Thoughtful to the extreme, you are often obsessed with perfection and the rules governing your own personal interests. Your world is black and white. You love to work within a logical system, such as language, computer programming, or mathematics. Manipulating a system that can be completely understood is a distinct pleasure to you, because of your confidence in the underlying veracity of your belief system. Because of your appreciation for logic and order, those who speak or think in a sloppy manner are apt to generate more than their share of wrath. Although very amiable, you are not drawn to friendships out of a sense of personal need. You are just as happy by yourself with a good book or puzzle. Because you are so involved with thought, you will on occasion have difficulty dealing with the day-to-day problems of a normal life. Taking out the trash, doing the dishes, these are often left until the last possible moment, if at all.
Accurate to the extreme.
Every one of you should give this test a go. 20 questions of pure subconscious imagery - this thing is a synesthete’s dream.
So Jess, I have to wonder if you would know the answer to a burning question I have! I've pretty much raped the reply button numerous times on "Cursed Iron Fist" on youtube, but do you know if it'll be featured on the new album?? It could potentially be the epic ballad like "The Light and The Glass" or "Pearl of the Stars." Just a thought ha
I’d assume it would be on there somewhere, Claudio loves that song. I can’t really say for sure though. We’ll have to wait and see.
On November 24, we lost a brother of the Fence. The circumstances of his death are devastating not just because they are true, but because they could have been prevented. It especially hurts because Joel was one of us - being one among the Fence saved my life, but we couldn’t save his.
I have a reputation for being a business bitch, but despite the apparent detachment I care about you very much. I have not come through years of darkness to spend the rest of my lifetime distancing myself from the family who brought light back into my world, and those who think otherwise are grievously mistaken. I am here if you need someone to talk to, about anything. Please reach out - to anyone, in any way you can.
I became acquainted with Earl Greyhound while following Coheed on tour. Until the end of time I will view that trip as a merit quest of trials and tribulations. Hearing these guys open for Coheed each night somehow drove the reality of our situation straight home, while strengthening our resolve. “Shotgun” carries pure gravity and raw conviction - give it a play and listen to the end, as it crescendos to a true heartwrenching intensity.
If I could say anything to anyone, it would be to this girl that I know. I would tell her that it's hard for me to forgive her for how she hurt the one I love, but I would also apologize for the things she's been through. I would tell her that I've always envied her, and often wish I had the things she had. And that I believe she is a really great person, een if I can't speak to her anymore, and we could have been really great friends if things were easier.
You have an incredible amount of compassion, whoever you are. I admire you for this.
Despite all I try, you're still everything to me. I feel like I'm nothing to you though. You say you miss me, but I never see you make any effort. I wish you'd realize that. I miss having you as a friend like I once did.
You asked "If you could say one thing to one person, what would it be?" I took this to mean someone I don't see regularly. Therefore my answer is I'd tell Claudio Sanchez, thank you for inspiring me not to limit myself to one mode of expression. As people, our hearts and minds have so much to say it's nearly impossible to get even a single complete idea out in any one way. Your music, lyrics, artwork, and stories have helped me work outside the box both creatively and practically over the years.
This, this, this. :) And this is the kind of thing he’d probably REALLY like to hear. Tell him someday.
(&paste it on the refrigerator door!<3) I would tell this guy who I've known for over five years, that I've always loved him, and hope to one day be able to call myself his.
Do it someday! <3 If that was me, I’d kick myself if years passed and I’d never at least taken the chance. You might have a beautiful future with this guy, and he might be staying silent for the same reasons that you are.
To one person I would say "You led me to believe that you cared for me. I cared greatly for you. I thought we had something special and now I know what it's worth. You threw me away when you found someone else. I'm not your friend anymore, so stop trying to talk to me and use me to fill a void until she shows up again. I have more self respect than to be used like this. I'm distancing myself greatly because I can't take the slightest chance of possibly hurting you. But kindly fuck off."
Sounds like something you should say in person, if you haven’t already. There’s nothing like internalized anger and discontentment to poison a person from the inside. But I’m glad you can articulate it so well. When released, righteous anger is a great motivator. Once upon a time I was engaged, and I was treated like shit until I broke it off despite the fact I would have died for this guy. Later, I “got over it” enough to feel anger. When we feel the sort of anger that comes from being badly used, it can fuel you to the stars and beyond. I was ready to have a family and a quiet life with this guy - now I work for my favorite band and live a fabulous, fearless single life. In my opinion, this latter outcome is FAR preferable. You are surely stronger than you sometimes feel, if you can express yourself the way you already have. I am always here to talk if you want.
