Monthly Archives: September 2015

You Can Stop Worrying

I’m still alive. I’ve just been working on the screenplay and actually writing a couple of songs (goddamn I’m talented). The songs are what took up my time yesterday.

Separation Anxiety (Fire and Gasoline)

Verse 1

Time Apart can make the Heart grow Fonder

I worry though, that your love may start to Wander

Seeing new places, Many new Faces

Men much better than I

I trust you to stay true

But I worry what your heart might find

refrain

You’re so far away from me

Parted by a frightening sea

I trust you please believe

It’s just separation anxiety

Verse 2

I call you everyday, you do not answer

To none of my texts will you reply

I miss your singing and you always were a good dancer

I miss hearing and seeing you at night

ref.

Verse 3

You came back with a new man, you didn’t warn me

I put faith in you, you left me out to dry

I was wrong when I called you the woman of my dreams

My heart’s been ripped out and been lit on fire

ref 2.

And now I’m a memory

And I’m taking a back seat

To the new man of your dreams

Separation anxiety

We just weren’t meant to be

How is he better than me?

I was right to worry

That backstabber wasn’t trustworthy

bridge

I’ll cry for a bit

Then I’ll get over it

I’ll hit the town with all my friends

I’ll pretend it never happened

I’ll do the same thing that the backstabber did to me

I’ll find some exotic girl bring her back from overseas

but first I’ll go to your house and get my things back

I’ll lace it with gas, wait ‘til you back, and then I’ll drop the Match!

ref 3

She’ll be a memory

Literally dead to me

Fire and gasoline

Killing the woman who ruined me

She’ll get what she deserved

Revenge flaming hot when it’s served

I’ll never get caught, She’ll die red-hot

And I’ll Be Free!

I had the idea for this song a couple of years ago and have slowly developed the lyrics. I haven’t really been able to put the lyrics to music yet. I have an idea of a tune in my head, but it isn’t really translating to the piano yet (it doesn’t help that I imagine an entire orchestra playing during the bridge building up to the final refrain). It is a dark song, I do admit. It not so subtly tells the story of a man placing faith in his girlfriend while she travels abroad. They slowly lose contact and drift apart, but the man still holds on to the relationship. When she returns, she has a new boyfriend. This drives the man crazy and he sets fire to her apartment (while she is in it).

The second song I have been working on is very similar to the first thematically. It starts with a seemingly perfect love that turns into resentment.

Left Behind

Verse 1

You’re leaving a place where everyone knows your name

For a place where they only care about your face

Leaving these starry nights for the bright neon lights

I can’t help but think it’s a mistake

It’s not as glamorous as it seems

On TV, in magazines, or in your wildest dreams

Do you want to be a nobody in a town where everybody’s a somebody?

You should just stay here with me

Ref

But If you’re leaving don’t worry because I’ll be fine

If I’m not the one for you, I won’t waste your time

Just make sure that whatever you find

Is better than what you left behind

Verse 2

It’s been a few months, how’s the big city treating you?

I’m sorry you’re lonely but there’s nothing I can do

Does the city make you rejoice or did you make the wrong choice?

Regret is a difficult feeling to soothe

I’m writing this letter through eyes filled with tears

Because you’re far away and you used to be here

I tried to convince you to stay, but you never listened to me anyways

You put our love behind your career

Ref.

Bridge

You didn’t listen all of those times

I told you not to leave, and now I’m alone at night

Did our love not mean a thing to you?

Was it just a fling until you found somebody new?

I hope you know that you meant the world to me

And you threw me away for fame and some money

How did I ever think of you as anything more

than a greedy bitch, a no-good money grabbing whore

My goddess that I used to worship, my love to you was devout

You threw me away for a marquee with your name, you’re a sellout

I’m burning this letter as soon as my writing’s through

And as the letter burns so will my memory of you

Refrain 2

I was so stupid giving you years of my life

I’m moving on, you’ve wasted enough of my life

A better girl who’s true and kind shouldn’t be too hard to find

I’m leaving the ghost of you behind

You probably think that I don’t believe in love at this point and that I think that all love ends in anger. I swear I don’t, I just haven’t actually experienced real love for a woman (with the lone exceptions being Emily Blunt and Rose Byrne. I would wife them in a second). I have been able to get a good melody and chord progression to accompany this second song. I am working on a rough “demo” on Garageband. I have a few other songs in mind. I’ve actually begun work on two: one is a song about finding the love of your life despite of all of the “common whores crawling around on the dance floor.” Another one is really cheesy but it is about the sound of an A Minor chord (my favorite chord; three white keys that create a hauntingly beautiful sound). Let me know what you think of these lyrics and give me any feedback.

-Devon

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The Beginning of My First TV Pilot

I was pretty bored today, so I started writing. I had an idea: a show like Californication set in college. The main character has to juggle schooling, his job, and his partying. I liked the idea, so I decided to develop it into a TV Pilot. It would be an hour-long comedy (a new trend/genre that I love).

