Now Playing: Happiness Begins By Jonas Brothers (Part 1) Intro To Post…..

Afternoon everyone, hope everyone’s having a GOOD Friday, I say that because it’s good Friday and also because I generally do hope you’re having a good day in general!! Let me know if that was cheesy……actually you don’t have to I already know it was. Okay so today we’re going to talk music and albums, now I wrote a post sometime last week saying that this one was up for writing, but that I wanted to do it a certain way before actually writing about it as well, to get to the point I recorded a video expressing my thoughts on one of my favorite bands The Jonas Brothers and their latest album Happiness Begins just to let you know that video is now up already.

It took me a few days though to upload it due to me having to edit it down a whole lot……it was almost 2 hours recording, an hour forty five plus to be exact……don’t worry though the hour part is no more and instead it’s now 45 mins and 43 secs, which is a HUGE difference compared to the original time……I had to pause and transfer a lot to make room on my camera which is why it was so long, also it was pretty early in the morning and so it took me a while to get through it, but that’s because I was still waking up!!!

Moving on however, I have decided that what i’m going to do for this post is have it be a little different to the video I did, expressing my thoughts on the album, the video review about it, is a bit more detailed in terms of depth explaining if that makes sense!?

So everything that’s in that video has more to it expression wise compared to the review of the album i’ll be writing about shortly!! Now what i’m going to do is, i’m going to re listen to Happiness Begins by the Jonas Brothers and see what other thoughts I have with it, i’m curious to see if any of my original thoughts I had change from what I already talked about in my video version review of it, i’m not sure if it will……

but who knows, some might change and some might actually stay the same but i’m going to try and differentiate this review post to my video review and just see if anything switches around, i’m also going to do my best to keep my thoughts short and sweet for each song I talk about so it’s not a long post and from there i’ll write some final thoughts and tell you what I thought about the album after listening to it a second time,

In the meantime while i’m re listening to the album, if you guys would like to check out my original thoughts on the album from the first listen, you can check it out here: Now Playing…..Happiness Begins by The Jonas Brothers it might take a bit to get through, I recorded it early in the morning and so I was still in the mist of waking up, but it does pick up after a while so if you do end up checking it out, just bare with me as I go through all the songs, speaking of songs, there’s 14 songs on this album and so that’s also why it takes a bit of time, but we manage to get through it!!

Alright so i’m off to re listen to my favorite band and their latest album Happiness Begins again, i’ll write my thoughts to it on a second post making this one…..part 1 so i’ll uhhh…..see you when i’ve re heard all the songs!!

All The Love ❤ ❤

Lexa

This Was Meant To Be An Album Review Post…..But Now It’s Something Else….

Okay so as i’m writing this, it’s the first of April, speaking of first let me just say, I kinda can’t believe it’s April already, just a couple months ago, like the beginning of this year, it felt like it was slowly going, but the fact that we’re now in the 4th month of 2020…..is a little insane!! Now even though we’re in the fourth month of this year, it doesn’t mean that it hasn’t took it’s time arriving, I think each month so far has had their fair share of importance,

Meaning I wouldn’t quite say the months have zoomed by like they usually do, which I guess is pretty good so to say, yeah this year so far hasn’t really been all that great with everything going on now, but still……let’s just try and keep as positive as we can though, it’s can be a little hard in these times, I know, but if we can spread a little light in someway, then it won’t be so bad right!? As you can tell from the title, we’re going to try or shall I say were going to try and review/share some thoughts on one of my favorite bands the Jonas Brothers and their latest album Happiness Begins

Now I have yet to really sit and listen to this album, I was meant to listen to it earlier and get my thoughts going on it, but I ended up doing something else that I wasn’t expecting, but on a good note, I made something that i’m pretty happy with, now I know it’s not the best photo, but i’m pretty happy with this little decorative branch tree, there was a lot of trees and vines removed from my backyard…..now you might be wondering why I made this well, it wasn’t planned, I was just going for my usual trip to the backyard to sit and get some air and when I got there, it was everywhere

Kinda got emotional, not sure why, I think it was the fact that i’ve been going there for a while now, it’s the only place I go when I need to think or just want to sit for a while and the trees are always there and to see it without anything really, I didn’t like it, also there’s a log that i’ve been using as a stand for my camera when i’m recording and that was also gone for a moment, I found it and did my best to hide it away where only I know where it is, so hopefully that doesn’t get touched again!!

