During the evenings are best to interact with me personally. Normally, I spend all night and morning creating these blogs. You may even catch me at night, while blogging at the same time. It's really a matter of TIMING. Enjoy!
|Posted by Anna H. on June 11, 2017 at 6:50 AM||comments (5)|
How's it going my gumdrops? In case you missed yesterday's Song Saturday blog, I mentioned that we are in the middle of Gemini Season until the June 21st.
Because this is my birthday week, I will be taking the week off from blogging. This means there will be no Song Saturday or Cartoon Sunday blogs on the 17th or 18th. Even though my birthday is on Wednesday (Flag Day), I'm still giving myself a week off from blogging.
If you don't know about OUR national holiday, I proudly direct you to my home page. There is a video on that page right now, explaining about Flag Day. In the meantime, Happy Birthday, fellow Geminis!
On another note, I learned several hours after publishing and sharing yesterday's Song Saturday blog, that Adam West died from leukemia at the age of 88. If you would like to learn more about the ORIGINAL Batman and the voice actor of Family Guy's Mayor West, an article from The Hollywood Reporter is in the following link.
RIP ADAM WEST!!! You will truly be missed by many generations of Batman fans.
Aside from the tragic news above, Japan Pop Culture HQ shared a link on their Google Plus page regarding the Live Action Movie for Tokyo Ghoul on Friday.
Japan Pop Culture HQ is late to sharing this news around social media. However, you can still read about Tokyo Ghoul's Live Action Movie on Anime News Network, in the link below.
Meanwhile, some of my long-time subscribers should recall, that I published a Cartoon Sunday blog last May featuring 2 highly graphic and disturbing Stop Motion Animated Shorts by David Firth and Adam Rosenberg.
David Firth's "Crooked (Orcus) Rot" and Adam Rosenberg's "Manny" were very similar to each other. In case you missed this Cartoon Sunday blog last May, it is HERE for your viewing pleasure.
Today I am sharing another disturbing Stop Motion Animated Short by David Firth. In fact, this short precedes his 2008 short, "Crooked (Orcus) Rot." "Hell" was created by Firth in 2003.
Watching these shorts by the animator continues to be abstract and graphic filled with WTF? Moments. If you have ZERO interest in highly graphic and abstract art, chances are highly great, that David Firth's Stop Motion Animated Shorts will be of no interest to you.
Firth's animation is filled with disturbing and highly graphic images. His work is THAT disturbing. Some MAY argue that David Firth's Stop Motion Animated Shorts are more like watching "Gore Porn," since his shorts can be extremely bloody and violent much like a Splatterpunk Horror film.
You may be asking yourselves, "What is Splatterpunk?"
If you need a better understanding of the term, Splatterpunk, here is a video by The Audiopedia explaining about it.
The Audiopedia: What Is SPLATTERPUNK? What Does SPLATTERPUNK Mean? SPLATTERPUNK Meaning, Definition, & Explanation (2017)
After watching this video by The Audiopedia, I am starting to believe, that 1 of my more recent Short Horror Stories, The Horrors Of Womanhood, qualifies as being a Splatterpunk Horror Story. Speaking of The Horrors Of Womanhood, I published an excerpt of it on my Horror page.
You must be 18 or older to join It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns, in order to read excerpts of some of my Short Horror Stories.
As you watch "Hell," you will quickly notice there are some elements of Splatterpunk Horror incorporated into this Stop Motion Animated Short. With that being said, here is David Firth's "Hell" for today's Cartoon Sunday.
David Firth "Hell" (2003)
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|Posted by Anna H. on June 10, 2017 at 5:25 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Originally, I planned to publish another blog update either yesterday, or Thursday. Then, I changed my mind. It seemed pointless. I wanted to let everyone know that I was taking next week off from blogging.
In case you did not know, this is Gemini Season, which means we are celebrating our birthdays until the 21st. My birthday is next Wednesday. Normally, I look forward to celebrating it.
After all the chaos and drama from last year, it has left me feeling discouraged and made me skittish. It's NOT that I dread getting older. If anything, I've had to deal with sick family members these last 2 birthdays.
Last year, my grandmother was in the hospital during my birthday week. Not only was she in the hospital, but employers also kept throwing monkey wrenches into my plans by playing games with scheduling, re-scheduling, and canceling job interviews.
In addition to those issues, bitter, petty, and self-absorbed assholes planned to sabotage my birthday. They somewhat succeeded with their malicious intent.
It was bad enough having to deal with my grandmother being in the hospital and employers compromising my birthday plans.
