Dino’s Journal


This is part 2 of the Falling In Reverse music log edition. Let's start off with the song “Fuck You and All Your Friends”. Don't let the title of the song stop you from trying to listen to it. It is a really great track with an awesome build up to the chorus. The reason the title is so negative, is because if I'm not mistaken, the song is based off the fractured relationship between the band's vocalist and his friends from his previous band (before he formed Falling In Reverse).

Next song is “Loser”, which is an awesome track with some really good lyrics. This is one of the tracks where I felt like Falling In Reverse has now started to mature in their song writing. And I don't know why, but I just connect with this song. I love it!

You're always getting me high, then you're pulling me low. Then you beg me to stay, but you want me to go. You're always telling me “yes”, but your answer is “no”. If you want me to guess, I'm just a stranger you know. If you call this winning why do I feel like a loser?

Last song for today is “Keep Holding On”. As you can read from the title, this song has a beautiful message about holding on. In fact the singer directly addresses the kids listening to this song and tells them to keep holding on. I love that.

Also, this song is pretty much the singer's life story summarized into one awesome track. Usually musicians who create really beautiful, meaningful music, are those who went through so much in their lives. This is showcased in this song. I mean just look at the lyrics below, especially the part where he says “They sing my songs and feel my pain, cause pain is what creates my fame.” That's some deep shit right there. This is one of their best songs in my opinion.

I thought I had myself all figured out But I've spent my whole life holding myself down And it seems to be that sort of thing I keep doing constantly Addicted to the pain I cause myself

My head is floating somewhere in the clouds While I'm paid to entertain a lively crowd They sing my songs and feel my pain cause pain is what creates my fame A vicious cycle someday I'll get out

I can't believe I'm standing here at all, I can't believe I made it this far On my way with a smile on my face to the top and I'm not falling off And all I need is a microphone, I'll sing about the things that have been hurting me It's safe to say all the kids I relate to their lives so just keep holding on

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It's a beautiful Friday in North Texas. It is sunny outside but the temp is 48F right now. Felt good when I went out for a drive on my lunch break. Anyway since it is Friday, time for another music log.

This will be Part 1 of the Falling In Reverse music log edition. Wow Falling in Reverse. I don't even know how to describe their music, other than that it might be the best combination of metal, emo, punk, rock, electronica and rap that I've heard so far. Their lead singer Ronnie Radke has had a rough life having been involved with drugs and going to prison. However he uses his personal experiences and uses it as fuel to write some really, really good emotionally charged tracks.

Note: Most of their songs have explicit lyrics. You have been warned.

Let's start with one of their more recent songs, “Losing My Life.” One of the best combination of rap and rock that I've ever heard in a song. I love how it transitions from rap to rock just before the chorus. It also has this sci-fi movie vibe to it.

Next up is the song “It's Over When It's Over.” This is probably my favorite Falling In Reverse song. So much good lyrics in this one track. The song covers a bunch of different experiences that the singer went through: his time in prison, his desperate call to God and his friends/peers hounding him after he got out of jail. Really good song!

I swore to God that I'm never coming back. Kept my faith when I was clacked. Staring at the wall through a crack in the floor. And these metal doors, they've got me trapped. I gotta remind myself that my mind is strong so I won't lose my head. I've got my demons that I fight with, every little thought in every breath.

I wear my heart up on my sleeve so my soul's exposed. And I carry this disease, the weight of the holy ghost. God, can you hear me? God is missing.

Take it back, take it back, my friend, All the things that you said about the end. This is it, this is me telling you it ain't over til it's over. Give it up, give it up, my friend. The score is settled even if you won't admit. Set it down, final hour without a doubt, it's over when it's over.

Last song for today, is the first Falling in Reverse song that I've ever heard, “Bad Girls Club.” This one is not as deep as the previous two tracks I've shared. It is a funny song, with a catchy melody that sounds more like the playful side of punk rock.

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It's Friday and also the first day of November, wow how time flies! Let's do another music log. This one's going to be a punk rock covers edition.

Let's start off with a cover of Oasis' “Wonderwall” by Cartel. This is a really good clean cover. They didn't try to do anything too fancy. They just touched up an older song and gave it the Cartel sound. I find that I actually like this cover more than the original, and I used to be a pretty big Oasis fan back then.

Next up is a cover of The Beatles' “Let It Be” by Too Close To Touch. I don't know what it is about this cover, but as soon as the vocalist starts singing, I get a dose of frisson every single time I listen to this song. I don't even think that this is a very good cover of the original (the instrumental part was kinda meh), which is ironic, because I also can't stop listening to this cover.

Last song for today is a cover of Natalie Imbruglia's “Torn” by Neck Deep. Love this cover! It adds just the right amount of punk rock to the original. This song just takes me back to my high school days. I remember jamming on the guitar with my friends singing this song. Those were good times. I miss my friends. I wished they didn't live in another continent.

