hummingwolf: Snowflake-like kaleidoscope images (Kaleidocoolth)
Depeche Mode's "Stripped" is still one of the coolest songs in the history of ever.
hummingwolf: Snowflake-like kaleidoscope images (Kaleidocoolth)
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Ahem. In the words of Nik Kershaw:

He was
Loud, proud, confident and wrong
Bold, positive and strong
Cold, sure but all along
He was loud, proud, confident and wrong
Bold, positive and strong
Cold, ignorant and brash
Flash, sure and all along
He was loud, he was proud, he was confident and wrong


I very much look forward to finding reasons to complain about President Barack Obama. :-)
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (Looking back)
Hector Zazou (1948-2008).

Just found out about this. For years, his albums have fed the stranger parts of my soul.

Zazou operated where the borders are obscured and the secrets are found in between. “Yes. Absolutely, he agreed in a 1994 interview for Echoes. “Because it’s in these areas that you can discover something. You know it’s like when you discover an old city or something like that, so probably all the searchers are going to be in the center. But if you walk two kilometers from the center, I’m sure that you can find some little things. But, my field is working on these layers of sound and so it is a surrealistic place where everything is a little dreamy and out of the real world.”


Adieu, Pierre Job, musician, composer, record producer and journalist.

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Saturday, August 9th, 2008 12:23 pm
hummingwolf: (My world is askew!)
Via [livejournal.com profile] bad_science: Bill Nelson wins the internet. You know, I've put up with doctors who stuck Q-tips up my nose and called it therapeutic, but if anyone ever started singing his career history to the tune of "Simple Gifts," I do believe I would run away screaming.

[Edit: biography. A must-read. (Well, read it for as long as you can stand it, anyway.)]

It seems somehow appropriate that the one other video I've watched today is this one: play Crazy for me.
hummingwolf: Snowflake-like kaleidoscope images (Kaleidocoolth)
Since I haven't been writing much lately, it seems like a good time to link to things I posted years ago. Summer is for reruns, right? Anyway, I referred to this in a discussion elsewhere last night, so feel free to re-read (or not, as the case may be): Care and feeding of your pet peeve.

Oh, since [livejournal.com profile] animangel and I talked about being in the path of a hurricane tropical storm a while back, here's What I Did On My Isabel Vacation, by Hummingwolf. And for amusement value, there's an old entry about housemate interviews.

And for people not interested in my old posts, you can take a trip back to the eighties instead: Icehouse, "Street Cafe" video. Or maybe you'd like to watch "Icehouse" by Flowers, the group who renamed themselves to Icehouse, meaning this song is better known as "Icehouse" by Icehouse from the album Icehouse.
hummingwolf: Snowflake-like kaleidoscope images (Kaleidocoolth)
Is this video gothic?

hummingwolf: Part of a julia fractal in colors of fire and smoke. (Fire-flavored fractal)
Too tired for my own words tonight; have someone else's. Here are lyrics to the two songs that have been running through my head all day.

Cut for your protection )



You know, it may be best for me to avoid TV news for a good, long while.

Gratuitous Lyric Post

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008 12:44 pm
hummingwolf: Drawing of a creature that is part-wolf, part-hummingbird. (Hummingwolf by Dandelion)
Because I've been in a serious Nik Kershaw mood lately, and because some discussions elsewhere on LJ have irresistibly brought to mind this song from his 1999 album 15 Minutes, you all get to have lyrics while I try to find a reason to write a real post. Enjoy!

Billy is a new man, he does the best he can to figure out what it's about, and what the hell he's meant to be
He does the right thing when expected, nuff respect, once in a while he likes a smoke and a joke, just as long as it's PC
And he thinks that he cries at the Movies
'Cos he's in touch with his feminine side
Sally wants a proud man
Sally wants a proud man
Sally wants a proud man
But she's taken all his pride

Billy is a new man, at least when she's around, a model father or if needed, he'll be mother for the day
He watches "Men Behaving Badly" though he'll gladly switch it off if she's offended, he'll pretend it wasn't funny anyway
He's got one face he keeps for his woman
And one for when he's out with the guys
Sally wants a true man
Sally wants a true man
Sally wants a true man
But he's living out a lie

Better go and find an analyst, or something,
time for sorting out his head
Better go and find a book to read about it,
just like his daddy never did

And he reads Marie Claire at the Doctors, just in case there is something he should know
Sally wants a free man
Sally wants a free man
Sally wants a free man
But she will not let him go

Billy is confused, he feels abusive and abused, he's got his one hand on an olive branch, the other on his crotch
He drives a sensible coupe, he thinks Oasis are OK, he drinks non alcoholic lager though he'd rather have a scotch
And he tries very hard to be happy, but there are a few little things in the way

