Song Challenge Day 4: Moral of the Story by Watsky

Hello there you wubulous moonlight lit puddles. Today, or rather tonight because I waited so long to do this, will be the 4th consecutive post in this challenge.

For this post, I decided to pick Watsky’s Moral of the Story because I really like the song overall. The end reference is nice too.

Warning: Explicit Language

I have no time for Dictionary Taboo right now, so super sorry!


A Musically Infused LAY #11

Hey guys!

It’s Life and You time, where I talk about my life, and ask and answer questions from you.

Also before we start shout out to Cat for joining the blog, may the odds be ever in your favor for the war of the views. This might hurt me in the rankings but check out her most recent post here.


So about life. Today was alright, one of those days where you just wake up in a foul mood. I didn’t have tests today so that’s one positive thing. Also I listened back to the podcast we originally recorded and honesty I just hated it. We didn’t structure it well and I just sounded like an idiot. So I wrote a new episode plan and I hope you guys will like it. The direction I think the podcast is going to take is a conversation with games (think Wait Wait! Don’t Tell Me meets Ear Biscuits). So hopefully after my friends and I hang out on Saturday Riley can stay and record an episode (because the brother section of the podcast is just awkward by ourselves). And maybe if the podcast miraculously becomes extremely popular (cause who doesn’t want to hear kids ramble on about inconsequential things) we’ll release an Anthology of sorts with the cut episode and other outtakes.

The Nerd and His Brother,, and usually riley premieres Monday, May 1st and website will be up hopefully April 27th.


And question time!!!!!

Victoria (a.k.a bittersweetlyirrevocable) asks:

What is your favorite instrument and why?

I deliberated for a long time on this question (lol so long I didn’t put it in the last LAY) and I decided to make a top 3 list for you.

1) Piano

I play piano and while I am not good at it I absolutely love it. from Mozart to Joplin to Sinatra to McCartney to Joseph, any style of music can be made on the piano, and that wonderful range and diversity is why it ranks 1 on my list.

2) Guzheng

An ancient Chinese instrument Riley and I discovered in the fall, I also like the range of songs you can play on it. At school we actually saw guzheng player Wu Fei and she was amazing! The instument is so cool but so very expensive and looks incredibly difficult to learn, much less master. Here is a video of Wu Fei and Abigail Washburn playing a song we saw them perform live!

3) Saxophone

The saxophone is a very nice sounding instrument. While it is kind of limited to Jazz/background in a band, it is so soulful and sounds so cool. I also play saxophone, and I know it much better than I know piano.

Which is your favorite? Do you agree? Disagree? The question for you this week is in the form of a poll here.

And if you want your question in the next LAY or heck, maybe in the first Nerd and Brother podcast (premiering May 1st on soundcloud and on website), just comment on this post and I will see it and answer it!

That I think wraps it up for this post, stay tuned for the next LAY in about a week! Coming up next in my posting schedule is a book exclusively written through text co-written by me and Victoria.

So adios, and as I like to think I say:

Why can’t I do everything right in life, even if I did everything perfectly?

Comment the reason 😀

Song Challenge Day 1: Oh No The Radio by Owsley

Hello there you paralell book-signing ambiverts. Today I was nominated for a challenge. And I will not turn down any (possible) challenge, reguardless of difficulty.

I was nominated by Stacy, and I will now copy and paste steal the rules from her post 🙂

  • Post a song a day for five consecutive days.
  • Post what the lyrics mean to you (optional).
  • Post the name of the song and video.
  • Nominate 1 or 2 bloggers each day of the challenge

I choose “Oh No The Radio” by Owsley.

I picked this song because I really like it, and the lyrics connect to me in a way.

I nominate riseofthechairs and yeo223.

Thanks for reading this relatively short post :3

Dictionary Taboo:

Conforming to the standard or usual type; usual.


Humanz Tracks Review by my Little Brother

Hello there you Busted and Blue Chargers that Feel Good enough to watch a Clint Eastwood movie even if your Rhinestone Eyes look Melancholy. Sorry.

Today, as I told you yesterday and as the title announces, my little brother will now review the currently released tracks from the new Gorillaz album.

*These opinions in no way reflect the thoughts of Rileys Backpack personnel, it’s affiliates, or parent companies.*

Starting off with Ascension, which is an explicit rap song. To get rid of the bad words and save his innocent ears, I covered the speaker on my phone during the curse words.


His rating was 6/10 Brend-o-points!

“I disliked that it had so many cuss words but I liked the beat.”


His rating was 4/10 Brendo-o-points.

“I did like the tempo, but I didn’t like how slow the lyrics were.”

