In light of Amber’s recent Instagram posts [x,x] I have decided to make a masterpost of all of the MVs that Amber and her fellow f(x) members have been in to show my support for Amber and f(x). Please continue to love and support Amber and f(x) however you can. Also if I have left anything out please feel free to add it on the end.
I worked for four years at Borders Books & Music. During the time I worked there, I got a reputation for being good at finding stuff and recommending books. I was the one the other sellers would come to when a customer had one of those “It had a blue cover” questions. My best dude friend B (who I met working at Borders) likes to tell the story about how he was attempting to help a woman who could only tell him that she wanted a book about this woman who took a vacation from marriage. He was stumped, until (in his words), I suddenly appeared out of nowhere and said “Do you mean ‘A Year by the Sea’ by Joan Anderson?” Which she did.
But that wasn’t my magic moment.
One time, the Columbus newspaper featured a little semi-self-published book about grammar written by a local woman. I know, it seems like an odd trend, but there you go. Fortunately I’d had a heads-up about this feature and had ordered thirty copies of the book to have on hand. I was working at the info desk and for expediency just kept about ten copies right there so when people came up asking for it, I could give it to them.
After awhile of working retail, you get to be able to read people’s faces and what it is they want. There’s a particular expression that says “I’m looking for a thing but I’m pretty sure you’re not going to know what I’m talking about but I’m going to try anyway” and every single person who had come in asking for the grammar book had been wearing this expression.
Around noon, and after having sold a good dozen of those books, I’m standing there and a woman comes walking up wearing the exact expression I just described. I decided to risk it. Before she could even open her mouth to ask for it, I just picked up a copy of the grammar book and handed it to her with a smile, saying “Here you go!”
She stared at it, and then stared at me. “How did you know??” she said.
“Bookseller magic,” I replied.
She wandered off to pay for it, still kind of shocked. I looked around and my co-workers were all staring at me like I’d grown a second head.
“ Before the song is released there are a couple things I’d like to share.
This song took me a lot of courage to write because I was always
apprehensive of the subject it talked about. I’ve been doing this job
for a long time and right now I speak not as Amber of f(x) nor
“celebrity” Amber, but just Amber. Just plain, simple, human Amber.
“Borders” is more than a song; no glamorous concepts, no “trying to be
cool.” Its a raw and real story about reality. Its shares, not only
about my personal experiences but of people very close to me. Everyone
involved in this project- the producers, my team DPR, the actors, to the
staff- were people specifically chosen as they have never given up on
me and believed in my vision. For that, I want to thank them for making
this possible for me. When you guys listen to “Borders”, there is just
one thing i wish everyone could take from it: NEVER give up on yourself.
There is always hope in the midst of this dark, demanding world. In the
end, live for those that did not get the chance to and just keep
fighting. Always, thank you you guys. You guys made it possible.“
<b>david bowie:</b> aliens, lots of art, fashion and history<p/><b>iggy pop:</b> zines and endless gifs of stagediving and other extremely risky behaviour<p/><b>lou reed:</b> punk art and guitar tech. endless guitar reviews and vague bitching<p/><b>t rex:</b> glitter aesthetics, fashion, hippy stuff, fashion recs<p/><b>roxy music:</b> artsy pretentious erotica bordering on porn. lots of nude ladies everywhere and it's all bryan ferry's fault<p/><b>brian eno:</b> like roxy music, but less porn and sometimes weird, surreal art and weird, surreal erotica. may have ero guro<p/><b>jobriath:</b> gay erotica, cabaret, and lots of clowns. shitposts about being gay a lot<p/></p><b>sparks:</b>obscure cinema, snarky bullshit and premium shitposts and intra-band, brotherly shitpost battles<p/></p>
On this day in music history: March 22, 1974 - “On The Border”, the third album by the Eagles is released. Produced by Bill Szymczyk and Glyn Johns, it is recorded at Olympic Studios in London and The Record Plant in Los Angeles, CA from October 1973 - January 1974. After the somewhat lukewarm response to their sophomore album “Desperado”, the Eagles start work on their third album with Glyn Johns. Looking to grow and evolve musically, Glenn Frey and Don Henley especially want to move beyond the country rock sound of the first two albums, adopting a harder rock edge. It’s a decision that meets with resistance from Johns, weary from having previously worked with bands like The Rolling Stones, The Who and Led Zeppelin, tells them point blank “you’ll never be that”. The band are also chafing at the amount of control that the producer exercises in the studio over their sound during recording and mixing. After six weeks in the studio, tensions boil over, and the Eagles fire Glyn Johns. Tossing out all but two songs from the initial sessions, the band return back home to Los Angeles to start again. Johns is replaced by producer and engineer Bill Szymczyk, best known for his work with B.B. King, The James Gang and Joe Walsh. Developing an instant rapport, the sessions go smoothly from there. While recording the track “A Good Day In Hell”, guitarist Bernie Leadon invites his friend Don Felder to play slide guitar on the song when he is unable to nail the part. Frey and Henley are impressed by Felder’s virtuosity, and ask him to become the bands second guitarist, making the Eagles a quintet. Once released, “On The Border” is well received by the public, helping them rebound from the initial tepid sales of “Desperado”. It spins off three singles including “Already Gone” (#32 Pop), “James Dean” (#77 Pop) and “Best Of My Love” (#1 Pop), the later becoming the Eagles biggest hit to date. Remastered and reissued on CD in 1999, the album is reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP by Rhino Records in 2014, individually and as part of a box set of the bands first seven studio albums. “On The Border” peaks at number seventeen on the Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
Did anybody else feel cheated during that crossover? Cause I expected more than what we got. Now I’m not saying it was the worst episode ever, in fact there was quite a bit to enjoy, but here’s a few things I would’ve changed.
