Papa Roach-War Over Me

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*Update: This article was published in 2015. Since then Papa Roach has made another album called Crooked Teeth. It was just released this year and it is just as amazing as F.E.A.R. You can check them out on iTunes.*

Two years ago I was the guest blogger at Jingle Jangle Jungle, a music blog. My post on Papa Roach was published and I want to take the time to share that post to you all again! You can read that article HERE. In celebrating my article, and to honor one of my all-time favorite bands, I have used my favorite quote from my favorite song on their latest Album, F.E.A.R. called War Over Me.

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Papa Roach is one of my favorite bands because I really connect to their music. Papa Roach has always reached me in an I-am-mad-as-hell kind of way. When ever I am angry with the world or even with myself and my soul is struggling with things, I open up my music library on my phone, scroll down to the P’s and open up Papa Roach. Their music gives me an outlet that helps me to express my darker emotions either through working out or writing. In fact, many of their songs inspire me to write the stories that I write.

War Over Me is my favorite song because the lyrics are exactly how I feel about myself and my healing. I suffered through a lot in my life and had to fight a mental illness. I fought because I want to be happy and I am determined to live my life my way. In order to do that, however, I had to fight for my soul. They released this song at the exact time I needed to hear it. I was nearing the end of my darkest moments of my illness. My therapy was also ending but I needed another small push in the right direction. This song has inspired me in more ways than I can ever truly express and I am so thankful to the band for writing, what is in my opinion, a masterpiece!

Here is the video for the Papa Roach song, War Over Me. I have used it in other posts but if you’re into this kind of music you will love this song!

I am very proud of my article and I hope all of you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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My Road Trip Playlists

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Here is a random fact about me that I realize I have never mentioned before so for all you wonderful people out there who read my blog every week, I love road trips! One of the best things about living about 350 miles away from my hometown is that when I want to make a trip back home, I don’t have to fly. I can drive, which to me, is my favorite part about traveling. I love driving because I get to play my music. I have several custom road trip playlists in my iPhone that I love to jam to and yes, I play my music loud and proud baby!

So when I was contacted by TURO, a person-to-person car rental company who asked me what I like to bring with me on my road trips, my number one answer was “why music of course!” So, what are my music essentials when taking a road trip? As it so happens, I am planning to take a road trip this summer to help my niece celebrate her 16th birthday (she just turned 16 but we are doing something in the warmer months) and my 39th birthday.

I also have a car that doesn’t have all the new do-dads on it so when I drive into another state, my iTrip doesn’t work right. I have to keep searching for a station so that I can keep listening to my phone and that is dangerous while driving so I make CD’s. Yes, they still exist. On your phone you can have as many songs as you want on your playlist but on a CD, you can only fill up about 80 minutes worth so I divide my playlist up into categories.

Pop it Lock it songs:

These are the songs that put me in a great mood, if not a dance mood and this is a huge variety. This playlist has Holla Back Girl, by Gwen Stefani; Born To Be My Baby, by Bon Jovi; American Woman, by Lenny Kravitz; Paradise City, by Guns & Roses; The Real Slim Shady, by Eminem; Sweet Home Alabama, by Lynard Skynard; Sugar, by Maroon Five; I’m Gonna Be (500 miles), by The Proclaimers; and Miss You Much, by Janet Jackson just to name a few.

You can never say no to Johnny Depp!

Bring it On songs:

These are some of my favorite hard rock/alternative songs like Not Gonna Die, by Skillet; War Over Me, by Papa Roach; War of Change, by Thousand Foot Crutch; My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark, by Fall Out Boy; Across the Line, by Linkin’ Park; Footsteps, by Pop Evil; Hold Me Now, by Red; Addicted, by Saving Abel; and Until the Day I Die, by Story of the Year. Actually, I have so many songs on this playlist that I have to break them up into two or three CD’s. Haha!

Down Home songs:

This playlist is a list of songs that I absolutely have to have on my road trip to Baltimore because these are the songs that remind me of home. There is so much nostalgia built up in these songs that my brain over flows with the good memories that only these songs invoke. Songs like Cradle of Love, by Billy Idol; She Talks to Angels, by The Black Crowes; Whatta Man, by Salt n Pepa; Blaze of Glory, by Bon Jovi (honestly, did you really think I wouldn’t have Bon Jovi on this playlist?); Total Eclipse of the Heart, by Bonnie Tyler; Motownphilly, by Boyz II Men (huge song when I was in high school); High Enough, by Damn Yankees; Pour Some Sugar On Me, by Def Leppard; Personal Jesus, by Depeche Mode; I Touch Myself, by Divinyls; Ordianary World, by Duran Duran; Epic, by Faith No More, and Like a Prayer, by Madonna. Again, lots of songs that I have to divvy up. LOL!

Man, this brings back memories!