Also don’t mind the blinds, especially that one sticking out, other than that, I really like this, there’s some pebbles inside the vase that I cleaned out when I was outside and then Lysol’d when I got inside, the pebbles are there to keep the branch tree steady, these pebbles I had for a long time, I still got more in case you’re wondering, you probably weren’t though……

I knew they’d come in handy eventually, there’s also something else in the vase keeping the decorative branch tree up, but uhhh it’s a secret…….alright it’s a bag of coins, happy!! IMPROVISATION GOTTA LOVE IT!!! As for the album review that will be set for tomorrow, I want to do it a certain way,

but I kinda don’t have the energy to do it the way I want right now, I probably shouldn’t have stayed outside so long…….in my backyard, not near people just to make that clear, I was trying to do something,

What you see in the photo, however I had a completely different thing in mind to what I ended up going with instead, I gotta say though, my original idea probably wouldn’t have fit anyway, due to not really having space for it, but hey this one works too, I just picked a few branches that I felt would fit and tied a rubber band to it, it’s doing it’s job well i’d say!!

I’m going to have to change the title to this post now, by the time you read this the title will be changed to something else, it was just going to be the album review as the title, luckily the planned post doesn’t need to be up until the end of the week, at least that’s how I set it anyway in my journal, but tomorrow definitely we’ll be taking a look at the Jonas Brothers and their latest album Happiness Begins…….still excited and I can’t wait!!

All The Love ❤ ❤

Lexa

Up Next On The Now Playing List: Jonas Brothers (Happiness Begins Album)

I was going to wait for Wednesday to start writing this post, but I thought i’d start a little early…..although i’ve just realized that I would’ve only had to wait a day to write this post seeing as Wednesday’s tomorrow, almost forgot it was Tuesday……anyway, even though i’m writing this post now, you’re probably not going to see this until a little later, i’m thinking sometime Thursday or Friday, reason being is that, i’ve got something that I want to try and i’m sure by the title you’ll know what i’m talking about!!

If not well, i’m going to be listening to one of my all time favorite bands, The Jonas Brothers as the title displays and their latest album Happiness Begins, as i’m listening to it, i’ll be writing down my thoughts to each song on the album so I guess reviewing it in my own way, but it’s going to be different, i’m just going to let things flow and see what comes out of it, pretty excited!!

Now this album came out last year during the summer of June, however the Jonas Brothers made a comeback as a reunited band back early this month of last year, originally I was going to write about their return and I ended up not writing about it……I don’t know why I didn’t, seeing as they were and still are one of my favorite bands you’d think i’d be over the moon about it!?

I was by the way, made sure to mention it any chance I got, but I should’ve shared my excitement on here that day, however that is where this post comes in even though everyone knows the Jonas Brothers are back and making music together again, I feel it’s time to give them a proper welcome even if it’s a year late you know!? Better late then never right!? You get it!!

Now I haven’t quite heard their stuff properly yet…..well unless you count the times where their song Sucker (their comeback single) played everywhere I went naturally, I did my very best to avoid it, but I felt like it just kept following me so i’ve heard that song, however I haven’t actually sat and listened to the song properly so even though it’s going to feel familiar…..

There’s still stuff within the song slightly new to where it’ll feel like i’m just listening to it for the first time, if that makes sense!? Overall though i’m pretty excited to finally sit and listen to these songs and album and really truly embrace the return of the Jonas Brothers, because i’ve missed them and i’m really happy to know that their back and are brothers again, not that they weren’t ever brothers to begin with, but…..you know what I mean.

Stay tune for my thoughts on their album Happiness Begins as well as more thoughts about their return and anything else that comes with it!!

P.S. I had an idea, instead of waiting for Thursday or Friday to see this post, i’ll be sharing it once i’ve finished writing it, reason!? Just thought of a new category for these type of post and i’m excited, even though, i’m literally just adding another category to my blog…..but still, excited!! Did I already mention that!? ahhh one more doesn’t hurt, i’m really looking forward to this!!

also last thing, apparently for a moment, I had forgotten I wrote a post on the Jonas Brothers and their 10 year anniversary of their album Lines, Vines and Trying Times so if you want to know how big of a fan I am of them you can read it here: Let’s Talk Music: Jonas Brothers, plus Lines, Vines And Trying Times (10 Year Anniversary album release)

I went ahead and read it, due to curiosity…..Disclaimer: brace yourself, i’ve just discovered how weird I am at times and yeah….I don’t know, if it’s too much I get it, no hard feelings, I question my weirdness all the time, even while in the mist of being weird, it’s just the thing, i’ve learned to embrace!!

