Romeo and Juliet Playlist

Another creative writing prompt! For my Romeo and Juliet final Project in English, I decided to choose to make a mixed CD playlist for the play, for each song that fit the storyline and plot of the play. Each song explains a problem or event that happened, relating to the characters.
  1. Diary By Alicia Keys
Diary by Alicia Keys was written 10 years ago. It’s a slow R’N’B song, about how if someone you love has a secret they can't tell anyone else, they can depend on you to keep it, like a diary. This relates to Romeo and Juliet because when the two plan to get married and move away, they rely on Friar Lawrence to keep their secrets safe. they trust him to keep them safe and lock their secrets away, never to tell similar to a diary.

     2.) Fireproof by One Direction
Fireproof by One Direction was released last year, a slow tempo song about being invincible and in love with someone. The lyrics talk about “no one loving you the way I do” and “no one saves me the way you do”. It goes on to say that “we’re fireproof”. This applies to Romeo and Juliet because since the minute the two met, they were attracted to each other and 1were inseparable. They were believed to be destined to be together and that their love was ,fireproof’.

    3.) Happily by One Direction
Happily was a song by One Direction two years ago. It’s an upbeat pop song about two people being together happily. A lyric goes “I don't care what people say when we’re together”, which reminded me of the story. No matter what Romeo and Juliet heard or knew about each other and their family, they wanted to be together, because that’s what made them happy.

   4.) Heaven by Beyonce
Heaven by Beyonce is a slow piano song with deep ballads and message. In the song she sings about a loved one dying and going to heaven, too soon. “Heaven couldn't wait for you, so go on, go home.”. This reminds me of Romeo and Juliet because both love eachother very much but both died very young and were taken away from each other.

5.) If I Ain't Got You by Alicia Keys
If I Ain't Got You by Alicia Keys is another R’N’B song about how two people need each other. How those two people feel incomplete when they are not around each other. This relates to Romeo and Juliet because ever since the moment they meet, they want to be together regardless. They felt ‘incomplete’ without each other. This is obvious when Juliet asks Romeo to marry her, because she wants to be with him.

6.) Love by Keyshia Cole
Love by Keyshia Cole is a jazz song about love, obviously. In her song she sings “ I didn't know what I was missing, until we started kissing”. This reminds me of the Romeo and Juliet movie when they're in the elevator, kissing, but then get separated. They find love in their kiss something they both didn't have before.

7.) Love Story by Taylor Swift
Love Story by Taylor Swift was a popular song when it came out, and a very obvious choice for this assignment. Obviously, the song is about the Romeo and Juliet story and she described it perfectly. In the song, it tells about the family feud and the reason they can't be together. Both the song and storyline stress the separation of the two lovers. Even though Taylor's song had a different ending, the message is still there.

8.) Somewhere Only We Know by Keane
Somewhere Only We Know is an indie song by the band Keane. In the song it talks about when two people are separated and need to escape with each other, they can go to a place only they know. This reminds me of when Romeo and Juliet plan to leave their hometown and escape to a new village. They plan to escape and go somewhere only they will know about, somewhere where they're families can't find them.

9.) My Boo by Alicia Keys ft. Usher
My Boo is a duet between Alicia Keys and Usher. A lyric in the song goes “It started when we were younger you were mine, my boo”. This correlates to Romeo and Juliet because they were together when they were young. They belonged together, each others ‘boo’.

10.) FourFiveSeconds by Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul Mccartney
FourFiveSeconds is a song by Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul Mccartney, aa song that perfectly describes the fight scene between Romeo and Mercutio. In the song, the chorus goes  “...Cause all of my kindness is taken for weakness. Now I’m FourFiveSeconds from wildin’...”, which relates to when Romeo at first doesn't want to fight Mercutio, he’s trying to be kind, but Mercutio just thinks Romeo is scared and chicken so he pushes him further. This causes Romeo to eventually kill Mercutio, which relates to the second part of the lyrics.

February Word List 2017

Another month, another list! The long list of words probably has to do with the amount of SAT prep I've been doing lately. It's good for the long run but definitely more work for me now.