Billy wants a good girl and a bad girl and blonde girl, and a brunette or a Bond girl and a house maid and a teas maid and a French maid yeah, a sex aid and a Goddess and a confidante, a wet nurse and an agony aunt, a lover, mother, baby sitter, a young girl with a pretty face and smart but not too smart to love an arsehole, yes, an arsehole, Billy wants to be an arsehole, singin'

Billy wants it all now
Billy wants it all now
Billy wants it all now
But he's too ashamed to say
And
Sally wants a Superman
Sally wants a Superman
Sally wants a Superman
She hasn't got a chance

--"Billy," Nik Kershaw
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (Kaleidoscope (purple & white))
Since I was visiting the evil YouTube anyway and had lots & lots of time to kill (read: there were plenty of dishes for me to do while waiting for things to load on my poor, poor, pitiful dial-up connection), I decided it was time to look for the video to the very first song on the very first album I ever bought. So, for those of you who happen to be in the mood for some nifty synthpop (accompanied by '80s hair!), or if you're in the mood to find out what a hummingwolf listened to in the '80s, here you go: Dancing Girls.

And they dance for him inside his head...

hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (Cuddly plush toy)
I realize this is a bit late in the day, but for those of you who can celebrate this way, why not watch Ides of March music videos? Try live versions of their classic song "L.A. Goodbye" or their big number 1 hit "Vehicle". As for me, I've got a CD I can listen to in a moment.

Alternatively, you could read a Shakespeare play, but this can be difficult to do when you're being sung to by a friendly stranger in a black sedan.

Whee!

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 10:23 pm
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (8 months)
Mere hours after downloading a relatively obscure song by the Passion Puppets (see previous post), I find a mashup site with a mashup featuring that very song. And then I find this Project Opus page with Passion Puppets songs I never heard before (along with two I have). I love the internet so very much tonight.

¡Música!

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 07:56 pm
hummingwolf: A bouncing penguin. (Bounce!)
I've been missing my old record collection lately. Been missing it rather a lot. There are far too many old songs in those LPs and EPs and 12-inchers and 7-inchers and even (can such things be?) 10-inchers that I just never, ever got in any kind of digital format; and since I don't have my records here, much less any way to play them even if I did have them, it's been far too long since I heard those songs. Today there were two songs in particular that kept trying to take over my brain and, since I was too tired to do anything actually useful, I decided to look for them online.

Well. Those of you who have ever suggested that I watch anything on YouTube will know that I never, ever watch YouTube. I Do Not Do YouTube. No matter how wonderful that video may be, the site is too dial-up unfriendly for me to bother, okay?

As a measure of how desperate I was to hear one of these tracks, I went to YouTube. If any of you can locate for me any version of this song in mp3 format, I would appreciate it (the version I knew was on the Common Bond album from 1971); in the meantime, if you have no aversion to YouTube, you may go watch a live performance of Ides of March, "L.A. Goodbye".

For the second song, it wasn't even necessary to brave the horrors of YouTube! Weirdly enough, a blog post out there features a SendSpace link that still works, making for a very happy hummingwolf. RetroMusicSnob has the Passion Puppets, "Like Dust". True fact: a British music magazine in the mid-'80s once said that the three best guitar groups in the UK at the time were U2, the Smiths, and the Passion Puppets--and the Passion Puppets were the best of the lot. Or maybe I made up that last part.

Now, if anyone can explain why out of all the songs I've ever known, it was these two that decided to gang up on me today, please tell me. I'm curious.
hummingwolf: Gold starlike kaleidoscope images. (Gold stars)
The two songs running through my head all day so far:

Icehouse, "Your God, Not Mine," currently available as a free mp3 on The Official Icehouse/Iva Davies Website.

Jonatha Brooke and Kevin Gilbert, "O Come Emmanuel." This was always available on the official Kevin Gilbert site, but that site appears to be nonexistent today.* For those of you who need to hear it, I uploaded the track onto SendSpace this morning.

The juxtaposition of these two songs makes perfect sense in my head.



* Edit: After saying that, I now see that kevingilbert.com is up; they've simply reorganized since the last time I checked.

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Sunday, July 29th, 2007 10:11 pm
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (Turquoise & peach 2)
The part of my brain responsible for earworms has decided that the top songs for today are "In the Real World" by The Alan Parsons Project and Idha Ovelius' cover of Janis Ian's "From Me to You." And just when I think that Idha might be winning out, APP comes back with "Standing on Higher Ground" or "Stereotomy" and the fight starts all over again.

What you choose to do with this information is up to you.


Gratuitous Lyrics Go Here )
hummingwolf: Drawing of a creature that is part-wolf, part-hummingbird. (Hummingwolf by Dandelion)
Peter Himmelman's album The Pigeons Couldn't Sleep will be in stores on 7/24! Woohoo! Of course I'd be more excited about this if I had the money to buy it (and a little bit of net searching shows that I missed a local performance this month too), but new Himmelsongs are a cause for joy.

