the bridge to nowhere

Harry Styles Vocal Health on SNL

Hello!  So first and foremost I wan to put out there how much I love Harry and his voice.  Dear god it’s SO COOL and unique.  I love how when he’s in good vocal health he has all these different textures to it- the gruffness of his chest voice, the purity of his falsetto, the power of his belt.  When the studio version of SOTT came out I couldn’t sing his praises enough.  His voice sounded SO HEALTHY.  He was making such good choices!!!  Everything was relaxed and well supported.  He let the song build naturally.  He MUST have gotten some solid vocal training over his break because that isn’t something that can just happen over night.  I was very impressed and very proud.  I was also a bit nervous to see if these changes would hold when he started performing live….and…..it looks like I had good reason to be nervous.  

Here’s the thing. There are a few reasons I’m so hard on Harry in particular when it comes to poor technique. First, compared to the other guys, his technique is the only one that’s actually physically DAMAGING.  Could the other guys benefit from proper training?  Sure.  Of course.  Every singer can.  Even those who have been singing for years still should train on a regular basis.  But the other boys’ bad habits are just that- bad habits.  They aren’t going to do long term damage, not the way Harry’s are.    The second reason is BECAUSE I know he can do (AND HAS DONE!!!!!) so much better!!   I know he’s CAPABLE of so much more and so yeah, I’m hard on him because of that. And finally, I know exactly what he’s doing physically and exactly what’s going through his mind because I have the same exact bad habits and I can see him using the same exact thought process as to why he slips into these again.

Harry is the Ultimate Performer. He wants nothing more than to put on a good show for everyone, even if that means sacrificing his own vocal health.  Now, that’s isn’t a HUGE problem…until it KEEPS happening.  Which is what happened with OTRA.  And possibly might be happening now, although that remains to be seen.  One performance of one song slips into an entire show of this slips into two shows of this slips into the entire tour and wham, you’ve got nodes.  I think the biggest problem with Harry’s performance last night is he doesn’t trust the material or HIMSELF to sell it the way it is.  He feels he needs to overcompensate and big Big and Bold right from the start and that song is not built to be sung that way.  He started at a level that he couldn’t sustain throughout the entire thing and had nowhere to go.  That’s when he ran into trouble.  

As soon as he opened his mouth, I knew it wasn’t going to go well.  Don’t get me wrong, he sounds fantastic in the beginning…but like I said, there was nothing for him to build upon because he already started it at too high a height. His voice sounded raspy to me too, raspier than usual.  That can be caused by a few things- he could have been dehydrated (you can’t sing right if you don’t pee white!), he could have been tired (we know he’s a morning person and that show is pretty late for him), he could have strained his voice at the concert the night before, he could have over rehearsed, he could have smoked a bit.  I don’t know what the cause was, but he didn’t start off the evening in the best vocal health, especially for a song that’s very difficult to sing.  I also think he KNEW that so again, he tried to overcompensate for that by pushing.  

There is so much tension throughout his whole body, particular his shoulders on up.  I’m sure a lot of that is due to nerves.  I’ve said it many times before and I’ll say it again: the SNL stage is one of the hardest venues for artists to play.  There’s something particularly rough about it.  He’s also always had problems tensing up his face when he sings, but it what was particularly striking to me was that he did it during the falsetto parts.  That should have been EASY for him to sing.  That’s something light and relaxed.  Almost a break from the tension of the rest of the song…and yet he looks like he was in pain.  Which makes me wonder if he WAS in pain.  it’s hard to tell, but it almost seems like the second time he does it he pushes it more to a mix than a pure falsetto. 

It’s notable to me how relaxed the second syllable of  “bullets” around 2:44-2:48 is compared to the rest.  THAT is what the whole thing should have sounded like.  it’s relaxed and he’s got a great vibratto on it that comes straight from the diaphragm there- compare that to how tight “bullets” are the second time he sings it in that phrase at 2:58ish-3:04.  Why did you change what you were doing, sir??? In fact, to me it seemed like he KNEW it sounded good the first time and did his cute li’l dance and then came back to it feeling like “yeah I got this…” and then tightened right back up again.  because he didn’t trust himself.  

