i just had to make an album cover for this

I just had an epiphany. The album cover is in black and white with headlines covering half of her face. The two singles we’ve gotten so far are both satirical and making fun of the way the media portrays her. The media has a very black and white approach to things. There’s no grey area. At the surface, it seems like both “…Ready for it?” and “Look What You Made Me Do” are very black and white as well. If you don’t look any further, one is about a guy she’s dating, the other about Kanye or people being mean to her. But in reality, nothing is black and white. You have to look past the bullshit and get to what is really happening. There is a deeper meaning to both songs that you’ll miss if you aren’t paying attention. Just like there is much more to Taylor Swift than what the media portrays. The rest of the world really IS black and white, but Taylor and us? We know the truth. We’re in screaming color. 

Inside Harry Styles’ Intimate First Solo Tour

Music director Tom Hull reveals how the One Direction star is launching a new phase of his career with help from a versatile live band

Just a half hour before doors open for Harry Styles’ first show of his debut solo tour, San Francisco’s Masonic is completely empty. Band and crew members are buzzing backstage, including Styles himself, not yet wearing the snazzy Gucci suit he would be seen sporting onstage just hours later.

Outside, more than 3,000 fans wait to see the 23-year-old perform in one of the smallest venues they may ever catch him in. They’re decked out in a variety of homemade merchandise as well as florals and pinks, a tribute to the singer’s fashion and album aesthetic.

“It’s funny because as this tour’s approached, I’ve been so nervous,” Styles’ music director and producer Tom Hull, known professionally as Kid Harpoon, tells Rolling Stonebackstage while clutching a chalice of wine and wearing a pin that reads “Muna Has Possibly Talked to Harry Styles,” given out for free by opening band Muna at their merch table.

Until this tour, Hull’s work with other artists had been primarily in the studio, producing and co-writing for artists like Haim, Florence and the Machine and Shakira. He had been introduced to Styles through a mutual friend and ended up working on the songs “Sweet Creature” and “Carolina.” Thanks to their musical chemistry, Styles ended up asking Hull to help him put together a live show to perfectly embody the rootsy, rock-tinged sound of his self-titled album.

“I’ve gone into it not knowing what I’m doing [and] learning on the job,” he admits. “We’re all sort of approaching it with a fresh perspective because we haven’t done it before, but it [has us] keeping with what the record’s about.”

To help translate Styles’ solo sound, the first goal was to get a traditional band together. Guitarist Mitch Rowland had been plucked from a pizza shop where he formerly worked to become a session musician for the album and has joined Styles’ touring band as well.

“Mitch has never really toured like this before,” Hull says. “He’s learning on the road as he goes.”

Joining Rowland are keyboardist Clare Uchima, bassist Alex Predergast and drummer Sarah Jones, all of whom had made their debut with Styles during the televised and small club performances around the release of his album. The band began to feel settled long before the tour launched, but Hull sees their relationship becoming further cemented with this trek.

“Bands become true bands on tour,” he explains. “Fans bought tickets [for this tour] before the album had come out, and the band wants to play to them. The idea is to cut our chops on this tour and get really good. Then next year, he’s got an arena tour.”

Still, on the first two nights, the band already felt like a cohesive unit. The first show perfectly bridged Styles’ past and present, demonstrating that he’s a star capable of holding his own outside of his boy band. Amidst the folk-y ballads and rousing rockers, he covered One Direction classics like “What Makes You Beautiful” and “Stockholm Syndrome” as well as one of his lesser-known writing credits: an Ariana Grande piano ballad titled “Just a Little Bit of Your Heart,” off the vocal diva’s 2014 album My Everything. “Honestly, I didn’t know he had written it,” Hull notes.

Styles has released just 10 songs under his own name, but the vast amount of material he had from his pre-solo career helped to fill out the set. “When the Strokes first came out, their album was 35 minutes long and they had to do Talking Heads songs to fill out the set,” he adds. “It’s quite good to be able to do [Harry’s] record and have other songs in the set because he’s written so much music with [and outside of] One Direction. We’re presenting it in a way that sort of reflects the record and where he’s at now, which feels unique to Harry.”

In the months leading up to the tour launch in San Francisco, Hull, Styles and good friends of the latter sat around and began to formulate a vision. “It was like ‘Why don’t we do this? That would be fun,’” Hull describes of the process. “The thing that’s incredible about Harry that I don’t think people realize as much yet is that he drives it all. It’s very much his taste. He’s very musical; he plays guitar, plays piano and writes songs. He loves music.”

For Hull, working with Styles has disproven a common misconception of the pop megastar, one who is governed by his producers and label. Instead, the director paints a picture of a huge music nerd, one who is particularly passionate about classic rock and country, getting to explore his taste on his own terms.

“That was the hard thing, I think, in [One Direction] before,” he adds. “You’ve got a bunch of lads who all have different tastes in music and have their own personalities. Obviously it’s clear they’ve all done something different [as solo artists].”

