The world lost an absolute treasure. David Bowie broke the mold and paved the way for music and the acceptance of gender fluidity. He inspired so many people, whether it be musicians or every day people just looking for a reason to get up in the morning. "Oh no, love. You're not alone!" Bowie brought forth a message of hope. A message that said, "Things might be shitty now, but you'll get through it. You'll always get through it." He was the light in the dark for so many people, including myself. He did what he wanted, what he felt was right for him, and he didn't fucking care what anybody thought. I think that way of thinking and that attitude gave people who were scared of being judged the courage to be unapologetically themselves.

You might wonder why I'm just now writing this two months after his death, but if I'm being honest, I just had to take some time to wrap my head around the whole thing. David Bowie has been everything to me for as long as I can remember. His music gave me the courage to be who I wanted to be, to do the things I really wanted to do. He taught me to think outside the box and break the mold. I pretty much owe the person I am today to Bowie.

David Bowie, to me, is the epitome of rock and roll - Passion and honesty.

Rock in peace, Starman. We will always, always remember you.

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Elton John is still bringing the sass after all these years. Wonderful Crazy Night opens with the title track that sounds like a party. Not a sex, drugs and rock and roll party, but a more tame party. A party where you want to have good, clean fun instead of shooting heroin. The one thing I love about this album is that all of his songs sound like Elton John but they're all different from each other at the same time. You're not hearing the same song twelve times. "Blue Wonderful" is the most beautiful song I've heard in a while. To me, that song's about having love for someone and wanting the best for them. Not necessarily romantic love, but genuinely loving someone as a person. "I've Got 2 Wings" is my favorite song on the album. It's a beautiful, beautiful song about how much effect music has on people. "I was a light for the living, and I spoke of peace and love. With two wings and my old Gibson, I brought blessings from above. I was here, and I was gone. Just a heartbeat from the past. And I went from paper wings to the real thing at last." HOW FUCKING BEAUTIFUL IS THAT. "The Open Chord" provides the perfect ending to a solid album with the most perfect melody. I'm not even a huge Elton John person but I dig this record. Two thumbs up.

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CD's are becoming extinct. It's sad and it sucks, but no one can deny it. Everyone either buys their music on iTunes or pirates it off of some torrent website. Physical copies of albums really only exist at F.Y.E. And F.Y.E. doesn't seem to be doing so well either.

It's understandable that people want their music to be able to travel with them - on their phones or iPods or what-have-you - but in my opinion, mp3 files can never replace a hard copy of a killer record. It's such a wonderful feeling to be able to hold records in your hands. To be able to flip through the lyric booklet and see the album artwork. As a former emo kid who worshipped bands like Good Charlotte and blink-182, having the lyrics at my fingertips was always such a comfort. Music's always been my life. It was the only thing I could turn to for a long time to reassure me that the things I was feeling were normal and that somehow everything would be okay. It validated my feelings and made me feel like I wasn't alone.

I'm not going to tell you, "Yeah I had the gun to my head and this song came on..." because that's not what happened. But I definitely remember more than a few nights where I was just laying in bed hopelessly with records playing, desperately listening for a reason to keep going. With a tear-stained face and a broken heart, I clutched the lyric booklet like it was the life jacket keeping me from drowning.

And it was. Music kept me above water. Always.

I guess that's why I buy all my music instead of illegally downloading it. These bands have given so much to me that in my head, it only makes sense to give something back to them. But it doesn't matter how many records, concert tickets or t-shirts I buy. There's no way to repay them for everything they've done for me.

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This album starts out by packing a punch with a fantastic opening track. "Push" is fast-paced and catchy and I immediately loved it. Unfortunately, as I listened through the album, I realized that almost every song is not much different than it - Fast, hard and all about rage. Which is fine - Every band's entitled to an angry album. But let's have some diversity. Please. That diversity only came with "Another Name" which is the slowest song on the album, which gave it the break I was desperately hoping there would be. I can't rip on this album too much though. I love the passion Jasen Moreno has in his voice, and he does have very good diction. Personally, my favorite track was "My Own Way" which states, "Everyone's entitled to their vices." That one was the only track on the record I could genuinely relate to. Lastly, the final track, "All Saints Day" was, to be honest, nothing special, and the fade out at the end seemed to me like a lazy way to end a record. Drowning Pool is a good band but if I'm being honest, I just can't get behind this record. Sorry, DP. In the words of Simon Cowell, "it's a no from me."

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Fall Out Boy has been extremely successful since the four-year hiatus that broke all of our emo kid hearts. As if doing some sort of sick trade-off, they made a comeback the same year My Chemical Romance broke up. Apparently you can't have your cake and eat it too.

On March 4th as part of their Wintour Is Coming tour, FOB sold out Madison Square Garden. As if that weren't enough, their American Beauty/American Psycho album was certified Gold, "Irresistable" was certified Platinum, "Uma Thurman" was certified two times Platinum, and "Centuries" was certified four times Platinum.

Good job, Fall Out Boy. We've come a long way.

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