Thennnnnn the bridge happens.  And this is what i mean by he had nowhere to go.  THIS should have been his first belt it out moment.  but he pushed too hard too quickly and his voice just…wasn’t there.  It was tired.  The first scoop up to the first “we” was off key because of it and I think he knew it which made it even worse and MORE tense to the point where he just didn’t have the vocal agility to flip into his fasletto again for “learn”.  And then we’ve got the “it’s just what we know” which was just a poor choice.  I have a feeling he nailed that MULTIPLE times in rehearsals and mannnnn if he was in good vocal health how killer would that have sounded!??!!?  But instead, we got what’s called harmonic distortion which is SUPER VERY YIKESY AND A BIG SIGN OF HOLYSHITYOU’REDOINGDAMAGE (i sincerely hope he has an appointment with an ENT this week and gets scoped to check that out).   This was another instance of him trying to put on a great show and overcompensate for what he probably felt was lackluster vocals (which for the record WERE NOT THAT BAD.  I’m picking it apart because…well, it’s what I do.  and i don’t think I would have had too much of a problem if it weren’t for the super damaging choices he ended up making).  

From there he’s thinking “Oh shit that was bad…I REALLY fucked up…better step up my game and make the end better!” and once again tries to overcompensate and push a voice that’s already been pushed to the brink.  there just wasn’t more in there for it to give.  He couldn’t sustain it.  He had already given everything that there was go to give.  

When it comes to ESNY, it was a much better performance.  I think it’s partially due to the fact that it’s an easier song to sing and partially due to the fact that he was playing guitar so he wasn’t as much in his head (Side note: CAN YOU BELIEVE HE FINALLY BLESSED US WITH HIS GUITAR SKILLS?????).  His belty part towards the end wasn’t as good as it could have been, but I think that’s just due to the fact that his voice was kinda shot and that’s the best it was going to be.  It wasn’t TERRIBLE and obviously it could have been better, but I am curious to hear the studio version to see if there’s more belting that he just wasn’t comfortable with last night.  I could have done without the facial affectations because it just adds more tension and tension is bad, kiddos  But I think it’s a stylistic choice and I’m trying to pick my battles here.  Additionally, as we’ve seen in gif form his li’l neck vein was popping out so yeah he was tensing up pretty good there…but again, it wasn’t as terrible as it could have been since the song itself isn’t as taxing vocally.  

All in all, the performances were great, especially if you’re not as picky as I am. I know this was his first time singing live in well over a year and SNL is high stress and it’s his first time out there ALONE.  I’m curious to see what happens on Graham Norton and if he improves his technique. I’m also really curious to see how he’ll be on tour as well. I do wonder if he’ll lower the key of SOTT so it’s not as taxing.  No one would really notice and it would make things a little easier on him. It’s just frustrating because I know he has it in him to do it well.  We’ve HEARD him do it well.  But he just doesn’t trust himself enough to do that and that kind of breaks my heart a little.  Thankfully, he’s young and has time to learn.  He can still break these habits and make new, healthier ones and learn to trust himself more.

BUDDY.  YOU GOT THIS.  YOU HAVE AN AMAZING VOICE.  YOU ARE A FANTASTIC SONGWRITER.  YOU HAVE GREAT TECHNIQUE WHEN YOU PUT YOUR MIND TO IT.  YOU ARE A KILLER SHOWMAN WITH A TON OF CHARISMA.  PLEASE TRUST THESE THINGS AND STOP PUSHING YOURSELF BECAUSE I DON’T WANT TO SEE YOU DAMAGE ANYTHING.  

Love,

B <3 

Before

Alright, so I’m been working on this little beauty for a while now. (I actually started it on Harry’s birthday and then lost track of it). It’s now turned into a two-parter that kind of stemmed from this prompt:

Whenever you get the chance, can you do a blurb where harry and her share a group of friends since elementary school and as they grow up they date and then they break up and its kind of awkward because they have to see each other all the time because of their friends? 

