Musical Indulgence: Defined

Quite simply, we are a group from the notorious, faraway land of RockNPopia. RockNPopia lies within the clueless country of Yahoo. There, unruly trolls and a myriad of ne’er-do-wells reside comfortably. Fortunately, we’ve managed to escaped the tyranny of the nuisances and their manifestation within the country of Yahoo. The land in which we now reside is known as “WordPress”. It is an exquisite kingdom that allows entry to all intellectual and kindhearted folks alike; luckily, the kingdom vehemently enforces a law that eternally exiles all of those who seek to cause harm to others. ALAS, WE ARE FREE.

Now that that’s over with.. we here at Musical Indulgence are a prideful group of creatures (men, women and sheep alike) that possess a common interest: music. Without it, our lives would alter dramatically; this is unfortunate but true. Because of our passion – and hunger for entertainment – we have decided to share our discoveries, not to mention insight, with the rest of the world through this miniscule blog. We here at Musical Indulgence hope that you’re able to become accustomed to our way of doing things, as we are new to blogging and WordPress, and simply enjoy the daily musical indulgence as we spoon-feed it to you all.

We do have a staff/team at Musical Indulgence. We are lovable.

Troy “The Sheep” Swiatek

Baahey there! I am known as “The Charm of the Sheep” on Yahoo Answers’. I am a Rock and Pop regular and have been for over a year now. I am also the one who wrote all of the above material, not to mention edited all of the material currently present on the blog. You could say that I am the founder, but, I am not, merely a “top contributor” (as we Y!Aers would say). The true creator of this blog is a wondrous female who would prefer to remain anonymous on the Internet. That is her decision, and so be it.

A few miniscule details about myself.. I love computer gaming. I love video games. I love reading. I love writing. I believe in Agnosticism. I am a firm believer in equality – nobody should be discriminated against for whatever reason. I will fight to defend that fragile equality. I am also a fairly intelligent individual, and relatively mature for my young age. Not to mention that I am quite knowledgeable in the music field. My weak points, however, are band members’ names; it is absolutely impossible for me to identify band members by name or face.

I also try to live by a certain philosophy dictated by the oh-so-wise Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson who once said “For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness”. This is a brilliant quote, and I attempt to live by it as closely as possible. I am always happy, unless something dramatic has occurred within my life. This is most certainly something rare within society these days, and I am ultimately proud of this quality.

Drugs, as well as cigarettes, are something I’d very much like to avoid. My mother, up until two years ago, recently had an addiction.. of prescription pills.She was receiving all types of mind-numbing, body-destroying pills. I’ve learned my lesson vicariously through her. Fortunately, since then, she’s been sober. Two whole years. It is a wonderful experience, having a mother once again. That is the reason why I will never, ever resort to illegal drugs or cigarettes, not to mention alcohol (although I will likely drink it occasionally when I am older for fun). Although there is one thing that is severely preventing me from even trying this type of stuff: my overactive asthma. If I attempted to smoke.. well, I could very easily have an asthma attack right then and there, and perhaps end up killing myself. I also have an allergy to several nuts.. so, I’m pretty screwed when it comes to exercise (asthma) and eating things people give me (severe allergies).

I love science. In the future, I wish to become an astronomer, astrophysicist or the like. Space intrigues me, as does everything inside and beyond it. The creation of the universe is one of the topics within (historical) astronomy that piques my interest the most. I hope that one day I will be able to pursue this in a university of my choosing. I am also quite interesting in other sciences, such as biology (astrobiology!) and chemistry (ties in with astronomy for “extraterrestrial life”). Computer sciences are also quite intriguing, as I am currently a newbie programmer in C++ and will soon be learning Java next year. Meteorology was also a concept that I was fairly intrigued by as a child. The storms that would always hover over New Jersey were particularly frightening to my wee-soul. Now, however, I can honestly say that the intrigue is still there! I am, however, quite frightened of larger storms (hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, etc.) but I have become accustomed to the occasional thunderstorm or torrential downpour. All of these are points of intrigue for me and I hope that someday I am able to pursue each and every one of them, whether it be as an amateur or a professional.

Unfortunately, as of now, I am simply “ticking away the moments that make up a dull day” and also “frittering and wasting the hours in an offhand way”, as Pink Floyd’s brilliant “Time” would say. I’m wasting away my life on the computer as of now.. well, can’t say that I’m too dissatisfied with it. I am, however, constantly neglecting my homework and receiving unfortunate marks because of it. I’ve also developed a slightly large bodily figure because of it. Oh well.

