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If you are into music and pop culture, you probably think of Justin Timberlake when you hear the initials J.T. However, before the modern J.T. was James Taylor. He was the original, considering he first rose to fame in the 1970s. He continues to be an outstanding singer, songwriter, and guitarist, and I feel lucky to have the opportunity to see him perform live.

The people that I went to the concert with were my mom, her best friend, and her husband. This is the same group that I went to the Paul McCartney concert with a couple years ago. They tend to be my buddies for the oldies concerts. I like a wide variety of modern music, but part of me has an old soul when it comes to my music taste. James Taylor has a very classic and soothing sound. It made for such a pleasant night. Also, it was actually nice weather, despite the fact that it was in the middle of summer in St. Louis. The show was at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, which is an outdoor theatre. We had lawn seats, which is something I had never experienced before. I just love seeing live shows, and this was another one I had looked forward to for a long time. And there are more coming up soon! Next are Miley Cyrus (which was postponed from April) and then One Direction (for the second time!). Like I said before, I listen to a variety of music styles, obviously. Bring on the summer shows!

JT

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People who don’t know me that well or just meet me randomly wouldn’t guess that I would like metal/hardcore rock music. I love it!! It is what I have grown up with and when I found out that Korn and Avenged Sevenfold were headlining I just had to go. Mayhem fest was last week at the Verizon amphitheater; this was my second Mayhem experience and it is my favorite. It was so much fun and all of the bands were really good. The weather was so perfect, only high in the 70′s. Thank you! The last Mayhem fest I went to was the Chicago one four years ago and it was SUPER hot. Phew, dodged a bullet on that.

I had a few interesting experiences. For the band Miss May I, my friends and I were up close to the stage, which I knew might have been a bad idea for small people like myself. Yeah, it was. People like to crowd surf at these things and of course they were coming in my direction. Trying to push people double or even triple your size is tough. I went down a couple of times, but got right up to push more people out of the way so they wouldn’t fall on the concrete. I was more concerned with their safety than mine. After Miss May I the next band was Suicide Silence, which I love but there was no way I was staying in that crowd. I needed a break. I am glad I was on the sideline because Ice T walked passed me! He was performing with one of the bands. I am a huge Law and Order:SVU fan so when I saw him I almost died (not really, but you know what I mean).

It was such a fun day. Totally worth my $32. I got to see on of my favorite bands (Avenged Sevenfold) and had a great time with my friends.

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Britney

Theme Song

by Britney on April 23, 2014

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If I had a theme song it would be “Alien” by F.L.A.M.E. This would be my theme song because I am not like everyine else. I don’t party too much or drink every weekend and have real life issues that go on. I have a strong faith in God and I am not ashamed of it. It is because of my faith that I cannot do what everyone else does and I have to live above the influence. The song is basically saying that Christians are aliens because they represent Christ and don’t follow the “in” crowd.

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There are some questions for which, no matter how random, you have a set response ready in case anyone ever asks. For example, if someone asks my favorite movie, I would immediately respond “Space Jam”. If someone inquired upon my favorite band, it would be “Vampire Weekend”, no question. And finally, if anyone was curious as to what song best describes my life, I would say Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” in a heartbeat.
See, I’m all about being unapologetically me. The way I act, the way I talk, the way I dress – I don’t mind standing out and being different. Yeah, I do have leggings with King Tut’s sarcophagus screen printed on them, and I bet you’re secretly jealous.
On a more serious note, the song represents how I live my life and make my choices. Sure, I’ve made some mistakes, but I don’t have any regrets. Every situation I’ve been in and everyone I’ve met has taught me something important and influenced me as a person. It’s an important aspect of life – we have to make the best choices we can make, but we can’t be afraid of mistakes either. I believe everything happens for a reason, but what happens is a direct result of what I do.  Either way, I’ve done my best with the cards I’ve been dealt in life, and I think I’ve had a pretty good time so far. And more importantly – I did it my way.
“My Way”, Frank Sinatra
And now, the end is here
And so I face the final curtain
My friend, I’ll say it clear
I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain
I’ve lived a life that’s full
I traveled each and ev’ry highway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way
Regrets, I’ve had a few
But then again, too few to mention
I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption
I planned each charted course, each careful step along the byway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way
Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew
But through it all, when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out
I faced it all and I stood tall and did it my way
I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried
I’ve had my fill, my share of losing
And now, as tears subside, I find it all so amusing
To think I did all that
And may I say, not in a shy way,
“Oh, no, oh, no, not me, I did it my way”
For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught
To say the things he truly feels and not the words of one who kneels
The record shows I took the blows and did it my way!

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Fontbonne is Special

by Britney April 3, 2014

I chose this image because this is a picture of me and two of my friends at Fontbonne University. As you can see they aren’t the same color as me but that didn’t matter to us. We were having a great time at a Fontbonne party just mingling and talking with everyone. We had a […]

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Music + Me

by Tara Jones March 21, 2014

What role does music play in my life? Music answers questions. And the lyrics are more than words; they are emotions, stories. Want to know the best part? Everyone has an undeniable love for music. Music thrives in us. It’s hard to go a single day without listening music. Not only because it is SO […]

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No Matter What

by Isabella March 7, 2014

I enjoy how I learn so many new things everyday just being here. For example, after living in St. Louis for 5 years, I’m still in awe of how much snow we’ve had. It’s already March and still, the flurries are being spooned on us as if someone up there is pouring flour into this […]

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MetalMadness.

by Corie February 10, 2014

Over the weekend I went to a show for my internship. It was crazy! The bands were awesome. I saw: Stray from the path, Like Moths to Flames and For Today. It was at the Fubar. If you have ever been there, you know it is a small venue. The line to get in was […]

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“Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand” – Stevie Wonder

by Lauren February 10, 2014

Music plays a huge role in my life. From a young age, I was listening to The Beatles and my tastes have grown since. I will admit that when I think back to what I was listening to when I was thirteen, I cringe a little. I don’t know how my parents allowed me to […]

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Dear Music…

by Lizzie February 10, 2014

Our prompt for this week was about music and how it plays a role in our lives, right? Let’s see. Music is almost an every day thing for me. I like music because it’s relaxing and depending on what kind of music it is also makes a difference. I used to listen to R&B and […]

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