Gonna Fly


Has anyone heard of the cliche “Never giving up?” Or something close to that? Well, some people may think cliches are boring and too straight forward to take seriously, but I think that they are the gates to human truth. To “never give up” requires confidence, dedication, and positivity. I mean, who doesn’t want any of these? In class we watch a classic movie called “Rocky” which is about wrestling. I personally don’t like wrestling because of the violence and the blood, but you really got to admire the dedication that wrestlers have to put into their career, no, hobby. They are passionate about winning and fighting. Here’s the song that I’ve chosen for this blog and it came straight from the movie “Rocky,” “Gonna Fly” or also called “Rocky’s Theme.”

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Just Keep Breathing

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There is one disease that everyone just hates, A LOT. Its called writer’s block. I like to call it “artist’s block” because music composers and people who draw have times with inspiration runs dry. When I get artist’s block, have the tendency to just stare. I don’t even know what I’m staring at! Getting caught in these blocks cause us to lose sight of our dreams and goals. I saw this video called “THE GAP” by Ira Glass and it really describes my condition. Please watch it then I’ll relate it to a song : )

We all have creative work and we all have high expectations of it. There will be times when you stumble upon doubt and when you feel like you just want to give up. Just remember that it’s totally normal to fall into this. I agree with Ira Glass that if you do get this feeling, just focus on what is important and work a lot. Get your mind occupied one the first step and work slow. Overtime, your project will move forward. The Gap is what Ira Glass calls our feelings of discouragement and the only way to fill in that Gap is to work hard to catch up to where you want to be. Just keep fighting to accomplish your goals, okay?

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Hall of Fame

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I feel that positivity and self determination can get people very far in life. My accelerated¬† geometry teacher, Mr. Billingsley, always quoted this, “attitude over aptitude.” According to dictionary.com, “attitude” is “manner, disposition, feeling, position, etc., with regard to a person or thing; tendency or orientation, especially of the mind” and “aptitude” is capability; ability; innate or acquired capacity for something; talent; readiness or quickness in learning; intelligence.” I agree with my teacher because a positive attitude and dedication increases your effort in whatever you’re working on. Whenever Mr. Billingsley gave us a math chapter test, we would always groan and say things like, “Well, who’s ready to fail!? There goes my B… At least you have a B…” But he would always cheer us up and play his theme song, which is Hall of Fame by The Script ft. Will.i.am.

Saying things like “I can never get it…it’s too hard…this is too difficult for me…only in my dreams…I give up,” will only hold you back from being awesome. Hopefully this song will help your change those thoughts. Let’s figure out the meaning of “Hall of Fame,” for all those who are in need of encouragement (which is everyone)!
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Don’t Stop Believing

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This week in class, our English teacher showed us this video about two African American boys, Malcolm Brickhouse and Jarad Dawkins, who want to start a boy band to express their feelings about life and relationships they don’t like. They’re are extremely talented boys who didn’t stop at anything to reach their goal. They are now doing gigs and playing their music in the streets. Here’s the video documenting about their success and dream.

They’re really inspirational in that they dreamed of making a band ever since that birthday party. Their big imagination then put into practice and now they can skillfully play the drubs and electric guitar. I’ve related this lesson to the song “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey. Here’s the original song (just in case people like the original and classic) and the Glee version of it (because I like Glee and how they make covers of songs).

I think that this song really relates to what we watched in class. The two boys had a dream, and they chased after it. In the documentary, both of them said that they didn’t want to be part of the norm and follow the status-quo. Not many people liked heavy metal or rock, but these two boys refused to follow the pop trends and decided to choose their own likes and dislikes. Their dream and goal really connects with this song.

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The Climb

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If you read this title and thought to your self, “Miley Cyrus…nope, gonna ignore this post,” or something similar to that, I would like to say that it doesn’t matter about the person who wrote it, sang it, or how popular it is. It is about the content of the song that people glaze over. The song is called “The Climb” and what I love about this song is that this is a great reminder of perseverance and inner strength.

Let’s dig out the meaning now!
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