Styles has been eager to share his tastes with Hull and the rest of the group. “He’s turning me on to music I’ve never even heard of from like 1978, and he’s texting people in the band 'Have you heard this? Have you heard that?” Hull says says, noting that on days off they go to guitar shops, looking at gear and “really geeky stuff.”

“For someone where he’s at, he just absolutely adores it, and it’s inspiring for everyone underneath.”

The next night in Los Angeles, the crowd is even more energetic as they filter into the Greek through the trees and hills of Griffith Park. A few glitches cropped up at the San Francisco gig — run-of-the-mill sound problems and a less expected fire alarm triggered by the theatrical smoke used during Muna’s set. For the Los Angeles show, the band feels even stronger and more focused.

“There was a bit of uncertainty, but I think everyone’s really happy and buzzing,” Hull updates from the Greek’s VIP section. That night, they were up against the added pressure that comes with a celebrity- and legend-filled audience, featuring everyone from Emma Roberts to Mick Fleetwood and Styles’ former groupmate Niall Horan. “You want to keep improving and getting it better. It feels like the first gig still.”

Even though he would perform a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” in front of Fleetwood himself, Styles was even looser at the Greek, dropping in cheekier ad libs and at one point halting “Kiwi,” the closer of the main set before his encore, to tease the troves of primarily female-identifying fans by highlighting the “I’m having your baby” line from the chorus. According to Hull, Styles was already prepared to start changing up the set list by night two, something the entire team collectively decided against as they were just starting out. (In Nashville the following weekend, however, they replaced the cover of “Stockholm Syndrome” with a rendition of Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush,” the first of many possibly new covers to be introduced on the road.)

The cover of One Direction’s most memorable hit “What Makes You Beautiful” remains the most surprising element of the show, especially since young solo artists typically tend to distance themselves from their pop pasts on the road to a more “mature” sound.

“At first, he was definitely cautiously up for it,” Hull says of the decision-making process. “I feel like those [One Direction] songs are brilliantly written songs, and obviously it was a moment where we had a conversation. Beyoncé does Destiny’s Child songs, so we were like 'Let’s do some of the songs that people will all know and everyone will love.’”

Styles’ band made sure to adapt the tune to fit the flow of the show. Uchima suggested a “Ray Charles–y vibe” for the keys, while drummer Jones added a “Motown-y beat” during rehearsals, and the group continued tinkering until they found the perfect balance of old and new.

“We all have so much respect for what put him here,” Hull adds, emphasizing Styles’ own desire to not fully let go of his past. “It’s an important part of it. You can’t underestimate his fans.”

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“Hello New York. My name is Harry, I’m from England,“ Harry Styles bashfully told the younger-skewing crowd at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday (Sept. 28). "My job for the next hour and a little bit is to entertain you. Please sing, dance and do whatever it is that will make you happy.” His faithful fans followed his instructions – no problem.

Earlier in the evening, Styles issued a reminder that "this is only the fifth show of my first tour.” It was hard to tell. Considering he cut his teeth with boy band sensation One Direction, the stage, spotlight and screaming fans are nothing new to the rockstar in the making. He appeared exceedingly comfortable, pacing from end to end while rallying for more cheers. From the moment his silhouette appeared on a pastel pink canvas with flower petals on it (he fittingly opened with “Ever Since New York”), through the encore, here are the seven best moments from Styles’ New York show.

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Harry Styles - Guest Songwriter Imagine


[I’m not as happy with this as I wish I was when I first imagined writing this and that kind of bums me out. I’ve thought about re-writing it but just wanted to get something up for you guys. I’m sorry. I don’t know why I’m not happy with this - I’m just not. I hope you all like it though!]


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If These Sheets Were States - Grayson Dolan

Song: If These Sheets Were States

Artist: All Time Low

Warnings: Cheese

Long-distance relationships are never easy, especially with someone who has a million teenaged girls wrapped around his finger. Of course things are gonna get hard.

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BTS Reaction | Finding your drawings of them

Kim Seokjin

The day had reached late afternoon, you were out getting groceries to make dinner, and Jin had just arrived home at your shared apartment. It was a fairly spacious apartment, very well kept and tidy, decorated with all the little gifts you both had bought for each other over the years. Opening the door, the first thing Seokjin noticed was how all the lights were off, but with you, he knew that this didn’t always mean you weren’t home, sometimes you just liked to watch movies in your shared bedroom with all the lights off, you say it ‘adds the effect’ to the movie.

“Y/N,” Jin called, “I’m home!” He walked in and took off his shoes, turning on the lights in the process. But when he heard no response, he began to worry and began his search for you. The tall boy texted you, asking where you were as he walked into your shared bedroom, turning the light on there as well. As he waited for a response, he noticed the nightstand drawer wasn’t shut, thought nothing of it, and went to close it. Until he saw it. ‘It’ was your sketchbook, and of course Jin was curious as to what you were drawing, so he decided to open it to the page that was marked by your pencil. 