Keep in mind: it’s rough at this point. Also keep this in mind: I don’t really know what I’m going writing a teleplay. Upon a quick read through of what I have read so far, I’ve found that it isn’t very funny at this point. I’m going to need to bulk it up with some jokes.

Click the link below to read what I have written so far:

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In related news, nobody liked my last post. Nobody even viewed it. What the hell. usually I get one or two pity likes. Once I even got five. And still, nobody has left a single comment. So FUCK YOU GUYS!

-Devon

More Than Just a Fantasy

The blowing of the final whistle during the Super Bowl marks the commencement of the anticipation for the next season. There will not be NFL football for the next seven months. What is a sports fan to do? If we don’t get our sports fix, we’ll go into a sports withdrawal. The first event that provides sports fans with this “fix” is March Madness. March Madness is the time of year where college basketball goes into its playoffs, an epic sixty-four team tournament filled with some of the best basketball you can watch. Me and my friends all fill out brackets and put in ten dollars each. Whoever picks the most games correctly wins all of the money. After March, the NBA playoffs begin. The playoffs are the only NBA games that I can stand watching, because all of the players actually play hard. But after the NBA finals, there is a huge sports lull. The only sport that is going on is baseball, a sport that I love but can’t watch every night (it’s too long and slow-paced. I do love playing baseball, though).

But summer brings the unofficial start of the NFL. Training camps begin and teams begin to take shape. By the time August rolls around, preseason games begin. It is during the preseason that me and my friends create our Fantasy Football league. We all come up with our most creative team names (my team name is “Adrian Beaterson”) and prepare for the draft.

The draft is the most fun hour of the year. I love the fantasy draft. I love picking the players who I think will give me the best team. I love talking shit to people who make stupid picks (Drew Brees with the second overall pick? Really?). And this year’s draft was exciting. Everyone picked a damn good team (except for the guy who picked Drew Brees with the second overall pick. Just awful).

The reigning champion from last year, Alex, is projected by NFL.com to win this year. I will admit, his team is exceptionally good. He has two of the best receivers in the league in Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas and also has the best quarterback in the league, Aaron Rodgers.

I am the runner-up from last year. I would have won if Payton Manning didn’t play one of the worst games of his life during our championship. I picked up the best receiver in the league in Antonio Brown as well as another top-ten receiver in A.J. Green. In addition to my elite talent at WR, my running backs are definitely better than Alex’s RBs. Matt Forte is a fantasy monster, and Alfred Morris is a solid RB 2. I also picked up Jordan Matthews, a second-year receiver who I think will have a huge 2016 year.

However, we held our draft early this year (during week one of the preseason, I was actually at the Vikings game during the draft and had to do the draft on my phone). This comes with certain risks. Some players won’t perform well in the preseason and will lose a large bulk of their roles. But the worst thing is the injuries. There have already been two injuries that have rocked the world of Fantasy Football. The first was Kelvin Benjamin. After a great rookie season, Benjamin was a third round value receiver that has the potential to be a WR 1. He tore his ACL and is out for all of this upcoming season. A similar injury now afflicts Jordy Nelson, the Packers’ primary receiver. He is one of the most consistent receivers in the NFL but will be missing all of the 2016 season.

These injuries often lead into one of the most fun parts of Fantasy Football: trading. It makes you feel like the general manager of your own team (because you basically are the GM of your own team). You get to negotiate with your friends, which can be either fun or frustrating). I have a few players I am willing to trade. Larry Fitzgerald is a popular player that someone will undoubtedly want. I should be able to get a player of much higher value just because he is Larry Fitzgerald. I have some other good receivers as well as quarterback Phillip Rivers on the trading block. I’d like to get one more elite WR for my flex spot.

In my anticipation of the NFL beginning in two weeks and my first matchup against the team “Touchdowns and Titties” (an easy win if all of my players perform as well as they should) that I decided to go to Fantasy Football’s Wikipedia page to learn a little bit more about the game.

The first Fantasy Football league was created in 1963 by some NFL fans from Oakland, California. After six years, the members of this first league told people what they were doing and the patrons of the bar loved it (this first league still exists today and is called the Greater Oakland Professional Pigskin Prognosticators League). Word slowly spread about this fun little game and popularity grew and grew. Now, 19 million people play Fantasy Football and the Fantasy Football market is $70 billion. 

Before I end this post, I would like to make my prediction for the Superbowl this year. I do this every year and I am always eerily close to correctly predicting the outcome of the Superbowl. This year I believe that the Steelers will win the Superbowl. I haven’t decided who they will play (I was going to pick the Packers until the injury to Jordy Nelson).

So if you are reading this and have any questions about my league, go ahead and leave a comment (I still haven’t received a comment yet. Aren’t my followers reading my posts?) The NFL season starts in two weeks if you still want to play fantasy football. You have plenty of time to call up some friends and form a league. Thanks for reading!

-Devon