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Hi, This is Wayne. This is my site, my stuff, my blog, blahblahblah. The site itself is powered by WordPress and the Scary Little theme. I thought it was cool, and I still do.

I bet you thought I meant DM as in “Direct Message” didn’t you?

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No.

I mean Demitri Martin.

I’ve really come to love more and more things on my iPhone and one of the most recent ones is the AOL Radio app.  AOL Radio is like XM or Sirius or a radio station but goes over this magical thing I like to call “the Internet.”  It streams in different stations, like Rock, Pop, All Beatles, Sports, Talk, Politics, Country, or whatever has a station.  There are millions of stations (sort of). 

There are a couple of stations in my AOL Radio “favorites” list that are Comedy specific – AOL Comedy Classics and AOL Comedy Attack!

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Now, Faiqa, Avitable and you other liberals, please don’t get all freaked out about the AOL Progressive channel. It’s *not* what you think it is.

Here are some videos for your enjoy to see if Demitri is up your alley or not.  I’m giving you two options because you might be busy and want a shorter one.

(and yes, the 2nd one has a couple bad words in it, and has a couple repeat jokes from the first one.  I consider this the extent of my responsibility in warning you since my blog is PG-13 rated.)

This morning as Jaden and I were waiting for the bus, I popped in one of our favorite songs – Adiemus‘ Adiemus.

Note: I’ve not seen this youtube video until this morning as I was searching for something to embed.  It’s pretty cool, but the emphasis for this post is the music itself.  I recommend putting on headphones, starting it and closing your eyes.

This song appears on a CD I’ve had for a looooong time called Pure Moods

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The version on the CD is only a shade over three minutes long and this youtube version is more than five minutes long.  The CD also features Enya, Enigma, Jan Hammer, and even the X-Files theme.  Relaxation is a lot easier when this CD is playing.

This morning’s routine was different because Jaden actually woke up tired.  He’s usually chipper, early and ready to do stuff in the morning before school but today it was a challenge to get him going.  One thing that got him up eventually was the thought of getting out to the bus stop early, waiting in the car, and being able to sleep again.  I said I’d play “our song” and he immediately brightened up.

We got through it twice before that infernal bus showed up.

But it was a good time.  Man I love that song.

And that kid.

You’ve undoubtedly heard of the 2012 connections of late – the supposed end of the Mayan Calendar, the alignment with the black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy, the potential energy blast that might shock our system, alien visits, humans suddenly becoming telepathic, the poles shifting, total catastrophic destruction, or maybe just a small transformation in how mankind honors and lives with nature.

There’s even a movie coming out about it:

As I was listening to Prince’s 1999 this morning, however, it became clear to me that he already knew what was going to happen, and why.  The fact that he was able to capitalize on the vision he had while dreaming, not only in the 80’s but also at the end of the 20th century, is beyond impressive. It’s downright amazing.

The primary key to unlocking the meaning of his song is embodied here in the chorus

‘Cuz they say two thousand zero zero party over
Oops out of time
So tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999

Let’s start with “two thousand zero zero.”  This is commonly mistaken for the year 2000.  But it’s really “2000, zero zero,” which is 200,000.   There are 200,000 people currently believing in the 2012 phenomemon.  Coincidence, you say?

Moving on, “out of time” is one of the central themes to the Mayan Calendar connection to 2012.  They refer to “the end of time” or the end of the calendar as we know it.  Some have likened this to the end of the world (as in destruction) and others have said it’s like an odometer that has cylinders that start over at zero.  Still other say it’s the end of an era, whatever you take “era” to mean.

Many people thought that Prince’s song was about the year 1999, as if the world would end during that specific year.  But the lyrics clearly say “like it’s 1999.”  This indicates that there’s a reference to the hype, foreshadowing, or reminiscence about the attitude towards partying when you know the end of the world is coming.  I correlate this to events in 2012, and more specifically, December 21st, 2012 at 11:11 am GMT.  12-12-2012 because that’s when the once-in-every-25-thousand-years alignment happens between the center of the galaxy and the sun (from the Earth’s point of view).  I picked 11:11 because, well, just because.

I thought I should also point out that “Prince knew it all along about 2012” anagrams into “It’s the end of the world, sucka!” if you take away a few letters and add a couple more.

