When Will the Music Die?

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Music 22; Picture from Public Domain Pictures

How much longer will it be until people are unable to make new, unique songs?

Have you heard that question before? Better yet, have you wondered that yourself? I have. It’s an interesting notion. After all, there are only so many different pitches in music. Therefore, there is a finite number of ways to put all of those pitches together. Hence, there is a finite number of different songs that humanity can produce. Despite that, it is HIGHLY improbable (dare I say, impossible) that humanity will reach the point of not being able to produce new, unique songs. Why is that?

Think about numbers. Technically, there are only ten different numbers, which we refer to as digits:

0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

A person can spend their whole life counting up from zero and never get to the end of their count. That’s because, while there is a finite number of individual units, the number of ways to combine those units is so large, that society considers it infinite (mathematicians literally use infinity in formulas). The cause of the apparent infinity is an exponential growth of 10^x*9 (x being the number of digits minus one); There are ten

single-digit numbers, ninety double-digit numbers, nine hundred triple-digit numbers, and so on. If you’re trying to figure out how ten single-digit numbers fits the exponential growth formula, it doesn’t. 0 is technically a number of its own, but when placed in front of another number the combined number is considered the same number as the number that follows the 0 (09=9). You can’t take 0 out of the digit list because without zero we would not have 10, 20, 30, etc. They say that there is an exception to every rule; 0 is the exception to the exponential growth of number count formula.

Due to exponential growth, we will never run out of new music. The bad news: songs are going to get a heck of a lot longer over time if they still want to be original. The good news…

The Music Will NEVER Die.


GRAND Music Mix

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My primary Spotify playlist, “TheHaysWay Grand Music Mix” is officially finally living up to its name! After somewhere between 3-4 years working on it, I have gathered over 1,000 songs (that’s right, one GRAND–See what I did there?). In honor of the milestone, I felt it fitting to have a music-related post (which I will be making exactly 1,000 words long). Here is a list of some of the best all-time quotes about music, from some people you may have heard of (in alphabetical order by last name, in case you’re looking for a particular famous person) 🙂


  • “I don’t make music for eyes. I make music for ears.” – Adele
  • Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Dance music is an emotional journey. It’s how well you can make people feel something that they haven’t felt.” – Steve Aoki
  • Music is life itself. What would this world be without good music? No matter what kind it is.” – Louis Armstrong
  • “Without music, life would be a blank to me.” – Jane Austen
  • Music is like a dream. One that I cannot hear.” – Ludwig Van Beethoven
  • Music . . . can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.” – Leonard Bernstein
  • Music is what tell us that the human race is greater than we realize.” – Napoléon Bonaparte
  • “A great song should lift your heart, warm the soul and make you feel good.” – Colbie Caillat
  • Music is the emotional life of most people.” – Leonard Cohen
  • Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” – Confucius
  • “I love music. It’s freedom, a way to deal with pent-up frustration.” – Ice Cube
  • “If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.” – Charles Darwin
  • Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.” – Johnny Depp
  • “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” – Albert Einstein
  • Music is one of the most powerful things the world has to offer. No matter what race or religion or nationality or sexual orientation or gender that you are, it has the power to unite us.” – Lady Gaga
  • Music is a safe kind of high.” – Jimi Hendrix
  • “To live is to be musical, starting with the blood dancing in your veins. Everything living has a rhythm. Do you feel your music?” – Michael Jackson
  • “I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” – Billy Joel
  • Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours.” – Elton JohnImage result for music
  • Music evokes so many feelings in us, memories, nostalgia, things that are connected to our past.” – Olga Kurylenko
  • “If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that… I believe in what I do, and I’ll say it.” – John Lennon
  • “My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.” – Martin Luther
  • Music is therapy. It connects people in ways that no other medium can. It pulls heart strings. I acts as medicine.” – Macklemore
  • Music is the strongest form of magic.” – Marilyn Manson
  • “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley
  • Music is not math. It’s science. You keep mixing the stuff up until it blows up on you, or it becomes this incredible potion.” – Bruno Mars
  • Music inflames temperament.” – Jim Morrison
  • “The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.”  – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • “Distance doesn’t exist, in fact, and neither does time. Vibrations from love or music can be felt everywhere, at all times.” – Yoko Ono
  • “All that stuff about heavy metal and hard rock, I don’t subscribe to any of that. It’s all just music. I mean, the heavy metal from the Seventies sounds nothing like the stuff from the Eighties, and that sounds nothing like the stuff from the Nineties. Who’s to say what is and isn’t a certain type of music?” – Ozzy Osbourne
  • Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life. There’s not some trick involved with it. It’s pure and it’s real. It moves, it heals, it communicates and does all these incredible things.” – Tom Petty
  • Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” – Plato
  • “The world’s most famous and popular language is music.” – Psy
  • “Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.” – Ronald Reagan
  • “When you play, never mind who listens to you.” – Robert Schumann
  • “Singing is a way of releasing an emotion that you sometimes can’t portray when you’re acting. And music moves your soul, so music is the source of the most intense emotions you can feel.” – Amanda Seyfried
  • “If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it; that surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die.” – William Shakespeare
  • “People often called us perfectionists, but we were not looking for perfection. We were looking for some kind of magic in the music.” – Paul Simon
  • “I haven’t understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it.” – Igor Stravinsky
  • “That’s the amazing thing about music: there’s a song for every emotion. Can you imagine a world with no music? It would suck.” – Harry Styles
  • “Singing is just a feeling set to music.” – Carrie Underwood
  • “Virtually every writer I know would rather be a musician.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  • Music, at its essence, is what gives us memories. And the longer a song has existed in our lives, the more memories we have of it.” – Stevie Wonder

