Posts Tagged ‘Metal’

Good day inmates!

I hope that you’re all having a wonderfully crazy and safe day today! I must admit it’s been something of an uneventful week since my previous non-poem post. I’ve just been keeping my head down and writing everyday as normal. The weather has been very up and down once again, but the temperature has remained friendly. I’ve found myself feeling a little bit down the last few days, though I must confess I have no idea why. Some of you may have noticed a few reasonably “depressing” poems recently. I just needed to relinquish some angst I suppose. Best way to get it out eh?

So anyways, on to happier pastures! It’s time for part 40 of the Harlequins writing music! I’m very surprised nobody has begged me to stop making these by now! Haha! I remember when I began, I thought it’d only be 3-4 posts and everyone (including me) would grow bored of them. Alas, here we are! It’s time to share five more musical artists that I love listening to while writing. Or sometimes just when I’m chilling with a book. As always, I’ll try to keep it varied! We all like to listen to different kinds of music after all! Let’s see what we get today eh?

So, join me as we delve into the musical minds of extravagant artists the world over!

Mushroomhead – We Are The Truth
http://www.mushroomhead.com/

Paramore – Monster
https://www.paramore.net/?frontpage=true

VNV Nation – Illusion
http://www.vnvnation.com/

Electric Six – Danger! High Voltage!
https://electricsix.com/

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dani California
https://redhotchilipeppers.com/

So there we have it for yet another tome of the Harlequins writing music!

Some well known artists there this time eh? Not everything I listen to has to be the most obscure Disco-goth-banjo-rock with opera vocals you know! I truly do listen to all sorts. I hope that you give these artists and their songs a chance anyway! I don’t believe you will be disappoined!

As I mentioned last time, I have a Facebook page, Twitter page and an Instagram page. I post some random stuff on each of these, as well as clues for each days poem a few hours beforehand. Sometimes I post weird photos of random objects in my room and “IRL” adventures! As always, if you like what I do here at the asylum, please consider supporting me over on the Ko-Fi page! Thank you as always! I may or may not have copy and pasted that from last time! Haha!

Until next time, have a very crazy day my dear inmates!

Hello inmates!

It’s been another crazy time since last wednesday. Here’s hoping that you’ve all been having a nice time. Hope you’re keeping as safe as possible! The UK is beginning to slowly slide towards a modicum of normality after Covid, with the majority of businesses and services being allowed to open in the coming week or two. There are odd exceptions, but we’re getting there I suppose. It’s hard to say if it’s too soon or not, but it appears to be relatively safe here on the Isle of Wight at least. It’s been wonderful to see and hear how well things have been going in New Zealand. All celebrations and life anew. I have a friend who lives there who says it’s a great feeling and I can totally believe it!

I’ve still been working hard to get more exposure for the asylum on social media though, I must confess, I don’t think i’m very good at it! Haha! I’ll include links to the social media pages at the end of this post because i’m a hopeless shill I suppose. With that said, i’ve been very humbled (as always) by the absolute darlings who grace these pages. You really don’t know how much of a boost you all give me.

It’s time for another post of the Harlequins writing music. And what a post we have for you today! Five more awesome musical artists to perhaps whet your personal appetites for creativity. Or perhaps even just to chill in the sun to. I wonder what marvels we have for you today! The voices haven’t told me ahead of time, I swear!

So, join me as we delve into the musical minds of catchy artists the world over!

Cam Cole – Mama
https://camcole.com/

ATC – All Around The World
https://web.archive.org/web/20030207235714/http://www.a-touch-of-class.de/frame_e.html

Chevelle – The Red
https://getmorechevelle.com/

She Wants Revenge – Out Of Control
https://www.shewantsrevenge.com/

Dolly Parton – Jolene
http://www.dollyparton.com/

So there we have it for yet another tome of the Harlequins writing music!

