Musical Mondays: I’ll Be There For You By Yungtown (Feat. PeanutButterGamer)

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Usually when I post Musical Mondays it’s an inspirational song to showcase being you, going for your dreams, and to just keep moving forward. Keep working, you’ll get there soon enough.

This song is inspirational to me in a different way. It’s called “I’ll Be There For You” by Yungtown, featuring PeanutButterGamer. Both of them are YouTubers I watch and listen to quite often – okay, more like all the time. Both of them are gamers and Yungtown is a singer/rapper. They came together to create this song and music video.

The video is from the video game Animal Crossing. They used the music from the game to aid along the tune of their song, which worked out nicely. It’s calming and soothing.

The song itself, however, is about friendship, long distance, anxiety, and loneliness.

This song resonates with me so well – in fact, I even cried when I first heard the song when they released it.

I only have a handful of really good friends in real life. Which, in my opinion, is enough. I don’t need a large group. However, I do have a ton of friends through the internet from social media and this blog. My anxiety gets to me quite often, especially when it comes to relationships. I also work from home so it’s hard to relate to some of my older friends and, in the end, you lose touch with one another.

So, this is a reminder to you guys – and to myself – that you’re not alone and I’m always here for you. Keep your friends close.

What did you think of the song? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.

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Musical Mondays: This Is Me (The Greatest Showman)

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I thought we were due to have another Musical Monday post. There’s been so much hype around The Greatest Showman and while I have yet to see the movie, I’ve listened to the soundtrack over and over again.

All the songs are so inspirational and I think it speaks to anyone who wants to inspire people, make a difference in the world, or who are just creative at heart.

The song This Is Me is performed by Keala Settle and she has a beautiful voice. It’s all about being you, shooting for your dreams, and not letting anyone say you can’t do something or get in your way.

When you’re trying to make a living as a writer, blogger, freelancer, whatever… it’s really hard to stay positive. You just have to take it day by day. Work hard and stay focused. Remember you can do it no matter what. Your time will come to shine.

I chose this particular video for the song because Keala was nervous to sing the song. I felt as though the song taught her a lesson in a way. I found it inspirational. The actual song doesn’t start for about a minute in, but I recommend listening to the whole video anyway.

Enjoy.

I am not a stranger to the dark
Hide away, they say
‘Cause we don’t want your broken parts
I’ve learned to be ashamed of all my scars
Run away, they say
No one’ll love you as you are
But I won’t let them break me down to dust
I know that there’s a place for us
For we are glorious
When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me
Look out ’cause here I come
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me
Another round of bullets hits my skin
Well, fire away ’cause today, I won’t let the shame sink in
We are bursting through the barricades and
Reaching for the sun (we are warriors)
Yeah, that’s what we’ve become (yeah, that’s what we’ve become)
I won’t let them break me down to dust
I know that there’s a place for us
For we are glorious
When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me
Look out ’cause here I come
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me
This is me
and I know that I deserve your love
’cause there’s nothing I’m not worthy of
When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
This is brave, this is proof
This is who I’m meant to be, this is me
Look out ’cause here I come (look out ’cause here I come)
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum (marching on, marching, marching on)
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me
When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I’m gonna send a flood
Gonna drown them out
Oh
This is me

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Musical Mondays: What Are You Waiting For

I’ve noticed that I haven’t done a Musical Monday in a while. (I’ve also noticed that this is the third one and they’re all six months apart. I didn’t plan that.)

September is coming to a close. Everyone went back to work, back to school, and we’re all in our usual routines again.

While I’m happy, this is a big strange for me. For the past eight years, I’ve always had to deal with that first day of school. I’ve had to deal with working with new teachers, working with new students. I’ve been a robot; my body and mind catering to the preschool schedule, singing the days of the week and learning how to spell my name at the same time each and every day.

I don’t have that anymore.

I quit my job back in June at the end of the previous school year and honestly, I haven’t looked back. But also, it hasn’t quite sunk in until this month.

I usually buy myself some new supplies, a couple new outfits here and there, etc. But I didn’t this year. I bought new supplies for my writing, but I do that all year round. I didn’t buy any new clothes (though I really need to…) because guess what? I can stay in my pajamas all day if I really wanted to.

This song that I’m about to show you is one of my favorites. I love Nickelback. They can be hardcore rock, but can also be very inspiring. When this song first came out in 2014, I thought a lot about myself. About my writing and blogging.