In Prince’s dream, the “sky was all purple” and there were “people running everywhere.”  This clearly can’t happen, and everyone’s saying the 2012 prophecies can’t happen, so there’s a tie-in as well.

Do you see how it all comes together?

Don’t even get me started on his new “name” or Symbol or whatever.  It’s got 2012 written all over it.

(side note: those of you who follow me on twitter know that my wife underwent major knee reconstruction surgery on Friday, so my online presence and blogability has been hampered a bit while I help her out with her healing process.  As a result, I’ve reduced the housework she’s responsible for by about 7%.  I know. I’m a saint.  And I told her to just skip mowing this week. Sure, it might be harder on her knees next week, when the grass and weeds will be much higher due to the recent rains, but what’s important is that she heal safely)

Jaden adores Fred.

You’ve seen Fred, right?  He’s one of them thar “Internet Sensations.”  He’s also called “Youtube Fred.”  He’s kind of like Star Wars kid, but on purpose and not nearly as sad, once you know Fred Figglehorn is NOT really a 6yr old pumped on on drugs and pining for a fictional girl named Judy.  Or Wendy.  Who knows.

You either love Fred or hate him, kind of like Rush Limbaugh or Ben Stiller.  Wait, I take that back.  I like Ben Stiller in some things but hated him in others.  But wouldn’t it be neat if they married and had a kid and named it Rush Stiller?  Because that would be like an oxymoron – stand still while rushing?  Or Ben Limbs? Sounds like you’re flexing your muscles.  Heh, or Stillbaugh Benrusher.

Wait a second, where was I?

Oh yeah, Jaden, my 7yr old son.  He loves watching all the Fred episodes.  He watches many over and over, like the one about going to the dentist.  I’ve heard it said that Fred was the first to hit 1,000,000 fans on youtube.  Jaden just sits and watches and laughs and laughs and entices us to come over and watch the hilarity.  I guess if I’m going to introduce my son to the dangers of  medications, this is the way to do it.

So.

One morning Jaden told me he wrote a letter to Fred.  And sure enough, in MARKS-A-LOT, there it was – a big 8.5×11 sheet of paper holding Jaden’s letter to Fred:

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In case you’re having trouble reading it, here it is transcribed:

Hi Fred, this is Jaden.  I am your biggest fan.  I like you.  You’re really funny, so I am going to watch your videos every day.  I like the part when you said “Oh My Gosh! I just peed inside the pool!”  So write back, Fred.  From: Jaden Wayne Hall

I told him we could mail it to Fred.  We got an envelope, folded it up, and found a stamp.  I taught Jaden how to self-address an envelope.  Then I told him I’d take it to work and mail it off.

However, try as I might, I couldn’t find a snail-mail address for him at any of his websites.  I didn’t want to let Jaden down, so I PDF’ed the letter and found an email address for Fred. I haven’t heard back yet, but I’m hoping there’s some kind of response for Jaden, even if it’s canned and cheesy, like cheeze whiz because, well, who doesn’t like Cheeze Whiz?

We also bought Jaden a Fred T-Shirt, which he wears as often as he can.  It’s his favorite shirt.

Who did you write a letter to as a kid?

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May 12, 2009

Dear Mr. Hall:

Thank you for the opportunity to guest post for you this week. It was quite the honor to be selected to be among the elite few given this chance to write before a wonderful audience and share my talents.  I’m relatively new to this blogging community, and I feel that this has been a brass ring for me in a way — something for which I can reach, grab hold, and be successful — pushing through my success back to my own blogging home where I can celebrate such victories.

Sadly, Mr. Hall, I feel that I have failed you.

You see — I had a wonderful idea in my head. One which came to me over the weekend. Something which would have been extremely special and which would have fit in appropriately with your usual blog fodder.  But due to certain factors, some within and some completely out of my control — I was not able to achieve this memorable task.

You see, I have a specific talent: I can start writing with one audience in mind and, before you realize it, I can select an entirely different audience within the span of one sentence. Instead of addressing this to Wayne, I’m now talking to you — the reader. You see how simple I made that look? It comes from quite a bit of practice. Sadly, it is a realized talent, one which manifested itself on this blog far more successfully than a perceived talent I thought I had.