Dealing with some extremely bitter and estranged man-children attention whoring and throwing shade, cyberstalkers hijacking and down vote trolling in my birthday thread on Adult Swim with malicious intent, and dealing with a neverending smear campaign against me before and during my birthday left me feeling disappointed.
After last year's birthday celebration, it left me with a disgusting taste in my mouth and has made me dread celebrating my milestone birthday for next Wednesday. To make matters worse, it will be STORMING this year on my birthday.
Right now, I cannot think of much of anythting I really want for my birthday. I have most of what I already wanted. Because money is really tight this year and because some long distance relatives, as well as friends are battling Cancer, I am barely in a celebratory mood this time.
Hopefully, turning 35 will not be so horrible. I am really hoping this birthday will be a lot better than last year. 2016 was a horrible year for most people, including yours truly.
Aside from this funk, it was difficult deciding what to share music wise. Quite a few of my fellow Geminis already celebrated their birthdays within these last 3 weeks. This includes a few friends, subscribers, and celebrities.
Celebrities That Recently Celebrated Their Birthdays:
May 27th : Siouxsie Siouxsie from Siouxsie And The Banshees celebrated her 60th.
June 4th: Angelina Jolie celebrated her 42nd birthday.
June 9th: Johnny Depp celebrated his 54th birthday yesterday.
As you can see, I am in good company with my fellow Geminis. There are so many in entertainment, that I was having trouble remembering who had his/her birthday and when. There are more of us Geminis to go around. Therefore, I decided to share a song by Death In Venice celebrating all our birthdays.
Just because I am dreading my birthday due to something possibly catastrophic, that could happen, doesn't mean we can't celebrate friends, subscribers, and celebrities' birthdays right now with some Death In Venice.
You are probably wondering, "Death In Venice? Who the hell is that?!"
Death In Venice was an Italian Goth Rock band, that formed in 1981. I just discovered them this week, when I was in the middle of deciding what to share for today.
Listening to Death In Venice singing "Happy Birthday" instantly reminded me of the Classic Goth Rock band, Bauhaus. You know how I love Bauhaus.
Yes, I know. I'm living up to the Goth stereotype, right now.
How many Goths do you know hate Bauhaus?
I can't think of any on my end. With that being said, here is Death In Venice for today's Song Saturday.
Death In Venice "Happy Birthday" Deca Dance (1983)
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|Posted by Anna H. on June 4, 2017 at 10:50 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? In Friday's blog, I asked if you wanted to see more Animated Horror Shorts under 5 minutes long, or if you preferred more shorts 5 minutes long or longer. Since nobody answered, I will assume it doesn't matter.
In case you missed the blog I published 2 days ago, you can read it HERE. Those, who DID read the blog, were probably distracted by me ranting about obnoxious Toonami fans and their incessant crying online.
Friday's blog was mostly about this neverending dilemma, which has been going on for the last 5 to nearly 10 YEARS. You may be thinking, "Anna, you have ranted about this how many times now. Why is this still a problem?"
This is something many of us viewers still want to know. Anytime there are bloggers, YouTube vloggers, and podcasters still addressing all the trivial infighting and crying within a fanbase over a cartoon block, there are major problems with some people.
Rather than beating a dead horse, that is already surrounded by maggots, I will ask lurkers and subscribers once again.
Do you want to see more Animated Horror Shorts, that are under, over, or about 5 minutes long in my Cartoon Sunday blogs? Let me know in the comments section below today's blog.
I can't speak for everyone else as far as today's weather forecast goes, however it has been storming like crazy here in Wisconsin lately. In fact, it was just storming earlier this morning, when I was trying to re-watch Naruto Shippuden in English.
Whether you are reading a story or watching something on TV, video, or online, there is something about thunderstorms that stimulate eerie feelings.
Thunderstorms can also be eerie in real life. There is a lot that can go wrong,during a storm. In David Romero's Animated Horror Short, Other Lily the thunderstorm helps to set the eerie tone.
On a dark and STORMY night, the protagonist Lily, receives a text message from her father. He reminds Lily to make sure her younger sister, Beth goes to bed before 10 pm. As Lily walks up the stairs to check on Beth, Lily notices a picture that is drawn by her younger sister.
Beth drew herself, Lily, and another Lily in the picture. Beth refers to her as "Other Lily," in the picture. "Other Lily" is very evil-looking in Beth's drawing. It makes me want to call Other Lily "Evil Lily" because she looks creepy as well as evil.
Eventually, Beth's older sister, Lily goes to bed. As a side note, Lily suffers from sleep paralysis, which may have horrific implications in her waking life.
