Archive for October, 2015

Play, Repeat: My Current Song Obsession #11 Special Halloween Edition

This Is Halloween- Danny Elfman

There is nothing more I love to hear and put me in the Halloween spirit than this song. It instantly brings back childhood memories and also makes me want to watch The Nightmare Before Christmas.  This song uses clever rhyming to show the many tricks and treats of Halloween Town. It’s what I would call a Halloween “carol” so to speak. The music is mischievous and energetic.

The Nightmare Before Christmas original motion picture soundtrack was originally released the same year as the film in 1993.  The soundtrack was then re-issued in 2006 with a bonus disc that contained covers of songs as well as demos. All of the music was written and composed by Danny Elfman. Another album was released in 2008 named Nightmare Revisited that consisted of covers of the songs. I would highly recommend checking out the original soundtrack, it is one of my favorites.


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Play, Repeat: My Current Song Obsession #10

Muse- Starlight

This song has a child like wonder when the keyboards kick in. The drum beat is blended in along with the poetic lyrics to create ‘Starlight’.  The music is very upbeat and is very recognizable. I really enjoy the ending verse to the song “Hold you in my arms, I just wanted to hold, You in my arms, I just wanted to hold”, the way I discovered this song by chance. I was curious about the band after playing Guitar Hero 3 and hearing ‘Knights of Cydonia ‘ and led me to the album Black Holes & Revelations. 

Muse formed in 1994 in Teignmouth, Devon. The band consists of 3 members and have released to date 7 studio albums as well as 2 live albums. Black Holes & Revelations is the fourth studio album and was released in 2006. I would definitely recommend giving this album a listen there are many other songs that are well worth the time.

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Play, Repeat: My Current Song Obsession #9

Break Of Reality- Lateralus by Tool (Cello Cover)

I think this is a breath of fresh air. I admire the creativity and combination of different genres of music all mashed together to form something so beautiful. The sound of this cover is soothing yet fierce. The combination of the three cellos along with drums creates a blend of both a classical feel with the freedom of rock.

Break Of Reality formed in 2004 in Rochester, New York. The group consists of three cellists and a percussionist. The band has released a total of five albums: Voiceless (2004), The Sound Between (2006), Spectrum Of The Sky (2009), Covers (2012) and Ten (2014). Break of Reality also gives back to the music community they have an education outreach program which consists of different workshops from transcribing music to an open rehearsal with the band. I am looking forward to listening to some more albums from this band. If you get a chance I recommend checking out the album Covers.  

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October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month

breast cancer ribbon

Breast Cancer- begins when normal cells in the breast change and grow uncontrollably forming a mass called a tumor.

2015 Symposium: Highlights Notable advances in Breast Cancer research-

Types of Breast Cancer: Most breast cancer starts the ducts or lobes.

Ductal Carcinoma- Accounts for 75%. It begins in the cell lining of the milk ducts.

Lobular Carcinoma- Cancer that begins in the lobules.

The difference between the two is determined by a pathologist who examines a tumor sample removed during a biopsy.

Invasive or Infiltrating Ductal or Lobular Carcinoma- when the disease has spread outside of the duct or lobule and into the surrounding tissue.

Cancer that is located only in the duct or lobule is called situ meaning “in place”.  How situ grows, spreads and is treated depend on whether it  is Ductal Carcinoma in situ (DCIS) or Lobular Carcinoma in situ (LCIS). Most situ cancers are DCIS.

LCIS is not considered a cancer and is usually monitored by doctors.

Less common types of Breast Cancer: Medullary, mucinous, tubular, metaplastic and papillary.

Very uncommon: Inflammatory breast cancer- A faster growing cancer that accounts for 1%-5%. It may be misdiagnosed as a breast infection because there is often swelling of the breast and redness of the breast skin that starts suddenly.

Pagat’s Disease-type of cancer that begins in the ducts of the nipple. The skin often appears scaly and may be itchy. Although it is usually an situ it can also be an invasive cancer.

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Lumps that feel like a hard knot (Many women normally have lumpy breast) or thickening in the breast or under the arm.
  • Change in the size or shape of the breast
  • Nipple tenderness, discharge (may occur suddenly, be bloody or occur only in one breast) or physical changes such as nipple turned inward or a persistant sore
  • Skin irritation or changes such as puckers, dimples, scaliness or new creases
  • Warm red swollen breasts with or without a rash resembling the skin of an orange ( called peau d’orange)
  • Pain in the breast ( usually not a symptom of breast cancer but it should be reported to a doctor especially if pain doesn’t go away)

Prevention: Self breast exams and annual mammograms.

Also if you haven’t already please read these previous posts!!!

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