I Went To The 'Game Of Thrones' Concert Experience And I Am Still Not Over It.

I Went To The 'Game Of Thrones' Concert Experience And I Am Still Not Over It.

Contains spoilers for 'Game of Thrones.'

It's no secret that my favorite genre of music is instrumental soundtrack music (in fact I've actually written about some of my favorites that you can find here) and the Game of Thrones soundtrack just has a signature sound to it that anytime I listen to it, I feel like I could be a Queen...no wait not a Queen, a Khaleesi. The music combined with the emotional roller coaster that is the show is just euphonious (yes I am using that big SAT word to make myself sound smart).

Last November, I had been playing around online and stumbled across this video about a concert tour that would be conducted by Ramin Djawadi (the composer of Game of Thrones soundtrack) and was just going to be about the music of Game of Thrones.

After watching the video and discovering that the tour was actually going to be playing near where I lived, I was ecstatic as I put in the request for tickets in the nose bleeds straight onto my Christmas list. And I actually got them (thank you again Nana and Poppi)! From then on, it had been something I was looking very much forward to for 2017.

This week I got to finally use my tickets and attend "The Game of Thrones Concert Experience". Needless to say it did not at all disappoint and actually turned out to be one of the best concerts I've ever been to. I am sure some people are wondering how a plain orchestra concert could possibly be so exciting, but trust me it was borderline adrenaline pumping.

Upon arrival, the stadium had a line going out of the building, letting me know that I wasn't the only nerd excited about this event. In fact a supposed 17,000 people had attended that evening. The stage was absolutely ginormous, even from our seat in the almost back row my Nana and I knew that this was going to be a memorable event about our shared favorite show.

However, it had seemed that there were too many people in the back seats with us and not enough on the ground floor. That was when ushers started giving floor seats to everyone behind us to go do down. I wasn't bothered though that they weren't approaching us, and I'm actually never bothered by far away seats, I was just happy to be there. Finally though the band started to warm up and I was a bit excited (note the shaky camera in the GIF below due to the fact I was vibrating with excitment)

Once the concert had started they opened with the main title for the show and it sounded perfect, with the only downside of people still making their way to their seats. This meant that for the first two songs I had to keep dodging around peoples elbows to get a glance of what was going on (side note to any theater going people: Always get there early if you can). Luckily after people had settled down we were able to watch the show in all it's glory.

Everything flowed seamlessly and it really was an experience. As the music played the screens would coordinate with the scenes the music came from along with other bonuses to make things even more atmospheric. For example, when they played the music from the battle in the episode "Watchers on the Wall" snow began to fall from the stage and I could've sworn the stadium became colder.


Honestly the whole time my arms were pretty much covered in goosebumps and my Nana admitted that she got a bit teary eyed at one point. Things only got better from there though.

The show did in fact have an intermission and it turns out that they were still trying to give away floor seats and....we got chosen! Of course we took the opportunity to be even closer to the magic and I may have had a little fangirl asthma attack once we reached our seats.


You can tell there was a total difference in the seating.

The second act was even better than the first as they began to go over more emotional scenes and even added more effects. By more effects I mean straight up dragon fire as they played through the "Dance of Dragons", we actually were able to feel the heat from our seats. Everything was so spectacular that I really couldn't get myself to try and video tape some of the song to share with people, mainly because it would distract me from everything and I was having to much fun!

One of the really fun parts of show though was the audience and their shouting. I honestly thought I was the only one who shouted at the TV when I watched this show, but this proved me wrong. I have been to shows hoping for the crowd to participate and get excited that were not as passionate as this crowd. The best example I can give happened during the "Battle of the Bastards" portion of the concert.

The shouting really started up once the screens started a very certain scene that I'm sure had lots of people shouting.

The whole crowd started shouting things like "ZIG ZAG RICKON!" "YOU CAN MAKE IT RICKON" "ZIG ZAG DAMN IT!" "GET HIM JON" "F**K YOU RAMSAY". It was absolutely hilarious and also therapeutic because it's a pretty sad scene so we all got to get our emotional shouting out.

Honestly I could've just sat there at all night long and had them play through every episode. It was such a fun experience that I hope it happens every year till the show ends because I want to go see it again and again. If you are a huge Game of Thrones fan like me and absolutley love the show, you have to see this while it's on tour because I could not stop smiling and I hope every fan gets to experience what I felt that night. To end this article on an even happier note, here is a GIF if Ramin himself jamming on the guitar to "The Bear and the Maiden Fair".

Cover Image Credit: Art2Click

I Visited The "Shameless" Houses And Here's Why You Shouldn't

Glamorizing a less-than-ideal way to live.
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After five hours of driving, hearing the GPS say "Turn right onto South Homan Avenue" was a blessing. My eyes peeled to the side of the road, viciously looking for what I have been driving so long for, when finally, I see it: the house from Shameless.

Shameless is a hit TV show produced by Showtime. It takes place in modern-day Southside, Chicago. The plot, while straying at times, largely revolves around the Gallagher family and their continual struggle with (extreme) poverty. While a majority of the show is filmed offsite in a studio in Los Angeles, many outside scenes are filmed in Southside and the houses of the Gallagher's and side-characters are very much based on real houses.

