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What I Learned From University


  • Everyone is super friendly, especially in the first few weeks → Introduce yourself to the people sitting near you for the first few weeks of lectures. Everyone is looking for a friend or at least someone to talk to!!
  • If you commute, make that time productive → My bus ride was an hour there and back each day. It sucks but I would try to be productive for at least half of the commute. I have a post about being productive on public transport here.
  • On that note, stay on campus as long as possible each day → As soon as I got back home I would procrastinate every little thing. Stay in an already productive environment for as long as possible.
  • Maybe don’t buy your textbooks used → I thought I was being smart by buying used textbooks (most schools will have a buy and sell facebook page for textbooks). I ended up having to pay for access codes in order to do my online homework – access codes that cost ~$70 separately and came included with new textbooks anyways. Email your prof or talk to someone who has recently taken the class to find out if you need an access code. If you do, your best bet is to buy a new version of the textbook (unless you can get a seriously cheap used textbook).
  • Print off your timetable and find all of your classes before the first day → This helped me so much! I found exactly where all my classes were before the first day of class. I wrote down little tricks to help me remember where everything was (i.e. my calc lecture is in the arts and science building which is also where the only subway on campus is).
  • Don’t knock living at home to save money → If you’re lucky enough to have a college or university close to home at least consider living at home. Getting your own place or living in dorms is expensive. (But if you have to find off campus housing on your own, don’t leave it too late or you might not find a place)
  • Figure out the best way to take notes for each class → You have to customize the way you study for each class, all depending on the prof and the content. I hand-wrote notes for some classes (chem, calc, and physics), but not others (psych and bio). If you’re writing by hand you can always just annotate your textbook notes or lecture slides (if they’re posted before class). If you fall behind while taking notes, just leave a gap and check out a friend’s notes after class.
  • Adjust your expectations → Don’t expect to get straight A’s, like you might have in high school. You can strive for straight A’s but be realistic as time goes on. For classes I struggled with, I expected to be near the class average. If I was a lot lower than the class average then I would know to invest more time.
  • Make time for physical activity → If we’re being honest I hardly exercised during uni. Go for at least a half hour walk each day and try to start a physical activity routine. Get a friend and join a sports team, go to a fitness class, or commit to some form of a daily workout with them! You’ll feel bad bailing on someone else, plus working out is more fun with other people.
  • Review content throughout the semester → Reviewing little bits of content will save you a massive content review right before finals! Look through old notes while you wait for your daily coffee or take 15 minutes to watch some khan academy videos on stuff you learned in the first month of classes.
  • Think seriously about how much you can handle → Don’t take on too many responsibilities at once and consider all of your options! I worked weekends and some week nights throughout the school year. Looking back I should have worked less because my stress levels were way too high. Also, quite a few people I talked to took 4 classes instead of 5, for their first semester of university. I don’t think I would have done it, in the end, but it’s always something to consider.
  • Have fun but be responsible at parties → Always go to parties with people you trust!! If you didn’t do much partying/drinking during high school (like me), remember to pace yourself when drinking! Eat before you go out and have some water between each drink, till you find your limit. Don’t let yourself be peer-pressured into anything but also don’t be afraid to have fun! And check out if your uni has a safe walk program (someone will come and walk you back to your dorm or your car if you feel unsafe or nervous for any reason)
  • When procrastination hits, aim to be productive in some way → The only reason my biology mark was so high was because I would study biology whenever I got sick of studying for physics and calculus. If you know you need to study but just can’t do it, start by being productive in some other way – study a subject you do like, do your laundry, organize your study area, etc. Get your brain to start thinking productively.
  • Labs are difficult so be prepared → I had so many labs first year. Some tips: eat and hydrate before labs, never assume you can finish your prelab last minute, be nice to your lab partner, always remember lab safety (don’t be the person trying to wear shorts in the lab, TAs will not hesitate to kick you out), don’t rush through an experiment but be efficient, and ask for help (even if you feel like you’re bothering your TA).
  • Please go to bed early. Sleep affects everything → I was so dumb and would never go to bed early even though I had to be up at 6 am almost every day to catch the bus. Lack of sleep will catch up to you eventually!! Also, all nighters are not necessary, unless you make them necessary. I prioritized and never had to stay awake too late. And never pull an all nighter the night before an exam (you’re better off getting sleep and resting your brain).
  • Bring a water bottle everywhere → Buy a decent water bottle and always carry it with you. Even though my uni is small there are still tons of spots around campus where I can refill my water bottle!! Stay hydrated my friends!
  • A practice problem a day keeps the F away → This saying probably works best for science classes, but I guess a reading a day will get you somewhere too. Do something for every class each day, even if it’s just a practice problem or a quick reading. Develop a routine!
  • You’ll have lots of midterms → I was under the impression that midterms happened just once a semester (I thought I would have one week where I had a midterm for each class). That was not my reality. I had 2 or 3 midterms for each of my classes scattered throughout the semester. Study really hard for your first set of midterms till you get used to the high expectations!
  • Don’t worry about what other people are doing or thinking → This is mostly in regards to social media. I was bummed when I looked back on my first year of university, because I felt like I hadn’t done anything fun compared to other people. You only see the image that other people want you to see. You don’t know how hard someone worked or how hard they didn’t work. Just focus on you and how you can affect positive results in your life.
  • Other people literally don’t care about your appearance → My friend’s little sister visited campus and asked us “Why is everyone wearing sweatpants?” People literally don’t care. Dress nice and put lots of makeup on one day, because you feel like it, and wear sweats the next day.
  • Start essays and reports as soon as possible → You never know what might come up so be prepared for the worst! Outline your essay or graph your data as soon as you can.
  • Eat healthy and do meal prep → You can eat healthy during university! Set aside a couple of nights each week to do meal prep. Cook food in bulk to save money and don’t eat out too much. Try to have at least 1 serving of fruits or veggies with each meal or snack you eat!
  • Find a good study spot on campus → Explore your campus and figure out your favourite places to study. I had a couple of spots where I would always meet my friends to study and quiet spots where no one would bother me. Studying outside or in an area with natural light is always good.
  • Don’t be afraid to talk to your profs and TAs → This is the number one thing I’m going to try to do more of in my second year. TAs are chill to talk to and they can tell you tons of useful information on what upper year classes are like, which professors are good, why they chose to go to grad school, etc. If you’re struggling in lectures or labs, talk to your prof or TA! Make an appointment and be sure you can tell them exactly which concepts you’re struggling with or at least where you got lost. One of my profs told us he just waits hopefully during office hours for someone to come in. (Also profs love it if you ask them about their research or any topics they seem passionate about during lectures.)
  • Explore all the resources your university has to offer → My university has a program that is basically people bringing their dogs around for students to pet, in order to relieve stress. It actually works and gave me something to look forward to! Just be aware of your options so that if something in your life changes you know where you can go to ask for help.
  • Get a planner and utilize it → There’s no excuse not to have a planner of some sort. Use your phone, get a bullet journal, or buy a cheap planner. Have somewhere where you can record important deadlines and make to do lists. I also recommend back planning all of your studying at the beginning of the semester. Write down your midterms and finals dates and write down how much you’re going to study each day leading up to the exam. This way you’ll be able to look ahead at each month and figure out what needs to be done (i.e. getting an essay done early because the due date falls during a busy week of midterms)

