“After a while you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul, and you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning and company doesn’t mean security, and you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts and presents aren’t promises, and you begin to accept your defeats with your head up and your eyes open, with the grace of an adult, not the grief of a child, and you learn to build all your roads on today because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans. After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much. So plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. And you learn that you really can endure… that you really are strong, and you really do have worth.” -Veronica A. Shoffstall

Published in: on September 3, 2010 at 1:41 am  Leave a Comment  

TREND ALERT: Long Skirts/ Dresses

The other night, I was watching Almost Famous, one of my favorite movies, and was falling in love with the Band-Aids (or, um, groupies) 70’s style. I would have loved to dress like that. Later this week, I was shopping online, and noticed a trend- Long hippie skirts and dress, a-la 70’s. I’m loving this look, and am super duper excited to shop for it.

Published in: on August 27, 2010 at 9:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

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Published in: on August 24, 2010 at 5:43 am  Leave a Comment  

Arcade Fire’s “the Suburbs

A few weeks ago, indie rock group Arcade Fire released a hit- The Suburbs. the day it was released, I bought it, and it hasn’t left the stereo in my Jeep. I’m constantly listening to it, and being inspired by the ideologies in their lyrics. I feel like I’m reading a journal when listening. It’s all honest and raw. If you haven’t bought it yet, I would definitely encourage you to do so.

The entire album is basically an analysis of modern American suburban life. Here are some lyrics from the album. They require no analysis. They are exactly as they present themselves.

The Suburbs

“So can you understand
Why I want a daughter while I’m still young?
I want to hold her hand
Show her some beauty
Before this damage is done
But if it’s too much to ask
If it’s too much to ask
Send me a son”

Deep Blue

Hey
Put the cellphone down for a while
In the night there is something wild
Can you hear it breathing?
And hey
Put the laptop down for a while
In the night there is something wild
I feel it, it’s leaving me”

Month of May

“So young, so young
So much pain for someone so young, well
I know it’s heavy, I know it ain’t light
But how you gonna lift it with your arms folded tight?”

Sprawl I
“Cops showing their lights
On the reflectors of our bikes
Said, do you kids know what time it is?
Well sir, it’s the first time I’ve felt like something is mine
Like I have something to give
The last defender of the sprawl
Said, well where do you kids live?
Well sir, if you only knew
What the answer is worth
Been searching every corner
Of the earth”

There are a lot of other songs on the album. Each packed with strong lyrics, melodies, and ideas. It’s worth getting, and it’s all worth pondering over.

AND lastly, Music Suggestions of the Week:

An Oldie: Rebel Rebel-David Bowie

Recent Song: The Kindler Burns- I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody’s Business

Friend’s Suggestion: The Garden- Mirah

Who Needs Jeans?

I am putting away all of my jeans. Yes, I am aware that it may be strange timing, but I’ve never liked jeans. I don’t like the way they feel, and quite honestly, I don’t like they way they look on me. Up until about 80 years ago, girls weren’t even wearing them, right?

Besides, who needs them when there are other options. Tights, skirts, and dresses are much more comfortable.

Here are some of my favorite looks for legs this fall:

Thigh Highs

Urban Outfitters Thigh Highs

Torn Leggings

LnA Ripped Zipper Leggings in Flat Black

LnA Ripped Zipper Leggings

And my absolute FAVORITE look: Tights under shorts

I’m really liking all of these trends.  Do you like or dislike?

Published in: on August 21, 2010 at 2:33 pm  Comments (2)  
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Soundtrack to My Life

Last year for my English portfolio, I was asked to write a paper about the soundtrack of my life.

These are the songs enlisted. I would very much like to elaborate, but I feel that the songs can speak for themselves. Perhaps they can inspire you as they have inspired me.

1. The Last Thing on Your Mind- Lights
2. Blackbird- The Beatles
3. Boston- Augustana
4. Wildflowers- Tom Petty
5. On Top of the World- Boys Like Girls
6. Invincible- Muse
7. When She Loved Me- Sara McLaughlin
8. Golden Slumbers- The Beatles
9. OK- Mutemath
10. Majesty-Hillsong

Published in: on August 16, 2010 at 2:57 am  Leave a Comment  

A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes

What are dreams? Scientists and educated specialists seem to provide many explanations about dreams. But my favorite definition s that it is simply “a wish your heart makes when your fast asleep,” in the words of Cinderella.
Why do we dream so much every night, but don’t frequently remember them? Again, I’m sure that there are many scientific answers for that. But for some reason, I’d like to believe that dreams are merely small seeds of limitless inspiration that get deeply planted into your soul. They slowly sprout until they reach your brain and bare the fruit of an idea, whether it be an idea about humanity, your dreams, your passions, your future. Maybe, just maybe, everything we are all started as a 10 minute dream from your REM cycle, filled with inspiration of the subconscious mind, ready to point you toward your purpose. Or, maybe not. .