We walked down the street, stopped in front of the two houses, took pictures and admired seeing the house in real life. It was a surreal experience and I felt out-of-place like I didn't belong there. As we prepared to leave (and see other spots from the show), a man came strolling down on his bicycle and asked how we were doing.

"Great! How are you?"

It fell silent as the man stopped in front of the Gallagher house, opened the gate, parked his bike and entered his home. We left a donation on his front porch, got back to the car and took off.

As we took the drive to downtown Chicago, something didn't sit right with me. While it was exciting to have this experience, I began to feel a sense of guilt or wrongdoing. After discussing it with my friends, I came to a sudden realization: No one should visit the "Gallagher" house.

The plot largely revolves the Gallagher family and their continual struggle with (extreme) poverty. It represents what Southside is like for so many residents. While TV shows always dramatize reality, I realized coming to this house was an exploitation of their conditions. It's entertaining to see Frank's shenanigans on TV, the emotional roller coasters characters endure and the outlandish things they have to do to survive. I didn't come here to help better their conditions, immerse myself in what their reality is or even for the donation I left: I came here for my entertainment.

Southside, Chicago is notoriously dangerous. The thefts, murders and other crimes committed on the show are not a far-fetched fantasy for many of the residents, it's a brutal reality. It's a scary way to live. Besides the Milkovich home, all the houses typically seen by tourists are occupied by homeowners. It's not a corporation or a small museum -- it's their actual property. I don't know how many visitors these homes get per day, week, month or year. Still, these homeowners have to see frequent visitors at any hour of the day, interfering with their lives. In my view, coming to their homes and taking pictures of them is a silent way of glamorizing the cycle of poverty. It's a silent way of saying we find joy in their almost unlivable conditions.

The conceit of the show is not the issue. TV shows have a way of romanticizing very negative things all the time. The issue at hand is that several visitors are privileged enough to live in a higher quality of life.

I myself experienced the desire and excitement to see the houses. I came for the experience but left with a lesson. I understand that tourism will continue to the homes of these individuals and I am aware that my grievances may not be shared with everyone -- however, I think it's important to take a step back and think about if this were your life. Would you want hundreds, potentially thousands, of people coming to your house? Would you want people to find entertainment in your lifestyle, good and bad?

I understand the experience, excitement, and fun the trip can be. While I recommend skipping the houses altogether and just head downtown, it's most important to remember to be respectful to those very individuals whose lives have been affected so deeply by Shameless.

Cover Image Credit: itsfilmedthere.com

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12 Steps For A Successful 4-Day Road Trip To College Through 3 Time Zones With 1 Very Happy Pupper

Try something new, make a bucket list, live a little, check something off your bucket list, and then thank me later.

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As we all know school is upon us. Some of us may be a little more prepared compared to others. I'm in the not so prepared, totally stressed out, in complete panic mode category. But luckily, I decided to go to school across the country and also decided to road trip back for my junior year. Here are a few things I'm glad I had/did while journeying across the country.

1. A plan/route

Let's be serious, if I didn't know where I was going things would've ended very badly.

2. An aux cord/Bluetooth

Listening to just the radio gets really boring AND half the time there's no station available to even listen to.

3. A few kickass playlists

Yes a few. One is not enough when you drive 15+ hours for multiple days, you're gonna want to switch back and forth between a couple.

4. My dog

Yeah it made it a little more difficult because she had to stop more often than I did, and she kept pressing all of the buttons in the car. I'm still glad that she got to experience it all with me, even if she was a little annoying.

5. Taking scenic pictures

I know it sounds stupid but driving cross country really makes you realize how beautiful the world really is and I feel like we forget that and take advantage of it when we experience the same view for weeks, months, and years.

6. Cleaning my windshield off when we stopped

This might sound like a no-brainer but the number of bugs that committed suicide on my window was ridiculous and really made it hard to see. Plus, when I didn't clean the windshield it really ruined my photos.

7. Snacks

Another no-brainer, I know, but snacks are SO important so they have to be on the list.

8. A pillow and blanket

This was mainly beneficial for my dog cause she got to sleep very comfortably in the car. But when we stopped for the night it was nice to have a little bit of home with me.

9. Friends who will keep you company

I can't tell you how many times I was on the phone or on FaceTime with one of my friends. Since I only had my dog, who unfortunately doesn't talk back, my human friends really kept me sane.

10. Taking LOADS of pictures/videos of my dog

Just like every other normal pet owner, I take a lot of pictures of my dog. But this road trip took "a lot" to an entirely new level. She was just so cute, I couldn't help it.

11. Taking pictures of (almost) every “Welcome to ….” sign

I didn't actually start doing this for myself since this was my fourth time driving cross country, but my other mother told me she wanted to see all of them, so she would know where I had been! Which as I was taking the photos I realized it would be really cool to remember them.

12. An awesome support system not only back home and waiting for me at my destination but also joining me

I was glad my parents decided to drive cross country with me. We got to spend a lot of much-needed family time together. When you're driving alone for that amount of time you really start to realize the more important things in life. Although I knew I was lucky with the parents I was blessed with I really realized how good I got it during this trip.

I suggest that everyone travels at some point in their life. Whether you travel for fun with no real purpose or destination, for work, or for school, go out and experience life! It's really a great time to figure out who you are as a person and what truly matters to you.

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