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If you know me, you know that I hate summer. It’s my least favorite season of all. I don’t like being hot, and I hate being chased by inquisitive, brave insects (especially those doggone wasps!). Don’t get me wrong, I love having longer periods of light, but I really just hate the hot, sticky days of summer and all those mosquitoes just waiting to bite my poor body.

Instead of grumping the whole time through summer, I try to see the positives. Summer is the time when I can hang out with my friends in a local park while my husband plays onstage with the town’s municipal band. It’s great dress-wearing weather, and I have more ability to walk outside, especially once the sun starts going down (and not freeze, that is).

Music is a super important facet of my life. Oftentimes, songs will evoke certain imagery in my head (and I try to draw them out) or the reverse will happen – an event that occurred while that song or band was playing will imprint itself on the song, and it will always have an association with that song. That’s happened quite a bit, even in the summer.

With that, here are the best 25 summertime songs for me (arranged alphabetically by title):

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Phil CollinsToday’s Phil Collins’s birthday – he’s 62 years old as of today. In honor of his birthday, I’ve compiled a list of reasons why this singing drummer rocks out loud!

Phil Can Drum and Sing at the Same Time – Seriously. Can you do that? I’ve tried, and I can’t, and I had some training on percussion, too. It’s tough to do! When Phil does it, he just looks like it’s sooooo easy to do! See what I mean here in one of his most famous songs, “In The Air Tonight.”

Phil Knows Some Pretty Sweet Tambourine Tricks –  He makes playing the tambourine look like an absolute art. Back in the day, Phil would always do his tambourine dance routine with the equally awesome band Genesis, whom he drummed (and later sang) for. The scary thing? He can STILL do this routine. Sure, maybe it’s not as deft and crazy, but he can still do it! I know; I witnessed it live in Chicago in October of 2007. 🙂 Here’s his famous dance!

He also likes to keep time with his tambourine by smacking it on poor Mike Rutherford’s head.

Phil Has a Charitable Spirit – He’s known for giving to charity and just in general helping those in need. I remember reading a story once of a girl who wanted to go into dance but her family was super poor, and I think they asked him about it. Sure enough, he gave the girl and her family a heft sum of money to help her realize her dreams. He also founded the Little Dreams Foundation in 2000 to help kids realize their dreams in sports and the arts by providing future prodigies ages 4-16 with financial, material, and mentoring support with the help of experts in various fields. Pretty awesome, huh?

Phil Treats His Fans Pretty Darn Well – This is from personal experience. I have received feedback from him the 2 times I sent things to him. Once was when I was 6 years old, and I wrote a letter to him when I was in a local library’s summer program. We were supposed to write someone we admired, so I chose him! I don’t remember what I wrote… probably just, “I love you. Sussudio is great. I like peanut butter. Bye.” A few months afterwards I found waiting for me in the library an autographed photo of Phil. I was psyched!

Several years later in college, I had the guts to send him some of my artwork I created based on his songs. I didn’t really expect anything back or whatever; I just wanted him to know I exist and that I love his music. A few months later, lo and behold, I got a call from my mom saying that I got mail from London, and when I opened it up, it was a different photo of him at the drums and grinning, and he wrote, “Dear (insert my real name here), Thanks for the drawings! I loved them. Phil.”

I was on Cloud 9! My drumming hero had written me back! And he LOVED my work! 😀

So yeah, that’s why Phil rules. So go celebrate his birthday today! Eat some cake, drum on something, or just listen to his tunes. Or just listen to this amazing drum duet he did with Chester Thompson! Why? Because he’s awesome. That’s why! Happy birthday, Phil! 🙂

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Oh, man, ain't it the truth! v_v

Oh, man, ain’t it the truth! v_v

I promised you guys a week or so ago that I’d keep you updated with my revisiting one of my most favorite Legend of Zelda games, and well, I’m keeping my promise!

I wound up beating the game again a week or so ago in a few sittings. Here are my favorite moments from the second half of my Zelda adventures.

The gleaming red eyes, that frightening stance... OH, THE HORROR!

The gleaming red eyes, that frightening stance… OH, THE HORROR!

Dark Link – I have to say, the Water Temple used to frustrate me and slightly unnerve me as a kid. Once I figured out where all the keys were hidden (did anyone else forget the key in the basement of the tower in the middle?), it was much more enjoyable. One facet that used to scare the pants off me back in the day was being locked in a seemingly vacant room in the 3rd floor, surrounded by ankle-deep water, one tree in the middle. Little did I know the first time that I would have to face my dark side!