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Music Spotlight: The Score

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The Score-Unstoppable (hour version); Photo from YouTube

A band I’ve been hearing a lot of lately is The Score. This, in part, is due to the fact that I have 16 of their songs in my Spotify playlists. But, they’ve also been getting more recognition on a larger scale; I’ve started hearing a couple of their songs in commercials (for example, this Battlefield 1 official trailer from last year). Their latest album (which is also their debut album), Atlas, was released last October and is absolutely fantastic. I definitely recommend checking them out, especially if you like pop rock. If you’re short on time (or patience:) and you don’t want to listen through the whole album, my favorite song on the album is “Revolution,” unless you’re listening to the Deluxe version, in which case my favorite song is “Money Run Low.”

Taste in Music

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I was having a conversation a few days ago with a great friend of mine when the subject of music came up. We were listening through each other’s playlists (if you’re on Spotify you’re welcome to check my playlist out. It’s called: “Billy’s Grand Vocal Mix” and it’s comprised of 251 of my favorite songs. It should be available for public listening. You’ll notice it says “vocal”, I’m still working on refining the instrumental side of my playlist that I plan to then combine to form my largest playlist ever.) while we were waiting for another one of our friends. The genres played were all over the place in both of our playlists…from movie music, to rock, to pop, to country, etc. For the record, country is so unfairly hated upon by my generation. I know what you’re thinking: “Typical Idahoan redneck!” but let me tell you something. Look past the heavy Southern accents and the unnecessary overuse (abuse, really) of banjos and acoustic guitars and listen to the lyrics. I don’t think there is any other genre that comes close to matching country music in depth of lyrical meaning. Think about it in comparison to the genres I listed above: Movie music is simply meant to accompany, not to make a statement; Rock is mostly about volume through electric guitar and drum set showcases (ask anyone who has gone to a rock concert); Pop showcases vocals sometimes and electronic “advances” in music the rest of the time. See what I’m saying? Here’s a tangible example of the lyrical depth of country music.

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These are many of the musical genres throughout history, but not all.