He was at the Rams Head in Annapolis and that article reminds me once again that I wish I my radio with the usable antenna still worked because I really miss listening to WRNR.

Brief Washington Post article. "Yet there's no stopping him, even if he's convinced that the difference between 'dreaming a dream and pursuing a dream is that the pursuit involves dragging a lot of people down with you.'"


For those of you more interested in the release of a children's book, I've got music for you too. Or rather, Moosebutter has a couple of free tracks for you.

I Wuz Tagged!

Thursday, February 1st, 2007 10:17 am
hummingwolf: Gold starlike kaleidoscope images. (Gold stars)
[livejournal.com profile] megthelegend tagged me last weekend, but I was too icky-feeling to respond properly then. This is what she tagged me with:

List seven "songs" you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your LJ along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they're listening to.

Now, you young people may download "songs" and think you're cool, but some of us more ancient folks listen to these things called "albums." Sure, they require some kind of concentration to listen to all the way through, but more than a few of them are worth the effort.

Oh, all right, I'll name seven "songs" anyway. But they're mostly from two different albums.

First, I've been listening to the album Grit by the late great Martyn Bennett. On his final album, Martyn combined samples of old records of (mostly) traditional singing that he grew up listening to with his own instrumentation, both electronic and acoustic. "Split between the songs of traveling people (Roma) and the Gaelteachd traditions of the Hebrides, it brings together by far the strongest links to the 'real' folk culture in Scotland. Virtually all the songs and narrative were sampled from vinyl records or from original quarter-inch tape recordings, the sources of which were mostly recorded from 1950 onwards." Listeners to the album seem to be split on whether it's utterly brilliant melding of old and new or obnoxiously noisy dance music clashing with singers who could do better. I love it. The three songs most likely to go running through my head at any moment (especially when I first wake up in the morning) are:
1. "Nae Regrets"
2. "Ale House"
3. "Liberation"

Thanks to a TV show last week, the fourth song I've been listening to is
4. Styx, "Renegade"
which [livejournal.com profile] musesfool uploaded, so I don't even have to rely on the incomplete version which would otherwise be running through my head.

Before I got the chance to download the Styx song, though, I tried to find a way to drive it out of my mind using other music from my collection. I finally settled on No Reasons Given, an early group project featuring the late great Kevin Gilbert (who I think was a teenager at the time?). If you are interested in really obscure 1980s progressive pop, the 16 songs are available for free online, assuming the official Kevin Gilbert site is able to serve you at the time, which sadly isn't always the case. If you can download the songs, however, the three I've been listening to the most recently are
5. "If Ever Rain Will Fall" (which goes running through my head at random moments anyway)
6. "Masques"
7. "Tired Old Man" (which reminds me that it's been too long since I read Pinocchio)
hummingwolf: Snowflake-like kaleidoscope images (Kaleidocoolth)
This is a link for fans of mashups: If you haven't heard all the tracks already, check out The Best of Bootie 2006, a rather nifty-looking* collection of bootleg/mashup type tracks. Link via someone over in [livejournal.com profile] lunatunes.

Update later this weekend if I can manage to get myself to sit still long enough.


* I say "nifty-looking" because, as a dial-up user, I'm not actually trying to download everything there. What I've heard is fun, though.

Just because

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006 02:55 pm
hummingwolf: Snowflake-like kaleidoscope images (Kaleidocoolth)
Because advertisements keep showing "snowflakes" with seven or eight points on them, I feel the need to link to a Guide to Snowflakes. Also see the snow crystal primer and various other pages on the site if you like, but the first link is the one with all the pretty pictures.

Because I keep mentioning them to people who forget to download them: the [livejournal.com profile] nathanchase LJ has two mashups that some of you need to hear. (The posts are from way back in April 2005, but the links still seem to work.)

Because it amused me: spam subject line from yesterday: "you were taking, the amount of medicine you were using, and arabic"
I've never taken Arabic, though! Just Spanish and Greek. And I think most of the medicine I was taking when I was taking Greek was aspirin.
hummingwolf: Drawing of a creature that is part-wolf, part-hummingbird. (Hummingwolf by Dandelion)
Too oogie for deep thought tonight. Am still behind on MegaPoMo posts (oh, the angst!), though, so here's the second one for the day. Two poems featuring Braaaaaaiiiiins. Where there are brains, there might be zombies--so one of the poems features Wal-Mart too!

