21 Old Songs That Only True Twenty One Pilots Fans Will Know

21 Old Songs That Only True Twenty One Pilots Fans Will Know

There was a time before "Blurryface." And it was great.
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Before there were "Vessel" and "BlurryFace" and even "Three Songs," Twenty One Pilots and Tyler Joseph himself created some very beautiful work. While old songs like Kitchen Sink and Addict With A Pen are more popular among newer Twenty One Pilots' fans, you have to be a true fan to know these songs.

A Car, A Torch, A Death - Twenty One Pilots

This song is one of those ones where you start to realize what the song is about at the very end and then want to listen to it again.

Anathema - Regional At Best

Just when you think that maybe this song is going to be kind of slow and not like the duo's typical style, they throw in an intense rap at the end. Just how we like it.

Be Concerned ft. Jocef - Regional At Best

This song is interesting because if you listened to it right when it came out, it was tough to decipher who the second voice in the song is. This song is truly beautiful.

Before You Start Your Day - Twenty One Pilots

Another slow song that isn't what you'd typically peg a for a TOP song. However, the soft and slow melody that goes into the beautiful build up at the end makes the different sound totally worth it.

Blasphemy - No Phun Intended

This is the first example on this list of some re-purposed lyrics. The first verse of this song is the rap verse in Anathema. Although No Phun Intended was Tyler Joseph's album and never gained a ton of popularity, he realized such well-written lyrics needed to be put into a different song.

Clear - Regional At Best

I think this song has, bar Kitchen Sink, one of the most powerful bridges in all of their music. When he starts yell-singing, "I will tell you what I can" the song hits a high and it is unbelievable.

Drown - No Phun Intended

Drown's lyrics are re-purposed on a song that is not on this list, Fall Away. Fall away is one of their more well-known songs from Regional At Best. If you love the, "every time I feel selfish ambition is taking my vision" verse in "Fall Away," check out "Drown." The verse is expanded upon amazingly.

Forest - Regional At Best

Forest is one of my all time favorite TOP songs. Fun fact: there is a video of Tyler speaking the lyrics to this song on a street on YouTube that makes the song all the more wonderful.

Glowing Eyes - Regional At Best

This one is a very upbeat, fun song... But you always know those types of songs have an even deeper meaning. Definitely a fun one that makes you dance around and then think.

Hole In The Ground - No Phun Intended

Unfortunately, no lyrics were taken from this song and put into newer material... Here's hoping for their next album?

Implicit Demand For Proof - Twenty One Pilots

While the lyrics to this song are both thought-provoking and beautiful, one of the best parts of it is the piano lead up into the powerful instrumental. The part before the lyrics start might be the best part of the song. (But "rain down and destroy me" might be a close second.)

Isle Of Flightless Birds - Twenty One Pilots

All of their songs are up to personal interpretation, but I think this is one of their more clearly religious songs. No matter how you interpret it, the final verse is incredibly powerful.

Johnny Boy - Twenty One Pilots

Johnny Boy is probably one of their more popular old songs, but I simply couldn't leave out this one. "I will carry all your names and I will carry all your shame" is arguably one of the most powerful verses in all of their music. This song is so, so amazing.

Lovely - Regional At Best

The "stay alive" theme of Twenty One Pilots is prevalent in so much of their music, and it definitely makes an appearance in this song. Such an upbeat and amazing song.

The Pantaloon - Twenty One Pilots

Just like Lovely is a beginning of the "stay alive" theme, The Pantaloon hits off the "lose your mind" theme. This is another one you'll sing 20 times and then finally say, "oh, that's what this is about!"

Ruby - Twenty One Pilots

"Ruby" is a beautiful song that has a very ambiguous meaning. I've heard it is about a young girl with some sort of disease that went to his church, and others have heard other things. Regardless of the meaning, it is some beautiful lyrical work with one of the best "screams" in their music.

Save - No Phun Intended

It is no secret that Tyler's pre-TOP music is some amazing work, and this one is no exception.