All The Love ❤ ❤

Lexa

Let’s Talk Music: The Jonas Brothers Plus Lines, Vines And Trying Times Album 10 Year Anniversary (June 16, 2019)

So today (yesterday now) I learned that it’s been 10 years since one of my favorite bands (The Jonas Brothers) released their 3rd……sorry 4TH (had to look into it to be sure) studio album………10 YEARS!? wow, that’s insane!! You know when an album (movie, show, ect) comes out and you remember the day it came out like exactly and how you felt that day!?

Yeah…..I can’t say I remember when this album came out or how I felt when it did, I knew some of the songs from the album and I remember watching the music videos for Fly With Me and Paranoid all the time on Disney Channel, those were the days……..

The first time really listening to Lines, Vines and Trying Times was when I got the album when attending their 2009 world tour (my first ever live concert btw) it’s a real good album, might be one of my favorites, apart from A Little Bit Longer, that’s gotta be one of my all time favorite albums from them.

If I had to put their albums together in a row and tell you which ones were my favorite in order (based off the ones I have of course) it’d be in this order:

  1. A Little Bit Longer
  2. Jonas Brothers (Self Titled Album)
  3. Lines Vines & Trying Times

Now on one of my social medias (Instagram, where I saw it originally) they asked what was one of our favorite songs from that album and for me that’s a bit of a hard one, because well, I have a few……..but instead of stressing myself out with choosing just one song, i’ll add my top 5 favorite songs from the album……shouldn’t be hard!!

Top 5 Favorite Lines, Vines and Trying Times songs:

Side Note : I totally nailed it, wasn’t hard one bit!! ^_^ (pretty sure I sat looking at the track list for an 1 hour, could’ve been less for all I know, it wasn’t 5 mins though i’ll tell you that)

Okay so after some time, I think I have a good list here…..

  1. Fly With Me
  2. Poison Ivy
  3. Much Better
  4. Paranoid
  5. Don’t Speak

Maaaan that was really hard to list, *let’s out a hard breath* so much nostalgia hit me the minute I saw that track list…….I seriously didn’t think it’d be that hard deciding, out of these 5, there were only 3 songs off this album I was certain about to be on this list, I even had to go and make a top 10 list in one of my journals just to sort this out simply, not kidding…..

13 songs off that album and I struggled to write down a top 10 list!!? Top 5 that’s okay, because it’s not easy trying to crutch all your favorite songs into one small list, but a top 10 list!? You might as well call me a pathetic poor unfortunate soul with that one…..in all fairness though I did say it was a good album haha…….goodness……10 years!? I still can’t believe it’s been that long already, time sure does zoom by doesn’t it!?

You know what I realized!? Lines, Vines and Trying Times released June 16, 2009 right!? This was their last full studio album since they’re split or shall I say “hiatus” as a band, they did release a couple songs back in 2013, but it was only 2 single releases with their songs Pom Poms and First Time.

These songs I believe were supposed to be on their 5th album titled V, but never really saw the light of day due to creative differences in where they wanted their sound to go as a band and one of the reasons they’re split happened in the first place.

Fast forward 10 years later, since this album released, plus the two singles they also put out before their split……BOOM the Jonas Brothers are back, we get new music and EVERYBODY’S freaking out and you know I was one of them. Kevin, Nick and Joe without warning had the internet on a fury the day it was announced they’ve returned!!

You know how HUGE that was seeing that!!! I don’t think anyone thought they’d ever come back as a band to be honest, I always had hope they would because The Jonas Brothers are one of my all time favorite bands, they were the first band I got into and will always be my favorite no matter how old I get!!

I tell you though when they split back in 2013, it was pretty shocking, I remember hearing that and being pretty bummed out about the announcement, however, reading into it I did understand the reasoning for it……when you’re in a band or a group, things like creative differences or having different views on things will sometimes lead to some kind of friction.

