Posts Tagged 'Music'
January 20, 2010
I write about music a lot; and for good reason. Like so many people, I adore music, and no matter what I’m doing, music is either coloring or being colored by my circumstance. And like so many people, after a hitherto existence’s worth of hearing, loving, learning, and exploring hundreds of thousands of songs, trying to narrow it down to a single favorite song is impossible. The question hardly even makes sense. When asked, my weight shifts back onto my heels ever so slightly as I cock my head slightly and stare back blankly. It’s like being asked your favorite letter of the alphabet or the best breath you’ve ever taken.
With that in mind, I decided to narrow it down to five instead of one, which somehow seems slightly less absurd. Though being asked your five favorite letters or your twenty best breaths would seem even more foolish than narrowing it down to one, so that analogy just crumbled before my eyes. Moving on.
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October 29, 2009
Friend, entrepreneur, and well of sarcastic wit, Jacob Morse recently introduced me to a sleek little free Mac app called I Love Stars. It has a single, minimal purpose and that is to help you rate your iTunes library.
I know of very few iTunes users that have taken the time to rate their library, and even fewer that know the merits of doing it. The main benefits of having your library rated are in the making of Smart Playlists and Party Shuffles. Both create playlists based on various criteria; one such criteria being song rating. For instance, if you were suddenly hit with the urge to listen to some good jazz (some GOOD jazz), you could create a Smart Playlist of only music in the Jazz genre with a rating of 4.5 or more stars. Boom. Done. Consider yourself well-jazzed.
But of course, this only works if your library is rated. Otherwise, you would either have to manually create that playlist or just skip through the playlist when a sub-good song came on. Lame.
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June 30, 2008
I’ve been eating eggs a lot lately. I hard boil a batch of a dozen or two, and munch on them over the course of a week. And without fail, the line from Beauty & the Beast gets stuck in my head:
When I was a lad I ate four dozen eggs
Every morning to help me get large
And now that I’m grown I eat five dozen eggs
So I’m roughly the size of a barge
Dude, Gaston’s a freaking beast, man.
February 5, 2008
The Uniqlock; I momentarily saw it on the sidebar of Chris Taft’s blog and was instantly intrigued.
It’s a campaign for a Japanese clothing label, Uniqlo and I’m kind of hooked on it. The music and synchronized segments are creative and oddly captivating. And, well, Japanese girls are cute. What can I say?
It almost makes me want to buy one of those sweaters.
January 7, 2008
I’m a musically addictive person. I hear a new song that I like, or maybe rediscover a song that I’ve known for a while and I listen to it over and over and over and over.
And over. For instance, a few weeks ago, I got The Killers’ album, “Sam’s Town” and was subsequently addicted to “Why Do I Keep Counting?” Shortly after I heard it, I was in EscapÃ© doing some work, and I listened to it over 15 times in a row.
This kind of thing happens all the time. As I documented a few months ago with “Cherry Blossom Color Season,” I listened to it over twenty times in one day.
Sometimes it’s more subtle, though no less severe. In these cases, I won’t necessarily listen to a song several times in a row, but I’ll somehow get it in my internal rotation, and I’ll listen to it at least a few times every day for weeks. Fortunately, this rarely causes me to get sick of a song as it would most normal people.
Ha ha. Normal.
November 12, 2007
I’m in one of those moods where I feel like everything is going to change.
I’m going to better myself. I’m going to read more. Play more music. Get my finances in order. Hone my web skills. Spend more time with people. Get in better shape. Write more. Listen to new music. Be more proactive at work. Journal. Be outside more. Make new friends. Be a better friend to the ones I’ve got. Pray more.
Expand my horizons.
I’m tired of working until 5:00 every day, going home, and biding my time until I go to work the next day. Naps, video games and television shows fill my free time. And I’m tired of it. I keep putting off living my life until some indistinct time in the future when it’s more convenient. I’m living my life right now one way or another whether I want to or not. And looking back on my 18-year-old self and not seeing much growth since then doesn’t make me feel too swell.
So, for various reasons, both conscious and sub-, I’m in that mood today. Motivated to better myself. And I’m hoping that by writing them out and posting them up while I’m motivated to do them, I might actually do some of the things listed above when I’m not.
Oh, and get a haircut.