I am also what people would call an “otaku”. I love reading manga. In short, they are Japanese comics with an ongoing (or complete) storyline. Like television shows (and books), there are large assortments and categories.. and, well, basically millions of these mangas online, available for me to read. They are allowing to me to pass time cheerfully, which I suppose is a good thing!

Alright, now to explain who the blog I am. My name is Troy Swiatek. I am a 16 year young high school junior who utterly adores both learning and music. I wish to merely introduce a large number of people to music they’ve never dared to even attempt to discover – the obscured, “lost” gems of music. I’ve committed a large amount of my time, and will continue to, to discovering new music. I’ve only lived a short number of years, but my desire is fomented by the knowledge that my music collection can never be too large. My favorite band is Pink Floyd, and they introduced to me to my current favorite genre of music, progressive rock. It is a particularly unusual genre  that most people attempt to stay away from. Luckily, with the wondrous Internet, I am able to meet people with common interests and possibly have them introduce me to something new – the reciprocal is also true.

Despite my passionate love for music, I am but an untalented man when it comes to playing music. I do not wish to learn an instrument at the moment, but I have tried in the past. The only one available to me at this point would be the keyboard, or the piano. They both appear to be achievable, learning wise. Perhaps I will look into them if I hit an insurmountable brick wall in my near future.

Any who, Pink Floyd’s song “Sheep” is what introduced me to them. It is an absolutely brilliant song, as is the entire Animals album. I combined it with a song I was into at the time, “The Charm of the Seer” by Ayreon. They’re a modern progressive rock group.. well, that doesn’t matter. I combined the two song names and it stuck. So, here I am, the Charm of the Sheep, giddy and proud.

Summarized, I love music and I love sharing it with other people. I hope I am able to touch the lives of other people through introductions into new music.

Lyla “The Founder” Page

Hey there. First things first, I prefer to remain anonymous on the Internet – so I shall go by the alias of Lyla Page. My interests include the arts – namely music – as well as sports and coffee. I am a multi-instrumentalist in a band – hopefully some of our music will see the light of day! Speaking of which, music is my passion, as cliché as it sounds. For the record (see what I did there?), I’m not entirely sure what to write about in an “About Me” section. (Kudos to Mr. Sheep for having a far more sophisticated entry than I. ) If you get to know me, which you will, you’ll discover that I’m sarcastic yet sweet, serious yet funny, as well as everything in between. Why choose one when you can have them all? On another note (are you loving these music puns yet?), I am a proud neo-Objectivist and Methodist, which are mutually inclusive concepts. All right, that’s enough chatter – I hope to see you around! Feel free to add me on last.fm. My username is LiveForever16. Cheers xx.

Kim “Motormouth” Dixon

Hola, I’m Kim, but I’m probably better known as Rock Metal Country Blues Forever which is my username on Yahoo! Answers. I’m not on as much as I once was but for a while I was a fairly regular(reg) on R&P(Rock & Pop). However I still get on every so often & I talk to other “regs” so I decided to join my friend’s( Lyla Page’s) R&P blog.
Anyways a little bit about me:
I’m 16 & am currently going through rough times in my life but I find joy in participating in and on groups, blogs, chat-rooms, & websites. Doing stuff on the computer(music, chatting, making new friends, having fun etc) is my escape from my screwed up regular world life.
I guess I would venture to say that my music taste is pretty varied, especially after reading my username. I thank my parents & my uncle for about 85% of my musical tastes. Growing up hearing late 60s-early 80s rock(hard rock, classic rock, blues rock, soft/pop rock, southern rock, & folk rock mostly), I just fell in love with rock ‘n’ roll. After my dad died when I was 11, my uncle became the main musical influence. He got me into harder rock, old school metal, progressive rock, & some country. For a while his music was all I listened to, until I rediscovered my mom’s & dad’s stuff. Their 3 different tastes have come together to form most of mine & along with my own online musical searches on last fm & other sites(mostly for heavier metal) are mainly what I listen to now. Also I would like to give a shout out to my good friend Troy “Sheepster” Swiatek for getting me into listening to more than the “hits” from a band & also for getting me to search for new music.

Back to my life & interests; I’ve never been a “normal” kid nor normal girl for that matter. I’ve always been a tomboy (look it up if you don’t know what it is). I’ve always the rugged girl: always wanting have fun outside & enjoying the great(well mostly great) outdoors. I’ve lived my whole life in Leary, Georgia, which is in the southwestern part of the state. There’s nothing but farms/plantations & woods around here but I enjoy the peace & quiet of living in a small town.
I’m a big sports fan. I support all the home-state teams( Atlanta Braves,(baseball),Atlanta Falcons,(football) Georgia Bulldogs(college football) & Atlanta Hawks(basketball). My dad worked at a racetrack (dragstrip) from the time I was born till he died, so racing’s in my blood.(NASCAR & NHRA) Extreme sports also peak my interest. I enjoy watching the X games & Olympics.

