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Opinion by zanhar1 posted 3 months ago
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I've been collecting (kay at this point its more like hoarding) CD's for a long time now and so I wanted to try my hand at doing some album reviews. Basically I'll be rating the cover art and each song on the album. Naturally I'm going to start with my all time favorite album. So without further delay, here's a review of the Mother Earth album.

The artwork for this album is what drew me in. At the time I had purchased this album, I was having trouble deciding which Within Temptation album I wanted more; Mother Earth or Heart Of Everything. In the end I went with this one Mother Earth because I was very much intrigued by the album cover. The black, green, and cream color scheme is beautiful. And Sharon's ensemble is beautiful; her dress and her crown. Even the way her hair is done up on the album is beautiful. And in the background there is this zodiac sort of circle that I wad intrigued by.

So obviously my expectations were high and I was not disappointed. Mother Earth, the song the album was named for, is the first track on the album. And boy was it a grand intro. The orchestral suite in the beginning was enchanting and the whole vibe was...
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Opinion by zanhar1 posted 3 months ago
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Delain
Elantris

For this event I was pretty near the front. From what I heard this band is pretty new and I attended one of the stops in their first tour ever. They weren't bad at all for a band that hasn't been preforming long. I liked the female vocals; they were very powerful and passionate. And the harsher male vocals were a nice contrast. In general they had a catchy list of songs and put on an ear pleasing show. They didn't quite have a stage presence yet and didn't interact with the crowd too much, but that'll probably come with time.

Insomnium

To be quite honest, while I didn't dislike this band, I wasn't super impressed. They had a nice sound and the vocals & instruments were wonderful. But none of the songs stood out to me. On a performance level they were great and the crowd loved them. But I just couldn't get into the music.

Lacuna Coil

For the first half, not gonna lie, the lighting made it so hard to see. But when I finally got a good view, Lacuna Coil kicked ass. I loved their costuming! They had this bloody asylum attire, it was pretty neat. They had really cool makeup to go with it....
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List by zanhar1 posted 10 months ago
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Backsmacking, for those who don't know is when you take a song and put it in reverse. Some artists of course decide to put reversed lyrics in their own songs. I always found those to be interesting and so I decided to make a list of these songs. In the parenthesis are the lyrics. And yes, I did have to reverse some of these myself lmao so some of the lyrics may not be exactly correct (and some I couldn't understand at all). I'll probably add more as I find them.

- Utada Hikaru's Sanctuary (I Need More Affection Than You Know)

- Crystal Castles' Femen (They literally took Scala & Kolacny Brothers' chorale cover and reversed it)

- Bedtimestories' Harpies (They took Crystal Castles' Femen and remixed that, so it's like coverception)

- Ambra's Secret World Of Crystals (This was in a different language)

- Holy Grin's Drvnkfvck (No Lyrics, just backward instruments)

- Holy Grin's Wolfchant (Just a drawn out 'oooohhh' that didn't sound quite right played before reversing the resto of the song)
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Opinion by Renegade1765 posted over a year ago
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Probably the best-looking 46 year-old person I know of, which is fitting for the glamorous authority she voices.
Recently, while surfing through Twitter, I bumped into a tweet by Ellen Degeneres where she interviewed a young boy who was a big fan of Idina Menzel. And as a surprise, Idina Menzel was there too! I can just imagine how joyful that boy was. However, this kind of saddened me. As someone who's also a huge fan of Idina Menzel, watching that little boy meeting her idol made me happy, and sad. Happy because a young child finally met with the person he idolized. And sad because I wanted to meet/contact her for a long time. This gave me an idea. Maybe if I write about why I look up to her, then she could acknowledge me. I know the odds of that happening are very low, but I do have hope of one day meeting her...not necessarily through this article. Not to mention, I've been meaning to write an article about why I admire her, I just didn't know what to write in it.

This article will get quite emotional since I'll be talking about my personal history regarding her and Frozen, but I just want to express why I'm a fan.
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Opinion by zanhar1 posted over a year ago
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Sirenia
Another round of concert reviews from the bands I've seen this year so far.

Slot Machine

Slot Machine was pretty cool; the lead vocalist had this nifty pimp cane lol. He also had these really cool sunglasses that looked almost futuristic and robotic. All of the members were wearing suits. I wasn't as into their music but they were lively and kept me entertained. And they taught the crowd a bit of Korean. I was about six rows of people back and got a pretty good view.

