Our Spaceship

Sorry I haven’t done a Music Monday since March. I’ve been a bit busy. This isn’t a post about music. It’s about me and something I love dearly.

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I’ve been thinking about space a lot since this year started. Mars, Pluto, our Sun, The Moon, deep space, new planets, and yes even astroids that will someday soon be captured and studied.

Here’s the thing, it’s about 2:20 am right now so I’m a bit frazzled and probably need a lot more sleep than I’ve got. I’ve always thought of space as the ultimate destination for me, the best vacation ever. And don’t get me wrong, but I still think of it that way. But my hope that it’s something I’ll really get to do has been slowly dwindling. My hope that one day I’ll stand on a bridge or on the observation deck much like the one on the USS Enterprise in Star Trek is slowly going away.

Maybe that’s why I’ve been thinking about space and learning about stars and such. Heck, I’m taking an astronomy course in the fall and another the semester after that and maybe more if I can. Thing is, I’ve thought about space ever since 3rd grade. I wanted to be an astronaut back then. My teachers both science and literature can testify to that. My language teacher sometimes gave me copies of “Astronomy” magazine to read. Those were the most interesting to me. I suppose that’s another reason why I’m a communication major now.

That was also the year we lost 7 men and women to the Columbia disaster. I honestly didn’t know what to think at point when I first heard about it. For a while I was just trying to figure things out, much like everyone else. Then I turned to writing. I wrote a book, I should say it was more of booklet about the Columbia Disaster. I don’t remember where it is, but I fondly remember reading over it and sitting down with our principal to type it up. I might have that wrong since my memory is a bit fuzzy. I don’t know if I still have it, it must be someplace around here. But it gave me a bit of a sense of closing. I didn’t know those brave souls, but I knew (and still know) their dream. It was something we shared. It’s something we all share actually, the need for exploration and the restless curiosity.

I kept space near and dear as I grew, keeping up with new advancements  findings and missions. My sophomore year of high school I was given the chance to reunite with space in a sense. Native Houstonian astronaut Shannon Walker hosted a video contest for students to send in videos about why they thought we should explore space. I’m not exactly sure how, but I won the high school category. (video below with link to press release) 

The prize for winning was two parts – getting to watch her take her first flight into space from JSC and then a presentation after she returned. I was unable to attend the viewing of the flight launch because I was overseas on vacation. 

Later that year when she returned to Earth, in lieu of me not being able to attend the viewing, I was given the opportunity to tour Johnson Space Center. Of course the other winners had all the press and photo stuff to do on their tours, but since I didn’t have to deal with any of that, I got a bit of longer and more in depth tour. It was hands down one of the best moments of my life. Seeing, touching, just being in those rooms with the equipment and mock-ups was simply amazing. Learning about the uses of each one was simply breathtaking. I mean I got to sit in an actual shuttle mock up, stand in a mock up of the ISS, touch the very same panels that monitored Apollo missions. Looking back on it, I know that I will probably never have that chance again, and I am glad I got to do it. I, along with the other winners, were given Expedition 24/25 patches and an American Flag that were flown in space. 

That might be the closest I’ll ever get to touching space.

I can’t imagine what it must be like for astronauts to be in space. Not just to see the stars but the our spaceship Earth. Maybe one day I will, maybe I won’t, but you see, the thing is, that I’m not writing this to brag about myself or cry about my dreams that might never be. I’m writing this so that one day I have a story to tell about my first love and how it has inspired me and allowed me to do great things that I never dreamed I could.

That’s the thing about space, it inspires us, perplexes our minds, drives our ambitions and just amazes us. I feel as though we’ve lost our sense of adventure, our sense of wonder. There’s literally billions and billions of wonderful discoveries out there waiting to be found.  Get outside and look around, you’re on a spaceship, it’s name Earth. Take care of it, you’ve only got one. At least for now. Get out side, look to the night sky. You’re made of that stardust up there. Dream of something amazing. I might not ever reach those stars, but I won’t stop dreaming about them. I hope that no one ever does stop dreaming about them.

My video: Generations Dreams’

Official Press Release

A Few photos:

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Also, a quick thank you to my teachers who have inspired me since 3rd grade. I am not who am without these amazing people.