vagariesan unexpected and inexplicable change in a situation or in someone's behavior. 
dogmatic - inclined to lay down principles as incontrovertibly true
crux - the decisive or most important point at issue; core, essence.
insignia - a badge or distinguishing mark of military rank, office, or membership of an organization; an official emblem
Jellicle - a type of feline mentioned in T. S. Eliot's book Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
cretaceous - relating to or denoting the last period of the Mesozoic era, between the Jurassic and Tertiary periods.
vacillate - alternate or waver between different opinions or actions; be indecisive.
crypt - an underground room or vault beneath a church, used as a chapel or burial place
novice - a person new to or inexperienced in a field or situation
penitent - feeling or showing sorrow and regret for having done wrong
avaricious -  having or showing an extreme greed for wealth or material gain
scrupulous - diligent, thorough, and extremely attentive to details
magnanimous - very generous or forgiving, especially toward a rival or someone less powerful than oneself
amiable - having or displaying a friendly and pleasant manner
dissertation - a long essay on a particular subject
detractors - a person who disparages someone or something
engenders - to cause or give rise to
credence - belief in or acceptance of something as true
expound  - present and explain (a theory or idea) systematically and in detail.
delineated - describe or portray (something) precisely
prose - written or spoken language in its ordinary form
logistics - the detailed coordination of a complex operation involving many people, facilities, or supplies.
divisive - tending to cause disagreement or hostility between people
warily - cautiously; carefully
seldom - not often; rarely
miserly - relating to or characteristic of a miser; mean.
reticent - not revealing one's thoughts or feelings readily
munificent - larger or more generous than is usual or necessary
garrulous - excessively talkative, especially on trivial matters
effusive - expressing feelings of gratitude, pleasure, or approval in an unrestrained or heartfelt manner
vociferous - vehement or clamorous
inquisitive - curious or inquiring
poignant - evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret
holistic - characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole
dutiful - conscientiously or obediently fulfilling one's duty
elusive - difficult to find, catch, or achieve
pheromones - a chemical substance produced and released into the environment by an animal
mitigate - make less severe, serious, or painful
squalid - extremely dirty and unpleasant, especially as a result of poverty or neglect
eloquent - fluent or persuasive in speaking or writing
superfluous - unnecessary, especially through being more than enough
impervious - unable to be affected by
infallible - incapable of making mistakes or being wrong
vacillation - the inability to decide between different opinions or actions
bolstered - to support or strengthen
stymied - prevent or hinder the progress of
disgruntled - angry or dissatisfied
spurious - not being what it purports to be; false or fake
idyllic - extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque
gauche - lacking ease or grace; unsophisticated and socially awkward
refute - to prove (a statement or theory) to be wrong or false
imminent - about to happen
felicitous - well chosen or suited to the circumstances
fusing - join or blend to form a single entity
sodomy - sexual intercourse involving anal or oral copulation
equivocation - the use of ambiguous language to conceal the truth or to avoid committing oneself
parsimony - extreme unwillingness to spend money or use resources
mendicancy - the condition of being a beggar
appertaining - relate to

Lonely and Horny

I recently, finally got the chance to rent 'Lonely and Horny' on Vimeo, a short original series by Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld.

Now, here's some backstory:

I've been a fan of Jake and Amir, I think since either 8th grade or freshman year of high school. I've always loved their web series, and I still find myself constantly quoting all the dumb jokes from it that I thought were insanely funny. Since last November-ish, I started binging their If I Were You Podcast,  the only advice podcast on the internet, hosted by them.

When they ended Jake and Amir to start working on their TV Show pilot/series, I was so ecstatic and couldn't wait for it to air. I couldn't see any reason as to why it wouldn't be greenlighted. Needless to say, I  was very annoyed and disappointed when it didn't get picked up. It was so heartbreaking, I loved their series for so long, and now they end their web series, and don't even get a TV spinoff of said series? It was so tragic for me I thought it was the last I'd ever hear of Jake and Amir.

But now, they've come back from their content hiatus. Well, that's an exaggeration. They did create their own podcast network, with 46 different and unique podcasts included on it. They've been touring for these podcasts, not only all over the states but also all over the world. So they've definitely been busy. But I've always craved that old straight man-goofy character dynamic between them that I thought I'd never get back.

My favorite episodes are Pickup Lines and Orion Pt. 2, just because the dialogue is great. I really hope they decide to make a season two this year or next because I really want to see the evolution, and what's next for Ruby Jade.

January Word List 2017

A new year, a new list of words! Not that many this time, but only because I have been extremely busy this January with tests so I haven't been tracking new words as much. Will definitely pickup momentum next month!

robust - strong and healthy; vigorous.
braggadocious - boastful or arrogant.
insurmountable - too great to be overcome.
potable - safe to drink; drinkable.
reverence - deep respect for someone or something
clout - a heavy blow with the hand or a hard object.; influence or power, especially in politics or business
emblematic - serving as a symbol of a particular quality or concept; symbolic
sodomy - sexual intercourse involving anal or oral copulation
palpable - so intense as to seem almost perceptible by touch.
redundant - not or no longer needed or useful
dichotomy - a division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different
juxtaposition - the fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect.
apothecary - a person who prepared and sold medicines and drugs
inanities - a nonsensical remark or action; lack of sense or meaning
semantics - the meaning of a word, phrase, sentence, or text
mutilation - the infliction of serious damage on something
magnum opus - a large and important work of art, music, or literature, especially one regarded as the most important work of an artist or writer

Regular Show Tribute: Bittersweet Goodbye

*disclaimer: everything before Season 8 Finale, is my review before I saw the last episode.
And also, spoilers!

