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The guy with the FUNKY fashion taste and also with a FLAIR for graphic designing. I'm Amirul Nasir, or you can call me Rool, for short. 21 years standing in the feet of the Earth. Singaporean. Currently serving the nation till 02/06/12. I'm a Ngee Ann Polytechnic Mass Communication (Class of 2010) graduate. Creative Director, someday? More about me?

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    Love the blog layout? Want something like that? Or even better? Yes, I do design for blogs too at an affordable rate! For more details, feel free to drop a message to my email, amirul.nasir [at] gmail [dot] com!

    Apart from blogs, I do design for events, editorial designs, interactive designs. I am a designer afterall.. right? Or even photo editing! Let me know what you need and I'll try my best to get it done for you.

    Monday, December 20, 2010
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    (My cure for Monday Blues)

    I'm gonna start this Music Mondays blog post from now onwards. My mind is like a jukebox. In times when I'm unsure of what song to listen to in my iPod, it'll just start playing any random song from any music artiste. And that artist / song.. will be part of my Music Mondays.

    Image credit: Tvripple

    Being an obsessed fan of One Tree Hill and having watched the soap drama since my secondary school days, I must say that it definitely influenced my taste in music. I get to discover bands that I've never heard of such as Relient K (Okay, so they're popular now. Big deal. They were quite underground back then.), Athlete, Across The Sky (Everywhere she goes is still a fine tune... even now!), Angels and Airwaves (Like i said, they were underground back then), Aqualung, Augustana (Boston will always be a lovely song), Yellowcard, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Tyler Hilton.. and the list goes on and on.

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    Peyton Sawyer (Hilarie Burton from OTH) believed that music saved her life and as I was re-watching past episodes of One Tree Hill, what she said remains etched in my memory. Funny how I could still remember what she said.. even till now. Why? Because I believe in her theory. I believe in her. I believe music can and will save someone's life.
    "You know, I’ve got this theory; There are two kinds of people in the world. There are lyric people and music people. You know, the lyric people tend to be analytical. They know, all about the meaning of the song. They’re the ones you see with the CD insert out like five minutes after buying it, pouring over the lyrics, interpreting the hell out of everything. Then there’s the music people.. who could care less for the lyrics as long as it's just got like, a good beat and you could dance to it. I don’t know, sometimes it might be easier to be a music girl and not a lyric girl. But since I’m not, let me just say this: Sometimes things find you when you need them to find you. I believe that. And for me, it’s usually song lyrics."
    - Peyton Sawyer
    Image credit: Popstar Plus

    The one band that still stays with me after all these years of teen angst: Jack's Mannequin. I may seem to have forgotten about them until I was watching Alex Goot and his rendition of 'Dark Blue' and that's when I realised, "Hey I know this song!" and in an instant I knew it was Jack's Mannequin.

    Their two albums; Everything in Transit & The Glass Passenger

    I was exceptionally pleased to find out that they had a new album just last year. Song after song, I was inspired. Inspired to do a lot of things. It's like this feeling you get when you rediscover a band that you loved so much in the past and you just wanted the whole world to listen to them. And that's when I knew, I have to blog about them. I must. My favourite songs (it was hard to choose) from them include Mixed Tape, Dark Blue and Swim.

    "This is my mixed tape for her. It's like I wrote every note with my own fingers." 
    - Mixed Tape; Jack's Mannequin

    Hilarie Burton's appearance in the Mixed Tape music video just makes it all perfect. She is amazing. Mixed Tape is probably the song that you'll listen to from having the frustration of having the person you once loved (best friend, lover etc) becoming an enemy. I've been in this situation many times in Secondary school.. even till now; The situation of love turned to hate and having to deal with that change although it's hard and you try to believe that the person hasn't just changed but instead become someone else entirely leaving you wondering, "Where is that person I used to know?"

    Thank you Jack's Mannequin for filling me with determination and hope and I hope you guys are reading this 'cos the world could do with more bands like you guys and less of those mainstream nonsense that has plagued our society today. On a further note, do drop by Singapore for a gig or something! You'd be surprised by the number of fans you have here. ;)



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