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So I stopped being a chicken and posted my songs in the Songwriters subreddit. I’ve only gotten two comments thus far and they were both nitpicky issues people had with one of my songs. As I read them, I realized if I’d seen their feedback a couple years back, even one year back, I would have been horribly anxious and embarrassed. For most of my music career I had lingering fears of “what if’s.” What if they don’t like my music, my voice, my lyrics, my arrangements or instrumentation? But today I realized I’m no longer fazed by things like that. So what if they don’t like it? 

If you’re gonna survive in the music industry, you have to have some thick skin, and above all realize that there are always going to be people who can/will find issues with your work. Whether you’re Lady Gaga or some folk singer from a small mountain town in Colorado, people will criticize you. I guess I’m glad that I’ve grown confident enough as an artist to accept that fact. 

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#music  #personal  #fleeting thoughts  #songwriter  #subreddit  #criticism  #music industry  #artist 


Dietmar Voorworld is an artist who takes rocks, pebbles and leaves he finds in nature and turns them into memorable pieces of circular land art.

(Source: asylum-art, via coloredmondays)

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#neat  #rocks  #art  #nature  #sculpture  #Dietmar Voorworl 

So one hobby of mine is collecting really old books. And once in a while I find one that’s really special. This was one of those books.

I found it in an old thrift store (as I find nearly all old books) and noticed it was a student’s english book. What stood out to me first was the hand-stitched cover, barely holding on by a few loose threads. Stuffed inside the cloth binding were notes this student had taken. The script was beautiful and none of it made much sense but I was absorbed by the little snapshot I had into this person’s life. 

The initials EP were painted on the inner cover and I wondered for a moment what their name could have been. After flipping through a few pages, I saw a folded note in the middle of the book. On this thin and aged parchment was only the name “Edward Petty.” At first I thought this was some love interest the previous owner had but it clicked then that it matched the initials. Dorky as it may be, for a moment I felt like a detective, unraveling the mystery of this student from long ago. I looked at this painted name, with the 3D design and laughed a little, reflecting on the many countless times I sat in class and scribbled down my name. 

And so to Mr. Edward Petty, I say thank you for one of the coolest little books I’ve discovered. Thanks for letting me have a glimpse, however small, into your life. 

To everyone else, next time you’re in a thrift shop or antique store, take a glance at those dusty forgotten books. You’ll find something beautiful and may even get a really unique look into the past.

— 2 weeks ago with 22 notes
#personal  #old books  #calligraphy  #parchment  #hobbies  #english  #student  #beautiful  #antique  #thrift shopping  #thrifting  #cool shit  #the mysterious case of  #Edward Petty  #class  #school  #humans  #history 

Okay so I’m watching season one of Hannibal and in episode ten, they really start diving into Will’s psychological disorder (as well as that of the killer) and I just want to say how much I appreciate this show for how they discuss mental illness. They don’t try to portray it through rose-tinted lenses or sweep it under the rug. They state it like it fucking is:

"I realized how little is known about mental illness. All they know is it’s rarely about finding solutions. Just managing expectations."

So props to them for calling this society out on how poorly they manage mental illness. 

Four for you, Hannibal!

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#Hannibal  #nbc  #nbc hannibal  #mental illness  #mental disorders  #psychology  #real talk  #four for you glen coco  #you go glen coco 

Billie Holiday photographed by William P. Gottlieb for Down Beat Magazine, c. 1946

(Source: salsmineo, via vintagegal)

— 3 weeks ago with 1915 notes
#Billie Holiday  #photography  #William P Gottlieb  #musicians  #singers  #ugh this woman is perfection 
Bisexuality: The Misconceptions That Need to Stop

There are a lot of misconceptions and ignorant views on bisexuality that I need to address. This is something that has bothered me since I came out six years ago so I will try to be as concise as possible. 

  1. I am not gay. I am not straight. Likewise, I do not suddenly become straight when dating a man and gay when dating a woman. That’s like saying because you really like the new album of a band, you suddenly hate all other music that’s ever been made. Which is absurd. 
  2. I do not exist to fulfill your fetish.As someone who is attracted to women, obviously I’m turned on by making out with another woman. But I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told a straight male that I’m bi and his reaction is “Oh awesome. That’s hot.” There is a difference between being supportive of how I identify, and supporting because you think it’s “hot.” The latter is very superficial and not remotely comforting. 
  3. Bi/Pansexuals often are rejected from the gay/straight communities. It’s true: we don’t really fit perfectly with either side. But when we are shunned or shut down by people in either category, it causes us to feel very isolated and alone. 
  4. Most people assume I identify as bi to get attention. This is horseshit. And I also don’t appreciate being asked “well have you ever been with a woman?” as if that’s some rite of passage, without which I could never be allowed to come out as bisexual. 
  5. Most people assume that sexuality and gender identification is a three-point multiple choice question. Some even think it’s a two point question: you’re either gay or straight. “Pick one.” The reality is that it’s a spectrum. Even trying to condense the spectrum into a four letter acronym is insufficient and disheartening to those who don’t feel they fit perfectly with one label. 
  6. I feel pressured to “act more gay” in order to have my sexuality be taken seriously. This relates to the issue of not fitting in with the gay or straight communities. 
  7. Bisexuals are not ‘greedy’ and they are not more likely to cheat in a relationship. This one drives me mad and I feel that it speaks for itself. 
  8. I, too, get ridiculed for my sexuality. For those who stubbornly believe that all people who identify as bisexual are attention whores, consider this: Throughout high school, I felt constant anxiety. There were several years where I didn’t feel safe going to school. I’ve been called a faggot and a dyke, and an indecisive or confused individual. I’ve been told that I’m ‘going to hell’ for being who I am. These comments destroy[ed] my comfort and my confidence, and prevented me from having pride in myself. Do you really think I would opt to feel that way if I could avoid it?
  9. "You’re Bi? Oh, so you’ll fuck anything." It baffles me that some men use this one on me in hopes that I’ll agree to sleep with them. Just because I’ve been attracted to both men and women doesn’t mean that I’m some desperate unstoppable sex-machine. So don’t flatter yourself because if you’re saying this shit to me, you’ve a snowball’s chance in hell. 
  10. If you don’t understand something about bi/pansexuality, just ask. Seriously. No decent human is going to scoff at you for asking questions. In fact, they will most likely be extremely appreciative. This goes for just about any type of sexuality or gender identity. Just remember to be polite about it since it can be a very sensitive issue for a lot of people.

If you want another point of view, I highly recommend this article.

— 3 weeks ago with 20 notes
#personal  #rant  #bisexuality  #LGBT  #gender identity  #queer  #pansexual  #misconceptions