Let’s Talk January 25, 2017Posted by thejinx in life, Uncategorized.
Tags: anxiety, bell, depression, let's talk, mental illness, stigma
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I suffer from anxiety.
That’s one of the first times I’ve said that out loud.
Why is that? I don’t think I will be ostracized or maligned for admitting it. I don’t think I’ll be treated like I’m diseased or insane. I won’t be locked up or force-fed medication that will erase my personality.
The people I know won’t tell me to suck it up, or that I’m faking it, or that I’m just trying to get attention. They won’t tell me to just get over it, or try to convince me that other people have it worse and I have no reason to complain. They won’t belittle me or try to cut me out of their lives.
I won’t be made to feel that I somehow failed as a person. I won’t be made to feel like getting over it is as easy as just thinking positive thoughts. I won’t be made to feel like this struggle is trivial or invalid. I won’t be made to feel like I’m not allowed to show it, or that showing it means I’m weak.
So why has just admitting it been so hard if I don’t have any of these struggles?
Because these things have happened, and that’s where the stigma of mental illness comes from. Even though I’ve never experienced such reactions, years—decades—of such responses have created an unconscious reflex to keep it to myself. People who cannot and will not understand what it’s like to live with mental illness have dictated how people who do will look at it, even to themselves.
So let’s put the dialogue in the command of people who actually suffer from it.
My name is Catherine Fitzsimmons and I suffer from anxiety. I can’t control it, it impacts my daily life, and I am not ashamed of it.
Music Monday: ‘Tis the season November 28, 2016Posted by thejinx in music, Uncategorized.
Tags: arrangements, carols, christmas, final fantasy, holiday, kart, mario, melody, music, remixes, season, songs, tunes, vgm, video game, world, xmas
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Now that (American) Thanksgiving is done and gone, I thought I would share some holiday-themed music for this week’s post.
The OneUps – Super Mario’s Sleigh Ride
This song is a classic, and for years, it was pretty much the Christmas video game arrangement, at least in my collection. It’s a masterfully performed and seemingly effortlessly blended arrangement of songs from Super Mario World together with “Sleigh Ride”, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, and “Jingle Bells”. Sometimes the tunes trade off having the spotlight, sometimes the Mario music makes a pleasant backdrop to the classic carol, and sometimes both songs are played at the same time on different instruments. The effect is flawless and catchy and delightful.
ROCKtendo – Vanilla Lake
There were a number of great tracks on 2014’s Super VG Christmas Party, but this one was an absolute gem. The source material is from the original Super Mario Kart from 1992. The artist here took the original 30-second bossa nova tune and turned it into a fantastic 3:21 crooner ballad with lyrics about Mario Kart. And also Christmas.
I’ll be chasing that checkered flag
No more gifts to bag
You can keep all your jingle bells
I’ll take turtle shells
Of red and green
Jay Epperhart – Carol of the Final Fantasy Belles
A lovely piano medley arrangement of several themes from various Final Fantasy games and Parasite Eve woven together with the classic “Carol of the Bells”.
Dale North – Christmas in the Village (Silver Bells)
Dale North, also of OneUps fame, has made a few Christmas-themed video game arrangements over the years, though I think this one, mixing a theme from Lufia II with “Silver Bells”, is my favourite.
Goomin Nam – Fisherman’s Horizon (Christmas ver.)
A lot of Christmas VGM is more like this – it doesn’t have any actual Christmas music and is just an arrangement of the original track from Final Fantasy VIII, but the instrumentation and tone have a Christmas-y feel to them, and it’s just a lovely song.
Happy holidays! I hope you enjoyed these songs. Do you know of any other holiday video game music/arrangements? Feel free to tell me in the comments, I always love discovering new music!
Dr. Horrible July 19, 2008Posted by thejinx in Uncategorized.
Tags: angel, comedy, dr. horrible, firefly, hero, joss whedon, musical, serenity, superhero, supervillain, villain
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I know I’m late getting on the bandwagon here, but if you have not already watched Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog yet, DO IT NOW! It is Firefly and Angel creator Joss Whedon’s latest project, a completely irreverant short comedy musical about an aspiring supervillain and his nemesis, and it is available to view online for free only until midnight tomorrow!