While wal-mart may be the same
i'd laugh at the word of your beauty
and the consequent merging of the body.
it quacks.
it is interesting
characteristic of visceral pain is his,
while mcflimsey in vain desire,
at noon and waken to find a lover, maybe.
around the glistening brain and blunt the examiners,
and i'm hoping with my lips were dumb, in my madness if i shot him, at madam lou's,
because if i thought to send you the next galaxy
things up just right.

~~~~~

An army travels on its bosom
well, you came and you finally found all your heart in his brain.
colors balance our fears, and existence
begins to curl toward your chest his gesture of drawing
purposes, is nothing more than i have wandered to and fro:
looking for you with her feet she from the arms of my life
has to teach a school
about like a donkey's bray,
they feel ill.

No, really, I don't have anything useful to say here. Except that, in context, the words "it quacks" really cracked me up.

Oh, on a completely unrelated note: Many people get upset when their favorite songs end up being used in TV commercials. But a Vaseline commercial featuring one of Sheila Chandra's "Speaking in Tongues" pieces? That's simply too odd to be offensive.
hummingwolf: Drawing of a creature that is part-wolf, part-hummingbird. (Hummingwolf by Dandelion)
Lately I've been listening to lots of new music, trying to acquaint myself with more of the trends of the 21st century. Last night, the part of my brain responsible for earworms took its revenge by repeating not one, not two, but three songs from the '80s which I almost certainly have not heard since the '80s. I found lyrics for all three songs online, so they must have been real recordings and not the product of my fevered brain, but is there anybody who isn't me who remembers a single one of them?

Here there be lyrics )

While I'm here, I'll post some older lyrics I should've posted yesterday: Ides of March's biggest US hit, from way back in 1970--"Vehicle"!

Hey well, I'm a friendly stranger in a black Sedan
Won't you hop inside my car?
I got pictures, got candy, I'm a lovable man
And I can take you to the nearest star

I'm your vehicle, baby
I'll take you anywhere you wanna go
I'm your vehicle, woman
But I'm not sure that you know
That I love ya (love ya)
I need ya (need ya)
I want ya, got to have you, child
Great God in heaven, you know I love you
Yes, children, the '70s were a scary time )

(If you're terribly interested, the Ides of March lead singer & songwriter (who also co-wrote all of Survivor's hits and a few songs for .38 Special) tells the story of "Vehicle" on his site. It's kind of cute, actually.)
hummingwolf: Snowflake-like kaleidoscope images (Kaleidocoolth)
It's official! I have now heard every holiday song I really needed to this year--Launch just finished playing "Christmas at Ground Zero." Now I must share the lyrics with you all, along with a couple of my other Christmas favorites. Hey, I don't do this sort of thing all that often, so surely you can forgive me now.

Weird Al Yankovic--"Christmas at Ground Zero"

It’s Christmas at ground zero
There’s music in the air
The sleigh bells are ringing and the carolers are singing
While the air raid sirens blare

It’s Christmas at ground zero
The button has been pressed
The radio just let us know
That this is not a test

Everywhere the atom bombs are dropping
It’s the end of all humanity
No more time for last-minute shopping
It’s time to face your final destiny

It’s Christmas at ground zero
There’s panic in the crowd
We can dodge debris while we trim the tree
Underneath the mushroom cloud

You might hear some reindeer on your rooftop
Or Jack Frost on your windowsill
But if someone’s climbing down your chimney
You better load your gun and shoot to kill

It’s Christmas at ground zero
And if the radiation level’s okay
I’ll go out with you and see all the new
Mutations on new year’s day

It’s Christmas at ground zero
Just seconds left to go
I’ll duck and cover with my yuletide lover
Underneath the mistletoe

It’s Christmas at ground zero
Now the missiles are on their way
What a crazy fluke, we’re gonna get nuked
On this jolly holiday

The rest of my top three! )

Harvesting

Sunday, September 18th, 2005 10:39 pm
hummingwolf: Drawing of a creature that is part-wolf, part-hummingbird. (Hummingwolf by Dandelion)
The harvest moon tonight reminded me of the Indio album Big Harvest, which reminded me to search the web for info about whatever happened to Gordon Peterson. Though another artist used the name Indio to record an entirely different album, Gordon/Indio only released that one as far as I knew.

Well, it seems there really isn't any other music by him available after all. Just one haunting album (plus one non-album bonus track and one alternate version of the first single) and a disappearance into obscurity. But even with such minimal output and nothing heard from him since 1989, the guy still has some dedicated fans. He even learned about the fans and figured he'd give a short explanation: "The short answer is I did not at the time, have whatever type of personality it required to endure the dark valleys that occur all too often in the business. It overwhelmed me and that was that. I am very much alive, healthy and well. I continue to write and record, and someday I plan to release my work to date but really have no time frame or finality to it."

If you're curious what the music sounded like, go to that link above, find the message from "gordonsoulfood" and follow directions to get into the briefcase. Though the original version of "Hard Sun" had drums and Joni Mitchell, and "Sand Through My Hands" doesn't fit with the album, you can still get a sense of the music's appeal.
