Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Hmm

February 26, 2008

Well that’s interesting. I feel bad about not practicing a little with my guitar today. I’d say… yeah. Thats a good sign. ^^

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On Money, Stuff, And Frustration

February 21, 2008

I don’t know what’s more alarming about this year so far: The amount of money I’ve spent, or that I’m poised to spend more.

Why have I spent so much? Photo supplies, for one, which was unavoidable. A wacom tablet, secondly, which hopefully will equal more cash in the future (through design work). If that were all, I’d be okay with myself. I’m down a lot of money but doing okay, and the investments make sense. Now my current frustration.

I want to buy a guitar.

This isn’t surprising. My friends and family are no doubt thinking, “Again?” I’ve wanted a guitar many times before, and come very close to actually buying one. However, I never have, for two reasons: I’m not musically inclined at all, and I’m not sure I’ll have the determination to learn. However, I can’t get past the feeling of wanting one, and I have never tried to learn an instrument before, so who knows, maybe I will love it.

I’m starting to feel like it’s something I just need to buy and then only notice when it’s time to move to a new house. There are lots of things like that when you’re trying to be a little frugal: things that you need to buy to teach yourself a lesson. Maybe a guitar is one of those for me (but an expensive one at that). Or maybe not. Maybe it’s a good thing waiting to happen.

Currently, the force most compelling me towards it is the memory of the first (and only) time I held a guitar. Without even knowing what I was doing, I picked it up, strummed it, and it was generous enough to make a beautiful note, perhaps the first one I’ve ever been responsible. That was a good feeling.

So does anyone have thoughts?

-The art student desperately seeking a guitar.

On Meatloaf

November 17, 2007

I heard this song on the radio tonight – one of my favorites – so I thought I should clear things up, once and for all! “I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Wont Do That)” is not only a good song, but it does explain during the song what it is he wont do! If you don’t understand that, you either haven’t listened long enough or close enough. Let me explain!

Near the end, Meatloaf is joined by a female voice. Their exchange explains everything.

[Girl:] Will you raise me up, will you help me down?
Will you get me right out of this Godforsaken town?
Will you make it all a little less cold?

[Boy:] I can do that! I can do that!

[Girl:] Will you hold me sacred? Will you hold me tight?
Can you colorize my life, I’m so sick of black and white?
Can you make it all a little less old?

[Boy:] I can do that! Oh oh, now I can do that!

[Girl:] Will you make me some magic, with your own two hands?
Can you build an emerald city with these grains of sand?
Can you give me something I can take home?

[Boy:] I can do that! Oh oh now, I can do that!

[Girl:] Will you cater to every fantasy I got?
Will ya hose me down with holy water, if I get too hot?
Will you take me places I’ve never known?

[Boy:] I can do that! Oh oh now, I can do that!

[Girl:] After a while you’ll forget everything
It was a brief interlude and a midsummer night’s fling
And you’ll see that it’s time to move on

[Boy:] I won’t do that! No I won’t do that!

[Girl:] I know the territory, I’ve been around
It’ll all turn to dust and we’ll all fall down
And sooner or later, you’ll be screwing around

[Boy:] I won’t do that! No I won’t do that!

Did you get it? He’ll do anything for love except leave her. Think, “If you really love something let it go.” Are you thinking it? Okay. He wont do it!

And ha! Wikipedia provides even further support, revealing what I admit even I had missed. Every verse contains something he wouldn’t do, easily identified by the sentences which start “I’ll never…” See here, under the Perceived Ambiguity of “that.”

Now listen to the song and go to bed! And don’t complain about it again!

Those Damn Flashing Lights

October 18, 2007

I feel dirty. Let me tell you why.

I’ve always had a natural dislike for Justin Timberlake. Actually, it’s always surprised me that people don’t share my feeling. Think back to N’Sync. Ew, right? Corny lyrics, and so gross. He was always the worst of the bunch.

It doesn’t help that all you silly girl like him so much! Slimy wannabe rapper.

My dad and I always joked around that listening to one of his songs was a capitol offense, and rushed to switch the radio whenever we heard one of his songs come on.

He may well disown me. I actually sought out one of his songs tonight. Uhg.

Of course, the real fault lies with Daniel Bedingfield, that insensitive jerk. He was my bounce back music for the past couple months. Good, silly fun, full of himself and not to be taken too seriously. Unfortunately, he is also a lot like that other guy.

Oh well. I have moved on anyway, and my new love says things that, well, make me wrinkle my nose. Mom, Dad, meet Colbie Caillat.

I Love The Internet

October 2, 2007

There are days when the internet, like a benevolent goddess, delivers unto her followers gifts and blessings. I’m sure you’ve had the experience I mean. You stumble upon something insignificant and it makes you happy all day. Yesterday I was given one of these gifts, and her name is Mia Rose.

