October 16, 2013

"If I could change the world..."

Eric Clapton "Change The World" ReImagining Grammy series

So, the Grammy organization is doing this new "ReImagine" web series on YouTube. It's where artists reinvent or cover versions of other songs, with hopes that it will connect the Grammy past with the present. Well, Chris Young is the first country artist to try it out and completely blew his rendition of Eric Clapton's "Change The World" out of the water. 

I've never really been a huge fan of the song, but the way Chris changes up the progression of the song just a bit, really made me hear it for the beautiful love song that it was intended to be. His voice reaches new heights as he goes into his falsetto in the chorus. It kind of makes you want to melt into a pile of mush, ladies! If you haven't watched this video, you should get on that, uh, RIGHT NOW!
If I remember correctly, he also has some sort of technical training with classical music, too, and that shows with some of the well thought out notes and chords. It will never stop driving me crazy over the fact that he never gets nominated! He has one of the best voices out there (definitely my favorite male vocalist) and is consistent with hits. Maybe A.M will finally get him the recognition he truly deserves! 

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That's all lovelies,

Taking life one day at a time...

Life has been keeping me extremely busy lately. There's school, trips, keeping up with my favorite shows, friends and working as a staff writer for Pop Wrapped and the schoool newspaper. There have been many moments of doubt, lack of confidence in myself and I've been extremely frustrated with still getting into a groove. Plus, let's not forget claiming a minor and figuring out which department is the right one to talk to, depending on the situation. I've been driving myself crazy, but I'm trying to give up having that control, because God already has everything planned out. I just need to do what I need to right now and let the rest of the story write itself, rather than trying to get so far ahead that I just get paralyzed with fear.

The Beach//
A couple weekends ago, my parents and I went to the beach with my aunt, uncle, cousin and some family friends. It was an absolute blast! I've been feeling so overwhelmed and my mind has been so focused on the media, writing and so many ideas swirling around in my mind. Needless to say, it was good to unplug for a little bit. I forgot all about everything else, at least for awhile.

We sat around the campfire at my aunt and uncle's campsite, we had lunch with our family friends, we visited a pumpkin patch at the Avila Barn and picked up some treats, and just visited with one another, which was my favorite part. I did not want to come home at all, especially because the weather was so perfect. As soon as we came home, I was REALLY sick all night and a little under the weather the next morning. I think stress and exhaustion caught up with me, but you just keep going.

High School Homecoming Game//

Friday Night Lights...
Last Friday night, I went to my old high school's homecoming. That always brings such a broad range of emotions for me; happy that I'm seeing what's outside of those four walls, sad that I'm suddenly an adult and things are changing, and just recalling who I was from 14-18 years old. I felt incredibly sentimental watching all of the younger kids, most that I had no idea who they were, as they wonder who they want to be; meeting up with friends and trying to make the most of the next four years. I met up with my best friend, Marissa, and we ended up hanging out with a couple other friends. 
We also had a really nice chat with our former Bible teacher, which I found really insightful. We talked about how strange it feels to be back, but it still feels like no time has passed. And we talked about how different your life usually turns out to be than when you're in high school daydreaming for the future. I told everyone how I thought I'd be in Nashville, singing at The Grand Ole Opry by now, but that definitely hasn't happened yet. My former teacher asked us what we were all up to, and then it came to me. But, he started to guess before I told him, "You're gonna be a singer.." I was like, "No, I'm a journalism major..The second best thing. That way, I still get to talk to all the stars and don't have to deal with the crazies." He agreed and thought that fit, then he joked about how I'm always posting about who I've met, "Oh, here's me and Dolly Parton," and he posed cheesily like pretending to be me. I laughed and told him I wish I had met Dolly, but he usually asks me who I've seen or met since the last time we talked! HA! 

It was just really good knowing that I'm not alone, and being 21/22 years old is totally fine to not be exactly where you're supposed to be just yet. We're all going to get there in time. I definitely appreciate high school so much more now, and I'm hoping that knowing what I know now...I can take the time to appreciate college while it's happening, instead of waiting until after I graduate to look back at how good I had it. All in all, I had a really good time and I'm so glad I continue to go every year...I think it always reminds me of where I come from! :)

Last Saturday, my parents and I went with my aunt up to Tehachapi (a small town about 45 minutes from where we live) for the apple festival event that was going on. Last year, my parents and I had just missed the apple season, so we thought we'd try it this year...And we just barely made it in time to get apples this time around.

We walked along the main street, which was charming and quaint, and the air was cooler. It's a magical little town, especially during the colder months, so I always enjoy exploring the shops and being curious about the people around. Then, after checking out the booths on the main street and some of the exciting things they had set up, we tried to find an apple shed that was actually open and eventually found a cute little one on the outskirts of town. We found the right apples to make an apple pie and took some pictures of the gorgeous trees turning from green to those rich orange(y) colors that I love so much!
We stopped at McDonald's for McFlurry's, then made the journey home!
My dad and I went to the movies later on that night to see Gravity, because I was writing a review of it for my school's newspaper! It's a really great movie...A bit intense and my heart was pounding a good portion of the time, but I think everything about it was just brilliant.

Other random things that have happened the past couple weeks:

The Cory tribute on Glee, where we all bawled our eyes out... :*(

Got my "Pioneer" necklace (designed by The Band Perry) in the mail!!!

Hanging out at school...

Sandra Bullock is just one of THE coolest people! I LOVE HER!

  • Midterms (TOMORROW...AHHH!)
  • Working as a staff writer on The Runner (my school's newspaper)
  • Working as a staff writer on Pop Wrapped
  • Plenty of homework...
  • Meet with counselor/sign up for winter classes
  • Claim minor...Oh, and I have to make sure I do this BEFORE I sign up for classes
  • Friend's engagement party
  • Vince Gill concert
  • Disneyland with one of my best friends to celebrate her 21st birthday that was earlier in the month.
That's all coming up this month, so like I said...I'm keeping busy...All while trying to keep in that creative zone; working on editing videos, keeping up with the blog, and whatever story ideas come up. Not going to lie, it's a little tough, and sometimes I just feel like I have no idea what I'm doing or whether I'm on the right track, but I don't have anywhere that I HAVE to be just yet, so things are good, life is good. I'm enjoying the ride.

That's all for now,

"I've apparently become the victim of growing up, which apparently happens to all of us at one point or another. It's been going on for quite some time now, without me knowing it. I've found that growing up can mean a lot of things. For me, it doesn't mean I should become somebody completely new and stop loving the things I used to love. It means I've just added more things to my list."
 *Taylor Swift*

21...Young and free!