Steps of Life

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I apologize for being a terrible person filled with unkept promises when I said I would blog once a week. Sorry?

I’m a Junior in high school! The MOST stressful year because that’s when colleges really look at your grades, how well you manage outside forces, and stay alive in your tiny island called “social life.” So yeah, this is my (pathetic) excuse as to not blogging.

But speaking of Junior year, I just realized that a person’s life is similar to going up a staircase. I’ll show you what I mean:

[Funny story before we move on 😀 My house has a spiral staircase and whenever my friends go to my house. They first thing they do is go up and down the stairs because (and I quote) “it’s fun.” ….I don’t even understand….]

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Discouraging Encouragments

This usually happens to younger siblings. I’m pretty sure everyone receives this type of encouragement: it happens when another person tries to encourage you, but it makes you feel even worse. If you don’t know what I mean, I’ll explain it within two major examples.

First, don’t you find it annoying when you’re compared with someone you know that’s better than you, but rationalize by saying that person does the same things you do? I’m always compared to my other school friends who are super smart, takes 5-6 AP’s, and have 6.2 GPA’s (pretty sure I riled up those try-hards reading my blog post on how to get a 6.2 GP, no, just stop). But then, I tell my parents that they do all the same disapproving things that I do, “they procrastinate, they don’t study for tests, and they don’t sleep until 3AM and still get A’s, since they can do that, I can do that too!” (My life is a mess 😥 ) Also, I’m eldest sibling so I wouldn’t know, but I feel like lots of younger siblings are compared to older siblings a lot by their parents. It becomes so constant that even the eldest get annoyed. So yea, basically, stop using comparisons as encouragements, it doesn’t help, it just makes things even more awkward and makes you feel even worse.

Second, “if you don’t do this, you won’t go to college, then you won’t get a good-high-pay job, then you’ll end up homeless and on the streets.” This always comes up at dinner table conversations, usually started by you talking about school, and then continued by parents talking about school (which are two exact opposite things). I feel like this happens every night and my parents always tell me to “work harder!” or “do you best” and then followed by an “or else.” (So…annoying.)

So overall, the thing to take away from this lesson is avoid conversations around dinner tables. That’s probably where most of the annoying conversations start. Just stuff your mouth with tons of food and drink a large glass of water so that way you won’t have to respond to parental rhetorical questions.

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Ok fine, a real life tip. Ummm, don’t let other people discourage you and continue doing what makes you happy. You’ll make decisions in your life that you’ll regret, but think of each failure and disappointment as steps that’ll bring you closer to the balcony of triumph.

Music and Life: The Remix

So I’m back… Say whaaaat?

School started on August 27th, but that’s not the reason why I’m restarting this blog. I decided that I had a lot of fun blogging last year but I couldn’t really “have fun” because I was under the limits of my old English teacher. Now that I have a new English teacher that doesn’t even do blogs, I get to have full control over what is to become of my blog! Yay!

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Steve Jobs

Hello everyone!

Remember the blog post I did a few months back about Orphans and What If projects? And I applied the song “Hey Brother” by Avicii? If not, I’ll provide a short summary in this post, but you should check out the older post! If so, then here’s a part twooo!!!

In English class, actually, not English class, but its a humanities class. We do read books and discuss about them and write essays, but my teacher applies books in a way to benefit life and make our lives more worth living. This year, he decided to try something new which is the What If or DIY project. We were separated into groups of our pick and my group consisting of other bloggers decided to raise the awareness of orphans!  This is our contact information:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Life-in-Black-and-White/209564645913097

Our group decided that we should create a Facebook page in order to promote awareness among the teenagers about orphans. What we thought of was: what is the best way to catch a teenager’s attention? Phones, Smartphones. Who created them? Steve Jobs! Know what else? He was an orphan as well.

 We’re not that good with technology and editing, but we tried! This is our video with information of Steve Jobs. Please try to share this video if possible. Since this is also a music blog, I found something really awesome on YouTube called “Thank You, Steve.” It’s an amazing remixed tune that is made with ONLY SOUNDS FROM APPLE PRODUCTS and excerpts from his speeches! You should definitely listen to it and Steve’s inspirational quotes!


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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Hello everyone!

ITS THE WEEK BEFORE SPRING BREAK!!!!! And here I am, still in the darned library because my internet at home won’t work and I have to go to the library in order to do my homework. Lucky for me, I’m going to Louisiana on March 10th to March 15th! Reason Why? My choir is going to be competing in the state of Louisiana, my choir teacher’s home state! We’re all beyond excited and we’ll be staying in New Orleans and experiencing the culture that is extremely different than Californian sun and beaches.

Back to English class though, we learned about how parents try to protect their child’s innocence by changing ad twisting the truth. Personally, I think people in general are just afraid of change sometimes. Change is new and different and we don’t really know what to expect. In class, we read a poem called “A Barred Owl” by Richard Wilbur. It talked about a girl being frightened by the call of an owl, but her parents tell her something else-a white lie-and comforts their child to sleep. Here’s the song I want to use to show change over time.


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Expansion of Words

Hello everyone,
This week in school, we learned about the  literary technique of expanding one small word. It’s similar to what I do to music, I break each verse into miniature parts to expand and analyze it. For example, in my school choir, we recently sang a song called “Hope, Faith, Life, Love” by Eric Whitacre. This song consists of only 8 words. Yes, eight words. But they are extremely meaningful and are, you could say, attributes of a human.

The 8 words are: hope, faith, life, love, dream, joy, truth, and soul. Each word has a different sound and arrangement of notes that match the characteristics of each word.

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