But I changed it a bit to fit the story. This is part 1. Part 2 will be called “After”, and will pick up directly where this one left off. I’m not sure how long it’ll take me to finish part 2, but I’m excited to work on it so I will start it as soon as I get a chance!

I hope you enjoy this. It’s the first long story I’ve written all month, other than my Valentine’s Day one, and it feels good to pound out 5000 words again. :)

Let me know what you think and if you’re excited for Part 2!!

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If one look was worth a thousand words, you and Harry always wrote a novel to each other.

You had spotted him across the patio, watching him surrounded by friends, laughing and having a fantastic time, drink in hand and smile on his face. Seeing him so happy, you couldn’t help but smile as well. His happiness was still important to you, even after all this time. You were clearly still important to him as well – he had invited you to his birthday party, after all – but there was a wall up between the two of you that had been there for a few years now, and neither of you seemed to be able to break it down again.

He had spotted you as well, watching him from across the room, and shot you a quick smile and nod to indicate that he had seen you and was seemingly happy to see you there. But he didn’t beckon you over and you made no move to get any closer. He was surrounded by a ton of people – some you knew and some you didn’t – and you didn’t feel right about intruding on that.

You didn’t want to say that Harry had invited you to his party out of obligation, but it was no secret that the two of you weren’t exactly bffs anymore. Ever since the breakup a few years back, things had been a bit tense and, as much as you had both attempted to keep things friendly, it was tough.

The break up hadn’t been easy. You had dated for about six months, gotten quite close, but then just gradually started to realize that your lives were going down two completely different paths and that it was probably best to put an end to things sooner, rather than later, so the transition would be a bit easier for both of you. But, although the sentiment was mutual, it wasn’t a welcome decision for either of you.

The biggest problem with having so many mutual friends was that meeting up with Harry again was inevitable. You could always both tell that the other was trying to be extra polite and extra accommodating and trying so, so hard not to make things awkward or uncomfortable, which usually just ended up making things even more awkward and uncomfortable.

When he had invited you to his party, you knew that he was just doing it to be polite because you had happened to walk in on a conversation between Harry and Jeff talking about the party, and Harry didn’t want to be rude. Somehow, you had all ended up at a Kings of Leon concert together with a large group of friends and you were walking to grab your coat when the party conversation had come up.

Harry had silently cursed Jeff for being so loud and obnoxious about the upcoming birthday party. It wasn’t that Harry didn’t want you there – the more the merrier; you were still his friend, after all – but it was awkward because he hadn’t invited you and now you were standing right there while Jeff was going on and on about how many people were coming and what music there would be and when the food was going to be ready, and Harry was looking as if he had purposely asked everyone else in his life other than you.

“You’re uh, welcome to come, of course,” Harry had said, trying to salvage the situation, “S’all really casual and everything.”

You, not wanting to be rude, had accepted the invite but spent the next few days with your stomach in knots over the party and what would happen while it was going on. It wasn’t as if it was an intimate gathering with just you and Harry, but you were still going to his birthday party as an ex-girlfriend.

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Meeting Prince Sidon

Originally posted by potionxshop

Requested by @valtang thank you for the request~ I’ll get started on the ones for Revali and Teba soon ^^