That was quite a variety wasn’t it? I hope you all give some of these artists a try as always. They definitely all deserve it, especially the lesser-known ones. With that said, they’re all better known than me! Haha!

So, on to the shilling I suppose. I have a Facebook page, Twitter page and an Instagram page. I post some random stuff on each of these, as well as clues for each days poem a few hours beforehand. Sometimes I post weird photos of my adventures in “Real Life” or just random objects in my room. As always, if you like what I do here at the asylum, please consider supporting me over on the Ko-Fi page! Thank you as always!

Until next week, I doff my hat to you and wish you a very crazy day inmates!

I walk this black and gold city,
Streets lined with circuits and voltage,
Chapels and shrines to chrome,
Midas kingdoms,
I’m a cyberpunk,
A loathsome hacker,

The disquiet is choking,
It entwines with the smokestacks,
Faces become metal plates,
Emotions reduced to lucrative algorithms,
Human no more,
Flesh has become a sin,

Corporate gods,
Mechanical preaching,
The world underwent body modification,
Its soul sold to the highest bidder,
All of its life has become mineral,
All black and gold,

I’m a ghost in the machine,
A former spirit of rebellion,
My heart was coldly dead,
Even before this metallic clone,
A facsimile of a pulse,
A life,

The augmented future is bleak.

Good day inmates!

Here’s hoping you are having a wonderful wednesday! It’s been more or less smooth sailing here at the asylum. I’ve been really happy with the recent poems i’ve posted, which believe it or not is a rarity for me. I don’t tend to like my own work. I feel that is a curse of the creative soul. I’ve been trying to grow the blog, get some exposure on other sites and just being a wacky little streak of moonlight. It’s been rather tiring I will confess. I know that fame or being noticed isn’t really the point of this blog or my writing, but do you ever wonder if there is an “end result” so to speak? This is a genuine question to my fellow inmates out there. Is the writing itself the point? Or do we seek some kind of validation? I’ve laid awake some nights recently wondering.

So, it’s time for part thirty-eight of the Harlequins writing music. Many of you will know the drill by now I imagine! Five musical artists that I like to listen to when i’m either writing or thinking about writing (procrastination be damned). I do say this every time, but it bears mentioning. I will be attempting to vary it up a bit, I like to get different kinds of vibes and images from all different genres. And it also has the added bonus of presenting something for everyone, if that makes sense! So here we go!

So, join me as we delve into the musical minds of canny artists the world over!

The Birthday Massacre – In The Dark
http://www.thebirthdaymassacre.com/home.html

Scatman John – Scatman (ski-ba-bop-ba-dop-bop)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrW3wr4Xau3UssnByxsHdCg

Pale Waves – Television Romance
https://www.palewaves.co.uk/

Rise Against – Prayer Of The Refugee
http://www.riseagainst.com/

HIM – The Sacrament
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM10srINLaSQFrcDVmHV0gA

So there we have it for yet another edition of the Harlequins writing music!

I hope that you give all of these artists a fair chance. They all deserve the exposure and the attention, in my eyes at least. Bit of a mix there eh? Especially that Scatman John, now that’s one you don’t hear every day!

Now, as I mentioned i’m trying to get more exposure for the asylum right now. I have a Facebook page, Twitter page and an Instagram page. I post some random stuff on each of these, as well as clues for each days poem a few hours beforehand. Just for a little bit of fun of course! A little bit of self-promotion can be a slight confidence boost! Haha! As always, if you like what I do here at the asylum, please consider supporting me over on the Ko-Fi page! Thank you so much!

So, until next time, have a very crazy day and upcoming week inmates!

Hello there inmates!

I hope that you’re all having a terrifically lovely day! The world has gone completely barmy right now hasn’t it? It truly is an asylum as I thought. First a near-war between certain nations, economies threatening to collapse, then a worldwide pandemic, then worldwide race riots. It’s enough to make anybody deranged. With that said, I do feel for those who have been affected by the recent events. The asylum has always stood for individuality in all forms, whether it be race, sexuality, beliefs, dressing style or simply interests. I have written a few so-called “social justice” poems recently, so I wanted this to be known. Me and the voices condemn racism and bigotry.