For those of you unfamiliar with me, Wayne Hall and I happen to be very different in many ways.  However, there are three staples of our lives which we both share items in common. They are (a) our common love for frivolous government spending; (b) our common intrigue with 80s music being slapped together, track on-top-of track like a scrumptious dagwood sandwich; and (c) our common passion for the music of legendary rock band Yes. I chose to focus on the latter two qualities we have in common since I had a feeling someone else would post something about the first one.

The band Yes has gone through many incarnations in their 40+ years of existence.  Their arrival to a more mainstream crowd, however, came about in 1983 with the release of their 90125 album — the first of which to feature a guitarist and singer named Trevor Rabin. It was also produced by a former member of Yes, Trevor Horn, and spawned Yes’s first and only #1 hit, Owner of a Lonely Heart. I can’t lie — this was my gateway into the world of Yes, even though much of their music from the decade before sounded nothing like anything on 90125.

Perhaps their most atypical song was one on the second side of the LP, a piece called Leave It. It was a magical song with weird lyrics (a staple of all things Yes) and lots of vocal harmonies.  The music video was popular on MTV; in fact, there were fifteen different versions of the video created for novelty’s sake so that fans could figure out what subtle differences existed among them all.  The single for Leave It was released on ATCO records. And the B-side was a completely a capella version of the song.

Through the magic of my computer and sound editing software, I decided to give myself a challenge: to sing the a capella version of Leave It for this very blog entry.  To mask tracks of myself singing with other tracks of myself singing. To come together with eight voices of Shiny singing such a wonderfully atypical song of the band! It was going to be spectacular!

However, I gave up after recording three tracks of myself singing. I came to the realization that it simply sounded muddy. I do not have a recording studio in my home, and the cheap-o headphones I was using with the built in mic simply weren’t cutting it. Also. my voice sounded flat. And I couldn’t determine the harmonies for the first four measures of the song.

So I gave up.  And for that I’m ashamed.  How else could I demonstrate my common love of the music of Yes?  What other way could I demonstrate our shared interests?

And then I was thinking: Wait! People  make fun of Wayne all the time for his obsession with LOLCats!  What if I could somehow do something with that? True, I’m not a huge fan of LOLCats. But if there’s anything I’ve learned from the blogosphere, it’s important to pretend that you like certain things so people will like you and you’ll gain new readers! It is this healthy attitude which has allowed me to thrive through to today.

Which is why I present to you — LOLYes!

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I do understand that many of you don’t have the working knowledge of Yes that Wayne and I do. Because of this, I’ve decided to give you some rudementary background while I post these pictures.  For instance — the trippy logo above? Created by artist Roger Dean! It was used by Yes on most of their albums — but not all of them. They have consulted with other artists who have created different logos. But this one seems to have stuck.

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The fun thing about a band from the 60s which continues to tour is seeing how well (or poorly) these rockers age.  See the guy on the far right? That’s Steve Howe. He was in other bands like GTR and Asia. And he used to have a very strong mane of hair in the 80s.  And while his hands are truly a gift of guiltar playing from an early age,  his forehead has since emerged as a more prominent feature as of late.

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You see? They used to be more photogenic! Kind of. Their debut album, cleverly titled “Yes” came out in 1967 or 68 or something.  It had virtually no hits. But there was a song called “Dear Father” which I like quite a bit despite the repetition.

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That’s Steve Howe on guitar sometime in the mid-1980s! See what I mean about his hair? And speaking of hair, the guy with the tambourine on the left is not Doug Henning. It’s Jon Anderson, the lead singer for quite a big chunk of the group’s history. His voice is amazing. His taste in all clothes loose and comfortable on stage is just fun.

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The 70s were kind to Yes. And their prescription eyewear. (Can you spot Jon Anderson? Hint: sleeves…)

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“Yours is No Disgrace” is a powerful song off of The Yes Album. It’s about the world’s involvement with the Vietname War. I think. Honestly, I haven’t thought about it. I’ve seen Yes in concert three times, and each time they’ve opened with this song. Powerful.

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South Side of the Sky was a rare, deep track off of their 1972 critically-acclaimed Fragile album.  It was lesser known than their infamous hit Roundabout from that very album. They usually don’t play the song. And it has nothing to do with the length of the drummer’s shorts. (Not Alan White; he didn’t join the band until right after Fragile was released. But he’s in the picture above.)