Kiha And The Faces

These guys were super cool as an opening band. They were energetic and humorous. They invited the crowd to fill in parts of the song for them after teaching us the lyrics. That was part of the humor seeing as the part we filled in was a variation of 'la la la' with some Korean at the end. And he was like "it's okay that's not in Korean its gibberish...okay so the last part is, feel free to just say whatever you want. He also crowd surfed for a bit. It was a fun time. I didn't know the band beforehand but I found some more songs to listen too.
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Opinion by ace2000 posted over a year ago
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Hi everyone!

FYI, this list is not in order from favorites to least favorites, simply because I found it impossible to determine which songs would occupy the top portion of the list over the other songs. The songs are alphabetized according to title.

Also, my favorite songs often shift drastically within relatively short periods of time, so this list may be subject to change.

Anyway, let's start!

All In - Monsta X

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All With You - Taeyeon

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Ave Maria - Franz Schubert

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Bad Girl Good Girl - Minhyuk, Minhyuk, BamBam, Youngjae

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Article by bellaarmy702 posted over a year ago
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Camila Cabello
Camila Cabello: hey guys it's Camila and you guys know how I look like Ariana grande ryt? well here's a crazy story for u.
(house of chang's) the grande's and the cabello's eating at a Chinese restaurant called house of chang's
Ari: everything looks so good here
Camila: yes it does
a waitress named Pei pei and her mother approach them hello welcome to house of chang's
Ari and Camila: thanks
Pei Pei mother;s: how is everything?
Camila: it's yummy as always
Pei Pei: be back with check
Ari: hey where's your bathroom?
both point
Ari: Camila you need to use it like I do
Camila: yes as a matter of fact I do
both get up and walk to the bathroom
Pei Pei's mother walks by with fortune cookies and hands them both one
both take it and open it up and read it as if nothing happened however they suddenly feel a giant earthquake
Both: woah what the?
both walk back to the table like nothing happened
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Opinion by zanhar1 posted over a year ago
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This was the last one I typed, a while back. Here are some more wonderful underground bands, in no particular order. link


Blvck Ceiling

Genre: Witch House

Blvck Ceiling is an American band formed in 2011 by a man named Daniel Cuccia (aka Dan Ocean). The band has a variety of variations to it's name that includes BL▲CK † CEILING, BL4CK C3ILING, Black Ceiling, and even Blvckceiling. There isn't too much other information out there on the one-man band, because it is so underground and Dan himself admits that he likes being able to produce music with a sense of anonymity. Like a lot of Witch House bands--as the name implies--Blvck Ceiling is themed heavily in creepy and occult imagery. Another distinct feature of Witch House is the use of symbols in the band name that make the bands harder to search up. Take the alias BL▲CK † CEILING for example. Another thing that Witch Hose is known for, is sampling vocals from other songs, but distorting them to make it sound...
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Opinion by jlhfan624 posted over a year ago
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...And one you should give a second chance.

I've been known to have music tastes that aren't for everyone. People tend to be a little crazy about what music they do and don't like but if it makes you feel good who really cares, right? I was up last night watching music videos for one of the artists on here and I was thinking to myself "Why aren't they more popular? Why does nobody I know talk about them?" Then I answered my own question and decided to inform the masses! So lets get started!


Lets start with the one you should give a second chance...Carly Rae Jepsen. Of course you know her, whether you want to or not. You're probably thinking "I already know her and I don't like her, so why should I give her another glance?" but I have an answer for that, like I do to 22% of life's other questions.

The answer is that if you love 80s music like I do, and the fabulous synth sounds that accompany it, you quite possibly would love her third album Emotion. An album that I'm still mad about that didn't get nominated for ANY Grammy's. The same year that a certain someone else's not-so-aptly titled...
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Opinion by zanhar1 posted over a year ago
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Third part to my top 50 songs articles link & link I decided to go all out and list the other 50.

75. Gives You Hell (All American Rejects): Most of the reason why this song made it into my top 100 is because of the fond memories. Way back in 8th grade my friend introduced me to it on the bus ride to one of our field trip locations. It was love ever since. Not to mention the song itself is very catchy and enjoyable. And I feel like a lot of people can relate.

