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Music Monday: We're a broken people living under loaded gun
lacey
livelikejack
The drill: a rec post consisting of one music video, one song, and one album all centralized around some vague theme.

I almost totally forgot about this Music Monday. And it's because I've spent the last two days completely engrossed in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. (I mean this in reference to the trilogy, not just the first book.) They are quite addictive, and the world they build is both fascinating and disturbing, and they are great about emotionally investing you in the characters and, given the nature of the books, making you damn paranoid about their survival.

Although if you dislike first person narrative, you might want to steer clear of it.

Anyway, they get quite dramatic in the writing and cliche at times, but they're very good and hooking you in. They've got many similarities to Battle Royale by Koushun Takami, one of my all-time favorite books, but the universe and the nature of the Games is completely different. It's actually quite frightening. Anyway, if you don't mind death in books, I recommend them. I've read the first two so far and am about to start on the third as soon as I finish the post. I'll probably be done with it by tomorrow night.

For the sins of our hands, the sins of our tongues, the sins of our fathers, the sins of our youngCollapse )

The chair adds a year.
doodgailaisawesome
livelikejack
Glee 301: The Purple Piano Project



For all my ranting and bitching about Glee and the storytelling and character development (or lack thereof), you know what I realized during the break?

I really fucking missed recapping it.

Yeah.

However, if this season turns out to blow then I will not hesitate to drop it like a hot potato. Glee is still on probation in my book.

So apparently this episode is called “The Purple Piano Project,” which sounds like an episode of Barney or The Magic School Bus (except The Magic School Bus was totally boss), so here’s hoping this isn’t a foray into, like, preschool or something.

As per usual I have not listened to any of the songs or read any spoilers/hints about upcoming episodes, so whatever happens…happens. And I didn’t know it was going to happen. I’m still working on developing my psychic skills, but so far only my breasts can tell when it’s going to rain. Well, they can tell when it’s raining.

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Music Monday: Elle me dit, "C'est ta vie..."
lacey
livelikejack
The drill: a rec post consisting of one music video, one song, and one album all centralizing around some vague theme.

So I currently am in love with "Elle Me Dit" by Mika, so this week is gonna be all about musique francais. Because I do so love the French language.

(Post title and cut text translate to: She says to me, "It's your life...do what you want, too bad."

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Music Monday: You're Not In This Alone
lacey
livelikejack
The drill: a rec post consisting of one music video, one song, and one album all centralized around some vague theme.

As everyone knows, yesterday was 9/11. More specifically, it was September 11, 2011, which to all Americans is the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001.

I lived in California when it happened, and I was ten years old and starting the 6th grade, but I would set my alarm clock early every morning so that I could read for an hour or so before I had to get ready for school. It was always set to play Z 95.7 with the Gene & Julie show, playing some music and talking about random things, lots of laughter, lots of fun.

That morning, the tick of the radio switching on happened as always, but it was silence for a good ten seconds. Then Gene began speaking in the most somber voice I'd ever heard, about how they'd just received word that two planes had crashed into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon was on fire. There was a speech by President George W. Bush, but I missed it. I was the first in my household to hear about it, I mentioned it to my mom as we headed out and she seemed baffled by it, and then my first period class was PE and no one mentioned a thing. It wasn't until second period History class that my teacher asked us to get out a pencil and paper and write down what they had heard about New York and Washington, D.C. today. The vast majority of my class had no idea, and I whispered to my bewildered classmates about what I'd heard.

The gravity of what had happened didn't settle in until my mother connected the Twin Towers to the World Trade Center I had seen just that summer. They were a massively tall set of towers, and we decided not to ride all the way to the top to see the view because it was expensive and we'd reasoned that we would come back one day. I remember the radio mentioning that people were holding hands and jumping from the 8th floor of the burning buildings - and much, much higher, but the number 8 stuck in my mind. I didn't see the videos of the explosions and crumbling towers and falling bodies until much later, along with finally hearing about United 93.