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Going for the One was a departure for Yes in the late 1970s. They were inclined to record long symphony-type pieces with different movements. Take, for instance, their Tales From Topographic Oceans double album.  One song on each side. four sides, four songs. Not great if you have an attention span issue.  But Going For The One went back to shorter songs with more of an edgy, rocky feel to it.

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That’s Chris Squire — the bassist for the band. He has more shelf life with Yes than anyone else! However, there was a period of time during which one of the lineups of the band decided to depart from Yes and form a group called “Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe” (ABWH) while Yes was still in existence with a different lineup. ABWH plus Chris Squire were the lineup for Fragile. They just… well, it was rumored that they didn’t get along well. But in 1990, Yes and ABWH merged and released an album called Union, which was bascially both groups just putting their own songs on. But Chris Squire was able to lay down some bass tracks for ABWH after all.

Oh — and the tour was pretty cool — an eight-member Yes performing. In the round. Fun times…

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Jon Anderson had to cancel the tour last year because of some vocal problems. Poor guy. But poor Wayne! He felt very let down when this happened. Sadly, Jon will not be on tour this season for their latest lineup. Speedy Recovery, Mr. Anderson!

You know what? Me singing Leave It would have been a whole lot better. Again, Mr. Whall, I apologize.

Sincerely,

— Shiny

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I’m gonna give this another go.  Follow along with me, won’t you?

First, I begged people to sign the petition to get my all-time favorite band YES into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (hint: go do it if you haven’t yet.)

Then, I announced to the world how lucky I was that I was going to get to see my favorite band *and* get to meet them.

Shortly after that, I lamented about the tour being canceled the day before my chance to meet them and losing out on the opportunity.

[time passes]

Well, it’s ON AGAIN!   WWWOOOOOOO-oo-HOOOOO!

I’m so pumped again!  On July 15th, YES and openers ASIA will be rocking the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, TX, only about 3hrs north of Austin.

Possibly the best part of this whole thing is that they completely branded and renamed the series in my honor:

Isn’t that sweet?  They named it the “Hall Series.”  *sniff*

And how cool is it to have Asia be the opening act?  Steve Howe will actually be doing double-duty and playing both with YES and ASIA, along with “original Asia members, including ex-YES and Buggles keyboardist Geoff Downes, ELP’s Carl Palmer on drums and former King Crimson and UK bassist/guitarist/vocalist John Wetton” (quoted from press release.)

Hmm.  Maybe I should try and host a blogger meet up the day before or after the show in the DFW area.  I *just* might be popular enough to get about 1/3rd of a person to show up.  Interesting.  I’d make sure I didn’t take appointments for it.  I’d call it WHALL-CON (get it? walk-on? no appointments?  I crack this house UP)

This is gonna be so. totally. whallsome!

Since this week is turning out to be “Dave week” here on the ye old blog of whall, I thought I’d continue it with a post about “firsts.”

You see, later this week I’m attending TequilaCon 2009, and it’s my first TC.  It’s actually my first non-Blogography-specific blogger conference, but… you knew it… Dave is an integral part of TequilaCon.  So I might as well confess I’m having his baby.

“having his baby” is blog-speak for “I’m doing a lot of posts involving” a specific blogger.  Actually, I just made up that term, but it’s blog-speak anyway.  In fact, it’s the first reference ever for this particular term used in this way!

So I’m reading Dave’s recent post about Ticketmaster (warning: profanity and one-finger salutes abound) and the fact that he was planning on seeing Duran Duran while traveling.

Ahhh, Duran Duran.  (note to self: Isn’t it convenient that Dave refers to himself as “Dave2” and Duran Duran can be, and often is, shortened to “D2”?  Coincidence?!?!??!?!?! NOT LIKELY!)

Back to topic.

First off, this band gets a lot of flak.  Often typecast or shunned / laughed at / dismissed solely because of the demographics of their once-largest-fanbase (screaming teenage girls), these chaps are incredibly talented writers, artists and performers.  And to top it off, they know business.  They connect with their fans (a la the VIP packages you could purchase for “meet and greets”) and continue to pump out quality trendsetting music.

I mixed together a couple of ring tones a couple years back because A) my wife is such a fan and B) I liked playing around with Adobe Audition and C) I like to show off.  So Duran Duran was the first band I mixed into a cell phone ringtone.  Check ’em out:

Ringtone #1:

[audio:duran3.mp3]

Ringtone #2:

[audio:sms.mp3]

You shoulda seen her face light up when her phone rang with that second one.  It’s one thing to have a song as a ringtone, but a custom mix?  Someone nominate me for best husband, please.