Majority of the time there’s going to be a situation where someone in a group or band might want to try and branch out to work on different projects or want to see what else they can do, whether it’s with music or something completely different and not everyone apart of that group will entirely agree on it and from there it may get a bit messy.

With the Jonas Brothers……from trying to understand the reasoning behind their split and why, because they weren’t agreeing on how they wanted their sound to go with their music and of course everything else surrounding the split, you learned with that, it was slowly effecting the relationship between all of them, not just as a band, but also as real life brothers and when that starts to happen…..things start to fall apart and nothing works and i’m sure, for them, at the time, in those moment……

It was either break up as a band or break up as brothers and because they were as close as they were, they knew they couldn’t let whatever was happening between them ruin their close brotherhood and they’re whole family…….sooo, they chose to look at the bigger picture and take a break from each other for a while and you know what it worked!!

They surprised us all with their We’re back” announcement and had most of us losing our minds running through all the walls we came across!!

No but seriously, I really think them going off and doing separate things for a while helped them rebuild whatever cracks they had (if there were any) in their relationships and probably some other things, Nick with his acting and music, Joe with his (former) band DNCE and Kevin with his family and a pretty good food app apparently!!

(haven’t actually used it, but i’ve heard good things on it, helps you find places to go when hungry, mainly restaurants I think)

It’s good that they all found success doing different things though, but now that they’re back together, it’s good days, now we can sing to the moon and cheer with our pom poms in hand knowing that JB (THE ORIGINAL JB, YEAH I SAID IT!!) ARE BACK, BABYYYYYY!!! YES!!!

HAPPY 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY LINES, VINES AND TRYING TIMES AND WELCOME BACK NICK, KEVIN AND JOE!!! I know this is late now, but thank you for bringing so many memories in my younger years and for making me laugh and just for everything, you might be able to tell already, but we’ve missed you!!

Now I have to be honest, I haven’t actually heard any of their new music, so i’ve got a few to catch up on, but i’ll get there, i’ll have to brace myself though as I know I could be in for a ride with the new sound, but i’m really looking forward to hearing what they’ve come up with.

THE BOYS ARE BACK, WOOOOO!!

All The Love ❤ ❤

~Lexa~

Music Album Review: Paramore’s After Laughter Album (Dec 19, 2018)

Originally Written Dec 17

Hey there everyone, okay so i’m not sure how long this is gonna be, it might be very long, but it might not be at the same time, we’ll just see as we go along. I hope you guys are all doing well, today I wanted to discuss and review an album, i’ve never reviewed an album before, only certain songs, but I thought i’d give it a try and just see how I do with it, today we’re gonna be discussing Paramore and their latest album After Laughter. Now for those who don’t know Paramore well they’re a band of course, their genre of music goes from: Alternative rock, Pop punk, Pop rock ect….

Obviously when you’re a band or an artist, you tend to want to change your sound if you’re feeling you want to mix it up a bit, instead of always sticking to the same one, now before we talk Paramore’s latest album, I just want to kinda do a little backstory on them just so you can learn more about them, so without further ado, let’s talk a bit about Paramore: Paramore’s first debut album was All We Know Is Falling which came out back in 2005 and featured songs like Pressure, Emergency and Conspiracy, now i’ve heard Pressure and I believe i’ve heard Emergency not sure on Conspiracy, but at the same time I feel I might’ve heard it once or something i’m not sure.

Their 2nd album Riot! came out in 2007 one of the famous songs from that album is the good ole’ classic Misery Business, as well as other songs like CrushCrushCrush, That’s What You Get and one of my favorites When It Rains. Now even though Paramore had made two albums and all these lovely songs, it wasn’t until their breakout hit Decode to where they started to become well known and very popular. Decode featured on a popular hit movie that i’m sure all of you are aware of and if you’re not then don’t worry it’s okay, you’re not really missing much in my opinion, but the song appeared and was one of the featured tracks off the famous movie Twilight.

Everyone (mainly teen girls) loved Twilight, if you haven’t heard of it again don’t worry about it, but if you have, you know what i’m talking about here, there was even teams made from that movie, not kidding!! Twilight came out in 2008, it’s about this sparkling vampire guy named Edward, a teen girl, I think her name is Bella and a werwolf name Jacob, there’s more to the movie of course, but i’m not gonna go into it because this is about Paramore, I just thought since I brought up Twilight, might as well give you a brief description on it.