   You had been traveling for days once you had reached the Zora River, you were trying to make your way up to the Akkala Highlands to the Aincent Tech Lab. You had been researching guardians for the past couple years and were hoping to continue your research on them, so when heard there was a man  there that new more about them, you had to go. But, you hadn’t expected your trip there to take so long and were now running low on supplies. “I should really find a place to stay…” you sighed as you continued down the path. After a few minutes of walking you reached a bridge. As is out of nowhere you heard a voice from above you call out, “Helloooo~! Hello down there!” you looked up to see a Zora man peering down at you from one of the pillars, you gave him a wave and yelled out “Hello there!”. He took a closer look at you “Ah! A Hylian? What brings you to the Zora River? There aren’t any towns nearby, you must have been traveling for ages! he gasped. “I was making my way to Akkala but I seem to have gotten lost. So now I’m looking for a place to stock up on food, the highlands are further away than I had anticipated..” you sighed. “Oh dear, I’m afraid Akkala is quite a ways away from here, but maybe I could be of help to you!” Suddenly the man jumped down from the ledge onto the bridge in front of you, making you jump back in surprise, he was much taller than you and practically towered over you, you had never met a Zora before, are they all this tall? you wondered  “Allow me to introduce myself, I am Prince Sidon of the Zora! And who might you be?” he said as he held his hand out to shake yours. Goodness, a prince? What was he doing out so far away from his kingdom? “Oh, nice to meet you Sidon, my name is f/n, f/n l/n.” you shook his hand and he gave you a warm smile. “Well, y/n, since you’ve been traveling for so long, you should find a place to rest! There’s a store back in Zora’s Domain that you could find the supplies you need and there’s an inn you could stay, I can imagine you are  tired from your journey. I can take you there!” he said with a big toothy grin. You two had only just met and he was already offering to help you, “Oh, that would be great!” you exclaimed. “Wonderful! Zora’s Domain is just up the river, so it shouldn’t take long to get there! Come on, this way!” he had already started up the path, you caught up beside him and the two of headed towards Zora’s Domain.
   On the way up there Sidon had explained to you how he had been looking for this legendary hero, and about how the divine beast that had once protected the Zoras was now causing great trouble for them. He told you of his plan to find the hero and to gain back control of Ruta and help put a stop to Calamity Ganon and you told him of the guardians that once helped in the fight against Ganon and how you wanted to learn more about them. You barely even knew Sidon, yet talking to him felt like talking to a life-long friend. After a while, you two reached your destination, “Here we are~! Zora’s Domain!” Sidon beamed. There in front of you stood an elegant, large structure suspended above the water, with waterfalls cascading off the sides and trickling down the staircases, the pillars had a slight blue glow to them and in the center was a statue of a Zora girl holding a trident, who you assumed to be the champion of the Zoras from 100 years ago. You had never seen a place as beautiful as this before! Sidon looked over at you and chuckled when saw you looking around in amazement. “It’s beautiful here isn’t it? I truly am thankful that I and my people are able to live in a place like this.” he said with a smile “But I fear that with Ruta stirring up all this trouble that it might not last for long.. That’s why I was looking for the hero! Maybe we can put a stop to this and gain back control of her and finally put an end to Calamity Ganon!” he said with a triumphant pose “–Ahem- Sorry, I got carried away!” he smiled and rubbed the back of his head. “Oh right! The Inn is this way!”. As the two of you made your way over you were greeted by the innkeeper, Kodah “Hi~!” she said with a wave. “Hello Kodah! My friend y/n here is in need of a place to stay, you wouldn’t happen to have a room open tonight would you?” “Ah! Of course, right this way!” she lead the way to your room. You looked up at Sidon and thanked him for helping you “It’s no problem! I hope to see you in the morning, I can show you around the kindgom and maybe you could tell me more about the guardians, it could help in taking back control of Ruta! But until then, you should get some rest, sleep well dear y/n~!” he said with a warm smile.
..Somehow you knew tomorrow was going to be a great day.

I was a criminal investigator and was walking home alone when a serial killer that I was trying to find, started chasing me and then I hid under a bridge and watched as my friend appeared from nowhere, only for the murderer to kill him. I chased him and we caught him in a house, but Tyler and Josh from TOP were there and they ran away because they thought he was going to kill them, and he killed everyone, including two teenage girls trying to hide in a locker, and then his dog came up to me and I started petting him and then I woke up.

anonymous asked:

intense make out sessions with the bois??( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

yES- 
(∩ ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)━☆゚. * 。゚ I am here to write your sins~
(This post turned out very long, so I only wrote for some of the boys. The second part will be published in a few weeks!)
→ NSFW WARNING!! ← (Like… it gets pretty ”bad”, so watch out. But, hey… I do not write smut, so it’s probably going to be trash- and mistakes. Sorry about any mistakes. Can’t forget about mistakes.)