Favorite Line: Now where's your picket fence love and where's that shiny car?

Favorite Part: When you see my face hope it gives you hell hope it gives you hell.


74. To Love You More (Celine Dion): This is another childhood song that I really enjoy--at one point it was my favorite song. Plus the vocals are very impressive. I love the part where she just holds out the note. And the...
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List by deedragongirl posted over a year ago
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Thank you Mr Part.
Hi guys, I would like to write down some of my favourite music by Arvo Part, an Estonian composer.

1. Summa For Strings

This is definitely my number 1 favourite, because while listening to this music. It's like telling me that there is still hope for me, especially in our everyday life and the different challenges that we face.

2. My Heart's In the Highlands

This sad music transports me to the Scottish highlands, it's base on a poem by Robert Burns. The songs starts with the chorus, giving it a little change.

3. De Profundis

This powerful choral is very dramatic in the middle of the song, before gradually becoming relaxing once again.

4. Festina Lente

Another slow and yet relaxing musical score by him, and for the same reason as Summa For Strings.

Thank You Mr Part

Only four make it through the cut, I'll try my best to listen to the other songs ASAP!
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Opinion by ace2000 posted over a year ago
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Hi everyone!

I've been meaning to write this article for a couple of weeks now but just never got around to it. Since tonight is Christmas Eve, I thought I'd finally share my top ten Christmas songs with you guys. Hope you enjoy the article!


1. White Christmas - Bing Crosby

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Christmas' iconic song and the best-selling single of all time. I remember swaying along with my friends a long time ago to this song while sitting down at an outdoor concert - and after a while we got a little off in our swaying and started bumping into each others' shoulders lol. It was hilarious.


2. All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey

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Review by deedragongirl posted over a year ago
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Vangelis
Hi everyone, I'm going to write some of my favourite scores from Vangelis.

Chariots of Fire

This was the theme song that make me want to watch the movie, the theme song was played prominently at the London 2012 Olympics 4 years ago. Whenever I listen to this music, it reminds me of a runner running during a race and won Gold medal in the end!

Alexander

Although that I am not a fan of this movie, the music were very memorable and inspirational. Especially 'Eternal Alexander' which was play at the ending credits, it was like Alexander had live on spiritually.

Blade Runner

This movie is set in futuristic times and it's theme sounds like a remix. I haven't seen this movie yet and therefore, I have no rights to judge the movie yet.

Thank you Vangelis!

Only three movies make it to the cut, what do you think of them?
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Opinion by zanhar1 posted over a year ago
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Arkona
Though it's been a while since the last one (link) I had a chance to attend more concerts. Naturally I was super enthusiastic about them all and wanted to share the experiences again.

Yellowcard

So I got the pleasure of seeing one of their last concerts, they announced that they were calling it quits at the show I was attending. So that was pretty cool to know that I got to see them before they disbanded. I was kind of sandwiched in the middle of the crowd (which is evidently worse than the back) though so I didn't have a great view. But I heard that the violinist did a back flip which sounded neat lol. And they played Ocean Avenue which was my favorite by them.

Good Charlotte

I kind of caught these guys near the end. So I was in the very back and couldn't see quite clearly. However they played 3 of my 5 favorites including; The River, I Just Wanna Live, and I Don't Want To Be In Love. Before playing I Don't Wanna Be In Love Joel was all like "that's a lie though, I do...
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News by HollyWoodBigFan posted over a year ago
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For all those voting Americans who haven’t made up their minds yet, the new rap parody ‘DUMP DRUMPF!’ was created to help you out.

The original parody combines the popular 90’s classic Kris Kross song “Jump” with a not-so-little known fact (thanks to comedian John Oliver) that Donald Trump’s family name was changed from Drumpf.

The brains behind the fresh tune are indie hip-hop artist Jensen Reed and comedian/actor Ben Giroux, who are clearly ‘with her’. Jensen adds, “I couldn’t think of a better way to reach out to young voters and help stop the maniac Donald Trump from becoming President than create a parody of one of the classic hip-hop songs from the 90’s!”

Check it out on YouTube now at: link

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Opinion by Peaceandlove67 posted over a year ago
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Hi, everyone! Peaceandlove67 here, and I'm going to write an article on my top thirty favorite bands. These are bands I've listened to since I was a little kid. So, without further ado, here is my list!