Xx Megan Twee
P.S. If this makes no sense, its because its just an insomniatic mental ramble at 2 am. Sweet dreams.

Published in: on August 12, 2010 at 4:51 pm  Comments (1)  

Eat Less

Dear Urban Outfitters,

How your buyer found this acceptable is truly beyond me. This is the last thing anyone needs to see and let enter their subconscious.
Happiness doesn’t come from eating less. It doesn’t come from being skinnier, or having pretty hair. Yes, those things can make you be more content with the way you look, but real bliss is so much deeper. Happiness can never be dependent upon external things, because those things are changeable, and once they change, where does your happiness go?  True joy must be found within yourself. 
Although I know you like selling t-shirts that make amusing, political, satiracal, or fashion statements, this is neither fashionable nor funny. Anorexia is a very serious mental disorder, not a fashion statement to put on a shirt. Furthermore, fashion is about embracing who you are and expressing it. Not expressing what you want to change about yourself.

xx Megan Twee

Published in: on August 6, 2010 at 12:01 am  Comments (4)  
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Vans Warped Tour 2010: Finding New Music, Enjoying Familiar Music

These are the first words I am puting into the cyber world.  I want to begin my blog on a high note- Vans Warped Tour.

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS VANS WARPED TOUR? Basically, it’s a 10 hour festival which has the sole purpose of entertaining teenagers with all the subgenres of rock music. The sounds of hundreds of bands absorb the air and draw crowds. It’s a festival to see some of your favorite bands, while likewise finding those bands that are hidden treasures, who hope to expand their fanbase and get their music into the hearts of more listeners.

This year, some of the headlining bands were the All-American Rejects, 3OH!3, Sum 41, We the Kings, and Never Shout Never. After seeing that, I was immediately sold to go. Among those, I only watched the performance for We the Kings, but I was content with that. Up  until their performance, I was either pleasantly surprised or disappointed in several bands I had never heard of before. Although I wasn’t able  to see all of the nearly 100 bands that played at Warped, these specific bands will definitely be finding a new home in my iPod, and who knows, perhaps they will find their way into yours as well.

1. I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody’s Business– Definitely my favorite newbies at the show. I was shockingly  infatuated by their pleasant melodies, and unlike most of the bands at Warped,they used a piano. Their music swam through the airwaves, dove into my ears, and lingered in my veins, leaving impression heavier than any other new band I watched at the show. If you like Copeland, Dashboard Confessional, indie bands that are similar, or are just looking for something new, find these guys on iTunes and you won’t regret it.

2. You Me At Six– These British crooners drew quite the crowd. In all honesty, what was first magnetic about them was their charming and enchanting British accents. They certainly proved their accents weren’t all they have to offer. Their music was likewise inviting. They sound faintly similar to both the All-American Rejects and Between the Trees, but still have originality and personality. 

3. Third Time’s a Charm– These guys were pretty decent. Their sound does, I admit, fall short in originality of sound, resembling an exact reflection of All Time Low. Despite that, they doubtlessly have an engaging sound and dazzling lyrics, and a few of their songs are surely becoming some of my favorites.

4. Disco Curtis– Find their cover of Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance”. 🙂 Although their sound is, again, nothing I haven’t heard, they’re convivial and upbeat, and the rhythm is contagious.

And VOILA! Those are my top picks for favorite finds at Warped tour.

I saw a number of familiar performers as well, some of whom I have seen before. Picture Time, of course:

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And finally, my song recommendations of the week:

OLD SONG: London Calling- The Clash

NEW SONG: Ready to Start- Arcade Fire

FRIEND’S PICK: Thunder- Boys Like Girls (courtesy of my best friend Melanie)

Happy Music Monday, and thanks for checking out MeganTwee.wordpress.com.

xoxo