Kind, smiling eyes, bestowing happiness on blackness
of soul and mind. Basking in your light once more, just
as if you were never gone; here now, here forever.
Hold my hand and I am home, free from the evil
of the void; the emptiness that grows and grows.
Eyes burn and I do not know why; why
do I cry? Why do you cry?
How is this happy, for I was once
positive it would never arrive. Yet here you
stand with me, playing of flowers
of flowerpots and dew that glistens
Trembling, trembling, trembling. Shaking
awake in despair, distraught and disheveled,
wailing into the empty night sky that pours
from inside the void you have left me. Nothing
to hold in comfort but the memory of
the dead I dream of at night.
How is this happy, for I was once
positively so, and then I lost
Don't even ask about the title it's pretty much just an inside joke on who this ended up being about. Besides I figured just naming it "Grow Up" or something like that would be boring. Anyways, new song:
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I could start this story with "I've been waiting a long time for this moment to come", or "It was great". Yeah, but it would be so usual. And boring, right? So, I wanna start with just one word that describes perfectly any aspect of how I'm feeling today:
Just fuck. Think about, it's perfect. Surprised, happy and crazy at the same time: me.
Right now I'm leaving Milan, the sun is shining and everyone is so silent on the train. They don't know what happened yesterday:
Yesterday I took the metro to Assago. Every stop, you could see the place getting emptier and emptier. Until the last stop, Assago. At that moment I knew that everyone in the room was going to the concert. I felt dizzy.
I got off the metro. It was cold, but I wasn't supposed to care about that.
After a very, long, tiring and agitated queue for seat places I got inside. It was a sort of liberation. I was afraid that my ticket was fake, even though I spent a lot of money on it. But when the scanner showed its bright green light, I was the happiest person in the world.
At that moment, I was alone, inside the forum, in my seat. But I couldn't realize that. I remember I wrote something on GDC, about how happy I was. But I couldn't believe it, really.
The Interrupters started their opening show. First song: good. Second song: ok. Third song: meh. Fourth song: I'm getting bored of that fucking guitar. It followed always the same rhythm. When they finished, my mind was exhausted.
Then a long pause.
And the Bunny. I was wearing a Ramones shirt, so I had to scream the Blitzkrieg Bop.
I wasn't feeling good. Like I wasn't ready for that.
But then the lights turned out.
I hear that drums. Heavy, clear.
In my mind there is only a word buzzing: JUMP.
Know Your Enemy had started.
I had dreamed that moment for 84 days, 12, weeks, 3 months, a season, 1/4 year.
And it was just like I wanted.
Pyro, energy, and my favorite band breathing my same air.
Bang Bang and Revolution Radio were two song of "let yourself go". Jumping and screaming any single word of the lyrics. Still now, I'm surprised that I was the only one to do that in my sector. I felt a bit embarrassed but WHO CARED.
The Holiday-Letterbomb-Boulevard Of Broken Dreams part was distinguished by a general excitement. Those songs were epic. Me trying to mimic Mike's bass solo in Holiday was maybe the funniest thing.
I did the same with Longview.
Actually one of the worst part of the show was Youngblood. It sounded GREAT, don't get me wrong. But as someone already said here on GDC the "fuck you I'm from Oakland" part ended up with an embarrassing silence from the fans. I gave my best but I think it wasn't enough.
It was time to start the old-songs section. I expected Welcome To Paradise, ready to mimic another bass solo.
But when BJ screamed "2000 Light Years Awaaaaay", I was a bit disappointed. No matter, I could always dance.
Hitchin' a Ride, When I Come Around, Christie Road, Burnout. Nothing else to say. Same things, but this time I was literally out of breath.
When Scattered started I couldn't contain myself. That song has an important meaning to me, since 2014. Still the only one of C1 to scream like there's no tomorrow. Then Minority, time to jump again. "Fuck'em all!"
Are We The Waiting was really touching. Everyone sang it. I felt part of a team, a group of people that have something in common. My heart was in tears. But it was time to jump (agin, and again). St. Jimmy! BJ waited a minute before the epic "and don't fucking wear it out". Pyro.
After Knowledge, my favorite part of the show: BASKET CASE/SHE. It sounded fucking great, and it's good to see that GD play it this way after 23 years.
K-F-A-D. (Nothing else to say, it would be meaningless).
A bunch of covers and the most important part of their concert (emotionally speaking):
Still Breathing. A hand on my chest, the other up in the sky. My mouth is dry, but I'm still singing and jumping.
And the epic closer: Forever Now. Is that enough? No.
American Idiot. And JOS. This made me see how GD are famous and important in this dishonest pop world.
