Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Hands Held High

I was listening to Linkin Park's latest album, Minutes To Midnight, and there was this amazing song! The lyrics caught my ears immediately and I knew this wasn't an ordinary song, this is one song that will be stuck in my mind for quite some time. The words really touched me, and made me take a moment to stop and think about some things that we take for granted and pass by every day... I'll let the lyrics speak for themselves, but you should absolutely listen to this song if you haven't already!

Turn my mic up louder I got to say somethin.
Lightweights step it aside when we come in
Feel it in your chest, the syllables get pumpin
People on the street they panic and start running.
Words on loose leaf sheet complete coming.
I jump in my mind and summon the rhyme I'm dumping.
Healing the blind I promise to let the sun in
Sick of the dark ways we march to the drum and
Jump when they tell us that they wanna to see jumping.
F**k that, I wanna see some fist pumping.
risk something, take back what's yours
say something that you know they might attack you for
cause I'm sick of being treated like I have before
like it's stupid standing for what I'm standing for.
Like this war's really just a different brand of war.
Like it doesn't cater the rich and abandon poor.
Like they understand you in the back of the jet, when you
can't put gas in your tank, and these f**kers are
laughing their way to the bank, cashing the check
asking you to have compassion, AND have SOME respect
for a leader so nervous in an obvious way
Stuttering and mumbling for nightly news to replay
and the rest of the world watching at the end of the day
in the living room laughing like "what did he say?"

Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen

In my living room watching, I am not laughing,
Cause when it gets tense I know what might happen
The world is cold, the bold men take action
have to react or get blown into fractions.
Ten years old, it's something to see,
another kid my age drugged under a jeep,
taken and bound, and found later under a tree,
I wonder if he had thought the next one could be me.

Do you see, the soldiers, they're out today they
Brush the dust from bulletproof vests away.
It's ironic, at times like this you pray,
but a bomb blew the mosque up yesterday.
There's bombs on the buses, bikes, roads,
inside your market, your shops, your clothes,
My dad, He's got a lot of fear I know
but enough pride inside not to let that show.
My brother had a book he would hold with pride
A little red cover with a broken spine.
On the back, he hand wrote a quote inside:
"when the rich wage war, it's the poor who die"
And meanwhile, the leader just talks away
Stuttering and mumbling for nightly news to replay
and the rest of the world watching at the end of the day
both scared and angry like "what did he say?"

Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen.

With hands held high into a sky so blue
as the ocean opens up to swallow you.

With hands held high into a sky so blue
as the ocean opens up to swallow you.

With hands held high into a sky so blue
as the ocean opens up to swallow you.

With hands held high into a sky so blue
as the ocean opens up to swallow you.

With hands held high into a sky so blue
as the ocean opens up to swallow you.

With hands held high into a sky so blue
as the ocean opens up to swallow you.
(Via this website)

The album overall is really nice, as most Linkin Park albums are in my opinion. It's full of nice songs, and it has this unusual air to it; an extra spray of feeling if I may call it. It's a bit different from the usual Linkin Park in a way, yet it's still them in so many others, the great music only being the first.

Who knows, maybe I'll write a song-by-song review of the album in a later post; I've always wanted to do music reviews :-D.

Monday, August 06, 2007

A as in Away!

So yeah, I've been away for quite sometime now, haven't I? It's been exactly two months since my last post. I kinda got busy with the project, then with relaxing after the project, and I kinda just forgot about blogging for a while. Actually, I forgot about most of my usual internet activities for a while; including checking my Google Reader list, of which I had made a regular habit of mine for quite sometime. Unfortunately, another thing I forgot about was the Thousander Club, I stopped counting and I stopped updating, and now I have lost two whole months' worth of counting my development and reading hours. The most unfortunate part about that is that these two months were actually full of both, it would've helped elevate my counters significantly!

But I'm here now, back in the biz ;-). I've had quite a few things going on with my life recently, but I'll write about it all in good time. For now, I'll just throw in some headlines on what I've been up to...

First of all, there was the business of my graduation project. It was very challenging and it gave us quite the hard time, but thankfully enough it passed and everything turned out okay. Actually, a little more than okay at some occasions since some people found it quite interesting. We were exhausted by the time it was done, but I think it was worth it.

After the project there was a little relaxing time; I got to have a very short vacation with my family and all. I didn't go out with my friends much though, most of the people I knew either had travel plans or had to continue work on their project for the MIE contest. I really wanted to go to a bunch of good movies this summer, there were a good bunch out there, but it doesn't quite feel right going to the movies alone, does it?

Anyway, that's it for now, cuz I've been editing this article for a week and if I don't stop now it won't get published for another week. I'll try my best to write as often as I can, but I can't promise anything right now. More on what's keeping me busy later, if I do get the time to write more...