Inspired By: Ray Toro Article

Ray Toro Article Cover Ray Toro Spread

(all photos of Ray Toro are not mine; this was used for a school project and I give credit to those whose pictures they are; article property of Jason Pettigrew and Alt Press)

For my Typography II class we had to do a magazine article layout. Now seeing as I love doing article layouts and I love music, I figured this would be the perfect way to combine the two. I did a magazine article layout last year for a 21 Pilots article and I had so much fun with it that I wanted to do another music -inspired layout. We had to take an article that we found online and lay it out for a magazine.

I listened to the songs mentioned in the article which were: Isn’t That Something and For the Lost and the Brave and decided to make an article based off of those and My Chemical Romance songs, since he was a part of that band for a while.

I chose to do the black background because it fit better with the style of music than a white or light colored background. I wanted to do white text since that would stand out the most, and I chose to do red accent colors because that also fit the style of music. The red sections of text are the interviewers questions, and the white sections are Ray Toro’s answers. I added broken glass throughout the article to reflect the title “There may be expectations, but I’m Out to Shatter Them.” I also chose those two pictures to reflect the color scheme throughout the article. The first shattered glass image frames Ray Toro’s face. The others just play on the background image to keep up consistency within the  article. The text for the drop caps on the second and third pages are similar to those of My Chemical Romance’s The Black Parade album. I chose to do the title on an angle because this type of music isn’t just normal music, it’s different in the sense of style and I felt that it was better represented by unconventional titling. I chose to put it on a semi-transparent box so it was easier to read and I continued that throughout the rest of the article for pull quotes which also have a smaller version of the title text.

I had a lot of fun with this project since it’s something I love to do. Article design is one of my most favorite types of design to do because you can really make a beautiful artwork by taking the type of article and representing it in your design. If you have the chance, check out Ray Toro’s Soundcloud since I can’t add him to the playlist. The songs are amazing…and For the Lost and the Brave is a very powerful and moving song. Hope you enjoy!

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Current Mood: Welcome To The Black Parade – My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade

So this week has not been one of the greatest.  It’s been raining and snowing all week…will we ever see spring?!?  And I  have been dealing with some stuff in my personal life that’s made me feel a little bit down.  Whenever I’m feeling really down, I like to listen to Welcome To The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance.  I know it’s not the happiest song and I know it’s probably not a good idea to listen to sad songs when you’re sad, but it helps me to deal with what’s going on in my life.  This is the album art for The Black Parade which I also love because of the skeleton guy. and the My Chemical Romance text (image property of Reprise Records)

The first time I heard this song, I was in 8th grade.  I was working on a group project with a bunch of kids I didn’t like.  I was put in their group because I was a good student and my teacher wanted me to keep them in line.  And of course, me growing up as a *good girl* did all the work.  I went to a small Catholic school from Kindergarten-8th grade.  I listened to Radio Disney for most of my life.  My Chemical Romance was so not something I would have listened to.  I listened to Jesse McCartney and The Click Five.  I would never have been allowed to listen to My Chem….like ever.

So I heard this song and I didn’t really like it to start.  It also didn’t fit the project we were doing (it was a history project on something that has long been gone from my memory).  They wanted to use it for the Powerpoint presentation and I think in the end we did.  But let me tell you, 14 year old me wasn’t happy that they were using this song.

Once I got to college, I started listening to other bands.  I was slightly depressed at college for the first semester…probably even the whole first year.  So I started listening to more music that reflected that.  Eventually I came across My Chemical Romance and I listened to Welcome to the Black Parade for the first time since 8th grade.  It really hit home.  I connected with the lyrics.  I loved it.  The song is probably still one of my most favorite My Chem songs.  I listened to that song on repeat for probably a week.  It really helped me get through some hard times and even now I’ll listen to the whole The Black Parade album when I’m having a bad day.  Something about the songs on this album make me feel a lot less alone when I’m not in a good mood.

The very beginning of the song is the part that’s the most meaningful to me.  I’ve included the lyrics to that part because it’s always stood out to me.

 “He said, ‘Son when you grow up,
Would you be the savior of the broken,
The beaten and the damned?’
He said ‘Will you defeat them,
Your demons, and all the non-believers,
The plans that they have made?’
‘Because one day I’ll leave you,
A phantom to lead you in the summer,
To join The Black Parade.'”

When I’m feeling down and having a terrible day, this is my default song because it talks about someone leading all the outcasts.  And when I’m upset, I feel like I don’t belong, so this song is very relatable to me.  It comforts me to know that I’m not alone.  And maybe it’ll help you when you’re feeling down too.  I encourage you to listen to it and really pay attention to the lyrics whenever you’re having a bad day.