So we (me and my friend) were complimenting each other on our wide range of musical genres. It’s amazing how many people lock themselves into one or two genres and claim everything else is nauseating. This leads me to ask why people listen to music? I listen to music primarily for great vocals, great lyrics, and great rhythm. I don’t care what genre it is because you can find all three of those things in any genre! (When I say genre, I mean the widely accepted, overarching genres, not sub-genres. For example, k-pop and j-pop are both sub-genres of the genre of pop. I specify this so my sister can’t hold what I’m saying over my head in the future.) So my question of the day for y’all is:

Why do YOU listen to music?

And yes, I mean YOU. If you are listening to what you want without fear of judgement from those around you (people can be REALLY judgmental of others tastes in music, and yes, I can be guilty of this myself. Heck, this entire post is criticizing the people who restrict themselves to one or two genres!) what are you listening to and why?

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment with your thoughts on the question of the day and/or on whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. As always, respectful constructive criticism is greatly appreciated. If you are not yet a follower, become a follower to share in the appreciation of everything included in the word “music”. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Quote Bank: April 24, 2017

Today is one of those days…

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It’s hard when you know a previous choice could’ve changed it…
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Often referred to as a “yes, man”. Saying “no” isn’t letting someone else down, it’s picking yourself up.

“I don’t sing in the car. I perform.” -Anonymous

There is no better feeling than singing in the car by myself. Nobody to judge, every emotion to release.

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Wow. This one probably requires a lengthy discussion some day. I have noticed my breathing often mirrors my feeling.

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French Horn, Love (I know…again? really?), Life

My French Horn playing has been as bad as my posting lately; It’s not that I have been playing poorly, it’s that I haven’t been playing at all. I literally had not picked up my French Horn in 3 months…had? Yep! I finally played again today. There’s another one of my usual fun stories behind this, though…

I was helping my fellow University of Denver friends find their textbooks because our quarter just started today (also, my book-finding skills are off the charts amazing. Lol), when suddenly, I got a call:

Me: “Hello?”

Person on the other end of the phone: “Hi! Is this William?”

Me: “Yes it is.” (I know I need to come up with a wittier response than that to the question ‘Is this William?’. I’ve been thinking about it for some time, but I’ve yet to come up with anything good. Suggestions are welcome in the comments.)

Person on the other end of the phone: “This is Dr. Martin, the director of the Lamont Wind Ensemble. I want to talk to you about joining the group. One of our current horn players is in both Wind Ensemble and Orchestra, but she doesn’t have time for both. I was hoping you would be able to step in?” (At this point I’m paraphrasing because I don’t remember the exact words due to my mixed feelings of excitement and terror.)

Me: “Sure. But…I haven’t played in 3 months.”

Dr. Martin: “How long will it take you to get your face on track?” (For those of you who have never played a brass or woodwind instrument, you need to have strong face muscles to hold the embouchure, which is required to get noise out of the instrument.)

Me: “I don’t know. I’ll head over to the practice rooms and find out.”

Dr. Martin: “Great! We rehearse tomorrow from 4-6. See you there and make sure to come up and say hi! I can’t wait to meet you!”

*Hangs up*

So, there you go. I hit up the practice room about an hour ago. This is what turned up after 3 months without even touching my instrument:

If that doesn’t work (I have never embedded a tweet before), here’s the link to get to it.

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Wow. There is a quote to support this suspicion that I’ve had for a while.
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..said nobody, ever. Except for whoever’s quote this is.

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The quote directly above this sentence is the quote of the day. My take? I disagree. It doesn’t have to be dancing; It could be: singing, skipping, laughing, etc. This quote is correct about everything else, though. You can’t wait for the storm to pass in life because life IS the storm, and it will never pass. Those who find happiness do so because they learn to dance, sing, skip, laugh, etc in the rain. Fight back against the world that is trying to bring you down! If you fight back, the world can’t bring you down. It only brings down those who conform to it. The storm of life always changes. Sometimes it’s snow: Use a shovel. Sometimes it’s lightning: Use rubber. Sometimes it’s a hurricane: …Bad example…There’s not really a way to combat a hurricane… You get my point! To quote Shawn Spencer from Psych (though, I think it’s just a proverb or something because there have been, like, a zillion people who have said this), “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

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This is one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a LONG time.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the French Horn bit (story, critique of my playing, etc) and/or on the two quotes I put it to remind everyone (including myself) that I’m not always 100% happy, but I endure and find positivity and/or on the quote of the day and/or on whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. If you are not yet a follower, become a follower and I will help guide you through the storm of life. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

An Unexpected Journey, Music in Science, and Multiple Football Stories!