hummingwolf: Drawing of a creature that is part-wolf, part-hummingbird. (Hummingwolf by Dandelion)
You ever hear a song which you adored half the times you listened to it but wanted to wipe off the face of the earth the rest of the time? 20 years ago, WHFS alternately delighted and annoyed me with this song. Yesterday, Launchcast played it for me. With a few breaks for things like doctor's appointments and thunderstorms, it's been running through my head ever since. I hope you all get earworms, though that's probably dependent on you actually having heard the song.

I scan the horizon for you, Mimi
I scan for the both of us
I scan the horizon for you, Mimi
I stand and scan on the strand of sand
stand and scan on the strand of sand

but first I'm sitting over here
see that gaggle of guys and girls
a typical day at the beach
well, typical 'til I make my speech
Jane Siberry--Mimi on the Beach )

What the heck--as long as we're in the category of Singer-Songwriters in the Mid-1980s, let's pit "Mimi on the Beach" up against "Marlene on the Wall."
Suzanne Vega )

Well, Mimi's still beating Marlene for the battle of my brain. Maybe it's time for more '80s music from the I Love It/Please Kill It category.

oh, *please* )

As long as I'm here...

the battle wages on... )


I think this post may have been enough to muck up my synapses for the entire week, and all I did was a bunch of copying & pasting. Yikes.

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Sunday, May 8th, 2005 05:55 pm
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Just found out that Martyn Bennett died in January at the age of 33. The worst part is that most of you have no idea who the little dreadlocked bagpiper/fiddler/electronica composer was.

Music

Thursday, March 10th, 2005 09:34 pm
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (Cuddly plush toy)
The baton was passed to me by [livejournal.com profile] coffeegrace, so it looks like I had better run with it.

1. Total amount of music files on your computer?
Not a whole lot, actually. Between mp3s and Real files, it looks like I've got fewer than 80 tracks on here. This computer doesn't have much of a hard drive, so I tend to get my music in streaming form rather than storing it on the computer.

2. The last cd you bought was...
A Vivaldi disk that cost a dollar. Been a long time since I bought any music. ::sigh::

3. What was the last song you listened to before reading this message?
Before re-reading this message, it was "Don" by Trilok Gurtu on one of my alternate Launch accounts.

4. Write down five songs you often listen to or mean a lot to you.
Just five? Aiiiieeee!

Okay, five tracks, not picked entirely at random:
1. Jonatha Brooke, "10 cent Wings." Been too long since I listened to that CD.
2. Talitha Mackenzie, "Chi mi na Mórbheanna/JFK."
3. Nik Kershaw, "Find Me an Angel."
4. Martyn Bennett, "4 Notes."
5. Bel Canto, "Shoulder to the Wheel."

That was pretty random after all. Though next time someone asks, I'll try to be less melancholy.

5. What new music are you really excited for in the coming year so far?
Haven't an inkling of a clue, sorry.

6. What 5 people are you going to pass this baton to and why?
1. [livejournal.com profile] shaharazad, because I remember he likes the Story but can't remember much else of his tastes.
2. [livejournal.com profile] daisydumont, because she she wants to. :-)
3. [livejournal.com profile] musesfool, because there might be some amusement value when she tries to pick just 5 songs and her brain explodes.
4. [livejournal.com profile] heliwood, because I'm curious.
5. [livejournal.com profile] jennixen, because she too listens to Nik and Talitha.

For WHFS fans

Saturday, February 12th, 2005 08:46 am
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (Default)
If you've been missing the old station since it was replaced by "El Zol," you can hear what's left of 'HFS via AOL radio at WHFS.com. From a Billboard article:
The programming heard on WHFS.com will include new music, as well as archive programming from WHFS and performances from past HFStivals. While there are a handful of Infinity stations streaming on the Web, including triple-A WXRT Chicago, WHFS is Infinity's first Internet-only station.

In addition, talk WXYV (Live 105.7) Baltimore will give up its nights and weekends to the modern format, broadcasting as "HFS On Live 105.7." Former WHFS afternoon jock Tim Virgin will host the station weeknights from 7-midnight. The station will feature modern rock on weekends as well. WXYV's regular daytime programming, including Howard Stern and Don & Mike, will continue. Ron and Fez had been handling nights at WXYV.
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (Cuddly plush toy)
List found here. How many of these albums do you own? I don't own all that many albums, but I own a few of these.

7. The Police--Synchronicity "To enjoy Synchronicity is to consider one's self to be socially enlightened without having to dredge up any real empathy." Or perhaps it's to enjoy catchy pop songs, maybe even to wander around singing "Murder by Numbers" to anyone who complains about your owning a copy of Synchronicity. I'm just saying.

24. Nine Inch Nails--Pretty Hate Machine. I've mentioned before that three albums helped me get through the early '90s when my health started to go downhill: For entirely different reasons, Bel Canto's Birds of Passage, Peter Himmelman's From Strength to Strength, and Nine Inch Nails' Pretty Hate Machine. Boys and girls, music can save your life. That said, I'm still not sure how I feel about the fact that [livejournal.com profile] musesfool says "The Only Time" reminds her of me.

