My Top 10 Favorite The Smashing Pumpkins Songs

My Top 10 Favorite Songs by The Smashing Pumpkins

Today the frontman for my all time favorite band The Smashing Pumpkins turns 52. So in honor of William Corgan’s birthday, I thought this weeks blog would center the Pumpkins!

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10. Ava Adore (1998)

One of the Pumpkins more aggressive songs, “Ava Adore” from their 1998 gothic-alternative album Adore is hands down one of my favorite Pumpkins songs. And arguably the best guitar solo the Pumpkins have ever made. WPC and James Iha are both guitar gods after all. Any how, this is by far one of my favorite SP songs and songs in general. Probably their darkest album, WPC wrote most of it in 1997 at the time of his divorce.

9. The Everlasting Gaze (2000)

Off their shoegazing album “Machina – The Machines Of God” – this song proves its case as one of the best ever. The heavy thrashing riffs kicking the song off then going off into the beautiful synth break in the chorus filled along with beautiful lyrics. The song, as the majority of the album is about wrapping your head around God and Christ consciousness. The Everlasting Gaze to my understanding is a song about how all of us want a place in Heaven on some level even though some of us don’t believe in it, and how it’s probably not going to be crowded when you get there. The line “We all want to hold in the everlasting gaze”, says it all. What I think it means is we all want to go to heaven, but just because you want that doesn’t mean you are going to get there. I know I got a bit off topic with this one, but the lyrics is one of the many reasons I love the song.

8. Rocket (1993)

Off my personal favorite SP album Siamese Dream, this alt rock anthem prove its case. This was the second song they played when I saw them live approaching a year ago and it’s definitely and essential and underrated SP song. With debatable lyrics, and killer guitar hooks “Rocket” is clearly one of the greatest songs of the decade. And there was a lot of great songs put out then.

7. Cherub Rock (1993)

One of the better known SP songs, Cherub Rock is the opening energetic and feisty track off of Siamese Dream. Corgan plays octaves throughout the song instead of chords which is a really fun thing to do. And the guitar solo is magnificent, and in my opinion the best phaser solo ever made. Corgan is a mind blowingly amazing guitarist, and this song shows off his talents not only as musician – but a composer and songwriter.

6. Rhinoceros (1991)

Rhinoceros is clearly the best song off of SP’s first album Gish. From the soft poppy beginning to straight up rocking, also notably their most famous solo. Funny thing is throughout Gish there was no pedals used at all. Just a guitar and an

amp. I don’t really love hard rock, but Gish is a fantastic album. I love alternative rock, which is what the Pumpkins primary genre is. And I think the first thing I’ll ask Billy Corgan when I meet him someday is, “what does she know?!”

5. 1979 (1995)

As far as people know the Pumpkins by, this is their crowing achievement. Their most popular song, and definitely one of their best. Mellow and happy, 1979 brings us back to a certain time and place and for the younger fans out there we get nostalgic about stuff we don’t even know about. It’s an incredibly difficult song on guitar, how Corgan sings and plays it at the same time is beyond me. And the drum intro Jimmy Chamberlin does is probably the best drum intro of the decade.

4. Disarm (1993)

The acoustic song Disarm is not only one of the best Smashing Pumpkins songs but also notably one of the most emotional and passionate songs in rock. The songs centers the sad childhood of frontman Billy Corgan with a heroin addicted angry father and him trying to break free of the little boy he once was. Nearly teared up when I saw em live last summer and they opened with it. Depressing topic? Maybe so, but it’s an amazing song. Also, I love the violin work in this song.

3. Mayonnaise (1993)

Some of the best dual guitar work ever made, Mayonnaise from Siamese Dream proves it’s case. The chord progression was originally written by James Iha, and interestingly enough his guitar is in a completely different tuning than Billy Corgan throughout the song. It’s definitely one of my favorite songs, just raw and emotional and guitar heavy. All notable things I look for in music. Similar to 1979, it makes me have memories I know nothing about.

