Thursday, July 22, 2010

It's a true statement that this blog is about Jesus. It is also true that it's about me. Even still, this blog often concerns itself with music. I don't know much about music; I haven't heard much from before the rock age that is not a hymn, a Christmas song, or something unavoidably pervasive. That is a failing. I used to dislike classical music, because I thought pretentious snobs listened to it, but this is not always true. I enjoyed Holst's "The Planets" very much; another friend thought I'd really like Tchaikovsky (sp?) because of my affection for love songs and balladry; we'll see. But between 6 and 12, I heard this, this, and this most often. That's real music, son. I like tons of stuff, but in some way or another, it's all variations on a theme (whatever it is). You can't trust my opinion of music composed before 1960, largely because I am unfamiliar with most of it. I'm sorry. I will always bristle at the suggestion that training would cause me to disdain the music I like now; I can't even fathom that. It's one thing to have a little less affection for your Donny Osmond records than you once did; it's another to pretend it didn't matter at all. I'm just one of those "soundtrack to our lives" kind of people; songs aren't just songs. Some may be less heavy than others, some don't even make sense. But they all mean. I can't link you to the first song I thought of when I wrote that; I don't want to sob. But I'll tell you what it is: "The Living Years" by Mike and the Mechanics. Forget the keyboards and the bad hair, please. Just listen to the words. Realize what kind of moments write a song like that. Some people don't like that much emotion, that kind of pain. I think some people think they are not allowed to touch something so deep inside themselves. That's unfortunate.
Just be careful: Your "disgusting, saccharine-sweet" might be someone else's catharsis.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

5 Songs That Rule

5. "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston.

4. "All Cried Out" by Allure ft. 112. [Is this a remake list?--ed.] No. In this case, I thought the remake's vocals were more befitting this amazing song. (No offense, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam.)

3. "Cupid" by 112. These cats got a little hard-edge and hip-hop after this, but they have earned their place in the hearts of '80s and '90s R&B lovers.

2. "The Love We Had (Stays On My Mind)" by Dru Hill. Again, I risk getting hit by lightning and hate mail, but the remake is better. Our friends in Dru Hill can't sing a song better than this.

1. "Heaven Help Me" by Deon Estus and George Michael.

Monday, July 19, 2010

5 Thoughts For An Early Morning

5. Mr. Hall forced me by curiosity to look up the word 'grok' just now. Just a little word, but I surely had never heard of it. Also, when I looked at it, I thought it might be pronounced 'groke' but it is 'grock.'

4. I'll be MIA for RCIA, FYI. To many IDKs on my HUD. I'll be droppin' an SOS to my BFFs, because this NWO has got my knowledge goin' DTR. But I'll at be AWOL at the ETS, because they did a CYA on FJB. Don't call the CDF, 'cause I'm takin' my BMX through the history DIY-style.

3. Writing poems is harder than it looks.

2. Here come the Cardinals...

1. I love satellite radio. Now we need some competition.