So, moving on, the asylum has been running quite well this week. I have found my sleeping pattern to be a little askew though, I must confess. I’m sleeping a tad too much I fear, even having naps in the middle of the day. I’m a little torn on if I like or loath this so far! Haha!

So, for the Harlequins writing music post today i’m going to be doing something i’ve only done once or twice so far. As you may know, it was D-day the other day (the 6th of June). I had another piece ready for that day so I didn’t create something specifically for it. So instead i’m going to share five songs from a specific band that I feel are a wonderful tribute to the soldiers and heroes in their own ways. This band is called Sabaton. They are a power metal band from Sweden who create songs mostly about the subject of war. They come across as quite cheesy and over the top in their lyrics at times. However, they do this in ways that are very respectful and in no way glorify violence. I even find some of their songs quite educational. They even have begun their own history documentary on Youtube! Having had family who fought in World War 2, I feel quite strongly about this. So, I felt it was a good tribute to those who fought on D-day to share this band! Lest we forget!

So join me as we delve into the heroic minds of Sabaton!

Sabaton – Primo Victoria

Sabaton – To Hell And Back

Sabaton – Bismarck

Sabaton – Aces In Excile

Sabaton – The Final Solution

So there we have it for yet another scribbling of the Harlequins writing music!

As always I’ll include the link to the bands website here. I hope you all give this band a chance even if metal music isn’t really your thing. They are really dedicated to honouring the soldiers and calling out evil. They also are very big on educating people about the various wars they cover. You could learn a lot! Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it after all!

So I have two different things to endorse today. Firstly, as always, if you like what I do here at the asylum, please consider supporting me over on the Ko-Fi page! Thank you so much! Secondly, I wanted to draw attention to a Facebook group that some creative friends and I created a short time ago. It’s called The Emotional Alchemist. It is a group for writers to share their work and just get support or advice about writing. No judgement, just mutual love for creating. If that sounds at all interesting to you, feel free to come join us!

So, that’s all for today so until next week, have a very crazy day inmates!

Salutations my fellow inmates!

I hope you’re all having a wonderful day today. The weather has turned slightly here in the UK, bringing a little bit of rain. This is actually quite welcome if i’m honest with you. The plants needed the help and it’s freshened up the air a treat! At least the sunburn has faded! Haha!

The asylum is once again running at full efficiency! I’m still always astounded by the support I get, it’s a real confidence boost. I’ve been setting up an Instagram page for the blog too recently. I’m finding a hard time working out the site to be honest! Maybe i’m not as tech-savvy as I had thought. I’ll get there eventually I imagine. I’m going to include a little “gift” from me to all of you at the end of this post today. It’s nothing fancy, but it took a lot to actually do. I hope you give it a gander!

So, on to the primary purpose of this post eh? We need some music up in here! I think that’s how the cool people speak these days, I have no idea. I’ll be sharing five musical artists that I enjoy listening to while i’m writing. I’m guessing many of you know the drill by now, but I thought i’d mention it again for the newer inmates! Music is a great inspirational force, in fact i’d even go as far as to say its a force of nature for us artists.

So, join me as we delve into the musical minds of golden artists the world over!

The HU – Wolf Totem
https://www.thehuofficial.com/

Flyleaf – All Around Me
http://www.flyleafmusic.com/flyleaf/

Tove Lo – Habits (Stay High)
https://tove-lo.com/

Clean Bandit – Rockabye
https://www.cleanbandit.co.uk/

Fozzy – Judas
http://www.fozzyrock.com/fozzy/

So there we have it for another edition of the Harlequins writing music!