In case you don't know about sleep paralysis, it can cause frightening hallucinations and nightmares. To learn more about sleep paralysis, you can read about it HERE.
While Lily is sleeping, she dreams of the "Other Lily" opening her bedroom window and crawling around on her ceiling, waiting to attack her. Before "Other Lily" could attack her, Lily awakes from her nightmare.
Suddenly, Lily hears loud crashing noises from downstairs. Watching this short by David Romero will shock you. Other Lily without a doubt has its share of WTF?! Moments towards the end of it. The ending also feels like an eerie cliffhanger.
I did not explain Other Lily in its entirety on purpose.
How much fun would it be if I explained EVERYTHING to my subscribers?
It would completely defeat the purpose of me sharing this disturbing short. Some things are better left to the imagination. If you would like to know what happens next, you will have to watch Other Lily for today's Cartoon Sunday.
David Romero's Other Lily (2015)
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|Posted by Anna H. on June 3, 2017 at 7:45 AM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Earlier this week, I was on the latest makeshift version of Adult Swim's message board and a so-called Static-X fan "triggered" me. Yes, you know that highly abused word, "triggered"? Well, this guy actually triggered me.
This so-called "fan" posted a thread asking if anyone remembered the Industrial Metal band, Static-X. Because I actually WAS a fan, since the band's debut in 1998, I opened the thread.
In this Static-X "fan's" thread, he said "It sucks that he committed suicide." Reading his post made me do a double take. In the back of my mind, I was screaming, "OMG! Are you fucking serious?!"
I waited for other supposed Static-X fans to correct him. Because nobody did, I posted in his Static-X thread and let him know, that Wayne Static did NOT commit suicide. If he was a real fan, he would've known that Wayne Static died of a drug overdose about 3 years ago.
Wayne died 3 days before his 49th birthday in his sleep because he mixed strong prescriptions such as Hydromorphone, Oxycodone, Alprazolam, and painkillers with alcohol.
Wayne Static's porn star wife, Tera Wray, on the other hand, DID commit suicide. Tera committed suicide on January 13, 2016 at her friend and roommate's house.
Supposedly, Tera Wray left a suicide note telling her friend, Jay'e Jones to call her mother, attorney, and several other people. When I originally learned about Tera's suicide, sources said that she was depressed about Wayne Static's death.
The more I think about it, I am suspecting an inside job because Tera was NOT well liked by Static-X, Wayne's family, or his friends. She got into more arguments with them after he died.
To clarify the causes of both Wayne Static and Tera Wray's deaths (couple seen above), Wayne died in his sleep from a drug overdose and Tera supposedly committed suicide.
Not to sound like some elitist, Static-X fangirl or anything, but I am easily annoyed by people, who want to act like they are such "fans" of certain celebrities. All the while, those same "fans" are misinformed about everything.
You probably think I am overreacting, but posers annoy the hell out of me.
This is especially when there are real fans like myself, who know the history of certain bands and were there to experience the history. I was 16 when Static-X debuted and they were featured on the Bride Of Chucky Soundtrack in 1998.
Since today's Song Saturday blog is another blog discussing Static-X, and because I recently updated previous Static-X blogs, I thought I would share those same blogs with viewers, who missed them 3 years ago.
|Posted by Anna H. on June 2, 2017 at 11:00 AM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? I have been trying to decide what to share for the next 2 Cartoon Sunday blogs.
Would you like it if I shared Animated Horror Shorts under 5 minutes long? Or would you prefer to watch something 5 minutes or longer?
Let me know what you think in the comments section below.
Aside from the next 2 Cartoon Sunday blogs, those of you who have been subscribed to yours truly for the last several years on Xanga 1.0, Blogster, It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns, etc. have read my complaints about Toonami and its fanbase.
I CANNOT help reiterating how much of obnoxious brats Toonami fans can be. Yes, I know that every Toonami fan is NOT a crybaby. However, the crybabies overshadow the fans, who genuinely enjoy other types of Action Anime, along with other genres and sub-genres.
Every time a certain Action Anime fanbase does not get their way about a show, they act like the BIGGEST crybabies on message boards and social media sites. Otherwise, they will mock other fanbases because they didn't get their way about a show.
Some One Piece fans are currently throwing temper tantrums because Adult Swim's Toonami block is airing the Seinen Horror Action Anime, Tokyo Ghoul as One Piece's replacement. One Piece fans DO have a right to be upset.
One Piece fans got the shaft, since the time Toonami chose to premiere this Shonen Jump Action Anime at episode 207 in 2013 rather than premiere it at episode 1 like most normal shows.