30. U2
U2 has been one of my favorite bands since I was ten years old. I like their style, and I really love Bono's voice. It's very unique. The Edge is among my favorite guitarists of all time. He is just amazing. My favorite U2 song is "With or Without You." It really shows off Bono's vocal range. It has great lyrics, too.

29. Weezer
Weezer is among my favorite 90's bands. I love a lot of their songs. I think my favorite album has to be Pinkerton. It's the only album where I cannot pick a favorite song. If I had to pick a favorite, I'd probably pick "El Scorcho."

28. Pearl Jam
I've only been a Pearl Jam fan since the late 2000's, when their song, "Just Breathe," came out. I liked the song, and I decided to look up other songs. I found the songs on their album, Ten, and I liked them better. I think my favorite Pearl Jam song is "Jeremy." I know it's sad, but it has a lot of realism in it, and I'm a big fan of realism, being...
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Article by deedragongirl posted over a year ago
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RIP Robin and James.
Hi guys, I know that I'm late but this article is written for the 1st Anniversary of James Horner who passed away last year in June at a tragic plane accident. I will be written a few of my favourite movie scores by him.

Titanic

I first heard this in 1998 when I borrow it from my Filipino maid and I'm glad that it's been 9 years since my brother bought this album in Singapore. The score is really memorable and it has been compared to Frozen, especially the song 'My Heart Will Go On' and 'Let It Go'!

Swing Kids

I did not know that he compose the music for this, and it was really sad and dramatic. Especially 'The Letter' and 'Swing Heil', that I cried when I heard the news of his untimely death.

Bicentennial Man

Another sad score to this movie, all of the scores are very depressive to be honest and I cried especially at 'The Gift of Mortality'. But on the other hand, it's very relaxing to listen to.
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Opinion by zanhar1 posted over a year ago
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Nightwish
So I've had the chance to attend many more great concerts and decided to give them all mini reviews like last time.

In This Moment

In This Moment had amazing stage props they had this little red tent thing and this neat background to go with it. And these wooden coffin shaped fan frames. Miaria Brink also had a throne-chair thing. Of all of the bands they had the best show. They had so many freaking awesome costume changes and the back up dancers were kickass. They would also bring on different stage props like a pink speech pedestal during the Sex Metal Barbie performance. Maria also had this really crazy smoke gun. 11/10 I approve. It's a shame that I was like 4ish rows back and the drunk guy next to me made it harder to enjoy. On the plus side they played three of my favorites; Blood, Whore, and Sex Metal Barbie.

Starkill

For this band I was off to the right in the second row of people. From here I could see that they had their band name & logo hanging as a backdrop, but other than that there wasn't really any decoration. As far as costuming goes the boys wore shirts with their band name and one...
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Opinion by zanhar1 posted over a year ago
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Nicki gets a pic because I actually really like her lol. She helped me realize that just because I hate one song by an artist doesn't mean I have to hate 'em all.
I love pretty much all music and I find it really hard to dislike any song. Typically I like songs or find them to be simply okay. Seldom do I come across a song I don't like or simply cannot stand. However there are a few that manage to be so awful (in my opinion) that I'll turn off the radio or change the station every time. Funny thing is the 14 songs on this list are really the only songs (I can think of at the moment) that I don't like.

With that in mind just because I hate the song doesn't mean I hate the artist. In fact I actually like most all of the artists on featured in this list; they just so happened to have also made some of the most dreadful songs to penetrate my eardrums. That said I'm also going to list a few songs I like by the artist I just bashed to keep this from being a hate-fest.

So first and foremost a dishonorable mention to Justin Bieber's Confident, Vic's Wobble, Avril Lavinge's Hello Kitty, and Maroon 5's Sugar.

