School life

Emmanuel: Year of the Gentleman

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” Excuse me miss, would you like to dance?” It means a lot to me when a beautiful girl accepts to dance with me a slow song. It’s also hard nowadays to find a really good DJ, because every DJ that my school, or a party that I go to, gets only plays Dub-step! It’s starting to get annoying, no offense to those who like it. Maybe later on I can upload a recording of my amateur DJ skills with songs that you can actually dance to; I know, shocker, music you can dance to. Yes, I do DJ a little bit when I have time aside from my busy schedule called my life. As I was saying, a slow dance with a girl is one of those things that you can’t buy, you have to earn it. Whether it be with your girlfriend, a date, or even just a friend. You earn it by asking her to dance with you, it would be your pleasure to invite her to dance to a very special song you have been saving for her only. In doing so I believe that it would make her feel exceptional, as men that’s what we intend to make our lady feel like. Prom is just right around the corner, so it’s time o start asking friends or girlfriends to the most important dance of the year. I was already ready to go since three months ago, because I asked a friend to prom at another party during a slow dance. I thought it was romantic, except for the part of not having flowers to give her. I don’t know why but, if I want to ask a girl to a big dance I feel that it’s crucial to have flowers, or else there is a higher chance they will say no, for lack of a sign of “affection” toward them. I want my girl to feel that I went out of my way to do something very unique just for her.


Yo Soy EL Mariachi

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“El Mariachi”, that’s my nickname. I don’t know if you guys have ever seen the movie Desperado, or Once Upon a Time in México before, but the protagonist, Antonio Banderas, “El Mariachi”, is a guitar player trying to start his life again as a mariachi. Other people only call me by that name in my Spanish class though; I wish they called me that outside of the classroom. No, instead they call me E-man in the outside world.  Since my participation in high school is coming to an end, I only hope I can leave with other students knowing who I really am, a dedicated, hard working, ambitious student, a trumpet player, and a loyal and trustworthy friend. If I was to describe myself in one word it would have to be ambitious. Why ambitious? I have noticed that although I don’t manage my time wisely all the time, I still get my work done, and I do have grand plans for myself that I hope to fulfill in my future. Still, there is a saying that says, “If you don’t do what you want today, you will wake up one morning and find that there isn’t any time left to do what you wanted”, something like that.

These times that are passing by me too quickly are scary. I haven’t exactly decided on a major yet between Aerospace Engineer and Trumpet performance, which is stressing me out so much. That’s why I need this Spring Break badly to get all the things going on in my mind straightened out and to maybe get a little time to just relax for a change.  


I Care, am I the only One?

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What’s going on guys? Today was a long, and of coarse tiring, day in the life of Emmanuel. (Just throwing it out there) I sleep every night for about 4.5-5 hours. I’m not saying that I’m the only one who gets this much sleep, but, oh man, sleep is really trying to get at me all the time! We’re all busy, I know, but when it comes down to work, getting stuff done right I feel like I am the only one who strives to grasp all the knowledge that my teachers give us every day. In my AP classes this isn’t a problem, only in my 2 regular classes I’m with a group of lazy, rude, slack offs who just want to walk out the door. It’s funny how they talk about being over school when they pride themselves with the college they are “going to” assist in the future. What is college? Oh that’s right, school!! Aside from my crammed life I recently returned to listening to Bryan Adams, one of my favorite artists of all time. I picked out this certain song because he says beautiful things about this girl that he loves, and always will love, that relates to my life right now as well. I like this one girl that I’m friends with, but I’m not going to ask her out for a few reasons. Right now in high school there is less than 2 people that I know who don’t care or aren’t mature about relationships.  I know, since it’s high school, it’s a game. A roller coaster of  emotions. Hey,  I just realized that this idea is similar to the protagonist in 1984, Winston, when he is in a fascist society where thoughts are dictated by the Party and the Thought Police. He as well loves a woman for love, which is no allowed in Oceania to have an emotional reaction to anything. “Please forgive me, if I can’t stop loving you…”