Note: I might come back and edit this later so it actually makes more sense and isn’t written at 3:15 in the morning. Maybe I’ll find that booklet too. 

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Music Monday March 18th 2013

It’s been a relaxing and exciting spring break for me. Two concerts that kicked off the week and then getting semi sick by wednesday and just chilling at home. Wrote an article about Dilly’s WURLDTURR. Yeppers. Anyway. I’ve had a backload of artists to check out so I’m here writing this on wednesday night and probably will be for a while. I’m thinking of writing something about how “Everybody and their mother wants to be a DJ” later this week. So yeah.

P.S. if you care about my life – I just applied to become a contributing writer with TheBeatMill. I dunno. I hope I do get to do it, but if I don’t, I’ve still got my Music Monday…so that’s bueno. Thinking of starting to do interviews on these if I can. Anyway…

I got really sick right after I wrote that up there on wednesday and haven’t looked at it till now (Sunday night) Oh well. You only live everyday right?

Crw†h

Goodness knows what I’d be doing without Twitter. There are seriously no limits to the amount of talent you find out about online. Crw†h is one of those. If you’re as confused as I was on how to pronounce the name, it’s quite easy…well kinda, it’s pronounced “Krooth” Have yet to ask what it means. I’m sure he’ll tell me later. Hopefully. (Google could tell me too I guess) Finding a person that stands out is a bit hard now in days in terms of EDM, Crw†h does just that though, he stands out. At least to me. My first listen was the original mix – Global Ravish, a vibrant and suitably electrifying electro house track. It’s an infectious beat that sets the good vibes a-flowing (and the feet moving)

Bryan Garcia

Who doesn’t love a good mix? If you answered no…then just keep scrolling. You’ll find something you like. Hopefully. Either that or you’ll happen to click on this one and be mesmerised and wish you surrounded by a 100 or so of your closest friends (or strangers, I don’t judes) I’m big on mixes, but transitions are things I pick on a lot. I’ve got no complaints here though.

The CO

Three-piece band has a sound that just lifts you into the air and has a strong and commanding presence in any place that you play it. It’s one of those bands that you listen to while you’re outside on a warm summer day and just are thinking about everything and anything. Or a cool winter night inside with a cup of chocolate snuggled up in bed. Take a listen for yourself and try out a 18 track sampler album on their website.

The Vibe UK

Not sure if I was supposed to leave the UK or take out…some bands don’t care, others do. Just a great electronic britpop to lift your mood anytime you need it. I’d say more, but the music speaks more for me than I speak for it.

NEONCITY

This has to be one of my favorite music videos of all time, mostly because of the music that goes with it though. I live for music with messages (and all music presents them in a different way. I dunno the rock sound is powerful and just lovely at the same time, and you really feel like you’re in the moment.

The Watermelons UK

STOP IT UK. I can’t take your awesome local music scene for much longer. What I can’t even more is the awesome sound that these guys put out. It’s like magic, it’s sweeter than watermelons in summer. (Get it?) Ha. No seriously though, it’s absolutely amazing. Vocals, bass, drum, everything just goes together so well to form such rich indie vibe and it’s just…ahhh, just listen to it.

Namelǝss

What’s up with people and weird names? I guess it’s cool though. It is. ha. Colin produces (in his own words) “electronic stuff mostly” He likes “weird beats and strange sounds” Those weird and strange noises is what I really like about this guy though. Just an awesome dude with great beats, ahem I mean weird beats. I can’t wait to hear the newest Monster EP from him. (Thankfully he’s in the US and not the UK, or else I would have really just bought a plane ticket and left by now)

Doug Artwohl

Doug is my Twitter pick of the week. Found him because I was looking through Aaron Carter’s tweets (I’m going to his concert haha) I just absolutely love his voice.There’s not much that I can say because quite frankly it’s hard to put into words. He’s got places to be, and they’re not small places either. I can’t wait to see him on a bigger stage someplace, but for now, I’ll take an acoustic.

