Friday, June 15, 2007

Is Having Real Trouble Thinking Straight

My dog has been sleeping in my room for the last few days. To make sure I don't leave, I assume. But tomorrow morning when his defenses are weakened I shall escape!
I'm leaving to go here tomorrow. The Tanglewood festival in the middle of Massachusetts.
And I can't tell you how incredibly excited I am.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

So What Is It All About, Really?

Classical music, I mean. Well, this first article isn't about specifically classical music, but the general audience response to it. I really have nothing to add, but the general gist is: "Why do audiences these days feel the need to applaud loudly and to give a standing ovation to every performance?"
I think that a lot of people feel uninformed about classical music, and so if one person stands up and cheers, they feel like they should too. I don't often stand up on my own - unless someone I know is onstage. What kind of crap mentality is that?

But in the grand scheme of things, the only thing that this habit is hurting is the feedback for the performers. Or maybe music critics have taken the place of direct audience feedback?

And in a lot of ways, isn't it true that classical composers don't necessarily want the approval of their audiences? Historically, what is at first received poorly goes on to be more famous ( Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, jazz, Beethoven, Berlioz).

This article takes the other side - what happens when audiences can't stand the music. I kind of feel like it's their right to express their displeasure. It makes things a little more entertaining. Maybe if I was on stage during a performance like that one I wouldn't feel the same way. At least the audience is involved to some degree, instead of just falling asleep until the piece they want to hear.

On a completely different note, Scout Niblett is awesome (and it's not just her name). This video especially shows some of her stuff with more interesting harmonic progressions. It would be fun to analyze sometime.

Monday, June 11, 2007

List of Hapa People Who I Didn't Realize Were Hapa

1. Ashanti
2. Kelis
3. KT Tunstall
4. Charles Mingus (<--- Link to awesome thing. Listen to it. It's hot)
5. Eddie Van Halen (Indonesian an Dutch)
6. Naomi Campbell (Chinese and African American) (questionable. Her father is apparently part chinese but "unnamed" according to wikipedia.)
7. Vanessa Hudgens (Filipina, Spanish, Chinese, American Indian, Irish. Ridiculous conglomeration.)
8. Sean Makin - the violinist from Yellowcard.
9. Kristin Kreuk - Actually I have no idea who she is. But I recognize the picture.
10. Ashanti - African American and 1/4 chinese
11. Karen O - Actually I knew that she was hapa. But I still love it.
12. Kirk Hammett - Lead guitarist of Metallica.
13. Michael Kirney - A very interesting fellow. I've never heard of him, but apparently he's a ridiculously smart kid. Finished high school at age six.
14. Ne-Yo
15. Sean Paul

People I definitely knew were hapa.
1. Sean Lennon
2. Apolo Ohno
3. Mike Shinoda
4. Tiger Woods.
Why are these all boys? Who knows.

And then there's me...Japanese, German, and Irish. Anything else? I don't know. I can't remember. It sounds more interesting than Japanese and WHITE, doesn't it?

Wednesday, June 6, 2007


New and exciting. Hurrah! More internet ways to keep track of my every mood and whim. Yea, but seriously. Check it out. Maybe it will expand my horizons, since I don't have enough money to buy every cd I could possibly want.
For example:
Arcade Fire
Syd Barrett
Modest Mouse
The Bird and the Bee
Jamie T

Friday, June 1, 2007

July 21st, 2007

And do you know what day that is? I bet you do.
IT'S HARRY POTTER DAY! The last book of seven. The very last! The end all of end alls! When we finally find out all about Voldemort and the other horcruxes. When we find out if Dumbledore comes back! Which is obviously the most important part.
I'll let you in on a little secret:
I still think Snape is going to be on the good side. Or at least he's going to be a pain in the rear until the very very end and then he's going to do something selfless.
And then either Neville or Harry will die.
Although when you look at those in conjunction - maybe Snape will save Harry or Neville from death?
Anyway, it's very exciting. I'm reading the fifth and sixth as little bit of a catch - up.
It's ridiculously easy to read them. I'm already on about page 400.\

Too much Harry Potter hype. It kills me.