Because Regular Show ending now, this only felt right. I started watching Regular Show on cartoon network when I was in the 5th grade, and now I'm a junior in high school, just as big of a fan as I was now. I still have my eggscelent hat and my High-5 ghost keychain and poster. My older cousin always makes fun of me because I obsess over a cartoon that's only 11 minutes long and for kids.But whatever anyone has to say, nothing won't ever make me love every aspect of that show.

Regular Show has always been in my number one spot for top 5 cartoons, next to Adventure Time, Spongebob, Amazing World of Gumball and Chowder. I thought it was so funny and unique, and I loved the title and how ironic it was (lol). I instantly loved the characters and their backgrounds. Mordecai and Rigby to this day stand as one of my favorite bromances ever, in any entertainment format.

I guess I'll start with my favorite character of Regular Show, Rigby. But a close, close second would be Mordecai of course, followed by High-5 Ghost, Benson and the old flame, Thomas. Rigby is my favorite character because of his sense of humor and how much character development he's gone through in this whole series. He kind of started out as a kind of arrogant yet insecure at the same time. He is overly self-conscious at times too, like when Mordecai beats him at punchies competitions or video games, but he still keeps his egotistical behavior, which has kind of changed over time. He was always full of himself in the beginning, but after he starts hanging out with Eileen and starts to make something out of himself, his personality drastically improves. It's almost like being with Eileen brought out so much good in him. Going back to school, doing good deeds, being a better person. I can't think of any other character on the show, not even Mordecai who has had this much growth as a character. This may sound weird but I kind of hope I get to see them kiss before the series ends, somehow, but I don't think it'll happen. When Rigby kissed Eileen's cheek under the mistletoe in 'Merry Christmas Mordecai'.

Best Episodes

I'll start with the highs and best parts of the show. These are my favorite episodes of Regular Show. First would be 'Do Me A Solid'. (These really don't have any real order, they're all just at the top of the list for me). I was about 10 when It was aired, and I was pretty on board with Mordaret, silly, naive me. But I loved how funny Rigby was in it, and the budding relationship of Rigleen. Eileen was so cute in it too. Safe to say that for the next 3 months, I always said do me a solid, because I was so obsessed with how good the episode was. Next episode would be 'World's Best Boss' because I love all the admiration and love in that episode for Benson. Benson is such a great character, and this episode really shows it. I always appreciate the episodes where the whole crew tries to do something nice for one another. The next would be 'Eggcelent', just for the sole purpose that the bromance between Mordecai and Rigby is so great. I bought the eggcelent hat from the episode and I think it's totally awesome. One that's probably on the top of my list is 'The Eileen Plan'. It's one of the first episodes that really centered on Eileen and Rigby, and fueled my shipping heart. 'Skip's Story' was good too. Even though Skips isn't one of my favorite characters, it was still really intriguing to finally find out his story, and looking at his prom and love life. Also, Forever Young played during the dance part of the episode, and I really couldn't help but sing along really loud. Finally, I absolutely loved 'The Real Thomas'. Thomas had instantly become a favorite character of mine instantly when he came part of the crew. I thought he was a good comic relief and the perfect straight man for the Park. Regular Show the Movie was really great too. Wish they could've done another project like that again.

The Lows

There were some lows of this show, I'll admit, but none of them were deal breakers for the show. One off the top of my head would be the repetitive storyline of the Mordaret and Cloudycai relationship triangle. That was definitely so tiring and I'm glad I didn't have to deal with it at all in season 8, nor a love interest for Mordecai. Liked dumped at the altar when Mordecai practically rudely interrupted Starla and Mitch's wedding.

Now that the show is ending I feel as if it was rushed way too quick. I wish the schedule for the last season weren't as frantic. Some nights two episodes would air and other times it'd be a week between each episode, it wasn't in a constant routine. I felt as though it should've been two episodes a week on Monday/Tuesday and then another on Thursday or Friday. It would have made the finale season experience way more enjoyable I feel but whatever. The dome thing from the previous season was a really cool concept in my opinion, and I didn't expect them to all go into space. I was really surprised, and I'm not completely sure how I feel about it either. Yeah, the whole going to space thing was totally random, and the whole Pops being a powerful entity thing is pretty amazing, but I didn't even have this in mind when I thought of the show ending. I've been really scared of watching the finale, and I'm very scared that I will cry or have post-series depression, that usually sets in after a favorite series ends. Books, movies, tv shows, or cartoons. What I always loved about the series was the pacing. It didn't feel like it was going too slow or fast. It was perfect in my opinion. - this was pre-watching the finale. This whole paragraph is so ironic now.