It’s easy to ignore the trends that D2 has set in their career.  D2 has actually added a lot of “firsts” to their repertoire.

They were the first to have live video cameras and videoscreens in their concerts.  What concert have you gone to lately that doesn’t do that?

They were first artists to make a song available for digital download (Electric Barbarella in 1997).

They were first band to make a pop video entirely using Macromedia Flash.

(I will point out that I snapped the above frame because my coworker was watching my computer screen as I was checking out the video and immediately commented “mmmmm. Silence of the Lambs.”  Creepy much?)

It rubs the lotion on it’s skin;
or else it gets the hose again.

Anyway.

Duran Duran were the first to become citizens and stage an in-world live concert in Second Life and perform a completely virtual concert.

I suspect (but aren’t sure) they were the first to do the widescreen 16:9 video format (think Hungry like the Wolf), and who knows – they may have been the first production-quality video to get banned (Girls on Film).  It’s at least the first one I heard about – once again portraying brilliant marketing.

For me personally, they were the first band I remember getting on my bike and ride ~3 miles to the record store to buy a 45 — their chart-topping single The Reflex.

(If you said “Memorex”, you get 2 points.)

The DVR has changed many lives.

(if you don’t have a DVR, you lose 1 point).

I’m a big Stargate fan.  Loved the original movie, loved the Stargate SG-1 series, loved Stargate Atlantis, watched (and loved) the two made-for-DVD Stargate movies Continuum and The Ark of Truth.  Not surprisingly, I’m looking forward to love the next series spinoff, Stargate Universe.

(if you notice how many times I used “loved” in the previous paragraph, you get 1 point, unless it bothered you in which case you only get .5 point)

When SciFi channel announced a new show called Sanctuary starring Amanda Tapping (who plays a leading role in the Stargate SG-1 franchise), I knew I wanted to watch it.  I set my DVR to record the show and I figured I’d catch up on it in a few weeks so I could watch some episodes back-to-back.

She’s so beautiful.  It doesn’t hurt that her character is super smart.  Intelligence is the biggest turn-on.

(if you’re turned on, you get 2 points.  Doesn’t matter what turned you on.)

Anyway.

When I settled myself in to watch a few episodes, I noticed a couple of weird things.  For one, there were only two episodes listed on my DVR, and they were both an hour long.  Secondly, when I mentally checked the date of the earliest episode, it was a couple of weeks off.   Further investigation led to the discovery that for some reason my DVR missed the pilot episode AND the second episode.

(if you’re caring less and less about the point system, you lose 5 points.  What do you care?)

This was bad.  Very bad.  I’m someone who needs to watch shows in order.  To quote Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory when talking about the Clone Wars movie and subsequent animated TV show, “I wish to be disappointed in the order George Lucas intended“.

(if you LOL’ed at the quote, you get 3 points)

So I kept recording new shows without watching them, all the while thinking… “ok, I just need to bittorrent those two first episodes or watch them online, THEN I can catch up.”

(if you’re judging me poorly because I know what bittorrent is, you lose 5 points.)

Except it never happened.  I never bittorrented the shows.  I never burned the DVDs.  I never watched those inaugural episodes like I had intended.

Part of the issue is I don’t like watching stuff on the computer.  I have a nice, big monitor, and good speakers and stuff… but I really like watching TV on, well, a TV.  I’m not an online watcher (yet).  The second part of the issue is I haven’t optimized my “burn a DVD of an avi” process so it always takes me forever to do and I always encounter problems.

(there are no points for whether or not you watch stuff online.  If you effortlessly burn DVD from downloaded content with open source/freeware tools, you get 2 points.)

This whole debacle was some time ago but I only recently cleared my DVR of the unwatched episodes.  You might say I gave up, but if you did you’d lose 4 points.  I prefer to think of it as – “I’m going to wait for the DVD’s to be available“.

And so it is.

It has come to this – choosing to start watching a show when it comes out (live, or semi-live with DVR), or wait until a season is over, published, so I can engorge myself in the series and not have to wait week-to-week.

