Pregame Playlist

This is my pregame playlist that I made. This playlist has many songs from genres like pop, rock, R&B, punk, rap, and a few more that are thrown in there. I’m sure everyone has a different playlist to pump them up from playing a game, sport, giving a speech, and whatever else you might be getting ready to do. So without further ado, here’s my playlist for you guys!

Best Walk-Up Songs

There’s a certain kind of excitement that comes from a baseball player stepping up to bat with a really cool song playing in the background. Not very much of it is going to play so it has to be a familiar riff that people know and gives a sort of hint at how awesome it is. It’s also a song that pumps people up and gets them ready for your at bat. There are several songs in particular that stand out to me as being the best walk-up songs. Some of these I have heard quite a few times while at the baseball field during both high school and MLB games. Some of them I think should be played at games at all different levels.

1. Back In Black by ACDC

I remember hearing this song at a high school baseball song and I thought the kid at bat was the coolest person ever. He may have not even picked the song but it was that edginess and just how awesome the riff of the song is that left a mark on me. It’s definitely the perfect walk-up song due to the fact that it leaves a lasting impression on you.

2. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana

Another awesome rock anthem that most people should know. I think this is the ideal one by Nirvana even though there are so many songs by them that would leave a positive mark on the listeners. This is the type of song that makes you pay attention to what’s going on in the game.

3. POWER by Kanye West

I’m sure you know which part of the song I’m referring to. It’s the instrumental part that you hear before Kanye comes in with the lyrics. That alone is just a sick beat that is familiar yet still has that unique quality to it that makes it an enjoyable walk-up song.

4. Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey

Obviously not an upbeat rock or rap anthem, it’s a pop ballad. But it’s also a song that everyone knows. Everyone is going to start singing alone to the song if it’s your at bat song and they won’t even notice if you screw up! Of course, they may not notice if you do really well, but then again, if you choose this song as your at bat song, people may want to watch you for that reason alone.

5. Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes

It’s an essential anthem that’s familiar in many different sports, especially football but who said it couldn’t be in baseball too? It’s got one of the sickest riff ever.

6. I Can’t Get No Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones

If this song is your at bat, you’ll definitely find yourself satisfied. It’s got one of the best guitar riffs from Keith Richards and that’s for sure the part that should be included in any walk-up song since it’s the part everyone knows and loves.

7. Glory Days by Bruce Springsteen

This song directly references to baseball. It’s also just a downright great song about a guy who looked back on high school as being the best times of his life.

8. Do I Wanna Know? by Arctic Monkeys

Okay, a lot of the ballpark may not know this song. It’s only a few years old via the British rock band Arctic Monkeys. They have been around for nearly a decade but haven’t reached the same popularity in America that they’ve reached back home. However, this guitar part of the song is one of the catchiest I’ve heard that’s actually pretty current. It sends a message and it’s not too much, it’s just enough.

9. Enter Sandman by Metallica

Another song that’s big in football, this one is also a great walk-up song. Many people are at least familiar with some of the song so it’s a great way to get the crowd interested in your at bat.

10. White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane

I was going to go with their song “Somebody To Love” but I figured “White Rabbit” was a wee bit trippier and also more memorable. It’s just a cool song to listen to no matter where you are or what you’re doing and it’s awesome coming from a ballpark too. It’s also the most out there on the list which is why it’s a walk-up song you’d want to have.

 

10 Reasons Why I Love Johnny Cash

There’s a lot to love about country legend Johnny Cash. Here are just 10 of those reasons why I personally love him. Johnny Cash was an incredible storyteller and he paved the way for many other country artists who stepped onto the scene after him.

1. He was never afraid of being himself

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As the picture shows, he was never afraid of letting you know who he is. He didn’t care what people thought of him, he didn’t ever sell out. He sang songs that he cared about and that meant something to him. That’s something to be celebrated.

2. He knows where he came from.

Johnny Cash:  Folsom Prison Blues, I Walk the Line, Don't Take Your Guns to Town, Tennessee Flat Top Box, Hey Porter, Big River, Get Rhythm, Man in Black, Give My Love to Rose, etc...

