Musicology

Apr. 28th, 2004 05:20 pm
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In response to one of [livejournal.com profile] cougarkittyn's recent posts...

Oklahoma has brought about a lot of changes for me, not the least of which is an entirely new genre of music. Kyle would probably say I've been corrupted, but the truth is I've always had something of a soft spot for country-western music. There have always been at least one or two songs that I really enjoyed. I griped about it when I worked at The Railroad Bazaar, because it's all Sandy would listen to, and true, it wasn't really "my thing" at the time, but still there were one or two songs that I heard enough to remember, and honestly enjoyed at the time.

But I denied it for a long time, because I had this perception about the people who listen to such music. Drunken, ignorant rednecks, one and all...right? I hate to admit it because I told myself I wasn't that kind of person, but I think there was a sense of "I'm better than that" in my attitude.


And don't forget the fact that all country music is about 1) losing your woman, 2) losing your truck, 3) losing your best friend, or 4) some combination of the three...right?


I have yet to meet any such person here...and a majority of them listen to country-western at least as a part of their musical diet. I look at people like Jon, Edith, VJ, and our many MSC friends. Some of them do get quite drunk, and frequently. Some of them are unquestionably rednecks. Some of them are...rather ignorant...but they're all wonderful people, and I wouldn't trade any of them for anything.

Some artists currently in my playlist:
Kenny Chesney
John Michael Montgomery
Toby Keith
Allison Krauss (although I'm not sure I can get past her voice...)
Faith Hill (debatable - they play her on pop stations, too)
Keith Whitley

I've barely scratched the surface. There are many songs I've heard in our various club experiences, and yes, a lot of them are extremely sad...but not all. Unrequieted love is the oldest story in the world, and it's been told by every type of music, and every art form throughout the ages. But then there are the peppy ones that make you just have to smile. And the ones that make you remember what love feels like. The ones that speak of higher things - freedom, forgiveness, and things worth fighting and dying for...

Funny how sometimes just the right song can turn your life and your perceptions upside down.

Music is such a powerful tool.
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Question!

Any of you guys know a good (free or demo) MP3 editor program that will let me bring down the quality just a touch? I've got some at 320, but would like to bring them down to 256 or even 192 just for the sake of filesize.

I've found a bazillion *potential* programs on CNet, but I don't feel like downloading them, trying them, finding they're not what I need, and going through all that rigamarole. (I actually had to look that word up to make sure I spelled it correctly...how embarassing, although I did have it spelled correctly on the first go.)
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Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast.

No matter how stressed out I am. No matter how bad this speech impediment becomes in any given day, if I have music, I can sing to it, and I'm fine as long as I am. It takes no effort, it just comes.

Dear God, my wrist is just throbbing. Haven't DONE anything about it, but man...I wanna. I am going absolutely crazy today with so much to do. I should have come back in last night like I thought about doing. >_<

I could probably stop drinking coffee, but then I would just want to sleep, so oh well. I guess I will just be jittery and stressed.

Sleep!

Feb. 23rd, 2004 07:27 am
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Didn't wake up until after 5 today, and was able to sleep until about 6:15. Excellent. Didn't dream anything of enough interest to remember, though...

Am in quite the mood for Metallica today. Mmm....James Hetfield... Pity I only have the one album. :P I hope I left it at work, because I can't find it here. Ian sent me some new music this weekend, so there's that, too.

Music Meme

Feb. 7th, 2004 05:27 pm
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Songs that make me happy
Card Captor Sakura - Ganbare Sakura!
All Through the Night (old Welsh song)
REM - Stand
Sixpence None the Richer - Kiss Me
Takako Minekawa - Fantastic Cat
Tomita - Golliwog's Cakewalk
Hayashibara Megumi - How How Bear
Morning Musume - Happy Summer Wedding
Anything by the Pillows

Songs that make me feel loved:
Kenny Chesney - You Had Me From Hello
Dave Matthews Band - Crash Into Me
Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou - Yume Dream
Rufus Wainwright - Hallelujah
Joan Osborne - One of Us


Songs For When I'm Depressed or Sad:
Pearl Jam - Jeremy
Pearl Jam - Alive
Coldplay - Yellow
Anything by Morrissey
Nobuo Uematsu - Angel Hands (always makes me cry)
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians - Nocturne (Prelude)
Ozzy Osbourne - Mama I'm Comin' Home
David Bowie - Everyone Says Hi (also always makes me cry)