Dark Link really used to creep me out. At first he appears to be nothing but a shadow, but as time progresses, he appears much darker, and his red eyes grow more eerie as they glare at you, calculating and imitating your every move. Here’s the sad part – I totally wasted 2 fairies on this creep, mostly because I was an idiot and forgot to grab Din’s Fire before traversing out into the big bad world.

Frantic for something, ANYTHING that would stop him in his tracks, I abandoned my shield and sword and grabbed the Megaton Hammer and swung away. Yeah, he stabbed me a lot, but I wound up kicking his keister to kingdom come. >=)

Dead HandThat Creepy Well in Kakariko Village – Seeing Kakariko Village in flames for the first time many years ago had shocked and confused me. This time, though, it was just a solemn reminder that I had to get my young butt down to the ominous well to find the Lens of Truth.

UGH.

I really hate the well with a great passion. I cannot stand going down there, as stupid as it seems. It’s dank, it’s creepy, and it’s full of hidden holes, skeletons, and flying skulls. I can’t tell you how many times I fell down the holes to the basement as a kid. Instead of going around and finding all the different treasures in the well, I decided to just get down to business. I lowered the water level, dropped down to the small entrance I was supposed to enter, and intrepidly opened the door to the boss. After popping the ghostly Dead Hand in the face about 10 times, I finally got the Lens of Truth and scurried on out of the well to face the haunting Shadow Temple.

The Eeriness of the Shadow Temple – I don’t have fond memories as a kid of the Shadow Temple. The very first time I ventured into the Shadow Temple, it was a dark, tempestuous Friday night. My mom had gone to get groceries that afternoon and was still out, so it was just my dad and me at home, though because my dad was alllll the way on the other side of the house watching CNN, it felt as if I was all alone in my dark room playing through this temple for the first time with the savage storms raging around the house.

Returning to the Shadow Temple really wasn’t a big deal to me. I enjoy it much more compared to the well, but to me it still maintained its creepiness. Creeping around in a crypt as a kid unnerved me to no end as the creepy music flooded my ears (I used to blare Genesis when I was younger so I wouldn’t have to listen to the game’s music), but anymore I just thought, “Meh, whatever. I can handle this.” And voila, I did. Onto the next temple!

Sneaking Around and Taking Gerudo Valley by Storm – Ah, Gerudo Valley. This area would’ve been more enjoyable if I came prepared! I was a fool and forgot to stock up on enough arrows, so I frequently found myself running out of arrows. I even went as far as to stun two Gerudo women with my hookshot so I could run and break a jar near them, hoping there would be arrows. And wouldn’t you know it, as soon as I grabbed the arrows, TWEEEEEEEET!!! They caught me. After I grabbed enough arrows, though, domination was a cinch. Oh, yeah!

TwinrovaTwinrova and Iron Knuckle – The Spirit Temple is pretty cool, really. It’s apparently my husband’s favorite temple in the game (mine is the Forest Temple), too. Minus some foolish setbacks (*ahem* the lack of arrows and bombs), the temple was a breeze to get through. I wound up throwing bomb after bomb after bomb (and maybe a bombchu or so) at the Iron Knuckle every time I had to face it, which my husband thought was pretty innovative. >=D Eventually the Iron Knuckles died, and I was left to face Twinrova! Easy peasy, lemon squeezie. Just set phasers to fry (or freeze), and BOOM! They were long gone, left to bicker about which was younger and how heartless the other is as they drifted away from “Sufjan.”

Spanking Ganondorf for the Last Time – Veni, vidi, vici, fools. I stormed the castle, kicked the baddies’ butts, and entered Ganondorf’s room, ready to fight.

"Aren't I sophisticated playing this creepy organ?!"

“Aren’t I sophisticated playing this creepy organ?!”

And he was just… playing the organ. Dude, what the heck? Get off your butt and fight me!

Well, okay, eventually he did after a flouting speech about how I can’t handle the Triforce of Courage and how he demands me to hand it over, blah blah blah. But whatever, I shot him up with my Light Arrows and stabbed him over and over with my Master Sword.

But it wasn’t over! I had to escape his crumbling tower in less than 3 minutes. My husband, who had never beat the game, was panicking a bit (he doesn’t like timed challenges – they stress him out), but I got out of there with over a minute to spare, the princess in tow.

Then came the final battle against Ganon. I remember this fight being so tough as a kid, but it was super simple. Just roll through the legs, stab at his tail, and wait for him to fall for the last time before stabbing him in between the eyes for the last time.

Then BOOM! I beat the game. Again. For the 200th time, it seems.

Now I’m playing Majora’s Mask for the first time, and well… it’s very …. different. I can update you guys about what I think about Majora’s Mask in a while, I guess. Right now I have a killer cold, so I’ve been kinda out of it, so we’ll see! Until then, see ya soon!

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