This Blank On Blank interview shows that Cash was very aware of his gospel roots. He also automatically credits gospel music and is not shy about admitting that it’s a big part of his music. He also admits that he wasn’t called to be a preacher, he was called to share and connect his songs with other people.

3. He helped out with the new rebellion

Mamma gave me Barbra and daddy gave me Johnny

The outlaws in country music is a big part of what the genre is about. Johnny Cash was a big leader in that whole thing. In my opinion, he gave a face to the rebellion thing and made it kind of cool for everyone else.

4. His bond with Elvis

Johnny Cash & Elvis. They are so young. We didn't get to watch Elvis age, he died too young. Johnny Cash was an icon til the day he died.

In the interview I already mentioned, he talks about how he and Elvis didn’t talked about anything other than gospel music. Well, besides girls, but mostly gospel music. The two shared similar roots and therefore bonded over it while they toured together early on in Cash’s career.

5. He valued learning

Expand your mind.

I gained even more respect for the icon when I learned of this quotes and his general stance on learning. He believes in learning more and more and just expanding your mind. I think people don’t stress this enough and it’s really cool that someone as awesome and iconic as Johnny Cash believed in this.

6. He fought his demons

Be grateful for the time you have.

The man in black had a lot of demons due to his alcoholic past and also his struggle to be a good father. Despite all this, Johnny didn’t become a member of the 27 club, he didn’t become a tragic star who never lived long enough to see what an impact his music made. Cash fought through all of his issues for a long time but he never gave up. He kept fighting and that’s why he lived a long and complete life.

7. He forgave himself and moved on

Forgive yourself.

This obviously played a big part in why he was able to fight his demons and move on from his past. He forgave himself, something difficult but not impossible to do. He kept moving on in his life which is something that you can’t help but respect him for doing.

8. He wasn’t distracted by material possessions

Avoid materialism.

He obviously wasn’t poor but he was wise about how he spent his money. He stuck to the simple things in life, hence his predominately black clothing of choice. This quote pretty much sums it all up.

9. He kept his priorities in order

Keep your priorities in order.

Now that’s how you make a to do list.

10. His love for June was the cutest thing EVER

It's always the small things that we end up missing the most when its gone.

Letter transcript:

June 23 1994

Odense, Denmark.

Happy Birthday Princess,

We get old and get use to each other. We think alike. We read each others minds. We know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes take each other for granted.

But once in awhile, like today, I meditate on it and realize how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met. You still fascinate and inspire me. You influence me for the better. You’re the object of my desire, the #1 Earthly reason for my existence. I love you very much.

Happy Birthday Princess.

John

There’s a reason why that letter was voted the most romantic love letter of all time. Johnny Cash talks about his love for June in the most simple yet beautiful way. This makes it so obvious as to why we often say that we want a love like Johnny and June. Who doesn’t? The couple was straight up perfect.

Rookie Playlists Over Everything

It’s safe to say that I’m running short on inspiration. I can’t think of much to think about which is really frustrating because I want to post everyday, but I also don’t want to post anything that I don’t really care about. So this is where I’m currently at. I’ve decided that the best solution to this problem is to shout out one thing in particular that has managed to inspire me.

As most of you should know by now, I’m a big fan of Rookie Mag. I’ve been introduced to so many new bands and artists because of them. It’s also safe to say that every Friday, the online magazine releases a playlist that is always worth the listen. They manage to mix a variety of different genres as they capture a playlist that centers around a particular theme. It’s truly inspiring to me and I just want to bring it to everyone’s attention in case you haven’t heard of it!

While I’m at it, I might as well do my best to point you towards some of the best playlists on the website. This most recent playlist is all garage rock songs that are all about appreciating who you are. Everyone needs to hear a playlist like this. It’s already become my go to.

This playlist holds nothing back and brings on the feels with artists like Fiona Apple, FKA Twigs, Kate Bush, and Nicki Minaj. Need I say more?

As the description says, “Listen to this mix when you’re looking for a place to go and nowhere seems to fit.”

Rookie’s Hanging With playlists are always the best but the one about Rayanne Graff and Angela Chase remains as my favorite.

