2016 has been a hard year for celebrities. It only seems to be getting worse.
Losing our witty, intelligent, beautiful Carrie Fisher was hard enough without losing her equally as amazing mother Debbie Reynolds the next day.
So I have a few people to thank here.
I want to thank Carrie Fisher, for helping me adventure through space. I want to thank her for completely affirming in my mind that women are wonderful, powerful beings who will not be seen as less than men, or seen as more than men either. But that that we are all equal in this life.
I want to thank Debbie Reynolds for taking me to Halloweentown every Halloween since I could remember. And helping teach me that imagination, and a little fun, has no age limit.
I want to thank Anton Yelchin for playing Charlie Bartlett. And making me feel like it’s okay to reach out, and get help. And that no matter how hopeless you may feel there is someone who would help me. Or anyone. I want to thank him for taking me with him through space.
I want to thank David Bowie. His music is legendary. I have found myself listening to his wonderful voice for hours. And for Labrynth. A movie I watched everytime I had to stay home from school sick. Or whenever I needed a pick me up. And for his brief cameo in Bandslam, that only proves that hard work and determination pays off in the end.
I want to thank Alan Rickman, for playing a man in love so deeply that it never fades. Even when she married someone else, and even in death. He taught me that love and loyalty are things to put above all else. Alan Rickman has always been one of my favourite actors, so it feels right to thank him for all the good times he’s given me without even trying.
I want to thank George Micheal, and Wham! for producing music that I’ve spent hours listening to.
I want to thank Zsa Zsa Gabor for countless classic movies, and for showing that being feminine doesn’t mean anything but that. I doesn’t make you any less powerful.
I want to thank Leonard Cohen specifically for making that beautiful song, but also for being the person who my grandma looked up to more than anyone else.
I want to thank Gene Wilder for not only countless classic movies, but also for teaching me that there is no age limit to fun.
I want to thank Muhammed Ali for teaching everyone that no amount of success will ever be enough to warrant not helping others. And for teaching me that giving up is only an option for those willing to live with dissappointing themselves.
I want to thank Prince for his music. And for his individuality. And for teaching me that self expression and individuality are not weaknesses.
And thank you to the others who’ve been idolized and passed this year, because although I may not have known their talent, or their work, but someone , somewhere did. So thank you to:
- Liz Smith - Rick Partfitt - Andrew Sachs - Pete Burns - Bobby Vee - Alexis Arquette - Caroline Abherne - Carla Lane - Victoria Wood - David Gest - Denise Robertson - Ronnie Corbett - Paul Daniels - Harper Lee - Sir Terry Wogan
Well then get your shit together. Get it all together and put it in a backpack, all your shit, so it’s together. …and if you gotta take it somewhere, take it somewhere ya know? Take it to the shit store and sell it, or put it in a shit museum. I don’t care what you do, you just gotta get it together… Get your shit together.
is the third album by band Manilla Road, the band fully embraced heavy metal wholeheartedly , leaving behind the space, progressive and hard rock influences which could be found on the two previous albums.
The Riddle Master and The Veils Of Negative Existence are among the highlights of the album. And the epic masterpiece Dreams Of Eschaton/Epilogue ends the album perfectly. The epic feel is enchanted by the fact that the songs seems to made around a concept.
Crystal Logic is a classic and beautifully composed and performed album; one of Manilla Road’s best.
Mark Shelton’s warbling, somewhat nasal vocal style might not sound brittle enough to get over with some extreme metal fans; but his slashing guitar playing is simply beyond reproach, boasting an inventiveness and electrifying attack worthy of the era’s best major market heavy metal guitar heroes.
Crystal Logic was ranked number 344 in Rock Hard magazine’s book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time