I do not actually own a copy of 42. The Police--Zenyatta Mondatta, but I do have to say that "Everything else is overwhelmed by the shallow ball of ego that is Sting" does not strike me as a compelling reason to toss any album. I like Sting's shallow ball of ego. I think it's fun to toss around like a big beach ball of melody. Or something like that. For the record, I've got albums by another Policeman as well--Stewart Copeland, the drummer. Too bad guitarist Andy Summers' music never thrilled me as much somehow.

I have never owned the Celine Dion album listed at 45 and hopefully never will. Got to agree with at least one thing on the list.

67. Paula Cole--This Fire
"Ah, step by grueling step through Paula's therapy sessions. She's angry! She's repressed. She's angry! She's happy. She's outraged...(see track listing for sense of closure)." Heh. I don't disagree with a word of this and will mock Paula Cole's lyrics mercilessly (are we sure she's a native speaker of English?), but I do love the music.

90. Sting--Ten Summoner's Tales
"Next he'll be doing country-western, and I ain't buyin' it." Sting actually has done country-western music, you know, but it was in 7/4 time.

(no subject)

Sunday, June 20th, 2004 03:47 pm
hummingwolf: Snowflake-like kaleidoscope images (Kaleidocoolth)
Do you ever start to feel like your tastes have been too influenced by other people's ideas, that you're not sure if the things you've been taking pleasure in are things that really please you after all? Do you ever feel the need to take a chunk of time to just enjoy something you know for sure you'd enjoy no matter what? It's not something you like because it's cool or something you like because it's uncool. It's not something that was recommended by your mother or your lover or your best friend from sixth grade. It's not something you like because you think it shows off your good taste or your bad taste. It's not something you like because nobody would ever expect you to like it. It's not something you like because it's like everything else you like. It doesn't remind you of a special time, special place, or special person from your past, present, or ideal future. It's something you're sure you like for the simple reason that you like it.

Suzanne Vega's music is in that category of things I'm sure I like because I like them. Before I'd bought any of her recordings, I'd heard most of her first album played on three different radio stations. One station was a kind that let the DJs play around with the playlist, playing mostly cool new New Wave or cool older punk while throwing in weird artists nobody ever heard of, famous singers most of us were sick of, and even bits of stand-up comedy albums (this station later became a standard corporate modern rock station); one station played lots of rock music from the sixties and seventies and newer music that fit right in (this station became all-classic rock); and one station on the AM dial played light rock that none of the other light rock stations played. None of the stations told me anything about what I should think of the music, and nothing made me associate listening to the songs with anything other than listening to the songs. All three of these stations helped me fall in love. I'd go around quoting from "Small Blue Thing," "Undertow," or "Marlene on the Wall," and my friends would nod indulgently or point out that I was, obviously, a weirdo.

Eventually I did find out that someone I knew had heard Suzanne Vega's album, but she would just tell me how much I needed to hear "The Queen and the Soldier," one of the few songs I hadn't already heard. When Suzanne Vega finally came out on CD (I'd been waiting for months!), I promptly paid more than 16 dollars for it, more than my allowance at the time.

After a while, other stations played some of the songs, even though none of them were popular here yet. One of those stations was a weak-signaled college station which mostly played punk, very early industrial, and music by college students who seemed to think that noise was a good substitute for melody (this later became a New Age station). The day that the afternoon student DJ got a copy of Suzanne's second album, Solitude Standing, they said they'd play one song from the album in each set until they'd played the whole record. I spent the day alone in the house, doing mindless things I don't remember, listening to mostly forgettable, noisy music which would suddenly be interrupted by the entirely different sound I was waiting for. The radio station received so many phone calls about the music that they decided to play the second side of the album straight through, no interruptions of any kind. I sat still on the floor in between the speakers and stared up at the ceiling, hanging on to every note.

Breaking News

Tuesday, April 27th, 2004 11:27 am
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I have just now officially fallen in love with this man's music.

Friday Report

Friday, August 8th, 2003 09:17 pm
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So I finally went to a doctor appointment today (your tax dollars at work!). Though I wasn't impressed by the look of the building the clinic is in or thrilled with how long I had to wait once I got there, I was pleasantly surprised by the doctor. She not only had heard of fibromyalgia, she asked the right questions and gave appropriate answers. Maybe the average doctor knows much more about fibro than they used to, or maybe I just got lucky. Either way, it's a good thing. Not that I know enough from this visit to tell you whether or not she's a good doctor, but she at least didn't impress me on first visit as a bad doctor. Given some of my past experiences, this is progress.