This post ended up being a lot longer than I expected whoops. Take the things I said into consideration but remember that everyone’s experience will be different. Good luck to everyone heading to university!

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A charcoal illustration by Michael Whelan completed for the interior of Dragons of Darkness edited by Orson Scott Card.

Fans may recall that Michael’s illustration FILED TEETH was slated for the cover of this book, but the publisher used it for the preceeding volume Dragons of Light because the artist assigned that cover missed deadline.

For the record, “Filed Teeth” is the title of a short story by Glenn Cook collected in that second volume.

Because of confusion surrounding the cover, I thought this interior was an interesting find. I still have no idea which volume it was published in. Any readers have the books to check?

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Guess who won’t have a chapter this week??  (probably)

The good news is: what I have done already (which is a good three quarters of the chapter) is pretty much edited.  I have to do my final tweaking and then bam! Done.

The bad news is: I have the last two sections to record (and subsequently edit).  I have been talking in my head voice like a lunatic for the past week because I am horribly scratchy sounding, and even then, I say anything in my normal voice for a couple seconds and I start rasping again.  Sob.  I really should get this checked out..

So fingers crossed I can get the recording done between now and tomorrow, but that’s the situation.

PS: we’re talking a quarter of the chapter left to go and we are at around an hour fifteen minutes lol.  Longest yet.  **is dead

Writer’s Notes: Am I Alone Now?

The back half of the first Season of Wolf 359 changed rather drastically from what I thought it was going to be. The original plan was to have the crew discover the hidden laboratory in Extreme Danger Bug, and follow that up with a season finale in which Eiffel discovered a series of recordings left behind by the captain of the previous crew, detailing the way in which the mission personnel were being slowly picked off by some unknown malevolent force onboard the Hephaestus. The cliffhanger to the season would be Eiffel listening to the last recording, where he’d discover that the oft-mentioned Dr. Selberg was, in fact, Dr. Hilbert. All of that would lead to a Second-Season-long arc where Eiffel would know the role that Hilbert played on the downfall of the previous crew, but would be unsure about who, if anyone, he could trust with this information.

But between all of those episodes, I wanted to do another episode that dealt with the plot line that started it all: the mysterious radio transmissions. Specifically, I wanted to do an episode about the crew realizing that no, those transmissions were not coming from Earth. Sounds simple enough, but it turned out to be anything but. I got maybe ten minutes into outlining that story before I realized that there was no world in which that was just an episode of Wolf 359. That revelation would knock over a whole lot more dominoes than I thought it would at first, and it quickly became apparent that once that story happened things would never be the same.

So things changed. The revelation of the previous crew got pushed backwards, and eventually became the Season 2 episode Happy To Be of Assistance. The one-off about the transmissions became our two-part season finale. And I had a problem: there was still one episode to fill, and the plot I had for that slot suddenly evaporated and I had to replace it. “Well,” I told myself, “maybe I don’t need to. Maybe this episode doesn’t really need a plot. We could do something more experimental. We’ll do something that’s bold, and a formal deviation from what Wolf 359 normally does. It’ll be great.”

Yeah… great.