As always, I hope that you give each of these artists a try. They’re all rather good in my eyes and it’d be nice to see people being exposed to new music! I’ve always considered that a beautiful thing, do you not agree?

So, earlier I mentioned a gift for you all. Well, here it is. Anxiety intensifies!

Just a note: I did mean 2000 followers, not likes. Haha!

As I always say, if you like what I do here at the asylum, please consider supporting me over at the Ko-Fi page! Thank you so much!

So, until next time, have a very crazy day inmates!

Hello once more inmates!

I hope that you’re having a wonderfully manic day today! It’s been a rather nice day for me, though I am in a wee bit of discomfort today. I may or may not have gone for a walk yesterday for a bit too long and with suntan lotion. I’m quite badly burned up one side. Uncomfortable but amusing in it’s own way. Haha! That’s a lesson learned, I can promise you that!

It’s been business as usual here at the asylum really this week. I’ve been uncharacteristically pleased with my recent work. I’m my own worst critic at the best of times, but still. I’m hoping that you are all enjoying my recent stuff and I’d also like to extend a warm welcome to the newest inmates that have followed the blog recently. I don’t feel I can ever thank all of you enough!

So it is time for the next edition of the Harlequins writing music! It’s time to share five musical artists that the Harlequin enjoys listening to while writing. It could be orchestral, it could be metal. It could even be Hip-hop! You never know! I try to vary it as much as humanly (or inhumanly) possible!

So, join me as we delve into the musical minds of distinguished artists the world over!

Seether – Remedy
https://www.seether.com/

Bricks + Mortar – Keep This Place Beautiful
https://www.brmr.net/

The Rumjacks – An Irish Pub Song

Live in Athens

WinWel – You Make My Day (Feat. Lua Lua)
https://www.facebook.com/WinWelofficial/

Nightwish – Bye Bye Beautiful
https://nightwish.com/

So there we have it for another episode of the Harlequins writing music!

Here’s hoping that you give at least a couple of these artists a try! It’s a decent selection is it not? The voices say I may be a tad biased in saying that, but there you go! Haha! I’m torn between doing another writing music post next week or something a little different. We’ll see eh?

As always, if you like what I do here at the asylum, please consider supporting me over at the Ko-Fi page! Thank you so much!

So, until next week, have a very crazy day inmates!

Good day inmates!

It’s your friendly neighbourhood Harlequin here, coming at you with a new post. I’m not sure why I opened with that, I wanted to be “street” for once. Haha! One hopes you’re all having a marvelous day. I’ve been getting out and about a little bit on my bike. Partly to break up the monotony of the weeks, but also partly to stop the bikes battery dying altogether. It’s happened before and it was no fun! Here’s hoping for the best eh?

The blog has been doing amazingly well this last week. We had the most views in one day just a few days ago. I was so humbled by it, I must confess. Also a couple days ago was the seventh anniversary of the asylums existence! It’s been one hell of a crazy ride, has it not?

So it’s time for the next edition of the Harlequins writing music! Part 34 already! Where does the time go? Well it’s going to be a “traditional” writing music post today. Five musical artists. Five artists worthy of your attention. In my opinion of course! As always I hope I include something for everyone.

So, join me as we delve into the musical minds of dignified artists the world over!

Hearts & Colors – Lion
https://www.facebook.com/heartsandcolors

Frank Klepacki – Act On Instinct
https://www.frankklepacki.com/

Eisbrecher – Verrückt
https://www.eis-brecher.com/

Embrace – Nature’s Law
http://www.embrace.co.uk/

Ava Max – Sweet but Psycho
https://www.avamax.com/

So there we have it for another issue of the Harlequins writing music!

As always my friends, I hope that you give each of these artists a listen. I’ve tried to have a varied list to potentially entertain each and every one of you. Give them all a gander though, you will be pleasantly surprised I assure you. Also, yes I did include a song from an old PC game. Just because I could!

