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A Poem I Wrote

Below is a poem that I wrote for my Creative Writing course and I thought that I would share it here. I don't know if there are many people that enjoy reading these kinds of things, but for those that do here it is.

Kindred Spirits
by: G.J. Morgan
April 3, 2011

Across the room a figure enters
wearing a black hooded cape,
all that can be seen is a shadowy face,
a mysterious face. The spirit of this stranger intrigues me
draws mine towards it,
luring me in. Guiding me to it like a flame draws
a moth; not to its doom, but to something more.
My spirit is connected to this one somehow.
Kindred Spirits.
I get up from my chair and walk over to where he is
not knowing what will happen or where it will lead;
Just that a warm, comfort radiates through me in his presence. I look
into the face concealed by shadows and wonder
what those eyes looking out at me are saying. I think to myself,
"if only I could pull back that hood…" then suddenly
as if my thoughts entered his mind, he pulls back the hood
revealing a kind, gentle face and smiles at me.
Indeed we are kindred spirits, one in the same. We belong to each other
he to me and I to him.
Kindred Spirits together once again.

One of My Essays

This is an essay that I wrote for my College Writing course this fall semester, I hope that you will enjoy reading it.

Musical Musings: Texas Roadhouse Music… Is It Really Blue?

I have always enjoyed listening to music since I was very young. My folks listened to many different types of music from 50's Rock to modern genres. I remember dancing to Rock Around the Clock and other 50's songs, it was a lot of fun too because even my folks would get up and dance right along with me. Music is important in my life for many reasons; it helps me to relax, helps me to get motivated when I have lots of tasks to do around the house, and cheers me up when I'm down. There are even instances where I completely relate to the song it and of itself. Currently one of my favorite performers is Stevie Ray Vaughn, a true virtuoso in the Texas Blues scene.

Stevie Ray Vaughn was born in Dallas TX in 1954 and became interested in music at a young age; in 1963 he was given a toy guitar for Christmas and it all took off from there. He was influenced by his older brother Jimmie in a big way. Of course that is to be expected though as younger siblings look up to their older ones. After a while he and his brother became started to me competitors in the music business as Stevie developed his own unique form.His first band was called Blackbird, a rhythm and blues band, which he stayed with from 1971 – 1972. A year later he joined a rock band only for a few months; this was because the group wanted to wear makeup on stage and Stevie wanted nothing to do with that. Several years after that, in 1977, Stevie formed the band Triple Threat Review with Lou Ann Barton as vocals, W.C. Clark on bass, Mike Kindred on keyboards, and Fredde Pharaoh on drums. Yet again Stevie, Fredde Pharaoh and two other musicians, a saxophone player by the name of Johnny Reno and a bassist by the name of Jackie Newhouse formed the band Double Trouble and the rest is, as they say, history. Double Trouble was the band that Stevie Ray stayed with until his tragic death in August 1990. Stevie Ray was influenced by many different musicians, some of whom are Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, and Albert King.

Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble fit into the Texas Blues genre, which is the one I chose to write this essay on. This specific genre is based in Blues music which branched off into many sub-genres. "Texas Roadhouse Music is a musical sub-genre that combines blues, c1assic rock, and outlaw country. It is categorized by heavy emphasis on lead guitar arrangements within the songs, and also encompasses folk-influenced singer-songwriter material." quoted from an article on This from of music developed from the music that African American workers in the oil fields, ranches and lumber camps would sing and play when their work day was done. The instruments primarily used in this genre of music are the electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, and keyboards. However there have been at times some brass instruments also used, such as the saxophone and horns. Sometimes you can even detect jazz or swing type sounds in the music. This form of music places a high "emphasis on powerful lead guitar breaks".

When it comes to Stevie and Double Trouble influencing the American Music Scene, it has most definitely. Joe Bonamassa was greatly influenced by them and the first songs he played as a youth were those of Stevie Ray Vaughn. "By the age of seven, young Joe had moved up to a full-size guitar and was working out on Stevie Ray Vaughan songs." stated Reverend Keith A Gordon, Guide in an article on the site titled Joe Bonamassa Profile. From listening to their music I have come to the conclusion that they don't have just one value expressed in their music, but many values, two of which are love and hardships. If you look-up information on them you will see what I mean.

Some of their best know songs include Tightrope, The House Is Rockin', and Couldn't Stand the Weather. Their music hasn't changed at all because, sadly, Stevie was killed in a helicopter crash back in 1990. He never had the chance to do or see what things would have been like for him or his band. I have included some of the lyrics to Couldn't Stand The Weather.