I’m grateful for how increasingly happy I become as the years go by. For the music that changes my life every day; for the roads I’ve traveled; for photo shoots and rock n’ roll anecdotes. To the many fabulous and supportive friends I’ve gained: I am lucky to know you, and I love you. <3
I know I’m alittle late to the “most amazing coheed experience” party, but here goes! It was over the spring during the Neverender: SSTB tour. It started out with one of my best friends driving over to pick me up before we went and got our other best friend. after that we stopped at the gas station to stock up on gas and energy drinks before blowing out of town with “Gravemakers and Gunslingers” pumping out of the radio. Once we got there, we hit Little Bro’s Burgers for some of the best burgers in michigan. we waited in line for about 3 hours before finally getting in and working our way right up to the front. the concert was absolutely amazing and we all had the time of our lives and I managed to catch travis’ guitar pick (almost getting my fingers stepped on). after that, I got in the merch line while my friends headed back to the truck. after i had spent every dime i had brought with me, i walked outside but couldnt remember which way to the car…so i walked around the corner and saw a bunch of people standing by the gate. i walked over right as mic was walking out and i got to meet him and get him to sign my ticket stubs for me and my friends. quite possibly the best night of my life and looking forward to the next show!
My most epic Coheed story was at Neverender LA. I had 4 day passes and my roommate had VIPs but my parents would only feel comfortable with me going if I remained with her the entire time. So we spoke to a certain someone about it and he promised to pull some strings for me. During the first night I was allowed backstage to exchange my passes. We started talking to Blaze and then a woman on the couch began talking to me so I sat down next to her. After speaking for a few minutes I figured out it was Chondra. When she walked away I went to my friend and told him she looked more beautiful in person. Of course she heard me and winked at me as she sat down but I was too terrified to sit down. After about ten minutes of talking to Blaze again, I felt someone’s presence. I turn around and Claudio is inches from me. He shook my hand and introduced himself then joined the conversation. Some guy back stage was making fun of Favor House Atlantic by adding his own lines to it and I laughed. Claudio yelled to the guy “At least she likes it.” and I said “Yeah sorry, I like his version much better than yours.” The next day we met Claudio and Chondra again at a Kill Audio book signing. While alone in the elevator my friend said “They remembered you.” That was an unreal feeling. Just knowing that out of all the people he meets in a day Claudio, my idol, remembered me by name. I’ve never been more starstruck in my entire life.
Hey! If you're still taking awesome Coheed moments I wanted to share mine: I was planning to see Coheed the second I found out about the free show in Williamsburg. I have never had the money (nor the freedom) to get tickets to one of there shows, so this was an opportunity I could not pass up; they have been my favorite band since I started liking music. I got goose bumps when the crowd sang along to Always and Never. It was, and still stands as the best night of my life, IT WAS MAGICAL! :D
That is magical. I’m really happy you got to experience that. <3
I know it isn't what your blog is about but. . . Well you seem to have a pretty busy life but you have managed to lose weight. I've lost 15 but I cant seem to lose any more now that I am back in school. College for me is nuts and every time I lose a pound or 2 I get really bogged down and gain it all right back. Any advice?
The first thing is motivation - why are you doing it? Are you doing it to “lose weight” or are you trying to improve your overall quality of life? Having the right reasons is the most important. I think of the whole ordeal as getting a better overall health - as I become stronger and faster, the weight loss is basically a side effect, plus weight loss is just one factor in complete health. The reason I’m doing it is because I’ve nearly achieved what I’ve worked towards for the past eight years, but if I can’t be trusted to take care of myself, how can I be trusted with anything else? I want to truly deserve a place in the world I strive for, and that motivation lies behind every bite and every mile.
Everything else is your basic crap. Exercise often. Eat good food and be sure to eat enough of it. Don’t associate stress relief with eating. Don’t set unrealistic goals. Take it slow. Be good to yourself. Do it for you.
P.S. Feel free to drop me a line on Facebook if you’d like to discuss further.
Not a question.... I saw sometime last week in a response to someone about crowd-surfing that you have lost 50lbs. I just wanted to say WAY TO GO! I've lost about the same and I too would want to lose at least another 20 (preferably more) before I try to crowd surf. It's always a challenge to lose weight, but there are so many benefits to be healthier. You're awesome no matter what you weigh (not that you needed me to tell you that). :).
Thanks! I think it’s actually closer to 65lbs and I feel pretty damn good. Love your attitude too! :)
My story is the number one reason I love coheed. So last year they had the black cards right? And I went to my first show at house of blues orlando in April (the 25th to be exact). So I get to the venue super early (12 hours) and the event staff member told me and a few other people that we were in the black card line and said that we had to go to the front of the regular line which was at the back of the venue. So we go there and not even ten minutes later the guy comes back and says “you know what you guys were here before me so I’ll see if I can get you in early you can back to the front of the regular line.” A few hours pass and he comes back and says that it’s alright with his manager if it’s alright with the band. I’m waiting there with a few new found friends playing cards, the band pulls in through the middle of downtown Disney and then after 2 hours Travis walks out the front doors and we talk for a second. And then the guy walks out again and says that it was alright with the band and so I got early access to my first coheed show and saw here we are juggernaut acoustic for the first time
i fucking miss Dia. her and i became kinda close during our two shows together. i'd give anything to take a trip with her right now.
