6.15.2005

Sporadic Posting

Due to recent computer issues and other things that I'd rather not post about, there will be a longer time in between my posts for an undetermined length of time. Though I will continue to post, and visit others.

6.08.2005

The Musical Baton

So, the musical baton has arrived on my…errm…virtual doorstep, courtesy of Lisa. And just for the record, I don’t hate you for passing this on. Free will and no obligation to do this, y’know?

Hey everyone, you can listen to Lisa sing Round Midnight live, here. (Hehe…also for the record, my comment was intended as a compliment, Lisa, and I was also pointing to my preference for live music and ambiance over recorded).

So, without further introduction...

TOTAL VOLUME OF MUSIC: Not as much as I’d like.

CDs: Somewhere round 100. If you count it by artists that drops to about 60, because if I like a CD a lot I’ll get the future ones. Batches include Enigma, Creed, Garbage, Switchblade Symphony, and Dead Can Dance. Some of which I do not listen to anymore. I am also fond of soundtracks and classical music compilations. Most with a variety of artists, of course; the only CD that is an exception is entirely Richard Wagner.

Cassette tapes, records: Not anymore. Used to. I had this whole box of 45’s when I was young, mostly hits from the 50’s and 60’s. Can’t remember many of them, but I do recall them with fondness whenever I hear something from those Cd’s on the radio. Last Kiss by J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers (revisited by Pearl Jam), for example, or Crimson and Clover by Tommy James & The Shondells, briefly touched on in Jimmy Eat World’s Praise Chorus. Nostalgia. It passes.

MP3 and various other hard drive formats: Gigs and gigs and gigs. I don’t steal music off the internet. It just seems to appear on my hard drive after I mention that I really, really like a particular song to someone close to me....like magic, really.

LAST CD I BOUGHT: A Foo Fighters single, Best of You.

SONG PLAYING RIGHT NOW: Ice Queen, from Within Temptation (and thanks for the introduction, M.V.V.).

FIVE SONGS I LISTEN TO A LOT OR MEAN A LOT TO ME: Okay, now this is hard. Outside by Staind, definitely, as I mentioned elsewhere in this blog. Gerard McMann’s Cry Little Sister (off the Lost Boys soundtrack). Evanescence’s Bring Me To Life. Umm, umm, yeah…Your Song from the movie: Moulin Rouge (originally an Elton John tune, I believe). And just because it may be the coolest score of all time: the theme to Phantom of the Opera.

FIRST RECORDING YOU EVER BOUGHT FOR YOURSELF? HOW OLD WERE YOU?: I was 15, and I got three CDs at once (and now pause, and swallow pride, and just spit it out).
Guns N’ Roses, Welcome to the Jungle
Ace of Base, The Sign
A-ha, Stay On These Roads

I’ll go cringe in the corner now.

ARTISTS WHOSE RECORDINGS YOU OWN ON MORE THAN TWO MANUFACTURED (not home copied) MEDIA -GIVE ARTIST AND MEDIA:
None, though I ended up with 3 copies of Pearl Jam’s Ten. I don’t know how. I only bought one.

PEOPLE TO WHOM I'M PASSING THE BATON: (To quote Lisa: “I had to get rid of this thing! Please don't hate me.”) Alphabetically...

Elephant (though I don’t think he ever reads my blog)**
VW
Weng

Update 6/22/05: I stand (sheepishly) corrected. That's what I get for making assumptions.

Posting to Resume Soon

It's just been a very busy week for me.

6.01.2005

Odd...

I got a sudden influx of people to this page over an hour, all from other blogspots. Probably a bug. Quirky, quirky Blogger.

Flirting With Horary

I have always had a problem with fate. It just rubs me the wrong way, to think that things are predetermined in some way. I have come to learn that some things are, and yet they are malleable at the same time.

Recently, I have taken a particular interest in so-called "returns". A return is basically when a planet ends up in the same location as it was found during birth. Supposedly, this creates a powerful effect specific to the nature of the planet in question. For example, a friend of mine just had her Venus Return (which marks our attractions in life), and as that passed her boyfriend became her fiancé.

Coincidence, perhaps. But I have seen too many things of this nature to comfortably label it such any longer.

So now I am watching returns. The inner planets, like Mercury and Venus, happen more frequently. One or more times a year, usually. Mars happens a bit more often. The Solar Return happens every year at birthday time (though sometimes one to two days off, because the exact return is thrown off each year by the wobble of the planet).

Then of course, you have longer returns. Jupiter, and the oft-dreaded Saturn Return, and Uranus return (if you live that long). Due to the length of time it takes for Neptune and Pluto to circle the sun, is impossible - without a major breakthrough in the science of longevity - that either return would ever be seen in a person's lifetime.

It is the closest I have come to being interested in horary astrology, because this really does lie in the realm of prediction, and not psychology. I wonder if my interest is going to last.