As much as I would love to give you my life story I will narrow this down as much as possible. For months now I have been wanting to write articles on my website but have never been able to. Now, because of the name change and complete redo of my site, I can! So, what better to write about than the formation of BeeOrdiway?
I’ve always had a love for writing. I would write short stories, articles, songs, etc. But, after starting school and working full time I never had enough time to write a book or a story without losing concentration. On top of that, I wanted to kick back and relax after a long day! So I started going to the movie theater more, playing games a lot, and reading. Although this was all a lot of fun I never wrote anymore and I had no hobbies. My solution? On March 23 2015 I started my blog “MovieVersus” on Tumblr. Every now and then two movies are released at the same time with nearly an identical plot (No Strings Attached and Friends With Benefits). The idea behind my site then was to give an in depth comparison and tell the people which one was better. Doing this was very time consuming and I didn’t post a lot so I would write movie reviews in-between them. Eventually I moved over to WordPress and my site became “ReviewsWithB”. It remained that same format, adding in different types of reviews, for over a year… Eventually I started to lose interest and wanted to mix it up a bit. BUT, I was constricted by my name to only reviews. I wanted to make lists, suggest music, put up gameplay, start a podcast… I wanted the freedom to do whatever I wanted to do with my own site! Having a site like that allows me do everything that I have always wanted without stretching myself too thin.. So, BeeOrdiway was born.
Y’all Want A Single is a single released by the band Korn in 2003. Korn is a heavy metal, or nu metal, band that has had many hits and is well recognized for being “out there”… In 2003 their album Take a Look in the Mirror was going to be released and their record label made them make a single. They didn’t want to. So, what did they say? FUCK THAT!.. Y’all Want A Single tells about the disgust of record labels, chart toppers, and overly played singles. It encourages people to steal this song and to not buy into the fake corporation known as the “music business”. What I love about this song is it talks (or more-so yells) about singles having a formula of being less than three minutes and thirty seconds, and having a hook in twenty seconds… This sing does just that! Because it HAS to! This is a great song to sing along to and head bang in the car… but it has a damn good message behind it.
Simon and Garfunkel are a new favorite of mine, but not low on the list. Huge in the 60s, Simon and Garfunkel are the masters of relaxing folk rock. With amazing hits such as “The Sound of Silence” and “Mrs. Robinson” they are still relevant today. Despite having a very clean and mellow sound during the psychadelic era, they were still able to keep up with their beautiful and meaningful lyrics. A must listen for not just folk fans, but everyone.
Probably the most popular song of 2015, and the most powerful song I have ever heard, everyone knows of Hello by Adele. Coming back from her long hiatus Adele released the album 25, which quickly rose to one of the top albums of all time. The reason I chose to review Hello and not just the whole album is I find myself returning to this song nearly every day. Everyone can relate to looking in the past, and holding on to wrongs you want to right. I find this song a strange combination of sad, yet uplifting. The lyrics behind it are so deep, yet the powerful and beautiful voice of Adele just makes you want to sing along and get going. This normally is not my type of music, but Adele, and on a smaller scale, this song, appeals to everyone. I love it, and will keep returning to it daily.
So The Decemberists are my all time favorite band. I realize that I have said for months and months that I won’t review anything that is a favorite, but fuck that rule! I first discovered The Decemberists from Parks and Recreation season 6 finale when they preformed The Crane Wife 3 at the unity concert. I heard that song and thought that the singers voice was absolutely beautiful and that the acoustic folk sound was so unique to them. You know what they say about folk music? If it was never new, and never gets old. It is a folk song. Every song by them is relaxing, yet moving. The music brings me back, and makes me want to go for a drive and contemplate life. I know it sounds cheesy, and it is. But that’s what they are going for, and they do it perfectly. For musicians too, they are fun to cover. The speed and melody is nice, yet fun to play. Last but not least I can’t get over their singers voice and the backing of the woman’s vocals… so beautiful.
