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

To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.
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Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

Cover Image Credit: Megan Sutton

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5 Essentials To Know Before Your Long End-Of-Year Road Trip

Essential you need to think about for a long road trip.

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So it that time of year again where everyone is leaving their college town to go home for breaks or maybe go on vacation to somewhere else and have a change of scenery from books and teachers for some time. For me, this time of year means I am driving from the normally warm weather of Alabama to the cold weather of New Jersey. This year is a little different as I may actually be making that over 16 hour (or 1,008 miles) drive by myself which I have never done before.

So this is quite the experience and I wanted to share some advice to maybe make your long car ride a little more enjoyable. You may be wondering though how I can give this type of advice if I have never done this drive alone but I have done several times (nine times to be exact) with others from my family to fellow students. But also I have learned some of these ideas from my Dad who is a long distance truck driver so if anything he knows what he is talking about when it comes to driving long and far.

Sleep

Before you think about making a long car ride make sure you get a good night sleep for several days before hand.

Snacks

Stock your car up with candy so you have fewer stops to make. Also, make sure one of the snacks is a candy of some sort so you can get a little sugar high so you don't feel tired. AVOID the coffee as a way to get energy as it will just lead to more breaks.

Playlist

If doing a long car ride you need to have some type of playlist made as you will be crossing over state borders meaning your favorite radio station will no longer be on as that station doesn't reach where you're going. So getting a playlist of your favorite tunes made with a decent amount so it won't repeat that much. Or go Pandora where you can easily switch between genres but just be aware you will probably hear the same commercial at least twenty times before you get to your final destination.

Navigator

Have something tell you the way to go either have it written down and put a passenger in charge of giving you a heads up when your exit is coming. Or go with google maps or OnStar which will re-route itself if you just happen to miss your exit and you don't want to get off the interstate and get back on to get back to where you missed. Also since this is a busy time of year on the road the navigation will help you figure out where there is the least traffic.

Weather

Check the weather before you leave so you will know what is expected for the area you will be driving through. Will you have sunshine the whole way which may make the trip go a little faster or rain/snow which can very much make the trip longer as people will driver slower for this type of road condition.

Take these tips into consideration before making your trek anywhere this time of year.

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