Lullabies by All Time Low

Lullabies by All Time Low
Make it a sweet, sweet goodbye
It could be for the last time
And it’s not right
“Don’t let yourself get in over your head,” he said
Alone and far from home, I’ll find you…

Dead, like a candle you burned out
Spill the wax over the spaces
Left in place of angry words
Scream to be heard
Like you needed any more attention
Throw the bottle, break the door
And disappear

Sing me to sleep
I’ll see you in my dreams
Waiting to say
“I miss you. I’m so sorry.”

Forever’s never seemed so long
As when you’re not around
It’s like a piece of me is missing
I could have learned so much from you
But what’s left now?

Don’t you realize
You shot this family a world of pain?
Can’t you see there should have been
A happy ending we let go?

Sing me to sleep
I’ll see you in my dreams
Waiting to say
“I miss you. I’m so sorry.”

Sing me to sleep
Sing me to sleep
Sing me to sleep
Sing me to sleep

Sing me to sleep
(You’ve taken so much with you)
I’ll see you in my dreams
(But left the worst with me)
Waiting to say
“I miss you. I’m so sorry.”
I’m sorry, I’m sorry

To listen to more of All Time Low’s music, visit their Purevolume page or go to their Facebook.

This song was written for and in honor of the lead singer’s brother who committed suicide. If you or someone you know is depressed and/or is thinking about suicide, please call Hopeline at 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433) immediately.

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HELP International

HELP International originally started as H.E.L.P. Honduras in 1999 when Hurricane Mitch struck Honduras. To relieve the suffering there, a group of 46 volunteers from Brigham Young University’s students and faculty raised over $115,000 and spent four months conducting humanitarian work and administering microcredit loans in Honduras. Those volunteers were able to serve approximately 4,000 people and help change their lives for the better. The organization has grown significantly since and now conducts various projects, such as building adobe stoves and teaching family gardening and English. The organization currently works in Belize, El Salvador, Fiji, India, Peru, Tanzania, Thailand, and Uganda. Each summer, a group of volunteers are sent to one of these countries to construct development projects and teach the people there how they can help themselves improve their lives. HELP International’s mission is to “empower people to fight global poverty through sustainable, life-changing development programs.”

Since April, I have been helping HELP International with fundraising for my nonprofit fundraising class. One of our projects is to help a nonprofit fundraise, and my group and I have been planning this concert for the past month and a half. The show is this Saturday, June 11th, at the Deathstar in Provo, UT, on 145 N. University Avenue. Doors open at 7 PM and the show starts at 7:30 PM. Tickets are only $5 and all proceeds will go to the organization. We have Dream Eater, Clay Summers, j.wride, and Double or Nothing playing, and they are all quite talented musicians so please come out and support local music and this great cause! You will not be disappointed, I guarantee it. BYU Weekly TV will also be there to film the show, so if you want to be on TV, then come to the show!

To learn more about HELP International and how you can travel abroad with them to fight poverty, visit their website online. 

Paramore + TWLOHA

Paramore is a rock band that formed in 2004 in Franklin, TN. The band is currently signed to the record label Fueled by Ramen, and consists of lead singer Hayley Williams, bassist Jeremy Davis, and guitarist Taylor York. Paramore has released three studio full-length albums, three EPs, two live albums, fourteen singles, one video album, and thirteen music videos. Their second studio album, Riot!, was what made the band famous and ranked #15 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The band will be touring in the Czech Republic, Poland, Sweden, Finland, Portugal, Spain, Hong Kong, and Indonesia this summer, and will be on the Vans Warped Tour from mid-July to the beginning of August.

Since the beginning, Paramore has been huge supporters of the nonprofit organization To Write Love on Her Arms, particularly Hayley Williams (you can read my post about TWLOHA here). Her picture was even on one of the promo cards for To Write Love on Her Arms (view the photo here), and the promo cards were attached to the shirts that were sold. The band is often seen wearing the organization’s shirts at their shows, and even collaborated with To Write Love on Her Arms on a shirt; the shirt has the lyrics of their song “We are Broken” printed on the inside, and can be purchased here. In 2008, the members of Paramore appeared in To Write Love on Her Arm’s suicide announcement.

If you or someone you know is depressed and/or is thinking about suicide, please call Hopeline at 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433) immediately.

Save You by Simple Plan

Save You by Simple Plan
Take a breath
I pull myself together
Just another step till I reach the door
You’ll never know the way
It tears me up inside to see you
I wish that I could tell you something
To take it all away

Sometimes I wish I could save you
And there’re so many things that I want you to know
I won’t give up till it’s over
If it takes you forever I want you to know

When I hear your voice
It’s drowning in a whisper
You’re just skin and bones
There’s nothing left to take
And no matter what I do
I can’t make you feel better
If only I could find the answer
To help me understand

Sometimes I wish I could save you
And there’s so many things that I want you to know
I won’t give up till it’s over
If it takes you forever I want you to know

That if you fall, stumble down
I’ll pick you up off the ground
If you lose faith in you
I’ll give you strength to pull through
Tell me you won’t give up cause I’ll be waiting if you fall
Oh you know I’ll be there for you

If only I could find the answer
To take it all away

Sometimes I wish I could save you
And there’s so many things that I want you to know
I won’t give up till it’s over
If it takes you forever I want you to know

I wish I could save you
I want you to know
I wish I could save you

Visit Simple Plan’s Facebook page to listen to more of their music or visit the Videos tab to watch the music video for “Save You”.

For more information about cancer or how you can help, visit the American Cancer Society online.