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It's a rainy Friday, but a perfect day for another music log. Let's start off with the classic “Too Much Love Will Kill You” by Queen. Such a beautiful, beautiful song. Love the instrumental with the guitars on this track. Too bad that is a rare thing in new songs nowadays.

Next up is the song “The Good Book” by Quietdrive. Really good song from a really good alternative rock band. They have a number of other hits, but this is a gem that I found in Spotify as I was going through all their songs. I love how their vocalist sings the chorus; really gives the song substance. This song has some nice lyrics too.

Oh, life is a dream that only time will erase We build up the walls with a smile on our face And every time I try to explain it

I can't fix it, I can't feel it I lost my hands, I lost my soul But the more and more I try to control it The more and more it gets out of control Oh, the good book says I'm weak But I'm just unlucky That's all

Last song for today is another Oh, Weatherly track, “Lost and Found”. If you've been following my music log series, you'll remember that I featured their songs on Music Log – 007. This guys keep on impressing me with their emo-pop/pop-punk tracks. This song for me is all about the chorus. The intro is just okay, but the chorus is where the song really starts. Love the lyrics too.

Do I have to let you go, Do I have to scream out loud, Until you hear the sound, Echo through your heartbeat, Do I have to watch you fade, Do I have to chase the clouds, To pull you right back down, Do I have to

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It is Friday, so time for another music log. I deem this music log the Crown The Empire edition.

Let's start slow with “Lead Me Out of the Dark”, a beautiful song featuring just the vocalist and a piano accompaniment. He's not the strongest singer, but there's something raw and real about the way he sings in this track.

Next song is “Millenia” and is my favorite song from this band. Love the lyrics on this track!

So I don't wanna know about the things that you regret, Now that we're dead and over and done Get away from me and leave my heart under the rug.

I've been gone from this world For what seems like millennia Looking for nothing short of a miracle I only ever wanted to come home, Please won't you let me go? When I have no where left I can run away, Will you lie to me, tell me I'll be okay. Close my eyes and lay me in my tomb. Then pull the trigger and send me home.

Let's end on a high note with “Hologram”. The change of pace in the bridge almost makes this sound like a song from STARSET, but this song stands on its own. A really good addictive song!

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Highlight of the week is the clutch slipping on my Speed3. Bummer because I just got it back last week after having the front and rear brakes serviced. If it ends up needing a new clutch, well that will be expensive. Alas that is a fact of life when owning a car with 100,000 miles on it. As a precaution, I've switched to a Stage1 tune to lower max boost on the turbo and have taken to driving like a grandma; never going over 3000 RPM. Unfortunate, because boost season is upon us too. Anyway it's Friday, so time for another music log.

First song for today is “Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?” by The Offspring. As soon as you hear it, you'll know it's a song from The Offspring. Must be the singer's voice or the way they do vocal harmonies. They just have this unique sound on their tracks that is reminiscent of other bands from the 90s or early 2000s. Just like how you know a song is from Red Hot Chili Peppers or from Incubus. The Offspring almost sounds like they've grown up in this song though.

Second song is “Fall Apart” from Every Avenue. Every Avenue is probably best known for their song “Tell Me I'm A Wreck”, which is a hilarious and awesome song at the same time. This song though I only heard this year and it's a good one too. We need more bitter songs like this hah!

I want you to fall apart like I did You to hurt for all of this All the pain you put me through I wanna hear you say I don't deserve you Fall apart like I did You to hurt for all of this All the pain you put me through I wanna hear you say I don't deserve you Fall apart

Last song for today is from a relatively unknown band. The song is “This One's For You” by Thousand Thoughts. I found the song through the Discover Today playlist on Spotify. This is a powerful song, made so by the way their vocalist sings. He has this deep voice that I normally wouldn't expect to come from a band's front-man, but he puts it to good use in this song. The way the song almost stops in the bridge and then the vocalist almost wills the song back to life, that is pretty awesome. That part of the song always gives me frisson. Depending on what you're going through in your life, this can be a love song or even a spiritual song. This is just a great song and I love the lyrics too!

So put your trust in my arms And send your fears to my heart Lay to rest the pain With my hand Looking into your eyes I see past where you hide No matter how hard you Try to deny

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Wow what a busy week! I was asked to take over work that needed to be completed today. I had to stay late last Wednesday and Thursday to get a lot of stuff done. I finally completed it today. Code reviewed and checked-in, whew. Let's celebrate with another music log.

First up is a cover of the song “A Million Dreams” by The Piano Guys. I learned to play the piano when I was kid, but didn't continue my lessons. Listening to this cover makes me wish I never stopped going to my piano lessons. I seriously envy being able to play a piano like this. It's just beautiful.

