Monthly Archives: January 2013

“Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.” – Horace

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JabberFeed went international today! I never imagined this blog would get this kind of reception. Thank you so much! You guys are awesome!

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8 Year Old Batman Fan With Leukemia Receives Call from Christian Bale

Another reason to add to the list of why Christian Bale is one of my favorite actors. Zach Guillot is an 8 year old boy with leukemia, and is probably the happiest Batman fan in the world. He received the surprise of his life when he received an unexpected phone call from Christian Bale, his favorite actor. His mother recorded the conversation and posted it on YouTube. Bale stayed on the phone for ten minutes to discuss Zach’s favorite super hero. One of the most heartwarming things I’ve heard about in awhile.

“Anyone can be Batman, anyone can be as strong as him.”

– Christian Bale

Tyler Ward – 5th Year YouTube Anniversary

I’ve been wanting to do a Tyler Ward post ever since I started this blog, however I wanted it to be great and do him justice. I thought today would be an excellent time to sit down and finally do this post because 5 years ago, on this day, he posted his first ever YouTube video. About 3 years ago I stumbled onto an amazing cover artist on YouTube. Since then he has become very special to me and he has become very successful. I’m not a huge fan of covers, but Tyler’s are amazing. He puts such raw emotion into each song, whether it’s happiness  sadness, contempt, angst, love. His voice and skill with a guitar are amazing (and it doesn’t hurt that he’s very good looking)! Check out his cover of Somewhere With You originally performed by Kenny Chesney:

The biggest problem cover artists have is the switch to releasing original material . Tyler Ward’s original songs are just as amazing (if not better!) than his covers. For the past couple years he has been releasing a few on YouTube every now and then, but on September 25th of this year he released his first original album, an EP titled Hello. Love. Heartbreak. (pictured below). Featuring six songs, this EP takes a step away from Tyler’s usual sound and embracing a more alternative pop-rock feel. It’s an album you can jam out to in the car and sing your heart out. You rarely find an album that is worth listening to every single song on the track-list, but Hello. Love. Heartbreak. is one of those rare gems. I can’t count the amount of times I’ve listened to that album start to finish. Each song is as good as the last, you can really tell he put a lot of work to make this album perfect.

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What makes Tyler Ward such a great artist is not only his musical ability, but a big contribution is his personality. This guy is not afraid to be himself and that’s something that’s hard to find these days. He really does have a heart of gold. He’s always takes time out to interact with his fans and puts in the hard work it takes to be successful. He’s an outgoing, energetic, and sometimes crazy guy, and you really see it in his videos and while he’s on stage. I was blessed with the opportunity to go see him in concert twice this year, once in Charlotte and once in Boston, and it was hands down the best concert I’ve ever been to. Everyone was on their feet the whole time and he was so engaging with the crowd. His music is perfect concert music, where you can’t help but rocking out and singing along.

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Here’s a picture that I took of him while at the concert in Charlotte. I think it captures his fun-loving nature perfectly. At the end of the show, he came out and sat down with crowd. He was very humble about how lucky he was to be able to play his music and tour. He ended with an acoustic cover of Amazing Grace that was absolutely beautiful. I highly suggest going to one of his concert’s if you ever get the chance to. Tickets were only $20 and the show is definitely worth every penny.

To hear more of his music, check out his YouTube channel

Hello. Love. Heartbreak. can be found on iTunes for only $5 by clicking here!

Keep on rocking Tyler!

“A ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”

– William Shedd

A brilliant metaphor for life. We can play it safe and take risks, but then we are not living to our full potential. In order to be successful you have to put yourself out there and be willing to do the work.

Live Action Toy Story

Two teenagers started making this in 2010, as of January 12th 2013, Live Action Toy Story is now finished. The full-length movie was recreated, shot-for-shot, with real toys and people. The quality is not perfect, this was made by teenagers, but the time and dedication that went into this is incredible. I don’t suggest watching all two hours of it, just give it a generous look over. This project deserves some recognition.