So there are just a few of my playlists but the ones I consider essential when taking my road trip to Baltimore. The best part is I will bring Conner with me this time and we are going to be rockin’ out with all the best music! He loves all of these songs. What are your favorite tunes to listen to when you travel?

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Pop Evil Music Review: Latest Music Up

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This is my Pop Evil Music Review

Pop Evil’s new music, UP, is one of their best so far. They have some really great songs like Footsteps, My Confessions (Bonus Track), and Dead in the Water. From upbeat to hard metal; from sexy to soulful, this album takes the listener on a ride of a wide variety of emotions and moods.

I started listening to Pop Evil at the recommendation of a friend several years ago and I have become a big fan of their music. If you aren’t familiar with them and love hard rock music, give them a listen. They have many other awesome songs like:

Hero

Somebody Like You

Last Man Standing

Monster You Made

Good with the Bad

Goodbye My Friend

Trenches

Divide

Beautiful, and

Sick Sense (This is a list of my favorites throughout the years)

Their latest Album, UP, was released just last month and I honestly love every single song on it.  While I would love to talk about every single song, I am going to only talk about a few of my favorites.  One of my favorites is Ghost of Muskegon.  This song is about finding oneself lost and misguided.  With lyrics like, “Lost, still I’m searching, Seek for the truth that will keep me together I drift, through the ether”, feeling invisible to the world and to yourself can lead one to disillusionment and sorrow.
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Another great song on the album is If Only For Now and what I take away from it is a sort of love song but about living in the moment because, as the song says, “Cause we know the world won’t ever slow down.”  Often times we lose sight of precious moments that mean so much because our lives are moving so fast these days.  In this song Pop Evil says, Let’s take the time to slow down a bit and revel in the beauty that surrounds us.

Way To Get High is an upbeat song that is about the many ways to get high but doesn’t specifically talk about drugs (though you can certainly take it that way if you want).  Getting high can mean any number of things from actual drugs or just living life, to seeking adrenaline in sports, love, etc; this song has a great beat to it that makes me just want to dance, which always puts me in a great mood.

My Confessions is a bonus track that is essentially, a break up song. Pop Evil writes such great songs but this one is one of my top five. I really like this song because well, read the lyrics and judge for yourself:

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The last song I am going to talk about is my favorite in the whole track. It was the first song they released and it is such a positive song to listen to: Footsteps. I adore this song because it is about climbing out of darkness and turning your negative past into a much positive future. That is where I am at in my life right now. I have struggled with darkness and have fought my way out.

Now I’m focused on living positive and being happy. My negative past will always be there. However, it doesn’t have to define me and I choose to NOT let it run the rest of my life. To end this review, here is the awesome video that is one of my all time favorites.

What do you think of Pop Evil? Have you heard of them? Let me know in the comments.

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Why I love Rock/Alternative Music

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So, what made me gravitate towards the rock/alternative music genre?  Well I suppose it started in high school when Green Day and Nirvana made their debut, though to be technical, they were considered Grunge and Punk Rock back then.  So my first step towards Alternative music actually started in the Grunge and Punk Rock genres.  Rock, on the other hand, has always been a part of my life.  As I mentioned in my last post, it’s been there from the beginning with the late, great Elvis Presley.

High school, for most of us, is about figuring out who we are but also about rebelling and Grunge/Punk Rock music was, as we use to say, “all that and a bag of chips.”  These bands seem to get us.  We bitched about everything from parents, to the opposite sex, to homework.  If it bothered us, we bitched about it.  I remember Green Day‘s Basket Case was about just that:

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Then there was Nirvana.  Oh Nirvana!  I was actually introduced to them through a boyfriend.  In fact, he was so obsessed with them I remember coming to meet him outside one of his classes and a friend of his had come to warn me that he was having a bad day because, “didn’t you hear?  Kurt Cobain died!  He killed himself!”  Well, in fact I hadn’t heard about it and it was indeed sad news. So, I did what any good girlfriend would do.  I gave him some space that day then went home and made him a mixed tape of the best Nirvana songs to give to him the next day.  While listening to the songs, I started to like the band.  Smells Like Teen Spirit was and still is my favorite Nirvana songs.  As a teenager, I was always feeling alone and unwelcome in my own home.  I always felt out of place in school, at church, everywhere.  So, of course I would gravitate towards Nirvana.  Most of the Rock/Grunge bands back then talked about things that most teenagers felt:  Feeling out of place, being bored, and being misunderstood.

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Now, because I had also listened to other music genres, I didn’t favor all grunge/punk rock bands but I did find my way back to them on and off over the years.  I have listened to The Offspring and branching off, have listened to My Chemical Romance.  In fact, with My Chemical Romance, I bought their The Black Parade CD and listened to it so much that at some point, the CD got scratched and I couldn’t listen to it anymore.  My favorite song on that CD is Famous Last Words.  While in the throws of my PTSD, this song got me.