And finally, BJ with its guitar, and us, coming back in our Ordinary World hoping we had the Time Of (our) Li(v)e(s).
I immediately felt like everyone in the room was a friend of mine. Boys, girls, children, Old men, thinking about what I had just done.
Again, in the metro. This time with something in my heart that I hadn't got four hours before.
An "Insomniac" night.
And now I'm here writing this (meaningless) essay. I promised you.
The train is going fast. My heart too. I still can't realize it.
A thing is sure: I'm a day older than yesterday.
Hope you like it, even if with a lot of grammar mistakes. I'm too happy to care about it.
This is a song that I wrote last August after a bad dream. Nothing special, just some words built on a simple bass riff. Anyway something fun to play with my friends:
Thinking of You
Walking down the street
and thinking of you,
all I ever thougth about
this cold and long year.
What I’m looking for
is a good place to hide,
just because I dreamt you
in my terrible night.
Feeling dead and sick
yet thinking of you,
staring at the wall
to discover a cure.
Screaming bloody pain
tormenting my soul,
now I have got the fear
I will lose my control.
And I’m all alone in the countryside
standing under this black sky.
I’ve lost all my hopes, now I have no guide
asking myself why.
Walking down the street
and thinking of me.
Actually, the "you" in the song is myself, that I wanted to escape.
Hope you like it.
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These past couple months we had a few activities for you guys to do between the sites. First off we announced the winners of our costume contest so congrats to @BetterThanAir, @wood, @Dirntbag, and all the runner ups! We also had our 3rd riddles contest and our winner for that was Nazmjia! Last but not least we held our ugly sweater contest. Winners to be posted soon! Thank you to all who participated in our contests! Last month, we asked you guys to nominate your favorite Green Day photos from 2016. Stay tuned for the overall 2016 stats blog.
The company that makes the forum software, Invision, recently announced that they were no longer going to develop their own chat system. The chat system hasn't had any real updates in quite a long time and they decided they'd be better off putting those resources into making the forums themselves better.
As a result, we've removed the old chat room and have added in a new chat system that you'll find on the bottom right of the window when browsing the forum. Yes, it's meant to be very similar to Facebook chat since that's a system many are already familiar with.
The new chat allows you to chat one on one with your friends
Or join the Chat Room with other members
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That's the gist of the new system. We hope to see you guys in there and we can find ways to improve this functionality. So far, I honestly think this setup will be much better than the old entirely separate chat system.
In this post I just want to share my musical highlights of 2016
Song of the year: And then there was silence - Blind Guardian (A Night at the Opera, 2002). No day has passed without I listened to this masterpiece. 14 perfect minutes of music.
Album of the year: Imaginations from the other Side - Blind Guardian (1995) and Litourgyia - Batushka (2015)
Best album released this year: Winter's Gate - Insomnium
Best concert I've been to: Hans Zimmer, hands down. I still shiver every time I think about it. It was so perfect, so great and a dream coming true.
Best festival I've been to: Ragnarök Festival. It was small and cozy and cold (because it was in the beginning of april and I slept in a tent!)
New genres I discovered: Black Metal, Blackgaze, Doom Metal
New bands I discovered: Agalloch, Nargaroth, Nocte Obducta, Swallow the Sun, BATUSHKA!!
Festivals I've been to: Ragnarök Festival, SummerBreeze, Christmas Bash
Concerts I've been to: Hans Zimmer, Brainstorm/Winterstorm, Amon Amarth
Concerts Ive missed again: Sonata Arctica, Behemoth, the Vision Bleack, Van Canto ( )
Highlights of 2017: probably live-album of Blind Guardian, Insomnium Show at Ragnarök festival, NEW WINTERSUN ALBUM!!!
New lyrics. Enjoy.
You've wired up the engines
and are forced into the wind
Above the heads of drones
you fly as the sun is now dimmed
Forced into the wind
The sun is now dimmed
Televised in the aperture
of the wrecking ball
Politicians embrace the screen
with pride before the fall
Of the wrecking ball
With pride before the fall
In time and time again,
I cannot feel the wings
The sinkhole in the night
consumes what the morning brings
Authority continues with
every channel changed
Remotely controlled like
rockets that are ranged
We crown the heads with thorns
like they were sorts of kings
With a coat of fire,
you bow down and kiss their rings
They were sorts of kings
Bow down and kiss their rings
The static of the air
screams like echoed cries
The audience applauds
as the Earth shrivels and dies
Screams like echoed cries
The Earth shrivels and dies
We could all fight as one
but there's always a shout
The animals embraced in duel
while the sun is soon snuffed out
A couple weeks ago we asked you guys to provide feedback on the forum and the way things were going. Thanks to everyone who sent your feedback. We read them over and talked as a team about the changes we want to make going forward.
