I’ve been neglecting my blog again, and that’s bad, mmkay?
To make up for it, let me show you a piece of heaven, courtesy of a wikipedia commons file – the Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, as performed by Kimiko Douglass-Ishizak. It’s a lilting, peaceful, graceful piece. It’s the musical equivalent of a lightsaber – an elegant weapon for a more… civilized age.
I hope you enjoy this gorgeous background for whatever you’re doing, be it a nine-course French fusion dining experience,
working on your novella set in the rennaisance,
or… or obliterating Kerbals.
Yeah, pretty sure it’s for Kerbals.
Anyway, whatever you’re up to, you’ll feel just a bit classier doing it with this in the background. Enjoy!
It’s said that scent is our most vital memory retrieval agent. If that’s so, then it seems to me that sound must be running a millimeter or so behind in a close second place.
My memories are so incredibly affected by, and evoked in the presence of, the sounds and music that were in the air when I formed them, that even now I can reduce myself to a pudgy, nervous teenager by listening to Alanis Morrisette (also Metallica and Nirvana), or a babe in arms by listening to Simon and Garfunkel (but also Profokiev, and the Eagles – my mom had good taste, but it was definitely Soft-Rock/Classical taste).
(Whenever I hear this, not only am I a badass hacker, but also a thirteen-year-old watching Robert Redford teach me what it means to man)
It’s odd, isn’t it? the things you forget until you hear the sound that went on in the background? It’s like our genetic blueprint was made for synesthetics. I hear Peter Frampton and suddenly I smell cookies, vanilla and Murphy’s Oil soap on hardwood, the smell of my aunt’s house. When I was staying there she would have us clean top to bottom once weekly – and Do You Feel Like I Do was in heavy rotation on the ‘music to clean by’ mix CD. ^^
(Frampton was never so pussyfied as when used for silver polishing montages)
I can remember my first kiss or my first breakup like it was yesterday just by hearing the songs I heard then. My first job comes back just fom listening to one of the (like five) songs they played on loop. (It was an awful job)
I wonder when we’ll learn to tap into this amazing memory sink and figure out how to create ‘mind symphonies’ as an aid to memorization, like we do already with ‘mind palaces’.
What music reminds you of your youth? What scenes does it evoke? Let me know in the comments section. ^^
So for those of you who don’t know, PBS funds a show on youtube called ideachannel. It features some fantastically out there ideas, usually backed by pretty solid evidence. It’s pretty entertaining to watch, and they just did an episode on Community… so… you know I’m all over that. Anyway, take a look. video after the jump. Continue reading “This is just Dean-lightening”→
This is the most amazing mash-up I’ve ever heard. It’s brilliant, moving, and seamless. And I feel certain that both artists would be proud of the result of their own art being fused into such a gorgeous reinterpretation. (video after the bump)
You know, I should probably talk about how things like this can’t be created if copyright laws continue to get more stringent, and how fair use needs to expand to include derivative works when those derivative works are substantially different from the original, and so on, but… F**k it. Let’s just sit back and listen to a beautiful song, created individually by three amazing artists.
I’m posting this video up (even though I probably shouldn’t) for three reasons:
1) It happens to be the funniest review I’ve seen in a loooong time, from one of the best film reviewers on the web. Seriously, I have a huge amount of respect for this guy (Doug Walker, also known as the Nostalgia Critic or That Guy With The Glasses).
2) This movie has got to be the worst movie I’ve ever seen. Seriously. Including made for TV. Including Lifetime channel made for TV. Including Freddie Got Fingered, for Chrissakes. This thing is AWFUL. Which only makes the review that much better.
3) This review has been removed from Doug Walker’s site (http://thatguywiththeglasses.com) due to a copyright infringement claim by the creator of the movie – a claim I believe to be fraudulent and dangerously close to perjury. If this movie goes back up, or if Mr. Walker asks me to remove it, I’ll do so ASAP. Until then, I don’t think I can stand idly by and watch this excellence disappear.
To Mr. Walker: I mean it when I say that if you have any sort of problem with this, I’m more than happy to take it down. This is just my way of protesting the bullshit. I don’t want to add to it. ^^
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