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::The End::

Hey world:

Due to recent events this past weekend, these two songs came across my mind and I wanted to share the lyrics with you all.

Black Veil Brides’ In the End and Young Guns’ Everything Ends both talk about the concept of death.

In The End, which I’ve mentioned before on here, talks about death - from what it is to one’s legacy, which can be interpreted as the memories, stories, and lessons learned from  the individual who has recently passed.

Everything Ends talks about death, but more so from the living perspective. As you may watch someone close to you pass on from this world into the next, you realize that life is precious.  It can come and go at any second.  So, you must make every moment in this life count. Perhaps this mean to hold close to the ones you love and/or it can mean to live the best life possible - as best as you see fit and what is aligned to your own personal values, beliefs, morals, and aspirations.

Here are the lyrics to In The End:

In the end as you fade into the night 
Who will tell the story of your life?

In the end, 
As my soul’s laid to rest 
What is left of my body, 
Or am I just a shell?
I have fought, 
And with flesh and blood I commanded an army 
Through it all I have given my heart for a moment of glory.

(I gave it all)

In the end as you fade into the night 
Who will tell the story of your life? 
And who will remember your last goodbye?
 Cause it’s the end, 
And I’m not afraid… 
I’m not afraid to die.  

Born a saint, 
But with every sin I still want to be holy. 
I will live again. 
Who we are… 
Isn’t how we live, we are more than our bodies 
If I fall, I will rise back up and relive my glory. 

In the end, as you fade into the night 
Who will tell the story of your life? 
 And who will remember your last goodbye? 
Cause it’s the end… 
And I’m not afraid… 
I’m not afraid to die. 

Here are the lyrics to Everything Ends:

I had a conversation with a dying man.
He said “Son, make sure you live while you still can,”
Said “I can lie to the rules of war and I can swim the seas,”
He said “Boy, oh you know not what you have.”

Now I lay on my bed waiting,
Those words resound in my head.
Now I remember he told me
“You’ll see when everything ends.”

I had a conversation with a dying man
Said “Life passes by in a blink of an eye,
The worst path to follow, swallowed by the sea”
You said, “so? enjoy it while you can.”

Now I lay on my bed waiting
Those words resound in my head
Now I remember he told me
“You’ll see when everything ends.”
(And everything will end).

Now I remember he told me,
“You’ll see when everything ends.”

 Here I lie, falling asleep on my death bed
I don’t think they’re worthless anymore.

Now I lay on my bed waiting
Those words resound in my head
Now I remember he told me
“You’ll see where everything ends”

I had a conversation with a dying man
He said “Son, make sure you live while you still can.”

Hold the ones you love close today…because tomorrow they may be gone away.

Thank you and best,

Maria:)

Towers (On My Way) - Acoustic Version:: A New Perspective

Okay, world — so, for the five people who probably read this blog (hi, bee tea dubs:), while I posted about Towers in an earlier post, I actually did not hear it until a few days later. 

Sometimes, as you all know, life can get busy.

I wanted to share with you all, though, that upon hearing it, it definitely has song of the week potential - and, you know, what, maybe it is!  Towers (On My Way), the acoustic version, is haunting, beautiful and the tempo is just…different (for a lack of a better word) than the original hard rocking track off of Bones.  You can purchase this song, by the way, through iTunes or Amazon.  Perhaps there are snippets on YouTube, as well.

I have enjoyed all of YG's acoustic songs…so this is nothing new, but I like how, when the band creates these versions it varies quite a bit from both an instrumental and musical perspective.  You can hear the different layers of audio and instruments, especially the range of percussion sounds.  Compiled all together, this song, especially, just sounds brilliant with all of these elements (not to be confused with that song from All Our Kings Are Dead, mind you.) :) 

Wouldn’t it have been amazing (or maybe it’s just me) to have been in the studio with them for at least a part of their session when they were recording this track and learned//shadowed how they decided to mix and put it together the way they did?

This is a wonderful example of music being true art.  How do musical artists know what can go where?  Is it like other art, where you just think, ‘well, hey, let’s add a little bit of the maracas here to showcase the percussion quality of the song’? Or, is it a pick-and-choose and/or guess and check type of method?  Any insight on this would be great - feel free to let me know. :)

I encourage and recommend you all to listen to this song especially if you like acoustic works by artists and/or slow melodic songs.  I think its these types of works that not only add a whole other vibe to the original song, itself, but it also provides  greater meaning to the song, as a whole.  It can be interpreted on an entirely different level and/or maybe it’s just me, your mind just wanders and you start to envision all of these creative writing/music video/film ideas that you’d love to talk with the band about and/or write for the world to be amazed with (in great hopes).