Shuichi Saihara 

  • It all started because of you.
  • After a long, busy day of school/work, you and Saihara have decided to visit this maid café you’ve stumbled upon on your way home.
  •  At first, everything was going… alright. After ordering, the two of you were having a small conversation until two of the six maids stopped by to check up on you.
  • You didn’t mind them at first, but as time passed by, you started to get annoyed with them to the point where you pinched the bridge of your nose in irritation.
  • Out of nowhere, one of the maids took Saihara’s hat just as you were about to open your mouth, while the other started playing with his hair.
  • …okay then.
  • Saihara, being the poor, defenseless boy he was, didn’t know what to say as a third maid came into your… “conversation”, taking his hand into hers as a small smirk played on her lips.
  • …Huh.
  • Okay.
  • H e l l  n o.
  • Getting up from the table, in anger, you ran over to your embarrassed boyfriend, grabbing him by the collar before smashing your lips onto his.
  • That rough, unexpected kiss you just gave him turned into a heavy, full make-out session in about 2 seconds, leaving all three of the maids to watch you in disgust.
  • But who could blame them? Saihara was drooling, moaning between the kisses and even choking as you didn’t give him a moment to breath.
  • …you got kicked out.

Rantaro Amami 

  • Ever since you started a relationship with Rantaro, your family has been dying to judge meet him. So, after a small talk with your green haired boyfriend, you have decided to introduce him to your parents.
  • Like with Saihara, everything was going alright at first. Both your mother and father seemed to love Rantaro, as well as your siblings.
  • Then, after you had this awkward dinner with everyone, Rantaro got… weird.
  • He was shifting in his seat at random moments, turning his gaze to your cat/dog just to avoid looking you in the eyes.
  • When you had enough of him, you excused yourself, grabbing his head and dragging him into the living room.
  • “Okay, what the hell is wrong with you?”
  • For a second, he didn’t respond as his cheeks were kissed a bright pink. He was… just staring at you with a pair of lifeless eyes, making you feel extremely uncomfortable.
  • When you at least expected it, he pointed down without a word.
  • You didn’t understand at first, as you thought he was pointing at the ground… before your eyes met his “standing friend”.
  •  …oh.
  • “Are you kidding me? Why now?!”
  • He didn’t know either, and, in all seriousness, he was way more confused than you were at the moment.
  • It took a few seconds for you to calm down, as you were about to go on rant about how “getting happy in your parent’s house wasn’t a good thing”. 
  • After a few seconds full of silence, you suddenly (yet once again) started dragging the your boyfriend without his consent towards the bathroom.
  • The abrupt chilliness of the room made the both of you wish to get out as soon as you got it, but there was no way you were meeting your parents with him being in his current state.
  • Just as you locked the door, your confused boyfriend finally took the hint and whispered a small “thank you” before grabbing your hips, forcing you to face him before landing a quick kiss on your lips.
  • From running his fingers along your hips to sinking his teeth into your neck, he never once let go of your trembling body. A few sounds even came out from you, letting him know that he could keep going.
  • He even attacked your unsuspecting mouth more than once, letting his hot tongue slip in and explore you.
  • When you thought he had enough, he pressed himself against you and somehow managed to take your shirt off, leaving your skin exposed for him to see and touch.
  • “…huh. It’s no fun when I’m the only one touching. Hey… do you also want play with my body?”
  • His voice was enough to drive you over the edge as you quickly nodded, feeling your body burn under his touch.
  • …wait just a second.
  • What.. what was that soun-
  • “What the hell’s going on in there?!”