My dad was a big history/reading buff which he passed down to me much to moms displeasure. Some historical eras that interest me are: the dark & middle ages, Greek, Egyptian, & Roman history/mythology Victorian era England, English history from the Viking era-1800s, American Civil war, American Revolution, & most American history from 1607–1945 I’m in intrigued by Sci-Fi stuff. I’m a huge Star Trek fan & I love the paranormal. I love reading(drama, history, mystery, etc.)
As for myself as a person, I’m fairly easy going. Most people find me funny, caring, & nice to be around. As I said before I’m not normal in that I don’t keep up with the latest trends or whatever. I don’t give into peer pressure I’m not 1 to really care about how I look. That’s not to say I don’t try to be nice but I am me myself & Kim, not anybody else.

If you ever want to talk to me about music, hit me up on my Last.FM: http://www.last.fm/user/rockmetalrules

Holly “The Riot Grrrl” Reynolds

I’m a freak of nature, I’m telling you now. I don’t know where my love of music came from, because my parent’s certainly don’t have it. First and foremost, riot grrrl holds a special place in my black and unholy heart. It’s how angry it is. It’s the lyrics of sexuality and female empowerment. Kathleen Hanna, this is entirely your fault.

I’ve spent all of my eighteen-and-a-bit years living in Tasmania, Australia. It’s a rather sheltered upbringing, with a population of just half a million people state wide. I don’t exaggerate when I say that everyone knows everybody. I’m in my final year of high school, studying Media, English writing, Art and Religion & Philosophy. My father pays a ridiculous amount of money to send me to this very conservative private all-girls school, where I make movies, write poems, paint hyper-realism portraits on huge canvases and debate the meaning of life. It’s not that I dislike conformity (I can acknowledge that society needs it to function); I just think it suppresses individualism and stunts our own personal growth. And this, I’ll admit, gets me into a lot of trouble, and I have a bit of a reputation.

It could be the piercings, tattoos, fiery red hair or side-cut, but it’s more than likely my vocal feminist tendencies. Not only that, but I’ll support anything where there is a breach of equality or human rights. I find it disgusting how people can do nothing but hope and wish and pray. I promise I’ll fight with you, but I need you to fight along with me. I’ve often been told I come across as bitter and arrogant. I probably am, but it’s not all that. They’ve got me all wrong. I’m just passionate.

I do not believe in the existence of any superior force or being, although if you think otherwise I’ll hold the utmost respect for you and you’re opinion. I find the whole concept of religion fascinating. Alternatively, I believe in the power of the individual. Fuck yeah, I believe in myself.

I’m very comfortable with the kind of person I am, even when I know that a lot of people don’t feel comfortable around me. I’m not as naive to think that people won’t discriminate against people who don’t fit under the umbrella of the social norm, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t get to me, even only slightly. Despite this, no matter who you are, music will let you love it. You can turn against it. You can ignore it. You don’t have to feed it. But whenever you’re ready, it’ll be there, just as ready as always without ever skipping a beat.

I’m known as Holly Speechless on Yahoo! Answers. Please don’t take me seriously. People spend far too much time being serious.

Patrick Jude

Hello to anyone who happens to come across this page. I’d like to keep my private life a mystery, which it is to me as well. I can’t live without three things, Music, Manchester United and Whose Line Is It Anyway?. For me, life is useless if you don’t have these three things, something to believe in, something to be interested in and someone that loves you for who you are.
Back in 2003 I wasn’t having any fun until I heard a song on TV about some kids who didn’t need education. No, it wasn’t Weezer but rather a strange musical quartet who made music about animals, building brick walls and astronomy. How can a clueless teenager not be intrigued by that?. Music had never soared such heights in my brain before. More than nine years have passed and although I’ve not evolved mentally, I know what music means to a human soul which dearly craves it. If I really like the music I’m hearing , I don’t care how many unicorns that musician had to kill to make that song.
I give my unpopular opinions away at a place called Yahoo! Answers. Don’t be afraid to care.
And I am not frightened of dying. Any time will do, I don’t mind. Why should I be frightened of dying? There’s no reason for it. You’ve gotta go sometime.
I never said I was frightened of dying. One does not simply live without music.

Thanks for taking the time to read this lengthy introduction post. If you enjoy our blog, be sure to pop in every day for something new!

~Musical Indulgence Staff


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