That last part was probably all me (ha), but I really feel music as an art can be an excellent outlet for creativity and/or inspire it.

I hope you can listen and perhaps even be a bit inspired and/or feel reflective about your own creative pursuits. 

As always, free to let me know your thoughts.

Enjoy, world.

Happy early Monday and best wishes for a great week. You deserve it.  Don’t settle for anything short of awesome. Always remember that there is beauty and passion in the world — if you really try, you can see, feel, hear and be just that.

Best and thanks,

M:)

Lovely. Great song. Great band. I encourage you all to listen to @younggunsukX-M

Lovely. Great song. Great band. I encourage you all to listen to @younggunsuk
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-M

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younggunsuk:

FREE DOWNLOAD of ‘BONES’ (ALTERNATE VERSION) right here on http://younggunsuk.tumblr.com/
While we were in New York in September, we recorded an alternate version of ‘Bones’ in the Re-Wind Studios off TImes Square. It’s yours for free right here on this page to the right —->
Enjoy and let us know what you think!

Dear World::Spread the word, ya heard.:)Best, M

younggunsuk:

FREE DOWNLOAD of ‘BONES’ (ALTERNATE VERSION) right here on http://younggunsuk.tumblr.com/

While we were in New York in September, we recorded an alternate version of ‘Bones’ in the Re-Wind Studios off TImes Square. It’s yours for free right here on this page to the right —->

Enjoy and let us know what you think!

Dear World::
Spread the word, ya heard.
:)
Best, M

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younggunsuk:

In case you missed the Buzznet premiere of this, here’s a lyric video the guys at Wind-Up have created for ‘Bones’, no excuse for not knowing the words now, America!

Thanks @younggunsuk! Enjoy, world!
Haha, no excuses on the lyrics, now!
….
"So…can this be done though to all of your songs, @younggunsuk?," says a certain American supporter…
(me)
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I understand about 70-80% of their lyrics but when I first heard of them, I really just focused on the awesome tunes and could only understand about 20%! Haha!
Sad, but true though….but on that note, it’s hard to understand songs by ANY artist, I think, it just depends how well you’re listening (as opposed to just hearing).
Have a great day, world, and thanks for checking in!
Until next time! :)
M

Okay, world, I’ll be honest….

I posted this before watching the video because I could not find it on my phone and had to go to work.  Now, though, I’m back…so, let me do a proper post.  Well worth the wait and a wonderful touch on a  Monday night.

The song is absolutely incredible and it is full of so much meaning; while I’m not certain what exactly the true story behind the song is, it is full of passion and I think it really speaks to anyone who’s felt judged, tricked, or perhaps has looked in the mirror and questioned who he or she is as a person.

Such a great song and a pretty cool video. Finally a story video by a band. I love it when bands do story videos…I find them so moving and in general, depending on the story, I guess, there is a certain je ne sais quoi about them. I guess I think of Matthew Good Band's videos back in the day and how they all were story videos. Ahh….memories.  Strange Days, Apparitions, Load Me Up…all incredible.

 This video, in my opinion, seems to have some sort of honesty in it…maybe it’s how it’s shot…but I feel like I am watching some independent film.  What happens to Gustav? What happens to the other band members? Is there a sequel?  

The video is very reminisicent of Coldplay's The Scientist…(seeing at how it’s all shot and then reversed…backwards mode, anyone?) Okay, I just made up that term, I’m sure it’s called something much more technical…but, please, work with me on this one.

Overall, a good video and song.  I’d recommend this band, and this video, to anyone who likes The Scientist, likes rock songs with powerful meaning, and of course, like me, likes story music videos.

High fives, all around, boys. High fives, all around.  Thanks for bringing creativity, integrity, art, and intelligence back into my rock world. Impressed and proud, as always.

Best,

M:)

younggunsuk:

Morning! As promised, here’s our new video for ‘You Are Not’! Please reblog this!

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::Young Guns US Release of Bones - Out Now!::

Hi again world:

Great news!

The US release of Young Guns' second album, Bones, is out now!

Please feel free to check it out.  FYE, Best Buy, Amazon, and iTunes carry it!

Check YG out on their US Tour with Seether!

Pretty exciting.  

I hope the band enjoys their time here in the states and gains some new supporters of their work.  

Good times!

Best,

M:)

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Young Guns Pre-Order for US Fans!

Yay! Great to hear US fans can buy the album, here, too!

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younggunsuk:

Hey US friends -

The pre-orders for our new album, Bones, have begun!