I think I’ve included enough playlists to get you on the ground with what Rookie is all about! While you’re listening to the mixes, you might as well look around the website as well. You may find yourself getting sucked in to this world and beautiful music just like I did.

Quotes About Learning

As I’ve continued to stress, learning is important, even more so than education. It’s something that we continue to do throughout our entire lives even when our education is finished. So, here are some quotes about learning, which is just a little different from education from some of the greatest minds.

“Any fool can learn. The point is to understand.”- Albert Einstein

“Self-education is, I firmly believe the only education there is.” – Isaac Asimov

“You cannot open a book without learning something.” – Confucius

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

“I am always ready to learn although I don’t always like being taught.” – Winston Churchill

“It’s what you learn after you know it all is what counts.” – Harry S. Truman

“Learning never exhausts the mind.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“There are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring. They are the very simplest things and because it takes a man’s life to know them the little new that each man gets from life is very costly and the only heritage he has to leave.” – Ernest Hemingway

“In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.” – Phil Collins

Coolest Interview Related Magazines and Websites

I’ve always thought that interviews were really cool. Celebrities are obviously cool people and I love profiles in magazines that give us better insight into who that celebrity is. These are some of the best sources for celebrity interviews.

Rolling Stone 

You probably should be searching for a particular celebrity because the magazine has so many different issues of it. The magazine interviews pretty much everyone you can possibly think of so it’s a trusted source to find the most interesting interviews out there.

Interview Magazine

The title says it all, Interview Magazine has the best interviews. The best part about them is that most of the time, it’s celebrities interviewing other celebrities. There’s something really special about reading how these celebrities interact with one another. Sometimes it’s a director and actor, actress and actress, or many other different fields or whatever. At the end of the day, they are all artists and these interviews show the respect they have for one another.

Joe Smith Library of Congress

This collection that’s in the Library of Congress has old yet still very interesting interviews Joe Smith has collected over the years with many different famous musicians. He talks to everyone including B.B. King, Linda Ronstadt, Mick Jagger, Peter Frampton, David Bowie, Ray Charles, and many more. It’s definitely worth checking out.

Blank On Blank

Blank On Blank is a short program brought to us by PBS. It also features really cool animations along with these lost interviews. Interview subjects include: Tupac, Johnny Cash, Meryl Streep, Elliott Smith, Lou Reed, Kurt Cobain, and many more!

 

Celebrities Who Went To College

It’s true that a lot of celebrities skipped getting a degree and went straight to college. Some became actresses and actors then later pursued college. Regardless of when they did it, these are all famous people that you don’t know because of their brains but they’ve certainly proved their smarts!

Natalie Portman
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This stunning actress has brains too! She went to Harvard and got her degree in psychology. She also speaks many different languages like: Hebrew, French, Arabic, German, Japanese, and obviously English. She’s proved that being smart and learning things just because can be beneficial to you in the future!

James Franco


This actor has basically studied everywhere at this point. He obviously can’t get enough of education which isn’t a bad thing at all. He first started off studying at UCLA. After becoming an actor for awhile, he decided he wanted to attend graduate school so he did so in New York. I’m not going to mention all the schools he attended for graduate school since there’s like three rather wordy names. But basically, he’s currently getting his PhD at Yale University.

Conan O’Brien

The funny comedian graduated from Harvard University.

Edward Norton


This actor went to Yale University where he was a competitive rower. He also managed to act in the university productions alongside fellow actors Ron Livingston and Paul Giamatti. Norton ended up graduating in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in History.

Meryl Streep


This actress who’s been nominated for more Oscars than anyone else is also extremely educated. She went to Vassar College then Yale School of Drama.

Rivers Cuomo


The Weezer lead singer went to Harvard after Weezer’s debut album reached commercial success. He ended up attending class off and on from 1995 to 2006. He ended up graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English.

Emma Watson


The Harry Potter star was obviously young when the film’s were made. She decided to go after a degree. Watson began attending Brown University in 2009. She took a little hiatus to go back to acting but she’s apparently back at the school and set to graduate this year!