Thank you for your talent, Chester. May you rest in peace. You certainly have reasons to be missed.
In November I made a list of songs for my life’s soundtrack, you can find it here. Most of those songs remain in my life but of course there are more to add! Here we go, The Soundtrack of My Life: Volume 2.
Again, these are songs based on past events, feelings, and people in my life.
- You and I by Lady Gaga
- Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon
- And We Danced by Macklemore
- You Go Down Smooth by Lake Street Dive
- Slow and Steady by Of Monsters and Men
- Happiness by The Fray
- Comptine d’un autre été, L’après-midi by Yann Tiersen
- Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen
- Save Rock and Roll by Fall Out Boy
- I Don’t Want to Wait by Paula Cole
- I’ll be there for you by The Rembrandts
- Mr. Roboto by Styx
- You Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd by Roger Miller
- Dancing Queen by Abba
- My Drink N My 2 Step by Cassidy
- Yummy by Gwen Stefani
- Have I Told You Lately by Rod Stewart
- It’s Time by Imagine Dragons
- Goodbye, Apathy by OneRepublic
- What’s Up by 4 Non Blondes
Happy Musical Monday!
Finally I have a purpose.
If you read my last post at the end of July, you may know I had been waiting for something…I’m happy to announce I was waiting on my admissions decision into grad school and I was accepted! I am now a graduate student in Cinema Production at DePaul University!
It’s been a hell of ride to get to this point, a year ago I was starting my senior year at Purdue University and there is no way I would have ever guessed this is what I would be doing. Three months ago, I became a college graduate and had just got back from Europe…still clueless about what was next. One month and about thirteen days ago, with the luck of finding this awesome program at DePaul and finding out about an Accelerated Admissions program offered by the College of Computing and Digital Media, I decided to apply for the Fall quarter. And a week later I was accepted.
After lots of preparation and support from my parents, I am now living in Downtown Chicago right in DePaul’s Loop Campus and I could not be happier. I had mentioned before, Chicago is the place I wanted to be since my internship two years ago. I finally made it! I’ll be here for at least two years, and if I’m lucky I will get a job here when I graduate… we’ll see where this adventure takes me.
Today is my first day of class. The adventure I’ve been waiting for is here! It’s Time to begin, isn’t it?
There have been times in my life where I’ve hated instrumental breaks…especially in karaoke! But in past few years, I have had a growing love for instrumental and orchestral music. Part of the reason I enjoy it is because, even though I love to sing, I can’t sing along…there are no words. I can listen to this music and focus on something without getting distracted by the words. This was mostly when I was reading or studying for school. I enjoyed background music but if I was reading the lyrics would mess me up, so this was my solution! And now, I listen to it just because I like it!
Titanium/Pavane by The Piano Guys
Children by Escala
My Immortal by Lindsey Stirling
Sweet Child of Mine by Dallas String Quartet
1. European lifts (or elevators) use 0 as the ground floor, anything above is a positive number, anything below is a negative number…makes more sense than G and B, really.
2. Coffee Shops in Amsterdam do not sell coffee…
3. In Germany, particularly Munich, when ordering a beer, 1 liter is a normal serving.
4. …Where you should also never order a Radler (a shandy), unless you want to be made fun of, especially you men, sorry.
5. The word pickpocket is the same in every language. Wallets in front pockets, hands on your purses!
6. Tequila is much better with cinnamon and an orange slice, as opposed to salt and a lime.
7. Always have your hotel address written down to show a taxi driver.
8. Sometimes…you must pay to use the public toilet.
9. Sometimes…there are Italian men outside the restroom taking money for you to use the toilet when it should actually be a free toilet experience…beware of these tricky people.
10. Austrian Schnapps are not like the Schnapps in the States…they’re stronger.
11. White Water Rafting is an amazing experience, even if there is a torrential downpour.
12. Think of yourself as a traveler, not a tourist.
13. If you need a masquerade mask, go to Venice.
14. Learn to say “Thank you,” “Please,” “Cheers” and other basic phrases in the local language…especially, “Do you speak English?”
15. There are lots of people who sell fake bags, glasses, and other products randomly on the street.
16. A coach is more than just a bus.
17. There are Australians…everywhere.
18. Bread, slices of assorted meats and cheeses…classic breakfast.
19. Italian rap karaoke is super entertaining.
20. The game “every time you see someone riding a bike, take a drink” in Amsterdam, is a death sentence.
21. Service stops in Europe are much more elaborate that the ones in the U.S.
22. You want leather? Florence is your answer.
23. On occasion, a seagull will attack and kill a pigeon in Rome…or maybe that was just a one time thing…
24. There are gypsies…there will always be gypsies.
25. Europeans listen to a wide variety of American music.
26. You will stay up late and you will get up early because you only have so much time in each place!
27. Validate your subway ticket to avoid falling up a down escalator.
29. Don’t think too much, experience and embrace every taste, smell, sound, touch and sight!
30. 12 days is not enough time in Europe!