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A song that can break your heart

It’s too pretentious and utter pathos to claim this, but there ARE songs so powerful that can make you feel both sad and full of hope, and so alive.

Pearl Jam is one of my favourite bands. I don’t really believe music has the power to change the world or save it, but on the individual level, it helps.

This is a type of song I usually dislike. I’m all for slow songs, but I loved Pearl Jam’s angry, wild style. And this one is sure different. But the way he sings it… It’s impossible not to lose yourself in it.

Like I said, I need to relax. It’s one of those moments when you want to get drunk and forget, but there’s no booze. So I have to go with music. :)

Pearl Jam “Black”

This is one of the best live versions (though many prefer the Unplugged one). This was performed back in 1992, at the Pinkpop festival. He cries at one point, and adds “we belong together” line. His voice is powerful, but breaks a few times, which only adds to the overall impression. Such a powerful song.

Lyrics:

Sheets of empty canvas, untouched sheets of clay
Were laid spread out before me as her body once did
All five horizons revolved around her soul
As the earth to the sun
Now the air I tasted and breathed has taken a turn
Ooh, and all I taught her was everything
Ooh, I know she gave me all that she wore
And now my bitter hands chafe beneath the clouds
Of what was everything?
Oh, the pictures have all been washed in black, tattooed Everything…

I take a walk outside
I’m surrounded by some kids at play
I can feel their laughter, so why do I sear
Oh, and twisted thoughts that spin round my head
I’m spinning, oh, I’m spinning
How quick the sun can, drop away
And now my bitter hands cradle broken glass
Of what was everything
All the pictures have all been washed in black, tattooed everything…
All the love gone bad turned my world to black
Tattooed all I see, all that I am, all I will be…yeah…
Uh huh…uh huh…ooh…
I know someday you’ll have a beautiful life, I know you’ll be a star
In somebody else’s sky, but why, why, why
Can’t it be, can’t it be mine

Is there a song that makes you feel this way?

Hate emails I get

My blog is not a popular one, and not many people know about this website. So I don’t have much of a reason to complain about hate emails and comments, or even spam.

But I do get some hate emails from time to time, and I notice they are either about song or a movie I “trashed” or about race/interracial relationships.

This is a bit confusing, because I don’t remember trashing many songs, films or novels apart from “Twilight”- and nobody complained about that. Even people who like “Twilight” like Twilight spittings, or at least don’t complain about them.

But I got one angry email concerning my not-so-favorable review of Avatar, and some people complained about my reviews of other movies, albums and novels- even if I stated I liked them. That’s right. An angry Pearl Jam fan, for example, advised me to “get back to Britney Spears” if I “can’t stand Eddie Vedder and his band”, despite the fact a) Pearl Jam is one of my favourite bands b) I like Eddie’s voice, lyrics and songs, c) it’s not really “his” band- it’s disrespectful to call it like that.

Also, some people thought I had problem with Toni Morrison (even though I said she’s one of my favourite authors), or “House M.D.” series (because I “dislike British actors (wtf?!?) or white women/black men interracial relationships”).

Which brings us to another issue: race. Race is often an issue, but the thing is, I don’t write about it. I simply don’t know much about race dynamics or have any experience with it to write about it. I did state my opinions here and there, but I never wrote about it. Yet, there are people who think I’m “siding with the enemy” (whatever that means), who think I should mind my own business, those who dislike my support for interracial relationships (or those who are angry because they think I’m against interracial relationships), and, most often, those who believe nobody should write about racism because it’s a no-issue anymore.

What is interesting about hate mail of this sort is that these people often get my gender and race wrong (which makes any of their arguments pointless), but they also often remind me I should STFU because I have no experience with race relations (well guess what- I don’t blog about it!) So I guess it has a lot to do with my involvement on other blogs that deal with race relations and racism.

What is interesting to note here is that these trolls are different than people you regularly meet online, so I guess they make a small percentage of Internet users. Still, I don’t understand why they bother, or how they (like those who think I’m trashing movies I actually like) always manage to miss the point. Completely.

Another interesting thing about authors of angry mails is that they often use contact form or find my email address without a problem, while my other visitors ignore them and post comments instead. Haters rarely comment (not that I complain), and general visitors don’t use contact form or emails. So I do find that interesting.