Jin gasped in surprise. You had secretly drawn a wonderful picture of him smiling. Why you didn’t tell him about it was a mystery, but this boy was so amazed by your work as well as very proud. His phone chirped with a new message and brought him out of his thoughts, he checked it and found your text back to him about how you just finished buying groceries for dinner. He was still amazed, and he wanted you to know how much he loved your work, so he replied letting you know he was home and that he loved your artwork of him.

“Okay, I got home a little early so I just wanted to check in and see where you were. Btw, I love your drawing of me, jagi! You’re so talented!”

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Min Yoongi

Today, your boyfriend had invited you to the studio since you seemed to miss him a lot. While he worked on writing lyrics, you made some sketches in your sketchbook that you had brought along, for you knew your boyfriend well enough to know that you were easily a distraction for him, so you just tried your best to not distract him when he was working.

After a while of silence, drowsiness began to take over your senses - Yoongi had been making music with earbuds in, he left one out in case you needed him for something though. Once you had been overcome by sleep, your boyfriend didn’t notice, not at first anyways. It was only when he heard the sound of your dropping pencil that he looked next to him to check and make sure you were fine, but he wasn’t expecting to see the sight that awaited him.

You still sat in a slightly slumped yet upright position in the other office chair, eyes shut and lips slightly parted. The sight was beautiful, but of course, Yoongi would never admit to it, at least not in front of others. Then he noticed your sketchbook, which still lay on the empty space on the side of his large desk. Since he couldn’t make out what you had drawn at first glance, he leaned over a little more to get a closer look, only to find a perfectly drawn image of him just a few minutes earlier, making music. He leaned a little too far over because it woke you up after a while of him continuing to lean over and stare with amazement at your art.

“Yoongi…” You spoke quietly, a yawn escaping your lips soon after.

“Y/N, I never realized how talented you are at drawing, maybe you could help design the cover for my next solo album.”

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tucker finding old photos of wash absolutely covered in flour and powdered sugar and such and he slams the album on the table questioning it and wash casually takes a sip of his coffee, while reading the newspaper, "my mom liked to bake with me" and nothing else. tucker then proceeds to ask tons of questions until "if i make you a pie will you STOP?" (its the best god dang pie tucker has ever had)

Agent ‘giveaway  just enough of my past to make people curious but nothing more’ Washington

Lavernius ‘fed up with your mysterious bullshit’ Tucker

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Funny story behind this costume… This was the first big Swarovski project that I did for Dita. I had already done a few costumes for her, and it was time for another one! Unrelated to Dita, I had been contacted by a celebrity to make a crystal covered ensemble for her record album cover. We had a couple of meetings, and since it was such a rush project, I went ahead and purchased a not so small fortune worth of Swarovski Crystal for the project. Just as I was about to begin, the celebrity declared that I was an “imposter” and not the real Catherine D'Lish! Since I now had a truck load of light Siam and light Siam AB Crystal, I asked Dita, “hey – how would you like a red costume?” After that, we eventually made the giant red heart prop to go with it. It’s great to see this costume and show come back to life with the gorgeous Ginger Valentine! ❤️
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Someone pinch me, cuz I always think I’m dreaming every time I put in this gorgeous masterpiece created by @catherinedlish for @ditavonteese ❤️Belt for skirt panels created by @blazeburlesque and chain link via by @catherinedlish ❤️ Video by @zeliarose #costumeporn #artoftheteese #swarovski #burlesque #showgirl #hoblasvegas (at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino)

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Elliott Smith’s 5th and final (in his lifetime) studio album was released on 18 April 2000.

Recorded in different studios over the course of nearly 3 years, the album was, according to some critics, a digression from Smith’s previous albums, or, according to others, a progression. Whichever the case, it was the most successful of his albums, peaking at #99 in the US.

Autumn de Wilde took the photos for the album (with Smith standing in front of the Solutions Audio-Video Repair store in Los Angeles), and Smith described the title (based on a Schoolhouse Rock song Smith had covered): “there’s something I liked about the image of a skater going in this endless twisted circle that doesn’t have any real endpoint. So the object is not to stop or arrive anywhere; it’s just to make this thing as beautiful as they can.”

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Inside Harry Styles' Intimate First Solo Tour
Harry Styles' music director, Tom "Kid Harpoon" Hull, explains how he and the star put together the former One Direction star's first-ever solo tour.

Just a half hour before doors open for Harry Stylesfirst show of his debut solo tour, San Francisco’s Masonic is completely empty. Band and crew members are buzzing backstage, including Styles himself, not yet wearing the snazzy Gucci suit he would be seen sporting onstage just hours later.

Outside, more than 3,000 fans wait to see the 23-year-old perform in one of the smallest venues they may ever catch him in. They’re decked out in a variety of homemade merchandise as well as florals and pinks, a tribute to the singer’s fashion and album aesthetic.

