Sunday, February 27, 2011

Busy to the Point of Sunshine

I have so much to do today that I'm not really even sure where to begin. So of course I am writing a blog post instead. Completely reasonable; still productive just in a different way.

Dear reader, have you been outside yet today? It's pretty dang nice out there. I do not know who keeps flipping the switches on the temperature settings for the world, its been pretty back and forth, a climatological ping-pong game so to speak. But we probably wouldn't enjoy the warmth half as much if there weren't so many cold ones.

Like I said I have a ton to do, that's how this entire quarter has been and this week has twice as much on my plate. Its never dull, but its always crushing. Or it never rains, it always pours. I know it will all get done, because it always does, and I somehow pull it all together, but its never that much fun. You're reading a book and you think, will the next page be any better? Will everything turn out in the end?

My friend showed me this video and I think its quite amazing. The dancing, the scene transformation, the overall ridiculousness. I approve. It's sure to at least put a smile on your face.

Walk the Moon
Anna Sun

Monday, February 14, 2011

Banjo Naps

Bang upon your banjo, strum it fast with a ferocity to match your desperate state of mind. I can hear the drum lightly in the background keeping peace between all the instruments, forever fair. The guitar bleeds, notes picked delicately string by string, a trapeze of acoustic sounds bouncing off the walls. Chaos, you say; far from it, I reply. Who wins? Guitar or Banjo? Well that is a battle that will never have a clear winner, a clear outcome for the world to boast about. No, rather it is a dual which shall go on until there are no more hands left to strum, to bang, to create sound. They do no have to work in opposition, but also can work in harmony; that is the key to the strongest forces, they have the choice of which side they which to pitch their lot in with.

I believe in napping when you're tired. Sometimes you persevere whether or not it is a sound idea for your body to keep going. And for this reason I believe that it is okay to fall asleep in class, even when the information is important, sometimes the body does not receive the rest that it most definitely deserves. So let it rests when sleep takes it, sleep being a raptor swooping down upon the vole to snatch it in its claws. Its ugly but don't fight it, please. Let your body do what it needs to do. Why we cannot take care of ourselves the way we should I cannot say, I wish that we could, but most of us are incapable so please submit when your body asks you to.

Mumford and Sons
The Cave

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The People's Key

-I wrote the following about a week ago from 12:30-1:30 at night.-

Now this could be my lack of sleep speaking, but the new Bright Eyes album is one of the best things I've heard in awhile. Throughout my experience listening to The People's Key my face had trouble deciding whether to smile or frown or smirk or show surprise or anything. So my mouth went up and down, my eyebrows lifting and lowering themselves, cheek muscles tight from smiling. I'm laughing and I don't know why, and its wonderful!

So far as Bright Eyes albums go, The People's Key is a bit of a departure from their usual blue-grass Americana feel. This time its rock, its...dare-I-say..dancey at times? Just a little bit, but its there. And Conor Oberst is at top form as a songwriter; the imagery of the lyrics is dark, fantastical, whimsical, it kind of floats into your ears. If you ignore the slightly creepy guy at the intros and outros of just a few songs, the album is a wicked ride indeed.

-results to listening to this album may vary, keep in mind I've been short on good regular sleep lately, and overworked with school, but other than that, it is a pretty great album, give it a listen when you can.-