Songs that Energize me:
The Soft Boys - Queen of Eyes
The Theme to Space Harrier
B 4 U - Break Down
Two Mix - Rhythm Generation (Red Monster Remix)
Every Little Thing - Forever Yours (Voodoo and Serano Mix)
Globe - Genesis of Next
Exile - Fly Away
House of Pain - Top O' The Morning To Ya

Songs that make me feel something...
Creed - My Sacrifice
Coldplay - Trouble

Trash

Jan. 23rd, 2004 10:05 pm
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So you're photographed with Charlie Watts
It doesn't mean to say you're not
Just a loser

And you wish you could be Brian Jones
But now he's just a heap of bones
That's one better than you, you're a loser

And you photograph with Iggy, too
'Cause you think it might rub off on you
Forget it, you're a loser

You're just trash
You're just trash
You're just trash
And you're a loser

And last time you were down the Hope
I saw you hustling for a piece of dope
God you're embarrassing sometimes

You're just trash
You're just trash
You're just trash
And you're a loser

So if we should meet up some time
Don't act like you're a friend of mine
Put your arm round me
I don't want to be
A loser

So you're photographed with Charlie Watts

Opinion

Aug. 16th, 2003 09:21 am
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Billy Corgan may be one of the most talented individuals on the planet.
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I am officially stumped.

Dunno about anyone else, but sometimes my dreams have soundtracks. I woke up two days ago with one such song stuck in my head. Lyrics, backing vocals, instrumentation...everything.

The problem is, this song apparantly doesn't exist. It's a bunch of guys singing, kinda has a "Sundown" feel to it, and the main chorus line is "the sun goes down in a clear blue sky". (No trace of that in any lyrics search engine I can find) Yeah, it's a little cheesy lyrically, but it's such a catchy tune! Too bad I can't remember anymore than that.

So anyway, if anyone has actually heard a song fitting this description, I'd LOVE to hear about it...then I might feel a little saner.
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Slightly annoyed here... I just wrote a big long happy post, and STUPID LJ had some hangup over the time not being backdated.

Anyway...the long weeks of work are over. Got 4 days off, and no idea with what to fill them. I'm wary of driving the truck anywhere. It's really starting to make me nervous.

Thankfully, we got a surprise today. Our old neighbor (and long time friend of my family) sent us a Ren & Stimpy card today with a "little something" enclosed. With that and all the grab bags of ponies that have sold, we should be able to pay for at least 80% of getting the brakes fixed. Maybe a few more will sell before then. That would be super.

FINALLY found our marriage certificate, too... Remembered I had put it in with my diploma...so it wouldn't get lost. +Kyle had a good laugh over that one. It's now in HIS filing cabinet - if it gets misplaced again, it'll be his doing. LOL! So now I can get my license switched over to an Oklahoma license. Good thing.

I watched "Tenchi Muyo Forever" (or "In Love 2") tonight while looking...what a lovely lovely soundtrack. I could really get to like Christopher Franke. Never really got into Tangerine Dream before, but if it's anything like this OST... *tears well up* OK OK, so maybe it's not quite that evocative...it's still just gorgeous. I must obtain that soundtrack.

*looks on eBay though she knows better* *cry!* There's one there for not a lot...ends in 13 hours. *double cry* They have the Universe soundtrack! I've been looking for it for years! Remind me not to look at eBay when I'm broke. It really hurts my feelings.

OK, so they finally hired someone to replace Kathy at work. The new ad sales rep is Rhonda, and I think she may actually work out. She's very professional, and friendly, too. She's been there for about 10 days now. Jon's doing a story about us for next week's paper, being the newest additions to the Record. ^_^

I actually didn't hate the picture Jon took of me for the article. He said "very pretty" when we were checking out the instant image on the digicam. Now don't go thinking untoward things. It's just nice to hear "pretty" directed at me when it's not coming from my parents or my hubby.