2. Today (1993)

This is probably the most optimistic song ever made. You simply can’t listen to this song and stay in a bad mood. This is a song about staying positive even at the worst of times. At the time of Siamese Dream Corgan was diagnosed with depression and anxiety and was gaining weight. Alongside suicudal thoughts as the band was only locally famous before Siamese Dream, this song is about forgetting about it and staying positive. About not having no In your heart, telling yourself things will work out even though you have no evidence that they will for sure.

1. Bullet With Butterfly Wings (1995)

This is without question my favorite song of the 90’s. And the 90’s is my favorite decade for music. I can’t put into many words about what this song is to me, it would be so long that it would be anther blog, which funny enough I’ve already written in the past. This is the first song by them I heard, and I fell in love with the band immediately because of it. This alt rock anthem is definitely a life changer, hearing it for the thousandth time feels like the first time. To put it into words, you’d have to check my other blog.

Any how, thanks for reading. Here’s a shortlist of honorable mentions…

11. Tonight, Tonight (1995)

12. Perfect (1998)

13. Silvery Sometimes Ghosts (2018)

14. Bodies (1995)

15. I Am One (1991)

16. Soma (1993)

17. Pale Horse (2012)

18. Siva (1991)

19. Stand Inside Your Love (2000)

20. Zero (1995)

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Snuff ~ Slipknot (Lyrics In Description)

Hello readers! Today I’m going to be analyzing what is one of my favorite songs, “Snuff” by Slipknot.

I’ve never been a big Slipknot fan. But, man this song is something special. Don’t get me wrong I like them and all, but I’m not much of a metalhead.

But I can’t think of anyone hates this song. Fan or not, it’s just a great song.

First, let me go over what the song about. It is about a girl the lead singer (Corey Taylor), fell madly in love with. She helped him through a lot and he thought she was the love of his life just to realize she doesn’t feel the same way.

VERSE #1

Bury all your secrets in my skin, come away with innocence and leave me with my sins. The air around me still feels like a a cage. And Love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again.

This is honestly the hardest part of the song to analyze. The verse sends a lot of mix communications.

The best way I can describe it is that this is just Corey talking the girl. Telling her to tell him all her secrets so they have none, and that when she does they will be no feelings no matter what the secrets are and she will come away with innocence. Leaving him with his own sins and problems, he couldn’t judge. The whole air around me still feels like a cage is I believe the girl talking to him saying that, this isn’t love because I don’t feel at complete peace with you. Love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage, meaning that what is actually seen as love is just anther way to get your heart broken.

CHORUS #1

So if you love let me go, and run away before I know. My heart is just to dark to care, I can’t destroy what isn’t there. Deliver me into my fate, if I’m alone I cannot hate. I don’t deserve to have you. My smile was taken long ago, if I can change I hope I never know.

This chorus is in the perspective of the girl. She is telling him that she doesn’t want to be with him. That if he truly loves her he will have to let her go and run off in the dark before she sees him cry and breakdown. She’s telling him she would care if she wasn’t so dark in the heart and that because of that she doesn’t deserve to have him. The smile was taken long ago lyric is just a fill in explaining his sadness, and then she comes back at him with “I i change I hope I never know.” Meaning if I could ever see myself with you, I hope I never know because I’m not in love with you.

VERSE #2

I still press your letters to my lips. And cherish them in parts of me that savor every kiss. I couldn’t face a life without your life. But all of that was ripped apart when you refused to fight.

The girl feels bad because she doesn’t feel the same way, and frequently sends him her love through letters and messages but it just makes it harder for Corey. He tells her that he could never see himself living without her, but than stating the fact that the idea of that would be gone forever.

CHORUS #2

So save your breath, I will not hear. I think I made it very clear. You couldn’t hate enough to love, is that suppose to be enough? I only wish you weren’t my friend, then I could hurt you in the end. I never claimed to be a saint. My Own was banished long ago, it took the death of hope to let you go.

This is pretty self explanatory. He tells her that she should save her Apologies because they only make him hurt more. And that you couldn’t hate what you did enough to love me. He then states that he only wishes she wasn’t his friend and he still didn’t care about her, so he could get her back. The claimed to be a saint lyric is her telling back to him saying I’m not perfect. And he comes back with, you don’t know how hard it is to move on from you. My own self was banished long ago when you broke my heart. And it took the death of all hope to let you go.