I had been complaining about wanting to go full time with it for so long, but not having enough time to actually pursue it.

Then I did it. I finally figured things out, decided to do what’s right for me, what’s going to make me happy.

Needless to say, this song speaks loudly to me. I hope you enjoy it and it speaks to you, too.

LYRICS

What are you waiting for
What are you waiting for
Are you waiting on a lightning strike
Are you waiting for the perfect night
Are you waiting till the time is right?
What are you waiting for?

Don’t you wanna learn to deal with fear
Don’t you wanna take the wheel and steer
Don’t you wait another minute here
What are you waiting for
What are you waiting for

You gotta go and reach for the top
Believe in every dream that you got
You’re only living once so tell me
What are you, what are you waiting for?
You know you gotta give it your all
And don’t you be afraid if you fall
You’re only living once so tell me?
What are you, what are you waiting for?

Are you waiting for the right excuse?
Are you waiting for a sign to choose
While you’re waiting it’s the time you lose
What are you waiting for?Don’t you wanna spread your wings and fly?

Don’t you wanna spread your wings and fly?
Don’t you wanna really live your life?
Don’t you wanna love before you die?
What are you waiting for?
What are you waiting for?

You gotta go and reach for the top
Believe in every dream that you got
You’re only living once so tell me
What are you, what are you waiting for?
You know you gotta give it your all
And don’t you be afraid if you fall
You’re only living once so tell me
What are you, what are you waiting for?

Tell me what you’re waiting for
Show me what you’re aiming for
What you gonna save it for?
So what you really waiting for?

Tell me what you’re waiting for
Show me what your aiming for
What you gonna save it for?
So what you really waiting for?

Everybody’s gonna make mistakes
But everybody’s got a choice to make
Everybody needs a leap of faith
When are you taking yours?

What are you waiting for?

You gotta go and reach for the top
Believe in every dream that you got
You’re only living once so tell me
What are you, what are you waiting for?
You know you gotta give it your all
And don’t you be afraid if you fall
You’re only living once so tell me
What are you, what are you waiting for?

You gotta go and reach for the top
What are you waiting for?
Believe in every dream that you got
What are you, what are you waiting for?
You know you gotta give it your all
What are you, what are you waiting for?
You’re only living once so tell me
What are you, what are you waiting for?
What are you, what are you?
What are you, what are you waiting for?
What are you, what are you
What are you, what are you waiting for?

Musical Mondays: We Are Giants

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When I discovered YouTube, my music taste changed completely. I still listen to a wide variety of genres, though. I’m the type of person where my music taste ranges from, “you’ve gotta listen to this!” to, “please don’t judge me.”

The majority of the artists I listen to now I found through YouTube. They’re mostly a cappella and violin. Two things I never thought I would ever really be interested in, but they’re amazing and beautiful.

I started Musical Mondays to showcase songs that inspire me. Songs that inspire me to keep moving forward, stay positive, be the best I can be with what I’m passionate about, and most of all, just be me and be happy.

We Are Giants is an inspirational song by Lindsey Stirling and Dia Frampton. It’s a song about taking risks and standing up for what you believe is right. You be you and live your own life.

There are no steps to turning writing into a full-time career. You have to be passionate, determined, hard-working, and learn to be a little patient. You don’t necessarily have to go to school or even have experience, but the publishing industry is tough. Even if you make it, it’s not guaranteed to pay the bills.

We Are Giants encourages taking a chance, taking a risk. Just do it. You’re not just some small writer trying to make it. You are a giant who is going to be seen and heard. It may not be today, but it will happen.

I hope the song has some meaning for you. Below is the music video and below that are the lyrics with my favorite lines bolded. Enjoy.

Lyrics

Do you feel like you’re second-hand?
Do you feel you’re afraid to stand alone?
Cut away every safety net
Live your life so you won’t regret the road
Feels like you, standing there so small
Just the space between the stars
Don’t be afraid to risk it all
‘Cause we are we are
We are giants
We are giants
We are giants
We are we are
We are giants
We are giant
We are giants
We are we are
Raise your flag, let your voice be heard
Put your heart into every word you say
All your failures’ a cornerstone
Build a house with the things you’ve thrown away
Feels like you, standing there so small
Just the space between the stars
Don’t be afraid to risk it all
‘Cause we are we are
We are giants
We are giant
We are giants
We are we are
We are giants
We are giant
We are giants
We are we are
Feels like you, standing there so small
Just the space between the stars
Don’t be afraid to risk it all
‘Cause we are we are
We are giants
We are giant
We are giants
We are we are
We are giants
We are giant
We are giants
We are we are

What did you think of the song? I hope it inspired you as it does me. Let me know in the comments below!