5 songs I dislike against all odds

Saul HudsonAdmit it, you’re like this too. You like a band, and almost all of their discography- but there are simply some songs you can’t stand. By all the “rules” of your music taste, you should like those songs. But you don’t.

And you see you’re very alone in your thinking. Everyone else is charmed. Even the people who dislike said band are crazy about it (sure, this can backfire, because fans tend to dislike stuff that is popular with non-fans). And you just don’t get the hype.

I made this list using bands I currently like, or I used to like, or like enough to expect to like a specific song, but for some reason, that doesn’t happen. Also, another criteria for forming the list was the song’s popularity. Everybody else had to like it (preferably non-fans also).

Scar Tissue (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

I love this band. Yes, even after their… questionable concert in Indjija (not to be confused with India) in 2007. And just for the record, I love Flea. One of my fav musicians. A great bass player indeed. I like almost all of their songs, even the “WTF?!” ones. But not “Scar Tissue”.

I know I am alone in my thinking. Also, I do know this song posses a certain quality, if nothing else, the way John and Flea are complementing each other. But something is missing. It’s just… I don’t know- boring? Yes, that might be a good word. No building, no passion. I am not saying they didn’t make the song with a passion- but to me it just falls flat.

Once (Pearl Jam)

Given the fact this song is basically the first thing we hear on their FIRST album (save for Master/Slave intro), one would think the song is a great opener. It isn’t. It’s not a bad song per se. So I blame the production. Or perhaps Eddie Vedder really didn’t know what to do about sing-screaming on this one. Don’t get me wrong, I like that man’s voice (I could listen him read mumble a telephone book), and his singing in the 90s was quite good. But “Once”? He failed. But the song sounds pretty decent live (or so I heard), so I think we should indeed blame the production. Several songs from “Ten” have the same problem (“Why Go”, anybody?).

Also, if “Alive”, “Once” and “Footsteps” are, indeed, a trilogy, don’t you think they should… I don’t know? All appear on the record? And is there a significance behind choosing “Once” to be the first we hear- while, according to most (if not, all) sources, “Alive” is the first one? Or is there some actual meaning behind this (for example, “Once” really being the beginning). I’d like to know.

Always (Bon Jovi)

True, Bon Jovi is not one of my favourite bands, but it’s not like I don’t know their songs. I even like some of them. I like enough of them you might think I should like this one. But it doesn’t work that way.

Originally written for the film “Romeo is Bleeding”, the song never appeared on the soundtrack because the band disliked the film. Can’t blame them- not many people would find a quality in said movie. But the film’s absurd premise, film-noir-but-not-really style and hilarious execution quickly made it some sort of an underground cult movie status. It looks like Bon Jovi didn’t want to be associated with that. Fair enough, but it’s their loss.

“Always” is just… Way too soft for my taste. And not soft in a cute kind of way, but cheesy. Musically, it’s ok but nothing special. But what made this song a big fail to me are the lyrics. Yes, I do have a prejudice when it comes to using a word “baby” in lyrics, unless you’re referring to an infant. But even without it… “I’ll be there forever and a day, Always”. Oh, gimme a break. This is a type of songs teenage couples choose to be “their” song. I wonder what they would think if the song was, indeed, included on “Romeo is Bleeding” soundtrack.

I Want to Break Free (Queen)

Gotta love this band, with all their flamboyant harmonies and borderline-kitsch-but-not-really (kitsch, not borderline) style and Freddie’s voice.

But “I Want to Break Free” does nothing for me. Simple as that. It’s not trash per see, but I fail to see its appeal. It’s simply not working for me.

November Rain (short version) (Guns N’ Roses)

“November Rain, the short version” happens when they cut the outro of the album version of the song. That’s what I’m talking about. I don’t get it, especially given the fact last 2 minutes feature one of the best guitar solos known to man. But let’s start from the beginning.

The song was written sometimes in early to mid 80s and, for all we know, represents Axl Rose’s deepest and most serious feelings/beliefs/memories. He wanted to include this song on a GNR record so badly, and he worked on it for years and played it on any piano he could find, anywhere. Nothing wrong with that.

The other guys were less than eager to ever make it a GNR song, but Slash was happy to play a solo for it (or so they say). About a decade (or a little less) later, we got album version of “November Rain”, neatly packed in 8 minutes and 57 seconds. There was an iconic video to go with it, too.

