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Happy Birthday Spencer!
In honor of this special day, I’m going to shoot a couple of my latest favorite Spencer quotes:
Spencer: What were you doing at the gym?
Spencer: That’s what the world is for.
"They could have been Gods…" - in response to a recent video of Dream Theater after they had gained a significant amount of weight.
"Nude is a very hard song to look up." - while trying to find music for Radiohead’s "Nude". (via Oliver Tingey- the newly hired Sr. Spencer Tingey corespondent)
Have a good one, buddy.
My Aunt Amy is a woman of class, and serves as a “trophy mother” to society. One of my favorite traits that my Aunt Amy possesses is her tasteful use of made up names. Look at the chart below to find what made up name best applies to you! These names are scientifically described as “Amyisms”.
I know the chart is a little difficult to read- I did my best to try to blow it up, but that is about as big as it will allow me to do.
You know when you have a twitch and it doesn’t go away for awhile so you tell someone to check out your twitch and then right when they look it stops and then you try to make it keep twitching but it doesn’t? I hate that.
It’s unfortunate how many songs I know that I can sing along to the first verse, air guitar all the guitar riffs, sing the chorus, sing the poorly thought out bridge that is in C#m when the rest of the song is in A#, and of course all the vamps of the final chorus. But when the second verse comes, I’m clueless. I’ve never been one to pay close attention to lyrics, or especially the meaning of lyrics simply because I like to see if the music does a better job of explaining, but here are a couple of my favorite second verses, and why they are worth remembering their existence-
Wrapped Around Your Finger/The Police: I love the deep, syncopated tone that the bass provides in this second verse. The lyrics lay down a foundation for that type of sound by using buzz words like “deep” and “blue” and “sea”. About half way through the verse Stewart Copeland lays down the snare on 4, and puts a straight tempo on it. The verse does a great job at giving contrast to help the listener realize the more intimate meaning of the song, as well as representing the feeling through almost “visual” ties between the lyrics and the rhythm/counter melody.
Hamburg Song/Keane: This is a terribly depressing song, but second verse is a wonderful example of conserving energy throughout the song to somewhat match the natural thought process of giving thought to a sad situation. In this case, the second verse is directly after the first verse. The two verses are almost identical, but the second verse has a very subtle piano part that gives the listener the effect that the piano is just repeating the lyrics in an unfamiliar language. The lyrics are very desperate and sincere, and give a natural build up to the song because the listener obtains more and more sympathy for the story.
Slow Dancing in a Burning Room/John Mayer: I’ve always admired this song for its ability to tell the entire story within the main riff alone. If it was instrumental I would still probably call the song “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room”. On the second verse of this song, the guitar backs off a little, and the lyrics manifest a more “broken down” and “honest” side of the story. Anger becomes a main emotion in the song that is balanced by a sense of “most of me doesn’t want to stay mad at you, but how can you do this?”. An emotion I can’t quite relate to, but is made very real by the second verse of this song.
If you’re interested in analyzing these verses feel free to give them a listen and let me know what you interpreted!
My dear friend Dylan Self (www.dylanself.tumblr.com) brought up an interesting thought the other day. What if you could read your life on Spark Notes? I’ve never been a big user of the website since I got caught plagiarizing in 8th grade, but I can bet my life is a tad bit more interesting than Lord of the Flies (though I’ll admit, there’s nowhere near as much cloudy Christian symbolism).
If you’re bored out of your mind, I will now present to you my Spark Notes!
TITLE: Tyler Tingey (117 vol.1/5)
- I Tyler, Being Born of Goodly Parents
- The Cul-de-sac
- The Fall of the Cul-de-sac
- Long Hair, and an Element T-shirt
- Post Moab (Tyler gets caught plagiarizing)
- Me Likes Choir
- Viva la Vida
PLOT SUMMARY: 117 vol.1/5 is the story of a boy who has changed very little in his first 17 years of existence. Tyler Tingey (protagonist) has a life based around supportive friends and family, and most of all- music. Tyler’s foundation comes from experiences and friendships made in his childhood. 117 vol.1/5 has been criticized by readers saying “Tyler should make more of an effort to be appealing to women”. Tyler often feels uncomfortable writing a plot summary on his life.
MAIN CHARACTER ANALYSIS: (in order of who Tyler has texted most recently)
Oliver Tingey- A constant main character in 117 vol.1/5. Tyler often thinks about things he can improve within himself so that he can be more like Oliver. Oliver is a leader among his social circle. He is looked up to for his responsibility, and feared for his cold exterior. Tyler and Oliver share a deep passion for choral music and it plays a big role in their friendship. Tyler spends more time with this character than any other character in the story. Many readers think it is because he values his company the most.
Spencer Tingey- Another constant main character throughout the story. The friendship between Spencer and Tyler is one of the most playful relationships in the story. Spencer is seen as someone with an enormous amount of humor and wit, as well as someone who is extremely knowledgeable about the universe and the dirty tricks it plays. Tyler often reflects on his friendship with Spencer and typically laughs to himself as he recalls how fun, valuable, and at times, serious their friendship is. Spencer is the most beneficial character in the story.
Dylan Self- Many readers of 117 vol.1/5 consider Dylan to be Tyler’s best friend. Dylan is introduced as a main character in the very beginning and continues to be a main character in the end. Dylan’s friendship with Tyler is one that is misunderstood by everyone except Dylan and Tyler. Every word they say to each other has a story behind it. One of the greatest bonds between Dylan and Tyler comes from their ability to make music together. Those who have studied 117 vol.1/5 believe that the reason Dylan and Tyler play their respective instruments together so well is due to the fact that they have the exact same childhood. Dylan struggles with homosexuality.
Abby Tingey- Tyler’s friendship with Abby is considered by some to be the most essential friendship in the book. Tyler relies on Abby as someone that he can talk about everything and nothing to. Rumors of Tyler and Abby dating were popular among North America, but denied by the publishing company. When caught in the right mood, Tyler has been known to peg his friendship with Abby as “something [that] means the world to me”.
Jules Cruz- Jules is responsible for any ounce of personality or happiness in Tyler’s life. Although his character isn’t introduced till the chapter “Me Likes Choir”, Jules still plays a very vital role in the story. Jules brings light and life to the book, which has resulted in one of the most valuable relationships that Tyler has. Jules also struggles with homosexuality.
IMPORTANT QUOTATIONS: "Summer is burning me" -Spencer Tingey, as he puts on his seatbelt after church.
Those that know me well can tell you that I’m an avid Muse fan. I was looking at the track listing to their album Black Holes and Revelations and realized all of the song names imply really bad movie plots. Here’s some that I came up with…