Apparently, she started as a singer on Youtube, where she has made something of a cult following, and is now working her way up the recording industry ladder. I can’t find any CD for her, and most of her videos are covers of songs that hang out on the border between country and pop. The videos are actually a little unnerving at times – it looks like most of them were filmed in hotels (sounds like it too), and she sometimes looks really uncomfortable in front of the camera. Honestly, they can be a little creepy at times, but also really interesting.

Most importantly, she has a pretty impressive voice.

Anyway, I hope she goes far. I love it when the internet works for everyone.

Additionally, here’s another Youtuber (<- not sure that is a word) my dad likes.

High Fidelity, Er, Squared?

September 20, 2007

So, I watched one of my all time top-five desert island movies the other day: High Fidelity. It’s also a great book, and while I can’t speak about the musical from experience, it sounds interesting.

Anyhow, I was looking for a passage from the book online and came across a pretty interesting fact. Apparently, Regina Spektor’s song Fidelity was inspired by the novel.  It turns out I love the song, too.

I still haven’t found the passage; short of retrieving the book from home or watching the movie again I’ll probably have to go without. Thats OK by me, though, as both of those options are appealing. In short, go watch/read/listen to it!

On Music

September 15, 2007

As my roommate pounds away on his DDR pad and I a try to track down a song stuck in my head, I can’t help but recognize the significance of music in our day to day lives. Not that it really comes as a surprise to anyone.

In particular, though, I’ve been thinking lately about the way music tends to form deep connections with events in our lives. I don’t just mean your wedding song or something standard like that. I’m sure there are countless songs which would trigger for you really strange and otherwise minor memories.

Take No Doubt’s album Rock Steady. I picked up the CD at the same time as I first learned to play minesweeper. No lie, both were on my computer easily four hours a day for a solid week. Now, unfortunately, I can’t do either without the other, they are that tightly associated in my mind.

Perhaps a better example is the album Pressure Chief by Cake, a band I have never heard of anyone else liking. Maybe that is just me. The important thing is, I picked up their CD at the same time as I found a game online (which no longer exists) that was similar to Risk. I haven’t listened to the CD or played the game in forever. However, as soon as I hit play tonight, the game came to mind.

Before I sound like I never do anything but play games and blog, I’d like to point you to one of my favorite CDs ever. I mean, of course, the entirely politically incorrect and terribly korny lyrics of Shaggy. Hot Shot has, for reasons still unknown to me, made me smile every time I’ve had girl troubles ever. Hearing You Sang To Me, by Marc Anthony, for the first time, I fell in love. Luckily, I fell back out when the song ended, and the girl in question never found it. I wont even go into all the songs that have (had? not sure about that) meaning to Moi and I.

I wish I were going somewhere with this, but in truth, I just thought it was fun. I have too many thoughtful philosophy classes at present to worry about having a point. So go think about your most meaningful songs, and go to bed!

Wow

July 7, 2007

Now, I know that it’s a smoke-and-mirrors sort of effect, not the fully realistic holograms of start-trek style sci-fi, but wow. That is impressive. I think the really cool idea here, though, is that artificial people might not be so far off. I mean, as it is, Gorillaz is an artificial band made up of cartoon characters (yes, there are real people behind them, but do you know who they are? Do you care?). I love them anyway. So is that the way of the future? I have to admit, I’d sort of like being a celebrity if there was an animated front-man to take all the attention for me.

This is also pretty cool (albeit weird, but aren’t all fashion shows? I’ve never understood it). Enjoy!

Oh, and a quick BoingBoing roundup: This is stupid, this is cool, and these two things just make me mad.

Link-o-rama!

May 20, 2007

Tomorrow, Moi and I will be building the garden boxes and planting the first plants. This is really important because the first plants are getting too big for their little starter bed we have inside. I’ll try to explain what we did better tomorrow.

For tonight, links!

First, this is pretty cool. The new Webb telescope certainly has a sci-fi chic thing going on. I’m mainly linking this for the Hubble deep-field hi-def image. Look at that for a while and tell me you don’t feel small.

Next, a pair of rap songs I am stuck on for… no reason, really. One and two. Sorta NSFW.

Also, I am currently reading the Omnivore’s Dilema, and will soon be on to The Collected Stories of Nikolai Gogol. Omnivore’s Dilema I got from my dad and compeltely recommend it, but I warn you, you wont look at your food again the same way. I see corn everwhere now. Gogol is also from my dad, who ordered it because we saw Namesake. I recommend the movie and suggest that, afterwards, you’ll want to order the book too.

We all come from Gogol’s Overcoat.

(By the way, who knew Kumar could act?)

Awesome

April 28, 2007

This is great.