Execute Operation Jazz

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Tomorrow performing for you live in the Fountain Valley High School bowl, from your own neighborhood band room Operation Jazz! They will be performing during lunch, so grab your food and head over to the bowl to hear a little bit of the old and the new of Jazz. These talented musicians are bringing Jazz back to the community simply for the love of the music. As the saying goes, “music continues and never ends”, there’s always a new interpretation of style making it “new”(relating back to these cool videos I saw a while back on how everything is a remix, giving the implication of it being new). In case you don’t know I’m the trumpet player. We will be playing Careless Whisper made famous by Wham!, Moondance made famous by Van Morrison, and In the Mood made famous by Dave Brubeck Quartet. On the “drawing board” we have in process Portuguese Love by Maynard Ferguson, Take Five by Dave Brubeck Quartet, and possibly Night in Tunisia by Duke Ellington. I would also really like to start playing  The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra. I also really like this poster, it’s when I first saw it I thought it was the coolest thing in the world to see myself in an actual photo with my band. That’s swag right there people!  Looks like my innovation project to bring Jazz back to the public is Swinging! Haha!

I’ve been thinking, what if we had, on a Friday in the evening after school say 7-8, a Jazz Lounge performance. Not a cheesy cute little show, I’m talking school hosted event in the amphitheater. We could set up all the equipment: stands, amps, drum set, key board, and have a legitimate Jazz night.  We could set a date in the future to promote this gig with fliers around the school, as well I was also wondering if the theater could: Put up a backdrop with a scenery behind us, or just a plain black would do, and maybe sell snacks and drinks to those that show up while they watched our performance. We could play for about an hour free of charge. I just hope that people show up if we do go through with it.

A New Beginning

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As 2013 comes to an end and we welcome the new year, I too will embrace this new “beginning” as a fresh start. What I mean is that I can get my mind straight to focus and perform better, in a different way, when I am in school or in my music studies. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to read more, whether it be the newspaper, a magazine of Popular Science, or a book. Also because I constantly assign myself long term goals throughout the year I don’t really acknowledge a New Year’s resolution; because I do it so often. “The music never stops”, and “The song remains the same”. This reminds me of when Mr. Therialt, my AP English teacher, showed us in class some videos of how everything is a remix of something already invented; just modified to look, sound, and feel different. In the videos they showed Led Zeppelin, movie directors, and authors make they works based off the ideas of previous works. However, in my world I like to call it, Jazz. (You guessed it, right?) The reason is that when I improvise, while the rhythm section is going with the flow, it’s all about melody. I take scales, songs, and random styles, mix them together with the way I’m feeling to get a bunch of little remixes that I made up right on the spot. “Hero’s get remembered, but legends never die. Follow your heart, and you will never go wrong”.


One Last Time

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As most of you have heard in the morning announcements, the FVRR has performed its 2013 Christmas parade at Disneyland. It was a success, of course, unfortunately since I am a senior this is the last time I will ever march with those blue uniforms on and off the field. Marching band has been a huge part in my life in high school and it has transformed me into the man I am today. I have shared so many great memories with the friends I made while in band that are worth a life time. I wish I could stay in the Regiment for many more years, that’s how much I love it and the people who run it. Marching band is just a whole-nother world where time, dedication, hard work, talent, music, and exercise come together to give birth to greatness with a united determined group. The only thing I regret, is not joining band Freshman year. Thank you Mr. Wampler. Just like Mr. Wampler, Mr. Therialt gives us information that will help us in the future for real life application, not only involving school related topics but social and moral advice. For example: the first dates presentation (was the best), the moral viewpoints behind the stories we read such as Othello and Hamlet. With the whole What if project Mr.Therialt is giving us the opportunity to think outside the box on how to better our community; is there a need for anything? Some philosophers would say “everything happens for a purpose”.


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Recently, at the beginning of this school year as well, I have been through what seems like a computer hard drive! I feel this way because at school I do so much, I’m involved in so much that nothing really gets done. No matter how much fun marching band is, sometimes it feels like a waste of time due to the mounds of homework, tests, SAT, family time and applications that I need to work on and study for to prepare myself for college.  It feels like I am the hard drive while my teachers are the programmers shoving formulas, subjects, languages, theory, politics, and literature into my head that I need time to back it up. Not too long ago I started a jazz band called Operation Jazz, which is a small group; I like it like that. When I was searching up possible songs that we could practice I found one in particular that made me feel hopeful that even though in the present life might not be the best, it will blossom into something great. I remember one of my friends tell me once that “in order for the arrow to go forward first it must be pulled back”. The song is called Rise by Herb Alpert, a jazz trumpet soloist. Just as Hamlet is feeling blue about the death of his father, in the beginning of the play, I am feeling down about my packed life.