Originally posted by allthereactions

If The Empty Man Cometh was the easiest episode of Wolf 359 to write, Am I Alone Now? was one of the hardest. (The hardest if you don’t count our live show, Deep Space Survival Procedure and Protocol.) Once I’d decided to go off into formalist land, I quickly landed into what Sarah called the Conversations with Dead People format - four mini-episode-length monologues, each giving unique insights into the characters. Simple, right?

Wrong. In my attempt to not have to structure a new story for the episode, I’d created a much bigger problem: I had to create four stories, each of which had to be compressed into a very short span. Even worse, they all had to feel both distinct from each other but thematically unified. I wish that I could say that these were all things that I discovered as I planned the episode, but no. This is all stuff I worked out as I wrote the various drafts of the episode.

It wasn’t until I wrote Minkowski’s piece, the last one that I wrote for the first draft, that I finally understood what the episode had to be about: it couldn’t just be about the characters being alone, it needed to be about who these people were when they are alone. Or when they think they are alone. Which was great to have figured that out, but it meant that I had to throw out what I’d written for Hilbert, Hera, and Eiffel and start over with that organizing principle in mind.

All of this happening, mind you, as rehearsals for this episode were happening with unfinished or unpolished material, and the recording deadline loomed closer and closer. Hera and Eiffel’s pieces were difficult to wrestle into their final shapes, but Hilbert’s was a nightmare. I did page-one rewrites of his section about half a dozen times before anything felt right. The idea for the mysterious door in engineering - which I quite like, it’s like something out of an episode of Quiet, Please - came at the last possible moment, and that section ended up being rewritten and rehearsed on the same day that it was recorded.

All of which made me rather nervous, especially given the nature of this episode. There was some amount of apprehension about how this episode was going to be received. This was a big departure from our usual wheelhouse - perhaps it was too much of a departure? - and the haphazard way it came together didn’t help to soothe anyone’s nerves. We suspected it would be a very divisive episode… but it really wasn’t. In fact, Am I Alone Now? is probably the episode that gets the most praise in discussions of the show, and I was delighted to see it top a poll of people’s favorite episodes a few weeks ago. Believe me, that did not seem like a likely in late November 2014.

Assorted Notes:

  • I am pointedly not addressing too much of what is in the actual monologues for this episode. It was designed to be both very personal and very open to interpretation in certain regards, and I think that there’s more than a bit to lose there by me flattening it by giving my take on it.
  • This is the only episode in the series, so far, where Alan got a chance to score the music to the finished, edited episode. (Normally he composes all the music beforehand and then I edit it into place.) It really makes the piece come together as a whole, and I love the different musical styles and rhythms that he gave to each character.
  • First time in the show that we hear Michaela’s voice without the loudspeaker effect filtering it.
  • Smart things that I had not noticed until a friend pointed out: Eiffel is briefly in Hera’s piece. Minkowski is briefly in Eiffel’s piece. Hera is briefly in Minkowski’s piece. No one is in Hilbert’s piece, and he is in no one’s. How I wish that this had been a conscious choice, but it was entirely a happy accident. It might also be the greatest sum up of the relationships on the show.
  • Many thanks for @imaginariumgeographica for the lovely image that accompanies this post! 
An In Depth Look Into The Creation Of Each Song on the "Aaliyah" Album


The creators discuss the background of each song.

1. “We Need a Resolution” (featuring Timbaland) (Tim “Timbaland” Mosley, Steve “Static” Garrett)

Digital Black: “We Need a Resolution” was about relationships, a lot of songs with her were about her becoming a woman and coming of age. A lot of records dealt with stuff that people actually had to go through.

2. “Loose Rap” (featuring Static Major) (Steve “Static” Garrett, Rapture Stewart, Eric Seats)

Rapture: We always had a saying like “That’s just loose rap”. It was just a slang we would throw out there all the time. The day we did the track, the first line Static came out with was “loose rap.” He kind of mumbled the hook because he didn’t really know what words he wanted to use, but the only part that came out with was the “loose part”, so he decided to write about that. Pretty much that song was basically a term that we all already used anyway but we basically just turned it into the song. So that’s how he came up with the concept of the song.

3. “Rock the Boat” (Steve “Static” Garrett, Rapture Stewart, Eric Seats)

Rapture: “That’s actually a funny story because when Seats and I were doing that track, we were at the studio earlier before Playa came to the studio, we were working on that track, but the funny thing is we didn’t like it the way it was. It was just the beat and a couple of sounds and we were like ‘It’s cool, but we’ll come back to it.’ It’s funny because as we were going to something else, Static had just got there and they heard the song coming down the hall, so when he got there we already cut it off and he came to the door and was like ‘Wait put that back, what is that?’ He told us to pull it back up and he instantly got the melody and he went right in the booth and he didn’t do any words, he just put the melody down. And then the next couple of days, he did the whole song.”

4. “More Than a Woman” (Tim “Timbaland” Mosley, Steve “Static” Garrett)

Tim Barnett: “One night, Static was vibing to the track and the following day he recorded the first version. He went back and kept listening to it and didn’t like it and said ‘I can do something bigger and better to it’/ So he rewrote the whole record the next day. Aaliyah wasn’t at the studio at the time when Static did the first version, so she never got to hear it.”

5. “Never No More” (Steve “Static” Garrett, Stephen “Bud’da” Anderson)

Bud’da: “Just in itself…I was honored she ended up picking up that song because when Static wrote to it and wrote what he wrote, I was excited when I originally did the track because I did live strings and other things on there. The melodies Static chose, everything just worked out perfect. And thinking about those three songs, I was just happy with all three because they showed different ability and it showed different approaches to accent Aaliyah.”

