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She’s No Katie Peterson

I know I told everyone I would have the video I’ve been working on up today, but I’ve decided to wait just one more post. It is, in fact, finished, and I’m really happy with it. However, due to all the technical difficulties I’ve had, I want to put it through a few more tests before I launch it on the blog. As a result of this, I may or may not be creating a Vimeo account immediately for any and all videos to follow. YouTube just isn’t the place for high quality video!

In lighter news, this is an incredible video I saw recently. It hits me on more than a musical level as well. This song always reminds me of my sister, Kate. She would sing this song to get the family laughing when I was a kid (was?). When she’d hit that long high note, my mom would lose it. For any of you that have seen my mother take laughing to the next level, you know what I’m talking about. She just can’t hold back. There are a few things I can remember vividly making her do this, and this is one of them. I love my mom and sister.

Let’s get serious though, this girl is ridiculous. Seeing videos like this makes you realize how much talent is out there…just walking around in Walmart (ish). It’s scary. She’s the real deal, and I have absolutely NO idea who she is. Anyway, I love this song, and I’m not afraid to admit it. If you don’t get goosebumps watching it, then…don’t watch it anymore. I do feel sorry for most of you though. Trust me. This girl is good, but she’s no Katie Peterson.

The new video will be launched on the blog on TUESDAY (instead of Monday) at 4pm EST. Looking forward to it.

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Allen Stone – Unaware

Hey folks! I had a very different idea of how this post was going to look. I looked forward all weekend to putting up an original video of mine, but it was not to be. I’m currently having some technical difficulties with the audio. Although a majority of people probably wouldn’t notice, it is the curse of being a perfectionist when it comes to things like this! I was up all night trying to make it happen, but to no avail. I will figure it out before Thursday. I will figure it out before Thursday. I will figure it out before Thursday. Just psyching myself up.

This is Allen Stone. He’s an incredible singer. He sounds like something completely different than he looks. He’s one of my biggest inspirations in music, and this is the first video I ever watched of him singing. Thanks, Daniel Park (for showing me this video). I have seen him live, and he’s just as good. Watch it through to the end. There’s pay off. There’s no way I could have a “Inspired to Inspire” section and not include this guy. Enjoy everyone! I will figure it out before Thursday. I will figure it out before Thursday…

Ok. Back to work.

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This’ll Get the Princess

I feel like anything I say about this video will take away from how unbelievably awesome it is, so I’m going to keep it short and sweet today, folks. For anyone who knows me, video games (more specifically, video games on Atari, original Nintendo, and Super Nintendo…okay, I’ll throw in Nintendo 64 too…) have a special place in my heart. I’m not going to try and act like Mario and I haven’t been through a lot together. I consider him a friend, a partner, a mentor, and a referee (Mike Tyson’s Punch Out anyone?). So I’m sure you can understand why this video hit home for me. I’m sure some of you may be a few of the 22.5 million views this video has, but don’t act like you don’t want to watch it again. If you haven’t seen it, take 2 minutes out of your day to travel back in time through one of the sickest warp tunnels this side of Koopa Beach.

Please take a look at some of my other posts if this is your first time here. I welcome all comments.

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“Cigarette” – Mike Woods

Maybe you’ve been on one end or the other of this habit? Maybe both. Either way, it’s a tough one to quit. Enjoy.

Cigarette

Like a lit cigarette, my body is
burning into ashes of regret.
Ascension of smoky souls rising
and setting over the rolling hills of
another dimension but still realizing
the threatening holes of thrill
that disguising and hiding
are attempting to fill.

Dangling between your fingers,
I don’t feel safe.
With more of me escaping
every time you taste,
facing the fact that I’m
more of a routine than
part of your plan and
I don’t stand as tall
as I did when this began.

But when I touch your lips,
it still feels right.
Freedom unlike any other
feeling we fight fire with fire
rushing through me to the tip
inspiring you to simply
tighten your grip.

Because through all of this,
the one thing I know is,
for whatever reason,
you just can’t let me go.

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“Window” – Mike Woods

I wrote this a number of years ago. For some reason, I think of it often. I used a few of the ideas in a new song I’m working on it. Keep your ears peeled. Enjoy.

Window

In my dream I’m seamlessly
staring into a window glaring back
you appear in pieces stacking
one on top of the next
connecting right to left
like a living, breathing puzzle,
beautiful and complex.

Your lips move hypnotically and
I’m obviously obsessed except
all I hear is silence as quiet as
a good secret kept.

I remember when we used to look
through this glass together
grasping fingers promising to be
on the same side forever,
facing love, sweat, and tears,
but all I feel now is a
flood of threats and fears
of just how long I’ll stay here
alone in this place. And
how many more seconds
you’re willing to waste,
letting this window divide us,
two instead of one,
depriving us both of
the warm rays of the sun.

So let go, disconnect, and be free,
and accept that fate’s sworn to
interject, step forth, and just
be.

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Follow me on Twitter!

Hey Folks!

I just created my own Twitter account separate from the official Cousin Affect Twitter page. I have long since felt a desire to have the ability to tweet from a more personal perspective so…I’ve solved this issue. Please follow me @CousinWoods! Tweet you all later. See what I did there?

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