A suggestion we saw multiple times was that the tour section was a bit unwieldy. We all agreed, and decided to move past tour dates from the RevRad tour into their own subforum. That way when you visit the tour section, you're greeted by the next show that's coming up.
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Each warning point is active on your profile for 15 days. If you get another warning within that period, your warning point will go up by 1 and include further restrictions each time until you're banned.
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To go along with this blog, I made a playlist of music, trying to make each song a song that meant something to me during each year of my life, while also having a relevant song title. It ends with honourable mentions that didn't quite fit in elsewhere.
Music means something different to each of us. Each song makes your heart beat in a different way, as you find your own way to relate to it. We dance through life with the help of the songs that keep us going. Since we all have different life experiences, the music that get us through it all is varied and complex. I’m going to talk about what music means to me, and my life. How have songs impacted on my life? Let’s start at the beginning.
The first time my parents properly spoke to each other – and indeed started dating – was after a screening of Live Aid, when my dad offered to drive his coworkers home. It makes their anniversary rather easy to remember. My mum was (is?) a massive Bay City Rollers fan, coincidentally moving from a village in Germany to Edinburgh, the city the band is from, as soon as she possibly could. My dad grew up in Edinburgh, and went to a variety of concerts at weekends.
Fast forward to the mid 90s. I’m a baby, the fourth child in a slightly messed up family. My mum takes me to Bay City Rollers concerts, bundled up and strapped to her front. She gets in front of the barrier. She goes back and talks to the band. Years later she’ll tell me she doesn’t think they knew she had a baby on her.
Growing up, some of the first songs I heard were from Scottish artists. We had a compilation CD called “The Best Scottish Album in the World… Ever”. Classic songs like Caledonia, Stuck in the Middle With You, Shout, Donald Where’s Your Trousers?, Let’s Go Round Again, Mull of Kintyre… There was the Proclaimers, and Big Country. There was Flower of Scotland and Auld Lang Syne. These were the soundtrack to many long road trips over my childhood. It blended with the scenery we passed, reminded us of the great accomplishments of our small country.
There was also the Beatles, because of course there was. I remember watching their film Help! on TV and finding as amazing and ridiculous as I still do. My dad introduced me to ska: Madness and Bad Manners. He once gave me an entire recording of a Madness concert, excited to find someone else in the family that enjoyed it as he did. When dad would drive us to school, he’d play music from the various mixtapes he had lying around. “It’s My Party” resonated with me for some reason, perhaps it just sounded like something I would do. And have done. Cry at my own party, I mean.
By the time I was nine, my older siblings were old enough to start discovering music for themselves. The brother five years older than me started recording songs off the radio, and then buying CDs. There was punk, and metal, and funk. I was almost ten when American Idiot was released, and my brother recorded those singles, and Green Day’s previous singles that were getting increased airtime, off the radio. For years I had a six minute radio edit version of Jesus of Suburbia. At this point we had computers, and each our own accounts for them. Our own iTunes library. My brother bought Dookie, and I listened to Longview as an innocent ten year old that didn’t yet know what masturbation was. In the years to come, this brother also introduced me to the Sex Pistols, the Clash, Linkin Park, Wednesday 13, Good Charlotte, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Blink 182, Bowling for Soup, Sum 41… He never got too focussed on one artist, but my heart fell for Green Day.
The lyrics were simultaneously catchy and meaningful. They appeal to people of any age, and the songs carry enough variety that there is always a song you are in the mood to listen to. When we got internet, I spent hours on youtube listening to Ha Ha You’re Dead and She’s a Rebel. Youtube was a great way to let me, still a child with no spending money of my own, to discover more music by myself. When I started high school, I quickly became friends with another Green Day fan, who gave me Green Day albums for birthday and christmas presents. My first real foray into the community that surrounds the fanbase began when I was 12. I joined a forum, and a year later, a quiz making site. Someone messaged me on the quiz making site saying they liked my Green Day avatar, and initiated a long conversation about life. My mental health wasn’t always great, so knowing there were other people like me really helped.
My sister, three years older than me, preferred more pop style music: KT Tunstall, Sandi Thom, Lily Allen, the Holloways, Pink… When I was 15, my sister convinced me to visit her at her first year halls at university by taking me to see Bowling for Soup acoustic. It was the first concert I had chosen to go to, and it truly was an experience. It was an intimate show, but still introduced me to the chants of rock concerts in Glasgow (“here we, here we, here we fucking go”).