Say what you will about life, it never ceases to surprise. For example, you might think Chick-Fil-A is colossally overrated. But, that doesn’t stop you from making a half-hour trek to the nearest one for free 8-piece chicken nuggets. (By the way, if you haven’t tried their chocolate chip cookies, you need to. They are dynamite.) Another example, sometimes your ex-girlfriend’s best friend will start hitting on you. And when you turn her down the first time, she turns into a total Star Wars nerd to attempt to impress you and tries again six months later. And even one more example, sometimes the Trail Blazers lose. (OK, that last one really isn’t surprising 😦 Oh well.)

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Anyway, I got this brilliant idea today of incorporating more music into science. Frankly, I think science sucks. It is INSANELY boring, to the point where I had no idea one subject could be so boring. Though, in science’s defense, it really includes a multitude of individual subjects. Seriously, though, what if we could cure diseases with music? Scientists have been looking for elements to cure diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s, but have they tried rhythm as one of those elements? Or major or minor tonalities? This probably sounds ridiculous, but I think they should give it a shot. Music is so powerful on an emotional level already so I don’t see why it can’t also be powerful on a physical level. Plus, that would make science WAY more entertaining.

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In unrelated news, Madden Mobile got a new update today.

In football news, I read an article about what QB-needy teams should do during the offseason. I didn’t read the specifics because I already know exactly what they should do: Play for the #1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft. Seriously, the top trade option at the position is Tony Romo. He’s a solid QB as long as you don’t mind using your backup for the majority of the season and having absolutely no ability to win games that actually matter. I also saw a list of the top QBs in the draft this season. Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer topped the list. You know this draft is doomed when the top option is a guy who led Notre Dame to its worst season in recent memory BY FAR. Also, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield wasn’t even in the top 5. And Clemson’s DeShaun Watson was #2. AND DESHONE KIZER WAS #1! WHAT THE ABSOLUTE….!!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!!!??!?!?

In other football news, the Green Bay Packers have officially fixed the hole that New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr created in their locker room wall. So, no more memes of different people’s faces inside the hole.

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OK, One more

Also, I just want to say for the record that the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to be hard-pressed to beat the New England Patriots this weekend with all of the controversy surrounding the events that occurred in their locker room after their Divisional Round game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Between head coach Mike Tomlin’s profanity and WR Antonio Brown’s Facebook live video, the Steelers seem far too distracted to be a Super Bowl team. In fact, I seem to remember things going poorly for a Wild Card team this season that had their WRs distracted by a trip to Miami…

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In contrast to the distracted Steelers, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick spoke to the media today. One reporter asked him about the importance of home field advantage. “I don’t know, ask Kansas City and Dallas.” HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!! Oh my gosh, you know, as much as I hate Belichick for saying things like that, I love Belichick for saying things like that. I’m sure the fact that he doesn’t give a **** about so called “advantages” is why he is the greatest head coach of all time. I also admire the fact that he can say things like that with a straight face.

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That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on life’s surprises and/or on music in science and/or on football, lots of football, along with a much-appreciated like. If you are not yet a follower, become a follower (you may do so with a Belichick straight face, if you like. Though, I will be smiling, regardless) 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily Update: August 25, 2016

As I begin writing this, I don’t know where I want to start in terms of topic. Well, I’ve started putting together a playlist of my favorite songs of all-time, which were featured in Madden games. I’ve found this to be a little distracting while I’m playing because I listen to the music instead of the broadcast. Mistakes were made while I was jamming to some of my tunes. In fact, in one game (against the Lions) I went off-controller to fix my music playlist for ONE PLAY, and the Lions scored an 80-yard TD on that play. Don’t trust the CPU players to win for your team. THEY SUCK! Anyway, I made a comeback after that to remain undefeated in Madden NFL 17, but it was still highly frustrating. Also, another great catch, this one courtesy of WR Cody Latimer:


Now on to NFL Game Results:

  1. Atlanta Falcons 6 @ Miami Dolphins 17- Both starting QBs (Matt Ryan ATL and Ryan Tannehill MIA) threw INTs. The important RBs (Devonta Freeman ATL, Jay Ajayi MIA, and Arian Foster MIA) failed to stand out, as Foster was the only one of those three to score a TD, and he also led in YPC with 2. There were no receiving TDs, but Atlanta’s WR Aldrick Robinson (3 rec, 70 yds) continued to impress, along with Miami’s star receiver, Jarvis Landry (4 rec, 40 yds). The two star defensive backs (CB Desmond Trufant ATL and S Rashad Jones MIA) both had an interception. Miami’s defense had two forced fumbles, one from DB Shamiel Gary (who had a great game: 5 TAC, 2 ATAC with the FF), and the other from S Michael Thomas (also had 1 TAC). Overall, the defenses showed off in this game. Atlanta’s defense seems slightly improved from a year ago (not that it could’ve gotten worse),  and Miami’s defense doesn’t seem to have skipped a beat (2 SAC), despite losing DEs Olivier Vernon and Derrick Shelby during the offseason.
  2. Dallas Cowboys 10 @ Seattle Seahawks 27 (In Progress)- Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo left in the first quater and was holding his back. There is no official word on the severity of the injury, yet. The good news for the ‘Boys is that QB Dak Prescott (17-23, 116 yds, 1 TD) continues to impress. Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (16-21, 192 yds, 2 TDs) also impressed, though, that’s no surprise. Both starting RBs (Ezekiel Elliott DAL (7 car, 48 yds) and Christine Michael SEA (because Thomas Rawls didn’t play: 7 car, 58 yds)) were fairly impressive. Top receiver in the game is WR Tyler Lockett (3 rec, 41 yds, 1 TD).

Now for some NFL general news:

  1. The New England Patriots continued their offseason trading spree. Today, they dealt a 5th round pick to the Cleveland Browns, in exchange for former-1st round pick, LB Barkevious Mingo. Interesting acquisition. This definitely seems like a Bill Belichick move. Mingo has loads of potential, he just hasn’t lived up to it yet. Belichick has a way of getting that potential out of his players.
  2. Former Cleveland Browns S Donte Whitner is visiting the Carolina Panthers. My advice: Carolina, SIGN HIM! I actually forgot that Whitner is still a free agent. He’s getting a little old, but I still believe that he is a very capable safety, and Carolina could definitely use the help in their secondary.
  3. The Detroit Lions released RB Stevan Ridley. Ridley was once a promising young RB for the Patriots, but sustained an ACL tear in 2014, which has quickly derailed his career. This could be the end of said career, after Ridley failed to stick with the New York Jets and Detroit Lions, both of which, have been in serious need of RBs during the last couple of seasons.
  4. Three huge injuries occurred this evening in preseason play. Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo left the ‘Boys game against the Seattle Seahawks after sustaining a back injury. The injury is not thought to be serious, though Romo didn’t return to the game. Miami Dolphins DT Ndamukong Suh suffered an ankle injury early in the ‘Fins game against the Atlanta Falcons, and he did not return. The severity of the injury is unknown at this point. Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones also got an ankle injury in the Falcons-Dolphins matchup, and didn’t return. The injury doesn’t appear to be serious.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the game results and/or the daily news and/or whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. If you like what you read and you aren’t a follower, please become one because that makes me happy. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily Update: July 11, 2016

“All that stuff about heavy metal and hard rock, I don’t subscribe to any of that. It’s all just music. I mean, the heavy metal from the Seventies sounds nothing like the stuff from the Eighties, and that sounds nothing like the stuff from the Nineties. Who’s to say what is and isn’t a certain type of music?” -Ozzy Osbourne, Musician

