May 30, 2013

Don't Analyze

I think listening to The Cranberries' song Analyze is a great way to start a day. I do that sometimes. Today I listened to it ten times in a row. It has such a positive message. I've always had a problem with analyzing things too much --mostly when someone isn't nice to me.  It can really put me in a bad mood. I just dwell on it and analyze every cross word they said. It happened recently and for the first time I said to myself "Why am I letting this effect me so much? What is the quakerly way to deal with this?" and I just let it go.  I don't know that I've ever done that before. It's good to know you can still learn and grow when you get to be my age. The only thing you have any control over is yourself, and if you can help it, why let petty things effect you? 

Here's a lovely version of Analyze that The Cranberries performed at the Vatican's Christmas Concert in 2001 with a full orchestra. It looks like Dolores is having a little trouble with her monitor at the beginning, but by the first chorus she pulls it together and slams it home!

I just bought The Cranberries new album Roses. It's actually over a year old now. I'm always a little afraid when and band goes away for so long and then comes back. It can never really be the same. But I love them too much to not listen.

I also got my first pair of glasses today. I don't have a terribly strong prescription and I could never really afford them before so I just went without. But now that I have them, gosh, everything is so clear. I think I'm hooked.

May 28, 2013

Matterhorn Lagoon

Here's a nice, old photo of the Matterhorn with the Monorail and Submarines all in the shot. If there was a city like this, I would live there. 

May 4, 2013

Zdeněk Miler - Měsíční Pohádka (1958)

A lovely little cartoon; sort of reminds me of The Nutcracker (one of my all time favorites). I think if I ever find myself with a lot of time on my hands I'd like to make an all electronic score for this. 

May 1, 2013

What's That Sound?

I think my sonic palette is increasing with age. I don't know if it's a natural occurrence or if I've forced it, but suddenly subtle nuances in sound are very important to me. I don't think I'll ever be one of those audiophile guys; the range of sounds that interest me is too narrow. But I do enjoy a much broader rage of sound than I used to and I'm interested in knowing how to create them.

Perhaps this will lead to some future articles here. I've been reading a lot lately, and experimenting, about synthesizing bowed, string sounds. I've also found that my taste for food has broadened with age. People always tell you, "You may not like it now, but you will when you're older.". I never believed it. I still preferred ice cream to anything else into my late twenties. And while I still love ice cream, I've also acquired a taste for dill pickles. Never thought that would happen! Just in time for summer too... what a blessing!