New Old Favorite Show: Boy Meets World

It may not be the ’90s anymore, but we sure can pretend like it is. Or at least, we can watch “Boy Meets World” and ignore everything else going on in the present. I mean, that is what I find myself doing for at least at least four days out of the week.

Everyone knows about this show. It follows a boy growing up surrounded by loving family and friends. Learning important life lessons along the way. Ya know, a boy, living life during the 1990s, meeting the world, so to speak. The theme song from seasons five to seven really explains it the best.

Now, this show is a little bit before my time. I was only three when the show ended in the year 2000. So naturally, I never really had any interest in the show. It was full of boring teen drama, and what does a young toddler want with that. Not to mention that my parents were kind of in control of the television, and I mostly spent my time watching “Barney & Friends.” Even as I got older and there were reruns playing, I stayed away from it. At least, until last year.

Long story short, I started watching “Boy Meets World” around October and it has easily become one of my favorite shows. It is so ridiculously sweet and happy. The show has everything I love. It is a sitcom about friends and family supporting and loving each through everything! What more could I want?

Overall, it is a feel-good show. Whenever I feel a little stressed out, I just watch a couple episodes. Life seems so much easier when problems can be solved in 24 minutes or less. And by the time that half hour has passed, I feel lighter, and a little bit like meeting the world.

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Listen to The Ready Set

The year is 2018 and Jordan Witzigreuter, more widely known as The Ready Set, is still not getting the musical recognition that he deserves.

Everyone knows him for his hit single, “Love Like Woe,” which came out way back in 2010. Back then, when trying to convince my friends to give his music a listen, I called him the “Emo Justin Bieber.” This may or may not be important, nor correct about him, or his music. But I was like 13 when I made this suggestion. And I just wanted to share this fun new indie pop music with other 13-year-old girls.

Everything this one-man-band puts out is an honest bop. Starting from his first album, “Temper Tantrum,” to his most recent release. He definitely puts something out for everyone. A lot of his music is considered electro-pop, indie pop, synth-pop and just straight up pop. All of this means that it is perfect for dancing around your room and feeling happy. At least, for me it does.

Not only does he have a lot of good dance music, but, interestingly enough, Jordan has been a part of some other pretty fun releases. For example, in 2010, Jordan released a Christmas Ep. Later, in 2015, came something called the “Celebrity EP.” The latter of these I strongly recommend checking out. It features just four songs dedicated to different celebrities. Some of these including Taylor Swift and Nicholas Cage. You can also find him on a couple “Punk Goes Pop” volumes.

It has been eight long years, and I am still pushing people to listen to what he puts out. Recently, Jordan released a single called “Life in Pink.” The song came out on Feb. 15. I have already listened to it an embarrassing number of times (meaning, on repeat for a couple days now).

This new song weirdly makes me feel nostalgic for a time that I cannot remember. It is like falling in love. If this song were in a movie, it would be that part of a rom-com when the characters start to fall for each other in the middle of an artsy montage scene.

Fortunately, for listeners, old and new, a new EP is coming soon. According to Witzigreuter, a new EP will be released on March 16. If you have not heard anything by him since 2010, I strongly recommend starting now with this new single! Here’s his Spotify, please enjoy!

 

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California is Too Big and I Can’t Drive

In the last few months, I have gotten this urge to travel. It all started when I stayed with some friends in San Francisco to celebrate the New Year. I had never been that far north and was excited to see some fun landmarks, to visit places full of history. To my delight, we went to Haight-Ashbury. No big deal. Just, you know, the birthplace of counter-culture and psychedelic rock in the 1960s.

Since then, I have craved new scenery.

Luckily, I live in California: a state so large that you can find a variety of regions, in every direction, to satisfy any traveler.

This means that I can go north and see snow and volcanoes. Or I can go east or south and find some deserts. To the west, is a million different options for beaches. Right in the middle of it, the Central Valley, is full of farmlands, all of it surrounded by mountains California has it all.

Someone, me, could call it the perfect state to travel through. This also means that it is really big.  Someone, me, could call it almost too big. And, unfortunately, I cannot drive.

Now, technically, I do have a state issued driver’s license. With this, I can legally drive a motor vehicle. But, the problem is that I am not a confident driver. I am from a small town, where the roads are long and straight. Not to mention, flat. How could I go from that to the rocky, curvy roads along California’s coastline?

Even if I miraculously became a self-assured driver, I live in San Diego. If I wanted to visit Mount Shasta, way up north, the drive from here to there would take (according to Google maps) approximately 11 and a half hours! Honestly, that kind of sounds like the ultimate road trip. A drive starting at the bottom of California, going all the way to the top.

If only I could drive. Also, I would probably need a car.

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‘Tisn’t the Season

So, here’s the thing, Christmas music is overplayed, repetitive and honestly, annoying. And I know that some people wait all year just to hear “Jingle Bell Rock.” It blasts from every speaker, car, shopping center and every single commercial on T.V. I despise it.

With a title like “Self-Proclaimed Grinch,” I only have one question. How do you, Christmas music lovers, listen to the same rotation of maybe ten songs on repeat, year after year? Listen to the radio for an hour during the holiday season. You will literally hear the same songs repeat themselves. And just because different bands sing it, does not make it new or anything different. Especially when it all starts around the beginning of November.

Every year it seems like the season begins earlier. I remember when Christmas didn’t start until after Thanksgiving. Now the winter wonderland initiates immediately after Halloween ends. With Halloween being my favorite holiday, I find it difficult to let go of the spookiness and trade it in for the merry festivities.

Now, I have never been one of the jolliest of people. I remember hating singing “Silent Night” every year in elementary school performances. Maybe, that’s where all of this stems from. Or, I just believe the fact that Christmas music should not play until the week of the holiday.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love and enjoy spending time with loved ones during the festive season. However, I just can’t force myself to feel excited about all those sleigh bells ringing when they’ve been ring-ting-tingling since Nov. 1.

On the other hand, I do find myself making small exceptions to these rules of where and when holiday music should be played. Anything by Michael Bublé is timeless and can be played wherever, whenever.  Also, you can find me blasting “Last Christmas,” by Wham! anytime of the year.

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