Music Review – Shut Up and Dance by Walk The Moon

Side note: The idea to post a review of this song popped up into my head when I was driving home today, and it came on in the car on my shuffled playlist. When I saw today’s assignment for Blogging 101 – Dear Dream Reader, I decided it would be a cool way to incorporate a new element in my posts. Here goes nothing!

From what I got from their website, Walk The Moon began in Cincinnati and is known for their lengthly time touring on the roads. In order to continue their music careers, they took a period of 6 weeks off from touring to write new music. This was then followed by a lengthly period of recording, and thus the excellence that is Shut Up and Dance was produced.

The song is undoubtably a pop-rock anthem with incredible motivating powers to make you get up off your couch and dance. The guitar is upbeat and riveting, and the vocals are amazing. There is also a strong presence of electric instruments mixed in as well. The sound of this song, and others from their new album Talking is Hard, reminds me a lot of the Imagine Dragons sound. I personally really like the sound on this new album, having only recently discovered the song when it was for on iTunes for free (broke student life), however there are some long time fans that do not like their “new” sound.

Take a listen for your self fellow millennial!

Feedback: What would you like to see?

The following is a copy of my post in the community pool. Please write your suggestions in the comments! 🙂

Hi everyone! I just started my blog a few days ago… and would like your help on what you would like to see from my blog. I currently have two posts up under the category BIG 5!

I want this blog to mean different things. I started it because I want to help others learn “how to millennial”, aka how to get through life in our current societies expectations and assumptions about us.

Any creative criticism and feedback would be greatly appreciated! I will create a copy of my post on my blog as well… so feel free to comment your suggestions about improvement, topics you’d like to see, etc!

I am not afraid of controversial topics… they just take me longer to research and write. 🙂

Thanks for your help everyone!

http://www.howtomillennial.wordpress.com

The BIG 5: (Not So Serious) Student Life Essentials

To read my post about my serious student life essentials – please click here.

To read other BIG 5 posts please click here.

1. Booze

What’s college life without a little booze? Okay, okay, a lot of booze. I could get into some interesting (embarrassing) stories, but I will save my pride and dignity and keep those off the internet!

2. Gatorade

Trust me… if you haven’t figured it out by now, you’ll thank me in the morning. Buy a buttload of these and store one beside your bed before you leave for that baggin’ club or rave or whatever. When you wake up from your slumber gasping for air because your mouth is so dry, this drink will be heaven. Not to mention, it also helps to relieve hang overs.

3. Kraft Dinner

Because how else are you going to afford alcohol? Living on a student budget requires sacrifices of course. NOTE: This delicious meal may be subbed out for the less delicious option – ichiban.

4. A wingman/best friend

I’m not a fan of the generally accepted meaning behind wing man, but it serves a certain purpose in my own mind. You need to get yourself an awesome bud (of any gender) that will be there for you when your drunk and embarrassing, and can always count on to make the right decisions. For example, when its your birthday and you’re grade nine “white” girl wasted, this friend will stop you from making out or going home with unsuitable dates… or let you… depending on your pre drinking agreements!

5. Coffee

Coffee is an essential for two reasons. One, because you are not going to be getting any sleep for the next 4 or so years of your life, and in order to get up for that dreadful 7:30am Anatomy class tomorrow, you’re going to need one XL Tim Horton’s Coffee. Two, because after that long evening of drinking and dancing on a Wednesday, you’re going to need it to get through that dreadful Thursday.

Also… TIM HORTONS COFFEE OVER ERRYTHANG. (I’m biased… O’Canada!)

New Skin…Who I’d Be

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “New Skin.”

If I was going to be someone radically different than myself, I would probably pick someone of a different ethnicity that was immigrating to Canada. I really want to understand what makes people move to this country, and what the experience is like. I think it would be a really eye opening experience to immigrate permanently somewhere, especially Canada through the FWP. I think its important for Canadians to understand why people choose to move here, what it’s like to adjust to a completely different culture, and how hard it is to get through your day when you are trying to learn a new language.

The BIG 5: (Serious) Student Life Essentials

The BIG 5 blog posts are 5 item lists that I deem interesting, necessary, or awesome. To find more of my BIG 5 posts please click here.

Well… it’s January and you know what that means: BACK TO SCHOOL. In preparation for the Winter semester, I decided to use my first post on the topic of something useful for every student. If you’re anything like me (example: disorganized by nature), then you NEED the following 5 items.

1. Academic Planner

Every student NEEDS an academic planner. Trust me… you’ll take a buttload of stress off your shoulders by taking the time to find one of these bad boys. Make sure you take the time to write down all of your important due dates! You can find these pretty much anywhere you can buy office supplies. I got mine from Target for around $12.00, but you can also find them at Staples and Walmart. NOTE: My student’s union makes a FREE one for students (it sucked this year but still), so check around your uni to save yourself a few $!

Academic Planner by Mead

2. A pair of sweatpants

Because let’s face it… no one wants to study in jeans.

I prefer to call them “getting comfy as shit pants”.

3. A reliable laptop (obviously)

Now… I am not a technological genius but from experience APPLE over EVERYTHANG. I started out my first year of university with a HP laptop (Windows 7), and it crapped out on me… twice. One time it overheated (sitting on a desk) and the hard drive bricked… and THREE essays had to be rewritten. I cried for a week. Any who, I invested in a Macbook Pro and its been sweet to me ever since. Here’s a few suggestions depending on if you decide to go with Microsoft or Apple.

Microsoft:

– My computer repairs didn’t cost me a cent for 2 years because my parents bought my laptop from Costco. I recommend looking into the computers at Costco if you have a membership because their warranty kicks ass. You just have to call the Costco warranty number and BOOM presto… they know exactly what purchase you made just by looking up your name.

Apple:

– Decide which macbook is best for you based on a few things – memory & speed.

– NEVER opt for Apples’s versions of the Microsoft office software. I’ve tried it and it sucks and never converts 100% the way you want it too.

4. Refworks

Ever get tired of trying to type out your references? You’ll love Refworks. You need a log-in for the website, but many universities have access to it. Try going on your school’s website under the library section or you could try and find where your library is on campus (wait… we have a library?).

This website essentially uploads and saves all your articles to your account, and can auto generate a bibliography in multiple formats for you. NOTE: make sure to use a proper formatting manual just in case! This website is pretty accurate, but can sometimes get confused about the type of source your reference is.

5. A study space

I used to study all over my house, but I was always distracted by everything going on around me. I finally invested in a desk and put it in my room, and its awesome! I stopped using my bed to study because I couldn’t sleep on it anymore without thinking about homework (how depressing I know).

I found my desk at Target for less than $200. It’s an okay size, but I wish I had some drawers to store my textbooks in!

Tip: Keep an eye on Staples.ca… they often post one day deals on expensive items like desks and printers!