Comin' through this business of life
There's rarely time if I'm needed to
Ain't so funny when things ain't feelin' right
Then daddy's hand helps to see me through
Sweet as sugar love won't wash away
Rain or shine, it always here to stay
All these years you and I've spent together
All this, we just couldn't stand the weather

Like a train that stops at every station
We all deal with trials and tribulations
Fear hangs the fell
How that ties up his years
Entangled in yellow and cries all his tears
Changes come before we can go
Learn to see them before we're too old
Don't just take me for tryin' to be heavy
Understand, its time to get ready for the storm

This song relates the facts that everyone has something that they need to deal with in their life, specifically a relationship, and that sometimes it is very hard to work through it, hence the reference to stormy weather.

All this leads me to believe that this genre of music will always remain popular and that many people will continue to listen to it. I think that we will continue to see other forms of this music in the future and the proof lays in the fact that there are many new and upcoming musicians and groups such as Johny Lang and Joe Bonamassa to name two such people.

My One Year Anniversary At Gotei 13 Union

Well I can't believe it ... time flies when you're having fun! And that is definately what I have been having a lot of here at The Gotei 13 Union.

I was looking at the dates of when I joined unions here at GS and I was surprised to see that as of January -- this month-- I have been at Gotei for ONE Year! It's just amazing to me that I've been there that long :D

There have been a lot of changes in that time and it was sometimes hard, going through a reset wasn't fun, but it was needed. We all lost our characters there and some of us were lucky to get them back...I was Mashiro Kuna 3rd Lt. Vizard Squad and Lt. Kira for a while...but at the reset I lost those, however I gained Mashiro back and also became Capt. Unohaha Retsu, both of which I still hold. I of course have a few "extra" characters from events that I have played in on the union that make apperances once in a fact most of us do :lol:

Let's see I have my created character Bella and her alter egos: Vampire Bella, Arrancar Bella (new as of Jan 22nd), Sakura Haruno from a card game at the union, and just a few favorites from other animes that I throw in once in a while for fun.. like Chichiri from Fushigi Yugi :lol: now that is one funny character...

Anyway, I'm looking forward to another great and fun year at Gotei 13 and helping the new members in anyway I can.

I hope that as you all read this you will want to come by and visit us and see what we are up to... which is FUN :D and lots of it.

It's Been Almost 4 Months Since I Joined the Gotei 13 Union ....

Konichiwa Friends

As my title says it's nearly my 4th month since I joined the Gotei 13 Union. June 16th will officially mark my 6th month there. Wow how time flies by. I've made so many friends there. Justin, Jordan, Owen, Nica, Marika, Lai, Ken, Adam, TJ... just to name a few. Thanks for making me part of the family there. We've all had a great time together and will have a lot more in the future.

I'm not that great at writing if this seems a little random that's why lol.

Anyway, I've just recently acquired my Xbox360 and a few games: HAWX, Star Ocean, and Dead Space. I must say that I am very impressed with Star is a good game lots of things to kill lmao and objectives to accomplish to move on to the next area. HAWX is neat too...although it is taking me a while to figure it out LOL. Maybe I'll eventually complete a mission without crashing hah...flying a jet is harder than it looks.

I'm still studying the Japanese language in college and it is interesting how I can now listen to the subbed anime and understand some of what is being said. I still have to read the subtitles, but not as much. Maybe at somepoint Ill be able to just watch the RAW versions of the shows hehehe...

I'm also reading some shonen ai manga, Gravitation and Loveless. Both are really great and the stories are very touching at least to me...also humorous too. I don't know if any of you that read this blog like this kind of manga...but I can say it is worth the time to read it.

That's about it for this installment... stay tuned for more uptates ...

Until next time friends...

Ja Mata (See you later)

~ Bella ~

Konnichiwa Tomodochi! O-Genki Desu Ka.

Well I'm having a blast at Gotei 13 and all you guys are great. Thanks for the welcome *smiles* I've only been here for a short time and already I've started making my zanpakuto - which Kisuke has aready commented on as well as Kat and Flower. I actually have 2 heh heh heh... anyway I'm going to be working on them and as time goes on I'll make edits to them in the Armoury thread.

I have 2 roles here. *thinks to self "so far"* My first one is Bella 6th Seat 10th Squad; the second one is Marshiro 3rd Lt. Vizard Squad.

Kisuke and the gang at the Vizard Squad are very cool and they put on a party for me heh heh heh...

Actually everyone here is really cool...

I love playin Rock Band and I'm pretty good at playin the Bass guitar... Don't ask me to play the drums though. I also like playin Devil May Cry and I'm almost done with the first game...only 2 missions left...heh heh heh.

I'm taking Japanese class for the 2nd semester and it starts on the 21st of Jan. (hey that's tomorrow) can't wait either.

I LOVE anything Japanese: sushi, sashimi, ramen, onigiri, pockey, anime, manga, ... well you get the idea, right *laughs* Hmmm sushi, great now I'm hungry *laughs*

Well I could go on and on but I think I'll leave something to write for next time... stay tuned hahaha....