 

Taylor’s Goodreads Bookshelf: Top Twenty

  1. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  2. The Iliad by Homer
  3. The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene
  4. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  5. The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene
  6. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond
  7. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  8. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
  9. How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming by Mike Brown
  10. 1984 by George Orwell
  11. The Aeneid by Virgil
  12. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  13. Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
  14. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  15. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  16. The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
  17. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  18. Iron Horse: Lou Gehrig in His Time by Ray Robinson
  19. Anthem by Ayn Rand
  20. Genome: the Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters by Matt Ridley

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“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” – Mark Twain

This is one of my favorite quotes. People tend to have the feeling that they have certain entitlements just because they exist, when in all reality you have to work for them and earn them. It’s amazing to think that Twain wrote that over a century and a half ago and yet it still can be applied to life today.

It’s Kind Of A Funny Story

ImageI watched this film last night on a whim, who knew I stumbled onto a story that tugs on your heart strings. It made me want to check into the nearest mental hospital…in a good way! The film starts out with Craig, the teen-aged main character, checking himself into an adult psychiatric ward and finds himself with more than he bargained for. Be prepared for some heavy themes, mainly suicide, but overall the film portrays them in a light way. A classic coming-of-age film that brings us back to our teenage years and shows us that the little things in life are what matter most. For more information, go to It’s Kind Of A Funny Story’s IMDB page by clicking here.

“Remember, always be yourself…unless you suck.” – Joss Whedon

Joss the Boss. Joss Whedon is my hero! For those of you who don’t know, he is a director/producer/screen writer/comic book author/everything else imaginable. He has a natural gift to create these amazing stories and transfer them onto the big screen. And, as the quote exemplifies, he’s a very witty, tongue in-cheek short of guy. Fun Fact: He saved Toy Story. They called him in to salvage the disaster of a script they had. And we all know how Toy Story turned out.

Wings – Macklemore

I first heard of Macklemore about 4 years ago when a friend had me listen to one of his songs, and I honestly can’t say I remember a single thing about it. His single Thrift Shop was released this past summer, which quickly raised to mainstream fame when his first studio album The Heist was released in October. Wings was the second track I heard from the album (first was Thrift Shop) and I was instantly hooked. If you love Nikes or Jordans then you’ll love this (or if you don’t then I hope you still love it also).

A rap song that does not mention sex, drugs, or alcohol! Is this real life? Not only is the song clean, but it captures the culture of our generation. We willingly spend an extra 20, 50, 100 dollars on something just because of the brand name. How crazy is that? Macklemore brings us back to the reality of how ridiculous it really is while also shedding light on how that addiction starts. And he does it all in a lyrically and instrumentally fantastic song! Job well done. No doubt I’ll bring up Macklemore in later posts. This guy is going to change our world.

“This is the source of my youth, this dream that they sold to you. For a hundred dollars and some change, consumption is in the veins. And now I see it’s just another pair of shoes.” – Macklemore

Pass On – Michael Lee

Be prepared to be emotionally moved. This poem deals with accepting the lose of loved ones and the concept of passing on. I have no experience in poetry whatsoever. Who am I to judge whether a poem is good or not? I stumbled upon this video while doing an assignment for school last semester and I was so incredibly touched by this poem. Michael Lee is a poet in his mid-twenties from Minneapolis, who has turned a lot of pain and hardship into creative expression. This poem specifically references the death of Michael’s best friend Stephen while they were in middle school. Stephen was murdered by his schizophrenic mother. That is just a glimpse of the kind of emotional resonance this poem yields. I hope you enjoy, or at least come to some sort of personal realization.

Want to hear other poems or  learn more about Michael? Check out his blog by clicking here.

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Welcome to JabberFeed! This is the dump site for my thoughts and ideas on topics in music, movies, books, news, and whatever else I can think of. I got the name from mashing up the words jabber and feed. Jabber is from two things. Number one, the term jibber jabber, and I like the word jabber better than jibber. Number two being Lewis Carroll’s poem Jabberwocky (I just love that word). The word feed coming from the modern definition of a broadcast or real-time access to information. Nothing too exciting but I’ll try to make it enjoyable. Thanks for stopping by!

– Taylor

Here’s the text to Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll. It was featured in his books Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, a sequel to Alice in Wonderland. It’s complete nonsense yet absolute brilliance.

Jabberwocky - Lewis Carroll

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves 
   Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
   And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son 
   The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun 
   The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand; 
   Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree, 
   And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood, 
   The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood, 
   And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through 
   The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head 
   He went galumphing back.

"And hast thou slain the Jabberwock? 
   Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!" 
   He chortled in his joy.

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves 
   Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
   And the mome raths outgrabe.
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