6. “I Care 4 U” (Missy Elliott, Tim “Timbaland” Mosley)

Aaliyah had stated in interviews previously that the song was originally going to appear on her “One in A Million” album, but it did not make the deadline. The song was recorded in 1996

7. “Extra Smooth” (Steve “Static” Garrett, Rapture Stewart, Eric Seats)

Rapture: “In my opinion, Static is the best writer to me because he’s real and to the point with things. And like a lot of times Aaliyah would come and Static would ask what she wanted to do on the album, and she didn’t really write a lot so she would tell Static what she wanted to do. So she might just drop a bug in his ear and a whole song would come about. Pretty much most of the songs, Static would freestyle it and wouldn’t write anything down. So when a track would come on and he felt it, he would write it right there. From there, he would go in the studio and piece it together. He would basically go in and freestyle it and the idea would drop in his head. I guess at that time, they were having a conversation about how guys are so extra smooth. It’s funny because a lot of things that we would just around and joke about, they found their way into becoming a song, so that happened a lot on that album. We would just sit around and talk about various things and they would end up becoming songs.”

8. “Read Between the Lines” (Stephen “Bud’da” Anderson, Steve “Static” Garrett)

Bud’da: “This song started out musically as a whole other thing. Once Static laid his vocals, I was able to flip them and I’m pretty happy with how those songs turned out because as a producer, I’ve always wanted to not necessarily be pigeonholed in regards to what my sound is like ‘That’s Bud’da.’ I would rather known as ‘Man who did that?’ and then you go see the credit. I want to be attached with excellence. I was happy with all three songs because they showed diversity. I think “Read Between the Lines”, in the content that Static put and the way Aaliyah was able to articulate it, the vibe with it being somewhat Latin and the live percussion and horns that it just added something fresh that not only would be good for her, but something fresh. It had been done before, but not in that way.”

9. “U Got Nerve” (Rapture Stewart, Eric Seats, Ben Bush)

Rapture: “That track was kind of like the theme at the time. We had “Loose Rap” and “Those Were The Days” at the time. And the song was crazy because Static and Black are guys and they write it from a female perspective, but they were right on it. She would always just think about things she wanted to talk about. So when we were in the studio with Black, the song came about when he was like ‘You know what? I’m going to keep the theme and imagine a girl asking if a guy had nerve.’”

Digital Black: “Just knowing her and her character, I guess I wrote that song in a big brother perspective. You got to watch out for your little sister.”

10. “I Refuse” (Steve “Static” Garrett, Jeffrey “J-Dub” Walker)

J-Dub: “I don’t know where that came from. I was on one and I was just zoned out. While I was doing that track, I was working with Static Major and Static wrote the hell out of it. That’s the story on that one.” *laughs*

11. “It’s Whatever” (Steve “Static” Garrett, Rapture Stewart, Eric Seats)

Rapture:“I remember when we did that track. That was actually the first track that we actually laid when we were in the studio actually working on her album. So we finally got in the studio with Static and Black, we kind of just played down all the songs we had done and he marked off the ones he liked and that was one of the ones he really liked because he always said he liked the piano element in there. That’s why when he first heard that, he automatically was like ‘That’s the one I want.’ So that was actually the first track we actually did.”

12. “I Can Be” (Durrell “Tank” Babbs, Stephen “Bud’da” Anderson)

Bud’da: “This song started out one way and then I wanted to flip it so we wouldn’t deal with a sample issue. Tank had wrote that in California and he wasn’t able to come to Australia because he was doing promo for his album at that time. We cut the song without him in Australia and with her doing it so well with Static, she was able to understand ‘Okay this is what the person that laid it down is trying to articulate’ and she was able to put herself into it and be able to do it to where when she redid it, it’s not like Tank would say ‘No, that’s not working.’ So I enjoyed working on that song as well because it had an element musically for me to where it had been done before, but the element of doing Hip Hop/R&B with a tinge of Rock had been done before but not in that way before. It seems like someone may lean too much to the Rock side so it doesn’t feel like organic or they might lean too much to the Hip Hop side and Rockers might not appreciate it because the guitars don’t fit right. So I think it was a happy medium between all the genres that made that song, along with the content and her beautiful voice made it what it was. It was like sweetness singing over chaos.”

13. “Those Were the Days” (Steve “Static” Garrett, Rapture Stewart, Eric Seats)

Rapture: “We actually thought he was going to use that for something else. When he first started writing the song, we thought it was going to be a Playa record. He ended up changing it up and was like ‘I think I’m going to write this for Aaliyah.’ So he came up with the whole concept and everything, and when he put all of the lyrics and melody together, he decided to write it for her. She actually had come to the studio one of the days we were working on that, and then he sang her the melody and she liked it, so he made that a song for her.”

14. “What If” (Durrell “Tank” Babbs, Jeffrey “J-Dub” Walker)

J-Dub: “I remember Babygirl coming into the studio and I was playing her some beats. Then she was like ‘What are you working on now?’ and I was like ‘Well I’m not done with it yet,’ but I played it and it was “What If” and she just went crazy. She was like ‘I love it,’ so she picked that and Tank actually wrote the song in the States and then we recorded it in Australia.”

