Posts Tagged ‘music’

Electronic Drums: A Wife’s Review

In Non-Fiction, Personal on December 29, 2017 at 1:42 am

I married a musician. I was fully aware of this long before the “I do’s”. First it was guitar, then banjo, then electric bass, then upright bass, then back to banjo. Throw in some keyboard occasionally. But then my dear (lucky he’s so cute) husband decides he’s due to truly learn drums. This is fine, I support the arts. Except we live in a 2 bedroom house of small square footage, so even slight noises carry. It’s okay, dear (lucky he’s so cute) husband has a resolution:

Electronic Drums

So he gets them on a pretty amazing deal (kudos) with the promise of headphones and no noise disturbance so my sleep schedule won’t be affected – since I do have to wake up earlier than him on most days and, as is typical, his creative moments tend to hit late at night.

Except even electronic drum play is dependent upon the force with which they are played.

Get electronic drums, they said. It won’t be loud or disturb other areas of your home…

I love my husband.

I support creativity.

I support the arts.

I love my husband.

I’m going to scream if he isn’t done soon.

I love my husband.

I support creativity.

I support the arts.

I love my (soooo lucky he’s so cute) husband. Dammit.

And finally, it’s quiet. And he climbs into bed with (lucky) me.

My Valentine’s Day Love Story to Music

In Opinion/Personal, Personal, Random on February 14, 2014 at 8:26 am

I think I’ve finally figured out my love for music.  Despite bring completely oblivious to the technical side, knowing any real musical terms, or having any knowledge whatsoever on how to play any kind of instrument, I have still always felt very drawn to and moved by music.

There is that girly side of me that hears a song and says, ” oh my god, that’s EXACTLY how I feel right now!” There’s also the side of me that enjoys the pure creativity of it.  As a writer and (recently dabbling) painter, it’s very easy even without any real knowledge to appreciate another’s form of expression and that’s a very important thing for the artistic community, no matter what your craft is.  And a good play on words or an intellectual and beautiful flow of words that reads or sounds so elegant and pretty on paper or on the tongue set to a melody? I’m a sucker…

But what really sparks my love for music is the ability it has to remind me of who I am, that magical moment during the first few seconds of a song that somehow transports me to another time and place that I may not have even thought about in years.

Example A: anytime I hear Journey‘s “Don’t Stop Believing” I am taken back 4-5 years to a grungy Irish pub on a busy street a little over an hour from my home with 2 of the best friends I’ve ever had.  We’ve all started our lives outside of the college world now – jobs, responsibility, marriage, kids even – and it makes it hard to stay in touch as much as we’d like. But as soon as  that very well-known bit of music begins, whether it be on the radio, a cover by a band in a bar, or a terrible karaoke rendition, I’m right back in my early 20’s with my two best ladies on each side singing our hearts out and living it up alongside at least a hundred other strangers doing the same exact thing. No care in the world, being invited to sing and shimmy on the bar top, feeling as free as we possibly ever may in our lifetimes.

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Whatever You’re Doing, Stop Now And Watch…

In Opinion, Opinion/Personal, Random, Recommendations on March 12, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Watch.  Just watch this.  This woman amazes me.  Beautiful, fit, a mom, a wife, a singer, apparently a dancer, an all around success.  This song gets me every time, and the video is stunning.  So just sit back and watch it and love it, because I do…

The 2013 Super Bowl (Non)Performance

In Opinion, Opinion/Personal, Random on February 3, 2013 at 10:11 pm

I’m sure there are going to be millions of super bowl posts popping up for the next few hours.  I’m not much on football, but I am watching it.  My mom has always been a huge fan, so I figured I’d root for one of her favorite teams that happened to make it in: the 49ers.  I gave up rooting for them once I realized how they were playing.  Or not playing…maybe they can still bring it back.