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Musical Mondays: I Will Make It

I’ve decided to start something a little different on here.

I love music. Music is a form of creativity just like writing. So, every once in a while I’ll have a Musical Monday where I discuss a song I love and that has been inspirational to me.

This won’t be a weekly series. I can’t even promise that this will happen every month or even every other month. It’s just something special I’ll share once in a while as new, inspirational songs pop up.

Musical Mondays: I Will Make It by Yungtown featuring Garrett Williamson

Though I can tolerate some songs and artists, I’m not that into rap music. But Kris and I love watching a YouTuber named Yungtown. He talks about video games a lot and he also writes and raps his own songs, which are also about video games.

He’s probably the only rapper that I can truly tolerate and listen to all day long.

He posted a music video a little while ago featuring another great artist, Garrett Williamson.

This song is called, “I Will Make It.” It’s about being who you are, doing what you’re passionate about and what you love. Don’t worry about what other people think of you. You’re amazing and unique.

This song really speaks to me especially because of my writing. Every once in a while, I have one of those days where I don’t think I’ll be able to make it as a writer or my writing isn’t good enough or that everyone else is so much better than me, so why would anyone enjoy my writing?

There are a lot of doubts that go with pursuing a writing career (or any career, really).

I wrote my first novel in 2009 thanks to NaNoWriMo. That’ll be seven years this upcoming November. I’ve been writing original novels for a very long time. And since then, I’ve completed at least five first draft manuscripts along with various poems, short stories, and children’s picture books.

Yet, nothing is ready. I’ve queried a few pieces here and there, entered contests, and nothing has come from any of them.

It takes a lot of time, determination, and hard work. I will get my chance sooner or later. And if I don’t, I’ll keep working at it because I love writing and I love this community that my blog has built over the past few years.

This goes for all of you, too. If you haven’t made it yet, you will. All in due time.

I listen to this song every time I get down about my writing or anything else I’m trying to pursue. It speaks a lot of truth and is a great pick me up.

Below is the music video. The song ends around the 3-minute mark, even though the video itself is about six-and-a-half minutes. Below the video is the lyrics and I’ve bolded my favorite lines.

Enjoy! And I hope the song will have some meaning for you.

Lyrics:

This goes out to the people who are thinking of giving up
Listen up each of you are sounding ridiculous
Get out of the rhythm of living with doubt yes it’s difficult
We cannot allow these articulate

Visions twist what we know clear
When we hold fear, it screams loud making it delectable to listen to
Interesting isn’t it, realism is our best defense
Our foundation so we won’t get disappointed or discontent

Like what’s the point of dreaming big or even trying
You don’t who I am, they won’t care if I quit
My friends are fortunate, talented, and flourishing
I put in so much work, will I ever get my chance?

Look that path is a different one
If you walked that then that is who you’d become
Usually, an opportunity will swoop ruthlessly from our reach
As a reminder to be the best you that you can be

No matter what they say
I’ll still find my way
I’m gonna stand my ground

No matter what they do
I won’t let them get through
Ain’t nothing bringing me down cause

I will I will
I will make it today
Nothing nothing
Nothing will stand in my way
I will I will make it and find the open door

With each measure and task, we develop a path
But instead of glancing ahead we’re stuck rubbernecking our past
conversate with the hatred, concentrate on complaining
Constantly complicating each thought till they’re all entangled

Creating a situation where creating becomes painful
and each operation feels like we’re creatively disabled
and we cradle impatience our priorities decompose
Aligning with complacency our anxiety grows

Redefining our soul solidifying a home
Assembled entirely out of unrecognizable stones
By and by scrutinizing our by-product thoughtfully
Stuck following unconsciously, but do you wanna be a wannabee?

When you can be the one who reaches farther than a lot of these
People who only wanna piece of stardom like astrology
So stop pondering your significance and promise me
you’ll stop comparing yourself especially since are unique

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