I wanted to put a scene from the show, Psych, into today’s post. It is the best television show ever. In fact, I don’t just encourage you to watch it, I BEG you to watch it. You’ll thank me later, if you haven’t already seen it. That said, I never pass up an opportunity to talk about music. Osbourne is totally right. It’s not just a question of what falls into which genre of music, it’s a question of what even constitutes music at all. Music is a form of expression, just like art. All art forms come in many different forms. Think about the evolution of music: It all started with singing (which was really only for worship purposes, originally), and now we have a countless number of instruments. Literally ANYTHING can be considered an instrument. You can bang on ANYTHING to make it a percussion instrument. If that is the case, couldn’t something as ordinary as a car blinker be considered music? I believe so. A blinker is actually very similar to a metronome in that it keeps a steady beat. In fact, I often find myself singing in time with my blinker. So, if ordinary items like a car blinker can be considered music, and music is an art form, and an art form is a way to express one’s self, doesn’t that mean there are endless possibilities for expressing ourselves? YES! That is probably my favorite thing about life. Literally EVERYTHING we do is an expression of ourselves; Whether it be a literal art form like music, or having a conversation with someone. Everything we do defines who we are. Successes and Failures, Communication and Silence, Action and Laziness. So, who’s to say who we are and aren’t other than ourselves? Nobody. Yeah, I just turned a quote about music into a discussion on individuality. That’s part of who I am. I see music as a link between us and everything around us. Star Wars is also part of who I am (I have been practicing my Kylo Ren walk with my new Kylo Ren lightsaber because, frankly, it’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve seen. As much as I love the character of Kylo Ren and I believe Adam Driver does an AMAZING job of acting it, especially with the conflicted and immature temper tantrums, I really don’t understand why his walk is so ridiculous. It’s like they tried to replicate the menacing gait of David Prowse, who was the physical actor of Darth Vader, and they failed miserably.), so, in theory, my view of music is that it is ‘The Force’. There is no limit to who we can be because our only limit is our imagination. Express yourself in whatever way you deem fit, because at the end of the day, no matter what anyone else says, only YOU can say who you are, and who you aren’t. The daily quote is one way that I express myself, and the daily news is the other:

  1. San Antonio Spurs C/F Tim Duncan is retiring. The news comes after 19 seasons in the league. As a reference, Duncan used to play with David Robinson in San Antonio, and the two were known as the “Twin Towers”. Duncan has five NBA Championships, two MVPs, and 15 All-Star appearances. He will be in the Hall of Fame.
  2. I owe you all a HUGE apology. I forgot to congratulate Portugal on their Euro league Championship that they won over the weekend. Very impressive for them winning the final game over France with Christiano Ronaldo out for most of the game, too. Well done, well deserved!
  3. Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor is beginning to be talked about a lot for his current contract situation. Taylor is set to make just $3 million next season. That’s a lot for most of us, but for a starting QB in the NFL, it’s practically nothing. Talks about an expensive extension for Taylor haven’t gone particularly well this offseason, as his resume is really only last season long. Although he was impressive last season, his injuries are apparently concerning Bills management. My advice: Just pay the man. Do you REALLY have a better idea at QB? Maybe you could bring QB Ryan Fitzpatrick back. 🙂 Look out New York Jets fans, I might have just given Bills coach Rex Ryan a wonderful idea for terrorizing you.
  4. Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley addressed the media again today. This time, it was regarding fantasy football. According to Gurley, there are only three options for the number one overall pick in your fantasy draft: him, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown, and Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton. While he and Brown are worthy of a pick at least close to number one, PLEASE don’t draft a QB with the number one overall pick. EVER. That is a TERRIBLE idea. There are always fantastic fantasy free agent QBs available every week. Some of my favorites last season were Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota, Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles, and the aforementioned Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor. All three had weeks where they outperformed Newton. You just need to do the research to figure out which weeks those will be this season. That said, still draft a QB at some point. I’m definitely not condoning a lack of QB pickups via fantasy drafts.
  5. The San Diego Chargers. Will San Diego stay in front of the Chargers name? San Diego voters will determine the answer to that question when they vote in November on the raising of hotel taxes to build the Chargers a new downtown stadium. Personally, I believe the Chargers will be staying put. Especially if the coming season goes as well for them as I think it will.
  6. The Dallas Cowboys defense is in desperation mode with some key suspensions to start the season; So much so, that they have engaged in discussions with LB Justin Durant about bringing him back to Dallas. Durant is currently a free agent after being released by the Atlanta Falcons after just one season in Atlanta. Durant was with the Cowboys prior to that. I actually believe this is a great move for the Cowboys. Durant is a capable starter. Not top-notch, but capable, for sure.
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan has been spreading the word that the Jags will win in 2016. Agreed. If you’ve seen my win projections, you know that I think as highly of the Jags as Khan does. Although they lack the experience to make a Super Bowl run, this team definitely has the talent to make a playoff run.
  8. New York Giants P Brad Wing has received a contract extension. The deal is three-years in length, and is worth $6.45 million. Last season was his first in New York, and his 33 punts inside the 20-yard line tied the Giants single-season record set by P Brad Maynard twice. Thank goodness. As a Giants fan, I know that the team needs to have a good punter. He will have plenty of work to do.
  9. Ex-San Francisco 49ers RB Jarryd Hayne left San Francisco to pursue his Olympic dream of playing for Fiji’s rugby unit. That dream fell short. Now, Hayne looks to return to the National Rugby League. If the 49ers are smart, however, they will resign Hayne. He showed promise as a kick returner last season. Plus, when your team is as bad as the 49ers currently are, why not?