When I look back, there are some very enjoyable moments from electing to wait and watch the series when the season gets published:

  • Sopranos (2 points if you agree)
  • Battlestar Galactica (5 points if you agree)
  • Heroes (5 points if you agree)

These are some of my favorite shows now.  I plan on (someday) watching 24, Lost and a few other shows like them in this same way.

What do you do?  Or to quote Joey, “how YOU doin’ [this kind of thing]?”

(if you comment, you get 50 points)

There are a ton of people doing this meme, and I’m not one to do memes very often, but I actually kind of like this one.

Think of 20 albums, CDs, LPs (if you’re over 40), that had such a profound effect on you they changed your life. Dug into your soul. Music that brought you to life when you heard it. Royally affected you, kicked you in the wazoo, literally socked you in the gut, is what I mean. Then when you finish, tag 15 others, including me, make a donation to Any Blogger Can, sit back and drink a brewski, watch your favorite DITL. Make sure you copy and paste this part so they know the drill.

Here are mine. Except I did 22 albums.

And I’ll warn you ahead of time that I seriously doubt the existence of any human being out there with even five of the same albums as me. Shoot, I bet there isn’t anybody with even THREE of these on their list. What can I say? I’m very weird awesome in my own way.


Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

There are people who say they like this album, or were “changed” by it, and then there are the rest of us who really were. You know who you are – the kind of fan that lists an album because it’s cool to list an album. If you can’t sing every lyric, every studio-added sound effect or murmur and can’t sing out the rooster parts or actually played the end of the album in the infinite loop, you don’t count.


Yes – Tales from Topographic Oceans

We start the eclectic. This is a double-album with only four (4) songs total. Yes, one song per album side. I told you I was weird awesome.


Mannheim Steamroller – Fresh Aire II

I could list several of the Fresh Aire series because I immersed myself in all of them at one point or another, but I’d have to say Fresh Aire II was my first and most potent.


Mannheim Steamroller – Fresh Aire III

There was this one song, Mere Image, that I played dozens of times per week. Yes, it was that fetching. I still do sometimes. I even dreamed up my own music video to the song and still want to make it come true. It has a wistful nostalgic energetic make-you-cry-after-dancing feel.


Olivia Newton-John and ELO – Xanadu soundtrack

I made my own homemade version from the DVD because the many of the songs had versions on the actual published soundtrack that were different from the movie and that devastated me to no end. I hate it when movie soundtracks do that!


Steve Vai – Passion and Warfare

There’s a song on there that kind of feel like dueling electric guitars and I frequently would daydream about my brother and I performing this on stage. Alas, he is the guitar player and I’m the guitar hero.


Michael Jackson – Off The Wall

So shoot me. Wait, I already shot myself for this one.


The Moody Blues – On The Threshold of a Dream

This is one of many tastes I picked up from my dad, who had this and the next album on vinyl. I would put it on and be amazed. When I discovered headphones it sent me to the next level. This is one of those albums that you put on, close your eyes, and let the sounds take you over. In fact, a lot of my picks are sensual albums – you don’t just put them on in the background or flick on the radio to listen. They are to be enjoyed specifically, not as the soundtrack to your daily life.


The Moody Blues – In Search of the Lost Chord

Om.

Tracks 7 through 12 are the ones to get lost in.


Steely Dan – Citizen

I had to put in the “Everything” compilation album because once I discovered the ‘Dan, I consumed every song they had and played this collection on repeat for about a year.


Metallica – Master of Puppets

It was hard to choose between this and Ride the Lightning but I listed to Master of Puppets a tad bit more. Plus, it has Orion on it.


The Statler Brothers – Old Testament and New Testament

I had the double-album set. I can still list all the disciples because of this album.


Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water.

My first CD, ever. I got it for my 15th birthday.


Yes – Going For The One

This is another one of those that will be unique to me, and guess what? Awaken? intense 15-minute long song.


Celtic Woman (custom rip)

This is another one where the released soundtrack differed from the video release (DVD) so I ended up ripping my own MP3’s off of the video so that it would match. I’m linking you to the DVD instead of the CD since it’s the one with the music I love. The CD actually took off a couple of tracks!


Rush – Hemispheres

It’s hard to choose just one because of Grace Under Pressure and Signals and Power Windows and AFTK and 2112 and… and… and… But this is the one I sank into deeply and didn’t come up for air for weeks.


Jon Anderson – Olias of Sunhillow

I don’t expect anyone to understand this one. But, man oh man. I love this album. It’s like the Lord of the Rings put to music but without J R R Tolkein.