High school, and the friends I had there, introduced me to Simple Plan, Tokio Hotel, My Chemical Romance… No major change in what I liked, but always people to talk to about the music. The first CD I actually bought was Foxboro Hot Tubs’ Stop Drop and Roll!!! 21st Century Breakdown came out when I was 15. I had to do a talk on a person I would save for English, and chose Billie Joe Armstrong. I was surprised by the number of people in my year that knew 21st Century Breakdown. People talked about going to see them live, but I hadn’t even considered that being possible for me. It wasn’t like I really had the money or independence to be able to. I vowed to see them live one day, and tried not to be too jealous. My little brother was about eight, and loved the music video for Know Your Enemy. He started off very picky with music, only keeping the few songs from albums he definitely liked.
Near the end of high school, I stumbled across Emily’s Army (later to reinvent themselves as SWMRS), and later asked my friend to buy me their debut album as an early birthday present. Them being around my age made them more relatable, but them growing up rich made them less relatable to me.
University brought many new joys for me: student loans giving me the money and independence I needed, new friends, new opportunities… The next concert I went to was a wizard rock concert in 2012. It was an event held at the university, party to raise money for charity, with a variety of Harry Potter themed bands. I had become a regular member of another Green Day forum, and gained close friends there. There were skype calls and birthday presents. I had an opportunity to see Green Day live in London, but assumed they would be back for a full UK tour later, and chose to stay in town and do something for a friend’s birthday instead. I later regretted that decision when their tour was cancelled for various health reasons, and I stopped talking to said friend.
The next year, Emily’s Army announced something I had not been expecting: their first UK tour. I bought a ticket to the Glasgow show quickly, and was easily persuaded to take the long journey down to the Nottingham show as well. I stayed with people I’d met on a Green Day forum, and without them I probably would never have had the courage to get photos with, and hug, the band members. I had a cleaning job that summer, and the Emily’s Army concerts meant twice arriving back home well after midnight when I needed to be in work for 9am. It was exhausting, but very much worth it. They played Loch Lomond in Glasgow, declaring “I haven't had a full body sweat since the first time we played this song”. Being american, their pronunciation was a bit off, but the effort was appreciated. The Nottingham show featured a “wall of hugs”, but that wouldn’t work in Glasgow. The first Emily’s Army show in Glasgow was the first concert I went to by myself. My confidence has grown since then.
Not long after a friend had been talking to me about Emilie Autumn, I was flicking through the programme for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and noticed she was playing a show. In many ways, this wasn’t just music, it was theatre. The final concert I went to in 2013 was a Bowling for Soup concert with a large group of my friends, and my sister. It was referred to as their Farewell tour, the last of many consecutive years of UK tours. Some of the people I was with were so worried about getting caught up in the mosh pit that they moved back towards the bar. They wanted us to stay together in a group, but some of us wanted to be closer to the stage rather than further away. It made me realise that often it is better to go to concerts alone. Or at least with people that enjoy the music the same way you do.
Twice during 2014 I went to concerts purely because one friend or another had asked me to go with them, and not because I particularly cared about seeing the artist live. Those nights were more about drinking and chatting than paying attention to the music.
Emily’s Army had another UK tour, so naturally I went to the Glasgow date and met the band for the second time. I had a resit that summer, and bought the ticket without knowing if I would have an exam the next day. Thankfully, halfway through an interrailing holiday, I received the news that the exam was the day before the concert.
One way I have discovered music is through podcasts. “Man of the Hour” in my early teens onwards, from a guitarist of Simple Plan and their old merch guy. “Full Frontal” later, from half of All Time Low. I would listen to them while playing games, or walking to work. Every so often a song they’d play would resonate with me. I’d cut the song out from the podcast, or look the band up.
I’ve loved pirates since I was little, so stumbling across Alestorm was great. Scottish pirate metal is one of those genres that is so me that Alestorm went from being unknown to me to one of my favourite bands almost overnight. I thought dressing up as a pirate for the “Pirate Fest” they headlined in Glasgow was going too far, but regretted that as soon as I saw the line. It was a wild night. Despite the reasonably large crowd, I did get almost to the barrier for a while.
In 2015, I went to one concert. It was “Weird Al” Yankovic, and it was his first time playing in Scotland, as far as I can tell. It was wonderful in a whole different way from most of the concerts I’ve been to. Clips of him appearing in, or being mentioned in, various TV shows and films were played on the screens between songs. This gave him and his band time to change outfit, which they did for almost every song. Afterwards, Al sat on the step of the tour bus looking exhausted. Someone stood between him and the line of people who had stayed outside the venue, announced that he would sign one thing from each person, but no photos were allowed.