Second song is another cover by The Piano Guys. This time it is a medley of “In My Blood” and “Swan Lake”. This is just a beautiful rendition of both songs, I love it! If you check them out on Spotify, you'll find that they have a lot more good music, some that I'll most likely share in a future music log.

It was totally coincidence that I ran into this third song in Spotify, in another punk goes pop playlist. Curiously the title is also “In My Blood”, just like the one in the second track I shared above. It turns out the original is a song from Shawn Mendes. This is an outstanding cover of the original song! First time I heard it, I was like, Wow! Who are these guys?! Turns out Cemetery Drive is a rock band hailing from Italy. I feel like this cover adds raw emotions that the original song was lacking. That said this cover sounds so good, because the original song is already pretty good. By the end of the song, I was like, help me, I cannot stop listening to this song...

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Another Friday is here, so time for another music log. I skipped last week because I was yet again trapped in a conference room with other developers, working on getting a feature ready for release. Anyway I deem this music log the I Prevail edition. I Prevail is hard rock band that I discovered probably 2-3 years ago, when I heard their cover of Taylor Swift's “Blank Space”. Their bio on Spotify suggests that they are one of the reasons rock music is still very much alive nowadays.

First up is the song “Scars”. This is easily my favorite I Prevail song. This song rocks, I don't know how else to describe it. It's a great rock song from start to finish. The lyrics are great as well and the message they convey is a much appreciated one, especially for those battling anxiety or depression.

Excuses, excuses are all that I hear All I can see when I look in the mirror I can't escape all these thoughts in my mind They're waiting to haunt me, night after night

I feel it in my bones, and everything I know It's underneath my skin, and it won't let go They know me all too well, but only time will tell If this is who I am, do I know myself?

Don't forget your life's your own Don't ever let it go

In the heat of the moment when fear has you frozen You're crashing and burning when life's at its coldest Don't fall too far from who you are They can cut us but we'll wear our scars

Second song is “My Heart I Surrender”. This is one of their slower, acoustic love songs. Still a really good track though.

Last song for today is “Stuck In Your Head”. I didn't really like this song the first time I heard it, but after listening to it a few more times, it literally became stuck in my head for a day or two LOL. It's a good one!

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Time for another music log because it is Friday. I deem this the Oh, Weatherly edition. This is a new band that I have recently discovered in Spotify. They seem to be fairly new, the band was formed back in 2015. Their bio on Spotify lists them as an alternative/rock band, but IMO their songs have a hint of emo in them, at least the ones in this log.

First up is the song “Without my Ring (I Think I Want You)”. I do not know what they call this in the music industry, but this was a clever remake of their own original “I think I Want You” song. What I love about this song is the story; this song is about a guy trying to resist the temptation of another woman, because he is already married. From the lyrics it sounds like they obviously had a past, but they didn't end up together. I don't think a lot of songs cover this kind of narrative where someone is trying to stay faithful to their partner.

And here is the original “I think I Want You” song.

Second song is “We're Doing Fine (Dark of the Night)”. Similar to the songs above, this is a remake of the original “Dark of the Night” song. This song has some great lyrics like:

You got me fighting on the front line You're the weight around my legs always puling me down I'm trying for the last time Cause you were never there when I started to drown

And this:

I was never really good at goodbyes The sunsets starting to die Cause I keep saying that I can make this right I'm nothing that I wanted to be It's taken so long to see It's me and the dark of the night And we're doing fine

And this:

I burn like a star To show you the way I'll bury my heart Cause it can carry the weight

Does that sound emo enough for you? Or in the old days I guess they would call this sentimental. Either way, I love it!

Here is the original “Dark of the Night” song.

Happy Friday everyone!

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I was trying to write something more substantial to post today, but I ran out of time on my lunch break, so I'll settle for a music log today. I usually share 3 songs, on my last log I only had 1, but today I have 4.

Let's start off with “Keep You With Me” by Hot Chelle Rae. This is a pop-rock song that is more pop than rock, but it has a very catchy melody and is a good one. If you are in a long distance relationship, this is the song for you.

The next three songs are all from All Time Low. They are a pop-punk/emo-pop band that has made some really good songs throughout the years. First up is “Somewhere in Neverland”.

Second song is “Remembering Sunday”. Make it to the end of the song and it will reward you. I think the best part of this song is when the woman finally sings at the very end. She somewhat explains what happened to her and gives you a better picture of what story the song is trying to tell.

Last song is “Painting Flowers”. I love this song because of the beautiful lyrics in the chorus. If I'm not mistaken, this song was included in the OST for Alice in Wonderland.

When I wake up, the dream isn't done I wanna see your face and know I've made it home. If nothing is true, what more can I do? I am still painting flowers for you.

Happy Friday everyone!

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