15. “Messed Up” [hidden track] (Ben Bush, Rapture Stewart, Eric Seats)

Rapture: “That track wasn’t going to make the record, but at that time while working on that album, because the time frame was so long, a lot of people were wondering what songs she was going to use. If whatever songs she wasn’t going to use, would the other songs be available? So everything was on hold because she got first pick. That was kind of the way we had worked with it. So “Messed Up” wasn’t going to make the record, but various people in the industry started inquiring about the song, because it was not on the final list. So she basically was like ‘Nah, I know that’s a good song. It’s just not going to make my album. But I’m going to use it as a bonus track, so no one else can have that song’. She liked the song, but that was the one when she had to narrow it down to the number of songs, that was the last one that didn’t make it so she ended up deciding to go with it as a bonus track. She didn’t want to give it away and use because she actually liked the record. Quite a few labels had called us and called Playa and called the office of Blackground inquiring about that song, so Aaliyah decided to keep the track.”


On this day in music history: November 30, 1982 - “Thriller”, the sixth studio album by Michael Jackson is released. Produced by Quincy Jones & Michael Jackson, it is recorded at Westlake Audio and Ocean Way Studios in Los Angeles, CA from April 14- 15, August - November 8, 1982. Issued as the long awaited follow up to the hugely successful “Off The Wall”, Jackson is highly ambitious in his quest to surpass the success of the previous album. Writing four of the nine tracks himself, producer Quincy Jones finds other songs for the project from other songwriters including Rod Temperton, Steve Porcaro, John Bettis, Michael Sembello and James Ingram. After reviewing dozens of potential songs, the final nine tracks are chosen for the album. However, the tight deadline in recording and mixing the album (as well as recording “The E.T. Storybook Album” at the same time) takes its toll initially. The final overdubs for “Thriller” are recorded on the morning the album is due to be mastered. When the team listens to the original cut of the album, they realize the running time is too long (for the time limits of vinyl) and that several songs require remixing before it can be handed in. In spite of CBS being angered by the delay (with the first single “The GirI Is Mine” (#1 R&B, #2 Pop) already released and climbing the charts), Jones, Jackson and engineer Bruce Swedien push ahead, remixing and editing the tracks. With the final masters handed over at last, CBS Records puts the album on a crash production schedule, halting the pressing of other records at their three US pressing plants to quickly manufacture the two million plus copies initially shipped to record stores. “Thriller” achieves unprecedented success, spinning off seven Top 10 singles, winning eight Grammy Awards (including Album Of The Year and Record Of The Year), becoming the largest selling album of all time. “Thriller” spends thirty seven weeks (non-consecutive) at number one on the Billboard Top 200 and R&B album charts, ninety one weeks within the Top 10, and is certified 32x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, earning a Triple Diamond Certification. “Thriller” is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2008, and is named to the National Recording Registry by the Library Of Congress also in 2008.

I’ve been working on music for so long, and in the past I would tell people when things would happen not knowing that things would happen in my life such as doing this show and working on other personal projects. So, I kinda put it on the back burner for now just because Glee became so overwhelming and I really wanted to focus on my acting career, which is why I’m going back to Broadway.

The cool thing about music is that you can always work on it, it’s always there. You can always go home and play the piano whereas you have to be a little more timely for projects you’re selection as an actor. I also realized I wasn’t into being, you know, pitted against Glee. So whenever I put something out, it’ll be on my own terms, in my own time so it’s fun and I can be passionate about it as opposed to trying to make a deadline and sell records which is not a good way to make anything.

—  Darren Criss on his album at Gleek Reunion
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The first four decades of Irving Azoff’s career were marked by fearsome advocacy on behalf of his clients that did much to set the parameters of the music industry. There’s no reason to think that the fifth will be any different.

Two years ago, Azoff abruptly resigned as ­chairman of Live Nation, followed in the fall of 2013 by the announcement of a joint venture, Azoff MSG Entertainment, with James Dolan, executive ­chairman of the Madison Square Garden Company and CEO of Cablevision.

In January, Azoff made headlines when the MSG-owned Forum in Inglewood, Calif., reopened after a $100 million renovation that saw Azoff’s wife, Shelli, playing a major role and his management clients, The Eagles, headlining the first six nights (at a total gross of nearly $9.9 million, according to Billboard Boxscore). He made news again in March when he helped broker the deal that brought Phil Jackson to the Dolan-owned Knicks as the basketball team’s president.

Throughout 2014, AMSGE made ­expansive moves. Azoff’s startup publishing rights ­organization, Global Music Rights, built a roster of 40 artists and 20,000 songs, then put YouTube on notice. Azoff took a strong position in the comedy world – a $300 million-a-year live business, according to Billboard estimates – first signing Chelsea Handler as a management client, then acquiring a 50 percent stake in Levity Entertainment Group, which owns comedy clubs nationwide and counts The Mentalist, Iron Chef America and Comedy Central specials among its TV division’s production interests. AMSGE also took a 50 percent stake in branding specialists Burns Entertainment, experiential ­marketers Pop2Life and social media marketing and online talent management agency Digital Brand Architects.

Music publishing, branding, venue management – virtually any way of making money in the music business, Azoff is now in it. And as always, he’s in it not just to win it, but to reshape it.

