories of these tracks! I WAS Tigger as a childย and Iย bounced around the living room singing his song. ๐Ÿ˜„ The intro for 101 Dalmatians IS BURNED IN MY HEAD–I don’t know why. But it gives me the childhood chills. Any song from the Aristocats is pure childhood,ย to be honest. ๐Ÿ˜„ Little April Showers put me in awe. And The Jungle Book had that mysterious music that always grabbed my attention as the movie started.

Disney Cartoons

Assorted Disney Cartoon scores. I just need to hear the first few brass notes of Donald Duck’s theme to take me alllllll the way back. โค Now these cartoons above have very specific melodies that have stuck with me through the years. “It’s a lovely day, Dolores!” Goofy’s whistle in Crazy in the Heat. The little military melody in Whirl Wind. The great musical finale of Toby Tortoise Returns. And the song and piano diddly at the end of Two Chips and A Miss.

The Prince of Egypt

The Prince of Egyptย soundtrack.ย I still count The Prince of Egypt as one of the defining musical moments of my childhood. My family didn’t own it, and I only saw it a few times growing up, but I’ll never forget the first time saw it. The musicย blew my mind and I was obsessed. I did have a cassette tape of the songs, and I listened to it constantly. Hans Zimmer will always mean the world to me becauseย how seven-year old me felt when I heard his music.

 

I guess I’m going to stop there for the night; I’ll have to cover video game soundtracks and classical songs some other time. ๐Ÿ˜„ How about you guys, what childhood melodies do we have common?

~Jamie