There was something else moderately important I was going to write about, but it's been lost. x_X Ah well... Time to go see if I can blow $15 on new music. Been a long time since I had any new music - I'm long overdue.
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And on the eighth day, when he had rested, he created darkness. And for all around him he needed a cloak to hide himself from his tired labours. And the antelope and the deer and the ostrich and the zebra hid their faces and ran like tiny children into the shrivelling blackness around them. And the trees grew hoods and the cows winced. And all the crops began to droop. Even the coal rattled in terror for, lo, there was no light anywhere.
And he was well pleased with his labours and he smiled and was unable to find his way out of the room. Consequently, he blundered around his new creations; stamping helplessly left and right upon the new buds of his endeavour. Octopuses, caterpillars, tendons and worms were squashed like buds. Easter bunnies ruptured like eggs.
At length he found the door, and, fumbling with the handle, he chanced to knock the key on to the ground. As he lowered his nose to rummage around that vast appendage where he might see something on the floor, beheld a ray of light coming in from the hall.
"Kevin? Supper's ready."
"Mom, I'm locked in!"
"Kevin... Supper's ready!"
"Mom!"

[Lover lover]
[Lover lover]

~~~~~~~~~~~~
That amusing if disturbing bit was from Robyn Hitchcock's "Invisible Hitchcock" album. It's far more fun to actually hear it, but ehh...I can't be bothered to record it from my cassette to MP3 and upload it somewhere. Maybe if someone asks for it....

Anyway, it's the eighth day for me too. I think I managed to go over today. Had planned for an 8 point dinner at most, and +Kyle decided he wanted Hamburger Macaroni. Didn't think it could be as bad as it was, but man...13 points? Ouch. I only went to 28, so it could have been worse. If only I hadn't had tea earlier.

On a good note, we went to the store today. Got lots of good food that will be better for me than tonight's was. Got low fat/salt popcorn. It's 2 points a bag instead of IceFeather's 1, but I could never eat a whole bag at one sitting anyway. LOL I'll take 1 point for half a bag. This was the best stuff they carried. Got lots of veggies too. Found some 2 point juice, also. ^_^ Yay!

Let's do better tomorrow.

History

Mar. 24th, 2002 02:24 am
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Today's been an interesting one.

We've been seriously going through all our junk this week. There's just so MUCH that we never use, unfinished projects, and general clutter. For instance, I have this mass collection of several hundred audiocassettes - all recorded from the radio, my own compositions, old time radio progams, etc. It came to me that if I download MP3s of all this public domain music, I could fit about 13-15 cassettes worth of music on one disc. Boy that'd be a reduction of space!

So the first tape I pulled out today was one from the mid '90s. Mostly stuff recorded from Rick Dees' top 40, but a few others mixed in from who knows where. Here's the playlist:
"High Energy Mix"
4 Non Blondes - What's Up
Gina G - Just A Little Bit
EMF - Unbelievable
Republica - Ready to Go
No Mercy - Where Do You Go
Danny Elfman - Gratitude
Los del Rio - Macarena
Robert Miles - One & One
Jock Jams - Pump Up the Volume
Baha Men - Back to the Island
Adam Ant - Wonderful
Boys II Men - Water RUns Dry
INXS - Need You Tonight
Duran Duran - Hungry Like the Wolf. Rio, Ordinary World, Come Undone

Now if that isn't an eclectic mix, I don't know what is. ^_~

Seriously, though...I really don't get into the techno/house/dance mix stuff anymore, but this really made for a fun listen today. When these songs came out, I was still struggling under a deep 2-year depression. It's no wonder I fed on the energy from these songs like I did.

In the early days, I basically decided that God hated me, having lost many people in a short amount of time, and so He (in my mind) certainly was no reason to get up. I was bored out of my mind with school, and frustrated too. My mother was depressed all the time, so I was often the one to keep the house clean, make sure my brothers did their schoolwork and ate, etc. I was always tired from that, and depression only made it worse. Being 14 or 15, I didn't see eye-to-eye with my parents, and my mom's depression of course coloured that further - my dad having to deal with that didn't help either. My three younger brothers were annoying, so my entire family was no reason to get up. The fact that none of them realized I was so depressed didn't help. I don't know if I felt unloved or just unnoticed. Math has never been my strong point, and my mind just couldn't grasp even basic principles in algebra at this time. School was no reason to get up. I didn't even try during that time. I don't know how I wound up with enough gradepoints to graduate.

But always there was music. I talked to DJs a lot during my teen years. That's pathetic, I know, but it was something. This was before MP3s, so I had all these tapes, and always a walkman with me. I had friends, but I don't think anyone knew really what to do with me. This was when I was first starting out on the internet, and I was growing away from my RL friends in other ways as well...probably because I never really wanted to do anything.

I should warn you I'm going to get graphic here )

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