Premiering a show at episode 207 rather than the beginning only demonstrated, that those running this revival of Toonami have no respect for One Piece fans.
Toonami did a TERRIBLE job of handling One Piece fans and their temper tantrums. Therefore, I can sympathize and empathize with the fans. At the same time, it does NOT give One Piece fans the right to mock other fanbases.
There are some EXTREMELY bitter One Piece fans currently mocking us Tokyo Ghoul fans, while crying in their Monkey D. Luffy boxer shorts over Toonami replacing One Piece with Tokyo Ghoul.
Some are purposely saying, that Tokyo Ghoul is a terrible Anime, that it glorifies cannibalism, it's intentionally "edgy" to pander to Emos and Goths, that Toonami dislikes Tokyo Ghoul because they haven't created newer promos for it, etc.
About a month or 2 ago, those One Piece fans on the current makshift forum for Adult Swim worked my last nerve so badly, that I gave some of those Toonami brats a piece of my mind.
I let them know that they are NOT the only viewers watching Adult Swim, that those running Toonami are TRYING to attract different types of viewers by adding a Seinen Horror Action Anime like Tokyo Ghoul to the block, and that they whine too much about every little thing.
Also, I pointed out to Toonami fans, that if they depend on a show's ratings to like a show, they would NEVER enjoy anything and that their constant nit picking repulses us other viewers from wanting to watch other shows airing on the Toonami block.
Was it NOT bad enough, that Toonami fans spent YEARS bawling their eyes out all over the Internet about Cartoon Network canceling Toonami in 2008?
After canceling Toonami ~9 years ago, Cartoon Network's programming went to hell in a hand basket. It began airing more boy-centric reality shows, low IQ'ed cartoons, and mostly vapid cartoons from Canada. The ONLY Canadian cartoon I enjoyed watching was 6teen.
Had 6teen aired in its entirety, it could've been aired at an early timeslot on Adult Swim. Some of 6teen's episodes had nudity and other mature content, which was meant for supposed teenagers in Canada.
Here in the good old U.S. of A. helicopter parents would've been outraged by some of 6teen's content because Cartoon Network is meant for children, whereas Adult Swim is meant for adults.
Since Cartoon Network no longer wanted Toonami, they dumped it on Adult Swim. Originally, Adult Swim was suppose to be airing more mature content because all those children, who grew up watching Toonami, in the late 1990's and early 21st Century, are now ADULTS.
The Toonami Team claimed they wanted to grow up its fanbase. If they wanted to supposedly grow up their original fanbase so badly, Why is Toonami airing the most cartoonishly generic and childish-looking Anime on a network for adult viewers?
How much longer until a little boys Anime like Pokemon is airing on Adult Swim?
Here is something I have recently noticed about the veteran Toonami fans. They hate Anime meant for their own age group. That being Action Anime meant for adults and Anime with more MATURE subject matters. This makes me wonder how many adults are actually watching Adult Swim's Toonami block.
Judging from what I have observed over these last 5 years, veteran Toonami fans are too fixated on their childhood nostalgia and cartoon ratings. They depend on cartoon ratings (which CAN be rigged like polls and awards for awards shows).
Additionally, these fanboys DEPEND on a CGI robot and his talking computer to get excited about watching their favorite cartoons. This is something you would expect from a 5-year-old, NOT someone who is in his/her 20's and 30's (dare I even say 40's and older).
When I was a toddler watching Robotech in the mid-80's, a CGI robot and his talking computer were not required to get me excited about watching a Mecha Anime like Robotech or any other type of cartoon. Listening to the announcer mention my cartoons was satisfying enough.
Even though I enjoyed watching some of the Action Anime, that aired on Adult Swim's Toonami block over these last 5 years, many of us veteran Adult Swim viewers are still disgusted with the fact, that Adult Swim uprooted us to pander to crybaby man-children.
Adult Swim mostly panders to Toonami fanboys, that cling to their childhood nostalgia on Saturday nights and early Sunday mornings. All the while, they are ALWAYS crying about wanting to watch the most childish programming on a network meant for adult animation.
Some of the other Toonami fans are worried about the Toonami block possibly getting canceled again because of the crybabies within their own fanbase constantly throwing tantrums over shows. They fail to realize that they contributed to the cancelation of Chiller TV's Anime Wednesday block, 2 summers ago.
It was bad enough that Chiller TV put almost no effort in promoting their own Anime block this last time. That's not including the fact that only people with Direct TV and Dish Network, at the time were the only people with Chiller TV on our packages.
Adult Swim's Toonami fans wasted so much time nit picking Is This A Zombie? which was only 1 out of 4 Anime airing on Anime Wednesday, that Chiller TV canceled the block after only 3 weeks.
