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"You're not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on." – Dean Martin


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MUSIC LIST: NEW ADDITIONS

My music list has been updated with a few new songs. Not too many pure new songs have been added, with allot of retro hits being put back into the mix. It should be noted that I keep my playlist to 150 songs roughly, so every song added has to kick one off. However, I am more focused on the songs I like.

IMMIGRANT SONG (LED ZEPPELIN): Well, I imagine I am not the only one who is back in love with this song after the Thor: Ragnarok trailer. Good fun.

BELIEVER (IMAGINE DRAGONS): I watched the music video before I heard the song. I love the song. It is very soft rock.

SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS (CHAINSMOKERS AND COLDPLAY): Although not as good as some other songs in the genre, I like how they sing the different sides of a relationship (i.e. one guy thinks he needs to be Superman while the girl just wants him to take a risk with her).

ALL TIME LOW (JOHN JONES): I am nearly sure this is a flash in the pan because of the electro-drop and the repetitive chorus. It is of note I like the clean version (or PG version) as I feel keeping it more to non-dirty things actually helps the song theme.

BE THE ONE (DUA LIPA): Well, a more upbeat song. Very catchy and fast paced. Once again, I am not sure if this will last the distance or not.


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G.R.L.: From Ugly Heart to Lighthouse

I liked Ugly Heart. I feel that G.R.L. did a good, upbeat song about telling someone to get lost. It was a pleasant change (at the time) from the songs that felt like they were just pining (I believe Sam Smith and John Legend were in their prime at the time). Fun, upbeat songs were in their primacy.

The follow-up, Lighthouse, does away with most of that to join the ranks of the countless other slow ballads on the radio. The first song or two that were slow were good. When 90% of the new pop songs are slow ballads, it becomes quite tedious. Maybe their producer decided to jump G.R.L. on the bandwagon, but Lighthouse is a song I switched from without even listening to the end of it.

It is made even worse my being dedicated to someone. So now I have a song I don’t like, made worse because I really liked the bands first song, and I now feel bad about not liking it. Fantastic.


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Learning Guitar

So I have been slowly learning guitar for a little over 1 month now. It is probably the most major skill I have learnt for quite a bit. So far it is quite enjoyable. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, I can only really practice at lunchtimes every second day. This means I only practice about 3 hours a week.

In order to master something, it is said that you need 10,000 hours. So at 4 hours a week, it will only take me 49 years to master guitar. And judging by the fact that it is going quite slowly (it isn’t something I am particularly talented in naturally), I don’t think I am going to take any shortcuts. This isn’t totally a bad thing for learning.

Learning a totally new skill (a musical instrument in this case) has reminded me that the best skills are learnt slowly through consistency. This also gives a much greater sense of satisfaction when the skill/song is mastered. I can feel myself getting better, and songs and music that felt impossible a couple of weeks ago is getting easier. And as I learn new skills, picking up new music and songs is also getting easier.

I only hope that I get more of a chance to practice in the future and I can stay consistent. Practicing guitar is also quite useful for relaxing and refocusing myself at lunchtimes. It is definitely not something I want to give up anytime soon.