1. More flushing out of The Music Meister’s character: If I’m being honest, I’m still scratching my head cause I’m still wondering who or what this guy even was. Was he supposed to be an alien, or an Imp? They literally tell us nothing about him. All we know is, he’s some guy with weird powers who can sing, hop dimensions, and knows every thing about all the main characters. And for that matter, his powers didn’t make much sense either.
2. Needed more music in his powers: He puts them both in a dreamworld and in doing so gets their powers….ok, then why do they call him The Music Meister? Keep in mind, he said that it was Barry and Kara who created the musical world, not him. And well, besides his singing, which now that I think about it, he didn’t do that much of, his abilities weren’t all that musical. I mean, why not make him have a whole range of musical abilities? When he first put the whammy on Kara, I thought the glare in his eyes were keyboards. Can you imagine if they actually were keyboards? And the music beams that Music Meister had in his wand in “Brave and the Bold”, they could’ve been beams he shot from his hands. Or better yet, you could’ve also given him his natural ability of controlling people through music, you know, the one he had when he was created in the first place? I mean, you missed out on all these creative chances, especially if he’s an Imp, and I just feel there wasn’t enough music in him to call him The Music Meister.
3. The setting could’ve been way more creative: Again, if he’s an Imp, why did he have to put them in a dream sequence? Imps have the power to literally warp reality itself, that’s why so many people, including myself, thought that Mxyzptlk was gonna be the villain for this episode (Which by the way, is it me, or do Mxyzptlk and Music Meister dress the same? Just different colors). I mean if he wanted to, he could’ve turned the real world into the 1940s movie musical setting, that would’ve been way more creative. Or better yet, just drop the 1940s setting entirely and keep it in the modern world, like it was supposed to be. And for that matter, how in the hell did Barry have a musical number at the end if he was back in the real world? You mean he managed to get an entire song number from just his phone? I don’t know what app he’s using, but I want it.
4. It needed more musical numbers: I mean I wasn’t expecting a two disk soundtrack or anything like that, but I at least expected more than five musical numbers. And also, why were two of the songs covers? Ok “Moon River” I can kind of understand, but not “Put a Little Love In Your Heart”, I mean that song was made in 1969, it doesn’t even fit the time period. Why not just have all covers or all originals? And also, why didn’t Darren Criss get a full solo number? I mean he’s supposed to be The Music Meister, he should’ve at lest gotten one full song.
5. It should’ve been Alex and not Mon-El: Yea, you’ve heard just about everybody else say this, and I one hundred percent agree. Just for starters, why wasn’t Chyler Leigh in the episode? I mean, have you guys just forgotten that she has a beautiful singing voice? But more importantly, why on God’s green earth would Alex, the Alex who pulled Kara out of the Black Mercy dream, the Alex who flew into space to save Kara, let Mon-El go with a comatose Kara to an alternate Earth without her? Speaking as a sibling myself, if the same situation were to happen to my sister, I wouldn’t let Mon-El near her. And before you say, “oh because it had to be about true love", let’s go to our next topic.
6. Why did it have to be about love?: Why couldn’t it have just been a fun filler episode with singing and dancing and not relating to the plot at all, like I was expecting it to be. Instead, it’s turned into an incredibly lame gimmick to just get Barry back with Iris and Kara back with that walking, talking, annoying plot point. Actually, I think that portion is what made me not like this episode so much. I mean, ok, I can let Barry and Iris getting back together pass. But for God’s sake, you couldn’t have even waited 24 hours before Kara got back together with tall, dark, and blandsome? And you’re seriously going to compare Barry and Iris’ romance with Kara and Mon-El? That what they have is true love? I believe that about as much as I believe in the tooth fairy.
7. How is Music Meister on the news in the future?: Yea, remember? One of the news articles from the future said “Music Meister gets six figure book deal”. How? How does the public know who he is? How does he get that name if it’s just something that Barry randomly called him? And furthermore, the biggest plot hole of them all, why did no one notice that? Yea, they throw his name around a few times, and that’s it. They don’t bring up the news article, they don’t mention Savitar, absolutely nothing.
8. Why was The Music Meister not a villain?: They take one of the most fresh and original villains, not to mention one of the more creative ones, and turn him into some inter dimensional Cupid? You resort him to just some guy who’s purpose was to get the couples back together? Why? Someone, please tell me why. We already had the Valentine’s Day episode, let them be broken up, or at least give it a few more episodes.
Eight, that is eight ways this episode could have easily been fixed. Now how is that me, an amateur writer on Tumblr can think of these things, and yet the guys who get paid for it can’t? Anyone? Well all I know is, the episode was just ok, but it could’ve been a hell of a lot better. This has been another editorial by That Writer Guy.