Jonathan Coulton – Thing A Week series

Can’t list one of the TaW albums since I got the whole collection and put it on repeat. Definitely changed my view of self-published music in a very positive way. This guy is my hero.


Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II

Again, this is an artist that has so much to choose from, it’s hard to pick just one album. I choose it because my dad had it on vinyl and it was my first Zep album. I wore that puppy out once I heard What Is And What Should Never Be. This is the first time I actually made a tape that was just entirely one song repeated over and over from the album. I did this to save on battery life on my knock-off Sony Walkman because rewinding took up too much battery.


Don Harriss – Elevations

As a senior in high school, I’d sometimes put this CD in, lay back, close my eyes and simply float. Especially on track #2. I seriously think I floated a few times while wearing headphones. Too bad they weren’t wireless back then. I think it was the wire that stopped me from hitting the ceiling.


Ozzy Osbourne – The Ultimate Sin

I remember freshman year in High School – as a band geek *and* a computer geek, I wasn’t all that popular, but that was fine with me. In fact, instead of being popular I was more of a target. But there was this one time when my walkman and collection of tapes was “confiscated” by The Current Cool Guy in the gym along with the “let’s see what Dork-Man is listening to, shall we?” verbal introduction to a humiliation assault. As he went through picking out The Ultimate Sin, Black Sabbath’s We Sold Our Souls for Rock and Roll, Van Halen’s 1984, Motley Crue’s Theatre Of Pain, Led Zeppelin and Rush, he said aloud “wow, for a nerd, you listen to some really cool music” and handed me back my stuff and went on to the next nerd. Later that week he borrowed The Ultimate Sin from me and I was left alone the rest of the year.


BONUS ENTRY! The Simpsons – Songs in the Key Of Springfield

Let’s go crazy, Broadway style!


Whew. This was harder than I expected, but I stayed true to the meme.

So.  Did anyone have even more than one that they shared with this list?

Yeah. Didn’t think so.

(Bonus topic: I spent more than an hour on this post.  It meant a lot to me.  However, I anticipate a very low comment turnout.  I’m finding that the more important (ie, personal) a blog post is to me, the less other people will care about it.  Sometimes the stupidest shortest post generates the most interest.  There seems to be a direct inversely proportional relationship between the amount of effort I put into a post and how interesting it is.  However, I will post it anyway because I’m one of those “this blog is about ME” people.  At least for now I am.)

NO I CAN’T

As you may have heard by now from my Twitter accounts, yesterday’s update, and some comments…. my all-time-favorite-band-of-all-time YES postponed their show in Dallas last night.  

The only good parts about it were A) I was told just before I got on the road yesterday afternoon.  It really would have sucked if I was already in the car driving up there, or had found out once I got to Dallas.  B) We had some severe weather in Austin, so I was able to be home with the family.  Nothing happened, but it was still a potential of tornados and high winds, and it’s just plain better that I was here.

Because of the postponement, if I had a working camera, I would’ve made a 3-minute DITL of me.  Just me.  Crying.  Crying over and over. WAHHHHH.

Good thing Jaden has my back.  He can do the crying for me.

You know what’s really weird?  I mean besides me using my son to gain electronic sympathy from the blogosphere.  I mean, Jaden was born in 2002.  However, the timestamp on this picture shows January 1st, 2001.  He looks to be about 3yrs old in this photo, and I’m wondering how the picture got the wrong time on it.  In fact, there’s a whole folder of photos from 2004 or 2005, and they all have the 2001 timestamp.  Weird.

To switch topics (slightly) I think I’m going to take a look at Chilly Willy‘s suggestion of a new camera (Olympus FE-20).  It looks like a great deal.  Thanks, Marty!  I’ll be back to making DITL’s in no time!

It seems this is the era of cancellations.  We’ve had our annual week-long coast trip to South Padre scheduled and rescheduled THREE TIMES since last summer, and we just got notification that it has to be canceled AGAIN.  Hurricane Dolly’s devastation on the island and some of the resorts is still to blame for some of the places not being ready to open.  Duran Duran’s appearances in San Antonio and Dallas were canceled in December last year (which my wife was looking forward to about as much as me seeing YES).  

Well, I guess the bright side is – whenever they decide to reschedule, I should have a working camera!

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