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Article by NickelodeonLove posted over a year ago
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Somewhere out there, beneath the pale moon light
Someone's thinking of me, and loving me tonight

Somewhere out there, someone's saying a prayer
That we'll find one another, in that big somewhere out there

And even though I know how very far apart we are
It helps to think we might be wishing, on the same bright star

And when the night wind starts to sing a lonesome lullaby
It helps to think we're sleeping, underneath the same big sky

Somewhere out there, if love can see us through
Then we'll be together, somewhere out there
Out where dreams come true

And even though I know how very far apart we are
It helps to think we might be wishing on the same bright star

And when the night wind starts to sing a lonesome lullaby
It helps to think we're sleeping, underneath the same big sky

Somewhere out there, if love can see us through
Then we'll be together, somewhere out there
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Article by NickelodeonLove posted over a year ago
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Now, Arab sheikhs on the burning sands,
Come into their harems and clap their hands,
Said, "Come on, girls, are you ready to play?
Let's have a little more of that swingin' today."
Now, in the land of Fu Manchu,
The girls all now do the Suzie-Q,
Clap their hands in the center of the floor,
Saying, "Ching, ching, chop-suey, swing some more!"

Now, geisha girls in old Japan,
Wink behind their peacock fans,
Since they learned to say, "Yeah!
Let's swing it like Amelican's swing swing dance!"

Now, Gypsy caravans have changed their mode,
They truck down the Romany road,
With their hi-de-hos, and their hey-hey-diddle,
Doin' the swing on the Gypsy fiddle.

Them eastern wisemen know the story,
Of the swing with Oriental glory,
They stroke their beards and grin,
Sayin', "Swing, little children, till the dawn comes in!"
Now, geisha girls in old Japan,
Wink behind their peacock fans,
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Article by NickelodeonLove posted over a year ago
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I know I could lie but I’m telling the truth
Wherever I go there’s a shadow of you
I know I could try looking for something new
But wherever I go, I'll be looking for you

Some people lie but they're looking for magic
Others are quietly going insane
I feel alive when I’m close to the madness
No easy love could ever make me feel the same

I know I could lie, but I won't lie to you
Wherever I go, you're the ghost in the room
I don't even try looking for something new
Cause wherever I go, I'll be looking for you

Some people try but they can't find the magic
Others get down on their knees and they pray
I come alive when I’m close to the madness
No easy love could ever make me feel the same
Make me feel the same
Make me feel the same, same, same

I know I could lie but I’m telling the truth
Wherever I go there’s a shadow of you
I know I could try looking for something new
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Opinion by nmdis posted over a year ago
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We made a fire
Went down in the flames
We sailed an ocean
And drowned in a wave
Built a cathedral
But we never prayed
We had it all, yeah
And we walked away

Point of no return
And now it's just too late to turn around
I try to forgive you,
But I struggle 'cause I don't know how
We built it up so high and now I'm fallin'
It's a long way down
It's a long way down from here

We had a mountain
But took it for granted
We had a spaceship,
But we couldn't land it
We found an island,
But we got stranded
We had it all, yeah
Who could've planned it?

Point of no return
And now it's just too late to turn around
I try to forgive you,
But I'm struggling 'cause I don't know how
We built it up so high and now I'm fallin'
It's a long way down from here
Such a long way down from here
It's a long way down
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News by EveLangdon posted over a year ago
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Italian newcomers The General Brothers are breaking into the pop music scene with their debut self-titled album. The band’s overall sound can best be described as folk rock (Edward Sharp & The Magnetic Zeros) with an upbeat pop twist. The seven track debut can be found on their Soundcloud here: link.

Back in 2012, brothers Angelo and Andrea Esposito started their music career as an acoustic duo, but later added the rest of the band for a more complete and unique sound. Watch the video for their single “Feel the Magic” on their YouTube channel here: link. Also catch their cover performances, interviews, live shows and more on their YouTube page here: link too. Watch out for the boys on The X Factor (Italy) because they’re advancing into the final rounds that will decide if they get be on the show!
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Opinion by Snowdaycare posted over a year ago
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Cake

1
box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ yellow or devil’s food cake mix
1
cup water
1/2
cup vegetable oil
3
eggs
Tray or cardboard (19x11 inches), covered with wrapping paper and plastic food wrap or foil
Frosting and Decorations

1 1/4
cups Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy chocolate frosting
Black food color
2 3/4
cups Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
Betty Crocker™ gel food color, as desired for guitar
4
pieces black licorice coil, uncoiled, or string licorice
4
small chewy fruit candies in desired color
6
chewy fruit-flavored gumdrops (not sugar coated) in desired color
2
candy-coated tropical fruit candies in desired color
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Directions

1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease or spray bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan. In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil and eggs with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pan. Bake as directed on box for 13x9-inch pan. Cool 10...
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