Easing into the work day through classical music

Recently, I've discovered a classical music program, tempo, on CBC radio 2 (105.5FM locally) that coincides with my drive to work. When it is -30 Celsius outside and I can barely open my eyes, it is a nice transition between sleep and dreams and the real world.

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I have always liked classical music - in limited doses - so ten or fifteen minutes a day of increased exposure is perfect : )

Plus I get to find out all kinds of useless trivia arcana. Example: Apparently Mozart liked to sign his letters as Trazom - his name backwards.


Love the holidays, but not being in the stores

I enjoy the holidays a lot - visiting with friends and family, time off of work, giving and receiving presents, the world junior hockey championships. What I do not enjoy is the shopping itself.

I liken being in a popular mall or chain store to being in the environment of a casino crossed with a carnival. You have the constant noise of cash registers, salvation army bell ringers, people bustling every which way, high sugar and deep fried food items as substanance, and a lessened sense of time with store hours extended.

Now that I am nearly done my shopping, I hope to start earlier next year and order online : )


Julian Assange and WikiLeaks

The entire wikileaks story is intriguing to me and will set a major precedent in how similar future events are handled. After September 11th, an event now so ingrained in us that it needs no year, I was enthralled in the show 24 which had tense terrorist plots and torture techniques.

Now as the leader of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange is being held in prison on probably false charges, the US Republicans express their hate of him and the need of new freedom of speech restricting laws, one wonders what will come of this all. A good article about the insanity of it all is available at Times Colonist.

On a technical level, it is interesting to see how the 'cloud' is censoring his site, visa, mastercard are not supporting it, DoD attacks have tried to stop it, but it keeps multiplying into more and more mirrors. You can't censor data in our new technical world. You can't forget what has been exposed.


Luke Doucet and the White Falcon show at Amigos

Tressa and I saw Luke Doucet and the White Falcon play the second of back to back shows (November 3rd and 4th) at Amigos in Saskatoon. It was a fun evening.Luke Doucet and Tressa

The opening band was Sunparlour Players, whom I had not heard before. There opener number was folky and reminded me of mumford and sons or frightened rabbit and so I enjoyed it.

A banjo was played in an upcoming song, but except for a a cool usage of percussion - using a steel drum, chimes tied to the end of a guitar and hitting a keyboard stand, the next songs were mediocre to me. The last song the trio played, called dyin' today, used two drum kits and the lead singer playing a bass. Than half way through the song, they switch back to their regular guitar/bass/drum formation. The lead singer than put on a slide and played a very bluesy riff with desperate hell escaping lyrics. It was very entertaining.

The great guitarist and songwriter Luke Doucet than hit the stage and opened with the bluesy-desert-surf riff of Emily, Please. Some of the songs I can remember being played are "For Joy Division fans" The Ballad of Ian Curtis, Take You Home, Mitzi's, Long Haul Driver, It's not the liquor I miss which was sung with a local woman from Saskatoon, Cleveland, First Day (in the new hometown), The Day Rick Danko Died, You gotta get it, Sundown, Dirty Dirty Blonde, and the encore of the great song Blood's too rich.

Luke Doucet at Amigos, Saskatoon Nov 4, 2010 Of these many songs, the best moments for me were You gotta get it and Ballad of Ian Curtis off of the new album, the harmonica on take you home, the fact that the very old song Mitzi's was played and the encore Blood's too rich.

I had seen Luke Doucet and White Falcon at Broadway theatre about a year and a half ago. It was a good show musically, but a Sunday night and you had to remain in your seats. So this show was much more energetic (despite less people) and funner to sit or stand as we felt. I appreciated the mix of older songs played and Mr. Doucet graciously posed for some pictures after the show.

Very good performance, will make me relisten to the new album. 8/10Luke Doucet's sweet guitar


the unsettling

perilously on a cliff
looking down, down below
waves crash against the rocks
contrast the ebb and flow

you and i stand above
but down, down we shall go
palms sweat, lips dry, hearts race
faster and then they slow

pumping adrenaline
feeding courage we need
over the precipice
gathering breakneck speed

lifting in the stomach
a buckling of the knees
fear and the unsettling
falling free, falling free

 

written by Brian Danchilla, October 22nd, 2010


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Tom Petty - Waiting For Tonight

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Tom Petty - Waiting For Tonight ()

Just out walking, letting my mind roam
If she hung around too much I might take her for granted
But when I was away, she seemed an angel
The only one who really cared about me
The only one without an angle
For so long I've been lonely
Now I'm too weak to fight

I've been waiting for tonight
I've been waiting for tonight



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The greater the stupidity, the greater the clarity. Stupidity is brief and guileless, while wit equivocates and hides. Wit is a scoundrel, while stupidity is honest and sincere.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "The Brothers Karamazov"

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