“In the 40 years that we have worked with Irving, we have been continually amazed at his business acumen – his foresight, timing, creativity, fearlessness, loyalty, wisdom and everything else the band expected … and demanded. The only frustration being when we were on a tight deadline to deliver a record, he didn’t help write one song.” – Don Henley

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Preference #5: 5 Seconds of Support

Inspired by Ashton Irwin 

my favorite is Michael’s… shhhh… and excuse grammar mistakes. Too lazy to proof read.

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———- ASHTON  ———-

Having a rockstar for a boyfriend had it’s perks. Ashton loves to spoil you and you didn’t mind. He didn’t need an occasion like your birthday to give you gifts. A few months ago, he had given you a gift certificate to your favorite boutique in Los Angeles. You’re accompaning him on his tour in America and your first stop is LA. Perfect timing! Ashton and his mates left for rehearsal before the sun rose so you were left by yourself for the rest of the day. When you come back from shopping, you immediately look for Ash, excited to show him the new shirt you bought him. “Babe?” you call out. No response. “Babe?” You look first in the living room, then the bedroom. No Ashton. You think about where he could be when you see light peak through the crack of the bathroom door. You knock, “Ash? Babe, you in there?” Still no reply but this time, you hear a shuffle. You wiggle the door knob open and see Ashton sitting by the toilet with bloodshot eyes and a razor in his shaking hand. You stand there, frozen and shocked. Your eyes shift from Ashton’s terrified eyes, to the razor, to his wrist. You thank the heavens you caught him in time before he could harm himself. You rush to his side and slowly take the razor away. You feel his body quiver and his muscle tense. You cup your hands around his face and force him to look at you. His eyes look soulless for a moment until something snaps him back into reality and he breaks down into tears. He sobs into your lap as you rub his back. You don’t speak. You just listen. After a good twenty minutes, Ashton sits up and tries to speak in between his gasps for air. “The fans,” he finally makes out, “they… they…” “They what?” you ask him. “They’re supposed to be our fans! They’re our number one source of support and instead, this is what they do? They send me all this shit like they know everything that’s going on and I can’t take it anymore!” “Ashton,” your voice calm to counter his tense body, “relax. Take deep breaths. I can’t say I know what you’re going through because I don’t, but I know what it’s like to receive hate.” He cracks a small smile, understanding you too receive your fair share of “fan” hate for being Ashton Irwin’s girlfriend. “Those fans aren’t your fans, Ashton. Real fans don’t do that,” you continue on, “And remember why you’re doing this. It’s not for the fans. It’s not for the money. It’s for you. Because this is what you love. This is your dream. Don’t let anyone take that away from you. Ever.” He nods and wraps his arms around you, enclosing you into a warm, embrace.  "I love you,“ he whispers. You pull away and look deep into his eyes with a small on your face, "And I love you. So please, Ash, don’t ever do this again, okay? If you’re frustated or sad, I’m here for you. Literally. I’m here. Not via Skype.” He lets out a chuckle and nods his head before giving you another kiss on the lips.

————— LUKE  —————

You’re a light sleeper and having your boyfriend toss and turn every ten minutes for the past two hours doesn’t make it any easier. “Luke, stop,” you groan. “Sorry,” he sniffles. You reach over and turn the lamp on. Luke quickly wipes his eyes, trying to cover up his tears. “What’s wrong?” you frown. He forces a smile but you notice his lips quivering like he’s ready for a sob. You sigh, broken at his fragile state. He sits up, laughing to himself as the tears ran down. “This is silly,” he tells himself. You wrap your arm around him, “Tell me what’s wrong.” “I’m just frustrated,” he’s still chuckling. Laughing is Luke’s defense mechanism. He isn’t one to easily open up or show vulnerability. “Works driving me nuts,” he admits. You nod, urging him to carry on. “Management is a dick. The fans are never satisfied. I don’t get more than four hours of sleep a night. I don’t know if I can do this anymore.” He looks at you with a forced smile on his face and tears streaming down. You hug him so he can’t see you shed a tear. “I can’t imagine how hard it is for you,” you tell him. “And as your girlfriend, I can’t help but be the slightest bit biased when I say: you’re doing a terrific job. You’re fans are proud, babe. You and the guys have come so far and they love everything you guys do for them. I’ve come across a lot of your fans and if you only heard what they tell me, you’d understand their immense love for you. I know it’s a lot of pressure. This business and everything but there’s a reason you are where you are now. Because you can handle it. Your band knows you can. Your asshole of a management company knows you can. Your fans know you can. I know you can.” The tears stop and Luke cracks a small smile. “Come here,” he says. He pulls you closer and lifts up your chin to place a soft sweet kiss on your lips. “Do you think you can fall asleep now?” you tease. He rolls his eyes, “Yes.” “Good. And try not to snore while you’re at it.”

