Thursday, September 25, 2008

Lying on the Bedroom Floor

I feel like I've heard that line in a lot of songs or something.

I'm pretty much just lying on my bedroom floor listening to music and doing nothing and for some reason I feel like this would be a good time for a post. This idea seems counter-intuitive to me though because I don't really have anything to write about except lying on the floor.

I guess I could tell you about the music I'm listening to right now.... Once upon a time I was enamored with a little thing called anime. And in my time in this particular state I happened upon a show called "Samurai Champloo". The show was interesting in that it had this whole anachronism thing going on with this strange mix of feudal (Edo period) Japan and samurai culture, and then all this influence from hip hop culture. It was a really sweet show and I'd recommend that you check it out if you get the chance (subtitled of course. Down with Dubbing!). However, as I watched this show I got really into the soundtrack and discovered that a good chunk of it was done by a Japanese Hip Hop producer/artist named "Nujabes". I started downloading and listening to his stuff on and off all over the place and quite enjoyed it mostly because it was largely instrumental hip-hop which meant that I could just kind of chill to it without having some kind of message thrust at me.

So recently I went and looked up some of his albums and decided to check them out and have fallen in love with them. Nujabes style is such that pretty much anyone can get sucked into the music, partly because it has such a strong groove to it and it's largely lacking in rapping and what is there is really well delivered which makes for some sweetness.

I'm particularly fond of a track called "Sign" which is just a guy rapping about all the signs he sees and what they meet and whether people are paying attention to them. It's been making me think about what's going on in the world and what I'm seeing around me and whether I'm doing anything about it.

The moments where I connect with music the most is when I feel like it speaks some truth that I can grab a hold of.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

I'm Listening to The Frames Right Now.....

So if this post seems a tad melodramatic then you'll know why.

I feel obligated to update this thing more often than I do right now, partly because this is the only real place where I write anymore, and partly because I hate going to peoples blogs and finding that they're not updated time after time. I find that gratingly annoying. I also feel obligated to write about music more because that was the whole point of this thing in the first place so I'm going to make an effort to do both of those things.

I've been trying to organize and write songs more as of late. It's hard because I just started university, and seldom think to pick up my guitar and sit down and work on a song. Despite this, I've still been able to write 2 more "song pieces" in the past couple of weeks which is more than I can say about the summer so that's encouraging.

Still, though I've been able to write guitar parts and fills, I haven't been able to write lyrics for anything I write as of late. I think it's because my heads been all crazy and occupied with business and school and less occupied with feelings and reflections. In order to remedy this I'm going to try doing some more journaling and poetry writing just to try and get myself back into the mode of writing out my thoughts in a semi-abstract manner and to practice putting my thoughts down on something.

It's frustrating that the only reason I don't work on writing more is because I don't have any lengthy periods of time to just sit down and really work at it. I have tons of thoughts floating around in my head from the summer and things I've been thinking and if I sat down and really worked at it for a week and forgot about school I could probably put together a solid albums worth of songs but instead I have to try and squeeze my songwriting in amongst all of my schooling and other activities. I need another RPM challenge where I push stuff out of the way for music.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Higher Education (Possibly with the emphasis on the High part depending on who you are)

I hope whoever's still reading this thing has gotten used to the fact that I really only ever post when something hits me hard enough to sit down and try and sort it out in a coherent manner. This just happened to be about 2 minutes ago so here you are, a brand new post.

It's been almost 2 weeks since camp is over and I feel like camp was months ago. It feels like it's been a very long time since I was there.

So why does it feel like this? I think it might have something to do with the total discontinuity between camp life and my life here in Kingston. Allow me to provide you with a list of the things that have changed in the last 2 weeks.

-lost some friends
-gained a whole pile of new friends
-met lots of new people
-participated in "Frosh Week" activities for 6 days straight immediately upon the end of camp
-completely changed academic environments
-completely changed religious environments
-experienced nothing but good things
-haven't had any negative experiences with anyone in a position of administration thus far

That's kind of a hard to follow list but basically there was a clean break from my head space in the summer and my head space now. I think that's contributed me to feeling like the summer was much longer ago than it actually was. I like it though. I think that I'm going to like university life much more than I enjoyed camp life....which seems backwards but if things keep going the way they're going then this year looks like it's going to put camp to shame.