Slowtown - Regional At Best

What does "Slowtown" have in common with "Lane Boy," "Kitchen Sink," "Stressed Out" and probably others? It makes a reference to his brother Zack. This is one of the first times he's referenced, and it is always really cool when he brings his family into the music.

Street Poetry - Tyler Joseph Youtube

"Street Poetry" is one of my favorite TOP-related things. It is a really hauntingly beautiful video of Tyler reciting poetry while walking down the street. in what looks like Uptown Westerville in Ohio. The cool thing for the people who knew about this video was that "HeavyDirtySoul" uses the words from "Street Poetry" as lyrics.

Taken By Sleep - No Phun Intended

This song is probably one of the saddest of Tyler's solo music, and the band's as well. This song seems to be about a friend who has committed suicide and is incredibly, incredibly deep.

Tonight - No Phun Intended

To top off this list is one of my very favorites, "Tonight." This song is one of the easier ones to interpret but still not enough so that you can't draw your own conclusions. Tyler has been a genius since the beginning.


If you're a new Twenty One Pilots fan who only knows their new stuff, I urge you to check out their old music. And if you've been following them forever and have loved these songs for years, be happy you've experienced such amazing music for that long.

Cover Image Credit: Twenty One Pilots' Instagram

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31 Reasons Why I Would NEVER Watch Season 2 Of '13 Reasons Why'

It does not effectively address mental illness, which is a major factor in suicide.
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When I first started watching "13 Reasons Why" I was excited. I had struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts for a long time and thought this show would be bringing light to those issues. Instead, it triggered my feelings that I had suppressed.

With season two coming out soon, I have made up my mind that I am NEVER watching it, and here is why:

1. This show simplifies suicide as being a result of bullying, sexual assault, etc. when the issue is extremely more complex.

2. It does not effectively address mental illness, which is a major factor in suicide.

3. The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention has guidelines on how to portray suicides in TV shows and movies without causing more suicides.

"13 Reasons Why" disregarded those guidelines by graphically showing Hannah slitting her wrists.

4. It is triggering to those who have tried to commit suicide in the past or that struggle with mental illness.

5. It glorifies suicide.

6. It does not offer healthy coping solutions with trauma and bullying.

The only "solution" offered is suicide, which as mentioned above, is glorified by the show.

7. This show portrays Hannah as dramatic and attention-seeking, which creates the stereotype that people with suicidal thoughts are dramatic and seeking attention.

8. Hannah makes Clay and other people feel guilty for her death, which is inconsiderate and rude and NOT something most people who commit suicide would actually do.

9. This show treats suicide as revenge.

In reality, suicide is the feeling of hopelessness and depression, and it's a personal decision.

10. Hannah blames everyone but herself for her death, but suicide is a choice made by people who commit it.

Yes, sexual assault and bullying can be a factor in suicidal thoughts, but committing suicide is completely in the hands of the individual.

11. Skye justifies self-harm by saying, "It's what you do instead of killing yourself."

12. Hannah's school counselor disregards the clear signs of her being suicidal, which is against the law and not something any professional would do.

13. The show is not realistic.

14. To be honest, I didn't even enjoy the acting.

15. The characters are underdeveloped.

16. "13 Reasons Why" alludes that Clay's love could have saved Hannah, which is also unrealistic.

17. There are unnecessary plot lines that don't even advance the main plot.

18. No one in the show deals with their problems.

They all push them off onto other people (which, by the way, is NOT HEALTHY!!!).

19. There is not at any point in the show encouragement that life after high school is better.

20. I find the show offensive to not only me, but also to everyone who has struggled with suicidal thoughts.

21. The show is gory and violent, and I don't like that kind of thing.

22. By watching the show, you basically get a step-by-step guide on how to commit suicide.

Which, again, is against guidelines set by The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention.

23. The show offers no resources for those who have similar issues to Hannah.

24. It is not healthy for me or anyone else to watch "13 Reasons Why."

25. Not only does the show glorify suicide, but it also glorifies self-harm as an alternative to suicide.

26. Other characters don't help Hannah when she reaches out to them, which could discourage viewers from reaching out.

27. Hannah doesn't leave a tape for her parents, and even though the tapes were mostly bad, I still think the show's writers should have included a goodbye to her parents.