————— Calum —————

“God damn it, Y/N! Would you just leave me alone? You’re so annoying!” Calum yells at you. You throw the box on the floor and storm into your bedroom, slamming the door shut behind you. Fight #5 and it’s only 3 in the afternoon. You didn’t know what Calum’s issue was. Lately he’d just been incredibly temperamental and having anger towards everything. Everyone. You were only asking if he needed an extra box to put all his gifts from his fans and suddenly he was screaming at you. You’ve been patient for long enough and this was the last straw. You empty out your hotel drawers and stuff your belongings into you suit case, wiping the tears as they fall out. You’re halfway finished when you hear a knock on your door and a hoarse voice say: “Babe, I’m so sorry.” Yeah, right. You roll your eyes and continue packing. He knocks again. You open the door, “What.” “I’m sorry,” he says, “Can I please come in?” You widen the gap and let him in. He tries to hold your hand but you jerk it away from him. “Y/N, I’m so sorry. I know I’ve been a real ass lately.” “Yeah,” you confirm, “you have.” He sighs and notices your nearly packed luggage. “Where are you going?” “Away from you,” you tell him. He bites the corner of his lip, fighting hard against his tears. “I’m so sorry,” his voice is breaking, “please don’t leave me.” Calum’s face is breaking your heart but you’re too filled with anger and hurt. “And what? Let you treat me like crap? No thanks.” “Please,” he begs, “don’t. I need you here. I’ve lost my mind. I haven’t been home in months. I miss my family. I miss my friends. There’s so much pressure for this band to succeed.” You keep quiet. You feel Calum’s sincerity. His hurt. Regret. “If you leave me,” he looks at his feet, “I’ll lose everything. You’re my home. You’re my best friend. You’re my sanity, Y/N.” “Cal–” “I’m sorry,” the tears win. You wrap your arms around his waist and rest your head on his chest. “I know,” you tell him, “I understand.” You look up and give Calum a forgiving smile. “Help me unpack?" 

————— MICHAEL —————

"Help us, please,” Ashton pleads. “You’re the only one Michael will listen to,” Luke adds. You peak into the studio and see your boyfriend, Michael, sitting on the couch with his face buried in his hands. “He’s so out of it and he won’t tell us why!” Calum complains. “The deadline is in less than 48 hours,” Ashton reminds you. You nod, understanding the boys frustration. They’re trying to make the deadline for recording their new song but Michael is off his game and they’re running out of time. “Okay, give me a minute,” you tell the three boys who are pacing around. You slowly open the door and Michael’s head shoots up. You smile, careful not to worry him even more so. “Hey,” he says. You sit beside him, “Hey.” You sit in silence for a while until you ask: “What’s on your mind?” He shrugs and takes your hand, playing with your fingers. “Work.” You nod, “Busy?” “Frustrating,” he corrects, “there’s no room for mistakes. I’m trying to make it perfect but I keep fucking up. What’s wrong with me?” You chuckle, “Nothing is wrong with you.” “Then why can’t I do it right? If it isn’t the chords, it’s the lyrics. If it’s not the lyrics, I sound like a tone deaf walrus.” You laugh at his joke. The sound of your laughter makes Michael smile. “Honestly? I think it’s because you work too hard.” “What do you mean?” You shrug, “You guys have two days off after eleven days of nonstop work. You sleep at one in the morning and wake up at five. You spend all your time in this studio. I’m surprised your fingers haven’t fallen off yet.” He chuckles and kisses your cheek. Your subtle humor is his favorite thing about you. “You’re only human, baby. You push yourself so hard for so long that you forget to reward yourself. And no,” you say before he could speak, “I don’t mean video games. I mean, going out and having fun! Like a normal teenager.” “So what do you suggest?” he asks, smirking. You roll your eyes, “Not that.” He laughs, “Awww… Then what?” “Well, there’s that art festival I’ve been telling you about. How about we go there? Then a evening stroll at the park.” “Yes please,” he says excitedly. He wraps his arm around your shoulder and places a kiss on your forehead. “What would I be without you?” “An old, boring man,” you tease him. You and Michael walk out of the studio hand in hand to see three boys with worried faces on the other side of the door. “Who died?” Michael jokes. “So?” Ashton asks. “We’re going to the festival! Wanna come?” Their jaws drop. “That was your plan? To take him to a festival?” Calum asks in disbelief. “Yes,” you respond. “He needs a break. All of you need a break. If you work too hard for too long, you burn out. So you coming?” “I guess?” Luke says, looking at Ashton and Calum. They shrug and nod. During the festival, you snap a photo of the four boys on a merry-go-round and post it on Instagram with the caption: “Don’t grow up too fast! You’ll get wrinkles :P”

In celebration of reaching 1,500 followers, I am doing an online cello ensemble!

OkAY here is how this is gonna go:


Starting now, you can submit videos/recordings of yourself playing something that demonstrates your skill level so that I can place you on a part. You can submit it to me via Dropbox, Google Drive, or email (my email for all three is If none of those work for you, we can try and find another way.

If you submit an audition, you also need to fill out this form.

Auditions will close on Dec. 31, unless I don’t have enough participants (if you can’t get it in by then, message or email me and we can work something out.)

The Ensemble:

At this point, I kind of doubt that I’ll turn away anyone who auditions so if you submit an audition: Congratulations, you’re in the ensemble!

I will (hopefully) have the music done by the time auditions end, and on Dec. 31 I will start emailing people their parts. I will upload the complete score and the separated parts of the songs we play (which are TBA) to musescore, and it is VERY VERY important that you play at the tempo of the music I upload, or it will not sound good when I put it all together. I may make a click track or something to combat this (I know that’s what the Sherlock fan orchestra did, and I’m modeling a lot of this off of them).

The very, very tentative deadline for submitting the recordings for the ensemble: January 31

Announcements will be made both through email (I think that’ll be my primary method of communication) and on here in the tag ‘csm cello ensemble’. Track that tag if you plan to participate!

