The Soldiers of Linkin Park

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So, as I’m sure I’ve said before, one of my favorite bands is Linkin Park.  The beauty of their music lies in the subtlety of their storytelling.  Most people would just tell me that I’m full of shit, and hell maybe even the band members would, but this is how I’ve come to interpret their music over the years as I listened from one album to the next.  Though it should be noted that I am skipping over concert albums.

If you start with their first album, Hybrid Theory, you see the story unfold on a youth growing up in a dark and painful world where life is a struggle with few people to trust and little to hope for.

With the release of Reanimation, you saw the youth try to change the world around them, or at least change their perception of the world.

Meteora shows us the results of the youth’s failures and the madness that rages within him.  Anger and bitterness poor from him and the other subjects that live their created world.

Minutes to Midnight, shows the youth has grown up and begun his service to a system that won’t let him/her free, but they continue to see the flaws in the system.  From rich and powerful politicians to foolish leaders, each pushes down the masses that sought out these men to make there lives better.  And a rebellion is forming.

In A Thousand Suns, the revolution is in full swing and the youth has become a soldier waging war with all the injustice that surrounds him/her, but the soldier only finds unnecessary bloodshed that ultimately ends with the people of the planet destroying each other and the world around them.

Finally, in the album Living Things, we see the youth struggling along with the other survivors of the war, trying to remake an apocalyptic world into one worth keeping, but people keep making the same mistakes of old, and nothing turns out perfectly.

They have another new album coming out soon called Recharge, that like Reanimation is  a remix album, and I can’t wait to see what they do with it, and can’t wait to see if and how the story progresses!

My interpretation of this story is inspiring me to write a story that shows this epic tale, but I’d hate to feel like I was playing upon an already great story that needs no further telling/explaining.  We’ll see!  Might just make it a side project for fun!

In closing, I was extremely excited that I wasn’t the only person to have a similar thought on the theme of these albums, when I found a YouTube video that was a a collective effort of individuals to make a story from certain songs!  Here it is to check out!

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Obsessed much?

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Anybody that has been following me on Twitter lately, has seen my obsession with Scott Pilgrim flare up like a soiled pair of underwear in a bonfire.  The level that I gush on Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim series is one of many parts.  But before we get into the why’s of my obsession, allow me to take you back to where it all began.

Love this pic of Scott, but I’m pretty sure it’s not Bryan’s!

First, let me start by saying that comic books/graphic novels are indeed literature, despite certain parent’s popular opinion.  I remember one time when I worked at Border’s (RIP), and I overheard a mother tell her son, “No comic books.  You’re going to read a real book!”  While I understand the need to encourage our children to further increase their reading skills, blocking them from reading something that they truly love, only diminishes their willingness to do so.  Alas, I am now veering too far off course from the real topic, though I may come back to this at a later date.

So, the book the kid wanted was none other than Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life.  Granted that I had only ever read Manga before this point, I looked at the book with a sense of, Yeah like this would be any good anyways.  Never the less, I had seen the books on the shelf for months and finally decided to give them a shot.  Oh boy was I screwed.

I took the first book home that night, and bam one hour later the book lay finished on my coffee table and my hands and mind shook in longing of obtaining the next volume.  Needless to say, the remaining five volumes found themselves in my possession the very next day.

At this point you may be asking yourself, “What the hell is wrong with this guy?”  That’s where the why comes in.  Anybody that has read the books or watched the movie can tell you that the brilliance of the music that Scott and his fellow band member’s make, whether you are reading the songs in the book or listening to them on the movie or it’s counterpart soundtrack (I own all of them!) coupled with the fantastic story line including fantastic video game action and Scott’s ability to earn experience and money from the enemies he defeats makes this story an instant hit.

But my love for this series goes even deeper than just the context on the face of the story.  Most people know the series only as a cool tale about a guy trying to defeat the enemies who seek to prevent his love for his girlfriend, Ramona Flowers, Brian makes the story go even deeper!  The story ends up really being about the relationships that Scott develops and and struggles to understand with his friends, girlfriend, ex-girlfriends and most importantly himself.

If you’ve only ever watched the movie, do yourself a favor and read the books.  The emotional struggles that each character has to overcome clenches my heart and refuses to let go.  When I still worked at Border’s I read the series twice in a row.  This makes my third read through of the series and I still can’t help but laugh along with every ridiculous joke and vainly fight to not tear up as Scott fights for his love.

My emotional response to a fictional story is ridiculous to say the least, but I’m proud of it.  I’ve recently considered trying to shift projects to a new one that is inspired by Bryan’s brilliance, but every idea I come up with is lackluster in comparison.  Who knows, if I can come up with some good ideas, maybe I’ll do some short story fan fiction for Scott sometime.

I feel the need to also say that while Scott’s tale inspires me, Bryan’s tale also inspires me.  To see a man bring a creation to such a level of existence that he can ensnare a person in the way he has me, only further inspires me to write the best that I can.

During my initial Scott Pilgrim obsession stages, I found myself so overcome by Bryan’s excellent storytelling that I also took the time to read his other graphic novel, Lost at Sea.  It lacks Scott Pilgrim’s humor, action and video game visuals, but it’s story is no less emotionally inspiring.  I definitely suggest you take the time to read it!

Lastly, if you guys have any doubts to my claims of obsession check out my Twitter account where my avi is Scott himself and where I have a Twitter list dedicated to stalking Bryan’s account @radiomaru!

Cheers!

P.S. Bryan if you read this I’m not really creepy!!!

Raving Wild!

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First off, if you haven’t checked out the band Raving Wild, do it!  This acoustic Indie duo has a fantastic sound.  You guys have heard me talk about how different types of music inspire me, well these guys are a perfect example.

The band consists of Graham Iddon and Dave Cocking.  Their music takes inspiration from bands and groups like Thrice, My Vitriol, Counting Crows and Mumford and Sons, The Shins, Silver Sun Pickups, The Who and Blink 182.

Graham contacted me after he checked out my blog post about my Sunshine Award the other day.  Which leads me to my big news!  Graham has asked me to do some guest blogging on their website!  I’m so excited, and to be honest, nervous.  I’m okay with being ballsy and screwing up on my own blog, but to be offered the ability to help out on another blog is scary!  Regardless, I plan on trying to find some great content to put up on their site, and I highly suggest you guys swing by there to check them out.  I plan on putting up new content on my little Ink-stained Daydreams here, as well as on Raving Wild, each Wednesday, if not more often!

Cheers