2016 came, and SWMRS emerged. Their “debut” album took a couple of listens, but really showed them growing up and finding their way. They ended up in the UK twice in the same summer. First in May, during exam season. Thankfully my exams were over, and as a bonus I was escaping the victory parade after the football team closest to where I lived won the Scottish cup for the first time in 114 years. I sat in the bar beforehand with a drink, and Max Becker smiled at me as the band walked past. After the show, I got a photo with the Beckers, and awkwardly talked to them. I noted how much we had changed, but mostly just to become ourselves. Next came August, and they finally came to Edinburgh. It was just after the fringe festival had finished, and I had an internship: nine to five, four days a week. I would have tried to go to both Scottish dates, but both were on work nights, and it took long enough to get back from work. The concert tickets still being around £10 was very useful. The Beckers still hang around after shows. This time, Cole was wearing a dress and drinking Irn Bru. They had been told how great a hangover cure Irn Bru is. I waited for other people to talk to them before going up to them in turn. I got a selfie with each of the Becker brothers, along with multiple hugs. They are honestly some of the loveliest people I’ve met.
Despite how terrible the politics had been, and how many great people the world lost, 2016 still brought out some great music. SWMRS, Blink 182, Against Me!, Green Day, Madness, the Interrupters, Sum 41… and I’m just listing the ones I bought concert tickets for. A youtuber I follow, NateWantsToBattle, released a cover album of pop punk songs, and I was pleased to find he had censored the word “fags” from his version of Green Day’s Holiday.
On my 22nd birthday I listened to a leak of Revolution Radio, the newest Green Day album. I had heard the first single from it as soon as it was released while sitting at work and hoping the woman I was interning for wasn’t going to show up before I heard it. That was a special moment. The second single ended up being Still Breathing, a song that meant a lot to me. A man that had essentially kept me alive for years was singing about still being alive. The new album brought new tours, and a new opportunity for me to finally see them live. I had signed up for the official fansite just to get the presale. The “UK tour” turned out to be three dates in England, but for this band I wasn’t too sad. Leeds on a Sunday night with a friend I’ve had for over a decade. Not too bad. February can’t come soon enough. I looked up the support act: the Interrupters. Ska punk, another genre so me I had to download all their music straight away. The song “By My Side” made me not want to die. As more tour dates were announced, I also bought tickets for Hyde Park (with my little brother, it is on his 16th birthday) and Glasgow (with a Green Day fan I had stayed with before) in July. I’m trying not to think about the money I’m throwing at them, but if anyone deserves it, they do.
December brought two rather different concerts. The first was Against Me! Their first support act was Mobina Galore, two women that surprised me in how much I liked them. After the show, I thanked them and they thanked me and it was just us thanking each other. I’m very bad at conversations. Milk Teeth paused their set to talk about mental health. Laura Jane Grace was wonderful, Against Me! have given me a great soundtrack to my own transgender dysphoria blues. The mosh pit was incredibly friendly, especially for Glasgow, and there was a clear place to stand if you didn’t want to join it. Yelling “the revolution was a lie” with the rest of the crowd was a beautiful moment, one I wished I could pick up and keep in my pocket, ready to relive whenever I need it. I waited around afterwards in the hope of meeting the band, but needed to leave to catch the last bus back home. They probably came out ten minutes after I left. That’s the sort of thing that happens to me.
The other concert in December was Madness. My dad was sure to tell me of when he would see them live in the ‘70s and ‘80s for less than a fiver, when I was paying almost £50 for a ticket. The music industry has changed since then, we agree. Now bands get more money from concerts and merch sales than from the album sales. Madness was the largest concert I’ve been to thus far in my living memory. The support act didn’t come on until over an hour after doors. Most of the crowd were the same age as my parents, some having brought their kids. It was a different crowd from what I often saw: instead of brightly coloured hair, they wore trilbys and fezes. It was the only time I’d seen anyone post facebook live videos during a concerts, and I could see three separate people do so at once. I only really knew the greatest hits, and the latest album, but still recognised almost every song played. They made good use of the screens and lighting. The hits had everyone bopping – literally a house of fun. Between the main show and the encore, they had a pipe band come on stage and play the national anthem. The crowd sang along to Flower of Scotland.
2017 will bring many more adventures in music. I already have bought tickets for six concerts: Sum 41, All Time Low (with SWMRS as support), Blink 182, and Green Day (three times). Each time I see Green Day will be in a different city, with a different person. There’s a lot to look forward to, and keep me going. These bands, and the communities that surround them, have been there for me all my life. When I ask why I’m alive, I know the answer. It’s music.