Most people today don't understand that we have the ability to make or break entertainment, especially over the Internet.
To give a better understanding about this fanbase right now, there is a lot of infighting among Toonami fans. In fact, the Toonami fanbase has just as much infighting, if not more than The Republican Party. It's THAT bad.
If Toonami fans do NOT stop acting like entitled, spoiled brats and get their acts together, they WILL be the cause of Toonami getting canceled once again.
Toonami fans will only have themselves to blame for their block getting re-canceled. This is if it does happen again with the mocking of other fanbases, cyberbullying, temper tantrums, and their obsession with cartoon ratings.
With that being said, what are your thoughts about the current state of Toonami's fanbase?
|Posted by Anna H. on May 28, 2017 at 7:55 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? How have you been enjoying this Memorial Day Weekend, so far? Mine could be a lot better than what it is, right now.
After doing the usual chores yesterday, I wasn't feeling very well. Therefore, I plan on taking it easy these next couple of days.
Aside from not feeling very well, I did not waste time last night watching the Toonami block for the Samurai Jack Marathon. Judging from what I have heard and read, those who spent the last several years or so kicking and screaming about this Samurai Jack revival, did NOT even watch the marathon, after all that noise.
Because I was never a fan of this cartoon, zero fucks were given. Then again, Samurai Jack was meant for children to watch on Cartoon Network. By the time Samurai Jack premiered in 2001, I was already a college freshman watching Adult Swim, which also launched the same year.
Adult Swim's version of the Toonami block mostly panders to younger Millennials and older Gen Z fanboys. The fact that Adult Swim shafted its veteran viewers to pander to Toonami fanboys these last 5 years, pissed off a lot of us.
Don't get me wrong. There have been a few shows I have enjoyed watching on this Toonami block over these last 5 years. However, I still cherry picked which shows I wanted to watch and still do today.
Some of us that were never Toonami zealots would love to watch more mature Anime with adult themes as opposed to little kids wanting to be hunters, or something along those lines. I understand that Toonami is an Action block. At the same time, the block still panders to Toonami fanboys, that cling to their childhood nostalgia.
Shonen and Seinen Action Anime such as JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Hellsing Ultimate, Black Lagoon, Blue Exorcist, Michiko & Hatchin, and more recently Tokyo Ghoul are meant for more mature viewers, which is something the fans should be. MATURE.
Toonami fanboys incessantly WHINE about no longer having the stereotypical Shonen Jump Action Anime like One Piece on the block. They need to suck it up, put on their big boy pants, and learn to watch something different and for their own age group.
Speaking of Black Lagoon, I have repeatedly said that the Toonami block should re-air Black Lagoon. Then, follow it up with the OVA's, Roberta's Blood Trail as a Memorial Day Marathon or something along those lines.
In order to clarify what I am saying, Toonami should have Black Lagoon back on the regular schedule at the start of the new year. It would especially be nice to see the Omakes (animated shorts) between the episodes of the show.
After re-airing Black Lagoon in its entirety during the spring, Roberta's Blood Trail should be aired, during Memorial Day Weekend.
Roberta's Blood Trail can be its OWN marathon on the Toonami block because it is a 5-episode OVA about Roberta.
Not only is Roberta's Blood Trail a 5-episode OVA, but also OVA 1 is the conclusion to the last episode of the series, Black Lagoon. The finale left the series as incomplete regarding The Washimine Group and Yukio Washimine.
Even though Black Lagoon is mostly about criminals (pirates, gangsters, and trained assassins to be more specific), it DOES have war themes. A number of Black Lagoon characters have a history of being war vets.
War Veteran Characters From Black Lagoon:
Dutch- former Marine, who fought during The Vietnam War.
Balalaika- the boss of Hotel Moscow was a captain in the Soviet Army and a Russian Airborne Troop, who served in the Soviet War in Afghanistan.
Bao- bartender and owner of the dive bar, Yellow Flag. He is also an ex-ARVN soldier, who fought in the Vietnam War.
The Captain- an experienced ex-soldier, who saw action in the Liberian Civil War in the early 1990's.
Major Shane Caxton- a Vietnam War veteran like Dutch, who still maintains his moral code of conduct. Also, he's an American black-ops operator hiding in Roanapur, while waiting to be deployed to Indochina.
Captain Wentzel Ahbe- was the decorated skipper of the Type IXC U-boat U-1324 and a Battle of the Atlantic survivor. His last order was during the last months of World War II in Europe.
Lieutenant Colonel Matsuda- was an Imperial Japanese Army officer posted to Germany to study Aeronautics and remained there until early 1945.