I miss her too. Together she and I had the Heedtrip from Hell, and together we realized that we are both capable of anything. If I had to make a list of my top five life-changing experiences, that trip would at least be #2. I still dream about it at least once a week. She is one hell of a tough chick.
if i can make it to Chicago i will.. but i'm from Pittsburgh... southwestern dates don't work for me. haha. i'm not Dia. i can't just drop everything and travel all over the country following them. not enough money. :/
No one’s Dia except Dia! Hahaha. <3
I’ll be back into your corner of the country hopefully soon; I can’t keep myself away. At the very latest I’ll be at NY Comic Con next fall.
I actually haven't been to a Coheed Show yet... *Shame*. But I did get Keywork as my very first tattoo, and I don't regret it, not even a little. I also plan to get more Coheed inspired tattoos, such as the SSTB dragonfly, and even some lyrics.
In time, in time. Be patient, especially since we obviously have years of Coheed to look forward to. <3
I too have the Keywork as my first tattoo! When I get down to my goal weight, I’m getting a dragonfly chest piece photographic style.
that bar was brutal. i had my foot on the stage most of the time to avoid breaking my ribs. that show was amazing. and i met some pretty amazing people on my solo trip to detroit. i realllllly hope to run into you again at another show. <3
A lot of people got hurt in that pit, even minus the seizure kid before the show even started.
You’ll totally see me again! I’ll be on the next tour’s southwest dates (if there are some), plus all major comic cons. Next one’s C2E2 in Chicago, April 13-15. Hint, hint.
My Coheed experience is probably not as life-shattering as most but at my first concert, I made a dragonfly with my fingers while he was singing Far and Claudio looked over at me and winked. I fanboi’d my ass off. That topped off with one of my favorite Coheed songs was just…agh. I can’t wait to meet them all.
The first time I saw them in concert was also the time I ever met them. I was shaking and sweating during the signing. I cried during the show. It was a magical night that I will never forget and that very few experiences could ever top.
At my first show I thought I was going to be the annoying crazy person screaming MAN YOUR OWN! JACKHAMMER! I almost had a heart attack when everyone in the room did it too, as if it had been arranged beforehand. Then I burst into tears.
hi! remember that time we met and you called me cute? haha i do. and i just found a recording on my phone from that night and i cried like a baby.
Hahaha! You are cute! You have a great smile.
That was an amazing show too. I remember I was talking to one of the bouncers while waiting for the SSTB set. I told him that the rail setup was going to hurt people, and Coheed shows get mad crazy. He was like, “Dude, I served in Iraq. This is gonna be cake. Plus, Coheed’s not like a heavy brutal band or anything.” I just laughed. The set starts, I jump into the photo run and immediately crowdsurfers are practically raining down on me - I hear him go “Oh shit! To your right! What the fuck!” Three songs later when I’m done shooting, I watch him pull body after body out of the pit with this panicky, shell-shocked look on his face. We definitely picked an intense show to go down in the books.
Woman! Your post wasn't pathetic and it's not a terrible thing to feel sad about something like that. It kind of goes with the territory, but I can understand it. It's obvious that you're still very much "one of us" because when we're at a show together, you're right there with me screaming your heart out and dancing your ass off. So don't be bummed out about being lonely, that shitty feeling happens to all of us sometimes. <3
Damn right, I go nuts at shows! Sooo unprofessional, right? ;) I would give just about anything to be in a big Coheed pit right now with all of my Heedtrip loves, going crazy to IKS or Delirium Trigger. <3
A correction notice for the perfectionists out there:
The “Coheed font” is not precisely Felix Titling; it’s an altered Optimus Princeps, or Trajan Pro will do nicely as well. HOWEVER, neither Optimus nor Trajan are standards in graphic design. Optimus is a custom, and Trajan (while considered “standard”) doesn’t come with every design program and must be downloaded. Felix Titling is a design standard and has the shape obviously reminiscent of Coheed titles, and typographers won’t hate you for using it. For most of us, Felix Titling is a case of “close enough”. And it is close enough for gov’mint work. ;)
JESS. I just read your post, and although I've never had the fortune of meeting you at any shows, I just wanted to let you know that I think you're a radical dame, and I want to hang out with you someday. I have the highest respect for you, but not in a weird elevated sort of way that I've seen happen before haha. Anyways. This was kind of creepy so...one among the fence. :)
I never got a sense of anything weird from you. (And when I say weird, I don’t mean well-intentioned feedback and kind words, I mean… illogical weird. you know.) You’re the kind of woman I want to go to grubby venues with, get funky haircuts with, and then chainsmoke till dawn while discussing random shit. Love you, Alise. <3
In the autumn of 2006 after My Brother’s Blood Machine came out, I would listen to this song on repeat while waiting alone at 6am on a cold, foggy street corner. It still holds the same power for me as it did back then.
I’m really looking forward to new PFI - I love Claudio’s insane, heavy electronica, but his strange and haunting folk songs are something entirely special.