Last night was like any other night - I stayed up later than I should working on a drawing, then I played The Last of Us. Well, sometime around 11:30, I decided to head downstairs and get a glass of water. Well, I took a tad too long and turned around to discover my Dad had gotten up to put more pellets in the wood stove. Well, I didnt want to scare the shit out of him by making my presence known since he's jumpy and clearly wouldn't be expecting to see anyone in the dark kitchen, because me and my brother rarely get up and go to the kitchen. So to spare him, I slipped out into the laundry room. Let me fill you in quickly on why I realized this is a problem...
The laundry room is also the enclosed porch, with a light that shines out outside if you want to get a look at things. I didnt realize until I was out there that there was a 75% chance of him coming out there to flip on the light and check the weathe outside, since we were also havign a blizzard at the time. Not uncommon for him to do this when he's up in the middle of the night. Even more problems, there's absolutely nowhere to hide in the laundry room, and if I got caught in there, I'd be suspcious as all hell and would get in trouble.
Sooo... Lucky me, I was already dressed from head to toe in black pajamas with a black hoodie, so I suck up in the darkest corner, praying he doesnt come out there.
I hear him come into the kitchen and get a drink... And then he does what I was not expecting, and defintely threw a wrench into my sneaky plan of getting back to my room on the second floor. He goes to the living room, sits on the couch, and watches TV for an hour at a very low volume. So any creaking floorboards will be very obvious. Also, let me illuminate another major problem: I live in a 110 year-old farmhouse, so the floors creak and squeal with every step, making being sneaky a ton harder.
Getting to the stairs from the laundry room shouldn't be such a chore, right? To make matters worse, the living room is situated directly in front of the laundry room, seperated by a large room with the computer and fireplace in it. This is the room with the creaky boards and the only thing (hopefully) blocking his view of me is the other couch in front of him. So after fourty five minutes of waiting for him to go back to bed, I finally decide screw it, I'll try my luck.
So I get on my hands and knees and am crawling as absolutely slow and quietly as I can, just to squeeze out of sight. I did eventually get there, heart racing in a panic.
Then I realized that all that turmoil was nothing compared to what was ahead of me. The stairs leading up to my room are the squeakiest damn things in the house, and they only creak louder when you're trying to be quiet and stealthy.
So I hung out for another 20 minutes, unsure if he'd gone to bed, practically lifting myself up the stairs by pushing back against the walls on either side of the stairs to skip the squeakest ones.
And at last! I made it back to my room one hour later with zero motivation to continue what Id been working on.
Having done GDA for 12 years now, it's amazing to think of how different, and similar, things are. GDA feels like a juggernaut compared to other fan sites. We just recently passed 100k followers on Twitter, 226k followers on Facebook. In the past 6 months we've had 1.2 million visits (2.4 million page views).
While things are still pretty good, I can't help but look and wonder how different things could be.
Back in 2004 when I started, before sites like Facebook and Twitter, there were a bunch of small fansites. It was fun competing with each other sites like greenday.net, geekstinkbreath, billiejoe.org, greendayvideos.net, GDUK, to name just a few. It was a race to see who could get news up faster. Who would grow the most, who could offer something new and better to fans. I loved it. I spent nearly all my free time working on GDA. Chatting with people on AIM, then the GDA Chat Room. It felt like a real community.
It's different now that most sites have fallen off, and GDA and GDC have grown so much. I mean, we have more traffic than the official forum (a point that someone on Green Day's team highlighted recently - "we know you guys have the community we wish we did"). The main problem now is that there aren't really any more fansites, so a certain type of competition is gone. There are fan pages on Facebook, fan-related Twitter accounts, fan Tumblrs and Instagrams. The main issue we have at GDA is the speed of getting content out. Even though it's not a lot of work, it's recognizably harder to write up a post and put it on GDA than it is to just copy/paste a headline and link and post on FB or Twitter. I also think there's a much lower threshold of quality that people want on social media.
Much of the last year has felt like trying to play catch-up to a harder medium. I can't help but feel like we're failing on two sides. We take longer to post stuff up AND we don't even get everything posted. Some things come and go and we never get around to it.
Both points were totally valid and we deserved the criticism. I really do appreciate honest and constructive criticism. So I took applications for GDA editors a couple months back but decided to hold off on bringing anyone new on the team. Of course, I was called out then as well for more than likely not promoting someone because I'm stubborn and like to do everything myself. Again, totally valid.