SS Lieutenant Colonel Spielberger- the U-1324’s second passenger and a member of the SD. He was charged with the care of the painting, The Twelve Knights Led by Brunhilda.
The Twelve Knights Led by Brunhilda was part of a Nazi plot to prepare for the Nazis' eventual return to power following their defeat in World War II.
Rosarita Cisneros/"Roberta"- a former FARC guerrilla trained as an assassin in Cuba and an internationally wanted criminal. Rosarita also acts as a Columbian maid,who worked for 4 years at The Lovelace Household in Venezuela.
In addition, Roberta developed a close bond with Garcia Lovelace. Garcia is the only son of Diego Jose San Fernando Lovelace.
All 5 Black Lagoon OVA's are mostly about Roberta. The OVA's for Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail have YET to be aired on Adult Swim's Toonami block.
For the last 2 years, I have been saying this needs to happen. Aside from me being a Roberta fan, she is a fan favorite among other Black Lagoon fans.
Rather than sharing the usual animation blog for Cartoon Sunday, I thought I would share something a little different. If you would like to watch Black Lagoon from the beginning, you can click on the following Cartoon Sunday blog from 2015.
Today I am sharing an interview with the English Dub cast of Black Lagoon for this Cartoon Sunday. I have been told that this interview is on the DVD for the series.
Watching this interview was interesting. Fans of the Black Lagoon franchise have a chance to see what the voice actors thought about the characters they played.
If you happen to be a fan of Death Note, you may want to watch this interview. Brad Swaile, who voiced Light Yagami also did the voice for the protagonist, Rock in Black Lagoon. Anyway, here is the English Dub Cast Interview for Black Lagoon.
Black Lagoon: English Dub Cast Interview (2007)
|Posted by Anna H. on May 27, 2017 at 7:00 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Are you ready for this Memorial Day Weekend? So far, I have nothing planned. Unless blogging and sleeping in COUNT as "plans"?
Hopefully, no self-serving opportunists decide to invite themselves over for a free meal. After this chaotic week, they are the last people I need or want to see.
Ever have those types of holidays, that make you dread uninvited "guests"? Some people simply love to impose themselves on others because they believe the sun, moon, and stars revolve around them.
Speaking of blogging, I had the hardest time deciding what to share for today. I wasn't sure if I wanted to share a patriotic or anti-war song for Memorial Day Weekend, or to share another creepy song.
Then, I stumbled upon Medwyn Goodall's "Behold The Darkness." It instantly gave me the creeps, which is all the more reason to share "Behold The Darkness." Listening to the song sounds like it would be a part of a score to a Horror TV show or a movie.
In fact, I imagine Goodall's "Behold The Darkness" being used for a show or movie comprised of vampires and werewolves. It has that type of tone. The more I think about the song, it would be perfect for a Vampire TV Drama.
To explain a little more about Medwyn Goodall, he is a New Age Music composer originally from Yorkshire, England. He currently lives with his wife, Wendy in Cornwall, England.
At 10 years old, this man taught himself how to play the guitar and noticed, that he had the ability to learn how to play musical instruments very quickly.
By the time Medwyn Goodall became a teenager, he started composing his own songs. Soon, Goodall earned local notoriety with his band, Trax. Years later, he learned how to play over 20 instruments. These instruments include the mandolin, piano, drums, harp, flute, glockenspiel, panpipes, vibraphone, and a synthesizer.
At 26 years old, Medwyn Goodall released his debut album. Today he has released over 75 albums. You cannot say this composer is untalented and is never busy.
Earlier this morning, I visited 1 of Goodall's websites and left a message for him on his Guestbook page. I informed the composer, that I would be sharing a song of his today for my latest Song Saturday blog. Hopefully, Goodall sees my message, reads it, and responds.
Considering how busy this New Age Instrumental Music composer is, he is probably feverishly composing his next albums. I'm very curious about how Medwyn Goodall manages to find the time to compose music.
There are only so many hours within a day.
When you are listening to Medwyn Goodall's "Behold The Darkness," I encourage you to sit, embrace, and absorb the sound of this composition. Also, pay CLOSE attention to the unofficial music video below.
Does the overall tone of "Behold The Darkness" give you an eerie feeling?
Listening to this song and watching this unofficial music video makes me think about the Gothic Horror Soap Opera, Dark Shadows, Grimm, and that evil character, Dio Brando from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
Patrick Seitz voicing Dio in English makes the villain sound just as evil as the way he is written. That reminds me, Toonami better hurry up and air JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's 2nd season because the block is boring with the exception of Tokyo Ghoul airing.