Oh god… what can I say about this song. I will start out by saying that A7X is one of my favorite bands, and The Rev (RIP) will always be my all time favorite drummer. He in fact has some really cool lyrics in this! So, on to this one hell of a fucked up song. Which, at the same time is weirdly sweet in a psychopathic kind of way. But, love is love is love! A Little Piece of Heaven is about a guy that is so in love with his girlfriend that he kills her out of fear of losing her and to keep her young forever. After sleeping with her as a corpse many times, her soul repossess her body. She then proceeds to do the same acts to the man. They then spend eternity trying to make it up to each other and killing people. Supremely fucked up, but this song is still completely awesome! This song involves every member doing a little bit of singing, and though the story is fucked up the singing IS quite beautiful. With the addition of Juliette Commagere singing the part of the girl I truly believe this is the best sounding and well rounded A7X song out there.
Cold War Kids is an absolutely amazing band, one of my favorites. Their song “First” is what first got me interested in them and I listen to it almost every day now. First is a beautiful, but terribly sad song. When listening to this song it is impossible not to feel an emotional connection in some way. In great metaphors and word plays, never actually saying what it truly means, First describes relationships. The song talks about cheating, breaking trust, how every relationships are repetitive, how someone will eventually hurt you no matter what, and that it is unavoidable. Yet, the remarkable thing about this song is it feels happy, it feels bouncy, you want to sing and smile to it! It could be the catchy stomp-clap beat, the high guitar piece, or even the feeling behind the clear but powerful voice of the singer… Either way, despite the depressing lyrics this song makes you strangely happy.
You gotta give it this, it has one hell of an original plot. An old music manager discovers an amazing teenage Afghan girl singer while on tour and puts her in a singing competition. This movie excites me, its got heart, soul, and the comedy that Bill Murray needs to be doing again. It’s been too god damn long since I laughed at Bill Murray, and this looks perfect for him. Dry and witty! Not only that, but as this trailer rolled on more faces kept popping up! Zooey Deschanel plays an edgy singer (so her by the way). Bruce Willis pops up holding a big gun and being intimidating, probably some sort of military dude. Danny McBride shows up yelling and being very him, haven’t decided if I still find him annoying yet. Kat Hudson is swimming it some sort of hot get up. Again, no idea what she does, but I like it! Scott Caan just kind of stands in the background for a second… Either way, this looks fun, and with so many big stars you know they thought it would be too! I’m excited about this, I even laughed at the trailer, so I’m going to see it. You should too!
I love when I get the chance to review a movie I have previously reviewed the trailer of, and be right on absolutely everything I predicted. This movie WAS intense. This movie WAS awesome. This movie WAS absolutely entrancing! Straight Outta Compton follows the group NWA on their rise to fame and the members lives before and after the group. It has been a long time since I have seen something with this good of a story arc and character progression! Straight Outta Compton focuses mainly on the lives of Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, and my personal favorite, Ice Cube. Yes, DJ Yella and MC Ren are in this but they take sort of a back seat to the main three. What I do love though is the cameo appearances of young Snoop Dogg, Tupac, Suge Knight, and The D.O.C., all who were played perfectly! What Straight Outta Compton does, is never really make any of the members bad. Sure at some point they all do something shady and dickish (especially Eazy), but they were gangsters! Throughout the movie Eazy has his moment in the sun, focusing on him and his road to where he is. Then Dre has his, the Cube. What I loved most though WAS when NWA broke up. We got to see everyone go out on their own, grow up, get families, release solo albums, and meet up again after years. Something you have to be wary of though, is this IS an accurate biography, and these WERE gangsters. There is plenty of violence, drugs, swearing (a shit ton), nudity, sex, and so on! You should not let that stop you from watching this though, as it is an amazing movie that is a must see to everyone.
Though most commonly known for his gaming videos on Youtube, and being a member of the “Vanoss Crew”, Daithi De Nogla is a also a beautiful songwriter and musician. I discovered Nogla’s talent a while back while watching his gaming videos, I had stumbled upon his song “Your Love” and was instantly hooked. What I find very interesting about Nogla is that his normal talking voice is nothing like his singing voice. His talking voice has an extremely thick Irish accent and is almost humorous in the way he speaks. Though, when Nogla sings it is absolutely beautiful, I would put him with the likes if James Blunt and Jason Mraz. Not only for his beautiful voice and acoustic guitar, but also for the deep and emotional lyrics he writes. For slow jams, Nogla has become one of my favorites artists and I hope he continues.