Kokichi Oma

  • “Wow~ So this is (Y/n)-chan’s room!”
  • Having your boyfriend come to your house in the middle of the night was challenging enough, but this was just ridiculous. 
  • He was… checking out your room, observing every little thing he laid his eyes on with a bright smile on his face- the bed, the lamp, the pencils on your desk, the huge teddy bear sitting right next to the window- you name it.
  • “Why are you here…? Actually, no. Don’t answer. I’m… going back to sleep.”
  • You were too tired to even listen to his lies, and so you slowly started making your way towards the bed, the wooden floor creaking under your feet before a pair of skinny arms warped around your waist, scaring the living hell out of you.
  • “(Y/n)-chan, I came all the wait just to see you… don’t be a meanie! Didn’t you miss me?!”
  • And he was 100% teasing you again.
  • In irritation, you pushed him away and threw yourself onto the bed, nearly bumping your head into one of the walls… but you couldn’t care less. 
  • Sleep was the only thing on your mind at the moment, so…
  • …?
  • HOLY COW-
  • You suddenly felt something warm yet heavy land on your back, nearly chocking you and making you desperately gasp for air a few seconds later.
  • For some reason, you still felt pain in most parts of your body, so you couldn’t help but let a low moan escape your lips as a single tear raced down on your cheek.
  • Looking over your shoulder, you noticed Oma through your blurry vision.. staring at you with a blank expression on his face. He wasn’t moving… at all. And you had the feeling he will not be moving anytime soon.
  • “Hey, hey… I’ve been thinking, you know…”
  • Oh God.
  • “We have been together for a very long time…”
  • Oh no, no-
  • “We should deepen our relationship, don’t you think?”
  • Before you had the time to try and push him away from your body, Oma gently kissed the skin of your neck, earning a small moan from you. He then proceeded to leave more kisses down your neck and onto your shoulder, before stopping, his hot breath glued to your burning skin.
  • “Hey… should I be rough or should I be gentle? How can I make you beg for it? I want to touch you, (Y/n)… so much…”
  • Your body was a trembling mess, not only because of the pleasure you were feeling at the moment, but also because hearing Oma speak your name without honorifics was killing you.
  • “…Hey.”
  • As you glanced at him, your eyes met his lustful ones for just a moment, before they disappeard from your sight.
  • “…A…ah~! …ngh…~ O-Oma, what are you doing…?!”
  • “Don’t worry, I’ll just play with you for a bit, (Y/n)-chan~! Nishihi~”
4

I know @pixelatedpeaches is really excited about my help with their legacy, but there’s no need to shower me with praise and riches.  I just see a story that needs to be told.  Just doing my job.


“But Sean, this is all so sudden.  I barely know you!” Amber cried just as their wardrobe changed and music filled the air.

Just in time
I found you just in time
Before you came my time
Was running low

I was lost
The losing dice were tossed
My bridges all were crossed
Nowhere to go

Now you’re here
And now I know just where I’m going
No more doubt or fear
I’ve found my way

For love came just in time
You found me just in time
And changed my lonely life
That lovely day

Now you’re here
And now I know just where I’m going
No more doubt or fear
‘Cause I’ve found my way

For love came just in time
You found me just in time
And changed my
Lonely life that lovely
Lonely life that lovely
Lonely life that lovely day

Amber and Sean broke into a perfectly choreographed dance number.  When the song finally ended, Amber drew closer to Sean.  “How did we even do that?  I’ve never taken a dance class in my life?”

Sean gave a little shrug.  “Some things are meant to be.  Will you marry me?”

“Yes!  Yes I will marry you, Sean, even though I just met you five minutes ago and don’t even know your last name!”

(Part 3 of 4)

Motivational* Slenderverse Quotes

If I’m totally honest, 2016 has been a thoroughly execrable year for reasons that, to quote Noah Maxwell, “ranged from dispiriting to insipid to insidious” -both personally for many of us, myself included, and generally for the world at large. So it’s at times like these where the stories most resonant to me are the ones whose rare glimmers of hope will acknowledge that things aren’t okay, or even motivate out of spite alone, but persist nonetheless… anyways, I hope the quotes under the cut help you out a bit like they helped me.

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Carrie and Lowell - Two Year Anniversary

Two years ago, Carrie and Lowell was released. At that time, I was unable to tell how much that album impacted me. A lot has happened during the past two years, both good and bad. I have experienced loss, like we all do. Moments of darkness, like we all do and times of complete despair, like we all do. This album taught me that the past is a bridge to nowhere, and how there are always things that make you continue on the hectic, chaotic and sometimes unbearable path of life. This album was unable to express things that I could not phrase myself. It has helped me grieve through my own personal experiences and for that, I am so thankful. Seeing this album performed was another experience all together. Thank you for Carrie and Lowell @thesufjanstevensmodel5000 and I cannot believe that it’s two years old. After all, every single time I put it on, it still makes me feel the same way I did when I first heard it.