The Beginning...

The Beginning...

Saturday, May 28, 2011

another mother

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you left out the second s in sollywoods? If we were only one, which would mean that I was only me?

Friday, May 27, 2011

This may not make a whole lotta sense. It's cause I have a headache

Have you ever worked all day with a headache but instead of feeling miserable you just use that throbbing to explore regions of your mind that are other wise unknown? Like this...

What's even happening here? This is not how donkeys look on ordinary days. These are the donkeys from my headache! But oh no, there's more...

I think I touched something like that while I was in Malaysia... when I had a headache. They don't actually bite but just friggin look at this creeper! nughh...

Next month is vegetarian month. I'll let ya know how that goes. I'm going to the kitchen to get some meat while I can.

Like Calvin once said "You can't turn creativity on like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood - last minute panic." That sums up my thoughts that occupy the unexplored regions of my headache.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

music extended

One of the things that Mr. Sollywood and I have in common is music. (Note our wedding photo above.) And although we like a lot of the same music, especially bands from our teenhood; Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Tool, Metallica to name a few, we have very different music experiences. He likes music because it expressed how he was feeling in those lost years (I might be a little over simplifying.) I like music because it expresses all the different sides of me that I don't usually let people see. Eg In high school I loved harder music, I like Mindless Self Indulgence, Metallica and Tool because no one knew that I had a loud and aggressive side. Now I tend more towards more obscure but upbeat songs because I feel that is a side of me that people don't see much of either. So in reply to Mr. Sollywoods request these are the songs that I have listened to a lot lately.
Meaghan Smith- Heart Broken
Don't you just love LOVE drums in this one?? So awesome.
Also I love the 50's.

Gregorian Chanting- Moment of Peace
I include this song because it is slightly more main stream than the others, so you might enjoy it more. But there is something about Gregorian chanting that just gets me. Their Ava Maria is great too. I'm not Catholic but it is still sweeeet!

Mindy Gledhill- Anchor
I think that this song perfectly describes Mr. Sollywood... if he were the one singing. hahah but also if I were singing it to him.

This list is a little strange as I (usually) STRONGLY dislike female vocals and all three of these have them exclusively.

Post Rock - the genre you never knew existed

I wanted to write another music post because I love music. Post rock is a style I have recently found within the past 2 years or so. I dig it. I've done a little research on this style to understand it better and maybe I can briefly explain it in a coherent way. Like so much alternative rock, it can be traced back to the Velvet Underground in the 1960's. A band that didn't sell a lot of records but everyone that bought one became famous and influential. But writing about the history is going to take up more room than I would like. Velvet Underground sums it up. (Along with all modern rock)
Post-rock is often, but not always, instrumental. They use typical rock instruments like guitars and drums but it is also common to throw in other stringed instruments and synthesizers. Wait a minute... hasn't traditional rock bands been doing that for years also? Yes, but the main difference - imagine alternative rock (Nirvana, Pearl Jam) meeting up with progressive rock (Pink Floyd, King Crimson) and deciding to use rhythms and guitars as facilitators for timbres and textures that are not found in traditional rock music. (By the way, I totally had to look up that last line because my own words didn't feel accurate. Here's some examples starting with...

1. Godspeed You Black Emperor - Sleep. This song is over 20 minutes long and takes you on quite a journey. Don't look for the typical verse chorus verse because you won't find it here. I particularly enjoy the last 5 minutes.

2. God is an Astronaut - All is violent, All is bright. It was difficult to choose which song to pick. All their songs could be awesome movie soundtracks. (If These Trees Could Talk was a close runner up for this area of Post-rock.)

3. A Northern Chorus - Winterize. One of my all time favourite songs. I was sad when this band broke up a few years ago because Mrs. Sollywood and I had just started dating and I couldn't wait to take her to see one of their shows. Being a local band (I use to work for the singer) they played the area alot. This is my sad face when I found out they stopped playing a couple weeks before I looked for tickets. Oh and this one has vocals so for all you people who can't listen to just instrumentals you may like this one better.

I've been to 2 of their shows and I put them up there with Pearl Jam, Tool and Trans-siberian Orchestra for pure awesomeness. Just blew me away. Their last album was a bit more mainstream but still keeps their post-rock roots alive (also known as chamber pop)

You may or may not be able to tell, but these 3 bands, all post-rock, sound quite different from each other. That's why I say it's difficult to classify genres.