It is at this point the music breaks down into piercing acoustics and a sick guitar solo.

OUTRO

So break yourself against my Stones. And spit your pity in my soul. You never needed any help, you sold me out to save yourself. And I won’t listen to your shame, you ran away your all the same. Angels lie to keep control, my love was punished long ago if you still care don’t ever let me know. If you still care don’t ever let me know.

This is the angriest lyric in the song, unlike the other ones confessing his love. At this point he is asking for pity of course and lashing out telling her you never needed me. You used me and only “helped” me to get what you want and desire. And I won’t listen to your fake shame, because you ran way when things got tough. You don’t actually care about me, you betrayed me. My love and kindness towards you was taken advantage of, and because of you it was punished long ago. And if you still care don’t ever let me know. I don’t need to be hurt again. You don’t care for me, you just want my money and love.

Any ways, thanks for reading. Check out the song, it represents the concept of betrayal perfectly.

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Snuff (Definition – torture), which is exactly what a failed relationship and rejected Love feels like.

Celebrating 1 year of “The Book Of Luke”, by renewing my top 10 favorite bands list.

Hey everybody! Today marks the 1 year anniversary day I started this music blog. I can’t thank you guys enough for the support and making these blogs is a lot fun so thanks for reading them.

In honor of the blogs 1 year anniversary, I thought I’d go back to what was actually my first blog – titled “My top ten favorite bands.” Where I just wrote down my top 10 favorite bands and explained why. And today, I thought I’d update it. Enjoy!

10. STONE TEMPLE PILOTS

This is no surprise to anyone that knows me, but I’m a huge STP fan. Their music has run threw and inspired ever since I discovered my gift for playing guitar. Stone Temple Pilots not only makes amazing music, but despite the fact that they were the most highly criticized grunge group of the time they stood together. They proved rock is about winning medals and all that, it’s about the passion for music. STP was never about being on the cover magazines and getting to date supermodels. They simply just loved making and performing music.

9. BUSH

Just as they were last year, Bush holds their place as the 9th greatest band in my opinion! Interestingly enough they are my all time favorite British band. Not just because Gavin Rossdale is an amazing songwriter and I connect with Bush’s lyrics on an emotional level – but also because they composed some of the best music in rock and on top of that are just kind authentic people. Musicians nowadays don’t play like Bush either way.

8. DAVE MATTHEWS BAND

When I first discovered the band I wasn’t a big fan. I liked them don’t get me wrong, and I thought they were brilliant musicians – but I saw them live and now they are without hesitation one of my all time favorite bands. They are one of the most energized live bands in the history of music, and they are astonishing musicians.

7. TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS

As a Florida boy born and raised, and I can safely say this band has had an impact on me. I’ve been listening to them since I was probably 7 or 8 years old unknowingly. They are definitely one of the Greatest bands not only in rock, but in just music in general.

6. GREEN DAY

On top of writing my all time favorite album American Idiot, Green Day inspired me to become a songwriter. I listen to them everyday and despite the crap they get from the critics they still rock like the critics don’t exist. Because they are awesome.

5. U2

U2 was my first ever rock band I ever discovered, and they are also notably my first concert. On top of all the great songs they wrote and how amazing they are at playing and composing music, they are amazing people too. Bono is probably my favorite individual in the music industry.

4. PEARL JAM

Need less to say Pearl Jam has to make the top 5. Inventors of grunge and populators of alternative Pearl Jam rightfully holds their place here at 4. Ten, Vitagoly, Vs., are all some of the best albums ever made.

3. COUNTING CROWS

This without question is an absolutely Essential part of this list. Anybody who knows me knows how much I love Counting Crows and Adam Duritz. At a time where Alternative Rock blew up to the masses, the Crows stuck to traditional straight up rock. Thanks to Adam and the band for making music with Heart.

2. NIRVANA

The band that saved rock and roll and invented my favorite music genre unquestionably and undoubtedly has to be at least at 3. Nirvana inspired me to play guitar and their music has influenced me so much. Love this band so much, they will always hold a place in my heart.