Once again, if you like what I do here at the asylum, please consider supporting me over at the Ko-Fi page! It’d be a real honour!

Until next week, I bid you a very crazy day inmates!

Hello there inmates!

One hopes you’re all having a great day today! There isn’t very much to report of the asylum front. Things are running smoothly, at a fair rate of knots. I’ve actually been really quite happy with my last few poems, which is a rarity for me I can tell you for nothing. I’ve been sleeping a fair bit better the last week or so though, so that has definitely been a significant morale boost as well. Routine. Routine. Routine.

And as always, i’ve been humbled and charmed by the incomparable kindness of my fellow inmates! Your comments really do bring a smile to this old painted face. It has caused quite a contented chuckle from the other voices as well. We love you guys!

So, it’s time for part 33 of the Harlequins writing music! I have decided to do something a tiny bit different today. I’m still going to include five different musical artists, but this time all of the songs I pick will be covers. I find a good cover gives a new meaning and life to even an archaic song. The context could even change, a twist on the original. They most certainly have merit in my eyes. That is not to say that songs are bad because they’re older though of course! You can always have both! Here’s a few of my favourites!

Join me as we delve into the musical minds of covering artists the world over!

Johnny Cash – Hurt (Nine Inch Nails cover)

Home

Mr Strange – It’s A Sin (Pet Shop Boys cover)
http://www.mrstrangemedia.com/

Frog Leap Studios – Duality (Slipknot Cover)

Home

Disturbed – The Sound Of Silence (Simon and Garfunkel Cover)
https://www.disturbed1.com/

Machinae Supremacy – Gimme More (Sid) [Britney Spears Cover]
https://www.machinaesupremacy.com/

So there we have it for another drop of the Harlequins writing music!

I hope that you enjoy all of these covers today my fellow inmates! I just fancied doing something a tad different for this weeks writing music post. As always, I hope you give each of these artists a try, whether it be their covers or original songs.

Once again, if you like what I do here at the asylum, please consider supporting me over at the Ko-Fi page! Thanks for all the support!

Until next time, I shall bid you a good day, doff my hat to you and wish you a very crazy day inmates!

Hello again inmates!

I hope that I find you all on a good day. Things have been going rather swimmingly here at the asylum this week. The weather has been a tad on the bipolar side, but it’s been warm enough at least. I’ve gotten outside more than last week, so there’s a positive. The poetical muse has been working overtime as well, I seem to be having more ideas than I have writing paper right now. Better than the other way around I suppose.

On another positive note, I made some new friends this week. Some kindred souls from across the world. This group of people have been a real morale boost for the last week or so. It’s almost been like joining a support group actually. Almost a internet family in some respects. I’m not sure where I was going with this particular point, but I simply wanted to include a thank you to any of those guys who may be reading. Hehe!

So, it’s time for part 32 of the Harlequins writing music! It’s rather amazing that i’m still able to think of musical artists to include in these posts. I clearly have been listening to far too much over the years. Here’s hoping that I include something for everyone eh?

Join me as we delve into the musical minds of startling artists the world over!

Heart – Barracuda
https://www.heart-music.com/

Nina Chuba – I Can’t Sleep
https://www.facebook.com/chinanuba/

Puddles Pity Party – Helena
http://www.puddlespityparty.com/

Cradle Of Filth – Nymphetamine Fix
https://www.facebook.com/cradleoffilth/

Semblant – What Lies Ahead
http://semblant.com.br/

So there we have it for another edition of the Harlequins writing music!

I don’t think i’ve had a selection quite that radically varied before. Extreme metal at one end and soft acoustic vocals at the other. It’s just what I love about music though, it comes from all sorts of places and all sorts of people. There is merit in all of it!

Once again, if you like what I do here at the asylum, please consider supporting me over at the Ko-Fi page! Thanks for all the support!

Until next week, I shall bid you auf wiedersehen and hope you have a very crazy day inmates!