That’s all I can think of right now. If you have any questions, email me at or message me on here.

anonymous asked:

I'm afraid that the new management is as bad as the old one.

look, if it’s azoff…… he gets shit done. and he fights for his clients. we don’t have all of the pieces to the puzzle yet, and i think it’s far too early to even tell who is pulling which strings.

anyway. check this guy out.

Sure I lie,” yelps the curly headed, five-foot-three Azoff as if it’s also so much mischief. “But it’s more like … tinting. I’ve inherited a lot of dummies’ deals. When that happens, you gotta make it right. It’s all just negotiating theatrics.”

“He’s Napoleon with a heart,” says Eagle singer/writer/drummer Don Henley, perhaps Azoff’s closest friend. “But I’m always awed because he’s screaming at some guy twice his size and never gets his face crushed for it. I think it helps that people are shocked at this short, deceptively cute-looking guy who goes to the top floor of a building and just explodes on some guy for his incompetence.”  

And while Azoff described the morning phone calls to his closest confidants as more social than business in nature, he did acknowledge that there was a purpose to his making them. “We chat,” he said, “and get ready for battle.”

“The thing I enjoy most,” Azoff said, “is being able to put a plan together and have it work.”

“He is the best artist representative that has ever existed in the modern era of music,” said Bob Lefsetz, a music industry commentator who writes a widely read blog, The Lefsetz Letter. “He defends his clients; he gets the best deals for his clients; he has the most loyal clients.”

“In the 40 years that we have worked with Irving, we have been continually amazed at his business acumen – his foresight, timing, creativity, fearlessness, loyalty, wisdom and everything else the band expected … and demanded. The only frustration being when we were on a tight deadline to deliver a record, he didn’t help write one song.” – Don Henley

September Forecast for Cancer

Use Your Words

If you’re a writer, or if you work in the sales or communications industry, you might receive a welcome boost in income this month. From September 5-29, you might also negotiate a stellar contract or seal a fabulous deal pertaining to any of these areas. Use your gift of gab to your advantage during these weeks. You’ll have an enhanced ability to work any situation to your advantage without coming across in a way that’s crass.

Your relationship with siblings may also improve dramatically now. Expect to hear positive news from one of them about a life event that’s surely worth celebrating. This can be anything from a career milestone, to news of an engagement or baby on the way. You might also decide to take a trip this month and if so, you’ll enjoy it immensely. Consider a family reunion!

At the office, relationships may become tense after September 13. You might not have an easy time collaborating with a coworker, and things may soon become quite frustrating if you’re assigned to complete an important project together. You’ll want to stick to your outline, and you may not be receptive to hearing that there could be a better way to streamline the project. Consider that it’s possible someone at the office has a way to make your life easier, and see it as a positive rather than allowing your ego to get in the way. The good news? You’ll meet deadlines in record time.

After September 23, it’ll be obvious that a fresh start is happening at home. You might decide to move or buy or sell property.

Career: Logical Conclusions

You tend to operate quite a bit based upon feelings with the Sun in sensitive Cancer. However, September opens with an emphasis on logic, thanks to a solar transit of pragmatic Virgo in your 3rd House of Information. This means that knowing and sticking to facts is especially important now.

Of course, emotions cannot be banished from reality, but putting reason first is a must. If you have something difficult to say, study and rehearse so you can present your point of view with control and confidence. Learning new subjects or deepening your knowledge in a technical area is a positive use of this transit.

Staying focused on the here and now can be difficult around the Pisces Full Moon on September 8, though. This lunation lands in your visionary 9th House of Travel, where it spurs dreams of faraway places and more inspiring experiences. Escapist feelings can be expected, but a more useful application of this wanderlust is to either find new meaning in your current line of work or to recognize that you might consider changing the course of your career.

The New Moon on September 24 is in objective Libra and your 4th House of Security. This can provide you with a fresh perspective on where you stand and where you’d like to go. Discussing options with someone you trust will produce better long-term results than keeping your thoughts to yourself. A supportive individual can point out areas you’ve overlooked and provide the strategic support needed in advance of making a major move.

Love: Sparks Will Fly!

If you’re looking for love, you may not need to go very far. There’s a strong indication that romance can be found right in your own backyard this month. Between September 5- 29, love planet Venus will tour your 3rd House of Information. This is the area of your chart that has to do with your neighborhood, siblings, short distance travel and communication. Do you live in an apartment building? Perhaps someone sexy will move in and you’ll invite him or her over for a neighborly drink. If you live in a private house it’s possible your neighbors will throw a party in their backyard and you’ll run into one of the guests as you’re going about your business. Sparks will fly!

Be sure to accept any invitation to attend a community meeting because it’s possible you’ll meet someone in this way. And, of course, if a brother or sister offers to set you up on a date, it’s time to suck it up and accept. You might be pleasantly surprised!

If you’re already attached, you’ll notice there’s a gorgeous boost in communication between you and your mate this month. On September 14, you might have a conversation that deepens your bond more than you thought possible. You might also make a positive, life-changing decision together. Wow!

If you are dating someone new and things are going well, you might express your growing feelings for this person near September 21. You might even talk about sex, discussing when to take things to the next level (if you haven’t already done so). Either way, you’ll enjoy an open, honest conversation about what you both enjoy in the bedroom.