when words fail music speaks

American candy is the junk they get you hooked on. Anything without a heartbeat. The manufactured, manipulative, soulless garbage that is fed to us daily. It is anything that attempts to entertain or please or persuade with complete disregard for integrity and character. It’s everything I don’t want to be or be a part of. I tried to keep this concept in mind when writing the record. Mean what I say and make sure its from some place tangible, some place real. All that said, I didn’t want things to be so heavy this time around. This record is not some political statement or guide to live life by. It’s simply honest. I wanted to keep things mostly light and groovy. If for nothing else, for my psyche. I needed to be better, I needed to feel better. I’m definitely not the phony, bubble gum depiction of happiness they sell you but I’m in a better place nonetheless and I can only hope that is translated through this album and in turn it can brighten someones life or day or moment.   We set out to make a record to let you know that you aren’t alone in feeling lost, and that to be found might not be the point. Maybe it’s merely just to be whatever it is you aim to be.
—  John O'Callaghan (x)

Sea Of Love

Shakespeare Inspired Starters:
  • “Self love is not as vile of a sin as self-negligence.”
  • “I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you’re unarmed.”
  • “You won’t find love where it doesn’t exist and you can’t hide love when it does exist.”
  • “You only know who you are now, not what you’ll become.”
  • “True love never runs smoothly.”
  • “I’m unworthy to follow you.”
  • “Even villains smile.”
  • “I have a method to my madness.”
  • “What are you reading?”
  • “Something smells rotten.”
  • “Even devils have the power to assume a pleasing shape.”
  • “You can’t take anything from me if I’m willing to part with everything.”
  • “All you can take from me is my life.”
  • “I’m unworthy to be with you.”
  • “It’s one thing to be tempted and another to let yourself give in to that temptation.”
  • “A friend is someone who knows who you are, where you have been, accepts what you’ve become, and still allows you to grow.”
  • “Let her/him sleep. When she/he wakes up, she’ll/he’ll move mountains.”
  • “Before you do amazing things, sometimes you have to mess up a little.”
  • “Nothing is good or bad. It’s your thoughts that make them this way.”
  • “The earth has music for those who listen.”
  • “I wouldn’t want it to be anyone else but you.”
  • “I would give everything I had for a drink right now.”
  • “Be true to yourself.”
  • “When sorrows come, they come not as single spies, but in battalions.”
  • "The miserable have no other medicine, but hope.”
  • “Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.”
  • “What’s done cannot be undone.”
  • “The meaning of life is to find your gift, but the purpose of life is to give it away.”
  • “When words fail, music speaks.”
  • “How do you like this play?”
  • “Should I live? Should I die?”
  • “Swear that you won’t say anything?”
  • “It’s better to be three hours too soon than a minute too late.”
  • “There is no darkness, but ignorance.”
  • “Love doesn’t look with the eyes. It looks with the mind.”
  • “Listen to all, but share with a few.”
  • “Laughing is worth the wrinkles.”
  • “But I pray.. why do I still get beaten?”
  • “It is not up to the stars to hold your destiny, but up to yourself.”
  • "Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”
  • “You better endure me speaking my mind if you can’t, then close your ears.”
  • “Doubting leads to destruction.”
  • “Our doubts are traitors.”
  • “I wish the stars would hide their light so no one can see the darkness inside me.”
  • “He/she’s eating me out of house and home!”
  • “What’s in a name?”
  • “Be who you are, not what the world wants you to become.”
  • “Expectation is the root of all heartache.”
  • “It’s easy for people to joke about scars if they’ve never been cut.”
  • “Scars remind us that the past is real.”
  • “Mortals are fools.”
  • “No more ladies/gentlemen. No more.”
  • “It was told by an idiot, full of sound and fury. It meant nothing.”
  • “Though [NAME] is little, she/he is fierce.”
  • “Are you sure we’re awake?”
  • “To me, you are the world.”
  • “Take the pain and be perfect.”
  • “What did I do to deserve this mockery?”
  • “Why do you have to flaunt my insufficiency?”
  • “I see you’re in love by the look in your eye.”
  • “I can’t play a woman! My beard’s growing in!”
  • “Get out of here, you dwarf!”
  • “Why is it that when I curse [NAME], he/she gives me love?”


@stopandimaginelove As another year goes by here’s a ficlet on your special day. Thank you for your incredible ideas, support and absolute readiness to discuss fic ideas with me. Based on an AU idea that just seemed too cute to pass up. Happy Birthday Lynne! 

“Mr. Criss?” a small voice called from the doorway.

Both Chris and Darren turned around and saw a young girl who tucked a strand of hair behind her ear nervously, waiting for further instruction.

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