28. It simplifies suicide.

29. The show is tactless, in my opinion.

30. I feel like the show writers did not do any research on the topic of suicide or mental illness, and "13 Reasons Why" suffered because of lack of research.

31. I will not be watching season two mostly because I am bitter about the tastelessness.

And I do not want there to be enough views for them to make a season three and impact even more people in a negative way.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.
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5 Famous Poems to Kick Your Writer's Block Out The Window

Sometimes returning to famous pieces is the best thing to do.
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Writer's block gets the best of us but looking to famous pieces and works can be one of the best things to get your mind flowing again. Today's technological world has allowed the work of the masters be available at any time; a simple google search, and you're open to the world of literature. Even as I write on Odyssey or for school, I found that looking at famous works of poetry and seeing the way these philosophers and authors have woven their words together has enhanced my writing to do the same.

It's amazing how every literature work is simply the rearrangement of 26 letters in the alphabet. It's from the famous how we can learn to string them together. Here are my top seven favorite works of poetry that keep me inspired and never ceases to wake my creative side.


1. "Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein

"There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we'll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we'll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.
















"

As a child, I loved reading with my whole heart. I could spend days in a library if I could have; in my quest into finding a good book, I came across this poem. This was the first, and one of only, poems I can clearly remember falling in love with as I sat between spews of bookshelves in my school library.

It wasn't until I was older when I found out what it truly meant: adults should take a step back from their world and look at the world in the eyes of a child. Adults should see the world for its joy and beauty.

2. "i carry your heart with me" by e. e. cummings

"i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
i fear
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you







here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart



i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)"

e. e. cummings is one of my favorite poets, as his writing style is unique to all others in his famous notion of refusing to capitalize his letters in an attempt to refuse to obey societal rules. Alike his famous notion, his writing also breaks societal rules as his topics flow in a wide range from love, to hurt, to joy. This poem sticks with me because his structure presents three poems in one, with two voices but one story. His creative stance on taking poetry beyond that of words but telling the poem through creative structure inspires me everyday.

3. "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost

"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."

















If I had to pick any work of literature I had read within my childhood as my favorite, it would have been this poem by Robert Frost. I distinctly remember the first time I read over this, within the second grade as a class assignment. My teacher read it out loud and I remember falling in love with the imagery he presented.

As I grew up, the meaning only spoke more to his words, and he is still today one of my favorite authors. He tells his readers in the poem that throughout life, its taking risks that makes the best adventures; sometimes it's taking risks that make life worth living.

4. "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou

"You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history's shame
I rise
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.
















































"

When I think of Maya Angelou, I think of hardship but internal strength. I think of power. Maya Angelou lived a terrible life under racial discrimination and suffering from being raped as a child and witnessing her uncles murdering her rapist. She became mute as a result but began writing her hardship. This poem clearly defines her internal strength, being able to rise from the ashes and be as impactful as she is on others today. When I read this poem, I feel empowered as her words are able to tell all of us, it will be OK because we will be OK.

5. "I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud" by William Wordsworth

"I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling leaves in glee;
A poet could not be but gay,
In such a jocund company!
I gazed and gazed but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye





















Which is the bliss of solitude;

And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils."

Just last year, I read this poem as an assignment, and, immediately, it was added to my list of favorite poems. Instead of simply describing a witty observation that's commonly seen in a lot of poetry today, William Wordsworth takes a new stance through responding to the beauty of nature by becoming it. He speaks his journey of seeing the world from the sky and how beautiful it is; an observation that's a beautiful reminder within our growing concrete world.


It's through these famous writers, authors and poets that new generations of writers are able to find inspiration and continue to make brilliant pieces of work. For me, its through these five authors that I'm able to find my inspiration; each preach stories of longing, passion, love, triumph and pain. Each work is able to show a reflection of the author and their own experiences with such emotions to the reader, all that any author strives to do with their work. I hope you are able to take away as much as these authors put into these works and as much I did reading them.

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