Anyway, here is Medwyn Goodall's "Behold The Darkness" for today's Song Saturday.
Medwyn Goodall "Behold The Darkness" Comet (1999)
|Posted by Anna H. on May 26, 2017 at 2:40 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Earlier this week, I was a little surprised at the number of other subscribers, that missed the previous update from last week. In that same update, I explained what I planned for this week.
In case you missed it, you can read it HERE.
You may have noticed, that the background for It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns has been changed. The background was changed 2 days ago for not only Memorial Day on Monday, but also for the next month or so. I am sure you'll get use to the red, white, and blue scenery.
Speaking of Wednesday, it was literally 1 year ago on May 24, 2016 that I had the opportunity to interview the former bassist and co-founder of the Horror Groove Metal band, White Zombie (Sean Yseult).
Our interview was during an online radio show.
Because there were some technical difficulties, I personally e-mailed Sean's publicist my questions for her to answer. Then, I published the interview last June 11th in Q & A format on here.
Until this day, most readers enjoyed our interview. Only 1 person made disparaging remarks about me and my interview with Sean. It was somebody with almost ZERO knowledge about White Zombie, Rob Zombie, and most music in general.
Otherwise, most readers including posters from Adult Swim loved my interview and praised me for it. Apparently I did something right.
As far as my interview with bassist, Sean Yseult goes, I posted the link to it on the main page of It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.
Yesterday I shared my interview with Sean around Google Plus for all those, who may have missed it last year. Because there are always new readers and subscribers, I am re-sharing this interview with additional blogs associated with Sean Yseult and White Zombie.
|Posted by Anna H. on May 21, 2017 at 8:30 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Seems like some of you on Google Plus, World of Anime, and facebook enjoyed yesterday's blog. In case you missed this Chris Cornell Tribute for Song Saturday, you can read it HERE.
Song Saturday: Chris Cornell Tribute Block also features a Soundgarden music video from 2010, which was directed by Brendon Small. In case you did not already know, Brendon Small was 1 of the creators of Adult Swim's Metalocalypse.
In addition to Adult Swim news, it has been confirmed that the Toonami block will be airing a Samurai Jack Marathon next Saturday night for Memorial Day Weekend. Then on June 17th, Toonami will be premiering Lupin The Third: Part 4.
You can read more about it in the following link, if you are interested.
Personally, I won't be watching either the Samurai Jack Marathon, or Lupin when it premieres, next month. Therefore, I will be waiting for a different show. Hopefully, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure will return to the Toonami block soon with its 2nd season, Stardust Crusaders.
I will continue watching Tokyo Ghoul and rewatching Naruto Shippuden in English on the Toonami block. Aside from the Chris Cornell Tribute blog I published yesterday and news about Adult Swim's shows, let's return to the horror.
Because so many of you enjoyed those Animated Horror Shorts, that I shared 2 weeks ago from Axeman Cartoons, I have another creepy short to share with you all. In case you missed 10 Two Sentence Horror Stories for Cartoon Sunday, you can check it out right HERE.
Today we have Christopher Christensen's poem, "The Stone Wall." "The Stone Wall" was illustrated by YeahManTV, while Let's Read narrated this creepy piece.
If you have an appreciation for Textured Art with abstract spirals, Dr. Seuss, and Edgar Allan Poe, "The Stone Wall" may be right up your alley. I'll admit to being automatically biased, when it comes to abstract spirals in the animation.
The spirals remind me of some of the work I did in high school for Art Class. Also, I did something similar to this type of Textured Art, when the band, KoRn held their album cover contest before releasing their 4th album, Issues in 1999.
As I watched "The Stone Wall," it reminded me of Dr. Seuss meets Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask Of Amontillado" and "The Tell-Tale Heart." This is along with a smidge of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown."
If you never had the opportunities to read any of these short stories in high school or in college, you should read them now.
Listening to Christensen's "The Stone Wall" made me notice, that the protagonist in this creepy poem has a serious drinking problem. He drank an entire bottle of wine and is probably using some kind of a hallucinogenic drug.
If mixing hallucinogenic drugs with wine is NOT the problem, the protagonist must be drunk from trying to drink away his guilty conscience about something. The Goat Man must represent his guilty conscience, possibly about his alcoholism, which he chooses to deny.
As far as the stone wall goes, it could possibly represent the protagonist's alcoholism which is acting as a barrier between issues he has and the fact that he chooses not to acknowledge them. Anything is possible at this rate with this poem.
