10 Songs to Help You Through Hard Times

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, as I haven’t been in the best place mentally or emotionally for the past month. Music is the only thing that makes sense anymore.

I know we all have those songs that make us feel good, but what about the ones that are like a balm to our bruised hearts/souls? My recent struggles have led me to a few discoveries, one of which surprised me very much.

Alter Bridge: “I Know It Hurts”

Myles Kennedy is the king of uplifting lyrics. I can name a track from each Alter Bridge album that could be on this list, but “I Know It Hurts” takes the spot because of one simple line: “Now is not forever.” Sometimes, that is the best thing to remember.

Alter Bridge: “All Ends Well”

I said Myles was the king, right? “If you believe in nothing else, just keep believing in yourself.”

Almost Kings: “Better Than This”

There are actually a couple of songs from these Georgia natives that I could have chosen. However, “Better Than This” immediately struck a chord in me. I understand it so much more now.

Asking Alexandria: “Alone in a Room”

I know, I know. I haven’t shut up about this band or this song, but the lyrics describe my mindset so accurately that it’s scary.

Linkin Park: “Heavy”

Honestly, isn’t it nice to know you’re not the only one? This song has brought me to tears more than once, especially following Chester’s death.

Asking Alexandria: “Under Denver”

“Just wait and see, just sit and breathe.”

Andy Black: “Put the Gun Down”

This was the one that surprised me. I hadn’t listened to Andy’s solo record, then I randomly decided to let it play on Amazon. I ended up with this song on repeat. I couldn’t have found it at a better moment.

Blink-182: “Adam’s Song”

Self-explanatory.

Fun: “Carry On”

“May your past be the sound of your feet upon the ground. Carry on.”

Modest Mouse: “Float On”

My line has always been Don’t worry, even if things end up a bit too heavy. We’ll all float on alright.”

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Top 10 Covers by Marilyn Manson

I had not fully appreciated how many songs Marilyn Manson has covered throughout his career — until now. I’m not going to include the ones he performed live that are not somewhere on the internet, because I’ve never heard them. Makes sense, right? 🙂

Here we go, in no particular order.

1. “The KKK Took My Baby Away” (The Ramones)

2. “Golden Years” (David Bowie)

3. “In the Ghetto” (Elvis Presley)

4. “Working Class Hero” (John Lennon)

5. “What Goes Around…Comes Around” (Justin Timberlake)

Guys. He covered Justin Timberlake. Oh my God. ❤

6. “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” (Johnny Cash)

7. “20th Century Boy” (T. Rex)

8. “Down in the Park” (Tubeway Army)

9. “Tainted Love” (Gloria Jones)

10. “Get My Rocks Off” (Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show)

I tried to focus on his less well-known covers, but I had to include “Tainted Love.” It’s just so good! Also, I have a couple of honorable mentions:

“You’re So Vain” (Carly Simon)

“This is Halloween” (Danny Elfman)

Must-Watch Horror Movies

Horror is an interesting genre because there are so many facets. Fear, whether rational or not, is a personal experience. I feel that this gives the writers, directors, etc., of horror films a lot of room in which to play. There are movies I don’t find remotely creepy that scare my friends, and vice versa. So naturally, this list is very subjective.

1. Halloween — (The original one. Rob Zombie’s remake was atrocious.) How can you not love this movie? I watch it every year.

2. Halloween II — They should have stopped with this one. But come on. Trapped in a hospital, unable to fully function because you’re on meds, and people are gradually disappearing around you…

3. Saw — Judge me if you must, I didn’t sleep after I watched it the first time.

4. Scream — Yes, it’s terrible, in a way. Still, it started a string of movies that everyone close to my age watched.

5. Urban Legend — The least lame of those particular slasher films. The premise was actually legitimate. So underrated.

6. The Houses October Built — A mockumentary. Haunted houses, clowns, and a stripper joint where the dancers wear monster masks. Two thumbs up.

7. The Den — Okay, this one bothered me more than it should have. It had that realistic edge, the multiple events that made me say “That could really happen.” I was tense throughout.

