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It’s the Beginning of the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (?)

December 1, 2012 Leave a comment

I’ve always wondered if Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. A lot of people seem to get more enjoyment out of going to the beach in the Summer than spending hours at stores buying stuff for their kids only to wait outside a Walmart return line to return those gifts (because they’re the wrong ones! Sally wanted the Justin Bieber in ASTRONAUT GEAR Ken doll!) the morning after Christmas. I certainly think Christmas for me personally is probably the most wonderful time of the year. But I also think that licorice is amazing, but…not a whole lot of people like that. More for me!

But today is December 1st, the official beginning of the Christmas holiday season! **Cough cough Walmart. And Barnes & Noble. And Chick-fil-A. And Tom Thumb. And Every freaking store.** And the beginning of the Christmas season means something special to me and a few others. Every Christmas season since I was in 10th grade my old classmates and I have listened to George Winston’s Christmas themed piano solo album entitled “December.” Winston is an as-stounding  pianist and will most likely bring a tear to your eye some time in listening to December. I used to listen to it on Grooveshark.com or YouTube before my parents so lovingly bought me a vinyl record version last year….and I’ve been waiting an entire year to finally listen to it. I can hear it now…those record pops and hisses…the sound of the needle hitting the vinyl….the smell of the album cover….ah yes, it’s gonna be a great Christmas this year.

 

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I’ve already spread this tradition of listening to December one month of the year to one or two others, but it would be amazing if this could spread. Imagine, entire websites and facebook (and Google+ as well in my case) statuses saying “27 days ’till I can listen to December!” The desire for the magic of the Christmas season would weal up until people can’t take it anymore, and just when they think they’re gonna pop…December 1st hits, and records come out.

But it is a small special tradition at the moment, and I’ll cherish it that way. Now, excuse me while I get my record player.

 

Oh yes, this is gonna be a great Christmas.

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Categories: Music, Tomfoolery

Music Heard But Not Listened To

September 18, 2012 Leave a comment

We all know how annoying it is to have someone pull up next to you on the road with their windows down, subwoofer cranked up, and the most annoying, bass heavy, obscene music blasting through the speakers. You might have even experienced someone walking around with their phone like a boom box cranking out similar music while they’re walking around the store or even sitting in class at a college or university. Because I spend a part of my week walking around a college campus, I experience this often. But the more I observe these people, the more I wonder: do they even listen to what they’re playing? Do they even care?

Bold claim, I know. Or maybe I’m just late in realizing this! But seriously, when’s the last time you saw someone listening intently to some form of rap or hip hop trying while trying to think about the lyrics, or appreciate the rhythm? I’m sure there’s people out there who do that. But as a whole, the trend of blasting your music out of your car or phone seems to be a way to simply gain attention. They hear their music but they don’t actually listen to it. I would say that this trend is the equivalent of a show of power or mating call! There’s no purpose other than to make noise. And very annoying noise at that.  There’s also the thrill of blasting this obscene and crude music for everyone to hear. People rob stores and steal cars for the “thrill” why wouldn’t blasting your music be an excuse for the “thrill?”

And when’s the last time you overheard someone talking about some rap song for the production value or the meaning behind the lyrics? I’d say never.

Can you tell I’m annoyed?

I’m gonna end this on a happy note though. And what’s something that is happiness inducing? HUMOR!!!

What did she listen to?!

Categories: Music

April 19, 2012 2 comments

Day 17: Queen

 

“Is this the real life…”

 

Need I say more?

Categories: Music, Tomfoolery

April 17, 2012 3 comments

Day 15: Oreos and Overtime

Oreos are delicious, and I wouldn’t mind 1 or 5 right now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Overtime, an album by Chicago, is excellent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I couldn’t find any YouTube videos featuring songs straight from the album, but here’s one from Chicago 2, also on Overtime. A classic.

 

Categories: Music, Tomfoolery

Some music…

July 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Hi there! I’m in the process of making a post on Star Wars Episode II, which is taking some time. So meanwhile, I’ve decided to expose all of you (or rather, those few people who visit this site!) to some good music. This isn’t something you’ll find on the radio. In fact, they only place you’ll find it is in a video game. And YouTube.

Why expose you to this stuff? Well, there’s a whole entire medium of entertainment FULL of things people just bypass. When most people hear other people talking about video games, they just pass it off as something nerds sit around and do all day. While this is true for some cases, it isn’t for all. Those of us who do enjoy talking about video games, but also have lives (aka, geeks, proudly), we discuss the many things that make the game. The developers, their current or past successes and failures, their money-makers, their future endeavors. Plots, backstories, what makes for a good twist in storytelling, what needs to be changed. What makes for a good game, what makes for a bad one. Things like that. The video game industry isn’t $65 Billion globally for people to just sit in front of their TVs wasting away in Call of Duty shootouts!

In this case, however, it’s music. I have played many many games in my lifetime. There are games that use songs you’ll hear on the radio, their are games that will use soundtracks from movies they’re based on. The ones I truly enjoy are originals. They’re deeper than just a cool tune in my mind, for the most part. Let me try to clarify with some examples. Read the italicized summary, listen to the songs (all the way through if possible), and tell me what you think!

-Shadow of the Colossus – Composer: Kow Otani

A boy must defeat great monsters in a a forbidden land to save a young girl’s life.

-Halo 3: ODST – Composer: Martin O’Donnel and Michael Salvatori

A lone soldier is lost in an alien occupied city. He needs to discover what happened to his squad.

-Civilization IV – Composer: Christopher Tin

Build and nurture a civilization to stand the test of time! 

-Portal – Composer: Jonathan Coulton 

Survive puzzle tests in a mysterious testing facility under the supervision of a sadistic robot.

So you see, there is a whole other medium of entertainment just waiting to be stripped of the ripe fruits of music and storytelling! Even if you don’t enjoy playing video games, you can still enjoy what the game is through its music. Hopefully you can take something from this if you’re into these things. If not, I have just given you a treasure trove of goodies! Go forth and enjoy these things!

 

 

 

Categories: Media, Music, Video Games