Season 8
*this is after the point which I've now seen the finale.

Holy shit. Words can't even describe what I'm feeling right now. I just finished watching the Season 8 Finale of Regular Show. I'm not ashamed to say I even started crying towards the end, it was so good and pleasing and emotional all at the same time. The whole ordeal made y heart pump so fast because I really realized that this was the end, and that there wouldn't be another episode of Regular Show carrying on after this, but like I said, it's a bittersweet goodbye. I wore my eggscelent hat the whole entire time and felt real proud doing so.

The Cheer-Up Pops episode was so cute, and I loved it so much. I loved the Blu-Ray disc box set they made, and I really hope that was a planted seed for Cartoon Network to make a DVD box set for all Regular Show seasons. (Take my coins CN!). Then in the next part of the finale when they were in the coliseum and Anti-Pops erased Muscle Man and High-5s, I gasped so hard. I was so shocked, and my heart fell so bad.

The flashback part at the beginning episode of the finale where it's a replay of when they were beating up the wrestling doll, was the first tear-jerker. Then throughout the episode where they go back to help Pops defeat Anti-Pops was so awesome and epic, with all the storyboarding jokes. And of course the FINALE. BRAVO. ENCORE. I almost thought for sure when I was watching it in the beginning that Pops would've caught Anti-Pop's hand midway during the battle, but them hugging into the sun might've been even better. The Naive Man From Lolliland bit was so epic too.

When the crew returns back to earth, emerging from the glass dome after 3 years, this is when the tears started to flow. II was a little weary when Margaret came running, but thankfully it wasn't for a romantic reunion with Mordecai. Mordo's parents came, Rigby's family showed up too, and his dad was so proud of him and Rigby looked so bashful, it was such a perfect moment. Also, I did get my wish that I thought would never happen in a million years, Rigby finally kissed Eileen! My god, I was so happy I internally screamed and outwardly shrieked a little when it happened. Starla came to Muscle Man with their 2 or 3-year-old daughter, WOW, which he started welling up when he saw her. High Five reunited with Celia which was cute, and Benson got back together with Apple Sauce and Pam! (And continued to work at the Park for years to come, even with new workers). Skips met with his old friend Techmo, and continues his eternal life at the park, which I'm actually okay with, because I really think that's where Skips belongs. I'm glad they didn't try to force a love interest on him in the end.

Mordecai continued to own an art gallery, which I thought was so appropriate since he was in art school before working at the Park, and then met someone at his galleries. Thank god he didn't pull a Mordecai, because he and this bat lady end up having 3 kids together. I'm glad CJ didn't make an appearance in the last episode, because frankly I didn't like her and Mordecai's relationship anyways, and why would she even be there waiting for him after he was in Space for 3 years? Exactly. Rigby and Eileen get married and have kids?!?! This is even better than my kissing vision, this is more Rigleen than I could've imagined! Can't wait for the fanfic. Of course Starla and Muscle Man have more kids, and Hi-5 Ghost and Celia start a DJ-ing gig around the world, and end up having a child in the future, and so did Pam and Benson, who live happily ever after. I'm really glad they got to continue their lives and have kids, not remain static characters through the future.

It was so emotional to see them put up Pops statues, then years later put up Mr. Maellard's. The 25 year reunion was absolutely amazing (and yes, I did make a calendar event on my phone for 2042, Regular Show 25 Reunion so I can cherish and remember this moment forever). When the Regular Show tape pops out of the T.V. with all the flying butterflies, and you can hear Pops say "jolly goodshow", that's another moment where tears were pouring out of my eyes.

The last 'OHHHH' at the end really put the cherry on top. Seeing Mordecai and Rigby Still best buds after 25 years. Perfect.

So overall? Regular Show was 100% a 10/10 experience for me, and I'll never forget it. I was 9 years old in the fifth grade when the first episode came out, and now I'm a junior in high school, 16, still watching and loving the show like I did then. It has brought me so much laughter and joy when I was in such bad places, and I seriously absolute my greatest gratitude to J.G. Quintel for not only creating a cartoon series that changed my life, but also one that I'll tell my kids and everyone I know when I grow old, about how important it was and always will be to me.

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