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".

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15 Things I Want To Do Before I Die

Everyone has a bucket list that they wish to achieve, this one is mine.

We all have things that we dream of doing and we all wish to do them before taking our last breath. We spend each day saving up for moments like these, yet, most of us don’t even know what those moments are. I’m very forgetful so I like to document my choices. Allow me to share with you my bucket list. Who knows…maybe you will find something on here that you wish to do.

1. Go to all 50 states

I’ve been to quite a few of the states in the continental U.S., but never I have traveled to Hawaii or Alaska along with many other states. This is something I wish to do to learn more about my country and go on a long road trip with my friends to learn more about ourselves. I feel we learn the most about ourselves through travel.

2. Skydiving

I am completely TERRIFIED of heights. I get scared if I’m too high on a ladder…it’s quite sad honestly. I feel if I were able to see the world from a different view then I wouldn’t be so scared of heights. Granted that my parachute works…

3. Scuba dive

I love coral reefs. I also love seeing animals up close. I want to experience ocean life from beneath the water rather than just enjoying it from a distance. I find the ocean to be one of the most beautiful creations and to not seen what it is like beneath the surface is quite saddening.

4. Walk on a suspension bridge

Have you seen the videos online where people are standing in the middle of a bridge holding on for dear life because they’re terrified? I would be that person, but at the end I would be able to say I did it and survived.

5. Walk on the side of a cliff

The feeling is mutual like in number nine. I’d be terrified, and I would probably be shaking quite a lot, but the rush of adrenaline can be quite calming in some ways.

6. Chase severe weather

I love watching the videos on Facebook and YouTube where people are chasing tornadoes and such. I find it to be exciting and being able to be up close and personal with some of the world’s deadliest storms is not something many would say they want to do.

7. Attend a music festival/rave

Sorry, Mom. Sorry, Dad. Sorry, Grandma. I just feel life is more exciting when you’re living on the edge.

8. Be a game show contestant

Okay…Literally every game show ever I want to be on. This is like at the TOP of my list (this list is in no particular order).

9. Be in a movie/on a TV show

I don’t care if I’m an extra or if I have an actual role to play. This is by far one of the coolest things that I would ever experience.

10. Be on a talk show

I’m mainly talking about Ellen DeGeneres because I absolutely adore her, but I could go for Steve Harvey as well, he’s quite funny.

11. Have the ultimate concert experience

I’m talking meet and greet before the concert, front row seats, being brought on stage, backstage passes, party with the band…THAT experience. Not just sitting front row seat and seeing them up close.

12. Ultimate spa day

Literally every girl’s dream.

13. Eat a meal cooked by a famous chef

Everyone loves food. Especially food that taste like heaven.

14. Be a guest speaker

Nothing is more inspiring than being an inspiration to so many. To be able to share my life’s experiences and trials and tribulations with you is something that I find to be most memorable. I want to make difference and share with others how they can do what I am doing and be good at it.

15. Have tea with the Queen

I’ve always admired the royal families and I find it to be such an honor to be in their presence. To sit and have tea with the Queen, one of my biggest dreams would have been fulfilled.

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13 Rules Of Planning A Summer Road Trip While Getting Rid Of Your Winter Blues

Unforgettable moments of beauty and excitement are juxtaposed by sanity-whittling mile markers on endless roads.

Fever dreams of sunshine and deserts come to me often as I nurse a February cold on my couch. Washingtonians are all too familiar with those months without a glimpse of blue sky, the sun hidden in a grey winter cave. We have all dreamt of southern climates and a sandy shoreline. We have all cursed our friends and family who sail to hemispheres where the seasons are reversed.

Sometimes, it all gets to be too much. You too hunger for vitamin D and a boast-worthy picture to rub in their faces for once. Sometimes "Iron Maiden" goes on a summer tour through the southwest, and you know how quick those tickets sell. Besides, doesn’t Arizona sound amazing right now?

Committing to an ill-advised road trip is part of the American identity, a right of passage described in so many books, television series, and films. Unforgettable moments of beauty and excitement are juxtaposed by sanity-whittling mile markers on endless roads. It is a test of endurance, patience, and yes, friendships.

I am hardly a road-warrior, but I did grow up in the cramped backseat of a Ford F-250, traversing the mountain passes and interstates of Washington. I thought I was more than prepared for a three-week adventure around the west coast, my own hands on the helm this time.

Lessons were learned, most the hard way, and though I was dirt poor and exhausted upon my return, I would hardly change more than six or seven things. Below is a list of “rules” I would recommend abiding by. Call it retrospect, hindsight, or sage advice, just be prepared to make mistakes of your own. Now is the time. Commit to that bucket-list-concert or Kodak Moment before it’s too late — because those are nearly impossible to regret.

I hope these next 13 road trip rules will help you out:

Rule #1: Do not leave your keys anywhere, under any circumstances.

Remember their weight, the goofy keychains, and even the crests and valleys of the keys’ teeth. Feel naked and vulnerable without them in your left pocket, biting at your thigh when you take a seat. Whatever you do, double-check that pocket before locking your doors.

If possible, bring a spare (not the way you want to spend one of your calls to "Triple-A"). The average cost of getting a new key cut to your specific car is in the ballpark of 300 dollars.

