Just for warning, there will be at least two more days with the letter F. (Seems like a lot of my favourite bands start with the letter F.)
Tread carefully now. This is where Anna opens up her heart and talks about the past and gets all poetic.
1. What draws me to this particular artist’s music?
I discovered Fall Out Boy two years ago during the spring, just in time for tragedy to strike in my own life. I’m not going to go into details, but looking in retrospective, I realize how good God is. This band grew very close to my heart, the songs sometimes being the only comfort I have. I’ve never met Pete Wentz, but from reading his lyrics and closing my eyes and listening to the words, he really knew just how I was feeling. During the worst times, I imagined Pete and Patrick to be two sides of my guardian angel, being my little cheerleaders. You can do this, Anna, they’d say. You can get up and go to class. or I know it’s cold, but you can get off the train and make it to school. It’s okay. You can do this. (Definitely incorporating this into one of my novels.)
While I don’t listen to this band anywhere as much as I used to, they’re still quite close to my heart. I absolute detest the sound of their latest song, but that’s okay. I’ve moved on from Fall Out Boy and they’ve moved on, too. I still like their older music better than their newer, anyway. Those are the songs that will always stay with me.
2. Which is my favourite album or EP from this artist?
It’s a tie between Infinity On High and Folie à Deux. I’ve related to all the lyrics of the former. While I like the latter album because I’ve got some of the relatable stuff down, I absolutely love the social and political commentary going down in Folie. Yes, Pete, it is truly Madness.
“Be clearly aware of stars and infinity on high.” – Vincent Van Gogh
3. What is my favourite song from this artist?
There are too many to list, but I thought I’d mention a few that aren’t down below: “A Little Less Sixteen Candles” (the song I wrote an almost-novelette to), “This Ain’t a Scene It’s An Arms Race” (one of the social commentary songs), and “20 Dollar Nose Bleed” (one of the political commentary songs).
4a. Which song best describes my past?
It all started with “Hum Hallelujah.” (I could write it better than you ever felt it. Sometimes we take chances, sometimes we take pills.) Then all my days where I was some version of “Ataven Halen” (I keep telling myself, I keep telling myself – “I’m not the desperate type.”) or “Thriller” (So long live the car-crash hearts, cry on the couch all the poets come to life. Fix me in 45.) or “Sophomore Slump” (I’ll keep singing this lie if you’ll keep believing it / The best part of “believe” is the “lie”) or the toxic “I’ve Got All This Ringing In My Ears” ([HE] was the canary [and I] was the coal mine I’m so sorry I’m so sorry I’m so sorry) or “What A Catch Donnie” (I’ve got troubled thoughts and a self-esteem to match). “Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes” was my theme song. Listening to “Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying” and shaking under the covers.
When breathing just passes the time
Until we all just get old and die
Now talking’s just a waste of breath
And living’s just a waste of death
Until I got to the point where I was having enough but was still too scared to do anything more than feel the animosity in my veins – “It’s Hard to Say ‘I Do’ When I Don’t.”
When I said that I’d return to you I meant more like a relapse
Now and again I think “His and her’s” “For better or worse”
But the only ring I want buried with me are the ones around my eyes
4b. Which song best describes my life right now?
Hmm. Maybe “Centuries” because I’m helping a friend with some spiritual struggles. (Lord, let some of this struggle pass to me.) We’re both getting through this.
And while this may sound prideful,
I do want to be remembered.
I want to write and change the world;
The pen is mightier than the sword. (an Anna poem)
On that note, “Save Rock and Roll” could probably also work. (video starts around 1:26)
4c. Which song best describes I want my future to be like?