As I said before Decode was one of the featured songs off there and was actually very popular too, I remember coming across that song because the music video was on and also because it was one of those songs that was just everywhere, no matter where you went, you would be sure to hear that song. I can’t remember exactly, but I believe I wasn’t too fond of the song at first and i’ll be honest I think I might’ve judged it quickly because of the fact that I didn’t like Twilight (still don’t really like Twilight) I do however like the song decode now though. Decode also appeared on Paramore’s 3rd album I believe, Brand New Eyes, along with the songs Ignorance, Playing God and Brick By Boring Brick making it’s debut in 2009. They have more albums, but those are just a few of them that I wanted to talk about, but let’s get on to their new/latest album After Laughter and talk about the songs.

These are the songs off the album with small descriptions to them, all the songs are about Hayley Williams and her bands personal life:

1. Hard Times– Is pretty self explanatory, it’s all on Hard times and how even though we have them we don’t ever hit rock bottom (that’s an actual line in the song)

2. Rose-Colored Boy– This one is a little hard, but I think it has to do with someone who’s always so optimistic, while everyone else isn’t.

3. Told You So– This ones all about having those people who love to look for and call you out on your mistakes and love the whole Told you so line that Hayley sings about in the song.

4. Forgiveness– Is on the personal side of town, Hayley sings about not being able to forgive someone that hurt her really badly.

5. Fake Happy– Is a very clear song about pretending you’re happy when you’re not, but also knowing that you’re not the only one feeling that way.

6. 26– Is about keeping hold of what’s left of your hope and happiness the older you get, so this is one of her reflective songs.

7. Pool– Is metaphoric dark love song, you’ll have to hear it to understand it

8. Grudges– Pretty self explanatory, it’s all about letting go of grudges that we hold against someone.

9. Caught In The Middle-Is what I would probably say to be a reflection songs on Hayley early days in Paramore as well as her life in general.

10. Idle Worship-Is a song to all of her fans where she expresses that she shouldn’t be looked at as an idol.

11. No Friend– Is a letter she wrote to her fans, but it’s not sung, it’s spoken and she doesn’t speak the words, but a friend of hers does and it’s pretty interesting, different, but I like it.

12. Tell Me Now– Is…….i’m actually gonna let this one speak for itself, so give it a listen if you’re curious.

Now a lot of people complain about Paramore’s new sound and everything, but in all honesty I like their new sound, it’s different, but good different in my opinion. I think what it is that people don’t like about Paramore sound is the fact that’s it’s all poppy sounding now and I get having a favorite artist or band and knowing them from when they first started and being so used to the music they use to make, we all would love to have our favorites stay with the same thing, but at the same time if they feel they need to grow and want to experiment with other sounds then who are we to say they can’t.

These artists and bands make music not for us mainly, they write their songs from personal experiences that they share with us and maybe it’s different to how they use to do it, but if they decide they want a different sound then they have every right to change it up, I mean it is their music, we aren’t in any position to demand they stick with the new sound or old sound at all. If we really love that said band or artist we will grow with them and their music without hesitation, plus I always feel that sometimes it’s good to change it up as well as giving things a chance before judging it right off the bat……..I like their new sound, but that’s because I like Paramore and again if they felt in their hearts they needed to change something with their music then you gotta trust and embrace them on their sound, even if you may not like it.

Also if you think that these songs are just pop songs really listen to the lyrics, just because a song is upbeat doesn’t mean that the lyrics don’t have a deeper meaning to them, this whole album is upbeat with the exception of 26, Tell Me Now & Forgiveness (theses are the songs I consider to be not so poppy, but still great songs) The lyrics hidden behind the poppy dance music are actually very deep and dark when you really listen to it.

It’s all about reading between the lines, with this album and I love it, i’ve become very obsessed with this album and I just heard it the other day, some of my favorites are: Fake Happy, 26, Hard Times, Tell Me Now, Rose Colored Boy & Caught In The Middle, these are the songs i’m constantly playing over and over, although I love the whole album in general, it’s great, but Paramore has always been great, even with the sound change they’re still an awesome band, but that’s just my opinion.

Let me know your thoughts on After Laughter, have you heard it and if so what are your favorite tracks from it!?

All The Love ❤ ❤

~Lexa~