“It’s funny because as this tour’s approached, I’ve been so nervous,” Styles’ music director and producer Tom Hull, known professionally as Kid Harpoon, tells Rolling Stone backstage while clutching a chalice of wine and wearing a pin that reads “Muna Has Possibly Talked to Harry Styles,” given out for free by opening band Muna at their merch table.

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I think what makes me the most excited is how Lana Del Rey is smiling on her new album cover and she’s just exuding the aura of happiness now in her new song and just seems so happy and it means a lot because when I first started listening to Lana I was your sad depressed teen and she had that same aesthetic / song style / music and I could relate and now years later and through multiple phases of life she seems so happy and comfortable in herself and recently I’ve felt that same way too and just content in my life and understanding where I’m going and I feel like all her fans healed with her over the years she’s happy to be alive i’m happy to be alive everything is ok this is so sappy but damn thank you Lana.

The Diary of Mr. & Mrs. Ackles

TITLE:  The Diary of Mr. & Mrs. Ackles

PAIRING:  Jensen x Reader

WORD COUNT:  1767

WARNING:  Fluffiness and Jensen singing (if that’s a warning)

SUMMARY:  Follow the story of Supernatural star, Jensen Ackles and his pop star wife, [Your Name] Ackles as they deal with the pressures of fame and being newly married. As told through their point of viewsYou think you know, but you have no idea…this is The Diary of Mr. and Mrs. Ackles.

AUTHOR’S NOTE:  This is strictly for fictional purposes only.  Any real life people mentioned that are portrayed in a negative light is not how I feel.  Just pretend they’ve been naughty.

SONG USED:  Leather and Lace -Stevie Nicks & Don Henley


(GIFS NOT MINE)

CHAPTER TWO:  SURPRISE

 

I just arrived in New York to surprise my wife during her show. She actually believed that I was staying back in Vancouver filming the next episode for Supernatural.   Truth is that I finished filming my scenes early and hopped on the first flight out.  When I FaceTimed her earlier, it was just a decoy to throw her off.

I couldn’t let my wife have her first headlining tour without me being there to support her.  She’s worked too damn hard for this, and I couldn’t be more proud of her.

It had been about an hour since the show has started, but I was on my way there now. The taxi picked me up from the airport and brought me straight to the arena. When I got out,Y/N’s manager, Eric, met up with me.

“Hey, Jensen.” He greeted me with a handshake.  “How’s it going?”


“It’s going good. I’m glad I made it on time.  How is everything?” I asked as we headed into the venue.  I couldn’t help, but notice the stares and giggles coming from the people we passed on the way.


“Man, the show is going fantastic.  Everything is running so smoothly.  Y/N was made for this.”  I smiled at his words.  I always knew the potential my wife had.  How unbelievably talented she was.  “She’s going to love this, Jensen. She doesn’t even have a clue that you’re coming.”

“Yeah?”  I turned to Eric, who just nodded in response, before walking over to a guy, who looked like a guitar tech, and whispered in his ear.

He was then handed an acoustic and walked back over to me.


“So, how is she?”  I grabbed the guitar from Eric and shoving the strap over my head, subconsciously giving it a tune.

“Why don’t you take a look for yourself.” Eric patted me on the back, and we walked out further.  He then pointed to the stage, where I see my beautiful wife standing in front a huge crowd.


She completely took my breath away, looking like an angel.  God, how much I love this woman. I waited for my cue, as she began to speak to the audience.

“How you feeling tonight, New York?”  She asked and the crowd went wild.  They absolutely love her as much as I do.   "Wow, y’all are crazy.“  They screamed louder.  "Beautiful crazy, though.”  She smiled, removing a strand of her hair from her face.  “Thank you.  Thank you so much.”  She nodded, before just standing there and taking it all in.  I watched as gave a few small waves and blew some kisses.  “Well,” she cleared her throat, placing the mic back up to her lips, “this next song is one of my favorite songs on my new album, Love Uncontrollably. I wrote this song for a very special person in my life. My wonderfully amazing husband, Jensen Ackles.”  The crowd screamed. “I don’t know if you know him.  He’s on this show about saving the world from monsters and stuff.”  She giggled at her own joke, as the crowd’s screams seem to get louder. “But he inspired me to write this song. So here it is.”  

The beginning chords of the song begin, and I recognized it immediately.


I remember when she recorded this song. The perfectionist in her never let me hear it until the song was completed. I don’t mean to sound like a complete sap, but when I heard the song for the first time, it nearly brought tears to my eyes. No one had ever done that for me before. Expressed how they felt in more than just words.  It was beautiful.  It was also my favorite song on her album as well.  Maybe I’m just being biased.  I don’t know.


The song was near ending and she still hadn’t notice that I was here.  I took that as my cue and started to make my way to the stage.  Her back was still turned to me, but the crowd quickly noticed my appearance.  I placed my finger up to my lips, casually letting them know not to blow my cover.  Sliding the guitar behind my back, I wrapped my hands around her waist, causing her to nearly jump out of her skin.  She quickly turned around and she finally saw me. The look on her face was priceless.  It was of shock and disbelief.