1. THE SMASHING PUMPKINS

I think this doesn’t come as a huge shock to any followers of the blog, but if you’re new yes this is my favorite band. The perfectors Of alternative rock and the band that made me get serious about my music playing. They’ve been my favorite ever since I first listened to their music almost 2 years ago. I make it very clear they’re my favorite band, and when talking to people and music I mention them first.

Well, there you have it. Can’t believe I’ve been blogging for two years. Thanks to all you long time supporters, and just want give a big thanks to all the new followers as well! Thanks again, and please follow for weekly posts. See ya this Sunday!

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MonthlyMusicMovieReview #3 – “This Is Spinal Tap”

Hello everybody! Welcome to the third edition of MonthlyMusicMovieReview. In this series I write a short review for music movies and post them on the blog, and today I’m looking at what is definitely one of my all time favorite movies – This Is Spinal Tap.

Now, this movie is not only one of my favorite music movies – but generally one of my favorite films ever made. And loosely based on the fact that is infinitely quotable and it is hilarious!

This Is Spinal Tap is a fake rockumentary about a fake band called “Spinal Tap”. They are an 80’s hair metal band, and essentially they just took a bunch of 80’s stereotypical hair bands and put them into one blowing it up to the max.

The film is under 90 minutes long, and you’ll laugh the whole time. With likable characters, and fun not being able to find your way around the arenas – you’ll fall in love with this movie.

Especially if you are a guitarist you could relate to the beloved Nigel – who doesn’t like his guitars being touched and likes to turn up the amps to “11.” One of the single greatest movies scenes of all time is featured in this movie with Nigel in his guitar room. It was pretty dang funny.

Any how, thank you guys for reading today’s blog. I hope you enjoyed and I’ll see you all soon! Check out Spinal Tap, and keep on rockin!

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10 Greatest Guitar Affects Of All Time

Hey readers! As you may know, aside from music blogging I am a very passionate guitar player – and today I will be taking a look at the top 10 greatest guitar affects ever known. Affects are definitely one of the most essential and important things for a guitarist, and let’s be honest – will all use them. If we didn’t, we would pretty much suck.

Any how, let’s just get right into it!

10. Fuzz

One of the more popular guitar affects, particularly in the genre of rock – fuzz is a pretty amazing guitar affect. What does it do you ask? Exactly what it sounds like. It combines distortion with background static and makes your guitar sound well…fuzzy. Guitarists such as Billy Corgan and Mike McCready use it frequently in their work. There are many great songs with excellent guitar work that use fuzz. Cherub Rock, Purple Haze, Jeremey, and many more pound up on fuzz! Fuzz typically is not an affect built into an amp, so you need a pedal. A great suggestion from me would be the Fender Big Muff. Plug that into an orange amp and you got yourself MEGA FUZZ!

9. Tape Echo

This affect isn’t as popular fuzz, and is generally one of the lesser known affects. But it’s still a great affect. Not to be mistaken with delay or sweep echo, tape echo is an effect commonly used in genres like worship music and raggae. It can be used with or without distortion, and essentially when you play with it, the sound becomes echoey in a way that the notes bounce all over the place and it sounds incredible. It tapes it, and explodes what you play to the next level. Like fuzz, not commonly is it built into amps – but occasionally you will see it. It was built into my Line 6 Spider IV amp, and it’s great. But it is better if you have a pedal, so you can play multiple affects at the same time. If it’s just built in, you can only play one affect alongside the tape echo. But with a pedal you can use all the affects you want at the same time!

8. Wah

This affect is 100% only used with pedals. It’s a bit different than most pedals, for starters there isn’t a button – rather it used like a real pedal. While you play the guitar you move your foot up and down on the pedal to make a sound that goes – “wah.” Hence the name of the pedal. It is use commonly amongst the genre of metal and hard rock and even funk. Famous guitarists such as the beloved Jimi Hendrix and Kirk Hammett used it as their primary and signature affect. They used it in basically all of their solos. Some of my favorite wah work comes primarily from one of my personal all time favorite bands – Alice In Chains. Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains, is anther well known wah god. He shows off his wah talented and passion in many of AIN’s work – most notably in their 1990 hit of Facelift “Man In The Box”. But he also uses it in Rooster, Would, and many other great great songs.

