The Beginning...

The Beginning...

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Without music, life would be a mistake - Nietzsche

I don't know about you but I'll go through phases with music. I can track long term and short term ones. But I like music and like to listen to it everyday. I enjoy music where I can tell the artist has put themselves into the sound. Like all good art, music will capture an emotion the isn't satisfied verbally. I'm not a big fan of the "Andy Warhol" styles of music. That is, music created for mass production and sales purposes and ultimately without a soul. (And there's my thoughts on Andy Warhol, feel free to disagree if you will but he was totally in it for money and fame Actually, if you disagree with me about Andy Warhol then write it in the comment section below.) As of lately I have given less thought to musical genres. It seems a little odd to me to classify things as such. Even saying something is "Rock and Roll" can have such wide variation that 2 rock songs can sound completely different. Led Zeppelin is often considered the first heavy metal band and Stairway to Heaven as their leading ballad. When most think of heavy metal, thoughts of crunching, distorted guitars arise, angry vocals, fast beat and aggression. But that's not stairway. (you could argue the last minute or so that explodes but still...) Anyway, my point being, while I gravitate towards "rock" and away from "rap", I don't let genre tell me what type of music to like.
I could totally rant about music idea's for a long time but I'd rather share some that I've been enjoying lately and maybe it can enrich your life as I have felt it mine.
1. The Skids - The Saints are Coming. Classic punk at it's best. These guys belong with the ranks of the Ramones, The Sex Pistols and The Clash. Perhaps my thoughts on punk will come out in greater detail in the future. It's a fun ride.

2. The Foo Fighters - I Should Have Known. Founding member of the Foo Fighters was also the most well known drummer for Nirvana from Nevermind until the Kurt Cobain died. You may also know I've always been a big Nirvana fan since music first meant anything to me. Here is a song on their new album that gets Nirvana bass player Krist Novoselic and producer of Nevermind Butch Vig back together since Smells like teen spirit. The Cello is a great addition here

3. Break of Reality - Circles. Only Apocalyptica can rock cellos harder than these guys. And just maybe. If you like rockin cellos (which I've totally been diggin lately) but think Apocalyptica may be just a bit too heavy for you then check out these guys. You can go wrong.

That's enough for now. I've got a list of songs I want to praise but three at a time sounds good.
Whatever you're flavour is, I hope you can enjoy it. Maybe Mrs. Sollywood can share her current three songs next?.... and feel free to share any songs in comment that just move you. Not just what gets in your head but something that awakes and stirs something within you. That's when it's good music.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Mars and Venus

Here is the thing about girls: cortisol
Here is the thing about boys: testosterone

When women are stressed, in order to reduce their stress, they need an increase of cortisol which will cause them to relax and will cause the 'fight or flight' reflex to abate (Fight or Flight is triggered in all stressful situations not just those which are physically harmful FYI.) To do this, women need to find nurturing situations. The best example of this is compassionate talking and listening. IE venting to a loving husband.
When men are stressed, in order to reduce their stress, they need an increase in testosterone which will cause them to relax and that F or F reaction to abate also. To do this, men need to sit down and relax. IE sitting on the couch and watching the tele.

And now the revelation about today and why I am telling you all this: Today I had high levels of stress and need some more cortisol. There is no one home; it is too late to call anyone. I tried sitting on the couch and doing nothing. So basically this is my attempt at a rant or a vent session. I sincerely apologise for the rant blog- sorry! But a Venusian has got to do what a Venusian has got to do.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Dreamy and Conquering

Here is the thing, my husband is dreamy. Here is the other thing, I like being a wife.
SOOOoo if you had known me very well when I was younger,(which most people did not- I am reserved) you would have known that I wanted to be the prime minister of Canada. Eventually, first a lawyer (obviously) or at the very least a big wig in a multi-national corporation. And I was very sure that through my success I could then have the contacts and means to help save a portion of the world. I am not lying, these were my goals. I am a fairly confident individual. Many of my ex-boyfriends pressured me, in that they wanted me to be a wife and a stay at home Mom. (Remember when I said most people didn't know me?)
Then this happened; I met Mr. Sollywood, he is dreamy. And he said to me 'hey, you want to be career driven, and successful and change the world? Go for it, I will support you in whatever way you want, I will be a stay at home dad if you want that too.' Which meant that I was free from the stupid stereo-type of Mollydom (or mollydoom) and could be the first legit female PM! Score! What is strange though is that now that I am free to do whatever I want. I realise that to some extent (and only some, I really am rather ambitious) I want to be a wife and mother. And here is the other thing. Which I learned from a poem by L.M.Alcott called 'The Kingdom' (this is just a portion of the poem)
"I do not ask for any crown.
But that which all may win;
Nor seek to conquer any world
Except the one within."

I realised that there is something greater and harder to conquer than the world. Something more noble. And so, although I still want a career. I have come to realise that I will gladly give it up for the goal and task that I set before myself. If I may. PS Margaret Thatcher Ulrich is my favourite Historian, she said this "Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History." That is possibly my favourite quote of all time. You should look her up, she is not dry like most historians (I can say that because I am one.) In fact she is awesome. Go- read her work- now- do it.