“Jens?!”  She screamed quickly embracing me in a hug, and I squeezed her tight.  She then pulled back, grabbing my face in her hands.  “What… baby what are you doing here?”


My thumb wiped the stray tear that fell from her eye, and I leaned forward to place my lips on hers.  God, I missed my wife so fucking much.

I pulled away from her still shocked expression, holding onto her hand and walking over to her mic stand.


“Hey New York, how’s it going?”  I said giving a slight nod, as the crowd went wild. “Thank you.  Thank you. I know you guys are wondering what I’m doing here.” I turned to Y/N, who was practically on the verge of sobbing as her hand was covering her mouth.  "Well, I couldn’t let my beautiful wife, here, have her very first headlining tour without me here at her very first show.  I also wanted to tell her in person, how proud that I am of her, and that I love her more than anything.“  I turned to give her hand a small squeeze, then followed by a wink.  I then heard the crowd ‘aww’.  I quickly turned my attention back to the audience.  “I was also wondering, if you’d mind a small impromptu duet.  Is that ok?”  That seemed to drive the crowd even wilder.  “Is that a yes?”  I turned to my wife, and she nodded, still completely speechless.  “I think that’s a yes.”

As they began to set us up, I pulled Y/N to my side, hugging her close.  She then looked up at me with those beautiful Y/E/C, before I leaned down and pecked her nose.

With her hand still in mine, I walked her over to the two chairs that were now set up for us.  She sat in her seat, with her mic and I sat on mine, when I was handed a mic.

“Ok, so this is completely unrehearsed. So I’m apologizing for any fuck ups tonight.”  I laughed, and everyone laughed with me.  I looked over at my wife, who was smiling at me, and I felt my whole heart swell.  I gave her another wink, and began to play the chords of our favorite song.  But then I stopped, speaking up again.  “Little known fact about this song.  It was the first song we’d danced to and the first song we danced to at our wedding.”  The crowd screamed.  “Put that in your fucking magazine.”  I said, causing the crowd to laugh again.  “I love you, sweetheart.”


"I Love you more.”  Y/N finally said, and I just shook my head.

“Not possible.”  I gave her a smirk, and started playing the first chords of the song.

Is love so fragile?”  Y/N began to sing.  “And the heart so hollow.  Shatter with words.  Impossible to follow.  You’re saying I’m fragile.   I try not to be.  I search only for something I can’t see.”  She looked over at me, smiling as she took in the words.  “Still I carry this feeling.  When you walked into my house.  That you won’t be walking out the door.”

It was true.  This was the first song we’d ever dance to.  Long before Y/N and I started dating, we had been friends for awhile, meeting through Jared.  At the time I was seeing my ex, and she was dating the biggest douche-wheel on the planet.  But one night, four years ago, she was reeling from a broken heart and so was I.  A night of drinking at Jared’s lead us to this song which lead us to this moment here.

Y/N stood up from her seat and walked over to me, singing the chorus.  “Lovers forever face to face.  My city your mountains. Stay with me stay.  I need you to love me.  I need you today.  Give to me your leather.  Take from me my lace.”  I cupped my jaw, running her thumb across my cheekbone, and I melted into her touch.


I licked my lips, before standing to my feet, before her.  “You in the moonlight.  With your sleepy eyes.  Could you ever love a man like me?”  I was then taken back to that night four years ago.  Her arms wrapped around me, as I looked down into those beautiful Y/E/C of hers.  That was the night that I realized how much I needed Y/N in my life.  “And you were right.  When I walked into your house.  I knew I’d never want to leave.  Sometimes I’m a strong man.  Sometimes cold and scared.  And sometimes I cry.  But that time I saw you.  I knew with you to light my nights.  Somehow I’d get by.”

She smiled, as I leaned my forehead against hers as we sang the chorus together.  

Lovers forever face to face.  My city your mountains.  Stay with me stay.  I need you to love me.  I need you today.  Give to me your leather.”  She then sang.  “Take from me my lace.  But take from me my lace.  Take from me my lace.”

As the song ended, the crowd went wild, and I could care less.  My beautiful wife was in my arms.  As she smiled up at me, wrapping her arms around my neck, I pressed my lips against hers several times, letting her know how much I loved her.


When we finally  broke away, I spoke into the mic again. “Thank you so much, New York.  I appreciate you giving me your time.  But I’m gonna turn you back over to your regularly scheduled program.”  I smiled, giving a wave.  “Have a good night.  And I hope y’all enjoy the rest of the show.” I pulled Y/N in for another hug and kissing her forehead.