7. Flange

Flange is no doubt one of the best guitar effects. Used frequently in classic rock music, like U2 – it proves it’s case. It is occasionally a built in affect – anther one built in my Line 6, but for the most part you need to buy a pedal. I’d give you some recommendations, but since I’ve always had it built in I’ve never found the need to buy a flange pedal. But I should, so I could play more than 2 affects at a time. Many great songs use flange. Snuff by Slipknot, Black Sheep by Metric, 1979 by The Smashing Pumpkins, and much much more.

6. Tremolo

This guitar affect is one of my personal favorites personally and loosely based on the raw emotion it puts out. Used in many great songs such as Boulevard Of Broken Dreams, Rooster, & Sweet Dreams – tremolo will completely change the sound of your playing. Use enough and it won’t even sound like a guitar. It was invented after tremolo picking was Invented, which has kinda died out for whatever reason. Tremolo just makes the sound come out as if you were rapidly and fastly alternate picking without removing the pick from the strings. It’s a built in affect in my amp, but most people buy a pedal.

5. Chorus

This affect is as used as the G chord. And not for no reason. It’s a brilliant affect. Used in pretty much every genre from rock to contemporary christian. It’s absolutely beautiful and most people use it on a clean setting or acoustic guitar. But occasionally, in songs such as “Snuff” they use it with overdrive. This affect has brought out the best in some of the greatest riffs of all time. Nirvana’s Come As You Are, Tom Petty’s Free Fallin, Smashing Pumpkins Rhinoceros, Bob Marley’s Stir It Up, U2’s With Or Without You, Message In A Bottle by The Police, you name it! All used chorus!

4. Phaser

Phaser, an affect very similar yet different than chorus sounds pretty freaking great. Used in many awesome riffs like Smells Like Teen Spirit and Every Breath You Take, phaser is great affect used most often with low gain. Sometimes it is though, like in STP’s Creep or in Fly Away by Lenny Kravtiz. Some of the best work in guitar history used this incredible affect. It is also anther one built in my amp, but like most of the affects on the list you more than likely will need to buy a phaser pedal.

3. Reverb

Now, this is an affect commonly built into amps. You can get a pedal if you want, many people do because amp reverb only goes up so high and when you love reverb solos you get a pedal, but a lot of people don’t. Every single decent work of guitar ever has used this affect, no lie. You need reverb or else the sound will come out hollow and flat. Trust me, every guitar piece or piano or voice or any instrument uses at the very least a little bit of reverb. It is an essential affect, while the rest of these are optional and only essential in certain covers.

2. Delay

90% of players who think they suck bought a delay pedal to find that’s not true. It’s an amazing and important affect that like reverb every single song ever has used a little. It echoes out your sound and projects it better, as well it boosts the sound and the right amount just genuinely makes it sound better. It’s built into most amps like reverb. But while amp delay is okay, pedals are better so you may set them up and play more affects at the same time.

1. Distortion

Distortion is by the far the best guitar affect ever. You know that heavy rock sound used in metal and alternative? That sound that you heard in Green Day and in Black Sabbath and Bush? Yup! That’s distortion! Used all the time in pretty much any type of rock music and all metal music too. It boosts the level of intestity in your sound, and makes it easier to do pinch harmonics, tapping, and play guitar easier in general. By far my favorite guitar affect, the one I couldn’t live without. Many of the affects on this list are highly associated with this affect such as wah and fuzz. It’s a must have for all rock and metal guitarists. Jazzy guys, not so much….

Well there ya have it. Those are my top 10 favorite guitar affects. I hope you enjoyed this list and check out some of the affects I mentioned! Follow my blog for weekly posts about music, music news, instruments, and much more music related stuff.

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Is Michael Dorman REALLY the one to blame for the death of Patriot?!

Hello followers!

I just wanted to let you know, today’s blog post will be a little different.

I know it’s a music blog, but on random occasions I blog about other things I love too. Like television, for example.

Recently I found a show on amazon by the name of “Patriot”, and the two seasoned phenomenal prime original that I watched from start to finish…had announced it will not come back…

Apparently the star of the show Michael Dorman had announced that he was going to collaborate with Apple on a new television series about space or whatever.

