Sun, 18 Dec 2005top
emiliana torrini "sunny road"
I think I have a thing for Icelandic women. I stumbled upon the single "Sunny Road" by Emiliana Torrini I think somewhere on the iTunes Music Store. The album it's on is "Fisherman's Woman" which juxtaposes her sweet gentle voice with pretty acoustic guitar accompaniment. I don't know why, but it makes me think of the California coast, and light rain.
Wed, 08 Jun 2005top
radiohead "creep (acoustic)"
Wed, 01 Jun 2005top
the killers "mr. brightside"
but it's just the price I pay Destiny is calling me open up my eager eyes…
the chordal and rhythmic structure of this song makes me think of Beethoven's 9th Symphony.
this song so exemplifies many excruciatingly painful episodes in my life, and yet I think of it as a happy song. while I'm not exactly a glass-is-half-full type of guy, I think I do have the ability to find the silver lining in even the blackest, most ominous cloud.
it's always darkest just before the dawn.
and if it can't get any worse, then that means it can only get better.
Mon, 23 May 2005top
In some ways, I am careening off the edge of sanity.
I wasn't the only one alone in the restaurant that evening. Another gentleman who looked quite inebriated sat across from me, looking harried and upset. Me at a later stage of illness, perhaps, if I let this kind of thing spiral out of control. Right now it is in its subacute phase. The EKG looks abnormal, but my vital signs are still stable.
I drove randomly to Coronado today. Naturally, the place I wanted to eat at was closed. So I wandered around the nearby bookstore, checking out a cute girl out of the corner of my eye.
After that, I jetted back to Mission Valley and got something to eat. And drink.
As far as consequences go, I am at that point where my answer to everything is "I don't care."
I am not exactly at the apex of my mental health.
So I threw down $100 at the Borders, searching for enlightenment between the lines. It continues to elude me, of course.
I think maybe that I've stopped making sense a long time ago.
Or perhaps I've never made any sense.
If I can only manage to hold my shit together for another three days. Now that's a big "if."
Wed, 29 Sep 2004top
nyc fall 2004
Everytime I go on a trip, I always end up immersing myself in mind-numbing, artless pop music. These are the times I actually watch MTV (er, MTV2 and VH-1, to be precise) and I actually find out what they're playing on the radio these days. (I have saved myself from Clear Channel-style brainwashing by utilizing my iPod. How about that. Apple protects you from Big Brother, no?)
So without further adieu, the shit I heard on the radio, which I cannot get out of my head no matter how much I pray to God, and which I completely infect other people around me with, much to their chagrin:
- Destiny's Child "Lose My Breath"
- Avril Lavigne "Happy Ending"
- Usher and Alicia Keys "My Boo"
- Kylie Minogue "Fever"
- Frou Frou "Let Go"
- Juvenile "Slow Motion"
- Terror Squad "Lean Back"
- Black Eyed Peas "Let's Get it Started"
- N.O.R.E. featuring Nina Sky and Tego Calderon "Oye Mi Canto"
"Happy Ending" was the annoying song that would always get stuck in our heads. "Lose My Breath" played repeatedly and endlessly as we attempted to cross the George Washington Bridge to visit my relatives. It took about an hour to leave the city, and another hour to get to their place. The GWB was a clusterfuck of immense proportions. We probably heard the song about four times before we finally crossed the Hudson. I heard "Fever," which is an old track, playing in one of those jeans stores in SoHo. It was pretty infectious, kind of retro, freestylish, very '80's-like. Then again, Kylie did have a little stint in the '80's. "Lean Back" only stuck in my head because it references (intentionally? or not?) a place name in NYC, namely, Rockaway. "Oye Mi Canto" was playing everywhere. It took me a while to figure out Nina Sky is saying "Borequa morena, Columbiano, Dominicano." Interestingly, when I made it back to the West Coast, they added a few lines: "Borequa morena, Cubano, Mexicano" It's kind of like that song by "Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)" by Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz, where each city inserted it's own place names into the chorus.
There was one song that I rediscovered on my iPod as I headed back downtown after making it all the way to 190th St. in Manhattan. It's kind of neat to be listening to a song in an artist's place of origin. Like listening to 2pac while in L.A., Kanye West while in Chicago.
Mos Def resurrects a freestyle classic "Summertime," originally done by Nocera. It was pretty sweet to be cruising down the West Side while groovin' to Mos. I did actually make it to Brooklyn, however briefly.