music

Alternatively

 
Lately been seeing, again, conversation about the song "Baby Its Cold Outside" and people explaining period context and significance to indicate that this song, often interpreted as being about rape, is not 'really' or originally so. One thing: analysis of the historical cultural context of art is valuable and informative, and may lead us to re-evaluate works we thought we already understood. Two thing: culture changes, and as it changes so does the reception of art. The song "Baby Its Cold...

Musically metal

 
Whenever I listen to it I almost always conclude I like metal better without the singing (my recurring joke is “The intro was great, they should make a whole song of that.”). Which, in fact, was a lot of what put me off even trying it for so long - the stereotype of a bunch of men shouting into a microphone so hoarsely as to be incomprehensible. Maybe what I really want that often my experience of metal almost gives is ‘chamber music for rock band’. This might sound like I dislike metal as...

Something like anticipation

 
Put in my last assignment of the semester the night before last. Not best pleased with the job I did, but at least I got it done. Now I have time to devote to other postponed life activities like enrolling in important school stuff before it is too late (hopefully it is not too late), seeking professional development opportunities and being prompt and organised for next semester's classes. Which are not showing up on the student portal yet, so I haven't yet failed on that one. Also, making...

Belated update again

 
Right. So. Point the first: after a year of fussing and procrastinating (additional to all those years previous in which I did so less avidly) I finally, finally made and attended an appointment for a bout of facelasering. Went well enough. Did not have to call halt due to pain at any point, although it got a bit close at times. Results have been good. Only had the one session so far, but already feeling much better about myself and noticing effects being taken. Face smoother, hair less visible,

Long and incomplete, just like the future

 
I keep trying to write posts about stuff I have been up to and then losing momentum and stalling out with them half-complete. So this time I'm going to try and write a quick run-down of stuff significant enough for me to still remember it from this year. (why do this? because for some reason I've got it stuck in my head that I've got write up to date with what I've been up to before I can post any other stuff I've got that I want to write and say) Way back in February I got my eye caught by an ad...

I drove east, slower than a storm

 
Water and shadow hanging from the sky make fairy lights, fuzzed and reflected. When one is navigator one must not enjoy them too much, or stray from the safe path.I have been feeling wiped out recently. Just had my first classes back at university last week and the library has been calling me in for a lot of last minute shifts. Only taking one unit this semester, an introductory programming elective, but still finding merely being back in school while working stressful.Anyway, went to my first concert...

Something I noticed tonight

 
Among Beatles albums I:1) Consider Sgt. Pepper overrated2) Talk up Revolver whenever I listen to it or think of it3) In practice I seem to consider the two albums about equally good in practiceSo, that's odd, especially they seem to be two of the three which get almost automatic consideration for the top spot in "greatest albums of all time" lists. I think I feel like Sgt. Pepper gets a lot more cultural reference than Revolver, is more a subject of default acclaim. So I get inclined to say it is not as...

Clocks

 
Been listening a lot to this album composed by Elena Kats-Chernin to try and grasp its feel. Which I tend to do a lot for new albums, but this one is rather different to others I have bought so probably I am lacking in vocabulary for describing it. Would say is much janglier, rougher, jazzier and more experimental than I am used to in music. All the pieces on this album were written or arranged for chamber orchestra and performed by the Sydney Alpha Ensemble. Cadences, Deviations & Scarlatti:

Urgent question

 
Being interviewed for, say, a retail job, would it help my chances to perform a version of 'Part of Your World' customised to their business? Look at this stuff Isn't it neat? Wouldn't you think our range is complete? Wouldn't you think we're the store The store that has everything? Look at this trove Treasures untold How many wonders can one cavern hold? Looking around here you think Sure, we've got everything We've got washers and dryers a-plenty We've got ovens and toasters galore You...

Something new

 
It seems ABC Classic FM is broadcasting Wagner's ring cycle, with one instalment each Sunday evening. The station streams online so anyone who wants to listen is able to, if they can get the time and day right. I have never heard Der Ring des Nibelungen before, only a couple of excerpts, so I will be listening with great curiosity. Admittedly my preferred format for opera is 'audio-visual, with subtitles' but I still want to hear...