8. Fright Night — Again, the original. Not that I don’t love Anton Yelchin, but Chris Sarandon may literally be the sexiest vampire in the history of ever. When he dances with Amanda Bearse in the club… Rawr!

9. Lights Out — It wasn’t exactly scary. However, it was very well done.

10. The Final Girls — In my opinion, not technically a horror film despite being classified as “horror” and “comedy”. With that being said, I adored this movie. It was SO good. Funny and full of feeling, as well as all the 80’s slasher flick staples, this is a must-have in your collection.

I would give The Funhouse Massacre honorable mention. Another movie that embraces the comedic value of horror films, it toed the line of cheesiness rather admirably, without ever crossing into full-on lame. The killers and their methods actually earned a shiver or two.

And that’s it! Most of these can be found on Netflix or Hulu, I believe. And Showtime has been running The Funhouse Massacre into the ground. Pop some popcorn, grab a blanket, and turn off the lights… It’s time to get spooky!

Stranded on an Island (Music Edition)

So we’ve all seen the hypothetical “if you were on an island and could only bring five things, what would they be?” Well, this is the music version. What ten albums would you have to have with you? Obviously, this is my list and it is in no particular order.

Pink Floyd: The Wall

Almost everyone’s essential Pink Floyd, and why wouldn’t it be? I also love the movie.

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Tom Petty: Wildflowers

I was such a Tom Petty fangirl when I was little. This is my favorite, closely followed by Full Moon Fever.

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Marilyn Manson: Mechanical Animals

Love this album from start to finish.

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Avenged Sevenfold: Nightmare

It used to be City of Evil, but I like the diversity from track to track on Nightmare.

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Tremonti: All I Was

Another one I can play without skipping a single song ❤

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Collective Soul’s self-titled album

My other original band crush ❤

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Disturbed: Down With the Sickness

Though I’d hate not having their version of “Sound of Silence.”

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The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Gotta have something by the Fan Four and my mom used to sing me “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.”

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Alter Bridge: Blackbird

Um, duh!

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Lynam: Slave to the Machine

Still my favorite by them and always will be.

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Feel free to make your own list! 🙂

 

My Top 10 Vocalists in Current Rock

Obviously this is simply a matter of opinion, limited to the artists I am familiar with. But isn’t that always the case with these things?

10. Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge/Tremonti Project)

Okay, I admit it, I’m quite partial to Alter Bridge. However, that is not the reason Mark made the list. Though I’m sure there are better vocalists out there, I feel he deserves to be recognized. He and his band (Tremonti) are terribly underrated.

9. Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stonesour)

I’m not a huge Slipknot fan, but even in their early days I couldn’t fail to notice his voice. Stonesour — and Slipknot’s later work — served only to further showcase his abilities.

8. Ville Valo (HIM)

Do I even have to explain? As Bam Margera once said, “All girls love HIM.”

7. Matt Bellamy (Muse)

I wasn’t overly familiar with Muse until I saw them with My Chemical Romance in 2007. That was when I discovered that A) Muse rocks, and B) Matt has one hell of a voice!

6. Ivan Moody (Motograter/Five Finger Death Punch)

First with Motograter and now with FFDP, this man’s voice…it gives me shivers down my spine!

5. Jonny Hawkins (Nothing More)

He has won my heart. Hands down my favorite of the more recent frontmen.

4. Brent Smith (Shinedown)

Look, if you weren’t sold by “.45” or “Burning Bright,” I doubt there’s much I can say to change your mind.

3. David Draiman (Disturbed/Device)

This one may seem odd — until you hear him cover “Sound of Silence.” From day one, I’ve loved his voice, but it was “Darkness” from Disturbed’s second album that sealed his place forever in my top ten.

2. Jacob Bunton (Lynam/Adler)

Jacob is probably the best vocalist you’ve never heard of. He now fronts Adler, which boasts Stephen Adler of Guns N Roses, but I discovered him through his work with Lynam.

1. Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge)

Duh! His voice is gorgeous!!! He has an amazing range and can hold a note forever… and did I mention his voice is gorgeous?!?!