Now I've got a prescription for a painkiller--nothing fancy, probably a prescription-strength version of something you could get over the counter, since this is meant to deal with my recent acute hip pain rather than the chronic stuff. Also have a prescription for time-release Ritalin, which I'm less sure about. I told her that Ritalin (or its generic counterpart) has helped in the past with the cognitive problems, and I'm glad to have a new script for it; what I'm not so confident of is that the time-release version's a good idea. I'm used to being able to adjust my dosage a little based on my needs of the day, what my body's telling me; the new version is not only something that can't be adjusted that way, but in a total dosage a bit higher than what I usually took in a day and I'm not sure the increased dose is a good idea on a regular basis. We'll see. She didn't give me anything for the insomnia but instructions for calling the health plan about a therapist. Guess she figures the insomnia's a symptom of the depression, and she may well be right.

After the appointment I was a very bad girl. I'd heard that Kemp Mill Music is having a going out of business sale, so instead of determining to be fiscally responsible, I waltzed right into the store looking for something that I can't afford. Yes, I knew I'd feel guilty later, and I was preparing my rationalizations even before I walked through the door. So here is where I confess my extravagance, abase myself before you all, hanging my head in shame for spending (gasp!) $1.22 for two CDs.

Sorry, even I can't bring myself to feel shame about shelling out an amount of money I could replace by looking under the sofa cushions. These were even albums I genuinely wanted for years but never bought for some reason or other: Colin Hay's Transcendental Highway and Idha's Melody Inn. Yep, things could have turned out much worse.

Am now tired and hurty after spending too much of the day on my feet or in a seat. Walked a total of 3.5 miles (maybe more, though it's hard to tell in a neighborhood I don't know well), so I don't feel guilty about the cheesecake I bought (food stamps--your tax dollars at work!) on the way home either. Though frankly I wouldn't feel guilty about cheesecake anyway. Who, my friends, could spend a whole life avoiding cheesecake? No one, I tell you, no one! And there is no reason to avoid it. Cheesecake--one of the great blessings of life. No, 'tis not to be avoided. My only regret is not buying the chocolate-covered kind.

Morning

Wednesday, June 11th, 2003 08:37 am
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Woke up with the old Icehouse song "Man of Colours" running through my head. Man, I need to listen to that album today..

He says, "I keep my life in this paintbox
I keep your face in these picture frames
and when I speak to this faded canvas
it tells me
I have no need for words anyway..."


And this combined with seeing eBay ads by [livejournal.com profile] gurdonark and [livejournal.com profile] verian reminds me of a former housemate, an artist who used to make good money creating paintings by a variety of different "artists" with whatever names he thought appropriate to each painting and selling them online. He said the paintings he liked best were often the ones that sold for the lowest prices, while the ones he'd dash off in a fraction of an hour would get him gobs of cash. Somehow the fact that he could get paid so well for something that came so easily didn't stop him from moving out in the middle of a day trying to evade paying rent and utilities he owed.

Sunshine this morning, thunderstorms likely.
Pain slightly less than yesterday.
Breakfast required.

Now it's "The Kingdom" running through my brain:

I know a place where I keep the best of things
I'm not gonna wait for my piece of heaven
where there's a road, it leads to the promised land
I just turn the key, the key to the kingdom

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Sunday, June 1st, 2003 12:50 pm
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Darkness darkness hide the yearning
for the things that can not be
keep my mind from constant turning
towards the things I can not see


Yes, songs are dangerous.
hummingwolf: Drawing of a creature that is part-wolf, part-hummingbird. (Hummingwolf by Dandelion)
The Friday Five

1. Name one song you hate to admit you like.
Oh, people have told me I should be embarrassed that I listen to Survivor, Christopher Cross, Petula Clark, Right Said Fred ("I'm Too Sexy" indeed) and others. I'm not ashamed to admit to any of those, but I was a little reluctant to reveal to the world that I kinda like Eminem's "Lose Yourself."

2. Name two songs that always make you cry.
There are none that always make me cry, but if I'm paying enough attention to the meaning of the lyrics, Talitha Mackenzie's solo version of "Chi mi na Mórbheanna" and Jeff Black's "Noah's Ark" do a good job.

3. Name three songs that turn you on.
Mmm... a bunch of songs by Icehouse have interesting effects on me. Iva Davies has such a delectable voice. Yummy.

4. Name four songs that always make you feel good.
Bel Canto, "In Zenith" (mostly for the fiddle solo)
Nik Kershaw, "Nobody Knows"
Angelique Kidjo, "The Sound of the Drum"