Blacklist

Blacklist is an anti-tobacco campaign in Omaha, NE, and Salt Lake City, UT, that is funded through grant money from the state. The campaign held its first event in Salt Lake City in November 2010, but it wasn’t until February 1, 2011, at a Haste the Day show, that the campaign officially started promoting its message. The campaign then started in Omaha in March of 2011. Blacklist’s purpose is to fight against the tobacco industry, not necessarily the smoker, because of its destruction of our environment, our civil rights, our health, and our culture. The Black Listers are part of a movement against the manipulation of the tobacco industry and the damage it does to our world. They aim to educate others about the dangers and destructive effects of tobacco, and to encourage them to join the movement against the tobacco industry and support a smoke-free scene. Blacklist hosts shows and events in an effort to promote a smoke-free scene, particularly the music scene. By informing people at the shows and on the streets about the damage that the tobacco industry inflicts, the Black Listers hope to change the main focus to the arts and music instead of smoking.

I first heard of Blacklist when I went to the Gamechangers Tour 2011 featuring Pierce the Veil, Bring Me the Horizon, A Day to Remember, and We Came as Romans back in March (one of the greatest shows ever, by the way). The Black Listers had a booth at the show and were promoting their message to hundreds of kids that night. They encouraged people to sign up for their newspapers and passed out flyers, posters, guitar pick necklaces, and little cards educating the youth about the dangers of smoking hookah; they even had a photographer and a backdrop set up so the concert attendees who were interested in what Blacklist was about could take pictures against it. I was excited to see that there was another nonprofit organization working in the music scene that was advocating for a smoke-free scene. Having been a part of the music scene for quite some time now, I have noticed that the music scene just seems to go hand-in-hand with alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. It was wonderful to see that there are other people who believe otherwise and are trying to make a difference in the music scene and to create a positive influence on the scene. Since that night, I have been following Blacklist on Facebook in order to get involved in their work and to see what they are doing to make the music scene smoke-free. It has been great to be able to connect with like-minded individuals who believe in the same cause and are working towards a smoke-free future.

To learn more about Blacklist or read facts about tobacco and how it is destroying our world, visit the Black Listers online or go to their Facebook page to get involved and see upcoming shows in the Salt Lake City and/or Omaha areas.

We support a smoke-free scene…..do you?

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Mothers Against Drunk Driving is a nonprofit based out of Irving, TX, that was formed in 1980 by Candice Lightner after her 13-year-old daughter was killed by a drunk driver. Its mission is “to aid the victims of crimes performed by individuals driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, to aid the families of such victims, and to increase public awareness of the problem of drinking and drugged driving.” The organization basically aims to stop drunk driving, support those who have been affected by drunk driving, prevent underage drinking, and advocate for a stricter alcohol policy. Throughout the years, the mission and focus of Mothers Against Drunk Driving has expanded; the organization itself has also grown tremendously. Today, there is a MADD Canada that was founded in 1990, an “Eight-Point Plan” that was introduced in 2002, and the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving that was started in November 2006.

MADD Canada is the Canadian arm of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Its purpose is to stop impaired driving and to support victims by holding public awareness and education programs, campaigns, and fundraisers that focus on stopping impaired driving.  The “Eight-Point Plan” is comprised of eight points: resuscitate the nation’s efforts to prevent impaired driving, increase driving while intoxicated (DWI)/driving under the influence (DUI) enforcement (especially the use of frequent, highly publicized sobriety checkpoints), enact primary enforcement seat belt laws in all states, create tougher and more comprehensive sanctions geared toward higher-risk drivers, develop a dedicated National Traffic Safety Fund, reduce underage drinking, increase beer excise taxes to the same level as those for spirits, and reinvigorate court monitoring programs. The Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving is a four-point plan that aims to completely eliminate drunk driving in the United States by using a combination of current technology, new technology in smart cars, law enforcement, and grass roots activism.

Drunk driving is something that is so deadly yet easily preventable. When I was home in CA this past weekend, there was a drunk driving accident on a street near my neighborhood. A parent was driving two 14-year-old girls and two 15-year-old girls home after a birthday party around 1:15 AM on Sunday morning, May 29th, when a Toyota pickup truck crashed into their Mercedes Benz. The accident left one of the 14-year-old girls dead and another one of the 15-year-old girls critically injured in the hospital; the drunk driver and his passenger walked away from the accident uninjured. The other two girls and the parent were also sent to the hospital but have since been released. So please, next time you are in a situation that involves drunk driving, think twice before you drive drunk or get into a car with a drunk driver. That decision could drastically change your life forever.

To learn more about Mothers Against Drunk Driving, visit them online or go to their Facebook page.

Jason Wade of the band Lifehouse wrote the song “From Where You Are” for Allstate’s Teen Driving Program. This song is dedicated to all those teens who have lost their lives in car accidents and to Jason’s friend who died in a car crash at age 16. It is also used to educate teens about safe driving.

From Where You Are by Lifehouse
So far away from where you are
These miles have torn us worlds apart
And I miss you, yeah I miss you

So far away from where you are
I’m standing underneath the stars
And I wish you were here

I miss the years that were erased
I miss the way the sunshine would light up your face
I miss all the little things
I never thought that they’d mean everything to me
Yeah I miss you
And I wish you were here

I feel the beating of your heart
I see the shadows of your face
Just know that wherever you are
Yeah I miss you
And I wish you were here

I miss the years that were erased
I miss the way the sunshine would light up your face
I miss all the little things
I never thought that they’d mean everything to me
Yeah I miss you
And I wish you were here

So far away from where you are
These miles have torn us worlds apart
And I miss you, yeah I miss you
And I wish you were here

To listen to more of Lifehouse’s music, visit their Facebook page.