“Wow,” I heard Y/N say as I began to walk off stage, “that was surreal.  Did that just really happen?  I’m…shocked.  Isn’t he a great husband, you guys?” She asked and the crowd went nuts.  “Whew,” she breathed into the mic, “I don’t know how I’m even going to finish the show now.  My heart’s racing so fast.  My husband ladies and gentlemen.”

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Just like the Sign of the Times cover pic that album cover pic of his naked back in the water is so eye catching and iconic. That will stand out and stay in people's minds and I love how much it is the opposite of so many album covers of straight on shots of the artist's face. He's showing his vulnerability, naked, head down, exposed back/neck but it feels strong as well, he's turned away from the camera shielding himself from the public eye. It really makes me feel something just looking at it

I was having some emotions earlier about the symbolism of Harry laying himself bare. I had to stop or I was gonna have to leave the office and take a walk down to the dam down the road and throw myself off it, on the lake side of course lol

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“Be scared and do it anyway.”

 

Hot tears trickled down your cheeks as you stared at the photo album in front of you. Grayson had made it for you before he left for LA. You had looked at it every day for the longest time after he left, but stopped after a while; it hurt too much.

Trying to wipe away the never-ending tears, you pushed open the album. The first picture you saw was of you, Gray, and Ethan at your eighth birthday party. Grayson had smashed a piece of cake onto your face and Ethan was pointing and laughing.

He wrote a short paragraph under all of the pictures.

Think of me when you eat cake, Y/n. You’ll be thinking of me often;)

You let out a strained giggle through your quiet sobs. You missed how it used to be, how close the two of you had been. You would give almost anything to have that friendship back.

You flipped through the pages, hopelessly longing to have back what once had been yours.

Your eyes settled upon a picture of the two of you at your sophomore prom. He was carrying you bridal style, your head was thrown back and you were laughing.

You smiled and read what he had written: Whenever you miss me, look back at this picture and remember all of the good times we shared!

You were pulled from your thoughts by a soft knock on your door.

Closing the book that contained your most precious memories, you dried your tears the best you could and opened the front door.

“I’m sorry,” Grayson said, extending his arms. You sighed and walked to your couch. “I got you these flowers.” He grinned, closing the door behind him. “Carnations, your favorite.” He shrugged and set them down on the coffee table, next to the photo album.

He softly ran his fingertips over the cover of the album before picking it up. “You kept it?” His voice was low, barely audible. “I didn’t think you would.”

“Don’t make a big deal out of this or whatever, but I made this for you.” He handed you a light brown photo album with a picture of the two of you framed on the cover.

“Aw, Gray!” You smiled and he blushed. “I love it!” You flipped through the pages, happily.

“I’m glad you like it. It took me weeks to make.” You giggled and wrapped your arms around him. You sighed and frowned as you pulled away from him.

“I have to tell you something.” You were terrified, but you needed him to know.

“Okay?” A look of concern washed over his face.

“Oh gosh, okay.” You were fumbling over your words, too nervous to form a complete sentence.

“Y/n? What’s up?”

“I’m too scared to tell you, Grayson.”

“Be scared and do it anyway.” He chuckled, shrugging obliviously.

“I love you. Like more than a friend love.” He pulled his bottom lip between his teeth, unsure of what to say. “I know you don’t love me like that, but I needed you to know before you left. Before I would never see you again.” You chuckled dryly, embarrassed by your confession.

“Come with me, Y/n. Come to LA with me and Ethan.” You half smiled at his offer, but denied it. You knew things would never be the same.

“It was all I had left of you.” Your eyes began to water again, but you blinked the tears away.

“You didn’t keep in touch, Y/n. You ignored my calls and texts. I tried to be in your life just as much as I had been before I left.” You shook your head. Would he ever understand how hard it was to talk to him after he rejected you?

“Grayson you don’t get it! I couldn’t keep pretending like I was okay, like it didn’t hurt to talk to you every day. Because it did. It broke my heart every time I talked to you. I got tired of not being okay, I had to distance myself. And before I knew it, you weren’t part of my life anymore. And yes, it was my fault but I was doing it for me.” You felt terrible and selfish for admitting it, but you had to get it off your chest.

He didn’t speak, he just looked at the cover of the album. The two of you sat there in silence for what seemed like hours. You stared at the flowers and he stared at the photo album, quietly existing in each other’s worlds for the second time that day.

You finally broke the silence, “Did you just come here to make me feel bad or what?” Sitting in silence was driving you insane.

“Um, uh, no. No, I didn’t. I came to apologize and tell you that I do love you, Y/n.” He finally looked up, his gorgeous hazel eyes staring into yours.

“It’s late, Gray. You should go.” He nodded and you stood from your seat on the couch. You walked to the front door, Grayson following quietly behind you. He wrapped his arms around your waist and lowered his head to the crook of your neck.

“I’m leaving tomorrow.” He murmured. A single tear fell from your eye, but you quickly wiped it away. He pulled away moments later and exited your apartment.

Closing the door, you let out a soft sob. “I love you too, Gray.”

***

Part two of Strangers. Hope you like it! Part three tomorrow!