It's hard for me to trust people to do a good job and make sure they don't fuck us over. Yes, I have terrible trust issues and it's leading to GDA being way behind other Green Day related accounts. This year even the official site/social media accounts have stepped it up. It looks like they hired some more people to manage the accounts and they get stuff out first and regularly. Since GDA kind of became the primary fan site, the only real competition I knew we'd have was with the official site stepping it up. And after 10 years, they have.
So now I don't know exactly where to go. We need to do a better job, and I go through phases of being 'Super-Andres' who posts stuff, and works on code, and upgrades GDC, to pretty much disppearing for several days/weeks. I don't know how to balance that out. I get super excited about something and just go till I get burned out, then hide away for a bit till something brings me back around.
12 years in, this whole thing hasn't gotten easier. Different challenges than we had back then, but still challenges none-the-less.
I, a lone drop, amongst other lone drops.
Together, without each other, without self, without color.
Without speech and without happy, just water.
I, a lone drop, abandon other drops.
Abandon an empty house, without home,
without wall and without road, just air.
I, a lone drop, fall towards other drops.
Together, drops that are not drops,
loneliness that isn't alone, just sea.
I, a lone drop, no longer alone and no longer a drop.
Line-Up: ?, Noctura, Hell, Gloryhammer, Rage, Orden Ogan, J.B.O., Saxon, BLIND GUARDIAN.
When I heard that Blind Guardian are going to headline the second day of the Christmas Bash Festival this year I told my boyfried that we have to go there, but I did not order any tickets yet. Then I forgot about it and when they announced that the whole Imaginations from the Other Side album will be played this evening I ordered tickets as fast as I could. And, as always, I was not disappointed of my favorite band. In this entry I will reflect the whole day chronologically.
After a 3hour car drive we arrieved just in time for the first band, whose name I forgot. Before entering the location we had our belated lunch, so we almost missed the first band and only heard one song so I can't really tell how they were.
Noctura was the second band this evening, playing a mixture of black metal, death metal and black gaze, even covering ABBA (<3), and I really liked them, sadly they just played 30 minutes. After a 15 minutes break, my first highlight entered the stage: Hell. They are a typical heavy metal band, with a wonderful, dramatic show and an awesome singer. He acted and sang fantastically, I think he just was too heavy for broadway. The costumes of the band were fantastic too, they just looked as they haved escaped from an darker victorian era in a parallel universe. Sadly they are not that much known in Germany so the crowd was not that engergetic as later in the evening. Furthermore I think the missing popularity in germany explained the shortness of their setlist, they only played for 30 minutes. I hope they will tour again someday and play longer shows...
The band that followed Hell was Gloryhammer, the side project of the Alestorm singer. I am not a big fan of alestorm and Gloryhammer was (in my eyes) rather boring, even though they performed a funny, crazy show, with crazy costumes. Their music is some generic power metal, and their lyrical focus lies on some super-heroes saving the galaxy with heavy metal and alcohol. I think this kind of music is funny if you are super drunk, I found it ridiculous. So my bf and I took the chance, went back to the car to eat something and I grabbed all Blind Guardian CDs we listened to on the car ride to the festival, because I needed them for something that made this day the best day of my life. (I will talk about that in a moment)
Rage was the follow up of Gloryhammer who are a power metal band from Germany. A lot of people have gathered to see them but my bf and I decided to watch them from the back, sitting on a bench. From what I heard (i couldn't see anything) they have played and engergetic, fast set, with a lot of crowd siging and shouting, so they have been quite good but nothing super special. When they were almost through their set I got up and joind the queue for...
THE BLIND GUARDIAN SIGNING SESSION!!
I did not know about the signing session in advance, I just saw an unremarkable, small cardboard sign which announced signing sessions. Unfortunately the session of Blind Guardian was at the same time as the Orden Ogan show (which is one of my favorite bands) and so I joined the queue early and I only missed half of the Orden Ogan set. But this was absolutely worth it because I had some nice chats with other blind guradian fans while waiting in line and now I have a signed Imagiations from the Other Side, At Night at the opera, and Beyond the Red Mirror album and I just died inside when Hansi and the rest of the band stood in front of me (omg I'm such a fangirl, but this band is legendary. Really. And I have never thought this would happen to me ) .
After I have put my cds back into my pocket I joined my boyfriend in the crowd for the last three songs of the Orden Ogan show. I have seen Orden Ogan twice before, first in 2012 and another time last year and I just have to say that they have gotten better over the years and they are just playing awesome songs in an awesome show and everyone around me just shouted and screamed and sang along to their very epic power metal music. The setlist contained a well-balanced mixtured of old songs and newer ones. Another highlight of the evening was that my bf catched a drumstick and gave it to me. We went back to the car to put back my newest treasures and to sit down a bit. We were in no hurry because the following band was JBO.