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my-chemical-romance-logo2Lincoln Park and Papa Roach led me into yet another direction just slightly off another beaten path, of the already beaten path.  With their mix of hard rock and rap, I fell in love with these two bands.  Every time I hear that these two bands are bringing out a new album, I go straight to iTunes and pre-order their music, waiting excitedly for the next song to show up in my library.  With Lincoln Park, their songs, for me, dealt mostly with family or people in my life who have hurt me.  It always seemed that with my family I had to wear a mask and be someone I’m not.  I got so good at hiding myself that even my closest friends didn’t really know me.  Their song, Numb really hit the nail on the head:

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Papa Roach is one band that I have listened to over and over again. With their music I battle my demons.  We all have our inner darkness that we must struggle with and bands like Papa Roach, Red, and Skillet are my favorite ones to listen to when I need to battle the demons within. They recently released a new album and the best song on their is War Over Me.  This song is about exactly what I mentioned about battling your demons. Instead of writing the lyrics, I’m just going to leave you with their YouTube song.  They don’t have an official video for this song yet but if you listen to the lyrics, you will understand why I love this band.

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Music Has Always Been My Rock!

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As From as far back as I can remember music has played a very integral part in my life. My mother told me the story of the day Elvis Presley died and how much she cried when the news came on.  She was holding me in her arms and I woke up and started crying too.  I was only two weeks old though so I clearly don’t remember that.

The very first song I remember is Pat Benatar’s Hit Me with you Best Shot. I have a very specific memory of walking around the house, using my mom’s hairbrush as a microphone and singing that song at the top of my lungs while my mom was folding laundry. That song, along with Eye of the Tiger by Survivor, became my theme songs especially when I was little.

My childhood was a rough one, so these songs, along with many others, helped me deal.  The lyrics were, to me, a battle cry of sorts that called for me to keep going. To fight for myself, my mother, and my younger siblings. I took these songs to heart as I trudged my way through the trenches of my young life.

madonnamusic_rockinrandommomBy the time I was six years old Madonna had emerged onto the music scene and I idolized her! I wanted to be just like her when I grew up. I loved her rebelliousness but I also loved her hair and her clothes. Madonna is the one who inspired me to want to sing. I was always singing. I started singing in the choir in the third grade.

Then of course, there was the brief crush I had on Michael Jackson at around the same time. I had his Bad album, you know, back when they were actual records to which you used a record player. As I got older and had to deal with tougher times, music became my beacon of hope; the sanctuary to which my soul could retreat when things got really bad.  TV played a huge part for me as well, but music became the backbone of my existence.

Growing up in the 80’s allowed me to explore all types of music.  I listened to Stevie Wonder, Heart, Aerosmith, The Bangles, Salt-n-Pepa, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, and most important of all, Bon Jovi (Living on a Prayer still rocks my world every time I hear it)!

By the time I was in middle school New Kids on the Block had arrived on the scene and I wanted to Marry Joe Mcintyre! Sure, there was Paula Abdul, Mariah Carey, and the late Whitney Houston but I was obsessed with the five cute boys from Boston singing songs like Please Don’t Go Girl, I Will be Loving You, and Hangin’ Tough.

(This is a new song these guys put out this year)

The nineties were my high school days and the music just got better. I had started listening to Boys II Men, C&C Music Factory, Naughty By Nature, Snoop Dog, Biggie Smalls, TLC,and 2Pac. Yes, I had entered into a different genre of music but to me, if the song was good, I was going to listen to it. By my junior year I had gotten more into the grunge faze, listening to Nirvana (Kirk Cobain had coincidentally died that year), The Cranberries, Green Day, R.E.M, Depeche Mode, Smashing Pumpkins, and Meatloaf. Meatloaf’s song, I’ll Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) was one of my favorite songs during my junior year.

My early college days were filled with No Doubt, Eminem, Creed, Hootie and the Blowfish, Sarah McLachlan, Korn, and Celine Dion. Yeah, I know. My musical palette was definitely full. I even had my Frank Sinatra faze.  Anyone who has heard understands. His voice is just captivating. At least, it is to me.

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I have listened to everything from Dianna Ross to Queen; from Sweet Home Alabama to Enter Sandman; From Backstreet Boys to My Chemical Romance. When I was pregnant with Adam, I listened to classical music because I had heard that classical music was great for brain development. There is something very soothing about classical music though. These days, it goes unappreciated.

While I have listened to all sorts of music in my lifetime, my favorite genre to date is hard rock/alternative.  I think that wrestling with my demons has led me to this genre because I can relate to it. But while I have reached a new genre of music, I still get nostalgic for the old stuff. I still remember my first song. I even have it as my ringtone because as my life moves forward, so does the song.

What’s your favorite music? Let me know in the comments:)

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