After watching Daenerys Stormborn burn the Khals alive in last night’s Game of Thrones episode (Book of the Stranger), my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds were filled with praise for Khaleesi. Women wrote about her strength while most of the guys’ posts could be summed up with “wife goals.” I saw it a few times and thought I’d offer this piece of advice. Continue reading A Fire Burning In Your Eyes
In the last four months my father died and the relationship I was in ended. I was left a broken man and had only enough strength to beg God for answers. Slowly I began to pick myself up and dust myself off. The kicker of it all was that I became broken without my knowledge. Life was so hectic after my father’s passing that I couldn’t sit down and process it all. Now that my days are settling down again, I’m beginning to notice the holes left in my life. I miss my dad everyday I can’t speak to him. But I miss something else. Something other than the relationship. Continue reading Eric v. Peppa Pig
Some fun for this entry of T ‘n T. Here is a song that I always thought would be fun to do as karaoke. Since times have recently reminded me that life is short, I will definitely be learning this and performing it. I mean think about it. Me rapping some Busta? That’s amazing.
Hello! It’s time for another Tubes ‘n Tunes Day submission.
This week’s video comes from one of my favorite bands, Coheed and Cambria. I realize that more than half of the readers just closed out their browser windows. Coheed isn’t for everyone. I get it.
Well they’ve recently put out an album that has been getting some great reviews. It’s different than their last seven releases. Coheed is known for their concept albums about a far off galaxy. There are even comics written by the lead singer to tell the full story that can’t be grasped in the albums. But this latest album takes a turn from that and showcases the real life struggles and emotions of the writers themselves.
Claudio Sanchez (lead singer and writer) has been a huge encouragement in my life because we both share a common background. We’re both the nerdy/geeky kid of Puerto Rican descent who care more for sci-fi and art than salsa dancing (which I might take lessons for). He’s proof there were others like me that didn’t fit the cultural molds our society had created. It gave me the courage to fully embrace my artistic side and a drive to discover others that didn’t fit the norm.
This song has a lot of significance to me because of recent heartbreak that I’ve gone through. It’s been the hardest experience of my entire life. I’ve lived through a natural disaster and have seen first hand the devastation left in its wake. A house exploded two hundred feet from me; X’s on homes warned us that people lay dead inside; and chaos ran rampant as lowlives ransacked homes in the cover of night. Yet none of that could have prepared me for how broken and lost I would feel after losing the woman I loved.
It’s been a very hard time but I thank Claudio and the guys of Coheed and Cambria for writing a song that matched my feelings.
Check out Coheed and Cambria’s latest release The Color Before the Sun.
With David Bowie’s passing, I thought it only right to dedicate this Tubes post to him.
I remember the days my dad visited our family in Puerto Rico. My strongest memory of this time was when he danced to rock music on his headphones. Cassette; not CD. He’d shimmy up and down our patio listening to songs I don’t remember, except one.
At the top of his lungs he let out a chorus of “Young Americans” while trying to get me (a 4 year old) to loosen up. I laughed at my dad and joined in as he placed the tiny speakers over my ears. Now at the age of 32, I appreciate this memory more than I ever realized.
Thanks for the good times with my dad, Mr. Bowie. RIP
Hi everyone! How did the New Year treat you? I hope everyone reading this had a good time. If you didn’t then let this song get you moving!
I’ve been on a big Daft Punk kick (as most of my friends already know) and couldn’t think of a better video with which to christen the new year. One goal this year (maybe this month) is to watch the entirety of Daft Punk’s Interstella 5555.
In 2015, I was a barber apprentice, proud Chelsea FC supporter, a father figure, rediscovered my passion for writing, worship team member, channel coordinator for AMC Latin America, a brother, a son, and a boyfriend.
I was also broke, lazy, diagnosed with depression, suicidal, beaten down, and far from God.
It’s a year that has taught me to count my blessings. No matter what is thrown at me, no matter how far the pendulum swings in one direction, I can count the things I am thankful for because I know they will always outnumber the bad.
I wish you a Happy New Year and pray it’s a great year for all of humanity.