JBO are also a german band, who have dedicated themselve to use famous songs, write new lyrics to the melodies and perform them in a "funny" way. Musically it was boring and lame, and as Gloryhammer this music is for driking. As Rage we watched them from the back and I was so happy when it was over. After JBO my boyfriend and I walked to the front to see Saxon and they were quite cool. As Hell, they play good, old heavy metal and it was fun to watch and hear and I had a great time and the 60 minutes show were over quite fast. There were a lot of people and a bit of crowdsurfing so I had a very nice time while wating for Blind Guardian.
As the attentive reader might know, the main act of the evening was Blind Guardian. I have seen Blind Guardian in May last year and so I had really high expectations for this evening. And I was not disappointed. They started with "the ninth wave" as opening song which is a perfect song because it builds up so nicely. Nightfall followed next and then Hansi, the singer announced what I already knew: that IImaginations from the other Side will be now played in full lenght. And every single song was played and performed fantstically. I truly have no words for it. Each of the musicians did a wonderful job, each solo and every note was just perfect. This is live music on such a high level, there are just a few comparable artists out there. My personal highlights were: imagiations from the other side, a past and future secret, mordred's song, born in a morning hall and and the story ends. After "And the Story ends" (which is the last song on the imagiantions album) they only played the two classics: the bards song and valhalla. The crowd was amazing in every single song. Every person around me knew every song by heart and so we all sang along to every epic chorus and verses. We didn't stop singing vahalla until the band left the stage and it was just a magical moment.
The only thing I have to critizise is that Blind Guardian did only play 1h and 15 minutes which was not enough but this was'n their fault. On the festival there were just too many bands and too little time.
Overall I just have to say that I had so much fun and I heard so many rarities that are seldom played live (mordred's song, I'm alive, born in a mourning hall, another holy war...) that I'm just a lucky person that I was able to see them.
New lyrics. Enjoy.
I've got a feeling
but I cannot feel
I've got an inkling
but I've got no quill
You should retire
You're now expired
You're not the focus
That's why you're wired
Just keep it up!
Firing rate gone into the morning
When you get smoked up
there is no warning
Just give in!
With these opinions
and moves like gremlins
Eat out the sun
Race on, you stallions!
In 15 years you're finally gone
if even that long, Mr. Corporate Minion
So this all started in a weird way, and to quickly summarize "Roger's" evolution, here's how he came to be:
My 4-H district was having a contest to draw a logo for next years's county fair, themed around the 2017 eclipse. Well, while working on that, I got bored and doodled some aliens, and Roger was the most amusing of the bunch. The little fellow was creepy and charming enough that me and my Mom formed a private joke about adventures he could go on and messes to get himself into. I refined his sketch, and now he'll be appearing in a daily comic strip! For now, I'm just illustrating how on Earth he ended up on planet Earth. Here's part 1 and 2.
I really can't look at the panel of Roger about to eat the cat without bursting out laughing, because his face says it all.
I suppose the goal of the comic is to poke fun at different things, like for example, the abstract painting in the living room and the perhaps overdressed house, decked out with enough Christmas lights to be mistaken for a space shuttle.
I just stumbled upon this short video on Facebook and was completely floored by it and just... holy shit man. I don't know if this has been posted here before, since the video is four days old. I wasn't sure whether this warranted its own thread or not, but I wanted it to be here. So I made a blog post about it.
Please watch the video. Watch it twice.
Description: As the school year winds down, one student finds himself starting an unexpected relationship.
I'm eager to see how activity around GDC and the 'green day community' (lower case, as in, not the location, but the fan base as a whole) changes over the next several months as the band starts doing promo again and goes back on tour.
Around the release we saw such a huge influx of users. Monthly traffic last month here on GDC was more than 75% higher than the same time last year. Expected. Unfortunately November this month was down 26% from October. Also expected since there's a whole lot of conversation and interest when a new album is released.
I'm still hopeful that with a new single and more promo coming things will pick back up again. This place does pretty well when the tour is active as fans want a central place to organize and talk. While most of the world moves on to Facebook pages and groups, there's something unique and special about communicating on a forum dedicated to a topic you care about. In the back of my mind I'm always worried that with the advent of new social media, communities like this one will be less and less popular. But over the last couple years, seeing the type of people that end up here has only convinced me that places like GDC will remain a unique attraction and a worthwhile one. It's not as passive as something like a Facebook page. Members have to actively engage if they want to be part of the community.
So hopefully that will remain true for a while, and hopefully activity will pick back up as fans come back to look at a central place to talk to like-minded people when the tour kicks back off.