Jake Miller Mini Tour Review and Experience

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Jake Miller finished his mini tour on Monday. The 10-city tour started Oct. 28 in San Francisco, CA and ended Nov. 17 in Cleveland, OH.

I attended the Nov. 12 show at iPlay America in Freehold. I was waiting for the concert for months which felt like an eternity, so the day of the concert I was so excited and nervous, I couldn’t believe it finally arrived. The opening acts were Sam James and Justin Johnes which I really did not enjoy.

The concert was all general admission so we wanted to make sure we got there in plenty of time to get up close. We got to the venue at 11 a.m. for the 7 p.m. show. When we arrived we were the 13th, 14th and 15th people in line and were told by security we’d be guaranteed first row. Since the doors didn’t open until 6 p.m. we waited outside cuddled up in blankets all day.

When the doors opened, we went inside and went to our front row spots. The show started at 7 p.m. with opening act, Sam James. He performed until 7:30 p.m. and then at 7:45 p.m. the second act, Justin Johnes came on until 8:15 p.m.

After the opening acts were done with, I started becoming even more excited and nervous. At 8:30 p.m. the crowd went crazy as Jake Miller came out with “Collide”. Everyone was singing, screaming, dancing and jumping (including myself) throughout the show.

Miller’s performance was amazing and getting to experience it first row was even more surreal. It was probably my favorite Jake Miller concert out of the 3 I’ve been to. It was an experience I will never forget.

Track List:

Collide

High Life

Hollywood

Me and You

A Million Lives

Party in the Penthouse

Ghost

Glow

Dazed and Confused

Like Me

First Flight Home

Stress of School

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What comes to mind when you think of school? Teachers? Friends? Classmates? Homework? Tests? Projects? For most people, it would be a combination of all of these things. Of course, when you face all of these basically every day for almost seven hours a day, five days a week for ten months, that would pretty much be what you would think of when it comes to school. But there’s also something that comes to mind when you add all of this together. What is it? One word: stress.

With the amount of work being piled onto you every day for months, it’s not impossible to imagine the stress that is being brought upon you. For those that strive to do the best in school, they have work that is continuously piled onto them. As for those that struggle during the year, it’s also a load of stress. Think about it. Not being able to keep up with the work. Worrying about your grades slipping. Thinking it’s the wrong class for you. You can’t help being stuck in this spiraling tornado while wondering if you’re going to survive to see the light of another day. That’s an exaggeration but still, you really don’t know how to handle it.

What can you do to help relieve it? Is there anything that can be helped so you feel less stressed? Well first, take a deep breath. When you do, you get a clearer mind and understand what’s going on.

After you’ve calmed yourself down from all of that studying for a test you think you’re going to fail, stop thinking about it. The more you think of it, the more stressed out you’re going to be. And trust me, no one wants to see a kid pulling out their hair over a test during lunch when it was announced last week and you procrastinated because you were “busy” watching TV.

After your huge studying frenzy during lunch, walk into your test feeling confident about knowing the material and do your best. Knowing this, it may relieve the tension you feel about having to get a perfect grade on the test.

When the forty-eight minutes are up, hand it in and walk away knowing that you did your best. Don’t walk out of the room counting how many answers you know you got wrong. If you do, you’ll add to the stress that you already feel because of the test.

Stress is something everyone will feel no matter what you’re doing. But if you can find ways to control it and relax, you’ll feel ten times better, whether you’re in school or outside in the real world.

FOUR Review

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One Direction’s newest album, FOUR, is unlike anything they’ve done before. Prior albums have included mostly pop songs that stick in the listener’s head, but they lacked meaningful lyrics. Midnight Memories, their last album, showed signs of their growth. But it seems everything has fallen into place on this album.

FOUR includes songs that are heartfelt and meaningful. The members, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, and Niall Horan, all wrote songs on the album. In a world where artists usually remix songs from other people, it’s refreshing for One Direction to have original pieces. And I think the originality really helps the album. The songs are from personal experiences, ones that fans, or even someone who just hears the song on the radio, can relate to.