The Other Ones, "Holiday"

5. Name five songs you couldn't ever do without.
Only five? What, are you trying to kill me or something? There are entire albums I find essential, from artists ranging from Nine Inch Nails to Sting to Martyn Bennett to... no, I can't pick just five. You can't make me!

Right then. On to the Weekly Wrap-Up.

1. When is your birthday?
October 6.

2. How accurate is your zodiac sign?
People who think that a Libra must always be in a romantic relationship are on crack. But there are other things in my natal chart which can be seen as describing me well if you believe in astrology.

3. What do you typically do to celebrate your birthday?
Typically? Nothing. It's another day.

4. Do you like to receive presents? Why or why not?
Of course I like to receive presents! I love knowing that somebody thought enough of me to give me a gift. And I see no reason why anyone should wait for a birthday or other holiday to give presents.

5. Describe the best birthday and/or present you ever had.
Any birthday spent with friends.

::blink::

Monday, March 31st, 2003 03:49 pm
hummingwolf: Drawing of a creature that is part-wolf, part-hummingbird. (Hummingwolf by Dandelion)
Was going to go to the library to return some books, but decided I wanted to listen to some music first. So I got out the CD of Icehouse's Berlin Tapes bought in New York City a few years ago, thirteen cover versions of songs ranging from the Frank Sinatra classic "All the Way" to PiL's "Disappointed" (that cover makes me laugh every time, but that's beside the point).

Anyway, I was putting the CD into the CD changer when I dropped the case on the floor and saw the case come apart and the CD land on the floor. Drat! Wait, I thought I put that CD in the changer already--how could it be on the floor?

When the case came apart, it revealed an 8-track bonus disc I never knew I had.

Nice to get good surprises sometimes.

Notes high and low

Tuesday, March 4th, 2003 06:44 pm
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To [livejournal.com profile] nalidoll: Glad you like the birthday nipples!

To [livejournal.com profile] daisydumont: Alleluia! Hee. Oh, the video for "Tongues of Kali" is here. It's a silly song, but someone's gotta do it.


Since I've been so exhausted lately, my plans for last night were to read a little more of the Marie Curie bio and then go to sleep early. Instead, I ended up talking with the newest housemate, another housemate, and the other housemate's guest. Enjoyable conversation with people who are way more laid-back than I'll ever be. The new guy seems very cool, which is a very good thing.

This morning, [livejournal.com profile] daisydumont and [livejournal.com profile] danalog came to take me to lunch. First time in a few years that I've had Indian food, so that was nice. (They had curried goat. We could have been eating Frank!) Tasty food with excellent company. Much fun!

As if that weren't enough, we all went to a new & used CD store and Ms. Vicki got me some CDs. New music! Well, neither CD was new, but I didn't have them before so that's wonderful enough. [livejournal.com profile] daisydumont, you have no idea how grateful I am right now, truly. More fun conversation on the way home where our Daisy managed to resist the urge to sing "Vicki, row your boat ashore" in spite of provocation from both Jeff and me.

Collapsed for a few hours once home (I expected I'd have to after so little sleep and today's excitement), then got up to bring the mail in. Oh joy, notice from my bank letting me know that I was wrong when I thought the partial payment to my doctor had only almost wiped out my bank account--I'd forgotten to subtract the previous month's service fee for not having $1000 in the account at all times, so now there's the overdraft fee subtracted from the money friends sent that I put in there. Other than that lovely note, my dead father got more mail today than I did. No, that's not true: A letter arrived addressed to H. Wolf. Heh.

Before getting online this evening, spoke with one of the people who tried so hard to help me get a job. After I filled him on what's been going on the last couple of months, he's now trying to help me find financial aid instead. So tomorrow I'll be calling some numbers he just gave me, while he'll see what else he can find for me. Let's see how this works out.

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Wednesday, February 19th, 2003 07:42 pm
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When the question you most want to ask and the question whose answer you most want to avoid are the same question, you know you're in trouble.

Of course, when the question you most want to ask is the same as the question all the potential answerers most want to avoid, you're in a different kind of trouble.

Don't mind me. I'm just muttering to myself here.

Maybe I ask too many questions anyway, but it's the only way I know how to learn.





...
How many times can you fly out
and leave me with an open empty hand?
This time will be the last time
I send that little bird to find land

For days it just kept rainin'
oh the rain just kept comin' on down
I thought I'd never get a sign
and I thought for sure that I was gonna drown

yonder here she come then, flyin'
until that day I couldn't sing a note
it's hard to wait for information
yeah, and I can't wait to dock this old boat

and if I ever get to Heaven
I'll admit I doubted some
I'll tell them everything that happened
and ask 'em why it took so long
...

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