"The Stone Wall" is the type of creepy poem, that really makes you think hard. The animation, illustration, and narraton for this poem, helped to add character to the protagonist, The Goat Man, and the overall story being told in the poem.
Some of you may be irritated by my psychoanalysis of Christopher Christensen's "The Stone Wall." I cannot help paying attention to both the narration and illustrations for this poem. Both have this ability to make us really think.
Rather than explaining my perception of this creepy poem, I highly suggest watching "The Stone Wall" for yourself and judging with your own conclusions. Anyway, here is Christopher Christensen's "The Stone Wall" for today's Cartoon Sunday.
Christopher Christensen's "The Stone Wall" (2016)
|Posted by Anna H. on May 20, 2017 at 4:55 AM||comments (6)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Like many other fans of Grunge Rock Music, I was in utter shock and disbelief about Chris Cornell's death. Right now, I am still reeling. Honestly, I did NOT see his death coming. It was something TOO unexpected and sudden.
Most Gen Xers, who were familiar with Grunge Rock, during the early to mid-1990's already knew that Chris Cornell was the lead singer of Soundgarden. Not only was Cornell the lead singer of Soundgarden, but also the frontman for Audioslave and Temple Of The Dog.
On the other hand, Audioslave formed in 2001, which was shortly after Rage Against The Machine (a band I still hate over 2 decades later) disbanded. Audioslave was a Hard Rock Supergroup comprised of Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello, Brad Wilk, Tim Commerford, and Soundgarden's Chris Cornell.
On Thursday, MTV Classic aired a tribute block of the late Chris Cornell's music videos. It's very strange that he is NOW having tributes done for him.
Now, the situation is unexpectedly reversed. I may have never been a diehard fan of Chris Cornell's, however it is shocking as well as heartbreaking learning, that another talented Rock singer has suddenly died.
Cornell is another talented lead singer from the Grunge Era, who is now dead. There are NOT very many of those lead singers left, when it comes to Grunge. Candlebox's Kevin Martin and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder are most likely the final 2 vocalists, that are still alive from Seattle, WA's Grunge scene.
Most 30-year-olds and younger never had the opportunity to experience growing up, saving an allowance to buy their favorite singers or groups' songs on vinyl, tape, and CD's. This is along with rushing to hear their favorite songs being played on the radio.
Also, younger Millennials and Generation Z have no experience with watching music centric channels, that had cared about airing music videos 24/7. Generally speaking, if you do NOT have a cable or satellite provider, you are definitely unable to watch music videos 24/7 on MTV Classic.
Like the way I grew up watching MTV, during the 1980's and '90s, I am spending MORE time offline watching MTV Classic as an escape from the Internet, Reality TV Shows, and politics.
Sometimes retreating to my old ways of enjoying music television makes me feel a little depressed. Because I am older now, I am watching blocks of old music videos with a hefty portion of dead celebrities within those music blocks.
MTV Classic will do a block of music videos of dead Pop and R&B singers, Rappers, Rock Stars, etc. I cannot speak for others watching, although it does make me say:
"There goes another talented singer, who is dead or has a dead member from the group."
This Song Saturday, some of you will be in for a grim treat. I am sharing some music videos featuring Chris Cornell in Soundgarden and Temple Of The Dog. Some of you should really enjoy a more recent Soundgarden music video ("Black Rain").
The music video for Soundgarden's "Black Rain" was directed by the creator of Metalocalypse's Brendon Small. In addition, the animated Death Metal band, Dethklok was featured in this Soundgarden music video.
Watching some of these Soundgarden music videos feels nostalgic. This can especially be said about "Black Hole Sun." Listening to the song instantly makes me think about an old high school crush. Anyway, let's all set aside a moment to remember another talented Grunge Rock lead singer for today's Song Saturday.
1) Soundgarden "Loud Love" Louder Than Love (1989)
2) Soundgarden "Jesus Christ Pose" Badmotorfinger (1991)
3) Temple Of The Dog "Say Hello 2 Heaven" Temple Of The Dog (1991)
4) Soundgarden "Black Hole Sun" Superunknown (1994)
5) Soundgarden "Spoonman" Superunknown (1994)
6) Soundgarden "Blow Up The Outside World" Down On The Upside (1996)
7) Soundgarden "Black Rain" Telephantasm (2010)
[BONUS: Chris Cornell's Prince & Whitney Houston Tributes]
1) Chris Cornell [Prince Cover] "Nothing Compares 2 U" Sirius XM Live (2010)
2) Chris Cornell [Dolly Parton/Whitney Houston Cover] "I Will Always Love You" Live (2012)
Do you have a favorite song(s) by the late great Chris Cornell?