With this album, I feel like they can escape their image. And by that, I mean people won’t just disregard them because “they’re just a boy band”. It shows another side of them, a side people who aren’t fans will like. I’m sure people will be surprised when they find out the new song they like that’s playing on the radio is sung by One Direction.

Tracklist:

  1. Steal My Girl

2. Ready To Run

3. Where Do Broken Hearts Go

4. 18

5. Girl Almighty

6. Fool’s Gold

7. Night Changes

8. No Control

9. Fireproof

10. Spaces

11. Stockholm Syndrome

12. Clouds

 

Exclusive Bonus Tracks:

13. Change Your Ticket

14. Illusion

15. Once in a Lifetime

16. Act My Age

Taylor Swift’s New Album Confesses Old Feelings For Harry Styles

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Taylor Swift’s new album, 1989, has just recently been released. Of course, it has caused a frenzy of people giving their opinion on her “new style”. The famous red-lipstick-wearing singer has abandoned her country flair (even though that happened a long time ago), and switched to full on pop. Like every other album, Swift mostly sings about her many ex-boyfriends.  She even confirms that in the second track on the album, “Blank Space” : “Got a long list of ex-lovers they’ll tell you I’m insane.”  Well, if you said it, Taylor!

But this album seems like it’s focused on one ex in  particular. One ex that’s in a band that contains the word “one”. Of course I’m referring to One Direction member and teenage heartthrob, Harry Styles. The clues that aim towards Styles are evident once you listen to the songs and look at the lyrics.

We’ll start with the song “Style”. I’m not kidding, the name of the song is actually Style. Swift talks about a “long hair, slicked back, white t-shirt” ex in the song. For some reason ‘hair’ comes up a lot in the album, such as in the single “Shake It Off” where she calls over a “fella over there with the hella good hair”. Well, Styles does have good hair. But, back to “Style”, it’s about Swift talking to her boy about cheating on her. At one point she screams “Take me home / Just take me home, yeah. Just take me home”. Hm, that’s funny, I think I’ve heard that before. Oh yeah, “Take Me Home” was the name of One Direction’s second album which was released in Nov. 2012, shortly before “Haylor” was official. Another poke at Styles, or just a coincidence?

But “Out of the Woods” might be the song most clearly about Styles. It talks about wanting to know if her relationship is official and if they can be seen together. She actually asks, “Are we out of the woods yet?” over 60 times. Even saying, “Looking at it now, last December we were built to fall apart, then fall back together.” Haylor’s first public outing was in Dec. 2012 in Central Park. And interestingly enough, Swift has a song called “Welcome To New York’ on the album, of course where Central Park is located. Somehow that song now qualifies her to be the new ambassador of NYC.  “Out Of The Woods” is most definitely about her at one point secret relationship with Styles.

But not every single song is about Harry. “Bad Blood” isn’t about an ex-boyfriend, but rather an ex-friend. Rumors have been flying that the song is about fellow female popstar, Katy Perry.

Swift told Rolling Stone this about Perry, “’Oh, we’re just straight-up enemies. And it wasn’t even about a guy! It had to do with business. She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me. And I’m surprisingly non-confrontational – you would not believe how much I hate conflict. So now I have to avoid her. It’s awkward, and I don’t like it.”

Even though Swift claims her feud with Perry has nothing to do with a guy, it may have something to do with it. Perry was seen with Styles at Nobu restaurant in Malibu back in Sept. Could “Bad Blood” be a form of revenge? For some reason, everything always links back to Styles.

Although investigating and looking into the lyrics of 1989 is fun, the album isn’t a masterpiece. It does deliver songs that are catchy and will stick in your head for days, weeks, even months. But Swift always creates songs like that. If you’re a Taylor Swift fan you’ll love it, and if you’re a One Direction fan you’ll love laughing at it.