Saturnz Barz

His rating was 4/10 Brendo-o-points.

“I didn’t like the autotune, however I did like the background music.”

We Got The Power

His rating was 5/10 Brendo-o-points.

“I liked the lyrics. I didn’t like how it didn’t seem to pop out. I also liked the positive message.”

Let Me Out

His rating was 7.5/10 Brendo-o-points.

“I liked the lyrics, and the tie-in to Trump and Obama. There wasn’t anything I really didn’t like about it though.”

Busted and Blue

His rating was 4.75/10 Brendo-o-points.

“I didn’t like the tempo or the sound or just the whole song in general.”

Even if his ratings conflict with mine (Busted and Blue, Andromeda, and We Got The Power were my three favorites, and got some of his lowest scores), I still respect his opinion! I encourage you to give all of these songs a listen if you have the time.

Thanks for reading all the way down to the bottom of this post :3

Dictionary Taboo:

A branch or shoot of a tree that has been cut or broken off.


Free Lunch #12

Hello there you Rembrandt’s. I’m reading about Tokyo at the moment, but I stopped just so I could right this for you! If you don’t know, Free Lunch is when I sit down and write on my phone for 5 minutes without stopping. So i’ll start at 6:35 and finish at 6:40.


Today was pretty gouda. Our Math teacher was absent for our class, as well as our Social Studies teacher, so we just got to be in ELA all day. Our teacher there let’s us listen to music while we work, and once we finish, we can just be on school laptops or phones. On Thursday, I finished the anime I was watching, Your lie in April. I recommend it to anyone who likes classical music and egg sandwiches. I made me and 2 friends egg sandwiches to bring to school so that we could eat them while we watch Thursday morning, and they were really good.

Tonight i’ll be making brownies I think. Watching The Office, i’ve made it to Season 3, where interesting things are happening.

For a Spring Band Concert coming up, me, Jamie, and a friend are learning the song Bare Necessities with Piano, Trumpet, and Trombone.

Also, mini-shouting outing to Toni for returning to WordPress!

This ended up being a relatively short Free Lunch looking back, but y’know, it happens.

Dictionary Taboo:

A dirty, untidy, or disordered condition.


Winter’s Soft Embrace

A piano piece I made. Enjoy.

Also, if you guys think I should, i’ll extend it and put it on the album 😀

Thanks for listening to that if you did :3

Dictionary Taboo:

an isolated flat-topped hill with steep sides, found in landscapes with horizontal strata.

New Gorillaz Tracks!

Hello there you security blankets. Today Gotillaz released 4 new songs from their upcoming album, Humanz. Out of the four, my favorites are We Got The Power and Andromeda. 

Warning, there is some pretty severe language in Ascension. 

You can listen to all of them here.

I also think that the new Phase 4 designs for 2D, Noodle, Russell, and Murdoc look great!

The release date for Humanz is supposedly April 28th, 2017. I’m working on saving up money to pre-order the album!

Thanks for reading all the way down to the bottom of this short post :3

Dictionary Taboo:

a company of persons or, sometimes, animals or things, joined, acting, or functioning together; aggregation; party; troop


Musical Aspirations 

Hello there you strings. Tonight I thought I’d tell you a bit about what I’m doing musically and what I plan to do.

At the moment, I play Trumpet, Piano, and Guitar. I’m mediocre at Trumpet, and relatively basic at Piano and Guitar. I’ve made a few songs on the keyboard at my house, including “a mantis shrimp” (named by riseofthechairs), and other currently unreleased tunes.

I started using an app called Yousician, which is very useful. It gives you a free hour or so long Guitar, Piano, Ukelele, and Bass Guitar lesson every 12 hours, which is nice.

Tomorrow me, my brother, and my dad are going to a music store to restring the guitar that was fished out of a closet for me back home. I can play a tiny bit on the Guitar already because at Jamie’s house he taught me the basics.

I have also been unsuccessfully trying to learn how to double tongue notes on the Trumpet. It’s difficult for me ;-;

With Jamie and I using our abilities together, we will be able to use Guitar, Piano, Trumpet, Alto Saxophone, and Snare Drum on the album, along with lots of our fellow band classmates who I hope will help.

 Jamie is much, much better at Piano than me, and together with a Trombonist in our class, we’re composing a song that starts as a Piano solo, and finishes with 4 instruments together at once, called “A Midsummer’s Ice Stream”.

That’s all I can think to write at the moment. I’m kinda tired, so no Dictionary Taboo this time. Because of the before mentioned tiredness, I probably misspelled some stuff, so comment if you see any mistakes.

Thanks for reading all the way down to the bottom of the post :3