Thursday, June 30, 2011

YouTube Video of My Day

Today's YouTube Video that made me smile was this song by The Head And The Heart. They are a relatively new band, formed in 2009, from Seattle, Washington. Their way of controlling their voices with the strumming of the guitar remind me a twang of Mumford & Sons but they definitely have their own spin to the music. The lyrics are real and raw just as much as the vocals. I stumbled upon Lost In My Mind first but while browsing I found the simplicity of this music video irresistible. What do you think?

The Lyrics:

A year from now we'll all be gone
All our friends will move away
And they're goin' to better places
But our friends will be gone away
Nothin' is as it has been
And I miss your face like hell
And I guess it's just as well
But I miss your face like hell
Been talkin' 'bout the way things change
And my family lives in a different state
If you don't know what to make of this
Then we will not relate
So if you don't know what to make of this
Then we will not relate
Rivers and roads
Rivers and roads
Rivers 'til I reach you

Hope you enjoy!

Happy World Social Media Day!

In honor of this fantastic new Social Media day, I thought I would do my part to share what I've learnt about this interesting partnering up of words: social and media.

In defining anything we look to dictionaries and encyclopedias. I thought the internet versions of these real-life books would Urban dictionary and Wikipedia in their infinite wisdom. So, what is Social Media? defines it as: "participatory online media that utilizes the group to write and direct content, rather than a read-only media. Allows for direct contact between participants" [found above the entries social media whore and social media seizure] adds to that definition that some businesses call it consumer-generated media (CGM).

Andrew Keen criticizes social media in his book The Cult of the Amateur, writing, "Out of this anarchy, it suddenly became clear that what was governing the infinite monkeys now inputting away on the Internet was the law of digital Darwinism, the survival of the loudest and most opinionated." For a list of many of the social media platforms available today, Social Media on Wikipedia and The Social Media Bible: Tactics, Tools, and Strategies for Business Success are great resources!

One of the interesting stories I've read was about Ramon Stoppelenburg who traveled like crazy for two years without paying a thing, thanks to his website:

&& A blog (a contraction of the term "web log") is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Therefore, the fact that you can interact on a blog [the blogger by posting and the reader by posting comments] makes it a part of social media & Web 2.0

I have profiles with Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, & Klout. What's your favorite form of social media?

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

YouTube Video of My Day

Rock 'n' Roll. It's not just a genre of music. It's a lifestyle of being cool with whatever comes. It's commonly characterized by leather jackets and crooked smiles. Those leather jackets allow things to roll right off a person ... like the reality that the world as we know it is over. If you think about it, the dynamic and ever-changing world calls for a song like this all the time, with advancements and technologies that forever alter the way the world is perceived. Think: Twitter causing a revolution, Facebook creating awareness about a multitude of causes, and even blogs replacing media rooms to provide political commentary.

This is the cover of REM's It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) originally appearing on the 1987 album Document. The country bands Little Big Town and Sugarland join Matt Nathanson in rockin' out old-school to this awesome song. Check it out, and I've added the lyrics to the original after the video for y'all :) ...

"That's great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes, an aeroplane -
Lenny Bruce is not afraid. Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn -
world serves its own needs, regardless of your own needs. Feed it up a knock,
speed, grunt no, strength no. Ladder structure clatter with fear of height,
down height. Wire in a fire, represent the seven games in a government for
hire and a combat site. Left her, wasn't coming in a hurry with the furies
breathing down your neck. Team by team reporters baffled, trump, tethered
crop. Look at that low plane! Fine then. Uh oh, overflow, population,
common group, but it'll do. Save yourself, serve yourself. World serves its
own needs, listen to your heart bleed. Tell me with the rapture and the
reverent in the right - right. You vitriolic, patriotic, slam, fight, bright
light, feeling pretty psyched.

It's the end of the world as we know it.
It's the end of the world as we know it.
It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.

Six o'clock - TV hour. Don't get caught in foreign tower. Slash and burn,
return, listen to yourself churn. Lock him in uniform and book burning,
blood letting. Every motive escalate. Automotive incinerate. Light a candle,
light a motive. Step down, step down. Watch a heel crush, crush. Uh oh,
this means no fear - cavalier. Renegade and steer clear! A tournament,
a tournament, a tournament of lies. Offer me solutions, offer me alternatives
and I decline.

It's the end of the world as we know it.
It's the end of the world as we know it.
It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.

The other night I tripped a nice continental drift divide. Mount St. Edelite.
Leonard Bernstein. Leonid Breshnev, Lenny Bruce and Lester Bangs.
Birthday party, cheesecake, jelly bean, boom! You symbiotic, patriotic,
slam, but neck, right? Right.

It's the end of the world as we know it.
It's the end of the world as we know it.
It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine...fine...

(It's time I had some time alone)"

Another great song that I love by Matt Nathanson is called All We Are. According to my iTunes playlist, I gave it a 5-stars for adding a smile to my day.

What do you think?

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Appetizer to the Big Apple: Balila!

Yes, this again. I apologize.

I mean considering my many, many hours being in front of the computer these last few days, we all should have guessed I would be posting another one of those calls for help again. I just wasn't expecting it to be so soon...

Yes, it's about a contest. Yes, I did enter it. Yes, winning it would bring me closer to my goal of travelling the world/figuring out if I like New York or not. So then tell me with all this in mind how could I refuse?

It's a contest about food so of course I had to represent the food of the homeland. I thought Balila would be a good choice :)
Please follow the link to vote and share it with as many people as possible.

Balila!! | Edible Nation Contest Entry |

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Civil Wars: Like No Other

I am fortunate enough to have one of the coolest friends ever who trusts me to drag her along to random concerts of bands whom she has never heard of in her life before. Rosy, if you're reading this I love you/Thanks! Our latest adventure was at the El Rey Theatre to watch The Civil Wars which coincidentally is the same place we went to see Andy Grammer for her first time.

A couple of my pictures from the event:

Sorry for the blurry, my camera slightly failed me that night.

This is a clip from their tour diary:
The Civil Wars // Tour Diary // 01 on Vimeo
Also, to get their free EP, follow this link:
Civil Wars on Noisetrade!
But the only way to get some of the newer songs is to buy the CD.
I found this great deal with Amazon: Barton Hollow

Call for Help!

Hello WorldWide Web,

I realize it's a long shot but you've gotta admire a girl for trying, right?

Well, I stumbled upon a TicketLiquidator contest which I may [don't wanna jinx it] or may not be able to win. I figured on lazy summer days like this one, why not?

This brings me to the call to action that I pleadingly send to any who may stumble upon this post. If you could click this great cool Facebook link, you would be able to vote for me. Each and every vote brings me closer to winning but also adds to my daily percentage of excitement which I gotta say is priceless [did not mean to invoke that cheesy credit card commercial].
This is the link:

You never know. Miracles do happen. Let's see what Web 2.0 can do!

Just as Andy Grammer is able to make it big from just playing on Third Street, we have to keep our heads up and support! That's why I thought you all might want some piece of the music that's already making its way to the radio: Andy's CD for a great deal: Andy Grammer