But my real focus was on the half time show.  I knew it was Beyoncé, and I had developed a theory.  The best memories of the halftime shows were the surprises.  They would mash together 2 artists you could never imagine working together and it made something amazing.  Or they would start with one big name ticket, only to bring out 3 more that were similar or related somehow and just make your whole weekend with it.  So my theory was that Justin Timberlake would make an appearance, by the laws of association: Beyoncé is married to Jay-Z, Jay-Z has recently worked with Justin Timberlake, Justin Timberlake is releasing new music, you can see where my mind was going with this.  Not to mention, this kind of happened on February 2nd at the DIRECTV party.  I felt like this was the perfect set up.

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Me & Britney-I’m Sorry, I Need A Moment

In Opinion, Opinion/Personal, Personal, Random on January 26, 2013 at 11:13 pm

I admit, I have always been a fan of Britney Spears.  It’s true.  Who didn’t love the cute iconic little school girl in Baby One More Time?  Nobody, that’s who.

Then it came out that she and Justin Timberlake, the “it” boy if there ever was one, were an item from their adorable days on the Mickey Mouse Club together.  All preteen girls hated her for that, but still loved her at the same time.

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So I’m Basically Twitter Famous Now

In Opinion/Personal, Personal, Random on January 14, 2013 at 11:12 pm

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Ok, maybe I’m  not really Twitter famous.  Maybe I’m not even close.  My follower count hasn’t even broke 100 yet.  I say yet because in the last 24 hours alone I’ve gained 8 new followers, so it’s only a matter of time (more than likely years) to get over 100.  I’m not really bothered by this.  Just like in my real life, I never liked being surrounded by fake friends.  I’ve always prefered to have a handful of true friends over two handfuls of acquaintances, so I treat my Twitter feed the same.  I follow people that have interesting things to talk about or that I find entertaining, and I assume people follow me for the same reason.  If I’m not entertained, I don’t follow back – sorry.  I can’t stand the people who follow to get followers, then unfollow them.  If you do that, get over yourself. The end.

Now back to me: I may not have thousands of followers or get retweets in multiples of 10’s like some of these Twitter celebrities do, or like the real celebrities do.  But today I got a couple Twitter notifications that damn near made me pee on myself and made me feel like I would have to kick myself if I didn’t brag about it for just a minute.

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Nugget #38: Who’s a Pitbull Fan?

In Cleverness, Funny, Pictures/Images on January 13, 2013 at 5:43 pm
Calle Ocho 2011 (46 of 50)

Calle Ocho 2011 (46 of 50) (Photo credit: photo-gator)


She hates the thought of being friends with certain people that annoy her, almost as much as she hates Pitbull and his style of music making (Big city, big city, random spanish word = somehow radio worthy).

Are my ears really old, or should we all be concerned?

In Opinion, Opinion/Personal, Personal, Random on December 18, 2012 at 9:52 pm

I have very eclectic taste.  My Ipod is so full of randomness, it’s ridiculous.  It’s a surprise what decade will shuffle on, let alone what genre.  I do have my favorites, though, across the wide range of all musics of all times.  Led Zeppelin‘s “Stairway to Heaven” is agreeably one of the most amazing songs I will ever hear until the day I die.  Most people enjoy it for the level of guitar skills.  I enjoy everything.  The guitar: sick.  The vocals: sick.  The lyrics: double sick.  It’s eerie and slow and then suddenly fast and kicking your ass.  It’s perfection.  It’s not even a song; that thing is a work of art and an eargasm.

Any Def Leppard is also perfection to me.  Thsi is probably because I was raised on it.  They were my mom’s favorite band and were plastered on our television from the time I was born – you know, back when music television actually played music. (I’m looking at you, MTV and VH1.  We are all very disappointed in you.)  By the time I was using full sentences, I could tell you that the band was Def Leppard, the name of the song, and whether the drummer had one arm or two when the song was made just by hearing it.  I don’t think I will ever accomplish anything else in life that will make my mother any more proud.  Unless I figured out how to magicly give birth to a unicorn with a British accent that laid eggs full of $100 bills – that would probably top everything.

The Everly Brothers, a little bit of Elvis, Chantilly Lace by the Big Bopper,  The Beatles (good God, The Beatles!), Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons….Heart’s Magic Man, Alone, and Never…

Beethoven’s Piano Sonata #14 (Moonlight Sonata) gives me chills every time and makes me want to cry and hold my breath and do a dramatic ballroom dance routine all at the same time.  Für Elise, as well.