Snap yours up from Walmart or from Newbury Comics and receive a limited autographed CD booklet!

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"Bones" Available In The US!

TELL THE WORLD.

Incredible song.

Incredible band.

End.

of.

Story.

What are you waiting for?

Did you not get the memo?

Bring on the intellectual rock.

We’re ready. 

(Well, I most certainly am….are you? )

LES DUDIS.

X

Maria

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younggunsuk:

Hey US fans -

Our new single, “Bones,” is out today on iTunes!

Download your copy and tell your friends to go check it out.

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Continuing on the TWO FOR TUESDAY Kick..Here’s the link for the new Young Guns' video, Dearly Departed.  This is a fun video, as well. I think it’s also one of the few videos I’ve seen of theirs that’s shot in the sunlight and there are shades of red and orange (oh my!)  Perhaps it’s the California vibes, as I believe the video was shot there. I’m not certain where lead singer, Gustav Wood, is running towards or to whom he is running to (if, anyone) or why he was laying on the ground in the middle of the desert in the first place…but, despite my commentary aside, the video is still fun to watch.  I know it must be hard to put together plot development (or maybe there is some great plot and I am just not seeing it:) when there are time, budgetary, and other constraints.

Anyone who’s a fan, again, of music videos, and in particular, of course, alternative rock music videos, Young Guns’ work or similar artists’ work, will like this video.  I also recommend it to those folks who may not like music videos, but like seeing bands perform.  There are several shots of the band playing for you to enjoy. Overall, an interesting concept by a really great band…the Best Kept Secret of UK Rock, perhaps….?  But that’s another story for another day.

Enjoy::
M:) 

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UK’s Young Guns' new song, Bones.  Incredible track with an awesome and powerful message.  Cool video, too.  The song is about how, humans at times, can be their own “worst enemies,” (Lit’s “My Own Worst Enemy,” ring a bell, there?)  They can do or say things that can bear very difficult consequences…not just on other people, but the person who initiated the act or said something they perhaps shouldn’t, can be the one bearing the most burden.  I think it can also be about someone’s abilities - trying to reach a goal, but then dealing with the struggle of reaching it and, of course, no matter what the goal is, it’s always hard to have confidence in ourselves, so it’s human nature to possibly move away from this goal or put ourselves down as all efforts seem futile. However, it is up to you to go climb back up that mountain and try again - you can feel everything in your bones, and the only person stopping you from doing what you want to do is you. And, even if you are not blaming anyone but yourself, know that you are not alone in this struggle, regardless of what it is —- they are several others in life trying to make their way, too.  If you can find the strength within yourself, you can do anything…and that, I think is the most difficult challenge of all when you set out to reach a goal - to have that unwavering, continuous confidence in yourself.  Eyes on the prize, as they say. 

I dont know what the overall theme for this album is or of the band’s previous work, All Our Kings Are Dead, but in many of Young Guns’ songs, lead singer, Gustav Wood sings about the difficulties we have either within ourselves or opposition from others (e.g. Crystal Clear, Elements, At The Gates, and Stitches from AOKAD Learn My Lesson from Bones.)  I am excited to fully hear their new album, Bones, and I encourage fans of UK Rock, or just good rock music, in general, wherever you are from around the world, to listen to this band.  The Mirrors EP and AOKAD are excellent additions to any record collection and I recommend them to fans too, who also like Lostprophets and The Blackout - two other UK Rock Acts who I also enjoy music from.

Overall, Young Guns’ music is really interesting and powerful - catchy melodies, good beats and layers of instruments and vocals (Daughter of The Sea is a favorite off of the Mirrors EP), and the lyrics are excellent and thought-provoking to the listener.  While it took a few times for me to get really into them, they’re a definite departure from the emo/screamo sound but not as pop/commercialized as I think what is most often played on American radio.  It’s really something new and refreshing to the ears. 

Further, I respect and appreciate Young Guns’ hard work, dedication, attitude, and passion towards making music.  They, similarly to bands like Lostprophets, have worked from the ground up to have a dedicated following and work hard to make great music together - without much auto-tune ;) (or any! AOKAD did not use it, even, I believe…which I think is really remarkable since that seems to be the common thing for producers nowadays - hey, hit the auto-tune and viola…anyone can sing! While some songs are great, I still am a firm believer in talent (be it God-given or through practice, practice, practice)!

Overall, a great song by a bunch of cool, hard working lads…I hope they tour America one day so I can tell them all this in person. :)

More about Young Guns’ other work in future posts! Please stay tuned! 

Enjoy!

Ciao::
M:)