Inouwee

This is something way out there that I’ve never even heard anything close to it. BUT it’s really really really really really great. Artpop and indie pop is different. I’m used to the normal indie, but when you add the flair of pop and fancy insturmetns to it, it really does pop. The duo comes from Copenhagen, Denmark (Exactly 593.51 miles from London mind you)

Liberty Deep Down

Does the world really need another band with 4 guys playing alt-rock with electro-pop and dancy tunes? The answer is pretty much simple. Yes. Yes it does at least they need Nate, Halen, Noah, and Dalton. Pure and simple. The edgy mix of alt and electro-pop is refreshing and energetic enough to get any crowd going (I’m sure there’s a bunch of fan girls already) Both their originals and covers (which I normally hate) are pretty amazing.

That’s all for me, I know that this was pretty much the longest one ever (I think) but it was well worth it. Thanks to all the bands/artists who are out there and make this awesome music for me to blurb about. I’d love the chance to meet each and every single one of you sometime in the future. Just keep chasing the dream.

Side note, why can’t professors tell us to write about this kind of stuff? I wrote almost 1050 words this time. I could do that easily if it were this interesting.

Side side note, I hate that spring break is over and that I was sick for the most of it.

Side side side note, I wish I was at Ultra Music Fest. Kbye.

Here’s a bunch of album covers. Can you spot the doubles? There’s no prize other than I mention you in the next music monday …. so yeah meow. test

Music Monday Special – Dillion Francis March 11th 2013

Whether you call him Dill Pickle, Dilly, The Dill, or just Dillion Francis, the 25 year old producer from Los Angeles has made his rise from being a show opener to a show headliner in a relatively short time. He’s also gained a reputation for being one of the most random people in the world along the way. Seriously, have you see what he tweets?

My first time seeing Dillion was when he opened for Nero last year and I’ve been itching to see him since that night.Thankfully the powers that be brought us WURLDTURR. This Monday, March 11th, he made his fifth stop of the tour at Warehouse Live in Houston, just 2 days after being at BUKU festival in New Orleans. Expectations were, needless to say, quite high.

After getting their early, 1/5 hours early and securing a spot up against the fence right in front of the massive subs that would soon be pushing out equally massive amounts of bass, I was hyped. And so was the wide crowd that he attracted. Literally aged 4 to 40, and no that’s not a typo. I meant to write 4. At least that’s how old the girl perched on the man’s shoulders looked to be. Looks like Dillon’s mission of pissing off parents has backfired.  The growth of EDM has meant more of these “All Ages” shows, and that normally means more of a watered down treatment in regards to music played. So I had mixed feelings, mainly more of concern for someone that young. But that’s another story all together.

Unfortunately, that initial hype and excitement went down on a slow slippery slope. I was unaware that Dilly wasn’t coming on until 12am. We, at least I, was forced to endure about 3 and half hours of opening DJs that couldn’t get the crowd hyped, minor technical issues including a mic that didn’t work, a photographer turned into a “DJ” (She ruined a remix of Wonderwall), and a light/sound tech turned into a hype/camera man. Honestly, I had no clue what was going on right around 11pm and just wanted to see Dillion.

Sure enough right around 12, wearing a cat head shirt, out walks the blonde headed man we’d all been waiting for. Known for being a pioneer in the moombathonon genre, his new Suit & Tie remix was met with mixed opinions when it came out, but hearing it live and dancing along with hundreds of others, it was pretty obvious that it’s quite a track. And of course Masta Blasta and Bootleg Fireworks were two of the massive tracks that got people jumping the highest. Overall, his set consisted of a balanced mix of momba, trap, dub, and other remixes, and I couldn’t have been happier.

Tech wise, Warehouse boasts a pleasing sound quality with massive bass, which I’m pretty sure was thanks to sound provider; Aura Systems. Lighting was a bit scarce though, and that left me wanting to see the IDGAFOS set from last year.

Dillion’s set lasted around 90 minutes, after which I was left debating whether not it was worth having to endure the pain of the hours before (It was worth it). I could have just showed up later and not waited that long.

The WURLDTURR continues and the producer/DJ duo of U-Tern and Oligee, known as Oliver, will be joining Dillion in our nation’s capitol and for the rest of the tour. For tickets and more information, check out the poster and video below.