Archive for March 2013

new (to me) music

I have bought several CDs over the last couple days (yes, I am old and still like to buy CDs).

I listen to a ton of stuff off podcasts, soundcloud, and other places, but I find very little of it motivates me to buy a CD (or download) the way that a new album from a band that I have some affection for does. I wonder is it simply me falling in the trap of nostalgia or are there fewer bands making those iconic albums. Maybe, I am just not hearing the right ones.

One bright spot has been a newer feature from Amazon where they give you access to the digital copy of the CD as soon as you buy the physical one. They call it “auto-rip” or some shitty marketing name like that, but the end result rocks. I get the CD to enjoy when I want to and I get the music right freaking now, no waiting.

Here are my reviews (done in short hand so they will only make sense to people who already know who the bands are, because that seems the style of music reviews anymore):

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – about what you would expect, sadly. Not an epic, blow your socks off album (see Murder Ballads or Let Love In), but a solid album from a great artist and band.

How to Destroy Angels – Interesting, continuing the work they did on the EPs though…
OK, I need to stop this review right here. I have something I need to say. Though this album is pretty good, but it is not NIN. It has more Trent vocals than the preceding two EPs and is completely listenable and enjoyable. BUT, IT IS NOT F’ing NIN, dammit.
It is interesting to hear Trent’s music with another singing, especially a woman voice.

David Bowie РStill waiting on this one. From the listens on iTunes, more Hours than Heathen, and Heathen is my favorite of the post-Outside albums. But, I like this new one, so far.

Dead Can Dance – Came out in August, and I some how missed it. Makes me said I have not been listening to it since. More good DCD, and not like Spiritchaser (their last disappointing album).

Look I even put some notes in there, guess I don’t have what it takes to be a music reviewer…

-luke

failure

IMG_2542On the wall right in front of my desk a piece of wire like the type used to hang paintings, looks sort of like the wires they have in coffee shops or such for art to hang on.

Hanging on mine are notecards, five sets of notecards. They are labeled as follows:

  • Programs
  • Stinger-Man
  • Memory Globes (one of the underlying cards pokes out with just the word “whores” showing)
  • Justiciar
  • The Four

Programs is a collection of programs I have never written, and the other four are stories or ideas for stories in various states of completion. But, they, both note cards and the whole hanging system, are failures.

Utter failures.

I have not written a word on the stories up there in at least a year, and I could not tell you what programs I have not yet written either. But, I keep them up.

Why?

One reason is that they remind me, that even in the face of failure, work continues. And some days I need that. I need to know, as Adam from Mythbusters loves to say, “failure is always an option”. The talent/skill is know when that time has come. When it is time to cut bait and move on.

Another reason is that I don’t ever see a writing or programming project as a complete failure. There is always a corpse to pick over. There are ideas, characters, lines, processes, methods, etc. that I might be able to use somewhere else. At some point I will fillet those old ideas, transfer them into the new system (there is always a new system) and pick up what I can.

Keep writing and make each day better than the last.

-luke