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote and/or the daily news and/or whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily Update: June 27, 2016

“There’s no magic for getting into the groove…just banging away at it. Sometimes the lyrics come first, sometimes the music.” –Phil Collins, Musician

I promise, I looked up quotes that had magic in them. The fact that Phil Collins gave one of those quotes was just a HUGE bonus that allows me to put in some of his amazing music (each appearance of his name in this post is a link to a different one of his songs). Anyway, in regard to the quote: yes. I think the quote applies to everything in our lives. There is no magic that goes into achieving something, just the hard work (or the banging away at it, as Collins so eloquently put it). The second part is true too. Many things in life come in pieces. For example, you have to get the interview before you can get the job. Or, you have to go on dates before you get married (well, you don’t necessarily HAVE to, but it’s a REALLY good idea). Anyway, you don’t always know what pieces come first in life, and the pieces that DO come first will always be different. The pieces that come first are also different for different people. Every person’s life is like a song, or a story (they’re all similar). A good song has the lyrics (what is said or what happens in life), as well as the music itself (the feeling in life). You can’t have feelings without occurrences, and you can’t have occurrences without feelings. (Maybe moment is a better word than occurrences.) So, just keep trying and banging away at life because, eventually, all of the pieces will come together. As for occurrences (or moments, you get what I mean), the next occurrence in this post is the daily news:

  1. A few days ago, I reported that several players were going to be interviewed regarding the Al-Jazeera America reports of PED use. That list has now been extended to include the just-retired QB Peyton Manning. As much as the interviews could affect the legacies of Julius Peppers and James Harrison, it would have a FAR bigger impact on the legacy of Manning. I’m really hoping he didn’t stoop that low. It sucks to find out when any players use PEDs, but it sucks tenfold to find out legends used them.
  2. As a New York Giants fan, I had to put this in here: “Eli Manning wants Giants to end bad streak, score a lot of points” -NFL.com headline. REALLY?! Is this a NEW development for you Eli?! You have just now decided that you want to score points?! That’s the whole point of the game! You should’ve wanted the bad streak to end BEFORE IT EVEN STARTED! And you are a STARTING QB in the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE! That is THE MOST IMPORTANT way to SCORE POINTS and, therefore, WIN!! So, if the idea of scoring points is really JUST NOW occurring to you, maybe STOP THROWING THE BALL TO THE OTHER DANG TEAM! Your players are the ones wearing THE SAME UNIFORMS AS YOU! If you truly want the bad streak to end, you can’t just score a lot of points, you have to score a lot of points for YOUR team! It doesn’t help if you throw pick sixes to score a lot of points for the other team! (Deep Breaths…(years pass)…Deep Breaths…ok, let’s move on.)
  3. A few days ago, I reported that QB Johnny Manziel’s lawyer spoke up about his doubts regarding his client. Since then, that lawyer has withdrawn from the case.
  4. This is almost as good as the Eli Manning points story: a Cleveland Browns fan has created a Facebook event for a Super Bowl parade for the 2033 Super Bowl Champion Cleveland Browns. Clearly, Cleveland is drunk with happiness following the Cavaliers championship last week. Now, the Browns have 15 years to get to the level of Super Bowl champion. Obviously, based on the last fifteen years, the Browns could still be at the same level they are currently at in that amount of time, if not worse. However, instead of laughing at the fan’s optimism (and the optimism of the other 3,400+ Browns fans who RSVPed for the event), I’m actually going to say that they aren’t that far off. In fact, I could see the Browns getting to that level SOONER than 2033. Here’s why: The Browns have arguably the best QB situation they’ve had since the expansion franchise came to town. Why? Because it’s different! In the past, the Browns have tried to trade up to draft their QB of the future. This has led to disasters such as Tim Couch and Johnny Manziel. This time around, they waited multiple rounds to draft promising young prospect QB Cody Kessler. In addition, the Browns picked up one of the most underrated players in free agency: Robert Griffin III. Does anyone remember his rookie year? He won rookie of the year over fellow QBs Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson. He has backtracked since his injury, but he has shown he is CAPABLE, which is HUGE in the NFL. I truly believe that Cleveland is the perfect situation for RG3 to turn his career around. He has Hue Jackson as his coach (who groomed the Red Rocket into the MVP-level player we saw last season until injury struck him) and he has no pressure to perform with all of the preceding QB disasters in Cleveland. RG3 also has rookie WR Corey Coleman to throw the ball too, and T Joe Thomas is still there to protect the blind side. RG3 and Coleman could be a very dangerous young duo if they can live up to their potential. I personally believe the backfield duo of RBs Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson has loads of potential, too. They would also benefit from the rise of RG3 and Coleman, as opposing defenses would have to worry about the run AND the pass for the first time in AGES in Cleveland. While offensive success in Cleveland relies heavily on a complete, 360 degree turn around, the defense has a much easier road. The defense has a HUGE benefit in the form of CB Joe Haden, who is one of the best at his position, if not THE best. The Browns also picked up two players in free agency that I think are underrated in the form of LB DeMario Davis and S Rahim Moore. Those guys could be bargain bin pickups for the Browns, who outperform the contracts they were given. They also have three promising rookies at LB: Emmanuel Ogbah, Joe Schobert, and Scooby Wright III. (Shout-out for RG3 and SW3 on the same team?) All-in-all, I believe the Browns could be on the rise because of one word: potential. I know potential has fallen flat in Cleveland before, the difference is: this time, they aren’t paying to much or risking to much to get it. I guess that tends to happen when you’ve already hit rock bottom? So here it is: I am predicting the CLEVELAND BROWNS to have a SUPER BOWL VICTORY under their belts BEFORE 2033. Thank you, and good night! (Not really, there’s more news.)
  5. Jacksonville Jaguars LB Dan Skuta has been arrested and charged with first-degree misdemeanor battery in none other than, you guess it: Orlando. I’m not sure if it’s more dangerous to be in Dallas or Orlando right now because both cities currently appear to be off their rockers. As for the incident’s impact on Skuta and the Jaguars, this likely will lock up the starting OLB spot for second-round pick Myles Jack.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote and/or the daily news. In fact, answer me this: Do you believe the Cleveland Browns have a realistic shot at the Super Bowl title in the next 15 years? Also, please leave a much-appreciated like. Have a pleasant tomorrow.