So, here’s the thing. If a song is 8 minutes and 57 seconds long, you don’t cut it 2 minutes early. Especially if what happens in those two minutes is the best thing about the song. I know I am alone here, but I simply don’t get “November Rain” appeal without the outro solo. The song is good- but nothing special. Musically, it’s good- but nothing special. Nothing that would tell you there was almost a decade of work behind it. When 13 year old romantic and gentle girls find something adorable, that’s usually not a good sign for a rock song, not even a rock ballad. Oh, more people than 13 year old girls adore this song, I know. But there’s nothing pass the “ok” for me there, not without the outro.

And yes, I know many people consider the first song solo to be the better one, and THE “November Rain” solo (and it’s still unclear on which solo Slash actually means when he’s talking about “the solo”). I don’t care. Cut the outro and I’m out.

See also: 5 songs I like against all odds

Forty

I feel weird and overly emotional right now. Sure, it has a lot to do with the PMS, but I just want and need to be more rational at this moment because I have some serious work to do.

Instead of serious work, I’m procrastinating. I’m really good at that. At the same time, I feel like a little girl who just need a hug…

… and, at the same time, I want to dance or play guitar reeeeeallly aggressively (not that I know how to play a guitar). Like I said, that’s just PMS, but I don’t want to feel like this. I’m not sad, it’s just… I feel like a teenage girl full of weird- working hormones. I don’t need that right now.

And forty… Pearl Jam is releasing remastered “Ten”, and there will be 4 editions (4×10=40). They want more of our money? Sure, but that’s not the point. Maybe I don’t want to hear new versions of some songs, maybe I do. But I definitely love the fact that there will be “State of Love and Trust” and the Unplugged. :)

Ok, we all know: “Ten” is not their best album, “true” PJ fans would never say they love “Ten” and yada yada. But you know, admit it or not, we ALL fall in love with the band and their music thanks to “Ten”.

So, thank you, Ten.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.

Things wise men say (when they’re drunk): Eddie Vedder

eddie vedderI just had to share this. Eddie Vedder is my hero… sort of. I love his singing, his rants, his mumbling… you get the idea. He’s smart, but pretty naive at the same time. He has a weird fanbase (bunch of straight men who are obsessed with him, his words, his looks (and locks) – yes, straight men I said). But you just can’t blame them, can you? I mean, that’s Ed we’re talking about. Sure, he might have a drinking problem, but he’s fantastic onstage (or so I’ve heard).

Anyway, I just had to share some Eddie Vedder quotes from the shows (as seen on the official Pearl Jam board)

“War doesn’t determine who’s right, it determines who’s left…”

“Those who dance are called insane by those who don’t hear the music.”

“Everytime I see the Spice Girls, it makes me want to try to fly by
climbing my roof and strapping bricks to my shoes.”

“I just read a sign that says “I wanna fuck you Eddy.” Well, you’d have to
know how to spell my name first!”

“we see the same damn faces every night – shouldn’t you guys be out getting yourselves laid?”

AND TOP 3 QUOTES:

“Grunge, what is this grunge? Next time I hear the word grunge I’m gonna
shit, piss, and vomit all at the same time.”<- my thoughts exactly. I’d like to ask next jurnalist who interview Ed to say “grunge” and see what’s gonna happen. I bet it’s going to be… memorable.

“This next song is about a famous man from Europe, and his name ain’t
Gallagher.” <- I picked this because.. well, we all know how much I love Liam Gallagher. Perhaps Ed was referring to Noel, or both of them, but Liam has a special place in my phobias.

“I just want to say that I have a bigger dick than Flea and Patrick Ewing
combined.” <- Who the heck is Patrick Ewing? Not sure if Eddie ever said this, I hope it’s a joke! I picked this quote because Flea is my hero… and I find it really disrespectful. Sure, Eddie might have a bigger dick (any proof?), but Flea has sexy legs and Ed has chicken legs (mwuahahahaah!) .

PS-I posted this to support Eddie. He sure deserved an Oscar nomination for “Into the Wild”. (As I already stated, ITW songs are really really short, but beautiful). I just didn’t want to whine about this whole Oscar mess. Quotes are better (except the Flea one, of course!)