It wasn't until college on the East Coast that I heard from a New York native what that day had been like. My roommate explained how their school day had been interrupted with the teacher being called into the hallway, having to break the news to the students, and how so many students made frantic phone calls to parents working in or near the World Trade Center. I can't even begin to imagine the terror that ran through them that day, and having that happen at such a young age is....I certainly wouldn't have been able to handle it.

Ten years later and so much has changed. We began a war in the Middle East, and have just begun to end it. Osama bin Laden, a name that quickly became known to everyone, has been found and killed. Airport security has beefed up, continued to beef up, and is starting to make noise on lightening up. Some people still erroneously equate Muslim with terrorist. We've come so far, and we have so far to go.

Sorry about the essay. Apparently I had a lot to say about today.

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Music Monday: I'll Stand For Fall
lacey
livelikejack
The drill: a rec post of one music video, one song, and one album all centralized around some vague theme.

Today - or what bit of today is left is Labor Day. It originated as a day to acknowledge the workers of the country, and now is associated with a number of things: that original meaning, the last bits of summer, the beginning of school, and more stuff I'm probably missing. So that's what the music this week shall be about.

One more time, dancing the night away...Collapse )

DA FUCK HAPPENED TO MY JOURNAL THEME??
lacey
livelikejack
It used to be.....something.....and now it is just white space.

Hnnnrrgh, now this means I have to find another one.

Is it sad that I can't even remember what my journal theme used to look like?

Oh well.

Music Monday: You can sit beside me when the world comes down
lacey
livelikejack
The drill: a rec post consisting of one music video, one song, and one album all centralized around some vague theme.

This week's theme is the big event that happened this past weekend: Hurricane Irene. I'm on the West Coast until I head back to Boston for school later this week, so I missed that and the earthquake over there. I was glad to hear that by the time Irene hit the Northeast she got downgraded to a tropical storm, but my thoughts are with the families further south who lost loved ones to the hurricane.

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Music Monday: Now I'm crawling towards the sun
lacey
livelikejack
The drill: A rec post consisting of one music video, one song, and one album all centralized around some vague theme.

I'm feeling lazy today, so this is another band theme: The Hush Sound. They consist of one pianist/girl singer (Greta Salpeter), one guitarist/boy singer (Bob Morris), one bassist (Chris Faller), one drummer (Darren Wilson), are adorable, are one of my favorite bands, are on that kind of hiatus where they say they're on a "hiatus" which is really just a wimpy way of saying they've broken up.

Although, to be fair, I don't think there's any band that declares themselves on hiatus and actually do mean a hiatus and plan to get back together and do after a few years or whatever. Anyway.

They're from Chicago and they're adorable (seriously so adorable, they are the most adorable band I know), and as far as I know they're all still buddies but they're all doing different musical projects.

Spin your body around...Collapse )

You Umlaut and I!
doodgailaisawesome
livelikejack
So, like, can someone explain Lady Gaga's new video You And I to me?

I like to think I'm fairly good at figuring things out and gleaning the story from a song or music video, and usually Lady Gaga makes relatively straightforward videos - a very simple, basic plotline with lots of flashy whips and bangs and extremely expensive clothing - but this one's left me flummoxed. I've watched it multiple times, and no matter what angle I come at I can't seem to piece together the story behind this.

I mean, I understand the story of the song itself, written for Gaga's ex-boyfriend/BFF Luc or whatever, and he's from Nebraska and been there with her from the start, et cetera, but the story in the music video confuses the ever-loving crap out of me.

Also, the umlaut over the "u." Why is the umlaut there?



My confusion, let me show you itCollapse )

Or have my own completely inaccurate interpretation!Collapse )

Music Monday: So the story goes...
lacey
livelikejack
The drill: a rec post consisting of one music video, one song, and one album all centralized around some vague theme.

So I just watched Rise of the Planet of the Apes in theaters (it was okay; Caesar was pretty awesome but I wasn't a fan of James Franco - his voiceovers particularly pissed me off ) and then Star Wars: A New Hope at home, so I'm on such a Sci-Fi Space (But Mostly Star Wars) kick right now. (To be fair, RotPotA isn't in space...at all...but the original is about astronauts who think they've found a new planet and such, so space is still perfectly valid).

Get back! You know that the city is burning!Collapse )

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