Friday, July 29, 2005

NOT LUDWIG VAN!!!

It's official, I think I've bitten off more than I can chew.

I'm a self-taught rhythm guitar player who has taken a mere 2 semesters of fairly remedial music theory. Combining playing and why it makes sense logically/theoretically provides me with hours upon hours of brain damage. There's just so much disconnect between those halves of my brain. But I can usually just ignore that fact, play my three chord songs and be happy... I mean, music is for fun, right? Usually I just feel and do it, without too much analysis...

But that all changed last night. See, I put new strings on my classical over the weekend and I've had a book of classical guitar tunes (with tab, of course--can't read to save my life) just sitting on the shelf collecting dust for years. So last night I finally felt the urge to make use of the two according to their designs; and of course I happily ignored the fact that I'm a rock musician if I'm a musician at all... which brings us to Ludwig Van Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. You can download a decent, if not a little quiet, piano mp3 from here if you're not familiar with the song by name.

It's a beautiful song, and I think a good place for me to start. See, it's pretty much all triplets and the rhythm is on the slow side (the book says 53 for the time, but my metronome only has 52 or 54--yep, finally getting use out of the metronome too!). But the song is over five minutes, translated to five pages, and after over an hour last night I'm still on page 1. Yeah, I rock on the classical/tab tip.

I have provided a circle of fifths below. This song is in the key of Am (relative minor to C major) if I'm not mistaken, meaning (barring the melodic minors... I think that's what they are, but if not then excuse my theory ignorance) there are no sharps or flats... well, I've seen at least one A flat but that's what I was talking about melodic minors--still think that's the wrong word. This means to me that this song would probably be easier to play on the piano with so few forays into the black keys. But I don't own a piano? And I don't have much of a clue what to do when I get around them, anyway... Hopefully this weekend I'll make it to page two... I've listened to the tune about ten times today, so that may just be the help I need.

Circle of Fifths, theoretically you're a jerk!

And of course, the mind being an associative beast, this song makes me think of:

Not Ludwig Van!

Friday, July 22, 2005

Gotta share some McSweeneys with ya

From: ALTHOUGH I LIKE A GOOD GEORGE W. BUSH JOKE AS MUCH AS THE NEXT GUY, SOME OF THEM SEEM GRATUITOUS AND MEAN-SPIRITED.
BY MATT ALEXANDER


A doctor, a lawyer, and an accountant all die and go to heaven on the same day. When they get to the Pearly Gates, they are greeted by St. Peter. St. Peter says, "Scott McClellan is a lying sack of shit and I'd tell him so myself if he weren't going straight to hell when he dies."

and

Did you hear that Bill Clinton hired a new intern? It turns out that his old intern had to go home and spend time with her family after her brother was killed in Iraq.



More can be found here.

haw haw haw

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

dinosaur jr. is back together????

holy frijoles

believe it bub. haven't had a chance to read the article, but the onion says it's so... so it must be true.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Santorum for President '08

Friends, you may think I write this in jest, but hear me out and you will see the logic in my thinking. Senator Rick Santorum (Santorum being the word for the frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the result of anal sex--you can thank Dan Savage for that one, not me (I'm just the messenger)) is considering a presidential bid in 2008, and I, for one, endorse him whole-heartedly as the republican nominee. Here's an example of how in touch with the pulse of the nation the Pennsylvania Senator is:

Earlier this week, Santorum stood by comments he made on a Catholic website in 2002 when he said, "It is no surprise that Boston, a seat of academic, political, and cultural liberalism in America, lies at the center of the storm" of the clergy sexual abuse scandal. In a brief interview with the [Boston] Globe on Tuesday, Santorum reiterated his view that the "basic liberal attitude" in Boston fostered an environment where sexual abuse of children could occur.

It's simple logic like that that... even the most mentally deficient amoeba wouldn't have trouble understanding. It's like how the terrorists hate us because the liberals have all of the control over Amer... i... oh, right, never mind.

If he throws his hat into the ring, there's only one thing I can do: change my party affiliation to republican so I can help him become the GOP nominee in 2008. Then the democrats can nominate anyone from Hillary Clinton to an inanimate carbon rod and still take back the whitehouse.

God, that guy is such an idiot.

I had a joke about this, but decided against it since it was too easy.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

oh for god's sake, i'll post, i'll post (last night's carnage)

picture this: one block before my bus stop last night, a totalled car from idaho and a police car are blocking the street. i get off the bus early and notice a couple of dreadlocked fellows are on a cell phone ordering a cab or a tow truck or something. i walk down my street, and for the three blocks from the bus stop to my house i note that all of the "for rent" and "for sale" signs were beaten and/or ripped from the ground.

hostility.

i keep walking, checking out the carnage along the way, when i come upon some damn punk kids rolling four deep (nice use of the lingo, no?). one is rapping, if that's what you want to call it--he wasn't very creative, but he said "motherfucker" about 100 times somewhat rhythmically over a period of about a minute... i cringed as i walked by, and laughed at their silly faux-ghetto demeanors... i was also happy there wasn't a confrontation because i was feeling more hostility that usual, but not hostile enough to take four wannabe ghetto punk kids... i think i internalized the carnage along the way and the energy permeated my and "m--f--" kid's psyches.

kept going. swell.

then i received two drunk dials, passed out some whiskey and beers later, and woke up with a hangover.

i promise i'll post more later. i hope it was worth the wait.