Rule #2: Leave early.

The hometown commute is only truly understood by its locals. Like anywhere in the states, leaving before morning and evening rush hour is the best option. Have an event to go to? Plan a meal before it somewhere nearby. A full stomach and extra time can be rare on a budgeted trip, so make time to see the spots beyond the venue. You are the master of your itinerary.

Rule #3: Trade D.J. role often.

There is no doubt that the single most important part of the drive is its playlist. Going to see a band? Now is the time to refresh yourself on their discography, even the B-side. Finding yourself in a mid-nineties sedan with cassette-to-auxiliary cord converter? Dust off the iPod and the CD case, bring extra batteries for the jog-proof CD player, and try to outdo your copilot’s last jam.

Nothing cuts the silence like a tone-deaf duet of an old favorite jam.

Rule #4: Don’t speed near the Grand Canyon.

State Patrol is everywhere, radar guns drawn and ready for weekend warriors. Expect to be pulled over somewhere along the line – but if you have the need for speed, get it out before you hit federal lands. Know the driving laws of whatever state you find yourself in. As a courtesy, copilot’s, keep an eye on the shoulder.

Rule #5: See the Grand Canyon, then immediately evacuate Arizona.

"It’s a dry-heat," they said "Arizona sounds great in late June," they said. Remember, when the dashboard’s thermometer flashes the temperature like a new high score, you have no one to blame but yourself.

Rule #6: Have oil, coolant, brake fluid, water, jumper cables, and extra food.

Honestly, these are things that should be in your vehicle already. When you’re on a cross-country voyage, stick by the old Boy Scout motto: "Be prepared." Knowing how your car performs in the conditions of your home is one thing, but new quirks and surprises can emerge in a new climate.

Check the oil and other fluids at pit-stops, even as an excuse to stretch the legs a little while longer. No one wants their engine to overheat in Death Valley or in a mountain pass with zero cell service.

Rule #7: Do not allow the gas gauge to drop below a quarter tank.

This rule is sort of a given and the level at which you start to sweat is different for every driver. An external jerrycan is a good idea, but dashboard vigilance is better. If your gas-light does illuminate, do not panic. Go slow and steady and try not to stop-and-go if able.

Pack that coffee can of spare change lying around the house. It will never get you close to that trip to Tahiti, but it will fill your gas tank. Lastly, not all road signs are accurate or specific or up to date as you would hope. Be sure to know that you will make it between places of civilization, lest you get trapped between Eagle Lake and Susanville California. If you do, ask for the managers at the RV park there, they have a pump at the boat launch.

Rule #8: Caffeinate with energy drinks, not coffee. Rest stops are rare at times.

First off, avoid the caffeine pills. They do the trick, but your steering wheel will have new claw marks. Coffee is a great way to wake up, we all know this, but we also know what happens next. Plan on that morning-move if you partake in the brew of the bean before merging into L.A. traffic.

Rule #9: Keep tickets, coupons, Groupons, and passes in one safe location (like the glovebox or something).

You didn’t just drive thousands of miles and spend your last dime to be turned around at the door, did you? Collect all proof of entry and purchase in an envelope. This envelope is never to be removed from its designated spot, only the tickets you immediately require.

Rule #10: Deviate from the plan, at least a little.

Are Google Maps painting your route red? Look up a scenic route. Besides, you left early right? Traffic will get ugly and you must first understand that you are part of the problem as a confused tourist. Take the path less traveled and go where the locals go.

Rule #11: Drive at night, if you have the ability.

Not everyone’s favorite method, but let me defend this one. With a copilot, late-night shifts behind the wheel become more plausible. A road devoid of traffic and a sleeping passenger will remind you of silence. It is a surprising yet inevitable craving after days of close-quarters and traffic noise.

The road becomes a personal companion and eventually, the words of "Kerouac" and so many others begin to make sense. Pull over and stretch on the shoulder. If you’re in the middle of proverbial nowhere, look up and realize that night isn’t as dark as you once thought. This is when the road feels like mine alone.

Rule #12: Tidiness.

It’s day five and most of the meals you’ve had were handed to you through a window. The rear windows are open to air out the dirty laundry, and your last shower was Monday (Sunday?). Let’s face it, the bar of hygiene is lowered when road tripping as it is while camping. Do be courteous to your copilot, however. The two or more of you will be within a four-foot radius of each other, breathing the same circulated air, eating the same fast food garbage, and all sweating under the summer sun. Pack your most potent deodorant.

Don’t be afraid to shame your fellow passenger of their stink, it’s all a part of the experience.

Rule #13: Take notes (roadmap, journal, photos, etc.).

Taking this road trip, especially fresh out of class and unattached to too many responsibilities, is the perfect time to make some mistakes and memories. Charge that camera, bring pens and markers, and take some time to record your stories.

These trips can get wild. They’re unpredictable. You will be intoxicated on freedom amongst other things and it all goes so fast. Prepare for what you can, but let life happen outside of the comfort of home. Mark where you ate, camped, or were pulled over.

Be glad you did this when you had the chance.

Cover Image Credit: Jaymes Fleury

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