Part one

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Whisk Me Away (tres)

Well, it’s been a bit, right? If I edit this anymore, I’ll go crazy. So here, have at it. 

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V.I.Ps READ PLEASE

Okay so the fact that T.O.P smoked weed is true, and we can’t do anything about it.


There’s no need to deny it or overprotect him; this would make us just like EXO-Ls and Army-s who always try to cover up their idols’ faults with excuses they make up. 


Once again, WE CAN’T CHANGE WHAT T.O.P DID.


But there is something we can do =
1. Support G-Dragon on his new album 

AND I MEAN IT
GD has always been the one who had the most stress and responsibility, it would be more stressful for him if we don’t give him our full support, he needs us.
2. Don’t listen to what other fans/fake V.I.Ps say, all they do is talk shit, the only thing they want is BB tumbling down
3. If anybody asks you about T.O.P, admit the fact that he smoked weed BUT don’t say anything else, shrug it off like it is unimportant. If we act calm and cool first, other fandoms would eventually forget about this

I know all the real V.I.Ps out there are going to support T.O.P and Bigbang no matter what happens

Remember, BIGBANG IS V.I.P (……..okay that was a little out of the blue forgive me but i really wanted to say this)

any questions, please message me or put in an ask

170520 Kyuhyun Fanmeeting

kyu said 110k for his fm is too expensive he wanted to do 29k…😂

kyu said there is not much on the stage… bc the price is 33k HAHAHAH

kyu says his army enlistment takes up most of his mind now (theres a photo of his brain) then he read out his packing list (eg: skin lotion)

2nd place in his mind is ‘ELF (wearing) rubber shoes’

kyu said he sent his friend to army b4 and that friend broke up with his gf so he is worried about his own enlistment too

3rd: plans for two years! kyu wants to learn piano and singing

kyu also wants to learn languages and cooking 😂

4th: drink healthily.
5th: afreeca TV kyu says he watches it alot

kyu said he did alot of things these days, some things(activities/shows) we dk abt but he cant say.

kyu said after like 12 years he finally sleeps in the dorm’s masterbed room! *victory pose* he says SD doesnt come back often so he’s happy

kyu said sj’s 8jib is coming but to not let everyone be bored, he might or might not have participation in it 👀

kyu is asking questions like “will i master piano?” then he open the book of answers


kyu is doing song req section! but not from fans. its songs that kyu wants kyu to sing

song req: #5 Still

there is only piano and acoustic guitar and not background vocals 😭 his voice is soooo clear

song req #4: ATG

song req 3: 혜성

혜성 = comet, kyu’s jap song

song req 2: love in time!

song req first place: 좋은사람 from his 1jib

kyu said the composer of this song wrote this thinking kyu was enlisting cos gura kept saying on RS in 2014

kyu: i see some empty seats? isit bc the premium sellers failed? ;)

vcr of kyu’s history came out and dont don came out so kyu started dancing😂

next segment is song request from fans!

first song: i dont sing this much ‘the day we felt the distance’

2nd song: u always pick the song i dont sing much! 조연히 안녕!

after singing: i dont like singing this its so hard

3rd song: kyu: Ahhhh!! 🙈 he whispered the song title to the band

i forgot the song title but 😍😍😍 he doesnt ever sing this

kyu saays aside from the recordingg studio, this is the first time he sang this song

its 'smile’!!

next segment: fans msgs to kyu

fan: why dont u make insta?
kyu: when everyone started using it i had this feeling “why must i do everything that every1 does?”

fan: whats ur shoe size
kyu: 265

fan: whats ur foundation no?
kyu: 23 sometimes 21
fans dont believe
kyu went to ask his coordi LMAO its about 21

fan: whys is your expression the same in all album cover?
kyu: thats cos my training period is short

fan: wich member u miss the most?
kyu: …donghae since i missed him out just now

next segment: fans song req of other singers

1st song: its a song i listen to so its a relief “너의 모든 순간 - 성시경

kyu talked about not being able to guest at SSK’s concert next week

2nd song: 만아줘 kyu says its a song he knows but not familiar so he search it on his phone

3rd song: globin ost: Beautiful!!!!!!

messages from RS mcs, NJTTW, SJ members were llayed in a vcr!

new song: 이젠 안녕

kyu believes fans didnt secretly record he doesnt want it to be leaked before the new song is released!!

kyu ask if he should sing another song and we chose Dorothy!!!

he’s imitating ryeoowook and yesung lmao

kyu said its interesting he shall do one more! 雪花! he cant rmb the chinese lyrics so he switch to jpn!

kyu did a photo time with us 😘

new song: 다시 만나는 날

pls dont leak any video or audio of the new songs!

kyu said after he enlist he will greet everyone thru sns once a month on saturday, maybe he will sing….