All of these are amazing and inspirational and memorable.  These people and these bands are immortalized for their contributions to the arts and to the music world.  But notice how all these that I’ve named are prior to or just barely a part of my generation.  That’s the scary part for me.  Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy quite a bit of current music, but how much longer will To the left, to the left, to the left, to the left.  To the right, to the right, to the right, to the right be done?  In 3o years will people my age be saying that the song ‘Clique’ changed their life or changed their view of art, or even held real meaning to them?  Frankly, that song just makes me want to immediately *click* to a different station.

‘Beauty and a Beat’ by Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj is currently #9 on the Billboard Top 100.  NUMBER NINE!  And part of the lyrics are “Buns out, weiner,” which is then rhymed with “Selener.”   Nicki, come on, that’s not even a real word.

I imagine she’d make a face kind of like this in response to critique…

Then I come across something even worse.  A “song” called ‘Swimming Pools‘ by Kendrick Lamar.  It’s a rap about drinking – how original, right?  And it gives some typically amazing rap song advice:

I’mma show you how to turn it up a notch
First you get a swimming pool full of liquor then you dive in it
Pool full of liquor then you dive in it

I wave a few bottles then I watch em all flock
All the girls wanna play Baywatch
I got a swimming pool full of liquor and they dive in it
Pool full of liquor I’mma dive in it

Riiiiiiiiiiight.  That seems “legitimate” and as if it took a whole lot of “talent.”

Another great example is an ad I recently saw on Youtube before the real song I was attempting to listen to, who’s chorus is just “Who booty is it?  Who booty is it?  Who booty?  Who booty?  Who booty is it?”  Are you kidding me?!  Who is deciding what to consider music these days?!

Then I started thinking.  What if this is the good music now?  What if…my old music soul is just taking over my ears?  Then I thought again.  And I realized that I don’t care if I have old ears.  I will take my old soul and old ears and old good classic music over being relevent any day.  And in addition to that, I will stay relevent according to the artists, bands, and music that continue to be of real talent with something new and something to contribute, and I’m definitely okay with that, too.

Half Confession / Half My Family’s Version of Quality Time…

In Funny, Personal, Random on November 28, 2012 at 8:08 pm

I’ve seen a lot of posts recently about or making reference to Ke$ha lately.  Allow me to take you, for a moment, on a very strange journey with this post.  I will begin with Ke$ha.  Not just some information on her or making fun of her, but explaining my opinion that she is legitimate and deserves credit.  Strange already, right?  In an unexpected twist, this post will end with a tale of quality time in my family revolving around my dear 70-year-old grandmother making a statement that insinuated a man’s genitals were magical.  It’s like we are in the twilight zone, I know.

First off, I respect Ke$ha quite a bit.  Here is why:

  • She’s pretty in tune with the club crowd.  She makes her music for this crowd that are living this life, which I’m pretty positive she is living, as well.  She’s representing herself in her music.
  • While knowing she’s a part of this ^ crowd and making her music for this ^ crowd, she also pokes fun at it.  She doesn’t take herself or anything too seriously, which shows a good sense of humor and great confidence.
  • She is well aware of how she comes across to people.  She even has a song called “Sleazy.”  She accepts herself and owns it, even the not so pretty facts.
  • She’s not playing off some gimmick like being oh so innocent when everybody knows you’ve slept around with plenty of guys, namely the ones all your songs are about (*ahem* TS).
  • She rocks glitter better than anyone since the 80’s.  That’s probably because she really commits.  There is no “a little glitter here, a little glitter there” for Ke$ha.  She’s rolling in that shit before she steps out.
  • Her songs have catchy beats and funny lyrics.  I have liked every single she’s released so far…for about a week until it’s over played already.

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Nugget #8: Music is a Godsend

In Cleverness, Funny, Personal, Pictures/Images on November 13, 2012 at 6:29 pm

I still stand by this statement.

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