Archive for July, 2010

Post #105: FIFA 2010. Spain won. So what?

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world. — Lily Tomlin

Dear Alice,

I watched the FIFA finals and cared just enough to enjoy the game. Any chances for Spain made me very excited, and I exploded into a full blown euphoria when they scored the only goal 118 minutes into the frustrating game. Then it was over, and I no longer cared.

The rest of this post is a bit confused. o_O

There was a mixed crowd at Ein-stein’s, which was cool, because everyone just had a good time with faux-patriotism. The crowd stumbled upon a fun call-and-response style of cheering, when the Holland fans began a well-known cheer of “De-fense! *stomp* *stomp*” The “Spaniards” retorted with “Off-fense! *stomp* *stomp*” and the mixture was sickeningly sweet.

Wandering the streets later, watching the spectators spill out onto College, with their red and yellow attire, in their cars or on foot, I was somewhat disgusted. Bandwagon fans, just over-saturating the situation - but what’s so bad about that? Let the fakers come. Let them buy the merchandise. If the game was about giving us something to talk about besides the G20 and the Gulf Oil spills, then FIFA, you’ve won the world over.

David =B~)

Post #104: All my eggs

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

I’ve already given up on myself twice
Third time is the charm, third time is the charm.
Threw caution to the wind, but I’ve got a lousy arm
And I trace your shadows on the wall. Now I kiss them
Whenever I’m down, whenever I’m down.
Figured I’m not figuring myself out

Fall Out Boy, “G.I.N.A.S.F.S.” Gay Is Not A Synonym For Shitty/Stupid

Dear Alice,

9:30pm at work. It’s weird, not having Facebook. I didn’t realize how addicted I was to it until I deactivated my account 6 days ago. It’s like a cigarette break for me. I’m waiting for a query to finish running, and I consider killing the time with a Facebook check.

I’m putting all my eggs in this SongStudio songwriter’s retreat basket. Dangerous? I don’t think so. My question is: where can I fit in the music industry? I don’t have to be a recording artist. Just something. People need music. People who make the music need support. I can help, just get me closer to the hole and I’ll help plug it. If these guys at the retreat can’t help me out, then W.T.F. Do you have to be born into the industry? Do I have to go to school to find my in? Are positions now only sold to the highest bidder? C’mon. It can’t be so ridiculous.

David =B~)

Post #103: “Write more about your music”

Monday, July 5th, 2010

I’d heard it all the time, ‘Live in the moment.’ But if I did that, I’d weigh more than a dump truck. Losing weight wasn’t about the moment at all; it was about having faith in the future. It was about knowing there would be another meal in a few hours.
Stephanie Klein, Moose, 2008

Dear Alice,

My friend, Mark, suggested that I blog about my music, and I had three or four false starts. Eep.

My music is going well, going well…. I feel very isolated doing it, because no one has any answers that satisfy me. They all say, “do it for the love of doing it”, and that’s not the answer I’m looking for. They’re basically saying, “Give up on finding your way in the industry”, and I’m not yet ready to do that. Writing music isn’t like buying a lottery ticket. Like everything else, you just have to be at the right place at the right time with the right tools at hand. There are enough people who have stumbled upon it, that until someone can convince me that I’m over the hill, then I’m not going to give up on it.

I’ve been writing for about 8 years, now. I write because that’s how I tackle my frustrations with life. If I can wrap up my problems in a neat little chorus, then I can deal with reality. (more…)