(kyud0n)

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FREAKNIK: THE MUSICAL (2010)

a musical television special produced by T-Pain. It features the voice of T-Pain as the Ghost of Freaknik, as well as the voices of entertainers such as Lil Wayne, Young Cash, Snoop Dogg, Sophia Fresh, and Rick Ross, and comedians such as Andy Samberg and Charlie Murphy who provide additional voices. It was scheduled to air on Cartoon Network’s late night programming block Adult Swim sometime in 2009, but after several push-backs, it premiered on March 7, 2010. The musical is based on the actual music festival of the same name that used to take place in Atlanta,Georgia.

Why was it special?: IT’S A CELEBRATION OF HIP HOP CULTURE.

Oh-ho-ho, Freaknik is back, BAY-BEE!

What better way to ring in the second to last day of Black Animation Month with this Adult Swim produced movie based on one of the hottest college block parties to ever hit Atlanta, Georgia. In keeping with the spirit of being based on a party, this whole movie feels like one huge party full of music, dancing, and colorful personalities whoopin’ it up. As if that weren’t enough, the cast of this movie is a veritable who’s who of big names in rap who do in fact do some rappin’.

That’s something I love about Adult Swim; they have the pull to bring in a lot of big name stars yet they also enjoy bringing exposure to lots of up and coming artists. Hey, they worked their magic to an extent with Tyler the Creator and the rest of Odd Future.

Anyway, as much of a good time as this movie is it did come under a lot of flack for, in no small words, reinforcing some negative stereotypes about black folks. Ohh yeah, the stereotypes that all black people care about is partying, vanity, finding ways to get out of work, and endlessly coveting material possessions. It’s got all that and more–  but at the same time, look at the company that produced it. Adult Swm is known for having a tongue-in-cheek style of humor where they make fun of everything and everybody. They’re making fun of all these aspects of Black culture by presenting them in a context of relative normalcy for the setting.

To give us some more perspective, let’s turn the table over to Pix.


Freaknik was an interesting project to say the least. An animated semi-musical presented and starring autotune artist T-Pain, as well as the likes of Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Lil Jon and Cee-Lo Green just to name a few. And it’s also kind of based on the legendary black party of parties in 90’s era Atlanta? If I had to sum up my experience with this special using two words, I’d probably say: guilty pleasure.
During its initial premiere, Freaknik got a bit of flack from critics, while some publications like Essence Magazine, pretty much wrote if off as an embarrassment and harmful to black culture. Personally the bemoaning articles and criticism felt more like critics out of touch with the youth. You know, Bill Cosby telling us to pull up our pants moment. And honestly, while the jokes in this special tether just a tad past satire and into stereotypical at times I wouldn’t go so far to call it the entertainment A-Bomb to black culture.
What I had hoped to get from Freaknik was the hip-hop equivalent of Metalacolypse, which is essentially a show about metal culture that makes the jokes about much of metal so absurd, yet strangely kind of true. But its comedic cover also wraps around a dedicated smart love letter to the culture. Brandon Smalls is a true metal head. Heck, the guy even made a concept metal album AFTER creating three soundtracks worth of material for the show. So when he subtly slides in a joke about an infamous black metal artist whose suicide death made a cover, you know its done out of a weird morbid love for the culture.
And Freaknik kind of does that to a degree, but nowhere near on the level that it could like with Metalacolyspe does for metal or Black Dynamite does for Blaxploitation films or the social scene of its time. For every funny joke and nod, like Kid And Play dancing while mentioning that their current party is better than any other “House Party,” they’ve hosted, you’ve got other cheap racially-charged jokes that just sort of fall flat.
But maybe the point of Freaknik isn’t really to over-think it. Perhaps it wasn’t really trying to be a show that’s smarter than it looks on the surface. Maybe in its own way, it’s just trying to force viewers, especially black viewers, to let go and have fun much like the original concept of Freaknik before it all went to shit in the mid to late 90’s.
Who truly knows. But one thing’s for sure, that soundtrack is pretty bumpin’. 


That just reminds me, I gotta get the soundtrack but yeah, that’s pretty much what I thought. Thanks, pal.

TRIVIA

  • A soundtrack was released by Jive Records and Nappy Boy records on April 20, 2010. 
  • The 90-minute uncut version of Freaknik: The Musical has been released on DVD and other forms of home media. 
  • Freaknik: The Musical originally evolved from a failed pilot entitled That Crook’d ‘Sipp which was created by Jacob Escobedo, Nick Weidenfeld, Levell “David Banner” Crump and Mike Weiss. The pilot premiered on television on May 13, 2007.
  • In its original American broadcast on March 7, 2010, Freaknik: The Musical was watched by 797,000 viewers 18-34, making it the second most watched Adult Swim program of that night, behind a rerun of Family Guy.

CLOSING THOUGHTS

I ain’t partied out just yet folks, tomorrow is the final day of Black Animation Month and do I have a special treat for you. IT’s a little something I’ve been looking forward to showcasing for a long-long-long time because it’s something very special to me. Hope you’re ready.