When I first got the news there wouldn’t be a season three, I was pretty mad. Mainly mad at Michael Dorman for him being the one who ended it.

But then I got to some deeper thinking, and I researched more about the topic to find out – it wasn’t his fault at all the show is ending.

Apparently, after season 2 was filmed and released – the show Patriot had claimed they would be taking a brief 16 month break to write new material.

16 months, brief?!

And because Michael Dorman was no longer getting paid he needed anther acting job to provide for his family. And it’s not his fault at all!

These actors/actresses don’t get paid a lot for making this show. Which is no surprise, because no one has ever heard of it and their Instagram page only has a thousand followers.

And on top of them not getting paid very much, there are no royalties. Meaning, after you paid for the show – that’s it. Since it is only available on amazon and cable can’t replay it on multiple channels – the only royalties they get are when someone buys a season. And the royalties they do make a few cents, because a season all together cost $20 and most all of that money goes to amazon’s creator Jeff Beesoz.

I feel bad for being so hard on Michael Dorman. He’s just a New Zealand kid trying to provide for his family, and in this lesson I learned to read more into things before judging. Because clearly this was the show’s fault. 16 months without money is much too long.

The show may not be officially over I guess, as they could bring it back if they made enough money and could work around Michael Dorman’s schedule better – but there’s a 99.9% chance that won’t happen. Even if you told everyone you knew about the show.

Why? Because, prime originals for one never last long and the show will never make it to the mainstream section of amazon like Jack Ryan did – because it’s to original and nobody has ever heard of these amazing cast members because everyone is watching crummy cable shows. Amazon and Netflix is where all the great writers are, because on cable people don’t make shows like “Friends” or “Sleepy Hollow” anymore.

That’s right John. It’s not you we are mad, we’re mad at the owners of the show.

Any how, I appreciate all of you reading. And do watch Patriot because it is a genius and hilarious show – but I will worn once you finish you will more than likely be disappointed knowing it won’t come back. Or, you’ll just enjoy the 19 or so episodes and have time of your life.

Stay tuned for next weeks blog!

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A little bit about the show:

A CIA intelligence officer goes undercover with a pipe company to Lexoumbourg, and complications stir. With folk music, laughs, and much more.

Didn’t want to give you the whole plot, ya know?

Patriot Trailer – https://youtu.be/HW6usoJXCPY

Corey Taylor calls out Adam Levine – “Go back to the voice.”

Hey guys! As you know today is super bowl Sunday, but not only is it that – it’s also “the biggest rap party of the year” – said by boy band star Adam Levine.

Guys, I don’t know if you know this already but Adam Levine is a sell out.

He was asked to play the super bowl half time show and said yes and while in an interview he claimed – “Rock Music is uninteresting and boring. Hip hop is where it is really out.”

While having your opinion is fine – the thing that ticks me off about this is the fact is that he’s going around wearing freaking Metallica and Nirvana shirts while saying this crap.

Says a lot about the guys character, huh? Levine is the kinda guy who will do anything for a dollar.

But I’ll admit, selling out and being a jerk has worked out pretty well for him. He’s a multi millionaire big shot.

Recently I watched an interview with Slipknot’s Corey Taylor on the subject.

Now, I’m not a big Slipknot fan. However, Corey unlike Levine is an artist. He’s not pretending to be anyone else but himself. He’s his own authentic him and I may not love his music, but he’s not imitating any one. You know who he is – he’s Corey Taylor. Know what I’m saying?

Corey made many great points about Levine and how he should go back to the voice, because let’s be honest Levine is a sell out. I’d respect him if he wouldn’t make music that lacks any creativity or soul whatsoever, and if he wouldn’t play with rappers and pop stars who do the same – but he doesn’t do that.

It’s interesting to see people like him who have no respect for themselves whatsoever that they literally pretend to be someone their not, such as Levine. But hey, I don’t blame him for not respecting himself.

Any how, I know it sounds harsh but c’mon I’m just saying what we are all thinking.

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Thanks again for reading, and I hope no feelings were hurt in the making of this blog. I don’t hate Adam Levine, I just find it sad that someone could be so dishonest to themselves. And like Corey said, he’s being inauthentic – which is always annoying.