Posted in 2011, Get Your Heart On, Simple Plan

Get Your Heart On! Review: 1. You Suck At Love

So, today I’m going to tell you about my first impression of this song. 
It is the first new song the band officially released to the public.  By singing it live.
Incidentally they did the same thing with Your Love is a Lie back in 2007 – released it live before the studio version.  [Though When I’m Gone had already been released.]
Someone posted a live version of YSAL from the Bamboozle tour 2010 on YouTube and I came across it on the SP Crew forums.  My initial response to it was that I didn’t like it.  It just didn’t grab my attention.  Granted the recording was not good quality [it was quite horrible, actually] however, it just didn’t sound like top 10 material to me. 
I voiced my opinion and I remember several people getting bent out of shape that I would ever criticise anything created by the boys.  You can imagine how that ended. 
It took me probably around two weeks, and a few different video recordings of it live, to win me over.  I think it really clicked when the band posted a short video of them singing it live in good quality.  And my thoughts after that included:
‘Wow, this hearkens back to the Still Not Getting Any… era.’  And then I was almost sold.   I at least figured that the band was going as strong as ever, and that even if it weren’t spectacularly amazing, at least they weren’t going to disappoint the ‘hard core’ fans.
On a side note, SNGA is my favourite album, and the one that made me a fan of this band.
Of course, I decided to wait until I heard the studio version…but when I did hear a 30 second snippet of the song, I decided I preferred the live version.  [Can’t win, eh?]
Now having heard the full studio version, I really like it.  Pierre’s vocals have improved; they still have the ‘live’ qualities that the band ‘perfected’ on the Self-titled album, but has the energy and personality of No Pads and SNGA.  I feel that there is something missing on the studio version though, I’m not sure what it is but, there it is.
I don’t love it [still prefer the way the live version sounds] but, I would put it in my top 10 Simple Plan songs. 
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Posted in 2011, New Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR

It’s the 3rd of January 2011, and I can hardly believe the year has begun, once again.  I could give you a list of New Year’s Resolutions but there would be no point.  A lady I sing in the choir with, said to me her resolution this year is to enjoy the year.  And to be honest, I think that’s the only resolution that makes any sense.  Really, if we want to do all those other things that people resolve to do, i.e. diet, get healthy, get fit, spend more time with a certain friend or family member, that can all come under that one word.

Enjoy.  One can enjoy themselves if they are healthier; one can enjoy themselves with friends and family; one can enjoy themselves by reading a good book.  One can enjoy themselves discovering new music.  Yeah we could say, ‘this year I resolve to eat healthier.’  But if we make it fun, like go to a restaurant with friends and choose to not have extra fries on the side and not make a huge deal of it…then it’s a win win situation.

Resolve to enjoy life and everything else will follow.  I find trying to be strict on a resolution actually takes the fun out of doing things.  This year, do not be a fun-sucker.  Say ‘yes’ to more things, have a blast, work hard and party harder.

Of course, being sensible is important, but not to the point that you bore yourself to tears, or anyone else as well.

There is nothing wrong with being quiet and still sometimes.  Quiet and still does not have to mean boring and have no life.

And to all those who believe, enjoyment can be found in sitting down and reading and learning from The Book.  Knowing God, knowing Him who came to save us all…it’s the most joyful one can be.

God bless and have an amazing 2011.

Posted in 2011, New Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR

It’s the 3rd of January 2011, and I can hardly believe the year has begun, once again.  I could give you a list of New Year’s Resolutions but there would be no point.  A lady I sing in the choir with, said to me her resolution this year is to enjoy the year.  And to be honest, I think that’s the only resolution that makes any sense.  Really, if we want to do all those other things that people resolve to do, i.e. diet, get healthy, get fit, spend more time with a certain friend or family member, that can all come under that one word.

Enjoy.  One can enjoy themselves if they are healthier; one can enjoy themselves with friends and family; one can enjoy themselves by reading a good book.  One can enjoy themselves discovering new music.  Yeah we could say, ‘this year I resolve to eat healthier.’  But if we make it fun, like go to a restaurant with friends and choose to not have extra fries on the side and not make a huge deal of it…then it’s a win win situation.

Resolve to enjoy life and everything else will follow.  I find trying to be strict on a resolution actually takes the fun out of doing things.  This year, do not be a fun-sucker.  Say ‘yes’ to more things, have a blast, work hard and party harder.

Of course, being sensible is important, but not to the point that you bore yourself to tears, or anyone else as well.

There is nothing wrong with being quiet and still sometimes.  Quiet and still does not have to mean boring and have no life.

And to all those who believe, enjoyment can be found in sitting down and reading and learning from The Book.  Knowing God, knowing Him who came to save us all…it’s the most joyful one can be.

God bless and have an amazing 2011.